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Old 12-01-2009, 12:26 PM   #1
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WELCOME EVERYONE ~ Please join us in our thread: to give support and encouragement; to share ideas, and/or just chat with one another about everyday issues ...

This special thread is for anyone with any kind of physical obstacle and/or challenge like SB, CP, MS, MD, PK, Lupus, Osteo, Arthritis, Rheumatism, or any other condition (s), whether genetic or acquired (like injuries), that causes some physical limitations and/or difficulties.

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Old 12-01-2009, 12:58 PM   #2
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Hi ladies and good evening

This will have to be a quick post today as my time is somewhat limited after my treatment. Awoke this morning after a brilliant nights sleep slept 8 hours right through can't remember the last time I did that. Normal I have to get up to answer the call of nature. So felt better for the good sleep mind you I was absolutely shattered come bed.

Awoke this morning to a complete white over so we had a frost good and proper. The temperature has not got much above 5c all day and according to those good weather folk it won't. Tomorrow is suppose to be warmer though.

It is hard to believe December is already here and now we make the countdown to Christmas in earnest. On returning from the MS centre good job we had a message on the phone telling us that the gas company are coming to do their annual inspection of the back boiler and gas fire. DH had omitted to put the appointment on the calendar as he normally does. This is the second work person this week we had one Monday a lovely gentleman whom I say was of the old school of training and you could tell. He would go the extra mile and do the job as if it was his own home. I got speaking to him and found that he did 7 year apprenticeship which gave him an a whole rounded background. I asked him now how long do they do and he said 2 years but they only specialise in one thing like plumbing or gas fitter. I am sure that the longer apprenticeship was much better as it give you time to learn and practice your trade under supervision.

My throat seems fingers crossed a little better today so thanks for the prayers. I could be that I have caught something when DH had his cold as I have been to fight off something for weeks but nothing specific you could put your hand on. A little achy here or there, or a little bit of the sniffle but nothing that I would be concerned about.

Sound quite romantic to go out for a trip looking at the lights and pretty decorations with a hot cup of chocolate to warm you up. It is nice to go and do that to see the fairy lights etc. You and your DH would love to drive in blackpool during the illuminations time or take a ride on a tram (the old fashioned sort so very nostalgic ) to see the 6 miles I think it is of decorations and lights. I love to see it and it never cease to have this magical air about it. It still holds that magic even though I have seen it many times even some of the trams are decorated. One is decorated like a rocket as I recall and another a pirate ship.

Right must run need to wash a few pots up and then titivate myself before I go out to play card. Nice to drop by even if it was a short one. Take care catch you soon




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I am going to join this thread for December. I am currently not doing any exercise in the hope of not aggravating a back problem any more than necessary between now and the 14th when I am having surgery. I am having a herniated disc repaired and a piece of bone removed that is pressing on nerves. I should be back to exercising in January but Dec in going to be tough combining the holidays with no exercise.
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THANK YOU SO MUCH, PURPLE ~ for starting up our December thread. I was gonna do it last night, but thought -- no, it's OK, I can do it tomorrow AM, but then we got so busy this morning that I completely forgot about it. We spent the enitre day searching through Christmas boxes looking for our light timer gadget, and our tinsel garlands. This timer lets the lights come on at dusk and then turns them off for us so many hours later (in our case, we have it set for 6 hours, so they will go off about 11 pm).

Of course, they would have to be in the last two boxes we looked in and DH swore that he had gone thru all the boxes and couldn't find them. So ... I had to go in just before dinner and lo and behold, I found them. Next year, all the most popular stuff is going in one box; that should put an end to this Christmas version of hide and seek ... I hope!

I also managed to get 3 loads of laundry washed, dried, and put away while doing the other things. We put up the bows on the porch as well and they really brightened it up too. So now the porch is all done; and we will go out and take a good look tomorrow night; my poor feetsies are throbbing right now and need a rest for tonight.

We had the leftovers from the BBQ Spit chicken; bake that and some nice roasted veggies to go along with them ... carrots, onions, turnip, parsnips, broccoli, cauliflower, and baby new potatoes for me (DH had some more of his tators). I got in lots and lots of exercise for the day and will have my tea soon and put up my feet and do some reading.

