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Donna you are very lucky that you and DH are both retired and have time to do the things you enjoy. We had planned that we would both retire when I am 62 so we could do things but that plan changed with his diagnosis. He will now retire next year when he turns 62 even though I will have to work two more years after that. My goal over the next year will be to get as many of our bills paid off as possible in the hope that I might be able to work a couple of seasonal jobs and earn enough to pay the bills between what I earn and his SS. That way we would be able to spend winters in a warmer climate. He won't get much of a pension from the state but it will be enough to cover our health insurance. We can stay on his insurance even after he retires but we are not sure of the exact cost yet. We are going to schedule a meeting with the retirement office as soon as he knows what his chemo schedule will be. My biggest fear is that his cancer will come back and we will never get to enjoy retirement together.

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Ange I am so sorry that your partner is having such terrible health issues . . . I know how hard it is for you to try and focus on yourself . . . sending healing thoughts to you both.
Bev I am surely wishing the same for you and your hubby.
My DH is going to be 70 this coming year and thankfully is in pretty good. With the exception of this thing with his eye and that even has the experts in Boston baffled so far. We know that it could all come to an abrupt end so we try and live every day to the fullest. My SIL lost her DH at the young age of 60 to pancreatic cancer. It was a real eye opener on how quickly things can change.
We are here in Maine and today is suppose to be fabulous so some kayaking, swimming, my morning walk of course and hopefully a geocache or 2. The Steelers are playing the last preseason game tonight so we are going to friends house to watch since we have no TV in Maine.

Have a great day everyone

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No vacation plans here either Ange. I am sorry to hear of your partner's continuing health problems. Hopefully the good days will become more frequent than the bad ones. I know what it is like to be worrying about someone else's health. It takes a toll on the caregiver as well. I am guilty of putting his needs before mine and I am sure you are too.





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Hi Everyone! I am so jealous of all the fun vacation plans!! My two long weekends back in June and July seem like ages ago. Although I'm not too thrilled with the heat and am kind of looking forward to fall, If it weren't for darn winter coming after that... Anyway, I apologize for not being around to chat much. My time has been consumed by other issues.

I ended up calling the ambulance on 8/21 for my guy. He was brought to St. Albans and later transferred to UVM and then to MICU overnight and then released on 8/23, but all a whirlwind of stress and emotional overload and trying to maintain everything while taking care of him too. He's not a well man, but on the bright side, this even finally got him to quit smoking, albeit probably too late to make a big difference for his health at this point. But, he has had a couple of better days recently, but then gets worn out and back to resting for prolonged periods of time. VNA is coming twice a week now and he has some follow up appointments to try to keep him on track as much as possible. My constant fear is wondering how long he can persevere. On the other hand, he's probably had a longer existance over the last six years that I've been looking out for him than had he been alone, so I am appreciative of that time and our experiences together... Who knows, maybe he'll rally and we'll have another six years....

Otherwise, the garden had a boatload of giant weeds, but did manage to get a huge crop of tomatoes, some pole beans, a very few zuchinis (sorry none to share Kat), and about 10 pounds of mixed potatoes. I've been busy making sauce, some relish, and freezing beans. Pretty much exhausted at the end of each day and really have not been on-line for much of anything for quite a while. This week I'll be babysitting Patricia Pumpkin, lovingly named by my daughter, who is raising it to be a giant sized competitor at a local pumplin contest this fall. They just left for Louisiana for a week so I need to water it daily and feed it some sort of fish fertilizer this weekend. Yum!

I"m looking forward to an extra day off. Hoping to get down to NH to see my Mom and Dad. Mom has also had a couple of ED visits with back pain issues. Wish I wasn't so far away from them.

And looking forward to some nice, cool, long walks with my doggy, Marlo, since we've both been kind of chillin on the walking over the last month. I still haven't lost any more weight, and half heartedly eating left over Nutrisystem foods from my early summer orders. Not ordering any more of that, but trying to eat more veggies and less carbs again.. Still doing PT for retraining my small muscle groups in neck, back, shoulders, hips, etc. Would love a newer, sexier body please!!

Anyway, hope all is well, Have fun in Maine Donna, best luck to Bev and hubby, and Kat, I don't know where you find all your energy (share some please!)

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A quick post before I head outside to get a few things done. We are headed back to Maine tomorrow for the rest of the week and long weekend. It will be the last long visit before closing in October. So sad to think Summer is nearly over already . . . it goes by so fast. Not that I don't like Fall it is just that this Summer has been so crazy busy that I feel like I missed some of it. Oh well, I am going to enjoy our last week in Maine. . . some swimming, kayaking, geocaching and seafood and time with friends.
I have been getting my 10,000 steps in nearly everyday. This past Saturday didn't happen but I made up for it on Sunday with 24000 steps. The weight is coming off very slowly . . . about 1 lb is all but I am determined so I'll keep it up. I'm thinking when Summer is really over I may join Planet Fitness. I really hate the idea of going someplace to work out and having to pay for it but if I can't get some real losses going I may get a new plan of attack.
Hopefully with the Summer winding down we can all get more active here again . . . I have missed you all and I haven't been here as often as before.

Take care

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8/27/15 8:51 A

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emoticon Hey girls...long time no chat. I was gone a long time, then home and so busy and then gone again, now home again....whew!! I still want to do a day at the ocean, as that didn't happen on our trip to Maine, and I was totally bummed about that, but that's for another story!
I will suffice it to say, garden is not producing like I would like, b/c of overflow of rain first, then drought and now it's a lot of drought again even though we've had a few rain showers. I went out yesterday and the cukes were so shriveled from the heat and then had a short rain shower and have not checked it yet this morning.
There are NO zucchini's but instead I have two huge patches of summer yellow squash. I wanted some zucchini and no one has brought any to church for me, so I will have to see what I can find at roadside stands as I do want to make this bread I have a recipe for. It's in myrecipes.com and called Lemon-Poppy Zucchini bread or something like that. It's so good.
I always do mini loaves and it's a sweet treat.

