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    hollysmokes reacted to LadyLisbette in Psyching Up For a December Whole 30 Graduates   
    Do you do one braid or two? I think braids are so pretty. Mostly I wear them when I hike, but am about to do some experimenting. Do you wear / have you ever worn French braids? I'd like to learn that soon so I can show my stripes in different ways to help get me through the awkward 2 years of gray grow-out I am looking at. It's interesting to me about your inclination towards looking in the mirror with expectation of seeing change. That feels really understandable to me, though I can't find words or rationale for it. I think it might be a deeply intuitive thing, and though I can't relate precisely to your current challenge, something in me says, "yes, that makes sense." Transformation has to be happening, and you are feeling it, so sensitively. The curiosity of it is a sign of Heart chi, and that encourages me with a measure of joy!
    Did you have your bath? How did it feel? How is your fever and cough today? How is your hubby? Yesterday I forgot my phone at home, but today I will bring it, and look forward to your news. My new epsom salt bath gel is eucalyptus/spearmint, on second look. I took my bath last night but was too distracted and mentally hectic to really relax and follow my breath, although I did feel more relaxed afterwards, so that is something, and I'll take it, gladly.
    Today is our 5th wedding anniversary! I'm not sure if we will celebrate tonight or tomorrow when we have more time, and our 1.5 day of weekend...I made lemon garlic chicken last night that can be re-heated tonight, or we might treat ourselves to take out from the steak house in town that is offering specials for take out. It's been controversial up there because they advertised on FB and people came from up to an hour away, and only 20% of them tipped, causing a lot of hurt and FB drama. Playing it by ear like everything else these days.
    Love and hugs to you!
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from LadyLisbette in Psyching Up For a December Whole 30 Graduates   
    I heard this twice yesterday so I figured it was my message from the universe so i thought I'd share it with you. I'm glad I listened.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5NPN3NF0rM
    Soulshine The Allman Brothers Band   When you can't find the light
    That got you through the cloudy days
    When the stars ain't shinin' bright
    You feel like you've lost you're way
    When the candlelight of home
    Burns so very far away
    Well, you got to let your soul shine
    Just like my daddy used to say
    He used to say soulshine
    It's better than sunshine
    It's better than moonshine
    Damn sure better than rain
    Hey, now people don't mind
    We all feel this way sometimes
    You gotta let your soul shine, shine till the break of day
    I grew up thinkin' I had it made
    Gonna make it on my own
    Life can take the strongest man
    Make him feel so alone
    Now sometimes I feel a cold wind
    Blowin' through my achin' bones
    I think back to what my daddy said
    He said "boy, in this darkness before the dawn"
    Let your soul shine
    It's better than sunshine
    It's better than moonshine
    Damn sure better than rain
    Yeah, now people don't mind
    We all get this way sometimes
    You've got to let your soul shine, shine till the break of day
    Sometimes a man can feel this emptiness
    Like a woman has robbed him of his very soul
    A woman too, God knows, she can feel like this
    And when your world seems cold, you got to let your spirit take control
    Let your soul shine
    It's better than sunshine
    It's better than moonshine
    Damn sure better than rain
    Lord now people don't mind
    We all feel this way sometimes
    Gotta let your soul shine, shine till the break of day
    Oh, it's better than sunshine
    It's better than moonshine
    Damn sure better than rain
    Yeah, now people don't mind
    We all feel this way sometimes
    You've got to let your soul shine, shine till the break of day   Songwriters: Warren Haynes
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    hollysmokes reacted to BabyBear in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    It’s Day 14, two weeks compliant and that is saying something!
    7:55 rise and shine. Lots and lots to do today.  Got everyone up and started food prep.  1st up sweet potato mini quiche.  I scored some sausage at Sprouts that is compliant, and it’s got a kick.  I hope I can handle the heat!
    The mini quiche turned out lovely!  

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B6A6B3dlqGR/?igshid=1dp1uzcylnsaq
    9:30 M1: 1.5 eggs and about 6oz sausage and 1/3c pineapple.
    I had about 1.5 eggs left over and 1/3 of the sausage so I tossed the two in a hot pan and made me a sausage scramble.  Oh I wish I had had some Lettuce left because that would have been great as a wrap.  I finished off the pineapple with it. Yum!  Now to rush off to the boys cooking class.  I have to remember no taste testing the apple pie or quiche they are making.  
