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7/20/14 9:46 P

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Ange, Sorry to hear about your sweetie . . . hope everything gets better soon and you get to have a visit to Maine.
I went to a family BBQ this past weekend it was a great time with my sisters and brother and their families. I don''t see my nieces and nephew very often and their children are just adorable. It was nice to see the family.

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7/17/14 9:12 P

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Hey everyone. Sorry I haven't been around for a few days. Had to hustle my honey to the hospital last Friday night due to leg infection that quickly turned into septicemia (blood stream infection). He was out of it for a couple days but after a lot of IV antibiotics he started to get better. Brought him home Late Tuesday. Been trying to work, take care of him and loose ends. Feeling exhausted. VNA came today. I'm going to miss my three day weekend in Maine with my daughter and grand baby. That is a major bummer, but at least I know honey will be looked after. Maybe I'll get to Maine sometime in August. On top of all that, the cat got sprayed by a skunk last night. I just didn't even have the energy to deal with that, but managed to get her to the pet groomer today for a triple bath. She's still a bit skunky, but at least I can let her in the house now. Poor thing!

I have tomorrow off. Will likely be working around the house. Have not focused on food other than eating due to stress. Weird how everything goes right out the window when there is a major crisis.

Anyway, I'll try to have some sort of fun and/or relaxation this weekend! Wish me luck :)

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7/14/14 9:59 P

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I stopped getting notifications recently too- in fact I haven't even gotten any of the usual e-mails that I get from SparkPeople every day. Maybe they are trying to tell me to get off the computer and EXERCISE more! I think I caught up on all of the things I missed over the last few days. I don't think you have to run a generator every week to test it. The one they have at work runs on propane and that does come on once a week and run for 20 minutes to test it, but I'm not sure if that is a requirement for them or just something they decided they want to do for peace of mind. The manufacturer might suggest it because it seems like the one they had at my old job was also tested once a week- and that one ran on propane as well. I don't think most homeowners probably test theirs on a weekly basis. I would think the main thing would be to make sure you don't leave gas sitting in them for an extended period of time- just like with the lawn mowers and trimmers that we all put away for the winter.

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For the most part we alternate 2 weeks here . . .2 weeks there . . .repeat throughout the Summer. We are headed back to VT on Monday for a couple of weeks. Gives me time to mow the lawn and get my gardens back in order and catch up on app'ts Dr , dentist, haircut etc . . . then back to Maine for more fun.

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7/12/14 11:27 A

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Donna, that sounds idyllic! How smart that your husband bought it so early, before kids arrived and so on, when you may have thought twice about spending the money on something like that. It has been a real life builder and memory-maker for all of you.

Do you mean that during the summer months you are only in VT for 2 weeks but you live the rest of the year in VT?

Thanks for the generator info, I'm considering it all over again. Of course, I say that about air conditioning, too, every summer.

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7/11/14 10:26 P

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Susan,
Yes, our generator runs on gasoline but we only test it out once a year if we haven't needed it. . . .once a week would be crazy. . . .never done that in 10 or 12 years that we had it . . .it is a yamaha.

We come to Maine every Summer. We have a Summer cabin near Augusta on a small fresh water lake. We are about an hour from the ocean if we want to go there. . . but we can get lobsters and steamers from the local fish market and our lake is beautiful and quiet. Tonight we took a sunset boat tour we our neighbors on their boat . . .so beautiful. DH bought this place the year after he graduated from college . . . his fraternity brother is our next door neighbor. The kids grew up together during the Summers here . . . we have lots of other friends here in the Summer. We do do weeks here and two weeks home in VT since we retired . Itt is a good balance of home and fun.

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7/11/14 10:02 P

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Hi everyone ---

I'm sorry I've been awol but I haven't been getting email alerts when someone posts here. That means I have to trust my memory to take a look and see what's happening ---- but my memory is going downhill!

Donna, I hope you are still enjoying your Maine vacation. Do you go every July? And I agree with Bev, the lawn will wait. And I'm sure you have nothing better to do when you come home, right? I'm not sure where you live, but in West Pawlet we have been getting buckets of rain. My veggie garden is mostly mud and my strawberries are getting moldy before they get ripe. Booo!

Bev, thank goodness you got your power back, and good news from your insurance company. Actually, I think it should be the power company's insurance company which should pay for the spoiled food!

Ange, thanks for the telling of the Duckies at the Races tale -- sounds like fun! Your picnic table debacle was not fun when it happened and while you cleaned up, but it certainly won first prize as Picnic Misfortune of the week......

Donna, I've always wanted a generator, but when we last looked at them they were run with gasoline and you had to turn them on once a week for 20 minutes or something, to keep the engine from getting clogged up, etc. My husband was not up for that, so we passed on the opportunity. Does yours run on gasoline? And do you have to run it every week?

Have a Sunny Saturday!
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Our power has never been off for an extended period of time in the 13 years we have lived here- and it wouldn't have been this time either if the power company crew hadn't messed up the first time they came. I did find out that the $500 deductible on our insurance didn't apply to the loss of refrigeration. We only have a $100 deductible so we will get some money back. In fact I think we will come out okay because I sent the insurance company a list and pictures of everything I had to throw out and they called me today to say they estimated the value at $300 and will be sending us a check for $200. I had expected the total to only be around $200.

Donna, I don't care for the road up Mount Washington either. I haven't ever driven it but I have ridden up with someone else a couple of times- my hubby once and his uncle another time I think. Those van drivers are the ones you have to watch out for- they are crazy! I guess they are used to it since they do it every day. Have fun with the webcam cache. I saw once that there was one of those at the Yankee Magazine office in Dublin, NH but I figured it would be very difficult to capture it to claim the cache- and I doubt if the hubby would be interested anyway. He won't do puzzle caches, earth caches, or multi-caches either. I have done a couple of puzzle ones without him, but mostly we do traditionals. I was hoping to claim a couple of earth caches and some virtuals when we were in Gettysburg but since the trip didn't go as planned that didn't happen. We took some grandkids that didn't know how to behave so we brought them back to their parents early and they won't be invited on a trip again. Enjoy the rest of your time in Maine! The lawn will wait.

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7/8/14 1:37 P

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Sorry you didn't win Ange . . . that would have been very exciting. . . but I bet it was fun . . . sorta like playing the lottery . . . A dollar and a dream.
Bev that is one way to get your frig cleaned out . . . we have a generator so if the power is out for long DH hooks us up and we don't have to worry. We got it back quite a few years ago now during a big ice storm. It has come in handy over the years and the peace of mind is priceless.
The weather in Maine is back to hot and humid so I am sitting on the porch with a fan blowing on me Sparking along. DH took his sister over to Mt Washington to meet my other BIL and his SIL who were climbing it today. She had never been to the top and I don't like the road up so I was glad to stay here. I am going to do screen capture of the Observation Deck Webcam for a geocache they have there .. . . hey somebody has to be the tech support right?
We will be in Maine for the rest of the week and weekend and then home again . . . I bet my lawn is out of control again . . .oh well that's what Summer is all about.
I haven't been very good about my low carbs lately but with everyone away today I am trying to get my act together again since I was doing pretty well with it . . . .the rest of the week will be a challenge again.
Hope everyone is enjoying the Summer as much as I am . . .catch y'all later.

