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emoticon Bev, so glad to hear from you! happy to hear that hubby is staying away from the dr's!! That's great news!
I went down to the camp at the lake we are caretakers for a couple of days ago to start cleaning and the power went out...my hubby replaced the main breaker and guess what?? it did it again today!! I'm nervous as the people are coming in on the 28th or 29th and we need to figure out what's causing this!! esp when the new breaker cost $40!!

Yes, I have been busy...I did some cleaning this morning for 4 hours, till the power conked out on me, then came home, had a salad for lunch, then went out and planted garden for 3 hours...whew it was warm out in the sun!! I am NOT complaining, but it hurt my back, and now I am anxiously awaiting bedtime! LOL
I hope you like your hearing aids Bev, if they will improve things for you!! I know I prob need them as I know I have a hard time hearing people at times.
I'm sorry to hear you won't be able to go to FL and visit your new home...but all in good time, right?? then once you are both retired, nothing can stop you right? are you considering moving there, or just some of the months of the year?? I can't remember..swiss cheese brain. Hahaha
Yay!! I'm so happy to hear that your son is starting to get things going his way and that the truth is coming out and is on HIS side! :) you must be so relieved. I hope you are all able to make up for the time lost with your grandson and how the boy must feel to be able to spend time with his dad as well.
I can't wait to try this kayak!! I'm sitting on pins and needles wondering when I can go out in it..tomorrow it's supposed to be nice, but I have to make a bunch of biscuits for a meal on Sunday for church (strawberry shortcake) and it has to be done tomorrow. I also have to get that camp finished soon. I may be going with a friend to a college grad in Boston next week, so if I can work that out, I may be going! hubby said he'd get me the money if I want to go.
I got a text from my son last night and he asked if I had any money...LOL he never asks for money so wondered what was up...I told him I had $3.
He is ordering some shells for a gun for hubby/his dad, for his birthday May 27, and wondered if I wanted to go in on it, b/c it's VERY expensive ammo. I told him sure, as I had no idea what I was getting him! So I told him to go ahead and get it and I will get paid on Monday after I clean the neighbors house...wish I could find another job too, to help pay for a few things as we haven't done the plants for the garden yet, nor the plants for the window boxes and they will be very expensive as well. I go to a place where the people are great and very hard workers and very honest...you might pay a bit more, but they are sturdy and beautiful plants, and she almost always gives me free stuff! spinach and such. So I love her. I saw her a couple of weeks ago and said I'd be there soon, but haven't been, so can't wait!! I love picking out what I will fill my window boxes with every spring!

Well girlies, I know I could write a book, but will stop here! I don't want to gnaw your ears off! Haha
Hope you are enjoying being outside (although I'm beginning to like it less and less as I have found 2 ticks on me already!! (not dug in, they were still crawling around...so nothing to worry about, but they are so GROSS and with all the Lyme disease in our area, I'm so afraid!)
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Gee, I didn't realize how long it had been since anyone had posted on here. Kat, it sounds like you are as busy as ever! I get tired just reading about your days! I know I really need to get busy and start losing, but I seem to lose a pound or two, then gain it back. Hubby is still doing well so we have been staying away from the doctors and hospital for the most part. I have had a few appointments because I finally decided it was time to have my hearing checked. As I suspected my hearing is not as good as it should be so I am working on getting hearing aids. They are even more expensive than I thought, but fortunately I found out I can get them at a discount through VocRehab since I am still employed. There is lots of paperwork to complete and it will require a few appointments with a Voc Rehab counselor but the money I will save makes it worthwhile. Kat, I won't be going to Florida until next winter because I don't have much vacation time left this year due to the time I took off when hubby was in the hospital early in the year. He and his brother are going down for a couple of weeks as soon as the school year ends (his brother is a teacher, although he is retiring at the end of this year). They are going down to take care of a few minor repairs that we know about and make sure there is nothing else that needs to be done. We hope to go down for a week or two next winter. We got some good news today because my son got a message from his lawyer that the remaining charge against him is being dropped. It has taken almost a year for him to clear his name after all the lies his (soon-to be) ex-wife told. He still has a charge pending in New York but they have also told his attorney their investigation is pointing in the same direction as Vermont's was so hopefully that one will soon be dropped as well. He has been told she might end up facing charges, but we shall see if that actually happens. Now he just needs to get visitation with his son back. For most of the last year he has only had minimal contact with him. For a while he was allowed to see him for 8 hours every other weekend with me supervising the visit but then she lied and told them that I was allowing him to go off with his dad alone, so they took that away and he has only been allowed a couple of two hour visits a week.

Kat, have fun with the kayak! Ange, I hope things are getting better for you.

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emoticon Ange, I'm sorry, I haven't checked on this part of our group for a while. Been pretty busy with sick grands, and now finally after 2 weeks off from school, Martin is finally back! wow, it has been so scary. I guess just the viral version of diarrhea and vomiting, but not letting up...and every time we thought he was getting better, he would start again. This child is 5 years old, no energy at all, laid and slept all day long every day!! It was so hard to see him like that. She had him to the dr, Urgent care, and then, took him to have him tested for Lyme, which Praise the Lord! was negative! She and I were at the ER on Thu evening with him, and she said for them to test him to rule out so many things, and so far we've still no idea what he had other than a very strong virus that refused to let him go. She had some blood sent out for mono and a sister virus to mono, but those tests haven't sent results yet. He ended up going to VA with the family and slept most of the way down, then laid and played on the beach there, riding in the stroller to go places, and LOTS of sun and rest. They got back yesterday so he went to bed early and went to school today. I'm sure he'll be pretty beat when he gets home, but as long as the teachers don't push him to do much, I'm sure he will recover more quickly.
Ange, sorry to hear about all the problems with your guy and his problems. I hope that you are able to work them out, and do what you need to and help yourself stay healthy, and I don't mean just physically. B/c if you don't take time for yourself now and then, you will not be healthy. We all need it, and it's not selfish of us to need or want that time to do it. I'm here for you too, and hope you know that. Get out there and go fishing!! :) emoticon
Donna is so right when she says that we are here to support each other in good or tough times! emoticon

emoticon Donna, Happy Grandma time!! :) hope you get to spend lots of times with the granddaughter. How are plans coming for your anniversary party in July? Did you do well on your geocaching? Any plans for some near you here in VT? I have no idea where to go or what it involves, but am sure hubby would not think it is His thing. LOL
I went hiking last weekend with a friend up a little mountain near our homes...she is 84 and has just recovered from knee replacement, and was doing wonderfully, although she was upset with herself for needing to stop and catch her breath a few times...I told her it was fine, but she got all upset.

emoticon Bev, hope all is well with you and hubby and that you haven't been spending too much time in the dr's or hospitals!! When will you be going to FL to your new place? anytime soon? or wait for warmer weather?

Wish they had new emoticons on here...some of the others are getting rather old. I think I will contact them and suggest they put stuff on like someone Kayaking, canoeing, fishing, etc...that is all exercise! They need to revamp them for sure!

On Friday, Harmon and I went to NY to my aunts and sisters. Stayed with my aunt, had a party on Sat at my sister's. She was having a college grad party for her son as he just got his masters in teaching Special Ed. How cool is that?? There was a lot of drinking there, but she took everyone's keys who came in and drank. They had to spend the night. Then the next a.m. she gave them back. I didn't stay long enough for it to go too bad, as we don't drink and don't like the behavior when they are. It was nice to see everyone, and eat and leave.
On Sat a.m. though, I had gone out for a walk. Ended up doing 3.68 miles around town as she lives in the village. I could have walked along the canal, but it had been rainy and didn't want to deal with mud. While I was out, hubby took off with the car. I got back and asked my aunt where he was, and she said she couldn't tell me...hmmm, so had to wait till he got back. I went to put some stuff in the car and see he got roof racks for my car!! (for my kayak). I had wanted them before, but when we looked here in VT, everyone said they don't make them for my car! what?? have to be custom done?? well, we went back to the place on Sunday where he got them, and looked at the kayaks...(you have to know it was snowing, raining, windy and temp was about 35 or so!!! brrrrrrrr!!!) She showed us the price range we were looking at, and I chose 2 of them to look at, got them down, (outside of course) and by the time I had chosen one, I was soaked. Was wearing a hoodie, and was freezing, so got my winter coat and put that on over the wet sweatshirt, and we had to get the roof racks attached, get a cover for the kayak to keep it from filling with water as we had to put it on rightside up as he doesn't have the other parts to do it upside down. (they let us borrow some foam cushions and strapping to put it on, which we will return when we go back out) as it's part of their rental stuff, and they didn't charge us for it, b/c we spent so much!!)

He got the kayak, the cover, the console to attach (to put stuff in, of course!!) and then a carbon filter paddle...it was so light, it was unbelievable! and I got myself a pair of gloves that match the kayak! LOL I had blisters last year..maybe this one won't do that, but I want them if I feel I need them. They can ride inside one of my cargo holds. The kayak is 12 and 1/2 feet long, the top is much more open than the old one I have. (the reason I don't like the old one is b/c it won't steer straight, I'm constantly trying to keep it straight even when I'm not paddling, if I'm just floating, it's all over the place...they said it was b/c it was cheap and the way the bottom is...so this should go right along!

The roof racks were my Mother's Day gift and the kayak and all the rest is my anniversary. (June 26 will be 40 years!!)

Today is my daughter's birthday. She is my baby and is 37. I feel so old!! unfortunately, she is working all day, but hopefully she will have a good day. The kids went to school and now hubby is off driving a bus to Missisquoi this afternoon. Softball I think he said. Will be home about 9. or so.

So I started a new SP challenge today. It's called The 30-day Jumpstart Your Workout. Today was do 30 min of cardio, and then there was some ST with weights to do. I did those and feel it in my arms, but really need to start doing more of it. Yesterday I did a 5 mega mile Walk at Home workout with Leslie Sansone. I am trying to lose some weight and need to focus on it, b/c when I went to the dr for a sinus infection back in March, she told me I need to lose 15-20 lbs or she will have to up my dose of b/p meds b/c my b/p has been elevated the past several times I have been in, and am sure it is here, too. She asked how much I weighed when it was lowered and I think I was about 140-145. I started feeling like I was going to pass out, so they lowered it and it stopped, but now I've gained some of the weight back and my ideal weight is around 150 so need to lose this to keep the meds low. She wanted to raise it that day, but I asked if I could have a few months to work on it, so I'm being careful and watching sodium and food and doing as much as I can on my own to get it back down, but now have a goal time, and want to stay with it. I may end up getting it raised up anyway, if I'm not successful enough.

So that's what I've been up to....I'm glad the weather is warmer today although the wind is still a tad chilly. I think I will go out and plant the hyacinth that I bought for a friend for Easter and since we were leaving for WI on Easter day, forgot to give it to her, was gone for 2 weeks and it was all gone by when I got back, so it's mine now...I was mad at myself for forgetting as it was beautiful!!

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Thanks for checking in Ange, we are all here for you if you want to chat or vent . . . you can certainly PM any one of us anytime. This site is all about support in good times and when it is tough. emoticon

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I hope things settle down for you soon Ange, but in the meantime hang in there. If you can hold your own during stressful times you are doing okay.

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Hi again. Hope all is good with my spark ladies. My attention to weight loss, eating well and exercising isn't very focused right now. I am getting out to walk, but stress eating and not making any progress shedding pounds. I'm afraid my life will be in a shambles for a little while. Send me some good vibes!

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Hi, just checking in. My trip down to Mohegan was okay. Saw Santana and they were excellent. Journey not quite as good. Played some slots, lost some, won it back, lost a bit more, but didn't get too burned... Yay. At least I've got good sense to know when enough is enough.
Had some issues with my guy on the way home. Not too happy with him. Not sure if I can work through this. One of those can't live with him, and really don't want to, but struggling with the thought of making him leave due to his health and disabilities. Another day in the life....

Got my fishing license and wishing I could take the weekend and go somewhere to meditate in nature. But, I'm too responsible to drop everything for such a selfish endeavor. However, I am promising to make time for myself this summer. I need to rejuvenate my spirit?

Hope everyone is doing the same!

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Yes, things are still good here. Hubby had bloodwork and a scan last week and his bloodwork was mostly good. A couple of numbers were a bit off but not alarmingly so. We have yet to get results of his scan but I am assuming that was good as well. I am starting to feel a bit nervous that they haven't returned his call asking about it, but I am fairly sure there is no reason to be worried since he feels good.

Ange, the house in Florida is near the Gulf coast. It is not right on the coast but close enough that some insurance companies won't cover it. We will be able to get insurance eventually but not until someone can be there to let an inspector come inside. My BIL is hoping to make a trip down in the next few weeks but he and his wife are taking care of her mother, who has dementia so they can't go until they can get her situated. They are working on putting her in a nursing home or assisted living facility because it is becoming too much for them. If he goes down to his house I am sure he would meet with an inspector at ours. They are probably only a mile or two apart. Hubby's other brother has a house within sight of ours- just two streets down on the opposite corner of an intersecting street.

