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4/19/15 7:08 P

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Wish I could figure out why I keep getting dropped from this thread . . . I think no one has posted then I check to see and there are a bunch of posts . . . .hmmmm.
I spend a good part of the day outside picking up sticks and stuff to get the yard ready for mowing when it greens up. I cleaned off 50 gallons of pine cones from our huge tree. All that bending has made my back sore tonight but I finished and it looks good. We are headed to PA on Thursday for a Bridal Shower for my niece and then to Maryland for some geocaching but I have to home on the 29th for our bowling Banquet and the 95th Birthday of one of the ladies in our league.
Bev - sorry to here that your hubby is back in the hospital . . . hope he is back on the mend soon.
Kat - Our daughter lives in Georgia and we have vowed not to visit her again in the Summer . . . .too dang hot and humid. We went down a couple of years ago in August and ended up leaving early. we don't have air conditioning in the truck and I was dying. I did go by myself for 2 days last Summer and it wasn't too bad. She had a thing at her University when she started Vet School and parents were invited so I went. I love to go there in March and April though. Everything is in bloom and it is so much nicer than here this time of year.

This year is so crazy for vacations. We have a wedding in PA at the end of May and another in Maryland in July and the grandbaby is due the end of June. My Mom needs help moving in mid-May. We open our cabin Memorial Day and close sometime in the Fall. My sisters are suppose to come to Maine in August and I am taking my Mom to see her new great granddaughter in November. I have a weekend my sisters are coming to VT for the Color Run in Sept and our Sisters Spa weekend is in October. Not sure I can cram anything more into this year.

It is suppose to rain the rest of the week so stay dry.

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Bev I am so sorry to hear of your hubbys latest upset. You poor things, having one issue after another. Praying they can find and treat the infection and that hubby is feeling better soon.
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By the way Kat a log bed is simply that- a log headboard and footboard. It has a metal frame with logs on the sides too.

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It sounds like you are keeping busy as usual Kat. I hope the cold or allergy thing straightens out soon. I think a lot of people have allergy issues this time of year. I know I get sinus headaches this time of year and I blame them on allergies but I don't know to what.

Hubby has had some complications and is back in the hospital. It was initially thought that he might have a urinary infection and we went to Springfield Hospital to have that checked rather than making the trip to DHMC. It turned out not to be that and they ended up transferring him to DHMC by ambulance on Wednesday evening. Thursday morning they did a CT scan and found an abcess where the remaining part of the pancreas connects to the intestine. He is on antibiotics to try to clear up the infection. They are still growing the cultures to determine the exact kind of bacteria so they can give him antibiotics geared to that specific type rather than the broad spectrum ones he is on now. The urinary issues he was experiencing apparently were due to some of his bodily functions shutting down from the infection. They just started letting him have liquids yesterday and maybe tomorrow if things go well he might be allowed to try to eat. I'm not sure what he will do for nutrition when he goes home. Right now he is getting stuff through an iv and it is possible he will do that at home as well. They had to take out his feeding tube connection because the tube had moved out of his intestines and was coiled in his stomach. Since that was placed during surgery they can't replace it. I'm not sure how many more days he will be here.

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emoticon Hello ladies! I am not mowing the lawn, but have been preparing the lawn for it. I went out the other day and picked up all the branches and sticks in the yard that have come off our old maples and elm. Martin and I also dug out stones from the back lawn which were in the construction zone last year, and had some late grass grow-but it didn't come in full, and LOTS of stones still sticking up out of the ground or laying on top, that I missed in the initial "sweep" of it before mowing.
Have been babysitting, walking and doing the "decluttering" through the house challenge. I'm not done, but have done a LOT of it. :) I like the feeling of less!

Bev, how's the family? hubby is getting stronger, I hope. I wonder-what is a LOG bed? I have never heard of one. I've seen a sleigh bed. How's the new bed working? getting more rest now?
Donna, hope that cough has left you!! I don't know what I have, if it's just allergies, as I don't feel sick, just a tad sore throat, but it's hoarse, and had an awful hard time singing this morning at church. The other gal who sang with me, sang the soprano part with me b/c I had no volume. she was supposed to sing alto. People said it sounded good though. Maybe she drowned me out, that's why it wasn't bad? emoticon

Are any of you gals planning some get away time for this summer? I have been frustrated trying to plan mine. We have my mom's burial coming up on May 1. That's over in Edwards NY. It's a place kind of weird to get to. My aunt said nothing grows there, and if you do bring flowers, the Japanese beetles eat everything :-( so I'm wondering what to bring for flowers. She said she has been bringing artificial. Maybe I can go to JoAnn's and find something that looks real, b/c I hate the look of fake flowers. And then bring a spray of real ones. Just to leave some color even if they don't last.

We then have another burial in Maine for hubby's aunt who passed away on Thanksgiving, but that's not till July 14. So we will head there (Lincoln area about 1 hour above Bangor) and stay a few days then.
We will be home 2 days for me to babysit the kiddos and then leave for our vacation south. We are heading to PA, VA, WV, NC, TN and possibly GA. It depends on if his cousin will be home in GA if we go there. Lots of car time, but lots of fun with friends and family visiting too!

emoticon I'm going to have to see when my plants would be ready for harvest to determine when to plant what, b/c I don't want stuff coming in while I'm gone! and have it go by. Beans and such. I love my fresh green beans. And if I have cukes, my daughter could come get them and make some pickles. She won't be gardening herself this year she said.

Well, the wind is chilly, but I managed a 5k and am wanting to do some reading, so maybe take the recliner out and get my book! sit in the shelter of the house in the sun! :)

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4/12/15 5:40 P

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It is beautiful today! I didn't think hubby was up to doing much walking but it was too nice to be cooped up in the house all day, so I convinced him to get dressed and we would go for a short ride. He has been talking about wanting to buy a new mattress because our bed is hard for him to get in and out of since his surgery. The mattress is a really thick pillow top and when we bought it we just had a bed frame under it. Then the kids bought us a log bed for Christmas one year and the bed is really high using that frame. It never bothered him because he is taller than me but I always felt like I had to climb up to get into it. Now he is finding it a challenge to get out of and he often naps in the spare room because that bed is several inches lower and he finds it easier. With him out of work for what is likely to be a few months it maybe wasn't the best time to spend the money but we went and bought a new mattress set today and it will be delivered tomorrow. It isn't a pillow top but it seemed pretty comfortable and it should be several inches lower than what we have. They now make what they call a low profile box spring that is only half as high as the old ones so we opted to get that instead of the standard height one. I'm thinking it will make the bed a little higher than the one in the spare room but not nearly as high as what he have. Then we stopped at Tractor Supply so he could get a couple of button up shirts. He normally wears t-shirts most of the time but those don't work well over his incision and the feeding tube port. By the time we make those two stops he was worn out so we came back home and now he is napping. That was our big excursion for the day! I need to start cleaning some stuff out of my bedroom so I won't be embarrassed to have the delivery guys go in there to set up the bed and take the old one away tomorrow.

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4/12/15 10:12 A

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I spent most of the day in the kitchen and doing the laundry. I was so tired last night i could hardly keep my eyes open. Then I slept like a rock. I made some chili and a big bowl of fresh fruit salad (mango, grapes, orange,pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blue berries) I also toasted some coconut to add . . . .DH doesn't like it but I do. I cooked some bacon for Bacon bits and for a BLT. Made guacamole and chocolate chip cookies. I peeled a pound of carrots for snacking and hard boiled some eggs. I also indulged in my other guilty pleasure . . . watching the Master's. I really don't like or play golf but I just love to watch that tournament . . . the course and the flowers are so beautiful and green. Maybe it is the time of year . . . not much that is green here.
Today I am going to grill some steaks. . . .I was going to do that for DH birthday last week but we weren't feeling that good so we didn't want to waste a great meal if we weren't going to enjoy it. We are having roasted Brussel Sprouts and red potatoes.
I am going to go outside in a bit and check out the garden for signs of life after the long winter . . . maybe pick up a few branches . . . .just get out and get some Vitamin D . . . .maybe it will help tis cough and cold I have that has been just hanging out.
Have a great day everyone.

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4/11/15 8:15 P

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emoticon Hi all, I slept in till almost 8 this morning! sluggard!! LOL Then got up and did my belly blasting workout and ST again, thinking I might walk later on.
I had to go to post office for hubby and get stamps and mail some bills when I looked out and the men were here to pick up the camper that we were giving him.



So the man took 1.5 hours getting it unstuck from the mud and then loaded onto the trailer. I sent them the pics I took of them working.
It was FREEZING in the wind out there watching them! No walking for me!

Then I ran into Vergennes for the groceries I needed for the dish I was making for our missions banquet tonight-lots of great food.

I then went out to the mailbox about 3 and it was so warm I wanted to walk, but then had to make the food, so couldn't. but tomorrow it's supposed to be nice.

I got new sneakers recently. They are Saucony. I got them at Green Mountain Shoe and Apparel in Bristol. They are the most cushioned, comfortable shoes I have ever bought I think. She is a friend so she gives me discounts. :)

Ange-your trip to Kennebunkport sounds like a blast. Hope you have great weather. Well, you have fun fishing-it's NOT something I've ever enjoyed doing. Do you have a big garden? congrats on your spark points!

Donna, sorry your cough keeps interrupting things you want to do. I'm hoping there WILL BE results with the measurements...my lower stomach muscles feel tighter than they have in a long time, so I think it must be! :) They are also a tad sore with all the crunching and waist exercises, but not unbearable, and they don't deter me from doing stuff. I did do a bunch of projects today too, in between the other stuff-uncluttering is the word of the month!! I downloaded and printed out a Decluttering thing from SP a while ago, and haven't gone through everything, but can send the article if someone wants it. It's area by area throughout your home.

Bev, It was only a tad sunny today, but saying tomorrow nice...so after church I'm hoping to be on the road again! ;) love my walks outside!

