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7/22/16 8:32 P

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It turned out to be a very nice day for the boat cruise. It was pretty warm so we stayed inside for the entire time where it was air conditioned. We would have had a better view from the outside deck, but it would have been more crowded because quite a few people were out there. The food was okay, but not really that great. We had a hard time finding a place to park but we finally found a spot on a street not far away and I dug up enough quarters to pay for 3 hours of time. I figured we would probably not need much more than two hours but I didn't want to take a chance on getting a ticket. A guy who works in one of our other offices was just a few cars away from us and he was worried that he would have a ticket because he didn't have enough quarters- but unless they send him one by mail he lucked out since there was not one on his truck when he got back to it. We decided to check out ECHO afterwards but I didn't have any more quarters so I loaded the parking app on my phone and charged more time on my debit card. I paid for another three hours but we were only there for just over an hour, so they made money on me! ECHO was a big disappointment. I think young kids would enjoy it, but it was definitely not worth the $25 we spent to go there. We went up via I-91 and I-89 but we came back down Route 7 to Rutland and then over 103 to home after eating dinner in Rutland. It was a nice day- and I still have the weekend to enjoy before I have to go back to work.

Happy Anniversary Donna!

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I have been on that boat a few times for a couple of weddings and some corporate team building back when I worked at IBM. The wind is a whipping this morning . . . I expect they will probably hug the shore or stay on the leeward side of the Islands . . .have fun.
Our daughter got here yesterday and everyone else arrives today . . .Party Time! Our actual Anniversary is Wednesday the 27th . . . 20 years has flown by.
Got to go . . . lots to do.

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Bev I hope you have a wonderful cruise. I've been out once and it was very nice. Last summer my daughters friend was married on it and had the reception out there too.

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Enjoy the party Donna! When is the actual anniversary?

We are headed to Burlington this morning to go on the Spirit of Ethan Allen with some of my co-workers. The offices are closed today for the "Employee Appreciation" event. I was quite surprised when I heard they were doing this as usually their summer get-togethers are from 3 -6 PM so they close the office a couple of hours early, but not for the day. There is a bus transporting people to Burlington and back but we opted to drive up on our own (and not spend hours on a bus with those people). It sounds like the weather may not be very cooperative but maybe we will get lucky and the storms will hold off until afterwards.

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I don't like to think about Summer being 1/2 over . . . right now all of my focus is on the Party this weekend. The tent comes today and our daughter gets here this morning from Wyoming. Still lots to do . . . but I'll feel better when she is here. I miss her even though I usually don't see here in the Summer . . . .she is a calming influence to my insanity when things are hectic . . . can't explain it any better than that. Next week I am back in the full court press of my eating and exercise. . . .I have lost a couple of pounds the last couple of weeks but I have really ben trying . . . .just being busy and in constant motion I think
Hope everyone is doing fine . . . Have a great weekend I know I will

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7/20/16 9:10 P

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Hello everybody!

Can summer be half over already? Say it isn't so.

Hope all is well with you, ladies!

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Hi Ladies, sounds like everyone is enjoying summer, travel, time to reflect, time to share with friends and family. Just the way it should be...

I counting down days to a planned 4 day trip to Maine in August. Bringing my daughter and grand daughter to Old Orchard. Staying at some old hotel right on the beach.. I think it will be great! Plan on spending time with my toes in the sand, scallops in my belly and playing with Jillian in the surf. Hoping Kim will be able to manage okay as she is currently at 22 weeks with her twins. That will put her at about 26 weeks by the time we go. I just can't imagine how she is going to be moving in her last 10 weeks of pregnancy. Hoping for sunny but cool-ish weather for our trip so she can enjoy it.

Anyway, I've managed to gain a pound back this week. I have been eating a bit more since feeling somewhat better, but trying to keep portions to a limit and still not fully back to the fiber yet. I've had some fruit and a few veggies, but can tell they don't settle well. So, food choices are definitely limited when trying to stick to low fiber, no spice or acidic food.

