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Good Morning!

Kim I hope they find some answers for you soon so you can get on your way to recovery. I'm sorry you are having to go through this.

I'm a tired lady this morning. I woke up this way. Maybe it's lack of sleep for a couple of nights catching up with me.

Yesterday I made my sketch for my dandelion paintings. Today I'll take stock of paint supplies and probably get started on canvas 1. Have a good day!

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Kim: I'm so sorry for all you are going through and hope that you get the care you need.

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Hi Team

I love all the talk of organic foods. We have a co-op near me that has partnered with several fruit/veggie/meat producers to get "beyond organic" foods. You can go to any of the farms if you want. I have been to the main farm for pick up and I just love what they do. I have to be honest, I got out of the habit when I moved a few years ago. But I am in that town every other Thursday so I will see about getting active again.

I have been seeing doctors and more doctors trying to figure out what's going on with me. Cardiologist found something different than the primary care doc did so we are exploring his findings. I see a GI doctor tomorrow to follow that angle. Then some more blood tests ordered by my doctor to follow some other possibilities. Its a bit overwhelming but at least we are finding some answers/

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Good Morning:

We had some beautiful weather here but it snowed last night and it's 19 F now with the hope of it getting to the 20s as the day goes on. I've no plans for today except to wash my hair. Tomorrow I'm taking my neighbor to lunch and Thursday I go to the accountant who does my taxes.

I'm reading another Elizabeth George book, A PLACE OF HIDING. I also discovered another Italian writer and am on the last book of a trilogy: CARTE BLANCH, THE DAMNED SEASON, and VIA DELLE OCHE. As with the other Italian mysteries I've been reading, these deal with the turmoil and/or aftermaths from the 1920s going up to the 1940s. I never realized how horrible and dire the political and economic situation has been in Italy during the first half of the 20th century. It sure gives me appreciation for all we have here.

Well, that's if for me right now.

Have a good week.

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Good morning!

Laura, I had not heard about a roundup that lasts for 3 years. That is sobering. I wonder if that will have any effect on the bees?

Eva, I can't wait to get out into my yard and get it cleaned up. My husband used his dad's tractor some time ago to take down a lot of dead trees and a massive amount of vines but didn't quite get it finished before he had to take the tractor back, so the back yard is just a mess. I need to get out there and get some work done but I keep running out of weekend.

My husband and I went for a bike ride on Sunday morning with my sister and brother-in-law. It's the first ride we've been on in a long time. We didn't go very far but it was a lovely ride. I think I'm going to check into getting a baby seat so I can take my granddaughter for a ride when I pick her up on Saturdays. I'll have to get her a helmet, too.

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good Morning!

Carlo's mom I'm sorry to hear about your daughter's furbaby. It's hard when we loose one that's been a part of the family for so long.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. my husband, Jim and I, started the clean up from winter. we have the back and most of the side yard cleaned up. Now we get to decide what to do about the flower beds. I have 1 that I know I'll be pulling up. I'm not sure about the other. We will discuss this week and make plans accordingly.



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Gail, it may be too early for her right now--too soon. At some point, she will, as she has always had dogs and cats.

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Carolsmom. So sad about your daughter having to put her beloved friend down. My daughter and her husband went through that a few months age. Her dog was very old so they knew he didn't have much time. A couple of months earlier they got another rescue dog, and just a week ago yet another. Will your daughter be getting another dog?

Swansong. In certain countries they have worry beads that are supposed to calm you down. Hope those beads and the mantra help you.

Well ladies, I'm in 7th heaven this evening listening to exquisite music...opera excerpts by some of the world's greatest singers. What a great gift it is to get so much joy.

Wishing you a week filled with serenity, love and joy.

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Good morning,
Sorry about the misunderstanding. I had surgery a week ago Wednesday . I'm now grounded for 6 weeks because of pillow sling. Ha ! They don't know me. So that is how I am actually sitting down and getting on computer.

Lisa, I live in farm country in Michigan and though I do know a lot of old farmers. ( Actually into the 100 mark ) My closest one down the road was just telling me last year that they made a new round up that lasts 3 times longer. Yikes !! So I now go a couple miles away to the organic farm. Then of course I wonder how far that crap can travel in ground water. emoticon

Eva, I have talked to two different nutrionists about the costs of the produce and they both agree if you cant afford the organic at least try to cut out the " Dirty Dozen " which at this point I think its up to about 20.

Gail, I so wish I was a minimalist ! I am Ocd about cleanliness but I do have quite a bit of stuff. Every thing they say is your happier with less.

I finally picked up some mala beads and am going to try mantra meditation. I have done it for years but I think I will focus better with the beads. I remember my rosary when I was little so I think it may help.
I hope everyone has a beautiful day !!


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My DD just called me to tell me she had to put her beloved Alex, Bernese Mountain dog and dog therapy team partner, down. Such a sad time.


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Lisa: Talk about delayed gratification! Boy, thinking about all those things before putting anything in your mouth could take a while, especially if you are eating a casserole. LOL None the less, I'm going to try it today for one meal.

