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2/29/20 11:48 P

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a successful Saturday.

Julie, I'm sorry to hear you have had more snow; I know you are more than ready for springtime and warmer weather. At least your husband has been home and you have not had to worry about him out on the highways; the news reports have been showing horrendous roads in several parts of the country this past week - again! It's unfortunate you have been feeling frustrated; it's possible some of that is just due to the rotten weather that has been keeping you confined to the house. And of course, the Mercury retrograde - likely affecting your sewing work as Pisces focuses on creative endeavors - does not help. Also, you said the photo of the baby suite was cleverly photographed to hide some problems; in my view you are just being too hard on yourself. (Mercury in Pisces again!) It looks just darling and certainly is a unique piece. It looks great to me! Meanwhile, I hope you can get some relief for your moods, at least for awhile, with your D&D group on Sunday.

I started my day going next door to let their dog out for a few minutes; it's been many months since I've been asked to do this and I've missed my buddy the dog. I guess he missed me too as he did a thorough wash job on my face even before wanting to go outside. I went out with him for awhile and then in the house found a box with his treats placed where I would find it. So I gave him a few bites and he was perfectly behaved, waiting for each one. I know that having a dog these days would be a chore as my husband no longer has the patience to deal with an animal, but I do miss having a dog. Otherwise the day was quiet, working on puzzles in the newspaper, updating a couple family astrology charts, and tackling a computer project I have going to revise an ephemeris (a table of planetary positions at specific times) I copied from a computer site to make it more usable. The yard work will have to wait a few more days for better weather and emptied buckets so I have place to put the yard debris.

I have also started to track my foods again. Spark seems to think I should eat between 1300 and 1600 calories a day. I think that is a bit high for me but just because they are on the computer doesn't mean I have to eat all of them! I've only been at it about 3 days so it will be awhile before I can see if there is any kind of pattern, especially since I have been tracking my weight daily and coordinate the two items. Something just has to give - the weight must come off! It's the only way to keep my doctor from wanting to put me on medications for diabetes.

So now I'm off to finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a spectacular Sunday.


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2/29/20 6:20 A

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Good morning!

GoodFeline, I'm sure you won't have any trouble spending that Amazon credit!

Carol, have fun with the neighbor dog today!

It snowed off and on all day yesterday. There's about an inch outside this morning. It's supposed to snow more today, then warm up a bit on Sunday before it starts raining again on Monday. The husband got home yesterday before anything started sticking, and he's home until Tuesday. Might be old retrograde Mercury, or maybe all the rain and snow, but I've been feeling frustrated. The baby suit turned out rather poorly and I won't be gifting it. I baked a cake from a mix... and it fell! Also, I just can't seem to stop being cranky. I'll be looking around the house for something that cannot fail to improve my mood.

Wishing everyone a happy Saturday!

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2/28/20 11:57 P

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Friday.

GoodFeline, that eating plan sounds rigorous. I'm happy to hear it is only for the short term. Congrats on getting that Amazon credit; have fun spending it!

Julie, I do admire your patience and persistence with detailing all those items. You deserve a a reward of some sort too! Its just as well you had something to keep you occupied in that bad weather. I hope it clears up soon.

We have had another enjoyable day, though the rains did arrive again around suppertime. I went to the local grocery store for a few odds and ends and to take advantage of a couple coupons that came in the recent local newspaper. Hubby felt well enough to toddle out to the shed in the back yard to clean out the cobwebs and dead bugs from winter and also to store some new items he purchased on-line to refurbish the lawn mower when the time comes. He really is getting more steady on his feet. Last night my next door neighbor came over to ask if I would let her dog out during the day on Saturday since they will be gone all day. Of course I said yes; it's been way too long since I've had a chance to play with their dog.

So I am off to finish my Spark postings and get some rest to get ready for that bundle of canine energy. I hope everyone has a great night's sleep and a super day on Saturday.


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2/28/20 9:49 A

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Julie: I need protein to keep me full, and do my best when starting the day with a lot of protein. But the girl diet is a low everything diet - it's supposed to be low calorie and low nutrient, especially low in potassium and sodium. The goal is to make your body think you're starving (though actually starving yourself is not allowed) by lowering the nutrients you take in. Vegetarian or vegan is recommended, as is intermittent fasting. So this past week has been oatmeal and an apple in the morning, a salad or bowl of steamed veggies for lunch, and I've mostly had sandwiches for dinner. This morning I gave in and had a protein packed breakfast with a breakfast burrito and greek yogurt, though.

I took part in some research with one of our vendors and now have $110 in Amazon credit from them. I wonder what to spend it on! Baby clothes? A new carseat? A new stroller? Or maybe something fun?

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2/28/20 6:56 A

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Good morning!

GoodFeline, it can be tricky to find foods that keeps you filled up. It helped me to get over the "breakfast food" stereotypes and eat leftover veggies in the morning.

Carol, I'm glad you got some nice weather and had such an enjoyable time talking to your Norwac friend!

I reworked the neck opening on the baby suit three times yesterday before getting a professional looking finish. Then I discovered that the snap tape I use for costuming is not going to work for the leg opening; still working on a solution for that. At least I had something to do while it snowed and rained.

Wishing everyone a fine Friday!
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2/28/20 12:04 A

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Thursday.

GoodFeline, 1300 calories is doable but tough. Good luck to you in keeping at it. I can certainly sympathize if you are not getting much, if any, protein. Our bodies need a certain amount of it just for normal functioning.

Julie, I can certainly understand how working on those small items can be stressful. I'm sure you will be much happier when you can finish the items you have in progress and move back to larger items. It's too bad the on again/off again schedule is not working out for you. Hopefully it will straighten out soon. Maybe when Mercury turns direct???

We had a pleasant day, sunshine, blue skies, and temperatures in the low 60s. One of my Norwac friends called (as we had arranged) and we had a 3 hour phone conversation on a wide variety of astrological topics. We are planning to talk again near the end of March. We are all enjoying the longer daylight in our days.

There's no other news, so I'm off to finish my Spark postings and make my cup of chamomile tea. I hope everyone sleeps well - have a fabulous day on Friday.


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2/27/20 9:39 A

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I am averaging about 1300 calories per day this week, and while I am fine by the end of the day I am SO hungry during the mornings. I just had my breakfast and I am already counting down the hours to lunch. I've stopped snacking to keep my calories low so I am hoping work can distract me enough to make it to lunch. It's only day four of this diet and I miss my protein and potatoes, I better get pregnant next month because I don't think I can do this for six months emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2/27/20 7:03 A

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Good morning!

GoodFeline, the guild sounds like a nice thing. Free is a great price and you may very likely make some new friends. (I met my best friend at a quilt guild.) Local yarn shops often have free or inexpensive beginner classes. If you buy a class from Jo-Ann, be sure to do it when you can get a half price coupon from their website or app.

Carol, I'm glad you had a nice talk with your daughter and I hope you'll have an equally good time talking with your astrology friend!

It looks like we got a dusting of snow last night. They're predicting rain for the rest of the week. I'm beginning to wonder if it's ever going to dry out. Meanwhile, loads of time for sewing. I had forgotten how fiddly it can be to work the tiny collars and sleeves on baby clothes. There are problems with the pattern, and the baby suit is taking way longer than expected. The husband is still on the yo-yo schedule for no telling how long. I'm guessing that about the time it stops irritating me, they will put him on something else.

Wishing everyone a brilliant Thursday!
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2/27/20 12:58 A

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Wednesday.

GoodFeline, I taught myself to knit when I was in high school and made a few items all the way through college. It's not difficult but sometimes it requires a lot of concentration for counting different kinds of stitches to create some patterns. I made a hat and started a sweater to go with it, two-color brown and white. That was about 50 years ago. It is still sitting half finished in my cedar chest. I don't know if I could find the pattern now. One of these days I'll dig it out. But fair warning, it can be addictive!

Julie, congratulations on getting the baby hat finished. I'm sure it will be just perfect with the little jump suite you just finished making. My sympathies on the continuing rain. Hopefully all of us will find our weather getting more pleasant soon.

My day was quiet and had a lovely cap on it when my daughter called to chat for awhile. I always enjoy her calls. Hubby had a relatively good day today with minimal back pain. I am looking forward to a long astrology chat with one of my friends from Norwac tomorrow (Thursday) morning. With that I will sign off, wishing everyone a good night's sleep and a delightful day on Thursday.


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2/26/20 10:38 A

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Julie: There's a knitting and crochet guild that has free meetings in a nearby city, and Joann's Fabrics offers classes for $25-$40 depending on the topic of the class. So as long as I have a way to get there that could be feasible, or of course I could look for videos on YouTube (although I wouldn't be able to ask questions there). That might be a good Saturday afternoon craft. That's the day of the week I have a few hours where I am baby and husband free. I could also bring it to work if I have any free time in the mornings or over my lunch.

Today is in the 30s with a "feels like" of 10, so much for 40s-50s for the next two weeks. It's also been very windy, which I am sure is contributing to the chill.

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2/26/20 8:54 A

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Good morning!

GoodFeline, knitting is a very nice pastime. It's easy to learn the basics, especially if someone shows you, and doesn't require a lot of expense. When I was growing up, my mom taught my sister and me knitting, crochet, needlepoint, and embroidery so we would have something productive to do while watching TV or waiting. To this day, I am uncomfortable without a book or some handwork in any "sitting quietly" situation.

Carol, I use the DVR just so I don't have to listen to commercials. But, yeah, it's going to be too long before we're done with the campaign mess.

Big surprise, it's supposed to rain again today. This time, we might get a little snow with it. This sure has been a wet year so far! Oh, well, I fixed the baby hat yesterday and got about halfway through with the other thing. I'm not actually sure what the garment is properly called. The pattern says 'romper', my online sewing friends say 'jumpsuit' or 'onesie'. I think I'll go with 'baby suit'. I had a cute idea for adding a touch of embroidery. Fun, fun, fun!

Wishing everyone a delightful Wednesday!
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2/26/20 12:52 A

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Tuesday.

GoodFeline, I understand that there is a lot of conflicting information out there about trying to influence a baby's gender. I just tossed my story in there to add to the pile. No claims of Goddess perfection on that subject from me! Best wishes with the medication; I know having this baby means a lot to you and your husband and wish you all the best with this process.

Julie, good luck fiddling with those patterns. You have far more patience for a process like that than I would have. Good luck to you and your hubster with the scheduling for his job. I hope it settles down soon - for both your sakes!

Our day was mostly sunny and cool, though of course we just had to have one small shower blow through here around supper time. But I had a dry day for grocery shopping and I am grateful. Our TV scheduling was messed up tonight with another political debate. It seems we are inundated with all these ads and interruptions and we still have 8 more months of this stuff left before we actually vote. It's all getting really old already.

So I am going to finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea to clear my head for bedtime. I'm reading a book that recounts society's views of "older" women since the Civil War in the 1860s. Right now I'm up to the 1950s, coming into the times I remember. It's funny, but I seem to sleep really well after "communing with my senior sisters" through time.

Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful Wednesday.

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2/25/20 11:54 A

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Carol: I've read a lot of conflicting information on timing and frequency for gender. But since I only get six shots with the medication I think I will just have to follow my OB's schedule, regardless of whether it sways one way or the other, because the only time I've ever gotten a positive ovulation test or felt my ovulation is when I was on the medication. I'll just have to trust in everything else I am doing and in the universe to give me the baby I am supposed to have.

Speaking of medication, DH is avoiding the topic of the medication every time I bring it up to get his thoughts on when I should start it. I am wondering if he's worried about the cost - anything related to fertility is not covered by my insurance so we have to pay out of pocket for the pills. He did tell me yesterday he thinks the diet is too much work (we were trying to figure out what to have for dinner and he declared it too hard to work around the macro restrictions, lol) and I should just take the vitamins and let luck run its course. He actually admitted he'd given it some deeper thought and that a second boy would be easier than a girl, and we even talked about what we'd name a second boy since we're out of family names that we'd be willing to give a child. I checked out my girl sway vitamins this morning and I have to take two pills three times a day of each of them! Yuck. So now I have little ziplock baggies of unnamed pills chilling in my purse emoticon

Julie: I've also considered knitting. The local humane society has a pattern they share for knitters for blankets for their cats and it seems like a simple enough one. I've never knit before, but those who do tell me it is fun and relaxing.

