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Just a quick note to say hi!
You deserve a big bear hug!
You're in my thoughts all the time, but especially today.
Thank you for everything!
Welcome to our community!
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Hope you feel better soon!
Congratulations! Time for a celebration...
Happy Birthday!
1317224 tn?1378705134
04/14
Just a quick note to say hi!
Good to hear from you and congratulations on the 15# weight loss...Not easy but feels so good doesn't it?
I am fine, after my surgery 12/12/12, my heart has been great with no a-fib. I got pneumonia 2 weeks after the operation, so I lost 45#. My thyroid was hyperactive for nearly a year from the heart meds so I kept it off. Now, with thyroid normal, I've gained 10 back and lost  of them so far.
Feeling like a new woman!!
Write and share more of how you are mah dear...
Hugs!
MaryLL
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1317224 tn?1378705134
11/12
Just a quick note to say hi!
Hi Evadee,
Long time, no communication. Hope all goes well for you. Let's keep in touch!
love,
MaryLL
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1317224 tn?1378705134
03/12
Evadee,
How are you lady? You were so busy last time I read about you on here. What's new?
I'm good, working hard, just had 2nd ablation in early February...hoping, hoping...
Back on track with eating after a hiatus but still lost a few pounds.
Would love to hear from you!
Love,
MaryLL
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1317224 tn?1378705134
12/11
Happy Holidays!
Just got your last note!! Can't wait to hear from you.
Love,
MaryLL
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1317224 tn?1378705134
07/11
Just a quick note to say hi! Hi Evadee! Your trip sounded wonderful. How is summer back home going?
All is well in Seattle. waiting for a fireworks extravaganza tonight and family over for barbecue.
Sending love and sunshine to you,
MaryXXXX
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1339332 tn?1329854366
06/11
Hi Evadee, Glad things are going well for you. Keep up the great work!
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1339332 tn?1329854366
05/11
Hi Evalee. Yes, I should be getting back to the weight tracker, too. But I've decided that my weight issue is more a symptom than a cause of some other difficulties/unhappiness in my life. Chronic pain, other health issues, exhaustion, job burnout, unemployment, financial issues, Dad's decline, conflict with my sister, cluttered house that makes the simplest of tasks more complicated & life in general more chaotic/less serene. Lots of things distracting me from my dieting/exercise/weight loss efforts. So, for now, I'm focusing on trying to resolve those other issues and hoping that doing so will allow me to return here by fall with a renewed vigor. In the meantime, I'll be cheering you on in your efforts!
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1339332 tn?1329854366
04/11
Hope the Easter Bunny finds you down there in the fun & sun! Thinking of you! Happy Easter.
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04/11
Just a quick note to say hi! How are You lady? :) I am just a young handsome man looking for bright future..I would do EVERYTHING to come and live in U.K!! believe me,EVERYTHING.... I hope hearing soon. Bye :)) :*
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1339332 tn?1329854366
02/11
But it's so warm & toasty under the covers, Evalee....
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1339332 tn?1329854366
01/11
Just a quick hello and "thinking of you" note, Evadee.
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1317224 tn?1378705134
12/10
WOW!
I'm impressed with your adventuresome spirit evadee! Do you know anyone there or are you just up for something completely different?
You'll do fine, I have no doubts. And I look forward to hearing about your journey!
enjoy the holiday,
MLL
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1317224 tn?1378705134
12/10
Happy New Year Evadee!
Where've you been? I'm sending you lots of warmth, health, joy-filled days, and peace for 2011!
Love,
MaryLL
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1339332 tn?1329854366
12/10
Happy Holidays! Only time for a very brief note, Evadee, but I hope you'll be able to "read between the lines" and know just how many wishes it brings to you on Christmas. I look forward to our exchanges and your presence here is a gift to me. I hope that the holiday and the New Year is full of health, happiness and joy for you. Many blessings, my friend.
