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Paperwork done.

Friday, December 12, 2014

emoticon Larry and I went downtown today to the main JEA office and he signed the official paperwork for his retiring on December 31. It kind of looks like he should have worked another 6 months or so since they only do retirements on the 1st day of the month. That means his unused vacation time will not be paid until January as well as his last paycheck for the year so we won't get any social security for the 2015 year. We'll have to live on his retirement pay which is half of his regular pay plus the vacation pay. WOW that could get tight since the paycheck will have nearly $600 taken out for insurance and then there's taxes, car payment.... Hope we can survive the year without having to take money from the DROP because that would have taxes plus a penalty taken out if we take it before age 70 1/2. It's gonna be a scary year!!

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KERRYG155 12/17/2014 8:30AM

    Yep-first lesson is not to use the debit card every time you want something and Larry is good at doing that! It will be either cash or credit if it's something we absolutely have to have such as gas for the car or maybe some food for the table. If we can survive January then we should be good. emoticon

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DIBANANA 12/16/2014 9:54PM

  Wow Kerry. Not a great way to start retirement but I am happy for you anyway. I love being retired. I'm lucky that my medical ins is paid by the State of Alaska. We were grandfathered in. Now retirees pay!

I'm sure with your organization skills you will be fine.

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WESAPHILLIPS 12/12/2014 7:35PM


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RAPUNZEL53 12/12/2014 7:14PM

  Good Luck!

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GEORGE815 12/12/2014 6:23PM

    Good luck on that. Wife is retiring next month. Lot of new strategies will develop.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

I can't believe it's December again. Wasn't it just summer? Last week was Thanksgiving and kind of a crazy one-Larry and I were to drive our two grandkids (our middle daughter's kids) out to Tallahassee so their aunt (our oldest daughter) could take them home with her to Niceville for a couple days. Our middle daughter is the only one of the three with children and Dawn likes to borrow them once in a while. LOL Larry and I had decided that we didn't want to drive home in the dark so we reserved a motel room just up the street from where we always meet for dinner (Cracker Barrel) planning a quiet evening and a nice morning drive home. WELL, my husband came home from work on Tuesday evening with the flu-up all night to and from the bathroom which means I didn't sleep well either. Wednesday afternoon when it was time to leave he decided he definitely wasn't going to be able to sit in the car for a couple hours so the kids and I went without him. After dinner I got the motel room with the king size bed to myself and after a small continental breakfast I drove myself back home in time to jump right in with our youngest daughter preparing dinner-ham, turkey, devilled eggs, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, pumpkin pie and chocolate pecan pie. emoticon I had just a small plate of food along with some pie and Larry even managed a small amount. Of course, then I was the one up several times during the night but fell asleep about 4 and slept until 3:30 Friday afternoon. That has never happened before! I spent Saturday just kind of sitting around trying to find some energy-didn't eat much of anything all day. What a way to spend a birthday!! Sunday morning we skipped church bt I went in the afternoon because help was needed with the money counting. That got me out of the house which helped me feel a bit more normal. Today was back to the gym for water aerobics so everything is good again. Bonus-I didn't spend a dime shopping anywhere.

Oh, yeah, apparently our granddaughter had a touch of the flu or just a reaction to something she ate as she managed to throw up at Aunt Dawn's. Guess Dawn remembers why they have no kids. emoticon

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GINGKO711 12/10/2014 3:49PM

    Wow! So much going on!

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DIBANANA 12/9/2014 8:54AM

  Quite the nap Kerry!

Sounds like you actually had a pretty good Thanksgiving except for illnesses.

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FLORIDAGHOST 12/3/2014 8:29AM

    It sounds like you really had fun last week! I learned a long time ago when my Dad got sick, my Mom went to bed that night right next to him and woke up the next morning as sick as he was. I got to thinking about it. You're breathing in the germs they are breathing out. When Bob gets sick - a rarity - I'll sleep on the couch and it works better because we don't wake each other up going to the bathroom or just turning over because I'm like a bear when I move = apparently, and he snores loud enough to shake the rafters. Nothing has helped that either.

Anyway, another thing I leaned along the way, never sleep on a pillow that someone who was sick slept on. Yuk! But I've seen that one happen, too.