Hubby is working away on the roof of the garage and the elevator shaft he's putting in! yes, we are having an elevator in the house! LOL it's for those old age years so we can get upstairs and down cellar if we want. A dream his dad had, but it never happened for him, so H is doing it now. It's a lot of work, and he has been working hard at it. Poor guy was up there working last week or so in the 90+ degree weather! I made him come down and we went swimming in the river. That was so refreshing!

I walked yesterday and though it looks like rain now the weather isn't calling for any, so guess it's a good time to go~ it's cooler out, I imagine than sun. I was chilly when I got up so have a sweater on, but can shed that before I go out.

Kudo's to you Donna, on your walking without the pooch. I don't walk with one and find that I walk faster if I'm alone and don't have one. I keep time with my music and have it inspire me to step it up! I noticed yesterday a song came on my cd that was very catchy and fast and it made me step up and do the hill much faster than I normally would have....was good for me!! :) emoticon

I would not want to be driving into Boston on a Friday either...but sometimes, you can't help those things.

Bev, good luck with your downsizing. I was just reading an article someone posted on fb about how easy we are all sucked into being hoarders...I guess she and a lot of others started by being antique dealers/sellers, and just kept stuff they planned to sell, then got out of the business, but still had all the stuff they were unwilling to part with b/c they were nice pieces. I come from a family of pack rats, as well as my father in law who made his son into one as well, so I do my best to try to get rid of a lot of stuff. I have yet a room which needs to be gone through and stuff sorted and many of the clothes gotten rid of. There are clothes that we've had prob close to 20 years that were from his parents friends who passed away and passed down clothes to him...that he's never worn!! I need to sort through and save some he may want, but get rid of all the rest-whether it be throw away or put in the yellow bins.
It's a project for a rainy day for sure. And now that the kiddos are in school I won't be having them much anymore. emoticon My daughers mil, friends, and others are helping her out who live closer and it's just a short time they need to help out. That way I'm not driving all the way there for 10 min. I know it helps her, and it's good that others are finally stepping up to help out.

I won't have any excuses now to have a messy house, right?? I can't sit and crochet all the time or play games on the kindle or be on the computer, b/c I need to get off my bum and get busy! :)

Hope you girls have enjoyed your summer! I certainly have and by no means am I looking forward to it ending any time soon!! I still feel it's summer till it's not and I intend to make the best of it, walking outside while I can, b/c all too soon the slippery, unsafe roads will make it impossible for me to do so. And my workout room upstairs is far from being ready emoticon
Did I tell you that the extension in my bedroom will be a workout room, so I can move my treadmill and tv and dvd's, and weights into there and use that?? I CAN'T WAIT! :)

Have a great day-be mindful of your eating-remember that nothing tastes as good as skinny feels!! :) that's what a lady said a long time ago and I try to remember that when I'm eating something that's not worth it!!

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Donna, good luck on your trip to Boston and with hubby's appointment! I would hate to drive to and from Boston on a slow traffic day but certainly not on a Friday. I have been holding my own lately, not losing but not gaining either. I have not accomplished a lot other than going to work every day. I did clean a little bit of stuff out at home. I am getting ready to get rid of my desktop computer that is slowly dying and start using just my laptop. In the process I am going to get rid of my desk and use that space for our spare recliner that has been sitting on the porch all summer. Hopefully I will find someone that wants a desk soon so I can make the switch. I still have a lot of other stuff to get rid of but it takes time.

I should be making the same commitment as you Donna, but I am not quite there mentally yet. I know I do better when I actually track my food but I just can't get myself to do it on a regular basis. Good luck to you!

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8/20/15 9:49 A

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Back again . . . .got all my laundry done and the lawn mowed on Tuesday . . . . sweating profusely most of the day. Yesterday I joined my bowling friends for lunch then did some grocery shopping and I bought a new Summer outfit on sale at Clay's . . . really cute, can't wait to wear it. I am hoping to take DH out for dinner next week . . . .we never went out for our Anniversary last month . . . just too darn busy.
We are headed to Boston tomorrow for the day . . .DH has a Dr App't in the afternoon then we will have all the Friday afternoon Summer traffic coming out of the city . . . .yuk. Saturday I think we are going out to Lake Eden to visit our son and see what he is doing to his place . . . .lots of construction we hear.
I made a commitment this morning to start my daily walking again (3.4 miles) now that I don't have to worry about the dog. I was really hard this morning. It was the 1st time I have walked here at home since she died. I am reading to move on and get some more of this weight off with no excuses. I am even going to start tracking my food and eating better. I have been status quo for far too long. I woke up last night and was thinking that I want to be thin again and just thinking about being thin isn't going to get me there . . . so today is Day 1 of action.
I have also decided not to run anymore . . . .my hip has been bothering me and I don't want to irritate it more . . . walking is my cardio exercise for now.

OK ladies . . . how is everyone else doing . . . let's hear from you.

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So much to catch up with you ladies on. We are back in sultry Vermont after 2 weeks in Maine. My sisters and their hubbies were there all last week and we had a blast. I rented a Caravan so we could all travel around together. My older sister is working on this quilt called Row by Row Experience. You go to different quilt shops all over the country and each shop has its own row created for the quilt. You choose the rows by the quilt shops then make the quilt. This year the theme of the quilt is water and we found some really nice rows in a few different shops around our area. If anyone is interested I can post the link but it is nearly over for this year. Apparently they do it every year and this year was so successful I'm sure hey will continue it. I think I am going to make one next year.
Today is lawn mowing and laundry . . . not as much fun as being in Maine.


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Wow! seems like I have been back from vacation forever, as I've been so busy. Weeding when I can get in the garden and have time, but mostly been babysitting. Last week I had the kids on Thur then took them home, got them Friday and had intended to take them home, but took them to my niece's and they were having so much fun playing with her multiple children (she has 11) so we didn't leave there till after 5. By then it was pretty much pointless to take them home as they would get there, eat and go to bed...so I took them to my house, spent the night and Sat a.m. had planned to get them anyway, and had them all weekend till Monday afternoon around 4:30 when I took them home and they had a birthday "party" for their sister who's 15. Half the family who was invited didn't show up. It was myself and hubby who was late, and one set of her grandparents (her grandparents are divorced and remarried so technically she has 3 sets of us. LOL)
Her aunt and her family didn't come and don't know who else was invited.

