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1 hour ago, Renai said:

The most gardening we do in 20 degree weather is figure out what we will plant and dream. 😅

It was 81 degrees here today.  It was lovely.

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You know, saying "ignore this thread" to this group is like saying "don't push the big red button!" 

Homeschoolers.     They always think the rules don't apply to them.

Coming out of my long time lurking because I couldn't ignore this thread..  :leaving:

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Should auld booyas be forgot(ten)

And never brought to mind?

Should auld booyahs be forgot(ten)

And auld lang booya!

 

For auld lang booya, my dear

For auld lang booyah.

We'll take a cup of coffee-with-peppermint-mocha-creamer yet,

And auld lang booya!

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Today I had PT.  Eight months now and they still haven't kicked me out!  Each time I go expecting it to be my last and they say "see you in two weeks!"  My left shoulder feels like it has shards of glass sticking in it - delayed reaction to my exercises.  It's really hard to give them feedback when I don't get a reaction until about four hours later. . .

I pruned another hydrangea bush today.  Did you know that the sneaky bushes are already starting to set some leaf buds?

I also cleaned the bunny cage.  I did an extra careful job because I had done just a slapdash job last week.  And I cleaned the cat's bathroom.  It's my Thursday chore.

#Xenastrong

Tonight I talked to a friend on the phone.  She just turned 70 and was complaining that her doctor has put her on a maintenance medicine.  I have been on that med since I was in my 40's (though I'm not near 70).  She was also talking about how she wasn't going to be one of those people who makes their life about their health and just getting through their day.  I think that she had forgotten who she was talking to?  I have to make my life about my health.  I can't do a single chore or activity without considering if it will put me in pain or if I have the stamina to do it from start to finish.  I didn't say anything but just listened but it was a bit depressing. 

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6 hours ago, Susan in TN said:

Should auld booyas be forgot(ten)

And never brought to mind?

Should auld booyahs be forgot(ten)

And auld lang booya!

 

For auld lang booya, my dear

For auld lang booyah.

We'll take a cup of coffee-with-peppermint-mocha-creamer yet,

And auld lang booya!

Sniff, sniff.  I'm all choked up.  😢

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Good Morning!

Happy Friday!

Happy New Year!

I have decided to postpone the start of school until there are fewer people in the house.

My bedroom is still kind of torn up and it is the main homeschooling room.  Also, dh will need to telework from the bedroom for the next week or so because ds20 is using his own room while he is home.  (Dh has been teleworking from ds20's bedroom.)

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Good Morning!  It's 2021!

The kids and I made it up to midnight, dh went to bed his normal time (9-ish) then woke up about 11:30 so came out to watch the ball drop.  

Today is work at the science center, work on classes.   

Tomorrow I start getting up early again.  I've been sleeping in for the past week but no more.  Up at 6:30 if I'm meeting dd, 7:00 if I'm not (I won't know until tonight).   I need to cut down on the candy/sugar since I think that's what is making me achy and not sleep as well.    Need to be ready when classes start again on Monday. 

ETA:  I got the booya!  Two in a row (even if I missed the first one until yesterday).   A Back to Work/It's A New Year! Booya

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I woke up with a sore jaw and ear this morning. 😞  I'm wondering if it's TMJ.  I was probably clenching my jaw last night -- I was a bit tense/stressed when I went to bed last night.

I'm probably going to be on a liquid diet today.  I've tried eating and it's just too painful.

I'm hoping it releases soon.  If not, a liquid diet is going to help me on my weight loss goal for the year. 😉

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Good Morning!!!

COFFEE!!~D

Happy New Year!!

It’s cold out and kind of windy.

we are going to Zion today. We went to Bryce Canyon yesterday. Absolutely beautiful. The snow on the red rock was just gorgeous.

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I want pictures, Krissi!

Morning, all. The pie crust is in the oven, and as soon as it's out, I think I'll make the cranberry sauce. Again. I made it ahead. It all got eaten. Turkey goes in the oven later.

Writing and art planned for the afternoon, and possibly a walk, as it has finally stopped raining. 

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Booyah to ring in the New Year... May it be filled with...

Elephant ninjas ready to fight

Wookies

Healthy kids

Well-behaved in-laws

And bosses

Good sleep

Hula dancing

Prosperity

Good skin

Nice neighbors

And all of the good things:-)

  (Professormom)

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2 hours ago, KrissiK said:

We are going to Zion today.

  "We're marching to Zion

      Beautiful, beautiful Zion

  We're marching upward to Zion

      The beautiful city of God!"

I started singing this in my head as soon as I read your post. 

Happy New Year All!