Little man is eating so much I may as well just stick a funnel in his mouth and pour it in emoticon Last night I was giving him his purees and he would whine as soon as the spoon left his mouth. Bad mama, not making the spoon instantaneously refill! He had his 9 month wellness visit yesterday and the pediatrician says his weight is right on target and he's catching up everywhere else. He's 18lbs now (30th percentile) and 2'2" (2nd percentile), which puts his BMI in the 81st percentile, so he's a short chunker. I'm definitely using my abs when I carry him around in his carseat LOL

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2/25/20 7:51 A

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Good morning!

GoodFeline, sewing isn't difficult, but can be fiddly. Quilting requires a specific skill set, some basic equipment, and a good deal of practice and patience. I would advise taking at least a couple of beginner classes to see if you like it before investing a lot of time and money.

Carol, I'm glad you had a peaceful day and sorry you received sad news.

I made a baby ball cap yesterday from a pattern I hadn't used before. It's cute, but I think it needs some improvement. I'll fiddle with it today and see if I can't make it gift worthy. It's going to be rainy again, so I'll probably have time to work the kinks out of the onesie pattern as well. The husband has been home since yesterday noon. He will be going out this afternoon again. He says he's done with that yo-yo schedule, but he's said that before, so we will see.

Wishing everyone a housework-free Tuesday!
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2/25/20 12:57 A

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a marvelous Monday.

GoodFeline, I'm glad you found your original ID badge; at least now there is no need to worry about someone else finding it and using it for some nefarious purpose. Have your looked on-line for information regarding directing a baby's gender? There's quite a bit out there. For what it's worth, with my son I actually felt my ovulation - the only time in my life. I told him immediately that we had a choice to make - having or not having a child would not be an accident now, and if we decided to have a child it would be a boy this close to ovulation. We did our part of the process, and 40 weeks later to the day our son was born. When we decided to try for another child, I made a note of when my period was just ending and ovulation was still a few days out. We made our try. 40 weeks later to the day our girl was born. Luck? Maybe. Check out the information on line; you might want to use it in conjunction with the other things you are figuring out for yourself. And good luck! As for your son's vocal noises - what fun! Enjoy it while it lasts!

Julie, thanks for the thought on uncertainty being coordinated with anxiety. I had not thought of it that way. More food for thought . . . Meanwhile, I hope your new characters have better lifespans than your previous ones!

We had a quiet day today. My son called and we chatted about his family's upcoming April visit to Washington D.C. I worked on some Ancestry explorations today. We had a simple supper of roasted pork chops, store-bought potato salad, and a mix of Italian vegetables I found in the freezer. Hubby and I watched a little TV. I no sooner sat down to the computer to start my posts than my step-son called: his SO's mother just passed away suddenly. Perhaps that is why I have been feeling somewhat on edge.

Well, I guess it's time to move on to finishing my Spark posts and making my chamomile tea. Hope everybody has a good night's sleep and a terrific Tuesday.


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2/24/20 11:35 A

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Julie: Your quilt came together nicely! I love it! Is quilting hard to learn? I realized this weekend that after spending so long in school I don't have any hobbies anymore. I am trying to figure out some things that I might enjoy doing, and something that could also be useful seems ideal.

Carol: I spent $10 on Friday on a new badge, $10 on a new ID, and then went on Amazon and spent $10 on a new lanyard. Sunday I found my ID. So now I am kicking myself for not just waiting. But I have yoga on Mondays and really didn't want to wait the weekend only to not find it and not be able to go to yoga when I returned on Monday.

I did some more research and joined some gender sway groups on Facebook to talk to people who have more knowledge about swaying than I do. Turns out my initial thoughts on girl swaying are now a bit outdated, so today I start my "girl diet". From what I've learned so far I actually had a spot on sway for a boy last time if I'd been trying for one! So I am changing my diet and trying to lower my pH to help sway towards a girl. It's called the "low everything" or "LE" diet. For a girl you're supposed to eat acidic, avoid alkaline, avoid meat, and eat low calorie with low nutrients, particularly low on sodium and potassium. You're also supposed to do regular cardio but avoid weight lifting. They recommend intermittent fasting by skipping breakfast, but I can't skip any meals because of my medication and epilepsy so I will just work on keeping my calories low. The pH is the most important thing, though. So I am having some pH strips delivered tomorrow and when I see what I'm sitting at I can adjust my diet to compensate. Breakfast today was Quaker oats with butter and cinnamon. Lunch will be either a salad or some steamed veggies. My work is catering in Qdoba for us to make our own rice bowls, which I love, but I know the sodium is off the charts for food like that so I will not be partaking emoticon I'm not sure how DH and I are going to handle dinner while we try for baby. I might just start doing a protein shake for dinner. I've been considering that for awhile anyway, since I go to bed so soon after eating that it's been giving me heartburn. I have some grapes and yogurt for snacks, but I think I might have DH pick me up some cheese sticks, too.

I told my boss about our trying for little man since I had doctors appointments to see if I was ovulating and to run tests. I am on the fence about telling her this time. I had that warning about my attendance and a pregnancy means my attendance will be awful again with appointments and maternity leave, I kind of want to just wait and tell her once I am pregnant. But I don't know how I will explain the doctor visits once we start the medication. I know it's not really any of her business, but she will ask if I am okay once I start sending in the time off requests.

Speaking of little man, he learned a new sound yesterday. He figured out how to vibrate his voice and now he sounds like a little bleating goat emoticon

The weather got fabulous this weekend. No coats were needed and I even saw a couple kids in shorts! It's supposed to be in the 40s and 50s for the next two weeks, so I think I can ditch my winter coat for either my lighter coat or a sweater. I bought my lighter coat when I was near my smallest so I might not fit into it now, but I have a small collection of sweaters that should be the right weight for the weather. I've always preferred my sweaters to be baggy, so they're pretty much all good sized.

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2/24/20 11:17 A

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Good morning!

Carol, thanks for the New Moon reading. I'll be watching for those influences! Anxiety is often associated with uncertainty, which would certainly fit in with the reading. I hope the wind behaves at least until your yard bucket gets emptied!

We did have a marvelous game yesterday. The gang really enjoyed all the fruit. My character was killed again, this time by accident. Sounds odd to say it, but this is quite hilarious. Next week I'll be playing my fifth character for this campaign. I will try to make her last for more than a couple of sessions.

It is raining again today. The husband isn't sure whether he'll be coming home or getting dispatched right away. I am going to make some baby clothes. The couple decided to have a gender reveal party, but that's not for quite a while yet. I thought some newborn size onesies in gender-neutral fabrics would be fun to sew.

Wishing everyone an easygoing Monday!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a super Sunday.

Julie, your find of that material sounds rather serendipitous. It all made for a lovely quilt. It's great that you and your husband had time for some shopping and also time to relax. I trust your D&D group had one of its usual rollicking good times.

We had an unusually strong wind storm blow through here this morning and early afternoon. I ended up with moss-covered branches big and small all over my back yard.

These are looking in 2 different directions; there were lots more in between them and also behind the house. I spent an hour cleaning them up. A lot of leaves fell too, perhaps blown off the house roof, and I actually had to rake those as well. The yard waste bucket was already nearly full of leaves from the far side of the house, and now it is filled to the brim. I hope we don't have another big gale until the bucket is picked up and emptied, but that is still a week off.

As indicated on my Activities Post, I am starting to feel antsy or anxious, but I don't know why. Per my Pisces New Moon reading, whatever is coming is going to be vague and out of focus for a couple more weeks. I'll have to take my own advice and try to be patient until I can see more clearly what is in the wind.

I am off to finish my other Spark posts and make my chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a marvelous Monday.


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Oh my! I certainly was tired last night since I forgot to attach the New Moon reading. Mea Culpa! Here it is.
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PISCES NEW MOON – February 23, 2020

The Pisces Full Moon will become exact on February 23, 220 at 7:31 a.m. Pacific Standard Time; on February 23, 2020 at 10:31 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, and on February 23, 2020 at 3:31 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time.

The New Moon sets the tone for the coming month. Pisces is ruled by Neptune, which is also placed in Neptune at this time, and during this New Moon retrograde Mercury joins the Pisces party too. Pisces points us into the direction of duality, where light meets dark, where consciousness meets the unconscious, where the known meets the unknown. Taken all together they speak of positively of spirituality that may include vivid meditations or devout repentance and healing sacrifice, high creativity especially for artists and authors and inventors who deal with out-of-the-box ideas, and reaching out for connections with others on both sides of the life/death duality. As always, however, there can be more difficult aspects as well: Pisces can lead us to go over the limits of reality into escapism, deception, excess drug/alcohol indulgence, and acting on information we do not yet have. Add retrograde Mercury into the mix and we may sometimes feel we are reeling through an old amusement park Funhouse.

So are we supposed to simply hide in a cave until all this Pisces stuff goes away? No, of course not! Life and our respective roles in it must continue to move forward. However, CAUTION must be our watchword.

A radio ad this week reminded me of the old carpenter’s adage “Measure twice, cut once.” It’s the approach we should take even more seriously for this period. If you are driving and impatient about making a left turn across traffic or passing a slow driver on a crowded road, think twice and likely let it pass to avoid an accident. If you want to implement a new project, allow it to swirl in your head for an extra day and let practical questions have their say. Ambitious Mars is in a helpful sextile to this sun/moon conjunction and it is likely to push us to take aggressive action: it is in Capricorn along with Pallas Athena, Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn, and we need to grab onto that energetic earth sign and harness its energy. At the same time rebellious Uranus in the steady earth sign of Taurus is sextile the conjunction on its other side. With these steadying influences in position to cushion us we can harness the dreaminess of Pisces and balance our way forward through this potentially uncertain period.

So go ahead and lay your plans for the upcoming season of Spring. Plan your gardens and perhaps even purchase seeds. Pore over travel information and dream of a summer vacation trip. Or plan your next painting or outline your next book. Or you may even fantasize the future of a relationship. But this is not the time to book your non-refundable tickets or purchase a fancy engagement ring. This is the time to allow your imagination to soar, knowing full well that when reality settles in and the time for action arrives you will have to make adjustments and changes; trust that the Universe will help you improve on the future even as you mourn the loss of your initial fantasies.

Around March 5th or 6th you may start to feel more settled as Mercury will drop into Aquarius for several days, helping to clear some of the Piscean fog. You may even find yourself putting aside your plans for a couple weeks as circumstances require you to turn your attention to other matters. But don’t feel as though you should give up or that your mojo has disappeared. It’s just time to put them on the back burner and let them simmer for awhile.

In an interesting bit of synchronicity – or Universal planning – the upcoming Full Moon will occur at the same time as Mercury will be turning direct on March 9th. After that you are likely to find a return of your impetus for these projects. Their return will likely be accompanied by new insights and information that will help you revitalize projects and make the tasks easier.
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Good morning!

Carol, I'm looking forward to learning what the new moon has in store for us! BTW, I purchased the quilt top at a local auction a while back. I'm pretty sure it really is from the late 1800s. It just needed to be layered, quilted, and bound, which is all I did with it.

The hubster and I had a mostly lazy day yesterday. We went to Jo-Ann, the UPS store, and the supermarket. There was some nice looking fruit on sale - strawberries, black seedless grapes and Juici apples - and cheese was buy one get one free, so game snacks will be easy. I'm going to have to vacuum even though I just did it Friday. Pepper has started her spring shed. Too bad the husband is going to work or I'd get him to do it!