Had Tues off so I went for a walk and worked in the garden, then I've had them yesterday, today and will have them tomorrow too. But next week I begged off, as we are going to Maine to Oxford where there are some camps that my aunt and uncle and their children's families rent each summer for a week so we are going and staying at the campground next door. It has a rustic cabin which we have reservations for. I am not excited about no potty inside, but maybe Hubby can bring the porta potty from the boat? will be asking!! :)

So I am thinking of the stuff I will need for the cabin, and the stuff to help out while we spend the days at the camps. So have picked up a few cleaning things, some dishcloths and towels and such and will need to get groceries. We leave here on the 19th and stay there till the 22nd, then we will drive to Enfield where we will stay with H's aunt, and then he will meet with a man who wants to do some timber on our property. H has been looking for someone for a couple of years to do it, but doesn't want ruts and stuff made into the land. And not all the good trees cut, just the junk. He doesn't want all the balsam cut, but there's a lot of stuff that can be cut and H will be glad that now we have someone to do it.

Then we will drive home from there on Sunday after he meets with him.

I had hoped to see a man and his wife performing their lovely music while there, but they won't be there then, but the next night, which I don't want to stay over in Maine till Tues. H has lots of stuff he wants to get done here before the cold hits, too, on the upstairs roof and addition. He has been working hard in between the rain since we've been back and has gotten a lot done.

I have to get back to exercising too, which is very hard to do with kiddos here. Lately they have been bickering a lot, too, so will be glad when they go to school *26th* and are separated all day from each other, so that when they are together maybe they will get along more.
They are excited for school too, and I know their mom is. She can send them on the bus and move her schedule around (house cleaning for people) to accommodate them being at school, so Gram will barely have them. Good for me as far as not trucking them back and forth so much, not exercising, and all the fall stuff for the garden, which is not doing that great anyway. A few cukes and some summer squash and a few beans. I am thinking of going to a local greenhouse where she sells her stuff at Farmer's Market and see if I can buy a bushel of green beans from her to can up. I will not have enough to bother...my plants practically died from the rain, then the drought, and now they're just not producing much at all. I had hoped for some better weather for it, but alas, it was not to be.

Hope your hubbies and partners are feeling better now that the weather is not so hot?
I know Donna is our traveler and I have been too, but am so happy to be going to the lake for a few days, and one of those days I'm going to the ocean.

Well, off for now and I have been reading your posts, just hadn't been on the computer to answer them as it's too hard on my phone.

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Ange, I can sympathize with you on the issues with your partner's health. I hope things turn around for him and you have many more years together. My husband used to smoke, but the more other people (mainly our kids) tried to tell him he should quit the more stubborn he became. He quit a couple of times for a while but ended up going to back to it. When he did finally quit for good he just made up his mind he was going to do it and he did. He was the same way when he quit drinking. I am very happy he gave up both, but I knew better than to try to pressure him to do it because it had to be his decision. I think it has been close to 10 years since he quit smoking and probably 4 or 5 since he quit drinking. He hasn't been feeling good the last few days either, but it sounds like he is doing better than your partner. I am hoping all of his stomach discomfort is a lingering side effect of the the chemo/radiation he just finished and that it will start to go away in a few days The doctors told him the last week of it and the first week after it would be the roughest but they didn't really tell him what they meant by "rough" so we don't know if they meant discomfort or fatigue, or both. I am sort of hoping the nurse practitioner at the oncologist's office will call him to check in this week and he can ask her if the pain he is having is normal. She had been calling him once a week or so while he was doing the radiation just to see how he was doing and to tell him his labs looked okay.

Yes, summer is flying by even though we haven't been doing anything. I hate to think about what is coming but at least we have a few more months before we have to worry too much. Some people enjoy fall, but I don't because I know what comes next!

Next week would be the week we would normally be on vacation, but I will be working this year. I will have a half day off next week because I have a dentist appointment and then I will have a day off the following week when hubby sees his oncologist again and then I have a mammogram that afternoon too. I was going to skip that since I had already taken so many days off but I decided if I could schedule it for a day that I was already taking off I would go ahead and have it done.

Well, I've rambled on long enough this morning. Time to go through the rest of the Spark stuff and then hit the shower and get ready for work. Stay dry today if you can!

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Hi everybody!

Summer is speeding by! My partner isn't feeling to good the last couple months so we've been taking things kind of easy. He spends a lot of time sleeping whether he wants to or not. He's been on oxygen every night lately because without it his O2 dips to the low 80's which is not good at all. He's waiting to go for a sleep study in September and I'm sure will end up on a CPAP but I'm afraid it may be a little too late and he still hasn't given up smoking. How infuriating to watch an intelligent person be so stubborn about old habits that he can't see how it is affecting him, or if he does see it, just not able to find the willpower to change. All I know is I can only do what I can, and that I have to accept I cannot change everything. He's had some good years while I've cared for him, probably more than he would have had without me. But it makes me sad.

On the other hand, I am trying to focus on work, granddaughter who is just precious, and preparing myself to get into the right mind set to keep up my current pace through this winter. Last year was terrible because I was out with the surgery and no activity....this year, I hope to make a routine I can stick with on treadmill, maybe some Zumba or yoga. August is that month when you know there is change coming. The air smells different, pre-fall. I know I shouldn't be rushing summer away....

Still doing physical therapy, knees and hips have been taking a beating this summer but neck and shoulders are still the focus with PT. haven't lost any more weight. I'm pretty sure that ice cream is the culprit, for the most part. Still eating the Nutrisystem food but not ordering any more. Still need to think more seriously about being pre-diabetic and the info the dietician gave. Me a month or so ago. Ughhhh!