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7/8/14 10:34 A

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Hey Bev, sorry about your electricity outage. Bummer! I'm not sure how we'd manage to get throug these really hot, muggy days if we didn't have some air conditioning or fans running. I have found the the second floor of my house is extremely hot, hence we are staying downstairs. The dehumidifier in the basement needs to be emptied daily... But, I have to say, after last winter, I'm still happy that we are in the midst of summer now.

So, ducky #624, being a poor swimmer, did not come in first, nor second, nor third, and in fact, I'm pretty sure he was probably somewhere at the back of the pack, maybe never even made it over the finish line :( so, how it works, is you buy a ticket, with a number that is associated to the number on a little rubber ducky. On the day of the race, all the (800) duckies are tossed into the river upstream from the finish line. There are several people in kayaks monitoring the ducks as they make their way downstream. The first to cross the finish line is the winner! Then, the poor people in the kayaks apparently have the task of picking up all the little duckies from the river. I'm sure at least a few must get away. emoticon It was fun and my honey and I drowned ourselves in a home made ice cream sandwhich (also shared a bit with my dog, Marlo), and then we walked back home to beat the rain.

The weekend went pretty well. Brought all the fixin's for a steamed clam and lobster dinner along with salads and deviled eggs to Claremont for my folks to celebrate on the 5th. Only snafu there was the picnic table where my daughter, my Dad and I all ended up on our backs after our friends left the other side of the table. Yup, I became the human buffet. As I told our friend, some girls get paid a lot of money to do that kind of work!! LOL... No one got too hurt, and we managed to save all the salads and stuff. Just got a little messy, that's all. We all had a good laugh after..

Sunday I spent doing yard work, walking with the dog, etc.

Looks like the upcoming weekend should be a nice one, again!! YAY.



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7/5/14 9:34 P

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We finally got our power back tonight, a little over 48 hours after it went off. It is really annoying that it would have been on yesterday morning if the first repair crew hadn't forgot to turn a switch on the transformer that feeds our house back on! I had to throw out most of the stuff in my refrigerator but we saved most of what was in the freezer. Some things were completely thawed and I did dispose of them but most of it was still at least partially frozen. Most of the frozen veggies had thawed out but from what I found they should be safe to eat but may not be as tasty. I don't think our homeowners insurance is going to cover the lost food because I think we have a $500 deductible. Oh well. at least we didn't lose everything in the freezer too. Tomorrow we will have to make a trip to the grocery store I guess.

I hope everyone else is enjoying the weekend.

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The storm is finally moving through where we are in Maine and the temps are suppose to get into the 70s this afternoon . . . .should be a nice day. Yesterday was a rainy washout for the 4th. We did manage to have our Lobster Fest but the hosts have a big barn and we all hung out there . . . every year is different.
I have to get my bills paid today and balance the checkbook and other than that I'm just going to kick back and relax.
So did you win Ange?
Bev I hope your power comes back on soon . . . .we were without power one morning but only for a couple of hours.
Susan. . . .I am currently trying to eat a "low" carb diet . . . not drastic low carb but around 40-60 per day . . . .seems t be working . . . losing weight and feeling pretty good. . . .when I go too low I get a headache so I have to watch it. I am still tweeking it.

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7/5/14 8:56 A

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Ange, how did the duck race work out? Was #624 a lucky number? I've never heard of a duck race, maybe you can tell me the basics.

Bev, that is awful to lose power for that many hours in the summer -- at least in winter you can put on a lot of layers and wrap a blanket around you. In the summer, wrapping blankets around the refrigerator wouldn't compensate too well! I hope your power is back on by now.

I have clicked on the "subscribe to this discussion" button on several occasions, but I am not getting email notifications about new posts. That's a pain -- I check every so often to see if anything is happening, but not every day since there seems to be big gaps in activity! I guess you are all out having fun and living l-i-f-e instead of posting!

Such a beautiful day -- and cool (now) and drier -- so nice. I'm going out in the garden now to do some work, and I hope my back and legs can take it for a while since I am so behind!

Enjoy your day,
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We were away for a mini- vacation to Gettysburg with a couple of grandkids. We left early Wednesday morning and were supposed to come back on Sunday, but for reasons I won't go into here we ended up coming back today. We got home to find our power out, but didn't think too much about it until after we went to drop the grandkids off and came home two hours later and noticed other nearby houses with lights on while ours was still out. I called the neighbor who is the only other house on our road (and my husband's cousin) and he told me the power went out last night around 7 because of a couple of trees that came down on the lines along our road. I had noticed one of them when we came home and the other one was between our house and his. He said they didn't come until this morning to repair it and they had to run a new line. His power came on soon after and he assumed ours did too until he came down to return a tool he had borrowed this afternoon and discovered ours was still off. He had his wife call the power company and tell them ours was still out. I called them after I talked to him but I wasn't able to get an estimated time when it might be fixed. It should have been taken care of this morning when they were here! All of the ice cream that was in my freezer is already ruined (not that we need it anyway) and I am worried that if it stays off until morning I will have other food to throw out. I think much of it will be okay if it refreezes once the power is on as long as it doesn't completely thaw. Maybe it is a good thing we did come home early so we can nag at the power company! We have a small generator but it can only run a few lights and outlets in our living room and bedroom so that we can still use the tv, computer and his CPAP machine at night. We have no refrigerator, no heat (of course that isn't an issue tonight), and no water until the power comes on.


Susan, I never tried the Carbohydrate Addict's Diet, but I did buy the book and read parts of it. That is as far as I went though. I didn't remember that it was only one hour a day that you could eat carbs, but I did remember that is was only at one meal a day. It seems like you also had to balance the carbs with an equal amount of protein but I might be wrong.



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7/4/14 2:18 P

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Well it must be time for vacations and celebration. Happy 4th of July!, emoticon I'm headed out far a walk with the dog down to the Fairfax duck race. Hoping number 624 comes in first place. $250 cash prize... Woohoo, that would make my day!

Susan, no I've never heard of that particular diet. I think the key is moderation :). If only I could practice that.

Have safe holiday weekend!

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6/25/14 9:53 P

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A quick note: I just read the posts that came after mine today and laughed about the untidy stem clarification! I had wondered about that but thought I was just in the dark about some new thing.

That reminded me that when I read your various posts about carbs over the last two days, I wanted to mention that I once tried the "Carbohydrate Addict's Diet" -- I think that was the name of the book. Every day you ate only protein and fats for all but one hour. You chose the hour, but they wanted it to be at the same time every day if possible. During that hour you could eat anything you wanted including all the carbs you wanted. Surprisingly, it helped my cravings because I knew that I only needed to wait to my hour and then I could have what I wanted. Unfortunately, I ate too much during that hour, so I only lost about a half pound per week. One slip per week wrecked the whole thing and I would be back where I started. Anyone else ever try it?

