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Happy fur-kids are the BEST!

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That is so cute!!

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I was washing Petey in the bath tub tonight, and noticed Daisy watching from the gate.

Later, Daisy got so excited by Petey's happiness after the bath, that she hopped into the air with all four feet four times! They are both such lovely dogs. emoticon

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You had a birthday? Happy (belated) birthday! A new place to live just in time for the day?!

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A belated Happy Birthday to you!!

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I agree with Minnie on the "one-of-a-kind" remark but, in one way or another, that likely applies to each and every one of us on this team. Or in this world.

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We always knew you were one of a kind! emoticon

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Yes mine are extremely rare, bilateral cervical ribs that are fully developed. Pretty crazy stuff. They are up in the cervical spine and extend down to the thoracic outlet (a triangular-ish area between the collarbone and the shoulder). Most people don't have these. Of the few that do, most only have a little nub, and only one of them. More rare to have two. Even more rare to have a fully developed rib, and still more rare to have 2. So, yeah, I'm an alien.



See the curved ones that originate in my neck and curve down into my collarbone area? They aren't there in most people. They are congenital (there since birth) but nobody found them until last year! Crazy, considering I've had so many x-rays over the years from car accidents, breathing issues, work permit, shoulder problems. And yeah, these could have been the cause of my shoulder issues all these years.

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I am no expert but it appears to be an extra rib originating from the neck! I had never heard of it before.

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I have had terrible nerve pain down my left arm. The acupuncture relieves it somewhat. PT is great too!

I lucked out and found a good acupuncturist! Get clearance first but it should help!

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What's a "cervical rib", Lisa. Or shall I do my own research?

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Thanks for reminding me of acupuncture as a possible treatment. I recently found out that I can never get a massage or chiropractic adjustment. I, too, have a chronic pain in the neck that turned out to be 2 fully developed cervical ribs (pretty sure I discussed that here in the past, so I won't get into it). But both the doc and the physical therapist said I should not get either treatment. I'm so glad I went to the doc in the first place, to get clearance for one or the other. Because after they did some digging (and some x-rays) the decision was a resounding no to both. Bummer. But maybe I'll ask them about acupuncture. Or...I guess I could actually DO my physical therapy homework emoticon

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I would try a massage along with reiki. It is a nice combo.

My b12 shot actually helped! It wore off after a few days. I will be going for weekly shots at first. I was so exhausted before the shot that if I bent over to pick up something from the floor, it would make me feel that I had run a mile.

Have a great day all! emoticon

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What a beautiful kitty! emoticon emoticon

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Happy birthday Willow!

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Willow has uniquely gorgeous eyes!

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I think it meant a lot to my parents too. I was glad of hubby's support.

My baby is 2 years old today! There will be cat treats for tea.



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She told me that it made housework fun. I just can't think of anything that could accomplish that for me other than a maid. I hate housework. I would also like to try Reiki.

Minnie it sounds like you did great. Hubby and I were happy that we did this for mom and my grandma but it almost killed us. It meant a lot to them.

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If marijuana makes you enjoy housework I definitely need some emoticon
Acupuncture is something I would like to try though, and massage, and maybe reiki.

We have just got back from our week away with my parents. Mort, your story of a vacation with relatives makes me see that mine wasn't really so bad!! I am in the middle of a 40 day yoga challenge for mental health, and the focus while I was away was on relieving anger and irritability, so that helped a lot. We made it through the week without any serious falling outs, so I'm counting it as a success!

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There are people in my area who don't have A/C.. Way too hot in the summer here for that.

I have not tried acupuncture or a massage either but would like to try both. I don't know about the medical marijuana though. I may have to pass on that. I worked with a woman who smoked pot a lot and said it made her enjoy housework. That is some heavy duty stuff if it can do that. LOL. I can guarantee it would not work for me.

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U should check out the medicinal mary jane. They have all different formulations that u can try with varying amounts of t b c and c b d.

The acupuncture seemed to agitate my body in a few areas when I first got home, but now I just feel really mellow. I am even more mellow than when I get a good soothing massage and energy work done. The acupuncturist said that the acupuncture gets the blood and energy flowing.

I save my pennies for proven alternative treatments. emoticon

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We've already had triple digits here. My mind keeps telling me this is the end of June so I must remind myself that the weather just makes it feel like we've been in summer for a long time already. So very different from my childhood in WA where summer highs in the Western side of the state might never reach mid-80's. They seem to do so now regularly so maybe air conditioning in homes is becoming more common, at least in newer construction. I don't know.

I've always heard that acupuncture takes several (and not inexpensive) sessions before you feel results. Some people swear by it and others not so much. I've never tried it - or had a massage, either. I have my aches and pains, the worst recurring every three months or so and hangs around for about 3 weeks so maybe 20% of my life? It's been a chronic pain-in-the-neck for well over a dozen years. DH keeps saying I just need some medicinal marijuana to help me. I have to remind him that, if that were true, I would not be allowed to share. LOL! Yep, we're children of the 70's all right.

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emoticon hope everyone has nice weekend plans! It is sunny and hot here. Made it to 97 today!

I just got back from my very first acupuncture appointment. Time will tell if it helps. I think I prefer massages. emoticon

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Best of luck, Minnie! You're much more brave than I! My mom and I have love, but lots and lots of differences that amount to lots and lots of disagreements. I hope yours goes very smoothly.