    And they plopped a piece of ice cream and pie down in front of me! So I fed most of it to the baby and when he was done… I grabbed the plate and spoon, picked it up took a long whiff as my eyes rolled back into my head I tossed it in the trash. That’s how we tame the inner two year old saying I want it! I want it! I want it!  Not today sweetheart, it just doesn’t match up with your current long term goals darling.  There will be apple pie in your future, just not today so sit your butt down and drink some water.  And so I did.  
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    hollysmokes reacted to BabyBear in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    This is resonated with my soul this morning after my morning quiet time. 
    They say the bravest thing is for an addict to take the first steps to recovery.  Food is my drug of choice, and I am neck deep in the struggle of recovery.  
    This journey is so much more than just what I choose to put in my mouth!  80% of the struggle is mental/emotional junk I must overcome, and no one but me can do it for me.  
    It is Day 12 and I am resolute today and in this moment to change my mindset and my desires towards food and health.  I am better than I was, but not as well as I could be.  The struggle is slow and long, but temporary.  I am changing.  This is my metamorphosis.

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    hollysmokes reacted to laura_juggles in Bare Banana and Cinnamon chips   
    Regardless of the fact that it's none of your business why I don't seek out banana chips, they're in the cereal aisle in my local supermarket. I don't eat cereal, and banana chips aren't a constant presence in my mind, so I rarely buy them. 
    I've been here a while, man. Most people who fight against one particular aspect of a rule are fixated on a particular food in a way that's bordering on addiction. Just something to think about. *Why* is it so important to you that you need to keep having your banana chips? 
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    hollysmokes reacted to ladyshanny in Worried about not stepping on the scale   
    Aw, sorry to hear that you're having that internal struggle. But what if you change your mindset and internal dialogue. if you are eating protein, veggies and good fats in a quantity that gets you 4-5 hours in between and allows you to feel well, sleep better, think clearer etc - would you change what you were doing because of what the scale said? Would you eat less and be more hungry and have less stable moods and less energy just to make the scale move? What would be the point in that? 
    Also try and remember that the "optimal" weights that they say women should weigh do not take into consideration that women are not men. Are you 55# overweight? Specifically? Like if you lost exactly 55#, everything would be perfect? 
    I'm not trying to give you a hard time, I promise. As I've aged and my life has changed I have gained weight too..........but it doesn't define who I am, it doesn't make me less loveable or more deserving of critique. This body you have has been with you through it all every single day of your life without fail. Be kind to it - speak nicely to it - don't submit it to a weigh in, instead submit it to a love-in.  
     
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    hollysmokes reacted to JessFind in Anew in Arkansas - Round 2   
    @Jim Baunach I would also suggest you start your own thread with these questions. Right now you're taking over @heb2014's journal and this probably isn't the tone she wants to start her journey on. (I don't mean to speak for you, heb.) Like with any lifestyle change, it's best not to be so literal about it. There is no fast and easy way to get rid of cravings forever. If you're looking for a magic pill, this isn't the program for you. But if you want to be diligent and change your habits with the help of this program with an open mind, by all means dive in. 
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Jim4884 in Psyching Up For a December Whole 30 Graduates   
    It really was merry and bright! Now, back to reality! Not that's that's a bad thing but it is definitely a thing today. I got up before my husband every day this long weekend and totally enjoyed the quietude before it was time to get things done. We had a pretty peaceful day yesterday. Brunch was nice but not much I wanted to eat. I had couple of small bites of ribs before realizing that even if I scraped the sauce off of them, they were sugar bombs. Thankfully, about half of the little piece I took was bone. I mostly ate my deviled eggs, some fruit and some almonds. I was almost tempted to try a friend's family recipe mandarin orange cake but when she said it was a doctored up box mix frosted in cool whip, that made it really easy to pass up. We came home, munched on a bunch of almonds and watched a movie while our little pork roast cooked. It came out great but the lobster wound up being a little under done and we had to give it a short, gentle nuking. It was good but not great but I'd do it again with some adjustments. I managed to put breakfasts and lunches together using leftovers so I was able to clean out the fridge a bit while I was at it. That's about all of the housework that's been done for the last few days, too! Keeping the kitchen from descending into chaos was about all I could keep up with.
    We were able to take advantage of the fabulous weather and went for a little hike on Christmas eve. It was so nice then we came home and had scallops and green beans for dinner. My husband requested teriyaki-ish for the green beans but he realized that teriyaki sauce is, essentially, syrup. It's nice that he's become more aware of what's in the food he eats but he still eats it no matter what. Freezer to the rescue! I remembered that I had some of Michelle Tam's all-purpose stir fry sauce freezen so I just reduced it and added it to the green beans with some toasted almond slices (his idea again!). It was really good but a little too salty because I over-reduced it- oops but have to remember that!
