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7/10/19 9:09 P

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Oh man.....just saw another post. Admitting Colie with pneumonia. They just can't catch a break. They leave on the 23rd.

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Oh wow Elizabeth!!! What a night! Yay for applying! Hmmmm, bet your current boss will be very sorry to lose you! Fingers crossed!!

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Hey all, please keep Laura and especially Colie in your thoughts and prayers. I just saw she posted on fb (about 6 hrs ago) that they rushed Colie to St Elizabeth's. I believe the doctor ordered it....that's all I know and I don't want to text her and bother her. Just going to pray everything is ok.

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Oh Dawn, that's just horrible. ūüėě

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HI all!

Maryanne - that is exciting about the kitchen. Labor Day will be here before you know it. I have a cabinet with deadspace and another one that I so wish had a lazy susan in it. Need to find a handyman to put one in for me. Its been on my to-do list forever. Sorry that work is such a mess. Won't that be fun to deal with and the construction.

Dawn -hope you had fun with Robere. Your schedule for the next few days sounds even worse than normal. I am so sorry.

Sue - hope you are keeping cool and balancing all those clients.

Janine - what a good mother you are - dogsitting as well! Does Elvis get jealous of the time you spend with the other dogs?

Laura - hope you are relaxing. I seriously can't believe how lucky you are in the casinos and at the track.

Yesterday I was finally able to take my niece to get her ears pierced. Her parents wanted her to wait until she was 16 which was in January. Her mom doesn't have pierced ears. But finally last night got to take her to Claire's with her sister. Only hard part was their credit systems were down so I had to get cash. So once we were done we called her Mom who asked what the younger sister thought and if she was dying to get them done to which of course she was. Mom said that if it was alright with Dad she could have hers done too. Quick call to Dad and second niece got them down at 14.. Big sis decided it was okay too. The younger sisters are excited that they won't have to wait till 16!

Then we met up with Mike and his sister (the girl's Mom) at PF CHangs and I recognized that Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones was there with his family. Actually got to talk to him as they were leaving. He has 3 year old twins. I mention that the 14 year old was a twin and that my sister-in-law has another set of twins. They were amazed.

And then for other big news. Today I got my act together and applied for a job. Not sure if it is the perfect job and even if I will get an interview but I DID SOMETHING!

So overall not a bad day!

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Maryanne, I have a class at 7am tomorrow morning. I have to be up and getting ready at 4:30am so I can make sure the animals are taken care of and I have to leave here at 6am to get to class at 7am. I work 7p-7a on Fri. Yup. Iíll be cooked by then.

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Afternoon all,

Another awful day working but whatever, I'm just plugging along as best as I can. Just finished up a few minutes ago and going to sit and have some dinner and then relax. I was going to do some cleaning but alas...Ö..that's SO not happening tonight. Just talked to my niece. All is going well on vacation and Teddy is doing great. I was going to try and go down this week but may not get there so instead I'm planning to go down early Saturday morning and spend the entire day with them.

Janine - Pompeii was a very moving experience and I'm also glad she got to experience it. Sounds like she had a wonderful trip but like all vacations, over way too fast (for her, not you - ha ha ha ha).

Dawn - UGH that's VERY early for you to be up. Hope you can get some rest later on. When are you back at work?

Have a good night all.

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Today the happy travelers are in Pompeii. They checked into their hotel in Naples earlier so that they can get to the airport easier in the morning. I was talking with Kate when she was walking through the displays of bodies. She was pretty awestruck by it. I am glad she got to do this trip now. I will, however, never dogsit for her this long ever again. I love my grandpuppies and she doesn't live that far from me, but having to be over there every few hours is a lot to do. I am glad she is back tomorrow night.

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Good morning hope everyone has a great day

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Hey all,

Up at 6:30am. I feel gross. Will go to bed early tonight so I donít feel like this tomorrow too.

Maryanne, wow, that takes awhile to get those cabinets in!! Itís going to be SO nice though....even if you do have to tolerate a lazy Susan;)

I have to slog down this coffee and get going. Everyone have a wonderful day.

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hope everyone had a good day and have a good night

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So the contract was signed. Cabinets will be ordered tomorrow which will take 5-6 weeks. Once those come in I go on their schedule that can take up to 3 more weeks. I wasn't happy about that but she was giving me the high range for everything. (i.e. cabinets could come in within 4 weeks) SO, it looks like work will commence the Tuesday after Labor Day. It could possibly start the week before but I'm not counting on it. She said once it starts everything should be totally completed in 5 weeks. they were going to demo the walls first and then the kitchen and she got both crews coming in to do it all at once. She felt that would be better for the 'girls' because it will obviously be the most noise. I thought that was very sweet of her. I will be here every day they are here. No matter how noisy or inconvenient it will be for me there is no way I'm leaving them here alone with a work crew. They are going to be terrified for sure...Ö We're going to redo my spare room and move the furniture into my room so we have more space and then well, we'll hunker down. She said plan on at least 3 weeks with NO kitchen. There was one BIG disappointment today - The cabinet in the corner will not be big enough for the pull out style shelving and it has to be a lazy suzy which I HATE. I contemplated just leaving it empty with nothing but I don't want to waste the 'back' space. Sigh, I really just hate those stupid things...ÖÖ.other than that I"m so very happy with everything and getting excited.

