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That's good news, Pam. That woman!! I wonder what she will do when she returns-she won't find something else with her behavior. I'm glad they listened to you and saw how it's all affecting you.

I would hate to have to find a doctor, stylist etc. You can listen to recommendations from people and hopefully you will find people you are happy with.

I bought some new plants yesterday, they didn't come back after winter. The ground we dug up was so dry, but I hadn't been watering it. I can't see how the corn in the field is looking good with no water for so long.

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Pam less than a month with the crazy one sounds good how long do they think you will need to be in Indy the sooner you go the sooner you can be done and start enjoying your retirement.

I finally have an appointment to get my hair cut I've needed one for some time but my regular one went on a month long vacation now things have slowed down I made an appointment here at the camper she's cut it before so I'm not worried.

One of the cons of moving is having to find new doctors hairdressers barbers and others it will take time but we knew this so it's just something we'll have to do.

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I received word from the company that we may move in mid August. If that's the case, July 15 will be my last day with "The Crazy One." That is less than a month. YAY!!! They know that Crazy just keeps harassing me and it is affecting my blood pressure. It is not worth the hassle. I hope to be done over there by Thanksgiving.
We haven't heard anything about our appliances. They thought that they would be here this week. We will see.

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Pam some people never grow up they just can't believe how childish they are maybe once she is gone the other crazy will settle down till she leaves on vacation. That is quite a wait for the washer and dryer hopefully they will come in soon.

They did leave appliances we can use until we get new ones we believe they took their good ones out and put in older ones before showing the house the ones in there are pretty old and broke. We did find what we wanted at Lowes and they didn't think there would be a problem getting them in so we'll see.

It is cold here this morning but will warm up this afternoon we didn't get all that much rain it just sounded like it and it was enough I don't have to water the few plants I have.

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Two months later, we are still waiting for our washer and dryer. We were told that they may be here this week. I certainly hope so!
My crazy lady was CRAZY yesterday. I am so tired of this! I think she wants to be my only employee. If that cannot happen, she will quit. I learned that the one quitting today has been filling Crazy's head with garbage and feeding Crazy's insecurities. That nut job is 59. I didn't know they were still high school Nuts at that age! I hope Crazy will settle down after the nut job leaves! It is like working in behavioral medicine and no doctors around! I guess I really have something to look forward to. Crazy's vacation is 7/16-8/20. I hope they move us around Labor day. The saga continues!

I hope you get more rain up there, Joann. We have several days of rain predicted. We have had some severe storms in our area. We could use the rain but not the storms and tornados.

It is cool this morning. Enjoy it while it lasts!

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Iím glad you enjoyed your day at your sonís house, Pam. It takes a while to get things where you want them and then you have to remember where you put them. But it sounds like they are making progress. I hope your Monday is non-eventful! Crazy lady may be nice, I hope so!

Good luck finding those appliances, Joyce. Do you need to get all new or was anything left? July is just around the corner!

Itís sure is cool today! I wore a sweatshirt when we walked. Iím not complaining-we didnít get much rain at all. Just 2 tenths. I see the rabbits sit under the bird feeder and eat whatever the birds drop-so they arenít eating my plants right now.

Have a great day and enjoy this beautiful day!

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Pam your son is right moving is a pain but it is worth it if you find the house you want but if we ever do it again we will hire a company to come in and pack it then move it but we do not have any plans to move again any time soon.

We had a very quiet day yesterday it rained most of the day so we didn't do much we did lose electricity for a couple of hours but nothing major and no damage like they had in other areas.

Joann I hope you got some of this rain the yards gardens and fields sure needed it.

We are going to Waterloo to look at appliances and to see just how long we will have to wait for them and to find out where stores are located it's the largest town closest to the new house it's where we will have to go to find a Sam's or other specialty shops.

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We had a nice visit with our son and family yesterday. We went for supper. It was nice. DS is so busy that we rarely see him and he lives less that 2 miles away. I did enjoy seeing him and his family. I see the grandsons more than I see DS and DIL. He has been moving since January. I think they got everything moved Saturday. It will take awhile for them to find a place for everything. The house is smaller than the one they moved out of. The basement has all of the extras. GS Ben moved everything out of one of the rooms, loose laid a carpet and moved his belongings to that room in the basement. He has not had a bedroom since they moved. He was away at college so they didn't worry about it. He is happy to have it done. When they get the other room cleaned out, GS Will is going to get his bedroom next to Ben's in the basement. With (3) floors, they have plenty of room but it isn't well organized yet. They will get there!

I hope you had a good weekend! It did rain quite a bit here. Mowers will be going this week. How is your garden, Joann? I hope the woodland creatures left you plenty.
Did you get all of the papers signed and finalized, Joyce? My son says that moving is a pain!