Well I need to run as I have an appointment. Congrats on the grandbabies Ange!

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Ange - so glad I read your whole post . . .you saved the best for last . . . .Congrats! I can't imagine twin grandbabies. There are lots of twins in our family . . . my dad was an identical twin and my niece had twins this past December but they are fraternals a boy and a girl so cute.

Kat- You home? The weather is suppose to start getting better tomorrow and we are going to be in the 60's for the weekend . . . Grillin somehin this weekend.

Bev - You're pretty quiet . . . everything still going well?

My plan for April hasn't worked out quite like I hoped but I am still trying and the past 2 days have been good for eating now if I can get some exercise going emoticon
Our daughter is coming on the 27th from Seattle as they begin the process of moving to Portsmouth for their new duty station. She and the baby will be here about a month or so while her Coastie husband goes to a school in Norfolk then they have to find and close on a house . . . hopefully it will all go smoothly. I am really excited to have my only granddaughter here . . . emoticon They have been in Seattle since she was born and I have only actually seen her twice when I went there. . . she will be 1 in June . . .time flies.
More cleaning is on the list for today. I'm trying to get some Spring cleaning done before they gt here. Also still working on details for my Anniversary Party in July. Busy . . . .Busy . . I'm starting to sound like Kat LOL

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Hey everybody! Looks like folks are busy and things are relatively quiet here.

Congrats on the house in Florida Bev. I hope you'll find time to get down there and settle the insurance issue. Is it on the east coast, west coast or somewhere in the middle? I've visited the Orlando area, Tampa area and Miami and part way down into the Keys, Key Largo. That was a fun ride in a rented convertible. I had a hot Cuban guy give me a tattoo on my thigh! LOL, while sipping a Corona. Followed by a fried oyster dinner while listening to Jimmy Bufet. Oh, and the key lime pie was to die for. All back in my adventurous days. And I did a glass bottom boat ride earlier that day too. Too bad the coral reefs were damaged at that time. Didn't really see a whole lot.

Not sure if I'd want to live in Florida, but there are a lot of things to see and do. A lot if culture, different foods, fun people. Love the ocean and prefer the waves on the east coast, but the gulf seems to have a lot of fish!

Loved universal studios. Different trips for work and vacation to Disney with my daughter. So much fun! Something fir everyone, but takes a lot of $$$. I have a few friends living in different places down there.. Maybe I should plan a trip!

Not much else new here, oh, except that my daughter is going to have TWINS in November! Yup, twins. I can't believe it! Life is going to change! I'm excited emoticon



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It has been pretty cold here most of the week today also. We got about 4 inches of snow on Monday. Today was warmer but raining quite hard for much of the day. They say the weekend will be cold again but then I think it gets warmer next week. Hopefully we won't have the wind either like we did this week. Even when the sun was shining the wind was cold.

Well the house in Florida is now ours but we have run into a snag trying to get insurance on it. So far most of the agents we have talked to are saying they need to do an inspection- inside as well as out- before the can cover it, and since no one is down there that is impossible. For now, I was able to extend liability coverage from our Vermont policy and some minimal personal property coverage but if something happens to the house we are out of luck. Fortunately it is not in an area that sees a lot of hurricanes. In the 28 years that my in-laws owned it there was only one and that house had little damage. A piece of metal was ripped off the carport in that storm but the house itself had no damage. Hopefully we will find a company that will cover us, but if not we will just have to take our chances until we go to FL and can let them do an inspection.

Enjoy the rest of your trip Kat!

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Ugh! So sick of rain!!! It's been raining almost every day since we left. Got some snow there too and cold and windy!! I want spring!! emoticon
emoticon I want flowers and green grass. Seeing some here near Erie. We have 70 miles to go to get there. Meeting one of my spark friends who lives in PA. She and her mom are meeting us at 1 at Chick-Fil-A. I am psyched to see her. It's been a year or more since we've gotten together. She came to WV to my cousins a couple of years ago and my cousins name is Kathy. Haha. So it was Kathi (me), Kathy and Kathie. We were triple trouble according to Kathy's husband. We had so much fun hanging out.
Anyway we had a great visit in WI with hubby's sister and hubby, their son and his kids. Spent a lot of time visiting. And went to the zoo one day. Saw a pair of bear cubs that had been rescued when their mom was killed illegally. They were so cute. I got a couple of videos of them before my phone died from the cold.
I only got to go on 2 long walks and 2 short ones. It was freezing cold and windy with 10-20 mph winds all the time. Sun would be out but still cold.
We went to a cheese store there too and got some cheese for us, our kids and my friend Kathie.
It's kind of cold in the car bc the fan keeps closing down and not sure why. It needs to be checked by my son the mechanic when we get home. We did stop at car quest and get new wipers tho bc ours were so LOUD and driving us crazy. With it supposed to rain we knew we couldn't stand it all the way home. So bought new ones and they are so quiet. Aaaahhhhh.

emoticon When we get back to NY we are having a get together at my sisters so I'm so psyched about it. I love my family time and don't get near enough of it.

We did get the kiddos some stuff. Didn't spend a ton. I got another magnet for the fridge. Haha of Wisconsin.

Hubby is listening to his usual politics on talk radio. Makes me crazy. I will be so glad when elections are over in November.

Well guess that's all the news. I wish I could say I was bringing warm and sunny weather back with me but seems like I can't. Sorry.

Hope you ladies are well. I finally got over my back to back sinus infections. I feel so much better.

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Hi everyone. Just a quick update as I'm typing on my phone. My I pad is on the blink. Easter was good. Too much food but was out walking both days this weekend. Not much else is new. Same old story here. Looking forward to our mid April long weekend to CT at mohegan sun. I need a get away although I kind of wish I could take an extended and distant trip to a quiet and beautiful place. A dream for now.

Wishing everybody good health!

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We got home yesterday afternoon probably shortly after you left home Kat. Today, I have a tone of laundry to do and sort through a month worth of mail. I am also recommitting to getting healthy. The scale was not so kind over my vacation and I was trying to be good and eat some salads and no fried food. I am going to keep a food journal for a month both here and on paper because I have my annual physical next month and I want to see why I can't seem to loose weight. I know the doctor won't believe I am trying if I don't show her what I am eating and what I am doing for exercise. I am also going to get my thyroid tested and have other blood work done. One day at a time.
Kat . . . . looks like a very rainy day for you on the road. At least when you go through Buffalo and Erie it won't be snow. Safe travels.

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emoticon Driving. I am not a fan of car riding. So enduring it as best I can. All day today and some tomorrow will be spent in the car. Heading to Toledo probably for the night. And onto WI to get to Fran and Bob's tomorrow.
emoticon emoticon We had a blessed Easter. Went to early service then breakfast, choir (where I still can't sing due to this sinus infection), SS and then worship hour. After church it was friends house for dinner. She had sisters there, nieces and spouses, our sons family and a college girl from Middlebury college. Lots of fun and food. Then home to pack car, drive to NY to my aunts. Hit a squirrel and rabbit last night. 😩 but managed to NOT hit the deer that ran in front of us!! Whew! emoticon Kept our eyes peeled for critters!
We left aunts house at 7:17. Later than I planned. But hoping the rain stays away as the wipers are too loud. We need new ones.
Hope you ladies had a great weekend and enjoy the warmer temps. It's 50 here in NY. Just saw a sign for the Erie Canal. Seneca NY. Going through Buffalo.


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Safe travels Donna! I think my in-laws will be headed for home tomorrow. My husband's sister flew down on Monday to drive them back but when she got there she discovered he has been sick for a few days so she took him to the clinic yesterday. They sent him to the hospital for a bunch of tests but I guess they didn't really figure out what was wrong with him. They said he should be okay to make the trip home. They were planning to leave today but she wanted to wait another day to make sure he is okay so they are now planning to leave tomorrow. She says if he has any problems along the way she will pull over and call 911 even though he won't be happy about it. He says he will call his doctor here for an appointment when he gets back and I hope he doesn't back out of doing that.

No Kat, we have not bought the house yet, but that is still in the plan. I expect it might happen in the next month or so.

I have been doing my walking during the work week, but haven't managed to get my butt in gear to do much on the weekends. I don't like the video tapes- I have a hard time following them anyway, but I hate just walking in place. I would rather walk on a treadmill than do a walking video, but I know people who do them faithfully. Different things work for different people I guess.

Ange, good luck to you. I can't say that I lose my appetite in the summer either, but I do think I might eat less calories for dinner in the summer, because we are more apt to have something on the grill and a salad- and that has less calories than the things we eat in colder weather.

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Still on the road . . . .one more day in Florida then we start the trip North. Plan to be home on Sunday

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Happy Easter soon!!
emoticon It's a rainy cloudy dark day today but birds are singing up a storm!! LOL

I am busy busy busy as much as I can be.
I hope you ladies are all ready for a lovely Easter Sunday!! I'm excited. We have an early (but not sunrise) service (7:30 a.m.), then breakfast at church, then choir practice, regular Sunday School and worship, then done for the day. Some friends invited us over for Easter dinner after so going there. Coming home after to pack car and head to NY. It will take us about 3.5 hours to drive to my aunts house. We stay there overnight, then early next a.m. we head out to WI. NOT driving straight through, though, as I CAN'T do that...I'm not a good rider...I get too sore and stiff sitting that long, so hopefully my longest day won't be more than 8-9 hours...I will "endure" it as long as I can...but it was MY idea to drive out rather than fly. Just hate flying these days.

emoticon Ange, I wish I'd lose my appetite in summer! I could lose weight if that were possible! I have lost a few but not sure how much since last time I posted...I have redone my ticker, so it will show there.

emoticon Bev, I did a 3 Miracle Mile workout this morning with Leslie in Walk at Home workouts...The one I actually did wasn't the 3 mile one, it was the 4...but only did the first 3. I didn't do the actual 3 mile one b/c she is all alone on the workout, and I'd rather do it with the group. LOL weird, but felt like it was more interesting when there are others with her. Too boring when she is all alone. I had a sore ball of my foot yesterday so bought some gel inserts, and used that this morning, foot seems to be better, but still sore...so will be careful and hope whatever hurt it stops!

We are getting the car ready for the trip...hubby is going to take and get the studded tires off today and put the regular ones on, pray we don't hit snow somewhere! :) it should be fine.
I think he's tracked the weather from here to there for our trip to see what it is doing.
So Bev, do you now own the house down in FL?? congratulations!! It must be exciting!

emoticon Hubby has been working hard on our addition...my bedroom eve is gone, and he has re-sheetrocked it, and put the first coat of "mud" on it last night, then sanded it, now another coat of mud, another sanding and hopefully it will be ready to paint! I can add some pics to show you...

Today is my Uncle's 81st birthday, so need to call him today and wish him a happy birthday. I mailed his card out early so I wouldn't forget...sent my Easter cards early too, so that was out of the way.

emoticon Donna, you and hubby are still burning up the roads with your traveling probably! :) hope you are enjoying every minute of your vacation down in Fl. The weather here this morning was not pleasant...first rain, then snow, then rain, now it seems to have calmed down...but very cloudy and cold.

emoticon It took forever, but think the sinus infection has finally left me!! I wondered yesterday but thinking it might have been some residuals. I feel better, getting my energy back and excited for warm weather to do some outdoor walking and hiking!

We were invited to some friends for dinner on Sunday, they had 2 other couples there as well, that we didn't know, but were friends of theirs and we all had a wonderful time gabbing. :) the food was delicious.

emoticon I have the kids Easter "baskets" all set for them, and tomorrow is also Samuel's birthday. So a party tomorrow night. I got him a gift certificate to Amazon b/c he loves drones and has spent his hard earned money buying them and stuff for them, so got him that so he can use it for what he needs. He turns 12. He is so big now!
We will also have dinner over there. He said probably spaghetti. So that will be good.
He gets to choose his birthday dinner.

I had the other 2 grands over last Sat night as their parents went out to eat with a cousin and husband, and were getting home late. We had fun and went for a walk in the woods, and did some fun stuff together.

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Hi Kat, thanks for the encouraging post and advice. Unfortunately I ate dinner before reading it today and hate to say I ate stove top stuffing for the first time in at least a year, and I had some store bought fried chicken. Good news is that I had some steamed vegetables too, but I felt overly stuffed for the last three hours.... Ugh! I just want to not eat dinner anymore, it is just too much. I'm going to make the effort of just eating a light breakfast, healthy lunch and maybe a snack in the evening. That should help a lot. Especially because I lose my appetite in the summer and would feather have lighter meals anyway.