The garden is doing good. Need to tie up the tomatoes. I found a few naturally reoccurring tomato plant from seeds that must have been left from tomatoes from last year.

Not much else to report. Will check in later!

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My DH usually goes to Pittsburgh in the Fall . . . . his sister is a widow and she has some project that they can do together and it is good for them to have time together . . . they also do stuff for their brother who is marginally able to manage to do stuff for himself . . . his health is not good.
I make a plan of things that he doesn't like to eat and have those when he is not home . . .I play the stereo and dance all over the house and get stuff done but after a week I want someone to talk to and I am ready for him to be home . . .he usually goes for 10-12 days. This will be the 1st year without a dog . . . last year he didn't go . . . I am not sure how well I will like be home without a dog.
One more day in Maine and we head home tomorrow.

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7/9/16 11:52 P

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Yes, Donna, hubby is home. He originally had planned on getting back tonight but they actually headed back a day early and arrived here around 9:30 last night. His brother spent the night here and then drove another hour this morning to his place. Your comment about getting more done with DH gone but then wanting him home is exactly how I felt. It was nice to have time to get a few things done that I never seemed to manage when he was here- but I was more than ready to have him back.

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Just checking in before bedtime . . . we had a busy rainy day. We drove down to our daughters house and had some Linner (Lunch/Dinner) they normally eat early and go to bed early with their little one. Had a nice time with the grand daughter . . . love her so much . . . she makes me smile just being in the room with her.
Then we drove back to our cabin and stopped by some friends house for some after dinner drinks and conversation . . . now back at the cabin with one full day left of vacation . . .Monday we head back to VT and I have to get busy with the final preparations for our party in 2 weeks.
Nighty Night . . . I'll be back in the am

Sounds like a nice vacation Kat
Bev is your DH back from Florida yet or are you still having fun on your own . . . .I get so much more done around the house when my DH goes to PA to visit his sister . . . .and then I want him to be home again .

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emoticon Sorry ladies!! I hadn't realized you were here chatting as I don't get notifications saying it. So have not been here to see all the excitement of fishing, trips and all.
We are now on our 2nd leg of our vacation. Don't normally go home halfway between. Haha. We went to MA to stay with friends and had a great visit and sight seeing. We went to Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls and it was gorgeous. An old trolley bridge converted to flower and tree gardens.
Went to Hartford CT park and saw the capital building and wanted to go through the old capital museum but it was closed due to financial problems.
Visited a friend in RI and then hubby's cousin in CT. Went home that night. Stayed till early Friday morning then drove to PA. This morning we left there to go to Norfolk VA. Stay there till Monday and then head to WV to my cousins. Will be there all week.
I am looking forward to some beach time!! Either later this evening or tomorrow. I am in need of sand and sea!!
I ate so badly at Hs friends house as they don't eat very healthy and they eat a LOT. They make your plate which I don't like.
But when we had lunch with my friend all I had was steamed veggies and one spring roll.
Got home and ate healthy. :)
Fresh steamed Swiss chard from my garden. Yum!
Did some weeding but mostly just checking on the garden.
It's doing well.
I'm off for now to watch for potty stop!!
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Good Morning ladies. . . .it is coffee and computer time on the porch. The 4th is over and the lake is quiet and calm this morning . . . I can see one fisherman floating by as he slowly trolls by. There is also a loon family . . . a mom with a pair of babies swimming near her and dad about 100 ' away. . . life is good. Our plan is maybe to do some kayaking today before it gets too hot.
Maybe a swim and a simple dinner. We are here until next Monday so lots of relaxing and maybe some geocaching.
Have a nice day everyone

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It sounds like you had a great 4th other than almost getting stranded with the boat. Thank goodness you got it figured out and made it back safely! I am also glad to hear you are feeling better and hopefully you will be able to reintroduce fruits and veggies without causing another flare-up.

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Happy Fourth! emoticon

Back to work tomorrow, is right Bev. Not looking forward to that.

First, thanks for the well wishes. My diverticulitis seems to have quieted down, so that is good. The liquid diet and the recent heat has helped me to lose a few pounds... YAY!