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We have had about 3 inches of rain this weekend. It is nice to see the green grass instead of the dry and brown grass. We spent some time at the shop yesterday. I did not do any production. I just worked in my office for awhile. We haven't been busy today. We are going to our son's house for a cook out.
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I'm just throwing the pine cones into the burn pile-I was thinking that too, if there was a craft or way to use those then I'd give them to someone. They look terrible on the black mulch and the ones in the yard are hard on a mower. So that's why I picked them up, maybe we will mow again this summer, but it needs to rain first.

The radishes have been so hot this summer, I hope yours are good. Getting out and moving is fun and it's been a little cooler this weekend. People watching is always a good past time.

We have no plans for today either, so let's have a great day!

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Pam I'm glad you had a good day and are getting caught up maybe you won't have to work every weekend.

Joann are you going to make something with the pinecones or just going to throw them away? They make a terrible noise when the mower hits them.

We went to the farmers market then to a rendezvous in Wisconsin yesterday the market didn't have much yet but we did get some radishes and strawberries. The rendezvous turned out to be more of a flea market than anything else but at least we got out and walked for awhile.

We don't have anything planned for today it's suppose to rain all day so we will just see what it does.

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Thatís good to hear, Pam! And Now you can get something accomplished in peace.

I picked mulberries this morning and now Iím making a pie with them. I got enough for a pie, but for the most part, they arenít ready to pick yet. Then Iím out picking up ďthousandsĒ of little pine cones. Then there are lots of big cones too that go into the bucket.

Have a good rest of the day.

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My Friday was great! We got a lot of production done and a lot orders shipped. We are down to three large orders. That will take time but we keep going!
Enjoy your time in the camper, Joyce. Before long, you will be in your home. Have a nice time!
Pizza Ranch sounds good. I hope you have a good week end going. I am at the shop. We are working a little while this weekend. I hope those days are close to being behind us.
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Pam, how was your Friday? I hope you had a decent day with your crew. That lady is so obnoxious, I feel for you and your other new hire. She's probably wondering what the heck!! I hope you have something fun or nothing planned for the weekend. Rest and relax!

Joyce, I'm sure it's a funny feeling not to have a house to turn to-but just think July is right around the corner. That camper will be a good place to hide out until you have to get back to work moving things in to your new house.

It's been a busy day with running errands and taking care of business. Since we ate out for lunch, I don't have to cook supper-now isn't that a deal. Pizza Ranch filled us so full we don't need to eat until tomorrow.

Have a good weekend, ladies! I hope you each get some time to relax and enjoy life.
I have no plans as of right now.

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Pam I really hope the Indy people will listen to you and go ahead and move the shop I do feel for your new hire but she has to understand you can not continue putting up with the crazy one's fits.

It's hot and dry here too everyone is having to water their gardens and the grass had dried up something terrible hopefully we will get some of the rain they are calling for.

It is a little upsetting to know we don't have a home to go home to but it won't be long before we close on the new house we're not to worried as long as we have the camper to live in till then and we are enjoying this rest period between moves and we have all winter to get settled.

Joann I hope you are staying cool. We can always find plenty to do but not feel like we accomplished anything.

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You are homeless in style, Joyce! That motor home sounds quite comfortable! I has to be a little unsettling to know that you can't go back to a house for a couple of weeks. It could change the prospective on camping. Home is where the heart is so enjoy it!
I hope you are keeping cool, Joann. We are August dry and hot here. We don't have to mow very often. We water the tomatoes daily. We may have enough for a sandwich or salad.

My crazy one was awful yesterday. She loves to make me cry! It makes her feel like a ----------- inside. You fill in the blanks because I have nothing. What it all boils down to is that if I don't fire my newest lady, she is going to make my life miserable until I do or she quits. My new one does not approve of Crazies behaviors. It makes my head hurt and my BP rise. I talked to the operations manager yesterday. I told her to tell her superiors to get me the H--- out of there. If it wasn't affecting my BP, I would stick it out!

Have a great day and keep cool!

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I'm glad your day went well, Pam. It all sounds so complicated with Mike's treatment. Is he feeling pretty well? I hope your Indy people listen to you.

Good for you to have completed your side of the transaction, Joyce. Homeless is good in your life for now.

It's a hot start to our day- 70 at 6:00 AM and it's full of humidity. I found 3 more hoses in the barn so had plenty of water right at the hostas. I see the deer must be eating those plants now and just the solid green ones. They are picky eaters. I don't know what I did yesterday, but it wasn't too productive. I should have helped Terry down in the pasture trimming trees, he doesn't know when to quit working.

Well, have a good day ladies. I hope you all have a productive day...I'm going to try to be more of that today.

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We did sign papers on our side then they overnighted them to their office and he has an appointment to sign them today then the house is theirs now for the next few weeks we will be homeless.

