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I reside in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I am female, single, and one year from full retirement. I'm already retired from a 30-year career with IBM. Love my Victorian house built in 1858 and my dogs and cats.

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I have a question maybe you guys can answer.

My brother-in-law passed away in 2014 and my sister hasn't recovered very well. She's in the process of moving 1000 miles to live across the street from me.
Her husband served in the Army during the Vietnam Era. What is the best thing to do with his uniforms? I suggested we give away pants and anything not having Army ensignias. But what about shirts with his name and dress uniform and overcoat?
Posted by sinkingfeeling | Wed Jan 18, 2017, 04:50 PM (6 replies)

I've finally found my key to losing weight at age 68 1/2.

I've had a poor body image since about the age of 12. I've always compared myself to my older sister. Although, most people didn't see me as really 'fat', I thought I was because I weighed more than my sister who's an inch shorter and because of my large breasts (which I hate with a passion).

I weighed about 125-128 at 5'3" through college and until I had my son. I didn't lose the baby weight until I went through my divorce. Then continued to weigh from 128 to 133 for the next 30 years.

After menopause, I gradually ballooned up to 158. Then had Stage IV throat cancer in 2009 and went down to 125 through treatment.

Suddenly, when I could eat again, everything was stored as fat! Nutritionist said it was a normal reaction to the end of months of 'starvation' my body had gone through. I went back up to 138 and spent $1000 with Metabolic Research Center in 2013-14, attempting to lose a lousy 14 pounds and they failed.

Anyway, I found I was back at 148 at the end of this August. (Became addicted to Cadbury Mini Easter Eggs and all things sweet). I wanted to lose pounds before my trip to Paris next month.

Found a used book called The Virgin Diet by J.J. Virgin and decided to give it a try. I lost 13 pounds in the 21 day first cycle. The diet is a little bit Paleo, close to the Whole30 plan. You give up gluten, dairy, sugar, soy, eggs, corn, and peanuts. Whole30 you keep the eggs and give up beans. In Cycle 2 you begin to add back things, but leave sugar and preprocessed foods forever.

Anyway, it's been 6 weeks since I started and I'm down to my college age weight! I only wish I looked like I did back then. Things definitely happen to women as they age!

So, I think I will always start my day with a plant protein shake and watch my carbs like a hawk.

Yes, it's sugars and carbs that make me gain. But there might be a few forgiven in Paris.

Posted by sinkingfeeling | Mon Nov 28, 2016, 07:26 PM (1 replies)

Did Trump say, "I've done my thing." at his rally? Think I just

heard that on CBS.
Posted by sinkingfeeling | Mon Nov 7, 2016, 06:37 PM (5 replies)

Can't do it anymore. I rarely watch CNN or MSNBC. Stopped watching

both ABC morning and evening news about 6 weeks ago and switched to CBS. As of this morning, I'm avoiding all so-called news until Nov. 9. I'll have to get the weather from my phone and forego local events.
I'm 68 and have never seen an election like this. The country's come undone.
Posted by sinkingfeeling | Tue Nov 1, 2016, 05:12 PM (16 replies)

Do you remember Lunch Bars? I used to get a lot of them on

Halloween. They sold for 3 cents and my grandfather would buy them for me. I was thinking about the stuff we used to get trick or treating: homemade candy apples, popcorn balls, and taffy, apples and oranges, cookies and homemade fudge, and Lunch Bars and occasionally a Snickers.

I was just remembering those bags of goodies as I handed out tiny, "fun'" sized candy bars tonight.
Posted by sinkingfeeling | Mon Oct 31, 2016, 10:54 PM (10 replies)

Possible connection between emails and Eric Garner investigations?

Posted by sinkingfeeling | Sun Oct 30, 2016, 08:15 PM (0 replies)

Is this tweet for real?

Posted by sinkingfeeling | Mon Oct 24, 2016, 12:30 PM (5 replies)

Just voted for Hillary in my bright red state, Arkansas!

Posted by sinkingfeeling | Mon Oct 24, 2016, 08:56 AM (4 replies)

OMG, there's a full page ad on front section of the Arkansas Democrat

Gazette from FFRF!! It's titled, "What does the Bible really say about Abortion?"
There's also a membership form for the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The paper will be overrun with letters of protest, cancellations, and the pulling of ads. ERs will be full of stroke and heart attack victims this morning.

Posted by sinkingfeeling | Fri Oct 21, 2016, 08:16 AM (3 replies)

Two Ft. Smith, AR mosques were vandalized last night.


Go Home," "USA," "F___ Islam," "F___ Allah," and "Go Back to Your Country.

Idiots caught on video. FBI investigating as hate crime.
Posted by sinkingfeeling | Thu Oct 20, 2016, 06:15 PM (0 replies)
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