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Old 10-10-2008, 11:47 PM   #46  
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Oh a cabin sounds delightful. Grew up as a kid with a cabin. Thanks for all the support around my daughter. Things are not going to work out anytime soon I am afraid. She lives about a 4 hour drive from here which is good for me to stay out of her way.
My son just called this morning to tell me a very dear person in the community that we know well has passed away suddenly. He was only 54. So yes life is short. I am very saddened by his loss. He ran a huge recovery program in the city. Knows both of my kids and helped make my son who he is today. He will be missed.
Did send the obituary on to my daughter but it was just like giving her licence to pounce again. I did not respond as I choose not to engage. This will be new behaviour on my part.
It will probably cause her to double her efforts. But you know I have decided that chocolate cake is not the answer and so she will just have to grow where she is planted cause I have decided that I am not taking that s*t any more.
It is so easy to engage but I learned today that I will do more for her in the long run by not responding.
I hate to admit that I suffer from the famous "last word" syndrome. And lo and behold so doe she!!!!

It is Thanksgiving here I will likely spend it with my son. My friend's daughter who is the same age as mine has invited me to her house for dinner. She is 28 and has a new baby and a new townhouse and a family of 10 but she still thought of me. Very sweet of her.

Yes you have to take the love from where it is offered. And for once I have realized that I have been too focused on what I do not have and need to take what is within my reach.
I hope to get my food on track this week and get to the gym. I have a serious dentist appointment on Tuesday but after that I will be good to go.

So to all the Canadians and that is you Meowee

I am just grateful to be getting it. It has taken years but that is ok. I am going to plan some me time.

CD that sounds like one lovely family you have. Does he have a brother??
Have a great time on your trip and you too Jay.

I may be the only left here talking to myself. Well that is nothing new

Cheers...... here is hoping for some sunshine....Jude
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Old 10-11-2008, 07:57 AM   #47  
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Morning!

Hijude, glad to see you. Well, I think you're right not to respond to your daughter if she's spoiling for a fight all the time. Last word? Let it go. It's only words, and it makes no difference.

Don't worry, there will always be a 3FC Chick or two dropping in!

Busy weekend for me--I have to get stuff ready for the trip next week. Oh, and work on top of it. So, I may not be around as much as usual for awhile. But I know you all can keep things going!

I have to make some gym time today--I didn't get there yesterday and my body is telling me about it. Need some activity!

See ya!
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Good Morning . . .

Our long weekend is shaping up pretty well -- the sun is definitely trying and it is mostly succeeding, too. Nothing very exciting in my plans for today -- have to do a little last minute shopping for ingredients for an extra special pumpkin cheesecake concoction for tomorrow. It will definitely be made with lighter ingredients, but I imagine I'll manage to overeat Thanksgiving Dinner anyway.

Hope the weekend is great for everybody, be it a long one or a regular one -- have a great Satuday . . .
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Jude & Linda - Happy Thanksgiving! I love that your Thanksgiving comes before ours. It is a wonderful reminder to be thankful for what we have! Jude - I love you attitude.

Linda - the cheesecake sounds wonderful!

Jay - enjoy your trip! I hope the weather holds and that the autumn experience is a fun one!

Hello to everyone else. I gotta put together my packing list myself for next weekend's trip.
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My son called me Friday at work. Someone very dear to our hearts passed away at 54 years young last Saturday. We did not know he was ill he went so fast from a very aggressive form of leukemia.

He spent the last 17 years of his life involved with the recovery of teenagers. He is part of the reason that my son is the wonderful young man he is today.

So this weekend of Thanksgiving I just want to say if you know anyone that is helping the youth of today from falling between the cracks, thank them for me in remembrance of a wonderful man that died too young. A huge loss to the community he worked in and a wonderful example of what one man can do. He will be missed.
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Your friend will definitely be in my thoughts on this busy, busy day, Judy.

