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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I've been having right sided migraines more lately. When I get those I get so sick and nauseated that I throw up and just want to crawl in a hole. That's what happened Monday when I had an appointment with my retina specialist so I had to reschedule it for next Monday. I'm just wondering if the surge in right sided migraines has something to do with the vision problems I'm having in my right eye, like the temporary blindness episodes. I'll discuss that with the retina specialist Monday. Then at my next neurology appointment I'll let them know and see what they think. I'm thinking they're tied together big time. Hitting my head (on the right side no less) at the doctor's office last Friday when I had my Aunt there probably didn't help either ~sighs~ sometimes I can't win. Plus all this tripping and near falls are probably related too. Must remember to mention those too. I'm sure my back won't let me forget - it's still giving me problems just not nearly as bad as it was. I'm being careful with all that I do to avoid any further damage or problems.

My brother ordered 40 daylillies to plant at my house plus some other things. I think he's got me three peonies - maybe reddish color, some rose of sharon bushes and two small butterfly bushes. My best friends, Shawn and Rhonda and my brother are coming down in a couple weeks to landscape my front yard. Needs it really bad. My brother has been promising to do this for the last five years and we're just getting around to it. He found the plants he was looking for I guess finally. I've seen photos of all the grown results so they'll all be pretty. I also told him what I like. I sent photos in an text message to Shawn and Rhonda of the front of the house so Shawn can figure out how this will work. He does landscape work. Plus once they're done with that, hopefully Shawn can till me up a garden patch. I'd love to have a garden this year. Once the landscaping is done I'll post before and after photos. Can't wait to see what it'll look like when it all comes to life!

Allergies and asthma are driving me nuts. I get pollen alerts every single day and have for months now. I can't be outside when someone's mowing - triggers an asthma attack - not always but most of the time since I'm allergic to grass. I took shots years ago for the grass allergy but had a real bad reaction to the shots so that was stopped. Couldn't handle it. Needless to say the inhaler is with me at all times. Tonight's walk was cut short because I was running out of options on where I could walk just to get back home - too many out mowing. At least for the most part the farmers aren't spraying the fields any more. Hopefully that's done for a little while at least. I coughed most of my walk but didn't have an asthma attack so that was a good thing. That's how I ended up talking with a gentleman a couple streets over. He asked me if I had allergies and then we talked about my dog. I've seen him and his wife sitting out several times when I walk.

I'm noticing my 86 year old Aunt is starting to confuse things when she's talking. I'm never really sure who she's talking about. If it's some of my cousins I can generally figure out who she means even when she says it's someone else. Yet she says she notices when everyone else makes a mistake. Sometimes I don't have a clue who she's talking about. Then on another day she'll tell me again and I'll realize what and who she's talking about. She's having eye troubles too. She has age related macular degeneration and she said something about a blood vessel in her eye but I'm not too sure what she's talking about. My other Aunt takes her to her appointments because she's retired now and can help me with her in that respect.

I'm repotting plants gradually. I'll have to buy more potting soil very soon to do much more. My Aunt brought over another banana tree which probably won't live. I live in Western Kentucky and people around here have them in their yards during the summers. Come winter they get the chain saws and cut them down and dig them up and throw them under their house until spring. Well, this winter was colder and snowier/icier than most and I think that got this little tree. At any rate, I've planted it and will see what a little TLC might do. I've repotted one of my smaller pineapples and several tangerine trees. My problem is I'm going to have to buy flower pots! Bigger flower pots! Plus I'm running out of room in the house with the bigger pots taking up more of my space. I foresee problems this fall. I'm anxious for the night time lows to be consistently above 65 so I can get this tropical jungle outside for a few months. Unfortunately we'll have a cold snap next week into the first week of May. They're saying even frost or a freeze possible. Geez, the winter that keeps on giving and giving and giving.

Hope everyone has a great week. Not much going on. It's Quilt Week over in Paducah. Time to stay away from the crowds. They said there were 40,000 there this year. I know the mess it can be so I'm staying home this week. No thank you for the crowds. I feel sorry for my son who has to go work and try to find parking at the mall when he goes in. I hope it wasn't too bad for him today when he got there at 2ish.

Well, take care ya'll. Stay safe. Keep on your healthy fit quests. emoticon emoticon

  
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LOVETOLAUGH56 4/24/2014 8:15PM

    Hope you are able to get to the Retinal Speicalist next week. Sounds like you really ought to see him.

