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Forum and Member News / Re: Thousand Year Egg Awards
« on: September 18, 2017, 11:37:43 pm »
I feel weird giving myself the Thousand Year Egg Award, but since I established it, I would be derelict in my duty if I neglected this milestone, wouldn't I? :D :D


Now I should slow down & give Roper a chance to catch up.

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General Discussion / Re: The Feel-Good Thread
« on: September 15, 2017, 11:37:56 pm »
As recent hurricanes approached, animal shelters had to be ready to take local pets that got separated from their people, who would want to find their friends later when things calmed down. That meant the shelters had to move out animals already there. Shelters in other states offered to take in the “refugees” & FedEx & other companies donated planes & pilots to fly them from the hurricane areas. They weren’t taking pets belonging to Texas or Florida storm evacuees, but ones already awaiting new homes, which now would be in other states.

One of the lessons of H. Katrina in 2005 was that people & their pets need each other, & many victims refused to evacuate without their pets while others fled & never saw their critters again. Millions of people saw or read about the boy of maybe 8 who begged to take his dog Snowball on the evacuee bus from the New Orleans Superdome. Rescuers made him leave the dog, & the kid was inconsolable & cried so hard that he threw up. The forced separation of people from pets, who in some cases were a person’s family or best friend, prompted laws requiring disaster planning to include pets.

In this story, the Miami Heat & Golden State Warriors pro basketball teams in Miami & the Bay Area provided sendoff & reception committees for critters leaving Florida for new homes in California.


Here’s another story about folks doing a good deed. An elderly woman in Petaluma (a medium size town about an hour north of San Francisco) accidentally activated her emergency med-alert device. The FD was sent out, found that she was fine & had set off the signal by mistake. She said her son was coming to cook for her, so the firefighters made her dinner. (Petaluma is a fairly quiet place, so they probably counted on not getting another emergency call – in San Francisco or San Jose or Oakland, there’s no way they could have done this).

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Mormon Life / Re: PRAYER LIST
« on: September 15, 2017, 06:07:00 am »
Dear Prayer People,
Firstly, those of you that prayed Andries and I through the summer, thank you. We were able to attend Else' s graduation, give her hugs and send her off into the future with love.  Tender Mercies.indeed. That burden on my heart is lighter.
But in the last couple of weeks, it appears we have a crisis coming with David.  You all know he has been a challenge and a blessing all his life. He has doing really well. Far better than even we expected. Until now.
He is tired. He is overwhelmed. He is spinning his wheels. I think he is frustrated that his sister graduated and he did not.  He is threatening to quit.  That would be catastrophic. He has to redo about a years worth of exams because he never had to study very hard and university and self study is not natural to him.  And dad is not there to sit down and keep him focussed.  He CAN do it for himself depending on his interest level.
What he needs to do is hone the skill of planning. His biggest hurdle this week is making an appointment with his study advisor.  He makes thresholds for himself which he is fearful to cross.  He must move on into his Masters next year or he will end up unhappily working at jobs he hates all the rest of his life.  He has already given up the idea of a doctorate and university research....he would have been a champion.
At this point my prayer is just that he gets his bachelor.  At least then he can get a job where he can get close to employment he will excell in.
This prayer needs more than just mama.  This prayer needs all of us.
He has done amazingly well so far and it is frightening to see him backslide so suddenly . I wish he'd go get therapy. but he cannot even bring himself to go talk to the mentor....and I cannot push him anymore.   He feels like he is going to explode....

So please help him through this. I will continue to pray for all of you as  we have done for each other in the past.  Prayer works.
My heartfelt thanks.
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General Discussion / Re: The Feel-Good Thread
« on: September 14, 2017, 08:49:28 pm »
When I took my fifth graders outside for recess today, one of the girls shivered and said, "I feel really cold." The girl standing right next to her said, "I feel really amazing. It's because I have a hoodie." What a great outlook on a cloudy and windy day.
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General Discussion / Re: The Feel-Good Thread
« on: September 14, 2017, 02:09:57 am »
Indeed, the little things can be the real feel-good things! 8)
But there are times when the big things are needed - and this immigrant to America is doing big things for folks in dire need. [looking for applause graemlin]
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Forum and Member News / Re: I can use your prayers.
« on: September 14, 2017, 01:10:27 am »
I had my first chemo today and so far I'm not feeling terrible.    I had a pet scan on Monday and no mets showed so that is good. 

Thanks for asking.
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General Discussion / Re: Iggy's Ramblings
« on: September 14, 2017, 12:05:17 am »
Had my follow up with my PA regarding the latest blood test work-up. All my tests that should have gone down did [A1C's down by 1.8], those that needed to come up did. He is happy with my weight loss. Slowly, a few pounds here, a few pounds there.

I am his first patient to see this particular Rheumatologist and he wanted to know how the visit went. Beyond well. The Dr listened to me, and after witnessing my glassy eyed blank look at his use of the *medical* name ~ polymyalgia rheumatica, he referred to it as PMR. He was clear, concise and related to me the reasons he felt that what I was experiencing PMR and the treatment. From what the PA related, the Dr was clear, concise and detailed in his written report to my Medical/Diabetic Team too.

