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I love that you attended sacrament meeting with your son, it sounds like a good solution if you are not worried about your health. We are avoiding MIL and my parents. I have called a couple of times. My stepmom called yesterday. My dad had been married 4 times. He forgot all about the middle two. My response was "That is probably for the best. I wish I could go and visit, but alas we will later. Maybe I will see if I can get them on a video call later.

Our schools here in my little town will start enrichment activities this next week. All completely optional. I want something a little better but we are a poor community and not everyone has the internet. I just keep telling myself we have coping abilities and I can figure it out when I see what they are going to do.

I hope your surgery gets to happen as planned. I hate waiting for surgeries once they are scheduled. (I have had many surgeries over the years).

I have been getting fresh produce from a company called imperfect foods. It comes to the door and is supposed to be discounted. I thought it would be fun to get different things. It has been interesting although the company has gotten a lot of extra customers with people not being able to go out. My former daughter in law is afraid to buy produce. She also complained to my husband that there was not enough WIC cheese. He is a good grandpa and said he would buy them some cheese. My daughter said, "We have 5 pounds in the fridge". He cannot figure out why they need to hoard cheese. I think this is bringing out the strange in all of us.

I am trying to get through this with as little stress as possible for my youngest. I think we are doing OK. Watching a movie before bed. I worry he will not adapt back to going to be early. But he won't have to do that for at least a month.

Enjoy your Sabbath.

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I did attend "Sacrament meeting" at my son's home. He and his wife organized an entire sacrament meeting including dressing up and having a talk by President Eyring. I didn't ask and didn't worry about it. I was attending church in another ward. I'm not going to ask.

The schools here are closed for the rest of the year. My DIL has been preparing lessons and goes into school a couple of days a week to prepare lessons and be there to help the kids. She takes her kids with her since they usually don't see anyone. They have no more than 1/3 the staff there at a time. My sister teaches Special education and she struggles more. There isn't a lot she can do for the kids as she says many of them come from homes where the parents also struggled with learning disabilities. Those kids will lose roughly 6 months of progress.

Elective surgeries (non emergencies) are cancelled until April 25 at the earliest. Theoretically, my knee replacement April 30 will happen but I don't think so. I'm hoping the second knee scheduled for July 8 will happen so I can at least get a start. I'm sure the following one will be much longer than 8 weeks that they usually schedule.

Utah has a "plan" to be very proactive with social distancing and being very careful in hopes of decreasing the total time we have to deal with this. The plan is to neutralize the virus by not allowing it to be spread more.

I still haven't gone shopping although my son got me some produce on Saturday. It was nice to have some fresh food to eat. I also got take out from a local restaurant to support them. It was delicious and a perfect portion. I also got a dinner salad for the next day which was also great.

Sunday afternoon, I got together some treats I had purchased for the grandkids and put them in individual/family bags and took them around. It was fun to see everyone and chat. We kept social distance so it was great. I miss my kids. Driving around this week was great also. Monday afternoon I drove to pick up my takeout. The town I live in has more than doubled in size since I moved here and they are doing construction on one of the main arteries through the area. The traffic on the surface streets has been awful. I usually don't drive on them from about 3 in the afternoon until 7 pm. I went at 5:30 which is peak time and it was like driving on early Sunday morning. It was magical, a step back in time.

I'm still cleaning out cupboards. I have been doing very well at not eating cookies. I wish I could say the same about chocolate, but I also gave some of that away. I will take another care package to the grands in a week or so. They enjoy having treats at my house and I enjoy them coming so it is a fun thing for everyone. My mom always had cookies for the grandkids and I'm carrying on that tradition. I use purchased cookies because they don't go stale as easily. The kids have a choice of about 3 kinds. I have several unopened packages and will spread them around the family next visit. I also have some Easter candy for the annual egg hunt that won't happen.

I'm glad your husband is not in danger of losing his job. I know here there are a lot of things the car companies are doing to attract customers. I don't know about right now, but a lot of people are seeing the companies as kinder and more concerned about the community so it warms their hearts.

I'm going to try my hand at sewing cloth surgical masks for some of the nurses here. They will wear them over their specialized masks since they don't have enough masks to use them as intended. They are hoping that the cloth masks reduces the spread of virus and extends the life of the masks. My DIL is a nurse and I'll make some for her hospital as well as for a friend who works ICU/ER.

I can also quilt which will be nice. I always think I will have time and I never seem to find it. I can get out my machine and leave it on the table and sew.

I can also spend time working with my dog. He is still a baby. We are working on some social skills right now. And he keeps me company.

I read a quote by one of the general authorities this week that said that this is not the second coming. I know that after the earthquake a lot of ward members said things like that but it didn't help anyone. I'm sure that people in the middle of the flu epidemic a century ago thought similar things. By the time I was growing up, no one remembered.

How is your dad doing in all of this? It has to be hard to not be able to visit although I know you are caring for you now more than you ever did.

Take care and keep studying. You can do this. We all can.

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I didn't know that taking the sacrament was supposed to follow ward boundaries. We get my MIL's email. She has no interest in the internet but we set up and LDS account for her and my BIL gave her a tablet with the gospel library app. Anyway, I have been calling and keeping her updated on the emails. I told her my husband would be glad to give her the sacrament if the BIL who lives next door could not. I don't think either of us thought about boundaries. Maybe they are just trying to keep ministering working?

I have gone to the store with my husband and I ordered some stuff online from JoAnn's I am making some knitted squares from a knit along done by two guys from Norway. It has colorwork in it.

I am getting fresh food from a company called imperfect foods, they deliver. They asked not to open the door when the guy was there so I just told him thank you though the kitchen window. It is more than 6 feet away from where he can walk unless he were to stand in flowerbeds and such. I figured that was safe. My son put a sign on the door saying he is not accepting company due to the plague. His friends were coming over and he did not want to deal with it. I did let him go on a bike ride with three boys from two families last week. I told them to stay 6 ft apart. They promptly stood shoulder to shoulder and agreed to do that. it was kind of funny. If the three families only associate with each other it should be fine. This week is raining and the governor cracked down on what is acceptable.

My husband changed jobs in January. The former employer laid everyone off last week. I am grateful that he dodged that bullet. The managers didn't like him but kept him employed because he is a good salesman. He should be OK at the new place because they hired him as a manager, not just a salesman. The manager there was at the old place until November. He and my husband have worked together off and on for the last 20 years. So it should be good. I don't know how car sales will be while everyone is social distancing and the economy is unsure.

I have been thinking about the whole "end of the earth" thing that has been circulating. God promised us that if we are prepared we shall not fear. Also that no one knows the exact time of his coming except him. So we just don't know. I realized it would not really change anything if I knew. I am succeeding and failing as I would so life just goes on.
On the BYU-I support FB page someone asked if the world was going to end could it please wait until the end of the term. My response is if it is going to end it should do so before I study for the final. Either way, it will be alright and speculating is not helpful.

I decided just not to worry about school. My son had to complete stuff that was not turned in for the quarter. It will be a new quarter when they go back. The school said any of the activities that they offer will be optional. I will just let him participate as it suits him. Unless something looks important. Should be interesting.

Hope you are weathering this well. Let's pray for each other and the world.


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3/21/20 11:50 A

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How are you all doing with the Social Distancing year. It is a bit unsettling and it is unnerving at times. I have been home since last Sunday. Today, I took my dog to the vet for his shots. I had the first appointment of the day but he has done a great job of staggering the clients so we didn't see anyone. I love this guy.

I then took my car on a ride. It hasn't been out of the garage since last Sunday so we went on a ride around town. I might do some take out from a local restaurant today for tomorrow's dinner. I am working hard at eating healthy but still need to eat so I'll order a good choice and even if it is a bit more calories than I usually eat, I'll enjoy it.

I ate the last of my lettuce yesterday. I have some celery left and a few apples. I have a lot o frozen food so I'm going to take a break from the grocery stores and let people settle down. There was still quite a few at the local grocery store this morning but I didn't really need anything so I'm not worried. I think as we settle down and realize that so many of us have WAY too much stuff and the food isn't gone that people will calm down and I can get my stuff. I have plenty for a while if I can't.

The Church has been very active and proactive in this event. I am pleased that they are bringing missionaries home and making sure they are safe. I have always had trust in the missionary program.

Conference will be very different. It has been "different" before during other times of need and I'm sure that even though it isn't what was planned, it is certainly different from any conferences we have seen in our lives. It is nice to have that happen so smoothly.

My home teacher is supposed to bring the sacrament into my home this week. There have been a lot of adjustments to the original plan. I'm a little annoyed that my kids can't do it since we don't live in the same ward, but it's fine. I may not have it this week but will wait another few weeks. I am fine right now and don't want to make life difficult but social distancing is a big deal and we need to observe it as well as we can.

My kids have at least one parent who is home all day. They are doing OK with home schooling. I'm sure they are all glad they don't do it daily. My DIL who teaches has to be in the building three days a week to make lessons and to be available to help the kids. My son has to be at the bank even though they have closed the lobby. My other kids work from home except the one who works for the Federal Government. He still has to go to work every day. It seems silly that the Federal government is the least compliant.

I'm still enjoying the peace and quiet but I am in a different place than I was a few years ago. I have no needs to go out and although my retirement is taking a huge hit, I'm OK for now and will be no matter what. I have a good financial planner and should be able to weather this mess.

The sun is shining, the sky is blue. I have enough to eat. It isn't always what I might eat but it is enough..

I hope things are going well with you. How are you all weathering this challenge?

Looking at the numbers, we should be through the worst of this by summer and hopefully will be able to get back to our lives as we know them. I'm thinking August. It is still hard and frightening, but we all have our part to do and we can do this. We can do anything.

Have a great day.

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3/18/20 10:30 A

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I didn't have permission to bless the sacrament at home. Since I don't have a priesthood holder in my home it wasn't going to happen anyway. There will be people who can come into my home to administer next week if I desire.

I've had calls from my ministering brother and my elder's quorum president.

All that seems silly since we had a 5.7 earthquake this morning. It was a shaker. Everyone is fine and we are safe. The aftershocks have been interesting as well.

Utah is highest in the nation for hoarding/overbuying. We have 261% of normal buying. Most places in the nation are between 25% and 50% above normal.

