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Old 10-14-2002, 06:56 AM   #1  
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This is the
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Other than finding support and friendship on this board, we also try to do something during the the week to add a little difference to our board.

MONDAY-MOTIVIATIONAL MONDAY
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GOOD MONDAY MORNING EVERYONE!

Will post my usual morning post sometime later, but wanted to make sure I got our
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TAKE NOTICE

When you understand how something works, that understanding enables you to exercise control over how it goes. Take notice of what's going on with your own responses and you put yourself in a position to take full and powerful control of them.

Step back and watch objectively as you get angry, or become hungry for a snack, or are tempted to follow some course that is not in your best interest. Really take notice and you will see that there is a clear and observable separation between your response and the things to which you're responding. There is no direct, hard-wired connection between what happens to you and what you do about it. That connection is always, at some level, under your control.

Realize that nothing automatically makes you angry, or envious, or despairing. These are simply ways that you choose to respond, and they are completely under your control. Watch carefully and you'll see that nothing automatically makes you eat a bowl of ice cream, nothing automatically makes you say something spiteful. Even when the response has become such a habit that it seems automatic, it is, in reality, still a choice that you can control.

Observe yourself as you respond to the ups and downs of life, and you'll see the enormous amount of control you have over the direction your life goes. The more responsible and intentional you become with that control, the more empowered you'll be to go exactly where you want to go.

-- Ralph Marston

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INTENTION INTO REALITY

The moment you have the intention is the moment to begin moving steadily toward the fulfillment of it. Habits, distractions, procrastination and discouragement can stop you if you let them, so make the decision not to let them.

Your desire to persevere can be stronger than anything which stands in your way. Every single moment you have the option of continuing in the direction of achieving what you intend to achieve.

The moments will pass whether you make full use of them or not. They can lead to achievement or to regret. If you're sick and tired of enduring the sting of regret, you do not have to experience it even one moment longer. Always, you can choose to give all you have to all you can be, and what a grand experience that is.

Always you can choose to put the moments to work, to put yourself to work making a difference, making headway, making it happen. Always, you can choose to take one more step in the direction of your goal, and after that another step, and another.

There is no deep, dark secret for turning intention into reality, yet there is every possibility for anyone who is willing. When you put one foot in front of the other, take one step and then the next, when you start immediately and then keep on going, whatever you intend to do will get done.

-- Ralph Marston

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Have a wonderful day, and a fabulous week!!!!!

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Happy Monday Gang

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian gals. I think I smell turkey. LOL (closest thing to turkey on the list)

Lazy weekend. watched alot of football and baseball and just enjoyed DH being home. Cut that stupid grass again yesterday. At least I had a little help from DH. But it was the only exercise I got so oh well. Woke up with a today. Don't know why. I dreamed all night that I was in labor. Now that is a nightmare at my age. Don't know where that came from. Sure glad when I woke up and it was just a dream. LOL

I feel fat today. Stomach is poochy (is that a word?) Snuck a peak at the scale and was up 1 lb mayble 2. So that has me upset. Going to try to not eat any starcy carbs this week or at the most 1 and no eating after dinner. See if that will help. TOM will be here next week. Don't know if that is the problem or not. Got to get back to my daily exercising. Missed too much last week.

Bob, Glad your momis doing better. Glad she is going to AL for awhile. That will be a great help for you too. UT did such Sat along with the CATS. Gave that game away.

Tranquil, Serene is so lucky to have such a good friend. :ange;: You all are good for each other.

Serene, You have had your share of problems last week. Hope your DD is ok. Glad your son is recoverying. Try to get some rest yourself.

Melf, Great going winning the door prize. I guess you could always donate it back for next time.

Rosalie, Is that turkey I smell? Happy Thanksgiving!

Deb, Congrats to Michael and the film thing. How exciting. Really liked the MM today. I have to get in control. Not that i am eating bad, just not controling it like I should.

Fruit, LSU played a great game. Was thinking about you the whole time. Jump back on this wagon. It's coming around. Don't let it get out of control.

Gator, Yes UK played SC. Lost it in the 4th qtr. As always. We gave it to them. So frustrating. But you know how that feels.

Fillise, UGA looks pretty good this year. The SEC didn't fair good this weekend.

Beth, Just take one day at a time. You can do this. Things are looking better already.