I set out some lovely Christmas potpourri in a couple of my brass dishes and when the furnace comes on you can smell this gorgeous scent wafting through the room. Take good care ladies and hope you all have a WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY tomorrow ... ROSEBUD
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SHEENA ~ we'd love to have you join us in our thread, especially over the Christmas season. Back problems are no fun; and I surely know all about that as mine has been bothering me a bit lately. I have to be careful to take it easy; I get so excited over this season, and tend to overdo it and then I have to rest for a few days each week to recover.

We will put some prayers and good thoughts around you and your surgeons when you have your surgery on the 14th too ...
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Hi fellow chicks

It is a grey dreary day at present though no frost thing morning to greet us. The heavens opened to us last night on our car journey home but at least that had a welcome side effect of causing it to get much warmer than it had been all day. We arrived home only to be greeted by the intruder alarm, had a burglar ran sacked our home? NO my DH had forgot to isolate the kitchen and lounge whilst we went out. Normally no problem but with it being so cold we left Rizzie (our dog for those not familiar with that name) so we have been left a bit red faced and got to make the round of apologise this morning to our neighbours for the infernal noise it lets out. To make it worse it is the night we are out the longest at nigh on 4 hours what with the 45 minute drive to and from the place where we play cards.

Next week starts the round of Christmas parties at the whist drives (type of game played in the UK). I have one next week and then two the following week. I know with the food on offer I will have to be ever mindful of what I put on my plate shall I say. I think I will in preparation shave a few calories off here and there this coming week so that on that day the damage will be kept to a minimum.

Today between 2pm and 4pm we have the gas engineer coming well I think that is there official title. They are coming to service the gas fire in the lounge and check our back boiler which is behind the gas fire. Normally they are not too long doing the job and they are very neat and through. It always marvels me how many piece the gas fire separates into and how it all goes back together again.

SHEENA to the thread very nice to have you on board. We all can sympathise with you and your enforce period of being unable to exercise due to your back. This is because all of us at one time or another have the same thing of not being able to exercise due to illness or something a person was born with. We understand the challenges this brings being enforced to rest.

Last year due to the nature of my illness which is MS(multiple sclerosis) like a bolt out of the blue I had a big set back to my exercise regime. I had a relapse so for over two month I was able to exercise due to lack of sensation in the lower half of my body. The only tips I can give you which held me in good stead over the time I was out of action. Treat this period of time like maintenance so be aware of the foods you are eating.

I am not sure what method you are using to lose weight but if you are calorie counting then maybe you can shave off maybe a 100 calorie per day to cut your calorie intake slightly. Now try not to beat yourself up about the fact you can't exercise it is natures way telling you it need a break for a wee while. I know if like me it drove me "nuts" because I couldn't exercise and I would love to do it but my body was not so willing. I thought I would put on lots of weight but I didn't I just gain 3lbs and guess what the first week of being able to exercise again I had lost it all again. So it isn't all doom and gloom. It is not a set back in the road to losing weight just another bump the road where you have to just hold on. There is light at the end of you tunnel that by January some point you will be able to start some gentle exercise so it is not forever. So hang in there and use the board regularly for the support that you may need over the coming weeks

ROSEBUD Your welcome Rosebud I rarely start the thread anyway you nearly always remember to do it. Besides I am like at least 5 hours in front of your hour so I have no excuses.

It's always the case when looking for something like in your case the electric timer it is in nigh on the last place to look. I think if it is something that we only use once a year then we put it safely away we forget which box was the place of safety. Sounds like your decorations are very pretty and then the pot-pourri to top it off sounds magic. Specially when you have those spices like cinnamon it makes it feel more christmassy.

I didn't get much done yesterday in the line of house work with my treatment then feeling tired after it. So today I need to try and do a bit more than yesterday. I am waiting for a nice day to do some laundry if can else it is resorting to wash then drier method. Though that is never as nice as outside drying.