Alas, I have to put my excitement on hold and go switch the laundry and clean liter boxes. Sigh.

Dawn - so glad the little ones did better last night.

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Hey all,

Lovely, lovely day out there today!!!

Maryanne, I am SO incredibly excited for you that this kitchen is going to be started soon. What fun. Youíll have to keep the kitties safe from going outside when the contractors are in and out doing their work.
I do wish your work was much less stressful than it is.

Janine, as your daughter gets older sheíll start to embrace all of her heritage. Donít worry about it. Most people that I know like to know alllll about where they originate from. Hence the popularity of 23 and me and all of those companies. People really do want to know. Iím glad it means so much to her.

Sue, I hope your day is going well and you are not inundated at work.

Elizabeth, have you recovered from your holiday celebrations? This is MUCH better running weather. Good time to be training.

Laura, Iím glad you and Colie have been having a good time.

The chicks did just fine last night. I sat out there with them until they all made their way into the coop. I did not let Bobby go outside. They didnít do too badly before they went in. They were super glad to see me this morning with their corn and feed. Little Minnie flew up onto the rim of the bowl of corn I was holding in my hand. She was going to make darned good and sure she got her fair share of corn. The others are too big to fly that high!!!! Cracks me up.

Not too much on the docket today. Iím going to finish laundry and go to the store. Bobby and I are watching Robereí for a couple of hours tonight so, Iím looking forward to that. All of the kids except for Biz will be leaving for the Outter Banks on Sat. Iím already dreading it. I worry about the babies around the pool. I know their parents will be watching but there will be a lot of chaos there so it could be stressful for them all. Hoping not but, I guess itís out of my hands.

Ok, I need to eat. Getting really super hungry now. I hope you all have a really nice day.

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Morning all,

Yay Elizabeth - glad it all went well but yeah, I'm sure exhausting running around getting everything done and UGH, what a time for there to be a delay in getting the food. But you did it and I'm sure everyone had a great time. So glad your brother came and brought your dad to enjoy.

Janine - I think that is beyond awesome about her getting to spend the time there and even nicer that you sent her! Way to go mom! Don't be sad over the heritage thing but DEFINITELY start sharing more of your own history. I relate more to my Italian side and now I regret not talking to my mom more in-depth about her side of the family. We know next to nothing and now they are all gone....... Maybe a family tree might be fun to do?? (her not you) ha ha ha, you have no extra time.

Jen - I agree with Janine - it does show what strength you have!

Dawn - uh ohhhh, sounds like Bobby is the softy in the family when it comes to the babies. I will admit, if I heard those little peeps/cries I'd be right out there! So glad work wasn't so horrible. If only it would stay like that for a few weeks! UGH to the training.

Laura - WOW is all I can say about you and the success you have had at Encore! I am SO meeting you there to see if I can get any of your luck. Hope you and Colie are having a fabulous time. When do you leave for London? Dare I ask............any word on the house?

Sue - I really just can't believe the amount of work you are dealing with lately? Another client on top of that workload..........wow. Hang in there. I hope you have a nice vacation planned for yourself - You need it!

Me - Going to Norfolk Kitchen and Bath at 3:30 today to sign the contract and hand over 15k as a down payment! I can't tell you how sad I will be to part with that money BUT, I'm putting it all on my credit card. As soon as the bill comes in with all the points, I will pay it off. :) I already have 77k points so this will add a nice tidy sum to the pile and give me some free flights.

Ok, have a great day all. Back to this nightmare......

Maryanne

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7/9/19 10:35 A

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Jen...I can not imagine how that felt for you! It just proves how strong you are though.

Dawn....I have watched a few videos of hospital staff honoring organ donors. It is so emotional. I am glad you do that for the families.

Elizabeth.....I am glad your dad got to enjoy the fireworks and festivities with the family!

My daughter has had a very emotionally charging trip. She was very close to my mother-in-law and embraces her Italian heritage more than anything else (except she loves Polish pierogis). She has dreamed of going to Italy her whole life. She took Italian in high school and has planned many places to see. She has met so many cousins and aunts and uncles. One uncle actually used to live here in the States with his wife and sons (one was 2 years old). They moved back 21 years ago. When my daughter saw this uncle she was so overwhelmed with happiness, but yet sadness that her grandmother was not able to share in this moment where her granddaughter and siblings were together. Hence the tears. I am glad she had the chance to go, although I am sad a little by the reality that she does not embrace my heritage at all like this. I guess I have some work to do so that she will want to understand the Frech-Canadian or Polish sides of her life as well.