Have a great day! It was only 39 here this morning with a high of 60. Fall is here.

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Good Morning Everyone

Just cooling down from my walk. Did the usual 4.5 miles in 50:23. Still too hot out there for my liking.

Well, I am happy to report, as I had figured, the scale finally has taken a downward trend! I got on yesterday and was 130 before walking, and 129 after (I never count after walking though-that's just plain sweat that I loose). Though, this morning, scale was back at 130 I'm confident it will go down in the next day or so-if not, well, my confident attitude will just stay confident that it will go down soon.

Saturday night at SB went very well Michael played right along with the band like he'd played with them before, not like it was the first time. He wrote his own verse to Knockin On Heaven's Door-did really well. He wrote a song the day before and him and his friend Jimena sang it without practice (she heard it when she got to SB and read the words there) and they preformed the song their going to do on Thursday for the Make A Wish Foundation. Then Michael sang a few other songs, hard to hear him at time though, he's not use to a microphone. Many of his friends came to see him which was really nice. There was a nice crowd as well. They set up outside where there's a sitting area and had great speakers. They really sounded great and cars on the street (US1) where stopping and rolling down their windows, people stopping to listen to them. Nice evening.

Sunday ELI and I just spent a few hours together. He had to open the store and had to go back and close it, so he was only off for a few hours

This week I have 3 busy weeknights. Tomorrow I have a board meeting which means I won't be able to make chat, unless it ends early. I may make it while it's already in session. Wednesday is OPEN HOUSE at the kids school. How I'll work that, I won't know-2 kids in the same school Thursday is the Make A Wish Foundation benefit that Michael will be in, so I'm going to go to that.

Speaking of chat, last week on the chat board we got an instant message that they are going to be changing the chat format. I don't know what that's going to entail as of yet. Will let you know if I hear anything.

I too am getting the pop ups all the time. I have to write SUZANNE a letter anyhow and will ask her what's going on that this is happening so much lately. I esp. HATE the one that lingers!!!!

Want to get in some replies while the board isn't too busy...

JACKK, dreaming of being in labor? Sounds more like a nightmare to me!!!!! Wonder what a dream like THAT means! I think the word you are looking for for the stomach is poofy? I think may of us can sympathize on that feeling sometime during the month. Porn site pop-ups? Is this happening when you are on this website??? Glad to hear DH is home safe and sound, though duckless. Glad to hear you've settled on a dress, the bridesmaids dressing do sound very classy. Did you find your MOTB dress yet, or an idea of what you want?

BOB, I don't think I've ever seen white sweet potatoes available in my area. Who carries them in yours and about what time of year do you see them? Would love to find some. Yes, now you all can fight over this new bed. What's the latest on your DM? Gotta get her well and walking again quickly, we have a date in January!!! I'm sure SKEETER is missing her terribly.

TRANQUIL, glad to have gotten to talk to you yesterday. Sorry we got cut off, Michael loves calling friends out of town on my cell phone on the weekends, yet, he doesn't go ahead and charge it back up, so it up and died on me. Will talk to you again soon.

SERENE, glad DS is home with you and doing better. Thank goodness it wasn't worse! I called TRANQUIL'S last night, for some reason I thought in a message you would be there but was a day late - oh well I will try you sometime this week in the evening-maybe tonight since the next 3 nights will be busy ones. As for DD and the school incident, I'd definitely take it this matter farther if you haven't decided to do so. How long did these girls get suspended for? To people like that, they probably view it as a vacation.

MELF, sounds like you had a good time at your church function. You're a winner in so many ways Yes, I do love the garage sales, well, that is, when I can find a great bargain, esp. on something I really want and need and have looked for, that' the best!

ROSALIE, if it's only a week, really, why don't you come stay down here in Miami? I would love to have you come visit and stay at the Detox Dungeon, umm, I mean my humble abode Really, the offer is open. You could take a bus down and then drive back with us to Orlando, stay the weekend and fly back to Canada from there. You have time, think about it. I promise, I won't cook for you!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

FRUIT, sorry to have missed you. Will try you again soon. Good luck today, tomorrow and all of this week (take it a little at a time).

FILLISE, I'm going to e-mail Suzanne about the pop-ups, they are annoying me as well. Okay, I'm not big on football, but those CANES, now that was an ending! Okay, I didn't get to watch the game as it happened, but I heard about it and saw hightlights on the news. Do you think you can come down in January??