    Nothing like a sharp talon on your nose or lip in the middle of the night, huh? I had to put a spare pillow on my night table when Squeaky was younger to keep him off of it because he loved to chew on my glasses. The other thing he liked to chew on was the power cord for my computer. I had to replace it twice and Apple is pretty proud of those so I opted for a knock-off brand the second time, thinking that I'd probably have to get another one eventually but he's lost interest now that he's an old fart. He still likes to attack the toilet paper and grocery tote bags and boxes are all his if they're on the floor. 
    Have you seen the Ken Burns documentary about jazz? That was the background for our scallop dinner- really nice. I think we'll take it easy tonight, watch another episode and have leftover pork roast and roasted vegetables for dinner. 
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from MelissaSue in hollysmokes log   
    Sunday, Dec 15, Day 23:
    Sleep: 7h 15m + 1h 25m awake=8h 40m in bed
    M1: Niman Ranch bacon (so good!) and 2 fried eggs, fermented peppers
    M2: very small baked chicken thigh, prosciutto, handful of coconut flakes
    pecans
    M3: chuck roast topped with salsa
    Steps: 4,500
    More veggies, more steps but it felt really good to get some rest in between cook-up projects
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from MelissaSue in Psyching Up For a December Whole 30 Graduates   
    13 is my favorite number. When I was little, my grandparents lived overseas and my grandmother brought be a charm bracelet from Thailand. One of the charms was a little key with a tiny tag that had the number thirteen on it. She said it was the key to happiness and that was my lucky number. So it is!
    Holy cow it has gone by in the blink of an eye but it also seems like it's been my whole life and everything else before that is so distant. My husband's niece is getting married on 2/20/2020 so we are going to LA for the celebration. It's right outside of New Orleans so we should escape most of the Mardi Gras madness- yep, that's Mardi Gras weekend but it's also our 25th anniversary together so it will be special. It's a big year for us; we both have significant birthdays this year, too.
    Right now I have my eye on the prize: a FIVE-day weekend next weekend! Cannot wait! So far, I don't have plans other than the party Saturday night and I don't have a to-do list either but I'm sure that will change. Yesterday I tried to get all grocery shopping done to carry me through Christmas even though I'm sure I've forgotten a thing or two. It took TWO trips to the farmer's market because I was so busy thinking about holiday stuff, I forgot to buy eggs, of all things! I struck up a great conversation with one of the vendors and his wife as I was buying their beautiful daikon radishes and Napa cabbage to make kimchi so that was really fun- now I just have to make it. I managed to get the two ferments started that I wanted to work on and that pretty much kicked my butt for the day! I now have a gallon jar of purple and white daikons fermenting so they should turn a beautiful color and I got a gallon jar of saueruben (spiralized turnips) started that my husband said looked like a bowl full of albino worms- thanks, honey!
    I have some ground turkey, leftover pieces of turnip and the last of my gigantic kohlrabi to make my breakfast hash (or casserole- I haven't decided yet) for the week and I picked up a pound of ground lamb to make gyro burgers for lunches. I'd like to take it easy and get some reading time today so I'll see how that goes.
    Yoga with kitties and happy hooping!
     
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in hollysmokes log   
    Friday, Dec 6, Day 14:
    Had a slight hissy fit and pouted for about two hours last night when I realized that I can eat nothing except the prime rib at an upcoming Christmas party/wine tasting. Nothing! It kinda took the wind out of my Tiger Blood sails but I'm trying to put my big girl pants on and come up with an hors d' oeuvre and veg side dishes that I can eat, everyone else will enjoy and won't be a duplicate of something that's already there. I'm glad I have a couple of weeks to brainstorm because I'm drawing a blank. Anyway...
    Sleep: 6h 41m + 1h 35m awake= 8h 17m in bed
    20 minutes of weights (forgot to document 20 minutes of mobility yesterday morning)
    M1: same + fermented radishes
    M2: same as M3 yesterday
    M3: pan-seared chicken breast diced and added to broccoli, cherry tomatoes and green onion w ranch dressing- delicious and gorgeous enough that my husband was jealous that he only had steamed broccoli w cheese to go with his chicken  
    Steps: 8,954 I need to start checking my steps late in the evening- it would have been a good mental boost to get another 47 steps in! That's two days in a row! 
