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Hello everyone. Of course it’s busy around here ..... pretty much like always. But I am really enjoying the holiday season upon us. We are still in the high 70’s around here so it doesn’t feel like Christmas but the decorations are going up. It’s so pretty and since it’s warm, a lot of people put lights up on their homes. I will pull a few things out this weekend. I have some hand towels for the bathroom and kitchen, a doormat, a hanging Santa for the door ..... and a few other miscellaneous things. I don’t do a tree anymore. I suspect my cats would take the joy out of the experience. Lol




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“November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.”
― Clyde Watson

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Eva: I'm UU so I personally celebrate Chalica. I find it peaceful, and a good reminder of the humanity in the world. My family is primarily Christian, though, so Christmas is the big holiday. It's hard to avoid - especially when I joined the bell choir at my husbands' church!

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11/30/17 9:38 A

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Eva - how cool that Bug's class is so generous. I too love this time of year. Not so much for the treasure hunting finds of pagan/modern rituals, but the fires in the fireplace.
Feline - sounds like Black Friday was good to you. emoticon on completing your shopping - ours is yet to begin.

Liz is doing fine without Rose dog. She went into a severe depression, but just for a day and now seems happier than she did before. She gets her stitches out this morning and no longer will need her cone @ night, so my guess is she'll be even happier going forward.
We have our service awards this afternoon and I'm among the 20 year honorees - hard to believe I've been @ the university that long and good to know I'm leaving @ the right time!


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11/30/17 6:57 A

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Feline: Congrats on your finds! It sounds like you are having fun redoing your decor one piece at a time.

I love the entire winter season! I think it's because I find old pagan rituals buried in the modern world. Like a treasure hunt:)

I'm almost done shopping. Most of my gifts I have left are things I bake.


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It's been so nice outside that my husband and I have been taking walks around the neighborhood. We ended up buying a coffee table from a neighbor who just moved in. We're the first people she's met from the neighborhood. She's got a gaggle of girls, it's too bad my niece doesn't live closer. It sounded like she'd have fit in perfectly, lol

We took advantage of the Black Friday sales to upgrade our dining room table, too. We have a cheap starter table (one of those faux marble plasticky ones, with the faux wood and pleather chairs). I'm selling that to my cousin, who's moving in with his girlfriend, and we're getting a solid wood 7' table with 4 chairs and a bench. A nice family table to play games on with friends and have guests over for dinner. I know my Grandma has been dying to come over again, now I will actually have room for her! It's supposed to be delivered next week. I'm pretty excited.

I finished all my Christmas shopping, now I just need to wrap everything as the deliveries arrive and figure out how many bags I need for the unwrappables. I don't like the holidays in general but I love giving gifts, so I guess Christmas is my favorite holiday. I need to start planning what treats I want to make and the side dishes to take to dinner, too.

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Kali: How is Liz doing without Rose?

Bug brought home a note yesterday that kind of surprised me. Her homeroom and swap class have decided as a group to forego the inexpensive gift exchange and adopt an angel from the angel tree. The teachers chose a 9 year old boy (their age group). It's nice to see kids that have so much choosing, by majority, to give up classroom stocking stuffers (pencils, pens and candy for the most part) to help a kid in need.

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11/28/17 10:58 A

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Joyce - thank you for the wonderful gratitude piece.

Eva - glad you had a wonderful holiday and stepdad is doing well. We used to have large get-togethers when my grandmother was alive, but it takes commitment to pull so many folks into one place. May be something I pursue when retired.

Kim - we too celebrated with a small contingent - just my sis and BIL.
I like that we can focus on a few as opposed to share with the many...

Our guests left Monday and I took the day to do laundry, get the Liz dog accustomed to a smaller pack and generally catch up. The weather was absolutely fabulous and other than windy (eliminating leaf corralling), I was able to get a few Christmas decorations up. Since we leave right after the holiday through the first week in January, I'm not planning on much, but we did (my sis and I) put out my santas and decorated the table.



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One of our annual parties has been cancelled. The person in charge forgot to get a venue. Everyone scrambled, but there's no place to be had on such short notice. I'm sad not to see the extended family, but relieved to not be rushed this Saturday. I'm hoping it's rescheduled for January. Some say it will be and other's say to forget the whole thing. We will see. It's out of my hands so I'm not going to worry about it.

It's going to be about 65 degrees today. That means I'm headed out to do some yard clean up.



