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5/27/15 9:03 P

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Hi everybody! Wow, I've been very neglectful and sorry about that. My SIL's visit ended up very well. My parents were here for a couple days and my daughter and family came over as well. It was a very busy weekend. Then last weekend I spent almost two whole days working in the garden. It is all done except for one cherry tomato plant I need to squeeze in somewhere. All other days in between the weekends were filled with work, errands, several good walks, eating, sleeping and pondering the meaning of life 😀. I'm sitting on my front porch, the sun is setting the birds are singing and chirping out their good nights.

I made the decision this week to give Nutrisystem a one month trial. As much as I tell myself I can control and lose weight, I haven't moved more than four pounds up and down repeatedly over the last year so it is time to kickstart. I finally heard back that my doctor did order a referral to a dietician for me as well. I see her in June and at least see if I can develop a standardized meal plan of some sort that will work for me if/when I end the Nutrisystem. I'd be happy if the combination resulted In a 10 lb weight loss the first month with a 1-2 lb loss weekly thereafter. My goal is to lose at least 62 pounds and keep it off, permanently. I have to give credit to the fit bit as I finally realized that even with meeting or exceeding 10,000 steps per day, I was consuming too many calories to actually lose weight. Busting butt doesn't do any good if not managing the intake. It should be simple, intuitive, logical and do-able, but yet I struggle continuously. Wouldn't it be nice if it was all just automatic and we didn't have to think about it every minute! Just be naturally fit and healthy! What a concept!

Anyway, if I ever meet these goals, maybe I can think more about how to have some fun! I did go fishing on Monday and actually caught a fish albeit a carp/dace which I just threw back, but it was fun to actually get a bite.

The North Star just appeared. Time for me to say goodnight and good health to all my sparky ladies!🐞🐞🐞🐞
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Edited by: ANGE1062 at: 5/27/2015 (21:06)
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Elizabeth, it sounds like you are doing great! Keep up the good work!

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Good morning, SP friends,

My husband is gone to see family for two weeks. This is the first time I have been on my own since my stem cell transplant. I move carefully and slowly, doing small chores at a time---taking garbage out in small bags, picking up a few items at the grocery store, etc. It is working for me.

I have increased my exercise since I am now off my chemotherapy drugs. This is the year I regain my strength. Twice this week I have been to the YMCA - I swam my 1/2 mile plus another 1/2 hour of water exercises (pilates). I am going to my new Tai Chi class tonight. I have also joined a small group of women who have a "private" exercise class with our physical therapist.. This is huge challenge for me, but it is fun. I call all of this The Power of Slow. My new shoes are helping.

I hope you all have a beautiful day.

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The past three days I have been pretty busy but before that not so much. Hubby had a follow-up appointment on Monday and that went pretty well. He has been losing a lot of the excess fluid that he had built up so he is feeling much better. His CT scan on Monday barely showed the abcess so it looks like the antibiotics he is on are working. His white blood count was good on Monday and his nutrition level was better, but not where it needs to be yet. He will stay on both of the antibiotics for another three weeks and also on the supplemental nutrition. I went to work yesterday for the first time since March 18th. I am not working full time yet, but I work about 6 hours a day and then I will work another hour or two at home to make a full work day. By going in a little late and leaving a little early I can still manage his IVs. It seems nice to be back but I might not think that after a couple of weeks! Hubby is kind of bored being home alone, but hopefully he might get some visitors occasionally and maybe once he gets a little stronger he will be able to start doing a few things. It will be a while before he can do anything very strenuous but maybe he can do some small things.

We are not going to do a garden this year. We had decided that even before his diagnosis because we don't have enough time to tend to it the way we should and therefore we don't get a lot of veggies out of it. We decided it would be smarter to just buy what we need. If we had been planning to have a garden I would have had to get someone else to help me get the spot ready so it is just as well we hadn't planned on it anyway.

Today certainly was cool, but so far it was dry here.

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emoticon I haven't posted...been busy like you!! :)

emoticon Hey are you getting rain, Donna, or mowing lawn? It just came down pretty hard for a few minutes, then stopped I guess. It was only supposed to have a chance of showers this morning, but BRRR the wind is cold! I was wearing shorts and flip flops...came home and changed into jeans, socks and sneakers!!
emoticon I have been doing some cleaning as well. H and I had to go down on Saturday to clean the camp we take care of that had the squirrel damage, so I am going through it with a fine toothed comb. We both spent 7 hours cleaning and it's still a long way from being done. I had planned to work more yesterday b/c Sat morning I had gotten up to an email from the owners who live in WI, that she has a potential renter who wanted to come in this Saturday. That threw me for a loop, b/c I had not planned to have renters come in till about June 20. That left me only a small window of time to clean and do a thorough job.
After we busted our tails doing that work, we get an email back that the potential renters found somewhere else...grrrr! made me a bit ticked off that I spent my Saturday cleaning for them and they didn't bother to let us know they wouldn't be coming till after the fact.

I have been babysitting, running grands here and there, weeding the flower beds, cleaning some stuff up around the house that wasn't done last summer b/c of the construction mess. I have NOT mowed the lawn, that's hubby's job. :) I let him b/c he likes doing it and I'm always afraid there's something about the mower I don't know, and I might break it....he can fudge things to make them work..me, not so much!!

Been trying to get Hubby to make some phone calls to make sure we have places to stay when we're visiting his family for our summer vaca...and he has put it off and put it off...still not sure about a couple, but I can go from there, with a little more confidence. We will be gone a little over 2 weeks, visiting his and my friends and family in PA, VA, WV, NC and TN. In July.
Yesterday we had a truck load of gravel put on our driveway. Wow, no muddy driveway!! Love it!! it was expensive and didn't cover ALL of it, but H is thinking maybe another small load a bit later. I hope so!!

I am making another batch of the baked oatmeal for our breakfasts, as we both chow it. It's so good and it stays with me longer than cold cereal and I'm not a breakfast maker in the morning. I like to put some in a bowl, pop it in the microwave with my banana and I'm good to go. I can post the recipe a bit later on the recipe link. It's so GOOD.

I have to run now and go get Martin from preschool.
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PS...hubby tilled my garden, so when I get 1/2 chance, I'm going to try and start planting!!

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Where is everyone . . . .it has been 5 days since I made my last post and no one else has posted anything. Is everything ok?

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Good Morning everyone. I'm in Western NY helping my Mom move to her new apt. this weekend. Should be a very busy time. Lots of things to pack and sort through. She is selling her big house and moving into a smaller place. It will be very good for her and I am really glad that she made the decision on her own. My Mom is 84 and capable of living independently so it is all good. We are here until Monday but I'm not sure how long I will have internet.
Bev - so glad to hear your hubby is home and doing some better . . . sounds like a long slow recovery is in your future.
Kat - I'm busy? You are my role model. Your energy puts me to shame. Glad to hear your still working on that whittling.
Elizabeth - so happy to hear your off the chemo and doing well. So great now that the weather is nicer and you can get out more because you are feeling better.
Ange - the meal sounded great and you are getting lots of exercise . . . who could ask for more?
Welcome Kelly.

Got to go get my shower and get packing . . . have a great weekend everyone.

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Hi everyone in VT. Adjusting to my Florida life. It's getting hotter here but from what my kids tell me this past winter was pretty cold.
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Hi everybody. My SIL arrived from Colorado this afternoon and so far we,ve been having a great visit. We went for a long walk and caught up on life and then we made a vegetarian dinner of marinated portabella mushrooms on the grill with Swiss cheese, grilled zucchini in slightly grilled pita pockets with a make your own side salad and some tabouli. It was really good and I was proud of myself 😉. Tomorrow is a walk with the dog in the morning, breakfast ride downtown the lake and walk some trails, run a couple errands, back home and maybe the drive-in. I think we are going to have a very nice day!

Will try to keep food under control

Have a great weekend!

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Kat, my husband was released from the hospital on Monday. They wanted to make sure he could go to his ocology appointment that we had to postpone from the last time he was in the hospital. We went to that on Tuesday but it was just an initial meeting because they can't make any firm decisions on his chemo and radiation until the infections are cleared up and he is off the antibiotics as well as having improved nutritional levels. He has one antibiotic pill that he takes twice a day and another IV antibiotic and they are planning on keeping him on those until the first week of June. He does seem to be doing a little better. He is actually able to eat small meals again- the first time since before the surgery that he has been able to eat much. He goes back next week for bloodwork, another CT scan, and to see the surgeon. Then I think he will see the infectious disease doctor the week after that.

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emoticon Hello my favorite group of online ladies!! :)

Hope all is well with each of you-working through the health issues, spending some time enjoying this warm weather! I LOVE it!!

emoticon Elizabeth, great to hear about all your activities and that you are back on track. I have had to get back on track with my WW too, as I was gone for several days and then back to babysitting, and washing those windows, but now that they are all done, I have been doing more whittling. emoticon I did my Belly Blasting workout yesterday and did the crunching section. I also did my WW twice, so that helps...
Thank goodness for do-overs with our weight journeys! emoticon the results will be wondrous!!

emoticon Bev how's hubby doing? still think of your treks to the hospital and back...do they know when he can come home?

emoticon Ange, did you enjoy your time with your sister visiting? Did you end up hiking or was it raining too much?

emoticon Donna, you have been a woman on the move lately, hope you are getting time to stay focused on you!! :) I LOVE the pic of your 3 generations! You and your family are so lovely!!

I got some finds this morning on the side of the road FREE. always love that.
One is a chest with wheels...very clean and nice. Also a corner plant stand. I spent a while cleaning those up but now they are clean and shiny!
It was a juggle to get the plant stand in the back seat b/c I was on the way to take Martin to school. And put the chest in the trunk, so that was easy. I might have to touch up paint the plant stand but it's not bad with all the dirt off.

I wish I'd had room for the book case that was there, I could have found a place for it. :) If it's still there when I go back to take Martin home, maybe I can get it?? I will try...it will prob be gone tho.

emoticon hope you're out enjoying the weather! I want to walk, but if I go I will have to push Martin in the stroller...Doubt he'd want to walk that far...maybe we will walk down to see Kurt? I will see what happens.



