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I have heard an owl in my neighborhod, but I have never seen one. I don't usually walk outside after dark when I am home. No Sidewalks and I lost a dog on the street. She ran out of the yard before I could get the leash on her. I heard the jingle of her dog collar and the whine of the car on the street. It was dark and foggy. She was running to me in response to my call and crossed the street and that was that. It was many years ago, but I have been unable to walk after dark on my street. It is just too dangerous. I will do walkaway the pounds and I will do night walks on a track. I am a bit short on the steps today. I think my travel exhaustion has arrived. I may make it to 10,000 but I am only halfway there now so it is unlikely, seeing as it is already after 10pm.

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Today's walk featured meeting up with a neighbor/friend who has Parkinson's - sometimes we lose our perspective on the challenges we face. He has a positive perspective on his life - so should I.
3.2 miles in the books with more to come. No owls this morning - but was it a treat last evening.

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owls! that is really cool. Just returned from my trip to Disney combined with a trip to St. Louis, MO to visit my firstborn son's family. Managed to get in my 10,000 steps each day but it was tough while we were driving home. We stopped often to get out to walk and i was able to do a 10 minute Leslie Walk when we fueled up. Got home a b it later than our original eta, due to unforseen circumstances. Life is never boring..;.

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On my Wacky Walk today I saw three fledgling owls and then as expected got a visit from their mother!
She kept her distance and I kept mine.

They were so cute. Clearly worth the extra mile!

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Wishing you a wonderful vacation and hope the weather held out for your grandson's graduation. How Exciting!!! Weather has been hot here, no rain either. I think we are the beneficiary of tropical storm Bonnie. We are far enough away not to be impacted by the bad weather tropical storms bring, but close enough that the storm can suck up the moisture into itself and away from us.

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On vacation for a couple of weeks. Tonight is a grandsons high school graduation. So far this week has been sunny and hot. Hoping for no rain this weekend

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I am not home yet, but I am able to access technology. Just got off the Norweigan Cruise line ship, Pearl after a 10 day cruise which included the Panama Canal. Amazing example of technology and engineering. It blew me away. My walks during the cruise took me to places where I saw sloths in trees, in the wild. Huge iguanas, howler monkeys, caimen, basilisk..and my favorite, a chocolate plantation! cocoa beans are amazing!
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Bon voyage!

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Thank you all! I've been enjoying my vacation so far. Visited my sister and cousins who live in the southern states. I don't see them often so it was great. Then we visited Universal Studios. I have not been there in well over 20 years. What a change! I will have internet access tonight and tomorrow and then I will have no access for a bit more than a week. My DH and I will be sailing. We are going without the kids this time and they are staying home and living in my home and taking care of stuff that needs to be done and looked after. My kids are adults, but they are still my kids. My home will be in good hands.

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My DH and I are going on an impromptu vacation. I will have no internet access for about 2 weeks in the middle of March and limited access for the preceding weeks and then the rest of the month. So, if you notice me posting less, that is why. I will be back and posting as often as I can. I'll be around through the end of this week and then ....? But, I'll be back. emoticon

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That's wonderful news, Teagirl! I am glad to hear you are healing!

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I am feeling so much better now that I am almost completely healed of walking pneumonia. I am getting my stamina back. I can walk distances and hills again. Yes, slow and steady.




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emoticon emoticon emoticon Hey, Teagirl! You got this!!!! The trick is in the lesson from Aesop's Tortoise and the Hare....Slow and Steady wins the race. I just kept repeating that to myself while I was recovering from the pneumonia and "other stuff". Ya live long enough and you get to experience lots of "other stuff".

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When I went out for my second walk tonight I just walked a flat track, no hills and no speed. I felt good so I kept going until I made my goal finally. It's been super frustrating, first a foot injury and now pneumonia.




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Just take it slow, Teagirl. Pneumonia is a bear, but your body knows what to do so let it do its' job. I also found breaking the exercise periods up made it manageable. When I was in the hospital with pneumonia, I took several walks around the hospital floor to stay in shape. I probably looked ridiculous, walking with the IV hooked up and stopping to wheeze every couple of yards, but I did it. The lung specialist said that the fact that I had been exercising helped my recovery.