Looking forward to the warmer weather coming next week! I absolutely have to lose 10 pounds in the next five weeks!

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Safe travels Donna! Kat, you make me tired just reading about what you are up to! I have been pretty lazy lately, but at least I have gotten out and done some walking during my breaks most days. I'm not sure that will happen tomorrow if the weather is like they are saying, but I went yesterday and today.

Yes, Kat, we are planning to spend winters in Florida once I am able to retire. My in-laws are saying they don't think they will be going down any more and were talking about selling their house, so we are going to buy it. We told them they could still go down if they are comfortable doing so even after we buy it, but they are saying this will probably be their last year. They will be heading back in another three weeks or so and at some point after that we will be doing the paperwork to buy the house from them. It will probably be a couple of years before we can go down for the winter but we plan to go next winter for a brief vacation.

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We are on the road . . . we were suppose to leave tomorrow but with the bad weather coming in tonight we decided to leave early and drive down to DH's sisters house in Latrobe. DH made a stand for her and she was going to drive ove to Haggerstown and meet us tomorrow but this will work out better and we will saty Wednesday at her house and drive to Georgia on Thursday.
I was amazed when we went over to Plattsburgh . . they were expecting maybe 100 Veterans for the whole weekend but when we left they already had 100+ and they said on the news they tested 186 people on Friday. My results were negative so I am good and don't have to do anything else. I was in the Air Force . . . I enlisted right out of high school. My family was not wealthy and could not afford to send 4 children to college so it seemed like a good solution. I was a very bright student and a Regents Scholar so I probably could have gotten scholarships or tuition assistance but our guidance counselor was useless and so I went into the military instead of college. In the end it was probably a good thing because I was well trained in a field that had too few women in the real world so I had no trouble getting a job when I got out . . . affirmative action worked for me.
Our cabin is in Monmouth . . . .about 12-15 miles from Augusta on a small lake.
Hope everyone stays safe in the storm.

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emoticon emoticon Wow, I hadn't realized it's been quite a while since I posted. I have had my grands since Thursday and they just went home yesterday. Their mom flew to VA to visit her cousin, and their father works odd hours so he can't watch them and do all they need. So I got them. Hubby had to take them to school on Friday and Monday. My daughter was supposed to be home on Sunday but she got bumped from the flight (she had a Standby ticket round trip, so she knew it could happen). She got to the airport yesterday morning and found out she got bumped again. She was supposed to leave at 9:30 and didn't end up leaving till 11:30 so she got back to VT about 1 and had to drive home from the airport..then she crashed till the kids came home from school. She fed them, gave them movies to watch and she crashed again.

We had a good time with them, Saturday we went down to their father's sap shack where he was boiling. We brought hotdogs to cook in the sap. :) they always love that. We park at their aunt's driveway and walk in. It's quite a ways. I was telling another spark friend, I am so upset that my fitbit doesn't register the walking like that as active minutes (must be b/c I'm not walking fast enough. But it was muddy and icy so we had to tread carefully). No active minutes all day! and then Sunday we took them out to our woods where we rarely go off the trail with them...but b/c we have no snow and they were bundled up good, no fear of ticks, so we got to crash through wherever we wanted and they totally LOVED that! We also had Samuel, our oldest grand, come over to go down with us. He is almost 12 and thinks he can take off to as far as he wants, but I let him know we went down together and he needed to stay where we could see him. I know he thinks that I am cranky about it, but it's Gram's rule. When he is a bit older I'm sure his parents will let him roam the woods alone, just like his father and aunt used to.

emoticon Ange...I was worried about you when I hadn't heard from you in a long time. Winter IS a hard time to stay focused on losing weight when you just want to curl up with a good book or watch a series of shows on tv under your blankie!! I have that problem, but winter is also my only time to crochet much, and this winter I have been crocheting up a storm!! I learned to make those crazy hats, and now I'm done for a while. All the people I had to make hats for I have done, and now I just want to make some other stuff. I am working on a baby afghan for a lady who's due around Easter...I think the day before or after.
I had felt like I'd hit a brick wall with my exercise and eating, and I absolutely HATE taking the time, and for the last couple of years I haven't even done it, but tracking my food. It's so time-consuming and I just quit doing it. I DO, however, watch that what I eat is healthy for the most part, and have my snacks or junk sometimes, but don't binge on it...and try to watch food for the day so I'm not consuming way more than I should in calories as well. That's my justification.
So, I joined a challenge to break the plateau I'd been on. It was called the 30 day Plateau-Busting Challenge (on sparkpeople). I did measure myself the first of January, too, and just measured this morning. I am disappointed my results weren't bigger, but I will take what I can get!! I lost an inch on my waist and a 1/2 inch on upper arms! emoticon
I have been doing some exercises EVERY DAY since January 1st. Called Waist Wasters. They are easy and with consistency they do take the waistline off. With other waist exercises added each week one month, a few years ago, I lost 4 inches on my waistline in one month!! I couldn't believe it.

emoticon Bev, I'm happy for spring to come, but also am not looking forward to starting a garden after the almost disastrous weather we had last year that made my garden not do well at all. I did get some produce, but lost money by buying and planting plants and seeds and not have them live. The rain washed it out a couple of times in some places so bad they never recovered through that area. So my hubby added some stuff to the soil and tilled it in last fall to compensate for the loss. We also put our leaves on it (some, not all) and he's been putting the ashes from the woodstove on it.
So you and hubby want to winter in Florida? I have never been there. The farthest south I have ever been is Georgia, where H's cousin lives in Marietta. And the farthest west I've been is to Flagstaff, AZ where we turned around and came home. We had traveled one summer out west, looking at stuff. I told hubby it was stupid not to have taken another couple of days and gone to CA so we could say we'd driven that far!! Oh well, I'm thinking in the next couple of months, to plan a trip to go see his sister in WI. That's enough drive for me, and we will take our time, and see stuff on the way as well. We flew last time, but then couldn't take much with us, with the stupid airline issues...so would rather drive, but I hate being in the car, so have to do no more than 7 or 8 hours of driving a day for me. That's more than enough.

emoticon Donna, I think you told me in Maine where you have your place, but I forget...can you remind me? We own land in Chester, hubbys relatives live in Enfield, and Danforth, and Lincoln. His grandfather used to own a farm in Lincoln. It's long gone. Did you have a good trip to Plattsburgh? When do you get results from your testing? that's scary that they used un-sterile instruments!! wow...years ago my uncle got Hep and my brother and I were living with them for the summer. Everyone living there had to get shots. You were in Boot Camp? for what?? do tell!! now you have my curiousity up!! emoticon

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Have a great day girls...will look for your posts here!!


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I wouldn't want to move to Florida in the winter . . . .I don't really like it that much. I like the warm weather and being able to be out of the house and not freeze but we already have the place in Maine that DH bought right after he graduated from college. I like to be able to go different places in the winter. We really like the desert in Arizona or California ut this year we had just spent a lot of money doing things to the house so we decided not to spend so much and so Florida was the compromise. Last year we had to take my daughter's car back to her so we went to Jekyll Island and Tybee Island along the Georgia coast then worked our way slowly home . . . it was fun and we got to see some places that we really enjoyed. This is our first big vacation without our dog . . . I'm going to miss her . . .but we are also free to stay and go some places we couldn't go with her.
DH and I are headed over to Plattsburgh about noon time. They are having a free Hepatitis C testing Clinic at the American Legion Post for Veterans. DH has already been tested but I haven't and apparently Veterans have an extremely high rate of Hep C. Apparently you could have been infected by the Mass Inoculations we all got when we went to Boot Camp. They used this kind of vaccine gun that wasn't necessarily sterile. Kinda scary stuff because you don't know you are infected until it is too late. It makes me sort of angry that our government doesn't pay for all of us who are at risk from their negligence to be tested. Testing is just step 1 . . . if you have it then that is a whole different thing and getting treatment is a crazy battle.
Enough of the rant . . . .after we go there we are going to Lowes and JoAnne Fabric then to Mainely Seafood for Linner (lunch-Dinner).
Have a great day everyone.

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I hope to be spending winters where it is warm within two years. I expect to be working at the job I have now for next winter but after that I am hoping to be in a position where I can quit at the end of the year (2017) and head to Florida in early January 2018. I won't be 62 and able to get Social Security until June but I am hoping to be able to get by for a few months without my paycheck. If I decide I need some income I might be able to find a seasonal job down there for the winter. I would like to do that next winter and then find a seasonal job up here for the warmer months, but I am not really counting on doing that. We are planning to buy my in-laws' house in Florida this summer. They are thinking they are no longer comfortable being down there all winter so they were talking about selling the house and we were thinking about buying one, so the plan is we will buy theirs this summer. Hubby is going to withdraw some of his retirement money to pay for it so we won't have a payment but we will have insurance and taxes on a second house. We told them if they feel able to go down next winter they are still welcome to go.

We are not even going to try a garden. We gave up on that idea even before he got sick.

Have fun on your trip Donna!

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Here is to perseverance! We are all strong women and we all have such busy lives, challenges to overcome for self and for others. We should all be proud of the time and effort we do spend on ourselves.

On the brighter side of things, I'm going to Mohegan Sun in April for a concert, Journey and Santana, and of course a little slots action. Hope I win BIG!

I have a full week of vacation planned for the end of June at my favorite camp in Pittsburg, NH. And I've got a three night stay up in Old Orchard planned for August with daughter and granddaughter.

I started a quilt in January. Just a twin size log cabin in pinks and greens. It's been about 15 or 20 years since I've made one. This will be for my little Jillian.

Starting to think about the garden again. I need to find a better way to control weeds!

Anyway, hang in there ladies and thanks for the reading tip Donna and have a good trip! Bev, glad you have your Tops group. I hope you find some support there. I too do much better during the warmer months. Maybe we should all move to where winter won't interfere with our activity! Maybe someday!

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I have noticed over the last 6 months that my flexibility has been decreasing and it got even worse when I was in the cast over the holidays and then I recently saw a Spark article about Arthritis and some basic exercises you could do . . . so I started doing them. That was about 3 weeks ago and I am seeing some of the flexibility come back. I also remembered some books I had about exercises for Arthritis called Strong Women Beat Arthritis and a couple of others and I have been rereading them and trying to incorporate some of the exercises into my daily routine. I wanted something that was all consuming that I could do even on vacation or when we are traveling . . . .I may have found it. I am feeling a little better and have dropped a couple of pounds so time will tell.
I have also been busy with my party planning for Summer . . . the tent, tables and chairs are all reserved. I have lights for the tent and table cloths for both Friday nights Seafood Feast and Saturday's BBQ either here or on order . . . . and a few other things all planned. Lots of computer time doing research and getting quotes and such. I am really looking forward to it and I want to be back to the weight I was 20 years ago in July so I have a goal and a time frame.
The rest of my life lately has been getting some things ready for vacation next week . . . by this time next week we will be on our way to Georgia for the weekend and then on to Sunshine and warm weather in Florida.
Wishing everyone a great day!

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It is good to hear from you Ange! I will be going to TOPS tonight and I am expecting to gain 3 or 4 pounds since my last weigh-in at the end of January. I can feel it too, especially when I sit down, because it is all in my belly! Like you I know what I should be doing but I am not doing it consistently. Unlike you, I have not even started doing better yet. I guess I am waiting for spring!

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Hi ladies, Wow, I scrolled back and can't believe I haven't posted here since mid January. I could have sworn I posted an update since then. However, I have to say, Bev and Donna, I've been in the same boat with the big body blues! Winter and the holidays really pushed me out of focus, off my game, down the rabbit hole, or however one might describe it. I had been using a different tool to track exercise and food, but completely stopped that shortly after the first of the year and just had to take a break from it all. I gained about six pounds over the winter but it feels and looks like 20.

In the meantime, I had been going to physical therapy a couple times per mont for the last 9 months and my pt guy is leaving that office so I've decided to stop those visits. I've learned a lot about stretches and why I always feel like a brick wall, but like dieting and exercise, I am having difficulty with consistency in doing my therapy on my own. What the heck! I know all these things would make me feel better, be healthier, look better and all that, but there is something that is innate in my thinking that prevents me from doing what I need to do for myself. Unbelievably frustrating. Worse than the quit smoking efforts from years past. At least I was able to accomplish that and this marks my fourth year of no smoking.

Anyway, this week has been the first week that I've intentionally been making some better food choices and I think actually lost a couple pounds. I quit drinking diet soda, added vegetables, cutting carbs. If only I can keep on track forever!

Kat, you are a ball of energy! More power to you.

Well, I'll try to get back here again sooner next time. Best of luck ladies. Bev, glad to hear you hubby is doing better.