Going to interview someone today for the TimeBank. It's always great to get more people in the community involved and the ones I've come to know in the organization are pretty special. Neighbor helping neighbor. I don't care to go out in winter unless I have to, but in the warmer weather I participate more. There are lots of people who need rides, wish to learn new skills, and willing to do chores for those who can't do them for themselves. When my husband was ill I had to keep the house spotless and cleaned and sanitized 3-5 times a week. (He had leukemia and had no white cells to fight infection.) TimeBank members from Madison and the surrounding towns came to help me clean. This went on for 4 years. To do my share I used to cook for people who were too busy to do it for themselves or who were physically unable to do it. It all works out in the end.

Wishing everyone a restful weekend.

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Good morning!

Several weeks ago I was talking about pecticides to one of the tenants at work (I work at an airport) and he said that he's never known an old sprayer pilot. All of the ones he has known died young. So the pesticides aren't just affecting the bees and the ground water. They affect the farm workers, as well. Kudos for Aldis for taking the stand against the pesticides that kill bees. That can only be good for us as well.

More companies now are producing meat without the added hormones and antibiotics because enough consumers demanded it. I think that there is an aspect of mindfulness in being aware of where our food comes from and insisting on the humane treatment of the animals and farm workers involved.

I took a mediation workshop once that introduced the participants to several different methods of meditation. One of them involved taking a few moments before you ate to think back through the steps it took to get that food to the table -- the person who prepared the food, the grocer to stocked the food, the driver who transported the food, the farm worker who packed the food, and back through the animal who was raised and slaughtered (if you are an omnivore) and bless and thank them all.

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Good Morning!

I worry about what we put in our bodies. I try to buy organic when I can but it gets very expensive. I also hit up the farmers markets and I look for dirt on the veggies. That sounds silly but we have people here that will import vegetables and sell them as if they grew them on their own, but if you look close you can see the mesh sacks where they opened them up and put them in baskets and containers to place on the table *smh* I do my best to avoid those vendors. Aldi has announced that it will no longer sell produce with pesticides that harm bees. I have to think that's a win for those of us that are trying to avoid chemicals.

I normally have a garden. I didn't last year. I had a shoulder injury and knew I'd never be able to work the garden like I needed to so I just did not plant one. I've also been toying with the idea of pulling up my flower beds and planting produce in them. I could do that as there's no regulation against it in my neighborhood (no HOA).

Lisa I like the idea of the produce delivery service. It sounds like you save money because you do use what you have in the house.

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Laura - love the idea of an on-line bonsai class!

Eva - so glad that you are feeling better.

Gail - I'm with you on the legacy wondering... Seemed so simple when we were kids - although we did have 'Wonder' Bread... I'm more the minimalist in our house too - the good thing is DH is a neatnik, so his 'stuff' is orderly.
We had a hearing on a renovation project @ a group of our residence halls - and the good news is the expenditure was approved.
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Lisa - love your fresh produce deliveries - definitely good for the planet and you!

CarolsMom - glad it does!

DH and I are both wrapping up some major work projects this week, but health (cold symptoms) and obligations will probably keep us from celebrating this weekend.
We shall see...

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From Ted Talks--amazing video on how the brain repairs itself:

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Gail, I hope that with more consumer demand for organically raised produce, it will become more reasonably priced. I've been watching a lot of documentaries about the local farming co-ops that are springing up even in urban areas. Some of them aren't certified organic but follow organic principles. I've thought about joining a local co-op in my area but I don't know if I'll have the time to go work in the garden. I would love to be part of a group that is working to make a change, though.

Recently I started getting a weekly delivery from a company that co-ops with local farmers. Each delivery is supposed to be enough produce for 1-2 people for a week. I do supplement a little from either the grocery store or the local produce stand, but I'm finding that I'm much less wasteful with my food. I used to go to the grocery store and get bags and bags of salad greens (gotta love BOGOs) and quite often one or two of the bags would go bad before I was able to eat it. I think that getting the finite amount of in-season produce, with some of the dirt still on it, from a farm that's a short distance from where I live, made me much more connected with what I eat.

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Kali: Your comment about surrounding yourself with things that bring you joy is very powerful. My husband was a hoarder and I'm a minimalist. My home is completely uncluttered and I love it. It's always clean and the things that surround me give me a lot of pleasure. It's especially wonderful listening to beautiful music in such surroundings.

G.

PS Kali, what were you doing at the state capitol?

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Eva: So glad you're feeling better. Concussions are no laughing matter.

Laura: Sending you positive thoughts and lots of good energy as you approach and have your surgery. Will you have help recuperating afterward?

Kali: You are a stitch. I love eggplant. Aldi's has them for 99 cents, whatever the size. I picked up a larger one the other day. Yesterday morning I made eggplant parmigiana for lunch. My neighbor and I had it for lunch when I brought her back from the airport.