Have a great Sunday everybody . . . once again I'm running behind schedule . . . see you later.
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Jude - Your friend's family is in my prayers.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Sunday. The weather is glorious here and I spent quite a bit of time winterizing the yard. I'm sad that winter is just around the corner.

I'm off to a hymn sing tonight - I'm in charge of the media and DH is in charge of the sound, so we need to get moving soon.

Hope you had a wonderful day as well!
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Hey!

Jude, sorry to hear about that community leader. It's always sad when those who help so much leave us.

I've had a good day--Getting chores out of the way before the trip, lining things up, collecting my thoughts!

And now I'm watching some football. The Tampa Bay Bucs won earlier.

I've started a new push to lose another 10 pounds. It will take me until the end of the year, at least--but I just have to make a commitment and get strict with it. I drifted up a few pounds after the Colorado trip. Just "trying to eat better" isn't working...

It would be tempting to decide to wait until after my Mass. trip--but putting it off at this time of year just means ya might as well give up until January. I'm not willing to do that!

Have a good week, everyone! Stay with your goals! And have some fun!

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Hi to all, We had such a beautiful weekend. The weather was in the 70's which is great for northern Michigan in October. The colors were wonderful. I wasn't able to get out kayaking. Too much end of the season work. It was so much fun being back up there though I don't mind. I still haven't put my kayak away yet. I'm wishful thinking that I still might get out again. I don't want to have to paddle along ice flows though. Have a great Monday everyone. Lori
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Good Morning. Looks like it's going to be a beautiful one. I hope the weekend weather carry's over, since I didn't have a chance to enjoy it much. I work 12 hours and don't get home untill 8, and then have to get ready to work the next day. It was lovely here though, according to reports.

Jude, Hope things are going well for you. Sorry to hear about all the loses in your life right now, along with the stress of family matters. You're right though. You can't drown your troubles with chocolate. If you could I wouldn't have a worry in the world!! Sometimes we just have to let go...and let God.

Flo, Sorry you didn't get a chance to get out in the Kayak over the weekend. I'm hoping for a few more good days too.

Happy Thanksgiving Linda and Jay and Jude.

Linda and Laurie, I hope both of you have fun on your trips. Going away right now sounds heavenly.

Eveyone, make it a good day, Freda
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Hi there . . .

Didn't do as 'badly' as I expected with the Thanksgiving gorge yesterday as I expected. Couldn't exactlly call it an OP day though. One more meal (late lunch) to get through today and then this holiday will be behind us for another year.

Have a great Monday . . . see you later . . .
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Jay :clap:It is tough to make a commitment while traveling, but you are wise. It is a slippery slope - and then January comes and it isn't pretty - at least that has been my experience in the past. Have a GREAT trip and hopefully you can balance the food with lots of activity

Lori - it WAS a beautiful weekend up here! I'm afraid the rain tonight will strip many of the leaves off the trees. This might have been the best color weekend of the season. With the early frost, the colors are fantastic

Freda - sorry you had to work the weekend. But, today WAS beautiful as well - so I hope you were able to enjoy it.

Linda - glad you had a good Thanksgiving and stayed close to your plan. That is success in my book!

Another church meeting tonight, so I've gotta fly. Too much to do and not enough time to get it done. I still haven't made my packing list yet

Have a GREAT Tuesday all!

Safe travels Jay!
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Yesterday ended up with more calories than I had on Sunday. At least the feeding frenzy is over until the Christmas gorging starts.

At least we have sun again today after mostly dull yesterday. This is our Federal Election Day here in Canada so I'd better get myself out there to the polling station.

See you later.
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Hi all - another church meeting tonight. The weather has turned to "fall". It was mighty cold scooting to work in the dark this morning. I will be glad when the time changes back to "normal".

Well, my weight is back down to 125 - just in time for the NEXT trip.

I'm looking forward to the weather in SF and Oakland, and to hiking and restaurants! Living in a small town, I really miss the ethnic restaurants of the city!

Hope you all had a great day!
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CD, I'd sure rather be going on a trip to SF than a trip to Massachusetts!

I'll send some reports from there...

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