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Kat, I guess you have been busy making hats! I made a couple of Ninja Turtle hats for two of my grandsons before Christmas but I haven't done any crocheting since then.

It has been relatively quiet here since the last time hubby came home from the hospital. He seems to be doing quite well. He and the visiting nurse discovered that when they took the staples out from his first surgery that they missed one. She wasn't sure if she should take it out but we talked to a nurse at the hospital and she asked her to do it. Now it looks like he also has some stitch material still in his belly but she didn't dare to remove it without knowing what it might be attached to on the inside. We are still waiting to hear back from the hospital for direction on that, but it doesn't really bother him.

Donna, I can relate to your post about things not working for you these days. I am in the same boat. I just can't seem to find my motivation lately. I know I should be doing more in the way of exercise and I should be more careful about what I eat- but knowing what I should do and doing it are two different things! All we can do is to keep plugging away and eventually something will kick in and we will be back on track.

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emoticon Hey girls....
Donna, Hope you get all your errands done...It's been a busy last couple of days. I picked up my grands (vacation week) and had them overnight.
I got groceries yesterday and then came back here and worked on Lexy's hat. I had already made it, but had to redo it as it was too large and not long enough...so redid it and she loves it. Martin actually picked out his own yarn and I finished his before he went to bed last night...2 happy kiddos. now I'm working on one for my niece in VA and her boyfriend wants one too. LOL Hubby said I opened up a can of worms. emoticon They are fairly easy to make, just have to crochet fast!!

I also made some for their stuffies.


They asked, so I had time to make a couple for each of them...it's turning into a nightmare making the little ones though, but they love them.

Donna, I'm not a huge fan of sausage so don't eat much of it. But hope you like your soup and it's yummy!
I love GA. I have been a couple of times when we were down that way, we stayed in Marietta with Hubby's cousin and his wife...they have a gorgeous house! We got to do a bit of sightseeing while there, but just close to their house...we also went to a small restaurant that is, from what they said, very popular with movie stars and others...lots of pics taken of them displayed throughout. It was okay, some of the food was not on my list of faves, for sure!!

I did a workout the other day with Leslie Sansone's Walk at Home dvd's. I bought the new ones she just put out Miracle Miles. There are 5 dvd's. Each one is how many miles: i.e. DVD #1-1 mile, #2-2 miles...etc. So it's cool and there are some extra things in the kit including a new band which I love.
I did the 5 mile walk and then the 2 mile one. Whew!! all in one workout! I did lots of sweating that day. I did the 2 Mile Belly Blasting one the next day and then yesterday and today none. I did go for a walk earlier when it was warmer. I forget what day that was.

Hubby is still finishing up some insulating and putting plywood over it in the elevator shaft in our addition. Keeping him busy, and he's also driving busses for bb trips.

Tomorrow I hope my niece comes by with her family to pick up some stuff-and to visit. She has 11 children. Yes, and they all still live at home. The oldest is 18. :) BIG family for sure!!

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Headed to town today with DH . . .we have an Rx to pick up at Walmart and then he wants to hit the lumberyard for some wood for the aquarium stand he is working on for our daughter . . . has to be all done and ready to go with us when we go on vacation as we are stopping in Georgia for a couple of days. Then he has books to return to the library and probably a couple of other things while we are in town. Not eating out since there are plenty of better choices and less expensive here at home. I made chicken salad yesterday with grapes and walnuts yesterday. Tonight I am making a new Spark recipe of sausage and white bean soup . . . with tomatoes and spinach . . . yum.

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How is it going Ladies? I have made a commitment to being the best Sparker I can until we get back from vacation and then I will evaluate where I am and how to get where I want to be . . . if that involves a gym or a visit to a dietitian or nutritionist. . . .or even a whole new program I am going to go for it. I am sick and tried of the status quo and can't seem to get where I want to be. My own fault I know but I have to find what works for me for life and right now it isn't me who is working.

2 weeks from today we should be on our way to Georgia to see our youngest for the weekend and then on to Florida for a couple of more weeks before slowly working our way back home by Easter weekend. Soooo looking forward to being warm outside without a coat. I know this winter has been great but I still look forward to the warmth of the sunshine.

How's DH doing Bev?
What is your latest project Kat?
Where are you Ange?

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Yes, hubby is behaving himself and is still home. At his follow-up yesterday his doctor said everything looks good. He is healing as he should and his bloodwork is mostly good. He still has a few things that are not where they should be but they haven't been for quite a while so this is nothing new. Over the weekend they did put him on an antibiotic for a week because something grew out of one of his cultures from last week. It was some sort of fungal or yeast type infection so I am assuming it is the same one that they previous found in the culture they took from his fistula. It was not really clear to me if that was the likely source of his fever or not, but he has been fine for the past week so I'm not going to worry too much about it. Unless he develops a fever again or something else happens he won't go back to his surgeon at DHMC for six weeks. I expect him to have an oncology appointment at some point but we haven't heard from her yet.

Donna, I feel the same way about paying for WW or to go to a gym. I wouldn't make it to the gym often enough for it to be worth the cost and I too feel like if I am committed enough to watch what I eat I could lose without paying the price for WW. Have you ever considered TOPS? It is much more affordable than WW but some people don't like it because there is no simple eating plan like the WW points program. TOPS recommends using the exchange system but I don't think most chapters really promote it that much and I'm not sure too many members actually use it. It is mostly about support and the accountability of weekly weigh-ins.

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Just got back for the orthopeadist and he said I am good to go at a slow and steady pace . . . .I don't have to go back unless I think I have reinjured it and require attention. I am suppose to keep increasing the activity on it and see how it feels if it feels ok then I can do that if not cut back or try something else. Every person is different in how the progress and what hurts and what doesn't. . . . . so far it has been doing pretty good except for a few days when I think I overdid and had to rest it for a day or two.
I have been thinking about a different program like Weight Watchers or the Mayo Clinic . . . . trouble is when it comes to that I am cheap and don't want to pay to loose weight just like I don't really want to pay to exercise at a gym . . . .it is just me. . . . I think I should be able to figure out the food without having to pay someone to tell me what to eat. and I have lots of equipment at home I just need to use it.
Bev hope the hubby is still doing ok at home and you can get back to a normal life soon.
Kat what are you up to this week?
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You sound busy as usual Kat! I wish I had half your energy. Probably if I lost the 60+ pounds of excess weight I carry around I might have a bit more energy but I could never keep up with you.

It has been pretty warm for February the past few days but I haven't really had a chance to enjoy it. Hubby has been in the hospital again, but he came home today. Sunday night he started having chills and was running a fever so we went to the local ER. We were concerned that he might be developing another post-surgical infection since he has a history of that. They did lots of tests (chest x-ray, urine, and blood tests) looking for an infection but didn't find anything so they decided to do a CT scan. By the time they did the scan it was 3 AM and close to 4 AM before we were told the result. They said they saw a pocket of fluid in his abdomen so they thought he had another abcess. They contacted Dartmouth Hitchcock and apparently they wanted him transferred up there so around 5 he was loaded into an ambulance to be transported to DHMC. I came home and grabbed his CPAP machine in case he ended up getting admitted, as well as a change of clothes for me in case they did keep him and I decided to stay with family and get some sleep rather than drive home. We spent a few hours in the ER there before they moved him to a room, but they mostly just monitored him on Monday- his temp was back down to normal and everything else seemed fine. After I left to drive home Monday night he had a temp of 102, so Tuesday morning his surgeon told us he wanted to do exploratory surgery to go in and see what was wrong inside. He told us he was a bit puzzled because from the CT scan my husband should have been very sick but other than the fever he appeared to be fine. He had laparoscopic surgery on Tuesday afternoon but they didn't find any sign of an abcess. He did have some fluid in his abdomen and they found signs of some bleeding (probably from his surgery 3 weeks ago) as well as a bunch of adhesions that he cleaned up, but none of that explained the fevers. His temp has been normal since Monday night but we will be keeping an eye on it. Hopefully the fever won't come back and the only visits he will have in the future will be check-ups in the clinic. I will be going to work tomorrow, but he will have a visiting nurse coming to check on him. On Monday he has an appointment at DHMC but we are not sure yet if he will drive himself to it or if I will need to go with him. It depends on how well he does over the next three days. That appointment had previously been scheduled as a follow-up to his last surgery, and I thought they would cancel it and replace it with one a little further out but they said since they didn't find a reason for his fever they want to "keep him on a short leash" for now.

I hope your grandson feels better. There is a lot of crap going around. My cough still is not completely gone, but I can't quite figure out if it is a cold or allergies. At times I go hours without coughing but other times I cough a lot.

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emoticon Did a emoticon walk today!! I can't believe how warm it was out!! I wore one of my thin wick-a-way-the-sweat shirts and a light running jacket. I was plenty warm.
emoticon I moved the Christmas tree off the back lawn, and cleaned the boughs from the window boxes...Then tried to rake the lawn to get the gravel from the driveway back into the driveway, but the rake wasn't do a good job, it was just spreading it thinner...so I gave up. I got a bucket and the picker-digger and dug up the pickers growing in the lawn (no we have NO snow!!). It all melted in the rain yesterday.

emoticon I made some scalloped potatoes with ham (a SP low fat version...total yum!!) I did add onions that they didn't have listed. I can't do them without onions!
Talked on the phone to my daughter today and my grandson got brought home from school throwing up...poor boy. My daugher's mil went to get him and kept him all day, and she will keep him tomorrow too no doubt...no sense in giving the rest of us his germs...I don't want them!

Donna, how's your foot doing? and the cold? emoticon Hope you're feeling better!
When is your anniversary party going to be? sounds like fun!!
Sorry about your daughter's friend. That is sad....
We have had a lot of things going on at church with different people, happy and sad. Our choir director, song director, youth pastor (all the same person), he and his wife are expecting #2! :) and she is very sick. Poor girl.
We have another lady due. I forget when. May?? maybe...
We have had a couple of funerals to go to lately and just found out last night another lady whom I have known and loved for years is in Stage 4 lung cancer. She is not well, and they have her on hospice and don't expect it to be more than 2 weeks for her to live emoticon That is so sad esp when it was so sudden. She also had a mild heart attack over the weekend. Another lady found out her husband was seeing someone else, so she is a mess.
Just a lot going on.

Hubby, son and grandson went to Smuggler's Notch today to go skiing...said they had a good time.

I hope you ladies are surviving this "horribly frigid weather". emoticon I'm not complaining!!

I'm in a new challenge with SP. It's the 30 day Plateau Busting challenge b/c I feel I have to push through and do this...I have at least 10 lbs to lose and want to do it...I didn't gain over the holidays, nor have I lost much since....so I am hoping if I do this and shake it up a bit, maybe I will see some other victories even if the scale doesn't budge. I did measure so I can see if I lose anything around the waist, hips, or thighs, etc...we'll see!

I try to find a new challenge each month to keep me accountable. I am in a challenge with another sp and we are trying to get in more active minutes each week. I have had a low week but then got about 58 of them today alone, so am happy about that. Some days are 0.... (fitbit gives us this number). I have Fitbit One. the little clip on one.

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I have a quiet weekend planned. . . . .hopefully I can rid of the rest of this cold . . . .I didn't sleep very well last night . . . like it was coming back for round 2.
I have been busy on the computer planning a 20th Anniversary Party weekend for DH and I . . . caterers, a tent, tables chairs . . . .etc . . . . .I want to get it all done before we head to Florida in March. We live in a Summer touristy destination and the vendors book up for weddings and other parties. So much to do and think about. It will be about 50 people for the Friday night Maine Style Lobster Clam Feast and 65-70 for Saturdays BBQ. At least I can most of it on line.

Today is the birthday of my youngest daughter's best friend who died 18 months ago from brain cancer leaving two young children without a Mom. Sad day for many of us. Shedding a few tears for a young woman who is sorely missed.





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I learned to knit when I was much younger but I seldom do it. I prefer crocheting as it goes faster. I never liked working with crochet cotton so I don't do things like doilies. I use yarn for all of my projects. I have made some toys for the grandkids and of course hats, mittens, and scarfs. I used to make baby sweater outfits whenever anyone in the family was having a baby but I haven't done much of that in recent years. I did make some for one of my husband's nieces a year or so ago, but those are the only recent ones. I made several small afghans in the past year or two. I gave one to each of the grandkids and to some of their parents, one for my hubby, and I have a couple of spares around the house that are unclaimed so far.