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I am really struggling to walk 10,000 steps a day. I think I will hit it today though. Had to split my walk into 2 walks. It's so hot in the day so I walk at night because it's like 72 right now at 7:45pm. Thank you GEMSTONE1952 for your reply!




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Hi,
Yeah. I have had walking pneumonia, more than once. It takes a while (weeks) until you will regain all your energy. You should be able to do a lot but at a reduced pace/intensity. Drink lots of fluids and be sure you balance periods of rest with your exercise. Walking is your best bet until you get your stamina back. I've also had the non-walking pneumonia as well and spent a week in the hospital for it and then spent the next couple of months trying to get my energy back. It was not so bad with the walking pneumonia but my best suggestion is to listen to your body. If it says slow down, do it. Your body needs sufficient rest, fluids and nutrition to heal itself. your recovery time will depend upon how your body heals. Gentle hugs to you.

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Have any of you walkers ever had walking pneumonia? This is my first time and it has been 7 days since diagnoses. I took 6 days of steroids and I will take 14 days of antibiotics. I just took a short walk and I feel like I've never walked before in my life. I am completely out of energy and breath. How long will this last? I am ready to walk!




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I see you right now! Hello!!!!!!!!!!!!

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That's so sad...stay safe my friend


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Sadly a young child was hit by a falling tree limb and she was not as fortunate as my husband. A man was also killed by falling tree limbs The safety authorities advised people to stay indoors or at least away from trees until the danger passed. We lost more tree limbs today and it was a sunny day. The snow is melting off the trees (the pines hold the snow) which will take care of the problem. I stayed in and away from trees today (mostly). I did go out to assess the damage in my yard. More snow is forecast this upcoming week, but not much. It's not the snow that is the problem. It is snow that adheres to wet, ice covered surfaces.

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oh my goodness! glad everyone is ok!!!


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Thanks! So my husband and I did a 5 mile Leslie Sansone indoors.
Snow today, as expected. What wasn't expected was the loss of many tree limbs. A very large one fell while my husband was out snow blowing the driveway. I heard the loud crack and thud. Iheard the snowblower go silent I heard my kids who were out helping shovel yell are you ok? I looked out and an enormous tree limb had fallen, some onto the snowblower my husband was using. He was fortunate and the branch missed him totally. It would have done some serious damage to him had it hit him.


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Great walking!!


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Lots of steps in today...walked 5+miles with my husband. Won't be doing tomorrow. Snow again tomorrow.

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Cooper gets two walks with me today... I went to the gym today so he spent the morning with my parents and got to play outside several times while he was with them. Between the treadmill, and walking the dog, I have about 10 miles in so far...

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Good day all - been a tough start to the week but got my 10000 in and a couple walks with Lilo..one of them in the sunshine!

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I know how you and Cooper enjoy your walks. It's great that the weather conditions are cooperating. There is still some snow here, but it is warm and around 60F. Not bad for February in New England. Got in over 5 miles yesterday and already over 5 today.

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Took the dog out for a good, long walk today since the sidewalks are clear of snow and ice for a change.

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Wanted to say Welcome to the team to TEAGIRL

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emoticon Welcome back Shark! I now have a fit bit too, and I love it. I find it helps me to get in those steps, most days. Looking forward to hearing how you are doing. You have an advantage over many people who are doing this for the first time. You know how to do it and you know you have been successful!

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Shark59 is back - and will visit occasionally. Fitbit on my arm, 6 pounds down from a lifetime high, low carbs to curb the slowly rising blood sugar. A CPAP machine to help with apnea (a Godsend) and more daily activity. 10,000 steps 5-7 days a week and 10 flights of stairs every day.
Lots of work to do but renewed focus and a mission on the blood sugar.

Hope all of you are well and good to see some of the faces from a more successful time.

I feel much better than I did 5 weeks ago when I restarted the healthier lifestyle. Will feel even better in another 5 weeks.

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I find that the caffiene helps me with my migraines, but it also can keep me up. For me, resting in a quiet, dark room with cool compresses on my forehead helps. I do take a daily prescription preventative and I had a prescription medication that if I took it as soon as the aura started, would minimize the duration of the migraine.