Okay, I'm all whined out now. Thanks for listening 😋


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Welcome back Kat! The reunion was okay. I don't think there were as many there as there have been some years but there were quite a few. Hubby was able to be there for 3 hours or so on Sunday. I was there all day because my son had my grandson for the day and thanks to his lying soon-to-be-ex-wife he is only allowed supervised visits for now and I was the supervision for that day. They go back to court again today so hopefully the supervised visitation will go away, but I won't count on it. In this case it is certainly not innocent until proven guilty, it is guilty unless he can prove she is lying and he is innocent. It has taken multiple days in court and several weeks but at least he has gone from not being able to see him at all to having a 2 hour supervised visit once a week to three two hour supervised visits a week to three two hour supervised visits a week and one day every other weekend. He still can't have him overnight and the visits are all supervised but eventually that should change. If it doesn't the family court system is a joke.

Today is hubby's last radiation treatment and then he will have a few weeks off before starting the next phase of his treatment. Hopefully he will gain back a bit of strength during the break and maybe even a few pounds, but we shall see.

Enjoy the more comfortable temps ladies!

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emoticon Hey girls, vacation is over, so am back to the working routine, although haven't had the grands yet.
Tomorrow I get them and Friday, then Sat-Monday!! yes, daughter dear is heading to NY to help my niece pack to move back to Williamsburg, VA where she has longed to be since she moved from there. Her boyfriend already moved, b/c he has a job now, and that's always a good thing! Not sure where they are moving to, but I'm sure will find something.

So they want to go out in a big way, my daughter and niece want to go to the Great Escape to go on all the rides they can't with the little ones with them, so they are going to have a fun weekend without the kiddos.

I have been weeding and weeding and more weeding, but I also got in a emoticon emoticon this morning before starting on the garden. It felt so good as I have not been walking and gained almost 5 lbs on the trips over the last 3 weeks!! I have no control over what I eat when we go to people's houses, and am left to do the best I can, and this meant another gain. It always happens no matter how hard I try to eat healthy. emoticon But since I have been home, it's been fresh veggies and fruit and very little junk and much healthier eating! I got on the scale this a.m. and have begun the countdown to the loss with a .4 loss! emoticon Glad to see it go DOWN. :)

I have very sore fingers from the weeding and some keys it hurts to touch on the computer. But am happy to have had my fun. I wish I'd been able to swim more but will hopefully get that in when we go to Maine in a couple of weeks. We go to Oxford-Auburn area and I AM going to the ocean this time! no kiddos with me, so it will be easier!

Bev, how was the rest of the family reunion? was hubby feeling well enough to enjoy it?
We had a huge one in WV, which surprised me that people I hadn't seen since I was little came to see me. I was totally humbled that so many of them came for ME but was sorry I couldn't get around and visit everyone individually for any length of time as we only had about 2.5 hours. :( It was great to see family though, and know they all care about me!

How blessed I feel with lots of family on hubby's side and my side of the family.

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I can just picture that experience Ange! Sorry but it did make me chuckle reading it, although I am sure that was not your reaction when it was happening. Our family reunion is this weekend so normally we would be there pretty much the whole weekend, but this year that is not the case. Hubby was not feeling well most of the day yesterday so we only made a brief appearance and then came home and he took a couple hour nap. He did say he felt better when he got up. Today is the actual reunion when more people will be around so hopefully he will feel better.

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Hi ladies! Okay, we have officially begun the month of August! It was all I could do to make it through that last week of heat and humidity! Picked my first three zucchini and made a chocolate zucchini cake for a family event in Unity, NH today. Saw many relatives I hadn't seen for a while. The visit was great, but never had a chance to eat. Had to get back home.

Had a one hour fiasco yesterday with my dog, a woodchuck, a broom, my disables partner, my elderly neighbors and a slippery, muddy slope of a wooded ravine. It involved a lot of sweat, tears, screaming, swearing, climbing, more sweat, a broom, a swift kick to the woodchuck and rescue of a slightly bitten dog followed by a major guilt trip and an even longer trip to the vets. Whew! Hope I never have that kind of experience again! The dog lives, and so does the woodchuck! The really good news is that I burned about 1000 calories in that hour, the bad news is there is no way to account for that activity on the tracker! LOL!,

Otherwise, life is just dandy!

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We are finally home for 2 weeks together. All the craziness should be over for now. It is back to regular Summer activities . . . 2 weeks home . . . 2 weeks in Maine . . . .repeat. We did attend a beautiful wedding just outside of Baltimore this past weekend. It was the hottest and muggiest outside wedding I have ever been to but it didn't spoil the moment and we had a great time dancing and catching up with many friends. We even managed to get a couple of geocaches for our Maryland Delorme Challenge. Got home last night and slept in my own bed until 8:20 this morning which is late for me . . . . I'm a 7 am girl everyday. Today's plan is to do nothing and enjoy it thoroughly. I am going to download the pics from my camera that I took of my grand daughter. I miss her. . . . and I won't see her again until October.

Bev - glad to hear your DH is doing ok with the radiation
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Kat - enjoy your vacation . . . .we will all be here when you get back

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Welcome back Ange! It sounds like you had a good time in Maine. The weather was much nicer this weekend than I was expecting, but it was rather warm, especially today. I went to Rutland yesterday and got some new sneakers, but that was about all we did for the day. Today we picked up a few things in Claremont and then spent the rest of the day inside under the ceiling fans. Now I have some chicken cooking on the grill and then the weekend will be over. They go by way too fast!
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Hi everybody, finally have a few moments to check in. Maine was hot, but good. Ate my steamed clams and lobsters, some rococo ice cream, and some assorted fried seafood. One margarita, a bit of chocolate. lots of fun with daughter and granddaughter who clearly has issues with seaweed on the beach, but loves swimming poolside feeding any sort of animal at York's wild kingdom. Worked Wed-Fri, and we went to NH yesterday to visit my folks. Today is the first day at home in over a week where I have time to catch up on various things.

Glad it is kind of too hot and muggy and rainy to go out today🌞

Bev, I hope your hubby gets better soon, and that you are taking care of yourself!