Pam I hope the Indy people can accommodate you and you don't have to put up with your crazy lady much longer it takes a lot of nerve to treat you like that then ask you to pick up something for her. I'm glad Mike's appointment went well.

Joann did you get everything watered it's a pain in the rear when the hose won't stretch far enough. Rabbits and deer can destroy a garden pretty fast once they get started.

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I hope the house is behind you, Joyce. It is time to move on!
Did you have a relaxing day, Joann? We all need that at times.

Mike did have a checkup yesterday. The current doctor is nothing like the doctor from five years ago. Based on blood work, he said that he may be in remission but maybe not. He wont have a bone marrow biopsy until next March. The chemo injection will end in two weeks but the revlimid will continue until further notice. The steroid will not be needed after the chemo ends. After that, he will go to Burlington once a month for the slow drip IV of bone strengthening med. We go back in October for another checkup.
The day went well. We went to Kohl's to get a shirt for Mike. We went to Costco for a few things. My crazy employee asked me to pick up some pork belly because that is an Asian favorite. I did do that since I am an awful creature. I am going to start bugging the Indy office to get us moved out of here. HBP is too risky to keep it here.

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I sure hope you can close on the house today, Joyce! That has been a process-good luck!!

Have a great day, Pam! You need a day away from work, so enjoy the time doing the little shopping you are planning and eating out will be a treat. Is this a checkup for Mike?

I sure enjoyed being back in the old schoolhouse yesterday. I had very few people come through, but it was fun to be back after not being open last summer.

I'm going to finish the hosta watering and then I don't know what I'll do.
You both have a big day ahead, I hope all goes well for you.

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As each day passes, it seems the insanity is worse. I will have a long talk with Kaitlin in Indy. I know she is on my side and will respect my wishes. At least as much as possible. My employee is a a bully and a crazy wackadoodle! There is very little reality in her rants. Today will be good. We are going to Iowa city. We will go to the Olive Garden for lunch. We aren't going to shop alot. A quick stop at Costco and a quick stop at Kohls and then home. I cannot stop at the shop. The crazy one will yell at me. I have never seen anyone like her! She is NUTS!
I am glad you can put that house behind you, Joyce. Just to get it down to one house is nice! It is exciting to get a new home!

I hope you are doing well, Joann. Those rascally rabbits! I hope you can salvage some of your garden! The heat and drought makes gardening a challenge!

Have a great day!

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Joann volunteering at the school house sounds interesting I hope your community appreciates all you do for them.

Pam I hope you have a better day today and can make your call in peace.

We are going to close on our house today his lawyer has gotten everything they need since he is paying cash he has to have a lawyer instead of a realtor but he is finally getting it done.

Stay cool and make this a great day!

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That darn lady of yours, Pam!!! I hope you are feeling better now, I sure hate to hear that this is affecting your health. At least you are on top of it and making adjustments as needed. How did today go?

Well, that's the pits, Joyce!! Your day didn't go well but you made it. I hope you had a good Tuesday unpacking and getting things moved to your storage shed. Oh what a headache!

I did the schoolhouse volunteering this morning and had lunch with a friend. Now I'm carrying buckets of water to the hostas out back, the hose doesn't reach that far. So my day was great compared to you two. I hope your days are looking up now.

Have a cool one!


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The move did not go as smooth as we had hoped first he called and said his helper had to be back home by 5 so could they load yesterday then deliver it today so that was OK then the helper didn't show up at all so he had to call in someone else but they couldn't be there till 12 to 1 I have to say he did a lot of moving by his self but we didn't get out of there till around 3 and I still had a 4 hour drive. I had my car already packed then he told me he couldn't take the lamps so I had to figure out how to get 6 lamps in my car it would have been nice to know this before moving day but we got everything loaded and I'm here and the rest should be on the way so all is good. It was a long day now I need to sort out my car and see what stays here and what goes to storage.

Pam I hope your crazy acts better this week when it starts affecting your health it's time to put a stop to it one way or another and she needs to understand her actions have consequences.

The gardens back home needed a lot of work but the ground was so hard it was impossible to pull any weeds now it is someone else's problem I do feel bad the yard is in such bad shape but he's the one that wanted to close so fast we just didn't have time. I would be embarrassed to have either one of you see them.

Make this a great day!