I am "lucky" that most of my migraines tend to be moderate with the pain but big with the neurological symptoms. I have complex/basilar migraines. I lose my vision for a short time and then I get a mild to moderate headache, nausea, light sensitivity for a few hours and then stroke like symptoms that last several days. My migraines were hormonal so they diminished a lot after menopause.

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It is late, but the ER doctor said to drink coffee to try and combat my migraine, so I am about to make myself a cup. I don't know if I will be sleeping tonight...

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emoticon getting lonely here by myself....anyone here to chat? Of course, if you are all out exercising, carry on.

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emoticon Hello Team...What's new?

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The hummingbirds have returned!

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The last of the snow in my yard melted away April 21st. emoticon It is still quite cold here but the flowers are catching up and are blooming! Birds are back, grass is greening up and we have trimmed the trees and shrubs damaged by the snow and the trees have buds so I declare spring has officially arrived! emoticon I am waiting for the hummingbirds to return.
I am still working with the trainer. I can only afford once a week but it is the best money I have spent in a while. He nitpicks to make sure I don't damage myself as am working out. It usually takes me a day or two to "recover" after the workout, as in my muscles work hard and I feel it for a day or two. I am also putting in 2 hours of aerobic exercise a day, usually a combination of Leslie Sansone and then onto my treadmill. 6-8 miles a day, sometimes more, never less. So far the weather has only been nice enough to walk outside 2x since the snow melt. It is supposed to warm up a bit next week so I'm looking forward to getting out to walk. Enjoy your time with your family!




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Everything is blooming here, so wonderful to see after a long winter. Next week is Tulip Time and my BIL & SIL are coming for the week. I've been doing well with exercise and eating healthy this week. Next week will be challenging with our guests, but it's all good.

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Yes, it is my son and his family moving from Philly to St. Louis this summer. My son was offered a position at a University in or near St. Louis and it will give him the opportunity to do what he has trained for since he was a Freshman in College and has wanted since he was in High School or middle school. I am happy for him but not happy that he will be so very far away. I'm an happy that we have the technology to "visit" and see our friends and loved ones via the internet. We already skype and "facetime" with the kids between visits. I can play games with them via the internet as well. We'll still visit with them, of course but we are not retired and have no immediate plans to do so and St. louis is more than a weekend trip away. Anyways, it is now April 19th and my yard is still not snow free but the spring flowers are rapidly making up for lost time. The birds have returned as have the spring "peepers". Life is beautiful. I've done my first "outside" walk this year and today it hit 70F and we went to my daughters home and helped her build a swing set for her little one. He is nearly 2.5 years old already and more than 3 feet tall. His dad is 6 foot 6 and my daughter is close to 5ft 10 so no surprise that their son would be tall. I am enjoying the warmer weather.

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emoticon It sounds like spring is finally going to happen for you, Patty! It's beautiful in west Michigan, everything is starting to bloom. So now I have lots of garden clean-up to do. emoticon We spent the weekend in Ohio celebrating our SIL's 80th birthday. Fun but not a healthy weekend. I'm still exercising indoors because it's still pretty cool in the mornings. If I don't get the exercise in after breakfast, odds are it won't happen.

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BIG WEEKEND! This is the first weekend in 12 weeks when it DID NOT SNOW!!!! emoticon There is still snow in my yard and the shrubs and my rhododendron are still partially buried under snow piles, but no more snow was added to the piles this weekend. A foreshadowing of things to come? I say yes! Bring on warmth. I am ready, along with probably just about everyone else in my state, except perhaps owners of the ski industry. They had a pretty good run this year!

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We are still waiting for spring, but the snow continues to melt away. The Boston Marathon is set to occur soon and I wonder how the course for that will be. The roads where I live are still icy and wet from the snow melt and cold but I know Boston has been working to get everything cleaned up. I can't imagine trying to train for this marathon. I suppose that is what treadmills are for. Where I live does seem to have hit a "jackpot" for snow. Most of the snow where my daughter lives (about 25 miles away as the "crow flies") has melted away. Her yard is clear and she is ready to start gardening. I still have some pretty big snow piles and it snowed and sleeted a bit yesterday. Today it is just a cold, damp day. We may get some sun and warmth a bit later in this weekend. I am looking forward to that. I did go for a short walk with my DH and ended up with cold, wet sneakers. Still, I would take this weather any day in comparison to what is in the mid part of our country. My son will be moving to St. Louis this summer and I see those severe storms heading in that direction a lot. During my cross country summer travels I worried about those storms a lot...we kept a "weather eye to the sky" and drove out of the path of those storms as much as we could. We did come a little too close for comfort of times in Michigan, MO, Iowa and the Dakota's and the year I lived in Kansas was terrifying. I'll take my snow anyday.