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Congrats on the points milestone Ange! My daughter wears a size 11 shoe so she isn't far behind you. You know what they say- it takes a bigger foundation to hold up a church than it does a sh**house so don't feel bad about those big feet! In a woman's shoe I wear a 10 but I can never find women's sneakers that fit me so I usually buy a 9 in men's and even then I have to buy a wide.

It looks like we might see some sun today but it looks windy out there too. That might help dry up the mud a little so it really isn't a bad thing. We have nothing special on the agenda today that I know of. I plan to spend some time on my work computer doing some of the things I didn't have time to do yesterday with the trip to Dartmouth. Gotta get some billable hours in so I can save some of my sick/vacation time for later!

Enjoy the weekend everyone! They say tomorrow will really feel like spring so let's hope they are right.

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4/11/15 8:01 A

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Glad to see everyone is hanging in there waiting for Spring . . . maybe Sunday will feel like Spring is here. Bev - sorry DH is doing as well as you had hoped. I guess it really is going to be a slow healing process. I am glad we don't live on a dirt road . . . no real mud season for us except for the yard. Ange - Yeah for new sneaks. Where did you get them. I love Fleet Feet in Essex. They are really good with time and fitting you properly. Have fun in Waterbury . . . maybe a walk to wear off the lunch around town. Kat - You are the inspiration for the team. No one has more energy than you. I'm looking forward to hearing the results when you measure at the end of the month. Elizabeth - where are you? we miss you.
I was going to tart my walk/jog program but I found after I started doing things around the house and moving more than I had been I got into some coughing spells and I knew if I went out it wouldn't be good for me . . . hoping for early next week as a start. This cough has been awful but I did finally sleep all night last night so maybe . . . fingers crossed. Today I plan on spending the day in the kitchen and tomorrow maybe a bit of picking up around the yard.
Wishing everyone a fine Spring weekend.

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Oh, I finally reached 10,000 spark point today! Only took 6 years! emoticon

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Hi everyone! Friday night and it seems like the week flew by although a couple days at work seemed horribly slow! Funny how time perception changes depending upon what is going on..

Anyway, the Easter brunch went well, was okay, but way over priced and I'll probably never do that again! It was nice to get out and spend a bit of time with friends though. I really don't do that enough, although, I am headed to Waterbury tomorrow to meet a friend for lunch at a place called Arvad's. I've never been there before but just checked out the menu. They source almost everything they serve from Vermont including the booze! I may have to have one of their specialty Mai Tai's, or maybe a tall cold Lawson's beer, or maybe one of their homemade root beers. Whatever I drink, I'm sure it won't be healthy for me....but it is going to taste good! And I'm sure to enjoy a few good laughs with my friend.

Sunday im spending time with my daughter and grand daughter which will be nice too.

And I'm very pleased with a new pair of New Balance running shoes I bought today, with some memory foam inserts too. It was the best fitting experience I've had since I was five years old. These shoes not only are light weight, flexible and comfortable but look cool too! Size 12 . . . Yes, that is right, I said 12! Are those some honking huge feet or what? I Used to be a 9.5 as a teenager. Not sure what happened, maybe too much spinach or something! Going to try them out on my 3 mile morning walk, Saturday and Sunday both. If they work as good as I think, I should take a few minutes off my time. And then I'll have to consider getting a second pair for regular use as I'm rough on walking shoes.

I've planned a couple of long weekend getaways for summer, one to Pittsburg, NH and one to Kennebunkport, ME. Can't wait! Also starting to think about compost, tilling, planting,etc! Fishing season starts this weekend so I bought my license today! Summer fun in the sun! YAY!

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Sorry your family doesn't all get along, Kat. My siblings and I are not close at all, but when something happens we are all there for one another. Sometimes I find it hard to believe that we all came from the same parents and all grew up in the same house because we are very different. I get along with all of them, but only in small doses. I feel like I am totally different than any of my sisters and if I was around them much I think they would drive me nuts (and probably vice versa too). One of my brothers came to the hospital a couple of times to see my husband when he was there. We hadn't seen him for quite a while before that, but when we were younger he used to spend a lot of time with us.

Hubby had a checkup today. It didn't go horribly bad but it didn't go as well as we would have liked either. He continues to have periods of a low grade fever and his white blood count was somewhat elevated but not alarmingly so. They are going to run a test to hopefully rule out a c diff infection once I can get a stool sample delivered to the lab in Springfield when it is open on Monday. They determined he is malnourished so we have to increase the tube feeding from only at night to most of the day. He can take 4 hours day off from it, but they want him hooked up for 20 hours a day for the next 10 days when he will go back for another checkup. They also gave him a prescription for iron pills. Other than being malnourished things looked okay. His incision is healing well and his lungs sounded better than last week. I am not going to try going back to work next week, since I think he will need some help with the feeding tube routine. My employer may not be too happy, especially since I believe my boss is still out also, but they will understand. I can do quite a bit from home so it's not like I am not working at all.

Enjoy the warmer temps this weekend if they actually materialize. Our road is pretty muddy now after the crap we got Wednesday night and yesterday morning.

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emoticon what a pain, we have rain...but it's better than the alternative!! emoticon
emoticon emoticon So I just did a 2 mile + workout with my belly blasting dvd. The + is b/c my daughter called while I was doing it, (which she did yesterday as well) and I put on the Bluetooth and continued to workout..but today, for some reason, I was not staying in the rhythm, so after I hung up with her, I went back to the beginning of the 2nd mile. I redid that one, then the 2nd core floor workout...wow, that's so hard, with planks...I've never been good at them nor pushups. There aren't many, but the holds are hard, but feeling like they are working! My belly feels tighter. I will continue this "month" of concentration on my core, and Waist Whittling and then measure, as I've missed some days of workout or ST altogether. I hate when I do that, but sometimes the energy is just not there.

emoticon Bev, hope that hubby feels more confident in his ability to manage on his own once you are back to work. Is there a friend that could come in during the day to just take his mind off, and possibly just "keep an eye" on him? I had to have the neighbor here a couple of years ago as I was working, my husband had fallen off the sailboat (on the ground, not the water) and landed in a pile of metal and steel. He hurt his side so bad he was on pain meds and muscle relaxers. I have NEVER seen him take much medication, but he took all of both bottles. I was afraid that while I was gone he would forget that he'd taken it, and take more, so had the neighbor come in and sit with him, chat with him, etc. It kept my worry down, and my hubby has no recall of that time, b/c it was med induced...wow. I doubt the stuff your hubby is on is that bad, but it's always good to have his mind off his pain and problems, so maybe a friend? just a thought.

emoticon Donna, I hope your cough/cold is gone soon, I know people that have had it that it was a long time for it to hang on, and not sure why they seem to do that. It's hard to feel strong when you are coughing so much-it's very tiring for sure. Does it keep you awake at night as well?

emoticon Ange, hope all is well with you, haven't heard much, so just thinking of you.

emoticon I got a sweet message from my Aunt in NY yesterday. She emailed and said that she feels so close to me right now and that none of my siblings treat her as the close family that I have. I felt honored she felt that way, b/c I always felt she was closer to my brother in TN than I. She seems like he just about walks on water, but maybe he hasn't been who he used to and that he refused to come to our mom's funeral, I think she was hurt and disappointed that he would do that. I guess he is coming for the burial in May. I hope he doesn't expect a birthday party while he's here. It's the same weekend as the burial, but he has ignored us for a long time and has never gotten along really with anyone except me for years. I know he and my other brother don't get along now, why do families do that? it saddens me that we can't just love each other for who we are, and get along. We can agree to disagree just like we do with friends, but we don't have to completely leave someone out of our lives. Just sayin....

Well, emoticon time to get some cleaning done while hubby is driving today!! woo hoo!! I want to get my kitchen floor mopped finally-it's been tracked on by mud boots, dog and people shoes and feet! It's way overdue!!

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Bev maybe by the time next week rolls around your DH will be feeling well enough to let you go back to work . . . it is still 5 days away.
Elizabeth hoping your week gets better everyday
Kat you are a marvel of energy . . . . keep up the good work.
Today was bowling, lunch, shopping etc . . . I got lots of fresh fruits and veggies at the store. I need to get focused on salads and fruits and less comfort food. I am starting the walk/jog program tomorrow. Hopefully this cough/cold will behave itself and let me get some exercise. I think this cough it going to hold out for quite awhile though. I know lots of people who seem to have it.

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Elizabeth and Kat, you are both doing great! Keep up the good work!

Elizabeth, glad the blood draw and infusion went well yesterday and hopefully tonight you will sleep better.

I was thinking I might try to go back to work next week, but at this point I think if I do it will only be for a few hours a day. Hubby had a rough day emotionally yesterday and I think part of it was because I was talking about going back to work next week. He is not feeling like he can cope with things here on his own. Maybe if I start by only being gone for a few hours at a time he will get used to it. I do help him keep track of his meds but since most of them are taken in the morning and evening I would still be able to do that. He would need to check his blood sugar a couple of times during the day and give himself a shot if his readings are too high, but the rest would be done when I was home. He does his own testing and gives himself the shot now, but he relies on me to record his results and get the shot ready. He will just need to keep his reading glasses handy so he can do it all! Physically I think he would be okay, but emotionally maybe not. I think we will both be glad when this is all behind us. I am thankful that he is better off than most who have his type of cancer, but he still has a long road ahead of him.

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Easter service was wonderful. We spent the late afternoon at my son's family. Beautiful!

