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    Very hot, very humid here today. Temperatures in...

    Very hot, very humid here today. Temperatures in the low 90's, heat index over 100 degrees. We were going to go out for dinner..but maybe not. Definitely not! Dog days of summer. Which is why we...
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    It's on facebook, on my page. Thank you for your...

    It's on facebook, on my page. Thank you for your support.
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    OT: Fathers Day, 2018

    ON FATHER’S DAY, 2018

    How do they sleep at night?
    How do they sleep when they
    Spend their days thinking up ways
    To inflict cruelty upon those they must hate?

    The wailing mother, her breast...
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    Oh, Virginia, I'm so sorry your family is having...

    Oh, Virginia, I'm so sorry your family is having troubles! Getting old isn't for the faint-hearted. I can understand the childrens desire to get their parents close...but I also understand your...
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    Hooray!!!! It's working!!!! Ran the fan on it...

    Hooray!!!! It's working!!!! Ran the fan on it all night -- that wasn't exactly planned; just forgot to turn it off -- and then...tentatively....with bated breath.....turned it on this...
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    Oh, Virginia, that sounds terrible! I'm so sorry...

    Oh, Virginia, that sounds terrible! I'm so sorry you have to go through that! How dreadful you have to wait until Friday or later before they can fix it! Maybe a hotel/motel would be a good option?
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    Yes, flu is leaving..but slowly. Feel a little...

    Yes, flu is leaving..but slowly. Feel a little shaky today, but not much going on here, so it isn't so much an issue. Still cold here, but at least it has made it above zero. And so far TC hasn't...
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    Oh...as some of you predicted, the ON seems...

    Oh...as some of you predicted, the ON seems better today. Still there, some, but better. Hopefully it will go away entirely over the next couple of days...
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    I'm still here! :) And up and about, but I am...

    I'm still here! :) And up and about, but I am pretty shaky. I think I'll be better tomorrow. Freaky thing: when I was in the emergency room being tested for stuff -- they weren't sure if it was...
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    Still bitter cold here. Minus 11 last night, a...

    Still bitter cold here. Minus 11 last night, a "balmy" 5 above right now (1:30). Brrrr. It was snowing when we woke up at 8, but it has stopped now, so maybe an inch out there.

    I'm feeling...
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    I'm here! TC is off to a town 55 miles away to...

    I'm here! TC is off to a town 55 miles away to see his oncologist/hematologist. The good news is that he'll be bringing back sub sandwiches from our favorite sub shop. The bad news is ...besides...
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    It's bitter cold here, too. I'm staying warm and...

    It's bitter cold here, too. I'm staying warm and inside. Poor TC is outside all the time, running back and forth between house and his workshop. And tomorrow he has to drive 55 miles to see his...
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    I can't get in to audio books. Just not the same...

    I can't get in to audio books. Just not the same as reading. I guess there may well come a time when I'll have to do it, though. I know lots of people enjoy them.
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    A quiet day, here...not much different than any...

    A quiet day, here...not much different than any other. I did make a roast beef for dinner, so now we'll have roast beef for a couple of days. We didn't exchange gifts...we already buy what we...
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    I've always said that nursing homes are neither...

    I've always said that nursing homes are neither homes, nor provide good nursing.... If I live longer than TC, I hope to find caregivers that can come in and help....
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    We all do have to be careful to not ascribe...

    We all do have to be careful to not ascribe everything wrong with us to the MS. It might be other things. Loss of visual acuity could simply be a matter of age. Almost everyone, as they get older,...
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    Once upon a time I used to read a book all the...

    Once upon a time I used to read a book all the way through, even if I didn't much like it. Now I follow the "50 pages" rule: I read through the first 50 pages. If I'm not fully engaged, I stop and...
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    I'm sort of like Howie, although not quite as...

    I'm sort of like Howie, although not quite as extreme: If I don't wear something in a year, out it goes. My maid takes stuff to the local thrift shop for me (I don't get anything for it except more...
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    We should not be measured by what we produce, or...

    We should not be measured by what we produce, or what we can do, or what we do -- but measured simply because we are human. We exist. We are loved, we can love, we can just "be". My faith teaches...
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    Do you have a contact number for the Uverse, or...

    Do you have a contact number for the Uverse, or is that bundled with your phone? I suggest you get your son to follow up for you. Men are taken more seriously than women..
  21. Penzeys is a great company, and indeed great...

    Penzeys is a great company, and indeed great customer service. I think the only spice I now have that is NOT Penzeys is basic table salt.
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    What is Uverse? Was the $211 for the previous...

    What is Uverse?
    Was the $211 for the previous months bill? And then THIS month it will be the $70? Some companies bill for the upcoming month, some for the previous month. I don't use ATT so...
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    I never have figured out all those...

    I never have figured out all those connections.... I have half-brothers and sisters, and step-brothers and sisters, or so I've been told (I haven't figured out how they're different). And things...
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    Excellent guess! You're probably right!

    Excellent guess! You're probably right!
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    I don't know why they put that grab bar behind...