I wish we were going south but it doesn't seem likely that we will be this year. I have already used 10.5 vacation days this year for hubby's doctor's appointments and surgery/hospitalization so I need to save some for a real vacation this summer. Last year we were not able to take a vacation so I am hoping we will get one this year. I am also hoping he is able to do some geocaching again this year. We have not found a cache since October of 2014 when he first started having digestive issues. We were spending a long weekend in Maine over Columbus Day weekend (doing some caching) and he started having severe abdominal pain. He went to the doctor shortly after we got home and that started the long process that led to his cancer diagnosis in Feb 2015. Hopefully the cancer stays in remission for a long time so we can get back to some sort of a normal life for a while. He will never go back to work at this point and I'm not sure he will ever get all of his strength back, but we are hoping he will be well enough to get out and do some of the things he used to.

I guess I have rambled on long enough so I will shut up now. Tomorrow is TGIF day and then the weekend. I hope everyone is able to enjoy it.

Bev

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I went to my PT app't this morning and I don't have to go back for at least 2 weeks . . .she is going to call me and see how I am doing and discuss whether I need more PT or if I am good on my own. Woo Hoo . . . .I have been being very good with the exercises she gave me and slowly getting back into my real life. I am suppose to ease into my regular routine.

I knit but have not been able to mast crocheting. My sister crochets and tried to teach me but I will have to teach myself because I am sort of left handed. I do some things right but most left . . . .I taught myself to knit with the help of You Tube videos when I was unsure of what I was doing.

No snow up here . . .we had a little but it all melted in the last warmup. It doesn't bother me not to have snow this year . . . .i worry about icy spots and falling when I walk and this year even more so with my foot not being 100% yet.

Almost 1 month until we head South for some warmth and sun and of course some geocaching. Can't wait.

Time to get a few things done around here.

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emoticon any white stuff for you?? none here!! I can't believe we've had only a couple of inches of snow all winter, and even that's not staying on...saying over the next week off and on rain/snow mix...so if it rains, it will all melt...not your typical winter in VT for sure! my bff in NY state (Beaver Falls, NY) upstate, said they got 8 inches at their house yesterday. I need to find out from my sisters how much they each got. All the 3 area schools were closed though, but one sister works at the vocational center as a secretary and had to go to work, my other sister works at the elementary school as guidance counselor and had to go in too...so they both had to drive in it.

Harmon is up working on the addition, finishing the insulating in the elevator shaft...hopefully that will be done soon. I need to go check his progress. He leaves about 2 or so to go drive a bus for bb game. Gives me time home alone! :)

I didn't go walking today as the wind is way too cold today!! 17 mph right now...and saying it feels like 23..maybe! The wind cuts my head and makes it ache even with a hat, so staying in and maybe I will break out the treadmill? maybe not...LOL maybe I will be lazy and just do some cross stitch!! I just got back into it a bit, with little projects, but it's been fun. I can't do it at night though, too hard to see those little holes for the needle...need good daytime light.

Got the laundry done, some vacuuming, and used some Old English on the stairway where the cats have gone up and jumped onto the landing using a shortcut. So their back toe nails have scratched the wood and this doesn't get rid of them, just hides them.
The oil man came today and filled both our tanks and cost was down to $1.70/gallon! whoot whoot! We got 227 gallons. :) should be golden for a while!
We do use the wood stove sometimes when it's down below freezing.

So what's new? anything? I made some Swedish meatballs for a lady from church who just had surgery (for her family) and made another batch for us. Cooked up Uncle Ben's brown rice to go with it...so have lots of rice, and will try to make some tasty Spanish rice, although I haven't found a recipe I like the taste of that much, so if you have one?? I think b/c I try to make it lower in fat?? I don't know. My sister made some out in NY when I was there, and it was okay, but didn't have a lot of flavor. I like flavor but not hot. So not sure what the secret is?? my mom used to make good Spanish rice, but don't have her recipe, not sure she had one. I went through my aunt's recipe box and didn't see any in there but I will ask her if she has a good one. I didn't think of it then.
I remember as a kid eating bread with butter on it, then taking a huge scoop of the Spanish rice, putting it on the bread and eating it that way. LOL probably not the healthiest way!!

The kids in the class at church last night were wound to the hilt...not sure why, but have to do some changeups for next time!! ;)

I am off to find something constructive to do even if it's only to crochet or cross-stitch. (I got out some beginner knitting books too, as I've never been good at that) and will try my hand soon at some easy project! :) Do you ladies knit or crochet? I crochet doilies mostly. :)

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Good News Bev . . . .hopefully he stays on the mend today.
I only feel a little bad for those dealing with the snow . . . . unlike us theirs will probably all melt in a few days. I have a friend down in Baltimore who posted pics on Facebook of her and her DH cross country skiing in the streets . . . .the had a bunch of fun.
I slept like crap last night so my plan for the day is to settle myself on the couch and knit while the games are on. I might go for a short walk in a few minutes before I settle in for the day. Can't do more than a 1/4 to 1/2 mile though yet . . . getting better but I don't want to overdo and set my progress back.

Dinner is leftover soup so we are all set for the day.

Have a good one everyone

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I never did take hubby to the ER yesterday but I did end up calling the hospital and speaking to a surgeon on call. She told me that as long as he was otherwise feeling well and the chills hadn't come back it was probably okay to wait and see how he was today. If his temp went up or if he had any more chills or developed any additional symptoms she said to call back and they would alert the ER that we were coming in. She also told me if the fever continued today we should probably come in as they might want to do a CT scan. Fortunately so far this morning his temp looks normal, so I guess whatever was going on yesterday was not anything serious. I will still keep an eye on his temp today but we are more optimistic now than we were yesterday.

I feel bad for all those people who are dealing with all that snow, but I am certainly happy that we didn't get it.

Enjoy the sunshine today!

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Bev, sorry hear your hubby has been feeling sick, and now with a temp....keep us posted! Sorry you are feeling sick too. I am happy not to have anything, though, as I see my sister has her grandson there and he was just vomiting...not good.

Donna, glad you're into a hiking boot...eventually it should heal though, right? even if it's not what you had hoped, it will be better and usable to get around.

I hadn't thought about me driving my husband crazy...hmmm, well, it's hard to, I think, b/c he can work circles around me and he is 12 years older than I am.. (he will be 72 the end of May). He is always working hard on the addition to the house, and the past couple of weeks, driving the school bus for basketball trips for the middle and high school kids. Boys and girls. So he's gone a lot.

Donna, son did get home and picked up the dog a couple of hours ago-they didn't have the storms as they left before it really hit there. Good thing, huh?

I saw on f/b that my cousin in WV had 24 inches so far and supposed to snow all night still, until 6 or so tomorrow morning...and I hollered in to hubby to let him know, so he didn't say a word to me, and called my cousin! LOL he was talking to her and then I asked who he was talking to-he told me, and I laughed. So when they got done, he let me talk for a while. :) she has a lot of animals and just had 4 baby lambs born. The first one came Christmas Eve, it's sibling on Christmas day. and 3 more since, but one died. She said it's hard trudging down to the barn in all this snow.

Hubby and I took Chewie (son's dog) out for a walk this morning. She is beautiful.


My cousin takes care of a lady, so she brought the Christmas day lamb for a visit. This is my cousin Kathy with Phyllis and the lamb.


Hugs to all-stay warm!!

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I have been battling a cold for about a week too Donna. It started last weekend with just a bit of a dry cough and I was hoping it was simply because of dry air, but it wasn't. I thought it was getting better earlier this week because the coughing seemed to be less, but then it started to develop into a slight head cold. It hasn't been all that bad (I sound worse than I feel), but I can't seem to get rid of it. I have been hoping hubby wouldn't catch it. This morning he seems to be running a fever so we will be keeping an eye on it and if it continues I will be calling DHMC and may need to take him up to be checked for an infection. He woke up in the wee hours of the morning saying he couldn't get warm and I didn't think that was a good sign. We took his temp then and it was 100.9 but since he had been huddled under the covers I was hoping it was giving a false reading. Shortly after he got up this morning we took it again and it was 102. I will check again soon and if it is still up I will be calling the surgeon on call per his discharge instructions. It may be nothing but I don't want to take any chances, especially with his history of infections.

Have a great day everyone!

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Despite my best efforts to wash my hands and keep away from DH and his germs I have managed to catch his cold . . . he is on the mend but it has been a week. I really do not look forward to being sick for a week. I am going to go outside for a walk today (a short one with this foot) and see if I can get some good fresh air into these lungs. When I was walking my dog everyday I had not had a cold in years . . . .bummed. If it isn't one thing it is another.

Hope everyone has a great Saturday.

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Nice pic Ange . . . it is good to change it up once in awhile.
Bev - glad to hear that your DH is on the mend again and this time maybe for good.
Kat - You are a marvel . . . .so busy all the time. I think I would drive my DH crazy if I were as busy as you . He is a very laid back person and sometimes too much so for me but I have adjusted over the years and now we are more like a compromise of both of us. He is a little less laid back and I am not so frenetic.

Really glad the storm is going to miss us. Head out this afternoon to get a long overdue haircut. I was suppose to get it cut before the holidays but it was just to hard to get around with that stupid cast on so now it is out of control. Going to get some groceries afterward then settle in a for a quiet weekend. DH has been sick all with with a cough and chest cold and this morning I woke up with a sore throat. I think I morphed his germs being around him.

I had PT yesterday morning and the foot is making progress and I can see some light at the end of the tunnel. I even drove myself there since it is only 8 miles and DH is not feeling all that great. I am totally out of that stupid boot and into hiking shoes. I am going to start walking some flat distances this weekend and see how it goes. Woo Hoo

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I like the new picture Ange! Sorry to hear about your tv problems. Hopefully it won't be too costly to get that one working or a new one for the big game. I made a quilt just once but it was also hand tied and was very much an amateur job! My sister-in-law used to make them before her sewing machine got destroyed in the flooding from Irene. She said she normally kept it upstairs but she had used it and hadn't put it away so she lost that along with almost everything else on her first floor. I think she did get a new one but she said it is not as nice as the one she had. She couldn't afford to replace it with a comparable one after all the money she spent on repairing the house. I made a few articles of clothing many years ago, but for a long time the only sewing I have done is a few repairs and I did make curtains for my house because I couldn't find any I liked that were the right size for my windows- at least not at a price I was willing to pay. I just bought myself a new sewing machine, mainly because my old one was so heavy I hated to set it up. I bought it over 40 years ago but it still worked fine. I haven't used the new one yet. I need to find some material and make new curtains. After 15 years I am ready to replace the original ones.

Donna, I hope the foot is doing well!

Hubby came home on Wednesday and I went to work yesterday. So far, so good. He will go back on Monday to have the staples taken out and then has a followup with the surgeon in two weeks.

Kat, I see you are busy as usual. I could never keep up with you that's for sure!

Have a great day and a wonderful weekend everyone. I am glad the snowstorm is going to miss us.

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Bev, hopefully your hubby will be feeling much better soon and you both can get back on track. Donna, that is a bummer about the foot. I hope you find some relief and that PT will help you get back to a more comfortable place. Kat, sounds like you are doing good and keeping busy!

Not much new to report here. I'm about the same. Disliking the cold and snow and can't wait for spring. Busy with work and family. My two highlights was watching the Revenant at the theatre. The movie was excellent.. I also jumped into an old hobby of quilting and am making a log cabin twin quilt for my grand daughter. Starting of easy since it has been about 15 years or so since my last one. Testing my old sewing machine and thinking about whether to invest in a better new machine. I've only ever tied my quilts and never machine quilted the top, I don't think my old singer is really designed for it, but I think the quilts would last longer if I could do the stitching over the whole quilt.

Then, my darn TV is going on the blink. It is under warranty and a guy is coming tomorrow to determine my destiny for a new TV. Problem is, this tv was a great deal at the time and to replace it will be expensive, even if I do get all or part of my cost back from this tv. Ugh, I really don't like these unplanned expenses... But I can't possibly miss the Super Bowl! Rooting for the Patriots, of course.

I've been on the treadmill a couple of times in the last two weeks and out walking a couple times, but really struggling to lose even an ounce. No energy. I need some new incentive, daylight, and warmer weather! emoticon

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emoticon Bev, so sorry to hear about Hubby not feeling well and having the surgery, but glad he will be okay, and that the dr is right and he will be up to 100% when recovered. Poor guy, he's been through the wringer, which makes it hard on you as well. My heart goes out to you ladies, with all the health issues either of your own, or hubby or friends. It makes it hard.

emoticon Donna, you take care with that foot while you're away. I know you like your fun geocashing, (I have never done any) but be careful..not sure what the weather will be, but no falls, you hear??

emoticon emoticon I have been busy trying to get back on the fitness track, and have been doing pretty well at it...woke up this a.m. with some sore muscles in my thighs and calves from the last couple of workouts (yesterday was 4 miles of pretty strenuous workout with a dvd). So today I had thought I might go for a walk since sun is trying to come out, and it's about 32 out...so it's nicer and a bit warmer. I will go soon I think before it has a chance of getting dark. Days end so fast here!