Yesterday, Barbara, one of my oncology nurses, managed to find my vein for the intravenous infusion of Zometa and for the blood draw. Sometimes it takes 4 tries, but I do try to drink the day before. Numbers are good. Last night was my insomnia night. Today is my steroid high.

emoticon I managed to swim 1/2 mile on Monday, lopping off 3 minutes from my previous swim last week, YEA!! With rods in my both legs and my hips level with heel lifts for my 1/2 " leg discrepancy, I am now working on core to build up and to strengthen my back with walking. I still need to be VERY careful with exercise, as I am very prone to fractures with lesions all over.

emoticon I found a good YouTube stretch for my hamstrings which are so tight. I am working on them and will take a long walk downtown with Thomas. Love that body!

emoticon Love to all!

emoticon Keep sparking!!!!

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I just did my 5k walk and WOW! the wind is cutting like knives. It was worse when I was facing it going north, but when I came back it wasn't as bad! whew, just glad I didn't give in to the lazy me who didn't want to go out there! I did want to sit and veg!!
I got groceries this a.m. when I took my grandson to town for his volunteer work, and got a lot of fresh veggies for salad, so already had one for lunch.

Hope you gals are staying healthy and warm-that wind is cold!!

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emoticon Haha, I felt like this after dinner yesterday and I didn't even eat that much! Not sure why I was so full so fast, but it was good, b/c it kept me from overeating.

We did get up early Bev, as I had to be at church at 7 for our early service. emoticon It was snowing! yes, ugh...but it's gone now again! yay!
We had a wonderful songtime, messages, and great Resurrection morning celebration. And my bff at church asked what we were doing after, and we had no plans b/c Hubby had gotten in at 2 a.m. and had to be up and out of the house with me. So he wanted to nap..LOL he never got one!
We went to their house after dinner, and it was her and her hubby and son, her 2 sisters and one bil, her mother in law, her brother and his wife, 2 college girls from Middlebury college and the room was a happy and gay time. The food was fabulous and I hadn't planned to go so hadn't made a thing, but there was plenty and lots of leftovers! they had marinated steaks for a couple of days and then grilled and they were TO DIE FOR tasty! yum!! I had that instead of ham as we just had ham here at home last week.

I did have a small piece of peanut butter pie, though, and it was luscious! we had lots of great conversation and much fun, so it was nice! I so appreciate them inviting us last minute and having to squeeze us in.
They had invited my sons family too, but Racheal is working on getting her teaching license and is working hard to finish up and Kurt says there is so much to do, she is working all the time. Poor girl.

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Good luck with your taxes-H had ours all set and ready and we sent them to the tax man and we just got them back from him a week or so ago...we always have to pay in, never get any back from State or Fed. emoticon

I just found an article on Spark I'm going to have my husband go over, and I want him to take this printed sheet and go through my bicycle. ( someone GAVE me a wonderful bicycle years ago and it's not had any maintenance since he had it done, so I think it's time. I like to ride, just not that great at it. Maybe my grandson can go biking with me somewhere.) My dil gave me a helmet someone had given them and it didn't fit anyone and it matches my bike! :) I think it's a 12-speed. or 15 I can't remember...I know it's got a lot!! LOL I also have a gel seat I bought when I was taking spinning classes with my daughter, so that is on there as well! haha emoticon

I am packing up my Easter décor and trying to get some winter things packed away (clothes, coats, etc) and get some spring/summer stuff out. I had to dig on Saturday to find a different skirt. I had chosen the blouse, wrap and scarf I wanted to wear, the nylons, and didn't want to wear a black skirt or my black boots. I wanted lighter colored hose and shoes on for a change. I did find my grey skirt so wore that and it matched well.

Hubby is down working on some stuff for the addition, I have no idea what he's doing, he's pounding and drilling and stuff. I just did up 2 days worth of dishes I hadn't done since Friday. So had all of Sat and Sun dishes. And we didn't even eat here and there were a LOT.

Well, I won't bore you ladies anymore-hope you are doing well-I'm hoping the sun will come out? is that just wishful thinking?

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So we ended up spending the weekend at my sisters in saratga even though I was feeling all the great. This cough is really dragging me down but it was my BIL's birthday and Easter and we had committed to going. It was a nice time and she cooked a great dinner which I would have eaten more if I felt better so that was probably good that I didn't. I made a fruit bowl to go with her danish for breakfast and bacon wrapped asparagus to go with the dinner. I love ham and my BIL smoked one on Saturday along with pulled pork and macncheese for the party on Saturday night. All in all it was a good time and we drove home last evening. Today is all about the taxes which I still haven't finished.
Hope everyone had a nice Easter.

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Happy Easter Vermont Sparkers!

For those who get up early for Easter sunrise services, I hope you dress warm, but at least the sun is shining bright this morning. We have no big plans for the day here. Most years we have the kids and grandkids all here for an Easter dinner, but with hubby's recent surgery we opted not to do it this year. He won't be able to eat much anyway and isn't really up to having a houseful of company for hours. When one or two grandkids are here it isn't too bad, but when all four are here at once the noise level in our house is greatly magnified! I hadn't planned on even cooking dinner at all, but the one grandson who is here for the weekend heard that his cousins weren't going to be here he was very disappointed, and when I said I wasn't cooking dinner he told me that wasn't fair just because Grampa couldn't eat! I originally wasn't even sure if he and his dad were going to be here for the day or not, but when I found out they were I went to the store yesterday and bought a small ham. It won't be anything big, but at least the grandson will get his ham dinner- and maybe I can get hubby to eat a little something!

Enjoy the day everyone!

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emoticon Happy Easter, All! It is a beautiful day!

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emoticon Bev, I'm so glad hubby doesn't have pneumonia, and that you caught it early before it got worse! hope he is gaining some strength. What will you do for Easter? just take it easy? will family be coming by?
We are going to veg, after early worship, then breakfast at church, choir practice, SS and then worship, then we have the rest of the day to veg. :)

Did any of you ladies watch the Dovekeepers? I did and it was not exactly what I expected, but it was very good.

emoticon Ange, how's the challenge at work going? how many people are involved in it? Sounds like you are a busy girl!! I am so over this cold and snow and windy weather! just want some warm temps!

emoticon Donna, thanks for busting my chops on using excuses not to do the Waist Whittling!! I'm glad you girls are helping me stay focused! I have been sitting a lot, b/c of traveling to MA on Thursday to go visit some people, but did manage to get over 5,000 steps in even with all that! :) We did visit my hubby's parents grave (they are buried side by side in the same spot b/c they died within 3 days of each other and were cremated so they were placed in separate sides of one urn). One stone. H is thinking we may investigate moving them to Maine b/c we rarely get to MA anymore and thought we could have them put where his uncle is and his aunt will be right down the road from where his dad was born and raised.
I can't believe there wasn't somewhere to park for your appt, and that you are able to find out where they have additional parking-maybe call the place you go to and ask? I'm sure they must get inquiries all the time.

emoticon Elizabeth, how are things for you? what are your Easter plans? I am thankful you girls keep my motivation going, and it sure helps to have someone to be accountable to for doing so! I am now off the computer to go in and do my workout! :) thanks!!
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Hubby did not have pneumonia but it sounds like he might have been headed that way if we had done nothing. The doctor said it sounded like he might have some fluid in his lungs and his breathing sounded a little heavy, but his chest x-ray didn't indicate pneumonia. We left with a prescription for an antibiotic so hopefully in a day or two he will be feeling better.

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Hey Donna, sounds like you probably could stand just a quiet weekend. All that driving must be taking a toll. Hope you feel better soon...

Bev, sounds like you have your hands full too. Hope your husband gets a clean bill of health from his doc today. I know how stressful watching your loved one going through major health crisis can be. Just remember to take care of yourself too.

Everyone else, hope you all have a great Easter!! I'm going to an Easter Sunday brunch for the first time ever, so I think this will be a nice change of pace for me. Saving up room for as much as I can manage. Will just have to work it off later!! LOL.

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I am doing okay. I probably am getting more sleep now than I normally do,except that it is not uninterrupted sleep. Hubby was having a tough time with the tube feeding but they let us reduce the number of hours he is on it and that seems to have helped a lot, so hopefully he won't lose too much weight so they make us increase it again. I think he was getting more than his digestive system could handle before. He is not feeling well today and I am taking him up to DHMC to be checked out just to make sure he isn't developing pneumonia. The visiting nurse said she could hear some crackling sounds in his lungs and starting yesterday his breathing has become a little more shallow and he is running a slight fever off and on. Hopefully it will be nothing, but I would rather have it checked out and find all is well that to not have it checked and have him wind up back in the hospital.
Donna, sorry to hear about your wasted trip to Boston. That would annoy me. I would hate to have to go to Boston in the first place, but to make an extra trip would be even worse. Kat, Ange, Elizabeth, and everyone else, I hope you are doing well.

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You ladies sure are busy lately . . . It took me awhile to read through all of the posts. I went to my Mom's last weekend for my daughter's baby shower and that was very nice but I managed to pick up a nasty cough and cold along the way. Monday afternoon/evening we drove to Boston because DH was schedule for a doctor app't at Mass Eye and Ear on Tuesday morning. When we got to Alewife TStaation the parking garage was Full and we are unfamiliar with the area so we didn't know where else we could park so we ended up cancelling and rescheduling. SO we drove home. very frustrating.
We are suppose to be driving down to Saratoga to my sister's house tomorrow for Easter but I'm not really all that excited about going since I have this cough/cold thing going on. I'd like to just crawl into bed for a couple of days.
Elizabeth - your work in Ghana sounds very interesting and rewarding.
Bev - Hope your DH starts making some real progress soon . . . sounds like you are burning the candle at both ends.
Kat - No more excuses get busy on the Waist Whittling . . . you wanted us to keep you in line and accountable. Don't worry . . . .I think yo are doing great.
Ange - sorry to here your partner isn't doing well. Hope he is better soon and you can get back on track too.
New girls - come on in and join the fun.