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Eva I am so happy to hear that your Step Father is home and doing better. That is a blessing for sure.

We had a lovely Thanksgiving with a smaller than normal contingent of family. But only because the others were off with other loved ones. It was a very peaceful and happy holiday. It surely feels like the holiday season around here. Happy for the hustle bustle right now.

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

We did. Stepdad made it home Tuesday afternoon. Everyone was well to celebrate. For this I am thankful.

I never thought I'd be so happy to look forward to just a day of scrubbing tubs in my life LOL.



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11/22/17 7:20 P

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From Mindful Eating Programs and training

Gratitude for the Struggle

By Michelle May, M.D.

Gratefulness-Makes-Us-HappyHere in the U.S., tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a day to count our blessings—and of course, eat a lot of delicious foods!

As I think about all that I am grateful for, including the fact that a day centered around eating is no longer a problem for me, I realize that I am so very grateful for my struggle with food! If you are still stuck in that place, it may seem odd to hear that, but I mean it.

You see, there’s a saying, “how you do anything is how you do everything.” How I was “doing” food was how I was doing the rest of my life: Striving, perfectionism, and approval-seeking. These behaviors tend to be rewarded in our culture, but it comes at a high price: Insecurity, shame, and exhaustion.

In my relationship with food, these tendencies caused me to succumb to diet-culture, the belief that my body wasn’t good enough and that “out there” somewhere was an eating and exercise plan that would “fix” it. Being the striving, perfectionist I was, I could follow a diet to the letter—until I couldn’t. My belief that I was either doing it “right” or doing it “wrong” inevitably caused me to give up, binge, then repeat the process all over again.

When I learned that there was a whole other way to “do” food that didn’t require rules, perfection, or rigidity, it was a huge relief! It took a while to figure out how to make this giant shift, but it made all the difference in the world!

And then, this shift began to make its way into my other thoughts and behaviors. I discovered that there was a whole other way to “do” my life that didn’t require rigidity, striving, and perfection. In place of insecurity, shame, and exhaustion, I am cultivating presence, peace, and purpose. Amazingly, resolving my struggle with food became a gift that has made my entire life better. And for that, I am so grateful!

Whether you live in the U.S. or elsewhere, I hope you will take a few moments to count your blessings—and consider whether some of the difficulties in your life have brought lessons and gifts that you can be grateful for too.

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emoticon all for your good wishes about Rose.

Jane - glad you decided on a rest day and hope you are back in the pink soon!
Joyce - sounds like you took advantage of the break in the emoticon Enjoy your Thanksgiving.

Richard - sorry about your three. DH says no more, but I'd like to @ least foster once I retire...

Eva - so sorry. It's scary when causes for illness can't be determined. Thoughts and prayers coming for you and the family.

I'm looking forward to a short work week and my sis & BIL coming for emoticon
We shopped @ Trader Joe's last night and can't wait to try their easy meals including www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/turkey
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Hope to get some leaves captured tonight as well as finish straightening the house for company.
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Kali: I'm sorry about your Rose.

My Step dad is still in the hospital. I'm about ready to throttle a couple of doctors. What they are saying are EXACTLY opposite of each other. I hope his blood work looks good today and maybe we can find a nephrology office quickly.

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Sorry about Rose
We have had 3 such losses recently
All old animals
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Kali sorry about Rose, that is so hard. Hugs to you.

Eva hope your step-dad is feeling better.

Its raining again, did stop for a while. Hope everyone has a great week.

Getting ready for Thanksgiving. Hugs

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Kali, I'm so sorry about your Rose. That's so hard. I hope you can take some comfort in knowing she gave it her all and is no longer suffering. Hope Liz is healing up.

Eva, hope your Step Dad is doing better. It's scary when you don't know what's going on.

Pretty day here after a weekend of wacky St. Louis weather. I went to urgent care yesterday with a uti after two days of trying to muddle through and feeling crummy. I decided to give yoga class a miss today and just try to have a quiet day at home with my youngest. Will do a few minutes on my own later. Antibiotics are kicking in and should feel much better soon, just really tired right now. I want to be able to do more the rest of the week.

Hugs all around!!!
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Kurtzie - sounds like a great week ahead.
Eva - sorry to hear about Step Dad, but glad to hear about emoticon off anxiety.

We put the Rose emoticon down this morning. She had a good weekend and even toured the yard yesterday. Last night was difficult and this morning even more. She went quickly after giving it all she had.


