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You sound busy as usual Kat! I wish I had half your energy. Probably if I lost the 60+ pounds of excess weight I carry around I might have a bit more energy but I could never keep up with you.

It has been pretty warm for February the past few days but I haven't really had a chance to enjoy it. Hubby has been in the hospital again, but he came home today. Sunday night he started having chills and was running a fever so we went to the local ER. We were concerned that he might be developing another post-surgical infection since he has a history of that. They did lots of tests (chest x-ray, urine, and blood tests) looking for an infection but didn't find anything so they decided to do a CT scan. By the time they did the scan it was 3 AM and close to 4 AM before we were told the result. They said they saw a pocket of fluid in his abdomen so they thought he had another abcess. They contacted Dartmouth Hitchcock and apparently they wanted him transferred up there so around 5 he was loaded into an ambulance to be transported to DHMC. I came home and grabbed his CPAP machine in case he ended up getting admitted, as well as a change of clothes for me in case they did keep him and I decided to stay with family and get some sleep rather than drive home. We spent a few hours in the ER there before they moved him to a room, but they mostly just monitored him on Monday- his temp was back down to normal and everything else seemed fine. After I left to drive home Monday night he had a temp of 102, so Tuesday morning his surgeon told us he wanted to do exploratory surgery to go in and see what was wrong inside. He told us he was a bit puzzled because from the CT scan my husband should have been very sick but other than the fever he appeared to be fine. He had laparoscopic surgery on Tuesday afternoon but they didn't find any sign of an abcess. He did have some fluid in his abdomen and they found signs of some bleeding (probably from his surgery 3 weeks ago) as well as a bunch of adhesions that he cleaned up, but none of that explained the fevers. His temp has been normal since Monday night but we will be keeping an eye on it. Hopefully the fever won't come back and the only visits he will have in the future will be check-ups in the clinic. I will be going to work tomorrow, but he will have a visiting nurse coming to check on him. On Monday he has an appointment at DHMC but we are not sure yet if he will drive himself to it or if I will need to go with him. It depends on how well he does over the next three days. That appointment had previously been scheduled as a follow-up to his last surgery, and I thought they would cancel it and replace it with one a little further out but they said since they didn't find a reason for his fever they want to "keep him on a short leash" for now.

I hope your grandson feels better. There is a lot of crap going around. My cough still is not completely gone, but I can't quite figure out if it is a cold or allergies. At times I go hours without coughing but other times I cough a lot.

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emoticon Did a emoticon walk today!! I can't believe how warm it was out!! I wore one of my thin wick-a-way-the-sweat shirts and a light running jacket. I was plenty warm.
emoticon I moved the Christmas tree off the back lawn, and cleaned the boughs from the window boxes...Then tried to rake the lawn to get the gravel from the driveway back into the driveway, but the rake wasn't do a good job, it was just spreading it thinner...so I gave up. I got a bucket and the picker-digger and dug up the pickers growing in the lawn (no we have NO snow!!). It all melted in the rain yesterday.

emoticon I made some scalloped potatoes with ham (a SP low fat version...total yum!!) I did add onions that they didn't have listed. I can't do them without onions!
Talked on the phone to my daughter today and my grandson got brought home from school throwing up...poor boy. My daugher's mil went to get him and kept him all day, and she will keep him tomorrow too no doubt...no sense in giving the rest of us his germs...I don't want them!

Donna, how's your foot doing? and the cold? emoticon Hope you're feeling better!
When is your anniversary party going to be? sounds like fun!!
Sorry about your daughter's friend. That is sad....
We have had a lot of things going on at church with different people, happy and sad. Our choir director, song director, youth pastor (all the same person), he and his wife are expecting #2! :) and she is very sick. Poor girl.
We have another lady due. I forget when. May?? maybe...
We have had a couple of funerals to go to lately and just found out last night another lady whom I have known and loved for years is in Stage 4 lung cancer. She is not well, and they have her on hospice and don't expect it to be more than 2 weeks for her to live emoticon That is so sad esp when it was so sudden. She also had a mild heart attack over the weekend. Another lady found out her husband was seeing someone else, so she is a mess.
Just a lot going on.

Hubby, son and grandson went to Smuggler's Notch today to go skiing...said they had a good time.

I hope you ladies are surviving this "horribly frigid weather". emoticon I'm not complaining!!

I'm in a new challenge with SP. It's the 30 day Plateau Busting challenge b/c I feel I have to push through and do this...I have at least 10 lbs to lose and want to do it...I didn't gain over the holidays, nor have I lost much since....so I am hoping if I do this and shake it up a bit, maybe I will see some other victories even if the scale doesn't budge. I did measure so I can see if I lose anything around the waist, hips, or thighs, etc...we'll see!

I try to find a new challenge each month to keep me accountable. I am in a challenge with another sp and we are trying to get in more active minutes each week. I have had a low week but then got about 58 of them today alone, so am happy about that. Some days are 0.... (fitbit gives us this number). I have Fitbit One. the little clip on one.

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1/29/16 10:51 A

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I have a quiet weekend planned. . . . .hopefully I can rid of the rest of this cold . . . .I didn't sleep very well last night . . . like it was coming back for round 2.
I have been busy on the computer planning a 20th Anniversary Party weekend for DH and I . . . caterers, a tent, tables chairs . . . .etc . . . . .I want to get it all done before we head to Florida in March. We live in a Summer touristy destination and the vendors book up for weddings and other parties. So much to do and think about. It will be about 50 people for the Friday night Maine Style Lobster Clam Feast and 65-70 for Saturdays BBQ. At least I can most of it on line.

Today is the birthday of my youngest daughter's best friend who died 18 months ago from brain cancer leaving two young children without a Mom. Sad day for many of us. Shedding a few tears for a young woman who is sorely missed.





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1/28/16 9:20 P

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I learned to knit when I was much younger but I seldom do it. I prefer crocheting as it goes faster. I never liked working with crochet cotton so I don't do things like doilies. I use yarn for all of my projects. I have made some toys for the grandkids and of course hats, mittens, and scarfs. I used to make baby sweater outfits whenever anyone in the family was having a baby but I haven't done much of that in recent years. I did make some for one of my husband's nieces a year or so ago, but those are the only recent ones. I made several small afghans in the past year or two. I gave one to each of the grandkids and to some of their parents, one for my hubby, and I have a couple of spares around the house that are unclaimed so far.

I wish we were going south but it doesn't seem likely that we will be this year. I have already used 10.5 vacation days this year for hubby's doctor's appointments and surgery/hospitalization so I need to save some for a real vacation this summer. Last year we were not able to take a vacation so I am hoping we will get one this year. I am also hoping he is able to do some geocaching again this year. We have not found a cache since October of 2014 when he first started having digestive issues. We were spending a long weekend in Maine over Columbus Day weekend (doing some caching) and he started having severe abdominal pain. He went to the doctor shortly after we got home and that started the long process that led to his cancer diagnosis in Feb 2015. Hopefully the cancer stays in remission for a long time so we can get back to some sort of a normal life for a while. He will never go back to work at this point and I'm not sure he will ever get all of his strength back, but we are hoping he will be well enough to get out and do some of the things he used to.

I guess I have rambled on long enough so I will shut up now. Tomorrow is TGIF day and then the weekend. I hope everyone is able to enjoy it.

