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Old 08-30-2014, 03:53 PM   #16
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Good Afternoon from the cabin! We got up to fog and a cloudy sky on the drive up here. The sun is out now and it's really nice. The boat just left with Bob, Jason, Beth, Amanda, and five kids. Maddy brought a friend to help celebrate her birthday. Will and I are holding the fort down on the shore!

Maggie, I took Celebrex many years ago; I don't remember anything about it since it was for a short time period. Glad you can have it again if it works for you. The hospital, college, and packing plants just go ahead to buy, or condemn, houses to expand their space and to he** with the city codes. The boards usually go along unless the move is illegal and/or harming another individual. In this case the neighbors are upset about temporary fencing and a mobile "office" moved onto the building site. The helicopter has been landing in the neighborhood for several years now, and has avoided the houses, trees, power lines, etc.

"Gma," we are supposed to have more rain tomorrow too. The farmers are saying they will have trouble with muddy fields if it doesn't dry up before harvest is ready. Sorry about the lousy CB meal. I've never eaten at one as the closest one is in Des Moines. The baby sock is so tiny and cute! I love the colors in Jackson's sock, they are so fun! He will love them! I find it interesting you can get 90 days of drugs when you aren't on Medicare yet. We could only get 30 before Medicare, but maybe that has to do with the insurance coverage.

Since there are a few lunch dishes soaking in the sink, (mine!); guess I will wash them and get them back in the car so I don't forget them when we leave. Hope you all are enjoying a nice day!

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Good morning. We are sticky and rainy today. Of course, we have to go grocery shopping so it is going to rain on us. It usually does.

I finished the baby sock so now will just quick wash them in woolite and let them dry and then wrap it all up and box and ship it to my dil for the shower. I hope she likes them.

I am back to working on Jackson's second sock. I am about done with the heel flap so I can put in the gusset, which is the part I hate the most. Not that it is difficult, but time consuming and you have to watch your rows because you decrease a row then knit a row straight then repeat until you are back to the correct number of stitches.

The cruise is 3 weeks from today. We are watching the Caribbean for storms now for sure. I haven't heard from our friends so am a bit worried what is going on with them. I sent her an email this morning to check in but she didn't answer the last one I sent which was 3 or 4 weeks ago and she usually answers fairly quickly.

Jean: Tricare uses a mail order drug program and if you use it you get 90 days supply. Jack gets to keep it when he goes on Medicare in October as our prescription program doesn't change. He just goes to Tricare for Life as his supplemental and that is premium free. He will just pay the Medicare premium and hopefully between the two most if not all of our dr stuff will be paid for. I don't go on Medicare for 4 more years so I will just pay a single person premium with Tricare Prime until then.

Maggie: Good luck with the meal replacement. I have trouble just drinking something and staying on plan. I get hungry then next thing you know I am over points. I usually eat a light lunch though, but have a good breakfast and then dinner. I don't worry too much about dinner since we eat so early and I just have a light snack around 5 or 5:30 than nothing until morning. It keeps my blood sugar in the good range. I don't know what the heck is going to happen on the ship since dinner isn't until 6 PM every night. I am hoping a lot more walking will help with the blood sugar and off set the later eating.

Well girls, going to leave soon for the commissary. Have a good day all. Faye
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Good Afternoon! Our sunshine has disappeared and it's getting darker as the afternoon goes on. Bob is mowing in hopes to beat the rain in the forecast. I've been sorting through receipts to file and working on the laundry piles. I really should work on the afghan but it's just too humid and sticky.

"Gma," I hope you hear back from your cruise friend. It won't be long until you are on your way! My dad had Tricare and my "mom" is still on that plan. She has been very happy with it. How was the commissary on a rainy day? Hope it was simple and fast for you!

Bob is dragging out the big ladder so I'd better go see what he is going to fix. Hope you all are enjoying a nice relaxing day!
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Old 08-31-2014, 06:34 PM   #19
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I am looking forward to tomorrow when I start using the meal replacement mix. I wonít bore you the details each day (maybe) but since it is a well balanced meal replacement drink I think it will be fun. The literature that came with it says it is as filling as if you have eaten a meal. The success of the Almased Dietary Supplement has been proven by scientists. Nutritional scientist of the University of Freiburg Germany, conducted a comparative study of various dieting methods. The Almased Diet turned out to be the most effective one by far. During the use of this product the metabolism is sped up and improved and remains balanced. That is why I researched it because of the metabolism thing ~ mine in very low. I am willing to give it a try. I will still be doing my meals the WW way and counting my points+.