Wishing everyone a serene Sunday!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.

Julie, I'm glad to hear your snow and ice are melting and even the remnants in the shade should soon be gone. Not wanting to be out running errands in the rain certainly makes sense, even if the temperatures are more moderate.

Those are really interesting patterns on the fabric you posted. They really do look authentically early American.

I spent the morning writing the New Moon reading and was pleased that it went rather smoothly. I hope it was not just a Pisces Mercury Retrograde illusion that it made some sense. This afternoon Hubby and I made 4 more loaves of cranberry bread, I was amazed the cranberries were still all right to use. There is even a cupful left. I used up ALL of the flour I had in the house (was even a half cup short for the breads) so I won't be baking again until I restock the larder. But I want to make cranberry muffins with the remaining berries.

Our weather was sunny but a bit on the nippy side, and we must have had quite a bit of wind last night. When I got up this morning there were quite a few dried leaves on the grass again, both front and back. But there were not enough to fuss about. We are expecting rain tonight and tomorrow but dry and somewhat milder weather all next week, so I'll worry about those leaves in a few days. At least I'll start getting some outdoor exercise again for awhile.

I'm off to watch a new episode of Ancient Aliens with my husband. Best wishes to everyone for a spectacular Sunday.





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Good morning!

Carol, you did get your tax work done quickly this year, and I know it's a relief to have it finished.

A lot of the snow and ice melted yesterday, although there is some left where it's shady most of the day. The whole weekend is supposed to be sunny with temps up to 50!! Then, back to rain on Monday. I'm planning on running all the errands I can think of today to take full advantage of the lack of precipitation.

I finished binding the quilt yesterday. One of today's errands will be to send it to my son. Below are photos. The fabrics in the patchwork date 1860-1890.

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Friday.

GoodFeline, I wasn't trying to be critical about the pizza and cookies - I hope I didn't offend you. It might have come across as something more like putting my foot in my mouth (or computer equivalent) thereof. And Mercury is retrograde - sigh . . . Anyway, good luck with the getting pregnant business. I didn't get pregnant the first time until I was about 28, and then I miscarried that one. My doctor comforted me by saying that now that my body had "gotten the idea of how to do this" I was likely to get pregnant quite easily. He was right. I was pregnant again 6 months later with a healthy pregnancy. You might find the same thing! Meanwhile, the thing about the work ID is likely a Mercury retrograde issue. Let the Goddess know you need help and I bet it will turn up quickly. Since you used it last at a time you don't usually need it might you have left it in your desk at work? Just a thought.

Julie, what a bummer to have it continuing to snow, even though it is melting quickly. In your part of the country it shouldn't be that cold! Springtime is coming, so hopefully things will warm up quickly. Nice that you will have time with your husband again soon.

Today was productive, primarily because I got the tax paperwork finished and sent off through the Post Office to our accountant in Denver. That trek also involved several other errands too, so I made the last stop a haircut for myself. I had a half-price coupon that expired today so I used it and will have to schedule the next 2 cuts more carefully. I usually get them done every 6 weeks or so, and I just realized the second cut after this will fall around the weekend of Norwac! Already! My project tomorrow will be to prepare the New Moon reading for the 23rd.

So now I'm off to finish my Spark postings and then make my chamomile tea. I think I will sleep better with those taxes out of my hair! Best wishes to everyone for a super Saturday.



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Carol: I haven't had pizza in awhile and I only had the cookies the one day, but I do have a low calorie breakfast burrito each morning and sometimes soup for lunch, which I know can have high sodium. I eat 500-600 calories between 8:00-5:00 and have around 1,000 calories free for dinner. I am researching gender swaying since DH very much wants a daughter this time around and in order to "eat for a girl" I have to eat low sodium and low potassium but high calcium and high magnesium, so I am probably going to have to find something else for breakfast while we sway. It's going to be really difficult since the recommendations for the girl diet are 1,500mg of calcium per day, 450mg magnesium per day, 3,150mg of potassium per day, and 650mg of sodium per day.

I think what we're going to do is try on our own at first and if we're not pregnant by June ask for the prescription. My goal is to be pregnant by my birthday (October 25th). My husband got me a baby last year and I want one again this year emoticon

Well, I looked everywhere and just couldn't find my work ID. So I can't access the gym again today and I've sent an email to our building manager asking how I get a new one. I just have no idea where it could have gone. I go through the same routine every night - I take little man inside, set his carseat on the chair, put my coat on the couch, put my ID in my purse, then take little man upstairs to change. I emptied out my purse, checked my coat pockets, looked around the chair and the couch, looked upstairs - nothing! I briefly thought I must have left it at my OBs office, but I would have needed to get back into the office after the appointment so I couldn't have done that.

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Good morning!

GoodFeline, the scale doesn't know everything. I think you can tell more about how your program is going by how your clothes fit.

Carol, I'm glad you got some sunshine! Regular mail isn't as fast as it used to be, but generally still reliable. Best wishes for getting your tax work done quickly and easily.

It snowed almost all day yesterday. Most of it melted away, although there is still a thin layer of white stuff and ice from the freeze last night. It is supposed to be sunny and above freezing today, so hopefully there will be more melting and drying going on outside. The husband should be returning around noon and will be home until Sunday morning. No telling what we will get into this weekend.

Wishing everyone a darn good Friday!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has enjoyed their Thursday.

GoodFeline, your disappointment at having gained the 6 pounds is certainly understandable. At the same time, it's entirely possible you have been building new muscle more quickly that you have been burning fat. It is also possible you have been eating more salt than you realize and so you might be holding water. You have mentioned some pizzas and quick-food breakfasts that could fit in the high salt categories, along with the Girl Scout cookies. Just don't get discouraged and quit the working out. It's good for both your body and your mind, in particular it helps reduce your stress levels. Whatever you do, I trust you know we are all here to cheer you on.

Julie, I never thought of your comments as whining about the weather. I've been doing the same thing. It seems to be a very strange set of weather patterns and it seems as though the winter will never end for a whole lot of us. We all seem to be in similar boats and just commiserating with each other. You get mildew on your house and car; we get moss on our roofs and in the hub caps on our cars.

Thank you so much for posting the pictures of the quilt pieces. I love the colors and the unique patterns. I hope you and your husband are able to enjoy a couple days together over the weekend; it would probably be fun to have him available for your D&D group this weekend.

We had another pleasant, sunny day. But the only time I got out was to walk down to the mailbox and back. Yesterday our mail carrier finally brought us the tax packet from our accountant. It took 9 days to get here from Denver. I'm not saying I could walk it in 9 days but I certainly could have driven the round trip twice in that time. So today I put everything together for him in the sequence he wanted. Now I just need to put together a letter with a few minor explanations of some of the numbers and then I can send it off to him. We are expecting continued mild weather, so I hope to get back out into the yard on Friday.

Somewhere in there I will put together the reading for the Pisces New Moon, which will occur February 23rd.

For now I'm off to finish my Spark postings and then make a cup of chamomile tea to prepare for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a fabulous Friday!



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According to the OBs scale I've gained 6lbs since I started working out regularly and cutting my calories back down, so I am disheartened. She and I spent a long time talking about my weight and she said it sounds like I am doing all the right things so to just keep at it. She also mentioned that she thought pre-pregnancy I'd actually gotten too skinny, and despite the BMI scale saying I was healthy she recommends I actually not get lower than maybe 175. I told her about my thoughts about weight and pregnancy - I'd considered losing all the weight before getting pregnant again, but I know that kind of up and down is really bad for you so my thought was I would have the second baby then lose all the weight. She said there was some merit to that line of thinking, and I could also take 6 months to lose some weight before beginning to try but she wouldn't recommend I wait longer than 6 months to begin trying because I turn 35 next year and if I want to use the medication again it becomes less effective after I am 35 (plus all the complications and things that increase after 35, and I'm already high risk when I'm pregnant). Normally they have the patient try for 6-12 months before putting them back on the medication, but she said with my history and my age she's not going to make me do that. So when we're ready to start the prescription I'm just supposed to shoot her an email and she'll send it on to my pharmacy. I started prenatals this morning so we're going to take a month to get those and my other vitamins going in my system and begin trying in March but DH is on the fence about going straight for the prescription since there's a chance that giving birth could have fixed my infertility.

DH got the card fixed. Somebody tried to use it to buy some stuff from Nintendo and our credit union froze the account until we could tell them if it was us or not. We've had problems lately with gas scanners, so he probably got his card copied at one of them or something.

Daycare closed yesterday so I didn't get a workout in, and not only did I pinch a nerve in my back (so no video for me) but I somehow forgot my ID for work today so I can't even access the gym to do the recumbent bike. I was counting on the extra workouts to counteract the Girl Scout cookies I had in lieu of meals yesterday emoticon

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Good morning!

Carol, I hope the ancestry work was rewarding! And good on you for getting the yard work done!!

Sorry to keep whining about the weather. I understand that the high average rainfall is why we have the wonderful hydroelectric power here, but we need a break. There's mildew on the house siding and algae on the grille of my car.

At least I got some sewing done. The antique top is now quilted. I'm going to bind and label it today and send it to my son for a late birthday present. I took a little break from quilting to make these two blocks for the Wild Women quilt.
"Sunflower-esque"
"Alice's Flag"

Wishing everyone a safe and happy day!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Wednesday.

Julie, I'm sorry you are dealing with cold and cloudy weather again. I know you have had quite a bit of it this winter. It sounds as though you have another round of wetness coming your way, so you are probably wise to be thinking about visiting the supermarket. And one would imagine you are relieved that your husband is home safely before the next round of rotten weather arrives.

Today my plan was to get outside to work in the yard, but it was cold (frost on the grass) when I first got up. So after breakfast I started into some Ancestry work with a 4-cousin DNA match that came in yesterday and that I was struggling with. I'm proud to say I did finally put together the connection and then sent off a note to the lady, but this computer can really eat up my day. Anyway, by this time is was 3:30 p.m. so I went and picked up the mail; it included the tax package from our Colorado accountant, so that will definitely be Thursday's priority project. But I set it aside and did get outside for an hour in the late sunshine and raked leaves from the far side of the house and loaded them into the newly-empty bucket. Not all the leaves from back there would fit in the bucket, but it will take less than 5 minutes to finish the area when there is space in the bucket again in 2 weeks. Meanwhile, if the rain starts again I won't be fretting about getting this task completed.

On that happy note I'll go finish my other Spark postings and make my chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a terrific Thursday.


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Good morning!

Carol, thank you for the wise words! I put the ladybug out the back door. I'm not sure where she went, but I hope she found someplace warm and dry.

Today is cold and cloudy, but at least it's not supposed to rain. They are predicting snow for tomorrow, though, so perhaps I'll join the rest of Tennessee at the supermarket today. Meanwhile, the husband has returned for who knows how long, and I am still working on the quilt.

Wishing everyone a perfectly lovely day!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Tuesday.

Julie, it sounds as though you have some good ideas for your book, perhaps promoting it simply as a set of creative ideas and processes without ever mentioning the other book. You can't be the only one who would like to see more unique ideas and fine finishing techniques. And others who started with the other book may now be ready to move on to yours too. You really do have a gift . . . .

Meanwhile, I'm sorry to hear your hubby got re-routed off to Ohio. Hopefully he can avoid this latest round of storms and be home safely tomorrow. On another subject, and to answer your question, ladybugs have been considered good luck in every culture that has them. Some consider them a sign of a wish coming true, others just general good fortune. You might want to make a couple notes of the day you saw the ladybug, what you might have been wishing for, and what direction it went when it took off; one culture said that would be the direction from which your wish would be fulfilled. It will be interesting to see if anything comes of it. It occurs to me that it might be helpful to reinforce the intention with extra psychic energy.

GoodFeline, I hope you were able to get the matter of the false credit card charge straightened out. That had to be really frustrating, not to be able to reach anyone. If your credit card works as ours do, they will cancel that card, transfer the charges to a new account number, and then issue new cards for it, which will take a couple more days when you will not have the account available. Perhaps the Universe was trying to direct the use of your card for you? You never know!