I have been working this morning-vacuumed the downstairs, cleaned the up and downstairs bathrooms, made some soup for hubby. Yesterday I made shepherd's pie and chili, and today I made some buttermilk cornbread (it's some mix I picked up in WV when we were there this summer, I CANNOT find it anywhere north of there! I have been to every Walmart between here and there looking, believe me..hubby was so annoyed that every Walmart we came to the summer before last I had to stop and see...but no they don't sell it.) and my cousin had a bag she gave me, so that's what I'm using.
I had in 12,247 steps yesterday as I was so busy. today I'm down a LOT. I have gotten a lot done, though.

I also have gone on my email and read through sp ones I wanted to read, deleted them and cleaned out my inbox. I hate when it's piled with stuff.

We have been well, no sicknesses here. My aunt that we stayed with in NY has a bad head cold though, as I guess her granddaughter was there this weekend and she had one. My sister also has bronchitis. I'm so glad I'm not getting all this stuff-I do take Airborne every day though and I do believe it builds up the immune system to keep from getting everything that is floating around. My dr's know and they are fine with it.

I have been going through rooms and picking somewhere or something to clean and organize. Yesterday it was the top shelf in the den closet, this morning it was the closet upstairs in the hall that has shampoos, lotions, handsoaps and stuff, and got that organized. The other day I went through my craft totes and some bins in there and got that cleaned out, some junk thrown out, and more organized..someday, my whole house might be done! LOL

I am OCD if you haven't guessed by now and messes make me crazy.
I have also been trying NOT to snack in the afternoons and evenings, so have been working on some new projects. I made a "spider web" doily that I had wanted to do for some time. I want to get some black velvet or other type of material like that, and frame it. I think it will look awesome.
I also started another doily that I have about 1/2 or more done. I got a pattern from my aunt through f/b and have made a few baby turbans that are crocheted. My daughter has a friend who has a foster baby coming home from the hospital today, and she is only a couple of weeks old. I am giving her a baby afghan I crocheted, and a few of these hats. and an adorable really soft stuffed piggy. emoticon

My daughter and I are going up to see her on Sunday afternoon when I get out of church. I am so excited!! :)

So that's my story and I'm sticking to it!! I hope all you ladies are well. I'm friends with Elizabeth on f/b and know she's been traveling some, and has some gorgeous pics there.

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We haven't been geocaching since my hubby got sick. He had his appointment last Friday with the surgeon and they were able to get him in right away for surgery. He had that done on Tuesday and is now recovering. They ended up having to redo most of his upper digestive system so he will be in the hospital until Monday at least. Originally we were told 3 or 4 days but the repairs were more extensive than expected. His doctor says he should feel 100 percent better once this heals. He also said he didn't see anything that he thought was cancer. He told me there were a number of nodules that he removed and took biopsies of but he thinks they were simply scar tissue. So unless we hear different later on things sound very positive thank goodness.

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So quiet in here . . . hope everyone is ok and just busy. Had my second PT app't today and she said I can wear my hiking boot for an hour at a time 3 times a day until Monday and if is going well 2 hours until my next app't . . . progress . . . slow and steady. I have been being really good about doing my PT exercises everyday even when we were in NY last weekend.
This weekend we are headed to Saratoga to my sister's house for some geocaching events. They call it Cabin Fever and it should be fun . . . .mostly a social thing but it is good to get out in the winter. BIL has a few caches he wants us to do while we are there so I will have to time that with when I have my hiking boot on because the other boot is not good for being outside . . . the bottom is flat and maybe slippery on ice . . . don't want to Fall. We are going to stay over Sunday night because we want to watch the football game and not have to drive back if we have a few drinks.
What is everyone else up to lately?

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So I got my cast off but my foot isn't all better . . . the doctor pressed on the spot where I said it was bothering me and I about jumped off the table . . . .so I am back in the boot and headed to PT . . . .I am suppose to progress from the boot to a hiking shoe and back into a regular shoe but if it doesn't get better in the next month I have to see him again and possible get a cortisone shot into the are. The long and short is he said that I shouldn't be running anymore because that is not a good exercise for me emoticon I was just starting to enjoy it. . . and for now the walking has to be on a flat surface . . . no hills as it stresses the tendon in question. I have my 1st PT app't tomorrow at 9:00 am
I spoke to my daughter this morning and she said at least you are out of the cast . . . .the glass is always half full for her and she is right they could have recast it.
Today I am doing the laundry and getting ready for our trip to my Mom's tomorrow. We are having a holiday gathering with my family on Saturday then watching the Steelers Saturday night at my sisters house and probably heading back on Sunday if the weather isn't too bad. It is nice to be retired and have flexibility.

Divorce can be so messy . . . .my daughters were 8 and 11 when their Dad and I split up. . . .fortunately they have kept a relationship with him and I get to stay out of it. They don't like their Stepmother at all . . . .partially because she was the "other" woman and partially because she doesn't take very good care of their Dad. . . .unhealthy foods and little exercise.
Anyway I hope it all works out in the end for your son Bev. and I do feel bad for you DH and his daughter.
Got to get back at the laundry . . . .later gang.

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Bev, my brother in law had a divorce when his daughter was very young, 2 or so...and she poisoned her against him till she became an adult, then made the decision to see her father, and now has a good relationship with him. She also has one with her half brother. So when they are adults they can make that choice, and hopefully your little one will also want to have a relationship some day with his dad, no matter what the mother says about him.
You can't fall into the trap of acting like her by bad mouthing her, and that is a good philosophy. Let them make the decision on their own, when they are older, and hopefully he will want to know his dad.

I am busy...today I slept in a bit, but then got up and ate, then downloaded an app for some audio books on my phone to listen to on the dreaded treadmill...I used it for an hour this morning, but not the speed I wanted for or incline as long as I wanted to b/c my daughter called and we talked so had to slow down to hear well..plus I didn't have my Bluetooth in which was kinda hard...but still managed to go about 3.5 mph and get some miles on...it was about 3.5 miles. So I'm happy with that at least. emoticon I walk, not run tho.

I hope everyone is surviving this cold! I walked inside today so as not to have a repeat of yesterdays frozen leg syndrome! LOL

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Welcome back Kat! It sounds like you are just as busy as ever! I don't think my grandson will really ever know what his mother is like because we don't speak badly of her when he is around. I know she doesn't follow that same rule because once early on when my son had visitation with him he asked him how come he keeps calling his mama. He wasn't calling the witch but obviously she was telling their son he was. In one of the e-mails she sent to my son she told him that "Logan will remember things the way I want him to remember them" and I suspect she is right because he spends all of his time with her and he is young enough that he will only know what she tells him. My husband has an ex who bad-mouthed him to his youngest daughter for years and she has had nothing to do with him since she was a teenager (she is now in her 30s). His other daughter (who lived with us) told us that her mother used to tell her younger sister that she would sit by the window and cry because her dad never showed up to pick her up when he was supposed to. That was an absolute lie, but she believed it. I know it still bothers him but he has accepted that she will never change and he just tells people he only has two kids.

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Hey girls Happy 2016 and I pray you all have a healthy New Year as well!

Bev, I'm so sorry to hear about the troubles with your son's ex...why are some people so spiteful that they don't see the hurt and damage they do to their children and other people? It's really HER loss, too, by becoming this person whom her son will one day know for what she truly is...how sad for him. I know it's always the children who suffer the most.

Donna, I hope that foot of yours stops acting up and heals quickly and that you are able to start getting around on your own, driving and all the stuff you want/need to be doing...in the meantime, do you knit or crochet or do scrapbooking or something that you can be working on to make the time go without injuring yourself further? I am planning this winter while Housebound, is to work on some family connections in the notebook where I have been taking notes for a few years. I have gotten a few things to help with getting the family tree done on my dad's side of the family and hopefully getting some info typed up about remembrances, which I think my son will like to have some day and pass the knowledge to others in our family.

Ange, sounds like just trying to keep your head above water is a full time job for you, with your busy life. I know it was like that for me for years when I worked, but now that I'm basically retired, I find I have a lot more free time on my hands for stuff I want to do or help out with.

Today I went to the church to help a few other people take down the Christmas décor and get our snowman/snowflake stuff out. It was quite a project as one lady also went through the totes and got rid of any of the old and not so nice anymore décor. So now it's all organized and with just what we need, not with stuff that's outlived it's usefulness.

I also went for a FRIGID walk this afternoon and my thighs are still tingling from it...it was saying 12 degrees on weather.com and 1 mph wind...ya right! it was a lot windier than that, and not sure what the actual temp was, but I should have worn my thicker jeans, for sure!!
When I was in NY I went for a lovely (also cold, but more sheltered) walk along the canal in Boonville in the town where my aunt lives, whom we stay with. I got some nice pics. I tried to attach, but computer seems slow and refusing to...so I will add them to team photos..

I got all my Christmas décor and tree taken down and packed away at home on 12/31...first time in history I think. I had gotten home on Wed, (and Donna, no bad weather coming home) and just wanted it gone...I don't know what got into me.

I had a wonderful visit with my aunt, my sisters and boyfriend/spouses and some friends, so that was a nice trip. I wanted to walk a lot more when I was there, but it rained a lot. :( then it snowed some.

I was in a challenge with a lady from church and her group and I got a medal!! :) I had to get so many points for so many miles from Thanksgiving to New Years Day, and I made it, just didn't get extra stuff in for the drawings for prizes.
I was in another challenge with a lady from MI and I lost 1.6 lbs rather than gain over the holidays! We have decided to extend our challenge through the year...she has challenged us both to lost 16 in 2016. That spreads it over a lot of time, but hey, it's do-able, right??
I told her I was in!!
She made me accountable every week!!

I have been helping Hubby some on the addition work, but mostly he's alone doing it...he is insulating and putting plywood over the insulation up in the overhead storage place in the garage. We had redone that room and it's still a work in progress. But he has also been getting some of the junk OUT of there, which I LOVE. :) I do see a sled I want to get out...the other one we had he gave to his sister when she was here this summer, so this one STAYS here!! it's a runner sled from his childhood. I would like to put it down stairs or outside somewhere for the winter months.

I guess I will end this "book" but thought I would write as I have been gone so much and quite busy. :)
Have a great week and stay WARM!!
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Hi Donna, Bev, Kat and all. Happy New Year and may you and all your loved one's have good health for the coming year. I have to say that I am relieved the holidays are over. While I had an enjoyable time, it has also been a lot of work and somewhat tiring. Back to work as of today. I had some quality time with the granddaughter and family and Doug. He is doing better. They won't do surgery for gall bladder since he is too high risk. Guess he'll have to watch what he eats, or suffer the consequences.

Sounds like everyone made it through the holidays. I have to say that I had no focus on watching food or exercising although I managed to walk a few times. I got on my treadmill tonight given the extreme cold. Felt good about that! The next three or four months are my least favorite time of year, but I am trying to make plans to do some indoor projects before the weather improves. I need to do some painting, some organizing in the basement and some little repairs and other projects that have been building up over the last couple of years. Between those and the treadmill I intend to keep myself occupied and hopefully focused on moving and improving my physical fitness.

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January 2 . . . our daughter left around 10 and once again the house is quiet. We gathered up all the recycles, trash and deposit bottles and headed to the dump and bottle returns . . . . whoo the was quite the job and DH had to do most of it since I am not able right now but I did get to go along for the ride. It is very strange for me not to be able to do for myself or drive anywhere. I'm not liking it one bit.
The weather is suppose to get colder tomorrow and even more on Monday. After Christmas is over I don't really care about having snow. Oh well we live in Vermont and it is a reality.
Sorry to hear that your son is still having problems with his soon to be ex . . . . some people are just so foolish . . . . they don't realize how it effects the kids. Hope it all gets resolved soon.
Ange - where are you . . . . we haven't heard from you in awhile.
Kat - I trust your trip was ok coming back from Upstate NY . . . the weather was kinda nasty a couple of days.

Going to settle down with my tea and a book and maybe even nap. I haven't been sleeping well.

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We are kind of in the same boat Donna. We are waiting for hubby's appointment on the 8th to see what the plan will be for surgery on his digestive system. Until then we really can't make any plans since we don't know when he might be in the hospital or for how long. Before he developed the fistula the surgeon said he anticipated a 3 hour surgery and 3 or 4 days in the hospital followed by 2 or 3 weeks to recover, but I don't know if the fistula complicates things or not. We had another concern come up this week but hopefully it will turn out to be nothing. He had labs done on Monday and we saw his oncologist on Tuesday. All of his liver enzymes were much higher than they had been previously and several times above the upper limit of normal so she had him go for an ultrasound on Wednesday morning so they could get a look at his liver. That didn't show anything of concern, so we are hoping it might be nothing more than a side effect of the antibiotic he just finished last week. He is going for labs again on Monday to re-check them, and then on Friday he will have more labs and also a CT scan before he sees the surgeon.

