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    It is hard to know what to write about right now, isn't it? It is hard for me to chat when the world seems to be on fire. I was telling my daughter yesterday that so many tough things are going on, it is hard to even remember what yesterday's outrage was about. Overturning Roe v Wade seemed like the biggest crisis until children were slaughtered. No wonder we can't keep our focus on the greatest threat, our rapidly changing climate, when more immediate horrors keep popping up. I am pretty down about all of this but trying to focus on the things over which I have immediate control. Such as choosing not to drink.

    I hope your health continues to improve, Pav, and that your mysterious illness is figured out, Kensho.

    Ava, I'm thinking of you and Jasper's family. xx


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    Hi Nest!

    Sorry to hear you had Covid PAV! May I ask what your symptoms were? Typical - with fever? Just wondering if it has atypical presentations often. Glad you're on the mend. How is your CA moisture situation? I hope you are not in another drought. You and WAGS have been through some tough dry conditions.

    I can't say enough about how disappointed I am with our government regarding guns. Everyone pushing to allow "gun freedom" is being paid by the NRA... how does that seem right?? My kids are school aged and do "active shooter" drills regularly. How did we get so far in this pit?

    LAV and G, I love the statement, "Learning to trust ourselves keeps us safe". I think too many of us have forgotten to check in with our hearts and guts and rely on others to tell us our truth.

    I'm feeling better, though I kept the CT scan appointment in mid-June. I've had this pain for 20 years... it was just much worse this time and came with flu like symptoms and lasted 2 weeks. I'd like to find out what's going on.

    I can say for sure that I would not be where I am now if I hadn't chosen to stop drinking. I didn't hit rock bottom. I didn't pass out every night. But I wasn't living my best life - I was chained to alcohol. And after 4+ years, I can honestly say that I don't feel like anything is missing. I never needed it - I just thought I did. If you are feeling stuck, take the leap to quit alcohol and have faith that it will end up better. I have not seen a single person who has committed to a long term quit who doesn't say they feel more balanced, connected to their purpose, and stronger / happier. It's the best decision I've ever made in my 46 years - I get to experience my children's lives sober, I have the opportunity to be present and have a more rewarding relationship with my husband, and my career has reached a level I could only have dreamed of. It took work - and it's all completely worth it.
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    Good evening Neters,

    Waiting for some storms to roll in, it’s been cloudy all day. Seems like Memorial Day weekend is always damp here on the east coast. Monday my be a bit better so looking forward to that..
    Hearing more today about the Texas school shooting & am shocked the doors were left unlocked allowing anyone to walk in, terrible. The police response was rather dismal as well.

    Pav, I’m sorry Covid got you but glad you’re on the mend
    I did get my second booster the day before Mother’s Day & am glad I did. Haven’t talked my husband into it yet but I’m working on him. Covid cases are up >161% in our state, ridiculous. Feel better soon..

    NS, I understand how you feel, really. I’m trying to focus on one crisis per day, it’s all I can take at this point. I am continuing my fundraiser for Ukraine relief, have sent >$250 to help them. I am actively talking to my grandsons & hoping they eventually look into careers that will benefit all mankind. Who knows, maybe one of them will find a way to help our climate crisis in a big way. Take care.

    Kensho, glad you’re feeling better & keeping that appt for the CT scan. Knowing the cause of your discomfort is a huge step in figuring out how manage whatever is going on. Hope you get your answers.
    After feeling so completely hopeless for so long I am now eternally grateful to be in the driver’s seat of my life again. I won’t give up that seat for anything, so there’s no drinking, ever for me.

    Hello to all & wishing everyone a safe night in the nest!
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    Hey, Nesters. So good to catch up with my support team. Kensho was kind enough to send a sweet note to me today and it reminded me that support when we are down is important. Like NS, I’ve been really low about the state of our country and the people in it. It’s not like we don’t know how to fix many of the things that are so very wrong, but our leaders are choosing not to. It’s frustrating and infuriating. What a shame that they are consumed with their own advancement rather than the people they took an oath to protect and serve. Priorities, right?

    I'm still dealing with this eye that’s driving me nuts. After several appointments at a specialist, I pulled the plug on that plan. The only thing it relieved me of was $1500. I guess it’s just something I’ll have to live with (it feels like I have a tear about to fall, my peripheral vision is wavy in that eye). I’m going to a heart specialist tomorrow, I’ve been having palpitations. Surely half the country is, too, with all that’s going on. I’ve seen about it before (about 20 years ago), not sure why I didn’t get something done at the time. I understand it’s a simple balloon procedure that can fix the rhythm issue. We’ll see what she has to say about it. It’s scary when it happens, so I’m ready to get it fixed.

    I continue to make chocolates, that’s a good stress outlet. We have a neighborhood party this weekend. Im going to unload, I mean, share a bunch of it then. I have a freezer FULL. We were invited to a neighbor’s house last weekend and it was fun but weird to socialize. Im double vaxxed and double boosted, I guess I can’t stay in bubble wrap forever. I was the only non drinker there. I thought about that a little more since I was out of practice socially. In fact, as a card carrying member of the Alcohol Police, I noticed the other women were drinking a lot….like the way I did. It made me grateful that I don’t have to go through quitting again. I still gained 2.5 pounds. These neighbors own a gourmet meat market and they didn’t hold back for this party. The food was awesome. I also noticed I ate more than the others, who were more interested in their drink than their plate….just like I used to do. Sheesh, those weren’t the days.
    Pav, thinking of you and hoping you are feeling much better.
    Linda, holding you close in my thoughts as you make your way to your family for Jasper’s services. No words for that. Bless you all.
    Kensho, I hope you can get to the bottom of your issues. It’s always something! Feel better.
    Slo, I hope you are going from Slo to Fast! Hugs, dear lady. The best is yet to come!
    Wishing everyone a happy evening and safe Memorial Day! Love to all! Byrdie
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    Byrdie, you came back! I’m so sorry about your eye. That has to be so annoying.
    I feel the same way about now socializing without alcohol. Being the only non-drinker, being more interested in the food now rather than the drink…it’s different, and not totally comfortable; but we’re not chained anymore anyways. Like Lav says, this way we can be in the driver’s seat of our own lives!