One time I talked about a migraine headache I had on SP and a total stranger told me her story of Migraines. She had two or three little children and she woke up with a Migraine. She had to get at least one off to the school bus, which meant she had to leave her nice dark and quiet bedroom. So she did and she realized on the way back from the school bus stop that her headache was nearly or totally gone. I was impressed and promised to try it. The next time I had a migraine, I forgot about the promise and after I went through it for 2 days, I kicked myself for only remembering it after the fact. The next time I had a migraine I remembered as it was coming on and while my brain was screaming at me to just go lay down in a dark quiet room, I put on my shoes and walked out the door thinking I had lost my mind, but no, I could still hear it screaming at me. I put on my sunglasses and stumbled around the lake - a mile. No kidding! - that headache was gone by the time I was halfway around. Then the walk was just boring as usual, but I had to finish it in order to get home. When I did get home, I did not need the dark and quiet room. My brain thanked me and I thanked that SP stranger. It really does work and I think you proved it to yourself without realizing it with all the exercise you did the next day or so. As much as I hate fitness - it seems to be a near cure-all. Of course it would be as nothing I really like seems to be good for me. Someday, I'll grow up!

Have a good one and hope you December is much better than your November ended up like. If that was your birthday, Happy belated Birthday! emoticon

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ANGELBELIEVER 12/2/2014 10:45PM

    emoticon You had quite the time of it didn't you? I'm so glad you didn't get sick from your hubby. I hate that kine of flu. It's so hard on your system. Glad you got to sleep such along time. You sure needed that rest. emoticon

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Happy Halloween

Friday, October 31, 2014

I'm hoping those pictures work and you don't have to turn your head sideways to see them. I spent a while today carving pumpkins or cleaning, picking, and sawing. I use the patterns so it's not that big a deal but the kids seem to like them so I thought I would post them. A couple times at the end of the evening I've had someone ask if they could take one home. We have our granddaughter plus a friend of hers here so they can trick or treat together and then spend the night.

Not a lot going on around here. We are now trying to think of something to do for our anniversary which is one day before my husband's retirement date. I kind of thought a cruise but he wasn't wild about the last one so maybe just a trip towards central Florida and a night or two away. We have about 2 months to think about it.

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FLORIDAGHOST 12/2/2014 8:37PM

    Great job on the pumpkins. I used to do that, but I don't buy them anymore so no point. It is fun, a bit relaxing when you can be creative with it. Now I would make ceramic pumpkins with faces if I had the money and time to do it. Love ceramics, but no time. Someday, I'll put my ceramic triple carved pumpkins on a picture and post it. It was a blast to make.

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1SURFWALKER 11/3/2014 12:26AM

    Very talented!
That is cool your husband is about to retire! emoticon emoticon I hope you figure out the right place to go. So many nice places to go in FL. We have our 40th coming up in a couple months and we were thinking of Disney, since we haven't been there in years! Lots of good walking and fun! emoticon

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FLPALM 10/31/2014 5:41PM

    Your Pumpkins are Fabulous! You say easy, I say not for me, I'm such a klutz, mine would never look that great! Kudos how they came out!

Wherever you go, stay, or take off to...enjoy! I'm sure you will be able to decide just the right place!


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UMBILICAL 10/31/2014 5:38PM

  Happy Dress Up

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KEEPITUP62 10/31/2014 5:16PM

    The pumpkin carvings look great although the first one is sideways but it's exercise to tilt the head to the side so that's okay.

Happy Halloween.

Susan emoticon

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KERRYG155 10/31/2014 5:10PM

    Okay, one is right side up and one is sideways. Sorry.

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New things on SP

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Some things I don't mind but when they make it so I can't get my entire friend feed I don't like it. Someone, Pat, said it has been moved from the bottom of the page to the top right but I don't see it anywhere. If someone can point that out to me I would appreciate it.

I did not do any exercise today-I have been strangely tired lately and basically did nothing all day. I have an hour of physical therapy in the morning so I will be getting a good workout there. Next Thursday will be the last PT session for this hip replacement. There is really not much happening right now-still struggling to get back in gear with the exercising other than the pool 2-3 times a week and PT twice a week. Since that's ending I definitely need to get back to the machines at the gym.

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FLORIDAGHOST 12/2/2014 8:39PM

    There are days when you just need to "Veg". I think it is okay to have a veg day as long as I don't let it go on and on forever. Hope you had a very restful day.