Bev

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I went to my PT app't this morning and I don't have to go back for at least 2 weeks . . .she is going to call me and see how I am doing and discuss whether I need more PT or if I am good on my own. Woo Hoo . . . .I have been being very good with the exercises she gave me and slowly getting back into my real life. I am suppose to ease into my regular routine.

I knit but have not been able to mast crocheting. My sister crochets and tried to teach me but I will have to teach myself because I am sort of left handed. I do some things right but most left . . . .I taught myself to knit with the help of You Tube videos when I was unsure of what I was doing.

No snow up here . . .we had a little but it all melted in the last warmup. It doesn't bother me not to have snow this year . . . .i worry about icy spots and falling when I walk and this year even more so with my foot not being 100% yet.

Almost 1 month until we head South for some warmth and sun and of course some geocaching. Can't wait.

Time to get a few things done around here.

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emoticon any white stuff for you?? none here!! I can't believe we've had only a couple of inches of snow all winter, and even that's not staying on...saying over the next week off and on rain/snow mix...so if it rains, it will all melt...not your typical winter in VT for sure! my bff in NY state (Beaver Falls, NY) upstate, said they got 8 inches at their house yesterday. I need to find out from my sisters how much they each got. All the 3 area schools were closed though, but one sister works at the vocational center as a secretary and had to go to work, my other sister works at the elementary school as guidance counselor and had to go in too...so they both had to drive in it.

Harmon is up working on the addition, finishing the insulating in the elevator shaft...hopefully that will be done soon. I need to go check his progress. He leaves about 2 or so to go drive a bus for bb game. Gives me time home alone! :)

I didn't go walking today as the wind is way too cold today!! 17 mph right now...and saying it feels like 23..maybe! The wind cuts my head and makes it ache even with a hat, so staying in and maybe I will break out the treadmill? maybe not...LOL maybe I will be lazy and just do some cross stitch!! I just got back into it a bit, with little projects, but it's been fun. I can't do it at night though, too hard to see those little holes for the needle...need good daytime light.

Got the laundry done, some vacuuming, and used some Old English on the stairway where the cats have gone up and jumped onto the landing using a shortcut. So their back toe nails have scratched the wood and this doesn't get rid of them, just hides them.
The oil man came today and filled both our tanks and cost was down to $1.70/gallon! whoot whoot! We got 227 gallons. :) should be golden for a while!
We do use the wood stove sometimes when it's down below freezing.

So what's new? anything? I made some Swedish meatballs for a lady from church who just had surgery (for her family) and made another batch for us. Cooked up Uncle Ben's brown rice to go with it...so have lots of rice, and will try to make some tasty Spanish rice, although I haven't found a recipe I like the taste of that much, so if you have one?? I think b/c I try to make it lower in fat?? I don't know. My sister made some out in NY when I was there, and it was okay, but didn't have a lot of flavor. I like flavor but not hot. So not sure what the secret is?? my mom used to make good Spanish rice, but don't have her recipe, not sure she had one. I went through my aunt's recipe box and didn't see any in there but I will ask her if she has a good one. I didn't think of it then.
I remember as a kid eating bread with butter on it, then taking a huge scoop of the Spanish rice, putting it on the bread and eating it that way. LOL probably not the healthiest way!!

The kids in the class at church last night were wound to the hilt...not sure why, but have to do some changeups for next time!! ;)

I am off to find something constructive to do even if it's only to crochet or cross-stitch. (I got out some beginner knitting books too, as I've never been good at that) and will try my hand soon at some easy project! :) Do you ladies knit or crochet? I crochet doilies mostly. :)

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Good News Bev . . . .hopefully he stays on the mend today.
I only feel a little bad for those dealing with the snow . . . . unlike us theirs will probably all melt in a few days. I have a friend down in Baltimore who posted pics on Facebook of her and her DH cross country skiing in the streets . . . .the had a bunch of fun.
I slept like crap last night so my plan for the day is to settle myself on the couch and knit while the games are on. I might go for a short walk in a few minutes before I settle in for the day. Can't do more than a 1/4 to 1/2 mile though yet . . . getting better but I don't want to overdo and set my progress back.

Dinner is leftover soup so we are all set for the day.

Have a good one everyone

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I never did take hubby to the ER yesterday but I did end up calling the hospital and speaking to a surgeon on call. She told me that as long as he was otherwise feeling well and the chills hadn't come back it was probably okay to wait and see how he was today. If his temp went up or if he had any more chills or developed any additional symptoms she said to call back and they would alert the ER that we were coming in. She also told me if the fever continued today we should probably come in as they might want to do a CT scan. Fortunately so far this morning his temp looks normal, so I guess whatever was going on yesterday was not anything serious. I will still keep an eye on his temp today but we are more optimistic now than we were yesterday.

I feel bad for all those people who are dealing with all that snow, but I am certainly happy that we didn't get it.

Enjoy the sunshine today!

Bev

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Bev, sorry hear your hubby has been feeling sick, and now with a temp....keep us posted! Sorry you are feeling sick too. I am happy not to have anything, though, as I see my sister has her grandson there and he was just vomiting...not good.

Donna, glad you're into a hiking boot...eventually it should heal though, right? even if it's not what you had hoped, it will be better and usable to get around.

I hadn't thought about me driving my husband crazy...hmmm, well, it's hard to, I think, b/c he can work circles around me and he is 12 years older than I am.. (he will be 72 the end of May). He is always working hard on the addition to the house, and the past couple of weeks, driving the school bus for basketball trips for the middle and high school kids. Boys and girls. So he's gone a lot.

Donna, son did get home and picked up the dog a couple of hours ago-they didn't have the storms as they left before it really hit there. Good thing, huh?

I saw on f/b that my cousin in WV had 24 inches so far and supposed to snow all night still, until 6 or so tomorrow morning...and I hollered in to hubby to let him know, so he didn't say a word to me, and called my cousin! LOL he was talking to her and then I asked who he was talking to-he told me, and I laughed. So when they got done, he let me talk for a while. :) she has a lot of animals and just had 4 baby lambs born. The first one came Christmas Eve, it's sibling on Christmas day. and 3 more since, but one died. She said it's hard trudging down to the barn in all this snow.

Hubby and I took Chewie (son's dog) out for a walk this morning. She is beautiful.


My cousin takes care of a lady, so she brought the Christmas day lamb for a visit. This is my cousin Kathy with Phyllis and the lamb.


Hugs to all-stay warm!!

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1/23/16 9:19 A

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I have been battling a cold for about a week too Donna. It started last weekend with just a bit of a dry cough and I was hoping it was simply because of dry air, but it wasn't. I thought it was getting better earlier this week because the coughing seemed to be less, but then it started to develop into a slight head cold. It hasn't been all that bad (I sound worse than I feel), but I can't seem to get rid of it. I have been hoping hubby wouldn't catch it. This morning he seems to be running a fever so we will be keeping an eye on it and if it continues I will be calling DHMC and may need to take him up to be checked for an infection. He woke up in the wee hours of the morning saying he couldn't get warm and I didn't think that was a good sign. We took his temp then and it was 100.9 but since he had been huddled under the covers I was hoping it was giving a false reading. Shortly after he got up this morning we took it again and it was 102. I will check again soon and if it is still up I will be calling the surgeon on call per his discharge instructions. It may be nothing but I don't want to take any chances, especially with his history of infections.