    Is this your first time with Covid, Pav? I had it in February. Glad you’re mostly through it. It did leave a residue of fatigue for the week or so.

    The two youngest daughters seem to be enjoying their time in France! I’m thankful that D3 is fulfilling young Francophile D4’s dreams of Paris! They are in the south of France now. I took French for years throughout school and loved it, and was close with my French teacher. I would have liked to re-experience learning French with this daughter, and am still annoyed that ex-HB made her take Spanish when she was enamored with France, and wanted to take French. Like, let her follow her own passions!

    How will I decorate my condo, Kensho? I don’t have a clear vision, but thankfully have my own “Kensho” to help me! So far I have purchased a washer/dryer set, and a bed. And am having shelves built in the basement.

    Wishing you all a good Friday as we collectively stay off that train to Boozeville!
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    Happy Un Hung Friday everyone!
    Well today is going to be a beautiful day here, 22C- which is about 75F. That is perfect weather for me.

    I got back from Mexico last week. It was a good trip but I got food poisoning which sucked. I seem to be prone to getting food poisoning.

    I am gardening now and that is fun. Always a good stress relief.

    Byrdie, I wish I could try some of those delicious chocolates. They look beautiful.
    Sorry that you got Covid Pav. I guess we all will probably get it eventually.
    I have always wanted to go to France, SLO, maybe one day. I bet the food is delicious!

    Nice to see GMan is back. Whoop!
    Hello Wags, Lav, Ken, NS, everyone.
    Have a good one.
    xo
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    Hello Everyone,
    It has been a while. I wrote the other night, made a spelling error, back spaced over it and erased the whole shebang!!! I was so tired, I gave up and went to bed. I am so tired these days and my miracle sleep ability has disappeared. I upped to 75mg Topa, so maybe that is disrupting my sleep.

    I have just read the last few posts and agree - so much nastiness going on in the world. Covid, that horrible, horrible school shooting (when the hell is that ever going to stop?!?!), Ukraine, poor little Jasper, our hurting bodies, etc etc etc.
    I fortunately never got Covid, and am thinking I should go get my second booster for sure!

    I am at work and the lab is beckoning. I am on day 21 AF and doing fine. Lav! Down 7lb!!! I texted my partner last night that I was "driving" my son and his friend to a bar, but auto correct wrote "I'm drunk" and I didn't see the error until I returned. Boy, was he ever concerned!!!!!

    Have a great weekend everyone!
    xoxo Peanut

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    Greetings Nesters,

    Byrdie, happy to see you back. Sorry about the health issues, they seem to come frequently as we age. I figure we are doing the best thing for ourselves by remaining AF. I hope you get some relief from the rhythm problem, scary for sure. Keep working on those gorgeous chocolates, they bring you happiness. I have such a small social life anymore that I’m not really bothered by what other people are doing or not - I just ignore them, haha! You have come such a long, long way & there’s no going back, right? You take care

    Slo, you should have gone in that trip with your daughters if it was possible. I’ve been to France twice with my daughter & loved every minute. She has the French skills & she used them well. I hope your girls have a great trip. Maybe there will be another chance to go in the future

    Narilly, welcome back but sorry about the food poisoning, geez. That can’t be fun.
    Enjoy your warm weather this weekend.

    Peanut, CONGRATS on your 3 weeks AF and the 7 lb weight loss, yay!!
    Getting a pound off of my old body is like incredibly hard these days, Lol. Keep up the good work!

    Pav, hope you are improving & feeling better.

    Hello to everyone & wishing a safe night in the nest for all!

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    Hi, All:

    Thanks for checking in NS and Byrdie. Good to see you both. Byrdie, that eye thing is so disappointing. I really feel that older women are ignored in healthcare. Like iff you were some famous basketball player they would have figured it out for you instead of guessing things. Who knows.

    Peanut, congratulations on 21 days, that's a huge milestones.

    My symptoms were body aches, congestion (like REAL congestion - could hardly move my head at some points), cough and fatigue. The cough is of course lingering, as is the fatigue, but I am healing slowly. I am not complaining - thank goodness the vaccines made it so much less. I am also really listening to my body because I heard that pushing it can be a cause of long covid. I don't have any research or evidence to back that up - just "heard," but it makes sense to me.

    Ava, I hope your trip up to Jasper's family was ok.

    Slo, France sounds lovely!

    Happy LONG weekend here in the US.

    x
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    Greetings Nesters,

    We’ve had a few quick storms move thru today, didn’t last long. Looks like my son & his family will be here tomorrow to cookout instead of Monday, that’s fine with me.

    Pav, glad you’re coming out of the Covid funk. You’re smart to listen to what your body wants right now, why push it anyway? Lots of rest & fluids are in order I say

    Hello to the whole crew & wishing everyone a safe night in the nest!

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