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    Hi Ladies! It's hot as **** here. Ugh. I am not...

    Hi Ladies! It's hot as **** here. Ugh. I am not doing much, but hope to get to the zoo, to my volunteer job this week. I go early in the morning so it's still not hot while I'm there.

    My little...
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    Hello! I'm here, checking in on this Sunday...

    Hello! I'm here, checking in on this Sunday morning.

    We may be few, but it's good to hear what's going on and how you all are doing. I'll try to post more often.

    I'm starting a new medication...
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    Hi! It's me, and I'm having rather a rough...

    Hi! It's me, and I'm having rather a rough time...depression is pretty bad right now, but I'm fighting, and trying hard to keep it in control.

    I'd love to have a garden, but I live in a high-rise...
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    Hi. We're still in the deep freeze here. It was...

    Hi. We're still in the deep freeze here. It was zero this morning, by 2pm we reached 20*!!!! It's supposed to snow tomorrow night...wow.

    Not much going on here. I'm not doing a whole lot...I'm...
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    Hey Jeannie, that's so cool about the fella! I'm...

    Hey Jeannie, that's so cool about the fella! I'm happy for you. You deserve something good in your life. Way to go, girlfriend! :friendly_wink:

    Not too much going on here....weather has been...
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    Well, Ladies, here it is a new year. My wish...

    Well, Ladies, here it is a new year. My wish for you all is good health and contentment of heart.

    I continue to wake up terribly early...2 or 3am every day. I go to sleep around 9pm. I'm always...
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    Well hello. Remember me? I'm still around, too. ...

    Well hello. Remember me? I'm still around, too.

    Not much new. I get to my volunteer job at the zoo whenever I can...it cheers me.

    Stay well.
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    Hi Gals! Wow, it's November! Let's...

    Hi Gals!
    Wow, it's November! Let's say Novemberrrrr, as it was so very chilly today.

    Not too much new here. I've been having a very bad time with my depression, really deep in...
  9. Thread: Weight loss.

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    Hi. Set a meal plan for yourself. For breakfast...

    Hi. Set a meal plan for yourself. For breakfast a fruit, egg or cereal (oatmeal is terrific).
    Lunch vegetable and a lean protein (fish, chicken breast...) fruit.
    Dinner, much the same as lunch....
  10. Thread: shingles, anyone??

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    I'm so sorry you have to deal with this. I got...

    I'm so sorry you have to deal with this. I got the shingles vaccine and I advise everyone to get it. It prevents you from
    getting this horror.
  11. Thread: I have another pet

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    That's wonderful news, Joy! I'm very happy for...

    That's wonderful news, Joy! I'm very happy for you. Tabbies are lovely cats.

    Pets are so important to us. My birds mean the world to me...they help so much with my depression. They know when...
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    Hey! Yes, it's way too quiet here. Makes me sad....

    Hey! Yes, it's way too quiet here. Makes me sad.

    I'm not doing much. I get to the zoo whenever I can...it saves me. I go to my appointments, get groceries, that's about it.
    My dear birds save...
  13. I don't know for sure, but these people are so...

    I don't know for sure, but these people are so fussy I think that they want things in your personal handwriting.
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    Well, hi. Good to see some posts. I'm not...

    Well, hi. Good to see some posts.

    I'm not doing much...I go to my volunteer job at the zoo. I saves me, really.

    My birds are my source of comfort and joy. Skye has turned into quite the...
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    Hi Ladies! Good Morning to you. Yes, it's...

    Hi Ladies! Good Morning to you. Yes, it's quiet here, but please keep coming in.

    I love my volunteer job at the zoo. I make my own hours. The staff is friendly, the animals are wonderful. I...
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    I have cable. It's expensive, but I never go out...

    I have cable. It's expensive, but I never go out to movies, and I'm always home by myself. It keeps me occupied, when I don't read...it's company, too.

    I like to watch the cooking channels, and...
  17. Thread: Hi folks

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    Hi Patty! I'm Marion. I am originally from New...

    Hi Patty! I'm Marion. I am originally from New York City...born there...then New Rochelle and Rye. Now I'm in Rochester. (long story).

    Congratulations on your sobriety! It's hard work. ...
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    Hee hee!! I'll bet, especially if you DRANK the...