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The rabbits, deer and other critters ate alot of my garden last year. With the extra work that I have this summer, we planted three tomato plants. I won't have time to can this year.
I have been on a low dose blood pressure pill for a few years. It is 10 mg. so My blood pressure is not that bad. Last week when the crazy lady ripped into me, I got a headache instantly. I came home and took a Xanax to help me calm down. I didn't take my blood pressure for a few days but when I did, it was high. I took another pill for the high blood pressure. I called my health care provider. she said it is okay to take the extra pill and monitor my blood pressure for a week and call next Monday with an update. My blood pressure has been good since I have been taking 20 mg. instead of 10. I was having headaches and that is unusual for me. I don't ,often. have a headache. For me it was a warning sign. I did listen to the sign and symptom. I did not tell the crazy one. She would use it to cause me to stoke out. NO! I will not allow that! She has been pretty good for a couple of days. I am just being myself. That's the best that I can do!
How is the move going, Joyce? In a couple of weeks you will be in your new home. How exciting!
Have a good time at the old school house, Joann. I think that would be fun!

Have a great day, Ladies!

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How did your day go, Pam? I hope crazy lady was better to you today. How about your high blood pressure? Girl, you may need to get out of that place before November-at least crazy lady will be gone for a few weeks.

How's your day going, Joyce? Moving day is a huge day and I hope all is going along smoothly and you have plenty of help. It won't be long and your new house will be finalized and you can get in and start unpacking.

I cleaned up the garden-the weeds sure are growing. The rabbits got all my green beans so that's a big chunk I don't have to water. Now I wonder what they will eat next.

Stay cool and calm ladies-you two have big challenges and I hope all is going well today.

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Pam I hope you have a better week at work it's only 3 weeks till she is gone for awhile maybe when she returns she will be in a better frame of mind. How is your latest hire doing?

Joann on the whole it sounds like you had a good trip sadly a lot of smaller towns don't have diners anymore and decent hotels can be hard to find for a long time people moved to the bigger cities for better jobs and it hurt the small towns now they are all willing to commute but the damage to the small town is already done.

Iowa has such a wide range of landscapes each has it's own appeal but visiting the other areas makes us appreciate just how much Iowa has to offer.

Today is moving day and by now I just want this part over with then we have from2 to 3 weeks till we can move into the new house.

Make this a great day!

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We do have some beautiful trees and forests around here. I didn't realize that there isn't that scenery up there. The accommodations around that area is not great! I'm glad that I didn't have to find one when I was up there. I do like the general store in Cantril. I don't buy much food there but I like the variety.
I hope all goes well, Joyce. It is an adventure to leave and go to a different area. It will be nice to be closer to the children and grandchildren. Enjoy!
Headaches are unusual for me. I took my blood pressure and it was high! I took a BP pill and sat quietly. I will call my healthcare provider and see if she wants to increase my dosage. That crazy lady has driven my BP to an unsafe level. No! I will not be your friend after we close the shop! It is like working in the Twilight Zone! There is very little sanity there! I hold onto whatever sanity I have left! Sometimes, I think I hate her but I don't hate! Strongly dislike is how I would describe it!

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You are one strong lady, Pam! I just don't know how you do it! July can't come fast enough for you. I hope you can talk on Wednesday and maybe they can help you with her. She's a nut case and it's just not fair. I hope you got some rest today and you can go in tomorrow without a headache.

Joyce, that even makes me sad to think you are leaving your house and I've never seen your place. I think of all the memories made in a house and now you can make more. But look at where you are now-just a little more!! You are awesome with all the work you've had to do.

2 out of the 4 hotels were really good, one was ok and the one was not so good. But in these little towns who knows. Yesterday we were in Mount Ayr and it is the county seat but didn't have a diner for breakfast. So we had to drive all over that county looking for something-we happened upon a grocery/deli and she had a good breakfast for us. We did stop at the Dutchman's grocery store-even had free ice cream while we shopped. I was looking for real vanilla which I found for a decent price. And the beautiful land in southern Iowa is worth the drive-we don't have all those trees and forests here. We then stopped in Clarinda and went to my folks grave and then visited with my aunt and uncle. We were home by 5. Today was spent in the garden and doing laundry.

Let's hope this week goes well-for you Pam in your work place and Joyce I hope you get the papers signed on Tuesday! I volunteer at the one room schoolhouse on Tuesday, so it looks like we should all be busy. Have a great day!



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This has been a lazy day! I hope all is well! I had a headache this morning so I was lazy!
It is better now!

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Joann you have seen some beautiful country on this trip we go through Corydon on our way to our daughters but we've never spent any time there and Rathburn lake is close to Centerville and that's where the state built a resort with an indoor water park we've been to I hope you found some place decent to stay most of these small towns don't have any chain hotels so you have to take your chances I'm sure most are good but it only takes one bad one to ruin a trip when do you return home and now that you've been to all 99 counties where will your next adventure take you?

Pam your crazy is really something else you'll really enjoy the time she's gone and once she gets back it will almost be time to move your part of the company so on the bright side you may only have to put up with her for a few weeks.

Today is my last full day here there is very little left to pack I have a few last minute things and want to clean the floors once the house is empty then I will leave for the last time it's sad but now I'm ready to get it over with.