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We had lots of rain and storms roll through yesterday, creeks are overflowing. Now it's windy. I'm still exercising indoors, priming an old set of wooden patio chairs I bought last year, keeping my pansies going until I have time to plant them. We're going to a surprise 80th birthday party for our SIL in Ohio tomorrow. I'm not sure how I'm going to fit exercise in with that going on, but I hope the weather will be decent so I can at least walk around the parking lot a few times or climb some stairs.

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snow, yep though the piles are going down and it is raining today so it will help to get rid of more of the snow on the ground. I DO have purple crocus now and I can (obviously) see them, at last.

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Do you still have snow, Patty?

I'm working on cleaning out the flower beds. It's always exciting to see the leaves poking through the dirt. I'm still walking with Leslie instead of taking neighborhood walks. It takes awhile for Michigan to warm up with the wind coming from the Lake. We had a fantastic Easter and I'm enjoying watchiing the finches, mourning doves and now woodpeckers come by to feed. We're having great fun this spring, going to Ohio to be part of the surprise 80th birthday party for our SIL.

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More snow this weekend....ugh. There has been a lot of snow melt and I am estimating that right now, we have 6-14 inches left in most of my yard. The roof is no longer leaking!!!! We have had some above freezing days which contributed to the snow melt. The snow compacts during the day and freezes at night so I can walk on top of the snow now. It is that hard and compact! I am looking forward to the day when I can see the shoots of the spring flowers. Generally, by this time of the year, we have crocus and other early spring bulb flowers out. Maybe they are struggling to emerge from under the blanket of snow. My daughter who lives nearer to the coast than I do says most of her snow has melted with the exceptions of the piles where the snow was dumped during the "big dig outs". The snow piles here are still nearly 3 feet high in most places and a whole lot higher where the snow was dumped by the shopping centers clearing the lots and where the town dumped the snow in an effort to clear the roads. I'm betting on snow remaining on the ground through mid April. We'll see.

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Our snow is gone from our yard. There are still some "brown mountains" around town and where the plows took advantage of neutral space. I spotted daffodils starting to come up and other green things are beginning to peek through. I need to clean up my flower beds, but the ground is still mushy.

I went for a neighborhood walk yesterday - COLD. Not doing that again until the temperature improves. The Lake causes strong breezes and that doesn't feel good right now. emoticon Patty, walking with Leslie is always good, she's always a cheerful companion!

I can't believe your youngest has been out of school for five years! Yikes, I feel old. emoticon Oops, washer stopped, gotta go. Have a great evening!

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Well, the sun has been going to work on the snow piles and they have decreased quite a bit. We are getting a couple of new inches on top tonight, but it is now officially spring. We even have some bare patches of dormant grass visible. I cringe when I look at my shrubs in the front yard. What I can see of them suggests I may have to do some major pruning or remove them. They are pretty flat under all the snow. We still have about 2 feet or more of snow in most places of my yard but that is an improvement. I put out my bird feeder and the birds are around.but I haven't seen them at the feeder yet. Doing a few hours on Saturday volunteering at the High School in my town. It's a fundraiser for the HS Band programs in town. I've been volunteering as a band parent since my oldest (now 33) joined the band in 5th grade. All 4 of my kids were band members. My youngest graduated 5 years ago and I still work that "home show" at the high school. My daughter-in-law now coaches a group that performs at the show so I get to cheer on her group, even if is a group from a competing high School. Busy day ahead. I wish I could get my walks outside as you do, Vikki, but there is still just too much snow and no safe way to do so. I'll keep putting in my miles on the treadmill or with my Leslie Sansone programs.

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Patty, I'm glad you got an early dose of spring last week! We're feeling better, the days are sunny and I had my first real walk in the neighborhood - nice! We have a brief cold spell coming through, but it's definitely spring at last.

