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InnerPeace - Monday Aug 15, 2022

Weight: 302.0

Spent Friday afternoon - shopping - I'm not a fan, but I think the girl is ready to go to school, except for one pair of jeans I need to order because we couldn't find them in her size.

Next project - DH's sister is a photograher, do I pay her to do senior pictures or just higher them out? Impossible situation. The sister is coming to town next weeked for the grand daughter's birthday party - to take pictures. I wonder does she expect to do them. She took some when the girl turned 16, and I wasn't too impressed with them. She uses silly filters and stickers and I just wasn't into all that. I just want a nice photo. The girl thinks she wants to wait until fall.

Saturday - DH and I went to the Corn festival. It was just food, a car show, some arts & crafts and food. There was nothing happening but people standing in line and buying food. I had some bourbon chicken and rice and DH & I split a funnel cake.I did see that they had an adult/senior excerise pad that was neat. We don't have anything like this in our town.


Sunday - DH & I went to breakfast and then he DH went shopping and I stayed home and mowed the front yard. About noon the girl brought the grand daughter over and after she yelled and cried awhile she finally settled down and played. She stayed all afternoon and then the YA & GF came over and picked her up. They were at a car show trying to get sponsors for the YA's race car. I still think watching babies is very hard work.

Up this morning for my exercise class - almost overslept until I remembered I had it. - back and arms are a little tight and will probably be sore tomorrow.

Work in the office -....people.

Have a great day! IP

Progress as of today: 35.9 lbs lost so far, only 92 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/15/2022:
I think senior pics are usually taken in the fall....and I don't believe that stickers or added things would be allowed in the yearbook........I guess my vote would be to get them done at a studio so that hers match the other seniors.......and so that family basically stays out of it....IMHO.....

Watching babies gets harder and harder the older we get....

Maria7 on 08/15/2022:
The exercise looks like fun!

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InnerPeace - Thursday Aug 11, 2022

Weight: 302.0

I made the beef and brocolli last night and damn if I didn't cut myself on that stupid mandelin again. I was using it to make carrot matchsticks and even using the guard, but a carrot got hung and I tried to push it through and one of the prongs tagged me on the tip of the finger...it's a love hate relationship with that thing!

I was doing OK for the day until the girl brought home some brownies from her work...and I ate not one but two.

We watched stranger things again - it is addicting - we should be finished with it this week and I will not start any more Netflix series, takes why to much of my time when I could be doing anything constructive.

My son called and should be home the beginning of September for a few days. He said he was going to leave again  to go to Florida to visit some friends and then come back for a few days and then leave for Germany. Like Bear I will be in search of a new mattress. The girl moved out of this room into the other room and now this spare room has no furniture in it. We trashed the last furniture to get rid of the bed bugs and didn't replace it yet.

One of my friends on facebook posted a video of her shopping spree game - I want to do this with DH & the girl so made our version of it - With a small budget ($30-40) we have to shop for:

something that is their favorite color

something to drink

something you want them to try

something that makes you think of them

something random

something to snack on

The girl will buy for DH, I will buy for the girl and DH will buy for me! My friend got a package of TP for her something random, she showed what each bought, it was cute and I liked it so we are going to play this weekend. It will be easier now that the girl is driving and she can go her own way.

We are eating chipotle tonight - it's been awhile and we (the girl & I) didn't want DH to cook again.

Exercise class tomorrow!

and school shopping I think! shoes & clothes.

Have a great day! IP

Progress as of today: 35.9 lbs lost so far, only 92 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
I hink we are going to love this mattress......and it was delivered by UPS and out of the box and out of the bag....and like magic.....will be sleeping on it tonight to test it out.

Your game sounds like fun.....I'm interested in hearing what everyone got and shopped for!!! The girl will always remember that outing......You are such a good Mom to her.

I loved school shopping...have fun!!!

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
IP....I will put the pic and the amazon listing of what we got.....will try it out tonight...so far though...GREAT!!!

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
Picture of matrrss is on my post today.........super easy...arrived in a box....took pkging off and it started to have a life of it's own....amazing!!! I looked at some on line for over $1,000......but Thius has breat review...4.7 ourt of 5.

bearcountrygg on 08/11/2022:
^^^^THIS^^^^^^^GREAT^^^^^^Should have proofread that!!!

Jacky82020 on 08/11/2022:
That spree game does sound fun!