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6/25/14 9:28 P

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Hi everyone. I had to laugh as I re-read my last post, tidy stem was supposed to be Nutrisystem ... Funny

Hello Susan, welcome. I too prefer this team as we all have a familiarity and something in common as Vermonters. And I think the ladies here are just fabulous!

I had to make a run to Claremont yesterday to help out my folks. Dad sprained his ankle, and Mom has been having knee and back trouble and she had an appointment at Hitchcock today. Turns out she needs to go back there on7/2 for an knee injection which is a lot better than needing surgery, so I am relieved. I think I got them all set up at least for a couple days and hopefully Dad's ankle will be better soon. I came back home tonight but may have to go back depending on how things go. Needless to say, no exercise and too much food. Sigh!

Glad it has been raining so I didn't have to water the garden :)

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The rain worked out perfect for me . . . I have spent the last week getting the gardens all weeded and mulched and finished my planting of annuals and perennials I even got the lawn mowed on Monday. We leave for Maine again on Saturday so I will just have to top off the planters (they are all the self watering kind). Today I had lunch with the girls and took my 94 year old bowling buddy to the dr's She isn't feeling very well emoticon They I did a bunch of errands and got back home about 7 . . . .I'm beat.
Susan - glad to have you on our big-little team . . . .lots of members just a few participants.
I try to post a few times each week here. I am a retired electronics designer. DH and I both had careers at IBM before retiring. We travel back and forth to Maine in the Summer (we have a cabin there) (a whole other story as to why one leaves Vermont in the Summer) We geocache and see the USA in March or April . . . we also like the Outer Banks, NC in early May. I am 56 and live in the Islands


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6/25/14 8:03 P

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I left a couple of teams because I was getting way too many notifications. Some people enjoy the games and such and I think they are fine for those who have the time and interest and want to participate, but I don't have the time and in most cases not a lot of interest either. I guess that is the anti-social part of me or something. I don't play any of the Facebook games either. I did start a discussion once about favorite fall activities but it was mostly an attempt to share ideas for fun things to do.

We had quite a bit of sun today up until mid-afternoon. I always walk during my hour lunch break and I was expecting to need my rainwear today, but I didn't need it. We have had some heavy rain tonight, but most of the thunder and lightning has missed us so far. I don't think the garden will need watering for a couple of days!

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Thanks for the welcomes! We just had a deluge of rain and some thunder and lightening, but fortunately for us, the worst of the storm just missed us. Phew! My Golden Retriever became a bit fearful with one extremely close lightening strike. We certainly have gotten the rain I was looking for, and tomorrow we may get a little more.

Bev, you expressed my feelings perfectly, about why I prefer a small team. Right now my email inbox is stuffed full of spark notifications and some I will have to turn off. I can't cope with so many EVERY day. Too much else going on. I really don't need everyone's answer to questions like their favorite exercise is---. I don't mean I am disinterested, I just don't have the time. I do prefer to get to know team members as individuals, too, and I can't keep up with too much. Now you may all think I'm a grouch!

Hope everyone had a good day today, in spite of the rain!
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Hi Susan and welcome, Thanks for adding me as a friend, a friended you as well. Hope everyone hasn't floated away with all this rain.

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Welcome Susan! I agree that it is much easier to keep up with a small team than a larger one. This team has a lot of members but most don't post much. With a large team I don't feel like I ever get to know anyone, where on a team like this I feel like I know a bit about the active team members. Sometimes I wish the team was a little more active than it is, but I definitely prefer a small group. I hope we get to know you a little better (and vice versa) over the coming weeks and months.

No rain here yet either, but they are saying we might see some tonight and are even more likely to see some tomorrow. I guess it will be good for the garden so I don't mind as long as it clears up for the weekend. This Saturday is the alumni parade in White River Jct and it is my 40th year reunion. I haven't been to the parade in years and the only reunion I went to was our 5 year, but I think I am going to go this year. After the parade is a picnic and our class is planning to get together then. There is a dance in the evening , but I won't be staying around for that. Our son and daughter-in-law are participating in the Relay for Life in Springfield Saturday night and we are keeping the two grandsons for them so I need to be home in time for them to get dropped off or for us to pick them up.

Well, it is time for me to fix dinner so I need to get away from the computer. Enjoy your evening!

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Hello all ----

I joined this team perhaps a year ago, but my obligations have been heavy and I haven't had much time to do all the things I'd like to do on spark. I haven't even been lurking!

Regardless, I live in West Pawlet and I aim to check in here on a regular basis, as I am happy to have a team from home! I am also glad that it seems to be a small quiet team right now which is better for me. The large teams where there are hundreds of people checking in I cannot deal with because there is little time for people to respond and so forth, with dozens of posts every day. I am on a 5% challenge team so I don't have a large amount of time, but if you'll have me, I plan to give it my best!

I've added Ange, SoVTWalker, and ZZYYGGY as friends, and Donna, if you friend me, I can friend you! I like to know people better and their pages can be so interesting.

It's not raining here yet, but I expect some later. My gardens are dry as dust and we really need a good amount of rain. I was weeding the great jungle out there for almost 2 hours and I am wiped out for the rest of the day.

Enjoy your day, everyone --
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I have been really enjoying the sunny days and getting my yard work done. The gardens are all weeded and mulched, I planted some things out front and made some planters for decoration on the porches as well as a window box for our picture window. I got a little sun burned one of the days but not to bad. we even got the lawn mowed again yesterday knowing it was going to rain today and tomorrow.
I have been trying to up my protein and lower my carbs not a super low carb count but lower than I was doing and then only for about three days and then a normal for me day. It seems to be working . . . with all the exercise I have had lately and this new plan I am down another lb today. I think if I have a higher carb day once or twice a week I can stick with this plan for awhile and not feel deprived because I love my carbs. I am also making sure the higher carb day is more quality carbs . . . no chips or M&Ms (you know what I mean? I did enjoy a piece of homemade Strawberry Rhubarb Pie over the weekend but it was a piece not 2 or 3 over the weekend. It is all what works for each one of us.
Laundry and paperwork await me now that we finally have a rainy day.
Have a great day everyone.

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Hey everyone! Yes we really couldn't ask for better weather. It has been a lovely few weeks of spring and now summer. I can't believe days will be getting shorter already!

Donna, I tried the Atkins diet in the past. Stuck with the pla as in the book for a few months and lost 40 lbs, but like with any diet, there comes a point where you have to integrate carbs back in and that is when it fails for me. I think carbs begets carbs, meaning once you start again it is hard to control. Carbs are somewhat addictive. But if you can eat only moderate amounts, maybe you can be successful long term. I have yet to find the perfect combination of types, serving sizes of food that works just right for me and I am horrible about sticking to a daily pattern of time to eat. And I'm easily tempted by all the things I shouldn't or should rarely eat. A lifelong challenge for sure. I also tried untidy stem which is a portion controlled plan with limitation on certain carbs and that also worked for as long as I ate only those pre-made meals. Once I stopped, I was right back in trouble again.

Anyway everything in moderation, right? Good luck with your plan.