Have a great day everyone!

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Despite my best efforts to wash my hands and keep away from DH and his germs I have managed to catch his cold . . . he is on the mend but it has been a week. I really do not look forward to being sick for a week. I am going to go outside for a walk today (a short one with this foot) and see if I can get some good fresh air into these lungs. When I was walking my dog everyday I had not had a cold in years . . . .bummed. If it isn't one thing it is another.

Hope everyone has a great Saturday.

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Nice pic Ange . . . it is good to change it up once in awhile.
Bev - glad to hear that your DH is on the mend again and this time maybe for good.
Kat - You are a marvel . . . .so busy all the time. I think I would drive my DH crazy if I were as busy as you . He is a very laid back person and sometimes too much so for me but I have adjusted over the years and now we are more like a compromise of both of us. He is a little less laid back and I am not so frenetic.

Really glad the storm is going to miss us. Head out this afternoon to get a long overdue haircut. I was suppose to get it cut before the holidays but it was just to hard to get around with that stupid cast on so now it is out of control. Going to get some groceries afterward then settle in a for a quiet weekend. DH has been sick all with with a cough and chest cold and this morning I woke up with a sore throat. I think I morphed his germs being around him.

I had PT yesterday morning and the foot is making progress and I can see some light at the end of the tunnel. I even drove myself there since it is only 8 miles and DH is not feeling all that great. I am totally out of that stupid boot and into hiking shoes. I am going to start walking some flat distances this weekend and see how it goes. Woo Hoo

Have a great day everyone


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I like the new picture Ange! Sorry to hear about your tv problems. Hopefully it won't be too costly to get that one working or a new one for the big game. I made a quilt just once but it was also hand tied and was very much an amateur job! My sister-in-law used to make them before her sewing machine got destroyed in the flooding from Irene. She said she normally kept it upstairs but she had used it and hadn't put it away so she lost that along with almost everything else on her first floor. I think she did get a new one but she said it is not as nice as the one she had. She couldn't afford to replace it with a comparable one after all the money she spent on repairing the house. I made a few articles of clothing many years ago, but for a long time the only sewing I have done is a few repairs and I did make curtains for my house because I couldn't find any I liked that were the right size for my windows- at least not at a price I was willing to pay. I just bought myself a new sewing machine, mainly because my old one was so heavy I hated to set it up. I bought it over 40 years ago but it still worked fine. I haven't used the new one yet. I need to find some material and make new curtains. After 15 years I am ready to replace the original ones.

Donna, I hope the foot is doing well!

Hubby came home on Wednesday and I went to work yesterday. So far, so good. He will go back on Monday to have the staples taken out and then has a followup with the surgeon in two weeks.

Kat, I see you are busy as usual. I could never keep up with you that's for sure!

Have a great day and a wonderful weekend everyone. I am glad the snowstorm is going to miss us.

Bev

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Oh, and after all these years, I finally updated my profile picture. emoticon

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Hi ladies,

Bev, hopefully your hubby will be feeling much better soon and you both can get back on track. Donna, that is a bummer about the foot. I hope you find some relief and that PT will help you get back to a more comfortable place. Kat, sounds like you are doing good and keeping busy!

Not much new to report here. I'm about the same. Disliking the cold and snow and can't wait for spring. Busy with work and family. My two highlights was watching the Revenant at the theatre. The movie was excellent.. I also jumped into an old hobby of quilting and am making a log cabin twin quilt for my grand daughter. Starting of easy since it has been about 15 years or so since my last one. Testing my old sewing machine and thinking about whether to invest in a better new machine. I've only ever tied my quilts and never machine quilted the top, I don't think my old singer is really designed for it, but I think the quilts would last longer if I could do the stitching over the whole quilt.

Then, my darn TV is going on the blink. It is under warranty and a guy is coming tomorrow to determine my destiny for a new TV. Problem is, this tv was a great deal at the time and to replace it will be expensive, even if I do get all or part of my cost back from this tv. Ugh, I really don't like these unplanned expenses... But I can't possibly miss the Super Bowl! Rooting for the Patriots, of course.

I've been on the treadmill a couple of times in the last two weeks and out walking a couple times, but really struggling to lose even an ounce. No energy. I need some new incentive, daylight, and warmer weather! emoticon

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emoticon Bev, so sorry to hear about Hubby not feeling well and having the surgery, but glad he will be okay, and that the dr is right and he will be up to 100% when recovered. Poor guy, he's been through the wringer, which makes it hard on you as well. My heart goes out to you ladies, with all the health issues either of your own, or hubby or friends. It makes it hard.

emoticon Donna, you take care with that foot while you're away. I know you like your fun geocashing, (I have never done any) but be careful..not sure what the weather will be, but no falls, you hear??

emoticon emoticon I have been busy trying to get back on the fitness track, and have been doing pretty well at it...woke up this a.m. with some sore muscles in my thighs and calves from the last couple of workouts (yesterday was 4 miles of pretty strenuous workout with a dvd). So today I had thought I might go for a walk since sun is trying to come out, and it's about 32 out...so it's nicer and a bit warmer. I will go soon I think before it has a chance of getting dark. Days end so fast here!

I have been working this morning-vacuumed the downstairs, cleaned the up and downstairs bathrooms, made some soup for hubby. Yesterday I made shepherd's pie and chili, and today I made some buttermilk cornbread (it's some mix I picked up in WV when we were there this summer, I CANNOT find it anywhere north of there! I have been to every Walmart between here and there looking, believe me..hubby was so annoyed that every Walmart we came to the summer before last I had to stop and see...but no they don't sell it.) and my cousin had a bag she gave me, so that's what I'm using.
I had in 12,247 steps yesterday as I was so busy. today I'm down a LOT. I have gotten a lot done, though.

I also have gone on my email and read through sp ones I wanted to read, deleted them and cleaned out my inbox. I hate when it's piled with stuff.

We have been well, no sicknesses here. My aunt that we stayed with in NY has a bad head cold though, as I guess her granddaughter was there this weekend and she had one. My sister also has bronchitis. I'm so glad I'm not getting all this stuff-I do take Airborne every day though and I do believe it builds up the immune system to keep from getting everything that is floating around. My dr's know and they are fine with it.

I have been going through rooms and picking somewhere or something to clean and organize. Yesterday it was the top shelf in the den closet, this morning it was the closet upstairs in the hall that has shampoos, lotions, handsoaps and stuff, and got that organized. The other day I went through my craft totes and some bins in there and got that cleaned out, some junk thrown out, and more organized..someday, my whole house might be done! LOL

I am OCD if you haven't guessed by now and messes make me crazy.
I have also been trying NOT to snack in the afternoons and evenings, so have been working on some new projects. I made a "spider web" doily that I had wanted to do for some time. I want to get some black velvet or other type of material like that, and frame it. I think it will look awesome.
I also started another doily that I have about 1/2 or more done. I got a pattern from my aunt through f/b and have made a few baby turbans that are crocheted. My daughter has a friend who has a foster baby coming home from the hospital today, and she is only a couple of weeks old. I am giving her a baby afghan I crocheted, and a few of these hats. and an adorable really soft stuffed piggy. emoticon

My daughter and I are going up to see her on Sunday afternoon when I get out of church. I am so excited!! :)

So that's my story and I'm sticking to it!! I hope all you ladies are well. I'm friends with Elizabeth on f/b and know she's been traveling some, and has some gorgeous pics there.