We will have most of the family here tomorrow to finally celebrate Christmas. It was supposed to be with everyone but our soon-to-be-ex DIL is playing more games and our son got served a revised restraining order last night that he can have no contact at all with their son- so she is taking Christmas with his brother and cousins away from her 4-year old son just for revenge against his father. Camden cried last night when told his brother couldn't come. They will not get to see him at least until after a court hearing on the 11th. I wish I had the money to hire someone with the ability to track all the e-mails that she has fraudulently created and sent to herself alleging them to be from our son and then maybe she would be facing charges for what she has done instead of him facing charges for things he has not done.

Let's hope 2016 is a good year! In our house 2015 sucked so we are ready for some happier days!

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So the New Year is here and I am still sort of stuck in the old . . . .I can't move forward until after Tuesday when I get this cast off and see what is happening with my foot. In the mean time I enjoying the last day with my daughter before she heads back to Georgia and just trying to relax.

Hope everyone has a great and healthy 2016!

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I hope you are not driving home in this storm today Kat.
We also had a great Christmas . . .my sister and her hubby came Christmas morning with fresh baked Quiche and then we had a relaxing day and a fabulous dinner. But the highlight was having a Christmas night campfire. . . . a great way to end the day. It was a beautiful clear night with a full moon.
This week I am taking it easy after the craziness that lead up to Christmas. I have one more week in the cast before I see the doctor next Tuesday.

Drive safe if you are coming home soon Kat
Hope all is well with you Bev and Ange
Wishing us all a Happy Healthy New Year

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Christmas is over! We had a great time with all the family and friend festivities. Choir went well, whew! So glad it's over!!
Drove here to NY yesterday to my aunts and then last night our son called when he got home from his Inlaws.
He didn't have a key to get in!! And our cat was in the house. I had asked hubby a couple of times if he had a key and hubby insisted he did. Nope. So this am hubby left for home. He got back and will make keys today somewhere and come back here tomorrow sometime. Poor kitty would have starved to death!
So Aunti and I went to visit a lady at a nursing home this morning Aunti used to care for. And then we went to Walmart to get Christmas cards for next year. We got veggies for tossed salad too as that's what we're supposed to bring to our family dinner Tuesday night at my sisters.
It's raining today. All day so far. Their snowbanks are melting. We had no snow at home.
Wish it wouldn't rain as I wanted to walk outside instead of sit. :(
I want to go to church tonight and surprise my sister. Gotta find out what time church starts and make sure I leave early enough.

Not much else. Busy NOT here. Haha
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Enjoy the festivities everyone! Tomorrow will be a quiet day for us. We might go to our son's house for a while in the afternoon, but it will depend on how hubby is feeling. Other than that we plan on being home by ourselves. Next Saturday the crew will all be here for the day though.

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Merry Christmas Vermont Sparkers!

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Merry Christmas Eve . . . .even though we with weather it feels more like Easter. I have heard some people are even seeing some Spring bulbs coming up. I haven't been out to the gardens to check mine since I don't get around to well lately.
In an hour or so I will start cooking our Christmas buffet . . . a family tradition since the children were born. My daughter is quite the cook and she will be helping and DH is the dishwasher extraordinaire. . . . our son and his sweetie will be here this afternoon and my sister and her hubby in the morning. Let the fun begin.

Merry Christmas to my favorite team!

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No we didn't get much snow here. When I went to pick up my grandson yesterday the roads were snow-covered most of the way but they were bare when I got to Springfield. We had just enough to cover the ground here but when I got to where my son lives they had about an inch on the ground. Ours is pretty much gone already but I don't know about theirs. We left there around noon and came back to our house for the rest of the day so that hubby didn't have to stay here alone all day like he does during the week when I am working. My son is being allowed to see his son today as well so I will be heading out to pick up the grandson again soon. His ex told the daycare provider to tell him since he wouldn't see him on Christmas she would let him see him today as long as I was available. I don't think she is suddenly deciding to be more reasonable, so I expect she wants to finish up some last-minute shopping, but whatever the reason he is happy to have a few extra hours with his son. It takes up my entire weekend but he needs to see his son and his son needs to see him so I agreed to be available as long as they spend the day here.

Kat, enjoy the singing!

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I am feeling much better . . . .they said that it wouldn't be easy and sometimes you just need to give yourself a break. I took some Aleve (I'm not a drug person for the most part) and then I rested and my daughter got home on Friday. She and DH but up the tree . . . yesterday DD and I wen to the church's cookie walk and Winter Farmer's Market. Today is my rest day anyway . . . .gonna watch my Steelers this afternoon.
Tomorrow DD and I have a finish the shopping day and lunch out. . . . mostly groceries and a few last minute errands. We always go out together and finish up but this year may be more challenging. Wish me luck.
Kat hope you throat is better today and you can sing sweetly. I do love the Christmas music.
Bev did you guys get much snow? Ours is suppose to be gone by Tuesday and they are predicting 58 for Christmas . . . .can you believe that?

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Kat, it is good to hear form you- but I get tired just reading about your day!

Donna, I meant to say it yesterday, but rant all you want! I hope today was a better day for you.

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So the clock is ticking ladies! do you have your list checked twice? are you all set to go??

I am pretty much done...my shopping is done, my gifts are all wrapped. I spent the day yesterday doing laundry and vacuuming the house up and downstairs. I mopped the kitchen floor the minute my hubby left to go drive a bus b/c he wasn't coming home till about 11 pm last night...bb game. High schoolers.

I spent today all day at my daughters. She has had a house "guest" that was only supposed to be a short term, temporary "guest" who turned into a nightmare. She and her daughter moved out of the mom's boyfriend's house with ALL her stuff, and a mom dog and a puppy, which my daughter had never agreed to...the stay turned into 6 weeks, and this woman lived like a pig up stairs in their guest room, and the puppy chewed on numerous things, and what he wasn't chewing on he was peeing on. That's why my daughter had said NO puppy...anyway, she also told her to put her dog food in an enclosed container so critters couldn't get it...and to NOT eat upstairs...well, she didn't listen to either and we found dog food and cheese-it's in the sofa, in a rug my daughter had put up there to keep the dog from peeing on it anymore, and in the kids toy bins, along with mouse poop, and more mouse poop!! ya, NOT fun, but it's all clean now and daughter is ecstatic!!

We cleaned the kids play room, including sorting their toys and organizing them, throwing away any broken or trash. We scrubbed down and rearranged the guest room, and set mouse traps all over up there, and I reminded her she has to check them!!

Now she can take all the kids gifts up there, lock the door, wrap the gifts and keep them hidden without the kids knowing.. We also cleaned out and organized her office and that's one thing she's been wanting to do...now she has to file a box of stuff, but at least she can get in there now.

Harmon (hubby) has been working on projects here around the house, esp the addition, putting in insulation and getting it sealed up where he is putting in the elevator...did I tell you we are putting an elevator in that will go from the basement to the garage on ground floor, to the upstairs?? LOL yes, it's real!!
Will make it much easier for our elderly years!

I hear my sister and aunt in NY got about 8-12 inches of snow over the night and all day today, and we got a dusting, but it's all gone now.

Tomorrow is the church choir Christmas Cantata and I am nervous b/c my voice has been hoarse and scratchy for the past week or so, think it's allergies. I will be drinking some throat coat tea tomorrow...just hope it doesn't make me have to pee too much!! LOL
Oh, a friend on SP that I knew from a different group=she and I are in a private challenge, just the two of us...to lose 1 lb per week till Jan...we started the first of Dec...so far I have lost a couple or so lbs...I am also doing some waist exercises to try to shrink the middle...I am trying to lose mine by eating healthier, and doing exercise, she is trying to lose by tracking her calories, and we are about neck and neck right now...:) it's fun and keeping us more accountable!!
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Feeling very down today . . . .my hip really hurts when I have my weight on it . . .which is most of the time I am not sitting. Not sure if I should try calling the doctors office because they will probably tell me to just sit . . . .Christmas is a week away.

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Maintaining this time of year is pretty good Donna- especially when your activity is limited. I won't be weighing in at TOPS until 2016 but I will keep track of what I am doing on the scale here at home. I have gained several pounds over the past few months, so I am hoping not to gain any more! It would be nice to lose a few but I know that is unlikely.

Donna, I am sure the family will understand if things are a bit different this year than in other years. When I broke my ankle it was at this same time of year and I was unable to use crutches (too uncoordinated) so I was relying on a wheelchair and a walker to get around. I used a wheelchair most of the time, but I couldn't get it into the bathroom (it fit through the door but I couldn't maneuver it between the sink and the tub) so I used a walker and hopped along on one leg to get into the bathroom. Needless to say others had to help out with Christmas dinner that year.

Donna, thanks for the note on my SparkPage. Hubby got a call from Dartmouth today but his appointment won't be until Jan 8th, so they must not think his issue is as urgent as we were thinking it might be. His oncologist was hoping he could be seen within a week but it will be three weeks from tomorrow. He is going to have a visiting nurse coming in to check on him two or three times a week in the meantime, which I am happy about. I will be more comfortable knowing someone with some medical training is going to see him somewhat regularly. I can and will monitor his temperature for signs of infection, and if something doesn't seem right I would make a phone call or take him to the ER but she will know more about what to watch for than I would. We were not given much in the way of instructions other than to call if he spikes a fever or if we have any questions.

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Christmas Eve is a week from today . . . . emoticon I still have so much to do and will have to accept that some things are just not going to get done this year. Our youngest will be home tomorrow and that is a great comfort to me . . . .she said to just leave it until she got here to help. I am managing to get around better with the scooter but yesterday I was on crutches for the time we were out and today my hip on the good side is very sore. I think keeping all the weight on one side can't be very good for it.
Oh Bev . . . so sorry to hear that DH is having more problems . . . . emoticon I am sure it is very difficult for him and you.
Oh Kat . . . .where are you?

I got on the scale today and weighed the same as I did last week. I weighed myself before and after the cast to make sure I knew how much to subtract for this stupid thing. I think it is a good thing to maintain considering my level of activity is way down and the eating is so tempting right now. My goal for the next 2 weeks is to maintain . . . but as soon as I can get going again is is full throttle to a reasonable weight.

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Exciting news that your family is moving much closer Donna. I hope the cast does its job and you don't need surgery. I saw someone using one of those knee scooters when we went to one of hubby's appointments at DHMC a few months back and I thought it looked pretty neat. I had to use one of the electric carts in the grocery store several years ago when I broke my ankle and I found it difficult to maneuver around in it.

Hubby's appointment yesterday did not go as we expected. He has yet another complication that has come up and the remainder of his chemo has been put on hold. They are not sure if it will be done later or if they will decide four cycles is enough. We pretty much knew he had an infection back in his incision scar again, but this time it appears to me more serious than just a surface skin infection. There is some really nasty stuff coming out of the hole that opened up in his belly that he didn't have the other times. They suspect it is a fistula and the yucky stuff may be coming from the intestines. Instead of having chemo yesterday he had a CT scan and saw a surgeon who works at that hospital briefly (he ducked in between patients to take a look). They are working on getting him in to see the original surgeon at Dartmouth who did his Whipple to see what he thinks but it sounds like he may be having surgery in the near future. He is pretty discouraged but I keep telling him this too will be behind him eventually and it is just one more detour on his way to recovery (now to convince myself of that).

Otherwise things are okay here. Ange, I hope things are okay with you- and you too Donna and Kat, and anyone else who may check in here.

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I can't understand why I get dropped from this thread even though I am a regular participant . . . .Grrrr.
Anyway, yes I am in a cast until hopefully the 5th of January but it could be longer. I have a partially torn tendon in my mid foot. The cast is suppose to stabilize the area and allow it to heal but if it doesn't work I could be looking at surgery in the New Year. One thing at a time.
I have never been on crutches before and that part just sucks. I bought a knee scooter which is made for people with casted lower extremities and I love it. I did go out with DH today to the grocery and used the electric cart that they have.
Ange sorry to hear your sweetie isn't doing well . . . .hope he is able to enjoy the holidays with you and his family. I hope you are abble to enjoy the holidays without worrying to much.
Bev as always you and you DH are in my prayers. Good luck at the doctors.
Kat . . . .where are you . . . .busy I am sure . . . .you have so much energy . . . .I am so jealous. . . . I have become such a procrastinator over the years since the kids left home.

Oh and good news for our family in the New Year our DD SIL and granddaughter are coming back East . . . .they are getting an assignment at the Coast Guard Station in Southwest Harbor Maine . . emoticon

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Ange, I hope there will be a non-surgical treatment for your guy- or if they do have no choice but to do surgery that he is able to tolerate the surgery with no major problems. It is tough to see our men suffering.