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1339332 tn?1329854366
12/10
(cont) multi-volume lament! I simply intended to write a "short, quick note" to let you know I'm thinking of you despite the fact that I'm neglectful of our correspondence!!! So...I AM thinking of you, AM missing you, and WILL WRITE a proper (and hopefully upbeat) letter as soon as I am able. "Sky". P.S. I enjoyed MaryLL's delightful letter to you. It sounds like ALL of us are part of the same zany world! If you speak to her before I do, please tell her I'm sending good wishes in her new job and I bet she looks terrific in her new wardrobe. Miss you, Evadee. :)
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12/10
(cont) back but agreed to do so out of respect for his PCP, saying, "It's only 'til 12/22; that's a short prison sentence and I can do it for Marilyn (his PCP)." I'm enraged, Evadee, and will spend a good part of this weekend typing a letter to his PCP explaining the negative effects that program has on him. Dad has said that being surrounded by people who are far more handicapped, both cognitively and physically than he is, "Is depressing. I feel like I'm stuck in a nursing home and if I'm not already as bad off as they are, I soon will be." I could (and have) screamed out loud in anger & frustration over this!!! This program is MAKING him withdrawn and depressed and DECREASING rather than maintaining the skills he still has! Well! I'm sorry...I didn't intend to write a (cont)
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12/10
(cont) goes to bed at 6:30 PM and I have to argue with him to eat anything at all. After talking to Dad (I wasn't present), the PCP agreed that the program wasn't a good fit and told him he didn't have to go. When I called the Program Director to inform her, she again was a rude bully, going up one side of me and down the other! Then, 2 hours later, while Dad was out for a walk, I got a call from his PCP. The Director had called her, behind our backs, and told the PCP that Dad isolates himself at daycare, seems withdrawn & depressed and that she fears for him if he's not sent to HER program to be PUSHED into socializing. The PCP said that the Director had convinced her that Dad should continue to attend at least until he next sees the PCP on 12/22! Dad was crushed at having to go (cont)
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1339332 tn?1329854366
12/10
(cont) pick him up. The senior center offers a meal for $2-4 dollars, has computers for my Dad to do his genealogy research, permits Dad to take his own meds independently, and has grounds where he can take a short walk outside if he wants to stretch his leg. So, when he went to see his primary care giver on W, he discussed with her that the program isn't right for him but that we've found another program that will let him get out to socialize 1-2X/month. What he didn't tell her, but what I had informed the Day Care Director & Social Worker of, is that Dad's been doing great since getting out of the hospital: eating well, socializing, taking up old hobbies & interests again to the best of his abilities now, being more active...
EXCEPT on Day Care days when he is so tired that he (cont)
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12/10
(cont) One, who is nice & seems genuinely concerned, said, "he's such a nice guy; maybe if he just gives it some more time, he'll adjust." The other, a nurse who is the program director & seems interested only in enrolling enough clients to collect their money, was extremely rude & blasted me for undermining my father and told me I'd "be sorry" and that the rest of his life was going to be "a long road" if I didn't commit him to her program! I'd already investigated the local senior center (now that I knew I could get low-cost transportation from an elderly group) and it offered more activities he'd enjoy, was closer to his home, next door to my sister's mother-in-law whom Dad knows and where he could stay if he got too tired mid-day and needed a place to wait for my sister or I (cont)
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12/10
(cont) many other abilities, so he's resentful that he's not permitted to do them. Also they "toilet on schedule", forcing everyone to go to the lavatory whether or not they feel they "have to go"...another thing that insults my Dad who is capable of know if and when he has to use the bathroom. Dad says they get up 3 times a day to move from one room to another, but for the remainder of the day they are stuck in chairs rather than getting up and ambulating intermittently (the rooms are locked with a keypad so confused clients won't wander). So, by the end of the day, Dad is sore, stiff and unsteady on his feet. I spoke to the people who run the program about the fact that, while it is a place of safety for their more impaired clients, it simply isn't the right fit for Dad. (cont)
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12/10
(cont) house a couple times a week, is a Dementia program. (The VA had referred us and not told us this; Dad is a little forgetful at times, but doesn't have dementia!) The program is not a good fit. Most of the other clients are totally confused, many non-verbal, many incontinent and wheelchair bound. The place has sing-a-longs, card games, visiting pianists, magicians & other entertainers, and a 1.5x2 foot pool table...all things that NEVER interested my Dad, even when he was young, healthy, driving and able to pursue any activity he chose. Because the clients are so handicapped, they aren't permitted to test their own blood sugars or take there own meds, a couple of the things Dad still takes pride in being able to do after the Parkinson's and myasthenia have robbed him of so (cont)
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1339332 tn?1329854366
12/10
Hi Evadee, I just wanted to apologize for not being in touch for the past few days. Life continues to be crazy. I finished emptying Dad's house hours before the closing, but we'd filled the dumpster & some of the stuff had to go into my drive-way 'til we could get a new one. Then we found out that because of the type of sale it was (rehab loan), the check for the house wouldn't clear for a week to give the buyer extra time to back out. Then I get a call from the fire department that my cowardly anonymous neighbor had complained about the junk on my property & he'd have to issue a violation ticket. All while I'm very sick with belly & back pain, nausea and diarrhea. AND, at the same time, we've discovered that the Adult Day Program we enrolled Dad in, ONLY to permit him to get out of (cont)
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1317224 tn?1378705134
11/10
I get way overinvested in clothing in that I love textures, colors, etc. I'm not a snob and shop thrift more than anything. I just like having lots of choices when I have to get dressed in the morning. If it was up to me and I could get away with it, I'd live in my flannel pj's!