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I've been visiting with my brother-in-law and family in South Carolina! 80 degrees today. Beautiful! We've been here since Saturday evening and the weather has been warmer each day. We have to start our drive back north tomorrow and will stopping with my son and his family in PA, where it is not quite so warm, but warmer than it will be when I return home on Monday. My daughter tells me it has been warm (40-50) in Massachusetts (home) but the weather will return to ice and snow by Friday. Looks like the weather will be decent for our drive home (as in dry), but cold. It's ok because I know that spring is just a few days away.

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We are in the 40s with bright sunshine this week. The snow is slowly melting away and I can actually see some of my bushes again, poor babies. We're both down with bad colds, boo hiss for the timing, but it's all good. Getting some exercise in every day and sleeping a lot.

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We had some snow and rain last night but it warmed up nicely so there was some melting. More snow expected tomorrow. Looks like we might be breaking all records for total snow this season. We only need a couple more inches to do it, so have at it!

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Yup, welcome to March! It feels warm to us and it's still below 30, but the sun is bright and the sky is so clear. Maybe it's wishful thinking. We have had a dusting of snow, nothing to speak of. The streets are still encased in snow/ice and the piles of snow/ice are so high, I don't feel comfortable walking outside. People aren't too careful about whipping around curves here.

I have my gardening books to encourage me in addition to the bright sunshine. Sure hope it stays for awhile!

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It's snowing again tonight....another 4-8 inches are likely and more winter weather on the way midweek. BUT, it is the first day of March and spring will eventually , well, spring. It is one of the reasons I love living in New England. There is a predictability that is true wherever you live, but I have always lived in New England and have grown accustomed to how the season will present themselves here, in my little corner of the planet. It is comforting and no matter how unpredictable or chaotic the rest of my life may be, I can count on the seasons to always "do their things". SO, welcome March.

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I know spring is coming and I have apparently lived long enough to actually sense the changes in the angle of the sun as spring approaches. I am also developing a serious problem judging warm temps I think. It has been so outrageously cold and snowy or cloudy this winter that today I looked out and saw sun....bright blue skies and sunshine. I stepped out on my porch and decided it was warm and took the dog for a 20 minute slide through the snow paths we dug for him in my back yard. I have to put him on a leash because the snow is over the 4 fence surrounding the yard and he could just walk over the fence if he could get up to the top of the snow. He works hard at it but so far, he just slides down. Anyways, I thought it was warm enough that I took him out without bothering to wear my jacket, hat or gloves and just turned my face up into the sun and basked. When i went back inside, I thought I'd see how warm it was.....feeling happy that the first warm day had arrived. It was 26 degrees farenheight. My internal temperature gauge is not working too well or i am just too accustomed to coming in feeling like I was encased in an ice cube and today (yesterday now as it is past midnight as i write this) was perfect.
Update for the weather for today (Saturday)........wait for it........more snow! Well, the illusion of spring was fun while it lasted. Just a nuisance snow this time.....4 or 5 inches. Piece of cake. emoticon

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2/26/15 2:30 P

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Hang in there! I saw the official sign of spring - gardening and landscaping merchandise set up at our local store! This encouraging note is sponsored by the retailers who put Christmas decorations in September! emoticon

Really, spring is coming. We had a nasty storm on Tuesday (nothing like what the Northeast has endured), but it's been sunny and decent since. I'm not going for walks outside yet, but I'm encouraged.

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2/25/15 11:40 P

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just a little snow from this last storm....3 or 4 inches. Light, fluffy stuff. It actually made walking a bit easier as the snow covered up the ice and created a bit of traction for walking. Still doing my exercise indoors because it is just too cold outside, but it is pretty and the roof didn't leak today. Progress. emoticon

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2/24/15 10:19 P

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emoticon AAAAAANNNNNNNDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD more snow tonight! Whoopie! Who'd have thunk it??????

My husband is going skiing tomorrow so I guess he'll appreciate the snow. It will put a nice powdery surface on the hard packed snow we have now. The snow, sleet and freezing rain we got the other night has left a nice hard crusty coating of ice in the several feet of snow on the ground and my walkways and driveways. My husband took a picture of the ice dam on our roof. It is about 8 or more inches thick. No wonder the roof leaks. It wasn't leaking today though. I guess the last shoveling my husband did is still helping.