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ANGELBELIEVER 10/14/2014 9:00AM

    I'm re-subscribing to blogs as I'm not getting notices any more.

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DIBANANA 9/28/2014 5:20PM

  I found that if I click on start and go down to 3 which has community and full if you click you can find your sparkpage and then your friends. Took forever for me to figure out how to get bonus points.

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DIBANANA 9/7/2014 10:19PM

  It took me a search to find the calendar! I don't do technology well

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1BEACHWALKER 8/28/2014 9:02PM

    Right under the ad top right. Take care.

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FLPALM 8/28/2014 12:44PM

    I'm with you! With my DH having jury duty for three months, there goes my summer of gym time! Thank goodness I can go any time, but missing the classes, and the social aspect of it is a real bummer.

I took him to the courthouse and took the car, but waiting for him in the garage..not knowing when he will be getting out really is difficult and awkward. So here I sit, not doing or being where I want to be in truly sad, but a few more weeks and I will be back on track.

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Bob the cat.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Once a long time ago when our girls were young I bought a kitten. That was the last time we ever actually bought one. Since then there has apparently been a sign on our house telling wayward cats to come on in. Since moving to Florida we have had 4 cats just move in. The last one jumped right through the screen. She is still here and doing well but with us leaving for a week's vacation she is going to be lonely. I do have a friend coming over to feed her and all. The reason she will be lonely is the cat that we already had when she moved in is gone. That cat, Bob, didn't move himself in but was brought to us by my trainer. Bob got his name because the bones of the end of his tail were sticking out. No skin or fur. Another friend happened to see this half grown cat being thrown out a car window and stopped. The cat just sat and waited while Steve came and picked him up. Steve is allergic to cats so he took it to Bruce who was my trainer and knew we had just lost a cat so Bruce showed up at my house with Bob- named by my husband. After a trip to the vet and more than $400 later Bob's tail was fixed but only about 2/3 what it should have been. Bob was a loving cat but didn't believe in using litter boxes. Oh joy. He much preferred the bathroom sink or the carpet outside the bathroom. We tried all the ideas from the vat but nothing worked so I shampooed a lot of carpet over the next 10 years. As arthritis hit my joints it also hit Bob's and he started missing the counter or bed and falling on the floor. Lately when he would try to stand up it would take a couple tries to get his back end up and then he walked stiff legged. I couldn't take it anymore and we had him put to sleep today. He sat on the scale to be weighed and then just lay on the table purring away while we said good bye. I know he's better off and not in pain but we will miss him tho I'm not sure my husband has even noticed. Now I can only wonder when the next cat will come sneaking or leaping through our door.

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FLORIDAGHOST 12/2/2014 8:48PM

    I'm sorry about Bob the Cat. He sounded like one character - poor guy. I love kitty commercials. I get all excited like a little kid and just love the cats in the commercials these days. I keep saying, "No more kitties live here," and my DH say's, "Yet!" I think he is planning on getting one for me - maybe a Christmas present? I'm not even going to let myself go there, but I will be so happy if he does. We don't really need another cat, but I so love the last two we had. They loved me and I loved them and they really had personalities.

Hope you don't miss your cats too much.

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KERRYG155 8/5/2014 9:03PM

    Thanks to everyone for the blog comments. I'm slow getting back because of a week of vacation in the Georgia mountains with little or now WiFi or cell phone reception!! I am still looking for Bob to come running when food is put in the dish along with looking for his messes when I walk into the front room. THAT I don't miss but I do miss that big gray furball lying around the house.

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DIBANANA 8/3/2014 12:01PM

  I'm sorry to hear this Kerry. I had to put my dog down in Alaska and he was so thrilled to take a ride in the car. It broke my heart and I cried for a long time. Hugs to you.

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FLPALM 7/25/2014 11:21AM

    You have a great heart for all of God's creations...and that speaks volumes to me!


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NHES220 7/25/2014 10:42AM

    So sorry about Bob, but it sounds like you gave him and many other cats a great life. They know whose house to come to.

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BMCOLLEY 7/25/2014 6:54AM

    With the exception of the toileting, it sounds like Bob was a true member of your family. I hope you new cat comes soon.


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LIVIN4LISH 7/24/2014 11:07PM

    I'm so sorry. They become family members, and it's so hard to lose them...

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