Otherwise, I've just been super busy. Lost track of me again. Haven't done well over last week or so. Still very active and physical but not losing... Darn it.

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I was in the Burlington area today for lunch with the bowling ladies then spent a few hours running errands and grocery shopping. It was definitely humid in town but when I got back to the Islands there is a nice breeze and it is cooler.
I am still thinking about a lower carb and higher protein diet I just haven't decided what the limits should be . . . I'll let you know how it goes.
Tomorrow we are going out to do some maintenance on our geocaches and stop at a greenhouse in Highgate Springs . . . should be a great day to be outside

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I'm liking it! Yes, it is a bit humid but it's not snowing, it's not raining, and I'm not freezing so I like it! I work up a sweat when I go for my walk but when I get back to the frigid office I cool down pretty quickly! They keep the a/c on much cooler than I like so I usually wear a fleece pullover inside and take it off before I head out the door. The same unit that controls my area of the building also controls another section that has an entire wall of windows and with the sun those people complain it is too hot unless the A/C is turned down so much we freeze in our area. My boss sometimes opens the small window that is in her office but I don't have a window where I am. The accounting dept freezes so the people selling insurance can be comfortable!

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Thanks How's everyone doing in humid Vermont

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Hi ZZYYGGY3 glad to see you posting again.


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Hi everyone. Looks like it's still a quiet little team here. I'll try to pop in more often then I have in the past

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It isn't likely that i will find it . . . DH and I walked the area I mowed for over an hour looking for it . . . .if it landed clip side up that is black and hard to see and the grass was so long that there are lots of piles from the mower . . . I would like a bracelet type of device . . . I wear a watch all the time so it would be like that. emoticon

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I hope you find it! That is the biggest reason why I did not buy the Spark activity tracker. I like my Fitbit Flex because I am not likely to lose it. It doesn't count things like bike riding, although I found that if I put it in my pocket when I am on the exercise bike it does a pretty decent job of counting "steps" (revolutions of the pedals). I haven't ridden my outdoor bike a lot yet and haven't tried putting it in my pocket while I was riding so I don't know if it will work or not.

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Having a bad end to my day . . .I lost my Spark Activity tracker off my shoe when I was mowing the yard and I can't find it. emoticon

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I once tried a low carb diet but I don't think I lasted quite a week. I did lose a few pounds as I recall but I just couldn't stick with it. I bought a book once called the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet, but I never actually followed it. As I recall it required you to eat no carbs at all for two meals and for the third meal you could eat carbs, but you had to eat equal amounts of protein. I'm sure it was more complex than that, but that was the basic idea. One of our chapter members tried some plan a while back that worked well for her when she was doing it, but she found she couldn't stick to it. I don't know all the details of the plan she was trying or what it was called, but I seem to recall her saying she had to limit herself to no more than 50 grams a day of carbs. I don't remember if she did that every day or if she alternated "normal eating" days with the low carb days. I know she did it for 2 or 3 weeks and had nice losses each week but she didn't stay on it and she gained back some (but not all) of what she had lost. I have often thought that I might do better if I came up with a plan to eat less carbs but I know I wouldn't stick to any plan that drastically restricted them.

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We are back in VT again and everything here has grown like crazy the last 2 weeks. Lawn Mowing is at the top of the list today as soon as the morning dew dries. It will be a busy 2 weeks of yard work, doctor app'ts, dog app'ts at the groomer and vet, haircuts for DH and I, and finish the planting of flowers. I also have to hem my curtains for the cabin . . . no sewing machine in Maine. I also want to get back into my running again . . .I have a race in August , September, and November and I am not ready.
Have any of you ever done a low carb diet of any kind. I tried it for a few days while in Maine and I couldn't do it . . . love my carbs. I'd be interested in what your experiences have been.
Got to go . . . lots to do. Have a great Monday.

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Hi Everyone! Happy Father's Day to all. Good job with all that painting Donna. And thanks for the words of encouragement Bev.

Well, I did manage to get the plants in last Tuesday (without the compost). Left for the concert Wednesday morning. Had a pretty good time in Boston, although not very relaxing. The concert was okay. Best part of the trip was a stop at an Italian pastry shop after the show. We had a good van driver who knew where we could get some goodies. Bad news, gained 4 lbs back during the trip, even though I must have walked 4 or 5 miles on Thursday. Not going to worry about it. I went for a walk this morning and I'll be working it off over the next week.

Not much else to report. Have a good week!

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Congrats on the loss Ange . . . . have fun at the concert . . . all that walking will be good exercise as well as a swim in a hotel pool.
We are still in Maine and today was my turn to work on the new room remodel by priming the whole thing tomorrow is the ceiling paint and maybe one coat on the walls. I'm not looking forward to it my shoulders already ache from the priming. We should be headed back to VT this weekend. I know my lawn there will be sky high and it will take 2 mows to get it back to where it should be.
The good news is I have lost 2 lbs since being here . . . yippee!!!!!!!

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Good luck with the garden Ange! And congrats on your loss too!

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Hi everyone, well, if you spend hours and hours working in the hot sun, sawing wood, moving heavy stuff, bending, rototilling, raking and working some more, it does seem to have a positive effect on the scale. I finally got back down into the 220's for the first time in a year I think. Woo Hoo!! That was the good news.

Bad news is that the soil they brought for the garden is very rocky and lots of clay. Even with all the work to prepare the garden, I still don't have my plants or seed in yet. My neighbor is trying to coordinate a delivery of composted manure to mix into the soil. If that doesn't happen today or tomorrow, then I won't get my plants in until next weekend. Jeesh, summer is already half over, my veggies by seed will never grow in time!! Might have to resort to miracle grow!

Anyway, it felt good to move, although I'm pretty stiff and sore at night, and I got a bit of a sunburn on my back, but I'll survive. Wednesday we are leaving for trip to Boston for the first concert (Hall and Oates). Looking forward to the trip and hoping I don't overeat with all the food options and restaurants down there... Plan on bringing my swim suit and maybe walking the historic trail down there. Stopping in NH on Friday on the way back to see my folks.

Thanks for all the deer tips. Will probably try a combination of things! After all this work, I would not be happy if the deer ate all my stuff.

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Hi all . . .I also had a dismal May. My exercise was up but my weight stayed the same leaving me very discouraged. I have started a low carb program for June. I have a Spark friend who has lost 40 lbs eating no sugar and no starch since January. I am not willing to go that far but I have decided to give my diet plan a shake up and cut my carbs back to around 50 per day. This may prove to be difficult as I love bread and ice cream especially in the summer with the fresh breads at the Farmers Markets and Homemade Ice Cream Stand near our cabin. . . .right now I am determined to get some of this weight off. My joints are hurting all the time and I think my weight is a big reason for it.
Today was a rainy day and we are still working on the sheetrock in our bedroom so it didn't matter much but I am hoping it clears like the forecast says by the weekend so I can get the yard cleaned up and some planting done.


