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First Hike of the Spring!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Every year Eric and I try to go hiking at least a few times. Yesterday was the first for this year. We had heard about some great trails on Mount Marcy in the Adirondacks, which also include a quartz field not too far off the trail, so it would have been a win-win to find some nice quartz to use for personal use or for Eric to wrap for jewelry for his business. So we put together some packs with food, water, and other necessities of hiking, put the leash on our husky Lilith, and headed up to the Adirondacks.

It was a gorgeous day! Highs were expected around 70, even up in the mountains, so we were ready for a super day. 2 hour drive later we pull into the parking lot for the trailhead, get our packs on and head out. Of course the first thing we saw was a sign that said "No dogs"... oh well, we weren't leaving we'd take our chances, she wasn't coming off the leash so she wouldn't be a bother. We couldn't find any sign for the trailhead we had found on the internet so we picked one of the many others and started out. It wasn't too bad at first, but this old body had a hard time with some of the inclines! We did stop periodically for water, rest, and snacks which were all very welcome to me. It was beautiful up there but with it still being early spring the trails were really in bad shape with run-off, mud, and up to 2 feet of snow in some places! Needless to say, it was rough hiking in some spots! And I discovered that my waterproof boots aren't so waterproof anymore!

The hike up took us about 4 hours and covered about 2 or 2 1/2 miles. Probably about half way through that my legs stopped wanting to work and it was a struggle to lift my feet (thank god for the walking stick we found!)... but despite it, I did make it. We were trying to find a linked trailhead to make our way back down but we just couldn't find it and as it was getting late in the day we turned around and made our way back down the mountain... Those 2 miles only took 2 hours... so we had a really full day of hiking!!

Today, my body hurts and I am wiped out but I did it. I survived. And the next nice weekend when we have nothing else planned, we will go out again!

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ELRIDDICK 4/29/2013 7:04AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Oh wow...

Friday, July 27, 2012

I might be jumping the gun, but I am getting nervous anyways. A few weeks ago a friend of ours ended his life. Eric went to the funeral and discovered that one of his children, daughter age 14 or 15, was not there. No one seemed to know where she was but we have since found out that she was put into foster care immediately after his death by her step-mother. I have never known where the birth mother was in her life so this just made things more curious.

When we found out that Sapphire was put "in the system" we both said that if there was a way we'd like to have her come stay with us. Eric has been making some calls to social services out in their county and spoke with Sapphire's case worker yesterday. They have been trying to find someone in the family or a friend of the family who could/would take her but haven't had anyone come forward until now! The woman was happy to hear from us and is going to speak with Sapphire to see if she is amenable to living with us. We don't know if anything will come of this, but our fingers are crossed and prayers are being said that we will be able to help her.

We have someone coming over next week to help us get my craft room cleaned out and set up as a bedroom in anticipation. My guess is, if this is going to happen, it will happen fast! Even though we have never been foster parents I think they will just want to get her out of the immediate system as quickly as possible. We are two responsible adults who are willing and happy to have her live with us. We have a large home and large hearts... I think we are in for an interesting time!

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QUIETUDEAGAIN1 3/30/2013 12:30PM


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BECCABOO127 8/15/2012 9:46PM

    I hope everything works out. What a wonderful thing to do!


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MDGARDENGIRL 7/27/2012 6:32PM

    God bless you both for wanting to help this child. You will be a great role model for her. I wish you all the very best!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/27/2012 11:09AM

    You do have a huge heart to do this. Kids that age tend to get stuck in the system until 18 and then basically dumped. I'm so happy she will have you as a family.

Best of luck and keep us posted.


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JENNIFERH625 7/27/2012 10:10AM

    My prayers are with you. What an amazing gift to open your arms and home. I pray it works out.

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NANCYPAT1 7/27/2012 10:01AM

    God bless you for being open to this major change in your life. You may very possibly be the lifeline for Sapphire and you will certainly be rewarded in more ways than you can count. I will pray that this works out for the best. Foster care is hard on anyone but it is going to be especially hard on a girl who has lost her father in such a dreadful way. It will take a lot of love, patience, and probably counseling to get her and you through this. How many other siblings does she have? Will she be able to see them or stay in contact with them in some way?