I just got through reading a yahoo feature that spoke of 19 cancer causing foods. OMG! You practically have to be a millionaire or very, very strong willed to illuminate all of the foods they identified. The first on the list was canned tomatoes. I do use these and I know that the lining of all canned goods is a carcinogen, but use them from time to time. You can buy can goods that are not but they cost about double. The same goes for common fruits and veggies, but how many of us can afford to eat organic all the time? And the list goes on...
I wonder about the legacy we are leaving future generations with all the chemicals we put in and on the foods we ingest. I used to have an organic garden and freeze vegetables, but when my husband became ill there was no way I could continue.

Sending you all hugs,

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Good Morning!

Thank you Gail! I'll be writing that down to give it a shot. Jim and I are always looking for healthier snacks. And it sounds wonderful.


Laura when are you scheduled for surgery?

I'm feeling better today. I have a hard head, literally and figuratively. I'll be cautious through the weekend, per doctor's orders, but the headache has let up and the nausea is gone so I know I'll be fine. It's a good excuse to sit and work on the budget, draw my kiddo some snack bags (I get to try my hand at Suess characters for read across America next week), and draw hornets on folders for her class scrap books. I've done 2. Just 21 more hornets to go!





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Good morning all,

Kali, one thing I love about this group is all the book ideas. I swore off surgeries last year but I swear this is the last one !!! Took a fall last summer and couldn't put it off any longer.

Kim , good luck on your heart ! It is so scary not knowing and not being able to do anything about it. I'm sending out positive thoughts. About 4 years ago they were testing me because of exhaustion, light headedness and shortness of breath. They discovered it was a strange arrhythmia with an extra beat. Months of tests and all it took was a calcium blocker and it was fixed. Praying your is as simple of a solution , found in a shorter amount of time !

Eva, sorry to hear about your concussion. I hope you get to feeling better.

Taking an on line bonsai class so I should get back to it .Spring is coming ! emoticon

Laura,

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Lisa - I'm learning touch is the initial and essential form of communication and I too believe we can energize our surroundings positively or negatively. Wasn't raised in a family that hugged, so it's taken me a while to reach out to others and I'm sorry to say I don't do it enough, especially with those I love. Marie Kondo's decluttering book and am (in process) of surrounding myself with things that bring me joy. Touching them is just part of that process.
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Gail - eggplant spread? Do tell.
I so love (and am a little jealous) that you read so much - thanks for sharing.

Laura - good to 'see' you and hope there are no more surgeries in your future!

Kim - love and light coming your way. Looked up Long QT Syndrome and was surprised to see it's a congenital disease - wonder why it took so long to diagnose?

Eva - bummer about the concussion - I took one to the head getting into the car the other day. "Hard" way to learn an awareness lesson...

Hearing @ the state capitol today, but beforehand my zero balance massage - couldn't be better timing!

PS - Gail - think our posts crossed in the atmosphere - eggplant is not a favorite of ours, but may become one with your recipe!

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Good Morning:

Eva: The eggplant spread is easy, tasty and healthy I peal the eggplant, cut it in large chunks, and steam it in the microwave for until it is very soft. When it cools a little I puree it along with some garlic cloves and some onion. I then add olive oil, lemon juice, a bit of sugar and some salt. Then I dice some green pepper and fold that it. A friend of mine adds a bit of tahini but I don't. Let me know if you want the measurements. I think I have some somewhere. I just do it by sight and taste. It;s a very nice appetizer or snack.

Going to pick up a neighbor at the airport today and will make a run to the library. I have several books to return.

Sending you all hugs,

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Good Morning!

Kim I'll keep you in my prayers.

Ms Gail listening to what you cook makes my mouth water. I love to cook, but I've never made an eggplant spread. How do you serve it?

Managed to give myself a mild concussion yesterday. You'd think I'd learn the clearance of my furniture wouldn't you? So I get to "rest" for a couple of days. As in my doctor told me no inversions. That's okay I can think of plenty I can do that keeps my head above my heart and away from my feet emoticon

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Unexpected news from the doctor today. She did an EKG in the office and believes that I have Long QT Syndrome. I already had my annual visit with my cardiologist (due to prior PVC's) scheduled for March 11th but she wants me to get it pushed up to as soon as possible. I am unsettled. The office was closed this afternoon so I have to wait until tomorrow to change the appointment. I also have to see a gastroenterologist to be cautionary. Could use some love and light.

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Hi everyone, me again, the one that doesn't sit down long enough to reply on the team until I have a surgery. emoticon .
I do love reading all of your posts though.
Gail, I have been doing the library through my kindle for a couple years and I love it !
We are having a strange winter here. Warm one day then cold the next.
Just signed up for the new Deepak and Oprah meditation . Maybe that will slow me down. emoticon .

Have a great day everyone !

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Lisa: Welcome. I have heard, "Fake it till you make it." If you fake a smile and keep it there, or if you pretend to be happy, something happens and before long you'll be feeling better. It's worth a try.

Eva: February is hanging on here too. Ah well, it will be March soon enough.

Kali: I love facials. I've never met anyone who doesn't, though I'm sure they exist.

Spent the day preparing eggplant spread and reading. The last two books are ebooks from my library. A pal on another team told me you can check out books on your kindle or IPad for free from the library. It's especially convenient if you're traveling.