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Have fun all you travelers! Not much going on around here to post about- just work, work and more work. Hubby has been running to DHMC every day for radiation treatments. Today was the halfway point. So far he hasn't had any bad side effects, but they say it gets rougher toward the end He does get tired and he has had some stomach discomfort but that has been the case ever since the surgery. He is still losing weight and his protein level is lower than it should be so they want him to try to eat more protein and more calories.

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Everyone must be as busy as I am. Home from Maine. Now packing for 2 week vacation. Can't wait to be gone!! I SO need some rest and to reconnect with my cousins in WV and other relatives.

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A quick checkin from the Pacific Northwest . . . .the weather here has been unusually hot . . . it is suppose to be in the 70's but has been in the high 80's and today and tomorrow we are suppose to be in the 90's . . . .the only saving grace to it is that it cools off at night. My daughter has been kind of cranky in this heat and having to stay in with the new baby. It would be nice to be outside but it is just not comfortable for anyone. Her hubby goes back to work tomorrow so it will be just the 3 of us during the day . . . hope she doesn't get cranky with me.
Otherwise the baby is so cute and small . . . .hardly remember my children being so tiny. I am loving her to pieces and will be sad when I have to leave her.
Hope you all had a great 4th . . . .will check back again soon.

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Sounds like you are very busy Ange, but it mostly sounds like fun- Enjoy!

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Happy 4th to all! emoticon

It has been a very busy few days. Company from Canada yesterday and hosted a BBQ for them. Geot some walking in today! Walked the dog, then walked back into town to watch the parade, and then backplate home again. Went car shopping and then shopping, back home to cook dinner and ended the evening with fireworks in my neighborhood. Family event at Kilkare park in St Albans tomorrow. Step son's wedding will be the 10th, Friday and off to Maine Saturday for an extra long weekend. Looking forward to that trip and wishing for four sunny days.

Sticking to meal plans, Nutrisystem, etc over these vacation weekends is very difficult and I'm not being very successful, although maintains the few pounds I lost a few weeks ago, so that is good. Will get back on track this week and take a break again next weekend I'm sure. After that I'll be eating veggies from the garden, I hope!

Stay healthy and happy ladies. I'll try to check back in when I get back from Maine!

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Sorry Bev . . . I posted where I could quickly . . . I haven't been on much lately. I flew to Seattle yesterday so I am here at my daughter's house visiting her, my SIL and my new granddaughter for the next 2 weeks. In the mean time we have been running around trying to get things done . . .DH had to turn his truck into Toyota and get a rental. They are replacing his frame under a warranty program. We also had a doctor's app't in Boston yesterday for DH before I left. It will be nice to relax for a couple of weeks here. When I get back we have a wedding in Baltimore to go to.
We have had painters trying to paint our house but that has been a slow process with all the rain this Summer.
We haven't been out geocaching since our vacation in March . . . .to busy and our old dog just can't walk very far at a time anymore.
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That explains it. I never look at the team wall. I get notifications of new message board posts and I read those but don't check out the wall. I used to read the team huddle posts because they were on the right of the page that I do look at but the team wall is not anywhere that I normally go.

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Bev, it's on Donna's post to team wall. Click on our team Vermont Sparklers and its over the link for Town Square.

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Well, I can't speak for anyone else but I am certainly sick of the rain. It seems like we get a nice day or two occasionally but it barely dries things out before we have a few more rainy days. I am hoping it will be nice for the 3-day weekend we have coming up. So far I think I am hearing Friday and Saturday won't be too bad but maybe more rain for Sunday. I am hoping to get out and do something this weekend. Hubby gets tired easily so we can't do anything too strenuous but we are thinking about trying some geocaching, but we will be going for ones that don't require any hiking to get to and nothing more than a short walk. We haven't done any since last fall so it would be nice to go for a few. Later on, he will be feeling the effects of the chemo and radiation more, but since he just started it I think he should be feeling okay this weekend.

Did I miss something about Donna's new grandbaby or did you see that on Facebook Kat? Anyway, congrats Donna!

Time for me to get back to getting ready for work. Enjoy the day in spite of the weather everyone!

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emoticon Are you gals as sick of the rain as I am? I could scream!! I don't know if my garden will ever produce, I can barely get out in it...and the plants look awful b/c they're probably rotting. My neighbor has spent a lot of money on their garden last year and put in boxes of raised beds, with large stone walk ways around them. They are beautiful and they are practical when the weather is like this!! No mud!!

I may have to resort to pestering hubby to build me some too!!

emoticon Donna, enjoy that new granddaughter! what a lovely name!! My mom's name was Dawn, and it is also Aurora. like the Aurora borealis. (Dawn). LOL

I am sitting here watching a hummingbird out my window where I put a feeder the other day. Had not seen any birds near it till today, and now there is one out there a lot today. He has been sitting on the branch and watching in the window and turned and looking around out there.

I did a lot of cleaning today, as I have my bil and sil coming the 8th and needed some rearranging of chairs so that they would not sit in and ruin the rocker and recliner. He is very rough on stuff and is over 6 feet and clumsy so tends to "fall" into furniture rather than sit, then he's rough getting out of it too, and my rocker was H's parents, so it's old and more fragile. And since I just got H his recliner for Christmas, we didn't want that broken so hopefully they will sit in the chairs we have in there now.

I am babysitting odd days this week, and then Friday just so she can get arrangements and stuff done for Martin's birthday party on Saturday. His birthday is the 4th and he's 5. so he's very excited and pesky!! LOL

Busy cleaning the camp we are caretakers for, cleaning my own, church activities, babysitting, and playing Kindle games. :) My new passion.
Hubby and son just bought a fishing boat (Ange, you would love it, it's got tons of outriggers on it!! ) and we are still in the process of getting the trailer fixed, there were issues we hadn't seen ahead of time, and then some problems with the inboard engine, which hadn't been used in years, so filters were bad, a fuse, and such. Nothing big except the trailer parts.

Hope you're all healing and walking and eating healthy!! I'm trying! I had a great workout this a.m. and there's a new challenge on SP that I'm joining on the 1st. Then had salad for supper. :)

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Hi Everyone!!

Happy belated Birthday Bev!