As for the age difference between children, The 2-3 year gap seems to work well for a lot of people, but it always depends on the temperaments of the children involved. As an astrologer I will tell you that when they are born 6 calendar months apart (regardless of how many years) they will usually fight like crazy until they discover a common goal - or enemy. Then they will work together and be an unbeatable team. It's something to watch for.

We were blessed with a second day of sunshine and temperatures in the 50s.I went to the eye doctor this morning, just a mile up the street, for the semi-annual check-up on my macular degeneration. Fortunately, everything looks good so I need not worry about driving to Norwac at the end of May. After lunch I went down to the grocery store for my usual Tuesday shopping. Hubby seems to be doing better, but he still has bouts of weakness and tremors in his legs and hips. Ironically, it was a call from the physical therapy office to set appointments that made him feel much better today. I also got hold of the roofing company about having the moss and branches blown off the roof and they promised to send someone over in the next day or two. Tomorrow promises to be a repeat of our sunny warmth and I am hoping to get out into the front yard to do some clean up in the flower area. Also might try to get more leaves into the yard waste bucket for the next pick up so I won't be fussing about it if/when the rain returns.

So on that happy note I will close here, finish my Spark postings, and the make my chamomile tea to prepare for bed. Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful Wednesday.


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Good morning!

GoodFeline, I'm glad you found what you wanted for baby's birthday. Best wishes making decisions about adding to the family!

Carol, I'm glad you made some progress in your office area! Keep plugging away at it.

About the sewing book... I actually started to write a pagan projects sewing book a while back, then put it on the back burner because I heard Llewellen was nearly ready to publish one. That was the one I just purchased. My issue with it is not that the projects are easy, but that a lot of them are sloppy. A fast and easy low-budget project is great, but why would you not spend a few extra minutes to make it an item you will be proud to keep and use?

Okay, off the soapbox. It is raining, and is supposed to rain all day. Again. The husband got routed to Ohio on his way home yesterday and won't be back until tomorrow. So I guess I'll enjoy the extra goofing off time. I found a ladybug in the kitchen this morning. Is that an omen of any kind?

Wishing everyone a fun day!
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Carol: We've had some mild days the last few days, a little rainy but not too bad. But we're expecting snow tomorrow! We're experiencing more flooding so we need less precipitation!

We bank with a local credit union. I actually used to work for them, they're very employee friendly so the entire employee roster gets all holidays off. DH suggested we get lunch to go today while I'm out for an OB appointment this afternoon so he might have gotten the issue solved. He didn't mention it if he did, I'll have to ask when he picks me up. It's my annual appointment but I am going to be asking about the finer points of planning for a second baby. Chief on my mind is since we used medication to get little man can I use it again? Or will they make me try without assistance for a year first? I'm also curious about her suggestion on an age gap. My mom groups have almost unanimously said a 2-3 year age gap is the best, so I'm wondering when we should start trying for that.

DH and I picked little man's gifts for his birthday, we're getting two smaller gifts (a stuffed animal and a toy truck) and one larger gift (a splash pad). A nice variety and I think he should have fun with all of them. When the weather warms up he can play on the splash pad with his cousin, too. She'll have a blast playing with him.

I woke up at 3:30 this morning to tiny hands being shoved into my mouth to pull my lip down. Little man had decided it was play time for some forsaken reason. I failed at convincing him sleep was cool, so I made him a bottle and we snuggled for an hour. After he dozed back off I slept for an extra hour, making DH late for work and me miss out on my workout. Since I have that OB appointment this afternoon I don't get to take an actual lunch break so no working out for me today. I'll have to try to make up for it later this week. Double time! emoticon

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone had a marvelous Monday.

GoodFeline, it sounds as though your youngster is really off to the developmental races now. Good luck keeping up with him. I hope you find good bedrails that meet your needs for keeping him safe while he sleeps. It was thoughtful of your husband to want to do something special for you for Valentine's Day. Not all husband will do that. As for that credit card issue, I an surprised that they did not have a 24/7 service center, since they know those cards will be needed by customers at all times. If someone else really was trying to use your card, at least your company caught it and potentially saved you a lot of grief.

Julie, I'm sorry to hear the sewing book was so unhelpful for you - though for someone like me it might be too advanced! Perhaps the Universe is suggesting you should write the "advanced version" as there must be others out there who are in those shoes and would appreciate the benefit of your experience. You did say you didn't have enough to do, right? LOL I trust your hubster got home safely and you will both have a great time with dinner and your board games.

We had a lovely day - temperatures in the low 50s and lots of sunshine. We are being promised at least a couple more days of this before the rains return. With the holiday today there was no mail, so at least we didn't receive any bills! I cleared out a corner of my office and rearranged all the cpap equipment into a couple sturdy plastic containers and got rid of the mailing boxes they came in. I also disposed of a collection of paper pieces from the paper shredder. There's still a lot to do but my office is starting to look at least a little tidier and I can walk through parts of it without having to climb over piles of papers. Hubby is still congested but not nearly so much as yesterday. I really do think the echinacea I have been adding to his pile of supplements is helping him. One day at a time . . .

On that happy note I'll go finish my Spark postings and make my nighttime tea. Best wishes to everyone for a terrific Tuesday.



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I found some nice bed rails on Amazon that were recommended by some women in my mom groups, so I've added them to my wishlist. When our tax refund comes in after paying off some of our outstanding medical bills, my school fee, and little mans birthday I am hoping we have enough to buy them. I checked Target but they don't appear to have any that will fit our bed. I saw one of the bumper rails, but he's a climber and I'm worried he'll just haul himself right over one of those.

DH was going to make stuffed meatballs and garlic bread for our Valentine's dinner but decided with the home visit there wouldn't be enough time so offered to get me the Vietnamese place with their special Valentine's tea. But the guy from the home health was over half an hour late, which ran our dinner into little man's bedtime, so we grabbed sandwiches at a fast food place, ate in the car, and when we got home I headed upstairs to bed with an overtired and crying baby and DH went downstairs to play video games. Such a romantic night. He bought me the Vietnamese sandwich on Saturday, but they no longer had their Valentine's tea, and he made the meatballs on Sunday (but didn't make garlic bread), where we discovered I actually make better meatballs than he does.

Little man very persistently kept trying to steal my meatballs, though. And he went on a bottle strike for the first time Sunday afternoon - he just WOULD NOT drink from his bottle. He happily ate his purees, though. He's definitely ready for some more solid food. He doesn't like the texture of new foods though, so I've started adding oatmeal to his purees. He seems to love it. I think steamed veggies will be on the menu soon. Nice and soft, and he loves his veggie purees so hopefully he likes those.

I'm trying to convince DH we need a deck or a patio or something outside our back door. Right now there's a cement slab. It's not very big and it's definitely ugly. I'd absolutely love a sunroom or a four seasons room but I don't think we could afford that, plus it's not very practical with the hail and tornadoes in our area. But a deck or patio would be great. A safe place for little man to play, a convenient place for our grill, and if it's designed right we could even let the cats outside a little.

Mercury is definitely in retrograde. We woke up this morning to an unknown charge on our card, and our card being frozen because of it. DH tried to call about it only to find out the call center is closed because of the holiday. So we have no access to any of our accounts for the the day.

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Good morning!

Carol, it sounds as if you're not letting the never-ending chores get too far ahead of you, which is about the best any of us can hope for!

I didn't get much done on the quilt yesterday, but I did get reading the new books. I was disappointed in "Sew Witchy". There is some useful information about magical intention and clearing. The projects seem intended for people who have never threaded a needle. I don't have a problem with the simplicity of the projects, but rather with the way many of them are crude and unfinished. "Spell Crafts" was a little better, with some very handy correspondences and good spell casting information. The crafts are pretty simple, but not too tacky. I haven't gotten into the voodoo doll book yet... maybe later today.

Supper's in the crock pot, the hubster will be home mid-day, and it's supposed to be sunny all day!

Wishing everyone a great start to the working week!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a successful Sunday.

Julie, I hope you and your husband had some quality time before he left for his next short run today. Not having your D&D group sounds as though it might bring a mixed bag of reactions. I trust you were able to finish that quilt and/or found some other fun amusements.

Our weather is drying out a bit now, at least for a few days. Only a very few clods of moss dropped to the lawn today. I am hoping that by the end of the week I will be able to get someone over to help clear our roof; it has been entirely too wet to be safe to even think of being up there until now. I spent the day doing chores (cleaned up that infernal kitchen again) and cleared out some of the clutter in the closet in my office. I only had a few minutes but made the effort to do something productive instead of piddling away the time. The puzzles are now completed for the weekend too.

So I'm off to finish my Spark postings and then make my echinacea/chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a marvelous Monday.

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Good morning!

Carol, I'm glad you're feeling better... just in time to get your husband through it!

It was sunny and cold again yesterday. The hubster and I went to early voting, then did some board gaming and watched/slept through a few old movies on TV. It was a nice, relaxing day. He's off on another short run today. I have the day to myself as our Dungeon Master is out of town this weekend. I'll probably finish that quilt I started Friday and enjoy the partly sunny weather predicted for this afternoon. Still so glad it stopped raining for a few days!

Wishing everyone a peaceful Sunday!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a super Saturday!

Julie, you're welcome for the warnings on Mercury. That imp is already hitting me more than usual and I hope you don't have too many problems from it. That shop you work with sounds like a fascinating place to visit. How handy that their book selection included one on sewing projects! It sounds as though you and your husband a great day today and another one planned for tomorrow. Will your D&D group be joining you? I know you always enjoy that activity.

I seem to finally be getting over whatever bug was ailing me. I drank several cups of echinacea tea and it appeared to help quite a bit. But Hubby woke up during the night with chest congestion (which he always gets and I never do), so I got him some Mucinex; by the time he got up later he was in full blown got-a-cold condition, so I have been keeping an eye on him all day. Tonight he finally agreed to try some of the echinacea tea and I hope it helps him. I also bought some of the pills at Walmart the other day and I hope he will start taking those since he's not really a tea drinker. It also gave me an excuse to take it easy today and start working on the weekend newspaper puzzles.

So for now, I am off to finish my Spark posts and make my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a successful Sunday.


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Good morning!

GoodFeline, best wishes for getting baby's sleeping arrangements settled safely and figuring out a household budget that allows both eating and celebrations!

Carol, thanks for the heads up on impish Mercury. Forewarned is forearmed!

It was quite cold yesterday, but there was sunshine!! The husband worked until early afternoon, and I got an antique quilt top basted and started quilting it while he was gone. We started a board game, then took a little break to visit the shop. She had saved some hangers for me and I had a shirt to consign. They got a whole bunch of interesting new books in and I chose four that looked like fun: one on voodoo dolls, a Crowley ritual book, a craft book for spell casters, and one with "witchy" sewing projects. Then we had 2 for $10 meals at the supermarket cafeteria and went home to finish our game and listen to the top 60 love songs from the 1960s countdown on satellite radio while enjoying a special bottle of wine. Quite a lovely day!

Today it's very cold again. Our plans for the day are pretty loose. The husband doesn't have to work until tomorrow. We have another board game set up, and there are always hobbies to work on. It's a good day for the crock pot and some kind of hearty soup or stew.

Wishing everyone a cozy kind of day!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Friday. I will try to keep this relatively short as my astrological association meeting tonight ran long and I was late getting home; then I had trouble getting my computer to work. I had to reboot it twice!

GoodFeline, yes, it does sound as though it is time for some adjustment to your son's sleeping arrangements. Good luck with whatever you decide. Congratulations on getting your taxes filed.

Julie, it sounds as though you and your husband had some quality time together. I hope you are able to enjoy a Valentine celebration today too.