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SWDESERTLOVER 4/24/2014 6:01PM

    I know your yard is going to be beautiful. I hope you'll post some pics when it's all finished. Sorry to hear about your continuing migraines. I hope you can find some relief soon for these, and your allergies. I have seasonal allergies, but not nearly as bad as what you are dealing with. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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GINILEE4 4/24/2014 4:12PM

    Your yard IS going to be splendid. I love Rose of Sharon and my favorites are Rhododendrons and Bougainvillea. Neither of which can be grown where I live. That is probably not spelled right either. Hope they can narrow down the headaches etc and find out why all this is happening. In the mean time, take it carefully and stop hitting your head! LOL. Enjoy your gardens and the gardening. In a apartment now, we can only do container gardening on the balcony but will put in tomatoes and herbs. have a good week and keep blogging. And walking that sweet doggie.


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DANCINCAJUN1 4/24/2014 11:16AM

    I keep looking in my pineapple plant to see if I might have a baby pineapple growing ... I got a few new pots at the end of the year closeouts last year so I'm good on empty containers ... anxious to get my container garden going also but just been too chilly ! take care ... roc
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MSLZZY 4/24/2014 10:03AM

    I would check into your blood pressure medications, if you take any, as one of the side effects can be a loss of balance and falling. Just me thinking out loud.

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FINCHFEEDER80 4/24/2014 8:57AM

    I am so very grateful to have an inhaler this year. I am definitely feeling the elevated tree pollen. The pine trees have sneezed over everything up here in Virginia! I've noticed my lung function isn't as good as it usually is.

I hope your doctors can get you some help, all those migranes and blind spots just sound so scary! It sounds like you're taking them in stride. I'm not sure how I would handle all that, but I'm very glad you're taking care of yourself.

You'll have to put up some pictures of your new landscaping when it's finished, it all sounds so lovely!

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DGFOWLER 4/24/2014 6:06AM

    Ramona God bless you and all of your health issues. We have a healing God.. let go and let him take over. emoticon Donna

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 4/23/2014 9:44PM

    Great catch-up blog. I'm sorry about the migraines and allergies. Not any fun. They said on the news it will be bad all over the country because of the late spring.

It's good you're still getting out for walks. We are going about every other night for at least a short one. I had to take a muscle relaxer tonight so we didn't go. Good thing. The wind came up and tumbleweeds are flying around like someone throwing out baseballs.

(((gentle hugs))) I'm glad I got a glimpse of how you are doing because I have been wondering.

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/23/2014 9:38PM

    Oh Ramona, you have a lot on your plate betwen your health and your Aunt! It does sound like your migraine and eyes could well be related. I know the only times I have migraines it is because of my eyes. I really hope you can find a solution with the doctors soon, these migraines sound dreadful! And allergies on top of it... ugh!
I am sending you lots of sunshine and warmth so that you can enjoy your garden very soon! I LOVE peonies and I am sure your new front yard will be beautiful!
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JEANINNEWCASTLE 4/23/2014 8:38PM

  I write (or type) out all my symptoms and health issues before going to the doctor. It helps me so that I don't forget anything.

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My pineapple plant update

Saturday, April 12, 2014



These are two of the most recent photos I made of my little pineapple. It's growing. Now my Aunt is bringing her friends over to look at it because they just don't believe you can grow a pineapple. She brought her neighbor over earlier today and she was just amazed. Now if my other six plants would produce (lol).

Everyone says I have a jungle in the house. I'm loving it though. Can't wait to see how big my pineapple gets and then my tangerine/lemon/tangelo trees and banana tree when it finally warms up enough to put them outside again.

Have a fantastic weekend y'all.

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/23/2014 9:40PM

    This is amazing! WOW!