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Ooooohhhh, Kaligirl...a facial! I haven't had a facial in years. I haven't even done a home facial in years. The last one I tried was an all-natural one made with cream and peaches, I think, and one of my cats kept trying to lick it off my face.

I really like the idea of touching our things to energize them. It gives a whole new perspective on dusting, which is a chore that I find a bit irritating. If touching them energizes them, then I suppose the energy can be positive or negative. If I'm grumbling as I'm dusting, I'm probably spreading a lot of ill will around my house.

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Kim - glad to hear the blood-work came back good and you have a nutrition adviser.
I would expect your life is getting very hectic with tax season and am glad you had a break cleaning - Marie Kondo emphasizes touching our possessions to energize them and nothing could be better than bringing out their luster!
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Planning to send out the last e-mail on my project + double check on our hearing prep for tomorrow prior to a facial tonight.
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Good Morning!

Kim I have a friend with Hashimoto's (sp) It seemed to take forever for her to get a diagnosis as most of her tests came back clean. Please let us know what the doctor says.

It's going to rain here for the next 2 days. Feels almost like February is crying because it doesn't want to leave us.



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I did a bit of spring cleaning yesterday as I was feeling up to it and my house really needed a little attention. It was such a lovely day ---- just in the low 80's but a cool breeze to keep it comfortable. Sunny and lovely! I love days like that. Today is similar only its a work day so I don't get to enjoy it as much. But I will still take it.

Thanks for all the kind comments. I see my regular doctor tomorrow. I had the routine blood work already done so we can skip that step. It all came back quite nice so there is nothing obvious for the next step. Perhaps thyroid? I will discuss the diet plan and see what she thinks. I am thankful to have caring physicians who are willing to work to get to the bottom of it. My spirits are up - I know I will find my way

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Kim - good to hear from you - sorry about the fatigue - protein was my downfall until I started adding daily 0% fat yogurt and nuts to my diet. Wouldn't worry about the weight as your body may be adjusting to the new eating pattern?

Becky - bummer about the arthritis - I'm also glad for the warmer weather!

Eva - glad the project is complete and what a reward in trust Bug's own account would be!

Gail - isn't it amazing how our surroundings effect us? Friday I listened to a Black Hat Sect presentation on Feng Shui and changed two things in the house to much more energy!

Had a super productive weekend and hoping to 'finish' (as though there ever is such a thing_ a major project @ work. We shall see... Lunch with my teammate off campus - another successful professional woman introduction!
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Kim: I'm so sorry to hear of your problems and hope you get some relief soon. Any chance you can see your doctor? Are you getting enough sleep? Finally, do you have an unusual amount of stress right now? Stress can do awful things to the body. A year ago the update to my home were finished I the house was completely decluttered. Since then my BP has taken a nose dive, I'm sleeping better and feeling fine.

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Becky I'm glad that the warm up is giving you soem relief.

Kim I hope you get it figured out. Stay tired is the pits.

The power point and report are complete. This afternoon we go over the info and i email the work to her teacher. I'm thinking for next year I had better create Bug her own Gmail account for email assignments.

We cooled back down to the upper 40's last night, but should be back up to normal by the end of the week. March 1st I plan to begin my spring cleaning. I'm ready. I love this time of year. My house always smells so lovely when I'm done :)

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So glad it has finally warmed up to the 40s, 50s and 60s, instead of the snow, rain and below zero weather that we have been having. Physically the extreme cold makes my arthritus flare up.





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Hello Team

I got dropped from the notices of new messages and haven't been reminded to check in. I feel like I won the lottery when I checked in and saw what everyone has been up to.

I have been really struggling with fatigue for the last few months. I worry that my Lyme disease may have returned. I made an appointment with my doctor last month. I will finally get in to see her next week. In the mean time, I have hired a dietitian to help with the biology of nutrition. I did a week of just logging what I actually eat without trying to change anything. Now I am on a program of 175 grams of cards, 125 grams of protein and 48 grams of fat per day. First day was yesterday and I put on over a pound. I had a really hard time getting the mix correct. Protein was the hardest for me - which may explain some of the fatigue. If nothing else, this is going to be an adventure.


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Gail - I love cauliflower - will have to give your recipe a try. No house cleaning for me - weekend raking instead.

Richard - I totally agree, so our left-overs go into the freezer right away. We're blessed with plenty of freezer space and I'm finally (after 40 years) starting to list what's inside so we aren't throwing out freezer burnt food.
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I have a 17.5 cu ft chest freezer. When I batch cook I freeze in portions so I don't over do it. As soon as that ragu cooled it went into the freezer.

Today is house cleaning day.

Enjoy the weekend everyone.

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Good Morning!

Rkottek I can't say as I have that problem. I don't batch cook for the most part. Usually I make 6 portions, one for each of us at dinner and then 1 lunch portion for everyone. My kiddo oddly likes to take left overs to school. She says my lunches are better than the school food.

Gail cute video. I've never made cream of cauliflower soup. I have made cauliflower pizza crust though. It's pretty tasty, low calorie, and almost non-existant on carbs.