We had a quiet day and I had to leave right around dinner time to get to my Oregon Astrological Association meeting. We had about 65 people there, and I only knew 2 faces in that crowd; everyone else was part of the Portland School of Astrology faculty and student body. There was a time when some of us oldsters wondered if there would be another generation interested enough to continue the work that has been in progress for a long time. Now it seems we do not have to worry!

When I got home my computer did not want to start up and I had to reboot it twice! I guess that's my cue to remind everyone that Mercury (planet of communication) has moved into Pisces (dreams and illusions) and it is also going to turn retrograde on the 17th, so if my experience is any indicator, hang on to your hats and prepare to have your patience tested! It will move back into Aquarius on March 5th and then turn direct on March 10th, finally moving back into Pisces on the 17th. We could be in for a bumpy month or more! Don't worry, I'll keep you posted as the events occur; I just wanted to give you a timeline so you would be able to look forward to it finally being over.

I hope everyone has a super Saturday.

Best wishes to everyone!

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Carol: Turkey chili sounds great! Perfect for the recent weather. Today is a little warmer, when I got to work it was 8 degrees outside with a "feels like" of -7.

Julie: I didn't get to work in time for the video this morning, so I will be doing the recumbent bike over lunch today. I'm determined to do it this afternoon and make it 5 days in a row I've exercised! I take weekends off so that would make it an entire week!

Little man has started sleep crawling recently. He mostly just kind of shuffles around in a circle, kind of like a dog or cat getting comfortable, but occasionally he starts wandering out towards the edge of the bed. Typically I wake up when he starts moving and just gently pull him back towards me and he settles back in against me. This morning I didn't fully wake in time and he wandered off the edge of the bed emoticon He belly flopped so he was more startled than anything. Very minimal crying, just wanted hugs and then he saw his empty bottle on the nightstand and started babbling for food. After sucking down a bottle it was right back to dreamland snuggled firmly in my arm. My BFF is telling me this means it's time to move him into his nursery, but I am not comfortable with that at all. If his crib was smaller I'd totally sidecar it to the bed but it won't fit in the bedroom. He hates his pack n play, he doesn't even like being put in it to play when I need both hands free for something. So I think bed rails are the best option.

My work is catering a Valentine's lunch for us this afternoon. I don't know what all is involved but they've told us the main course will be soup, which is perfect for the chilly weather. It was 5 degrees this morning when we left for daycare. The only bad thing is they will start lunch at 11:30, and my lunch break is 1:00, so I will have to eat early if I want to actually get anything. Eating early means I probably won't want to work out when my lunch break comes around, and it also means I will probably want an extra snack because I typically eat every two hours or so.

I filed my taxes this morning. TurboTax costs $80 for state and federal, so next year I might re-check out CreditKarma and see if the $80 is worth continuing with TurboTax. But the refund we're getting will pay off my school fee (they agreed to pay 50% of the fee if I gave them a 50% lump sum payment) and for little man's birthday supplies. I have so many things I want to get him so I need to sit down with DH and decide once and for all what we're getting him as a present emoticon

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Good morning and happy valentine's day!

GoodFeline, good on you for getting in that workout time! And, thanks for asking, I'm feeling fine as paint.

Carol, sounds like you're ready for a lovely day with your husband... enjoy!

It was another dark gray day here yesterday, with more rain off and on. I got the housework done before the husband returned. Then we enjoyed some sangria and a board game while the apple pie I made for him was baking. We had my low calorie version of fish tacos for supper, watched a little TV, and called it a day.

Himself is doing local work today. No telling when he will be done, he says sometime before supper. So I'm not making any solid plans. I am looking forward to seeing that predicted sunshine today!

Wishing everyone a perfectly lovely day!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone had a terrific Thursday.

GoodFeline, I'm glad you got that appointment rescheduled for a more reasonable time. Having those mini-physicals may seem like a nuisance, but I'm sure she is making certain that the oxygen therapy is doing what it is supposed to. You wouldn't want any changes to slip through the cracks, so so speak, if you didn't check. It sure is sounding frigid in your area of the country; I remember living there and how cold those winds could be. Stay warm! Meanwhile, congratulations for fitting in those workouts whenever you can. Those efforts will all add up to success in due time.

Julie, your solution to the heights of laziness sound just perfect. I hope you enjoyed those movies, whatever they were. Also glad to hear you worked out the kinks in your shoulders and neck. I'm glad your husband will be home to celebrate Valentine's day with you at least part of the day.

Hubby had his dental appointment today, so while he was gone I scooted over to Walmart - haven't been there in ages and needed a few small things - hair color, nutritional supplements, paper for the computer printer - nothing huge. But it was fun to wander around just to see what was there and know that no one was waiting for me to hurry up. It's about a half size store compared to what we had in Colorado, but it's quite adequate for our small town area. And I did pick up a Valentine's Day card for my husband; they had a good selection, which I appreciate. I did pick up moss from the lawn today, and there is still more that fell during the late afternoon. We are supposed to have rain for several days, starting tonight, but I'll try to watch for some short letup and get out there tomorrow anyway. And if it is still raining - well, I certainly will not melt! I made turkey chili for dinner tonight, which is one of Hubby's favorites, so that was sort of any early Valentine's Day present for him too.

And on that note, I'll close and go finish my other Spark postings, then make some echinacea and chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a fabulous Friday!




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Julie: Are you feeling better today?

Carol: I got the appointment reschedule for the end of the month at 9:30, an easier time to make. DH wanted to cancel outright since this doctor asks to see him every month and doesn't really do anything but give him a physical, but it's his respiratory therapist and she controls his home health team so I don't feel like I can refuse to go see her.

This morning was -3, with a "feels like" of -23! We got little man all bundled up (which he complained mightily about) and headed out. He looks adorable in his fox coat - it has a hood with ears and eyes!

I hit the gym yesterday for the recumbent bike, and got to work early enough this morning to do the full video. I'm trying to decide if I want to stay at my desk and read over lunch or hit up the recumbent bike again.

DH said he won't make the meatballs I want tomorrow night because of the home health visit, but he will get me dinner and the special Valentine's Day tea from the Vietnamese sandwich shop. He will make meatballs Saturday or Sunday night instead. I am deciding between peppery chicken and five-spice pork for the sandwich.

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Good morning!

GoodFeline, I hope your day got off to a better start today!

Carol, sorry you're feeling draggy; hope that passes quickly! BTW, the quilt block is called Aunt Eliza's Star and dates from the late 1700s and is believed to be named for Martha Washington's niece.

It's still raining, but is supposed to stop soon and give way to sunshine tomorrow. I was inspired to new heights of laziness by the oppressive dark sky yesterday. I managed to work the kinks out of my neck and shoulder, but spent most of the day knitting and watching old movies. The husband is due to return mid-day. If it has dried up any by this afternoon, perhaps we will venture out into the world. Otherwise, I may talk him into playing a board game.

Wishing everyone a day of delights!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Wednesday.

GoodFeline, I'm sorry you didn't make the appointment this morning, as it would have been nice to have it out of the way. But 7:45 is an awfully early time for anyone, but especially when you have a small child to deal with too. I hope you can reschedule at a more reasonable hour.

Julie, congratulations on getting all the bill paying and tax work done today. It's really unfortunate, however, that you hurt your shoulders in the process. I trust you were able to get it stretched out all right. At least the load of that work has been lifted. On another note, that's an interesting pattern on the quilt block, more unique than most that I have seen.

Our weather was quite pleasant today, temps in the low 50s with some sun and no wind. I got out back a couple times a day to pick up whatever branches and moss have come down. We have a neighbor who will blow the mess off our roof it I ask; I just need to remember to ask as there is really a lot of stuff accumulating up there too. I had a ton of plans for today but never got to them as I'm really dragging my tail; I think my sleep was really disrupted last night because of this head congestion, even though my cpap showed minimal interruptions. Oh well, with the joy of being retired there usually aren't too many deadlines and everything can wait until tomorrow. At least I got a new batch of bran muffins made; I try to keep some on hand for quick breakfast and to keep the digestive system moving. I guess that's an old folks thing.

On that note I'll sign off and go finish my Spark posts, then make my cup of echinacea and chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a thoughtful Thursday.


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Carol: Mmm, Mexican sounds good. There's a Mexican restaurant that used to deliver to our house (sadly they no longer do, we are quite far from them) that had delicious food. I miss their fish tacos. There's another restaurant in a nearby city that makes their food with goat cheese. It's really good, but DH doesn't take me there very often.

DH came upstairs to shower this morning and didn't wake me up, he just got into the bed and went to sleep himself, so we definitely did not make it out on time to get to the appointment. I tried to cancel the appointment on their health portal but it was too late for that, so I tried calling but they weren't open, so we just didn't show up. I'll schedule a new appointment later today. That means I didn't make it in time to do any of the video so I'll probably be down in the gym on the recumbent bike over my lunch again.

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Good morning!

Carol, you did have a nice day! So glad to hear you and your husband are enjoying better health (sniffles not withstanding).

It was rainy all day here, as predicted. Looks like we may see the sun on Friday. I made the next Wild Women quilt block (photo below), then paid the bills and did the taxes. I must have really abused my posture while at the desk; spent the rest of the day nursing a sore neck and shoulder. The husband is still on the yo-yo schedule. He got home yesterday around noon and will be leaving later this morning. If he's feeling up to it and there isn't any new flooding, we may go to early voting when he gets back tomorrow.

Wishing everyone a very pleasant day!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Tuesday.

Julie, thanks for the encouragement on the moss. There was more down on the lawn today but not nearly so much as yesterday. Also very few twigs were down today. I have hopes that we are almost finished with the "dropping things" season for the tree. We are supposed to have another week of rain starting tomorrow. I hope you get a break here in a couple days as we just did; I'm trying to send it your way.

GoodFeline, as your son starts crawling and then walking more he will be burning more calories so an increased appetite is to be expected, especially if he is also growing taller and stronger. Whether or not his homework will involve you will depend on a lot of things, including the school and its district policies, how much the teacher presents in class, how well your son absorbs the information, and his natural abilities. Also, school philosophies change over time too. It might be less stressful for you if you just let time reveal how things are going to go and don't make too many assumptions. Planning for summer playtime actually sounds like a great idea. Good luck with the respiratory therapy folks. I am sure everything will be just fine; you are a loving and conscientious mom and it sounds as though you are doing a great job with your child.

We have had a lovely day - clouds and occasional sunshine but no rain, temperatures in the 50s. We had light rain driving down to the oncologist's office. Everything was good news today as Hubby's blood readings are coming up into the normal ranges steadily after the damage done by the chemotherapy. No sign of the cancer returning at this point. We were late getting out of the doctor's office so we stopped at our favorite Mexican restaurant on the way home for a late lunch, which is always generous enough that we took home part of it for dinner. Also got my grocery shopping done - the store is just across the street from the restaurant. My ribs are not nearly as sore as they have been, either. Hooray! I just hope the snuffles and sneezes leave quickly too.

So now I'm going to finish my Spark postings and then make my chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful Wednesday.




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Good morning!

GoodFeline, I agree with Carol about keeping those options open. You never know what will happen tomorrow.

Carol, I'm glad you got some sunshine and a chance to catch up with the moss!

I think I mentioned that it's predicted we are to have rain all week. So far, this has been the case. We're supposed to have a short reprieve on Friday, so I'm planning to get out of the house then.

Wishing everyone a lovely day!
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Carol: He keeps trying to move into a standing position while he's crawling, but can't quite figure out how to push up all the way. I can tell he definitely wants to get walking! I need to buy him some puffs or something because he's starting to want snacks between his purees and bottles. My in-laws bought him some teething cookies but he's not old enough for them yet. He's only 8 months old and already a little black hole!

Someone pointed out to me that I his homework would also be my homework, especially in the early years, and I didn't think about having to help him with his homework. That's going to be one of my parenting duties for the most part, though I will probably have to call on DH or my brother once we start getting past basic math and science (or even my niece, she's been winning school awards for her math abilities - she could tutor her cousin!). The more I think about it the worse going back sounds.