No further news today I am going to get dressed and start the house work till next time take care


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Old 12-02-2009, 10:16 PM   #7
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HI LADIES ~ we had some nice fluffy ***** on and off today; and lots of birdies came by to visit too. Some starlings were acting like acrobats today -- hanging on the suet cake and falling off with some regularity, but at least they were game to try. I find the starlings so much fun to watch; and the Rock Doves were chasing each other out of the big feeder too. They are fast becoming like the Starlings with their antics. Our small flock of Mourning Doves came by today as well (we have five) and they are a sweet as ever.

Well, we got all our indoor decos done today; we had cut it down to only so many (to make things simpler) so it took us only just over an hour. We put some Christmas music on that I picked up (some Pipe Carols) and we had a good time doing it together. Tomorrow, I need to get at my Christmas cards and gifts, so I can get them put too; that's the last thing I have to do until closer to Christmas time (I think) ...

PURPLE ~ you have done so well, not only losing your weight and now maintaining, but even during tuff times like last year, you only gained 3 lbs. The advice you shared with Sheena is very wise; she can concentrate on the food part of her plan until she can start doing her exercises again.

Sounds like you have lots of fun stuff coming up this month with all your Christmas whist tournies; that will keep you very busy. That's right, just by cutting back at BF & lunch a wee bit, you can have a tad more later on. Do you spend your Christmas with your parents or do they come to your place? I will be taking some pictures later on and will post some for you to see as well.

I did my daily housechores in the AM, so I got some exercise in today with all the walking around doing the decos too. Had a good on plan day. Tonight was pasta night, so we had whole grain spagetti and meatballs.

Hope you all have a great Thursday tomorrow; and do take good care as well ... ROSEBUD
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Hi fellow chicks

It is definitely brass monkey weather today The wind is so chilly more than anything. At least it has stayed dry all day which was a blessing as I was doing my grocery shopping. The shop was very busy with people so very chaotic inside. I have at least done it for another week was shattered after doing the shopping though. DH did ask did I want my scooter but whilst I can still manage to get round OK I will do it. I don't want to rely on it and become lazy. It is there for the distances I can't manage. To be honest I am glad we didn't take it with the number of people in there it would have been so stressful manoeuvring around them trying to miss folks toes.

Nothing much happened since I wrote last. Just went out to play cards last night but neither of us did any good. It is the Christmas drive there in 2 weeks time which starts a little earlier than normal so much remember.

Off to the dentist tomorrow for my 6 monthly check up. That seems to come round quickly I must admit. I will go as it is important on two fronts one for the health of your teeth and secondly the fact is here it is not always easy to get into to see a NHS dentist. I remember the difficultly my sister had trying to find one. The difference between an NHS and private at the end of the day is cost. It is so much more expensive to see someone privately. It is costly enough on NHS never mind private. NHS cost for me tomorrow for a check up is : £16.50. This charge includes an examination, diagnosis and preventive advice. If necessary, it also includes X-rays, scale and polish and planning for further treatment. There are 3 bands of payment that is band 1 payment. Band 2: £45.60. This charge includes all the necessary treatment covered by the £16.50 charge, plus additional treatment, such as fillings, root canal treatment or extractions. Band 3: £198. This charge includes all the necessary treatment that is covered by the £16.50 and £45.60 charges, plus more complex procedures, such as crowns, dentures and bridges. So that is our NHS charges in a nutshell and what it covers.

ROSEBUD Made me laugh of the acrobatic feats of your birds they are so fascinating to watch. I love to watch them at my friend who has a feeder at the top of her garden. Her garden is one that is in levels as it is a steep garden but they have made it like that to be must easier to keep and walk around. They have a some doves which balance on this branch then use their wing to put round the feeder which she thought was out of their reach. Though they had a cunning plan to foil her effort as their wing then they brought it towards them. Only two of them have managed to figure out how to get the loot. I think she does not remove it now out of their reach as she figures they kind of earn it for their ingenuity. It shows how clever birds are in figuring problems out and finding a way round to getting what they want.