Kali i didn't do one constructive thing outside yesterday. I took my kiddo on a little walk. It was nice, she had no homework that was due today, so we took the time to just have a minute with nature. She swears there's a fairy living in a hole in one of the trees.

I hope you all have a good day. I get to spend my weekend helping Bug research FDR for her president's project. This year they have to write a 1 page report and have the option of making a poster or creating a power point presentation. Seriously 2nd grade and making power points? *sigh* i know it's all in the name of evolution but where's the joy in just using a computer program?







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I think there can be a basic conflict with food preparation and storage.
In our house we quite often prepare batch meals.
The only problem is if meals are stored in the fridge rather tan the freezer, there is then an obligation to cosume them within a short period.
This can quite often conflict with managing a weekly diet.
Add to this, my wife has preprepared breakfast and lunches delivered, so we are quite dependant on stored evening meals.
Does anyone else sabotage their diet in this fashion?
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Kali: The rage was very good. I got 4 pyrex containers and put all of it in the freezer. Had I not done that I probably would have eaten half at least.

I still have some leftovers to eat up so I'm working my way through that. But I need soup. Today I made a cream of cauliflower. It's very healthy and has few calories. BTW, it has no cream. 3 T of corn starch or flour in a large pot are what make it look creamy.

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Gail - how was the Neapolitan? - very cute video! Thanks

Kate - I can relate to the lessons learned (or not) - thanks for the info on AARP - may give them a try next year.
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Eva - what a list! I'm doing some raking (in the mud), but hoping to get a jump on filling in some lawn (almost impossible with two dogs...)

Most of the day spent on gathering data for an important project - a little sorry when I walked out after work and felt how fabulous the weather was - would have enjoyed a walk, but got some raking in and viewed a fabulous sunset!
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I've never shared personal photos before. Thought I'd share this video which was written, performed and produced by my middle granddaughter Elissa. She is a student at UNC Chapel Hill and a sports enthusiast. Very cute.

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Good Morning!

Gail I saw my grandmother's tax hike after my grandfather passed. I can imagine you had a few impolite words pass through your head! My granny lacked a filter so hers slipped on out her mouth LOL.

Kate I'll pass the AARP tax info on to my neighbors and family that fit the age requirements. Thank you!

I ate too much "crap" over Valentine's Day as well. And yes I agree with you, I feel better with less sugar but the kid in me just can not resist that heart shaped box.

Kali I hope we can both get some work done! I have a list as long as my arm that needs be done. The erosion control people fixed the ravine that conects to my property to stop erosion. Now I can plant down there so I'm looking for suitable flowers that thrive in mostly shade. Then the dog kennel needs re roofed, and then all the raking that didn't get finished prior to the winter wet setting in. Oh and a couple of flower beds that need re worked.

I need to make a big trip to Home Depot! emoticon



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Speaking of taxes, AARP sets up tax venues which are free for anyone over 65. I didn't know about them for a long time so I tell everyone I know. They are staffed by retired accountants & CPAs & can handle any level of complexity. They have them all over so there's probably one not far from any of you but you should make an appointment soon as htey fill up fast! (& so should I. Note to self ...)

After a week & aq hlaf of sprin wether & record temps, today is cold & drizzly. Tht makes me happy - we haven't had nearly enough winter yet!

I didn't go completely mad for Valentine's Day, but I certainly wasn't as good as I should have been, so now it's back to behaving myself. Which always makes me feel better anyway -- you'd think I could remember how bad I feel after I eat sugar BEFORE I eat it, but that skill seems to have eluded me so far. emoticon

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Got some Neapolitan rage simmering on the stove. Will freeze it in batches when it's done, but probably won't be able to resist having some for dinner.

Just waiting for the library guy to pick up the CDs and then I'm off to the library and Aldi's. Stay safe and warm everyone.

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Eva: I always get money back because I maximize income deductions. The last thing I want is to be shelling out $$$ by April 15th. The thing that shocked me, however, was what the taxes jumped to after Victor died. My eyes bulged out of my head. When you file a joint return you get a real deal.

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Gail - how good of you to donate your wonderful library so others can enjoy it. You are so right in taking your time with the things you love. I'm with you on using an accountant - the money is well worth it to get their expertise and have a 'job' handled.

Eva - good for you to handle your taxes and I can relate to wanting to get out as I started some clean up Monday. Most of our snow is gone and the rest of the ice should be gone today - 50+ degrees in February in Nebraska and predictions for the good weather to stay!



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Gail I hope your taxes come out as expected. I do our taxes and my mother's taxes. Ours are reasonably simple. I imagine you have several itemized donations from just listening to what you've been doing here of late. Time consuming! I believe i'd take my to someone as well.

I'm ready for warmer weather. It's 47 today but it's very damp from all the rain yesterday. I'm ready to start the winter clean up as I think we are done with ice and snow. But i don't want to squish my way through it!



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OK. Tomorrow's the day I will get all my tax stuff in order and see if there are still some statements I haven't gotten. YUK! My bank seems to wait till the end of February before it sends stuff out. Then I call the accountant and off I go. My taxes should be very easy this year but I just don't want to do it myself. I did it in the past when it was complex, but since Vic died I just don't have whatever it takes to do it.