    I don't know why they put that grab bar behind the toilet. I had one and never used it. Took it out to make it easier to get to the toilet tank.
    --
    As for the vertical/horizontal bars: You use...
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    Ah, Chicago! I was born in Chicago, but was...

    Ah, Chicago! I was born in Chicago, but was moved to Park Ridge -- a suburb -- in 1948 or so. Moved away in 1965, have only been back a couple of times, not since maybe the early 70's. I know of...
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    Why, THANK you!! I thank my mother and my...

    Why, THANK you!! I thank my mother and my husband and my brothers and my publicists, and don't forget my hairdresser and make-up artist, and footmen and....

    Oh wait...that kind of speech is only...
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    I haven't started on cards! I was busy cooking...

    I haven't started on cards! I was busy cooking for TC's friends: beer mustard, cranberry mustard, cranberry conserve, lemon curd, lemon-lime curd, shortbread. All this for people I don't even...
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    Well, those who pick out sound bytes always pick...

    Well, those who pick out sound bytes always pick the most sensational stuff, and they're often out of context!
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    We try to be supportive when we know people need...

    We try to be supportive when we know people need support...and it's not always clear from posters where you're living, or about crises around you. We have talked about California fires lately -- I...
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    Yes she does. She takes a lot of blame. She...

    Yes she does. She takes a lot of blame. She blames the fact that she is a poor campaigner, that she never could put together a clear message and then get that message across to voters. She talks...
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    Oh, I'm sorry I missed your birthday!! Here's...

    Oh, I'm sorry I missed your birthday!! Here's a loaf of beer batter bread for sandwiches, though.. ooops...Tuffy Cat got there fires...then TabbyGrey.....It's all crumbs, now...
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    I don't intend to start a controversy here, but I...

    I don't intend to start a controversy here, but I am reading and enjoying Hillary Clinton's newest book, What Happened. A clear and thoughtful reflection on her last campaign, how she got there,...
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    My cats serve me by telling time. They remind me...

    My cats serve me by telling time. They remind me that it's time for their early morning treat. Then they remind me when it's time for their late morning treat, their early afternoon treat and early...
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    I'm here!! It wasn't THAT long since I posted! ...

    I'm here!! It wasn't THAT long since I posted! :) I was gone for most of yesterday: I was having trouble with my hearing aids, muffled hearing out of my left ear. So I made an appointment for...
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    Rather than bother her, can you stop one of her...

    Rather than bother her, can you stop one of her helpers and ask them? If the post office traces it, a notice will come to her, won't it?
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    I'm so sorry that Kofi is ailing! sounds like...

    I'm so sorry that Kofi is ailing! sounds like your vets are working hard to figure out what's going on.

    I was busy this morning making mustard -- cranberry, and beer mustard. The cranberry...
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    Hello, to SweetChoco....always glad for a...

    Hello, to SweetChoco....always glad for a newcomer! And happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I am stuffing my face as we speak, eating chicken and cranberry conserve. Yumm.. Chicken turned out really...
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    Oh, ANN, I'm sorry to hear about your furbaby! ...

    Oh, ANN, I'm sorry to hear about your furbaby! Pets and kids seem always to get sick on the holiday or over a weekend, when doctors aren't available!

    TC and I are having a quiet holiday. I'm...
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    I let him search a bit.. :)

    I let him search a bit.. :)
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    TC has a favorite cup that he uses every day. ...

    TC has a favorite cup that he uses every day. Now, we have a collection of mugs, probably 2 dozen or more, that we've picked up over the years, so it's not like there is only ONE mug in the house. ...
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    I think I was awake before you, Howie! I can't...

    I think I was awake before you, Howie! I can't seem to sleep much past 5:30 a.m... So I lie in bed and play on my Kindle, and harass folks on here and Facebook! :)

    Beautiful day, here, today! ...
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    Be prepared to wait awhile! It took me 3 months...

    Be prepared to wait awhile! It took me 3 months to get my chair! The "average" wait seems to be around 5 weeks.
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    Some folding wheelchairs do, some don't. That is...

    Some folding wheelchairs do, some don't. That is usually considered an "accessory", and will cost more.
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    Howie, I'm glad Sam is eating again! It's always...

    Howie, I'm glad Sam is eating again! It's always so scary when our furkids are ailing.

    My car is broke, now. We went to town (45 miles away) on Saturday and the car was rumbling. I didn't say...
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    Oh, Howie, I'm sorry to hear about Sam not...

    Oh, Howie, I'm sorry to hear about Sam not eating! That is not a good sign in an older cat. I hope she's drinking water -- it's really easy to get dehydrated. When my Tuffy stopped eating we took...
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    I think those wheelchairs with "fixed" leg rests...

    I think those wheelchairs with "fixed" leg rests are most common in nursing home settings, where there are wide doorways and fewer impediments to moving around than there are in a regular home...
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    Oh, Agate, I'm so sorry for your loss. As we...

    Oh, Agate, I'm so sorry for your loss. As we age, every loss is felt more, as we have fewer and fewer "real life" friends around.
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    Where is everybody?? Or is my computer not...