It is a little nuts here. We are practicing social distancing. No restaurants. My kids are working from home except the teacher who has to be at school to answer questions and the banker who has seen a run on money. It is a unsettling time. It is taking a lot of reassuring to the children and making it an adventure.

It is strange and a different normal. I think we will be very used to it before we are able to return to a life we remember.

The dog and I are up for the day and I'm going to move my car out of the garage since it isn't fun.

I'm a little upset about some ward members making "last days" comments on social media. It is inflammatory.

It will be an interesting General Conference. I'm sure we need the blessings and comfort of our prophet. He has done a great job of sending out messages of comfort and peace. Calm and pleasant. He gives us the opportunity to feel calm.

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How did your first Sabbath go without meeting for church? We did not have permission to do the sacrament until about 9 pm. So we just dressed up in our Sunday clothes, without nylons or ties, and the video conferenced my son in Utah and had opening song and prayer and discussed "Come Follow Me" next time I need to make sure we eat breakfast. I am thinking of assigning parts of Come Follow Me to people to teach from rather than going over it..There wasn't enough time to finish it.
This Sunday we have permission to bless the sacrament. We need to figure out how to do that with video. Maybe we will just mute the video and do it in our own homes and then come back together after that.
I really appreciated that my family here in my home and my son's family were willing to dress up. It felt important since this might go on for a long time.


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3/13/20 11:25 A

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Last week there were fewer people in church than usual and one of the bishops (I attended two meetings) mentioned that people could be cautious and that was fine. I didn't see handshaking either.

One of the things I heard that I practiced with my kids when it was respiratory season for the babies was to change clothes (outside clothes to inside clothes) and wash hands when coming home. I used to shower and change clothes when I came home from work at those times. It just makes sense to be careful.

I'm all for online school and classes. If you don't have personal contact with the kids, you should be pretty safe. Wearing cleaning gloves and wiping down surfaces including door handles should help you keep things clean. Even assigning students to do so can help.

Should you run out of wipes 1/3 cup bleach in a gallon of water makes a cleaning solution you can use with your own cleaning cloths. It is a process.

On a positive note, I'm up and Miss M, the kindergartener is home with her parents. I have the morning to myself to get some things done.

Have a great day.

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By now I am sure you have all received an email relating to church being cancelled. Apparently, the prophet agrees with you WG. eseret.com/faith/2020/3/12/21177623/
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We should all stay home. My classes are online, my college kids' school is going online for the time being. My youngest's school is just telling them not to high five, hug or share food. They are supposed to wash their hands more. There is also hand sanitizer throughout the school which they are being encouraged to use. They are also planning Google Classrooms if they have to be out of school.

Two cases were reported in a veteran's care facility in my stake and they had canceled stake conference. I am waiting to hear the plans for seminary. I am thinking of possibilities and I have until Sunday to figure it out.

Let's pray for each other's safety. Be well, my friends. (I wanted to end with a handwashing emoji. there are none. :(


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They cancelled any gathering of over 100 people for the next 2 weeks (which ends up being 3 weeks) state wide here.. There are several people who have tested positive including the 2 basketball players in the state. One of the school districts has cancelled school for 2 weeks because one of the staff was positive. Kids don't get sick but they share very well.

There are lines into the parking lot which is absolutely full at Costco as people are stocking up. I have nurse friends who are having a lot of fun with the drama. It really is a lot but we do need to be careful.

I have spent a lot of years with droplet borne illness and rarely get sick. I'm not worried but am more aware, if that makes sense. I have found that the ways I generally get sick is by not washing hands often enough and saying that, it is probably a good idea to act like a fancy rest room and have towels that are used once and tossed into the laundry. The damp hand towel hanging in the bathroom and kitchen are more likely to share germs than you know. I keep a dedicated towel at my house and use only that one. I rarely get sick from the grandkids and they share a lot of things.

Being careful when you are in public spaces and not eating unless you clean your hands and keeping a careful distance (seat between you and others or arms length) you should be safe.

If you are not sure, you won't be punished for staying home from church to protect yourself and family from illness. When you are compromised with a chronic illness, it is important to think about that when deciding whether or not to risk church. I'm staying home this week as well as the next 3 weeks..

We debated whether or not to have a family dinner. I think we are still eating but will be careful. Perhaps we'll have adults dish up the food and have everyone wash before the meal (not always done when they come for dinner.)

I'm grateful that the Prophet saw the need for home instruction and we know how to do so and have our own learning time on Sunday as we would if we went to classes. We may not be having the sacrament but we are totally able to have a spiritual experience and share this with our families.

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3/11/20 8:20 P

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Our stake conference just got canceled. General conference is basically leaders and support- no audience. How are you guys doing? Are you in high-risk areas? I hope all is well with you wherever you are. Discussed this on the way to the temple yesterday with some sisters in my ward. I think the best advice is wash your hand and other precautions but trust the Lord that it will all be OK.

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3/6/20 7:16 P

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I don't blame you for being tired of the meds. It is so hard to take medications that are rationed when they shouldn't be and the ones that are best for you are not available. It is a big industry and very profitable for the companies. It is a losing situation either way.

I'm glad you plan to keep teaching. It will be hard for the kids a bit but I guess it balances out at some point for almost everyone. The new Young Women's program reminds me of when I was in YW. They changed the program my last year and told me I needed to fulfill the requirements for all six years to receive an award. I quit even trying. It didn't seem fair at all The work wasn't worth a necklace and the work I had done was devalued by the leaders. It just didn't work for me.

I'll live, though and change is inevitable. It brings a lot of challenges and a lot of growth.

I love the idea of teaching our families at home and learning together. It is as it should be. I love the fact that our children will learn the Gospel from their parents rather than a teacher who may or may not be accurate. I love that we are teaching our children how to find answers for themselves.

I didn't attend Stake Conference. I have bad knees. Have done for several years and things have not been such that taking care of them worked out. I felt that taking that time out would be hard on someone. Last year, I was going to do it but with DS living with me and getting married, it didn't work out. This year is the magic year and I need both knees replaced. Walking across the parking lot and through the building is a lot of steps and I pay for that for days. It wasn't worth it. They broadcast it over the Internet and had access but I had to ask for permission from the Elder's quorum or RS presidency and that bothered me. I'm going to DS's ward this week to hear his daughter talk in Sacrament Meeting.

The first knee is scheduled for the end of next month and the next a couple of months after that. It works out and I should be back to myself by the time the kids go back to school. I will be able to watch them anyway when I've been home a week. My other children live nearby and they can help out with the kids who come to my house for the week or two each time that I won't be able to care for them. It should work out. If not, it has to anyway.

I need to go back to taking care of my dog. He is stubborn and I need to figure out how to make that change. He needs to be stubborn on my side.

Have a great day.

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I am getting sick of diabetic meds. The insurance changed my insulin in January and limited how much I could have on the plan. My husband changed jobs and so I ordered 3 months of insulin (only had to pay for 2) so I could get through the two months without insulin. Now I will have to figure out what insulin I can be on with the new insurance. I think doctors not insurance companies should get to choose the meds. I understand the economics. It is expensive not to be young and healthy. Linda, I understand your concerns and agree. I pay for the libre because it really helps me feel in control. Strips are expensive even when you buy the cheap store brand meter. There just aren't really good ways to manage this disease in a cost-effective manner.



I am not really a dog person either. My daughter has a dog. She got him when he was two years old. So he is well trained to go outside. We had a boxer that we housebroke. I feel bad because my husband loves dogs and I really don't.

We still have my son's cat, another son's turtle and lots and lots of fish. Those I enjoy.

WG your dog picture is cute. Did you go to stake conference? I think ours might be this week. I need to figure that out.

How are you enjoying being in your house without extra people? I have never lived alone. I don't know if I would like it or not. I am home alone frequently now that my daughter only lives her on the weekend. My son is in school.

I am alright with my daughter living with my ex daughter in law. I am sick of the attitude and entitlement. She only has the part-time job babysitting but thinks that she is an adult and should be treated like one. I agree but it is a pain. I get along fine with the ex daughter in law and her parents. They are in my stake and that is all fine.

It wasn't too big a deal to change to Book of Mormon in January. The only thing that I wonder about is how many times some kids will get the gospels and the fact that they will miss the Old Testament. I hope I get to teach until Old Testament comes around again.



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Lantus has been around for more than 20 years so the patent expired a long time ago. Humalog was the new one and it is probably that old as well. There was a scandal here a year or so ago when the owner of a drug company jacked up the price of insulin and made a huge profit so it might be something like that.

I've been in big time dog owner mode with the new puppy. It will pass but is a bit of a challenge for now. I hope by the end of summer that the dog settles down a bit and isn't quite as challenging. It should be more fun by then as well. Right now, it is like a new baby and I'm too old for that baloney.

Stake conference this weekend. I'm not sure I'm going. I have to pick up my daughter at the airport tomorrow and have a performance some of my kids are participating in tonight. I might just be done.

Have a great day.

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No, you did not say anything insensitive. I was just clarifying that things are quite different here in Canada,( and not always in a good way!) The cost of insulin is astronomical, no matter where we live. But as soon as a patent is expired, other companies make generic brands and it is so much cheaper then. I guess the companies want to recover their R&D costs which accounts for the high costs, but the reality is that the actual production costs are a lot lower..... Just my opinion.

Gosh I hate it when it gets that cold, and it often gets colder here. I am hoping all our coldest weather is over for this year. I prefer winter to be between 0 and minus 10 in the winter and about 15 to 22 or so in the summer. I can't take much in temperature variances, lol

I hope you find a good parking space and enjoy the performance....

Hope you enjoyed your lunch and afternoon with the grandkids....

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Linda, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to say something insensitive. The companies often offer the meters for free as they get the money back on support equipment. It is a bother. It is silly to not support Lantus but the reality is that insulin (which has been around for a very long time) has increased in price here over the past few years and is ten times what it was just a few years ago. This has been hard on folks here as well.

I hope your new doctor can figure things out. I hate finding a new one and put it off as long as I can. I am not a fan of winter either. When it snows, I don't do a lot of driving around or going out. Fortunately it has been a good winter and most days hasn't been stormy. A bit of cold but I grew up in the mountains and one winter several years ago it never got above zero F (-18 C) day or night for over a month. It was miserable but the deer couldn't find food in the mountains so they came down and it was fun to see them as I drove home from work.