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from littleg in hollysmokes log   
    Saturday Nov 29 Day 8:
    Sleep: 7h 50m + 1h 55m awake= 9h 45m in bed
    M1: 3 fried eggs, 2 sliced Pederson's bacon, fermented radishes
    M2: brunschweiger, broccoli and ranch
    Made a "syrup" with cherries macerated in ACV to add to soda  for a drinking vinegar-style drink. Yum!
    M3: NomNompaleo's cream of mushroom soup and some slices of prosciutto
    Steps: 4461 but got a lot done; it just didn't require much movement, sadly. Made fire cider and sorted through (and got rid of) 5 binders of recipes as part of the Mins Game! Yaaay!
    Feeling really good and was totally stoked to have something delicious to drink. Didn't miss having a beer while we watched the ballgame at all and made sure I wasn't hungry so I wasn't tempted to eat bar food. It had been a dreary, rainy day so it was good to get out of the house, run a couple of errands and socialize for a bit. Need more steps and more vegetables!
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in hollysmokes log   
    Day 7: Opt Outside Friday!
    Sleep: 5h 57 + 1h 32m awake= 7h 29 min in bed so a little low on sleep because we went to bed so late but feeling good even if a little tired. Planning a low key day!
    Lazy and reading so didn't get around to M1 until it was almost time for M2 so just skipped it.
    M2: burger and slaw w fermented peppers
    Did a 3 mile hike and had a Chomp's stick, some coconut an a few dried blueberries as a post workout snack
    M3: small ribeye and the last of my creamed kale from Thanksgiving
    Steps: 11,002! Trying to stay >10K for all 4 of my days off but the weather Saturday is supposed to be awful so I'll have to figure out how to make that happen.
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in hollysmokes log   
    Day 7: Opt Outside Friday!
    Sleep: 5h 57 + 1h 32m awake= 7h 29 min in bed so a little low on sleep because we went to bed so late but feeling good even if a little tired. Planning a low key day!
    Lazy and reading so didn't get around to M1 until it was almost time for M2 so just skipped it.
    M2: burger and slaw w fermented peppers
    Did a 3 mile hike and had a Chomp's stick, some coconut an a few dried blueberries as a post workout snack
    M3: small ribeye and the last of my creamed kale from Thanksgiving
    Steps: 11,002! Trying to stay >10K for all 4 of my days off but the weather Saturday is supposed to be awful so I'll have to figure out how to make that happen.
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in hollysmokes log   
    That looks really good; I'll have to try it. I have a country pork pate that I like but the percentage of liver in it is pretty low. I've also read that pork liver is the strongest flavored liver so trying the beef sounds like a good plan. I think I'll bring that to a Christmas gathering next month. Hmmm, I kind of assumed the Usinger's was widely available since it's made in Milwaukee and I've gotten it in both Louisiana and Tennessee but I guess not. Sorry.
    Day 6, Thanksgiving Day!!:
    Sleep: 7h 29m + 2h 7m awake= 9h 36m in bed
    M1: 2 fried eggs w fermented peppers, broccoli and ranch dressing (late 1000)
    M2: burger patty with a big pile of slaw (also late 1430- trying to NOT arrive at the party starving)
    M3: turkey, brisket, my Cran-Cherry sauce, brussels sprouts, my creamed kale w pine nuts- 2 sm helpings and didn't overeat. We were at a party and here's all of the thing's I didn't have: cornbread dressing, ham, mac-n-cheese, the sweet potatoes I made because I forgot to leave the topping off of one of them, pies, pies and more pies, homemade bread with Irish butter, lots of casserole-y things that looked delicious and lots more. It was hard but finding the brussels sprouts helped a lot because I felt like I had a complete meal. Also turned down a taste of a very good, very expensive red wine.
    Steps: 10,549 most of it in the kitchen and up and down the stairs because I was cooking all day!
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in hollysmokes log   
    Monday, Day 3
    Sleep: 7h 13m + 1h 31m awake = 8h 45m in bed
    15 min yoga/mobility
    M1: 2 XL scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, fermented radishes, a dab of guac and a few cherry tomatoes
    M2: grilled salmon filet, roasted eggplant w chermoula, cherry tomatoes
    M3: Chili verde with a big pile of steamed cauli and a sm handful of dried coconut right afterwards
    8,623 steps. Wanted 10K but 10 hr work day + 1 hr commute home crushed motivation
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in hollysmokes log   
    I thought I'd try something new this time and create a log. I've kept a bare bones paper log once before but never a public one. I made a spur of the moment decision that I wanted another W30 to guide me back onto the path and help create some more good habits. I am specifically going to focus on sleep and movement while letting the program show me once again how much better I feel when I follow the guidelines. It was amazing how quickly my brain switched to W30 rules!
