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18 day vacation nine pounds gained.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

This summer's vacation was a group tour call Ed The Arctic Circle with Globus tours. Started out with delays in Boston because the plane we were scheduled to fly out on had struck a flock of birds while landing. I knew it was going to be a long wait when the staff started bringing out carts of snacks and soft drinks. They announced the engine was being inspected with fiber optics and our takeoff would be over an hour late. My attitude was " take all the time you need, getting there safely is more important than cutting corners trying to be on time and botching the job" Finally they announced there was no damage but the engine cowling had to be glued back on, and the glue would take two more hours to set. More snacks appeared to sooth the restless passengers. The delay ate up the four hours we had planned between flights. When we got to Amsterdam we were told to see the transfer desk. They rebooked us on the next flight to Stockholm two hours later, and gave us each a ten Euro food voucher, enough to buy a sandwich, cup of coffee and a bag of M&M's. By the time we got to Stockholm airport our included transfer had left hours ago. We had phoned from Amsterdam to let the guide know we miss the pickup, and we're told to get a cab and we would be reimbursed. Finally got to the hotel just as the welcome meeting was starting. Nice buffet at the hotel, the straight to bed, hadn't slept in about 36 hours. Next day bus ride around the city stopping at the city hall where the Nobel prizes are awarded, there was a cultural festival going on all over the city, so the bus had to keep detouring. An opera performance blocking the square, a stage set up for a play blocking a bridge. We went to the Wasa ship museum, very interesting.
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LEANIE64 10/9/2014 12:44PM

    Wow..! Your vacation sounds wonderful on so many levels..Don't beat yourself up..just pick yourself up from the gain and get back on track..and enjoy the sweet memories.


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18 day vacation nine pounds gained.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

This summer's vacation was a group tour call Ed The Arctic Circle with Globus tours. Started out with delays in Boston because the plane we were scheduled to fly out on had struck a flock of birds while landing. I knew it was going to be a long wait when the staff started bringing out carts of snacks and soft drinks. They announced the engine was being inspected with fiber optics and our takeoff would be over an hour late. My attitude was " take all the time you need, getting there safely is more important than cutting corners trying to be on time and botching the job" Finally they announced there was no damage but the engine cowling had to be glued back on, and the glue would take two more hours to set. More snacks appeared to sooth the restless passengers. The delay ate up the four hours we had planned between flights. When we got to Amsterdam we were told to see the transfer desk. They rebooked us on the next flight to Stockholm two hours later, and gave us each a ten Euro food voucher, enough to buy a sandwich, cup of coffee and a bag of M&M's. By the time we got to Stockholm airport our included transfer had left hours ago. We had phoned from Amsterdam to let the guide know we miss the pickup, and we're told to get a cab and we would be reimbursed. Finally got to the hotel just as the welcome meeting was starting. Nice buffet at the hotel, the straight to bed, hadn't slept in about 36 hours. Next day bus ride around the city stopping at the city hall where the Nobel prizes are awarded, there was a cultural festival going on all over the city, so the bus had to keep detouring. An opera performance blocking the square, a stage set up for a play blocking a bridge. We went to the Wasa ship museum, very interesting.
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18 day vacation nine pounds gained.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

This summer's vacation was a group tour call Ed The Arctic Circle with Globus tours. Started out with delays in Boston because the plane we were scheduled to fly out on had struck a flock of birds while landing. I knew it was going to be a long wait when the staff started bringing out carts of snacks and soft drinks. They announced the engine was being inspected with fiber optics and our takeoff would be over an hour late. My attitude was " take all the time you need, getting there safely is more important than cutting corners trying to be on time and botching the job" Finally they announced there was no damage but the engine cowling had to be glued back on, and the glue would take two more hours to set. More snacks appeared to sooth the restless passengers. The delay ate up the four hours we had planned between flights. When we got to Amsterdam we were told to see the transfer desk. They rebooked us on the next flight to Stockholm two hours later, and gave us each a ten Euro food voucher, enough to buy a sandwich, cup of coffee and a bag of M&M's. By the time we got to Stockholm airport our included transfer had left hours ago. We had phoned from Amsterdam to let the guide know we miss the pickup, and we're told to get a cab and we would be reimbursed. Finally got to the hotel just as the welcome meeting was starting. Nice buffet at the hotel, the straight to bed, hadn't slept in about 36 hours. Next day bus ride around the city stopping at the city hall where the Nobel prizes are awarded, there was a cultural festival going on all over the city, so the bus had to keep detouring. An opera performance blocking the square, a stage set up for a play blocking a bridge. We went to the Wasa ship museum, very interesting.
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TRAVELGO 10/9/2014 12:32PM

  Sounds GREAT!!

