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39 days to go.. but who's counting?

Sunday, July 08, 2012

We are making a list of snacks for the road, foods to prep ahead of time, and raw foods to pack in cooler. The first four nights are in a cabin in Paradise, then two more nights in the Lower Peninsula in Indian River.. in an even more primitive cabin,,

countdown list includes paying all moms bills and mine, prepping her home and mine, making appointment for check up for Vito with car doctor, then to tire place to check them out,,
I obviously have a list of things for us to do, but we are going to be flexible and do things when we feel like it except driving west in the U.P.. made plans with dear friend to visit her after some cruising around up there meandering through little bergs...

I opened windows for a couple hours this morning, but the humidity got so bad we could not breathe properly, so closed them up and have the a/c on,, it has not kicked in yet,, 71 degrees indoors.. attic insulation is paying for itself I think...

SO glad to hear that people in West Virginia are getting their power back gradually.. PTL!!!!

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GBAUM0432 7/9/2012 5:20PM

  Good Plan

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GBAUM0432 7/9/2012 5:20PM

  Sounds good

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/8/2012 10:06PM

    So glad that you have things planned and enough time to be flexible. Hopefully you are staying cool enough and drinking plenty of water. Continuing prayer for all those affected by the storms.
Blessings and hugs,

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ALDEBARANIAN 7/8/2012 8:14PM

    Plans are good. Schedules are good. Keep the stress and strain down and keep the thanksgiving up. emoticon

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SHEILA-45 7/8/2012 4:35PM

    You've got a plan and that is a good thing. Making lists help too! emoticon Have fun on your trip!

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GERIKRAGH 7/8/2012 3:23PM

    Sounds like you are going to have a great time.

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40 days to go!!!!!!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Big joke on Linda: I popped my head out the patio door at 8:30 am,, thought it was going to be bearable today,, two hours later, the air steamed my glasses...
No complaints though, I have power, food, car, a/c wish I could bring some people in here from the power-less areas in the U.S to soak up some of this air...

Went to dads house to get some documents to fax: another glasses steamer!! about 110 degrees in there.. we had to do quite a bit of searching, were dripping with sweat, no, not "Glistening", SWEATING!!!!!!!
DD had Rx to pick up, we soaked up some cool oxygen in Walgreens to bring our core temp back down to 100, then headed to McDonald's to claim two free smoothies I had coupons for... that helped a little too..
I live on the west side of our city,, it is almost deserted... Tonight is the largest fireworks display in the state, about two miles from my home,, the city swells from about 30,00 people, to over 250,000!!!! The air is still too humid to really spend any time outdoors..

We will start organizing our food and other things to pack to take on vacation tomorrow..
Last year I had the car packed to the ceiling,, with another person, I will have to do some really creative packing!!!!
I do have the advantage of knowing exactly what is in the cabins this time, also grilled owners about different things in a two bedroom cabin,,,
I am definitely taking my moose-proof,bear-proof undies this time.. that close encounter last year got me moving through the forest faster than I have moved since I was at a 75% off sale at Lord and Taylor's on New Years Eve in the 80's!!!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/8/2012 10:00PM

    Great way to cool down and bit and get your errands completed!! Hope you were able to enjoy the fireworks without leaving home. Good luck to you on your creative packing! I am enjoying your countdown.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/7/2012 9:22PM

    Stay cool!

How many days are you planning to be t the cabin?

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ALDEBARANIAN 7/7/2012 9:16PM

    Saw you were going around commenting on other ppls blogs, so I thot I'd better see what you have goin' on. Sounds like it's almighty hot over your way.

Hope you have a great vacation, find some cooler weather.

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RRBSKI 7/7/2012 8:02PM

    Enjoy the vacation..btw, I lived in the UP for 8 years back in the 60's; you live in a beautiful state.

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1EMMA2011 7/7/2012 7:44PM

    So awesome you had those coupons and are going on vacation!! Hope your trip is fun. I love L&T also! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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41 more days..