    Hee hee!! I'll bet, especially if you DRANK the whiskey!!
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    I'm so sorry about this. Of course my prayers and...

    I'm so sorry about this. Of course my prayers and thoughts are with you and your mother.

    Surgery seems like a big stress. If it doesn't promise a huge positive result, and if she'll be more or...
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    Yes, it does happen. If it persists, tho',...

    Yes, it does happen. If it persists, tho', consult your doctor...please!
  21. Thread: Donna

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    I'm sorry, Joy. It's hard. A friend of mine from...

    I'm sorry, Joy. It's hard.
    A friend of mine from high school just passed away last week, also, from a long battle with cancer. I just don't understand.

    Stupid cancer!!!!!!
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    Me too. It's still chilly here...raining today....

    Me too. It's still chilly here...raining today. I'm hibernating, me and the birds.
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    I'm here. Been feeling rather down but I'm...

    I'm here. Been feeling rather down but I'm plodding on.

    I'll be working a special event at the zoo tomorrow. That lifts my spirits...I do enjoy being there.
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    Hello....I posted on "Will Be Back", so to see...

    Hello....I posted on "Will Be Back", so to see what's up with me look there.....it's all about how cold it is here and about Skye's broken leg.
  25. Thread: will be back

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    I'm here! I'm here! Sorry to have been absent,...

    I'm here! I'm here! Sorry to have been absent, no excuse, really...just depressed and tired. I never get enough sleep...wake up every morning at 4am, sometimes earlier. It's been so bitterly cold...
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    Hello...Thanks for your kind replies. I'm doing...

    Hello...Thanks for your kind replies. I'm doing alright, still feeling really down, but keeping busy and keeping my mind
    occupied. It helps. The birds, of course, are life savers.

    And speaking...
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    Having a Really Hard Time

    I don't know what's going on with me, but my depression is just out of control.
    This started around October...not too bad, but gradually increased. And no, it's not because of the time
    of year. I...
  28. Thread: What's Happenin'

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    I haven't done pottery in years, but so enjoyed...

    I haven't done pottery in years, but so enjoyed it when I did. You've given me an idea to maybe look
    for a class that I could take.
  29. Thread: missing people

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    Actually, dear ones, I love rainy days. They're...

    Actually, dear ones, I love rainy days. They're easier on my eyes and therefore easier on my headaches. They are nice for bunking in with my blankets, tea, TV and books...and cuddling with my dear...
  30. Thread: checking in

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    Oh,yes! I love my TV. I put on the cartoons in...

    Oh,yes! I love my TV. I put on the cartoons in the morning for the birds...the ones on PBS and NickJr. They love
    Sesame Street. I have my soap operas in the afternoon :peaceful: and I also enjoy...
  31. Thread: checking in

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    I'm here, celebrating Halloween week by watching...

    I'm here, celebrating Halloween week by watching creepy movies and eating candy!
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    It's not silly, Joy. Our pets are loved ones,...

    It's not silly, Joy. Our pets are loved ones, too, be they furred, feathered or finned.
    I think it's fine to put up bird feeders and enjoy seeing the birds come and feast throughout the Autumn and...
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    I'm sorry, Joy. I know how much you enjoyed your...

    I'm sorry, Joy. I know how much you enjoyed your fish.
  34. Thread: What's Happenin'

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    Hey there! I'm still around, just haven't posted...

    Hey there! I'm still around, just haven't posted in quite a while. Sorry.
    I'm tired of this tedious heat and sooo ready for brisk Autumn weather.
    Still working at the zoo....it's my therapy,...
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    Prayers and thoughts from here.

    Prayers and thoughts from here.
  36. Thread: Joy Laid an Egg!

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    Joy continued laying eggs throughout March and...

    Joy continued laying eggs throughout March and April, and into May. She laid her last egg on May 18th. All of these she pretty much ignored.

    Then, she laid an egg on June 11th, and has been...
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    Never mind! I found it...sorry!!:redface:

    Never mind! I found it...sorry!!:redface:
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    I can't find the Emotional Support Forum. Where...

    I can't find the Emotional Support Forum. Where is it?
  39. Thread: Depression

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    Today is my birthday, and I'm 67. I've been...