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I didn't do very well in May so hopefully I will get my act together and do better in June. Part of my problem in May was that my ankle was giving me so much trouble that I exercised less than usual. I still exercised but not quite as much and I didn't cut back on my eating to offset it. I'm not sure why, but I haven't been feeling very motivated lately either. We did finally ride our bikes this past weekend. We didn't go very far, but it was a start. We hadn't ridden bikes in probably about 20 years! We went with our son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons. The two kids were riding in a trailer being towed behind one of their parents bikes. The older one is really too big for that but he hasn't learned to ride a bike yet and doesn't have one that fits him so he can learn. He has one that is too small for him now (unfortunately they never took him anywhere to practice riding it when he got it) and then he has another one that my son picked up last fall but he isn't quite tall enough for it. If he knew how to ride I think he could use it, but his feet don't reach the ground when he sits on the seat so it isn't good to learn on. I am hoping we can find him a used bike in the next week or so and then he can start learning to ride so that the next time we all go he can ride his bike and just the little guy will ride in the trailer.

We use an electric fence to keep the deer out of our garden. If we didn't we would get nothing out of it. I've heard they don't like tomatoes, but the first year we tried to have a garden (without the electric fence) they even ate the tomato plants! We wouldn't have minded so much if we had been able to put venison in the freezer to compensate us for the lost veggies, but they kind of frown on that.

Have a good rest of the week everyone! Donna, don't forget to take a little time to relax between all the work you are doing!

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Rain yesterday, in southern Vermont, and overcast today, but getting a bit humid. Started running the dehumidifier in the basement, like we do every year. We don't have a finished basement, but the dehumidifier does take away the musty smell. Luckily, we have never had a mold problem (knock on wood). emoticon

I did better in May, but toward the end of the month, I went off the deep end, and gained a couple of pounds back. I haven't done that well so far in June, but all-in-all doing okay, and keeping up with my exercise.

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We have put winds chimes out there in the past and it worked pretty well. The last couple of years we haven't put in anything but tomatoes and the deer don't like them. You can also surround your other plants with tomatoes . . . just a thought.
We are currently in Maine doing some cabin maintenance and will be here for at least another week. We are redoing the main bedroom . . . .removing the homesote and carpet and replacing them with sheetrock and hardwood floor . . . .hopefully that will cut down on some of the moldy smell we get. We are also painting . . . cleaning up the yard and gardens here. Lots to do.

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Woo Hoo, Hurray! The guys finally came and made a garden out of my sink hole today!! YAY! Now I get to play in the dirt, well, maybe not today considering torential downpoors, but at least by the weekend, it will be nice, and I can finally get my tomato, pepper and a few other plants in, and sow a few seeds. I bought some 8 foot poles to put up some mesh fencing to try to keep the deer out too. Any other thoughts about that? Looking for simple, cheap deer repelent ideas...

Whew, I'm so relieved as I was sure it was never going to get in on time.... made my day :)

Other than that, I'm feeling pretty good. Our weekend birthday party for Grandpa went off without a hitch and everyone was happy. With all the work, running around, increased walking, I'm starting to feel better physically, although achey. I had cut back on carbs quite a bit although gave in to a stupid bagel this morning... Whaaa! Followed by a chocolate chip cookie about 1/2 hour ago.... So, i guess I need to eat a salad for dinner. :) emoticon

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It is frustrating when the pounds don't come off even when we do the right things. I was doing well for a while, although I hadn't lost more than a few pounds. At least I wasn't gaining, but I have been struggling a bit the past couple of months. I know I haven't been eating as well as I should, but I also blame part of it on the problems I have been having with my ankle or lower leg. The ulcer is finally starting to heal but it is still quite painful when I am not wearing the dreaded compression hose. I wasn't able to use the exercise bike for a couple of weeks because the pedaling bothered my ankle. The past two nights I used it for a half hour before I took the compression hose off. I had an appointment with a specialist yesterday but he feels it will heal on its own as long as I keep doing the things I have been doing. Hopefully another week or two will make a big difference and the pain will go away. I will always need to wear compression hose to reduce the risk of future problems. The doctor I saw yesterday indicated I am likely to have one again at some point, but if I keep compression on my legs it will help.

Here's hoping we all have a great month of June!

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So far we haven't had much rain in the North west corner of the state . . . lots of clouds yesterday but no rain and today was picture perfect in my book. Got a lot of planting done and mowed the yard. Tomorrow is suppose to be rainy so I have laundry and bookwork on my list. Saturday we are headed to Maine for about 10 days. We need to open the cabin and do some work on it.
I looked at my activity tracker for May and I have nearly 3 times the exercised tracked but not one pound gone . . . what gives? Kinda bummed about it but it is what it is.

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With all the clouds and rain we''ve been seeing I think many of us are in kind of a funk. Yesterday felt more like early April than late May, but today is supposed to be much better. Hopefully we can all get out and soak up some sun today. Enjoy your weekend get-together Ange.

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Sigh! Feeling indifferent to everything tonight. Not even sure what to say, which, as you know, is very unusual for me :)

I'm still waiting for the excavator guy to come fix my sinkhole and turn it into a garden. All my plants are patiently waiting, and growing. Apparently it is too wet for him to access his top soil pile! C'mon sunshine!!! I need my garden by next week at the very latest! The anticipation is too much!

Okay, this weekend is my honey's 60th birthday. Planning a family get together. Bought a bunch of outdoor games for the kids. Hoping all goes well.

Otherwise taking one day at a time. Wish I could wish my pounds away!

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I am really glad the weekend is over . . . it was exhausting emotionally. My daughter came home Thursday and the funeral was Saturday for her friend. So sad for everyone. My daughter gave an amazing eulogy and she was so supportive to the family. I was very proud of her. She left Sunday to go back to Georgia. Yesterday was her birthday and she wanted to have time to relax before heading back to work today. My niece, her hubby, my sister and BIL were all here for the Marathon in Burlington. . . my niece ran it. When everyone was gone yesterday afternoon I just felt so drained. A good nights sleep and I am ready to go again. Hope everyone had a good weekend.

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Hi everyone. Yes, loss at such a young age is very sad. I hope the young lady has a chance to leave some meaningful message or recording of herself for her children to watch and listen to. When you've lost someone you love, one of the things you miss the most is the sound of their voice and a clear image or memory of an interaction with that person. Especially for children who may not be able to recollect over time. Wish them well.

This weekend was good for me. I got a lot done. Saw Godzilla in 3D, did a little fishing until I cast out my line and the whole spool of line came flying out of the reel and fell into the river. Time for a new fishing pole and reel! Planted rhubarb. And 8blueberry bushes last week. Had a BBQ with my kids and granddaughter. Did an evening ride on some back roads I've never traveled before. Got my summer clothes out. Had pizza in Swanton with my honey and a few good laughs to top it all off.

Back to work tomorrow. Goal to lose 10lbs by 6/11, and total of 15 by 7/17. With all the outdoor activity, something has to start dropping off! Right?

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Donna, so sorry to hear about your daughter's friend. It would be very sad in any case, but with two young children it is even more tragic. Hopefully the kids will end up with someone who will take good care of them and not with the druggy loser dad.