LOL. When I first glanced at your post I thought you said you cut yourself on a mandolin. I didn’t even know you played.

innerpeace on 08/12/2022:
lol - its a slicer - and I usually cut myself every time I use it

Maria7 on 08/11/2022:
What a fun idea! Getting gifts for each other to surprise each other with. Sweet!

horn_of_plenty on 08/12/2022:
would it help for you to wear rubber gloves (like a semi-thick cleaning glove) when using the mandolin?

the shopping spree sounds right up your alley with the fun & creativity.

Donkey on 08/12/2022:
I think we're about to start Stranger Things, now that we're all caught up on the Star Wars and Star Trek series. Or we might try "Only Murders in the Building" on Hulu for something lighter. Husband is concerned that Stranger Things is a Dungeons & Dragons thing, which he does NOT want to watch. But I've heard it's not really a D&D thing at all.

Jacky82020 on 08/12/2022:
Yeah, never heard of a mandelin, but assumed it was a food cutting device from the context, that is after I got over images of you & your family in a bluegrass band. I like some blue grass.

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InnerPeace - Wednesday Aug 10, 2022

Weight: 302.0

Up this morning for the 2nd of the excerise class. I think I like it - ergo I will keep doing it.

Happiness class yesterday talked about how people focus on bad stuff instead of good - this is DH to a T!

Getting the girl enrolled for her senior year - she even had to get another shot (Vericella) - she made a comment that she gets more vaccinations than the dogs - had me laughing - because it is true.

Another cooking class/demonstration at noon - talking about power bowls - this is from work.

And then I have an appointment at 1:00 with the sleep doctor. He talks to me every 6 months

Dinner last night was almost nasty - but I don't complain because DH tries. He grilled chicken and used it with a kale, white cheddar pasta sauce he found with ziti noodles. It was just bland and no real taste at all.

Today I am home and will cook beef & broccoli.

Still reading my book for the book club, but I have't really gotten into it yet...slow read for me.

Subscribed to Heart & Soul - a farmer's market type thing for $10.00. They pack a vegetable bag for you and you come and pick it up. I sent the girl yesterday as pick up time was when I was at work. She brought me back 2 peaches, 2 tomatoes, 1 cucumber and 6 ears of corn. DH just bought corn so I gave the ears of corn to the neighbors. DH said the peach was 'dry'. Oh well it is for a good cause. Next pick up is Saturday. I can cancel if we don't like this bag.

There is a game I want to play I've seen it on FB and the girl said it was on TicTok too, but will hammer out my version and relay it tomorrow.

Have a great day! IP

Progress as of today: 35.9 lbs lost so far, only 92 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/10/2022:
Poor kid......still getting shots for school.....usually that is over with in grade school if not before. Senior year is a big one....hope it goes well for her...now she can drive to school???

Lots of classes for you....and they sound like fun....I get like that with some books too....if they don't catch my atention right away...they my miond wanders...I'm reading words and thinking totally different thoughts at the same time......bummer.

innerpeace on 08/11/2022:
yES! So happy she can drive now, because I have her running errands for me!!

bearcountrygg on 08/10/2022:
I would try that vegg/fruit deal you are using too......I tried misfits boxes....but there was a few things rattling around in the box and the refrigerated things were war. because ice defrosted too soon...but a badded deal that you pick up would be worth a try!!!

Jacky82020 on 08/10/2022:
I’ll haveto look that vaccine up. May know it by a different name.

You sure do manage to keep busy! Busy is good!

innerpeace on 08/11/2022:
Something about chicken pox - she's had chicken pox before, so I don't know why the school requires this shot...and she has to go back for a 2nd dose in six weeks.

bearcountrygg on 08/10/2022:
Varicella is for chicken pox

Jacky82020 on 08/10/2022:
Yes! I just looked it up. I had that when I was a kid. Read no vaccine until 1995. It is highly contagious and all the kids had it. I was very young & don’t remember much.

I told Walmart to stop calling me to come in for the second shingles vaccine. They must get a tidy profit because an actual person kept calling & calling, not the robot. I had a $50 copay. I got really sick and had a huge welt at the injection site. I got sicker than most people are from this latest covid variety going around.

I read the chances of a person like me who had shingles in college of getting it again is very low, so I’ll take my chances.

IP, sorry for having a convo with someone else on your feed. Feel free to butt in on mine anytime. LOL

Donkey on 08/11/2022:
I like the idea of a happiness class.