My dog is a combination of border collie/golden retriever/ poodle. This hopefully will be a dog who doesn't shed and doesn't get too big but isn't a small dog. The training and puppy stuff is hard but can be rewarding. He is pretty awful about jumping on people so it is a problem I am working on. The grandkids make it hard because they aren't good at telling the dog not to and they keep doing the things that the dog thinks is play.

My son and his family are taking part in a performance by their stake tonight and tomorrow. I am going to see them perform. It's being held at the local high school and there is a dance and ball game the nights of the performances. I'll need to go early to get a parking space. Hopefully it will be fun.

Have a great day everyone. I'm off to have a bite of lunch before the grands are coming.

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Hi Nice to hear from you.

It is not the cost of the meters here in Canada that is the obstacle. Most companies offer the meters itself free. It is the ongoing costs of using the meters -- in this case the sensors that have to be replaced every 2 weeks. $90 every two weeks is just more than I can pay -- it's double what I am paying now for the strips....

The government sets the list of what is covered and what is not. For example, the government has just announced that Lantus (which is a 24 hour insulin that I take) will no longer be covered so the next time I go to the doctor I need for him to give me a script for something else, then go through the whole testing to see if it works for me and at what dosage.

How fun that you got a puppy. What breed is he? I take it that's him in your avitar? What did you name him?

I am not much into dogs as large breeds are too big, and small breeds are too hyper. My legs are very tender and always sore, and when they jump on me it hurts --- like really hurts. My family used to have a cocker spaniel and I loved him. but he was a year and half when we got him so we didn't have any of the "puppiness" with him, plus I didn't have such problems with my legs then.

It has not been an easy winter so far for me. I am always so exhausted and tired and just not feeling very well. I have been trying to find a new doctor as my last one retired, but ...... I went to 2 doctors so far. The first one, I did not like at all. He eventually gave me my prescriptions for my meds and insulin, but it took a lot for him to do that, he got hung up on inhalers and spent most of the appointment on that. I told him twice that I wanted him to leave that and just do my other meds and insulin sofinally e looked at that for a minute and then right back to the inhaler. I don't like the inhalers that I have been on as it's a combo of both fast acting and long term and leaves me feeling very shakey and weak. I had asked if I could get a different one, but so far I don't like the other options. Of course, the one I did like was discontinued over 10 years ago......

There has been the usual winter ailments. And there has been a lot of problems with my home care workers - one hurt herself and has been off for several months, the other regular went to the Phillippines just after Christmas and has not come back and I have no idea why or if she flew through China and held up in that Corona virus ban. Some of the people they sent to fill in have been very rough, or snarky, or whatever. On Saturday morning the lady they sent (who has been here several times before) phoned the office and told them the entry phone was not working., I had to get dressed and go downstairs to let her in. But the entry phone WAS working just a couple of hours later when my BIL came to pick me up and I asked him to try it and it was working fine. Now I know that this landlord would never get to it that quickly, they wouldn't even hear about it until Monday when the security company submits it's weekend report..... Then they would have to do their paperwork and hire someone to check it out and so on. She did not like it when I asked if it was possible that she dialed the wrong number as it was working fine just a couple of hours later. Wow! that made her mad!

We had some very cold weather here in January. It got down to about minus 30 or 31 (celsius) with a windchill factor of minus 40. I did not even go outside at all during that time. Luckily, I have a pretty good pantry and lots of freeze dried foods and a freezer well stocked. My BIL came over and got my water bottles and got drinking water for me so that helped.

Pam, I hope all is going ok on your course. How much longer do you have?

I hope you both have a great weekend. Take care....

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Hi everyone. It is sunny and after the 6-8 inches of snow I got yesterday, it is very bright.

I love the discussion about monitors. Insurance companies are awful and since they are in business to make a profit, they are unlikely to be helpful when it would benefit the patient more than something else.

I love that we can monitor blood sugars at all but the continuous is such a blessing.

Linda, have you looked on the open market and thought about getting one there? There are some who are sold because the owner doesn't need it for one reason or another. Just an idea. It is hard no matter what. There are also monitors that use samples from strange places like arms and legs which does help reduce the injury to the fingers.

Pam, I'm so excited that you are getting close to being done with your degree. It will be nice to have options at this point. I have friends who are counselors for the Pathway program. It is nice that you have options.

Pam, it is OK to take care of yourself although it is also good to be able to spend time with your dad. Especially when he is declining and may not be with your as long as you might like. It might be time to take someone and record his memories so you can share them with your children and grands.

Are you good with your daughter moving in with your ex DIL? It might be nice to have the kids receiving care from family. It is hard to deal with family dynamics sometimes.

Linda, what are you doing these days? It is hard to have a limited income and take care of everything. Your out of pocket is hard to deal with.

Well, I may be an idiot, but last Tuesday, I got a puppy. I have always planned to get another dog but planned to have a rescue one. I have been looking for a while since my dog passed away three years ago. My son moved out in September so I have been free to get a dog but was waiting. My younger daughter decided she wanted a dog as well and last week we found a litter of puppies who would fill the requirements of a medium dog who doesn't shed. We both got puppies and they are siblings. It is fun to watch the little guys play and it is fun to have someone in the house when the grands are gone, but he isn't housebroken and it has been a challenge.

Yesterday and today with the cold weather, it became a bigger challenge, so it is going to be a work in progress. I've had to block off most of my house which is a challenge since I have an open floor plan. I am limiting the area the dog can mess in so I don't have as much to clean up after. Hopefully in the next few weeks, he will get better and he will become a great walking companion as well as one when I'm home.

Pam, how is seminary going now that you have had to change course "midyear" although it will remain so now.

I'm looking forward to conference and learning new things.

Have a great day.

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Pam.
I would be happy to pay the $70 a month that you pay, but here it is about $90 every 2 weeks, so would be about $180 a month.

I wish they would make it easier for low income persons to track and stay on top of their conditions.

As for mantras, no I have never used them..... not even sure how.....

Hope all is well with you....

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Working on my motivational mantra for the week or month. Do any of you use mantras to keep yourself on track?



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Linda,
I was told since I was so very sick summer of 2018 that a CGM would be good for me. The educator also suggested an insulin pump. The Doctor said that it is difficult to get a pump as a type two but that the Libre was usually approved here. I got the libre. Then my husband changed insurance and it is no longer covered. I self pay for two sensors about $70 per month. I have a discount card that takes off just a tiny bit. I almost didn't ask because the other educator said that they were about $300 per month. Dexcom might be. But the libre is cost effective for some of us. I understand a limited budget. I really like that I get a graph and not a point. I also like that I can see what is going on as often as I want.

My goal now is to up my game and stay in target a bit more than I have been.

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Hi, Pam. Yes I asked about the Libre but Canada, for all it's great health care system, has some funny "rules" One is that a person is not eligible for certain diabetic supplies unless they meet certain criteria. The first is that only certain insulin pumps are covered and the newer one with a built in CGM is not covered at all. Next, they are only available to T1's So I don't qualify...

I also asked about the Libra but
1.) It is very expensive, I was told around $90 every 2 weeks. That's more than double the cost of strips.....
2.) it is available by prescription only - again only to T1's.....
My pension only goes so far, so I really don't know how I can make it stretch that much further. So for now I just keep struggling along

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Linda,
I forgot to ask have you looked into something like the freestyle Libre? I love mine. I barely ever have to finger stick. I just put it on the back of my arm for 14 days. I love it. If you want more personal information let me know. Are you in Canada? I was going to post a link but I don't know the URL for Canada. There are even youtube videos. It is cheaper than the dexcom. I think it is comparable to the cost of strips.

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I got an A- in my British lit. class. Next term I am taking American lit and I am starting psychology. I have three terms left and I will graduate. If I can take two classes per term. If you want to take classes start with Pathway. I really liked that. The BYU-I classes online are good. Not perfect, there are bumps in the road but it is a good program.

I used ground turkey for the meat for the lasagna. One had Alfredo sauce, one had marinara sauce and the third was vegetarian with red sauce. Like I said, I ate a salad and then a small portion of lasagna.

I have been really depressed lately. I am going to see a therapist.
My daughter got her gallbladder out the Monday before Christmas. She may move in with my ex-daughter in law to babysit. We will see how that goes. If she does I will only have one kid home.

My dad is not really doing better. I don't think he will. But, his wife is out of the care facility and back home. She can walk again although she does still use her wheelchair some too. But she is well enough to take care of my dad. Her daughter lives close by so she is more helpful than I am right now. I need to go over more often. It was just very overwhelming for a bit, but I think I am doing better.

I am trying to figure out my new year's goals. What do you guys want to accomplish in 2020.

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Hi everyone. It is sunny and very polluted here so I'm staying inside today.

Pam, thanks for the explanation of the Seminary program. I've got one grandson in seminary this year and am not sure he will be going again. My son has some issues with people and the teacher is not being "aware" of things. This son got married this year so hopefully his wife will help him get over his cynical attitude.

I have heard parts of your story over the years but this was the clearest explanation of your childhood. I can understand your father marrying to not be alone. I have a neighbor who did the same thing. He had seven kids and the oldest was on a mission. The youngest was 8. He married twice and they were both good women but neither marriage lasted a year. He is now a single fellow and is happy doing that. His youngest son works for an airline and he gets free passes and can visit his kids all over the US.

I can relate to the lasagna thing. I don't eat red meat but lasagna tastes good with it. I will make one for "everyone" and another for me. Mostly mine is vegetarian and has noodles although you can put thinly sliced eggplant or zucchini in place of noodles. The cheese would be a problem, but I'd make one without any cheese if that was necessary. The other alternative is serve some veggies on the side and let the kids eat what they want to do.

Now when we eat, I have the kids bring parts of the meal and "something your kids will eat" which is often Rice a Roni and/or something similar and they all enjoy that. I don't feel as obligated to please everyone at mealtime. It has been liberating for me. We sometimes have some fun meals and sometimes I get a lot of leftovers.

We do Boxing day (the day after Christmas) for our family party. I've been doing this for 19 years. We used to open gifts on Christmas but as the kids got married, we switched the day and it has been so nice for everyone. No stress and no worrying about offending people.