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Good Morning, Vermont Sparklers

emoticon Today, I begin again on my SP challenge of food intake and tracking. I now have my new shoes with the correct lift, so I plan to up my walking as well.

It is a new beginning. It is a new day.

Love to all,

Elizabeth

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Happy Mothers Day to you ladies as well.

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Happy Mother's Day ladies . . . .enjoy the day!

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emoticon Happy Mother's Day!

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HI All,

Here is a quick check in with you all.

Chemo: Since I am off of all chemo, including one that was a steroid, I am noticing a change in my body. For one thing, I don't have the tremendous hunger for sugar as I did when I was on the steroids. My head is clear. I am having a time with stiffness which is common from what I read from others who have withdrawn from chemo.

Exercise: I took my first Tai Chi class the other night, but was extremely uncomfortable at bedtime with the neuropathy in my feet and tightness in my hands. My new Altra Drop shoes should be back next week with the right shoe lift. I will just be a bit more relaxed and gentle as I do the exercises. I have walked a few times this week with my new poles.

Family: These weeks I am busy with three 8th graduation of grandchildren in Mass. and Vt. My oldest granddaughter decided to graduate early so that is another graduation. We have also tried to take in as much as we can on plays, games, and dancing. We leave shortly for one grandson's soccer game in Hudson, MA followed by a barbeque at my son's home. My adopted granddaughter, Pooja, has decided to attend HS in northern India, from which my 4 children graduated. Woodstock School is a terrific school and she will do so well there.

Work: I have also increased my work with GreenMicrofinance. We have initiatives around waste management, biogas, clean cookstoves, sustainable land management going on in Ghana and in Tanzania. I probably work only about 50% of the time now, but that is increasing.

I lived in Nepal so we are planning to support my former organization, United Mission to Nepal, with institutional cookstoves for a district completely cut at the moment. It is north-west of Kathmandu. My heart goes out to these people.

Celebrations: Tomorrow we will celebrate Mother's Day at my son's home. It is also my husband's 79th birthday...he is a young 79er.

emoticon Love to each of you. I am thinking of you all.

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Bev, I know that Dartmouth is a great place, and have heard many many good things about them. My SIL had issues with his daughter when she was quite small, and doctor after doctor here in VT could not find the problem, and he finally got fed up and took her there to find she had some kind of problem with her urinary tract. She needed surgery and they did it, she's been fine since. :) I'm glad your hubby is getting the care he needs there, and hope that you are both home soon and can move on with the healing part.

I know you are doing what you can there with him, and the traveling, so don't worry about the walking etc..that will come, and the great weather is just starting, so just hang in there, and be the rock hubby needs you to be right now! emoticon

I was so busy the last few days, but the windows are all washed up and down stairs in the addition, so I'm doing the happy dance! emoticon

I got some bedding washed today too, and the beds changed, my mattress flipped (can't wait to buy a new one-gotta start looking I guess...this one is not making me happy!)
Babysat for kiddos too and got some other projects done.
I am off to bed now as I have had a busy long week and can sleep in tomorrow! emoticon

Happy weekend to all, and hope you are able to have Mother's Day time with your kiddos. That's what makes it special! I am not sure what our plans are. Supposed to rain on Sunday I hear. Samuel our oldest grandson, went to spend the week at his grandparents in MA. He is homeschooled and his parents get him tested every year in MA b/c it's cheaper there, so he went off today for that. I don't know when he gets back. I will miss him.

emoticon hoping for a walk tomorrow-it's been since last Saturday that I've been and I have been busting my butt to get these windows done b/c I have wanted to do them since we got them in, but it was so cold then, that my fingers froze every time I tried...so this was their first washing and hopefully the last for a long while!! :)

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Yes Ange he is at Dartmouth Hitchcock and the people here are great. In spite of the complications he has had we are very happy with the doctors here. Occasionally we see where the various people involved don't communicate with one another as well as they might and you don't hear the same thing from everyone involved at first but eventually they will come to agreement. I am sure it is hard for everyone to be updated immediately when new information becomes available but having multiple people on your case is a good thing overall.

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Bev, your hubby is at Hitchcock, right? I think they have very highly qualified staff there. I'm sure they will do their best to get things under control. It really is amazing how advanced medical and surgical treatments are these days. We, meaning Americans, are very lucky to have access to healthcare. Thinking of you!

Kat, sounds like your hike was great time. I'm hoping to do a little of that myself weekend after this. My sister-in-law is visiting from Colorado and I'm going to try and get her up to the long trail, maybe off Smugg's, Sterling pond. Maybe a packed lunch from Yahnah's cupboard. She is an avid hiker. Hope I don't kill myself hiking on a mountain trail since it has been a few years. My three mile walks are not quite up to the same level of difficulty. Is it is a gray day, I may choose an easier walk like Colchester pond or something like that. Or, maybe a visit to snowfarm vineyard instead... We'll have. To se.

Donna, you and I must be on a similar path. I was down at Home Depot today buying plants and getting anxious to start my garden. And my Dad is coming up next weekend to cut some trees and visit with my SIL as well.

It feels great to be out and moving!

Have a good weekend everyone! I'll be cleaning house and prepping for company :)

Ange

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I think of you everyday Bev . . . . glad you took a quick minute to let us know what was going on. Fingers crossed that he can come home again this weekend.

I went to Burlington yesterday for the weekly lunch with the girls and then to do my errands. I was buying herbs at Home Depot and my cell phone rang. DH wanted to know when I was coming home because he forgot to get a check to pay the plumber. . . . we have a leaky faucet on our furnace. Anyway, so I had to hurry and finish doing my list and as I was nearly home I realized I forgot to go to the Vet for the dog's medicine so I have to go back into Burlington today when I wanted to spend the day outside in the gardens . . . .grrrrr . . .my own fault for rushing. To top it all off the plumber never showed up . . . .double grrrrr.

Hope everyone is enjoying this weather . . . .I think it is fabulous.

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You ladies sound like you are keeping busy. I hope you are able to enjoy this nice weather. I haven't been able to enjoy it as much as I would like, but yesterday I did buy lunch at the hospital cafeteria and then take it outside to eat it.

I thought I would post a quick update before I head out this morning because it is easier to post from my computer than my phone. Hubby is still in the hospital but at least is showing some improvement. They have ruled out problems with his kidneys or his heart as the cause of the fluid build-up and are pretty sure it was from the infection and possibly made worse by malnutrition. They are still working on identifying the exact bacteria and coming up with a treatment plan for when he comes home. He was looking a bit better yesterday, although he is still quite swollen. They told us it might take weeks to get rid of it all but we are hoping they might let him come home by the weekend. That could be wishful thinking on our part since no one has told us that yet. He might end up having to do IV antibiotics at home this time, but they aren't sure yet. Well, I need to hit the shower, get dressed, and be on my way. Have a great day all!

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emoticon Girls, what a warm week it's been, and fabulous weekend. I am sorry I've been MIA lately. We had my mom's burial service in Edwards, NY near Governeur on Friday. So we went to my sister's in Copenhagen on Thursday night. Stayed there till Sunday then came home.
emoticon On Saturday my sister and cousin from NH were going to come over to my other sister's and we were just going to sit and veg and chat, but her boyfriend suggested we go hiking, so we did! It was a glorious day for hiking. We went to Whetstone Gulf State Park in Remson, or something like that, and hiked up around the gorge there...5 miles! it was wonderful. We treated ourselves to a creemee when we got done! LOL we had skipped lunch, and it was 4 pm. So it was yummy! I got Teaberry. emoticon



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Bev, sorry to hear about hubby...hope by now things are getting better with him. You two seem to have hit a pretty rough patch, but am praying for healing and know it will come.
Donna, sounds like a great hair do for summer! :) I don't highlight mine, b/c the sun bleaches it so blonde it is NOT in need of any other stuff! LOL I hate getting rid of big trees too, so know it's hard to let go. Some friends of ours just had to have a blue spruce cut from their front lawn, and it was the only tree there, and now it's so bare. It was huge, and we have one that has died too, that's huge, so know that will be a big loss when it goes...it should be cut this summer.
I have one lone tulip blossoming out front, and buds coming on the Lilies of the Valley. I have a whole patch of them transplanted a couple of years ago from hubby's parents house in MA. They are spreading and filling in, so I'm pleased, I LOVE the smell when they are blossoming. I actually go past a huge patch of them that are growing wild on one of my 5k walks, and pick a handful to bring home-just of the blossoms, so I can smell them. I hate picking mine! LOL

All you ladies, sounds like this spring warm weather is keeping you busy in the yard, traveling, walking, etc. I have started the long process of cleaning the new windows in our addition (did you know we have just 15 windows on the downstairs porch section alone (not counting the two doors or windows into the house ! Yup...so I have all but 3 done. I will try to finish tomorrow. I have to spray with Windex, clean with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, then wipe with cloth, then use a razor on all the "stuff". They are brand new and never been washed, and hubby says there is some kind of protective coating, well it's awful! So have been going after them in the corners and all, and it's taking a while, even though they all flip in. Once the process is done, though, it should be easy from now on. I have only about 11 upstairs, though, I think. LOL and 2 doors with windows. I should put some pics so you can see it.

Well, have to get some supper, have Awana at church tonight-and have to be there by 6:30.

Hugs to all, (I had been reading your posts, but hadn't had a chance to reply. Sorry about the book length post!)
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Oh Bev I was hoping when you got him home the last time that it was going to be all forward from there . . . hope they get to the bottom of this soon for goodness sake. Thinking of you everyday and sending positive thoughts your way.

Today we have my summer do haircut . . . I get it highlighted and cut pretty short for Summer and then DH and I running errands at Lowes and the greenhouse. We are having 3 trees taken down and we need to price some replacements. 2 of the Maples are very old but they are in rough shape and we need another Maple but we also have a 65' Norway Spruce which has gotten to big and it dwarfs our house in addition to dropping those 50 gallons of pine cones.That tree is going to be hard to replace because it provided so much shade on the house. I'm bummed to have to take them down but it is for the best and we have been putting it off for a couple of years because neither of us was ready. Funny to be so attached to trees but it takes so long for them to grown that big.
That is my plan for the day . . . time to get going.