Jacky82020 on 08/11/2022:
That’s weird they want a chicken pox vax for someone who already had it. I hope she doesn’t get shingles in college like I did. Very painful. Ran under my upper arm and into the armpit. Takes a lot to get me to a physician, even way back then. But it burned & hurt & I was afraid it would spread. Had no idea what it was. First time in my life I was prescribed Vicodin. No idea if they do things differently now with antiviral medications.

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InnerPeace - Monday Aug 08, 2022

Weight: 302.0

Crazy weekend

Friday night DH, the girl and I went to the Guardians Game...they lost! Fireworks were awesome though. DH was sitting next to a guy from work who was so squirmy and then he took his shoes off and has his barefeet on the seat in front of us...acting like a 5 year old. Dh is like WTF is wrong with this guy, he won't sit still, antsy, squirming around - it was uncomfortable for DH. Luckily he didn't stay long - texted his partner and said they had to leave because he was in the bathroom throwing up...It was very hot too.

Saturday - DH had to work, I sat around  the house, I couldn't get motiviated to do anything and kept falling asleep in the recliner. DH gets home and we go to Vermillion to an old fashioned soda shop - it was cute. I ate a chili cheese dog and had a chocoloate, peanut butter light house - in a cool large parfait glass. It was good.

Sunday - around the house - finished laundry I started on Saturday.

Up this morning for my first class of the 5 week UncoverYouFit Weight Loss Challenge - (3 days a week - M,W,F) it was a good class
Science of Happiness class - Everyday for a week at 1:00 pm

Diabetes Self Mangement Program is Tue, Thru, Sat, Sun at 10:00 for 8 weeks -

And then today with the VA we went over Phyto (plant) nutrients - and as I already know and that this class reiterates - I DO NOT EAT right. She is sending me a new cookbook.

Work - dumb - office today & tomorrow

Blood this morning higher - 154 (over the weekend it was 129 ) this must be my lighthouse goodness kicking in.

Gym tonight

DH is using some of the meat he grilled yesterday for dinner...it is in his hands tonight.

Here is a necklace I saw at Meijer (grocery/store/everything store- similiar to Wal-Mart)....

My goal in life

Have a great day...IP

Progress as of today: 35.9 lbs lost so far, only 92 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 08/08/2022:
Your classes and program sound promising......There is a lot to dealing with diabetes.....lots of things to learn for us here and still learning......Love the necklace.

horn_of_plenty on 08/08/2022:
beautiful necklace, made for you!!!!

i've never understood the ansy-can't stop moving type of folks either. sounds like the guy was uncomfortable, maybe worried about his partner and knowing partner already sick...? it can be annoying tho to sit next to someone that cannot stop fidgeting. hear you on that!

i'd have enjoyed fireworks being great over a lost game any day!

Donkey on 08/09/2022:
When you saw that necklace at the store, did you feel like the Universe was talking to you? I'm glad you shared that picture - it made me smile.

I'm right there with you: I don't eat right.

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InnerPeace - Thursday Aug 04, 2022

Weight: 302.0

Been very busy at work - playing catch up is stressing me out. I think I am about caught up! Note to self - DO NOT TAKE VACATION THE LAST WEEK OF THE MONTH!!

End of month reports due, travel authorizations due, purchasing requests due and new property came in and because we are government - we have money to spend at the last minute, of course we do - USE IT OR LOSE IT!

Car was finished yesterday - all my struggles to keep our vacation within our budget and BAM $2300 car repair bill! WTF. How can anyone ever get ahead?

And than'ts why I work to pay bills!

Anyway struggling with blood sugar as well. I can't seem to get it below 140 - but will keep trying.

The girl got me into watching Stranger Things - I think I hate Netflix.

Cable bill is almost $200 - so will think about pulling the plug on that and only have internet for work and streaming.

Tomorrow we have tickets to go to the Guardians game with people from work -but as of right now, that all could be postponed due to supposed weather coming in (probably Donkey's rain).

Here are a few pics I took walking the doggos - spider webs (bugs) in neighbors yard and an insect of some kind that was posing on the cable box.

Have a great day! IP


Progress as of today: 35.9 lbs lost so far, only 92 lbs to go!

happy-1 on 08/04/2022:

Donkey on 08/05/2022:
Stranger Things is on our list for dinner TV next. I've heard really good things about it, so we'll give it a try.