Talking of Christmas this weekend I must write my cards out and post them in them in the week. It seem to take a long time to write these out but no good putting off. We have also parred down the decorations to make it easier for ourselves like you it takes us about an hour to do the decorating. I am chief designer and passer of decorations. My DH role is one of going up ladder and putting them in ceiling etc. Not that our ceiling are very high with being in a bungalow. They are just about able to be reached for DH if he stands on his tip toe and he is not mega tall at 5ft 11in. Though we use the ladder for extra reach in the hard to get places like corners.

I thought the advice I would give Sheena is what held me in good stead in that time. Control the things you can control like food intake. The exercise is out of your control due to health issue then what is the use of worrying excessively as it only brings you more sadness.

My parents will come to me at Christmas as it is easier for me with having no stairs in my home. Mum and Dad live in a house which I do visit on a fortnightly basis but it is only one day of going upstairs which is done as least times possible Just the call of nature as they have no downstairs facilities. So that is why my parents come to me. Not that I do all the Chritmas lunches and teas etc on my own my parents muck in. So it is much easier for me to manage they are very understanding that way. I just do the menu planning and they work round that.

Nothing else to report today tomorrow going to my parents will try and pop in but time is limited as I have to go to the dentist in the morning also. So busy day all in all. bye all


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HI LADIES ~ The temps have plunged here, and we also had a chilly wind today that made it seem even worse. I've been having a hard time adjusting to the cold this year (just like last year); DH says that is becuz of our age -- the cold bothers us more now. I had to put the furnace temp up; but I know in time, that I will get used to it. DH suggested I put on another layer of clothes like long-johns under my clothes; I changed into a fleece tunic and pants and felt much better ~ but I do have a 2-piece set in my dresser if I need them (I had forgotten all about them being there until DH mentioned it).

I put some bread chunks (some leftover stale French bagette) out in our big feeder for the birdies; and the Starlings had a ball scavenging after it. The chunks froze and would get stuck on their beaks; it was funny watching them try to figure out how to get them off, but in the end, they did as they are real thinkers, those Starlings ...

Spent the afternoon working on my Christmas cards; still got lots to do --had way too many interruptions, but I still have lots of time left. I decided to work on the out-of-towners first becuz the local ones can get there in a couple of days. At least, I got some of them done today; getting started is half the battle, I say!

DH and a friend are trying to make me a CRECHE; I have wanted one for a long time but haven't been able to find one (I've looked every year). DH kept asking me what I wanted for Christmas, and I kept telling him that I wanted a Creche (which means a Nativity Set) to put in front of the house. To me, it seems ridiculous to celebrate Christmas without a Creche, but DH finally admitted that he was avoiding it becuz he wasn't sure how to make one (I think he was hoping I would be able to buy one).

So they got started on it this afternoon and will likely have it finished sometime tomorrow. Then I have the job to make the baby Jesus (think I'll go looking for a baby at Goodwill) and I have to draw and paint Joseph and Mary on it too -- so we'll see how it all goes ... I just hope that I can get it done before Christmas Eve.

PURPLE ~ hope all goes well for you at your dentist appointment tomorrow and you have a clean exam this time. This morning, another piece of tooth came out of my mouth when I was eating a piece of toast; it was the biggest one so far but I am glad it came out for me.

Our decorating arrangement is the same for us: DH gets out the boxes; I sort out what I want; DH gets up on the ladders or chair or stool or whatever, and puts things up for me. I am more of a supervisor, but I am a good one and try to be as cheery as I can be; and we have a few good laughs while we are at it -- gotta keep the good cheer flowing becuz it's Christmis ...

Hope you all have a fabulous Friday tomorrow; and do take good care of yourselves too ... ROSEBUD
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HI LADIES ~ We had a nice day here; the came out for us today and was a welcome sight as we haven't seen Mr. Sunshine for a while now. We are getting a few ***** this evening, but we need some as we can still see our grass out front yet.

DH and a friend have been working on a Creche for me -- as some of you know, I have been wanting one for some time now. To me, Christmas just doesn't seem right without a Creche, or Nativity Scene. DH put the Creche together after dinner; now I have to make a Mary & Joseph (that's my job); and our landlady said that she has a doll we can use for our baby Jesus. We have a nice Bethlehem star that will look great in or on the Creche too.