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SPIRITSEEKER2 4/14/2014 7:33AM

    way cool !!!!!! would love a jungle house emoticon

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DANCINCAJUN1 4/13/2014 8:59AM

    what a great picture .... my plant is 14 months old ... I am looking forward to it looking like yours .... roc
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MSLZZY 4/13/2014 5:00AM

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SWDESERTLOVER 4/12/2014 11:02PM

    I LOVE it! emoticon

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BRENDABUNNY 4/12/2014 9:48PM

    That is so awesome and unique I think emoticon

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  I love your pineapple! emoticon

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My week and test results

Friday, April 11, 2014

My 86 year old Aunt gave me a real scare the other day. We went to lunch and to the Dollar General Store afterwards. Well, we came out of DG and she said she had to sit down, so I told her to go on and get in the car while I put her walker and what she bought in the trunk. Imagine my surprise when I shut the trunk and walk around the car. I find her laid out in the front seat half in the car and half out. She wasn't completely out but it did take several tries to arouse her. Finally she allowed me to help her up. She said she just got "hot & sick & needed to sit down". This is about the 4th time that's happened in the past 9 or 10 months. We had just figured it was she got hot because she had on too many clothes. When she gets hot she does get sick so that was what we chalked it up to. Mine you she wears sweat pants, long sleeve sweat shirt and a sweat shirt jacket and it was about 70 degrees outside. So I figured she would get too hot because I commented on it when I got over to her apartment. So we sat there for awhile and she said she'd lost her glasses. We looked in the car but it was difficult to search with her sitting there. The next thing I know - I'm looking around the car on the outside - is I look up and she's laid out again. Not good. About that time this couple pulls up and the man asks if she's ok. I said I don't know but I'm going to take her to her doctor. He said "my wife's a nurse, do you want her to check her out?" I said "please". So she got out of the truck and checked her. They wanted to call 911 and take her to the hospital. My Aunt flat out refused. So I asked them if they minded staying with her while I go in and check and see if her glasses are in DG. They said no. Well, they didn't have them and I went over our exact steps and they were no where to be found. When I came out my Aunt had started throwing up - not lunch just a clear liquid. I told the couple I was taking her straight to the doctor's office. I thanked them and waited for my Aunt to quit throwing up. Mind you she had been sitting up but was laying over (bend completely in half) hanging out the car door. So naturally I was scared she'd fall out on her head being in that position, so I walked around to her side of the car and stayed close by until she felt like we could make the 8 miles to the doctor's office.
We get there. She won't get out of the car because "he won't want to see me. You just go in and tell them". So I did and he was standing at the desk when I told the receptionist. Of course they wanted to see her! That's a no brainer. So I go out and help her out and get her in there. I told her I'd be right back because I had to park the car. When I got back in she said she had to go to the bathroom and felt okay to walk there alone. So she went and came back and told me she threw up her lunch. That her lunch gave her food poisoning. Okay, we had the exact same thing lunch and I felt fine. Besides food poisoning isn't usually an immediate thing. So they call her back and I went with her to explain to the doctor what happened because I know my Aunt well enough to know she won't tell the whole story. Anyway, he wanted to get an EKG and we went to get that done. Then he said he wanted to put a holter monitor on and check that out. Well they got her wired up, and she complained the entire time. She was supposed to write down any more incidents and push the button on the monitor. We got home and she got back in the apartment and said she was feeling so weak. I asked if she pushed the button and she said "no". So I showed her where to push and I documented it. Turns out that's the only thing she documented.
Yesterday was follow up to get the monitor off. She said she felt great. So I don't know. I do know she doesn't drink enough water and I told the doctor that. Plus she barely eats anything and the doctor said eat more. So yesterday she's once again decided she eats too much. Example yesterday's lunch one chicken strip (kind of smallish) and a piece of toast. That was too much food. So she's going to do what she wants anyway.
Turns out Wednesday the nurse heard my voice talking to one of the other nurses and said "Ramona is that you?" and I answered "yes". Turns out she was just getting ready to call me with the test results. Everything looked good. The cardiologist just recommended i keep taking my daily aspirin. Yea! I passed both tests! So I was glad and relieved but I had been confident the tests would be positive results.
I've been on stress overload. Plus last Saturday I almost fell. I tripped over something and when I started to fall I guess I either twisted or jerked to keep from falling - I don't remember grabbing anything but I hurt my back. Major pain. It's not the first time that's happened and it won't be the last. My poor back has been so abused! So my activities are kind of limited. I've taken pain pills but they're only dulling it as long as I don't move. As soon as I move the pain shots through me.
Sorry this is so long. I just wanted to share what has been happening. I know my status updates have reflected the pain so I wanted to let you know what's been happening. Putting my Aunt's walker in and out of the car so many times hasn't done anything positive for my back, in fact it's hurt it worse. I'm only doing light lifting, trying to avoid bending over too much and when I bend I try to do as much of it in a squat rather than full bend. Reaching up for anything is really painful too. So nothing is really getting done around the house. I changed sheets on one bed the other day and did about 6 loads of laundry - needless to say I hurt big time by the end of that. So I'm taking it slow and easy now. I will walk my dog, weather permitting since we're supposed to have thunderstorms today. It feels okay to walk, it's just getting back in the house that's the problem - those steps hurt!
I hope everyone's having a fantastic Friday. Enjoy the weekend. Remember we can get through this all together. Your encouragement and support mean so much to me. I have such wonderful SparkFriends. Sending you love & hugs, emoticon