BETH, geez, some people can be so lucky! You can eat all this crap and not gain weight? Can't imagine (can sure as heck wish though). If your caloric intake is below what it should be, junk or no junk, you won't gain, but you are probably losing muscle if you do lose, not fat. I'm sure you'll get back on the straight and narrow. Will be happy to give you a call, if I can remember, will try tonight. The reason I asked about your DM is I sometimes do a search on the board for wayward SB posters and months ago saw this post from this woman who was beaming about her daughter and how well she was doing on SB and how proud she was of her. If this is your DM, you are a very lucky and loved woman-she REALLY is proud of you and your accomplishments. That alone should be able to get you back on track. Of course, you should only do this for yourself, but do know that your DM, as well as all of us on this board, we all want you to succeed. And CONGRATS to your DM on her accomplishments!!

Well, I'm gonna sign off for now. I have a few things to get done today. If time permits, I will work on the recipe boards. Also, I am going to get in a post with some information about the WALT DISNEY WORLD MARATHON WEEKEND that we have planned in January. I hope you will try your best to attend, you will NOT want to miss being with your fellow SB'ers during this weekend!!!!!

Have a wonderful day, and a great week!

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Morning All!!!

I'm headed out on my mission to find a place for my Mom. She's doing much better and looking forward to getting this started.
Can't take much time right now, but I will be back to give a full
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Good Monday morning everyone... Hope everybody had a good week-end. I did such fun things as grocery shopping, making a pot of chili, washing clothes... LOL... I did give away some of my bigger clothes. I need new jeans as mine are really baggy. So I'll plan the first of the month to do that. Also I'm still discovering things I've been eating that aren't right. Can't believe I've been eating SB since March and every once in awhile discover something I can have or that I've been eating that I shouldn't be. This time it was my stone ground bread. So back to the health food store I went and got Eziekle bread I know is right and also found some sprouted wheat hamburger buns and later this week might have me a real hamburger. LOL.. But right now I'm trying to limit my carbs. to get a jump start on my weight..

Debilli- I enjoyed your MM this morning and really took it to heart. I think I forget to thank you for working so hard for us at the board. You're an angel!!! Great on the downward trend on the weight... Congrads to Michael on his singing.. Sounds like he's really something to be proud of..

Jack-K-What a dream no wonder you woke with a headache.... Ouch..I'm trying to cut back on the starchy carbs too... sure need to get going down instead of hanging around this 166. So good luck with yours..

Bob-Good luck finding a place for your Mom. Its great shes doing so good...

Well off and running... LOL..

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Thumbs down Monday Morning

Good Morning Everyone!

It is an overcast but cool morning here in Auburn. Fall has finally arrived!

Feeling kind of sluggish this morning--guess why--I had some sugar this weekend. i can always tell when it is in my body. Ick. I'm really just trying to hang on through the election. My schedule is so crazy that planning is almost impossible. I do want to stay away from the sweets though. If I get stuck, just choose the least evil of the carbs, but no sweets.

Toni--Good for you on giving away the baggy clothes!!!!! It's a great feeling isn't it?

BOB--Good luck on your mission today. I hope it is successful!

Deb--It sounds like you have some really talented Kids! I'd love to come down in Jan for the mini-marathon. I'll have to see what finances are like then--after the election I will need to start drumming up new clients!

Jack-K--What a nightmare!!!!! I've never been through labor myself, but it's not something I think that many women remember fondly--no matter how much they love the end result!

Have a good week everyone! I'll check in when I can!

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Good morning all... It is a holiday for me and I am being very lazy. Had a very nice time tis weekend at the film festival on Sun. I didn't see any film star. I am not sure if there were any but There were alot of people. We drove a 1949 Cadillac Limo in the parade. That was fun. I have pic of it and when I get it developed I will post it. Although I still haven't posted the gator pics. I have to get that done. I need to get a scanner so I don't have to depend on my DD. Going shopping today for material so I can start making my DIL's bedding sets for the twins. Not alot of places here to choose from. Will have to do the best we can.

Fillise - It does get cold here during the winter months. It can get down to the teens. Sometime it will snow a cuple of inches too. It hasn't done that for a while. Hoping for some this year as well as lot of rain. You were not to far from where I live if you were going from Bakersfield to Vegas.

