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8/22/14 4:00 P

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Have fun in Maine Ange . . . I think we are headed back Wednesday afernoon for the holiday weekend and then we will only go back to close the cabin for the season. It sure has gone by fast this year.

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8/22/14 1:18 P

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Yeeeks! It's almost September. Going to make a pot of tomato sauce from my home grown tomatoes tonight. Daughter and granddaughter coming over so we can get an early start to a day trip to Maine tomorrow.

YAY!! I"m so happy I finally get that day in Maine I wanted. Going to stick my big toe, followed by rest of body, into that salty, cold, wavy water! And later, going to have some scallops and maybe some whole belly clams. I know, not much of a diet plan, but it only happens once a year if I'm lucky :)

Hope all is well with everyone!

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8/9/14 2:01 P

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We went looking for a multi this morning with my sister and her hubby but failed to find it . . . .I think I will just stay here and eat lobster. LOL my sisters leave tomorrow and we will head home on Monday sometime. Summer in Maine is nearly over . . . we have one more week here around labor day and then another to close and the the season is done.

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8/8/14 10:28 P

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WOW, that stinks Donna! The FitBit is a bit pricey but I am happy I bought mine. The FitBit Zip isn't much more than the Spark Activity Tracker but that also needs to be clipped on so I didn't want that one. I splurged on the Flex. Do you have a Walgreens card that accumulates points? If you do you could redeem some points for part of the cost of it but I think you would have to order it online because I don't think they carry them in stores. The one near us has the Zip in stock, but not the Flex. I almost got mine through them, but I ordered it from Amazon instead. I just bought my husband a razor that was on sale for $60 and I only paid $10 for it by redeeming a bunch of my points. We get a number of prescriptions and we earn 500 points for each one we fill (1500 for a 90 day supply) so my points add up fairly quickly. I also have my FitBit synced to their site so I get credit for my steps and earn some points that way (but they limit how many you can get each month so only a small part of my steps count).

We are planning to ride our bikes on the rail trail in Hinsdale NH tomorrow and find some more geocaches. Next weekend we leave for vacation. We are going to PA and we are taking our bikes with us and hoping to ride some on the rail trails down there.

Enjoy the weekend everyone!

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8/8/14 9:07 P

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I had my new Spark Activity Tracker less than a month and I lost it again . . . I'm done with them. The clip doesn't secure it well enough to keep it on. Grrr . . . so angry that I wasted the $$ for a second one when I was leaning toward a Fit Bit but just didn't want to spend that much.
we are currently in Maine with my sisters visiting and will be headed back on Monday.

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8/8/14 5:36 A

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I have the Map My Walk app on my phone but I never use it. I tried it once when I first installed the app but I wasn't sure I would always remember to start it when I head out and stop it when I am done. I would be apt to remember it partway through my walk or after I had been back a while! I have been debating whether or not to try the Map My Ride app for when we ride our bikes, but I'm not sure how well it would work when we are geocaching by bike, since we make frequent stops to look for caches. It would probably be okay if we rode non-stop in one direction and then looked for caches on the way back- which is what we did the last time we went. I bought a so-called bike computer that is supposed to be able to measure the distance, but it doesn't seem to work- I guess that is why it was on clearance! Neither my pedometer nor the FitBit do a very good job of tracking biking. I think I could track my distance with my GPS if we rode in one direction without stopping and then just did all the stopping for caches on the way back. I just need to read up on how to do that with it since the only thing I have ever used it for is geocaching.

TGIF! I have been busy at work this week reconciling bank statements. We have 7 bank accounts that have to be reconciled each month. Some are pretty easy and others have tons of transactions so they take a while, especially since I still have to keep up with the everyday tasks too. Now I will move on to the insurance company statements that will be due next week. I have one more week of work and then we are on vacation for a week, so this should be a pretty busy month. The third week of the month is usually my slowest week so that is when I take my vacation. The first couple of weeks I am usually busy with statements from the prior month and the last week is busy with month-end prep work, but the third week is sometimes a little slow.