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Thanks Ange. I'm not very religious either even though I was brought up that way. The CT scan showed that the abcess they previously found has grown dramatically larger so they are going to attempt to drain it today. If that doesn't work they might have to do surgery but that would only be a last resort option. They have also been checking his heart to be sure the blood infection he had didn't affect his heart. So far so good but as of last night they were planning on doing an echocardiogram today.
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Bev, so sorry to hear of your hubby's set back. I'm not much of a religious person, but will send good thoughts your way for both of you. I know all too well how these types of situations can take a toll, both emotionally and physically. Please try to take good care of yourself in the midst of all this.

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Well the saga continues. Hubby is back in the hospital. When he went home a week ago he was still retaining fluid but I guess they thought it was going to get better. Instead it kept getting worse to the point that he could barely get out of his recliner without help and the least bit of exertion made him out of breath. I called his doctor Saturday night and he wanted to see him today. They took one look at him and decided to admit him. His white blood count is up as well. So far he had a chest x-ray and an EKG which they said were okay. He is supposed to be having a CT scan later today.

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Good Morning Team . . .Happy Star Wars Day . . .May the 4th Be With You
Elizabeth great news . . . congrats! Sounds like you are all set to walk and the weather is lovely lately.
Ange congrats on the Fit Bit. I don't thik they count steps very well either but you can read a blog a wrote about it. I have the Fit Bit Charge that has a watch as part of it so I like that I only have to wear one device and I try and account for its inaccuracies
Bev hoping that things are progressing in a positive way now that you have your DH home again. Try and take some time for you even if it is only 15 minutes a day this week. Going for a little walk only will help keep you sane in this stressful time.
Kat how did the waist whittling final numbers go . . . .it is a new month you know.

Saturday I did a run/walk 5K . . . mostly walk but I was out there and the day was beautiful. Yesterday I was mostly lazy except for the 3 miles I walked in the morning. I spent the rest of the day cooking and ordering cushions for my porch chairs on line. I though it would be a quick job but I couldn't find what I wanted at a reasonable price but I continued to look and finally got them on order. I also bought a Pittsburgh Steelers wreath for the Front Porch on Etsy . . . I was going to make one from something I saw on Pinterest but the cost and time made buying one better since I am still knitting and have other projects I have to get done beore the end of June and the new grandbaby arrives.
Breakfast time and then some bookwork before heading outside. Have a great day everyone.

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Good Morning,

Thanks for the encouraging words, Bev and Ange. The other thing I forgot to mention yesterday is that I am now working more...trying to balance time.

I am starting again on my food plan tracking and will get in some walking. I do have my little SP tracker so will use this. It seems to work.

I bought a great set of hiking poles from Black Diamond that has made a huge difference in my gait and walk. I also went to Gloucester Mark's Shoes, who fitted me with a new pair of hiking/walking Merrell shoes and Keene casual/dress shoes. I also got new orthopedic inserts that are less hard than my Superfeet inserts that have served me so well for years. I will send to have the 1/2" lift. Then I am set on shoes.

Have poles! Will travel!

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Elizabeth, wonderful news!

Ange, what model FitBit did you get? I have the Flex, the one that is worn on the wrist but doesn't have all the bells and whistles of some of the newer, pricier ones. I am sure the active minutes are not accurate but mostly I go by my total steps- which has not been much for the past few months. Now that the weather is nicer I thought I would start getting my 10,000 a day again, but hubby keeps having little setbacks so I am still pretty much playing nurse 24/7. I leave to run to the post office a couple of times a week, to the pharmacy occasionally or to Shaw's to grab a few necessities, but that's the extent of my travels.

Have a great week everyone!

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Elizabeth, that is absolutely wonderful news. Thank goodness for modern medicine and technology that helps people live longer, quality filled life. I hope you remain well for a very, very long time 🌺

I've been working around the house, but actually took a couple hours to go fishing today, which didn't result in any catch, but got some sun and fresh air.

Oh, my team won the wellness challenge at work and we all received a new Fitbit. I've been playing around with that over the last three days. It doesn't calculate burnt calories the same as the map my walk app, so that was an eye opener. My three mile walks went from 460 calories down to about 300. But on the bright side, I've hit more than 10,000 steps each of the last two days. I've also noticed that it doesn't really seem to track active minutes accurately. I mean I busted my butt yesterday and at the end of the day it said only 60 something active minutes, that just can't be right. I'm trying to track food and monitor sleep as well. Interesting, but I think I would prefer one that has a built in GPS. I was using Map my Walk on my iPhone and thought I could give up the phone tracking but the Fitbit appears to require a Gps to be operating during the walk in order to track. I'm sure there will be better models in the next few years. Not sure how long I'll continue to use this one.

Well, it is getting late. Best wishes to all for a happy and healthy week!

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Hi All,

emoticon I am here with you! I am so sorry I disappeared from SP and this terrific group. Spring is here!

A combination of computer issues, of travel to Boston for oncology and appointments, of visiting friends, and of connecting with grandchildren in Gloucester...all took me away from you all and from staying on track.

Another issue is that my oncologist took me off of all my chemo drugs. I was having a time with withdrawal and changes in my body as I did this. Terrible stiffness and joint pain came upon me.

But the good news is that I am basically in remission, just like Tom Brokaw. Tomorrow is a new day and a new beginning.

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We are home again for a week or so. Next up is DH doctor app't in Boston on the 12th. then to NY to help move my Mother into her new apartment. It is so nice to see the daffodils and daylilies making their appearance. The yard is pretty well cleaned up from winter but it has really greened up yet. I can see some but there is still a lot of brown.
You are right Ange we put a lot of miles on the car or rental cars but that was our plan when we retired. To see and do things while we could so that when we are older and can't go as much there would be no regrets about the things we didn't do. DH is 12 years older than I am so I am really young to be retired. I had 30 years with IBM at 52 so I was able to retire when I got laid off . . . it has been a great time. We have been running around and seeing things for 5 years already . . . hard to believe how fast time flies . . . .we keep adding things to our "bucket list"
We have thought about moving but I think we will probably stay where we are . . .our location and house are good for retirees. Well actually the house is too big but all the kids can come at the same time with their families and our living space is on one floor so we don't really need to go upstairs if we don't want to.
Bev - Hoping everything is going better now that your DH is home . . . .I think of you all the time. Sending good thoughts your way.
Kat - Keep whittling that waist . . . tomorrow is the 1st of a new month so you can measure and see your results.
Where is Elizabeth? traveling again too?
Reading to go out and maybe start cleaning up another flower garden . . . lovin this weather

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His employer is the State of Vermont and they don't provide short-term disability benefits. They provide long-term disability but that only applies after being out for 6 months and we are expecting he will be back to work sooner than that. We did purchase an AFLAC short-term disability policy through the union so he will get some pay while he is out, but it will be less than half of what he brings home when he is working and we will have to pay the insurance premiums out of it. It's better than nothing, and as long as I am getting a paycheck I think we will get by if we are careful. They allow him 12 weeks of FMLA, but that is in a 12 month period and they made him fill out FMLA paperwork when he was out for two weeks in December for his gallbladder surgery so he only has 10 weeks of FMLA available. He will more than likely be out longer than 10 weeks, but I am not worried about them holding his job for him. I am out on FMLA as well, but I am sure I will be back to work before my 12 weeks is up. I had about 30 days of paid time available but since I have been working some I have only used about half of it so far even though I haven't worked in almost 6 weeks. As long as there are no more complications and I can go back to work soon it will be fine.

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Bev, can't your hubby apply for short term disability through his work place? And there is also a family and medical leave rule where employers have to allow people up to 14 weeks worth of work hours as unpaid but allows them job security. Employer can't eliminate a person if they are on this type of leave. You might also check with VNA social services consult to see if you can qualify for any stipend for being his caretaker, even if/when you go back to work. Or maybe any other assistance? You'd be surprised what may be possible. Good luck..

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Yes, Ange, my foot finally healed thank goodness. The new skin is kind of tender and at times it feels a little irritated but there have been no new breaks in the skin so far and I am hoping it stays that way. Hubby finally came home yesterday afternoon after spending 13 days in the hospital. He will be on two different antibiotics for the next 4 weeks, but they were able to give him pills rather than IV antibiotics. He still has to get most of his nutrition through an IV line because he is still unable to eat much. At least he only has to be hooked up to that for 12 hours a day and we do it at night. We have a visiting nurse who will come twice a week to check on him and change the dressing on the IV line as well as draw blood to drop off at the lab in Springfield. Hopefully no new problems will come up. He has an appointment with the oncologist on May 12th and we should find out then what the plan will be for chemo and radiation. He also has a follow-up appointment with the surgeon and the nutritionist on May 18th. I think the infectious disease doctor also said he will see him at that time. He still needs help doing some stuff (and other times I think he asks for help just because it is easier) but hopefully now that he is out of the hospital he will start to get his strength back. I need to go back to work! I think he must be almost out of sick and vacation time but it will be quite a while before he can go back to work. I still have some time left but I will likely also need some time off when he does his chemo.

It is nice to see the sun this morning. All those cloudy, drizzly days were not fun! I wouldn't have been able to get out too much even if it had been nice, but I could have taken hubby outside the hospital for a few minutes if the weather had been nicer.

Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts ladies!

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Hi everyone.

Kat, well the chair yoga is going to be a challenge. I think I'm going to have to schedule time on my calendar at work each day to remind myself to do it. My work days are busy and variable with meetings, running around to various campuses, in between trying to actually get some work done when I am in my office. Ugh, but I know I would never find time at home to do it... Yes, I walk in the cold weather and sometimes when it is raining lightly, but not pouring. Walking in the rain in summer can be relaxing, but so can just sitting on the front porch. When I was a kid, we had a second story apartment witha big porch facing the street and I'd sit up there with home made bubble water and blow bubbles from a straw to watch how far they would get before being popped by rain drops. LOL!