Is your dad doing better lately or is your brother needing to care for him a lot? It has to be hard for all of you and you never get over losing your mom. Losing her in such an immediate and sad way is especially hard. I'm sure that you miss her a lot at some times of year.

I think most of my Christmas preparations are done and I don't have a lot to do. I'll get it done next week and be ready early to enjoy the holiday.

I still need to clean house a bit and clean up the stuff the kids left when they moved. They are having fun with their new mom and new home. I refer to her as the parent and while there is an adjustment, she is good to the kids and tries her hardest. The fact that she is in her mid thirties and has no children of her own makes it a challenge. She lived at home until she married. It will take a lot of growing on everyone's part to make it happen.

Most of my children and some of the spouses and grands are going to the latest Star Wars movie tonight. The boys started going on opening night years ago and have included spouses and in laws over the years. Now they are including grandchildren as well. It is fun that they enjoy this time together. It has taken a lot of work and they often bond over things that aren't religious. I'm OK with that most of the time.

Get your test taken. I'm excited that you are getting a degree. I admire that and sometimes wish I had the courage to do it myself.

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I know how you feel. In fact, I kinda blew it over the summer, just not taking care of myself. Feeling despondent, hating the needles, the finger pokes, and everything that goes with it. Yeah, the insulin is bad enough but the thing I hate the most is those finger pokes!

I got a bit of a reality check when my A1C went up to 9.5...... Yikes. So I'm forcing myself to get back on track, but it is not easy by any means.

I took an informational class in October on insulin pumps. I wish I could, but I don't know, there are a lot of adjustments to consider (adding bolius, adjusting amounts of insulin as needed, how to handle being sick when using a pump, and still doing all the back up finger pricks, etc.

I hope you feel better soon. Hugs.

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Today I am just tired of being diabetic. I am also avoiding my final in British Lit. I hope you are having a better day.

Well here is to continuing on even if I don't want to.

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How is everyone doing? My family is struggling with a more vegan type menu. But we are making progress.

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As of the beginning of this school year until Christmas we are studying the four gospels-Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. When we come back from Christmas break in January we will start the Book of Mormon. It does not follow the exact "Come Follow Me" from week to week because of summer vacation. But 2020 we will do Book of Mormon until Christmas Break 2020. Our region created a 'Franken-manual" to get the important parts in. It requires more scripture study but it is good. Our stake decided to make seminary 60 minutes each day and then only meet 4 days a week. So that is interesting. The kids can mark reading done with their families. That is cool because last year they had to read New Testament for Come follow me, Book of Mormon-cuz always-and the Doctrine and Covenants. So this is better.

I am excited for all the changes to seminary and the rest of the church. It will be interesting to see what is next.

One of my kids is vegetarian, I am diabetic and a third doesn't eat red meat. When everyone was together in August I considered making 4 different lasagnas. It was too difficult. I decided on two. It was going to be one dairy free because one kids was not eating dairy, one vegetarian, one for me without noodles, one alfredo and one marinara. Nope too much. I just made three and I ate a large salad first.

My brother was made at me because he gets mad often. I was taking care of my dad and not my diabetes. I went into DKA and was hospitalized. While my husband was not sure if I was going to live or die he called my brother and said that he needed to take care of my dad. My brother made excuses and my husband basically told him to man up and take care of it.

My excuse for my brother is that we had a hard life as children. Our mother died when I was 6 and he was 10 months (a sister died too). My dad would have preferred to be a '50s kind of dad. He did not really know how to cope with being a single father.

A sister later told me her impression of us the first Sunday. Diaper bags were very feminine in '72 so my dad did not want to carry one. He put a cloth diaper on one suit pocket and a bottle in the other. Carried my baby brother and I walked beside on crutches "with a cast as big as me" and very short hair.

My dad married wrong twice to avoid being a single father and have help taking care of us.

I enjoyed conference. I need to start rewatching some of the talks again.

Well all is done for the day and I am tired. Goodnight. Have a great Sabbath

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Pam, how does the new study program change your teaching of seminary? What about the kids who will finish this year? How do they make up for whatever they will lose?

Just thinking.

DS and his wife had a baby yesterday. He is a cutie. I got to visit and hold him. It was nice to see the kids.

Hope you are doing well and having a great day.

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It's hard to take food that meets everyone's dietary restrictions. It probably isn't fair either. I hope you found something fun to take or just went. One person isn't going to eat them out of house and home.

My sister is unable to eat many foods. My grandchildren are very picky. I don't eat some things because they aggravate a condition that I have, but I can eat it so it isn't a problem. Diabetics can't eat very sweet things or a lot of carbs. It should be OK to have some foods that not everyone can eat but some can. I try to accommodate if I can but it doesn't always work well.

When we have dinner together, I ask the kids to bring something their kids will eat. They do and the grands, the picky grands, have something they will eat. Yesterday my son fed his kids before dinner because they wouldn't eat much. Some of the kids ate "goldfish" and nothing else. I guess it was a bust in terms of feeding everyone, but we had soup and it was wonderful.

Grudges come for interesting reasons. You couldn't control being sick but it might have been a time your son needed you and he is transferring the anger he feels about the situation to you to feel safer.

My mom kept in touch with both of her ex DILs. She talked with them often but it was always clear where she stood and her loyalty was with blood. It was that relationship that enabled her to see a grandchild she had not seen in over 6 years. She kept a good relationship all her life.

Last week my son jokingly called his wife my "favorite child." We are close and do things together. He then turned to look at her and said, "if there is trouble with us, know that she will always be on my side" We both laughed at that.

Have a great day.

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He's mad because you were sick? How is that even an issue! I mean, we seldom have any control over when we get sick.....

I enjoyed conference today -- what I didn't sleep through, that is. And the nap wasn't between sessions, oh no! it was right in the middle of the sessions, both of them! But I'll watch them again later this week.

Sis is having Thanksgiving a week early because her son and DIL will be going to her parents place the actual Thanksgiving weekend. Her mother lives about 2 hours away, so instead of leaving there early, they decided to have dinner tomorrow instead. I am not sure if I feel up to going. I'll have to decide tomorrow. Sis thinks this may become a new tradition, to have Thanksgiving dinner on conference Sunday after the afternoon session. The daughter and DIL will be providing most of the meal and all Sis has to do is cook the turkey and dressing.

I did not know this was in the works when I was shopping on Tuesday, so didn't buy anything in sufficient quantity to take. And there are so many dietary problems, it is difficult to make anything that everyone can eat. Sis does not want anyone to bring anything that her daughter cannot have and there are so many things. Bananas, pineapple, ALL dairy and eggs, beef and anything with gluten, just to name a few. There is a very long list.

Enjoy conference tomorrow. I hope I will be able to stay awake.....

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It would have been so fun for you to be able to witness your son's wedding. I am sorry that it came too late for you. My husband witnessed my brother's wedding. There were ill feelings for my dad at the time. I bet if this were the case he would have asked me instead. O'well. I think it is exciting. We are clearly in a time that we have to realize the difference between doctrine and policy. I invited myself to a youth temple trip last Saturday with my son. There wasn't much to do so I just sat there and enjoyed being in the temple with my son. The young men sat on different sides of the room. At one point a father came and talked with his daughter so after they were done with the baptisms and confirmations I went and talked with my son and a seminary kid.

I did not get my homework done in time so I watched the first two session of conference and then read a really really long poem by Alexander Pope. it was about 25 pages and took me forever. I thought I could watch conference this evening but it wasn't up yet when I looked. I guess I will watch it tomorrow.

I guess it is getting cold in Utah. I worked on knitting a hat while I listened to conference. My son sent me a picture of my granddaughter waiting to get into conference. They had a sweater by her head. I told him to tell her grandma would finish the hat so that she doesn't have to wear sweaters on her head. I found this yarn that says it is 12 degrees warmer in the sun even on cloudy days.

My brother is not too thrilled that we are still friends with his ex wife. I am friends with her on Facebook and talked to her one day when we took my niece out to lunch. My brother gets his knickers in a twist too much. He is mad because I was sick last year and will not talk to me unless he has to.

Enjoy conference. I wonder what new things we will learn tomorrow. Today's key word was covenant path.

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The Primary program was fun. It was fun to see the kids and watch them as they sang. I miss them at church but it will be fine. I'm probably going to be staying home when the weather is bad this year. I'm not doing well on slick surfaces this year and don't want to be injured. It isn't worth it.

We got a new RS president. This is one from the "old" part of the ward. There have been some new homes built in the boundaries and lots of changes over the years with people downsizing and moving out and younger families moving in. It is nice to have new young families and lots of new dynamic, but it is also nice to have a president who is familiar and I have known longer than six months. I enjoy her and have served under her in the Primary. She is also about my age which changes the dynamic in meetings. I have felt that the older sisters have been put aside in this ward for many reasons. So many of them are frail and some are passing away from age. But they have experiences and memories I wish we could preserve.

What are you doing for the broadcast? They have it on TV here so my daughters and I and a few granddaughters are gathering to enjoy it. It will be fun and we have take out and enjoy spending some time together. My DILs will be with their moms which is as it should be. We spend a lot of time together anyway.

I'm glad you will be seeing your granddaughter despite the divorce. My mom kept a very cordial relationship with her ex DILs and they kept in touch over the years. She was able to see the grandchildren when they came into town even though my brother was not allowed. I tried with my ex DIL but she was too mentally unstable to do it. I still keep in touch with my ex SIL which is good at times although I have maintained loyalty to my brother as well as my son.

How do you feel about women being able to witness? I was lamenting that it happened a month too late for me as I would have been able to witness my son's marriage which would have been nice. It hasn't bothered me not being allowed to witness, but it is nice to be able to do so.

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Enjoy the primary program. I love them. I no longer have children in them and my grand children that live near by have parents who left the church. A friend of mine looked on the stake directory and my son and wife are still there. We haven't asked if the divorce is final or if they are just living apart. She really did not do well in making my son welcome with her family since the divorce. I guess I will be seeing her because my daughter will be watching my granddaughter so her mother can go to school.

I hope you can be comfortable at church again. I hope you get time to enjoy the temple too.