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We haven't been geocaching since my hubby got sick. He had his appointment last Friday with the surgeon and they were able to get him in right away for surgery. He had that done on Tuesday and is now recovering. They ended up having to redo most of his upper digestive system so he will be in the hospital until Monday at least. Originally we were told 3 or 4 days but the repairs were more extensive than expected. His doctor says he should feel 100 percent better once this heals. He also said he didn't see anything that he thought was cancer. He told me there were a number of nodules that he removed and took biopsies of but he thinks they were simply scar tissue. So unless we hear different later on things sound very positive thank goodness.

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So quiet in here . . . hope everyone is ok and just busy. Had my second PT app't today and she said I can wear my hiking boot for an hour at a time 3 times a day until Monday and if is going well 2 hours until my next app't . . . progress . . . slow and steady. I have been being really good about doing my PT exercises everyday even when we were in NY last weekend.
This weekend we are headed to Saratoga to my sister's house for some geocaching events. They call it Cabin Fever and it should be fun . . . .mostly a social thing but it is good to get out in the winter. BIL has a few caches he wants us to do while we are there so I will have to time that with when I have my hiking boot on because the other boot is not good for being outside . . . the bottom is flat and maybe slippery on ice . . . don't want to Fall. We are going to stay over Sunday night because we want to watch the football game and not have to drive back if we have a few drinks.
What is everyone else up to lately?

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So I got my cast off but my foot isn't all better . . . the doctor pressed on the spot where I said it was bothering me and I about jumped off the table . . . .so I am back in the boot and headed to PT . . . .I am suppose to progress from the boot to a hiking shoe and back into a regular shoe but if it doesn't get better in the next month I have to see him again and possible get a cortisone shot into the are. The long and short is he said that I shouldn't be running anymore because that is not a good exercise for me emoticon I was just starting to enjoy it. . . and for now the walking has to be on a flat surface . . . no hills as it stresses the tendon in question. I have my 1st PT app't tomorrow at 9:00 am
I spoke to my daughter this morning and she said at least you are out of the cast . . . .the glass is always half full for her and she is right they could have recast it.
Today I am doing the laundry and getting ready for our trip to my Mom's tomorrow. We are having a holiday gathering with my family on Saturday then watching the Steelers Saturday night at my sisters house and probably heading back on Sunday if the weather isn't too bad. It is nice to be retired and have flexibility.

Divorce can be so messy . . . .my daughters were 8 and 11 when their Dad and I split up. . . .fortunately they have kept a relationship with him and I get to stay out of it. They don't like their Stepmother at all . . . .partially because she was the "other" woman and partially because she doesn't take very good care of their Dad. . . .unhealthy foods and little exercise.
Anyway I hope it all works out in the end for your son Bev. and I do feel bad for you DH and his daughter.
Got to get back at the laundry . . . .later gang.

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Bev, my brother in law had a divorce when his daughter was very young, 2 or so...and she poisoned her against him till she became an adult, then made the decision to see her father, and now has a good relationship with him. She also has one with her half brother. So when they are adults they can make that choice, and hopefully your little one will also want to have a relationship some day with his dad, no matter what the mother says about him.
You can't fall into the trap of acting like her by bad mouthing her, and that is a good philosophy. Let them make the decision on their own, when they are older, and hopefully he will want to know his dad.

I am busy...today I slept in a bit, but then got up and ate, then downloaded an app for some audio books on my phone to listen to on the dreaded treadmill...I used it for an hour this morning, but not the speed I wanted for or incline as long as I wanted to b/c my daughter called and we talked so had to slow down to hear well..plus I didn't have my Bluetooth in which was kinda hard...but still managed to go about 3.5 mph and get some miles on...it was about 3.5 miles. So I'm happy with that at least. emoticon I walk, not run tho.

I hope everyone is surviving this cold! I walked inside today so as not to have a repeat of yesterdays frozen leg syndrome! LOL

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Welcome back Kat! It sounds like you are just as busy as ever! I don't think my grandson will really ever know what his mother is like because we don't speak badly of her when he is around. I know she doesn't follow that same rule because once early on when my son had visitation with him he asked him how come he keeps calling his mama. He wasn't calling the witch but obviously she was telling their son he was. In one of the e-mails she sent to my son she told him that "Logan will remember things the way I want him to remember them" and I suspect she is right because he spends all of his time with her and he is young enough that he will only know what she tells him. My husband has an ex who bad-mouthed him to his youngest daughter for years and she has had nothing to do with him since she was a teenager (she is now in her 30s). His other daughter (who lived with us) told us that her mother used to tell her younger sister that she would sit by the window and cry because her dad never showed up to pick her up when he was supposed to. That was an absolute lie, but she believed it. I know it still bothers him but he has accepted that she will never change and he just tells people he only has two kids.

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Hey girls Happy 2016 and I pray you all have a healthy New Year as well!

Bev, I'm so sorry to hear about the troubles with your son's ex...why are some people so spiteful that they don't see the hurt and damage they do to their children and other people? It's really HER loss, too, by becoming this person whom her son will one day know for what she truly is...how sad for him. I know it's always the children who suffer the most.

Donna, I hope that foot of yours stops acting up and heals quickly and that you are able to start getting around on your own, driving and all the stuff you want/need to be doing...in the meantime, do you knit or crochet or do scrapbooking or something that you can be working on to make the time go without injuring yourself further? I am planning this winter while Housebound, is to work on some family connections in the notebook where I have been taking notes for a few years. I have gotten a few things to help with getting the family tree done on my dad's side of the family and hopefully getting some info typed up about remembrances, which I think my son will like to have some day and pass the knowledge to others in our family.

Ange, sounds like just trying to keep your head above water is a full time job for you, with your busy life. I know it was like that for me for years when I worked, but now that I'm basically retired, I find I have a lot more free time on my hands for stuff I want to do or help out with.

Today I went to the church to help a few other people take down the Christmas décor and get our snowman/snowflake stuff out. It was quite a project as one lady also went through the totes and got rid of any of the old and not so nice anymore décor. So now it's all organized and with just what we need, not with stuff that's outlived it's usefulness.

I also went for a FRIGID walk this afternoon and my thighs are still tingling from it...it was saying 12 degrees on weather.com and 1 mph wind...ya right! it was a lot windier than that, and not sure what the actual temp was, but I should have worn my thicker jeans, for sure!!
When I was in NY I went for a lovely (also cold, but more sheltered) walk along the canal in Boonville in the town where my aunt lives, whom we stay with. I got some nice pics. I tried to attach, but computer seems slow and refusing to...so I will add them to team photos..

I got all my Christmas décor and tree taken down and packed away at home on 12/31...first time in history I think. I had gotten home on Wed, (and Donna, no bad weather coming home) and just wanted it gone...I don't know what got into me.

I had a wonderful visit with my aunt, my sisters and boyfriend/spouses and some friends, so that was a nice trip. I wanted to walk a lot more when I was there, but it rained a lot. :( then it snowed some.