I've never had a green thumb, if my cats didn't eat my plants I killed them. I couldn't even keep succulents or cacti alive. I am looking at some outdoor toys for little man for the warmer weather since we have a good sized yard, though. A water table, a small wading pool, a sprinkler. I don't know if we can get all (or any) of them but I've added them to his Amazon list so other people can see them, too. My in-laws refuse to look at his suggestion list but my family appreciates having it available. It's mostly clothes (he's growing SO FAST - I put on a 6 month outfit this morning and couldn't snap it!) but there's a lot of toys and books on there, too, and of course I keep it updated with the formula and diapers he uses in case anyone wants to help out (my FIL likes to send us formula which is really helpful).

Little man has a follow-up respiratory appointment bright and early tomorrow morning at 7:45, so I will probably be dropped off at work around 7:00. I might actually get through the whole belly blasting video! I didn't make it to work on time to do the video this morning, but I did remember to bring my book in (I'm reading a few books right now, but the one in my purse is "Becoming Attached: First Relationships and How They Shape Our Capacity to Love") so I think I will take it down to the gym with me over my lunch break and see if I can get 20 minutes on the recumbent bike in.

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a marvelous Monday.

GoodFeline, how fortunate that your son was not terribly ill. Sometimes they just need a break from that daycare routine. And walking a bit already? Not a surprise after hearing of his desire to explore his world! And talking too! He sounds like a very precocious child - enjoy! As for the offer from the Dean of Students, you might want to take it tentatively and not turn it down flat at this time. Who knows what these next years will bring! Just a matter of keeping your options open, and you can always close it down later. It sounds as though you are nourishing your soul with your reading. That's a great thing. Good luck with the home visit from the respiratory team later this week.

Julie, thank you for your good thoughts regarding my health. I don't pick up colds and such very often and usually can knock them down in a couple days. Hopefully this one will react the same way. I'm just glad we don't seem to be around crowds where we might be exposed to the new coronavirus that has been brought into this country. It's always fun to watch these new parents get excited about all the steps they go through with the pregnancy and preparations for the new infant. It will certainly add a new dimension to your Sunday gaming group!

Today was a relatively productive time. We did get sunshine as promised by the forecasters, so I was able to get outside to fill the yard waste bucket with more of the old leaves sitting around the perimeter of the house. The surface ones were dry but the other were still quite wet and somewhat heavier. I also took a wide push broom and - reaching very high - managed to bring down most of the moss from the roof of the shed too. Two loads of laundry got handled and the pots and pans are also washed, dried and put away. My ribs are still somewhat sore from trying to do pushups the other day but over-the-counter pain relievers are helping in that department. Hopefully a couple more days of good sleep and echinacea will take care of the last of the sniffles.

On that happy note I'll sign off to go finish my Spark postings and then make another cup of tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a terrific Tuesday.



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Little man got sent home early on Thursday because he was throwing up at daycare. DH reports he was very fussy after he took him home and kept calling for me (he now says "dada" and "mama"), and I ended up taking him to bed early Thursday night and staying home with him Friday. He got in some excellent naps, took his first solo supported steps (holding onto the couch), and had some oatmeal for the first time (which he kept down!). He woke up extra early this morning wanting to snuggle and play so we took him to daycare, fingers crossed.

Thursday I got an email from the Assistant Dean of Students at my [former] school. He's offering to waive the 8-year time limit for me so I can go back and finish my program when little man is older without worrying about getting enrolled in the next three years. It's very generous of him but I am not sure how I feel about the offer. I've really been enjoying the freedom of not being in school - I've finished 3 books since leaving and my yearly goal was 5! I haven't been able to truly read for fun in years. We're stressed about money, of course, but otherwise things are more relaxed without having to constantly worry about my dissertation deadlines. I had figured I'd consider the merits of returning once little man was in school (that way we could both be working on homework) but it hasn't even been a month yet and I don't know that I want to return to that kind of strict structure.

We have our next home visit from the respiratory team on Friday to check on little man's oxygen equipment, order any new supplies we need, and just generally make sure he's in a safe environment. I'll need to clean up the bedroom a bit (I am a horrible clothes-piler) and make sure DH knows the supplies I think we need (I'd like a new cannula for the concentrator in the bedroom and a second one for the tank we keep in the den that for some reason does not have one). After their visit DH will pick little man up from daycare then come get me, and then he's going to make me a Valentine's dinner of stuffed meatballs and garlic bread. It will probably be a later dinner since we have the home visit, so it will mostly likely be eat dinner then up to bed for me. I got him a small gift from little man - it's a cheesy journal with a cover that says "First I stole your heart then I stole your bed Happy Valentines Day, Daddy".

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Good morning!

Carol, I'm glad you're feeling better and had a pleasant Sunday!

It was a beautiful day here, sunshine and moderate temps. It was quite nice to be chauffeured by the DM and his dad. I ended up taking the baby quilt, and the mom-to-be was very pleased and surprised. She's pretty excited about becoming a parent. She showed me the sonogram picture from earlier in the week, and said the pregnancy was only a secret from their families now. They're waiting to see them in person. Anyhow, the game was delightful and loaded with laughs. The young couple enjoys hosting now and then, and seemed much more at ease with it than last time.

Today it's going to start raining again, and they're saying it will rain all week. Rats. I'm going to make a quick run to the supermarket before it starts. Then I'm going to see what kind of new project I can get into. The husband will be back tomorrow, and then continue on that one-day-gone, one-day-home schedule for a while.

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a spectacular Sunday.

Julie, that quilt is just darling! Happy smiles for mom and baby alike! It's good to know that your snow melted and still kind of the DM to offer to drive for you. I hope you and your D&D group had a hilarious day. Thank you for the suggestion about the zinc. I seem to have this under control but I'll keep that in mind for future reference.

We had a lovely day for a change, temperatures in the 50s, partial sun in the clouds, and no rain. Better yet, it is due to last for a couple days. Our trash buckets will not be picked up for another week, but I plan to get more leaves from around the house into the yard waste buckets tomorrow anyway in case the rain returns for another month of onslaught. Between the NyQuil last night and several cups of echinacea tea yesterday and today, I woke up feeling quite a bit better. I am continuing the regimen today and tonight to get rid of the last of the sniffles to be ready for that outdoor work tomorrow. Otherwise it's just been a quiet day - a little TV, a little kitchen clean up, the remaining puzzles. I was working on Ancestry on my grandson's files and came across a new DNA match for him with a picture that looked almost exactly like him. I know that the Y chromosome passes unchanged through the male line but seeing it from this perspective was really spooky. I did reach out to the person in the picture and I'm eagerly awaiting a response.

On that hopeful note I'll close. Hubby and I have a couple more TV programs coming on and then I anticipate getting to bed a bit earlier than usual. Best wishes to everyone for a marvelous Monday.

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Good morning!

Carol, I hope that cold is not taking hold! They say zinc is good in the fighting-off stage.

I finished the baby quilt yesterday (photos of front, back, and detail below). It was another indoors-all-day kind of day, watching the snow fall. I'm glad it melted away, but it sure is a muddy mess outside.

One of our players has to stay in Bristol today (on call for his job), so this week's game will be at the other married couple's house. The DM has kindly offered to drive me, and I will bring the rest of my birthday cookies to share. I thought about taking the quilt, but will wait to deliver it when the pregnancy is no longer a secret.

Wishing everyone a day of sunshine!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a super Saturday.

Julie, I'm sure that baby quilt is going to be darling; I can't wait to see it. Also happy your husband made it home safely. I suspect that you will find a way to enjoy a late birthday celebration when the weather moderates and the roads clear so you can get out with your husband.

Our weather will be dry for the next couple days, and I am looking forward to having drier leaves to pile into the bucket on Monday. Last night we had some wind blow through and branches dropped onto the roof of the house, so this morning there was a small mess to clean up. Fortunately it only took about 10 minutes to clean it up.There are several more branches still on the roof but I'm not about to climb up there to sweep them down. I'll have to get a neighbor to help; also, with my ex-son-in-law (grandson's dad) in town I might try to sweetie-pie him into doing it for me. He and grandson are just hanging around with no particular plans . . . .

Last night near bedtime I started to get a few snuffles; by this morning I was in full blown fighting-a-cold mode. I've been drinking echinacea tea and it helps for short periods. I have to have a clear head for using my cpap machine, so I may break down and use some NyQuil. Hopefully a good night's sleep will help kick this thing.

So on that note I'll sign off to go finish my Spark postings and have another cup of that wonderful tea. Best wishes to everyone on the team for a successful Sunday, whatever that means for each of you.


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Good morning!

Carol, I hope you'll find someone fun to room with at Norwac! Glad to see that serendipity still surrounding you.

Thursday was my birthday, and I spent the very rainy day alone doing nothing in particular. It was okay. Friday it snowed off and on all day. Although there was flooding in town from Thursday's rain, the husband returned without incident. My student cancelled due to the icy roads in Bristol where she lives. I spent most of the day happily working on a baby quilt for my gaming friend. It's looking pretty cute; I'll post a photo when it's done. Today we're supposed to get more snow, but then we're to FINALLY have some sunshine on Sunday. I am so looking forward to things drying out.

Wishing everyone a satisfying Saturday!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Friday.

Julie, you are more than welcome for the Full Moon reading. I hope you find it helpful, if not applying to you directly, then in helping your husband get through the next few weeks. I'm sorry to hear you are getting so much rain - but it's better than that amount of moisture falling as snow! I'm glad your husband was going away from the bad weather on this trip of his. I hope he gets back so you don't have to celebrate your birthday alone. I hope your student arrives and helps you pass the time happily.

Today was "okay" but somewhat dreary. A misty rain fell in spells all through the day. It was enough to soak some additional moss so that more clumps fell off the big oak tree and into the backyard. I went out between showers and kept it cleaned up. My husband is on a long-term course of expensive medication that comes to us monthly from Florida via FedEx. They called this morning to tell me that due to the weather (I assume in TN, since that is where FedEx sorts all its packages) his pills that were scheduled to arrive here today would get here on Monday. No problem; I have enough for another week for him. Then they called this afternoon and said they would expedite the shipment and it be here Saturday morning. I'm just glad I wouldn't be running out no matter which way the shipment went. The dishwasher got run last night so this morning I emptied it and started filling it again. Also worked on a couple astrological charts. I got an e-mail today that my long-time Norwac companion will not be going this year, so I will have to find another roommate. I'll start with my OAA group as I know a number of them will be going. At least I have time to work on finding someone else.

On that note I'll go finish my Spark posts and make my chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a super Saturday.


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Good morning!

GoodFeline, I agree that it is very prudent to get a second opinion on the therapy for your son and hope that works out quickly for you.

Carol, thank you so much for the full moon reading! These emotional influences seem to affect the husband a whole lot more than me, so I will be alert to them this time around.

It rained all day yesterday. There were a few short let-ups when I could let Pepper out for a few minutes, but that's about it. The husband went south on his run and didn't have any trouble with the weather. I baked some chicken and squash and chocolate chip cookies for my birthday dinner, and spent most of the day watching TV and reading.

Today and tomorrow the weather forecast is cloudy with intermittent snow showers. My sewing student is supposed to be here in the early afternoon and the husband should be returning sometime after that. I'm going to see if I can't get the housework done and something in the crock pot and still enjoy a little alone time.

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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a great Thursday.

GoodFeline, you're right, it was a long dental appointment. But I was warned ahead of time and had a book with me to read during the waits between various steps, such as when the computer was creating the new crown or when it was "baking" in the "oven" to set the enamel or whatever that material is. I sure was glad when it was over, however! As for the confusion between the doctor and the therapy people, I noted when I prepared the Full Moon reading that there are some aspects of confusion in the planetary alignments. Lots of stuff in or moving into Pisces. That timing for the ENT visit aligns closely with the easing of the planets: you had good instincts when you set that as your time for getting clarification.