I realize that I love to learn which involves change but, I don't like the lack of control that change brings on. I am getting things together to go back to the vegan diet. I think if I just do it then it will be easier. I hope, I can turn this struggle into a blessing.


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Embracing change is important. It allows us to be taught and to learn. I've learned to not be too comfortable with things because they tend to change every few months.

How is school going now? It is interesting to see the changes in the Church that happen regularly.

Tomorrow is the Primary program and the last week the grands will be at church with me. After that they will attend their new ward as a family. I will attend my own ward or my children's church. My daughter is alone every other week so she might need some help. My other children are close by and I enjoy seeing them. There are 4 more primary programs to see this year so I'll be busy for a while.

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I have been thinking about the concept of embracing change recently. A high councilman came to talk on Sunday and a comment about Stake conference coming up and General conference too. He talked about embracing change instead of looking back and regretting the change. I need to work on this.


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It's hard to accept things as they are and hard to change them.

I've tried so many things and it is discouraging at times that nothing seems to change. I do need to give up sweets but I do enjoy them. However, I am most successful when I avoid sweet treats and snacks. I also do better when I eat less white flour and processed foods. I've been fairly successful at eating at set times with no snacking and need to get back to that as well.

I do not doubt that the prophet does not partake of processed sweets. He lives a very healthy life. I expect he eats very little meat as well.

This week I have slept better than I have in months. I didn't realize just how stressful my life has been the past few years. My son and grandchildren seem happy with their new life and they are doing well. They have left their stuff here and I don't know what they plan to do with it, but I want my basement back so I can use it for other things, especially the rest of my family. The other grandchildren haven't been allowed there for a long time and I need to have a home that is welcoming everywhere.

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Yes, I also wish the struggle was easier. My biggest challenge is accepting that these struggles are for our own good and growth.

President Nelson must have an exceptional diet for him to have thrived so well for 95 years!

I'll check out that link. Thanks for sharing.

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I haven't watched it yet. I have been pondering diet and food philosophy-it is connected i promise. On a facebook group for seminary teachers someone asked if anyone knew what President Nelson's favorite treat is. There was comments back and forth, someone claimed that he doesn't eat sugar. I have no idea if that is true or not, but he is a prophet and an old heart surgeon so if I could figure out what to eat based on his ideas it might be great.

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Did anyone watch the President Nelson Birthday concert? It was great but I realized that I do not like Chopan. But all the other numbers were spectacular....

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It is so great to hear about the wedding. Enjoy your 12 days with the grands. I am glad that you have help to clean out there stuff. That can be daunting to do alone. I have 6 kids and my house has three bedrooms. I don't have space for the shrine. It felt like there was no space for the youngest. His room had too much stuff. I had stuff from the RMs that was just stored where ever. One in particular kept complaining that my littlest needed to clean it up. Most of the junk was other people's. I did not really want to deal with them and their opinions. The same son said that something was in the room the other day. I said I doubt it and after telling them I was cleaning he asked why. I told him to go look. He is a pain in the neck right now. They are being extra environmental. I believe in looking out for the environment but he is stupid about it. I sad that I might pack away his books and let his brother use the bookshelf that he bought. I offered to buy him a new one, but I had not looked at the cost. He made a big deal about buying used and did not seem to understand that I would buy that instead if he wanted, very frustrating conversation.

Told my mother in law about it and she said that getting your stuff kicked out of the nest is hard to deal with. I guess that is true. My dad had a wife that I did not get along with so I took most of my stuff with me when I left for college and have not seen it since. Kind of sad I guess.

I hope that your daughter in law appreciates the work you are doing for her. If she doesn't know about it all then just feel grateful that you could serve in that way without gratitude.

What are your life goals now? I hope you have something fun planned.


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Wedding was yesterday. DS was very happy and she seemed happy as well. The grands came home with me and we'll chill for 12 days until they return and they will all move into their new home. I'm hoping to get laundry done and sorted so they aren't taking things that don't fit into the new house.

It was a very long day. Temple at 1:40 and photos afterward. Dinner for guests and home by 7 but since we had to arrive early to the temple and photos for the wedding included the grands, it was a very long day for them. It will be a fun memory. My youngest daughter didn't go to her brother's wedding when she was single. She didn't want to become endowed yet. She was able to see this brother, the first one married be the last none married as well and she was in the temple with everyone. It was a great experience. My youngest son was the witness. It was a fun experience.

I'm glad your visit was a good one. It's hard to clean out rooms. We call them "shrines" at my house. It takes a change in the structure of the family to change a shrine. The girls are excited to help clean out/ move out their brother and get my house back..

I'm glad you have a teaching schedule. It will be nice although it isn't what you wanted, I'm sure the kids will like it. I know we have released time here and the kids go like it's a regular class.

Have a great day. I'm off to be alone a minute before the grands come home.

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Best wishes for the wedding I hope all goes well and it is a smooth transition for the kids. That can be difficult, at least it was for me. My dad did not always make the best wife choices. The current one is great, for the most part.

My son's visit was nice. My youngest's room was most of the way done. Junk was still out some. We have it mostly hidden now. Seminary is only 4 days a week so I will work on it on Fridays. My son will be working on the stuff in his room a bit at a time.

some changes to seminary. Church wide they changed to order of the classes so we are doing New Testament until Christmas. Then we will be doing Book of Mormon, next year. I think it will be good. Our stake is only having us meet as a class 4 days a week. I was hoping to do Wednesday but the stake person said my plan was too complicated because I wanted to add back in the Wednesday when there was no school on Monday or Friday. So I was forced to choose Friday but now the instruction is to teach not more than 4 days so we can add days when there is school. Grrrr. O'well. It is kind of exciting.


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Hope your rearranging is done. I'm just getting started again. My room was clean for a while and now it's full of stuff again.

The wedding is in 6 days. I'm excited for everyone as they will be doing things right and should be able to succeed. It's a bit stressful on the family as the kids are tense and acting out a bit as well as DS is working hard to get the new house in shape for the move in. Hopefully it will be a smooth transition.

Have a great day. Thinking about you.

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My son, his wife and daughter are coming to visit. I am so very excited. But when I cleaned out my youngest's room I moved some of the stuff all over the house. Now I have to deal with it and it is much slower than I thought it would be. UGH!


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It sounds like things are moving forward well for you and your family. I love the blanket idea. I understand too many of them. As I told you before my mom died when I was young. Part of me kind of hopes the kids get to keep more than one if they feel really connected to them. My dad only got new furniture when he remarried. When my husband and I first started changing out furniture I got really nervous.


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I'm really enjoying the good foods to eat. It is sad, but freggies are so much fun. I love to eat them. It is fun, though. I am a sucker for BLT sandwiches. I have tried to have them without the bread but not as fun. I'll have to back off, though, for I can eat them every meal and I don't eat bread but once a day when I want to be successful.

I hope you are feeling better now. It's so hard to not feel perky.

School starts in a little over 2 weeks. Wedding is in less than a month. It is a busy time here. The kids are sorting their clothes and weeding out the worn or grown out of clothing. I don't want the new mom to have to do that. I'm trying hard to take care of a lot of that stuff. The next task is to wash and sort the blankets they got when their mom died. It seems like everyone wanted to make or buy them a blanket for comfort. They have half a dozen blankets and they used all of them. It is miserable. One child still sleeps beneath all of them and wonders why he smells awful in the morning. The others are sleeping on top of the blankets. DS wants to eliminate many of the blankets. The kids don't need that many at once. I think he is sorting them and letting them have only one for now. I'll be washing and sorting them before then. I think he is moving some of those things over now to his new home. It makes sense to be ready to live there when he gets back from the honeymoon.

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Good for you getting it together. I restarted yesterday. I was sick last week and just could not make myself eat salad. Today I have eaten well but I only ate one meal so far. I will have a salad for lunch and dinner. I biked after breakfast an my blood sugar is 140. I had eggs and a bit of milk. (OK it was about an ounce of chocolate milk because we didn't have bread and it sounded good.).

I haven't looked for a SparkPeople challenge in a long time. I haven't even thought of that. Maybe I should consider it.

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I did pretty good last week. I'm having a bit of a setback this week. I'm going to be back on track today. The nice thing is I can (should) forgive myself and get moving forward.

I have my fruits and veggies ready to eat. I have my chicken that was grilled on Sunday and it is ready to eat and very tasty. I'm good for that. Still like my sugary stuff. Need to leave that space physically and do something else.

I'm doing a 5% challenge on another site. I'd like to get there in a couple of months although the challenge lasts 14 weeks. It is something I need to do.

Ate like there was no tomorrow yesterday and Sunday. Today is my day and I've got my stuff together. I'm working on waiting until I'm hungry to eat today. I did best when I did that although it's been hard iwth the kids here.

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My blood sugars were alright last week when I didn't eat much. I am working on getting back to two salads a day and getting on the stationary bike for 10 minutes after eating. I am really discouraging myself today. I need to stop that.

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I'm returning to my mostly veggie and fruit diet with one meat a day. I'm thinking about doing something along Bright Lines as it is very structured and one of the things i like is that I don't have to make a lot of decisions. It does involve some journaling which really won't hurt me.

Love the hula hoop and biking. I missed mine. Struggling with time right now.

Hope you feel better soon. It is good that you are eating again. How are your sugars doing with your illness?

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What are everyone's goals for this week? I took a couple of days off from my salad a day because I felt sick. Today I have only eaten yogurt. I think I will be able to get back to my salad goals tomorrow. I did get on my bike once today. I also tried to hula hoop. I am terrible at that but still trying.


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I know it is well documented. I just have to make sure I eat and take the right amount of insulin or I end up with less than ideal results. I am just making this a project hoping to learn enough that it will not always feel like a project.

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It's been a long known fact that exercise after meals will lower the blood glucose significantly. It's worth it to take the time and do it. I hate biking so I listen to books. I do that when I walk as well. The time I am doing this is now spent in the pleasure of words. I read a lot of different books. Have gotten a lot from the library. I just download them and get going. It's fun to exercise my mind while exercising my body.

Didn't get exercise yesterday and meals went down the drain as the kids needed something else. I will get them in today, however.