I now teach but worked for the Dept. of Children and Families, dealing with kids in foster care and adoptive situations. You are a HERO in my eyes.

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JUDYHELP 7/27/2012 9:59AM

  emoticon that you are opening your home and heart for this girl. I wish great success for you and your new adventure. Hope all turns out the way you want it too!!! emoticon Judy

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TRACYMT2NY 7/27/2012 9:56AM

    You are an amazing woman for wanting to take this child in and be her foster mom! The world needs more people like you that are compassionate, caring, and selfless! God Bless you all! I hope this comes true for you guys! I hope I see a happy update!

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    You are truly a good person.

Make it a great day!

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DABLUECAT 7/27/2012 9:55AM

    Wonderful! I wish you all the best and hope it works in your favour!!

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Thursday, May 03, 2012

My boyfriend and I are trying to be proactive in fixing up a few things around my house prior to the city's annual code enforcement sweep. We knew that the front steps to my porch were in bad shape and they had mentioned them last year but said they would ignore them if a larger issue was taken care of (which we did of course). So a few weeks ago we went to Lowe's and bought what we needed to make new steps. Today Eric saw code enforcement across the street at a house that has been empty for several years so he went to ask whether or not we needed a railing... he was told probably not but if we didn't get a permit to build the stairs to begin with he'd have to cite me anyways! Who would have thought that building 3 stairs would have needed a permit? So I called the city and verified, yes I do need a permit because they have to be an equal number of inches in height based on the height of the porch so if the porch is 28 inches then we need 4 7 inch stairs... So now my boyfriend and I need to determine if the stairs we spent $150+ on building are even going to meet code! Then if they will, we will have to apply for a permit, remove them so that the city won't know that it's already taken care of, and then put them back. If they don't meet code we will have to come up with another solution. And I am out of solutions and money quite frankly! I am also out of patience with the city, code enforcement and being a home owner.

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BIGPAWSUP 5/4/2012 11:14AM

    I HATE this kind of stuff. I don't think it should be any of the city's business what you do on your property as long as it's not dangerous/public hazard (falling bricks, etc).

Government needs to get the *%&^$ out of people's lives.

Sorry, this is a hot button for me too.

Best of luck!

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Taking stock - 4 years

Friday, January 20, 2012

Wow! I was just looking at the calendar and realized that I am coming up on my 4 year anniversary since I had the lapband put in! It doesn't seem possible that it has been so long, and at the same time it feels like a lifetime. My life has definitely undergone some major renovations in the last 4 years...

Most importantly I have successfully lost and maintained a 97.5 pound loss since the day I started the Medi-fast program prior to surgery! I have gone from a size 22-24 pants to size 10-12 depending on the style and store.

I am no longer insulin resistant, my cholesterol is good, my blood pressure is just about perfect... back aches are less prevalent at least... sleep apnea is still an issue but I come from a family of snorers and have snored since childhood, doubt that will ever go away. I have tons more energy and actually enjoy going for hikes and walks.

Personal life, I have met and fallen in love with, an amazing guy who loves me the way I am and who encourages me to be the best me that I can. We do so much together that I never would have tried 5 years ago - hiking, mining, amusement parks (and I even go on the rides!!), and just goofing around... we actually have FUN together!!

At work I was given a promotion 3 years ago that I had been passed over for in the past... getting this new position is at least in part due to my higher self-esteem that my weight loss brought me. My boss is constantly telling me how much happier and stonger I have become.

Definitely a lot of changes in my life since I started the journey with the lapband. Are there times that I wish I hadn't done it? Sometimes... but mostly just when I want to bite into a huge sandwich loaded with meat and cheese on chewy bread - I can't do that anymore without being full in 3 bites and it might make me sick because of how hard it is to chew properly. Will I live without having that sandwich? Of course! Would I have lived if I hadn't had my surgery? Probably, but I wouldn't have been as happy or as healthy. Would I have lost 97 pounds in the last 4 years without surgery? Probably not. A lifetime of yoyo dieting and even 2 years on Spark with only 10 pounds lost showed me that I needed more help than what I had in my life. Would I recommend lapband (or other forms of WLS) to others? Definitely, but only if you are truly committed to really making the changes that are needed. It isn't for everyone though. It isn't a quick fix or an easy road. It is a major life-change, and needs a lot of consideration and research.