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The Keosauqua/ Bloomfield area is really pretty! The villages of Van Buran has a nice week end flea market/ sales and food that is native to that area. That is in October, I believe. The Dutchmen's General store is up in that area. We find a Mom and pop restaurant to eat at. I love that countryside. It is so peaceful! It sounds like you had an interesting time in that area. Now that you have explored all 99 counties, what's next?
I am sorry to hear about your delay, Joyce. I hope it goes well Tuesday.

My crazy employee got a full measure of my anger and frustration on Thursday. I told her how she imagines things and believes that they are true. I told her that nobody is going to beat her up in the parking lot. emoticon That was one of the craziest accusations that I have ever heard. I told her that she pats herself on the back and tells any one and everyone that she has done alot for me and the company. I told her that she has every right to quit and that commitments mean nothing to her. I told her to not expect anything from me. I let her know that I have done alot for her but I never throw it in her face. I know if she quits there will never be a day off until I retire. I pointed that out to her. I have not had a vacation in nearly two years. She is leaving July 9 and will return August 15. I am looking forward to that! I left here in tears! I told her that I cannot handle the abuse any longer. I do not deserve that and nobody is out to get her. I told her that she is the abusive one. She left. When she came in yesterday, she told me that her husband told her that she is 15 years younger than me and cannot abuse me like that. DO YA THANK! I am going to talk to my manager when we go to Iowa City on Wednesday. I cannot talk to them when she is here! I have told them that if anyone yells at me over there, "I've car keys and I know how to drive!" I will walk out! They do believe me!
That's enough of the madness for today. In four weeks, she will be in the Philippine's and I will enjoy whatever comes my way!

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Another hoop to jump through-thatís frustrating though when you think you have your ducks in a row and then the other side isnít ready when they say they will be. But itís getting closer Joyce.

After we left Ottumwa we went to Keosauqua and another old, pretty area. We drove out to the Lacey-Keosauqua State Park and walked the ridge along the Des Moines River and did our geocaching. All the forested area is just beautiful! Then we went to Bloomfield and walked a brand new trail and it was so hot I just about couldnít stand it. We ate at a little place called the Southfork and it was good. Then on to Centerville to stay overnight in another rinky dink hotel. These small towns have some curious hotels that I wonder about. This morning we had to eat at a little gas station in town and that wasnít good. But we counted it. Then we drove to Corydon and then to Leon. From Leon we drove to Slip Bluff Park and walked in the forest and came out with ticks-ugh! We drove on to Nine Eagles State Park but didnít see any eagles. So we came over to Lamoni for the night and did some shopping at an Amish store. They had cheap candy bars and we got a few other things that were a good bargain. We came to town and stopped at a little ice cream drive up and enjoyed a treat. This guy made huge blizzards for a good price. We sat out on his picnic table and talked to him for the longest time. One more county! Then all 99 are done.

Hope your day went well, Pam. Did problem child behave herself?

All is well in my world-hope the same is true with you. Enjoy your weekend!

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Pam she won't quit because she knows she can't go anywhere else and pull this kind of crap she would be fired I'll bet you will be glad when she goes on vacation.

Joann where are you headed today you make your trips fun and get some exercise in too.

Not much going on here Randy went back to the camper today we won't be able to sign papers till Tuesday now because they are paying cash they had to get a lawyer and he is taking his time to get things done but at this point we will just have to go to the realtors branch office up there to get it done.

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Itís good to get rid of her, Pam. You need a team player, not a back stabber. I donít know how you do it day in and day out. I hope you have the weekend off to rest.

Good luck today Joyce! I hope everything is ready and you can get the next phase done.

We are packing up now, hubby thinks we need we need to get an early start-I like to dawdle a little in the morning. So itís 6 AM here we go. Iíll get back to you.

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The one that is quitting is the one that has been there two months. She is very moody and is a back biter. She gives me her mean look and criticizes me to other employee. What she doesn't realize is that it is her problem and not mine. The time is short so I just ignore it. My problem employee spent the day showing her mean and hateful side to me. At the end of the day, I was in tears and told her that I am too tired to put up with it. I told her that her accusations are false and that she is the problem in the group. I figured she would quit but she didn't, I don't think. In my last months, I am getting brave and bold. That is not me but I have to do it for now.

I hope all goes well for you, Joyce. The red tape seems to hold everything up. Just to have the one house in the past will be a relief.

Where is your latest adventure, Joann? I hope all is going well!

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Pam your work life is never dull which employee is quitting hopefully not the latest hired it's too bad she could not stay till the problem one returns from vacation.