Bev, donating the supplies was a very thoughtful thing to do. I hope things are progressing well. How is your foot? Did it ever fully heal? I was wondering if you were having to be on your feet more with all that is going on. Remember to take care of yourself. I know how much stress there can be on a caregiver...

Donna, how many miles do you think you've travelled. Seems you are always on the road. I'm jealous! I wish I could spend time seeing the sights and experiencing new things... Maybe someday. Good luck with the tournament.

I made a follow up appointment with my primary care to deal with plans for some real nutrition counseling, some PT, and med adjustments. My goal is to get off metformin and hits for blood pressure, and of course loose weight. As much as Ive said I was going to focus, I find my efforts are not enough. May 4th will hopefully be the next step towards long term success.

Glad Monday is at a close today!

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emoticon Hello ladies....

Another busy day, and I was a good girl for part of it! I did my WW and workout dvd and ST.
Then got hubby some bread from the discount store, got a few things in town, and also, now this is the naughty part....I got myself some cookies...they are frosted oatmeal raisin...oh my! so luscious!
And tonight we are having cheesecake for Racheal's birthday, my DIL, so they should be here soon. I don't know why they haven't come yet...Kurt said they'd be over...unless he forgot. LOL

Bev, I have one cat and that's more than enough when we are gone so much. I wish we didn't have her due to my allergies, but I hate getting rid of her now when she's so old. She's about 17.
Did hubby get to come home?

Hope everyone is well-I wish it would dry/warm up for walking!! I hate the cold!

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No Kat, we don't have any animals. We used to have a cat but I think some wild critter got him a few years ago and we have had no pets since. I don't miss the cat hair everywhere! I'm not really an animal lover anyway. Hubby likes dogs but not the responsibility that comes with them.

The IV feeding training went okay. There are a lot more steps than there were with the feeding tube but I will get used to it. I asked them at the hospital if they knew anyone who needed formula but didn't have insurance to pay for it because we have a lot left and the company doesn't take it back. I felt it would be a shame to throw it out. At first they told us to bring it to the clinic when he comes in for a checkup in a couple of weeks and they would keep it until they had someone without insurance who couldn't afford it, but yesterday they told me they have a patient now who can use it so they asked if I was going home last night and could bring it in today. I would much rather see it go to another patient than in the dumpster and I am glad we can help someone out.


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emoticon Ange, I have had that happen to me, too, and they must be floating out there somewhere in cyberspace! No apologies necessary, just glad all is well. Glad you're getting walks in, do you walk in these cold temps? I hate to!! esp if it's raining-I hate walking in the rain!!
emoticon emoticon Wow, your garden is all tilled-you must have a lot dryer soil than we do!! we have lots of clay!! too early to till, but Hubby says soon!!
emoticon How'd the chair yoga go? was it good? I know I'm not always as flexible as I can be, or should be!! need to work on that too!
I have been so LAZY today-sitting most of the day-got my new iPhone 6 yesterday and have been setting it up, fixing stuff that didn't come through, resetting passwords, downloading apps that I had on the other phone-thank goodness most of them were already in the "cloud" so I could just get them from there!

Next Thursday I will be traveling to NY for my mom's burial. We will be there till Sunday sometime and prob come home early enough for church Sun night. (before 6).

emoticon emoticon Donna, I am chilled too, from all this rain, and can't seem to stay warm enough. Even with my comforter back on my bed, I still feel cold. I put 2 pair of socks on to go to sleep, woke up in the night and took them off, b/c I hate socks on in bed, but had warmed up enough I guess. I hope your travels to PA are safe-I hear they had snow this morning! Have fun at the shower!
emoticon Glad your furbaby is doing well. I have a friend in CA who says hers is not doing so well, guess it's in the joints or something..they have meds they are giving him, but he's not improving. He's a smaller dog, though.

emoticon Bev, glad you will be coming home with hubby soon, hope he improves quickly. How did your training go for the feeding tube? You will prob be happy to be home-I can't remember do you have animals? if so, do you have someone at the house taking care of them?

emoticon I know Elizabeth has been traveling a lot b/c I see her posts on fb. It looks like she is visiting a lot of friends and doing some sightseeing, taking in a baseball game, and such. So I know she is doing well, she is looking lovely in the pics I see of her! :)

emoticon Tomorrow is time for me to get back to my workout!! I have still been doing some WW so I am trying to behave!! :)
Hubby did a lot of cleaning at the camp down at the lake today-Yippee!! lots less for me to do!! I will go down there when it's warmer, as there is no heat and it's not insulated. :) I'm a baby!!

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Have fun Donna! I am still hanging out at DHMC but it looks like the end of his hospital stay is in sight. Unless something changes it looks like he will be going home tomorrow at some point. I am supposed to get some training this afternoon or tomorrow morning on the new feeding regimen he will have.

Have a good day in spite of the rain everyone.

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This rain is really giving me a chill to my bones. I can't seem to get warm and it isn't all that cold. Must be the lack of sunshine. I really enjoyed the warm days we had before this last change to rainy days.
We are headed to PA tomorrow morning. It is a 10.5 hour drive so a long day in the car with little exercise. Hopefully the weather in Pittsburgh will be better for the bridal shower on Sunday. It is inside but it still would be nice to not have to get all wet going in and out.
We took our dog to the vet for her yearly checkup and for a 16 year old large breed she is doing well. We are starting her on a new arthritis medicine hopefully it will help some of her stiffness. I have to give the injections twice a week for the 1st month and once a month after that. Fingers crossed.
I'll check in once in awhile while we are on the road . . . .be back next Tuesday because our bowling banquet is next Wednesday.

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Hey Donna, don't feel bad, I could have sworn I posted a long discussion last week and I see today that it is not there, so apologies to folks for seemingly having disappeared for a couple weeks. Unfortunately, I can't remember what I wrote about last time. Wonder if it is because I used my i-pad.

Not a whole lot going on other than my usual walks, housecleaning, yardwork and, of course, work work...

I am very happy that the weather is turning warmer and I actually got some sun last weekend. Oh, I did have a young man bring tons of mulch and rototilled my garden so I should be all set to grow some wicked vegetables this year.

Tried some chair yoga at work today as part of our four week wellness challenge and boy, I am the most inflexible person!! I need to work on stretching. I have seen some videos on spark before so I think I'm going to copy a link to my desktop so can spend 15 minutes a day on break just stretching. I think that will be very helpful.

Sounds like everyone is very busy. Wishing good health and safe travels to all.

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emoticon Donna, I haven't picked up or raked the pine cones that are littering the lawn around the kids play structure, but when it's nice and the kids are here and they want to play over there, I thought I would get them to help me! :)
I think we have about 50 gallons of them too!!

Sounds like you DO have a busy summer planned, but glad that you will be busy and having some fun family time.

I have been to GA a couple of times and it's always in the summer, so Judy and I go walking in the morning at their country club *yes, they belong to one, right on the Chattahoochee River*. It's in the woods and shady so not bad for walking and that helps us visit and give the old dog (they have a dog named Lucky) some exercise as well. The men don't typically go with us. They live in Marietta.

I am not going to the wedding of a friend in PA in May, so just mailed out their gift today.
We do take care of a camp on Lake Champlain for people who live in Milwaukee, WI. There was some squirrel damage inside this year, so Hubby has been replacing windows that were gnawed through and I will be going down Thur to start the clean up process. People will be coming in June, I think. (their first renters). It's a mess, but if I do a bit at a time I won't feel so overwhelmed. I want to do a spanking clean job this year so the owners don't feel it's nasty after the mess.

It hasn't rained as much today as I thought it might. I didn't want to go out this a.m. though or yesterday, so did a workout with my belly blasting dvd. :) still working on those Waist Whittling! I'm trying to behave!!

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Wish I could figure out why I keep getting dropped from this thread . . . I think no one has posted then I check to see and there are a bunch of posts . . . .hmmmm.
I spend a good part of the day outside picking up sticks and stuff to get the yard ready for mowing when it greens up. I cleaned off 50 gallons of pine cones from our huge tree. All that bending has made my back sore tonight but I finished and it looks good. We are headed to PA on Thursday for a Bridal Shower for my niece and then to Maryland for some geocaching but I have to home on the 29th for our bowling Banquet and the 95th Birthday of one of the ladies in our league.
Bev - sorry to here that your hubby is back in the hospital . . . hope he is back on the mend soon.
Kat - Our daughter lives in Georgia and we have vowed not to visit her again in the Summer . . . .too dang hot and humid. We went down a couple of years ago in August and ended up leaving early. we don't have air conditioning in the truck and I was dying. I did go by myself for 2 days last Summer and it wasn't too bad. She had a thing at her University when she started Vet School and parents were invited so I went. I love to go there in March and April though. Everything is in bloom and it is so much nicer than here this time of year.

This year is so crazy for vacations. We have a wedding in PA at the end of May and another in Maryland in July and the grandbaby is due the end of June. My Mom needs help moving in mid-May. We open our cabin Memorial Day and close sometime in the Fall. My sisters are suppose to come to Maine in August and I am taking my Mom to see her new great granddaughter in November. I have a weekend my sisters are coming to VT for the Color Run in Sept and our Sisters Spa weekend is in October. Not sure I can cram anything more into this year.

It is suppose to rain the rest of the week so stay dry.

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Bev I am so sorry to hear of your hubbys latest upset. You poor things, having one issue after another. Praying they can find and treat the infection and that hubby is feeling better soon.
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By the way Kat a log bed is simply that- a log headboard and footboard. It has a metal frame with logs on the sides too.

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It sounds like you are keeping busy as usual Kat. I hope the cold or allergy thing straightens out soon. I think a lot of people have allergy issues this time of year. I know I get sinus headaches this time of year and I blame them on allergies but I don't know to what.