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We agreed to give up our vacation once to take my elderly grandmother and mom to see relatives hundreds of miles away. They both had tons of medical problems and were both non-weight bearing and in wheel chairs. Grandma was blind. My grandmother was paying for everything and could well afford it. She had more income than all of us combined. You know how old people are though - she was so cheap that her plan was that she, my mom, my husband, our young son, and I would stay in one motel room and eat canned chili. I don't eat canned chili and had no intention of sleeping in a room with 4 other noisy people. I had to do all of the driving and needed my rest. We had to lift them in and out of the vehicle several times a day and they didn't want to spend a minute alone. By the time we made it back home I needed an asylum and had to go back to work. It really was "never again". So I do wish you luck.

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I'm heading off for a week away in a couple of hours. My parents will be joining us. We have holidayed with them before, and after each time my husband and I both say "Never again"! I love my mum to bits but she's difficult to spend a week with. Wish me luck!!

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Ew, is someone using "roll back" as a political slogan now?! That's Walmart's thing, I guess they're trying to appeal to the common folk.

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I hate to be the one to break the news but there is no going back. Political slogans notwithstanding. In truth, things just roll forward faster and faster!

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How is it so close to the middle of the year already?!

Can I get a roll back, please?!

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I hope everyone had a nice weekend, and Mom's day if you celebrate.

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Happy Mother's Day!

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Oh yes! We used to make our own beer when we lived in a bigger house with room for such things. As I age, and with my kooky life with my son, it's harder to drink much now. But when I do get to drink, my choice is always beer. Dark beer, especially Nut Brown Ales. Yum.

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I think attitude has a lot to do with it Elizabeth. You were open minded and prepared to make an effort to seek out the positive aspects of the move. It's great that it's working out so well for you, and your fun is well deserved!

Are we a team of beer drinkers then? I seem to remember Lisa is partial too?? emoticon

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Sounds great!

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I'm glad to hear the move has had so many good things!

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Oops! Another active thread that I've been missing. Sorry, friends. It truly isn't that I don't care. A very belated Happy Birthday to your daughter, Minnie.

I'm thankful that I don't seem to have a sugar addiction and I've broken the salty one, too. I also left the nicotine behind...if only I would give up my beer! emoticon

We're heading to the beach on our semi-annual vacation this weekend. Our retirement is rather like a permanent vacation so it may seem odd to take a vacation from vacation. On the other hand, maybe any change in daily routine qualifies as vacation. Shake it up just a bit. What will seem strange is going to our normal vacation spot and arriving there in only 45 minutes instead of 4 hours!

Having so much fun since we moved to the retirement community!!!

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5/6/19 11:13 P

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Yeah, it's funny. I'm not a bread eater, normally. Cake yes, bread no. But there's a french baker at our local farmer's market, and my son loves going there to talk to him (and the cheese guy who is also french). His breads and other baked items are just amazing. So fresh, delicious, and yes, I can eat a whole mini loaf by myself. Roly poly me. Boohbah belly. You name it!

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5/5/19 2:38 P

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Too delicious emoticon Luckily it's long gone now. I have evidently reactivated my sugar addiction, and I need to work on breaking it again!

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5/2/19 8:24 P

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How delicious was the cake? I always tell myself it's never going to be as good as I think it is, but sometimes...it is! LOL

I hope you all had a wonderful day.

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5/2/19 10:42 A

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-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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5/1/19 5:58 P

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Thank you both! She had a lovely day emoticon

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emoticon emoticon Happy 13th birthday! emoticon

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Happy birthday to your daughter!

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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5/1/19 5:37 A

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It's my daughter's 13th birthday today! My little baby is a teenager already. Time flies! She's bringing a couple of friends home for birthday tea. I cheated and bought a birthday cake to save baking one. It looks really good so I'm planning on sending any leftovers home with the friends so I don't get tempted :)

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4/29/19 9:01 P

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Glad to see u r back and thanks for ur comment on my new Daisy photo!

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Gluten free is working for me!

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Me too, me too!

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Glad you are back!!! I certainly can relate to backsliding and needing to get back on track. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4/28/19 2:08 P

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Hi all. I've been away far too long and I'm sorry for neglecting the team. I've been struggling a little, letting go of good habits and falling back into bad ones. As I often do when things aren't going great, I withdrew into myself. I know that being around supportive people helps enormously but I let myself drift away.

It's time to get back on track big time! It sounds as though I'm not the only one with some work to do. Easier if we do it together?
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4/22/19 2:01 A

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Thanks guys. I know I'll find my way somehow, and every little piece of advice gets me closer.

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Thank you, Becca.

-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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4/20/19 10:31 P

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Aaaack, I go through those episodes too. The last one sent me to OA. I am keeping a food diary, along with my feelings as to why I want to eat. I will try just about any tool I can get my hands on to attempt to keep my blood glucose under control.

Tish, so sorry to read you've been ill! emoticon Hope things look up for u soon.

I made cuban black beans today to keep myself away from the Easter ham. I won't be tempted too much this year. The ham wasn't very good, and I love ham! Blah!


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I've been sick for 2 weeks thus my doctor is encouraging me to focus on me right now and I have no choice. Acute diverticulitis and back pain have taken a toll of me. Recovery is slow but I am grateful for it.

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-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen

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And, I'll start.

Weight loss. Health. General getting things right. I'm struggling right now. I did great for 3 months. Lost 15 lb. Was really happy. But I've been struggling for about a month now, have regained 5 of those pounds.

I really want to stop this trend. I do NOT want to put it all back on! And I know it's my attitude, something in my mindset, that's keeping me from really doing this the way I was so easily doing it for 3 months.

I have started exercising more than before, more than in those 3 months, but that can't be what's triggering these night binges. Right? Right? I mean, exercising is good for us. It feels good mentally and physically. So, what gives? Why am I eating my way through the night again?

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Restarting the general chat here. Just because :)

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