Vacation in NH was great. Good time with folks, kids and my little Jilly. I took her fishing and she caught her first brook trout. We had a nice time at the camp and ended the last evening with that bunch with s'mores and fireworks. Then I cam back, saw two bears on Monday, picked up Doug and went back up with him. I saw many moose, pheasant, rabbits, turkeys , deer and caught a few more fish. Got myself stuck out on the lake in a rain storm. Couldn't get the motor started and rowed to shore. Sat in my poncho on a rock for a half hour in the rain. This is a very remote place so it was either plan on spending the night or trying the motor again or rowing a couple miles. Luckily I figured out my problem, got the motor started and powered the boat as fast as I could to the dock. Just in time for the next thunderstorms! But I did have fun catching two landlocked salmon even though they just barely missed the 18 inch length requirement so I had to throw them back in. That is okay. My Grandpa would have been proud of me.

I had some alone time to think and reminis. I really wish I had my own camp up there. It is a bit expensive for me but well worth it. Maybe some day.

Today I went to the Fairfax parade with my kids and Jillian. She is just so darn cute. We had blast. Had home made chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches in the park after and listened to the town band and played in the bouncy house.

My garden became over run with weeds and I've spent a few hours catching up on weeding. I probably need to spen at least a couple more hours weeding and I need to re seed for beans since rabbits ate all my plants! I need to get some moth balls.

Anyway, that is about it in a nut shell. Still not eating anything with fiber but will try to integrate the fruits and veggies back in this week.

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I've been just puttering around the house when I am not working. Hubby is gone so I have been trying to get some stuff done. I made the new curtains for my living room and got those up (I bought the material some time ago but hadn't gotten around to making them). I have managed to get all the trimming done that we normally do- other than along the edges of the ditch. I haven't done that because I have to do it with my weed-eater and I haven't been able to get that running so far this year. I think it might eventually come into it because as of yesterday I have been able to get it to start but it dies out pretty quickly. I had some issues with it last year where I had to keep working it but it finally got running good. This year it has been even worse than it was last year because I couldn't even get it to start at all before yesterday. I put some stuff in it that is supposed to help and at first it didn't seem like it worked, but now it looks like maybe it just took a lot longer than it is supposed to. I think we need to be better about winterizing it properly! I have also been working on cleaning out some stuff in my bedroom. I have more to do but yesterday I got rid of one bag of trash and five bags of clothes- much of it was stuff that was too small for me but I hung onto it thinking "some day" they would fit me again. I have now decided that if and when I finally do lose weight I will buy what I need. I haven't been going to TOPS the past few weeks but at least I haven't been gaining weight. I think I have lost a pound or two- not enough to amount to anything but much better than gaining it!

No fireworks or parades for me, but I am enjoying the time off. I will be meeting my ex- daughter-in-law later to pick up my grandson and then my son and his girlfriend will be here later. We will have a cookout this evening and then they will head for home and I will just sit back and relax until bedtime and then the work week starts again tomorrow. Hubby should be getting back next Saturday evening. Enjoy the rest of the holiday everyone!

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I can see that since nobody has posted here in almost 2 weeks that we all must be busy enjoying our Summer weather. Hope every is doing well. We are in Maine for the next week and then home again for the final party preparations . . . .it will be fun but I will also be glad for it to be over. We have decided to go to Alaska next Summer and I am anxious to really start planning that adventure. I read recently that because the tourist season up there is so short it is wise to make some reservations a year in advance. We are thinking of taking a train across Canada then picking up a rental in Vancouver and driving up . . . I have a cousin a in Anchorage and we will visit him and then go to Denali of course . . . after that I am not sure.
Today though we are having a cook out with all of the Maine gang . . . I am making my almost famous potato salad. . . .everybody likes it so it is always what I get asked to make.
There have been lots of fireworks around the lake since fireworks in Maine are leagal we haven't had to go anywhere to watch them . . . that is nice. One of our neighbors used to work for a Pyrotechnic company and the put on a whole show Saturday night that would be better than most town fireworks. . . . we watched from our dock with drinks in hand . . . amazing.
Wishing you all a great 4th!!!!!!!