Friday, July 06, 2012

Hopefully, this is our last day with over 100 degrees heat index and 100% humidity... Add 30 degrees to that temp at my workplace and you see that I am dehydrated within minutes of starting work.
We are hoping to resume our hikes in the marsh if it is not too humid tomorrow, it is supposed to be down to 88 degrees,, if not, we can work out indoors.. I have paperwork to get from parents house to fax to insurance agent, hope that house is not a steam bath when I open the door..

I am praying for all the people who still have no power in their homes, and ar estaying in gyms, churches, stores,etc.. we need to never take for granted, those things that we have ALMOST every day... power, health, home, mobility, safety...

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/6/2012 10:54PM

    Being thankful sets us on the right path each day. Still praying for those without power, etc. that they will soon be able to return to their homes. We have another day of extreme weather. Tomorrow the actual temperature is supposed to be in the high 90s with the heat index above 104 degrees. Unbelievable.
Enjoy your weekend.

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NORASPAT 7/6/2012 9:45PM

    You have that right Linda. Thankfullness is a joy to behold.
I hope by now everyone has power and shelter. Thanks LINDA Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/6/2012 6:15PM

    Yes, I'm praying for thema s well. It's sad.

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JSTETSER 7/6/2012 5:19PM

    You are so right! Being thankful for the things that we have is so important.

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42 days until vacation

Thursday, July 05, 2012

I finally put my name in the days off book for our vacation time! Boss does not put the whole summer in at once or the same people will take all the days for themselves.. there are only four slots for each weekday and three for weekend days.. I do not work weekends, so that is a moot point for me,, but still glad I got my name in there.. The month is almost all filled up and they just opened the book three days ago!

I met with my insurance guy today to get parents home put on this insurance company. THe company, Hine Knopp, had been parents insurer for the past forty years,, last weekend I called to ask agent if he would go over policy with me, he refused,, ,, I called my insurer that I just switched to,, he was very happy to go over it, explain it and now the parents home is insured in my name,, I saved mom $200 and got her a LOT more coverage on her home and some riders.
Paybacks are hell.. hormonal Harry lost a big account, we saved $$ and new agent is nice, happy to accommodate and has three new accounts!! emoticon

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GEMINI-SKY 7/7/2012 7:09AM

    OK I'v been watching your count down to vacation ...Were ae you going?
Hope somewhere a lot of Fun !!!!
Customer Service is Everything !!!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/5/2012 8:35PM

    emoticon on getting your parent's insurance coverage cheaper and with a gentleman that you life and can actually do business with. Also glad that you got your vacation days on the calendar!!!
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BTW: Just saw the new icons!! WOOHOO to Spark People also!!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/5/2012 7:26PM

    I'm glad you got your vacation days in there and that's out of the way.

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EVIE4NOW 7/5/2012 6:41PM

  Glad you found an insurance agent you like. We usually look at rates every 3 yearsr so. Can usually find somebody cheaper.

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43 days left

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

I hope everyone remembers what today is about, not colored bombs exploding in the sky just to look at.. but sacrifices made by armed forces, their families, friends. Sacrifices of time, talents, lives,, jobs, limbs, sanity,, all so that you and I are not bowing and scraping to a first century mentality governing body.
We can drive anywhere in our country, eat, drink, drive, watch and worship, anything we want to,, because of all of them from the Revolutionary war to present.. stop for at least one minute today and personally thank them,, silently or walk up to a live vet and thank them,, they did what they did because they think as much, or more, of you, than they do of themselves..
Thank them for being unselfish...

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LIVINGFREE19 7/5/2012 5:02PM

    Great blog!!

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PURPLELVR7 7/5/2012 7:41AM

    great reminder for all - thanks for sharing

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/4/2012 10:39PM

    What a terrific blog. Thank you. I am also enjoying your countdown.

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LEANJEAN6 7/4/2012 9:59PM

    good to remind us--Thank-you~

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NORASPAT 7/4/2012 9:43PM

    Really good blog LINDA. You said it all right. Thank you HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATHYJO56 7/4/2012 6:59PM

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DDSS1966 7/4/2012 1:58PM

    Thanks for this post! We need to remember and appreciate the sacrifices!

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RRBSKI 7/4/2012 1:47PM

    You're the bestest....and will do.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/4/2012 1:06PM

    Terrific blog, Lin!

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