My scale has not been cooperating lately. I gained last week and again this week. I haven't made any pies or cakes either, so I'm not quite sure what is up with that but I need to turn that trend around before it gets too far out of control!

Have a great day everyone- and a great weekend. The weather for the weekend is looking nice!

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8/7/14 10:40 P

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Wow, sounds like everyone is wicked busy. Maybe this is the whole purpose of winter, to slow us down a bit so we can actually breathe for a minute or two, except for the snow shoveling. LOL!

So I missed both of my family get togethers down in NH. I feel bad cause I'm the one who lives furthest away from the extended family and it always seems that I can't get down there for one reason or another. I suppose there is always next year.

Finally harvesting the zucchini, cakes, a couple tomatoes and some string beans. Busy making relish, breads and cakes to freeze and share with friends and family. Picking lots of wild berries for jams and pies. Tried a lemon zucchini bread, still in the oven and smells great.

Trying to plan out my weekend but not quite sure what I'll be doing yet.

Added a map my walk app to my iPhone this week. It worked great and I'm walking further and burning more calories than I thought. Too bad it isn't showing up on the scale.... Probably due to pies and cakes!

Have a good weekend!

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7/31/14 7:49 A

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I've been looking at the calendar myself and can't believe how fast it is going after the long winter the summer we look forward to is zooming by. We are headed to Maine tomorrow . . . my sisters and their hubs are coming on Saturday for the week. We have a small work project to do and then the rest of the week is going to be just fun stuff.
Then we are coming back home for a couple of days before heading to Georgia for my daughters White Coat ceremony . . . she had told me it wasn't a big deal then I found out that she really was disappointed that I wasn't coming so I am going. DH is going to ride with me to Hagerstown then his sister is going to take I'm and the dog to her house and I will pick them up there. Georgia is a hoot humid mess in August and the dog wouldn't do well there so he said I should go and he'd take care of her. . . . I'm psyched to go.
When we get back bowling starts again and Labor Day is aground the corner and boom Summer about over. My sisters are coming to VT in Sept for the Color Run at the fairgrounds.

Got to go get some stuff ready for Maine . . . later gang.

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7/31/14 5:30 A

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Summer certainly is going by fast. The only thing good about it is that our vacation is getting closer! After this week we have two more weeks to work and then we are off for a week. I am looking forward to that, but not to summer coming to an end. We did just lock in a price for our winter's supply of pellets and made a deposit on them last weekend. Now we just have to come up with the rest of the money and make room in the basement to stack them before we have to pick them up. This weekend we have a family reunion to go to. We will be camping there, but unfortunately the weather isn't sounding the best. I guess we will find out if the repairs to our camper were successful in stopping any leaks. The guy we bought it from had an air conditioner installed in it and we found out after we bought it that the dealership did a lousy job on the installation. The roof was leaking around the A/C unit and we started to see some water damage on the ceiling. We took the air conditioner out and patched the roof inside and out and covered it with some liquid rubber roofing. It might not look as good as new, but as long as it is functional and isn't incurring further damage we don't mind the appearance. It was definitely not a good deal, but all we can do is make the best of it and move on.

Have a great day everyone!

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Hi everyone. Summer is whizzing by . . Not enough time! Hope everyone is doing well!

Edited by: ANGE1062 at: 7/30/2014 (22:24)
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Ange, Sorry to hear about your sweetie . . . hope everything gets better soon and you get to have a visit to Maine.
I went to a family BBQ this past weekend it was a great time with my sisters and brother and their families. I don''t see my nieces and nephew very often and their children are just adorable. It was nice to see the family.

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7/17/14 9:12 P

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

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

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

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7/14/14 9:59 P

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

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7/12/14 2:11 P

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

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7/12/14 11:27 A

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

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

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

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7/11/14 10:26 P

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

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

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Hi everyone ---

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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7/8/14 1:37 P

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

I hope everyone else is enjoying the weekend.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

Have safe holiday weekend!

Ange



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hello all ----

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thanks How's everyone doing in humid Vermont

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Hi ZZYYGGY3 glad to see you posting again.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not much else to report. Have a good week!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a good week! Angela

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


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