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Thank you al!!

It was literally the most stressful situation I've ever dealt with.

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Hey all,

Well well, this thread is hopping today!!! What a beautiful day it is out there. I wonít be sitting here too long.

Welcome Nancy! I live in Manomet and my daughter owns a house on Whitehorse beach! Glad you are here and hoping you hang around and get to know us and we can get to know you.

Jen, wow, that sounds really stressful. Iím so sorry for all youíve been going thru. What an awful ordeal. Hoping and praying that the new mortgage will be just the ticket for you all.

Laura, how nice that you got those FREE nights at the hotel. Enjoy them. It sounds like your 4th was very low key and relaxing. I think thatís just the right medicine for you both right now. Praying you get to close on time.

Maryanne, I am really sorry that you had to come back to such a work mess and had to hit the floor running right out of the gate!!! Ugh. Thatís horrible and terribly deflating. You go on this lovely vacation and you end it on a high note with Teddy and then you are faced with total nonsense as soon as you get back to work!!! Blah. Thatís all I have to say about that.

Oh Sue, why in the world are they making you see so many pts in one day? Thatís a lot of travel and documentation!!! Are they short staffed? Folks on vacation maybe?

Elizabeth, that sounds like quite the bash you had there on the 4th. I think I would have had to laugh at your dadís comment about the fireworks. Thatís adorable!!! You all sound like you had fun though in spite of the work load prior to and during. Hoping you got some rest at some point. I am WELL acquainted with your feeling of exhaustion from being up for way too many hours.

Janine, I know youíre going to do just fine. Like I said, weíre all here for you. Why was your daughter crying? Was she just exhausted from being jet lagged? I do hope she has a marvelous time.

Did I cover everyone?

Work over the weekend wasnít too bad. I wasnít in charge so no one was calling my name every 5 seconds and we didnít have too many disasters. We did send a pt for organ donation which is always very emotional. We did the walk of honor for him as he made his way to the O.R. It really helps the families to cope when we all line up in the hall and pay our respects as they make their way out of the unit. It helps them to know that his life wasnít a complete waste.
I took a nap in the garage. Going back to 12 hr nights just totally destroyed any sense of being rested that I had while on vacation. But, I am SO thankful it wasnít a disaster of a weekend!! Stopped and got my labs drawn on my way home. Got to bed around 1:30 and up at 3:30. This is the week that I have to be in Weymouth at 9am on Wed and 7am on Thurs for mandatory training. I really wish they would off classes that suite the night peoplesí circadian rhythms but the people that teach only want to work days so, once again, the night people have to pay the price. If Iím not feeling good after all of that, on Friday I wonít be going to work that night!!!
Came home to a huge mess in the basement today. Apparently Bobby got distracted while putting Sammy in his cage last night and forgot to shut the door. It was wide open when I went down to get him today and he was wandering around in the basement. So, I was thinking I was just going to clean cat boxes and get to bed but ended up having to scrub and sanitize numerous spots on the basement floor!!! It took awhile.
I know it sounds heart rending that the baby chickens make such a fuss the first few nights outside but they do get used to it really quickly. You just have to realize that they canít stay in forever. Now, trying to convince Bobby of that is an issue this go. He canít stand to hear them peeping so frantically. So, I have cleaned out the brooder and am putting it in the basement so that he wonít be tempted to go out and rescue tonight. Iíll go out a few times to help them settle in. Theyíll be fine.

Thanks for the encouraging words on my weight loss. Iím just ever so relieved to see it finally coming off. My clothes feel better on me.

Ok, I have to run to BJís. Not planning on cooking tonight. Going to keep it light til tomorrow at noon. Then Iíll eat. I hope everyone can get outside and enjoy the weather.

Have a great night all,

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Hi all!

Welcome Nancy!

Jen - glad to hear you got a new mortgage. Will be thinking good thoughts for you!

We survived 4th of July 2019!. We have a roofdeck in the city so it is our holiday to host. There were 44 adults including us and 16 kids ranging from 18 months to 16. It was a lot of work to get ready. I was up till 4 am the morning of the 4th baking and then working all day. We went for the food and they closed a road early which made us 20 minutes late getting home. I can't believe we were ready in time. Two friends came to help and thank goodness. For the first time ever my brother and sister-in-law came. They brought my Dad. My cousin was going to bring him but my brother wasn't so keen on that so they all went to the Cape on Wednesday and came up for the 4th. And went back down the same night. My brother and I aren't always on the same page and he is definitely my big brother but in the end all worked out. It was funny that my Dad thought the fireworks could have been better.

I ate leftovers most of the weekend. Was supposed to take my niece to get her ears pierced but that didn't come about. Hopefully tomorrow night. It has taken a while to get her mom to agree to this. The Mom doesn't have pierced ears. My niece is 16 and is excited about it.