    Where is everybody?? Or is my computer not working? Last post here was late last night, according to my computer! Nothing much happening here..
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    Seems like every time I try to get here I have to...

    Seems like every time I try to get here I have to re-register! Anyway... now that I have everyone, including myself, confused.... :)
  51. Yes, take stuff in small chunks works. That's...

    Yes, take stuff in small chunks works. That's how I manage my day. And take time to congratulate yourself on getting that small thing done. A list of small things crossed off can be very...
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    I agree with the basic premise.....I do always...

    I agree with the basic premise.....I do always have a choice. But I would like to have the options open, the option to choose death. I'm not talking about suicide...but am talking about the right...
  53. Hi, there!! I remember you!! Glad to see you...

    Hi, there!! I remember you!! Glad to see you stop by!
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    I think all this stem cell research will...

    I think all this stem cell research will eventually end up being a godsend for all sorts of diseases. probably not in m lifetime anymore, but I'm hopeful for the next generation.
  55. Yeah, it's an anxiety thing. Massive anxiety...

    Yeah, it's an anxiety thing. Massive anxiety thing. There have been times when I've had folks come in and clean out some of the stuff while he's been off camping...and when he's come home, he's had...
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    Our neighbors...who have been our friends for...

    Our neighbors...who have been our friends for over 50 years...have a key to our house, and we to theirs. We watch each others houses when necessary, when one of us is out of town, or ill, or...
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    BBS, well yes I could do that. But I really...

    BBS, well yes I could do that. But I really don't feel the need to.

    No, I wouldn't feel comfortable letting Amazon delivery into my house, though. My maid, yes. :)
  58. BBS, our first house burned down (not his...

    BBS, our first house burned down (not his fault..a gas water heater pilot light went out; a spark ignited the accumulated gas). I thought that would take care of it. 10 years later and another...
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    I suspect the delivery people would have to be...

    I suspect the delivery people would have to be vetted, bonded, licensed, all that I know people who already allow maids and other service people into their homes without them being there. Not quite...
  60. I had to change companies again this year (had to...

    I had to change companies again this year (had to change last year when THAT company pulled out; now the second one pulled out). The new company has been in Wisconsin for years -- my father in law,...
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    Huh.....no! I'm not really afraid of spiders,...

    Huh.....no! I'm not really afraid of spiders, but don't want them in the house.
  62. Oh, I suspect for me it's depression. I can sink...

    Oh, I suspect for me it's depression. I can sink pretty low sometimes, and "moderately low" most of the time! :) Yes, cooking...I do like to cook and bake. I keep tossing TC's stuff out of *my...
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    Yeah, a new email would work, I guess. I just...

    Yeah, a new email would work, I guess. I just hope Mike sees this and comes up with an easy solution... like getting the two of them combined into one..so I know who I am! :)
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    I've never worn heels. Or a girdle (I probably...

    I've never worn heels. Or a girdle (I probably could have used one of them...could now..but ain't gonna start!). Or much make-up. And one of the first women in my college (in 1968) to wear pants. ...
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    Yeah, well I sent a note to Mike, haven't heard...

    Yeah, well I sent a note to Mike, haven't heard anything from him yet. I'm here right now on my laptop, so guess I'll just have to use it then.
  66. But the increase will be swallowed up by the...

    But the increase will be swallowed up by the increase in health care costs...
  67. Until I got really sick now 4 years ago, with...

    Until I got really sick now 4 years ago, with these pressure sores, esophageal ulcers, etc., I was one of those folks who did my damndest to not let MS affect what I wanted to do. For some years I...
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    Joys of living in a rental -- never quite assured...

    Joys of living in a rental -- never quite assured that you can be there "forever". We lived in rentals for so many years. At first it was month to month, and I was always worried when the rent was...
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    Towel bars are not meant for grab bars. ...

    Towel bars are not meant for grab bars. Depending on your weight, if you are falling and grab on to one, you can pull down not just the bar but the wall behind it.

    Yes, bathrooms are very...
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    Nuthatch, good suggestion about boxing in the...

    Nuthatch, good suggestion about boxing in the shower area, particularly helpful when you're building the house from scratch, but a little harder to do when you're modifying an existing space..

    I...
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    A lovely story, Virginia. I'm glad you could...

    A lovely story, Virginia. I'm glad you could continue a friendship. I know a few people who are much better friends to each other than they were as married couples...
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    We've had it done both in a "big city" and in...

    We've had it done both in a "big city" and in rural America. More than $500 is insanely high.
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    $835!!!! Get another quote on that!!! You can...

    $835!!!! Get another quote on that!!! You can buy a toilet for around $200, and it isn't that big a deal to put it in! Turn off the water, drain the old toilet. Break the seal around the base of...
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    That one could pitch you onto the floor! Looks...

    That one could pitch you onto the floor! Looks slippery, all that leather! Mine is fabric. Mine comes up slowly to get to whatever height you're comfortable with. They're not intended for someone...
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    There are all kinds of adjustable bath chairs. ...

    There are all kinds of adjustable bath chairs. I'm not good at that link thing, but I just typed adjustable bath chairs into Google, and came up with a bunch of sites, including WalMart...
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