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IN my head, not ON my head 🤣
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We are back from Zion. Not as spectacular as Bryce. I will post some pictures, Critter, as soon as I can get it from my phone (Android) to my iPad. Zion was lovely, though. We went on several easy hikes. This one freaky guy came up to us as we were walking behind him (keeping a regular hiking distance away) and told us in no uncertain terms that we needed to give them some space. Seriously. DH and I were speechless. We’re like, dude, you don’t do that to people on hiking trails. If they want to go faster than you, you pull over and let them pass. Anyhow, other than that weirdo, we had a nice day. We all have a chill and are having hot chocolate at the cabin.

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I cooked a delicious dinner: turkey, gravy, fried potatoes, cranberry sauce, yams, peach cream pie, broccoli, baked brie. So I'm stuffed.

That was a 20lb turkey. Needless to say, there are a lot of turkey leftovers to eat this week.

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28 minutes ago, Critterfixer said:

I cooked a delicious dinner: turkey, gravy, fried potatoes, cranberry sauce, yams, peach cream pie, broccoli, baked brie. So I'm stuffed.

That was a 20lb turkey. Needless to say, there are a lot of turkey leftovers to eat this week.

Road trip to Critter's!!

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Happy New Year to all the lovely ITTers.

I'm declaring this the Year of the Caffeinated Beverages in honor of the Coffee and Tea drinkers of ITT.

Also, there is no sickness or injury allowed for any ITTer or family member. 

We will say no to all extraneous projects which is deemed unworthy of our time.

We will take time to ITT, write, bullet journal, garden, read, and any other pleasurable activity without guilt.

Pantz are optional. 

 (Openhearted, New Years Day 2017)

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I think I am feeling the lack of sugar today.  Svengo.

I have gotten the hang of the FoodSaver and am now trying to come up with a freezer-meal-making schedule.  Definitely feeling the Willy-Nilly.  I need to get a few things at the store tomorrow, and at some point will need to roast the extra turkey I bought at Thanksgiving.  Imma use it for turkey divan and Krissi's Famous Turkey Tetrazzini.  

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We had an absolutely amazing delicious seafood bisque for dinner.  Mom came and felt the need to bring brownies.  Because we haven't had enough sugar and junk food.  🙄  Yes, I know I don't have to actually eat them but they are hard to resist when they are just sitting there calling to me.

Don't know if I'm meeting dd in the morning or not.  I forgot to send a message earlier and haven't heard back from her yet.  I hope she doesn't not respond because she thinks I'm sleeping.  

I did get almost all my classes completely done until the end of January.  I have the last week of January off from some classes, those that we didn't have to miss class for some reason (we had snow and covid).  

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So some people have a "word or phrase of the year".  I chose "Xena strong" as my phrase for 2021.  (I have been using it for a couple of days already).  Xena Warrior Princess is my alter ego who helps me to tackle chronic pain/illness/life in general.  

It was raining hard all day so I didn't get out to prune more of the hydrangeas.  But I did get my step goal.  And I got some more household chores done including crawling under the dining room table/desk that are jammed together because of our remodeling to change out the puppy pee pads that I for the bunnies' potty area.  

So the thing about a pandemic for someone with chronic illness is that finally everyone else has the kind of life that I have normally.  It's actually done wonders for my social life because people are now available and happy to talk to me on the telephone.

#Xenastrong

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Good morning!

Whatcha doin' with your Saturday?

The family here has worked really hard to tidy up the house and kitchen so I would not feel insane while working on freezer meals.  This morning I will visit Gordon's Food Service to see if they have the bulk foods I'm looking for (we've let our Sam's Club membership lapse) and maybe Publix to see if they have a fancy fish sauce for one recipe.  If I'm desperate I'll stop by the new Aldi near GFS - but only if I have to.  That store is not arranged like my usual Aldi and despite the fact that it is so small, I get lost and irritated in it.

This afternoon I might take Chester on a long walk.  The dog training program has not contacted me yet about the class I signed up for.  I emailed them but still no response.  I think I'll have to give up and find another training class.

Coffee!

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Didn't meet dd today since she wasn't able to meet.  So I slept in again until about 8:30am.  Tomorrow I really have to get up earlier or Monday morning is going to be painful.  

I have two classes that I need to finalize details after I grab stuff from the science center, then I have to enter receipts into Quickbooks for taxes.    We want to send all the information to the accountant as soon as possible.  

I'm also going to do some yoga/tai chi and walking video when I get to the science center.  I need to workout even when I don't meet up with dd.  

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Morning, Sunshine.

Still in recovery from foot surgery (removed a bone spur on my heel). Mr. Ellie has been taking good care of me, and friends from church have brought food for several nights. I'm now in the boredom stage: I feel great, I'm ready to get up and so stuff, but my foot swells to an amazing size if I'm up too much, so binge-watching "House" and "Bones" and "Grim" it is.