JEAN Wish we had some of your cooler weather.

DONNA FAYE If you have trouble drinking something and staying on plan then this program I am going to start isn't for you. You seem to lose by chunks when you stick to your plan. Time is going to whiz by now until your cruise. The folks you knit for will be very joyed by the neat work you do.

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Maggie, what do you mix together for your drink? I have to admit that I'd much rather chew, than drink, and the crunchier the better. I have a slow metabolism too, so will be curious to see how it goes for you. When I'm determined and motivated I do much better. It seems I have lost both in the last few months, and I need to make a plan. It is very humid and sticky right now; the sky was kind of green, but it is very dark now. Bob says the thunder sounds like hail -- kind of rumbles. We are in a watch right now. Both cats are staying low to the floor.
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Old 08-31-2014, 10:04 PM   #21
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JEAN To mix up the Almasedģ they say to only use cold or lukewarm liquids, otherwise the metabolism-enhancing properties will be lost if you use hot water. However you will lose more weight by using plain water (filtered or bottled) then dissolving it in skim or low fat milk. You can flavor it with the bottled kind of flavoring such as lemon, coconut, or vanilla to name a few. You can also mix it in unsweetened almond or soy milk. Most people prefer mixing it with some other liquid than water. I hope this has answered your question. BTW ~ I do plan on munching on celery and carrots to get in my crunching need.

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Good morning girls. We are heading out in just a few minutes to do a couple errands. We need to go to Krogers to get some things the commissary didn't have and to UPS box store to drop off return to Amazon that doesn't work.

I guess I won't get any work done today like I thought, but there is always tomorrow.

I finished Jackson's socks and will try and use duplicate stitch and put a Lego figure on the leg of the sock. I have only done a few duplicate stitch projects and only letters and a shamrock so I don't know how well this will go, but am going to give it a shot. I will post it if it comes out ok.

Jean: It came down hard on the way to the store yesterday, but tapered off when we got there so we didn't get wet. We finished it up and the store was quiet and not many people so we whizzed right through even through checkout, which is unusual. Tricare beats every insurance plan I have ever seen. We have $12 dr visits, $30 hospital stays and nothing on an medical procedures like blood tests, cat scans, xrays, stuff like that. My 5 day hospital stay was $131,000 and we will be billed for $30. Most prescriptions as I said we pay nothing for and get 90 days at a time. Our yearly premium has gone up, but it is only $556 a year or $139 a quarter for family. My single will go down to $69 a quarter and under $300 a year. Most people pay anywhere from 2 to 5 times that and have higher copays if they even can get an HMO.

Maggie: Again, good luck on your new plan. As long as it contains what you need nutrient wise and isn't stiffing you health wise go for it.

You all have a nice day. Jack will be down in a second so need to get my shoes on and get things gathered up. Faye
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Happy Labor Day! Heading for the 90s today with rain this evening.

Kohl's is having a big sale and I have a $30 off coupon so I'm going to try to find a new pair of ASCIS Rythmic 2 Cross Trainers. These are suitable for Zumba and the Y is starting a new Zumba for Seniors class this week.

Faye, Such a tiny sock! They are lovely. I see the cruise countdown is now at 20 today. Such excitement getting ready and finally sailing off!

Jean, exercise is one of the best things for improving metabolism. Losing weight is all about choices. We choose to do what is necessary to make the lifestyle changes or we choose to continue down the other path and probably more weight gain.

Maggie, I read up on Almsed and I don't see how it can improve metabolism because it is soy protein. Soy inhibits the thyroid and my RD told me not to use it in any form. I'm currently on 275 mcg Synthroid. Since the scientists were hired by the manufacturer, I think their report is biased. I'm not opposed to meal replacement shakes for I used one for breakfast myself. I like Body Fortress Whey Protein (Cookies and Cream - 150 calories, 30 gram protein, 6 carbs, 1 fiber, and 3 grams fat). It'll be interesting to see how you do.

