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8/2/15 7:13 A

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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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8/1/15 11:11 P

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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
Ange - got to Love Maine . . . especially Lobster.
Kat - enjoy your vacation . . . .we will all be here when you get back

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7/19/15 6:42 P

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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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7/17/15 10:19 P

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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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7/5/15 1:37 P

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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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7/5/15 8:21 A

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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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7/1/15 1:19 P

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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.
Hope you all having a good time despite the rain.


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6/30/15 10:59 A

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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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6/30/15 7:00 A

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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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6/29/15 7:48 P

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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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6/26/15 12:53 P

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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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6/18/15 8:08 A

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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."

Have a good night all!



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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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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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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.

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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.
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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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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.

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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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Donna, I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. It is great that she was able to be independent up until the end, but it is tough to lose a friend, no matter their age.

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I'm feeling sort of down today. My friend and bowling buddy who was 95 died yesterday. She lived a long and happy life with very few health problems for a woman of her age and she went out still living in her own home and for that I am glad but the personal loss of a good friend is difficult.

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Good Morning Ladies . . . I'm back in VT . . .hopefully for more than a day or two. Our lawn needs mowing but the rain today and tomorrow aren't going to help that situation. Yes I have been on the road a lot lately it started in May when we moved my Mom to her new apartment. My Dad died 2 years ago last week. Then we were in Maine to open our cabin for Summer, then to PA for our nieces wedding . . . back home for less then 24 hours and back to NY because my Mother's roof had failed the inspection prior to sale and my DH and BILs need to do some repairs so the sale could go through. We drove home yesterday afternoon and had to go through 2 road blocks in Upstate NY on Route 11 because they were looking for the escapees.
I slept so good in my own bed last night. Today is going to be a lazy relaxing day and then tomorrow I have to get busy around here.
I need to check all the previous posts to catch up with you all . . . . hope all is well.

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Kat, hubby seems to be doing okay, with no more fevers. He did have a slightly elevated temperature a couple of times, but nothing to be concerned about. This week we had to deal with one of his IV lines being clogged. I had to use the same line for both his antibiotic and the nutrition bag, but that got taken care of today. It required a bunch of phone calls between myself, the doctor's office, the visiting nurse and the company that brings us all the supplies before we finally got it straightened out who was responsible for what. He has been having a lot of issues with his bowels but hopefully that is a side effect of the antibiotics and/or iron pills he is on and not another problem. He has several appointments next week so we will find out more then I'm sure. We do have a regular visiting nurse who comes and our insurance pays for it, thank goodness. I have no special plans for the weekend, but if hubby feels up to it I am sure he would like to get out of the house for a while. Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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emoticon Another rainy one...I think my garden believes I have deserted it, b/c it's so wet I can't get into it...we could use some dry weather now!!
Ange, hows the NS going for you? did you measure when you started to see how many inches? I have been walking more this week, and eating cleaner and healthier as well, as I'm in 2 challenges...Love that I have to be accountable, and it makes me happier too, b/c I know I'm doing something good for ME!

I think Donna must be at her mom's...I know what a chore it is to clean out your parents house. When my mom had her stroke about 15 years ago and unable to live at home, my sisters, brothers and I had to put her in a nursing home and sell our childhood home. My parents and grandparents before her were all packrats...so there was a big house with many years of accumulation-she was not one of the hoarders though-never dirty like that!! LOL
So I spent one summer driving to upstate NY cleaning out that house. Then 3 years ago in Feb my husband had elderly parents and not well, that both passed away 3 days from each other. So we had their house to clean out and sell that year. It is a LOT of work, and know. I think Donna's parents/mom is still well, though?

Bev, Hope things are better with the fever? Do you have a regular visiting nurse? does the insurance pay for one, or does the state have the service that can be provided?

Elizabeth has been traveling some, and see posts on fb from her, so know she's keeping busy.
I was just reading an article on SP called 4 Essential Walking Posture Tips that I think is good advice.

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Good evening everyone!

Bev, as always, sending those good thoughts out to you and your hubby. Hopefully he will maintain his strength to keep healing and fighting off infections or other complications. And hoping you are taking good care of yourself too.

Kat, yes, the NS works well as long as you stick with it and don't cheat. I'll be on day three tomorrow. It is amazing how the body reacts to major dietary changes. I've eaten more veggies in the last two days than I have in the last month. . . Or two. And I'm pretty sure I'm overdosing on Brussels sprouts. Kidding! I'll be very happy if I can get some weight off my abdomen. Will keep you all up to date as I go along.

Already looking forward to the weekend! Not sure what I'll be doing but I think the weather is supposed to be nice. Yay!

Donna, you must be traveling..

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Bev so sorry to hear of hubby's fever and IV issues. Thinking of and praying for your family today. Hope no hospital is in store today.
Stay dry as well.

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It's been kind of a hectic few days for me but I haven't accomplished anything. Saturday hubby wasn't feeling good and he spiked a fever in the afternoon so we ended up going to the ER so they could make sure he didn't have an infection somewhere again. They kept him for 24 hours, but didn't find a reason for the fever and it had actually gone down by the time we got to the hospital. Yesterday when the visiting nurse came he had a low grade fever so I'm not 100% certain something isn't going on with him, but his bloodwork was all fine so I guess it must not be anything serious. Last night when I tried to hook him up to the IV for his antibiotics the IV line was not working so I had to call the home infusion company. They had me use the other line for both his antibiotic and nutrition last night because that one was working fine and they are done at different times. I don't know if they will be able to have a visiting nurse come today and try to get the other line working or if they will say he has to go to the hospital. I am planning to go to work so I hope they don't make us go back to the hospital today.