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"It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop" (Confucius)

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Ugh on the leaks and ice and snow. Your area is just snake-bitten this winter, Patty. We're mostly just COLD. I'm walking with Leslie as well plus I discovered Jessica Smith who does dance walking. I enjoy both of them, different styles but they get the job done. emoticon

Crazy winter, but spring MUST be coming...

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AND it is snowing again tonight, although it will be changing over to freezing rain , sleet and rain and then freezing solid! I think I would have preferred all snow. We cleared up the driveway, walkways and drains as best we could. There is no where to put the snow at this point. It was "warm" today, 20's(farenheight). My husband was up on the roof for the 5th time since mid-January shoveling off the snow. We have water coming in from ice dams and a bucket with plastic sheeting over the main leak site to try to direct the water into the bucket. The water has stopped for now and hopefully the roof will hold when the rain, snow and ice come in overnight and into tomorrow. Lots of roofs have failed across this part of the state but most have not...yet. I think mine will hold or I would be holed up in a hotel overnight. emoticon Spring is coming. Leslie Sansone is my best friend now.

Nice to "see" you Vikki. Hope all is well with you.

Edited by: GEMSTONE1952 at: 2/21/2015 (21:22)
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I've thought about you Patty with that relentless snow in Boston. We're having a "mild" winter for us - only 60+ inches of snow but the cold is epic. I'm walking with Leslie and Jessica Smith these days. emoticon

And looking through gardening books from the library! emoticon

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emoticon thank you. We had a heat wave today. Got up to 20 degrees Farenheight. I know that is below freezing but after the weather we've been having, it felt balmy. I took the dog out and didn't bother with gloves, hat or jacket and I was fine. Spring is soon to arrive and the angle of the sun is beginning to have that springlike feel. We have more snow coming tomorrow and over the weekend, but it was nice today.

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I know just what you mean! I sympathize, Gemstone. Plz take care.

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I was out with the shovel again, today. It just keeps snowing. Only about 3 or 4 inches today but it had to be moved because more snow is on the way. I'm walking shovels full of snow down to where I can toss it on a lower snow bank. My shoulders are talking to me now, in a not friendly tone.

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Remember all the snow we had LAST winter?? I usually enjoy shoveling snow & especially b/c I can get fitness credit for it, in the tracker. But, when it gets to the part where the snow drifts are higher than me.....that's when my shoulders start hitting the "ouch" factor. Last year, when that happened, that's when I finally told DH I was done shoveling. Be careful, out there & don't hurt yourself. I used to work myself into much pain (that takes months to heal). So, I try to pace myself, now. This year, we have moved away from the snow. The only thing I'm missing from it is the fitness minutes. emoticon

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There was one for snow shoveling so I used it, then I got to use it again. The snow in my yard is well over three feet deep. The piles are so high that I struggle to dump the snow up on the top and end up carrying shovel fulls in an effort to find a lower location that I can dump the snow. Spring is coming.....soon..... emoticon More snow is on the way tomorrow, but only 3 inches. The weekend storm dumped nearly 20 so I won't complain much about a measley 3 inch storm and NO WIND!!!!!!!!!!

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That sounds like hardwork, Gemstone. Not sure what exercise category, but it should def be worth something in the fitness tracking!! I know there's one for "heavy cleaning". Maybe there is one for "shoveling" ?? I'm curious to know what category you found in the tracker, for it. I love to be able to track in the fitness tracker. It was always a great motivator for me in shoveling snow!!!! emoticon

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Didn't have to wait long and now the ice dams have caused my roof to leak. How many exercise points do you think clearing an ice dam on the roof and cleaning up the mess is worth? Gotta get something good out of this. emoticon

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waiting for the next storm....

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Dogs are a lot more perceptive and intelligent than we think they are.... emoticon

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Here's a silly something for ya! I'm always taking the dog on short walks. Today, we were out there, as usual. There was a brief moment, where the pup seemed to be lagging behind...almost stepping on my heals. I wondered what could be wrong. Turns out, we were walking past a new & temporary road sign. She knew it didn't belong there & it made her nervous. She is always doing something silly, or some such thing like that. Once we got past the sign, everything with her was fine again. She made sure to "tell" DH all about it, when we got home. She has a way of being very expressive, even without actual words.


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