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Good luck with the challenge at work Ange! Sorry to hear your partner is not doing well. That makes a lot of added stress for you I'm sure. Once the weather really feels like spring I think we will all feel better. Hubby said tonight he thinks he wants to go somewhere tomorrow so that he can walk around in the store a little because we just don't have a good place for doing much walking here. If it was warmer it would be fine but it is cool enough that he really doesn't want to be outside long. That might give me a chance to pick up a few things I want to get as well, so hopefully he doesn't change his mind.



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Oooh, swimming sounds like so much fun!

Hi everyone, sorry I've not been keeping up as much as I would like. Reading through everyone's posts since 3/22, I'm impressed with all the activity, both purposeful physical stuff and all the day to day and health issues with loved ones, etc. like everyone, life has been busy, my ol man hasn't been well, celebrated my daughter's birthday last weekend, did some cooking cleaning, walked my 3 miles a few times over last couple of weeks, and just feeling exhausted, but hopeful with the weather warming up a bit now, except we are supposed to have some snow? Is that right? Ugh!!

Try as I might, I'm not really making headway on the weight loss. Doing a four week challenge at work, sponsored by the wellness dept. maybe that will help keep me a little more focuses since I seem to be pulled in various directions daily.

Promise to try to check in at least weekly!

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emoticon Way to go Elizabeth! A couple of years ago, when I was in TN with my brother and SIL, she had a membership to a pool where they did exercises, and I LOVED it! I felt it in the tops of my feet for sure, with some of the moves we were doing- haha!
I LOVE to swim...that's one thing I love about summer, and we don't go swimming near enough-no pool at my house. We have a pond, but it's not that clean, so don't go often!

I am happy you felt so good after stretching in the water-it's so healthy!!

I have spun LOTS of points for our team, too, btw! :)

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emoticon I managed to get to the YMCA today for the first time in several months. I swam my 1/2 mile (35 minutes of crawl and back stroke) and then did another 1/2 hour of water exercises. It felt great to stretch the body. My time was slow, but no matter, I did it! I am back in the saddle again!

Now I need to get back on horse track with the food plan!

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Go Kat! You are doing great! I am still pretty much being lazy! I was very tired last night, probably because I worked on the computer for my job for much of the day, plus took care of hubby. I felt better this morning though. Hubby had a bit of a rough night and a rough start to his day but he is feeling better so far. He complained about heartburn much of the night and this morning he was vomiting so I need to call the hospital and see what they think. The visiting nurse said maybe they should reduce the rate he is getting stuff from the feeding tube but I don't know if they will agree. He usually feels pretty good all day but not so great at night when he is on that so I do suspect it has to do with the feeding tube.

The sun is nice, but it felt a bit cool when I went to the post office this morning.

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Woo Hoo! I am back at working on this jelly belly!!

That's my workout dvd! it sure does work on the belly-and the end part with the Core work...wow, it sure is challenging!
I feel good though, and hoping to go walking in a bit-just wanted it a TAD warmer!

Elizabeth, how are you feeling today? hope you have more strength, and have a bit of "get up and go"! :) hugs my friend.

Ladies, I hope you enjoy this sunshine!
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Bev, getting your husband to exercise some is terrific. I think that will most definitely help get things back moving and healing. It sounds like a huge challenge though.

I am having my off day and down day coming off steroids. It is just the way it is. I have not even gotten dressed all day.

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It is still cold here!!! Where is that sun?

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emoticon emoticon Getting out for some walking-hey, Bev, we know you and hubby will do what you can...and soon the weather should cooperate! :) hopefully anyway. That wind has been SO cold today.

I'm singing Hallelujah! LOL Michelle just stopped and got Martin, and all their stuff-I am FREE!! emoticon NOW what to do....what to do.....
I have done the laundry, folded and packed back into the kids duffles, so she doesn't have all that laundry when she gets home. I have packed their bedding and put it all away, I have straightened my bedroom, fed Martin lunch, taken a meal to a friend, visited with her a while. Got the downstairs vacuumed, stuff put away, dishes done. Whew!! emoticon

Bev, thanks for explaining all the stuff with his intestines, that is fascinating, but I'm sure NOT fun. Poor guy. Glad he is feeling better today. Do you and hubby both work?
My hubby is retired and drives school bus/tour bus sometimes.
I "retired" too, although I've never worked full time since I was in Bible college. I have that house I clean and the babysitting, but that's the extent of my jobs.

I have had some setbacks with my challenge on Whittling my Waist, so now that the kiddos are gone, I can do workouts, and hopefully walking and spend an extra week or so doing what I should have done during that time. THEN I will consider the challenge fulfilled and if I am not as happy as I could be with results at the end of that time, I will do it for another month!! I am determined that I will lose this jelly belly!! emoticon

Hope you are all well!!
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Yes, there are flurries in the air here this morning too and it looks cold out there. Yesterday I managed to get hubby to walk two laps around the porch and then we did another two laps later. I still think it was less walking than he did at the hospital but we don't have that nice long indoor hallway to walk like there was there. He had a much better night last night without the reflux bothering him. I never did end up calling the hospital to ask about it. He seemed to be okay yesterday so we decided to wait and see how last night went and if it happened again I would call today. It didn't, so maybe it was simply from something he ate that didn't agree with him yet. Kat, he was never bothered much by reflux until after the had his gallbladder surgery but after that he was and our doctor had suggested he try Prilosec, which had helped a lot. Since the surgery they have him taking four Prilosec a day instead of just the one he was taking because one of the potential complications is ulcers in the intestine. The part of his intestine that is left normally doesn't see a lot of acid because by the time it gets there it has normally been well mixed with the food and digestive juices from the pancreas, but with the first part of his intestine taken out during surgery that is no longer the case so he has to take high doses of acid blockers. Overall he is doing okay, but he has a long road ahead to complete recovery. Most people who have had this procedure say it takes 6 months to a year before they feel close to normal again, although most are able to return to work sooner than that. I have read a lot of support sites where people say they returned to work but found themselves very tired by the end of the day.

Stay warm today if you can!

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Not a very nice day out! Cold wind and snow and then supposed to have rain.

Lexy's off to school and Martin is awaiting his mom about noon time! :) Gram anticipating doing some fun today, visiting a friend to drop off a meal to her. Her husband was just diagnosed with MS and it's been stressful on their family.

Happy Monday-hope you get some walking in! I'm going to TRY!!
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Bev, sorry to hear your hubby had a rough night, but I'm sure soon he will be sleeping like a baby. I hope his reflux goes away-do they think its from the surgery or has that been an ongoing problem?
I am glad he's home though, and know you are watching over him and doing all humanly possible to help. I'm glad that you have help there, and hope that everyone is able to figure out what he needs to make him more comfortable.

I have the kids still, we went to a great morning at church-they were thrilled and loved being there. We went outside this afternoon after lunch and the wind was cold (for me) and they got wet-Martin got Soaked...playing in the "stream" running across the field. LOL I had them come in, strip down and get dry clothes on. (they had snowpants and Martin was soaked).
Now they're playing games on my Kindle Fire and I thought I'd grab the computer before hubby decided it was his turn. LOL

Their mom is on her way with her cousin to my sister's house over near Watertown NY from VA. They were just checking in a few minutes ago. They hope to be at her house 10-12 tonight depending on traffic and such. They are interstate all the way to Watertown, so that's good.
Then sometime tomorrow they will be in VT. They will have to drive to get Michelle's car that she left at a clients house before they get home, so not sure when they will be getting here. Lexy has school in the morning-Martin doesn't have preschool Mon-Tues. So he's the easy one tomorrow.

Well off for now-hope you gals are enjoying the sun! I wish I could go walking-but can't with 2 kiddos...unless I pushed them in the stroller-which would be about pushing 100 lbs...

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Thank you Elizabeth. So far things are going okay I think. He had a rough night last night with lots of reflux in spite of the double dose of Prilosec they have him on, and I might have to call the hospital to ask them about that. He slept in the recliner and that helped some but not enough. Otherwise his blood sugar is a bit higher than we would like it to be but not high enough to be a major concern. He is very tired but that is expected. All things considered I think he is doing okay.

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Hi Bev, I hope the day is going well with your husband. One day at a time...it is good he has home nursing care. I am thinking of you. Elizabeth

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Good Morning All,

I thought you might like to see a few photos of the biolatrine we installed in Ghana. Rose Manu is now cooking on biogas and uses here clean toilet. It is a close dome digester that uses not only human waste, but vegetable and animal waste. We hope to build many of these throughout Ghana. The need is great!


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We are back home as of last evening. He was very tired from the trip home and then we had to wait for the feeding equipment and supplies to be delivered and for a visiting nurse to come in and help with getting it all set up. She didn't arrive until 8:30 or so and she was here for two hours! We went through all the setup of the pump and tubes and then she checked his temp, his heart and lungs and looked at all his drains and such and made some notes, plus she had paperwork to do. She is going to come back tonight just to make sure we are all set on the feeding and to do the rest of her paperwork, but it should be a little earlier this time. Next week I guess someone will come in three times and then maybe just twice a week. His next appointment at Dartmouth is on April 13th and after that we will see how things are going to determine whether the visiting nurse is still needed or not and also whether he needs to stay on the feeding tube or not. Other than getting off schedule a bit this morning with his meds because he slept so late it is going okay so far. He is very tired of course, but that is expected. The least bit of exertion tires him out. I am going to have to get him moving around some at some point today, but since it is snowing I don't think it will involve going outside at all. We were thinking we might do some laps around the porch until he gets strong enough to do more but if it is cold he isn't going to want to go outside. I have some errands to run today but I need to wait for my son to show up to stay with his dad while I do them. He stayed at a friend's house last night but was supposed to show up this morning and stay here most of the day in case we needed help and to be here while I did my errands. I guess he isn't as dependable as I thought he was going to be!

Elizabeth I checked out the website for your company- quite interesting. I hear you about all the sitting. I've done way too much of that myself in the last 9 days!

Kat, you make me tired just reading about all that you do! I wish I had your energy!