Joann when we had a smaller camper and pulled it around we did a lot of camping at Red Haw it's a beautiful lake and perfect for kayaking so quiet and peaceful and Chariton is a nice little town we didn't go there very often and had no idea the candy store was there. I think there are little things like this in most towns if we would take the time to find them. Where are you headed today? I wish I knew about the Welcome Home Soldier monument it sounds interesting.

Randy comes home today we are suppose to sign some papers tomorrow if our realtor gets the papers in time there are a few papers we need to sign in person the rest have all been signed over the internet regardless the movers will be here on Monday and that will be our last day.

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That sounds like a peaceful time in all of the parks. It is beautiful around that area, There is a huge lake close to Ottumwa. I love that area!
Tomorrow is a big day, Joyce. So many new memories to make in your other home. You are in my thoughts.
Work seems to be one zoo after another. So much crazies going on with the problem employee. Every day is one day closer to that place being history in Keokuk. I keep on keeping on. I am finding that the problem child does not get along with anyone born in the USA. She will go home to the Philippines for part of July and part of August. Regardless of the reduced ability to get the product out, it will be so much more peaceful. One of the newbies handed me her resignation effective 6/22. Just a day in the life!

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Our drive to Creston was really pretty after we got out of flat northwestern Iowa-looking into the distance the hills and shades of green were picturesque. We came in from the north, Joyce. First we started at Green Valley and hiked around it-we found several caches there too. Thatís a pretty park! Then we went into Creston and had lunch at a diner-it was about 2 so we were glad it was open. We had great food and so much of it. Then we drove to Chariton and found a little grocery candy store. We talked to the owner and she told us the history of the store-it started back in the 1880s. We bought some homemade candy and it was delicious! Today we walked at Red Haw Park-did you know Red haw is a tree with thorns and red buds. Then drove to Albia and ate breakfast at a little diner. We went to the Welcome Home Soldier monument and did some geocaching and that is such a striking area! If you are there, stop. Beautiful tribute to veterans and fallen soldiers from different wars. The man who started this memorial was there and we talked to him- one of the sites is a bronze bugle boy that plays reveille in the morning and taps in the afternoon. He pushed buttons and we got to hear both-I had tears when it was over. Such a neat place with all the flags and monuments. We walked a reservoir area and then headed to Ottumwa and ate lunch ate Mexican grill, geocached at a park and now we are in our hotel resting. So weíve done three counties in two days.

Iím sure you are a little nervous about this big change in your life, Joyce. so many changes, but to be closer to your family is the best reason to move. Itís all going to be great once you are settled. Donít work or worry too much, itís going to work out.

Pam, I would think everyone would be happy with you and your products! No one works as hard as you-they will miss you once they move everything to Indy and realize what you do to keep everything working the way it does.

I hope you all are doing well today!

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Joann you are in my part of Iowa we are just north of there Creston is a nice little town we don't go there a lot but go through it on our way to Nebraska. There are a lot of little hidden gems all through the state I hope you find some of them.

Pam we are close to moving and it is exciting and scary at the same time there were a lot of pros and cons about this move and I often wonder if we've made the right decision time will tell.

Pam I'm glad things are going well for you at work I'm sure the office wants to build as much stock as they can while they can not knowing how soon they will be able to get up to speed when you are gone not many people want to work that hard anymore.

It's been hot here we had some thunder yesterday but no rain we could really use some just not on the day we move Randy has made his last trip to the storage we sign some papers on Friday then he will go to the camper and stay I'm going to stay here till the movers are gone and I do some last minute cleaning then I'm on my way to the camper I'm looking forward to the air-conditioning.

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How was Creston? Iowa can be beautiful! I love driving through Iowa.
You are just days away from your move, Joyce. I bet this week is bittersweet. It would be scary and exciting!
We get a little busier every day! At this point I just do the best that I can! I am finding that our customer base is happy with our product and workmanship. I got a Chiropractor treatment yesterday so I should be okay today. My neck and shoulder hurt after I did the humongus bags last time. It feels better today.

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We are starting in Creston this afternoon. I need to water all my gardens and plants and Terry has a dental appointment at 7:30; so we have some things to take care of first.

Have a great day, friends. We are all busy and I hope all goes well for you.

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Joann enjoy your trip you have beautiful weather for it. I haven't read the article on this site yet I will have to to see what to expect.

Pam I hope your day goes well and no problems.

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I did read the article, Joann. It will be interesting. That will be here before we know it.
I hope the weather is nice and the trip goes well. We plan to see some of the country when we retire. Yellowstone and all the mountains surrounding it.

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This is the link I've found that explains what is going to happen in August. They are creating more of a SparkAmerica platform. It sounds like SparkPeople is going to be over. I know people are having a hard time connecting with some friends and their pages.

We do leave tomorrow and I will let you know what we see. Iowa is such a unique state and we plan to see a lot of the parks and its always interesting to eat at ma/pa restaurants.