Told my PA that I easily understood the Dr, and all of my questions were answered without me feeling like I was an imbecile for asking.
~ ~note ~ ~ one of the reasons I left the last Dr was he repeatedly made me feel like an imbecile for asking questions regarding my health treatments. He actually told me that "Women need not worry themselves over that - He was the Dr, pay attention"

We changed some of my prescriptions due to insurance reasons. Because there wasn't any difference in the effects of the medications by going to generic, or in one case going to a product down the Tier group - these changes will cost me less in co-pay. He also wants me to get my Rx in 3 month amounts - resulting in reducing the chance of running out each month. Since taking my SS early for the sole purpose of paying for the increase in prescription co-pay, this really will not be a financial hindrance. I just wish Samaritan Pacific Hospital's Pharmacy were open to the public - getting ALL of my prescriptions through them would cost less to my insurance carrier. I would still pay the same co-pay, but the insurance carrier would pay significantly less.

Another thing Husband and I have decided to do is NOT allow ClassicSleepCare to send each of us new: Comfort Mask, Hose, Head gear every three months. Just because Medicare pays for it doesn't mean we need them. By properly cleaning them each week, and insuring that the hose is not bent, twisted and draped over or dragged over sharp edges, these parts can last for years. All we need to change out each month are the filters. Thus we need an extra one or two because the filters are also easily washed. BUT to insure they are dry when used again, letting them 'rest' & 'dry' for a month is best.

I have three extra filters. They are rather small so I am extremely careful with them. I wash them with my Dr. Bonner's liquid soap diluted down to 12-1 parts and use my fingertips to clean it. Then I pat dry with a soft wash cloth and let it sit out on my jewelry case to dry.

Every three months I take my machine w/all the accessories in to my Sleep Care PA - he makes sure I am in "Compliance" ie: sleeping a minimum of 4 hours a night [I average 7], that the mask, hose, etc. are clean and free of holes, cracks, build-up and *bugs*.

* * * Stopped at the local Appliance dealer - - they have a side by side freezer w/ice & water dispenser for $1,199.00. For $100.00 they deliver, install/set-up AND remove the old appliance. In talking with the wife she said that if it is just the ice maker that is having starts and fits, that can easily be replaced for less than $200.00.

I didn't tell her that the shelf that the vegetable bins slide under is broken - it took me hours to get it back in place the last time I cleaned the inside of the fridge - and that there is no getting it together if it ever comes apart again. The bins are not sliding in - they just set below. Also, the glass shelves are not bonded to the parts that hold them in the fridge. Never have been, so if anything spills, then they must all come out, come apart to be thoroughly cleaned.

Having a side opening freezer would give me more room for food. The shelves are adjustable too. Same with the fridge shelves - LOTS of spaces to adjust. The door shelves are molded solid and easily come out to clean! Their 23 cubic appliance is only 33 inches WIDE - Will easily fit. Won't have to move the range/stove over.

Now to go get a brochure from her so I can show the Hubs. Oh, and the black one doesn't cost $100.00 more than the white one.

Today was a good day.

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Since I am the guy in the choir that would get bored and mess around I probably wouldn't be much use. However, since I am also one of the most accomplished musicians in the stake I would be listened to. I would simply tell the guy to shut up and sustain the called choir director.
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At this point, I wouldn't say anything to him. I would go to her and let her know how you feel about how well she is doing. If you are friends with her, then I would help her feel empowered to shut down that type of interaction again (provide suggestions, role play, whatever you feel would help her). If you aren't friends, then I don't know that I would say anything other than sympathy (if she brings it up).

I think (hindsight is 20/20) I would have told him to pipe down after it became apparent it was getting uncomfortable for everyone. "Bro Smith, she is now the director. You've offered a suggestion and she can think about it. Now it's time to stop arguing and get to practicing. No seriously. Stop. We are all here wanting to practice, not listen to you arguing with our leader." Of course, I'm beginning to realize that I'm becoming an old fart and feel more free to speak my mind (while trying to keep it nice). 
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General Discussion / Re: Cabin & Porch
« on: September 10, 2017, 09:24:12 pm »
So, it's unofficially official. I will be released from my Nursery calling in two weeks (special stake conference next week). No new callings are being contemplated at the moment. I'm still a Cub Scouts leader, though, so I'm certainly not going to be idle.  But I will get to attend classes again, which means more crochet time ;)
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Forum and Member News / Re: I can use your prayers.
« on: September 08, 2017, 02:37:34 am »
Susan, how are you doing?
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General Discussion / Re: Current Events - US Politics Edition
« on: September 06, 2017, 10:58:22 am »
Andrew, it is a silly phrase meant to refer to both where the West lies on a map and their political leanings.
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General Discussion / Re: It Never Fails!
« on: September 05, 2017, 12:25:45 am »
What a blessing that your fridge didn't go out until you had money to replace it!
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General Discussion / Re: It Never Fails!
« on: September 04, 2017, 12:47:49 am »
The good news is that a new fridge isn't going to cost you anywhere near as much as what's coming in. So it won't make a huge dent in your plans to pay down your debts. And it will be much more energy efficient, which will save you money on your electric bills as well as your grocery bill since food won't spoil so quickly.
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Forum and Member News / Re: KetchupQueen
« on: September 03, 2017, 02:55:10 am »
About  a third of the mandatory evacuation orders got lifted tonight. That likely means the firefighters will able  leave structural defense mode of that and start to get more containment tomorrow... I hope. As long the other areas of housing don't become more threatened and need more personnel.
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