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Martin and Lexy watching the Vergennes Falls. Brrrrr! is all I can say!!


The falls are still falling even though there's lots of ice on the Creek.


Closer up of the falls, so that you can see the ice on the right of the falls that are moving. Those are frozen solid-probably from the spray and it just sticks on and got thick?

We went to a greenhouse, but no one around, their sign said they had produce..maybe they were thinking happy thoughts?? LOL

emoticon Elizabeth, I am thinking that the "medicine" that you are teaching the people are all stuff they can use for life, and that it will spark the people to be able to find ways to have a healthier life. It's what we all want. Kudos to you and your husband being involved in such great endeavors! Did you have fun in NYC? I see on the news that Manhattan had a gas explosion, hope you were no where near there! are you still there or home? I'm happy you found this group too!

emoticon Bev, hope you are seeing some progress in your hubby's recovery. I know it must be hard traveling, so hope he is able to enjoy his own easy chair soon! I took the kiddos to the falls this morning to do a "field trip" for something to do, but it is so stinking cold out, we couldn't enjoy it long! They were asking to go back to the car.

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How many of you ladies have animals? I am allergic-esp to cats, but I have one that used to be my daughter's years ago. She had moved and couldn't have the cats, so on top of the two that I had, I got her two as well, along with her rabbit. I had a zoo for a while. We had dogs when the kids were growing up, but since they have moved out, I told hubby no dogs as we are gone too much. We have to dogsit for our son's when he goes away and can't take her with him. That's enough for me. :) I love them but don't want one. I told hubby if I died, he could have 100 of them if he chose to, and then HE would actually take care of them!
Anyway, over the years, the cats have gotten older, sick and passed, including the bunny. I don't miss them at all, (well, sometimes I do, but not all the time! LOL) I love them, but I am allergic to all of them, so I would rather not have them. I am sure this cat won't last a lot longer as she is about 17 now. She is a petite one and the kids love her. She has gotten actually friendlier in her old age. She was always a snob when she was younger and wanted nothing to do with anyone. She loves laying in hubby's lap in the recliner. She sometimes tries mine, but rarely comes up b/c I am either crocheting or just don't want her hair on me to make my eyes itchy.

So, hope to hear from you ladies soon! I have the kiddos still till Monday, and it's been a bit hairy at times, but with some sleep at night we are making it okay. Their mom is now in sunny Williamsburg VA at her uncle's house. They will be coming back on Monday.

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emoticon Kat, you all are the Cat's Meow!! I love all of your posts. Good luck on your slim waist. I just hope I can get slim!!!

Off on a new start today - once again. Traveling, even for 3 days takes a toll on me, when I am sitting so long. I was up at 4:00 AM stretching in bed and then I did my "Cancer and Healing Qi Gong" on YouTube, which are still a stretch for me.

emoticon Bev, you have challenges ahead, but I am glad they did indeed identify cancer, so you can attack it. I hope his sugars are stable soon.

emoticon Donna, you are back. Wonderful! Spring is here, I know, even though it is snowing here in Brattleboro at the moment.

emoticon Yes, this past week was very busy for us as we prepared for meetings in NYC. We are preparing for Ghana - amazing 1) institutional rocket stoves (cooking, autoclave, water sterilization) for schools, health clinics, rural hospitals, etc. as well as 2) biogas systems - waste, including human, converted into cooking gas. We have built one small biogas until thus far in Ghana. So our meetings in NYC were on both of these as we plan to bring to scale these technologies.

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emoticon My best to all this weekend. Big Hugs! I am SOOOO happy for this group!

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I saw Elizabeth's post on fb so that's how I remembered...
Bev, sorry to hear of the cancer finding, but praying God heals him fully of all

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I have been reading all the posts on here but probably not following things too closely. I missed that Elizabeth was traveling. If all goes well hubby might go home tomorrow. At one point we thought it would be today but they decided he needs to be on the feeding tube for a while so they needed time to get that set up and see how it will affect his blood sugar so they can give us a plan for when he goes home. We also got the pathology report back yesterday and they did find cancer in some of the lymph nodes so it looks like chemo and radiation will be in his future. That was not the news we hoped for of course but it could be worse. We can't change it so we will deal with it when the time comes, but he has to heal from the surgery first.
it was snowing last night but the roads were fine. Today isn't bad so far but it is supposed to rain. I think mud season will be starting on our road!

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emoticon Well, Donna, as I have been running in circles, the Waist Whittling has taken a short time back seat, but back on track yesterday, so hopefully it will be up from here! I have not measured as I think I'm going to wait for the end of the challenge. I just PRAY that there is a difference~ emoticon Hope you have fun with your mom at the fish fry and that you have a great time with the baby shower. They are always fun!! emoticon

emoticon Bev, I hope your hubby is doing well, and that you are having some better traveling weather, albeit a bit wet over the next few days. I think of you girls often and wonder how you're all doing.

emoticon Ange- are you able to get some walking in? I will try this week-I had almost 10,000 when I went to bed last night, so hopefully that will continue as I'm busy busy busy with 2 little ones!

Tuesday I spent all day in Burlington. I just had some major repair work at Kay's on my rings. I have my wedding band, engagement ring and a sapphire/diamond wrap all soldered together. I lost a sapphire back late last summer, so decided since I had to do some spending (no insurance, stupidly) I may as well have the whole wrap mount replaced. It seemed to lose stones or have prongs loose. I was in church and noticed when I rubbed my hand that my prong was sharp. It came off and went into my change purse in my wallet. I then took it up Tues and told them to fix it. She said the stone was not loose, but I wasn't taking chances, and besides, it's still under warranty. So took that in and will get it back in a couple of weeks.

While in Burl, Martin and I went to some other stores to take back a blouse I got my mom for Christmas and never wore b/c she passed. I took him to the dollar store and let him get a toy and I got some wildflower seeds that I will plant along the back side of the garden as I do every year. Love my wildflowers! They grow along the fence line. I also promised him a burger (his mom gave him money) and we went to McD's so he could get a happy meal. He chowed it.
We got back and met the bus for Lexy and then I got to leave.

emoticon My daughter leaves this afternoon for FL and somehow I missed the text section she sent earlier this week saying I needed to be there at her house at 7 this a.m. and didn't get there till 7:30 which sent her into a tailspin and she called complaining to her father b/c I was late. Ugh.. I did apologize and told her to remind me the night before next time there's a change in the time I have to be there, but that way it's double checked. I hated to cause her extra stress when she is cleaning 2 houses and needed me early.

emoticon Sun is trying to shine, not brightly, but it's trying, so I will give Mr. Sun credit for that!

emoticon Do you ladies garden? Just curious. I do a fairly big one and got a bunch of seeds at the dollar store and Kmart Tues. I have to go through my list of other seeds and will prob stop at Agway soon and get the rest, then decide what I need for plants and get those when it's time. I get excited about starting one, but then hate the weeding, but spend hours hoeing and weeding LOL

Well, off for now and try to get something accomplished...maybe a short walk before the rain comes? I don't know if I want to risk it..... emoticon
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I was in Burlington yesterday for Bowling, Lunch and errands the usual Wednesday fare and it was lovely and sunny. The wind sure came up after I got home though. It was howling from the South for awhile.
Calm and 38 this morning so I even got the dog to walk with me this morning. Lots to do today . . . .finishing getting stuff together and pack for going to my Mother's tomorrow. DD's baby shower is Sunday. I told my Mom I'd take her out for dinner tomorrow night. She likes fish fry which is very popular down there during Lent. It is a very Catholic area even though my family is not.
Kat you sound like you have been running circles lately. How the Waist Wittling going? Done any measurements yet?
Bev . . . drive safe . . . I wouldn't like the drive home at night after you are tired. It will be nice when you can get him home. When will that be?
Liz . . . .you are MIA . . . .what's going on fo you?

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During the day today it wasn't bad out, but it got very windy tonight and it was snowing when I drove home from the hospital. Tomorrow I think it is supposed to be raining. Hopefully it won't be icy when I drive up early in the morning.

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emoticon I'm not complaining about the sunshine!! :)
I have spent the day with the grands, and trying to squeeze in a bit of housework in between. I got some laundry done, stripped and remade a bed, sheets are in the dryer, one bathroom cleaned, vacuumed the whole downstairs, put clothes away that I washed. *Sigh*

At my daughters with the kiddos, I helped them clean the playroom and get the trash picked up, and things back in order. I vacuumed my daughters stairs, wiped them down around the stair treads and did the dishes. I folded a load of clothes for her, then bundled the kiddos up in snowpants and all and we trekked down to their father's sap shack in the woods. I left them with him, trekked back and now doing a small load of wash and contemplating what to make for myself for supper. H is at an FFA meeting, as when he retired, he didn't give up with the FFA. He isn't the advisor anymore, but helps prep teams for their competitions.

I forget what the next one will be, prob the state ones somewhere. I don't even know what group he's training, but I know it's not milk quality.

I have to admit Ladies, I have been lax in my ST and belly exercises the last couple of days. emoticon emoticon I have been busy with the kids, prepping to have them here tomorrow through Monday. (My daughter is leaving tomorrow afternoon to fly to FL to help drive my niece back here on Monday). It's an ordeal getting done what I want to and had our other grandson's birthday party last night. I tried not to eat too much of the alfredo from a jar with noodles...and ate lots of the veggies I took over!! Yay, so glad I had bought those!! I had broc, caul, carrots, celery, sweet red peppers, and the kids chowed into them as well. :)

I don't eat (or like) chocolate cake that they had, but the filling was tasty (I got a bite of Lexy's).
We got home late, but while I was waiting for hubby to get done chatting I was standing there doing my Waist Wasters. LOL no one asked what I was doing, so I didn't say.

I need to do some stuff now for belly and be done and then one more WW for before bed and I will have completed them for today and hopefully will continue to do them the time the kids are here. It will be tricky and no formal exercise as it's too hard. But I will do what I can.