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It's been a long weekend over here. Step Dad is back in the hospital. We are hopeful for his release today. His kidneys are just not functioning properly. The next step is to find out what the heck is happening here.

The upside, There's a lot of exercise minutes to be had when you walk off anxiety instead of letting it paralyze you.

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11/19/17 9:03 P

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Kaligirl, glad your fur babies are doing well.

This is going to be a semi busy week, our daughter, her boyfriend, her younger son and his girlfriend will be here Thursday afternoon, driving from Seattle. We plan to celebrate Thanksgiving and her birthday on Friday.

Hugs all.

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Kim - thanks for your good thoughts and prayers - they worked! PS - I think our posts passed in the ether - your celebration treats sound divine.

Richard - I agree. That's why I make a point of getting some 'me' time.

Eva - how cool to help out your sis-in-law with the Holiday festivities. I'm looking forward to hearing if the gifted program can fill the science gaps for Bug - so important to keep her interest perked.

Speaking of perked, Rose is a new dog...
She's been alert and eating (even some of Liz's food). The vet said to give it 48 hours, so we can hope this is not just temporary. (I've had enough of a roller-coaster...) Liz managed to shake her cone last night, so we'll attach it to a fabric collar as opposed to the string the vet used. She seems in a good mood, so the dog-world is comfortable @ our house.
Heavy overcast and moisture laden air today. We have a forecast of rain overnight, so we may be running Thanksgiving errands as opposed to yardwork Saturday, but hope to give the last leaf roundup finished this weekend.
We shall see. The leaves have stayed on the trees much longer than 'normal' and I for one have loved the color.

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Mike's sister in law is hosting Thanksgiving at her house. But she sent an email that she is cooking the turkey but wants everyone to bring a side and/or dessert. Normally her daughter takes over the kitchen and does all the cooking but this year she is going to do the holiday with her new boyfriend. I prefer everyone bringing a little bit. Its easier on the hostess and its fun to try and share different things

I found a recipe for cranberries with blood orange which looks amazing. Also a mushroom side with roasted chestnuts. I am looking forward to making them. I will probably stop and get a store bought desert

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Jane: What better reason to miss out on checking into a group? I'm happy to hear you are enjoying life. That's what it's all about after all, isn't it?

Kali: I hope your girls improve. They are older, are they not? I hate when a fur-baby is sick.

Kim: Thank you, I try. :) If the program is too much for her, I'll pull her from it. Our's usually focuses on science or history/social studies, adding to what our Tnready program pretty well just glosses over. Tnready is Tennessee's version of common core. It focuses heavily on math and language. There is no concrete science or social studies material. Teachers have to create that curriculum on their own. Our teachers seem to do a really good job, compared to other area schools, when they have professional development days and works shops, but Bug is a science kid so she wants more. I'm hoping gifted fills in the "gaps" that Bug herself complains about regularly. Her 2nd and 3rd grade teachers have sent in requests to have her tested earlier, but the county refused.

I'm off to do the Thanksgiving dinner shopping. I have a sister in law, Donna, that works for Walmart. She's stuck working most of Thanksgiving Day, so the other sister in law and I are splitting her dishes so my mother in law doesn't stress out. I've taken on her vegetable dishes, Rhonda has taken on Donna's pasta and dessert. I get to hang out in the produce section this morning. emoticon









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Being unable to relax or cope with stress can send people into terrible states of mind

Thanks all

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Oh Kali - I didn't realize that both your pups were under the weather. I guess I assumed that it was Rosie who had the lump looked at. I'm glad the vet saw some progress and pray that it continues to improve quickly.

Eva - I hope your Bug is accepted into the gifted program as long as it remains fun for her. The extra work and deeper learning is great for keeping smart kids from getting bored. But sometimes the competition can become very stressful. I have no doubt you would be right on top of that if he happened to her. You are such a great Mom.

Richard - good to hear from you. I am also amazed at how much more peaceful my life is when I stop worrying about all the stuff I can't control.

Jane - good to hear from you too. You can't go wrong with great weather and family!

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Richard - glad to hear you can relax

Eva - I'm sure Bug will 'pass' into the gifted group!

Jane - sounds like life is full and good!