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Ange, sorry about the new digestive issues. I hope you are able to enjoy your time away in spite of it. My hubby and his brother are leaving bright and early tomorrow morning to go to Florida and do a few minor repairs on our house down there. He won't be back until around the 9th or 10 of July so I will have some time to get things done around the house I hope. It will seem nice to have time to myself for the first few days but after that I will miss him. I will be working a half day tomorrow then coming home because I have to go back to the audiologist so they can redo the mold for my hearing aids. I got a call yesterday that the manufacturer said they can't use the mold they did before so I have to go have a new one made.

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Hello ladies,

I'm leaving tomorrow morning come hell or high water, as they say. It has not been a great week. Pretty sure all the fiber must have stirred up a problem for me. Saw my doctor today and got the diagnosis of acute diverticulitis..... Will the fun never end? Now I'm not able to eat except for clear fluids for the next couple days and started an antibiotic today. Ughhhh. Then I'll be on bland starchy foods for a while I guess. I'm really kind of disgusted with it all. I really think I need a personalized nutrition assessment with a specific menu that addresses all this stuff. Too many variables, health issues, etc. to know what is best.

But, I don't plan on letting that ruin my time away.

Bev, don't feel bad about the veggies. We all have to go at our own pace and make the choices we think are best. I can't eat fruit or veggies for a while.... 😢

I'll be back on the 1st and will check in then.

Ange

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WOW yesterday was a scorcher and they said today was suppose to be be cooler but it is already in the 70s . . . hmmm . . . .the humidity is back down though so that is good. I'd like to finish spreading the mulch around. We got a 6 yard load and I have it almost gone. It was a little too much but last year I tried buying bags and that was a pain having to go get more and more.
I also got a few more plants yesterday to fill in the blank spots in my perennial garden near the grape arbor. . . after that I am done planting. I have one more place to weed and that is done. The yard and gardens will be ready . . . all I have to do i keep them looking good for our party in July. Speaking of that While it was hot yesterday and I couldn't work outside DH and I washed 72 Mason Jar mugs and 48 little dishes for butter for the lobster Friday night of the party.
Another job done and off my list. Woo Hoo!!! Still lots to do but I am making progress. DD, SIL and grand daughter will be here tomorrow for her 1st Birthday . . . so excited. Can't believe that a year has gone by since she was born. Can't believe how much I love that little girl. I love my children but this is different . . .can't explain but you girls are grandmas so I am sure you know.
Got to get busy and get this day going . . . not spend all day on the computer. Later ladies!

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My dad used to have a harmonica that he would get out sometimes. I think he could play a couple of songs on it but that was about it. Strawberries sound yummy ladies! I have failed completely at trying to get in more veggies. I have eaten a few fruits but very few veggies and certainly no more than I usually do. Ange, enjoy the vacation! Time for R & R always seems too short so we need to take advantage when we can- which is why I plan to retire as soon as I can. Hubby is already retired and he and I would both enjoy it more if I was retired too so we could do more things together. Right now I work all week and he spends most of his week at home alone. He did recently get to spend a few days fishing in Maine with his uncle and a couple of friends- although it was too windy to take the boat out most of the days they were there. He is also leaving on the 23rd to go to Florida with his brother to take care of a few small things that need to be done at the house we bought from his dad. He will be back around July 10th- just in time for a check-up with his surgeon on the 11th. Then a few weeks after that he will have more bloodwork and a CT scan and meet with his oncologist for a follow-up. Hopefully it all goes well. I think most of the time he feels pretty good but he has been having a few spells of severe pain but it may be nothing more than some scar tissue acting up at times.

Enjoy the weekend ladies!

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Hi Gals,

Happy Friday evening! Glad this week has passed. I've noticed that the summer weeks seem to speed by for the most part. The pace of everything is just so much more fast-paced with a gazillin things to do or have to take care of on top of trying to enjoy the summer events and planning for vacations etc. it is no wonder that I sigh with relief once October rolls around, but, in the meantime, like everyone else, I'm working through all the joys of summer.