Hope you're enjoying this "warmer" day!!
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emoticon Ya, Donna what gives!?? LOL

emoticon back Ange! you have been missed! Glad all is going okay for you, and that you are home again. Sorry about the loss of your friends dad.
I just found out this afternoon that my mom's burial service will be May 1. I am sad already thinking about it. Sometimes I forget that she's even gone.
A lady from church just lost her mom and a man from church his mom is in the hospital with pneumonia and possible flu that hit her fast and hard. She is 82. A man from church has been having problems and complications from Type 1 Diabetes for many years, and has almost died multiple times, and just found out that he now has been diagnosed with MS. His dr's want him in a rehab unit for a while to adjust and see if the meds they are giving him will help with the symptoms. It's also quite hard on his wife as she works full time (he's been on disability for a while b/c of his other health issues), and it's very hard for her right now dealing with it all. I see other people's problems and realize how blessed I am.

My busy week started today-I cleaned the house I do down the road this morning, then came home, ate lunch and showered. Then went with hubby to pick up our tax papers from our tax man, (we owe, we get nothing back) and then went into Vergennes to bank, and get some milk and a couple of things at the store.
I have finished dinner, dishes and a baked oatmeal is in the oven for my breakfasts for a while. :) it's SO yummy!!

Tomorrow it starts in full-I have to be at my daughter's at 7:30 so she can go clean the houses she does, He doesn't have school so I will have him with me. Also it's my other grandson's 11th birthday-we are invited to their house for supper tomorrow night. She is making alfredo from a jar...and I know it won't taste that good nor be healthy, but that's what he wants for his dinner, and then a chocolate/pbutter cup cake, (I don't like chocolate). I told her I don't need cake after alfredo! LOL
I was thinking of running to the mall to take my ring to Kay's to be checked. I just spent hundred's of dollars having some work done to it, and yesterday I realized a prong is feeling sharp which means it's bent or something and the diamond is in danger of falling out. I want to get it fixed before it has a chance. I had to replace a sapphire in it a few months ago and we never got insurance on my rings-THAT was dumb!

I will babysit again Wed and Thu and then my daughter leaves for FL on Thu afternoon so I get the kids overnight then take them to school Fri, pick them up and have them till Mon and my granddaughter has school, then my daughter gets home sometime Monday afternoon/evening. It will be a LONG weekend with a 6 and 4 year old! Hopefully their dad will get his sap cooking pans for the sugar house and have them working, so that Saturday afternoon we can trek down and visit and they can see Daddy at least. I keep them b/c it's too hard with him working and doing the sap this time of year. My daughter is flying down, and then driving back with my niece who's moving to NY. She will stay with Michelle for a few weeks. She will babysit once they're back, so I will most likely have a couple of weeks "off".

I had better go and get laundry done now as I want to be gone tomorrow and think I need to be back for Lexy to get off the bus in the afternoon.

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We thought you were bringing the warm weather back with you Donna!
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Ange - so glad to hear that you are ok . . . we were all starting to worry about you. I know what you mean about the generational thing. I still have my Mom but my Dad died 2 years ago this June and most of our friends are down to one or no parents . . . it also makes you start feeling old.
We got home last evening after stopping in Saratoga for a quick cup of coffee at my sister's house. I hadn't seen her since Christmas so it was nice to have a catch up. She is going to be at the baby shower for my daughter next weekend at my Mom's in Western NY so we finalized a few details of that too.
You guys could have had t a little warmer here when I got home . . . don't you think? It was 13 this morning when I took the dog out and the wind it out of the North. I sure do miss the South right now.
I have lots of laundry to do and mail to go thru so I'll check on y'all later.

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Hi everybody, well, I made out to Iowa and back. Got home last Monday at 1:30am and have been playing catch up all week between work, home,etc. An old friend was up from Florida to attend a service for her recently deceased father. I hadn't seen her in a few years so drove down to Montpelier mid week to spend an afternoon with her. We had a good visit, not long enough. The service is Monday, but I can't take the time from work as it will be down in NH. Loved her Dad and will miss him. Several friends and acquaintances my age have been losing their parents lately. It is that generational transition that I guess we all go through, but it makes you appreciate memories, good times and sparks that urge to make more time for loved ones. I've planned a day off in April to see my own folks for their Anniversary, and I've planned three days in November to go hunting with my Dad. I haven't done that for a few years so I'm looking forward to it. Also good reason to keep working on improving stamina and strength. When we hunt, it is a lot of mountain hiking and if I get one, will have to drag it out! God, hope I can manage that!

I'm feeling pretty good overall. I stopped taking my omiprazole and I think my stomach discomfort is improving. Although I've had to manage some heartburn with Tums. Trying to eliminate diet soda from my diet and switching to water and diet Gatorade. Maybe that will help too. Trying to decrease dairy as much as possible. Walked 3 miles with the dog yesterday and started out today but it was too darn cold. Did housework and some cooking.

Bev, glad to hear hubby is doing okay.

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Glad to hear your hubby is doing well . . . must be quite a strain on you driving back and forth. Take care of yourself so you can continue caring for the family. My thoughts are with both of you.

We are making the final trek home tomorrow from Dover, DE. I am feeling much batter today . . . I am thinking that I may have had a mild case of food poisoning. Glad we had a break for the snow storm.

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We live about an hour away from the hospital and I have been driving back and forth. I head up in the morning and spend the day there and then come home in the evening. We have plenty of friends and relatives that are nearby where I could stay, but I prefer to sleep in my own bed. Each day will get a little better I think but it will be baby steps. Today's baby steps were that he was able to have sips of diet ginger ale in addition to the ice chips and sips of water that he could have yesterday and that he was able to walk a short distance with the help of a walker and a nurse helping him up and pushing his iv pole. I'll be headed back up in the morning.

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emoticon Bev that's wonderful news, I hope he is doing better. Each day is a hurdle to overcome, but closer to being healthy. :) are you staying somewhere near him or do you live close by? Hope you have a place to stay so you can be with him. Hugs to you.

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Hubby is at Dartmouth Hitchcock in Lebanon. So far he has no sign of cancer outside of the bile duct. We are pretty certain the tumor was cancerous but as long as there is nothing else he probably won't need chemo or radiation.

He was moved out of the ICU this evening so it is a little easier to visit him now.

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So you can spin several times a day, as long as it is not on the same computer? That is interesting! emoticon

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emoticon Bev, I am pleased to hear that your husband has no sign of cancer. This is good news!

Is he in Brattleboro or Dartmouth?

I am thinking of you both as you get to the other side of all of this. It is simply not easy.

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Bev, thanks for the update. Hope hubby recovers well and that you both continue to heal. You're in my prayers, and know that you will need strength during his recovery period. emoticon So glad to hear there's no sign of cancer. Lots of rest will help with pain, I'm sure.
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Hubby's surgery was yesterday. The doctor told us it went well and the quick test of the lymph nodes showed no cancer so it sounds good so far. He was in a lot of pain when I got here today so they are going to do some x-rays to make sure nothing is going on inside. They adjusted his pain meds in the epidural and that has helped. He has a long recovery ahead of him but so far so good.
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I always do my Spark stuff on the computer because I don't have a smart phone. The past couple of days I haven't done much besides spin the wheel so I can keep my streak going . . . I'm up to 189 days of spinning.
Today we were suppose to be working on a Delorme Map challenge in Maryland but the weather has put it on hold until tomorrow. I'm not much of a geocacher in the snow/rain and especially down here where nobody knows how to drive in bad weather.
So we are staying an extra night( and day) in the hotel. Good thing because I have a intestinal bug going on . . . can't stay out of the bathroom if you know what I mean and that wouldn't be good on the road. My stomach has been upset all morning too . . .think I might have eaten something that didn't agree with me.
I haven't heard from Ange lately . . . .she usually posts on the weekend so we should keep watch.
Bev's hubby has surgery soon too.
Thinking of you all and hoping the weather is better when we get home.

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Elizabeth, can you spin it on something other than computer? I didn't realize it when I first started, but when I was gone I wanted to get my daily spins, so would go in and realized how many more points you get. So now that's how I mainly "spin".

I also just went in and added a lot more to my previous post!

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Wow, I only get a 5 points or maybe 7 points on the spin. I am not doing this right! Bring it on!

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emoticon Oh my!! I spin the wheel on my phone or kindle, b/c it gives points that aren't on the actual wheel. Yesterday I got a bonus spin and got 500 SP goodie points, and just now I did my regular spin and got 500 more! I will be giving you girls some spark goodies, so watch for them!! I have about 70,000 spark points to spend! :)

I am off in a min to go get Martin and Lexy, so emoticon

emoticon I'm back...picked up the kids as Lexy has half day on Friday.

Now, they are playing a bit, we will have lunch.
While they were at school this morning, I did my workout!
I will admit to you that I slacked off yesterday b/c I was just busy with him and then taking him home...I did some baking in the morning and then dishes, then wanted to crochet last night, but never got to it and just didn't feel like it last night. I did do my Waist Wasters, but not the crunches or any workout.
I did find out something. When I got done my new dvd workout (I did it 2 days ago) it's called Belly Burning Walks (just 2 miles, that focus on the abs! :) love it!! and since that's my challenge this month, I thought it would be great to use this month. emoticon

I was done with the 2 miles, then the toning session on your back with crunches and leg moves..and had shut it off Wed after doing it, and realized today, there's another whole belly burning toning session that's on your hands and knees. I didn't do it. I did my WW while that was on, and then fast forwarded to see what all was involved in it, but will do that one instead of the other next time. Prob tomorrow. One reason I kind of skipped it yesterday was b/c the belly muscles were kind of tender after doing the other one, so didn't want to make them more sore.
It is quite the workout for the belly!! I think it's helping doing these focus exercises b/c I feel more toned already, but will not measure till the end of the week of when I have written to measure. Although I may just wait till the end of the month and see if I can surprise myself! emoticon

Today is spring, but standing out there waiting for Lexy to come out of the school, the wind did NOT feel like it!! It was so cold!