We had a relatively quiet weekend. My father-in-law was in the area for a few days to attend the funeral of a man he worked for 35+ years. My husband's brother is married to the man's daughter and their family and my husband's family have been friends for years so my BIL bought a plane ticket so my FIL could come back from Florida for the funeral. That was Saturday morning and then we spent some time visiting him on Saturday afternoon. All of my husband's siblings went to the service but we didn't because it was a graveside service and my hubby can't tolerate the cold (it wasn't that cold Saturday but he would have felt cold) and he isn't supposed to be around crowds either because of the risk of infection while he is on chemo. I am sure they all understood why he wasn't there. My FIL headed back to Florida yesterday morning. We went shopping yesterday for a few groceries and a few more stocking stuffer items, but if I don't find some more things the stockings here will look kind of empty this year! There are a couple of discount stores around here that I am going to check out over the next week or so. Christmas with the family will actually take place here on Jan 2nd so I have a little extra time.

I am heading to work this morning and then will be off tomorrow to go with hubby to his oncology appointment and chemo treatment for this week. Unless his numbers look better than they did last week they told him he will need to be given blood this week. Since he was off chemo last week I am thinking his numbers might have improved just enough that he won't need a transfusion but we will find out tomorrow. This will be his last cycle so he should finish up with the chemo completely on 12/28. At some point shortly after that I assume he will have a CT scan and then will find out when they can do the next surgery to repair the blockage in his intestines. After that we are hoping he will start to feel better and will be able to eat without being in pain afterwards- and maybe start getting some of his strength back.

Well, it looks like it is time for me to hit the shower, so have a great day everyone!

Donna, I saw your stylish new legwear on Facebook- good luck with it!

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Hi everyone! Only 11 more days till Christmas? Can it be? Ughhhh! I'm not ready! Yesterday was a rat race down in Williston. Not going back out shopping next weekend. Think I'll have to make a couple stops after work this week. Shopping is almost done. I tried to do some baking today, but my guy wanted Hungarian goulash (from Raechel Ray) so I succumbed to his wishes and it took up about 2 1/2 hours of oven time. I did make some pumpkin muffins and two batches of molasses Kringle cookies. More baking to do next weekend.

Doug has been sick and it turns out he has acute cholecystitis with stones, high bilirubin, and high platelets. He had a CT Friday night and waiting for those results. Not sure what the plan will be as surgery is very high risk for him. It seems a never ending battle, but at least we have plans for him to spend some time with his children and grandchildren over the next few weeks.

In case I don't get back on before Christmas, I want to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and healthy and happy New Year! Please be safe if traveling! The new year will bring a new opportunity to renew our resolve with the weight loss and healthier living! Cheers gals!

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Hi All,

It has been a busy few weeks for my husband and me as we tackle paperwork that has long been neglected due to my cancer treatments over the past few years. And we have been redoing our insurance. Can you believe we will save over $3000 this coming year by switching to a new Medicare Drug Plan?

I am paying attention to mindfulness. I went to a retreat last week and am also reading more. I am now back to my schedule that I found most helpful - to bed by 9:00 PM and up at 5:00 AM with a nice long quiet time. I seek to be mindful on my food intake. I have not lost weight, but I have not lost hope.

I signed up for The Mayo Clinic Program. That, along with my Cron-o-Meter, is my plan for now...and checking in with you all. I continue to swim my 1/2 hour and walk.

We are heading south to Virginia for Christmas and will continue on to Florida as plans stand now...We are still working on them.

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Donna, sorry to hear about the frustrating situation with your medical appointments. Yes, unfortunately January will be the start of another year for deductibles, although I think I have heard that with some insurance plans if you meet your deductible in the last quarter it can carry forward and count for the new year. I seem to remember we had something like that at a job I used to work at. I am extremely thankful for the coverage we have but we will end up spending a lot in the month of January due to the new year. We have only a $25 deductible per person on our prescriptions and then we pay a percentage of them up to a maximum out of pocket cost of $750 so we never pay more than $775 a year per person for prescriptions. Unfortunately the digestive enzymes and insulin that Rodney takes are very expensive so if we have to fill those in January we will probably spend the entire $775 in the first month. Most of our medical costs are covered so that will affect us less. We have a $50 ER visit co-pay and a $20 office visit co-pay and $250 for hospital admissions. We had a few ER co-pays this year and four admission co-pays along with a bunch of office visits, but considering that his entire bills would have been well over 1/4 million dollars I am happy we didn't have to pay a lot more. Early next year we will have another hospitalization co-pay when he has surgery to repair his intestinal blockage, but hopefully he will spend less time in the hospital next year than he did this year. When they did his chemo this week it took four people and eight tries to get a usable IV in his arm, so they called him today and said they are referring him to Dartmouth to have a port put in. He only has two more infusions left, but he will have a lot more times that he has blood drawn, and they can also use the port when he has the surgery so it will be useful even after the chemo is done. They said he will need to come in once a month to get it flushed but they can leave it in for a long time if needed.

Kat, good for you getting all those holiday tasks done! I don't do much of any decorating any more. I always say I am not sending cards either but I usually end up sending them to those who sent them to us because I feel guilty.

I had a gain at TOPS this week. I knew I was going to so it was not a surprise. I have not been focusing on eating right or exercise for a while. I am giving a lot of thought to how I can revamp things starting in January. For now my goal is to just keep from doing more damage! I am still slightly below where I started the year so as long as I can stay where I am I won't beat myself up over it.

Well the clock says I need to get my butt to bed so I can get up in the morning to go to work. Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend all!

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Donna that is truly disheartening to know they may not do anything and you might have to meet your deductible again. Keep us posted on if they can squeak you in under the radar.
I have been out straight but have not been walking in the rain. I hate being in the rain.
I am in a new challenge with some church ladies but I am not getting many points this week as I have been too busy to focus on exercise even tho I do have a lot of stairs and steps and such. I will add up my points this weekend sometime. I need at least 15,000 points just to get a medal. If I bust my butt a bit I can get 30,000 and get my name in a drawing for some gift cards. I don't want to be in her fitness classes. They are too strenuous for me.
So let's see how I do in the next month. I have till Jan 1.
I have my Christmas cards ready to mail tomorrow. I have my decor mostly done and Hubby has been doing some door swapping so we can have those done before winter.

I have some scarves to finish up to send down to WV.

Hope you are all well during the holiday eating times. I have tried to behave and in a challenge with a friend on sp from MI to try to lose 1 pound/week till after the holidays. I have lost .2. Not much but it's a start with only doing it 4 days. She is prob going to beat me but at least I will focus better. She is going for more calorie counting. I am going more for exercise and ST. Let's see.

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So disappointed . . .the news is no news. I had the MRI done and then they told me that it would be read over the weekend and my doctor isn't in until Wednesday so she would call me then with the results or I could schedule an app't to go over the results with her for Thursday next week. Seriously? I was so bummed I almost cried . . . this has gone on for so long that by the time they figure it out it will be too late to get anything done this year and I will have to start next year trying to make my $2500 deductible again . . . .not to mention that my foot hurts every step I take.
The only good part of the day was that the technician that did the MRI had me take off my FitBit and she saw that it was peeling and coming apart and she asked when I got it and I told her last year for Christmas so she said to call FitBit because that shouldn't happen and I could get a new one under warranty so I did when I got home and a new FitBit will be here in 7 days . . . emoticon

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It was a nice weekend but I too ate more than I should have . . . . no regrets just facts, I knew what I was doing and it was a conscious choice. This morning I have track my food for the day and enjoyed a delicious morning smoothie . . . .I am right back on track. Doing a little Cyber Monday shopping then DH and I are taking a ride to town to Lowes and the library . . . oh the excitement of it all emoticon When we get home we have a few other presnow tasks to complete and I want to get the decorations down from the attic so I can start decorating maybe tomorrow.
Wishing everyone a successful start to the new week and new month tomorrow.

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Ange, it sounds like you have been busy, but in a good way for the most part. For me it has been more of the same- go to work, come home and fix meals, then park in front of the computer for a while, then take care of the day's dishes and maybe do some laundry somewhere in there, then go to bed and get up in the morning to do the same thing over again. Weekends I get to sleep in most days, but other than the days I have to pick up the grandson for his visitation with his dad I don't have a lot going on. We usually do some shopping at some point each weekend but that's about the only time we leave the house other than when I go to work or he goes for a medical appointment. We did go visit his brother and his sister on Friday and we went to our daughter's for Thanksgiving with her and her family (and had a turkey dinner with our son, his girlfriend, and one grandson here yesterday). I think I have gained about five pounds in the last week- at least I feel like it! I'll have my work cut out for me to get rid of some of it before I weigh in at TOPS on Thursday.

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Hi everyone. Well, I've been horribly deficient in my activity here I'm afraid. Time just got away from me. I hope everyone had a good holiday. I'm afraid my calorie target was overshot by a mile or two, but am happy that my laryngitis finally ended a couple weeks ago, that I had a good time in mid November hunting with Dad in NH (no luck though), that I've spent time with my grand daughter and that I was able to have my folks and my daughter and family here for the holiday. In between all that I was working, cleaning house, running errands and trying to get through the day. There is such a change of lifestyle once we get into the colder months.

And now the holiday rush begins with shopping, baking, wrapping, decorating, social events and culminating in another huge meal followed by the New Years resolution to get back on track! Yup, I can predict the future!

On a positive note, I have been tracking my food pretty diligently on My fitness pal app which I find to be much easier and less time consuming. I like it because it synchronizes with my Map my walk app and builds into my calorie budget the extra based on what I did for exercise. It also tells you what you would weigh in five weeks if you ate the way you did for that day, every day. I have not purchased the extended functionality of the app and I'm only using the basic, but it seems to be working, other than I've still not lost any weight. Especially after this weekend. My PT guy thinks I am stuck at my body's set point. God, I hope not! LOL

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Oh my I am so far behind on this thread . . . just spend a bunch of time catching up.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

We had a nice dinner but it was just the 2 of us . . . .usually we go to my Mom's in Western NY but since we were just there a couple of weeks ago we decided to stay home this year. I made a couple of new recipes and it was really nice but now I am exhausted . . . .I need to get a second wind.

I have a FitBit that I got last year . . . I would not buy another because I am not all that pleased with it's accuracy. That being said I do think having it on has keep me more active than I might normally be.

Tomorrow I have some house cleaning to do and my sister is coming from Saratoga tomorrow night, We are going to the Barre craft show on Saturday and the "boys" are going to do some geocaching. Then Sunday after my Steelers are playing and it is going to be on TV so that is my weekend.

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And Happy Thanksgiving to you too Kat (and everyone else)!

Enjoy the day with family and/or friends- and remember we are supposed to be stuffing the turkey (if you are having turkey) and not ourselves!

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I can just picture the look on your face when you got the call that you had forgotten to pick up your grandson! I can imagine doing something like that myself- and my husband wouldn't let me forget it either! At least he wasn't stranded somewhere!

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Hey Bev, sometimes it is even better when you get to go to their house and not have the mess at yours! we had lots of pots and pans and dishes, thankfully I have a big dishwasher that took most of them, but there still had to be some hand washing. :)

Today I am making turkey soup as I cooked down the bones last night and deboned all the meat...I froze the leftovers of stuff so we can eat them on Thur evening for dinner if we want and not have hubby chow them all everyday till they're gone. :)

I just took my grandson to his volunteer gig in Middlebury, and will be setting an alarm to go get him b/c last week I totally forgot to get him at 5 and my husband came in the house after working out on the truck all day at 6 and said "Did you go get Samuel?" ooops!! and then my phone rang, my son got a call from the volunteer place and he was on his way down-he laughed...it is funny but now it's not when it's a constant reminder, so hopefully I won't continue getting ribbed for months about it...I asked him if HE ever forgot to do something? he did quiet down after that....

So anyway, my daughter and her two little ones (7 and 5 years old) are heading to my sister's in NY this afternoon and will be there for supper. Then about 3 a.m. she is leaving there to head to VA to my nieces for several days. I am worried and will be praying for them as her husband is not going and there's no one to help with driving. It's a LONG trip alone with 2 kids. From upstate NY to VA in one fell swoop.

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Kat
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"O Give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth forever." Psalm 118:1


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We are not having everyone here for a Thanksgiving dinner this year. We are going to our daughter's on Thursday and our son is going to spend it with his girlfriend's family. We will get together with our son, his girlfriend, and his oldest boy on Saturday. We will have turkey and most of the fixings, but it won't be anything too elaborate.

Kat, I think it is great that you will be spending part of the day with your friend and her husband and bringing them a special dinner. I am sure they will really appreciate it.

Enjoy your holidays everyone, whatever the plans are.

Bev

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