Toni48 - I live in California. In the Majave desert about 150 miles from Los Angeles. There is a navy base here which is why the town is here. Otherwise there isn't much more supporting it. There is a chemical plant in Trona, which is where my husband works, which is the other place that employees people for the valley. It is nice here even though it does get hot. It is a dry heat so not to bad. Getting rid of your baggy clothes and getting some that fit will make you feel so much better. I put on a pair of jeans yesterday that I haven't been able to wear for months. I felt so great.

Serene - I am going to have to try the SF lemonade rita idea. That just might work. If so I am in BIG trouble.

Jack-K - You and Serene had the same idea. I am going to try it. I'll let you all know how they turn out. Have you tried the jalepeno's and cream cheese yet. They are the best. Great with the Margaritas!!

Beth2374 - I will write you again. The email will show that it is from ed townsend. For some reason it only has my hubby's name on the from line. I have to figure out how to change that. Glad to here that you are sticking with it . Take it one day at a time.

Melf - Sounds like you had a great weekend. Just like our friends said you all love to have festivals. Did you make any cajun foods? I love the cajun cooking. I should have been cajun. You guys could teach me. LOL!!!


Deb- Sorry I missed your call. I was a nice surprise to hear your message on the phone. Glad your scale has finally move down. I have to evaluate what I am doing. Other than the couple of margaritas on the weekend I am staying good and I can't get the scale to drop below 154. I know I need to walk. Maybe that will happen this week. Can't promise myself though. Sounds like you have a busy house. Sure Hope Micheal's dad doesn't get layed off. You don't need that stress. It doesn't look like I will be able to make it in January. With the Twins due the 8th of Jan, probably will be born in mid dec though, and DD baby is due feb 11, and will be born somewhere the end of Jan. I am not going anywhere. Will have to try the next time.

I'll try to get back later....
Have a great day.....
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MISSION ACCOMPLISED!!!!


I found a GREAT place that offers everything that Kate needs.
It's a rehab center, the place is beautiful, and IT DOESN'T SMELL!!!
They are transferring her at 1pm, and I've come home to get her things together to take over...and the BEST THING???? It's about three blocks from my house...I can be there in two minutes if I need to. SO, keep those fingers and toes crossed, and those good thoughts going her way....she's off and running!!....
well so to speak!

I'm on the run, so I'll check in later...

Y'ALL ARE THE BEST BUNCH OF SUGAR BUSTER SISTA'S A GAL COULD HAVE!!!!

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Thumbs down thanks for the birthday wishes!

hi everybody,
this is my first post as a semi-senior citizen! i am proud to be 50!!!
well, not really but the alternative to not getting any older is not in my schedule right now. i want to thank you all for all the birthday wishes, i had the best birthday ever! i was a little cranky saturday because my family acted like it was just another day but that was because on sunday eve. my family had arranged a surprise birthday party at Carrabba's (my favorite place to eat) with35 of my best buddies! i was so surprised and then guilty that i had been so lets say unpleasant on saturday it was a wonderful evening!
hope everyone is doing well, thouhgts and prayers to BOB and heartmom, i hope everything is going well.
i will post more later this week, take care all!

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Hi everyone! I had a wild week, and weekend, but hopefully, things are calming down now.

A good friend's son was getting married, so I decorated the bride's cakes and groom's cake for her. (she was doing most of the wedding arrangements for them, even tho it was her son...) We then headed down to the Valdosta area for the wedding, which was outside. It was beautiful, and everything went great. My MIL lives about 30 miles from the camp where the wedding was, so we spent the better part of the weekend with her. Had a great time! We even caught a family reunion Sunday afternoon for my hubby's grandmother's family. Of course, SB eating went out the window! There was NOTHING legal at the reunion, but I tried to concentrate on veggies and leaner meats. At the wedding I filled up on the marinaded veggies, but alas, I did drink some punch (grape juice and gingerale) and tried the cakes. Today, I am trying hard to be back 100%. So far, I have not had but one indiscretion.

I for one was delighted with Saturday's football games. How about them DAWGS? Woof! Woof! Woof!


DEB: What a pleasure to get your message when I got in last night. I am so sorry I missed you. Funny you called this weekend, when I was being naughty! How did you know? Hope you will try again....