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Good Morning! We got up to a cool, bright, and sunny morning but the sun has disappeared. We had a storm roll through last evening with a greenish sky and strange rumbling thunder. We got an inch of rain in less than an hour, but no hail nor wind damage. We are becoming water logged! I bought a new filter water pitcher with a "guide" to the lights on top. I remember where I put the book but it has sprouted legs and took off. Bob even helped me look; I know I will find it someday when I'm looking for something else. Our friend, Danny, died this morning. I feel so sorry that he and his family's had to go through this, but glad he is finally at peace.

Maggie, let us know what flavor you choose and how it tastes. I remember trying a powdered breakfast drink years ago and thought it tasted gritty like powder. I didn't have a blender so imagine that would have helped. I pitched the whole box after one try.

"Gma," the housework will be waiting for you tomorrow. I find it harder to clean when Bob is home. Good luck with the Lego figure on Jackson's socks. I wonder how many other people your insurance paid for when you were in the hospital.

Susan, it's a good thing I don't live close to a Kohls as I get online coupons all the time. The last time I was in the store, the shelves were a mess, and sizes all mixed up on the racks; my first thought was they had cut back on hours so straightening, etc., didn't get done. I wish you lived closer to me! I always feel inspired after reading your exercise efforts!

The dishwasher just finished so will unload that and check the dryer. A woman's work is never done! I wonder how they ever got everything done before dishwashers, washers, and dryers. Scary thought for us! Have a super Monday and a great first day of September!
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It is going to be a nice day here in the ♥-Land for the wind isnít blowing. We had a nice little bit of rain last evening and since it is still Will is out spraying some weeds. Those sticker weeds are not good for the dogs for sure for they get tangled up in their hair.

This is Willís birthday and we are going to grill burgers for the evening meal. He hasnít decided yet just what he wants me to get him so I will wait until he does to get anything for him. I am getting a golden fox vest for mine. The fur coats I had in the past were just too warm for me to be comfortable and so I think this vest will be great.

Our electricity just blipped ~ wonder what happened. Now my printer wonít work so I have to set it up.

This is my first day of the diet supplement drink and I used it for lunch and it was delicious. I put a tad bit of almond flavoring in it and mixed it all up w/some milk using my hand wand mixer. It came out thick and smooth as silk. My next one I think I will add some fiber powder and use a different flavoring. I may have to add some water because that fiber may make it too thick to drink.

SUSAN I take 0.2mg of Levothyroxin a day for my missing thyroid. I take my thyroid meds right when I get up so they can be dissolved before I take any other of my meds. I see my doc tomorrow and will ask her about this drink mix. I could find nothing about adverse things in all the research I did on it.

JEAN I have a small blender and a couple wand blenders which are great to use.

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Good morning to you ladies. I can't tell whether it is cloudy or not. All I can see from sitting here at the computer is one little slice of sky between all the trees and it is hard to tell. For an urban area our complex has a lot of trees, oak, maples, magnolias, which are gorgeous when they bloom and a lot of pine trees for some reason. Our tree here in the back yarn is a maple tree. Every spring I end up with strings of sap all over the deck.

Lego socks and Lego man finished!!! I say every time I do this that I am never going to duplicate stitch again. This one was a real corker because the sock is striped in the bright colors and the "man" is duplicate stitched in the same colors so there were sections where I was stitching over the same color and a couple times I lost my place and had to tear our a few and start over because I had laid it down before finishing a section. He turned out cute even without him being outlined. I found outlining his body just did not work well. It is sort of like cross stitch as you use cross stitch patterns, but you use yarn instead of thread and instead of making "x's" you color in the "v's" of a knitting stitch. With cross stitch you have a blank canvas though and with knitting you are covering up another color so it can be tricky. I just hope the little bugger hasn't moved on to something else by Christmas and refuses to wear them.