When my sister and I had my parents sealed, it was a great experience. My sons felt both my parents present and their feelings about the sealing. We were unable to seal one of my brothers who has passed away as he had his name removed from the records. My second brother died a couple of years ago and we'll seal him at some time. He was totally inactive and had some unpleasant things to say about the church and gospel. I thought he had removed his name as well, but he has hedged his bets and didn't do it. I'm grateful for sure.

Just thinking about that when you talk about your kids who are struggling now. I have some good friends who struggled and came back to activity and some who have not. I don't believe that a parent's righteousness is the factor that brings them back but the love they have for their children that does.

Have a great day and a wonderful Sunday tomorrow.

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I love the scripture that promises that out of small thing comes that which is great. I am not a hula hoopper either but I want to be. I am trying to learn it. My mother in law gave me an exercise bike. I have been doing a bit of that. So far only 10 minutes at a time. The Diabetic Educator told me to exercise 10 minutes after each meal. I tried to do that. I did it yesterday after breakfast. Then while I was eating lunch my husband heard something pop in his leg and needed me to take him to the urgent care. I went to the store afterwards and then needed to finish up my homework. So there went those plans .

I am really interested to see how it affects my blood sugar. I have a freestyle libre glucose monitor so I get graphs of data instead of just points. I can watch consequences easier. I really like the thing.

I think your plan is good. I hope you get success too.


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I don't live in a small town. Mine is over 30,000 but many of them live on "the other side of the freeway" and I don't see them the same way. The town my son is moving to is between 10,000 and 20,000. The grands could still walk here but there is a lot of commuter traffic on the connecting road. Don't know if the kids would walk as their mom drove them everywhere even the two blocks to school when she lived nearby.

I'd love to participate in some way in your challenge. I'm not a hula hooper so it would be a challenge for me. I had a game on the Wii that did the movements but I didn't do the movements right and never was a good one.

I've been reading up on eating plans like Bright Line Eating and some others. Bright Line has you giving up sugar and all flour but especially processed flour. You can have an ounce (dry) of oatmeal a day so it seems too restrictive but the giving up sugar entirely and she even gave up artificial sweeteners. She's a bit extreme but the idea of eating a regular plan of food, the "bright lines" are the strict rules that aren't broken and it gives a lot of structure and less decision making to the eating process. It's not a great diet/eating plan because the calories are too few and protein is low. Dairy is limited and a few other things, but her concept is to make a plan to eat and only eat those foods. She also has a strict rule about eating times.

I'm inclined more to use the DASH diet which is a heart association eating plan that has lean meats but mostly vegetables and some fruit. Limited starchy foods but allowed in meals. Low sodium and low sugar. It makes more sense to me.

The wedding is now officially on as DS got a clearance letter for a temple wedding. New DIL said her friends were pressuring her to just "get married and sealed later" because she could. She told them that she had waited a lifetime to be sealed so she was going to do it right.

I miss the small town life. I grew up in a town with only about 200 people in it. We walked and drove everywhere. It wasn't really safer than a city as there were still people who did bad things, but it felt safer. I remember running around late at night in my yard and not worrying about what was "out there."

I'll eat 3 servings of veggies a day and limit sweets and breads. I will do my exercise bike daily except Sunday. It seems like a small thing, but through small deeds are great things accomplished.

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That is awesome that you son is feeling better and getting married. I hope that you like her too. Two miles from you is great. I live in a small town and would be able to allow my son to walk that far alone. I don't know the neighborhood but that sounds fun to me.

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It is called Pam's Paring Down. My first challenge is to eat a salad daily for 30 days and then there is hula hopping daily and dejunking. I forgot that I don't know how to hula hoop. I tried for 5 minutes this morning then held the hoop up and practiced the movements for 10 minutes. That will be enough for today.


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I'm so glad you checked in. I have been thinking about you. I'm glad you are still hanging in and doing what you can. Thirteen year olds are always fun.

My oldest grand just turned 14 and he never sleeps but it's a medical issue. He doesn't sleep at night either unless he takes a sleeping pill. Has been that way all his life. The others learned to be early risers from their mom.

But life has a way of changing. The other day I heard my son singing. It's been YEARS since he has done that. He's getting married in September. He's been miserable for long enough and this woman has never married and is in her mid thirties. They will have some children together as well. The kids like her and are excited to be moving into a home. They will live nearby. About half a mile as the crow flies but about two miles otherwise. They will still go to school here so I'll see them regularly. But I see all my grandkids regularly.

My sister was in the hospital this week. She was having some problems and when she was admitted the doctors thought it might be a very terminal cancer. Instead they are now thinking it is a chronic but permanent illness. She'll have dietary restrictions but not a lot of other problems for most of the time. She is back in the gym. It was a long couple of days thinking about being the last surviving family member.

I've had fun with genealogy. It's been wonderful finding new family members and going farther back on one of my father's lines. The entire family had been stuck on my great great grandfather and could find no one else. It has been fabulous to find these connections. I also have found a cousin who is was adopted and has been looking for her father. He isn't any of my father's uncles or their children's offspring, but is related to my great grandfather. She is possibly his granddaughter which is very strange since she is 62 and he was born before the Civil War. DNA is interesting.

I'm enjoying the happiness in my house right now. I hope your life is going well or at least improving.

Have a great weekend.

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I intended to keep up with Spark People and then just forgot. Sorry about that. I think that this group could really be a good support for us. I am sorry that I have not been around. If you have ideas please pass them on to the group.

Today I am starting a 30 day salad challenge. I will be eating a salad at least once or twice a day for the next thirty days.

We are not doing real well with better use of our time out of church. We have had some health issues. My son was on some medicine that made him want to sleep all the time. He is off that medicine but then he decided to grow lots. He is now taller than me. He is 13 if you can believe it.

I like the idea of doing some family history. I also want to get better at the study. I am still teaching seminary. So there is some study happening for that on days besides Sunday plus the regular gospel learning and study.

We sometimes eat a snack after church still but, not always. It depends on who has eaten before church. I sometimes wait because of the insulin dosage issues.

Hope all is well with everyone.

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We've had a few weeks with the change in our Sabbath Worship. How are things going? What are you using the time for as you increase personal and family study? How is your family or if you don't have children at home, how are you spending the time and how are you making your studies richer?

I know it has been a challenge for us to change our routine after church. It has been a long standing habit to come home, have a light lunch/snack and rest for a while in the afternoon. It has been harder to add more study/learning time during the time we have been given to improve our home learning.

What is working and what isn't in your homes? I have spend some of the time doing genealogy/family history. I have also been spending some time with family stories.

Have a great day

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Welcome THERESEFAN15211 to our little group. We look forward to getting to know you better.

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WG, we have been together in this group for a long time. It is hard for me to believe my little one is in YM and will be a teacher here soon. With the changes he could be made a teacher any time. Only one of his older siblings is still on the records of the church. That brother would like to be here when he gets made a teaccher. However, his wife is about 8 months pregnant and it would take about 6 hours for him to get home with travel time to airports so it may not be possible.

I am still working on my eating so that I can get full and stay under the recommenced carbs. I am working to eat regularly but only until I am full. It is difficult to manage insulin that way. I am not sure how I will balance that going forward. If I am full but, I took insulin because I thought I was more hungry . It is kind of a struggle.

I am trying to get my meals planned out so that I am no longer wandering through life wondering what sounds good to eat next. That is more of a challenge for me than it should be.

Church tomorrow will be interesting with all the changes. I also read there are changes to the temple but, I have not been yet. I guess the Prophet wasn't kidding when he said there are going to be lots of changes and we should rest and take our vitamins.



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My Christmas was good. It was nice to have everyone here. The kids had fun. It was a less expensive Christmas as I've been tightening my belt for the past couple of years.

I think that planning helps a lot. I have enjoyed having the healthier choices on the table while still serving some of the favorites. I have found that I'm OK when I don't take full portions. A taste is enough most of the time. I do have to get off the sugar to make it work and that is a challenge. I enjoy eating my goodies.

Happy Birthday to your son. I remember when he turned 6. It seems like yesterday. Time flies.

I'm so ready for school to start and routines to return. The kids are much happier when they are busy and have a routine. I am too.

Let me know what you are discovering about your journey with food. I'd love to take some pages from your book.

Have a great day tomorrow. Last day before the new schedule. 38 years of the old one. It will be interesting to see what it brings to us.

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Hello everyone, I had a great Christmas. Although I did not eat very correctly for a diabetic. I really need a change of attitude. I will get there. I have to learn what to do for celebrations besides good food. Maybe that will be my book. We in the church sure don't know how to care for people without bringing sweets. I have been thinking when I figure it out I will write a book about loving without sweets.

My youngest turned 13 two days after Christmas. We made pizza and the kids played video games. They all had a good time. Next time I need to make mine with a salad. I know how to do this. I just need to get the good habits back.

We are having tacos for New Years. I will have 1 tortilla and then if I am still hungry eat taco salad. It will be good. I am looking forward to the changes I plan for this year. I just need to quiet the voice that asks what makes this year different. I am thinking about the scripture that says out of small and simple things do great things come to pass.

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Merry Christmas to everyone. It is a wonderful time to contemplate, spend time with families when possible and when not possible to make a difference to others.

Will have a quiet celebration tonight and tomorrow. The family one was yesterday. DS is with his kids creating his own memories. It has been hard deciding which he wanted to keep and which he didn't. He's settling on some good values and hopefully the children will be able to move on and enjoy his traditions that they will celebrate.

I remember doing that when I divorced. Taking traditions I enjoyed and getting rid of the rest.

Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas and joy and happiness at this time of year.

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Getting ready for Christmas Eve and Christmas. I am planning some lower carb food for me to go with the foods we are having for Christmas dinner. We are only having the two kids that live here for Christmas Eve. Everyone else will come on Christmas.
Merry Christmas everyone.

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Thanks for your perspective. It helps me as I continue to be with these children. My son is young and the truth is that he may one day remarry. I think he will stay around, but the dynamics will change and I will need to step way back and let the family form in their own way.

It was a fun day today with my daughters and their children and the grands here. My son in law did some work in the garage and my girls helped in the house. It was nice to have things get done.

Enjoy the weekend. I'm getting sweaters done. One left, then some doll clothes. I'll get it done.

Have a great day.