I spent the afternoon working on the rest of my out-of-town Christmas Cards, and I have them all done now. Now I will work on the ones for closer to home over the next while until they're all done too. Also did my last load of laundry for this week today; glad to be all caught up now.

HI TO RONNIE, and VAL, up there in Thompson ... hope the doctors appt went well for you; and also hope that your health is improving for you as well. RONNIE -- same to you; hope you are starting to feel better too; I have both of you on my prayer list, and I am hoping for some good news soon for all my effort!!!

HI to you too, PURPLE ~ I know that you are busy visiting with your Mum & Dad tonight; hope you have a wonderful time too ...

For those of you who had to work -- TGIF, EH? I hope you all have a fabulous Friday evening ... and do take good care of yourselves as well ... ROSEBUD
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We have a beautifully sunny day today for the second day in a row. So today I am taking the opportunity to do some laundry and dry it outside. I have the first load in right now will be finished very shortly. My second load is a furry blanket made for us by my BIL http://www.greatbeanbags.com/product...-244C0E06FD2D} This is a picture of a similar one though ours is grey fur one side which is the long fur and the short fur (well fake fur as I would not buy fur) is black. Though they no longer make this sort due I think to being unable to source the fabric. They are so warm and nice to snuggle into. When it is not in use I throw it over the spare bed. Though I must remember to close the door to that room else Rizzie loves to lie on that blanket no questions asked He is in like a shot I am sure he lies in wait just till the time I forget to shut that door. I use that room frequently as the freezer is in there so in most days for something.

Yesterday was a nice day as I said weather wise but it was a grand day at my parents but went all too quickly. Also saw my sister for about an hour or so which is nice to catch up a bit. DH sorted out one of our nieces laptops she could only get sound through her headphones. My sister and her DH have limited knowledge when it comes to PC's so things like that are left to DH. It was soon fixed but took longer than normal as it has a different operating system than he is use too. We have xp and they have vista which seems a bit alien to us. We have become so familiar with xp with using it on a daily basis. On a different subject managed to get a little walk in yesterday just after our tea and it was nice not too cold. Though it was dark with it being this time of year and the light soon goes after 4pm.

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My dental appointment went off without a hitch so not be seen for 6 months unlike my DH he has to have a filling. He rarely gets away scot free he nearly always has something done. I have not renewed my appointment for 6 months until DH has had his treatment in the beginning of the New Year. We then will book together for our 6 monthly check up. Whilst I was there I asked the advice from the dentist on my mouth and the jagged bone. Since about 3 weeks I have not had a twinge out of it plus it has become smooth of its own accord. So I wondered whether to cancel my appointment at the hospital for the minor surgery. She said if in the next week I did not feel anything then it was a good idea to cancel. This is because at the hospital they will thing it is still painful so will open the gum to look for the culprit and of course it will not be there. So all I will get for my troubles is a swollen mouth, stitches and pain for nothing. I was glad I went to the dentist yesterday to get professional advice on what to do as I felt I was in a bit of a dilemma.

Your nativity scene sound lovely it reminds me of a programme I was watching by a cook called Delia Smith she is a believer in God and regularly goes to Church. On this Christmas edition she was putting up her wooden nativity scene it was a very simple set but something drew my eyes to it. Maybe it was the simplicity of it as there were no bright colours it was all carved out of wood. Someone had obviously lovingly made this maybe even for her but either way it was nice. Not that I could cook any of her foods as they were too rich many of them so hence one bite would take you over your daily calorie intake

This weekend I have to sit down in earnest and write my cards. Otherwise I will never get it done. We bought a few new Christmas cards this year to top up the ones I had left from last year of writing them out. I hope this weekend is a good one for holding a pen not always the case. Now my once lovely writing can look like a spider has crawled across the page. It has come to sometimes if I have mailed something to my mum and dad they do not recognise my writing so wondered whom it is from .