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Back from France and back to tracking.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Just returned yesterday from a three week trip to France, a river cruise tour through Grand Circle/Overseas Adventure Travel. We flew in to Nice, spent the next day then bussed to Arles to board the boat. The next day we spent in Arles, beautiful in its own right, it is famous through the many paintings Van Gogh did of the town when he lived there. Next day we were in Avignon. Had a walking tour and visited the former Pope's palace. Walking around town was made "interesting" by the Mistral winds that made it seem colder than the 50 degrees it was. That afternoon we went on an optional trip to a mountain villiage that has only 12 residents left. It was gradually abandoned due to the difficulty of getting water before modern plumbing. The rest of the main street is lined with tourist shops and art galleries. Near the village is a closed limestone quarry that has been turned into a sound and light show. It is entirely underground, the show is paintings by Van Gogh and Gaugain, with multipl projectors sliding pictures along the uneven walls, the ceiling and the floor, like being inside the paintings. Overwhelming an disorienting but AWESOME. The winds were so strong the boat could not leave as scheduled. We were supposed to sail under the ruins of the famous Pont d'Avignon, but another boat was stuck uner the bridge, blown against the pilings by the fierce winds. The lock upriver on our route was also blocked by a stuck ship, so we stayed put till the winds lessened after midnight. Day 6 we docked at Viviers, took a walking tour and shopped. while sailing on to our nrxt stop at Tournons we had an elementary French lesson, cause our next adventure was dinner in the home of a local family,

  


Spent the day with my head down a hole

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I had a day off work yesterday for a dentist appt. About 7 AM I was drinking my coffee and watching the news when someone knocked on my door. It was an older lady who drove by on her schoolbus route and stopped to let me know my horse had broken the fence. This nice lady wanted to let me know before Katie got out and into the road. She stayed and kept watch while I threw on the first available jacket, grabbed a halter off the hook by the door, then ran back to get carrots to entice the horse. When she saw me come out and put the halter on she waved and drove off. An Earth Angel who'd done her good deed for the day. I locked Katie in the small paddock where she can get into the barn and dragged a spare fence post out to the damaged spot. The old post, about 20 years old had rotted off at ground level, the rails the attached to it were old and weak. I salvaged the 2 best of them to reuse and gathered tools to dig up the stub of the post. The post and rail fence is made with 8 foot posts, three feet of which is underground to stabilize the fence, so digging one up is a major job. I spent 2 hours digging in the morning, showered and ran to the dentist,had lunch then two more hours digging before I got it out. Then went to a nearby fence company to buy rails. I asked the guy to choose the strongest ones from the pile. I told him "think a thousand pound animal who can run 20 miles an hour." Parked the pickup near the broken spot and hauled out the heavy rails. Plugged in the replacement post (Yay!) went to put in the rails and found the adjacent post was weak too.. I tried to make to work but it had only been standing up cause it was leaning on a tree. Had to dig that one up too. This one is more trouble cause the tree grew so close to it that the roots were up against the post on 2 sides. This means I don't have room to use a shovel, I have to dig it up using a garden trowel. so far on this one I'm down to my elbow, loosening the dirt and taking it out one handful at atime. I know I won't reach the bottom of the post untill I am reaching the depth of my armpit, still a long way to go. Alton promised to help me this evening so we will probably finish the job. When I let Katie out after being confined in a small turnout for two days she is likely to gallop around and kick up her heels for a few minutes, showing off her skills as a former racehorse.

  
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MADMARE 4/26/2012 9:04AM

    Hmmm I was thinking along the same lines. I was good and tired after three more hours of fence work last nite. Lets see, bending over and straightening up to dig could be back extensions, toting heavy rails are kinda like bicep curls emoticon

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MARYELLEN301 4/25/2012 9:20PM

    How in the world are you going to track that on your fitness log?! emoticon

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BHODGES865 4/25/2012 3:31PM

    One reason I am glad I board my horses right now. Someone else can deal with fences!! Glad Katie didn't get out. My boys would have just gone to the nearest person and wanted loving since they are just big dogs anyway.

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GAELA-I-CAN 4/25/2012 3:19PM

    Sounds like a beautiful life. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PICKIE98 4/25/2012 3:19PM

    I am so happy that you were able to get Katie away from that weak fence and possibly onto the road.
Your biceps will be bulging soon!!!

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