That is all.

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Good Morning!

Happy Saturday!

I have been able to eat normally since last night, so whatever tension I had in my jaw has decided to leave me alone for now.

Still on dh's laptop.   Dh is almost finished painting.  🙂

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7 hours ago, Jean in Newcastle said:

 

So the thing about a pandemic for someone with chronic illness is that finally everyone else has the kind of life that I have normally.  It's actually done wonders for my social life because people are now available and happy to talk to me on the telephone.

 

The pandemic hasn't really done wonders for my social life, but I agree that this is what life with a chronic illness feels like.  I hope when things get back to normalish people will have a greater appreciation for what it's like to not have full mobility.

I know that when I developed arthritis I developed empathy for the elderly.  During this pandemic I have developed more empathy for those who are in nursing homes or other situations where going out is nearly impossible.

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I survived GFS, the Bad Aldi, and AFSA.  Took the pup and two dds on a walk.  Ham salad is made and in the freezer and the honey mustard sauce for chicken is made.  We're having Greek chickpea salad for dinner.  Imma sit down for 20 minutes and then get started on that.

 

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👋 Hi. I spent the morning decluttering & took a trunkload to Goodwill. The dining room is much improved.

When I have a good day once in a while, I tend to think Oh, this medicine is working. But it usually doesn't happen two days in a row, so IDK. I have lots of work to do around the house if/when I can.

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So...  went to regular post office in city closest to me (long involved story about why the US Govt refuses to put a post office in our city). The counter was closed and the kiosk wouldn’t accept my package. Drove to next post office that was marked as open- ten miles away. Only stupid gps said that the post office was in the mall- which I knew was wrong. Drove around and around until I found it myself and the stupid gps still told me to turn the other way. Ignored the gps and got in a very long line 25 minutes before closing. Managed to get the pkg mailed at an exorbitant price because I had a binder in with the books. 

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We had a good day. We went to Kolob Canyon, which is part of Zion National Park, but north-west. We did a nice hike. It was just beautiful. The we went back to the main park and did this other hike. Well, I started it, but it was steep and on the side of a mountain and I got dizzy and had a severe fright that about paralyzed me, so I turned around and went back and sat by the River and enjoyed the sounds of the River and the colors of the sky and the canyon walls and it was very nice. My family finished the hike. DD got reprimanded on the hike by a complete stranger for not wearing her mask.

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I worked. I scheduled. I called a meeting of the offspring and explained the schedule changes and new materials. So now they can snap and snip, but they can't say I didn't tell them what would be going on. So there. 

Now I'm going to try to get some writing done although technically, I don't schedule writing on Saturday because of all the other things going on.

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26 minutes ago, KrissiK said:

We had a good day. We went to Kolob Canyon, which is part of Zion National Park, but north-west. We did a nice hike. It was just beautiful. The we went back to the main park and did this other hike. Well, I started it, but it was steep and on the side of a mountain and I got dizzy and had a severe fright that about paralyzed me, so I turned around and went back and sat by the River and enjoyed the sounds of the River and the colors of the sky and the canyon walls and it was very nice. My family finished the hike. DD got reprimanded on the hike by a complete stranger for not wearing her mask.

That's stupid.  The CDC says you only need to wear a mask outdoors if you can't maintain a distance of 6 feet from people in your family group.  It's my understanding that the NPS follows that recommendation for trails.  Maybe I'm wrong about that.

It sounds like a lovely trip anyway - I'm so glad you were able to go!

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15 minutes ago, Jean in Newcastle said:

Finished Xena’s lower body resistance training exercises. These new exercises have a real fall risk and I came “this close “ to killing myself. But I didn’t. 

#Xenastrong

Good job following the rules, Xena!

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12 hours ago, Junie said:

(((Ellie)))  Praying for a complete and quick recovery!  Bone spurs sound painful.

TYVM.

Happily, the bone spur was not painful (it was on my actual heel, you know, where the Achilles tendon is), and I wanted to take care of it while that was the case.  🙂

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14 hours ago, Susan in TN said:

That's stupid.  The CDC says you only need to wear a mask outdoors if you can't maintain a distance of 6 feet from people in your family group.  It's my understanding that the NPS follows that recommendation for trails.  Maybe I'm wrong about that.

It sounds like a lovely trip anyway - I'm so glad you were able to go!

We always carry ours when we are out hiking where there's a strong possibility we may meet someone on the trails (like the Buffalo). But I've never had anyone fuss about us wearing them or not wearing them. We have had several fun moments where we faced down another family on the path and we all stood well back from each other, donned our masks, and then proceeded, usually with waves and telling each other to stay safe. 

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