I was in a challenge with a lady from church and her group and I got a medal!! :) I had to get so many points for so many miles from Thanksgiving to New Years Day, and I made it, just didn't get extra stuff in for the drawings for prizes.
I was in another challenge with a lady from MI and I lost 1.6 lbs rather than gain over the holidays! We have decided to extend our challenge through the year...she has challenged us both to lost 16 in 2016. That spreads it over a lot of time, but hey, it's do-able, right??
I told her I was in!!
She made me accountable every week!!

I have been helping Hubby some on the addition work, but mostly he's alone doing it...he is insulating and putting plywood over the insulation up in the overhead storage place in the garage. We had redone that room and it's still a work in progress. But he has also been getting some of the junk OUT of there, which I LOVE. :) I do see a sled I want to get out...the other one we had he gave to his sister when she was here this summer, so this one STAYS here!! it's a runner sled from his childhood. I would like to put it down stairs or outside somewhere for the winter months.

I guess I will end this "book" but thought I would write as I have been gone so much and quite busy. :)
Have a great week and stay WARM!!
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Hi Donna, Bev, Kat and all. Happy New Year and may you and all your loved one's have good health for the coming year. I have to say that I am relieved the holidays are over. While I had an enjoyable time, it has also been a lot of work and somewhat tiring. Back to work as of today. I had some quality time with the granddaughter and family and Doug. He is doing better. They won't do surgery for gall bladder since he is too high risk. Guess he'll have to watch what he eats, or suffer the consequences.

Sounds like everyone made it through the holidays. I have to say that I had no focus on watching food or exercising although I managed to walk a few times. I got on my treadmill tonight given the extreme cold. Felt good about that! The next three or four months are my least favorite time of year, but I am trying to make plans to do some indoor projects before the weather improves. I need to do some painting, some organizing in the basement and some little repairs and other projects that have been building up over the last couple of years. Between those and the treadmill I intend to keep myself occupied and hopefully focused on moving and improving my physical fitness.

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January 2 . . . our daughter left around 10 and once again the house is quiet. We gathered up all the recycles, trash and deposit bottles and headed to the dump and bottle returns . . . . whoo the was quite the job and DH had to do most of it since I am not able right now but I did get to go along for the ride. It is very strange for me not to be able to do for myself or drive anywhere. I'm not liking it one bit.
The weather is suppose to get colder tomorrow and even more on Monday. After Christmas is over I don't really care about having snow. Oh well we live in Vermont and it is a reality.
Sorry to hear that your son is still having problems with his soon to be ex . . . . some people are just so foolish . . . . they don't realize how it effects the kids. Hope it all gets resolved soon.
Ange - where are you . . . . we haven't heard from you in awhile.
Kat - I trust your trip was ok coming back from Upstate NY . . . the weather was kinda nasty a couple of days.

Going to settle down with my tea and a book and maybe even nap. I haven't been sleeping well.

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We are kind of in the same boat Donna. We are waiting for hubby's appointment on the 8th to see what the plan will be for surgery on his digestive system. Until then we really can't make any plans since we don't know when he might be in the hospital or for how long. Before he developed the fistula the surgeon said he anticipated a 3 hour surgery and 3 or 4 days in the hospital followed by 2 or 3 weeks to recover, but I don't know if the fistula complicates things or not. We had another concern come up this week but hopefully it will turn out to be nothing. He had labs done on Monday and we saw his oncologist on Tuesday. All of his liver enzymes were much higher than they had been previously and several times above the upper limit of normal so she had him go for an ultrasound on Wednesday morning so they could get a look at his liver. That didn't show anything of concern, so we are hoping it might be nothing more than a side effect of the antibiotic he just finished last week. He is going for labs again on Monday to re-check them, and then on Friday he will have more labs and also a CT scan before he sees the surgeon.

We will have most of the family here tomorrow to finally celebrate Christmas. It was supposed to be with everyone but our soon-to-be-ex DIL is playing more games and our son got served a revised restraining order last night that he can have no contact at all with their son- so she is taking Christmas with his brother and cousins away from her 4-year old son just for revenge against his father. Camden cried last night when told his brother couldn't come. They will not get to see him at least until after a court hearing on the 11th. I wish I had the money to hire someone with the ability to track all the e-mails that she has fraudulently created and sent to herself alleging them to be from our son and then maybe she would be facing charges for what she has done instead of him facing charges for things he has not done.

Let's hope 2016 is a good year! In our house 2015 sucked so we are ready for some happier days!

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So the New Year is here and I am still sort of stuck in the old . . . .I can't move forward until after Tuesday when I get this cast off and see what is happening with my foot. In the mean time I enjoying the last day with my daughter before she heads back to Georgia and just trying to relax.

Hope everyone has a great and healthy 2016!

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I hope you are not driving home in this storm today Kat.
We also had a great Christmas . . .my sister and her hubby came Christmas morning with fresh baked Quiche and then we had a relaxing day and a fabulous dinner. But the highlight was having a Christmas night campfire. . . . a great way to end the day. It was a beautiful clear night with a full moon.
This week I am taking it easy after the craziness that lead up to Christmas. I have one more week in the cast before I see the doctor next Tuesday.

Drive safe if you are coming home soon Kat
Hope all is well with you Bev and Ange
Wishing us all a Happy Healthy New Year

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Christmas is over! We had a great time with all the family and friend festivities. Choir went well, whew! So glad it's over!!
Drove here to NY yesterday to my aunts and then last night our son called when he got home from his Inlaws.
He didn't have a key to get in!! And our cat was in the house. I had asked hubby a couple of times if he had a key and hubby insisted he did. Nope. So this am hubby left for home. He got back and will make keys today somewhere and come back here tomorrow sometime. Poor kitty would have starved to death!
So Aunti and I went to visit a lady at a nursing home this morning Aunti used to care for. And then we went to Walmart to get Christmas cards for next year. We got veggies for tossed salad too as that's what we're supposed to bring to our family dinner Tuesday night at my sisters.
It's raining today. All day so far. Their snowbanks are melting. We had no snow at home.
Wish it wouldn't rain as I wanted to walk outside instead of sit. :(
I want to go to church tonight and surprise my sister. Gotta find out what time church starts and make sure I leave early enough.

Not much else. Busy NOT here. Haha
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Enjoy the festivities everyone! Tomorrow will be a quiet day for us. We might go to our son's house for a while in the afternoon, but it will depend on how hubby is feeling. Other than that we plan on being home by ourselves. Next Saturday the crew will all be here for the day though.

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Merry Christmas Vermont Sparkers!

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Merry Christmas Eve . . . .even though we with weather it feels more like Easter. I have heard some people are even seeing some Spring bulbs coming up. I haven't been out to the gardens to check mine since I don't get around to well lately.
In an hour or so I will start cooking our Christmas buffet . . . a family tradition since the children were born. My daughter is quite the cook and she will be helping and DH is the dishwasher extraordinaire. . . . our son and his sweetie will be here this afternoon and my sister and her hubby in the morning. Let the fun begin.

Merry Christmas to my favorite team!

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No we didn't get much snow here. When I went to pick up my grandson yesterday the roads were snow-covered most of the way but they were bare when I got to Springfield. We had just enough to cover the ground here but when I got to where my son lives they had about an inch on the ground. Ours is pretty much gone already but I don't know about theirs. We left there around noon and came back to our house for the rest of the day so that hubby didn't have to stay here alone all day like he does during the week when I am working. My son is being allowed to see his son today as well so I will be heading out to pick up the grandson again soon. His ex told the daycare provider to tell him since he wouldn't see him on Christmas she would let him see him today as long as I was available. I don't think she is suddenly deciding to be more reasonable, so I expect she wants to finish up some last-minute shopping, but whatever the reason he is happy to have a few extra hours with his son. It takes up my entire weekend but he needs to see his son and his son needs to see him so I agreed to be available as long as they spend the day here.