I made it up to NH and back in once piece, well except for the chunks of flesh the black flies and deer flies ate. LOL!! Otherwise, the trip was a success. Doug was happy sitting on the porch of the camp watching the lake, birds, etc.. Mom and Dad and I had some fun fishing but without any fish. Dad and I went brook trout fishing the following day and we both had fun catching some nice 8 - 9 inch brookies which I gladly fried and ate upon my return home. They were very tastey!! I had forgotten how good they are. We saw lots of wildlife inlcuding many moose, deer, fox, rabbit, bald eagle, geese, loons, partridge and various other birds and fury creatures. All in all, it was busy but relaxing at the same time and especially good to spend time with my parents, which is all too rare these days.

The eating was mostly under control, except for that ice cream sundae I ate.... But I'm maintaining my weight loss. I did manage to get one good walk in during those few days, but have not stuck to my 3 mile walks just due to lack of time... My car had to go to the shop on Monday, got it back Tuesday, had other various appointments after work and strawberry picking last night. I feel very tired and glad today is Friday.

Doug and I are off to Glens Falls to meet some old friends of his for lunch tomorrow. Trying out a place called the Silo. Anyone familiar with it? Is it good?

Otherwise, trying to catch up on housework, my garden is becoming thick with weeds (Kat, you can come and weed mine too if you'd like) and in a few more days we'll be celebrating July 4th. The weekend after, my step son is getting married 7/10 and then I'm headed off to Maine, 7/11-7/14 with daughter and grandaughter and then 7/18 taking her down to visit my parents in NH. I can't believe how quickly summer is going by~~~ Could someone just slow down time a bit please (except for when I am at work, that can speed up).

Oh, and Fairfax has a new Farmer's market as well. I had the best grilled chicken sandwich there a couple weeks ago from a place called Moog's. They have a restaurant over in Morrisville. Very yummy. Also bought a bunch of fresh veggies and whole grain bread.

Oh, and the dietician tells me that I do actually have pre-diabetes (aparently since 2005) would have been nice to know that sooner. And now it is even more critical to cut the carbs and sugars... I've been doing pretty good with increasing vegetables and limiting breads/sweets. It will definitely have to be a permanent change...

Have a great weekend everyone!! Ange

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emoticon emoticon Oh my goodness! the garden was semi-dry enough to do some weeding, so went out after supper (hardly any bug spray b/c the wind was blowing and keeping them away, I guess!!) and spent 2.5 hours hoeing and weeding...got a huge dent in it, and then couldn't see weeds b/c it was so dark, came in and it was 9 pm!! wow!! no wonder I couldn't see!! emoticon

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emoticon I don't use the spark food plan but cook most of our meals here. I learned when I started with spark that most recipes can be adapted to be healthier. I don't cook with butter anymore. I change out fat cheese for lower fat ones. I eat long grain rice not white. I don't add salt unless it's a tiny bit for whatever needs it and I use sea salt which means less.
I drink more and try to fill up on water so I'm not craving stuff. I steer away from the junk food at the stores but on occasion I am known to buy some snack size peppermint patties and keep them in the fridge. When I get a hankering for a sweet, I might eat one or two and a serving is three.
This has not been a week of an over abundance of steps bc I've been babysitting. Reading to them and standing at the counter getting food or doing dishes doesn't put them on either. With all this mud/water out back its not fun for walking in the woods and the mosquitoes will carry us off.
But trying to get the steps in and keep the kiddos happy and occupied.

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We have a large Farmer's Market, as we all probably do here in Vermont. Brattleboro has a great COOP, one of the largest in the area. All good.

Donna, do you follow the Spark Food Plan and track all of your food?

Have a good day all.

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We eat pretty clean already because I cooked from scratch most the of the time. I eat lunch out once per week and we rarely eat out otherwise. I am loving the start of the Farmers Markets . . . so much fresh local foods.

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I am trying to 'eat clean' but it has been tough. No gains in the right direction yet!

But on my cancer SP group, one person wrote that she simply stayed away from all processed food. She did not track food, as she found when she stopped the weight came on. So I think this will be my new strategy - no processed food. Clean eating!

Reading up...(I know all of this, but wanted to refresh my thinking.)

"Processed foods aren't just microwave meals and other ready meals. The term 'processed food' applies to any food that has been altered from its natural state in some way, either for safety reasons or convenience. This means you may be eating more processed food than you realize. Processed foods aren't necessarily unhealthy, but anything that’s been processed may contain added salt, sugar and fat. One advantage of cooking food from scratch at home is that you know exactly what is going into it, including the amount of added salt or sugar."

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Happy Birthday Bev!!!!! Sounds like mostly good news for your DH . . . glad to hear that.

Our rain has stopped but we got a bunch of it this morning.

Taking a quick break from sewing . . . .got to get back at it.

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Thanks for the birthday wishes Kat. We met with the radiation oncologist at Dartmouth this morning and it looks like hubby might be starting treatment before the end of the month, unless the blood cultures from Sunday turn up an infection. I think right now they are thinking that his PICC line was causing the problem and he actually got that taken out before we left the hospital today. He will go back on Thursday for another appointment where they will do the markings for the radiation and at that point they will give him a schedule for the radiation portion of his treatment. We should be receiving the chemo pills soon too I think.

It hasn't rained much here, just some sprinkles unless it was while we were gone.

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emoticon Just got 500 Spark Goodie points on my Phone! :) emoticon

And now I'm emoticon b/c it's raining AGAIN!! ugh...I wish now I hadn't planted my garden.



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Kat, we are about the same age but you have way more energy than I do! I will be 59 in a couple of days and hubby just turned 61 last month. I always said I planned to retire at 62 because I have seen too many people who wanted to work until they were a little older and then ended up not being healthy enough to enjoy it when they did retire. My husband's illness has reinforced that decision. He had talked about working until he was 64 because he figured there was not much point in retiring before me and I am two years younger than him. Now I think that plan has changed. No matter what happens with his health, he will probably only work one more year. Hopefully he is healthy enough to go back to work this fall and then he will retire at 62. I think his brother is going to retire next year so they can do things together so he won't get so bored.