  
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CEEBEE33 4/20/2014 12:16PM

    I hope your stress level (and pain!) lets up soon.
We've had similar issues with elderly relatives. They can certainly be stubborn, but you can only do so much. Your aunt is lucky to have you! I hope all works out well for her.
Congratulations on your good test results.
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SPIRITSEEKER2 4/14/2014 7:42AM

    sorry to hear your aunt is not doing well - that must have been scarey too ... hope she gets better ..
glad your tests are ok .. but hope your back is ok ...
take care .. it is good how much you walk :0)

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LOVETOLAUGH56 4/12/2014 3:39PM

    Hope you feel better. Take care
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CLAIREINPARIS 4/12/2014 1:39AM

    From what you are saying, your aunt doesn't eat/drink enough, and it seems a good explanation for it all... that and wearing too much clothes. I get very sick if I am too warm also.
Ramona, I am so sorry about your back and all the stress you are under. Please try and take good care of yourself. Your Aunt doesn't seem very easy to cope with and this is putting a lot of pressure on you. Remember that you need a break sometimes too!
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MSLZZY 4/11/2014 2:47PM

    I'd seriously consider that your aunt was having low glucose levels if they rule
out any cardiac concerns. DH has done that several times, even with just eating
lunch. He has been advised to eat more protein, even with snacks. He hasn't
had an episode like that for some time but it is scary when it happens. And his
mother does the same thing. Must be inherited LOL!

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FINCHFEEDER80 4/11/2014 1:22PM

    Thanks for the update- you know how we worry! I'm glad all your tests came out well, what a relief!

I don't have any good advice for you about your aunt, and like you said, she's clearly going to do what she wants to do. I'm glad she has someone as wonderful as you to look after her, though!

I've pulled muscles in my back a couple of times before, I know how miserable it can be. Just keep doing the good job you do taking care of yourself. And ask your son for help when you need it- we have to look after our mamas, you know!

It certainly sounds like you're in better spirits than you were, and I'm very happy to hear that!

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Update on health issues...

Thursday, April 03, 2014

As many of you know 2014 hasn't been too kind to me in regards to health issues. First bronchitis and respiratory problems, then with a bowel obstruction and subsequent hospitalization. Then the MRI of the head. Now we have more problems!

I see a retina specialist. I've been going to him since January 8, 2009 for wet macular degeneration in my left eye. Well, now I'm having issues of temporary blindness in one eye (at a time) for up to 10 minutes. I saw him on Monday and he referred me back to my primary care doctor for non-invasive carotid studies and cardio-vascular studies. So I saw my doctor this morning and gave him the note from my retina specialist and told him what was going on. So next Monday I have been scheduled for a 2D Echo and a carotid doppler study.

Things have been really rough lately financially and I've been stressing out terribly. The bills are mounting up and I'm trying to pay something on all of them every month but it's taking my monthly disability check to pay them, leaving money for nothing else. Fortunately my son's helping me some with the groceries and any other bills I can't make. If I didn't have so many doctor bills and bills for the hospital and bills for tests it wouldn't be nearly as bad but they all come in at once. Since I'm on disability and only get one check a month it's gone before the day's cold when I get it.

So if I'm not on here as much as before it's just because I'm kind of down in the dumps. I have good days and I have bad days. I'm trying to distract myself with walking my dog and being outside. I have tendencies towards depression since I'm bi-polar. As a result my weight is up and down - gaining and losing the same 10 pounds over and over again. Just when I feel like I'm getting control I get hit with something else and the cycle repeats over and over. I know things will level out, hopefully soon.