Stay dry today if you can ladies!

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So ladies, are you surviving the rain and storms? I think my garden is washing away!! I can't believe how much rain we've gotten!! yikes! emoticon

How are you doing with walking/exercise?
I started the two challenges today, and got over 7,000 steps in but not near as many as I would have liked. I was very busy too...so not sure why. I guess I was busy in place! emoticon

I cleaned the house for the lady down the road, went into town for groceries, and bought lots of fruits and veggies...bought some fiddleheads, too, which we ate for supper! Yum.

I chatted with Elizabeth on f/b for a few minutes this afternoon. She seems to be well, but her hubby not so great, and my hubby has a cold or something with a cough. My grandson had a snotty nose and cough too, today, my daughter said. emoticon
It must be this crazy weather, back and forth, from 90 to 45 is a big jump. I don't know what it was today, not overly warm out. I have been wearing a sweater all day except to clean that house, b/c I keep warm enough b/c I am moving so much.

Hope all of you are doing well-what's new!!??
Inquiring minds want to know!
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I sure know what you mean about tracking being time-consuming. That is exactly why I seldom do it, even though I know I do better when I do. I have been holding my own these past few months- not losing anything significant but not gaining either so I consider it a success of sorts. I am down a pound or two from my last weigh-in at TOPS before hubby's surgery. I haven't been exercising, which is not good, but at least I have been reasonably careful about my eating.

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emoticon Hi Ange...I haven't seen the North Star in a while-guess I should go out and stargaze huh? Glad to hear you've made some progress, at least on the thinking part. I have had to as well. I have not lost any of this weight over the last year, and want to lose about 10 lbs. I did get over 14,000 yesterday for steps! I was surprised. But it WAS a very busy day for me...and I saw that Donna got 25,000+ recently! that's a LOT.

I have my garden all done, except someone was telling me about using mint in summer in water to make it refreshing, so I am going to see if I can find some plants. I forgot to look when I got my plants. I do have some extra room here and there if I think of something I want to add. I also planted some eggplant the other day b/c I saw them and thought I would try them again. I had good luck a few years ago with them.

Unexpected sleepover with grands last night. I had brought my daughters vehicle to my son down the road from my house to his shop. She had some power steering fluid leakage and he thought he'd fixed it the other day, but found another leak. I left the Tahoe with her and brought hers back plus I had to pick up the kids from school (Martin's last day of preschool!) Lexy has 2 more weeks. When she found out he had to order a part for it, and it wasn't coming in till today, it made sense to just keep the kids here, rather than take them home and then have her come back out tomorrow for the car...the kids hadn't been here for a sleepover in a while.
I told her it would be fine. So she and her hubby shared riding a motorcycle rather than her taking her own, and then they went out to eat. I thought that was great as they haven't gotten along so great lately. It was good for them, and the pic he took of her was beautiful. She looked happy anyway. That he was spending time with her. :) made this mama's heart happy.

Ange, I have never tried any kind of diet systems, but I have heard good things about Nutrisystem. I hope it helps you. I have only tried dieting through the years, but that's always a failure, but when I got into Sparkpeople and realized you have to track your food (which I have not done in about a year, and that's prob why mine hasn't gone down). I just find it very time consuming to spend time writing down everything when I'd rather be doing something else. I guess I need to start tracking again. I do have a very easy tracking system in an app called Lose It. I do like it as it's so easy, but still takes time to write everything in there. (or type).

One thing I am doing. I saw a new SP challenge called #5MileChallenge. It starts June 1st and the goal is to do 5 miles..whether you are not a big walker, do 5/week. If you are intermediate, you can do 15 miles/week, then if you are more of a longer walker, they want you to try to do 30 miles/week, which is about 5 miles/day, 6 days/week. I doubt I can do that much, b/c of schedule and such, but I want to try to rack as many in as possible.

I had gotten away from the WW for a bit as I was outstraight and exhausted, but now am thinking a new start for that too. Maybe I can do them together. I never did measure after I did them the last couple of months, b/c I wasn't consistent and at first I thought I noticed a difference, but then got lazy again and now I don't feel it. I hate having this jelly belly for summer, so will work hard to get it gone.

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

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

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

The North Star just appeared. Time for me to say goodnight and good health to all my sparky ladies!🐞🐞🐞🐞
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Elizabeth, it sounds like you are doing great! Keep up the good work!

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Good morning, SP friends,

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

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

I hope you all have a beautiful day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have to run now and go get Martin from preschool.
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Where is everyone . . . .it has been 5 days since I made my last post and no one else has posted anything. Is everything ok?

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

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

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

Will try to keep food under control

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Good Morning, Vermont Sparklers

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

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

Love to all,

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Happy Mothers Day to you ladies as well.

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

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HI All,

Here is a quick check in with you all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It feels great to be out and moving!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Good Morning,

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

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

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

Have poles! Will travel!

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Elizabeth, wonderful news!

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

Have a great week everyone!

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

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

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

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

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Hi All,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts ladies!

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Hi everyone.

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

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

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

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

Glad Monday is at a close today!

Good night!

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emoticon Hello ladies....

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

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

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

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

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


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