The library is sending a truck tomorrow to pick up 6 large boxes of CDs, many of which are still in shrink wrap. I'm donating them to the University of Wisconsin Libraries. The CDs are all classical music. I've still got lots to go through. Everything in time, right?

Hope you all are having a nice start to your week. As Kali reminds us, every day is a gift....enjoy it.

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Roberta - emoticon for the video and love the sound of gentle rain

Kate - glad your project is finished and you are enjoying the weather - ours is warmer, but still cool

Eva - I can relate to the over-indulgence relief - I always take a little of everything @ a celebratory brunch and full plate = over full stomach... Like the cleansing effects of 'my' foods. A swing and meditation - two of my favorite things!
Gail - sounds heavenly - haven't given it a try, but have a emoticon spot in mind.
Glad your trip was good.

Took a long weekend and although we thought we were headed to Omaha (deterred by the start of a cold), loved the slow pace and accomplishments...
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Good Morning!

Glad to see you made it back safely Gail!

I have a swing in my back yard that sits between 2 huge white oaks. I like to sit on my swing and meditate. I Imagine the sensation is similar.



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Just got back from a week in Florida with the family on Sunday morning. It was so nice and sunny all the time, but the temps were too cool to go swim at the beach. It sure beat the freezing temps here in WI so I'm not complaining.

Wanted to share that sitting in the sun with my eyes closed on the lanai was very good for meditating. You ever do that?

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Good Morning!

I hope you all had a fabulous Valentine's Day!

Kali I love your teammate's gifts! I'm sure her family loved them too.

I ate too much rich food this weekend. I'm glad today we are back to our regularly scheduled programming. That simple salad for lunch will be SOOO welcome. I never know how much I miss my simple and healthy until I go a couple of days with overindulgent. Funny what we take for granted.



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"It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!" A gentle rain is coming down this morning (much needed) and temps in the 40s (not freezing). I am happy. emoticon
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Thanks KaliGirl -- I live in the suburbs where there is absolutely not even a hint of public transportation. So if I don't have a working car, I'm just out of luck. So I was really holding my breath while my mechanic tested it!

It's a lovely spring day here! All the fruit trees in bloom, & lots of daffadills & iris too. And I am VERY happy to report that I just finished this huge project for the Scottish cklub -- it's been hanging over my head for months and now it's done & dusted! emoticon emoticon





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It did open OK Roberta -- emoticon

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I found a video on Ted Talks this morning on how to break bad habits, and viewed enough to want to share: (mindfulness)

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CarolsMom - sounds like a wonderful day!

Kate - hope you enjoyed a no sugar day and am glad your alternator is fine - amazing how we become so dependent upon our cars
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So glad to hear you are letting the children participate in your artistic talents and have a gift for their families!

Good meeting with my teammate - we completed her family valentines gifts this morning!

Life is so GOOD!

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emoticon for your good thoughts Mrs.Eva -- they worked! The alternator is fine -- whew! I am SO grateful for that!

And the gumbo sounds good -- I usually go for shrimp & sausage gumbo but any gumbo is good gumbo! If you didn't live so far away, I might have taken you up on that invitation!

Have fun dfoing those Valentine's crafts with the kids!

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Good Morning!

I'm excited today. I've been invited back to class to make a valentine craft! Were going to make tootsiepop flowers. It shouldn't take long and it'll be a sweet gift for the kids to give to their mom.

Aspenhugger you could have come to my house for dinner. I made a turkey sausage gumbo to off set that king cake! It was tasty. I hope the car is okay. It's a scary thing when the altenator starts to go. I had mine die in the middle of now where several years ago.

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I miss king cakes! And I didn't have red beans & rice, or any other Louisiana food yesterday. emoticon I was too busy taking the car with its new (VERY expensive!) battery to the shop to get the altenator tested, running errands & a bit of grocery shopping. It was after 5:00 by the time I got home & I was knackered! I didn't get into the sugar but I wouldn't call myself abstinent either.

Today is a new day & although I have a million more chores to do today, I hope to do better on my eating!



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Kate - dinner last night was a perfect Fat Tuesday celebration!

Eva - no king cake, but I did indulge in ice cream...
Sounds like a wonderful long weekend ahead for you + accolades for Bug @ your parent-teacher meetings.

Taking the afternoon off to be with the dogs - DH has a jam packed day and otherwise they would be in the kennel from 6-6. Street intersections were sprayed with the city's beet solution, so even though the forecasts I've seen call for sun - it may be a good thing to be home and safe...
Zero balance massage @ noon and then a run for Valentines candies to complete a teammate project tomorrow before heading home.
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good Morning!

Hope you all enjoyed Fat Tuesday! We made a King Cake just for the fun of it. And now we are back to our normal eating schedule!

Tomorrow is parent teacher conference day, and I have both Brenna and Jimmy home on Friday. Yay! The conference is just for form. I have no concerns, but I do like to hear her being bragged on by her teacher :)

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Is it Fat Tuesday?! Yikes! I lose track since I don't live in NAwlins any more. Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler!