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Sorry I haven't been around much lately. I have been so busy that I am not getting to much computer time. We have company visiting from South Carolina until tomorrow and then next weekend we are having another houseful for the Vermont City Marathon. My niece is running and her parents are coming to watch. My daughter from Georgia will also likely be here. . . .but for another totally sad reason. One of her longtime friends from here is dying. She has skin cancer that spread to her brain . . . so sad she is 28 and she has 2 children and no husband but a she does have a druggy loser father of her children. It will be a custody battle for sure.
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Doesn't it feel good to be out and moving one's body? Makes me realize just how little I moved this winter... Won't let that happen again I hope! Did more work today but felling good.

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I got quite a bit done today, but at my son's house instead of my own! He has some chicks and he is in the process of building a chicken coop and run for them. My husband had tilled the garden one evening this past week so I was hoping to get the stuff I needed this morning and try to get that planted while hubby was helping with the chicken coop. I went and picked up the landscape fabric that I needed for weed control and got the plants and seeds that I wanted, but that was as much as I could do today. After the rain we had last night there were standing puddles of water in the garden this morning. When we got home tonight, the puddles were gone but it still looks muddy, so I guess I will try to work on it evenings this week. We both went to our son's and I helped to stain the posts and rails that they put up for a fence they are building in their front yard while the guys were working on the chicken coop. I also moved a pile of brush from a small tree that hubby cut for them a couple of weeks ago and I mowed most of their lawn. Their lawn mower is the old fashioned reel type (with no motor) so I burned some calories doing that even though it is a small yard. I hope tomorrow is just as nice as today, but I won't have a chance to do a lot.

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Hi everyone. Today is turning into a beautiful day. I have my little grad daughter for the afternoon. We played for a while and one she is napping. Goal today is to get the mower out and also wash my screens and get those in. Otherwise plan to watch a good movie later. I'm already tired!

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You ladies sound like you are very busy with the yardwork. We haven't even attempted to do anything yet here, but there isn't a lot we can do anyway. We will need to do a little work to get the garden spot ready and we should clean up a couple of trees that were cut down last fall and never taken care of. We don't have any flowers or a lawn to work on and without hiring somebody to come in with some equipment we can't have, so I don't see that ever happening. In a couple of years we would like to sell this house and it will be up to the next owner to decide if they want to spend big bucks to do that. Ange, I know exactly what you mean about spending too much time on work and not enough on fun. I haven't been fishing in at least a couple of years. We haven't done any geocaching since last fall, other than finding three or four roadside ones a couple of weeks ago. I am hoping we might be able to do some tomorrow but we haven't really talked about what to do tomorrow. Today hubby is helping our son move a pen that we once used for chickens over to his house because he is going to be raising some chickens this summer. He bought a few chicks and then he got some fertilized eggs from one of his co-workers and made an incubator. Those have been hatching over the last couple of days. I'm not sure who has been the most excited about it- the grandsons or their parents! My husband and son are also supposed to be working on putting up a fence so he can let his dogs out in the front of his house since the chickens will be in the back yard- and he only has a really small lot. He has a garage now but it is in bad condition and he is getting quotes on having someone come in and tear it down so he will have the extra space. While the guys are working on the fence and chicken coop I will be watching the youngest grandson since his mom is working today. The older one is going to his mom's today. Enjoy the weekend everyone- a little damp and drizzly today but nice tomorrow they say.

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Hi! Donna you and I are in the same boat so to speak, with all the yard work and cleaning etc. it is never ending! Getting my house ready for a visit from my folks and my daughter's family tomorrow. I haven't even planned any sort of meal yet. Got to get busy :).

Dad is bring me a mountain azalea from the wilds of New Hampshire. We call them June pinks due to the bright pink blooms that arrive in early summer. The blooms are extremely fragrant and one of my very favorite and most memorable scents. I have a place all picked out for where it will be planted.

Otherwise, I'm still debating my sink hole debacle.and whether to speak to the prior home owner to assist with cost to fix it. Long story. . . At least it is in the side yard and not under the house, but a hazard none the less.

Good news is the Sears repair guy actually got my ice maker working without any parts required. Bad news is I need to have my dryer vent replaced and moved to a shorter distance of exit out of the house. I thought my washer wasn't draining enough water out of the clothes but it seems the dryer isn't working efficiently due to length of vent. The guy who owned this house previously wasn't too knowledgeable when it comes to handy work..

Anyway I ended up buying a master agreement plan to keep my appliances in working condition for the next five years rather than buying new. I guess this was the most cost effective route to go, but pricey regardless.

Good news is that I'm exponentially more active with the weather having improved and burning way more calories. Appetite for all that winter comfort food is being replaced for mouth watering melons, grilled chicken and cucumber salads. Yay!

I'm never lacking for stuff going on in life. Wish it was more fun rather than work though. Still haven't been fishing yet. Maybe Sunday.

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I think Spring is really and truly here . . . I mowed the yard yesterday for the first time this year. It seems that now there is a never ending list of things to do between the gardens and the house projects. Busy times. We are having company the next 2 weekends so I have a lot of cleaning to do in addition to the outside stuff. After that we are headed to Maine to open our cabin and do some work on it. I think I am going to need another vacation by the time summer gets here.
This weekend between rain drops I'd like to get some more mulch down and a couple of the smaller gardens cleaned out. Sunday is suppose to be sunny as of the weather report today and it is Mother's Day so I am taking the day off. I told DH I want to take the dog and go on a nice walk/hike. She can't do to much terrain since she is 15 but likes rail trails so I think he is planning something. Then I am going to grill a nice steak and have a salad with it and some red wine. If the weather holds it should be a great day.
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Nice day! Too bad it was not a Saturday! Got my summer tires on, rear brakes, rack and pinion, rear axle seals and a few other things fixed on my car. Drives like brand new. Stopped at Loews to get flowers but no time left to plant them tonight. Hope tomorrow us just as nice. I could use some de-stressing and playing in the dirt seems like it would be a good way to do it!

Happy Mother's Day to all!

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I spent yesterday morning in Winooski with my 94 year old friend waiting for the Comcast guy to come and connect her up. Then I went to Home Depot for mulch and of course a few flowers . . . I am dangerous in greenhouses this time of year. By the time I got home and unloaded it was raining and pretty hard too so my walking plans just didn't happen.
Today is a new day and I had a little walk this morning and a healthy breakfast so I am off to a good start. Looks like rain so I am not sure what the exercise will be today. . . .hoping to get outside between showers.

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Hi everyone, yes, it seems that with nicer weather, all of a sudden I completely lost time for logging on to sparkpeople. Sorry about that. I've been very busy with work in every regard. Job, house, yard, etc. I've made a couple trips to NH to see my folks and pick up an old friend to spend a long weekend here, taking her back home today. My old guy has not been too good health wise through all of this either. Good news is that the painter finished all the ceilings and first floor walls and all I have left are three bedrooms and a couple front rooms upstairs which I can do this summer. A little at a time. I have been out walking quite a bit. Other than that, taking one day at a time. Will try to be better about checking in. Have a good Sunday.