We took Rose back to the vet this morning. Liz was scheduled for an operation to remove a growth (which they found contained muscle), so we wanted Rose observed (labored breathing, no appetite and difficulty swallowing). The vet was actually encouraged from the last time he saw her as he thought she was steadier on her feet and gave her a steroid to open her breathing passages and a diuretic to remove any aspirated drool from her vestibular attack. We understand they are treating the symptoms (worst case scenario is cancer), but hopefully she'll be comfortable.

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Hi, all! I seem to manage to check in here at least every other week or so. LOL...

Have been blessed with visits from out of town friends, beautiful fall weather to walk in, and fun yoga classes. Looking forward to our kids coming in next week and getting to go to Chicago and San Francisco in December.

Kali- Sending healing thoughts for Rose!! emoticon So hard to have ailing babies. My Nicco had his teeth done a couple weeks ago- he had a some that were hurting him and needed to have pulled- and the vet said he had a bad reaction to the anesthesia and his heart rate dropped. Our vet took care of it immediately and says he was never to the real danger point, but it scared me. He was fine by the time I picked him up and recovered quickly. Felix's teeth aren't as bad and he is 8 1/2 so I don't think I'll do his.

Eva- I hope Bug gets into the gifted program. It can be a lot of fun and so good to have extra challenges when kiddos are up for it!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!!
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Kim: I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving. We were in short sleeves last Christmas. It just didn't feel right.

Kurtzie: I hope your weather settles down!

Kali: I hope your Rose improves. Maybe your concoction will entice her to eat.

I'm a bit excited. Bug is being tested for the gifted program. I had to sign the forms last night. I hope she makes it!

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Have established such habits now
that of a late afternoon or early evening,
When I get into my recliner chair,
It is easy to adopt a contemplative mood
and even drift off to sleep.
Much better these days then when I used to arrive home from work in a highly stressed state.
The last few years have been good to me.
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Eva - that Bug is one smart emoticon

Kim - glad to hear all is going well for you and your health is great.

Kurtzie - hope your weather and moods stabilize.

Rose is pretty much the same, but the good news is she is eating (a little) and drinking + eating ice cubes. I'm going to grind her dry food, dress with the vet's canned food and add a little water to see if that mixture entices her. We're a week out from the episode and full recovery can take 2 weeks or longer, so we can continue to be optimistic.
emoticon for your thoughts and prayers.

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Kali hope Rose is ok and hoping when you see vet it is just a minor problem.

Weather has been crazy, stormy one day sun out the next.

Been feeling lazy and unproductive, hope this mood changes soon.

Have a great evening.

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Eva - that funny. I was thinking that $9 sounds high for lunch. But I guess times have changed

Kali - I hope your little girl is feeling better. It is terribly difficult when our pups aren't well.

It's been a beautiful week here. Work is busy but not crazy and I am feeling well. I am adding some yoga to my routine most days and working on getting at least 8 hours of sleep. I am so grateful for my health. Can't believe it is going to be Thanksgiving next week. Maybe because I am wearing shorts and have the windows wide open. But our weather doesn't stop the clock. Looking forward to spending the holiday with Mike's family. I think we are going to spend the night and take a look around the town the day after.




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Kali: I'm praying for your Rose.

Bug and I were doing math homework last night. This conversation still has me tickled.

Me reading Math Sheet: "Maria bought lunch for her friends. The boxes added up to $9. Can Maria pay for it with a $10 bill?"

Brenna: "Yes. She will get 10 cents change because she has to pay 90 cents taxes on that."

Bless it, at least my book fair tax lesson stuck LOL!

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Kurtzie - glad you are having productive fall days!
Eva - 7 hours of shopping emoticon That would definitely be a record for me!

Have an appointment @ the vet this afternoon for Rose. She's not eating her dog food, her breath is labored and I'm concerned she's still feeling unbalanced and nauseous. Hopefully, we'll make sure she's hydrated and give her some comfort.
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Feline: My favorite "miracle" product: cellulite cream. Nothing gets rid of cellulite short of surgery to remove it. If it existed, then I'm sure it would be more than $19.95 for a 3 month supply, and much like you said it would not be featured on an infomercial. But people go nuts for it and anti wrinkle cream(my #2 favorite "miracle" product). Which is mostly a strong moisturizer. Because dry skin makes wrinkles more noticeable. The only way to remove wrinkles: surgery or a chemical peel that removes layers of skin.

There are no miracle products, but there's tasty herbal tea emoticon

Kali: I hope DH and BIL give you the light display to love next weekend.