Don't worry about me or anything. I'll get through it all but thought you should know that I have a lot on my mind lately and I'm not really dependable about getting on Spark to catch up with everyone. It's more like spurts :)

I'm also distracting my thoughts by working on my genealogical research. It keeps my mind occupied really well.

I'm always happy to see the posts here on Spark. I may not comment like I did but I do try to read them daily. I'm still logging in my exercise and food like always and trying to remember to spin that wheel everyday. So don't think I've forgotten y'all because I haven't.

Talk with y'all later. Sending you love & hugs,
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SPIRITSEEKER2 4/6/2014 8:17AM

    I hope it all gets better - I am on disability too and it is gone on the day I get it for necessities and need more .. right now no money no gas - hope to get reimbursement check for gas - medicaid's contracted logistocare will give me a ride for medical- but they are awful and stress me out even more ( high anxiety ) .. so I drive and mail in my log - they send a check...
I have a little craft show sat and a huge yardsale to do the 26 - praying I sell a lot so will have catch up money - water bill is caught up but elec is still sitting here .. saw new internist hope he works with me - I have gained back 45 pounds since May - with thyroid - emoticon ...
so I do understand .. I had joined a quilt guild 3 miles down the street - so at least I get out a few times a month - and learning to quilt .. I know sewing - but this quilting is so different .. it helps
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FINCHFEEDER80 4/4/2014 9:07AM

    emoticon I have definitely been keeping you in my thoughts, and I certainly understand struggling with money. Thanks for checking in, and if you need anything, feel free to let me know, and I will do what I can for you. Keep on taking care of yourself! It WILL get better!

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BRENDABUNNY 4/3/2014 10:16PM

    I will be praying that things turn around for you and they can help you to feel better..Be strong and know that we are all here whenever you can check in...BIG emoticon emoticon

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CEEBEE33 4/3/2014 7:44PM

    Take care of yourself. Hope your health gets better and the stress lessens soon.

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DANCINCAJUN1 4/3/2014 6:58PM

    enjoying your personal status each day lets me know you and the pup are up and at em ... always a joy to see you around ... some days I spend way too much time here rather than up and at em !! take care of yourself .... rocie
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GINILEE4 4/3/2014 6:47PM

   

Be well, Ramona. emoticon Try to take it easy and do what needs to be done. Is there any medical help available to you from the government?I will be thinking of you.


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LJCANNON 4/3/2014 5:40PM

    emoticon You are in my Prayers, and I look forward to seeing your posts about walking the Dog! For some reason, it always gives me a smile to know that you and the Dog were able get out and walk even if just for a short time. Don't worry about not posting or responding "Appropriately" Just do what you are able and know that if you need to talk, we are here.

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JEANINNEWCASTLE 4/3/2014 5:26PM

  How did that post twice? Sorry - double post.

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JEANINNEWCASTLE 4/3/2014 5:26PM

  Ramona, I so understand about having one health crisis after another. I'll pray for you and your difficulties. And I really understand about the financial impact of all those bills too. emoticon

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Article about Sitting and becoming disabled

Saturday, February 22, 2014

I read this article and thought I'd share the link with y'all. I have to agree with it because if I had done more the last 20 years I probably wouldn't be in the shape I'm in. Plus I'll turn 60 in September so I feel it's important to keep our bodies moving as much as we can. I know it can be a challenge.

www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/02/19/
279460759/sit-more-and-youre-more-like
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So let's move our beautiful bodies and keep ourselves in motion. We'll also keep our spirits up too especially when you're able to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and nature. Walking is a great way to spend your time outdoors. For those that run or jog or ride bicycles that's great too.

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LOVETOLAUGH56 2/24/2014 11:17AM

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CARMEL_466 2/23/2014 5:50PM

    Thank you for the article. I am trying to move more and working with my fitbit to get the steps needed in...long way to go but I won't give up.. emoticon

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BRENDABUNNY 2/22/2014 10:57PM

    Great Article Thank you for sharing

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MSLZZY 2/22/2014 10:44PM

    So true! Thanks for sharing!

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DANCINCAJUN1 2/22/2014 9:05PM

    absolutely ... and today was an exceptionally gorgeous day ... out all day and so enjoyed it ! roc
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ROBBIEY 2/22/2014 6:44PM

  My motto keep moving forward. Moving is the key Thanks for the article.

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