Julie, I'm sending good thoughts for your husband's overnight run. The weather is looking sort of dicey from what we saw on the news. I trust with his driving experience and the guidance of the Universe he will be just fine. That quilt square you showed us is really cool - I love those bright colors. I'm sure you will make good use of your creative time and then be ready to prepare for your gaming day on Sunday. I'm not surprised that NCIS had many unfamiliar faces and that the plot seemed confusing. There have been a lot of changes in recent years. One was that the lady who played Ziva David left awhile back, and there was such an outcry from the fans (and I think drop in the ratings) that they had to find a way to bring her back, at least for a short period. So they are referencing developments in previous shows. They have lost other cast members too, but I do think they have done a pretty good job of casting and developing new characters. Good luck if you decide to watch any more episodes.

Today was a good day. We are grateful that Hubby is feeling better, even if he needs a few pain pills to help him occasionally. That cortisone shot he had last November has been a real godsend. We had a quiet day at home today, with some occasional rain but nothing heavy or serious. I spent this afternoon preparing the Full Moon reading for this weekend; it is posted below.

So now I will finish my other Spark postings and then make some chamomile tea to help me relax for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a fabulous Friday.
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LEO FULL MOON – February 8-9, 2020

The Leo Full Moon will occur on February 8, 2020 at 11:33 p.m. Pacific Standard Time; on February 9, 2020 at 2:33 a.m. Eastern Standard Time; and on February 9, 2020 at 7:33 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time.

Emotions are riding high in Leo, which is a fixed fire sign. We may waver between glorious excitement and the depths of despair and every variation of our emotional energy in between. Little details may set off an explosion we never saw coming and (fixed sign) don’t want to let go of or change or acknowledge may be inappropriate. With the moon in Leo, we are also likely to take that emotion and focus it squarely on ourselves. The North Nodes of the moon are in emotional Cancer too

The sun, of course, is exactly opposite the moon, shining a bright light on whatever action or reaction we choose to exhibit. That analytical sun is sitting opposite the moon in the more cool-headed air sign of Aquarius. It is like the crossing guard from school, holding up its hand and saying, “Hold on there. Stop and think about things before you go all bonkers on the world.” Aquarius also tends cause us to act as though we have blinders on, so we pay more attention to our own emotions and viewpoints than to other people or whatever else is going on around us.

The calendar may say it is winter, but the chart in the heavens is full of fire! The moon sitting in sun-ruled Leo is in a harmonious trine to fiery Mars in explosive Sagittarius, and both are trine four planets in impatient Aries. Those four include:

• Black Moon Lilith our deep, internal passions. In Aries these are likely to
cause us to lash out recklessly if these urges are being thwarted.

• Venus, those things that provide our sense of joy and security. In Aries we
may be inclined to either find exhilaration in taking action or focus on obtaining
those things that we feel enhance the beauty of our surroundings.

• Chiron, the planet of healing old internal wounds. In Aries we may actively
seek healing with others by apologizing or making amends to others – or
others may do the same for us.

• Eris, which designates times when we are feeling left out or abandoned or
misunderstood or rejected and we are trying to find ways to get some
attention or fit in somewhere. This is a very slow-moving planet, so in
addition to emphasizing these times for us individually it also defines a
larger background atmosphere for all of us in the world. In Aries it tends to
push us to create uproars in order to get attention.

It can be exhausting to even consider all the uproar created by these aspects, and it can also be frightening as they may make us feel that life is spiraling out of control.

What intentions did you set at the last New Moon? Are you feeling like a race horse in the gate impatiently waiting for the race to start? Or are you impatient because it seems as though you will never be able to complete all the things you want to accomplish? Does it seem that other people or circumstances are forever getting in your way or putting up barriers to your goals? You are not alone. Three of the four largest planets – Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto – are all still sitting in Capricorn, acting as obstacles – or stabilizers – depending on your viewpoint. The South Nodes of the Moon are sitting in Capricorn too, telling us that there are items from the past that we need to either complete or let go of before we can move forward.

Mercury seems to be coming to our rescue. This planet of information and thinking has moved into dreamy Pisces, putting our heads in the clouds and obscuring our view of what is real. But it will turn retrograde on February 17, telling us to look back at our thoughts from this period to reconsider our current decisions. We are not doing anything wrong right now, but we do not have the clear information we need to make good judgments about the future. So let your mind fly free with dreams and goals; at the same time, keep them in that realm of possibilities and alternatives; use this time to sort through options and various directions, and to mentally explore a variety of feasible consequences.

We will not be clear of all these aspects at the next New Moon on February23, but at that point we will be ready to clear our mental and emotional decks and prepare for spring freshness in our lives.
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Carol: That's a long dentist appointment! I'm glad he had everything you needed in his office though, that makes things much easier. We started brushing little mans teeth the other day. He loves his toothbrush and even managed to do some brushing of his own.

Julie: It's still snowing in small spurts here. It's melting pretty quickly though, so the ground is all slush and puddles. It's kind of dreary. I'm beginning to be ready for Spring.

Last night was decent sleep, too. Fell asleep around the same time as before and again slept until my alarm. It didn't wake little man, but I waited longer than I should have because he was snuggled so sweet in my arms. He woke up when I moved to get up to shower. He did not want to be awake but was placated by seeing both daddy and a cat - two for one!

I got a call on Tuesday from little man's ENT saying he needs to start feeding therapy based on his swallow test results. I was very confused as the people who had done the test said it came back fine, showing nothing was wrong, so I told her no. Then yesterday I got a call from the therapy center saying he needs to start feeding therapy and what would be a good time for me to begin that. I asked them why he needs therapy when I had been told everything was fine and she said he has a weak suck and a weak tongue. I sometimes can't get the bottle out of his mouth so he definitely does not have a weak suck. I don't know about his tongue, but he does great eating his purees and was able to get peanut butter off the spoon just fine, so I'd guess he's doing pretty good there, too. So I told her no. We'll discuss it again with his ENT next month at his appointment but I am not signing him up for feeding therapy when I don't think he needs it. I sent an email to the state early intervention program asking if they would do an assessment on him as a second opinion and I am waiting to hear back from them.

My winter coat looks awful, it's so dirty and stained. I need to remember to wash it this weekend. We have no plans this weekend that I am aware of so I should be able to get it into the washer without worry of needing it to go out.

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Good morning!

GoodFeline, it's pretty amazing watching our children grow into their personalities. You're getting glimpses of the man he will become.

Carol, the NCIS I watched was on the air a week or two ago. There were only 3 characters I knew, all way older and more serious than I remembered them. I didn't watch the entire show. The plot was unclear as the story's focus jumped around and seemed to hinge upon some kind of espionage that happened in a previous episode. I remember it being a fairly straightforward "procedural" type of show, with distinctive, slightly comical, characters solving mysteries.

It rained all day yesterday and it's still raining. On the good side of that, no shoveling was required. I made another block for the Wild Women quilt (below) and started playing around with an idea for a baby quilt for my gaming friend. The husband will be going out on another of those short runs today (out today - back tomorrow), and I'm planning to take full advantage of the solitude. I may even bake myself a birthday cake.

Wishing everyone an excellent day!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Wednesday.

GoodFeline, I hope your snacks were safely edible and that you will be able to use up any leftovers since they will have been refrigerated. When I read your post I had a sense that they might be all right but was hesitant to mention it. Most packaged foods have so many chemicals and preservatives - or just well-sealed packaging - that these things can often survive a little neglect. It's interesting that your son can be so strong-willed about the naps at the daycare even at this early age. He sounds like quite an exceptional child. But don't look for him to slow down. Feeling that our children are growing too fast for us to truly enjoy or appreciate them has been a frequent complaint of parents for many generations.

Julie, how old was the last NCIS that you watched? And what did you find that was so different on the newer one? Just curious. We get the older versions on some of the cable channels and watch some of them when we don't like what is on the newer programming. It's interesting to see how many changes they have made over the years. I'm glad to hear your husband is home for a couple days; the weather folks are showing some vicious storms out on the highways right now but hopefully they will be gone by the time he gets going again. It's good that you got the scrubs pattern worked out; I'm sure it will make your work with that student easier an more enjoyable.

This morning I endured a 2-hour dental appointment. A very old crown (40+ years) had loosened up and a lot of decay had set in underneath it. Fortunately the dentist is only about a mile away, so no long drive today. And he is very good at keeping me out of pain. Also, he has the equipment in his office to make a new crown in about 20 minutes that fit perfectly (bless computers) so it was not nearly as onerous as it might have been. Of course, it was unbelievably expensive, but I shouldn't need to do that again, at least not on that tooth! Otherwise the day was quiet. We had a few rain showers throughout the day but nothing serious. I had put together a stew in the Crock Pot before I left this morning, so supper was handled early, and there will be enough for another meal - maybe even 2 of them.

On that happy note I'll go finish my other Spark postings and then make my chamomile tea for bedtime. I didn't sleep well last night - probably stressed about the dental appointment - so I am looking forward to a more restful night. Best wishes to everyone for a terrific Thursday!



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DH said my snacks were fine. I'm iffy about it, they were out all day, but they were in unopened sealed containers so I'm giving them a try. They tasted fine this morning anyway.

I slept pretty well last night. I got tired at a reasonable hour and slept until my alarm, waking only a few times where I went right back to sleep after checking on little man. I think that's the first time my alarm has gone off in his entire life! It didn't wake him up, but he did wake up when I shouted in pain after being kicked by DH as he tried to force his way under the covers by my feet. I don't know why he doesn't just get into the bed where the covers open at the top if he's so cold, he insists on getting in at the bottom of the mattress instead.

Daycare reports that little man is still refusing to nap for them. He stopped napping for them the Monday after he figured out crawling and continues to refuse. He takes 3 naps a day at home on the weekends and holidays so he DOES nap, he's just refusing for them. I'm starting to get concerned he's not getting enough sleep during the day.

This morning for some reason little man just looked so grown up. It made me want to cry, he's so big now! He's crawling and standing and learning about new foods! He's gotta slow down for me emoticon

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Good morning!

GoodFeline, sorry things didn't go your way yesterday. I hope it will be better for you today.

Carol, it seems your outing was serendipitous! I watched part of an NCIS episode earlier this week. It was quite different than what I remembered.

Yesterday it rained all day. The husband came home and will be here until Thursday sometime. I worked up the scrubs pattern for my student and did some troubleshooting on the construction of it. More rain is predicted for today and tomorrow. I remind myself - no shoveling.

Wishing everyone a fine and dandy day!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone had a terrific Tuesday.

GoodFeline, to the best of my knowledge there is not a new NCIS series, but there are a few significant changes to the old ones. One of the occasionally-featured actresses from the original series is taking on a new character role in the Los Angeles series. And they killed off Chris LaSalle from the New Orleans series; they have a new actor to play a new team member, but apparently they are going to try him for 1 (or maybe 2) episodes, probably to get fan reaction before they make him a permanent replacement. They are also messing with the New Orleans regularly scheduled day and delaying picking up the story line on the original series. I hope all of that makes sense for you. It was kind of your husband to go out to do the shopping for you, but it sounds as though he's the kind of helper who needs a written list! Good luck with getting him "trained." I hope you feel better soon too, so you can get back to your exercise routine.

Julie, I'm sorry to hear your weather is pulling down your moods. Hopefully things will lighten up soon for you. You have always sounded as though you enjoyed the teaching aspects of sewing, so perhaps having a student to plan for and then assist will help lift your moods until the weather becomes more cooperative. If it's any consolation, even though we are farther north than you are, we have trees budding out, and a few even starting to leaf out, so spring can't be too far off.