Kat, enjoy the singing!

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I am feeling much better . . . .they said that it wouldn't be easy and sometimes you just need to give yourself a break. I took some Aleve (I'm not a drug person for the most part) and then I rested and my daughter got home on Friday. She and DH but up the tree . . . yesterday DD and I wen to the church's cookie walk and Winter Farmer's Market. Today is my rest day anyway . . . .gonna watch my Steelers this afternoon.
Tomorrow DD and I have a finish the shopping day and lunch out. . . . mostly groceries and a few last minute errands. We always go out together and finish up but this year may be more challenging. Wish me luck.
Kat hope you throat is better today and you can sing sweetly. I do love the Christmas music.
Bev did you guys get much snow? Ours is suppose to be gone by Tuesday and they are predicting 58 for Christmas . . . .can you believe that?

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Kat, it is good to hear form you- but I get tired just reading about your day!

Donna, I meant to say it yesterday, but rant all you want! I hope today was a better day for you.

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So the clock is ticking ladies! do you have your list checked twice? are you all set to go??

I am pretty much done...my shopping is done, my gifts are all wrapped. I spent the day yesterday doing laundry and vacuuming the house up and downstairs. I mopped the kitchen floor the minute my hubby left to go drive a bus b/c he wasn't coming home till about 11 pm last night...bb game. High schoolers.

I spent today all day at my daughters. She has had a house "guest" that was only supposed to be a short term, temporary "guest" who turned into a nightmare. She and her daughter moved out of the mom's boyfriend's house with ALL her stuff, and a mom dog and a puppy, which my daughter had never agreed to...the stay turned into 6 weeks, and this woman lived like a pig up stairs in their guest room, and the puppy chewed on numerous things, and what he wasn't chewing on he was peeing on. That's why my daughter had said NO puppy...anyway, she also told her to put her dog food in an enclosed container so critters couldn't get it...and to NOT eat upstairs...well, she didn't listen to either and we found dog food and cheese-it's in the sofa, in a rug my daughter had put up there to keep the dog from peeing on it anymore, and in the kids toy bins, along with mouse poop, and more mouse poop!! ya, NOT fun, but it's all clean now and daughter is ecstatic!!

We cleaned the kids play room, including sorting their toys and organizing them, throwing away any broken or trash. We scrubbed down and rearranged the guest room, and set mouse traps all over up there, and I reminded her she has to check them!!

Now she can take all the kids gifts up there, lock the door, wrap the gifts and keep them hidden without the kids knowing.. We also cleaned out and organized her office and that's one thing she's been wanting to do...now she has to file a box of stuff, but at least she can get in there now.

Harmon (hubby) has been working on projects here around the house, esp the addition, putting in insulation and getting it sealed up where he is putting in the elevator...did I tell you we are putting an elevator in that will go from the basement to the garage on ground floor, to the upstairs?? LOL yes, it's real!!
Will make it much easier for our elderly years!

I hear my sister and aunt in NY got about 8-12 inches of snow over the night and all day today, and we got a dusting, but it's all gone now.

Tomorrow is the church choir Christmas Cantata and I am nervous b/c my voice has been hoarse and scratchy for the past week or so, think it's allergies. I will be drinking some throat coat tea tomorrow...just hope it doesn't make me have to pee too much!! LOL
Oh, a friend on SP that I knew from a different group=she and I are in a private challenge, just the two of us...to lose 1 lb per week till Jan...we started the first of Dec...so far I have lost a couple or so lbs...I am also doing some waist exercises to try to shrink the middle...I am trying to lose mine by eating healthier, and doing exercise, she is trying to lose by tracking her calories, and we are about neck and neck right now...:) it's fun and keeping us more accountable!!
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Feeling very down today . . . .my hip really hurts when I have my weight on it . . .which is most of the time I am not sitting. Not sure if I should try calling the doctors office because they will probably tell me to just sit . . . .Christmas is a week away.

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Maintaining this time of year is pretty good Donna- especially when your activity is limited. I won't be weighing in at TOPS until 2016 but I will keep track of what I am doing on the scale here at home. I have gained several pounds over the past few months, so I am hoping not to gain any more! It would be nice to lose a few but I know that is unlikely.

Donna, I am sure the family will understand if things are a bit different this year than in other years. When I broke my ankle it was at this same time of year and I was unable to use crutches (too uncoordinated) so I was relying on a wheelchair and a walker to get around. I used a wheelchair most of the time, but I couldn't get it into the bathroom (it fit through the door but I couldn't maneuver it between the sink and the tub) so I used a walker and hopped along on one leg to get into the bathroom. Needless to say others had to help out with Christmas dinner that year.

Donna, thanks for the note on my SparkPage. Hubby got a call from Dartmouth today but his appointment won't be until Jan 8th, so they must not think his issue is as urgent as we were thinking it might be. His oncologist was hoping he could be seen within a week but it will be three weeks from tomorrow. He is going to have a visiting nurse coming in to check on him two or three times a week in the meantime, which I am happy about. I will be more comfortable knowing someone with some medical training is going to see him somewhat regularly. I can and will monitor his temperature for signs of infection, and if something doesn't seem right I would make a phone call or take him to the ER but she will know more about what to watch for than I would. We were not given much in the way of instructions other than to call if he spikes a fever or if we have any questions.

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Christmas Eve is a week from today . . . . emoticon I still have so much to do and will have to accept that some things are just not going to get done this year. Our youngest will be home tomorrow and that is a great comfort to me . . . .she said to just leave it until she got here to help. I am managing to get around better with the scooter but yesterday I was on crutches for the time we were out and today my hip on the good side is very sore. I think keeping all the weight on one side can't be very good for it.
Oh Bev . . . so sorry to hear that DH is having more problems . . . . emoticon I am sure it is very difficult for him and you.
Oh Kat . . . .where are you?

I got on the scale today and weighed the same as I did last week. I weighed myself before and after the cast to make sure I knew how much to subtract for this stupid thing. I think it is a good thing to maintain considering my level of activity is way down and the eating is so tempting right now. My goal for the next 2 weeks is to maintain . . . but as soon as I can get going again is is full throttle to a reasonable weight.

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Exciting news that your family is moving much closer Donna. I hope the cast does its job and you don't need surgery. I saw someone using one of those knee scooters when we went to one of hubby's appointments at DHMC a few months back and I thought it looked pretty neat. I had to use one of the electric carts in the grocery store several years ago when I broke my ankle and I found it difficult to maneuver around in it.

Hubby's appointment yesterday did not go as we expected. He has yet another complication that has come up and the remainder of his chemo has been put on hold. They are not sure if it will be done later or if they will decide four cycles is enough. We pretty much knew he had an infection back in his incision scar again, but this time it appears to me more serious than just a surface skin infection. There is some really nasty stuff coming out of the hole that opened up in his belly that he didn't have the other times. They suspect it is a fistula and the yucky stuff may be coming from the intestines. Instead of having chemo yesterday he had a CT scan and saw a surgeon who works at that hospital briefly (he ducked in between patients to take a look). They are working on getting him in to see the original surgeon at Dartmouth who did his Whipple to see what he thinks but it sounds like he may be having surgery in the near future. He is pretty discouraged but I keep telling him this too will be behind him eventually and it is just one more detour on his way to recovery (now to convince myself of that).