Jacky82020 on 08/05/2022:
LOL. It’s called cutting the cord & we did it maybe 3-4 years ago. Final straw was when spectrum insisted we rent their DVRs. Annual rent exceeded cost of new device that lasts for years. So screw spectrum. We went with Sling, think it’s $35-40 a month. This plan does not include the major networks, but we placed antennas by each TV. Tiny flat things. Pick up maybe 15 channels, including ABC, NBC & CBS

Jacky82020 on 08/05/2022:
We have HULU too, it’s $7 a month with ads & $13 without. Sling, HULU & antennas (assuming you can get reception)would more than likely cut your bill in half. Think they have a $70 HULU option that covers lots of stuff.

innerpeace on 08/08/2022:
Thank you for these suggestions. I will look into alternatives.

InnerPeace - Tuesday Aug 02, 2022

Weight: 302.0

Work at the office - very busy with catch up.

DH grilled chicken and corn for dinner and a salad.

Gym last night - very good thing.

Rushed home to watch the episode of Better Call Saul with the girl. (She also has me watching Stranger Things - addicted...)

UP this a.m. and took the car to the dealership for $$$ diagnosis.

Walked the doggos and rain is coming in.

I have to figure out what to do with defrosted cube steak...

Completed some questionnaires for the Food as Medicine class and returned them to nutrionalist.

...and reading.

Today will be a good day! IP




Progress as of today: 35.9 lbs lost so far, only 92 lbs to go!

Donkey on 08/03/2022:
Glad you're back & posting again! I don't have much time to comment but I did want to welcome you back :-D

happy-1 on 08/03/2022:

horn_of_plenty on 08/03/2022:
i feel your busy-ness here!

InnerPeace - Monday Aug 01, 2022

Weight: 302.0

Back from vacation and ready to get things started!

Half way to our destination the check engine light came on in my car..underboost (turbo) went out or something and I had to use the slow lane up the hills. My car wouldn't get over 45 mph - took a bit longer getting up hills and this is not my style. I speed 85% of the time. Car has an appointment tomorrow to see how much this fix will cost.

We had fun, doggos acted right. I think I scheduled us too much to do because we didn't have a lot of down time and when we got back I was dog tired.

Ready for August though!

Started a new series with the VA - titled Food as Medicine series - it is 12 weeks on Monday. And then Thrive will start after that and I like the nutrionlist. I also have a class through insurance - entitled Meal Planning for Health, Budget and Time webinar on 8/12 (which is also Monday)...

Food Demo  - Lunchbox - work is on 8/3 at noon

Wellness Wednesday - work - on 8/17 - yoga class

Going back to the gym tonight - first step is always the hardest.

And then I joined a book club with the  Team RWB (Red, white, blue) for something to do - The first book is "The Dictionary of Lost Words" Pip Williams - it is the last Sunday of the month.

So trying to get August off to a good start! Blood work at the end of the month.

This morning blood sugar 145.

Food - ok

Have a great day! IP

Progress as of today: 35.9 lbs lost so far, only 92 lbs to go!

horn_of_plenty on 08/01/2022:
it's good your car didn't totally give out during the driving...sorry about the check engine light as well. i'm nervous also for my trip this weekend, but it's really not much of a drive once i think about it. An hour to my friend; then two hours to our destination.

sounds like you have a TON of health groups and fitness ready to go in early and mid August. that sounds great.

additionally, the title of the book sounds interesting, please share as you read it if you like the book.

bearcountrygg on 08/01/2022:
Looks like you will have a super busy month of August........Rooting you on!!! GO IP!

Donkey on 08/02/2022:
Wow, yes - you DO have August off to great start! I can't wait to hear about how everything goes this month!!

InnerPeace - Wednesday Jul 20, 2022

Weight: 302.0

I set a timer for 38 minutes and 11 seconds...this was perfect to drink my water. The ESA Guido was talking to me at my desk and my alarm went off...I said oh, it's time to drink water. He looked at me like I was crazy and then said, I should drink more water myself. I have had this timer for two days now and it is working well.

Yesterday I took half a day off from work and found myself outside pulling weeds in the flower bed (I secretly hate this flower bed and would plow it all under and plant grass because I detest pulling weeds so much - I fail to see how others find this an enjoyable past time) I did take my break though and drink my water every 38 minutes and 11 seconds (I don't even know where this time came from but it works well and I can get my 64 +ounces of drinking water in.

I think I did get a bit too hot because I ended up with a headache and went to bed just about 9:45 pm.

Up this morning and took the doggos for their a.m. walk, got home and finished the rest of the flower bed - I had about 1/4 of it left - it is done now and I will mow later before the rain comes in...or I might wait and do it Friday or Saturdy before we go on vacation...will see.