Hubby has had some complications and is back in the hospital. It was initially thought that he might have a urinary infection and we went to Springfield Hospital to have that checked rather than making the trip to DHMC. It turned out not to be that and they ended up transferring him to DHMC by ambulance on Wednesday evening. Thursday morning they did a CT scan and found an abcess where the remaining part of the pancreas connects to the intestine. He is on antibiotics to try to clear up the infection. They are still growing the cultures to determine the exact kind of bacteria so they can give him antibiotics geared to that specific type rather than the broad spectrum ones he is on now. The urinary issues he was experiencing apparently were due to some of his bodily functions shutting down from the infection. They just started letting him have liquids yesterday and maybe tomorrow if things go well he might be allowed to try to eat. I'm not sure what he will do for nutrition when he goes home. Right now he is getting stuff through an iv and it is possible he will do that at home as well. They had to take out his feeding tube connection because the tube had moved out of his intestines and was coiled in his stomach. Since that was placed during surgery they can't replace it. I'm not sure how many more days he will be here.

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emoticon Hello ladies! I am not mowing the lawn, but have been preparing the lawn for it. I went out the other day and picked up all the branches and sticks in the yard that have come off our old maples and elm. Martin and I also dug out stones from the back lawn which were in the construction zone last year, and had some late grass grow-but it didn't come in full, and LOTS of stones still sticking up out of the ground or laying on top, that I missed in the initial "sweep" of it before mowing.
Have been babysitting, walking and doing the "decluttering" through the house challenge. I'm not done, but have done a LOT of it. :) I like the feeling of less!

Bev, how's the family? hubby is getting stronger, I hope. I wonder-what is a LOG bed? I have never heard of one. I've seen a sleigh bed. How's the new bed working? getting more rest now?
Donna, hope that cough has left you!! I don't know what I have, if it's just allergies, as I don't feel sick, just a tad sore throat, but it's hoarse, and had an awful hard time singing this morning at church. The other gal who sang with me, sang the soprano part with me b/c I had no volume. she was supposed to sing alto. People said it sounded good though. Maybe she drowned me out, that's why it wasn't bad? emoticon

Are any of you gals planning some get away time for this summer? I have been frustrated trying to plan mine. We have my mom's burial coming up on May 1. That's over in Edwards NY. It's a place kind of weird to get to. My aunt said nothing grows there, and if you do bring flowers, the Japanese beetles eat everything :-( so I'm wondering what to bring for flowers. She said she has been bringing artificial. Maybe I can go to JoAnn's and find something that looks real, b/c I hate the look of fake flowers. And then bring a spray of real ones. Just to leave some color even if they don't last.

We then have another burial in Maine for hubby's aunt who passed away on Thanksgiving, but that's not till July 14. So we will head there (Lincoln area about 1 hour above Bangor) and stay a few days then.
We will be home 2 days for me to babysit the kiddos and then leave for our vacation south. We are heading to PA, VA, WV, NC, TN and possibly GA. It depends on if his cousin will be home in GA if we go there. Lots of car time, but lots of fun with friends and family visiting too!

emoticon I'm going to have to see when my plants would be ready for harvest to determine when to plant what, b/c I don't want stuff coming in while I'm gone! and have it go by. Beans and such. I love my fresh green beans. And if I have cukes, my daughter could come get them and make some pickles. She won't be gardening herself this year she said.

Well, the wind is chilly, but I managed a 5k and am wanting to do some reading, so maybe take the recliner out and get my book! sit in the shelter of the house in the sun! :)

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It is beautiful today! I didn't think hubby was up to doing much walking but it was too nice to be cooped up in the house all day, so I convinced him to get dressed and we would go for a short ride. He has been talking about wanting to buy a new mattress because our bed is hard for him to get in and out of since his surgery. The mattress is a really thick pillow top and when we bought it we just had a bed frame under it. Then the kids bought us a log bed for Christmas one year and the bed is really high using that frame. It never bothered him because he is taller than me but I always felt like I had to climb up to get into it. Now he is finding it a challenge to get out of and he often naps in the spare room because that bed is several inches lower and he finds it easier. With him out of work for what is likely to be a few months it maybe wasn't the best time to spend the money but we went and bought a new mattress set today and it will be delivered tomorrow. It isn't a pillow top but it seemed pretty comfortable and it should be several inches lower than what we have. They now make what they call a low profile box spring that is only half as high as the old ones so we opted to get that instead of the standard height one. I'm thinking it will make the bed a little higher than the one in the spare room but not nearly as high as what he have. Then we stopped at Tractor Supply so he could get a couple of button up shirts. He normally wears t-shirts most of the time but those don't work well over his incision and the feeding tube port. By the time we make those two stops he was worn out so we came back home and now he is napping. That was our big excursion for the day! I need to start cleaning some stuff out of my bedroom so I won't be embarrassed to have the delivery guys go in there to set up the bed and take the old one away tomorrow.

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I spent most of the day in the kitchen and doing the laundry. I was so tired last night i could hardly keep my eyes open. Then I slept like a rock. I made some chili and a big bowl of fresh fruit salad (mango, grapes, orange,pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blue berries) I also toasted some coconut to add . . . .DH doesn't like it but I do. I cooked some bacon for Bacon bits and for a BLT. Made guacamole and chocolate chip cookies. I peeled a pound of carrots for snacking and hard boiled some eggs. I also indulged in my other guilty pleasure . . . watching the Master's. I really don't like or play golf but I just love to watch that tournament . . . the course and the flowers are so beautiful and green. Maybe it is the time of year . . . not much that is green here.
Today I am going to grill some steaks. . . .I was going to do that for DH birthday last week but we weren't feeling that good so we didn't want to waste a great meal if we weren't going to enjoy it. We are having roasted Brussel Sprouts and red potatoes.
I am going to go outside in a bit and check out the garden for signs of life after the long winter . . . maybe pick up a few branches . . . .just get out and get some Vitamin D . . . .maybe it will help tis cough and cold I have that has been just hanging out.
Have a great day everyone.

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emoticon Hi all, I slept in till almost 8 this morning! sluggard!! LOL Then got up and did my belly blasting workout and ST again, thinking I might walk later on.
I had to go to post office for hubby and get stamps and mail some bills when I looked out and the men were here to pick up the camper that we were giving him.



So the man took 1.5 hours getting it unstuck from the mud and then loaded onto the trailer. I sent them the pics I took of them working.
It was FREEZING in the wind out there watching them! No walking for me!

Then I ran into Vergennes for the groceries I needed for the dish I was making for our missions banquet tonight-lots of great food.

I then went out to the mailbox about 3 and it was so warm I wanted to walk, but then had to make the food, so couldn't. but tomorrow it's supposed to be nice.

I got new sneakers recently. They are Saucony. I got them at Green Mountain Shoe and Apparel in Bristol. They are the most cushioned, comfortable shoes I have ever bought I think. She is a friend so she gives me discounts. :)

Ange-your trip to Kennebunkport sounds like a blast. Hope you have great weather. Well, you have fun fishing-it's NOT something I've ever enjoyed doing. Do you have a big garden? congrats on your spark points!

Donna, sorry your cough keeps interrupting things you want to do. I'm hoping there WILL BE results with the measurements...my lower stomach muscles feel tighter than they have in a long time, so I think it must be! :) They are also a tad sore with all the crunching and waist exercises, but not unbearable, and they don't deter me from doing stuff. I did do a bunch of projects today too, in between the other stuff-uncluttering is the word of the month!! I downloaded and printed out a Decluttering thing from SP a while ago, and haven't gone through everything, but can send the article if someone wants it. It's area by area throughout your home.

Bev, It was only a tad sunny today, but saying tomorrow nice...so after church I'm hoping to be on the road again! ;) love my walks outside!

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Congrats on the points milestone Ange! My daughter wears a size 11 shoe so she isn't far behind you. You know what they say- it takes a bigger foundation to hold up a church than it does a sh**house so don't feel bad about those big feet! In a woman's shoe I wear a 10 but I can never find women's sneakers that fit me so I usually buy a 9 in men's and even then I have to buy a wide.

It looks like we might see some sun today but it looks windy out there too. That might help dry up the mud a little so it really isn't a bad thing. We have nothing special on the agenda today that I know of. I plan to spend some time on my work computer doing some of the things I didn't have time to do yesterday with the trip to Dartmouth. Gotta get some billable hours in so I can save some of my sick/vacation time for later!

Enjoy the weekend everyone! They say tomorrow will really feel like spring so let's hope they are right.

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Glad to see everyone is hanging in there waiting for Spring . . . maybe Sunday will feel like Spring is here. Bev - sorry DH is doing as well as you had hoped. I guess it really is going to be a slow healing process. I am glad we don't live on a dirt road . . . no real mud season for us except for the yard. Ange - Yeah for new sneaks. Where did you get them. I love Fleet Feet in Essex. They are really good with time and fitting you properly. Have fun in Waterbury . . . maybe a walk to wear off the lunch around town. Kat - You are the inspiration for the team. No one has more energy than you. I'm looking forward to hearing the results when you measure at the end of the month. Elizabeth - where are you? we miss you.
I was going to tart my walk/jog program but I found after I started doing things around the house and moving more than I had been I got into some coughing spells and I knew if I went out it wouldn't be good for me . . . hoping for early next week as a start. This cough has been awful but I did finally sleep all night last night so maybe . . . fingers crossed. Today I plan on spending the day in the kitchen and tomorrow maybe a bit of picking up around the yard.
Wishing everyone a fine Spring weekend.

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Hi everyone! Friday night and it seems like the week flew by although a couple days at work seemed horribly slow! Funny how time perception changes depending upon what is going on..

Anyway, the Easter brunch went well, was okay, but way over priced and I'll probably never do that again! It was nice to get out and spend a bit of time with friends though. I really don't do that enough, although, I am headed to Waterbury tomorrow to meet a friend for lunch at a place called Arvad's. I've never been there before but just checked out the menu. They source almost everything they serve from Vermont including the booze! I may have to have one of their specialty Mai Tai's, or maybe a tall cold Lawson's beer, or maybe one of their homemade root beers. Whatever I drink, I'm sure it won't be healthy for me....but it is going to taste good! And I'm sure to enjoy a few good laughs with my friend.

Sunday im spending time with my daughter and grand daughter which will be nice too.