Otherwise things are okay here. Ange, I hope things are okay with you- and you too Donna and Kat, and anyone else who may check in here.

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I can't understand why I get dropped from this thread even though I am a regular participant . . . .Grrrr.
Anyway, yes I am in a cast until hopefully the 5th of January but it could be longer. I have a partially torn tendon in my mid foot. The cast is suppose to stabilize the area and allow it to heal but if it doesn't work I could be looking at surgery in the New Year. One thing at a time.
I have never been on crutches before and that part just sucks. I bought a knee scooter which is made for people with casted lower extremities and I love it. I did go out with DH today to the grocery and used the electric cart that they have.
Ange sorry to hear your sweetie isn't doing well . . . .hope he is able to enjoy the holidays with you and his family. I hope you are abble to enjoy the holidays without worrying to much.
Bev as always you and you DH are in my prayers. Good luck at the doctors.
Kat . . . .where are you . . . .busy I am sure . . . .you have so much energy . . . .I am so jealous. . . . I have become such a procrastinator over the years since the kids left home.

Oh and good news for our family in the New Year our DD SIL and granddaughter are coming back East . . . .they are getting an assignment at the Coast Guard Station in Southwest Harbor Maine . . emoticon

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Ange, I hope there will be a non-surgical treatment for your guy- or if they do have no choice but to do surgery that he is able to tolerate the surgery with no major problems. It is tough to see our men suffering.

We had a relatively quiet weekend. My father-in-law was in the area for a few days to attend the funeral of a man he worked for 35+ years. My husband's brother is married to the man's daughter and their family and my husband's family have been friends for years so my BIL bought a plane ticket so my FIL could come back from Florida for the funeral. That was Saturday morning and then we spent some time visiting him on Saturday afternoon. All of my husband's siblings went to the service but we didn't because it was a graveside service and my hubby can't tolerate the cold (it wasn't that cold Saturday but he would have felt cold) and he isn't supposed to be around crowds either because of the risk of infection while he is on chemo. I am sure they all understood why he wasn't there. My FIL headed back to Florida yesterday morning. We went shopping yesterday for a few groceries and a few more stocking stuffer items, but if I don't find some more things the stockings here will look kind of empty this year! There are a couple of discount stores around here that I am going to check out over the next week or so. Christmas with the family will actually take place here on Jan 2nd so I have a little extra time.

I am heading to work this morning and then will be off tomorrow to go with hubby to his oncology appointment and chemo treatment for this week. Unless his numbers look better than they did last week they told him he will need to be given blood this week. Since he was off chemo last week I am thinking his numbers might have improved just enough that he won't need a transfusion but we will find out tomorrow. This will be his last cycle so he should finish up with the chemo completely on 12/28. At some point shortly after that I assume he will have a CT scan and then will find out when they can do the next surgery to repair the blockage in his intestines. After that we are hoping he will start to feel better and will be able to eat without being in pain afterwards- and maybe start getting some of his strength back.

Well, it looks like it is time for me to hit the shower, so have a great day everyone!

Donna, I saw your stylish new legwear on Facebook- good luck with it!

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Hi everyone! Only 11 more days till Christmas? Can it be? Ughhhh! I'm not ready! Yesterday was a rat race down in Williston. Not going back out shopping next weekend. Think I'll have to make a couple stops after work this week. Shopping is almost done. I tried to do some baking today, but my guy wanted Hungarian goulash (from Raechel Ray) so I succumbed to his wishes and it took up about 2 1/2 hours of oven time. I did make some pumpkin muffins and two batches of molasses Kringle cookies. More baking to do next weekend.

Doug has been sick and it turns out he has acute cholecystitis with stones, high bilirubin, and high platelets. He had a CT Friday night and waiting for those results. Not sure what the plan will be as surgery is very high risk for him. It seems a never ending battle, but at least we have plans for him to spend some time with his children and grandchildren over the next few weeks.

In case I don't get back on before Christmas, I want to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and healthy and happy New Year! Please be safe if traveling! The new year will bring a new opportunity to renew our resolve with the weight loss and healthier living! Cheers gals!

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Hi All,

It has been a busy few weeks for my husband and me as we tackle paperwork that has long been neglected due to my cancer treatments over the past few years. And we have been redoing our insurance. Can you believe we will save over $3000 this coming year by switching to a new Medicare Drug Plan?

I am paying attention to mindfulness. I went to a retreat last week and am also reading more. I am now back to my schedule that I found most helpful - to bed by 9:00 PM and up at 5:00 AM with a nice long quiet time. I seek to be mindful on my food intake. I have not lost weight, but I have not lost hope.

I signed up for The Mayo Clinic Program. That, along with my Cron-o-Meter, is my plan for now...and checking in with you all. I continue to swim my 1/2 hour and walk.

We are heading south to Virginia for Christmas and will continue on to Florida as plans stand now...We are still working on them.

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Donna, sorry to hear about the frustrating situation with your medical appointments. Yes, unfortunately January will be the start of another year for deductibles, although I think I have heard that with some insurance plans if you meet your deductible in the last quarter it can carry forward and count for the new year. I seem to remember we had something like that at a job I used to work at. I am extremely thankful for the coverage we have but we will end up spending a lot in the month of January due to the new year. We have only a $25 deductible per person on our prescriptions and then we pay a percentage of them up to a maximum out of pocket cost of $750 so we never pay more than $775 a year per person for prescriptions. Unfortunately the digestive enzymes and insulin that Rodney takes are very expensive so if we have to fill those in January we will probably spend the entire $775 in the first month. Most of our medical costs are covered so that will affect us less. We have a $50 ER visit co-pay and a $20 office visit co-pay and $250 for hospital admissions. We had a few ER co-pays this year and four admission co-pays along with a bunch of office visits, but considering that his entire bills would have been well over 1/4 million dollars I am happy we didn't have to pay a lot more. Early next year we will have another hospitalization co-pay when he has surgery to repair his intestinal blockage, but hopefully he will spend less time in the hospital next year than he did this year. When they did his chemo this week it took four people and eight tries to get a usable IV in his arm, so they called him today and said they are referring him to Dartmouth to have a port put in. He only has two more infusions left, but he will have a lot more times that he has blood drawn, and they can also use the port when he has the surgery so it will be useful even after the chemo is done. They said he will need to come in once a month to get it flushed but they can leave it in for a long time if needed.

Kat, good for you getting all those holiday tasks done! I don't do much of any decorating any more. I always say I am not sending cards either but I usually end up sending them to those who sent them to us because I feel guilty.

I had a gain at TOPS this week. I knew I was going to so it was not a surprise. I have not been focusing on eating right or exercise for a while. I am giving a lot of thought to how I can revamp things starting in January. For now my goal is to just keep from doing more damage! I am still slightly below where I started the year so as long as I can stay where I am I won't beat myself up over it.

Well the clock says I need to get my butt to bed so I can get up in the morning to go to work. Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend all!