Laura - hope everything gets settled with the lawyers. Way to go at the track and the casino. We really need to start investing with you. I would love to connect. Maybe when you get back from Ireland.

Janine - glad your daughter is having a good time. I know it is tough to have her so far away. I had ice cream as well this weekend which I normally don't. It was in the freezer from the party so....

Dawn - glad Biz is home. Way to go on your weight loss. And way to go on not going in. They work you hard enough as it is.

Sue - have you tried to run in this heat. I did on Saturday. It was awful. I have poor cardio as it is and with the heat I was not moving well. Good prep for my face in August but I should have waited till Sunday.

Maryanne - sounds like you had a fabulous time. I can't believe Teddy is already 6 months old. Glad the kitties behaved somewhat (at least for them). Sorry that you came back to such a mess. Now that you are home I am sure you will be back on track again.

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Welcome Nancy!

Jen....so happy to hear some positive news from you! I pray this continues.

Maryanne...sorry you had to go back to work today.

Today I got to videochat with my daughter and my husband's aunts, uncles, and cousins in Italy. My father-in-law enjoyed seeing the family. I did not like seeing my daughter cry, although I know it was because she was overwhelmed. I am ready for her to be back here though!

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Afternoon all.

Well as you can imagine - I'm VERY sad to be back at work today. It was just a fabulous week/weekend and alas......it's over. Had a fantastic day yesterday visiting with my niece and of course Teddy. He's 6 months old now and soooo stinking cute. His new thing is to stick his tongue out when he's laughing. Dying laughing. I had a good 4 hours basically all to myself. Just awesome. I'll try to get to their cottage sometime during the week for another visit. Other than that, I don't have to tell you what I returned to for work. TOTAL chaos and a complete mess of things. Still trying to finish going thru the 580 plus emails. Issues are everywhere. Oh well..........

Jen - So GOOD to hear from you! I'm sorry things have been such a mess for you and pray this revamp of your mortgage will finally get you guys back on solid ground. Hang in there and please check in with us.

Welcome NewNancy :) What did you do with 'old' Nancy? Sounds like you are having a wonderful Summer so far. I also live in Dedham. I'm in the Manor section. Hope you decide to join our merry little band here............

Everyone else - Hope you had a nice 4th of July weekend and that all is going well.

I'll talk to you soon. Have a great day.

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Good morning Another Marathon at work today have a great day

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Hi Everyone,

I can't remember when I joined Massachusetts Sparklers, but I've been with Spark people since 2007. I'm enjoying this beautiful weather we've been having. We spend our summers in Manomet on the beach, and live in Dedham. Both of my yards are gorgeous with blooming flowers. we had a great 4th of July on the beach watching awesome fireworks from our porch with friends and family.

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Hi all!

just wanted to pop in and say hello! I'm am so bad about coming in and posting my life is crazy. and I hate only having negative things to post:(

Good news is, we didn't lose the house, so thats a positive thing i can say. To make a long story short, we were fighting forecloure, we had a rotten lawyer, well, he helped us escapre foreclosure over the winter, so he did something right, but he didnt get us out of trouble, like he insisted he would.

Well, without the help of a laywer, i fought it off again, and this months foreclosure was cancelled and I have a new mortage.

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Thanks all the for the support and encouragement! I really do appreciate you all. I am being more mindful of my food and water intake for sure.

Enjoy the free suite Laura!

Dawn.....thanks for that video. I had forgotten you had mentioned it before. I will definitely look at it.

Maryanne.....how is life back with the girls?

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We enjoyed our stay in the suite at the Renaissance - used the water shuttle to the casino both days it was a nice ride - took a lyft back from the casino because we arrived late around 9:30 pm and the shuttle stops at 10 pm Lyft wasn't too bad either

Did very well at the casino both days and hit a taxable jackpot - once you hit ONE spit for $1200 you are in tax territory - I like those saints under for sure OH WELL no problem will add it to my taxes - I got a W2G on the SPOT

Must have hit some magic number or something I received an email from the Casino hosts and tonight I am heading over for TWO FREE nights in a Premier Harbor View room - over 650 square feet!! Looking at the rooms on line WOWEE!! It was good for this month and with us going away Juyly 23rd I figured it is nor very often you get FREE nights in hotel room at $650 plus a night -

ALL THE LAWYERS on vacation last week and to be honest I am getting PISSED OFF! I had said to them all I WANT TO CLOSE on July 12th! I have that HUGe credit card bill due 7/25 with the with first class airfare to Hawaii OUCH - (I do have the money in our retirement funds - just dont want to move it!!) So we shall see where this week leads

I ordered our foreign money for our trip - we will use ONE charge card because there is no conversion fee on it - staying with family - and we are renting a car in Ireland but that bill is not due to September SO PRAYING WE GET THIS DAMN DEAL DONE this week!