And I'm very pleased with a new pair of New Balance running shoes I bought today, with some memory foam inserts too. It was the best fitting experience I've had since I was five years old. These shoes not only are light weight, flexible and comfortable but look cool too! Size 12 . . . Yes, that is right, I said 12! Are those some honking huge feet or what? I Used to be a 9.5 as a teenager. Not sure what happened, maybe too much spinach or something! Going to try them out on my 3 mile morning walk, Saturday and Sunday both. If they work as good as I think, I should take a few minutes off my time. And then I'll have to consider getting a second pair for regular use as I'm rough on walking shoes.

I've planned a couple of long weekend getaways for summer, one to Pittsburg, NH and one to Kennebunkport, ME. Can't wait! Also starting to think about compost, tilling, planting,etc! Fishing season starts this weekend so I bought my license today! Summer fun in the sun! YAY!

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Sorry your family doesn't all get along, Kat. My siblings and I are not close at all, but when something happens we are all there for one another. Sometimes I find it hard to believe that we all came from the same parents and all grew up in the same house because we are very different. I get along with all of them, but only in small doses. I feel like I am totally different than any of my sisters and if I was around them much I think they would drive me nuts (and probably vice versa too). One of my brothers came to the hospital a couple of times to see my husband when he was there. We hadn't seen him for quite a while before that, but when we were younger he used to spend a lot of time with us.

Hubby had a checkup today. It didn't go horribly bad but it didn't go as well as we would have liked either. He continues to have periods of a low grade fever and his white blood count was somewhat elevated but not alarmingly so. They are going to run a test to hopefully rule out a c diff infection once I can get a stool sample delivered to the lab in Springfield when it is open on Monday. They determined he is malnourished so we have to increase the tube feeding from only at night to most of the day. He can take 4 hours day off from it, but they want him hooked up for 20 hours a day for the next 10 days when he will go back for another checkup. They also gave him a prescription for iron pills. Other than being malnourished things looked okay. His incision is healing well and his lungs sounded better than last week. I am not going to try going back to work next week, since I think he will need some help with the feeding tube routine. My employer may not be too happy, especially since I believe my boss is still out also, but they will understand. I can do quite a bit from home so it's not like I am not working at all.

Enjoy the warmer temps this weekend if they actually materialize. Our road is pretty muddy now after the crap we got Wednesday night and yesterday morning.

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emoticon what a pain, we have rain...but it's better than the alternative!! emoticon
emoticon emoticon So I just did a 2 mile + workout with my belly blasting dvd. The + is b/c my daughter called while I was doing it, (which she did yesterday as well) and I put on the Bluetooth and continued to workout..but today, for some reason, I was not staying in the rhythm, so after I hung up with her, I went back to the beginning of the 2nd mile. I redid that one, then the 2nd core floor workout...wow, that's so hard, with planks...I've never been good at them nor pushups. There aren't many, but the holds are hard, but feeling like they are working! My belly feels tighter. I will continue this "month" of concentration on my core, and Waist Whittling and then measure, as I've missed some days of workout or ST altogether. I hate when I do that, but sometimes the energy is just not there.

emoticon Bev, hope that hubby feels more confident in his ability to manage on his own once you are back to work. Is there a friend that could come in during the day to just take his mind off, and possibly just "keep an eye" on him? I had to have the neighbor here a couple of years ago as I was working, my husband had fallen off the sailboat (on the ground, not the water) and landed in a pile of metal and steel. He hurt his side so bad he was on pain meds and muscle relaxers. I have NEVER seen him take much medication, but he took all of both bottles. I was afraid that while I was gone he would forget that he'd taken it, and take more, so had the neighbor come in and sit with him, chat with him, etc. It kept my worry down, and my hubby has no recall of that time, b/c it was med induced...wow. I doubt the stuff your hubby is on is that bad, but it's always good to have his mind off his pain and problems, so maybe a friend? just a thought.

emoticon Donna, I hope your cough/cold is gone soon, I know people that have had it that it was a long time for it to hang on, and not sure why they seem to do that. It's hard to feel strong when you are coughing so much-it's very tiring for sure. Does it keep you awake at night as well?

emoticon Ange, hope all is well with you, haven't heard much, so just thinking of you.

emoticon I got a sweet message from my Aunt in NY yesterday. She emailed and said that she feels so close to me right now and that none of my siblings treat her as the close family that I have. I felt honored she felt that way, b/c I always felt she was closer to my brother in TN than I. She seems like he just about walks on water, but maybe he hasn't been who he used to and that he refused to come to our mom's funeral, I think she was hurt and disappointed that he would do that. I guess he is coming for the burial in May. I hope he doesn't expect a birthday party while he's here. It's the same weekend as the burial, but he has ignored us for a long time and has never gotten along really with anyone except me for years. I know he and my other brother don't get along now, why do families do that? it saddens me that we can't just love each other for who we are, and get along. We can agree to disagree just like we do with friends, but we don't have to completely leave someone out of our lives. Just sayin....

Well, emoticon time to get some cleaning done while hubby is driving today!! woo hoo!! I want to get my kitchen floor mopped finally-it's been tracked on by mud boots, dog and people shoes and feet! It's way overdue!!

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Bev maybe by the time next week rolls around your DH will be feeling well enough to let you go back to work . . . it is still 5 days away.
Elizabeth hoping your week gets better everyday
Kat you are a marvel of energy . . . . keep up the good work.
Today was bowling, lunch, shopping etc . . . I got lots of fresh fruits and veggies at the store. I need to get focused on salads and fruits and less comfort food. I am starting the walk/jog program tomorrow. Hopefully this cough/cold will behave itself and let me get some exercise. I think this cough it going to hold out for quite awhile though. I know lots of people who seem to have it.

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Elizabeth and Kat, you are both doing great! Keep up the good work!

Elizabeth, glad the blood draw and infusion went well yesterday and hopefully tonight you will sleep better.

I was thinking I might try to go back to work next week, but at this point I think if I do it will only be for a few hours a day. Hubby had a rough day emotionally yesterday and I think part of it was because I was talking about going back to work next week. He is not feeling like he can cope with things here on his own. Maybe if I start by only being gone for a few hours at a time he will get used to it. I do help him keep track of his meds but since most of them are taken in the morning and evening I would still be able to do that. He would need to check his blood sugar a couple of times during the day and give himself a shot if his readings are too high, but the rest would be done when I was home. He does his own testing and gives himself the shot now, but he relies on me to record his results and get the shot ready. He will just need to keep his reading glasses handy so he can do it all! Physically I think he would be okay, but emotionally maybe not. I think we will both be glad when this is all behind us. I am thankful that he is better off than most who have his type of cancer, but he still has a long road ahead of him.

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Easter service was wonderful. We spent the late afternoon at my son's family. Beautiful!

Yesterday, Barbara, one of my oncology nurses, managed to find my vein for the intravenous infusion of Zometa and for the blood draw. Sometimes it takes 4 tries, but I do try to drink the day before. Numbers are good. Last night was my insomnia night. Today is my steroid high.

emoticon I managed to swim 1/2 mile on Monday, lopping off 3 minutes from my previous swim last week, YEA!! With rods in my both legs and my hips level with heel lifts for my 1/2 " leg discrepancy, I am now working on core to build up and to strengthen my back with walking. I still need to be VERY careful with exercise, as I am very prone to fractures with lesions all over.

emoticon I found a good YouTube stretch for my hamstrings which are so tight. I am working on them and will take a long walk downtown with Thomas. Love that body!

emoticon Love to all!

emoticon Keep sparking!!!!

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I just did my 5k walk and WOW! the wind is cutting like knives. It was worse when I was facing it going north, but when I came back it wasn't as bad! whew, just glad I didn't give in to the lazy me who didn't want to go out there! I did want to sit and veg!!
I got groceries this a.m. when I took my grandson to town for his volunteer work, and got a lot of fresh veggies for salad, so already had one for lunch.

Hope you gals are staying healthy and warm-that wind is cold!!

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emoticon Haha, I felt like this after dinner yesterday and I didn't even eat that much! Not sure why I was so full so fast, but it was good, b/c it kept me from overeating.

We did get up early Bev, as I had to be at church at 7 for our early service. emoticon It was snowing! yes, ugh...but it's gone now again! yay!
We had a wonderful songtime, messages, and great Resurrection morning celebration. And my bff at church asked what we were doing after, and we had no plans b/c Hubby had gotten in at 2 a.m. and had to be up and out of the house with me. So he wanted to nap..LOL he never got one!
We went to their house after dinner, and it was her and her hubby and son, her 2 sisters and one bil, her mother in law, her brother and his wife, 2 college girls from Middlebury college and the room was a happy and gay time. The food was fabulous and I hadn't planned to go so hadn't made a thing, but there was plenty and lots of leftovers! they had marinated steaks for a couple of days and then grilled and they were TO DIE FOR tasty! yum!! I had that instead of ham as we just had ham here at home last week.

I did have a small piece of peanut butter pie, though, and it was luscious! we had lots of great conversation and much fun, so it was nice! I so appreciate them inviting us last minute and having to squeeze us in.
They had invited my sons family too, but Racheal is working on getting her teaching license and is working hard to finish up and Kurt says there is so much to do, she is working all the time. Poor girl.

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Good luck with your taxes-H had ours all set and ready and we sent them to the tax man and we just got them back from him a week or so ago...we always have to pay in, never get any back from State or Fed. emoticon

I just found an article on Spark I'm going to have my husband go over, and I want him to take this printed sheet and go through my bicycle. ( someone GAVE me a wonderful bicycle years ago and it's not had any maintenance since he had it done, so I think it's time. I like to ride, just not that great at it. Maybe my grandson can go biking with me somewhere.) My dil gave me a helmet someone had given them and it didn't fit anyone and it matches my bike! :) I think it's a 12-speed. or 15 I can't remember...I know it's got a lot!! LOL I also have a gel seat I bought when I was taking spinning classes with my daughter, so that is on there as well! haha emoticon

I am packing up my Easter décor and trying to get some winter things packed away (clothes, coats, etc) and get some spring/summer stuff out. I had to dig on Saturday to find a different skirt. I had chosen the blouse, wrap and scarf I wanted to wear, the nylons, and didn't want to wear a black skirt or my black boots. I wanted lighter colored hose and shoes on for a change. I did find my grey skirt so wore that and it matched well.