    Today is my birthday, and I'm 67. I've been depressed since I was a very young child...yes, as young as 3.
    I was fortunate to have understanding, educated parents, who got help for me. Of course,...
  40. Thread: Joy Laid an Egg!

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    Cockatiels are quite capable of talking. Only the...

    Cockatiels are quite capable of talking. Only the males whistle and sing. They are sweet little birds, very sociable and playful.

    So far Joy has laid 3 eggs, yesterday she laid her egg in her...
  41. Thread: Joy Laid an Egg!

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    Joy Laid an Egg!

    My little cockatiel, Joy, has started laying eggs. She is 15 years old, and as far as I know, this is the first time for her. I've only had her since she was 11, as I got her from her previous owner....
  42. Thread: Fig's Progress

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    Fig's Progress

    Some of you know that I am a Docent at our Seneca Park Zoo, here in Rochester, NY. This is a volunteer position, but one that I had to be accepted into to qualify for taking the intensive training...
  43. Thread: in the old day

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    You guys are children! I'll be 67 in May...

    You guys are children! I'll be 67 in May...
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    Caillou, My Little Parrot, Has Died

    Some of you know of her....I've written about her before.....

    Caillou had been very ill for a little over a week. We went to the vet Thursday morning---I have an excellent avian vet. She had a...
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    Have you looked into those electronic cigarettes?...

    Have you looked into those electronic cigarettes? Some people swear by them. Just a suggestion, something to consider.......
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    I'm very fortunate in that I can quit cold turkey...

    I'm very fortunate in that I can quit cold turkey with no trouble. I have never been a heavy smoker, but still, smoking is smoking. I just decide to stop and I stop.

    I recently picked up the damn...
  47. Thread: What's Happenin'

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    You may think I'm crazy, but I love Winter. I...

    You may think I'm crazy, but I love Winter. I love the cold, the snow. I can hibernate, snuggle with my blankets, cuddle with my birds. I like grey days. I suppose this ties in with my...
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    Yum!! Thanks.

    Yum!! Thanks.
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    Thanks for the support and advice. I do suffer...

    Thanks for the support and advice. I do suffer from the eating disorder anorexia, but am trying to conquer it. The rituals and mind set are very hard to fight.
  50. Thread: a long break

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    Oy, birthdays! My sister's is on January 17th....

    Oy, birthdays! My sister's is on January 17th. She will be 72....how did we ever get here? I truly love mybig sister..she has always been my champion. I wish we didn't live so far away from each...
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    Having a Really Rough Time

    Hi....I posted a message about this in Eating Disorders, but hopefully more of you will see it here.

    I'm restricting my food really big time, eating very little...about 600 or 700 calories a day....
  52. Thread: It's Going Strong

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    It's Going Strong

    The new year may have started, but my eating disorder doesn't care. It's going even stronger than ever.

    I've been restricting, limiting my choice of foods. The thing is that now, there is very...
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    Thanks, Joy. I'm ok. I'm getting ready for my...

    Thanks, Joy. I'm ok. I'm getting ready for my trip to Virginia to visit my sister for Thanksgiving. I'm really looking forward to seeing her. I hope you're doing well.

    The birds are fine and are...
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    I'm in Rochester, NY, on Lake Ontario. I live...

    I'm in Rochester, NY, on Lake Ontario. I live right down by the Lake. It was fierce, man!! Terrible wind and rain, and huge 20' high waves. Very scary. A lot of places lost power, but the building I...
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    New Bird in the Nest!

    I'm happy to introduce a new baby bird that has joined my little flock.....a Blue Quaker Parrot, named Skye. He is 3 months old and is very sweet and friendly. A real pretty, affectionate little guy....
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    The bird in the picture is Hazel, who sadly is no...

    The bird in the picture is Hazel, who sadly is no longer with me. He died in 2009. I loved him dearly...he was the sweetest, gentlest bird.

    Sam is very young and just learning his way around. He...
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    New Bird in the Nest!

    My little Budgie, Kevin, died a few weeks ago, and Cloud, my other Budgie has been lonely. So,, last week I went to the bird store to get a new pal for him. I found a beautiful little guy, just a...
  58. Thread: What's Happenin'

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    So horrible what happened, and it hit close to...