Felt lousy wednesday night when we got back to the hotel from the casino - had the chills - didnt feel hot but I did not have a thermometer either and shivering from awhile - not sure WHAT was going on it was NOT a nice feeling - work up in the AM thought I had a UTI - drank lots of water and relaxed in the suite

saw the emergency at the airport - enjoyed fireworks from the suite - a quiet day for the two of us
Went to the doctor on Friday - she sent it out to be cultured but dipstick revealed NOTHING but she said she sent it out because I had the chills - I feel better and I have decided to STOP taking the muscle relaxers - YES they help BUT they also dry my mouth out and make me sick TOO

Trying NOT to take tylenol all the time too - just SOOOO much with the chest wall muscles although the last massage TRULY helped = have another schedule for this Thursday!

Have a great day all

It is cool here and Think I will sit on my Dad's bak porch and have breakfast

Laura

OH and I STILL weigh the same - guess I worked off what I ate walking



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Dawn - poor baby chicks howling does it take for them to get use to the coop and run -

Janine - HANG IN THERE - you will get there sometimes you just need to be more attentive to what you are eating

Maryanne - glad you are signing the kitchen contract - and had a great time

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Good morning Work today and going to be a long day. Had 5 clients and now have another one to fit in on a 8 hour shift. Should be interesting Hope everyone has a good day


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Morning all,

Beautiful day out there this morning. I'm very slow moving but getting ready to head out for a walk. Got on the scale this morning and it appears that the official gain is 5.8 lbs. :( Will work hard this week and next and deal with it. Talked to Karen last night and the official word is in...Ö.tee hee hee. All she said was Yeah, the girls are 'rather' rambunctious at night and in the early morning. HA HA HA HA. They appear to be happy to have me home and Jessie was playing with a little fluffy ball ON MY BED at about 5 this morning - (welcome home mommy).

Ok, no time for idle chit chat here. Heading out for a quick walk then over to get Aggie and head to Hanover to see my niece and Teddy. Turns out she can't get into her cottage till 3:00 today so she's at her parents house. SO EXCITED to see them.

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Oh Janine, I forgot to tell you that dandelion tea will help remove fluid. Donít drink it if youíre on a diuretic already.

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Hey all,

I thought we were getting rain today but I guess itís not til tonight. Iíll be at work:(

Janine, listen, weíre all here for you. Donít get discouraged. Thatís why this site is here. Believe me when I say weíre ALL fighting this same exact battle and itís really good that we have each otherís back. I do think that some of your weight is fluid related. If youíre interested, you can watch Jason Fung on YouTube and youíll lose weight even faster. I have helped my pastorís wife with this and sheís lost 20lbs in just over a month. Essentially, itís full fat foods. No low fat crap b/c they put more sugar in it to make it taste good. Sugar causes inflammation and it makes you make insulin. Insulin is the hormone that makes you store fat. Carbs that arenít simple like fruits and vegetables will also cause you to make insulin....which will make you store fat. So, 3 meals, no snacks. Eat enough fat to keep you full. Full fat creamer for your coffee. If you have to have a sweetener go for Stevia. For fruits stick to mostly berries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries. Watermelon is ok. No pasta, no white rice.
He also says that WHEN we eat is important. Circadian rhythms are real and the body does not know what to do with food after night time when we should be sleeping.
I donít know if any of that is helpful or is even useful for you but, I do want to help. Iíve lost a total of 15lbs so far. I have at least 7 more to go and if I am able to convince my body to let go of the fat. Iím doing what I can and working very hard at it.

Maryanne, you have done well with the weight watchers. I do wish youíd watch Jason Fung though to help you understand what is actually going on. Itís what keeps me motivated. I now know what and when to eat to keep my body from storing fat. Of course, I donít make much insulin at all. My pancreas is failing but, I have to take exogenous insulin which doesnít help with the fat storage situation but itís ok b/c Iíve made progress and thatís better than what was going on before when I was eating less and less and less and STILL gaining. Dr. Fung addresses that issue as well and explains it.

Ok, thatís enough of the info commercial from me. Really want to help and see you guys do well and be satisfied.

Hi to everyone else. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend. I have to start getting my meals for work. Ate breakfast at 12:30 today so it was a 17 hr fast for me!!! Scale was down just a tad but not enough to brag about.

Yaíll have a great day.

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Home sweet stinking home...ÖÖ.the ONLY good thing about being home is that my niece is arriving in Marshfield within the hour.

Had an absolutely fabulous time this year and it was SO hard to say goodbye to our friends from Canada. They have been our neighbor's for the last 3-4 years and we have really become close. They are going back for another week in August and want us to come up for a few days. I'd love to but just not sure I can swing it. As it is I have made a 'bummer' decision that I can't go to CO to see Lyndsey (air force) in August. Between kitchen renovation and the cats...just can't do it right now.