Hubby is down working on some stuff for the addition, I have no idea what he's doing, he's pounding and drilling and stuff. I just did up 2 days worth of dishes I hadn't done since Friday. So had all of Sat and Sun dishes. And we didn't even eat here and there were a LOT.

Well, I won't bore you ladies anymore-hope you are doing well-I'm hoping the sun will come out? is that just wishful thinking?

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So we ended up spending the weekend at my sisters in saratga even though I was feeling all the great. This cough is really dragging me down but it was my BIL's birthday and Easter and we had committed to going. It was a nice time and she cooked a great dinner which I would have eaten more if I felt better so that was probably good that I didn't. I made a fruit bowl to go with her danish for breakfast and bacon wrapped asparagus to go with the dinner. I love ham and my BIL smoked one on Saturday along with pulled pork and macncheese for the party on Saturday night. All in all it was a good time and we drove home last evening. Today is all about the taxes which I still haven't finished.
Hope everyone had a nice Easter.

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Happy Easter Vermont Sparkers!

For those who get up early for Easter sunrise services, I hope you dress warm, but at least the sun is shining bright this morning. We have no big plans for the day here. Most years we have the kids and grandkids all here for an Easter dinner, but with hubby's recent surgery we opted not to do it this year. He won't be able to eat much anyway and isn't really up to having a houseful of company for hours. When one or two grandkids are here it isn't too bad, but when all four are here at once the noise level in our house is greatly magnified! I hadn't planned on even cooking dinner at all, but the one grandson who is here for the weekend heard that his cousins weren't going to be here he was very disappointed, and when I said I wasn't cooking dinner he told me that wasn't fair just because Grampa couldn't eat! I originally wasn't even sure if he and his dad were going to be here for the day or not, but when I found out they were I went to the store yesterday and bought a small ham. It won't be anything big, but at least the grandson will get his ham dinner- and maybe I can get hubby to eat a little something!

Enjoy the day everyone!

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emoticon Happy Easter, All! It is a beautiful day!

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emoticon Bev, I'm so glad hubby doesn't have pneumonia, and that you caught it early before it got worse! hope he is gaining some strength. What will you do for Easter? just take it easy? will family be coming by?
We are going to veg, after early worship, then breakfast at church, choir practice, SS and then worship, then we have the rest of the day to veg. :)

Did any of you ladies watch the Dovekeepers? I did and it was not exactly what I expected, but it was very good.

emoticon Ange, how's the challenge at work going? how many people are involved in it? Sounds like you are a busy girl!! I am so over this cold and snow and windy weather! just want some warm temps!

emoticon Donna, thanks for busting my chops on using excuses not to do the Waist Whittling!! I'm glad you girls are helping me stay focused! I have been sitting a lot, b/c of traveling to MA on Thursday to go visit some people, but did manage to get over 5,000 steps in even with all that! :) We did visit my hubby's parents grave (they are buried side by side in the same spot b/c they died within 3 days of each other and were cremated so they were placed in separate sides of one urn). One stone. H is thinking we may investigate moving them to Maine b/c we rarely get to MA anymore and thought we could have them put where his uncle is and his aunt will be right down the road from where his dad was born and raised.
I can't believe there wasn't somewhere to park for your appt, and that you are able to find out where they have additional parking-maybe call the place you go to and ask? I'm sure they must get inquiries all the time.

emoticon Elizabeth, how are things for you? what are your Easter plans? I am thankful you girls keep my motivation going, and it sure helps to have someone to be accountable to for doing so! I am now off the computer to go in and do my workout! :) thanks!!
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Hubby did not have pneumonia but it sounds like he might have been headed that way if we had done nothing. The doctor said it sounded like he might have some fluid in his lungs and his breathing sounded a little heavy, but his chest x-ray didn't indicate pneumonia. We left with a prescription for an antibiotic so hopefully in a day or two he will be feeling better.

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Hey Donna, sounds like you probably could stand just a quiet weekend. All that driving must be taking a toll. Hope you feel better soon...

Bev, sounds like you have your hands full too. Hope your husband gets a clean bill of health from his doc today. I know how stressful watching your loved one going through major health crisis can be. Just remember to take care of yourself too.

Everyone else, hope you all have a great Easter!! I'm going to an Easter Sunday brunch for the first time ever, so I think this will be a nice change of pace for me. Saving up room for as much as I can manage. Will just have to work it off later!! LOL.

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I am doing okay. I probably am getting more sleep now than I normally do,except that it is not uninterrupted sleep. Hubby was having a tough time with the tube feeding but they let us reduce the number of hours he is on it and that seems to have helped a lot, so hopefully he won't lose too much weight so they make us increase it again. I think he was getting more than his digestive system could handle before. He is not feeling well today and I am taking him up to DHMC to be checked out just to make sure he isn't developing pneumonia. The visiting nurse said she could hear some crackling sounds in his lungs and starting yesterday his breathing has become a little more shallow and he is running a slight fever off and on. Hopefully it will be nothing, but I would rather have it checked out and find all is well that to not have it checked and have him wind up back in the hospital.
Donna, sorry to hear about your wasted trip to Boston. That would annoy me. I would hate to have to go to Boston in the first place, but to make an extra trip would be even worse. Kat, Ange, Elizabeth, and everyone else, I hope you are doing well.

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You ladies sure are busy lately . . . It took me awhile to read through all of the posts. I went to my Mom's last weekend for my daughter's baby shower and that was very nice but I managed to pick up a nasty cough and cold along the way. Monday afternoon/evening we drove to Boston because DH was schedule for a doctor app't at Mass Eye and Ear on Tuesday morning. When we got to Alewife TStaation the parking garage was Full and we are unfamiliar with the area so we didn't know where else we could park so we ended up cancelling and rescheduling. SO we drove home. very frustrating.
We are suppose to be driving down to Saratoga to my sister's house tomorrow for Easter but I'm not really all that excited about going since I have this cough/cold thing going on. I'd like to just crawl into bed for a couple of days.
Elizabeth - your work in Ghana sounds very interesting and rewarding.
Bev - Hope your DH starts making some real progress soon . . . sounds like you are burning the candle at both ends.
Kat - No more excuses get busy on the Waist Whittling . . . you wanted us to keep you in line and accountable. Don't worry . . . .I think yo are doing great.
Ange - sorry to here your partner isn't doing well. Hope he is better soon and you can get back on track too.
New girls - come on in and join the fun.

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Good luck with the challenge at work Ange! Sorry to hear your partner is not doing well. That makes a lot of added stress for you I'm sure. Once the weather really feels like spring I think we will all feel better. Hubby said tonight he thinks he wants to go somewhere tomorrow so that he can walk around in the store a little because we just don't have a good place for doing much walking here. If it was warmer it would be fine but it is cool enough that he really doesn't want to be outside long. That might give me a chance to pick up a few things I want to get as well, so hopefully he doesn't change his mind.



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Oooh, swimming sounds like so much fun!

Hi everyone, sorry I've not been keeping up as much as I would like. Reading through everyone's posts since 3/22, I'm impressed with all the activity, both purposeful physical stuff and all the day to day and health issues with loved ones, etc. like everyone, life has been busy, my ol man hasn't been well, celebrated my daughter's birthday last weekend, did some cooking cleaning, walked my 3 miles a few times over last couple of weeks, and just feeling exhausted, but hopeful with the weather warming up a bit now, except we are supposed to have some snow? Is that right? Ugh!!

Try as I might, I'm not really making headway on the weight loss. Doing a four week challenge at work, sponsored by the wellness dept. maybe that will help keep me a little more focuses since I seem to be pulled in various directions daily.

Promise to try to check in at least weekly!

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emoticon Way to go Elizabeth! A couple of years ago, when I was in TN with my brother and SIL, she had a membership to a pool where they did exercises, and I LOVED it! I felt it in the tops of my feet for sure, with some of the moves we were doing- haha!
I LOVE to swim...that's one thing I love about summer, and we don't go swimming near enough-no pool at my house. We have a pond, but it's not that clean, so don't go often!

I am happy you felt so good after stretching in the water-it's so healthy!!

I have spun LOTS of points for our team, too, btw! :)

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emoticon I managed to get to the YMCA today for the first time in several months. I swam my 1/2 mile (35 minutes of crawl and back stroke) and then did another 1/2 hour of water exercises. It felt great to stretch the body. My time was slow, but no matter, I did it! I am back in the saddle again!

Now I need to get back on horse track with the food plan!

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Go Kat! You are doing great! I am still pretty much being lazy! I was very tired last night, probably because I worked on the computer for my job for much of the day, plus took care of hubby. I felt better this morning though. Hubby had a bit of a rough night and a rough start to his day but he is feeling better so far. He complained about heartburn much of the night and this morning he was vomiting so I need to call the hospital and see what they think. The visiting nurse said maybe they should reduce the rate he is getting stuff from the feeding tube but I don't know if they will agree. He usually feels pretty good all day but not so great at night when he is on that so I do suspect it has to do with the feeding tube.

The sun is nice, but it felt a bit cool when I went to the post office this morning.

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Woo Hoo! I am back at working on this jelly belly!!

That's my workout dvd! it sure does work on the belly-and the end part with the Core work...wow, it sure is challenging!
I feel good though, and hoping to go walking in a bit-just wanted it a TAD warmer!

Elizabeth, how are you feeling today? hope you have more strength, and have a bit of "get up and go"! :) hugs my friend.

Ladies, I hope you enjoy this sunshine!
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Bev, getting your husband to exercise some is terrific. I think that will most definitely help get things back moving and healing. It sounds like a huge challenge though.

I am having my off day and down day coming off steroids. It is just the way it is. I have not even gotten dressed all day.

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It is still cold here!!! Where is that sun?

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emoticon emoticon Getting out for some walking-hey, Bev, we know you and hubby will do what you can...and soon the weather should cooperate! :) hopefully anyway. That wind has been SO cold today.