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Eva - it's cold here too - bitter in fact...
How cool that Brenna's award was for kindness! What a marvelous trait to foster in a child. She's lucky to have you as a mom.

Celebrating Fat Tuesday with purple and beads + DH's forum group has their annual Valentines (couples) dinner tonight, so fun all round.
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Yes, good morning, and a lovely Tuesday to everyone!

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Good Morning!

It's clod here this morning. Some of the area schools closed because of it. Ours is open though.

Kali thank you about the corsage and the daughter. I had help making her emoticon

I'm glad to hear you are still enjoying that hot tub! Sometimes I'm jealous of that soak LOL

Brenna's award for Key Club as for embodying Kindness. So she was awarded for just being herself! We are spiritual people, but not religious people. When she asks what our religion is I like to tell her it's Kindness. So I think it's pretty cool that she got the "this Is IT!" award, and the "it" is the display of kindness.

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Eva - the Key Club sounds like a great idea and I loved the pictures of Bug on your blog - your corsage was almost as gorgeous as your daughter...

New work week starting with weather advisories - no accumulation predicted, but high winds until late afternoon. We soaked last night emoticon and our robes almost were blown into the hot tub, but it was wonderful and tonight we'll scoop out the small debris we missed and soak again!
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Good Morning!

Gail I hope you have a safe flight. Good luck swimsuit shopping. The stores here already have them out!

Roberta It sounds like you are feeling much better :)

I hope you all had a healthy Superbowl Sunday. We do not watch the ball game, we watch the puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl instead. i did watch Lady Gaga belt the National Anthem. She did very well, much better than most people expected. Many people forget the lady really can sing.

Tonight we have Key Club awards at school. It's a new thing that took the place of student of the month. Kids have points they have to display to be inducted. I think it's nice that it's not just pretty much the teacher's pet awards anymore, and the new set gives the special activities teachers a chance to award kids too. They see stuff the homeroom teacher might not see. www.keyclub.org/discover/whatwestand
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Daddy daughter dance was wonderful. If you wanted to see pics of my too grown up Bug and my crafty work with corsages and hair. here's a link to my blog. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Kate - glad you enjoyed your wonderful weather

Gail - enjoy your trip!

CarolsMom - sounds like you had a great day

Good weekend here - errands/housework finished and catching up on some new work.

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I took a walk in the fog twice yesterday. It was such a sweet, calm atmosphere--quiet like overnight snow. The air was fresh and clean. Nice.

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Good Morning:

Well, today is packing day. I'm going to my daughter's tonight and we will leave early Sunday morning for our flight. I took out 9 e-books from the library which I will read on my IPad while away.

Last night I resurrected my warm weather stuff and tried everything on. I've got the stuff set aside and except for shoes am good to go. My swim suit is coming apart, so I won't be taking that. I looked at the forecast and the temps are supposed to be 60s-70, so it won't be water weather in any case. Will have to keep my eyes opened for a suit this spring.

Stay safe and warm everyone.

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Great blog Gail -- I enjoyed it.

Sunshine -- glorious brilliant winter sunshine here today! Warm enough (57) to not need a jacket. I should have washed clothes this morning & gotten them hung out but I woke up with a headache & didn't get up in a very timely manner. Thank goodness emoticon cures a headache!

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Gail - love your energy and keeping to the middle ground!

Eva - glad that you were there to support your friend
CarolsMom - emoticon

Cloudy morning turned to light emoticon
Roads are still good (@ least those that were earlier...)
Catching up on major projects and joining friends for dinner this evening.
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Good Morning!

Kali I hope you streets clear up. I love snow, but I'm glad it goes away quickly here.

Gail it sounds like you were a trail blazing Momma, who knew what she wanted and aspired to do it all in given time. I wish I had as much initiative now as you did then.

Did not watch tv yesterday. I ended up spending the time on the phone with my best friend talking about her son's college choices and his baseball team fund raiser. They apparently are sponsoring a sweethearts dance. She's always devil's advocate. She was asking for food allergy statistics and some advice on what to present at the final meeting last night about the dessert bar they have planned. Basically she doesn't want the ball team sued because no one there knew what to do if a kid had a reaction to something served. Pretty much "you're an allergy parent. What do we need to do to cover our butts?" It's nice to be of help.

Anywho have a good day!



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Decided to spend today catching up on all the TV programs I recorded. I've been letting that go for a few weeks now.

The sun was out earlier but it has since clouded up. Well, you can't have it all the time, can you?

Sending positive energy your way,

Gail


Kate: If you read my blog today you will see that I always held on to something. I never put all my eggs in one basket. While I was singing opera, I was pursuing a graduate degree in French and Italian. Not wanting to miss out on motherhood, I also had my children during this time. Yes, it was difficult, but in the end I had so much. If I had it to do again I would follow the same path. I guess what I'm saying is we don't HAVE TO do all or nothing. There is a middle ground if we look hard enough and are able to gather the energy to do it.


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Kate - emoticon more like throwing a shovel full of snow...