I got tons to do, and will try and get back later to post more and read more to get caught up.

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I have a few minutes to sit here before the gang arrives for Thanksgiving dinner. I've been very organised to-day, turkey is in the oven, squash casserole and dressing ready to go in and other veggies and salads prepared and tables set. Just came out of the shower and relaxing for a few minutes. I expect by dd and kids to arrive shortly, and my ds and family.

Deb - As much as I would love to come and stay with you, and I really appreciate your offer, I think I had better head home with my family after our Orlando visit in December. Now I may consider returning the following weekend if I can get a cheap flight. I know fares will be quite reasonable by then. But won't make any plans at the moment, will just wait and see. Thanks once again for your offer. Once you make plans for your Orlando visit please let me know where you will be staying, just in case. Glad to see the scale moving downward for you again. Sounds like you had a wonderful evening at SB. Michael must be very talented.

Jack-K - That was certainly a night-mare that you had. I'm not surprised you awoke with a headache. Yes, that's turkey you smell. See my note above. I am sure that was a good work-out you had cutting the grass. I'm sure you will get rid of those two pounds once you get back to your regular exercise routine and cut down on the starchy carbs.

BOB - Glad you found a good place for your Mom. And that's great that it is so close to your home. Will make visiting that much easier. Sending good wishes your way for a good outcome for your Mom.

Toni48 - Isn't that a great feeling to give away those too big clothes.

Gotta run. My dd and kids just arrived.

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Getting ready to go home. Going to grill out some cod and fix some veggies for dinner. Then to take my walk.

Deb, Yes that was a nightmare. Don't know what brought that one or what it means. Don't want to think about that. Yes the pron sites pop-up when on on this site (only at home) and any other site you may be on. The problem is the cover the whole screen and you can't get back to where you were originally. No MOTB dress yet. Really want to be down 20 more lbs. I have been looking. I have ordered 2 out of Chadwicks. 1 is going back, pretty, not dressy enough and haven't received the other one. Found one at the bridal shop. A celery color. Pretty dress, just not wild about the color and the price. The outing at SB sounded great. Sounds like Michael performed like a pro. Bet you were beaming. I used to love the open houses at the school. The year I had 2 in there I made DH go to the classes I wasn't interested in and I would go to the important ones. Men tend not to relate what goes on like women can. But I did hate missing some classes. So maybe pick the important ones for each kid if Eli can't help out. Great going on being back at 130. I knew you could do it. You're on your way down.

Bob, Good luck on finding a place for your mom. Glad she is getting better.

Toni, I hope limiting our carbs gives both of us the boost we need. Good luck. Isn't getting rid of those big clothes a great feeling. I surely don't want to keep those around to get back into. Fat clothes, be gone!!

Fillise, You are right. We can't always be prepared. Just eat the best carb, count it, and go on. Just stay away from that sugar and you should be fine. We know what to do, sometimes it just takes us awhile to listen. Good luck.

Red1, What a shame you didn't get to see any stars. Glad you had fun anyway. You are lucky to be so talented to sew your DD bedding sets. I can't even sew buttons on.Let me know about the ritas and then I will make the jalapenos! WTG on the jeans fitting. It's such a good feeling. Sounds like you are going to have diapers everywhere. How exciting.I'm ready for grandkids and my DD isn't even married yet.

Bob, what a relief to find a nice place and so close to your house too. I agree with you on the smell thing. Good job. I hope she likes it too.

BKM, Glad you had a nice BD and a surprise party to boot! I'm right there with ya on that 50, mine's in Feb. That's the last one I'm counting. LOL

Monet, I bet the cake was lovely as ususal. SOunds like a busy weekend. Glad you had fun. I was wondering about Gracious also. Dinner sounds delish. Enjoy your meal and family today.

Have a great evening everyone. See ya tomorrow.

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Hello Everyone!!

Bob--glad you found a place for your mom that is also convenient for you!!
I went for my second interview today at Vanderbilt and it went very well. I should know something soon!! Thanks for your wishes~!!

I was terrible this football weekend!! Had a party here on Saturday for the UGA vs TN game. Had beer-butt chicken, yummy!! I did okay until i dove into the layered mexican dip with chips and ---key lime pie!!! uhhhhgggg, it was soooo good. But, i feel very sluggish now and will have to work it out. I stressed myself over the job interview so i just dove into that comfort food!!