The rotisserie pork turned out very good. DH brought me a card and flowers and I just love him so much. He does put up a lot with a lot of crap from me.

The YA's GF told us she was pregnant again...already so soon??? Ugh not sure if I'm happy about this or just indifferent...impossible situations.

Put on the crockpot with chicken chili for dinner.

Work is ok -

Willc continue to straighten the house - I hate coming home to mess and clutter.

Have a great day! IP

Progress as of today: 35.9 lbs lost so far, only 92 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/20/2022:
I love your timer settings....What ever speaks to you!!! That is what works!! You aren't alne with disliking the weed pulling......I mainly just pretend I don't see the weeds...LOL......Another new grandbaby....Lucky YOU.....If it is as cute as their first one...be still my heart!!!

legcramps on 07/20/2022:
Both my parents were gardeners. My Dad especially seemed to have the green thumb in the family. This was not passed down to me, and I also fail to understand how picking weeds is therapeutic. It's only just annoying and barely tolerable.

horn_of_plenty on 07/20/2022:
GREAT idea with the timer. i set timers and reminders for things as well - very helpful.

i was off yesterday as well; was able to get more activity in than if i weren't off :)

nice work in your garden.

you are one young grandma :)

Donkey on 07/21/2022:
Sometimes weeding can be cathartic, but other times, it's just a bother. Hurts my back.

Maria7 on 07/22/2022:
I don't like the maintenance of flower gardens, either but they are so worth it to me...That was so sweet of your Hubby to bring you flowers and a card! Take care!

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InnerPeace - Tuesday Jul 19, 2022

Weight: 302.0

Taking it easy.

The weekend - well it happened. Saturday I did laundry. Sunday DH and I went to Cleveland to see the Circe du soliel - it was good. Thoughts have been crazy lately, all during the train ride I kept thinking, what if the train derails, should I hold on tighter, will I be flung through air? Just crazy thoughts. And then during the performance they were on trapezes and wires and every once in a while I would here a wire - sound like a binding noise - I guess it was being stretched tighter, but I thought what if that wire snapped and flew through the air and decapitated all of us in this section. Just couldn't get this morbid thinking out of my brain. Needless to say I was glad to get back home.

and now thinking about vacation next week. I dread the drive but I'm sure it will be fun once we get there. Every vacation DH and I always get into a snit, but I have already decided I'm just going to go with the flow, not even going to react to snarky comments or rudeness. It is not my job to make sure everyone enjoys him or herself and where I take everything personal. It is what it is and I will let the chips fall where they may. I am resolved to not get mad or angry at either member of the travel party (which is just DH, the girl and the doggos - how could I ever get mad at my doggos?). Do they ever consider their comments maybe amplified because I'm in an uncomfortable sitation?  Never! So I can't control what they say, I can only control my reaction to it!! I'm going with this.

Once we return I will be on the hot and heavy to get ready for the blood work at the end of August, just been doing so so the last couple of weeks and I'm sure that will show on the results.

But anyway...

Anniversay today - 8 years married to DH.

 B: scrambeled eggs, bacon, cheese burrito


D: rotisserie pork loin, green beans

Have a great evening! iP


After I wrote this I went and read Happy's post - I used two exact phrases in my post today that was in response to Happy's...great minds or I'm finally getting it...who's to say! And just a note...I write in this diary for myself only - I apprecate all comments and have learned a tremendous amount about myself and my relationship with food, however, i do not ever expect anyone to comment - that is not why I post/write. These are my thoughts and feelings and I completely understand if no on relates to them. You won't hurt my feelings...AT ALL!!

Progress as of today: 35.9 lbs lost so far, only 92 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/19/2022:
Happy Anniversary today!!!! Yup...don't get mad at the dogs....I hear ya!!! Somehow being in a car for several hours with bored people can be a test....of everyone endurance......I hope it is okay with you if I comment...I enjoy reading everyones entries.....

horn_of_plenty on 07/19/2022:
haha! you've been here a long time and i like to post on your entry because i known you a long time and i know you sometimes post to us once in ahwhile too. but you are a bigtime member here, so i like to comment to you! :)

nice eats.

nice to hear you are going on vaca. I can relate to feeling off with off thoughts...like going to the cirque and while there. i can relate. i'm not a big fan of too long car rides either. it;s nice with breaks during the drive.

Donkey on 07/20/2022:
Oh I can so relate to reacting to relatives. Silence is golden.