I'm singing Hallelujah! LOL Michelle just stopped and got Martin, and all their stuff-I am FREE!! emoticon NOW what to do....what to do.....
I have done the laundry, folded and packed back into the kids duffles, so she doesn't have all that laundry when she gets home. I have packed their bedding and put it all away, I have straightened my bedroom, fed Martin lunch, taken a meal to a friend, visited with her a while. Got the downstairs vacuumed, stuff put away, dishes done. Whew!! emoticon

Bev, thanks for explaining all the stuff with his intestines, that is fascinating, but I'm sure NOT fun. Poor guy. Glad he is feeling better today. Do you and hubby both work?
My hubby is retired and drives school bus/tour bus sometimes.
I "retired" too, although I've never worked full time since I was in Bible college. I have that house I clean and the babysitting, but that's the extent of my jobs.

I have had some setbacks with my challenge on Whittling my Waist, so now that the kiddos are gone, I can do workouts, and hopefully walking and spend an extra week or so doing what I should have done during that time. THEN I will consider the challenge fulfilled and if I am not as happy as I could be with results at the end of that time, I will do it for another month!! I am determined that I will lose this jelly belly!! emoticon

Hope you are all well!!
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Yes, there are flurries in the air here this morning too and it looks cold out there. Yesterday I managed to get hubby to walk two laps around the porch and then we did another two laps later. I still think it was less walking than he did at the hospital but we don't have that nice long indoor hallway to walk like there was there. He had a much better night last night without the reflux bothering him. I never did end up calling the hospital to ask about it. He seemed to be okay yesterday so we decided to wait and see how last night went and if it happened again I would call today. It didn't, so maybe it was simply from something he ate that didn't agree with him yet. Kat, he was never bothered much by reflux until after the had his gallbladder surgery but after that he was and our doctor had suggested he try Prilosec, which had helped a lot. Since the surgery they have him taking four Prilosec a day instead of just the one he was taking because one of the potential complications is ulcers in the intestine. The part of his intestine that is left normally doesn't see a lot of acid because by the time it gets there it has normally been well mixed with the food and digestive juices from the pancreas, but with the first part of his intestine taken out during surgery that is no longer the case so he has to take high doses of acid blockers. Overall he is doing okay, but he has a long road ahead to complete recovery. Most people who have had this procedure say it takes 6 months to a year before they feel close to normal again, although most are able to return to work sooner than that. I have read a lot of support sites where people say they returned to work but found themselves very tired by the end of the day.

Stay warm today if you can!

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Not a very nice day out! Cold wind and snow and then supposed to have rain.

Lexy's off to school and Martin is awaiting his mom about noon time! :) Gram anticipating doing some fun today, visiting a friend to drop off a meal to her. Her husband was just diagnosed with MS and it's been stressful on their family.

Happy Monday-hope you get some walking in! I'm going to TRY!!
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Bev, sorry to hear your hubby had a rough night, but I'm sure soon he will be sleeping like a baby. I hope his reflux goes away-do they think its from the surgery or has that been an ongoing problem?
I am glad he's home though, and know you are watching over him and doing all humanly possible to help. I'm glad that you have help there, and hope that everyone is able to figure out what he needs to make him more comfortable.

I have the kids still, we went to a great morning at church-they were thrilled and loved being there. We went outside this afternoon after lunch and the wind was cold (for me) and they got wet-Martin got Soaked...playing in the "stream" running across the field. LOL I had them come in, strip down and get dry clothes on. (they had snowpants and Martin was soaked).
Now they're playing games on my Kindle Fire and I thought I'd grab the computer before hubby decided it was his turn. LOL

Their mom is on her way with her cousin to my sister's house over near Watertown NY from VA. They were just checking in a few minutes ago. They hope to be at her house 10-12 tonight depending on traffic and such. They are interstate all the way to Watertown, so that's good.
Then sometime tomorrow they will be in VT. They will have to drive to get Michelle's car that she left at a clients house before they get home, so not sure when they will be getting here. Lexy has school in the morning-Martin doesn't have preschool Mon-Tues. So he's the easy one tomorrow.

Well off for now-hope you gals are enjoying the sun! I wish I could go walking-but can't with 2 kiddos...unless I pushed them in the stroller-which would be about pushing 100 lbs...

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Thank you Elizabeth. So far things are going okay I think. He had a rough night last night with lots of reflux in spite of the double dose of Prilosec they have him on, and I might have to call the hospital to ask them about that. He slept in the recliner and that helped some but not enough. Otherwise his blood sugar is a bit higher than we would like it to be but not high enough to be a major concern. He is very tired but that is expected. All things considered I think he is doing okay.

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Hi Bev, I hope the day is going well with your husband. One day at a time...it is good he has home nursing care. I am thinking of you. Elizabeth

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Good Morning All,

I thought you might like to see a few photos of the biolatrine we installed in Ghana. Rose Manu is now cooking on biogas and uses here clean toilet. It is a close dome digester that uses not only human waste, but vegetable and animal waste. We hope to build many of these throughout Ghana. The need is great!


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We are back home as of last evening. He was very tired from the trip home and then we had to wait for the feeding equipment and supplies to be delivered and for a visiting nurse to come in and help with getting it all set up. She didn't arrive until 8:30 or so and she was here for two hours! We went through all the setup of the pump and tubes and then she checked his temp, his heart and lungs and looked at all his drains and such and made some notes, plus she had paperwork to do. She is going to come back tonight just to make sure we are all set on the feeding and to do the rest of her paperwork, but it should be a little earlier this time. Next week I guess someone will come in three times and then maybe just twice a week. His next appointment at Dartmouth is on April 13th and after that we will see how things are going to determine whether the visiting nurse is still needed or not and also whether he needs to stay on the feeding tube or not. Other than getting off schedule a bit this morning with his meds because he slept so late it is going okay so far. He is very tired of course, but that is expected. The least bit of exertion tires him out. I am going to have to get him moving around some at some point today, but since it is snowing I don't think it will involve going outside at all. We were thinking we might do some laps around the porch until he gets strong enough to do more but if it is cold he isn't going to want to go outside. I have some errands to run today but I need to wait for my son to show up to stay with his dad while I do them. He stayed at a friend's house last night but was supposed to show up this morning and stay here most of the day in case we needed help and to be here while I did my errands. I guess he isn't as dependable as I thought he was going to be!

Elizabeth I checked out the website for your company- quite interesting. I hear you about all the sitting. I've done way too much of that myself in the last 9 days!

Kat, you make me tired just reading about all that you do! I wish I had your energy!

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Martin and Lexy watching the Vergennes Falls. Brrrrr! is all I can say!!


The falls are still falling even though there's lots of ice on the Creek.


Closer up of the falls, so that you can see the ice on the right of the falls that are moving. Those are frozen solid-probably from the spray and it just sticks on and got thick?

We went to a greenhouse, but no one around, their sign said they had produce..maybe they were thinking happy thoughts?? LOL

emoticon Elizabeth, I am thinking that the "medicine" that you are teaching the people are all stuff they can use for life, and that it will spark the people to be able to find ways to have a healthier life. It's what we all want. Kudos to you and your husband being involved in such great endeavors! Did you have fun in NYC? I see on the news that Manhattan had a gas explosion, hope you were no where near there! are you still there or home? I'm happy you found this group too!

emoticon Bev, hope you are seeing some progress in your hubby's recovery. I know it must be hard traveling, so hope he is able to enjoy his own easy chair soon! I took the kiddos to the falls this morning to do a "field trip" for something to do, but it is so stinking cold out, we couldn't enjoy it long! They were asking to go back to the car.

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How many of you ladies have animals? I am allergic-esp to cats, but I have one that used to be my daughter's years ago. She had moved and couldn't have the cats, so on top of the two that I had, I got her two as well, along with her rabbit. I had a zoo for a while. We had dogs when the kids were growing up, but since they have moved out, I told hubby no dogs as we are gone too much. We have to dogsit for our son's when he goes away and can't take her with him. That's enough for me. :) I love them but don't want one. I told hubby if I died, he could have 100 of them if he chose to, and then HE would actually take care of them!
Anyway, over the years, the cats have gotten older, sick and passed, including the bunny. I don't miss them at all, (well, sometimes I do, but not all the time! LOL) I love them, but I am allergic to all of them, so I would rather not have them. I am sure this cat won't last a lot longer as she is about 17 now. She is a petite one and the kids love her. She has gotten actually friendlier in her old age. She was always a snob when she was younger and wanted nothing to do with anyone. She loves laying in hubby's lap in the recliner. She sometimes tries mine, but rarely comes up b/c I am either crocheting or just don't want her hair on me to make my eyes itchy.

So, hope to hear from you ladies soon! I have the kiddos still till Monday, and it's been a bit hairy at times, but with some sleep at night we are making it okay. Their mom is now in sunny Williamsburg VA at her uncle's house. They will be coming back on Monday.

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emoticon Kat, you all are the Cat's Meow!! I love all of your posts. Good luck on your slim waist. I just hope I can get slim!!!

Off on a new start today - once again. Traveling, even for 3 days takes a toll on me, when I am sitting so long. I was up at 4:00 AM stretching in bed and then I did my "Cancer and Healing Qi Gong" on YouTube, which are still a stretch for me.

emoticon Bev, you have challenges ahead, but I am glad they did indeed identify cancer, so you can attack it. I hope his sugars are stable soon.

emoticon Donna, you are back. Wonderful! Spring is here, I know, even though it is snowing here in Brattleboro at the moment.

emoticon Yes, this past week was very busy for us as we prepared for meetings in NYC. We are preparing for Ghana - amazing 1) institutional rocket stoves (cooking, autoclave, water sterilization) for schools, health clinics, rural hospitals, etc. as well as 2) biogas systems - waste, including human, converted into cooking gas. We have built one small biogas until thus far in Ghana. So our meetings in NYC were on both of these as we plan to bring to scale these technologies.

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emoticon My best to all this weekend. Big Hugs! I am SOOOO happy for this group!

Elizabeth

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I saw Elizabeth's post on fb so that's how I remembered...
Bev, sorry to hear of the cancer finding, but praying God heals him fully of all

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