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I too had noticed there was no activity here for a while. I checked to make sure I hadn't simply missed a notification. I was attending our annual TOPS convention yesterday and today so I haven't had a chance to do any posting, but I am trying to get caught up tonight. We had a great speaker named Scott Q Marcus. If you google his name you should find his website which has some interesting stuff on it. I had checked it out briefly before but I plan on spending some more time looking it over in the next few days. My chapter purchased some of his materials and think we might be able to use some of it for discussions at our weekly meetings and the rest we will take turns bringing them home to check out.

Hopefully spring is finally here but I wish we could get more sunny days in a row- especially on the weekends when I might have more time to be outside enjoying it. So far, I have a relatively free day tomorrow so I am hoping it won't rain all day.

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It seems like our Town Square thread has been neglected lately . . . I was the last one to post on the 13th of April. emoticon Is everyone so busy that they don't have time to drop by once in awhile with a few words about what is going on or just to say hi?
I thought I had been dropped from the thread notices because that sometimes happens.
Spring is definitely here . . . the Osprey are building nests at the Sand Bar, the redwing blackbirds are hanging out near my feeders, and road construction is happening here in the Islands.
I started my C25K program again yesterday after being primarily a slug all winter . . . .looking forward to getting it back together in time for some Summer and Fall 5Ks.
The Spring cleaning of all the gardens has also commenced between rain drops. This will take most of May and then I have the annuals to plant around Memorial Day.
I set some goals for May in the other thread . . . it would be nice to have a few other team members join us there.
Got to go get busy in the kitchen . . . I'm doing a bunch of cooking today.
Have a great day everyone.

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I guess I was wrong about today being the nice day. It was raining this morning when the dog and I went for a short walk. Maybe this afternoon I'll be able to get out for a little while . . .in the mean time I am catching up with my teams, doing the last load of laundry, making a menu and a grocery list and a to do list and otherwise relaxing.


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We are home safe and sound . . . I spent a good part of the day doing unpacking, doing laundry and putting things away. I've got some bookwork to do tomorrow and hopefully a walk because it is suppose to be nice. Glad to see the snow is gone here in the Islands. Looking forward to getting outside without having to be bundled. I am going to weigh myself on the home scale tomorrow . . . I used my new travel scale while we were on the road and I think I gained about 2 lbs . . . emoticon Time to get moving, eat healthier and lose it and some others.
Hope everyone is having a nice weekend.

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Ange, it sounds like you have been doing well recently and are on your way to success with the low carb plan. I keep thinking about trying it, but I know I would not be able to stick to it. I have considered trying to alternate between low carb and "normal" eating (portion controlled) and see if that helps and if I could stick to it, but so far all I have done is think about it. Good luck with your plan and let us know how it works for you.

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Carollee, I'm impressed by your story and how much success you've had. Good for you! I'm still considering what to do about my bike as it either needs a lot of repair/maintenance work and a good new seat, or I just bite the bullet and buy a new one. Either way a fairly big expense.. Will have to see how things go.

Bev, man, that is a bummer about your feet. I've had some foot problems over the last year too, but the fascitis seems to finally be resolved in my right foot, but now my knees are aching and I'm pretty sure I'm just too darn fat! I've decided to go the low carb route again and have been working on that adjustment over the last few weeks with firm commitment as of this week. With better weather and food control, I'm still trying to stick to a 2lb per week weight loss. I readjusted my little tracker, adjusted to my current weight and extended my time line to 10/9 which gives me a full six months to try and hit a goal of 189 or thereabouts. Sometimes I feel like a broken record in all my plans, but I am hopeful and just have to stay focused. I'm glad that you are still walking even if for short distances. Don't give up!

Donna, sounds like you've had a fabulous trip, but I bet you'll be glad to get back home :)



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Carolee . . . .have you biked on the Burlington Bike Path?

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I haven't even thought about getting my bike out yet. Our snow is disappearing fast, but we still have plenty of mud. I will need to start with some flat trails for a while or else I will be pushing the bike up all the hills!

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Yesterday I put the bike rack back on the car and dusted off the bike, I havent biked hardly at all so I will have to find a carless place to start. I live in Winooski so its' all up and down hill with lots of cars thrown in emoticon

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There are great trails at Colchester Pond and Indian Brook Pond and in Milton Park behind the Town Offices.
We are headed to PA tomorrow and then back to Vermont on Friday. Vacation is almost over.




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My biggest problem is that I have calluses on the balls of my feet and they hurt when I walk for very long. They might bother me less if I lost the excess 55-60 pounds I am carrying around, but I'm not sure that would make them 100% better. I have orthotics and those took care of the other issues I was having with my feet but they never did anything for the ball of foot problem. I haven't tried nordic walking poles. I do use a walking stick when I walk on uneven terrain, but that is for balance. I also have wide feet, but I am only a size 9 (in men's). I buy men's because the width fits me better, and I was also told by a clerk at the New Balance outlet in Skowhegan, Maine that men's sneakres tend to have more cushioning than women's.

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I have badly arthritic feet with heel spurs and deformed toes, at one point I had 400.00 orthodics. I lost nearly 100 lbs so I think that that helped. I have size 12 feet and require a wide toe box. So feet are a sore subject with me. Thursday we will be walking at Red Rocks Park at 5:30. I also use nordic walking poles to take pressure off my feet and try to find dirt trails. I hate sore feet! emoticon

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I used to be able to walk 5 miles or more at a time, but because of problems with my feet I no longer can. If I do 2 - 3 miles my feet start to hurt so that is pretty much my limit. I wish I could find the right foot products to keep my feet from getting so sore, but I have pretty much accepted that I will never be able to do long walks again. emoticon I can still do shorter walks though, so it's not all bad!

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There are some nice walking areas at Shelbure Farms open, I walked about five miles with the Meetup goup on Sunday

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I can relate, however I used to be up around 300lbs and couldn't do those things if I wanted to.

I used to have diabetes and my blood sugar would plunge after the first 15 minutes and my feet would swell up and lose sensation except for the neropathy. I also have arthrtis that was so bad that I couldn't walk for over 6months.

I have lived in Winooski for seven years and this is the first one where I am starting to find my way around.
I lived in Huntington and never went to Camels' Hump. Some places in the world are so polluted and inhospitable we are so blessed to live here and if I don't make the effort the weight, the diabetes and the arthritis will all comeback and with it the depression.


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I am sure there are trails near us that we don't know about too. I recently found out about a couple of them, but I still haven't had a chance to check them out- hopefully this year, but it won't be until the snow and ice are gone and most of the mud has dried up. Then I'll probably say it is too buggy or too hot! I really don't have a lot of time for it during the week and on weekends we often seem to have things going on.

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We went out with the microspikes and poles yesterday at a park called "Sunny Hollow" up near Costco. Had a wonderful hike of an hour and a half with my friend. There are three levels of trails, I had not known that this are existed a couple of miles from my house emoticon

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I suspect you might not see much, if any, snow by the time you get back Donna. Gary S on WCAX just said there is only 1 inch of snow on the ground in Burlington. We have more than that here but the Champlain Valley always seems to have less and get rid of it earlier than we do. Even in Brattleboro I don't see much snow in people's yard any more- just the snowbanks where it was plowed up and those are getting a lot smaller this week. Of course that means we are in mud season here, but so far the road isn't too horrible. The town dumped some gravel on their road yesterday, which helped that a bit.