It was such a hot weekend and yesterday was so windy. I feel for you, Pam, having a funeral. It wasn't nice to be outside. Hopefully you have a great Monday!

My goodness! Joyce, you are making great progress! What a lot of work for you and your family and it's getting real. July will be here before you know it.

Have a good day, friends! Stay cool.

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It will be very disappointing if they do not continue Sparkspeople in some form we all value the friendships we've made I wonder if they will notify us and give us an opportunity to join the new one if it works similar to this one.

Joann you leave for your trip tomorrow enjoy it and let us know what all you see and do.

Pam it was a hot breezy day for a funeral and to spend time outside but it feels good just to be able to enjoy being outside.

We are getting real close to being ready to move I want to do some cleaning this week but after tomorrow everything except last minute stuff will be packed all that will be left is to sign the final papers.

Make this a great day!

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That is disappointing, Joann. Is there more information about the new Spark People? Friendships have been formed. I hope that will not be lost!
We went to a graveside service for one of Mike's brother and SIL. It was windy and hot. After that, we went to a fish fry at that couple's grandson's house. That was in the full afternoon sun and wind. My face is so sun/wind burned! I look scary!
I hope you are ready for your big adventure, Joann. It sounds like a load of fun!
Are you just about packed and ready for the big move, Joyce? This is the final countdown.

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Rumor has it that Sparkpeople is closing in August? Have you heard that? That upsets me if itís true!

I guess itís true, girls. They are shutting this down and opening a new platform. I donít know what that means, just that we wonít be chatting like this after August 17th. emoticon

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I didn't work long yesterday. I did get a production plan and some cutting done. I feel pretty good about it.
It is nice to have so much moved, Joyce. It will make the last move so much easier.
I love reading about your travels, Joann. Keep us posted!

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Our son and daughter were both here yesterday we got a lot loaded and my daughter took her stuff so the house is looking empty one More week and it will all be in storage then we move it all over again it's a good thing we have a couple of weeks between.

It's pretty dry here too Joann the ground is so hard. Your trip sounds fun you get to see new counties eat at some interesting places and get a lot of exercise what more could you want keep us posted on how the trip is going.

Pam it's too bad you have to work so many Saturdays maybe with the extra help you can get caught up and enjoy your summer.

Make this a great day!

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Man, is it hot for June! And Iíve had to water the garden already! Not a good start to summer.
I got some straw out of the barn and mulched all the plants I hope will survive. I donít need three winter squash plants, so mulched one. The green beans arenít doing well at all so I didnít mulch them. Iíll water everything before we leave Tuesday and hope something is alive when we get back.

Hopefully itís been a productive day, Pam! Without distractions maybe you accomplished some sewing.

Howís your day, Joyce? Is your daughter here to move her things?

Have a great rest of the weekend!

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We do get up early! I will work today. We are seeing light at the end of the tunnel. I palletized two orders and got them out of here this week. One went to Indianapolis and the other one shipped to Edmond, Alberta Canada. I will get sleeves and bags cut today. If I can keep the three ladies busy while I work on the humongous bags, that will be a plus!
Your trip sounds like a lot of fun, Joann. Keep us updated!
Moving a little at a time is easier isn't it? In ten days, this house will be a fond memory.
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Ladies, we sure get up early, don't we. I see these early morning posts, I guess we have plenty to do during the day.

It's going to be hotter today, Joyce. The humidity makes a big difference, so far it hasn't been bad at all. Looks like it's in the 90s for us here. That's why we walk early.

Your stuff is getting smaller now, Joyce. Little by little you are getting it done.

Your employees just keep surprising you, Pam. One just never knows how they are going to behave each day, must make your day so frustrating. I wish you weren't having to work tomorrow, but then you can get something accomplished. Hopefully this is the last time you have to make those humongous things.

I'm planning our trip for next week. We have 10 counties in Iowa to do-the ones are the ones in the bottom two tiers of Iowa. I've been planning our route, the trails to walk, the ma/pa restaurants to eat in, and the geocaches to find. We are going as far east as Keosauqua and as far west as Creston. After we do those 10 counties, we will have done all 99 in Iowa.

You both have a wonderful day and stay cool. Don't work too hard, ladies.

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6/4/21 6:21 A

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It was a busy day yesterday our daughter from MO came up to get her stuff we got most of it she will be back on Saturday to get the bigger stuff one more thing that has to be done before moving we are getting there.

Pam maybe if two of your employees get along and are happy the third one will follow along and work will be a nicer place to be for your last few months.

The weather has been so nice lately it sure makes moving easier hopefully it will stay this way and not get too hot.

Make this a great day!