    So horrible what happened, and it hit close to home. One of the fatalities was a young man from here in Rochester, NY where I live. They had been showing his father on the news, holding his picture...
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    Where Is DeeDeeLynn?

    Has anyone heard from Dee? I haven't seen a post from her in ever so long and I'm very worried.

    Do you know if anything has happened? Is she all right? I hope so.....
  60. Thread: What's Happenin'

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    Where Is DeeDeeLynn?

    I haven't seen a message from her in ever so long. Does anyone know if anything has happened?
    Is she all right? I certainly hope so......
  61. Thread: What's Happenin'

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    Hello. I'm dragging along....haven't gotten any...

    Hello. I'm dragging along....haven't gotten any real sleep in 4 nights. Oh well.

    Sadly, I lost one of my little birds. Kevin, one of the budgies died on July 4th. It's so hard losing them.
    ...
  62. Thread: What's Happenin'

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    Hi everyone. I am very thankful for the air...

    Hi everyone. I am very thankful for the air conditioning unit that I have in my apartment! I bought it to fit the sleeve in the wall, and I pay $20 a month onto my rent ( for the electricity)....
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    Welcome!! I am so sorry about your plight...I do...

    Welcome!! I am so sorry about your plight...I do hope you find treatment and answers soon.

    I am fascinated with Australia, and have always wished to visit. My sister and her husband are, in fact,...
  64. Thread: What Wakes You?

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    I do have vivid dreams, but they don't wake me. I...

    I do have vivid dreams, but they don't wake me. I do, however, wake frequently throughout the night...like every hour. Ugh. My dreams are, I must say, highly entertaining! Better than TV.

    It does...
  65. Thread: What's Growin'

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    Rochester's famous Lilac Festival started...

    Rochester's famous Lilac Festival started yesterday. People come from all over the world to see our beautiful Lilacs. They are magnificent and the aroma is heavenly. I do so wish you all could see...
  66. Thread: In It Again

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    Just a smidge under five feet.

    Just a smidge under five feet.
  67. Thread: In It Again

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    In It Again

    So here it is Spring, and things are revving up full force once more. I was doing a little bit better, but now all bets are off.

    I'm so fed up (ha ha...a pun!!) with myself, and my body. I'm fat...
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    I remember it! And our radio station plays it...

    I remember it! And our radio station plays it every Christmas, because it is a Christmas song. (the verse goes on to sing about Christmas bells ringing throughout the land). What a fun memory!
  69. Nathan, my little finch makes me so very happy!...

    Nathan, my little finch makes me so very happy! He is so tiny, yet packe with personality and is so sweet and funny. He waits impatiently in the morning for me to got his little dish filled with...
  70. Thread: where are you????

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    Oh, pills! Egad....I take 11 in the morning, 5 at...

    Oh, pills! Egad....I take 11 in the morning, 5 at Noon, 3 at 5pm and 7 at bedtime. And extra pain pills during the day, as needed.

    It's 3:30am and I've been awake since Midnight. I went to...
  71. Thread: Difficult Days

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    Hi!! Yes, here I am. I volunteer at the zoo at...

    Hi!! Yes, here I am. I volunteer at the zoo at least once a week.

    I have birds..parrots, and a finch. They make a big difference to my life..a reason to get up, for one thing. They give me so...
  72. Thread: Difficult Days

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    Thanks, everyone. It's good to be among friends....

    Thanks, everyone. It's good to be among friends.

    I do have insurance, that's not the problem. The clinic I was going to will no longer see clients whom they consider "stable". You must be in...
  73. Thread: Difficult Days

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    Difficult Days

    I haven't been here in quite a while, I know.
    Lately, things have become rather a burden. My depression, more or less manageable, is getting more difficult. I'm feeling more sad and dreary day by...
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    Way to go!! I'd have pushed the ^%**#@ into the...

    Way to go!! I'd have pushed the ^%**#@ into the pool!!
  75. Thread: Eating Disorders

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    No matter which way it goes, it's a struggle. I'm...

    No matter which way it goes, it's a struggle. I'm afraid to eat. I'm never really hungry anymore, but that's not the point.
    I allow myself a cup of soy milk and an apple, 2 tangerines, and some...
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