Speaking of the girls - they appeared to be somewhat happy to see me (they wanted treats) but also because Karen left last night so the house had to be closed up. I didn't get in till 12 and it was HOT. So now doors and windows are open and we have a pretty decent breeze coming in. Once I can clear all this hot air I'll probably shut it all down and turn on the AC. But right now we're good.

Janine - I am NOT in good shape scale wise and sad to say, not even close to my goal. It was a baaaaad eating/drinking week and I wasn't in great shape when I left. I never checked in with WW and will have to pay this month. I'll have to pay either way because per the scale at noon time (with clothes) I'm up about 9 lbs in total. By Monday that will probably be more like 6 lbs but still. I am now going to go back to DAY 1 and literally start from scratch. After I post this I'm going to put menu's together and will do grocery shopping in the morning. Tomorrow night I will cook up some veggies and chicken and a few other things and prep for the week. I fully intend to have to pay at WW for the next 2 weeks but that's it. SO I have a lot of work to do and 2 weeks to do it. WE CAN DO THIS AND WILL DO IT. Let's lean on each other and together we can succeed!

Ok, speaking of which, let me get moving and finish organizing. Alas, Aggie took my big suitcase down from Maine last night in the jeep. So I'll get that tomorrow when I pick her up to go see Teddy.

Tuesday is SIGN CONTRACT day!!! YIKES!

Have a good day all. As Janine said, stay hydrated!

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I am feeling a little less discouraged (but not that much). I weighed myself this morning and saw a 3 lb loss. Maybe I was retaining more fluids than I thought. My ankle is much less swollen today so I am thinking this was connected to the scale number. I am still determined to reduce this weight I am carrying!

On another note, I have discovered I have a Bulk Mail folder on AOL and that is where all my Sparkmails have been going! Goodness this has been frustrating. I feel more connected again though.

Stay hydrated everyone! Today is going to be a rough one.

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Today I weighed myself and discovered that I am the heaviest I have ever been! What a sobering moment for me. I know that I have not been eating well and exercising enough so really I am not surprised. Just discouraged. I am back on track starting right now! No more ice cream stand for me. No more chips. And I need to cut sugar out! It is killing me.



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Hey all,

Another beautiful, sunny day out there. Had a chance to sit out on the deck and drink coffee with Biz and Bobby this morning. It was lovely.

Maryanne, Iím sure it was nuts there last night. Thatís how the 3rd is here in Manomet. The police are out on Taylor Ave on the 3rd checking peopleís licenses. If they donít have a local address they get the boot. It used to be terrible down there with the residents complaining that people were peeing on their lawns and having sex in their front yards. Finally, the town put restrictions for down there. No thru traffic after 6pm and you better have a license on you if you live there and want to get home.
Enjoy your family time and the ocean. You can come down here any weekend Iím off and we can walk to the beach. I still havenít been down there but, I am caught up on my yard and everything looks good.

Janine, Sue, Laura and Elizabeth, enjoy your weekend. Iím back to work tomorrow night and already dreading it.

I put the little chickens out in the little coop and run yesterday for the day. They came in at night. They were absolutely frantic to get in. Iíll leave them out for a bit longer today. The big hens were checking them out but nobody got aggressive. Hopefully, when the late fall gets here I can integrate them without a hassle.
I was able to get all of that yard work caught up during my week off. Finally!!!! It seemed like every time I had a few days off and I planned on yard work it would rain and rain and rain. I was getting SO frustrated. So, it feels really good to have it all done and now itís just maintenance from here til fall. I am going to put up some extra temporary fencing around the little coop today. Mosley would not leave the littles alone and they were terrified. They had to run into the coop but, itís hot in there and they couldnít stay in. I brought Mosley in at 12:30 today. The next time heís in the yard there will be a fence there so that he canít bother the littles. Hopefully, theyíll get used to him bounding around.
Terrible insomnia and stomach issues last night. Kept me up til 4am when I FINALLY fell asleep until 10am. Will plan on sleeping as late as possible tomorrow and pray for a reasonable shift. The hospital called me at least 4x while on vacation to see if I would come into work. Talk to me when Bobby is out of a job and I might consider it but, not unless itís a benefit to me. Sorry, but that place doesnít care if they kill us working us to death so I donít have any guilt at all about not ďhelping them outĒ. After 20 yrs in critical care thatís how you get. When Iím there Iím there but when Iím not I do not care what happens. Sorry.

Anywho, I hope everyone is enjoying the lovely weather. We certainly waited long enough for it. Enjoy.

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Morning all

Sigh....last day of vacation. Heading down to the beach in a few to enjoy the quiet. It was crazy here last night! Going to sit for a few with my book and then heading to Senate lake for some family fun with my nephews. Heading home from here tomorrow and then marshfield to see my niece. It's been a fabulous week!
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Happy 4th of July!!! It is jam packed here!! There wasn't a spot to be found on the beach!! I of course was there at 6:15 this morning setting up our chairs! The water temp is 64 degrees which is warm for here. Its been beautiful!!! Sigh.... fireworks go off at 9:30 tonight so we'll head down to the beach around 9:00. Its going to be crazy there. Tomorrow we're going to my brother's place to go out on the pontoon boat. All my nephews are there so it will be a lot of fun.