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6/4/21 5:24 A

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I think the problem employee has settled down for now. She worked with my newest gal in shipping yesterday. She is training the newbie to do the shipping. The problem child let her guard down and discovered she likes the newbie. The other employee that has been there about two months was very disagreeable yesterday. She is like that to me alot. I ignore her because her value to the company is very low and she seems unhappy. I don't act like she is misbehaving. I just smile and walk away. I will work tomorrow. I hope those days will come to an end soon. I still need (25) of the 5' x 20' bags so I just have to keep my gals busy while I work on those awful bags.
Mike has a busy weekend planned. Sunday, there will be a grave side service for his late brother and sister in ;law. There will be a fish fry following that. He is getting together with friends from Fruehauf's Saturday for a reunion. He worked there 28 years before they sold out and, eventually, closed. They do this once a year and the numbers in attendance get smaller. Many have passed and many never went anyway. He will go as long as they have it if he is able.
I hope every body has a good weekend planned. Joyce, enjoy your last days in your house. before long, it will be a memory.
Joann, baby that knee if need be. Enjoy the summer and keep moving!

Have a great weekend!

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6/3/21 6:59 A

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Oh Pam I think at this point I would say goodbye to your problem lady she is costing you more than she is worth.

Joann I'm glad they were able to help your knee and give you some relief for now hopefully you can get through the summer pain free.

Not much going on here I am getting most stuff packed we do have a small moving company coming to give us an estimate today if it's reasonable that would work out so much better they would take it to our daughters for the time being at least it will all be up there but we'll be homeless for a couple of weeks haha we'll be staying at the camper till we close on our house.

Make this a great day the weather has been great so enjoy it.

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6/3/21 6:47 A

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OH NO!!! What to do with her! Isn't there a way to get rid of her for bullying and verbal attacks-shouldn't the main office have something in place for you to refer to? No one should have to put up with her.



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"Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid of only standing still" Chinese Proverb
" A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse." S. Dalley Jr.

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6/3/21 5:29 A

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My problem employee has verbally attacked my new lady on Monday and Tuesday. I don't know if she will stay. I will find out this morning. I was so upset, I almost walked out!

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6/2/21 7:05 A

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I'm so glad your new gal is working out; I hope she continues with her good work ethic and attitude. That will be nice to have your problem child gone for a while; you won't know what to think in all that peace and quiet.

Having your family so close is going to be worth all the moving and hard work. I hope the weather cooperates with you when it is time to move. Looks like it's going to dry up and heat up this week; so it's going to work out I hope.

The doctor release me and said to call if the meniscus swells up and hurts again. He said we could try an injection again if necessary so it wouldn't be knee replacement right away. Right now the knee cap isn't hurting even though it's bone on bone. So I'm just going to keep going and keep walking.

Sounds like the heat is really coming in full force this week, have you seen a map of the US-looks like the entire country is getting hot.

Enjoy today-it's just a beautiful start to Wednesday!

Joann

"Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid of only standing still" Chinese Proverb
" A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse." S. Dalley Jr.

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6/2/21 6:17 A

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It will be sad to leave here for the last time we do have a lot of good memories here but I won't miss the long trips back and forth and being closer to the kids and grandkids we'll make a lot more in the new house.

Pam I'm glad your new hire is a good hire you are due one now when your problem child goes home it will not effect your work so much. Good luck on your check up.

Yesterday was a really nice day it would be nice to have good weather till we move I do worry about rain over the weekend when we're trying to move a lot of boxes but we'll deal with it as needed.

Make this a great day!



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6/2/21 5:08 A

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Enjoy your final days at your home Joyce. It is a little sad but I agree with Joann. Those are lifetime memories and new ones will be made. It is exciting and sad!
How is your knee, Joann? I hope you get some positive news from your doctor.
My new lady is an answer to prayer. My problem child is still a problem. The rest of the crew saw her in action yesterday. She is like a broken record! Just a month from now, she will be headed for her homeland for 5 weeks. If she doesn't want to return after that, OKAY!
I have a six month checkup today after work. I don't think anything has changed. We will see.
Summer weather will be here in a day or two. Enjoy it!

Have a great day!

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6/1/21 7:06 A

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Joyce, that is a little sad to hear. The last time for you to go there...you have had a lot of memories made in that house and now you will have to clean it up and leave. But to think you will be closer to your family and the camper and more memories will be made.

I hope you have a good day, Pam! That lady will be your best worker yet! I hope so anyway.

Have a great day-it's a beautiful start to the day here.

Joann

"Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid of only standing still" Chinese Proverb
" A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn't will find an excuse." S. Dalley Jr.

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6/1/21 6:19 A

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Pam I hope your new lady works out for you it would be nice to have some extra help and some normalcy till you retire.

It's hard to believe my trip home today will be the last one for me time is going fast.

Make this a great day!

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