    Saturday Nov 23, Day 1:
    Sleep last night: 7h 38m + awake 1h 38m = 9h 16m in bed
    M1: 2 scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and cherry tomatoes
    late M2: burger patty and a big pile of slaw w homemade mayo
    M3: burger patty with raw brocc and homemade ranch dressing
    Not very imaginative but no snacking, it fit the template and was compliant.
    8411 steps and no extra activity except 4 min each hand with the gyro ball
    Sunday, Day 2:
    Sleep: 7h 13m + 1h 31m awake = 8h 45m in bed
    M1: 2 fried eggs with a sm beef steak and fermented radishes
    M2: grilled salmon filet, raw brocc and ranch dressing
    M3: Serious Eats Pork Chili Verde 
    need more veggies but the chili verde sauce is all veg so not too bad- still need more. no snacking.
    10,422 steps that included 4 trips up/down the driveway with medicine ball fun in between each lap
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from LadyLisbette in Psyching Up For a December Whole 30 Graduates   
    I'm so excited for you! It sounds like it was meant to be; just the way it should be. Have a wonderful birthday XO
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    hollysmokes reacted to kirbz in Kirbz's Whole30 Log   
    Thanks @hollysmokes, that's very kind of you. It's been very difficult but it was most definitely for the best and I know things will be better. For now, I'm focusing more on me and health and fitness are once again going to be a very big part of that! Today is now Day 2. I should finish just in time to indulge in Thanksgiving goodness! LOL. I hope all is well for you! 
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from LadyLisbette in Psyching Up For a December Whole 30 Graduates   
    Crazy, crazy day and I just have a second. I wasn't sure when you were heading to MJF and wanted to wish you happy travels and wonderful music. I'll have to dig it out but, somewhere I have a great quote from Tim O'Brien about the power of art. Gotta fly! 
    Be safe and enjoy!
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from kirbz in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    That's awesome @kirbz! You and that view are gorgeous.
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    hollysmokes reacted to kirbz in Planning to start September 1. Are you?   
    I wanted to take a moment to share a huge NSV! I'm an aspiring alpine climber, but not particularly fit, strong, or skilled. I'm also overweight. Just a few pounds ago and I was technically in the obese category based on BMI. 
    I had a big climb planned for Monday, which was Day 8 of my Whole30 journey. This was going to be my longest climb with the most elevation gain (10+ pitches with over 2,000 feet of climbing and topping out at 10,306 feet). I had done a different climb a few weeks prior and it was so, so hard. I almost couldn't finish. Despite all the training and effort I had put into it. It was actually that climb that inspired  me to start Whole30. Because I had been doing everything right except nutrition. Which finally convinced me that I can't be the kind of fit I want to be without that part. Enter Whole30.
    But this one was great!  I felt strong. I never doubted I could finish it. I wasn't completely and utterly exhausted on the hike out. It was a total and complete joy! 
    I don’t know if my hard work is finally paying off, if I’m turning the corner toward Tiger Blood, or if I just fueled right, but I’m so, so happy to finally see changes happening in the mountains.  
    Here's a photo of me at the top of Tenaya Peak in Yosemite National Park! 
     

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    hollysmokes got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Paleo Valley Beef Sticks   
    I brought this same topic up a while back and was told unequivocally by the mods that it is NOT OK. I disagree but avoid fermented sausages with dextrose if I am doing a W30 but do include them in my food freedom. I think one of their arguments is that it's a hard and fast rule because every single item that made that claim would have to be scrutinized and either given a thumbs-up or not, leading to confusion. Sad, because real, fermented salamis are delicious but I totally get it AND it's only 30 days
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Fresh vs Frozen vs Canned--Taste quality   
    I never met a green I didn't like- unless it was canned. Ewww slimy! Frozen is good, too if you aren't up to the washing and de-ribbing of fresh kale/collards. We've gotten so used to the texture of other greens that we don't even care for cooked baby spinach any more. I'll add a couple of handfuls to almost anything: hashes, casseroles, stir-fries. The smaller leaves make a great salad, too. Slice them up in small ribbons (chiffonade) then massage with salt, garlic, a few red pepper flakes if you like a little spice enough olive oil to moisten and a DROP of toasted sesame oil. A little sliced apple is nice in there, too. I hope you find a way to enjoy them!
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    hollysmokes got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting April 22   
    Good for you, @JudyG38401 and so very sorry for your loss. Where are you in TN?