We still don't know for sure what caused my husband's episode yesterday. He had an appointment today with our primary care doctor and she had them draw blood again today (he usually has labs done every Monday anyway due to having the PICC line). She thinks the PICC line is probably the problem and what she said seems to make sense. She told us that sometimes the line can get something at the end of it that causes an infection and then something causes it to break away and get into the blood, resulting in the shaking chills he had yesterday. After a while it will usually settle down and the white blood count will start to drop again (which his did today). His is still not nearly where it was last week but it was down from yesterday. She spoke to the infectious disease doctor at Dartmouth and he wants to wait another day to see what the cultures they took do and then he will decide where to go from here. In the meantime he has an appointment with the radiation oncologist tomorrow. I worked today but I will be going to his appointment with him tomorrow.

Vacations are never long enough, no matter how many weeks you take! My husband wanted me to take two weeks when we were going to Florida, but I only get 3 weeks and there are always things you can't do during the work week so you end up taking a day here and there to take care of them. If I took two weeks in the winter I wouldn't have a week left to use in the summer. I usually take one week in the winter (if we go to Florida) and one week in the summer and then use my third week a day or two at a time. This year I am using all my vacation and sick time (and maybe some unpaid time) on doctor and hospital visits.

We are not doing a garden this year, but if we were it would be too wet to do much in.

Elizabeth, it is nice to hear that you are doing well! You too Donna!

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Bev, well I'm glad for you the camper sold so quickly.. I'm sure the kids will find another somewhere. I sure do hope your hubby is feeling better soon!

Kat and Donna, yes, I am looking forward to my few days away. It seems like my little vacations are never really long enough... some day, I'm going to plan a two (or more) week vacation. I think we all just work way too hard throughout our lives with very little time to enjoy special times in between. We are lucky if we get to retirement and still be healthy and have the energy to enjoy life, and I'm definitely keeping my fingers crossed on that idea... :) A good reason to keep working on weight loss, strength training and aerobic exercise as much as possible....

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6/15/15 10:58 A

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That's funny Kat . . .My DH is 12 years older also . . .I am 57 and he is 69. I used to be a ball of energy when the kids were younger and I was working but now . . . I am more laid back . . .must be getting old like DH who also has slowed down in retirement

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6/15/15 10:35 A

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emoticon And Donna! I'm so sick of rain. We don't get enough drying days for me to even get into my garden and I fear all the $$ I've spent so far will be for nothing. The plants don't look well as they are waterlogged and some stuff must have rotten before germinating as some didn't even come up. I can't replant or even plant the parsley and mint plants I bought bc it's TOO WET to be in the garden at all. I'm very sad that it may all be gone soon before I get the produce.

Bev, as always we think of you and hubby and all the struggles you are going through. Know that when I think of you I am also sending prayers for you both. Exciting about a new baby coming soon!
We have the grands again tonight as mom called and they don't want to drive home in the rain on the motorcycles. So they will have to be entertained another couple of days. Sometimes it stinks that it's too wet outside for them to play. We did go for a "nature walk" yesterday in the woods with tick spray and water shoes on. Both were needed.
We just made sugar cookies with lemon (reduced sugar) frosting and pink sprinkles. That kept them happy for a while. Baths are in order too, at some point. Then another one tomorrow so they're clean when they arrive home. Their clothes also washed. Saves mom lots of work when she gets back.

Hubby is working between the rain drops trying to get some work done for outside trim around windows. Cutting wood and such.

Elizabeth it's good to see that things are well with the clean eating, building strength. And the time spent with the grands is for the memory books. emoticon

Ange, sounds like you have your sights set on some good fishing and R&R so I hope the weather cooperates for you. emoticon

emoticon I usually do have lots of energy. I don't know how old you ladies are. I will be 59 August 24. emoticon
Some days I feel MUCH older! Hubby turned 71 in May so he's 12 years older. He gets tired easy but has always had a lot of energy.
Well girls. Off to let the kids finish frosting these cookies and get the dishes done AGAIN.

Have a great week. emoticon

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6/15/15 9:26 A

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Glad to hear that you are doing well Ange . . . .have fun fishing.
Bev - Yeah to the camper selling so fast and emoticon that your DH is still having problems. Hoping that find the source of the white cell count soon.
Elizabeth - Glad to hear you are doing well and keeping busy with the grands. I am waiting for my 1st grand to be born later this month.
Kat - As always you are a marvel of energy. I know your grands keep you going all the time. . . mine is going to be in Seattle for at least the 1st year or 2 until my SIL gets transferred . . . he is in the Coast Guard.
I had a great weekend and got a lot done outside in the gardens and yard. I have one more big garden to get cleaned up and then I may tackle our overgrown veggie garden since we haven't planted there in a couple of years. Saturday I got some sunburn on my arms and so yesterday I wore a T Shirt and was fine. It felt so good to get outside and work in the dirt after the long winter we had. We had dinner on the patio both nights and Saturday night we had a campfire in our patio fire pit. It was nice and no bugs like we have in Maine. There is no sitting outside at dusk in Maine . . . .you would be donating a pint to the bugs.
Today I have to get busy and finish the blanket I am making for the baby then some other sewing . . . hope it rains all day today so I don't want to be outside instead of doing what I need to do.
Have a great day ladies.

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6/15/15 8:22 A

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Good morning, All,

It has been awhile since I posted. The past month has been filled with various activities around our grandchildren as they "move up" so we have traveled between Brattleboro and Gloucester. My oldest granddaughter delivered a beautiful sermon at our church, as she was honored as the graduate to do so. She has been active in our church over the years with youth, with singing, and with volunteering.

I have also paid much attention to my cancer recovery program, now that I am off all chemo drugs. I have been fine tuning some of the physical therapy and walking with my trekking poles. I am attempting to detox the body and get back on Spark food program again. So off now to spend some time planning for the week. It all takes time, but so worth the effort.

My best to each of you...hope it is a beautiful week.