Eva - adore your plans for the day and tomorrow night - I too love the black and white movies and unless they are westerns (DH's favorites) watch them alone...
CarolsMom - emoticon will give it a read

Main arteries are clear and side streets range from snow to ice covered. Hoping another day of sun clears some of them naturally, but we shall see.
Great meeting with my teammate this morning. We completed the last of her family valentine's day gifts and I'm so pleased that while the ideas were others', the final creations were clearly Alex's. Next week we fill them with candy and I think I'll bring a bag so she can carry them home.
emoticon is definitely raising my spirits and hopefully the temp as well (single digits this morning). I was hoping to catch the five planets in the SE-E sky this morning, but could only walk out the door so far before the first snow pile. Maybe this weekend?
Have a great day all!

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Dr. Mercola had an interesting article about the healing power of the mind, and '10 Keys to Happier Living." Good read.

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Good Morning!

Kali are you and you dh having a snowball fight? LOL!

It's sunny and cold here. I have an easy day today before tomorrow's rush rush. I think I'll enjoy it with a cup of tea and maybe some tv. Something I don't normally do. Tomorrow night I get a mini vacation while Jim and Brenna are dancing. I get to take a LONG bath and watch and old movie. No clue what I'll watch but I'm looking forward to a good b/w movie. no one else here watches them.

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KaliGirl, is that you throwing that snowball?

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Thanks Gail -- one of my best friends sang with the SantaFe Opera, & also quit in favor of a home & marriage. But then a lot of us did that, from whatever trajectory we were following, didn't we? I dropped out of college to be married, follow my husband around in the Navy & have babies. Biggest mistake I ever made! (except for the emoticon )

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Richard - how gratifying to have your hands in the dirt - mine were in the snow...

Gail - how wonderful to be so talented - no wonder you thrive on music

Eva - no blizzard, just 6-12" of emoticon depending on where one lived and how high the winds were.

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good Morning!

Ms. Gail aren't you a source of talent! I respect anyone with the vocal chords to sing opera.

Kali stay warm!

We missed the worst of the storms in my town, just some heavy rains. SE of me there was a small tornado, with the high school in that county suffering some damage. I'm just glad no one was hurt.

If you are in that blizzard's path, stay safe and stay warm.

Today I have my weekly lunch at the school. I always enjoy my time among the second graders.

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Kate: I love all classical music. Many decades ago I sang opera, bel canto and lieder and was just starting to get paid. When I married we moved to WI and I had my hands full teaching French and Italian at the UW, working on a graduate degree and having babies. LOL These days I'm listening to more instrumental music than vocal. That said, until this week I went for a long stretch reading Italian mysteries, listening to Italian opera, and cooking Italian food.

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CarolsMom - didn't realize we had 29 days this year - my niece's 4th (or 1st) wedding anniversary!
Cathy - would love an early spring - no sun here today only 6-12" of emoticon

Richard - love that we share opposite seasons...

Gail - a few days in Florida sounds wonderful

Eva - love your positivity and perspiration!

Enjoying a day off office work and 'doing' home work. First round(s) of shoveling finished (may be more on the way). Laundry ready to be folded and enjoyed a hearty bowl of soup for lunch (and maybe dinner). Knocked the wet and heavy snow off some young and vulnerable trees as well as pulled down a couple broken branches and have mittens in the dryer.
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Kate - our posts must have passed in the air - glad you are listening to more classical music - I hear it's good for the brain!

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Hi Gail,
What kind of classical music do you listen to? I also have been listening to classical music more at home & in the car -- it keeps me calmer than other types of music. I'm particularly fond of Baroque, but enjoy most of it.



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Good Morning!

Happy Groundhog Day!

This is silly but I have a new favorite coffee cup. It has a field of flowers with bees buzzing about and each bee is trailing an inspirational message like "Believe you can succeed" and "Believe and Achieve". It's ridiculously positive and I love it.

Today is arms day. I'm loving the work. Yesterday I broke a sweat in Yoga and I rarely do that! I love it! *side note I don't sweat much period, regardless of exertion. It's a gland thing*

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Will be doing some decluttering in the basement today.

Well, ladies, my daughter's friend has a house in Florida and this friend invited my daughter to use it. My daughter, granddaughter and I will be going for a week next Sunday. It will be lovely to get into the warm sunshine for a few days.

I'm still listening to classical music every day, but have moved over a lot to instrumental music. Still so lovely.

Hope this coming week is a very good one for you all.

Gail


Richard: I see from the map that you are a bit north of Melbourne. Beautiful city, Melbourne. Do you get there much?

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Are your winters cold? I think of Australia as being hot all year. Tomorrow is Ground Hog Day when it comes out of its home and sees its shadow, it is frightened and goes back inside, and we have another six weeks of winter.

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Your Spring is coming
Our Autumn (Fall) is coming



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Whooooo! I would LOVE an early Spring. How neat to see one in your yard!

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There was a big, fat groundhog wandering around my yard this morning. He's a day early... maybe that means an early spring!

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Hey! This is Leap Year month--29 days. I would like to see milder weather this month. I am not happy with daytime temps in the 20s! It is too slippery to venture outside. But I will cope.
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Happy New Month all!


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