Looking forward to this week off. Some things to do, such as editing a couple of articles, helping Gabe (son) find a job, hemming some pants, and want to put up the tree and do some house decorating.
I love hearing from you, you are family kiddo! Welcome to our zany world...
Hugs and love,
MaryLL
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1317224 tn?1378705134
11/10
The sun just came out! It feels warm now that the sun has gone and no rain for abit. I'm going out soon to get some popcorn (can't believe we ran out) and to go to Trader Joe's for some wasabi peas (a staple in my life). I may get some pizza dough too, barbecued white meat turkey pizza sounds good. Then I'll pick up Sam for the rest of the day.
Youngest daughter, Rachel, Chris and I went on a shopping venture yesterday. Got the movie Gone with the Wind so now I've got to watch it! I bought way too many new clothes for my new job. But they were on sale!! Even picked up a pair of fleecy black short boots for the next snowfall.
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11/10
Oh evadee! I had to laugh at your statement that we sound like a well-adjusted family!! Thank you but we are like most families, lots of drama, upsets, angers, but also joy, love, and solid support for each other. Right now we're a bundle of emotions with the kids dad going through radiation for cancer (lots of unresolved feelings for all of us with him), Mollie's pregnancy being so exciting, and dealing with son's asperger's and trying to help him find work. My husband is from Yorkshire, we met online. He had never been married or had children, then came to a new country, had a wife, 3 nearly adult children, and a grandson. It's been bumpy at times but he's done great!
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11/10
one brother was traveling with friends, another working...my niece celebrating at her apartment though she came by with the baby for an hour or so. So, there was quite as big a crowd or quite as much chaos as usual.

Well, I should go. Must get up early in the AM and have another go at emptying the house. And once THAT one's cleared out, MINE will be next...

"Sky"
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1339332 tn?1329854366
11/10
(cont) sorted through more thoughtfully. Everything has to be out of the house by the evening on Sunday as the closing is Monday.

Our Thanksgiving went well. I shopped the day before & made the stuffing the eve before. My sister's husband got up in the wee hours to start the turkey. I made the 1-1/2 hour drive to get my uncle while my sister & her husband started the rest of the meal and my sister & husband made the return drive. Evenyone agreed that the holiday meal was less stressful than it usually was. Good thing, with everything else going on! My sister & I have been getting along better which helps, I think. Plus, since I've been living with her now since summer, I know her likes/dislikes and the layout of her kitchen. Not all of our family attended (cont)
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1339332 tn?1329854366
11/10
You are like family, too, Evadee. MaryLL, Barb404 & the rest of the "gang". I'll have to send MaryLL a congratulatory note! I wish all of us lived close enough to have coffee & chat!

Spent all day working at the "homestead". We had the 15 yd dumpster emptied so we can start refilling it! STILL stuff in the house! A lot of it will be moved to my place over the weekend---the more sentimental china/glassware & family letters (include wartime letters from my Mom's cousins & uncles...one explains that General Eisenhower visited their camp & he was assigned to drive Eisenhower...says he shared some of the cookies his Mom had sent him & that Ike pronounced them the most delicious cookies ever. We don't intend on keeping everything that goes to my house, but it is stuff that has to be (cont)
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1317224 tn?1378705134
11/10
Happy Thanksgiving!!
I'm so excited, I just found out my oldest daughter, Mollie, is having a baby May 4! She's the mom of 15 yr Sam too. A baby in the family, how wonderful...
Hope your day was good. I had an a-fib episode that put me down for most of the day but the family pitched in and made things happen. After she told me about the baby, my heart went into normal sinus rhythm...funny. I was hoping it would be cured after the procedure in May, but obviously not.
Take good care kiddo...
MaryLL
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1339332 tn?1329854366
11/10
What a dummy I am, Evadee. I don't know if Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving! I would think that Columbus discovered the "New World"---and we are part of the same continent, if not the same country...  Well, alas, Columbus & all that aside, I am grateful for your chatty notes, funny stories and encouragement everyday...so, Happy Day That I Am Thankful for You! "Sky"
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1317224 tn?1378705134
11/10
hi evadee!
yes, it is very cold here. I just drove home in a blizzard, very slowly and carefully!
It's rare for us to have this much snow, esp in November. Many clients stayed home today, smart people...
Another couple of days of this until Thanksgiving, when it's supposed to warm up.
I've been busy too, Packed 3 boxes of stuff in my office today, 2 more days to go! Getting most everything done, and too busy to stress about the rest.
Got the frig full of food for the holidays...take care! Thanks for checking in with me.
XXMaryLL
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1339332 tn?1329854366
11/10
Have a great day, Evadee.
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