Catching up with my household chores today as I tend to do them at the weekend when I seem to have more time. I have now done two loads of washing got two loads left. One being towelling and second bed linen then finished that for another week. I have hoovering and dusting to do then I think I will call it a day on housework then. I have tomorrow then to just do the bits of housework that I have left not much as I tend to clean up as I go along to make things easy.

Last night I went to play cards but there at the place we play they sell second hand books and jigsaws. The money goes to the bowls club which we play in. I saw two jigsaw puzzles called wasjigs they are a different type of puzzle. You have the picture on the front and often have to put what is behind so what would you see if you had eyes in the back of your head. These I might add are not for me but a friend whom loves these and spends hours doing these puzzles. They do not go out loads as both she and her DH have MS. She is amazing how she cares for her DH and contends with her own symptoms never once complaining. I know for sure she will like the wasjigs I just hope that they are puzzles that she has not done before. They are so expensive to buy from new at around £10 per puzzle

I see you have been wrapping up in an extra layer of clothing due to the plummet in temperature. Over the past two years I have felt the cold much more often my hands and feet are cold even in summer. Even now as I type my hands are stone cold and it is not a really cold day. I think if I came to such a cold climate I would be like the character in “cool runnings” who puts all the clothing on he owns with coming from Jamaica to a climate where there is snow on the ground. That would definitely be me with more layers of clothing to the point I could barely move :lol2:

Well I now have my third load of washing in the towels so we are on the homeward stretch regarding the washing. I have kept interrupting the typing to put another load out on the line and DH helped put the furry blanket on the washing line as it is way too heavy for me lift on the line. Just going to strip the bed in a moment when I finished this post then I can have the final load ready for the machine. Then the hoovering and dusting so within the next hour I shall have it all done.

I have been to the farmers market today wow it was so busy but I suppose with it being the last I think before Christmas then people are getting all their goodies prior to then. I did not have much choice has I normally do on the no added sugar range. I was going to get a cake in for my father so he had an alternative to his Christmas cake. The do a lovely fruit cake with no added sugar and that is rather nice plus a ginger cake which is sweetened I think by the use of carrots. I would imagine they are applying some of the cooking techniques from the war time due to the rationing that went on here in the UK. Sugar was rationed so alternative had to be found and I know carrots were used to sweeten cakes as they are naturally sweet any way.

No further news for now and must get cracking on the last chores. So nice dropping by and catching up on news and events your parts of the world. Take care and catch you soon.

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HI LADIES ~ Well, we had another day with some glorious today; that was a real treat for us with these cold temps. DH and I spent the day working our our Creche. DH then drilled a hole on top of the creche for our Bethlehem star and it looks good right on the top at the front.

DH and his friend made me a crib for my baby Jesus this AM; then I found a blue blanket to wrap him in and we had an artificial grass wreath to wrap around the crib too. After some thinking, I decided to do my Joseph and Mary on thick cardboard pieces; first, I had to draw them on, which took all afternoon.

Then, after we took a break for dinner, I spent the evening coloring them in. I took some pictures that I will download and resize tomorrow so you all can see our creation. I think it turned out pretty well really. My fingers and right arm were getting numb at some points from all the drawing and coloring so I had to take some rests.

I used a mixture of mediums: marker, pencil and wax crayons, and the best of all was some oil crayons. DH is just a tad bit concerned about it standing up to the elements; he is worried about the winds and snow; I am more concerned about them staying dry, but the stuff I used are all water repellent so hopfully that will help a bit and it is pretty cold out there too.

We'll have to put our thinking caps on and find some way to hold them in there; but that can wait til another day. We did enuff for one day as it is ... Actually, I just finished and DH just finished putting some plastic glue in all the cracks so that no water or snow can get inside and ruin our display.

So far we haven't had to buy a thing for it, but we do need a flood light so that it can be seen from a distance; and we will pick one up as they just happen to be on sale this week, so I hope they have some left for us.