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Continuing to update you all from the road. We are currently in Barstow, Ca and have spent a couple of days. We were suppose to be farther North in California but rain and snow in the Mountains prevented us from visiting Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks as well as Crater Lake in Oregon. . . . .we had a minor fender bender on Monday (not our fault) and the we decided to come back to the desert for a couple of days of power caching in the desert. I have got to say that life in the desert in late march and early April is perfect in my opinion , , ,the sky is blue the temperature has been in the high 60's low 70's and there is not a drop of rain or snow in sight. Life is good. We start East tomorrow with a stop a to see Hoover Dam. I hope you all really have Spring by the time we get there next weekend.


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Hi everyone! Walking in the evening is such a splendid thing! The sun has been shining late into the day, melting snow, drying up the roadways, bringing earthworms to the surface for some very hungry robins, and warming the feathers of some very cheerful red wing blackbirds.

What a relief to have these warmer temperatures. I even bought some flower bulbs for early planting. Hoping to actually produce some Hollyhocks this summer. I have three new big ceramic pots waiting for some transplants.

Finally some life and liveliness . . .Spring!

Happy weekend to all.

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I'm glad you are enjoying the trip Donna. It is supposed to rain here this weekend too. Better rain than snow, but I think it will make mud season arrive in a hurry.

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Update from the road . . . .we are currently in Oregon but heading into Washington soon. Our daughter and SIL live near Seattle so we are headed there for the weekend. Tomorrow we are going into the city for a tour of Pike Place Market . . . so excited . . .I have wanted to go hear for a long time.
The weather so far has been pretty good . . . we drove through a snowy mountain pass this morning but now the sun is coming out and the temps are back in the 40's . . . I think we are expecting 50's in Seattle but some rain this weekend.
I have been weighing myself daily and not gaining . . . not losing either but this is vacation so not gaining is really good.
Glad to see you all are doing well . . . hope the winter ends before we get back.


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It sounds like you have some fun hikes coming up- although I would prefer to wait until the ice is gone rather than using spikes. I fell on the ice several years ago and broke an ankle so I avoid ice whenever possible. I haven't done much hiking in the last few years mainly due to some foot problems my husband was having that prevented him from going. We never could do anything but the easier ones. We hiked on Mount Ascutney but only from where the road ends up to the summit, which I think is less than a mile so it's less than two miles round trip. I said then that I would like to try the trail all the way up sometime but I would not even think about trying it now because even if I made it all the way up I don't think I would be able to do the trip back down. We did some easy hikes in Baxter State Park in Maine a few years ago and we enjoyed that. I am looking forward to spring weather so we can start doing some easy hikes again. We also bought used bikes last fall so we can do some of the rail trails. I haven't been on a bike in years so that should be an experience. I pedaled back and forth in the driveway a few times after I got mine and I can tell it will take me a long time to master doing hills. We had a small hill in the driveway where I was riding and I struggled to get up it.

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I am still able to get out with the microspikes and poles, went for a two hour hike in Essex with a couple of friends

. This weekend I have an "easy hike" with the Green Mountain Club at Snake Mountain. I am excited as I am a member but didn't think I could keep up. Last year I started hiking with a group of over 50 yr olds here and there. I really struggle and I am at the back of the pack but I can finish the hike!

Sunday is another hike with the 50+ group at Mt Pease in Charlotte. Last year I tried a hike with the Trail Trekkers and really embarrassed my self, the best hiker there was over 80 years old! I am not in good enough shape yet for their hikes.

Now is an ideal time to join the Green Mountain Club as they start with the lower elevations now and easier hikes.

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I hope you are right Ange that next weekend things will start to turn around in our weather. This week sounds like more of the same. If we don't hurry up and get some sugaring weather the syrup makers will really be hurting. They are also saying that the longer it stays cold the more likely we are to see flooding. I know the deer are really hungry. We have been having them come in next to our house every day lately and they are literally eating the bark off some of the small trees. Last night we counted either 12 or 13 that we could watch right out our windows. This morning I saw 9 at once from my kitchen window. I just looked out a few minutes ago and we had four just a few feet from the house, but I expect there will be more coming out soon. This is about the time of day they usually show up.

Donna, it sounds like you are having a good time.

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Just a quick post before we head out for the day. We are in Salt Lake City now . . . visited Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Joshua Tree National Park earlier in the week.
The weather was warm and beautiful in the desert but cooler here still warmer than VT so we aren't complaining. It has been a great get away so far. Hope you guys get some Spring before I get back there. I have my scale with me and I am watching the numbers go up right now emoticon Can't seem to get my exercise and eating act together on the road.


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3/23/14 9:07 A

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Jee whiz, I had wrote a whole long response a few days ago but see now it never got posted. And of course I can't remember what I said. Anyway it is a new week. I've really been trying to behave with food choices and tracking. Still not having great success. Been out walking a few days last week but still not enough. I have noticed that exercising is a lot more difficult than it was just a couple years ago and I cannot tell if it is just because I'm heavier, older, more out of shape or what. I enjoy walking but it is frustrating to be out of breath going uphill. It looks like next weekend might be the turning point in the weather, I hope. Today is freezing again!

Went shopping yesterday and am really unhappy with clothing options. I bought a couple of new tops for work, but then leave the store from the women's section through the ladies and juniors and wish I could fit at least into an extra large so I'd have more and nicer options. I'm not ready to be an old grandma yet!

Then I went to Home Depot and bought almost $200 worth of paint to get back into my indoor project. I've got to get working on it so I'm finished before the heat of summer is upon us. I'm guessing that we'll have one to two weeks of actual spring and then it will be summer. We'll all be moaning about how hot and muggy it is.

No lack of work. Still trying to figure out what I'm going to do for fun this summer.

We'll have a good week Bev and everyone. Hope Dona is having a good time!

Ange


Rather the pain of discipline, than the pain of regret. - Bob Andrews

I feel the pain, but it's worth it. Ange


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You did better than me today Ange. I didn't go walking at all this weekend- even though it was pretty warm yesterday. We went up to my in-laws' yesterday morning to shovel the new snow away from their entrances. They are on the way back from Florida. We tried to tell them to wait a couple of weeks, but they were too stubborn to listen. We made it so they can get out the two front doors, but they have snowbanks so high they will barely be able to see out the picture window in their living room! When we left there we went to my brother-in law's house and visited them for a while (they were helping with the shoveling too) and then we came home so I could cook a corned beef and cabbage dinner last night. That was why I never got any walking in yesterday. Today I didn't feel like braving the cold, but I did use my exercise bike for an hour today- in two half hour sessions.

Spring officially arrives this week, so let's hope the weather starts acting like it! Pellets are getting scarce and if it doesn't warm up we might need to buy more.

Bev

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