Dawn, so glad Biz is home safe and sound. Ewwwwww on the tarantula!! I would have totally freaked out.

Ok we're getting ready to bbq.

Have a great night all.

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Sue....enjoy your time off!

Dawn....no pain thankfully. It is not nearly as swollen today which I am grateful for. I am drinking as much water as I can and limiting my sodium intake.

Maryanne...how is OOB? Is the water cold?

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Good afternoon. 3 days off yipee. Just doing some cleaning and organizing hope everyone has a good day

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Hey all,

Itís hot again and Iím loving it. Was outside allllll day yesterday. Lots of sunblock.

Janine, I donít think thatís a sodium issue with the swelling. Iím not really sure. Is it red or painful? If you press on it does it stay indented? It might be a bite of some sort. If it gets worse just pop into urgent care somewhere so they can have a looksie. Without actually seeing it I canít make any good guesses.

Maryanne, yeah, you get to see YOUR Teddy!!! What a perfect ending to the week. So glad the weather has been good to you and that you have had such a nice time.

Sue, gosh, thatís a boatload of work for one day!!! Hope you have today off.

Went to my friendís 4th party yesterday. Got caught up with my girls and met some new friends. It was fun. I drove over even though itís less then 2 miles away b/c Iím still raw from that Duxbury woman being hit and killed. Manomet, where I live, is a very busy beach place on the 3rd and 4th. Lots of drunks. Lots of arrests. I didnít want to get run over by some drunk walking to a party!!
Got more weeding and yard work done yesterday and am going out to finish weeding today. Bobby and I might go out to eat somewhere. Weíll see. Itís just crazy out there right now and Iím more inclined to just take Mosley and walk to the beach than I am to head out anywhere right now.
Biz stopped by to do her laundry. Her trip was productive with the school work etc but was accented by a tarantula that decided to visit at dinner time. She went berserk! Very unlike her totally but this tarantula was, apparently, ďangryĒ with the attempts of the cook to catch him/her with a tea towel and decided to run into the midst of the crowd. I think I would have been in the ocean if that happened to me. I am an unquestionable arachnophobe.

Ok. Going to eat and get outside. I hope you all have a lovely and safe holiday.

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Hey all,

Another fun glorious day today. It's truly been such a relaxing week...Ö..Hate that tomorrow is already Thursday but I'm just going to continue to enjoy every minute of it AND as a bonus, My niece rented a place in Marshfield for a week and will be arriving there on Saturday. So I'm going from here to there to see her and TEDDY!!! SO EXCITED. I've already picked up several things for him while shopping around here. :)

Hmmm. I did post yesterday?? Either it didn't go thru or I posted to the old thread. Sigh, oh well.

Hope you are all doing well. Talk soon.

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Good evening. What a long exhausting day. Had 6 different clients on my caseload. At one of my clients house its a bunch of apartments. One of the ladies gave me dinner for tonight for hubby and I. American Chop Suey so that was awesome. Just laying low hope everyone has a good night

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Today I am reading and trying to stay cool, all while entertaining Elvis. (This is not an easy task at times.)

Dawn....I woke up this morning with one ankle (left) swollen. Nothing else, not my foot, just the ankle. I am thinking I overindulged with salt yesterday and have upped my water intake today. I am also going to elevate it for a while while I read. Any other thoughts?

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Hey all,

Another hot one out there today. But, itís not raining and I can get some more yard work finished!!! Yeah. Getting caught up out there and it feels really good.

Janine, you and Maryanne are the best aunties that anyone could ask for. They must love you. You have such a heart for the kids.

Maryanne must be having a really good time. Today is an excellent beach day.

Laura, I hope today your heart is filled with only happy memories.

Elizabeth, are you going to the Cape for the holiday?

Sue, enjoy your day.

I have a little party/get together to go to around 2 today so I wonít get an awful lot done in the yard but, I have a lot that I did yesterday. Got a lot of sun yesterday and was pretty worn out by 10pm. Wasnít up late at all for me.
I plan to do some weeding and then Iíll shower and head over to the party. Itíll be good to see all of my old friends.

Stay safe everyone. Have a great day.

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Good evening. Going to be a hot week. Stay hydrated. Have a great night

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Laura...you never cease to amaze me with your winning abilities!

Dawn....I do love to cuddle babies for sure.

I picked up my greats today and took them to the arcade. They blew all their money in under an hour! Then we went to McDonald's and the dollar store. Two of the nieces came back to my house to play with the cat and dog. I will take them home later. And hopefully get a nap in!