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6/14/15 11:41 P

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Sorry Ange the camper is already sold! We set it up yesterday and put for sale signs on it, then I took pictures of it and listed it on craigslist last night. By early this morning we had three people who wanted to look at it today and we had a couple of other calls on it- one who said to let him know if it was still available after today and one who only wanted to know how much we would drop the price. One of the people who wanted to come look at it changed his mind, but one of the others ended up buying it. We didn't even end up being the ones to sell it because when we were on the way up my husband started having another one of his severe shaking chills spells and I ended up heading to DHMC instead I got hold of his brother and we met him to give him keys to the camper and he showed and sold it for us while we were at the hospital. They let us leave tonight but he may need to go back in a day or two for a follow-up in the clinic. His white blood count is not extremely high but it is slightly elevated and it has doubled in the last week since his last bloodwork- and since he went off the antibiotics. They did a CT scan to make sure the abcess in his belly wasn't getting worse again and it isn't, but there must be something causing the spike in his white blood count. The poor guy just can't get a break! He was supposed to be starting chemo and radiation in a couple of weeks, but that might end up being postponed. If he has an infection they won't start it.

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Sounds like everyone is busy.

Bev, my daughter and her husband are looking for a pop up in very good condition. I don't know what their budget is, but I'd be interested in all the information and maybe a picture and your address and phone number so they can decide to come look at it if they are interested. Can you send me an email with all that to Ange62vt@yahoo.com.

I've lost six pounds in the last couple weeks! Woohoo!

Going up north on Thursday for a few days. Gone Fishing! Won't be in touch, no phones, no computer.. Yay!

Best to all! Ange.

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emoticon emoticon emoticon haha, those represent my grands b/c right now all three are here....they are climbing the tree, running in and out of the new boat we just bought...Hubby and Kurt (our son) are out trying to get it all set for the water. We haven't seen it run, just took it for granted and hope that it does! the motor on it is the same size as my son's 1 ton tow truck!! LOL it's an "outrigger" fishing boat with capacity for towing a water skier. :) that there is also a porta potty on board made my husband happy for those who get out on the water and have to "go" and he doesn't have to head to shore and look for somewhere....haha. We have one on the sailboat we never use anymore. it's gotten in such disrepair after not being able to use it for about 15 years, when he started having to drive back and forth to Lynn, MA to care for his elderly parents. They were there for 10 years + till they passed 3 years ago. We didn't do much those many years, except work and once in a while a short vacation.

I need to go and make sure to let my daughter know of our vacation plans now so I don't forget and she has to find someone else. We have a burial in Maine in July the week before vacation. I know she has a hard time when I'm gone, but she has known we were going sometime, and if she hasn't started looking for a sitter, then she might be up a creek without a paddle. I'm not staying home b/c she hasn't done her homework.

emoticon busy day and weekend for me!! wish me luck!! I have the kids beds all made up, though, so that's out of the way!

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6/12/15 8:58 A

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It is hard to think of how our life would change if either of us had a major medical problem . . . . I guess you just go with the flow and adapt and be grateful for everyday you have together. I think of you often Bev and wish you and your DH all the best.
Kat . . . .you are amazing . . . always in motion . . .doing something . . . I wish I had your energy . . .sometimes . . .other times not so much. Have fun with the grands this weekend.
It won't be long now until we have a our first grand. She is due the 25th but it could be anytime as you ladies well know they come when they want.


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It sounds like you are keeping busy as usual, Kat. For me, it has been just work for the most part. We went up to my in-laws last Sunday intending to move our camper and set it up so we can try to sell it, but we got all the way there and realized that hubby didn't have a key to it in his vehicle and I left my keys at home because we took his vehicle instead of mine. We did get it moved to a better spot where it will be more visible but we were not able to set it up. We will maybe do that this weekend. With hubby undergoing chemo and radiation I don't think he will be feeling up to setting it up and taking it down, so we are not likely to use it this summer. In future years we have no idea what his health will be like but we kind of think our days of using a pop-up camper are over. Priorities change when something life-changing happens. He had an appointment with his oncologist today but we kind of felt it was a waste of time. Other than that we got to meet the nurse practitioner that works with her nothing more happened than at the last appointment. We still don't know exactly what his treatment plan will be or when it will start. They did say that we should be hearing from a radiation oncologist at Dartmouth in the next week or so to meet with him and then we will meet with the ones we saw today again and hopefully at that appointment we will get a lot more info. Apparently they don't do the radiation at the hospital where his oncologist is so that part of his treatment will be done at DHMC.

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emoticon Donna, so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. I know you will miss her and all the things that made her special to you. emoticon
Have you finished the cleanout of your mom's place?

I've been busy with the grands, I did a workout on Monday b/c it was not a nice walking day. Saturday, I ended up going hiking by myself to our little Buck Mountain around the corner over in Waltham. I loved the hike, albeit VERY muddy and flooded. Got to watch the hawks "making lazy circles in the sky" like they sing in Oklahoma! I love that movie and thought of it as I watched those 2 just flowing with the wind, and oh MY! the distance they cover in a swoop of their wings. I was above them, and they were down below in the valley, but then they'd swoop up near me but never able to get a close pic of them.

I will be having the grands all weekend, probably starting with Friday night rather than Sat a.m. unless my daughter decides to get up extra early to get them up, ready, packed and to me before she leaves, b/c I told her I wasn't coming to get them if she wants them to leave early on Sat. I do enough for her, and do ALL the running back and forth for her kids, b/c she works north of her house and I live south of there, so instead of her driving south to drop them off, I go up there to get them to make it easier on her..but this is not work, it's a motorcycle trip she and her hubby are going on for the weekend to NH. So she can either bring them here, or I will get them on Friday night.
Then I will have them till prob late on Tues. Martin's done preschool and Lexy's last day is tomorrow.

So I hope you ladies are staying vigilant and keeping doors locked. Until they catch these two men, no telling where they might be.

emoticon I am hoping to go check my garden, but the wet is so out of control. I hope this stuff dries soon as I want to go out and start some hoeing out there. I want to keep it under control before it gets OUT of control! :) emoticon

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