Don't worry, i will get back on the path!!---debyj
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HiedieHo All!!

Okay, kick back, get a cuppa, and be prepared to read! Or else scroll down and forget it!!!!

I had such a wonderdul time on my vacation! Left here 9/10 (the airport and plane were practically empty!), flew into BWI. Spent the rest of the week with my DD. We went to D.C. one day. DD and my sister collect Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood pins and DD just realized she had none from D.C. We went to an ESPN Zone (another place with pins) and to the Hard Rock for lunch. Then to Ford Theater (which was closed for renovations) and over to the Lincoln House where he was taken after he was shot. Talked to the Park Service Ranger about the flag that is in Milford. It is the flag that pillowed Lincoln's head and has his blood stains on it. One of the locals was in the "American Cousin" company and acquired the flag, later the family donated it to the pike County Historical Society. From there we hiked up to the Smithsonian, I wanted to see the Julia Child exhibit, which was very interesting. We also went to see the Star Spangled Banner flag they are working on to preserve. By then my fat little (oops! anything but little!) legs gave out, so DD hiked back to parking garage by herself and came back to pick me up.

Spent the weekend with DB and his family in Doylestown, PA. They had Chinese food one night, my first cheat! My second was on Monday when I left, for beakfast we had Scrapple which I love! You don't get it in the south. DB and I spent a long time going through pictures. I think I told you I lost my rogues gallery in moving. I hit a 2 for 1 sale at CVS and copied about $50 worth of pictures for 25.

I rented a car and drove to Neptune, NJ and spent the next 4 nights on a very uncomfoprtable couch, but enjoyed the time with my stepmother. Then drove 1 mile and spent the next three nights with my sister and her husband. More pictures. We also went to the church we grew up in and were married in, there were actually some old timers still left! Third cheat, some cole slaw made with mayo.

Drove up to Milford! Had the most fabulous time! I was wined and dined at different friends homes. Drove all the roads to see what changes had been made (decided to keep the car another week). I stayed with two different friends. I visisted dozens of friends and talked over old times.

The neatest part of the visit was a surprise for all. My DD made arrangements for a surprise birthday party (no gifts, just an excuse to get together) at the church with all the old members of my church family. Not necessarily old by age, but old as in length of membership. The friends I was staying with got me to the church on pretense and I decided that I wanted to put flowers in the church as a joy offering. We planted flowers on my husband's grave and bought flowers for the church (huge pots of mums) and took them into church. Dom and I took them on elevator and Ila May disappeared. When we placed the flowers I told Dom we should put plates under them. Dom said he would get them but I said no (the man is 80) and headed for the kitchen to get some. When I went into Fellowship Hall I saw some people there and food set up, someone said "There's Shirley", hurrying through I said I was sorry to interrupt just needed some plates and quickly went into the kitchen. Ila May was there nd said surprise, told her I wondered where she went and thought she was just saying Hello to the people in the kitchen. Someone called me and said "Come in here", I said no I didn't want to interrupt their party and was told I wasn't interrupting it was all for me! I had surprised them by coming in early for the plates! It was truly a surprise all round! We had a wonderful time. My fourth cheat, everyone had brought covered dishes.......I had to eat something from each........I couldn't hurt their feelings.......right? RIGHT!?! It was wonderful.

Nothing was said the first Sunday I went to church but the second Sunday it was almost embarrassing! The minister went on and on about me being an old member of the church before most of them had even thought about coming into the church! Damn I'm not THAT old! Told them all to read my little book on church history and went on and on! Brought tears to my eyes!

Saturday 10/5 DD was In Bloomsburg for homecoming, drove that night to Milford and stayed with a cousin. We met in church the next day, went to a cousin's for dinner and then back to MD. I stayed with her until Thursday evening. I got to visit a TJ's, what a fba store. Bought stuff to bring home!

The only hitch in the whole trip was the rain delayed our takeoff and I arrived in N.O. an hour later than scheduled.

I am just so happy I went. I enjoyed myslef tremendously. I am broke now, but happy! Still it was good to get home, it's hard being perky for a month. I wasn't going to let arthur interfere with my fun!

Okay, enough boring you all. Have to check on supper.

I really did miss you all!

Take care, Shirley
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