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I have been drawn to colors and art stuff recently. So my goal will be to make one hat a week. If we go and buy two skeins of yarn that should last 3 or 4 weeks. We will mix the leftovers up too. Maybe I should make a scarf from the leftover bits. That could be weird and colorful. Hummmmmmm. We will see. I am thinking just a thin one with the leftovers that are needed but wasted after a loom hat is finished less than two feet, really. I got a double hook that my son saw at the craft store. We will try that out.

There will always be a place for their mother in the kids lives. My mom died when I was young. But, the Lord has always provided help when I needed it. Sometimes from kind ward members other times a comment by strangers.

Once I was at the grocery store when my daughter was little. Still in a babyseat little. I was talking with her and tickling her toes. She was laughing and so was I. An older gentleman was behind me in line. He commented that it was nice to see a mom enjoying her baby. He had worked in social services and moms were not always happy. I had really been missing my mom but, that really helped make me happier. I really cherish that coment, even if it was simple.

It is good that the kids have you. My dad's parents were close by but my mom's family is in another state and my youngest uncle is only a year older than I am. So she was only around sporadically. Calls were long distance.

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The hat making sounds fun. It will be a good way to use scrap yarn as well. I have some left over from projects of intended projects. The wrap looks gorgeous. I love it. It looks so comfortable.

I know the homeless shelters accept the hats all the time. I have a friend who makes them for NICU babies as well. They are much smaller but very fun and important.

The kids are doing a bit better. Sometimes I just need to speak up. I don't want to make them miserable and they are struggling. It's only been five months since their mom died. They are moving forward but they still hurt. We talk about her often, but they also need to see that they will be fine without her.

The other grandparents make it hard for the kids for sure.

DS is having a different Christmas for them this year. Few gifts and little "stuff." but they will do things together to make memories. They get too much stuff from the other family and they do cousin exchange gifts, so they will have gifts. I think it is a good idea. I'd like to see him make the holiday totally different so he isn't competing with their mother's memory.

I've made 2 doll sweaters this week for the little girl's dolls. They are getting dolls this year and I'm making a couple of outfits. I'm adding the sweaters to make them a nice wardrobe. The other children are getting nice gifts but I'm not spending much. It is more about having fun this year and having a good time together.

I am glad your children who have left the church are still comfortable talking with you. Sometimes people like to take the "other side" to stir up things. I had a couple of brothers who left the church and would say outrageous things to us and our mom to make us defend our positions. I quit doing that and just let them talk. I admitted that they were entitled to their opinion and I wasn't going to argue with them. We quit arguing and while we often had lively discussions, they weren't about the Church or my political views. We just agreed to disagree.

I hope you have a peaceful Christmas for sure. Good luck with your final tomorrow. Go for it. You have studied. It is hard when you don't feel perfect, but you have prepared. Make it work and have fun.

I'm going to finish the last sweater so I can wrap things. We usually celebrate on the 26th so the kids don't have any conflicts, but they are busy this year and three won't be able to attend. We are having our party time on Sunday. It makes life easier for all of us.

Have a great day and good luck.

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Hello WG,
I really want to get on here daily but, it just doesn't happen. I want to write daily too and I haven't been doing that. I am not doing much.

My eye appointment went well. My husband drove. I did drive a bit of the way home because his boss called and asked if my husband could pick up a car at another car lot. So he did.

I am working very little. I got a bunch of hats made for my ward's Christmas service project. I think I want to make one a week next year. I don't know if I will make them on the loom or if I will just knit them. It was fun to see all the colors of the ones for other people. If I make one a week and the ward does something different I am sure I can find a place to donate them.

I am almost done with school. I was going to take the final today but, it is closed book and I chickened out. I will do it tomorrow or Thursday.

I am sorry things were difficult with your grandkids. It is hard working with others who aren't being team players. Who knows what was going through the kids mind? I hope it has all calmed down.

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Two of my kids who have left the church came over today to play video games with the younger siblings. It is fine except I have to listen to one of them tell my why Americans are wrong for not wanted socialism. I am too old fashioned and disagree with him so much. But, o'well. I appreciate the opportunity to spend time with them even if it is tiring.

Still trying to work out good food choices as a diabetic. I want it to be easier but, alas it is not.




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I should have had a good day. I was alone all day which is unusual for me lately. I got some supplies for a school project for the Dinosaur an a few other things.

When the kids got home from grandparents, they were as usual overstimulated, wild, and starving. The youngest was so tired, she sobbed for three hours. I don't think they have gone to bed yet. The final straw was that the other grandmother had prepared the school project with the Dinosaur. It is a normal thing for them to do. She tends to want to do everything that is a "point earning" thing with others so it is something she does. I was furious as I had told the kid I'd get the supplies and get things together so he could take it to school.

I was very hurt that he did the end run around me and even though he is still a kid, it was hurtful. It is in keeping with his other behavior like raising a fist to me almost every time he passes by me, but it still hurt.

I had bought pizza for dinner but put it away. I wasn't in the mood to make things fun when the kids were being brats. After a bit of self pity crying, I sent the kids down to their part of the house and told them I was going to bed. I'm not tired but am still going.

I hope your eye appointment goes well. You always have to watch your sight. It is a huge deal for you with your other health problems. I'm glad your hubby could take you. It was probably nice having a good visit.

I hope you make it to church. It is a long meeting time. It is often easier to just attend Sacrament meeting. Next year with the shorter schedule, it might be easier. I'm glad you are working again. It is good to be out around others.

I'm going to go to bed and chill out. I've got the kids by myself at church tomorrow. It is always a challenge. They aren't well behaved and it often takes more than one adult.

Have a great night and good day tomorrow.

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How is everyone doing? How is the reading going?

I had a very busy week. I had a eye appointment about an hour and a half away. Thankfully my husband drove me. Then I worked two hours the next day and 4 the day after. Four was too much I was very tired.

I haven't gone to church the last couple of weeks so I am trying to take it easy today so that I can go tomorrow.

I haven't tried cocoa tea. I looked into it but haven't done anything about it.

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Have you tried Cocoa Tea? I got mine on Amazon but a wonderful woman I met from the Caribbean Islands introduced me to it. Of course, hers tastes so much better than the stuff I buy but it is cocoa shells and a bit of the meat that is ground fine enough to put in a cup. The first time I tried it, I put it in the bottom of a cup. I bought a tea strainer after that.

I drink it with a bit of sweetener (not sugar) and enjoy it a great deal. It is not creamy like hot choocolate but very satisfying. I don't need to have it often.

I found that when I was really working hard at losing weight that I could put out bowls of chocolate candy, other candy, and cut up carrots and celery and cucumbers and everyone enjoyed the fresh veggies as much or more than the candy. It was surprising how much my adult children enjoyed the less sweet treats and the healthier choices.

You could choose to be a "sugar free" zone for yourself and hubby and only have treats for the kids living at home.

I have a chip maker that makes great potato chips in the microwave but it will also cook chips out of other veggies. Zucchini is supposed to do well although it is very high in water and I enjoy eating it plain or baked with a drizzle of oil and a sprinkling of bread crumbs and/or cheese and/or garlic. Just me.

There doesn't have to be the traditional treats around to make people happy. You can just declare that you aren't baking or bringing treats to the family dinner/party and if the kids want some, they can bring it and take it home. Then you have less to worry about. My kids are thrilled to do this and they enjoy showing off the things they do well.

One son is a pie nut and is very particular about his pies down to the brand of flour and the way he measures and sifts for the crusts. I taught him, but he has taken it to a new level. He also makes several kinds of candy.

I experimented at times with different candies, but the kids are taking it beyond what I did. I don't have to eat it as most stays in their homes, but they bring treats for the rest of us to try out.

My kids are eating healthier and some are working on losing weight. Their father is a diabetic as is his father and brother. My kids have a strong chance of becoming diabetic so they are learning to be careful and make good choices and exercise. They are liking the lighter choices I make for foods a lot of the time and don't miss the heavier and carb loaded dishes.

I like to add flavor with Mrs Dash, garlic, onion, other spices to make the food taste better. I even use fresh herbs a lot of the time. I'd never tried it before, but it makes things taste so great and I love it. The kids are liking it as well.

Keep trying and finding foods to try. It is hard to give up things you have eaten for years, but you may find that you don't miss them in actuality as much as you do right now in your mind. Keep going forward. Think more savory flavors and more fresh foods. Think Italian dishes with fresh veggies and fruits and meats and very little pasta. You can even do Zoodles for yourself and maybe your husband. Your kids at home can learn to like them. They are quite edible in a pasta sauce that is flavorful.

Keep smiling and find things about Christmas to enjoy that don't involve eating. I love the Light the World ideas this year. They are very easy to apply to any family situation.

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Hope everyone is doing well. I am in a bit of a funk and trying to figure out how to get out of it. This recuperation takes a long time and is very slow. I was really tired yesterday. Today was a bit better but, I didn't do much. I hope to go to church tomorrow.

I am working to find foods that I like that fall in line with my carb restrictions. It is only slowly getting easier.

We had all the kids over for Thanksgiving, except the one that is in Utah with his wife. Christmas we will have everyone again and maybe again on my youngest son's birthday a couple of days later. I guess we are skipping Sunday dinner this month.

I am trying to figure out healthy options instead of all the sugar around this time of year.

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Life is improving here.

The roofers are here to replace the roof. We had a big hailstorm in August and the insurance company will replace the roof for the deductible. I was worried about it for it is almost 19 years old. Blessing for sure. Now it will last a few more years and I don't have to worry.

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? I haven't had it at my house for many years. My brother hosted for many years and his widow has hosted since his death. My kids go to their in laws for Thanksgiving day and to my sister in laws for the extended family on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

I like not having to worry about things. This year, my grands and son will be here. They would normally go to the other grandparents for the holiday but Grandma is gone, so I'm picking up a little something so the kids can enjoy it.

Christmas plans are pretty laid back. We don't do adult gifts but find a charity and give service there. The grandchildren still exchange gifts and I give them something. My tree will go up this week.

Have a wonderful day everyone.

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Congratulations WG on the baptism of your grandson that is an exciting time. Broken arms are not fun. Hope it heals quickly.

I am sorry I was not around this week. I am trying hard not to be depressed. My oldest son and his wife told us (my husband and I) that they are leaving the church and since the marriage was a result of the church they are getting divorced. It is so hard to watch kids have agency.