I appreciate why you write in this diary. And I'm glad that you do :-)

InnerPeace - Friday Jul 15, 2022

Weight: 302.0

Not posting a lot because I'm not doing a lot...and what I am doing is not anything to report on.

I get up and shower and go to work. Some days I telework, somedays I work at the office.

All days I walk my dogs. All days I deal with unappreciative people.

I am always kind and friendly even when I don't want to be. I am helpful and do my job, most times going above and beyond what is asked of me, that's who I am.

DH got a decent raise at work, he is happy! Still won't benefit for the $100 a week fuel bill but he continues to drive the big truck!

The girl is the girl...always scheming. I know this, yet I just do what I do. She wants to go to 5 & Below, but I get to drive because she doesn't want to use her gas! Seriously? She goes to her grandmother's every Saturday morning...DH was driving with her in her car and she says...why? You are using my gas. DH says, YOU are going to your grandmother's why do I need to use my gas? It took me a month...I finally told her, I don't trust your mother (she doesn't have a car, she will want to use yours) this is a hard definite NO, you are not to take your mother anywhere. I don't trust your BF I think he is a lazy POS who is 18 and don't have a license. You are NOT to take him anywhere and you are NOT to let him practice driving in your car - again hard definite NO. Anyway, last weekend was the first weekend she drove her car to her grandmothers. I told her I don't care where she goes or what she does but to be back to her grandmother's by 10:00 pm to text or call and let me know she was there. She is almost 18 and I have to come to terms with the fact she will make stupid mistakes. I am just not in a position to pay for those mistakes. Anyway...she can go to her grandmother's house in her car. I still don't trust the people she hangs out with.

Struggling with food.

I bought a small movie theater popcorn machine at a garage sale. I am going to take it to the office so staff can use. I thought it would boost morale at least for a week or so.

Saturday plans - yard work - grocery shopping (will be minimal because we go on vacation starting the 24th)

Sunday - tickets to Circque du soleil - Crystal - looking forward to this.

I pray you all find strength to deal what you are going through and find a little bit of hope in the rising of the sun! IP

Progress as of today: 35.9 lbs lost so far, only 92 lbs to go!

bearcountrygg on 07/15/2022:
Teens are tough to deal with.......I can see why you don't want her letting others use the car...Basically the responsibility of her and the car g=falls on you guys......but...as you say....she will be turning 18...then at that point....she is an adult......( we had ours take over their own car insurance at 18...they were both working......and while I well remember the looks on their faces when we told them...they also agreed......( we did wait for them to graduate from High school first though so they could work full time...which for both was Feb until June.........Isn't it funny how now that she has to pay for her own gas...suddenly she appreciates it...LOL...And I'm sure the popcorn popper will make a lot of people happy...and the place will smell terriffic as well.

Maria7 on 07/15/2022:
You are a FUN PERSON!!! I know your co-workers are thrilled with that popcorn machine! What a wonderful thing to do!!! Smelling that popcorn popping has got to be a happy experience for all of them! As for your Step Daughter, You are the BEST Mother to her...Always taking good care of her and looking after her and helping her. I know she must love you a lot. And I know you love her a lot, too. And I love your photos!!! The ones you take of your cute drawings and your walks with the pretty flowers! Thank you for sharing them with all of us! Hope you have a blessed day.

Donkey on 07/16/2022:
Actually, this is a great post. You're walking and staying active. You're working and doing your best there. I have to say, at least at my job, I do have people who do thank me and give me a little appreciation. I probably don't recognize that as much as I should, because that's actually quite a lot to be thankful for.

I think the popcorn machine at work is an excellent idea to boost morale. GO IP!

horn_of_plenty on 07/16/2022:
I'm glad for you to not have to go to work all days. I know telework can be complicated as well, but it can be a nice option to be home some days. xo

Happy for your hubby's raise. I am still waiting for mine, may not happen and that's ok, too.

you are smart to let her make some of her own mistakes (girl). but you can still advise her and give her suggestions...gas is a def killer and goes quickly. she'll realize it. maybe her mom will should pay her for some gas...and same with bf...if she drives them!...that would be a good option...for them to help with the gas...for the ability to get driven around town or practice driving in car (which should be done where there are no cars around ...less chance of a crash).

legcramps on 07/18/2022:
Awe, you're doing such a great job being a step-parent! It's not easy! I too would let the girl take over her car insurance and pay her own gas as well, but that's just my opinion.

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