Kim: I'm glad you are enjoying your weather. It finally feels like fall here. I'm enjoying boot weather.

We did some holiday shopping over the weekend. 7 hours of shopping. I think that's a record for me. I'm not a shopper by nature.



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Good afternoon, hoping all of you are having a great day, another chilly and rainy day, but I have gotten a lot done and feeling good.

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Kurtzie - hope you are staying warm

Eva - I think there are offers for 'free' tea and I'm glad you're enjoying the taste. I'm envious of your Christmas decorating - may get the DH & BIL to do some when they visit for Thanksgiving...

Kim - glad you are enjoying good weather and an early start to the weekend!
Feline - emoticon emoticon

Lots accomplished today - posting letter to my 92 year old FIL, teammate meeting, work meeting and emoticon for some work projects. Hot tub cover is being replaced and tub cleaned as we 'speak'. Dinner with friends tonight and tackling leaf corralling this weekend.
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Eva: I just figure if there is a miracle product out there we'd have heard of it by now, and it probably wouldn't be on late night television emoticon

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You are all a wealth of information this week. I have a few little things to look into now.

We have had a couple of the most marvelous mornings that I can remember. The lows have been into the 60's and the humidity is nearly nothing. its been a pure joy to take Loki (my dog) for his morning walks. This morning was a bit more humid but still cool. I heard a cold front is going to move in tis afternoon but it think it is more wind an bluster than cooler temps. I expect we will still be near 80 in the afternoons. But with low humidity and a breeze that will be will lovely.

Looks like my afternoon client is closed for Veteran's day so I will get an early start to the weekend

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Kali: Ted's pain cream sounds interesting. I may look into it for my mom.

I hope Rose is okay. Poor babies. It would be so much easier if they could tell us what is going on in their little bodies.

Oh I don't want Miller's tea, or any other for that matter, for weight loss. I figure that the pepper in it makes me feel hot, since pepper increases blood flow. It will help some people because they swap out something like soda or a high calorie coffee drink for it, but 99% of the time I don't believe any weight loss product's promises. It does contain chamomile and that helps you relax. A relaxed body sleeps and metabolizes more efficiently. That helps with weight loss.

So does cutting out caffeine a couple hours before bed, because you sleep better..

I'm a weirdo. It's because I took a class on statistics and we learned how facts are skewed to benefit the product or service. I could tell you black coffee helped me lose weight. That's true. But what I didn't tell you is I stopped adding sugar and cream to the same cup of coffee. The lack of additional calories actually caused the weight loss, not the black coffee itself.

I figure that's why I'm in my 30's and have never been sucked into a weight loss product scheme.

But the tea is tasty, if you are ever offered a trial. But I wouldn't pay $60+ to keep it around the house. Celestial Seasons is fine by me.

I'm off to do the grocery shopping today. Tomorrow we plan to do some Christmas shopping and hopefully this weekend we find time to put up our holiday lights. We might not turn them on but it would be nice to have the chore done :)




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Glad Lizzie is ok and wishing must success on the removal of material.

Chilly day here.

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Eva - I've never heard of Dr. Miller and this website suggests (@ least for weight loss) it may not be effective. www.dietspotlight.com/dr-millers-hol
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On the 'good' side it sounds like all natural ingredients - so I'd say go for it.

Speaking of all natural ingredients, I can't give a stronger shout out to Ted's Pain Cream tedsbrainscience.com/pages/the-scien
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We ordered it after listening to an NPR session and sent a note later (backlogged as you can imagine) asking when our order would be filled. In response, we were sent 5 sample packs with instructions to use 3x/day (which of course does not work for applying to the lower back). Long story short - DH's back and shoulder pain has been relieved to the point he's actually felt blood move into his leg and I've had relief just from applying the lotion (arthritis). Needless to say, we are looking forward to our full tube.
emoticon for your good wishes for Lizzie - I hope you find that 27' tall emoticon tree. We had a scare last night with our 13 year old Rose dog. She had a vestibular attack (stroke symptoms) and we rushed her to the emergency vet. Good news is she responded to treatment and although a little wobbly and weak on her right side, she's home and nestled into her kennel. It can happen again, but hopefully not...

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Kali: I'm glad your Lizzie will be okay.

Keeping cats from anything is a full time job. Trust me. I genraly give them things they can destroy so they leave everything else alone. Sir Fluff is a mess. And he's really only after the scarf.