We had a good day today. The forecasters were predicting rain and possibly snow this morning, but fortunately they were way off base. We had dry roads and even some sunshine for our trip over Cornelius Pass to the eye doctor's office. He says Hubby's eyes are getting better again but still not ready for the "maintenance" stage. We were out earlier than expected, so we rearranged our schedule and headed next to Barnes & Noble. I didn't pick up anything but Hubby got 3 paperbacks (favorite authors, on sale). Then we went across the road to the DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) store. We had one near our Colorado home and they always had what I wanted. Fortunately, that was true here too, so I finally got a new pair of athletic shoes for my shopping trips and other outings. From there we went to Applebee's for lunch, where we tried their new Bowls. I had the Mexican bowl with grilled chicken breast; Hubby had the one with shrimp, both on a small bed of rice. Both also had guacamole and pico de gallo on a bed of fresh lettuce, salsa, tortilla strips. Yummy! We stopped at the grocery store on the way home (senior 1st-Tuesday discount day) and Hubby happily waited in the car, reading one of his new books. Of course, when we got home I found clods of moss all over the back yard - again! So I brought the empty trash buckets back from the curb and collected the moss. Mother Nature is making sure I get in at least some physical activity, even if it is only 20 minutes worth.

On that happy note I'll go finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful Wednesday.




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Carol: I love NCIS. Isn't there a new NCIS series with a new cast? I remember seeing that somewhere recently. I'm a big fan of detective shows.

DH slipped out to the store last night after little man and I settled into bed for the night. He picked me up some burritos for breakfast (we both forgot about my yogurt though) and soup for my lunches and some quick and easy dinners for the week. He also got me my favorite snack - pickles, cream cheese, and ham. Unfortunately I left the bag with those ingredients on the floor of the kitchen, so there goes my snack for the week emoticon He's not sure if he has bell choir tonight so he said we'd just get take-out tonight, that way if he does have bell choir he can just grab me something on the way home. I'll have to think about what sounds good.

I am going to skip exercising today. I did yoga yesterday and will do yoga again tomorrow if I am not feeling as gross as today, we'll see how it goes. I stayed within calories yesterday but only got 5 glasses of water in. I was so busy at work I forgot to drink.

We were running quite late this morning so I didn't get into work until 8 and I was surprised to see a coffee pot sitting in the maker! But when I went over to it I saw it had been set up but she (I know exactly who did all this) didn't bother to start it. No big surprise, the floor has gotten so used to me being nice enough to take the time in the morning to make the coffee since I am usually the first one in that nobody else will make it now. So I got it started, set up the other coffee so it was ready to be brewed, put my stuff away, and left to let the pot fill while I got my office ready. I returned to her having opened the other coffee bag and poured the grounds out (?!) and hot coffee having been spilled on the coffeemaker, pot, counter, and floor because she didn't want to wait the 6 minutes for the pot to fill and pulled it out while it was brewing to stick her cup under the stream. Then she just left the mess there for me to clean. This isn't even the first time she's done that kind of thing. She's not a new or younger employee either, she's semi-retired working part-time until she fully retires. She should know better than to behave that way in a professional environment. I was already irritated over a fight with DH and discovering my request to the staff executive committee had been completely disregarded (I requested they add a plain milk chocolate item to the vending machine for those of us with nut allergies and saw they have added a new item - another peanut item). Now I am just sitting here seething. I should be busy enough today to mostly take my mind off it, though.

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Good morning!

Yesterday the temperature got up to 66 and it didn't rain all day. It was cloudy, though, and still too soggy outdoors for a walk in the park. Today it's raining again. Really, this weather is starting to get to me.

I didn't get much done yesterday other than going to the chiropractor. One of my quilting students wants to come over Friday and learn to make scrub tops, so I think today I will get that pattern out and make one up. I seem to remember there being something a little tricky about it, so best to refresh my memory before trying to teach someone else!

Wishing everyone a very fine day!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone had a marvelous Monday.

GoodFeline, I'm sorry to hear your special dinner turned out to be different from what you expected. It seems that any time you find something you especially like it gets changed. I hope your son learns to adapt to variations in the sleeping arrangements so you can get better sleep with him.

Julie, it sounds as though you had a real blast with your D&D game. I hope you were able to rise from the dead and continue to play. Thanks for posting the picture of the new dress; I love all the detailing you always put on your work.

We had a quiet day again. The temperatures were cold but there was no rain and occasionally the sun peeked through. My son texted to say he was working from home for a couple days as they have another snow storm coming through and maybe he will call on Thursday. Again, I am grateful to be out of those snowfalls.Housework called today, along with gathering up the trash and getting the buckets out to the curb. We found a couple old NCIS episodes we had not seen before so the evening got away from us.

Time now to finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a terrific Tuesday.


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The school only offers those two plans, so it's the single payment or the three $1,000 payments. We'll have to do the payment plan since we absolutely cannot afford a single $3,000 payment, but I don't know where we're going to get $1,000 either.

Little man's favorite food is carrots and sweet potatoes is right up there so we tried a carrot, sweet potato, turkey mix. He threw up after the first bite and kept gagging for several minutes. I guess he is NOT a turkey fan. He did like peanut butter, and loved having it mixed in his banana puree. So I'll definitely try giving him some peanut butter on banana slices to see if that helps with his thinking the texture of the slices was icky.

I was disappointed in my special dinner. I opted for the grilled tofu to make it easier on my husband only to find out they hadn't updated their online menu and the vegan curry is now a permanent menu item and I could have had that after all. Then I realized they changed the grilled tofu recipe and it no longer includes their homemade butter mayonnaise, which I love. The drink was also a disappointment. There wasn't much honey in it, and the picture in the advertisement made it look like there would be a layer of red bean paste on the bottom but it was actually a mixture of whole red beans and boba. I couldn't decide if I actually liked it or not but I didn't finish it.

Little man and I had a rough night last night. He took a long time to fall asleep, which is unusual. If he doesn't fall asleep while drinking his bottle he's asleep within minutes after finishing it. Once he was asleep he was incredibly restless. Flopping around, crawling in his sleep, and crying. He just could not get or stay comfortable and I was constantly patting him back to sleep. The bedroom was unusually warm, which was probably part of it. He likes to be cool to the touch while he's sleeping. DH has somehow lost parts of every sheet set we have and the last time I asked him to bring some clean sheets upstairs he claimed he couldn't and covered the mattress in a mink blanket instead (he said it was soft and the bedroom is always too cold anyway). So between the mink blanket, body heat, and the cats it gets pretty warm. It didn't help that somehow the fan was turned down too low. After I turned the fan back up he settled down some and slept more peacefully, but unfortunately I didn't think to check the fan setting until late and I didn't get to sleep until nearly 1.

DH didn't go grocery shopping like he was supposed to this weekend so we have no food for the week. I should have double checked whether or not he was going to do it Sunday night after visiting his parents, if I'd known he wasn't going to I could have done an online order for him to pick up while he was out. But that means gas station meals for today. I grabbed a breakfast pizza slice for breakfast, but it's just not cutting it like my usual breakfast does and I am really struggling not to snack extra to try to fill my rumbling tummy. Lack of sleep, lack of proper food, and the Mondays is a bad combo for snacking.

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Good morning!

Carol, you are fortunate to have such good recycling resources! Our city recycling used to take paper, metal, glass, and plastic (but not bags). Now they only take paper and metal. The deposit/return concept needs to make a comeback here.

The sun was out yesterday for a change. According to tradition, that means six more weeks of winter. BTW, found this terrific article about Groundhog Day/Imbolc historically and as an astronomy holiday:
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In this week's game, my character was killed by a walking worm monster while in the hospital recovering from a near-fatal wound inflicted by a cannibal ghost. Now tell me Call of Cthulhu doesn't sound like hours of fun! We started and ended early so players could go to super bowl watching, so I had time to almost finish the frumpy dress. I should be able to get those last few stitches done before my chiropractic appointment this afternoon. Meanwhile, the husband will go out on another short run and return tomorrow afternoon.

Wishing everyone a delightful Monday!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone had a spectacular Sunday.

Julie, I'm sorry to hear the rain and dark skies have entered your neighborhood. I hope they will move out quickly and better weather will come your way soon. It sounds as though you got some perfect foods for your D&D game snacks - healthy food and easy to manage. I hope your husband made it home in time to join in the fun.

I did check out the link regarding trash bags and actually smiled as I read the suggestions. Our local trash company actually helps us accomplish most of those goals. We have single stream recycling for plastics, paper, and metals. They do not take glass, but we have a transfer station nearby where we can drop it for no cost. Also, both plastic and glass bottles for soft drinks and wines have 10 cent deposits on them, and the redeeming process is super easy with lots of available stations. Some of our food waste can go down the food disposal unit in the sink, so there is little left to go in the trash (e.g., banana peels). Also, all of our yard waste goes into a separate bucket, so all those leaves in the fall and grass clippings in the summer, as well as the year round weeds and tree branches, go into a separate bin that is hauled off to a community composting site, and the compost is available to local citizens. I don't mind using my reusable bags so long as I can get into the habit of putting them back in the car after each use. At least the article reassured me that we are making good efforts in this regard.

Today we had another dry day and even a little sun. I went outside to rake up the small number of leaves that have fallen on both the front and back yards. While I was out there I also pulled some weeds and picked up clods of moss that had fallen from the oak tree. It took me 70 minutes but the yard looks much better now, though I haven't done anything with the flower gardens, just the lawn. Heaven help me, we are barely into February and there is a distinct need to mow it already. We watched more skating and then the Super Bowl; the latter wasn't too much fun as we really didn't care who won or lost.

So now I'm off to finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a marvelous Monday.


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Good morning!

Carol, I'm glad you had time to enjoy the skating events, and I can see how it would enhance the enjoyment of the Olympics later on.

It was rainy and dark here most of yesterday. I did get to the supermarket for a few needful things. While I was there, I found hummus, pita chips, strawberries, and sugar cookies marked down too much to resist. So, other than washing the berries and opening packages, I'm all set for today's game. We're starting an hour early so some of the group can go to super bowl parties. It looks like the hubster will be home in time to join in, so it should be a full table.

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Wishing everyone a very happy Imbolc/Groundhog Day!!
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Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a super Saturday.

Julie, you're right, we haven't used this title before. Somehow I thought we had a couple years ago but you are quite correct. It certainly is a goal to strive for! I'm happy to hear you have managed to get so much done with chores and your new sewing project. I'm sure you will enjoy having your husband home for the gaming group on Sunday. I bet you'll have a great time.

GoodFeline, I hope you are having pleasant times with that little one of yours.

We had another quiet day here. We took time to watch the European Figure Skating Championship men's finals this afternoon. We watched the U.S. women's and ice dancing championships last weekend. We have found we enjoy the Olympics more if we have watched some of the preliminary events such as these. It also helps pass the time as we wait for spring weather. Of course, it was a good excuse to sit and work on some of the puzzles from the newspapers too. I also got out in the yard for about 20 minutes again to pick up branches and moss from the oak tree. It was a bit cooler out there but still dry. Tonight we caught a couple new episodes of Ancient Aliens. The government is declassifying a lot of their records and it's interesting to see what they have been hiding from the general public all these years.

On that happy note I will go finish my Spark postings and make some chamomile tea to help me sleep. Best wishes to everyone for a good night's sleep and a superior Sunday!



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Good morning!

Can you believe we haven't used this title yet?

Carol, I can relate to your feeling lazy, but I bet you're more industrious than you think. With all the conveniences at our fingertips, we don't have to work as hard as our parents raised us to do.

GoodFeline, it must be fun getting baby to try all the new foods. He may get over not liking green things, so try them again later on.

Yesterday went pretty well. I got the chores done and made some progress on my project before the husband got home. (Yes, he does keep a bag packed in his car and non-perishable foods in the big truck so he doesn't have to turn down last-minute runs.) He's out again today for another short run, and should be back in time for gaming tomorrow. I'll be getting the house and snacks ready and probably sewing some more. It's rainy again, but I may run out to the supermarket in between showers just to get out of the house.

Wishing everyone silver linings!
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