Anyways, just wanted to pop in here tonight to say hi -- sure hope you are all having a wonderful weekend; and please do take good care of yourselves ... ROSEBUD
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HI LADIES ~ We had a nice day here again; and the came out for much of the day, so we decided to go pick up a few things up town and for a small drive while we were at it. We needed to pick up that flood light kit (which we did) and we also picked up something EZ for dinner (we had cantelloni and french style green beans; very yummy and DH loved it).

I got a stacking cubby on rollers for a great price to put extra veggies in our cold room (which is our spare room at present; and our storage room too). It is is perfect for that ; should have got one long ago. We never seem to have enuff room for all our fruit and veggies now that we are eating in a healthier way, and this is the perfect answer.

DH did some more finishing touches on the creche making my cardboard people (Mary & Joseph) more stable by gluing a second piece to the backside as he was worried they were too light; they should be OK now. So tomorrow we hope to get it all set up outdoors and put the lights on; then I will take some more pictures too.

So we had a good OP (on plan) day foodwise and got lots of walking in today as well (we did that on purpose). Then I came home an put my feet up as they were tres sore while dinner was in the oven. Tonight we are just taking it easy; hope you are all too!

Take good care; and hope you have a Marvellous Monday tomorrow too ... ROSEBUD
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PURPLE ~ I think that is great that you could find cakes without any sugar in them; esp something like carrot or ginger cake which would be nice for Christmas too. I have heard of making a homemade cake with lots of fruit that is boiled in water first like raisins, dates, figs, bananas, apricots, apples, pineapple, etc and then remaining ingredients added in as per normal. I suppose you could also add in a bit of sweetener if you felt it needed it, but with all the sweetness from those fruits, it might not need any; any you could add a little honey or cooking molasses which have more vitamins in them.

I went to your BIL site -- boy, they have a lot more products than just bean bags. Too bad they can't get the fabric to make those furry blankets anymore, as they do look warm. I have one blanket similar to it: it is a very thick plush blanket; and I put that around me when I am on the sofa. It is blue and white with lovely polar bears and fur trees on it; very warm and soft. They make similar ones now, but they just aren't as thick anwymore as mine is ... what a shame!

Oh, I am so glad that your mouth is healing up well on its own; and now you won't have to have that minor surgery at Christmastime. Mine also healed up well too. I had a small bump which has disappeared; and I also had another larger piece of tooth or something come out of my mouth, so we wonder if that was it? I wouldn't be surprised at all if it was. I am just so thankful that they came out (three pieces in all) and my mouth has no pain or sore spots at all ...

That was nice of you to pick up those puzzles for that couple; my she does have her hands full and I bet she will really appreciate your thoughfulness. The same goes for your cards: the point is that you cared enuff to send them a card. Sometimes, my handwriting isn't too great either; I have to slow down and take my time. I don't know why but some days are better than others, so I leave it and go back another time. I have about half or so of my cards done now; I took a break to get the creche finished. So now I can get back at it and finish them off this week.

Well, our vacuum cleaner went on the fritz today; but this time DH couldn't get it to work right again. It was very old and we had it for a long time, so now I am going to keep my eye on the sales for a newer light one; one that I can use as I found that one way too heavy for me.

Yes, it does get cold here; and the winds were really cold today too and made it seem a lot colder than it was. It was about -7 to -10 but the winds made it feel like -17C or -20C but we did get out for a few hours anyways. Your farmer's market lasts much longer than ours; here they go just to about our Thanksgiving weekend in October.

Anyways, I just wanted to do some personal replies to your last post; take good care and hope you had a restful weekend ...
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Hello!! I'm new here and have quite a few obstacles to overcome during my weight loss, but I know as I LOSE the weight, the obstacles will become easier-it's a "catch 22" I was diagnosed with COPD about 4yrs ago so I often have pneumonia or bronchitis-the biggest issue with these two is that I smoke. I did stop for a couple of months but then my mom passed a few weeks ago and I started right back up. I also have bursitis in both hips and osteoperosis. Exercising is very limited. My goal at this point is to lose at least 1.5lbs a week. I'm going to start carb counting and sugar intake as I also have diabetes. I hope this will be a good place to start. I guess I'll know at the end of week one!

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