Jim brought in a friend for Fluff. His name is Buster. Now Buster is about 3 months old and is just looking for a high place to observe the world. I need a 27 ft tall cat tree I think LOL

Have any of you ever tried Dr. Miller's Holy Tea? Jim brought in a sample the other day. I just wanted some thoughts on it. It makes me sweat like a mad woman when I work out. More than normal.

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Feline - love your pursuit of education in all its forms!
Eva - new grandbaby is definitely an excuse for a late book delivery. emoticon I can't imagine trying to keep a cat from anything, little less a Christmas village...

Our Lizzie is fine. The lump is full of 'material', but not cancerous! The vet recommends removal so we'll have a cone-head next week. Running interference on our reorganization roller coaster today. Our good people are interviewing @ other institutions and I'm not sure the leadership is aware of the cost of their potential leaving...
Whatever happens will be for the best - may be different, but it will all work out in the end.
Hoping to attend our first emoticon game of the season - the Huskers have won 7 of their last games and are doing super.

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Kali: I hope you pup is okay. Please let us know.

Feline: You might not have to do anything much for that certificate. I bet you have 99% of it under your belt already.

I'm having a field day fending Sir Fluff off my village. He keeps stealing the trees. Poor boy. He's enthralled by the shiny.

I emailed the librarian last night to check on a book order made through the school. I couldn't remember the delivery dates. I really thought I was suppose to send Bug to pick it up. The books will arrive next week but she might be delayed with distribution by a few days. She shared she's excited to have a new grand baby on the way! What a wonderful reason to be late on book delivery!


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Eva: How fun! The YA librarians I know get so invested in their kids; they have made some great volunteer and internship programs full of a good mix of fun and professional activities. I took kind of a loopy route to becoming a librarian otherwise you bet I'd have been in one as a kid.

When I left my job at the prison and moved states, the prison here didn't hire librarians so I got an MEd instead of a JD expecting to move into higher education. I didn't find a job at any of the universities though, and the public libraries were concerned I'd leave them for a university or school so would interview me for everything from aides to directorships but not hire me. I ended up at a law firm that appreciated my well-rounded history. I've been considering getting an EJD after I defend, but I am fairly certain my husband would commit me if I tried for yet another degree. Maybe I can convince him of a paralegal certificate after we've paid some of my student loans down?

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Richard - love to see meditation applied to all aspects of life!
Eva - your home looks like a festive wonderland! emoticon for sharing the pictures.
I too volunteered and then worked in the community library and my mother taught me to love the places books could take me...

Good weekend, even though the Huskers lost a 'must win' emoticon game. emoticon are put away, weekly shopping finished and another round of leaf capturing complete.
The weather looks to remain dry

so I'm sure we'll have more chances to mulch and spread the harvest...
Taking the youngest emoticon to the vet after work. She's got a growth on her hind leg that we want biopsied. We've both agreed that comfort is our goal, but good news would be welcomed as well. Wish us luck!

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Kim: I can see why you would have the warm fuzzies from your clients last week!

Feline: When Bug gets to 7 or 8th grade our local library takes on summer volunteers. I actually think helping with the summer program will be a good place for Bug to start. I was an assistant for many years in the library. She's my child that's for sure. Before I settled on pre-law I thought about a Library of Science degree. If my time and resources hadn't run out (I had a sick grandparent that I had to help care for. I was the youngest and my education became expendable to the family) I'm not so sure I wouldn't have changed majors and specialized as a law librarian.

Richard: Thank you for sharing! It's always nice to see how balancing your mind and body work in every field out there.

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not just confined to Sparkpeople

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Feline - love that you leave work @ work and are sharing your days with emoticon ladies!
Eva - pottery sounds fun and our emoticon will come down this weekend. I don't move into Christmas, but have some Thanksgiving decorating first. Love that Bug is assisting and understands the library!

Kim - so glad to hear you are appreciated. I know I am remiss @ telling other about my gratitude for their skills and accomplishments...

End of a long week - with Husker emoticon & emoticon on tap.
Looking forward to exta emoticon Sunday!

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Eva: The world can always use good librarians! It requires a masters degree, so if she does show an interest there's another motivator for school. A lot of public libraries have internships for pre-teens and teens interested in becoming librarians (my local libraries even offer PAID internships!) so that could be a cool summer gig sometime.