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Hey all,

Kind of overcast here but thatís ok b/c I have some heavy lifting to do today. Going to put my little coop up on stones so the wood doesnít stay so wet all of the time. Bobby is just about finished with the repairs and I fully intend to put these littles out next week. Itís warm enough and theyíre more than ready.

Laura, you have a lot going on there as usual. Iím glad youíre taking time to get away. I know you miss your dad. I will always miss my dad. Thereís not a day that goes by that I donít think about him and miss him. Even though he wasnít really himself at the end he was still my dad and I loved him.

Maryanne, I absolutely loved the pic of the flip flops on FB. That is awesome. So glad the girls are getting along with Karen so well. I donít think you were expecting that they would even make a showing when she was there. So this is really good. They are getting there for sure.

Janine, I saw the pics of you with the baby on FB. Newborns are so sweet arenít they? Hard to believe Teddy is a month old already but, I love it when they start getting a personality and you can play with them. Teddy is still at the eat, poop, sleep phase. Another couple of months and heíll be a bit more fun. But, as I said, newborns are very sweet and snuggly so Iím enjoying this phase too.

To everyone else, I hope you all have a marvelous day.

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This week will be as bad as Thanksgiving and Christmas without my Dad

We did TONS of fun stuff growing up - going to hear the Declaration of Independence read on July 4th at the Old State House, BBQ's, illegal fireworks (OH MY!! on the beach) and as my parents got older we did more for them - taking them out to eat on the waterfront watching there Constitution go by and agfter Mom its - staying in town watching the tall ships sail, going out on boats as the Constitution turned around etc sooooooo we head into town today for three nights

Taking a collage of my dad's photos a photographer did - it is a cute mini book magnet and HE WILL be going to the Encore Casino!! He wanted to go to it when it opened and DAMN if he is NOT going in spirit and his photo

I had therapy yesterday and I dealing with so much BUT the therapist said I am doing OK

NOT going to answer calls from lawyers etc - I WANT TIME OFF - talked to the buyer gain last night - he told me when we sign the purchase and sale he is handing me some $$ - or if once I sign it before closing he is getting me a check - this way I DO NOT need to take $$ out of my retirement - I usually don't purchase anything with the $$ in my savings account for special things - like the airfare to Hawaii but I got a sale and it was expensive

EITHER WAY - that will be a great family trip and I have the $$

speaking of $$ for those of you NOT on FB with me - I NAILED a race at Suffolk Downs!! I mean I NAILED IT! I bet $36 on 7 horses in a combination it was a 10 cent bet called a suferfecta - that bet is called an EXOTIC bet. So it is normal 10 cents for 4 horses ANY order! I like 7 out of the 10 and three of them had fabulous odds. HIGH odds and if they are in first it would mean my bet would pay off - usually about $150-$200 - so I watched the race on my phone and I was cheering and cheering and said to Colie OH MY GOSH my long shot horses came in 1st, 2nd and 4th I should get a couple of hundred dollars at least - WELL I guess not many guessed the right combo for the race and a LOT OF PEOPLE bet on the superfecta - the pool must have been high I didn't see the final wagering - so Colie and I were watching my phone waiting for the amounts to post and said OH I WOULD LOVE some EXTRA on this maybe an extra zero - when it posted I looked at Colie as he said HOT DAMN - what a payoff I got almost $2,100 for that $36 bet!! SOME excitement for sure

Today Colie meets the Endodontist so we shall see what is going on with that tooth

I am getting mail from the VA in my Dad's name HERE - ugh - not sure what it is - I did get a nice card from his medical team! Not sure what it is but will deal with it - I know we had appealed their decision NOT to give him aid and attendance because he had a small pension
OH WELL - they did overpay him for his disability they gave him $50 a month for my Mom and he never told them she died because he didnt know what was involved so when I tried to get him extra money they came after about the $3,000 they OVERPAID him - he paid some of it back through his payments they took so much out every month and I believe he has a balance BUT that is HIS bill not mine - WHO KNOWS ------- BUT can we just MOVE on - each thing makes it difficult

ENGLAND in three weeks - we finally booked our flight from London to Shannon Ireland - it was pricey but we decided to take the TIMES that we wanted and make it easier for US - Cant connive Colie to spend the night at the private lodges at the London Zoo! They are pricey BUT oh that would be SOOOOOOO much fun - I am booking a private tour of the San Diego Zoo this fall

Humidity is starting to get to Colie - we have ALL our A/C's in! Will enjoy some quiet time at the hotel

Most of Dad's stuff GONE - have some scrap metal to sell - might get a few bucks - not much left in his coin collection when we sold it BUT he left it to me

Trying work out a letter to my siblings - sent the oldest a birthday card - no gift - Currently I am waiting for the Memory Bears to arrive next month! that is gift enough and I am telling them in an email that no gifts this year and I will send out something special to them all later in August

Got to dash

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WELL I will get us started on our the second half our our journey for the year!!

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