Out of six children I only have two left in the church and one is only 12. He really only has a bit of choice since he lives with his dad and I and we say he needs to go to church. Such a hard thing to deal with.

I am still trying to figure out exactly what I am going to eat. My goal for next week is to get a meal plan done. I am not sure exactly how I will like it but, I can do this.

Hope all is well with everyone else. I will try to get over my funk and be around more.



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Hi Everyone. My grandson was baptized today. It was a nice day for him. It has only been a couple of months since his mother died, but he did well today. My son still struggles keeping all the balls in the air. He probably will for a while, but it was a particularly challenging weekend as one of the kids is on bedrest with a broken arm.

Hope all the reading is going well. I love the idea of needing more vitamins and nutrition to be ready for the things that are happening soon tn the Church.

Hope all of you are having a great day.

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10/25/18 3:21 P

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Learning to deal with a chronic medical challenge is hard. It requires a lot of diligence, but you will feel so much better as you get stronger and have good control.

I tried the library . The kids have a very short attention span and have never learned to care for their things. I have several books that they have borrowed from my bookcase (I got lots of award winning books for the kids when they were in school) and have misplaced them. It didn't happen with my kids. They learned how to care for books and things, but these kids were raised differently.

It will work out. I will have to figure out what their motivation is.

Have a great day.

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I don't think I will be doing much more than a few hours here and there. I was really tired afterwards. But, I do enjoy it and I have missed the kids. It was fun to see everyone.

I hope you can find ways to teach the grand kids to entertain themselves. Maybe make use of the library and things like that. They will learn but, you are right it will be a challenge.

I went to the doctor today. We will change my long term insulin when this box is gone. It will be about a month. This learning to be diabetic with well controlled blood sugar is hard. But, I am still doing it.

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10/24/18 6:22 P

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I'm so glad you are back to work as you are able. It seems to be something you enjoy and that gives you something back. I know you love to teach.

Having a laid back day. I am enjoying the kids being in school. They never learned how to entertain themselves and expect to be taken to places costing money every day. Of course, I don't, but it does make them a challenge.

Have a wonderful day.

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10/22/18 5:32 P

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I just got back from work. It was nice to see everyone. I did lunch duty and a bit of study hall in the library. Not much. I want to be ready to work, however you are right WG there are blessings to staying home. My BYU-I class is going well but my brain feels a little slow. I am knitting and I really like that. It looks pretty, I am grateful for the seminary kids who show up. But, having a slower life than I have had the last couple of years is good.

WG, your comment on the grands reading together reminded me of a day many years ago when my kids were younger. They were picking on each other, maybe laughing I don't remember for sure but no one was being reverent. I slammed my Book of Mormon shut and told them reading was a privileged and they did not deserve it on that day and sent them all to bed. Not my finest moment but funny now.

Remember sweet sisters that if you need to listening to the scriptures counts too. I am behind too.

I hope your son gets better WG. That is rough. I bet he is glad you can help with the kids. We don't have winter break here unless you count Christmas. We get a couple of weeks at Christmas and a week in the spring. Some years thanksgiving is a couple of days and others it is a week. I haven't looked for this year.

Well time to get back to my school work.

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Hi my Sisters. It has been a long week. My son had oral surgery two weeks ago and the recovery has been very slow. This past week I spent several hours taking him to the doctor and filling prescriptions, making runs to the grocery store for food he can eat, taking the kids places so they can have fun (fall break) and working around the house.

I'm not doing so hot at reading. I need to get my act together.

Blessings: Last week the man came to look at my roof that had been damaged by a hailstorm. I am getting a new roof for the deductible. The furnace had quit working and now is fixed. We were fine while it was out (over a week) because I had added a gas fireplace when I remodeled four years ago. I was able to get my insurance signed up and it will cost me much less than the last two years.

I'm looking forward to the new plans for Sunday worship. It will be interesting to see how we implement it. I can see more time to do genealogy but also an enhanced time for personal study and scripture reading. I'd love it if the grands learned to read scriptures together. It will take a bit of a push to get it to happen.

Pam, hope your healing continues. It takes a while to get better and you are doing what you need to do. A short job sounds good and it will be nice for you to get out and have contact with the kids. It will also be nice for you to be outside your home and thinking about other things. The Lord has plans for your time recovering. I'm sure you are finding blessings in that slow time that you hadn't realized were waiting for you.

I hope you all have a great day.

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Hey ladies! I hope you are all doing well. I don't like this getting better stuff it is too slow. I just want to BE better. I still tire easily. I am still working on a good diet and getting my blood sugar and eating right. Feeling a bit depressed over the weekend. I hope that this week will be better. Everything still feels hard.
I took a two hour job today at the high school. i am pretty sure I am not ready for a full day of work. But I am telling myself that I am getting better all the time. It will be nice to see the kids. i hope to enjoy lunch duty.
How is your day going?

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I have a study plan for Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and my lessons for the week. Plus my school work and some writing I want to do. I am working to figure out some of my goals how about you?


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Hello team, thanks everyone who is picking up President Nelson's challenge to read the Book of Mormon. I testify that Jesus Christ is there in that book an this opportunity will be a blessing.

I am in great need of an attitude adjustment. I am struggling to embrace the healing and time to strengthen after being so sick. I really want to be better now. I am sad for missed opportunities and sad that I don't think I am strong enough to go to the temple this Saturday with my ward's sisters. I am tired of being tired and everything taking so much effort.

We should pray for each other. I will start now.

Have a good day. I am going back to my school work.

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I started some new challenges. Let me know what you think.

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Nice to hear from you WG,
I am not sure if SP counts as social media. I have been staying off except for conversations on messenger. Those were to specific people One was missionary work and the other ministering. Oh I was really drawn to some Hope Works videos that were encouraging and came up when I was looking at music for seminary. I watched them after and sent the links to friends. All very positive interactions.

I have been thinking about spark people and the motivation and support I have gotten here. I thought it was time to reach out again. I am working hard. to get my health back. But, it also involv ves staying home. Most of the day there is no interaction. I thought reaching out here would be very good.

I really loved conference too. The final talk on Saturday really spoke to a lot of the problems my family is struggling with. I am working hard on sincere prayers in addition to other things. I hope that my struggles will feel manageable soon. Conference was very encouraging that everyone struggles and I feel I am at the point of struggle where it is hard right before growth.



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Hi and welcome back. I'm sorry you have been ill. It's hard to care for yourself when you are caring for your parents and children. I'm glad you are now doing so.

How frightening for you and how difficult. I'm glad that you are finally healing and hopefully getting things under control better.

My summer wasn't great either. My ex DIL died under difficult circumstances. Her children are living with my son which means they are living with me. It has been a difficult adjustment. I know it is difficult for all of us and we are trying to make it work.

Now that everyone is in school, I'm excited to get back to some of the things that I enjoy at least for a bit.

This week I am caring for my son who had surgery and is miserable. I'm also needing to get a quilt top done so my DIL's mother can quilt it and we can get it to my sister in law for her parents. They live in Russia and this is something that is more American than anything else. Quilts are still one of our folk art forms.

I loved Conference. I'm excited about the changes in the meeting schedule. It will be a challenge to make it work with the kids but it will be good for all of us. I'm excited to have the challenge to read the Book of Mormon again this year.

I've been good about staying off social media although I do check in and see posts. I have a niece who needs love and she only posts online. She is handicapped and stayed with me a few years ago but hasn't been able to since.

I do hope you all are well and I also understand how you are all busy but it might be nice for us to support each other and share how we are making the challenges work and how some challenges are harder and what others are doing to make it so.

It is different having a four year old around again all day. We are having fun playing together and she is very loving and gives me "fall down hugs" each day. The ten year old and I are sewing and the thirteen year old and I are bonding over rides to and from school. The eight year old is struggling with his grief and blames me for his unhappiness. He will figure out things at his own pace.

I do hope you all enjoyed conference and have begun thinking of ways to make the new directives work in your lives. I hope you have some great ideas for making Christmas and Thanksgiving more meaningful.

What was your favorite part of conference.

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Hello Everyone,
I am sorry that I have been missing in action. I had a really rough summer. It started by my step mother being hospitalized with an infection and being on temporary dialysis and a respirator. I began to realize how much my father's memory is going. His driving is not good so I had to go and get him and take him to the hospital and later to the nursing home as she healed. Then she had to have another surgery to replace her knee again and the part of the femur that was not healing. So I went and stayed with my dad for a few weeks. He is only about half an hour from my house.

I am diabetic and needed to go to the doctor to be examined before I could get my prescriptions refilled. I ended up just stopping my meds and then in the hospital because I passed out and my dad had to call 911. I don't remember the ER or the ambulance ride. I was really out of it and hospitalized for almost a week. My blood sugar in the ambulance was very high. My husband said I was hooked up to seven IV bags. I woke up with an unused port in my foot, an IV in my hand and a port in my neck.

The doctor asked me how often I had been testing before and I just said what I had been doing before did not matter. I was nauseated when I tried to start eating again. I had a bad reaction to metformin when I came home so I am just controlling my blood sugar with insulin.

Right now I am not working. I had a substitute for seminary the first three weeks of school but, I am teaching now. I am only taking one class through BYU-I.

I have no idea when I will feel up to returning to work. I still take naps some days. I am still a bit weak but getting stronger. I only have one diabetic class left. Those have been a good review.

It is time to get better control of my health and take some time to get everything in order.

Lets see about getting some conversations going and support each other again. I am sorry for the long absence.
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Hi Sisters. It has been a busy summer for me and I'm sure for you as well. It seems like our lives are seasons and we are in different seasons at different times in our lives.

Four years ago, I would never have dreamed that my life would be here today. Right now, my son who lives with me is the sole parent for his four children.. His ex wife took her life and although the drama of her illness and the worry about the safety of the children is over, the hard work is just beginning.

Now I'm a full time grandparent doing carpool and homework and laundry and cleaning and supervising. My son works and I am no longer working which is another blessing that came before I knew I needed it.

Blessings come often before we know we need them and I'm so grateful that I received the blessings I did in time to use them.

The youngest is 4 so it will be a lot of years before the children all leave home. I hope I have the strength to care for them as needed until they no longer need me.

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