4 years, a snap of the fingers and a lifetime, and a whole lot of change!

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    I loved reading this post. I have been taking stock lately too after reaching my milestones. I believe if you make everyday positive through positive actions, getting older always means getting better. You have made amazing changes. Be proud.

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Rope is being stretched further!

Friday, September 02, 2011

I found someone who is willing to come take away at least the trunk pieces of the tree that came down - really nice elm, very tall... the only downside is that they would need to go through my neighbor's yard with a backhoe to get it. So I called her up and left a message on her voicemail. Her BF/DH called me back a few minutes later and I can see that the pissy attitude that I got from her yesterday is actually coming from him!

He tells me that if he had known that the crane was going to be going through his yard and the tree was going to be dumped in his yard then he would have said no and not given permission for it! He doesn't want his lawn killed by all that wood piled up and he is only responsible for the portion that was to his property line and that's all that should have been put on his property. Because that is what his insurance company is telling him as well as his father (inlaw?) who is a lawyer!

EXCUSE me?!?! First of all, there was no other way for HIS tree to be be taken off my roof other than the crane going on his property. There was no other way for HIS tree to be left other than on his property because of the configuration of the property line. HE doesn't have $50,000 - $75,000 worth of damage done to his house so if his lawn gets "ruined" by this wood being on it for a few weeks then he can go take a leap ( I really want to say more but I will behave myself).

At this point my father, boyfriend and I have decided that we will just start cutting up the smaller pieces ourselves, chipping up the brush and stacking the wood where we can on my property. It will take a while but at least it will be off his property. But he won't even give me an answer as to whether or not these people can come get any of the wood! He is being a complete and utter A$$ about this!

And he is actually acting incredulous when I say that I don't know if my insurance will pay for all of the damages! His response is "Well we have $150,000 worth of coverage because MOST people have at least the value of the house covered." When I bought my house 11 years ago it was valued at $50,000 and that was what I got for coverage. It has only been in the last 2 years that the value of my house has gone up (assessment is $156,000, market value $125,000) so I have no real idea of what my coverage actually is anymore! I can't find a current copy of my insurance policy to even have a good idea...

UGH!!! I think I need a much bigger knot at the end of my rope to hold onto at this point. There is not much else I can do to keep my sanity!

*** This just in, the guy from the tree service called me to see if I was going to have him remove the brush because my neighbor is threatening to sue him for leaving the brush on his property and for the crane that was used to remove the tree went on his property!!! Are you kidding me?!?!? So I told the guy that I'd have to eat the expense and to just take care of it when he could... he's going to charge me $700 to remove my portion and $300 to my neighbor for his... and gosh, my neighbor could have gotten it done for free if he had actually listened to me and let the folks that I had found come and get it themselves! What an A$$!!!

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CHEEKY1000 9/3/2011 7:04PM

    I just don't even know what to say. I understand that it wasn't their fault that it fell, but they should at least be responsible for what's still on their property. What jerks! Like you want to deal with this, the least they could do is be compassionate.

I'll send positive thoughts your way!

P.S. Very glad you and your boyfriend are okay.

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RICCILYNN 9/2/2011 12:10PM

    I'm in NY... apparently it has to go under my insurance not his. From what my work's attorney told me, if I had told them in writing at some point that I was concerned about the tree falling and hitting my house and they didn't do anything about it then they'd be liable but since there was no indication that this live tree was any danger to anyone it is an act of nature (thanks Irene) and it's kind of like a "no-fault" accident.

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SPARKPEOPLE63 9/2/2011 12:03PM

  Why isn't his insurance covering the cost? I thought it was his tree. What state are you from?

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