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Donna that is truly disheartening to know they may not do anything and you might have to meet your deductible again. Keep us posted on if they can squeak you in under the radar.
I have been out straight but have not been walking in the rain. I hate being in the rain.
I am in a new challenge with some church ladies but I am not getting many points this week as I have been too busy to focus on exercise even tho I do have a lot of stairs and steps and such. I will add up my points this weekend sometime. I need at least 15,000 points just to get a medal. If I bust my butt a bit I can get 30,000 and get my name in a drawing for some gift cards. I don't want to be in her fitness classes. They are too strenuous for me.
So let's see how I do in the next month. I have till Jan 1.
I have my Christmas cards ready to mail tomorrow. I have my decor mostly done and Hubby has been doing some door swapping so we can have those done before winter.

I have some scarves to finish up to send down to WV.

Hope you are all well during the holiday eating times. I have tried to behave and in a challenge with a friend on sp from MI to try to lose 1 pound/week till after the holidays. I have lost .2. Not much but it's a start with only doing it 4 days. She is prob going to beat me but at least I will focus better. She is going for more calorie counting. I am going more for exercise and ST. Let's see.

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So disappointed . . .the news is no news. I had the MRI done and then they told me that it would be read over the weekend and my doctor isn't in until Wednesday so she would call me then with the results or I could schedule an app't to go over the results with her for Thursday next week. Seriously? I was so bummed I almost cried . . . this has gone on for so long that by the time they figure it out it will be too late to get anything done this year and I will have to start next year trying to make my $2500 deductible again . . . .not to mention that my foot hurts every step I take.
The only good part of the day was that the technician that did the MRI had me take off my FitBit and she saw that it was peeling and coming apart and she asked when I got it and I told her last year for Christmas so she said to call FitBit because that shouldn't happen and I could get a new one under warranty so I did when I got home and a new FitBit will be here in 7 days . . . emoticon

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It was a nice weekend but I too ate more than I should have . . . . no regrets just facts, I knew what I was doing and it was a conscious choice. This morning I have track my food for the day and enjoyed a delicious morning smoothie . . . .I am right back on track. Doing a little Cyber Monday shopping then DH and I are taking a ride to town to Lowes and the library . . . oh the excitement of it all emoticon When we get home we have a few other presnow tasks to complete and I want to get the decorations down from the attic so I can start decorating maybe tomorrow.
Wishing everyone a successful start to the new week and new month tomorrow.

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Ange, it sounds like you have been busy, but in a good way for the most part. For me it has been more of the same- go to work, come home and fix meals, then park in front of the computer for a while, then take care of the day's dishes and maybe do some laundry somewhere in there, then go to bed and get up in the morning to do the same thing over again. Weekends I get to sleep in most days, but other than the days I have to pick up the grandson for his visitation with his dad I don't have a lot going on. We usually do some shopping at some point each weekend but that's about the only time we leave the house other than when I go to work or he goes for a medical appointment. We did go visit his brother and his sister on Friday and we went to our daughter's for Thanksgiving with her and her family (and had a turkey dinner with our son, his girlfriend, and one grandson here yesterday). I think I have gained about five pounds in the last week- at least I feel like it! I'll have my work cut out for me to get rid of some of it before I weigh in at TOPS on Thursday.

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Hi everyone. Well, I've been horribly deficient in my activity here I'm afraid. Time just got away from me. I hope everyone had a good holiday. I'm afraid my calorie target was overshot by a mile or two, but am happy that my laryngitis finally ended a couple weeks ago, that I had a good time in mid November hunting with Dad in NH (no luck though), that I've spent time with my grand daughter and that I was able to have my folks and my daughter and family here for the holiday. In between all that I was working, cleaning house, running errands and trying to get through the day. There is such a change of lifestyle once we get into the colder months.

And now the holiday rush begins with shopping, baking, wrapping, decorating, social events and culminating in another huge meal followed by the New Years resolution to get back on track! Yup, I can predict the future!

On a positive note, I have been tracking my food pretty diligently on My fitness pal app which I find to be much easier and less time consuming. I like it because it synchronizes with my Map my walk app and builds into my calorie budget the extra based on what I did for exercise. It also tells you what you would weigh in five weeks if you ate the way you did for that day, every day. I have not purchased the extended functionality of the app and I'm only using the basic, but it seems to be working, other than I've still not lost any weight. Especially after this weekend. My PT guy thinks I am stuck at my body's set point. God, I hope not! LOL

Anyway, that is all for now. Take care everybody, I'll check back in again soon. emoticon

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Oh my I am so far behind on this thread . . . just spend a bunch of time catching up.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

We had a nice dinner but it was just the 2 of us . . . .usually we go to my Mom's in Western NY but since we were just there a couple of weeks ago we decided to stay home this year. I made a couple of new recipes and it was really nice but now I am exhausted . . . .I need to get a second wind.

I have a FitBit that I got last year . . . I would not buy another because I am not all that pleased with it's accuracy. That being said I do think having it on has keep me more active than I might normally be.

Tomorrow I have some house cleaning to do and my sister is coming from Saratoga tomorrow night, We are going to the Barre craft show on Saturday and the "boys" are going to do some geocaching. Then Sunday after my Steelers are playing and it is going to be on TV so that is my weekend.

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And Happy Thanksgiving to you too Kat (and everyone else)!

Enjoy the day with family and/or friends- and remember we are supposed to be stuffing the turkey (if you are having turkey) and not ourselves!

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I can just picture the look on your face when you got the call that you had forgotten to pick up your grandson! I can imagine doing something like that myself- and my husband wouldn't let me forget it either! At least he wasn't stranded somewhere!

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Hey Bev, sometimes it is even better when you get to go to their house and not have the mess at yours! we had lots of pots and pans and dishes, thankfully I have a big dishwasher that took most of them, but there still had to be some hand washing. :)

Today I am making turkey soup as I cooked down the bones last night and deboned all the meat...I froze the leftovers of stuff so we can eat them on Thur evening for dinner if we want and not have hubby chow them all everyday till they're gone. :)

I just took my grandson to his volunteer gig in Middlebury, and will be setting an alarm to go get him b/c last week I totally forgot to get him at 5 and my husband came in the house after working out on the truck all day at 6 and said "Did you go get Samuel?" ooops!! and then my phone rang, my son got a call from the volunteer place and he was on his way down-he laughed...it is funny but now it's not when it's a constant reminder, so hopefully I won't continue getting ribbed for months about it...I asked him if HE ever forgot to do something? he did quiet down after that....

So anyway, my daughter and her two little ones (7 and 5 years old) are heading to my sister's in NY this afternoon and will be there for supper. Then about 3 a.m. she is leaving there to head to VA to my nieces for several days. I am worried and will be praying for them as her husband is not going and there's no one to help with driving. It's a LONG trip alone with 2 kids. From upstate NY to VA in one fell swoop.

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We are not having everyone here for a Thanksgiving dinner this year. We are going to our daughter's on Thursday and our son is going to spend it with his girlfriend's family. We will get together with our son, his girlfriend, and his oldest boy on Saturday. We will have turkey and most of the fixings, but it won't be anything too elaborate.

Kat, I think it is great that you will be spending part of the day with your friend and her husband and bringing them a special dinner. I am sure they will really appreciate it.

Enjoy your holidays everyone, whatever the plans are.

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