Peacefrog: I spent so long job hopping, I am glad I finally landed somewhere so wonderful. And two of my coworkers were brought from the public school system, just like I was, so more than half of us are educators/librarians. It's a very cohesive department. Plus, perhaps a bit stereotypically, all the librarians are cat people. Can't go wrong with a room of cat ladies.

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Hello Team

I am a book lover myself. I took a class a few years back where we were encouraged to write notes in the margins of the book and it was the hardest thing for me to do. Even in college, I took extensive notes but always in a notebook. My house may go to pot but my books are always neatly organized. Now if I just had time to read all of them. I am still having trouble with reading comprehension for more thoughtful books. But I am working on it.

Kali Costa Rica sounds divine!!! It is on my short list of must go places.

Feline Your job sounds great. I love when a company encourages fun at the workplace.

I am having a good week. I am busy but not crazy. I have been shown a lot of appreciation from a couple of clients this week. While not something I seek out, it sure is nice to hear. Yesterday one of my clients emailed me and asked if I was "an accountant or a magician" after I solved a problem where 2 related customers wanted to "share" some money with each other. It made my day that I could problem solve it (interesting change of pace) and that she was so tickled about it as well.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!


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Kali: You have a wonderful travel agent, or so it sounds! Yay for Costa Rica in the New Year!

I really do have a fantastic doctor. She listens.

Feline: When you can leave work at work it's always a good thing. That's a stress reliever within itself.

Halloween decor is down. This weekend we prep for the Christmas decor to go up. And Brenna has me scheduled for a pottery lesson. We are both still learning. We goof more than we turn out good pieces but it's fun playing in the mud.

My kiddo has been staying behind in the afternoons and helping the teacher straighten the class bookshelf. The teacher asked her why. She said "It bothers me to see the books jumbled like this. It's bad for the books and no one can find what they want to read." It's a librarian/bibliophile's trait. She's not OCD (a look in her playroom will confirm that), but she does have a love for books and knowledge. I may have a future librarian on my hands.



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Eva: I really do. I love it here, it's actually much more relaxed than I expected. Which is good! It means I can leave my work at work and not have it picking at my brain when I am at home!

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Feline - How fun! emoticon

Eva - I emoticon your doctor's suggestions. I have to believe your yoga before cardio will give you the best of both worlds.

Looking forward to the change in time this weekend and a little more light in the morning. It also makes it more fun in the hot tub as the full moon is often higher in the night sky when we're out. Still dealing with roller-coaster work issues, but between Chopra's meditation and potential retirement in 5 months I have multiple stress relievers...
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Shopping for snorkeling gear after work in preparation for our new year trip to Costa Rica! Our wonderful travel agent had internet issues and was not able to schedule our preferred flight in time, so she's putting us up an extra night + found cheaper and faster flights.
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Kali: I hope she had a good day!

Feline: that sounds like so much fun. you must work in a really cool place.

I found out my niece isn't going to have to have surgery on her inner elbow. She has 6 weeks of therapy. The ligament is inflamed, not torn. For this we are all thankful.

I tried Yin Yoga yesterday. It stretches joints and deep connective tissues. It helps heal after joint injuries. I'll be honest I liked it much better than a flow yoga. You move slow with great intention. Along with my elliptical use I'll be doing it for a while. you are suppose to come to the mat "cold" for this one. It's before cardio workouts so that you are reaching the places intended. www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5037/Yin-Yog
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I'm also going to try a lead restorative yoga class. I know poses but this is one I have a hard time putting together in an order that makes sense to me. Not sure if I'll like it but I'm going to find out.

Both were a suggestion from my doctor, who prefers natural remedies to medication if it is an option. She realizes Yoga is my anxiety medication. She's awesome. She's discouraging flows at the moment. Speed can lead to bad form and that leads to injury. She pretty much told me "Slow down, sister."

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We were allowed to dress up at work, and our basement was turned into a haunted house. I was a black cat (I had clip on ears and a tail). The Admin Assistant was a bat, and the floor secretary was a witch! It was almost like a theme, lol

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Eva - sounds super - will definitely check them out.

Foster Care Review Board tonight and looks like Breanna is in school today!

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emoticon Welcome November! emoticon

Kali: I'm glad I introduced you to something new!

I have pictures up on my blog of my little Wonder Woman. We had an awesome night with friends and her cousin. It's a cool thing to still be able to go trick or treating at 37 LOL. There are no pictures of me this year. I was a cat with a sign that said "Copy." That made me a "Copy Cat."

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