It's cloudy now, and I thought with the beautiful sunrise, it would be sunnier today. I'm disappoionted.

Not much else to say-hope you girls are keeping busy and wonder if anyone has heard from Ange?
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Elizabeth, that link didn't work. When you add one, use the "Add a Link" button first, then put the link in that box and it should work then. :) thanks!!
Sorry about the computer doing that to emails..Yikes, 2,000 of them!! I have only about 25 total in my emails, b/c I go through and get rid of a lot of them daily, b/c I hate having pages and pages of them.

Good job with salad and WTG Thomas!! Sweet hubby!!

My hubby is down cellar working on converting the furnace to be able to add radiant heat, and also hook up the old wood furnace to have that as an option. We used it years ago, and it is a Buderus or some such, which is a coal/wood furnace. It was too expensive years ago to use oil, so we went to that..what a mess coal makes coming into your basement from a truck!! it had also to be "watered" to keep the dust down as it came in. Whew! Glad we don't use it anymore, it was also harder to control. When it would overheat, there was a valve that would shoot water out, and when it did that, it shuddered the pipes and sounded like a freight train coming through the house. (hubby had a pail and a drain on the floor near it, but STILL!)

Well, girlies, I have done my WW, crunches and DVD of 3 miles focusing on speed and abs. :) Am happy that's done, I have to get some vacuuming done-and get a wood fire started as H has been busy and let it go out.

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Kathi,

The animal is a yak in Nepal.

Great photo of the grandkids!

I can maneuver through files, but we get stuck on setting up a new program like Windows 8.1. They lost ALL of my emails that were very neatly in folders. So now I have one folder with over 2,000 emails. What a pain!

Did well today. Thomas made me a yummy salad for dinner.

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emoticon haha I don't have an exercise ball, but I have done a seated chair core workout with coach Nicole. And I have done my WW already, and the crunches. One more set of WW before bed sometime, and I'm golden for today! I also measured this a.m. to see what I lose in this 30 days!

So, Elizabeth, am glad you found something good for you on the menu. I am SO happy you had such a long night of sleep! yay! I have been praying for you to have some sleep! emoticon Kudos to you on all the work on hubby's computer, I don't know how to do that kind of stuff-I'm always afraid I will delete important stuff, so leave that to the pros. How do you know how to do it? did you have to go through each file and just "hand delete" what you knew were not important anymore? Also that Photo in Nepal, what are those animals? I can't see them well enough to know what they are. Awesome and lovely picture!

Bev, I'm not at all excited about mud season either, but it's a reality here in VT, right? Has anyone heard from Ange?? I am curious, wondering if she's okay. Will say some prayers for her just in case.
My three grands were here the other day, looking at a Library book Martin had chosen. It was a sunken treasure ship and it was like an I Spy book that they found enthralling. Samuel is almost 11 so he can read it and tell them what to look for. They were all engaged for quite a while looking for stuff, while Gram vegged. :)



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emoticon Thanks for the encouragement, Donna. Your trip sounds wonderful...visiting friends along the way.

There was no salmon on the menu...so chose a nice Vermont cheese / spinach omelet with a side salad. I measured 2 tsp. of oil/vinegar dressing. I also managed to get 10 minutes of walking to and from...

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Good Morning Ladies . . . . getting packed up to leave Tybee today and headed to Pawley's Island near Myrtle Beach South Carolina. We are visiting some friends who are from Vermont but live down here now. They love to golf so it is perfect for them. We are not golfers at all but the visit will be fun . . . they stayed with us last Spring for a few days.
Yesterday was a great day capped off by eating dinner outside and having live music . . . the people down here were cold but we laughed and thought it was fabulous. They had those patio heaters going and it was really nice.
Good Choices Elizabeth . . . . glad you got a good night's sleep.
Bev we don't get much of a mud season but I have been out on some of the back roads trying to geocache . . . thought we might get our car stuck.
Kat . . . .it is a new day so make sure you get those exercises in after church today . . . no excuses . . . it is Day 2 for you.

Ange . . . .where are you?

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emoticon Good morning, all.

emoticon It is a new day with 9 hours sleep straight through. I am now going to plan my meals on SP.

emoticon My daughter and a friend are in town, so we will meet for lunch after church.

emoticon + emoticon I will have a nice salad with some salmon, I will ask for vinegar and oil on the side. That should keep me on track.

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Elizabeth, I hope your body gets readjusted soon so you will be back to feeling 100% again, but don't try to push it before you have had time to recover from the treatment.

Donna, safe travels, and please bring the warm weather back with you. We had a taste of spring a few days this past week and our snow level dropped quite a bit, but we have plenty left. I'm not anxious to deal with mud season, but I know we must endure that before we can have the really nice weather, so I will be glad to see it come and go.

Kat, you are doing great and I am sure you will do just fine with your 30 day challenge.

Ange, how are things with you?

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Waist wasters. Go to my Facebook page with notes. It's there in my notes.
I do sit up crunches with weights. 2-5 lbs.

Sorry you are not feeling so hot Elizabeth. Hope you sleep well tonight and feel strong soon.
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Ok, Kat, what are the WW and crunches? What is the secret?

Today I have worked literally hours and hours on my husband's computer, cleaning up files, etc. I am bushed and have not been out.

I think this low follows my Dexamethasone chemo, a steroid - 2 high days with insomnia and then 2 or so days of low as my body readjusts. My husband is after me to track these swings.

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You ladies are much more ambitious than me! I went with hubby to my in-laws house this morning to turn on their heat and water. They won't be back for a couple of weeks, but this is the last weekend that he would be able to do it. We came home and I did a little housework and now I have a corned beef dinner cooking.

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DH and I did a 15,000 step walk this morning and got 8 out 9 geocaches along the way. The weather is perfect . . . not to hot not to cold . . .I'm in a T shirt so I think it is in the high 60's low 70's. The sky is overcast so I'm not getting burnt today. We are going to watch the St Patrick's Day Parade go right by our hotel in an hour or so. We leave Tybee in the morning and begin a week long trip North . . . home next Saturday. Get rid of the snow before we get back please.



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Okay, I have done my 3 mile WATP for the waist, with the waist belt. I have 6298 steps so far.
I saw a challenge on SP called #HealthyHabitsReset and joined it. It's a 30 day challenge, where you can add it to Facebook and you can comment on the days' challenge and see where you are. I love that it gave me a chance or a reason, really, to set a new goal.
I have decided that I am going to do this to reduce my waist size. It said to choose a goal. I have had the overall goal of weight loss, less body size, healthy eating, the whole package. But for a month, I'm devoting myself to this goal "Whittle the Waist". That's my goal name, and I'm going to have you girls hold me accountable for doing this.
I have put as my 3 reasons (not necessarily in priority order):
1. So my clothes will fit/look better.
2. I want to lose the rolls, because it will help me with weight loss
3. I will feel more comfortable when sitting and not bulge out.

3 ways I will try to reach this goal:
1. Do Waist Waster exercises 2x/day
2. Crunches with weights
3. DVD's or SP videos focusing on the waist

Okay...so now that I know what I am focused on, I want you ladies to get after me if I start slacking off. emoticon

emoticon Day one is started. I did the dvd, now need to do the WW and crunches. If you want to know what the WW are, they are an exercise that I do that is so easy. I learned it and the first time I tried it, I was faithful for a month and lost 4 inches on my waist that month!! No lie!! I just get busy and forget to do them, or say "I'll do it later" and then forget or I'm in bed and don't want to get back up...so I have to commit now to do this. I am going to type out a thing on the computer so that I can check off each day what I've done and that it's done.

Okay, ladies, a cloudy day, but we've already been sitting out on the porch with the woodstove going. It's the old little one H bought years ago, not the cookstove we will eventually have in there. This is temporary for warmth out there.

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I see!! emoticon I wondered how you got that picture on here Elizabeth! how cool! I didn't even notice that before. Where is that taken? It's beautiful!
Great job with the steps Bev, and Donna, you girls rock!!

I will try to get more tomorrow-I had the kiddos all day yesterday *yes Lexy is much better* and all day today. They went home to a tired and grumpy mom, so hoping their night is good. They will prob be in bed early!

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Way to go, Bev, on the steps...11,000!!! emoticon

You are a real inspiration to me. Keep going this weekend.

Have a good weekend, my friend.

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Good morning ladies! I meant to post last night but by the time I got home from my TOPS meeting and we had something to eat it kind of slipped my mind. I had a very small gain at weigh-in last night, but since it was only .2 I'm not going to let it worry me much.

Kat, I hope the granddaughter is feeling better and the rash was nothing more than a harmless virus. One of our grandsons has been having a touch of diarrhea, but he isn't acting sick.

Elizabeth, I hope you had a great day yesterday and will have an even better one today. Thanks for the SparkGoodie too!

Donna, Happy Birthday a day late! emoticon Enjoy the vacation and the warm weather!

This week I actually got out a few times and walked since it was so nice. On Monday I wanted to get out, but was so busy at work that I worked through my breaks. Tuesday and Wednesday I went out for a short walk on my morning break and again at lunch. Yesterday I went out on my morning break even though it was pretty chilly with the wind. I was going to go again at lunch, but ended up working through my lunch break so I could finish a project I was working on. I'm not sure what today is supposed to be like so I'm not sure if I will go today or not. I didn't quite hit my 10,000 steps on Wednesday but on Tuesday I got 11,000. I think that was the first time since November before the ulcer on my foot got bad that I had reached 10,000. Yesterday I only got about 7000 since I only walked once.

Well, I guess I better start getting ready to go to work. Have a great day everyone!