Jack has a short work week, then works all next week, then only Monday and Tuesday of the following week. He is taking Wednesday off so we can go out to the bank and get money and we can get the car washed and cleaned, and gas up and stuff like that. We hope to leave around 6:30 AM the day we leave. I hate taking out so much cash though as it makes me nervous. The thing is, I don't trust foreign credit card transactions as we have had a couple issues though we have never even used our credit cards in foreign countries. Last year someone made a bunch of phone calls and charged our credit card during the dates we were on the cruise and they were from one of the port countries. We have to give the cruise company a credit card for onboard purchases and somehow they got our number from that. I take $500 in cash to spend when we are in port, $300 in cash for car travel and then about $150 for tips on the ship and the shuttles and such. When it is gone that is it no more souvenir buying. We are getting the guys something Jack saw that the ship sells so it will be charged to our credit card. I am thinking of getting Thomas a tank top of some kind as he could wear it when he is jogging. He has to wear uniforms to school and he only wears Aeropostale, Holister and one other brand of tshirts with logos. Teenagers!

One of my friends from school makes these cool quilts out of tshirts and such for people that are Nascar fans or want a college logo one, etc. I asked her how much she would charge to make me a wall hanging one that has Navy stuff on it. I would have to find stuff to go on it though so I would have to go out to the exchange and buy some tshirts and such I imagine. I thought he would like it for his office. We shall see.

Susan: We are certainly ready to sail away! I will get my exercise on this ship for sure as it is huge. It has around 6600 passengers. It will be like being on an aircraft carrier again only with bigtime luxury perks.

Maggie: Send best wishes to your hubby for his birthday. Hope he had a nice one. I am coming up on one this month and Jack's is next month. I believe all you ladies have birthdays coming up too.

Jean: Oh, I am so very sorry for your friend losing her husband. I know she must find some peace though with him being in such pain and how horrible it was for him and now his struggle is over. Do they live close enough that you can go to the funeral? The pictures of your grandkids and you and Bob were great. You look like young 30 yr olds!

Well I guess I should take my bsugar and get myself some breakfast. You all have a great day. Busy, busy for me today. Faye
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Good Afternoon! It's a bright sunny day in my neighborhood, but cool. It was 55 degrees at 6 am! There wasn't much money at church, and we were done counting before the bank opened. Bob took my car in to have the scratches repaired and recall done. The loaner is just like mine only four years older. It's even red. Makes me happy!

"Gma," I love the socks!!!! They turned out so cute! I'm sure Jackson will be so tickled with them. I have seen the t-shirt quilts, here they used the sports shirts from the beginning all through school. The mother bought two each year and kept one for the quilt. Our friends live about an hour away, in Bob's little hometown. The town is big on a prayer service the night before the funeral. That will be in Sioux City so plan to go to that and the funeral. Bob and Jason are supposed to leave for MT on Friday, so will see when the funeral is, still haven't heard. Jack is really on the count down at work! I've never heard of Thomas' favorite t-shirt brands. Ian likes Underarmor (?). I never know how much cash to take on vacation, and usually come home with most of it. I tend to use credit cards, but never my debit card. Beth put the pictures on FB -- I think I look like an old hag!

I have to run a couple errands and stop by the card shop so better get going. Enjoy the rest of your day and evening!

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It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood and we had a lovely drive to a neighboring town to see my doc. I will go see her again in 6 months and be checked to see if my drink is helping with my weight loss among other things that may need to be checked.

SUSAN My doc said as long as I keep taking my thyroid meds as directed that the drink with soy in it will NOT interfere with it since I take it in time for it to dissolve and be in my system before eating anything. Different strokes for different folks and your system is certainly different than mine and you need to heed what your health provider tells you. But thanks for bringing my attention to the fact that I may not be able to use the product. I flavored my lunch with orange today and it was yummy. I am looking forward for it helping me to lose weight. And BTW my doc is going to test my thyroid for my dosage may be too much since I have lost almost a 100 pounds. Life is good.

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Good evening, ladies! A 105 degree humid day. My breathing is terrible and I've had to use a lot of Proventil at the gym. Not only the heat but they varnished the wooden floors in the exercise rooms and the smell is still pretty strong.

Maggie, I think it might make a difference that your thyroid has been removed so no further damage can happen to it. I still have mine. I take my meds as soon as I wake up and wait an hour to eat. Did you shake taste like a creamscicle?

Jean, you don't look like an old hag in the pictures. They are really nice. We're pretty wet, too.

Faye, I'll bet Jack is like a kid waiting for Christmas now that the cruise is so close.

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