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Thanks, Kat, about asking on my chemo treatments. It all went well, but I do battle insomnia for several nights following. I am scheduled to have a full body scan (28 xrays) and bone density in a few weeks, which will be very good to compare from when I first began 2 1/2 years ago. Cancer was everywhere, but the blood markers remain normal with a "no show" of any cancer. YES!

I have so many pairs of socks bought which I hand over to Thomas, because they all cause tightness and I end up with a deep indentation around the ankles. My legs aren't large, but I did have edema following several operations and stem cell transplant. I am used to my wonderful JOBST compression above the knee hose which work for me. Maybe in another year and with weight loss my body will change once again, so I can wear regular socks. It seems like your blisters are under control and your are in lah-lah land with the socks and new shoes, Kat.

I love my new shoes with the lift. I am breaking them in slowly to see how my body responds. Then I hit the pavement!

Hope the grandkids are better, Kat. There has been so much going around this past month.

Today is a new day!. I have to figure out this eating out business with friends or my husband. We went to Rutland yesterday and stopped by a sandwich shop. Not good!

Have a beautiful day, all!

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Happy belated birthday, Donna.

Your trip sounds lovely. And you are getting in those steps. What an inspiration to me. Safe travel.

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I had a nice day today . . . .it is my birthday (shhhh 57). We have spent the last couple of days on Jekyll Island on the Coast of Georgia. We have been geocaching and sightseeing here. Yesterday was sunny and in the 70's and I got a bit of a sunburn on my neck. Today was foggy and about 63 . . . .but it didn't rain until we headed back to the hotel. We had a nice dinner at a local steak house. I had a fillet and it was delicious. I have had over 10,000 steps on my FitBit the last 2 days. Woo Hoo!

Hope the grands get better soon Kat.

Elizabeth . . . glad to see you are back on track.

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emoticon Elizabeth, hope you're having a good day. How did the treatment go? Sorry about your socks being too tight..I ended up buying one pair that is a L and I usually get M I think, and my L one seems a bit too big for me. Hoping it will shrink a little in the wash. Speaking of washer, H has my washer torn apart. It spins unbalanced and he thought something was loose or broken, but can't seem to find out why. While he had it apart, I scrubbed it down, inside and out. Looks almost like new!

emoticon emoticon The kiddos are here today-Lexy threw up yesterday at school and then again in the evening, so can't go to school. I doubt she feels well enough to anyway, she seems like she doesn't feel good. Her mom made an appt that I will meet her and take her to Dr. She is concerned about scarlet fever, although she doesn't have all the symptoms at the same time, just has had a lot of the symptoms. She has a rash on her cheeks now, had one covering her back last week. She's had fevers off and on, sore throats off and on, etc. I am sure it's just a bug, but she is afraid.
So instead of sending her brother to preschool for a couple of hours, we just kept him home too. That way we didn't have to drop him off, then pick him up and drag her out twice in it. So far she's only come here to my house, b/c they are supposed to spend the night at my house, but if she is sick, maybe they can just go home and then I will take care of them at their house tomorrow. Just play it by ear. I have their stuff here just in case though.

It's SO cold out!! emoticon Sun is shining but it's NOT warm! that wind is raw. And strong.. coming back from Michelle's it said 25 on my car temp gauge. Brrr. Not the warmer weather we had yesterday when I walked with just a hoodie! *Bright pink one that says 802 on the front*. emoticon

The kids are watching something on Netflix and H took my car down to see what my son wants to work on this morning. He did some work on Fri-Sat and didn't finish all of it.

I just vacuumed the kitchen and den and now might think of what I can feed them for lunch. He can eat the mac n cheese, but doubt she will eat much, maybe I can give her an English muffin with honey.

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3/12/15 8:30 A

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Going backwards over the past few days.

I appreciate your comments and support. This is terrific. Off to a new day today. I have my food input done and I am wearing my tracker. I hope each one of you have a beautiful day.

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3/10/15 7:17 A

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You are doing great Elizabeth . . .part of the process is learning to deal in the best way we can to those unexpected situations. Salad at the Pizza Place is a great choice. Good Luck today with your treatments.
Kat . . . .nice shoes . . . hope your weather gets nice enough to wear them outdoors soon.

Bev . . .I think of you and your family everyday . . . wishing you all better times.

We are leaving our daughter's today and headed to the coast of Georgia. The sun is hiding from us but the rain seems to be holding off for the most part. Yesterday we did a little hiking in a small Nature Preserve. We are spending 3 day at Jekyll Island and then on to Tybee Island near Savanna.

Hoping for lots of melting up there before we get back.

Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. By Charles Swindoll


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3/10/15 5:32 A

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Good luck with your treatment Elizabeth. I agree with what Donna and Kat told you about having an off day once in a while. We are only human and it will happen occasionally, but as long as we get right back on track the next day (or even the next meal) we will succeed. I made some bad choices over the weekend but was back on track yesterday.

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3/9/15 9:49 P

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Your post helps a lot. Thank you, Kat.

Tonight another night out...unexpectedly. A friend asked if I would pick her foster child up at school as she was running late. I did...then she asked if I would go join them for dinner at a yummy pizza place near by. I agreed. I was on tonight...had a Greek caesar salad...no pizza.

Back on track tomorrow. My new walker is finally registering my few steps. I am off to walk tomorrow to begin my 10 minutes and build from there with my new shoes.

emoticon Tomorrow is chemo day for my bi-monthly maintenance drugs. All goes well.



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emoticon Donna, I like that you're getting some Fitbit steps!! you rock girl!!

emoticon Elizabeth, when you have a day or more like that, you don't kick yourself for it, you just start over the next day and do the best you can. We all have days that aren't as great as others, and you can't eat "right" at every meal, so do the best you can, and enjoy life a bit too!! You know you can eat right at home, so just plan the next meal to be a healthier version. I went to Outback the other night and I'm sure the dressing on the Caesar salad was not my usual light dressing, but oh well, it was good, and I was careful not to get a lot of fatty stuff, so ordered some teriyaki medallions and they were grilled with onions and peppers. Yum. I also had an order of fries, which were not the greatest, but oh well, salad for the next two days is okay. :) I also made a lower fat cheddar chowder.

So Elizabeth, I wouldn't worry about a slip up...we all have them. And if it was healthy and balanced, then it's all good. We all overeat sometimes, too, and it's part of living, but we can't do it every day. I did find that when we were on vacation staying with friends/family for 2 weeks, it's hard not to eat what they prepare, so just go easy and try to carry some healthy snacks you can munch on (veggies or something and since we ARE on vaca I bring the cooler with our cheese and lower fat mayo etc, so I can use those if I need to.) Makes it hard, but once you're home, just focus on eating right again and doing lots of walking if you can. Even when we are at those states when it's hot, I have (weird I know) woke up early and gone walking most mornings alone.) I don't know why, guess the Lord is helping me stay fit on vacation? LOL don't know but I am hoping that's the reason.

Tonight we are having chicken. :) hubby gets the thighs, I get the breasts.

I just went over to this store in Bristol. A friend from church works there. Her brother owns it. Green Mountain Shoe and Apparel. (the man's wife runs the one in Middlebury). I needed to check out their sneaker and sock selections.
emoticon I bought a pair of Saucony ones which are SO comfy. I also got 3 pairs of Darn Tough socks. She always gives me discounts too! :)
I got my sneakers for $55 and all the socks reduced too.

I cleaned the house for the neighbor this a.m. They'd had a "mishap" at their house sometime since I was there 2 weeks ago-she never mentioned it to me, though. I guess the upstairs toilet overflowed and the water went down through the kitchen ceiling..ugh, so the ceiling and floor upstairs are all ripped up. I guess they got one estimate of damage which said $8000 Yikes! She's hoping for a cheaper one!

Anyway, just cleaning and the bit of walking around I've done-I have 7049 steps so far, so I should be good before the end of the day. I didn't make my goal for the million steps, but I'm glad it's over. Whew!

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I meant to post my message this morning to the Town Square!

I was at my son's last night. He prepared a delicious meal that was wholesome and balanced. But I ate way too much and simply ignoring and NOT THINKING. What do you all do when you go out to eat and go over to a friend's house? I need your thoughts please on the best way to get a handle on this major slip up for me. Thank you. emoticon

Donna replied to my entry. Thanks.



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Congratulations on such a great loss Elizabeth! Hopefully the new shoes will making walking easier for you. I had a small loss of one pound this past week, but it had been two weeks since I had last weighed in. Yesterday we did some grocery shopping and tried to find a bathrobe for hubby that he can take to the hospital with him, but we had no luck finding that. I think we are going somewhere else today to look for one. He has one but it is a very heavy one and he wants a lightweight one. I did convince him to buy a couple of pairs of new pants since all his old ones are too big with the weight he has lost so far. If he undoes his belt they just about fall down to his ankles!

We wanted to find a place to do some indoor walking this weekend but I'm not sure that is going to happen. There is no place very close to us to do it. It was fairly nice outside yesterday, although a little cool with the slight breeze we had at times. We were shopping in Claremont and we thought about walking along the sidewalks where we were but they looked pretty icy. It might have been better right in the downtown area, but along Washington Street it was too icy.

Have a great day everyone!

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emoticon Kat, congratulations on your 5 K walk. It is bummer you have these painful blisters. I hope they heal fast. It really helps to go to someone knowledgeable on shoes.

You may want to check out John Bingham, The Penquin, and Coach Jenny Hadfield.John is my cousin married to Jenny. They both are out there in the walking, running field and have terrific advise.

www.jennyhadfield.com/blister-preven
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thepenguinchronicles.com/ John has many sites. He is know as The Penguin.

emoticon My shoes with the 1/2" lift came in yesterday. Yahoo! It feels so good to be level and to be able to wiggle my toes.

emoticon Have a beautiful day all. We are off to church soon and then having dinner with my son and family later today.

Elizabeth

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