My veggie and fruits have been okay this week but not as good as I could have been. I've got a bunch of stuff sitting on the counter that I need to cut up, like cantaloupe, watermelon, a pineapple. I've been eating nectarines, cherries and tomatoes and corn on the cob this week. Although I have to say that I've had my share of carbs this week too. I am finding that I am eating too much when I'm not really hungry. I think it is stress related, but also think it doesn't take as much to fill me up these days. I think I need to take a lesson in discipline and how to remain mindful of what, when and why I am eating. Maybe I'll google that. I also want to google some simple harmonica in C songs that I could learn. I bought this harmonica at a yard sale or flea market many years ago and it is like new, made in Germany and has good sound quality. Seems like it should be relatively easy.... Right? Talk about needing discipline, I've tried a couple instruments before and never practiced, hence never learned how to play. I'm going to bring it with me on vacation and see if I can figure out the Yellow Rose of Texas. If that is successful, then maybe a Johnny Cash song, and if that works, then maybe I'll move on to some Blues Travelor! If anybody know them, you are probably laughing at me by now...LOL

Anyway, I hope you are doing okay Bev. I'll be headed out on vacation on the 23rd through the first and I probably won't have Internet access, but if I do, I'll try to check in. Otherwise it will be a couple weeks before I'm back.

Safe travels Kat. Bev, I'm going to Mazzas strawberry fest tomorrow and hope to pick some if they are ready. Yum!

Bye ladies

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I'm going to get some strawberries at the Farmers Market tomorrow and then on Sunday (which is Father's Day in case anyone forgot) we are having steak tips, grilled asparagus and strawberries . . . .maybe I'll make a crisp with rhubarb but I'm thinking sliced or dipped in chocolate.
I like the weather being nice but yesterday I got burned on my legs working in the garden and so today I have to wear pants and it is hot out there in the sun. I'm going to try and find a shady spot to work in this afternoon.
Wednesday is our grand daughters 1st birthday and that will be nice to spend the day with her .

Not much else going on but weeding planting and mulching . . . .repeat daily.

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emoticon emoticon Good morning! Looks like we're going to get some hot weather after all!! Monday is the first day of summer, and I say "Bring It On!!" emoticon
I have had the two grandkids most of a week. They came on the 10th after they got done school, stayed here till Tue when their parents came home from Laconia, NH from the bike rally. Then I had to get them again Wed, overnight, and took them home about 12:30 yesterday for a playdate, then got them this morning again for a long day while their mom cleans two houses. We had to go to Burlington, though, to the DMV to get the camper registration and plates for their pop-up. They bought it in the fall, and delayed getting it, and now that they want to use it TONIGHT...ok, let's just wait till the last minute, shall we???
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I'm not a procrastinator like that.

emoticon A couple of days ago, I went in the garden and weeded the wildflowers and planted some more beans and other things that I didn't see coming where it should be. Most are, but there were a few "holes" I wanted to make sure they were coming.

I am still supposed to go to the neighbors as she has some Thyme she said she would give me that she started in her greenhouse...I NEED to get there. She works during the day, and in the evening, I forget.

I hope we get to use our boat this weekend, as it's been ready for a while, and my husband and grandson are getting the sailboat ready to go in the water, too. We haven't had that one out in 10 years or more, although my husband tends to think it's only 7 years. Nope. Time flies when you're too busy to keep track. :)

He is at the church now painting the hand rails on the steps and handicap ramp. Yesterday he was there fixing a hole in our steeple...not sure what happened to make a hole in it, but he had to patch it...so was up there in that heat yesterday. My grandson was there, but not up in the steeple...he was in a lower (airless) part. He was very dirty and hot when they came back. I think the heat got to hubby too, as he came home, ate a bit of lunch and took a LONG nap.

Not much else...not sure what we're doing this weekend, but hoping I can give my kayak a try SOON!!

emoticon I have been very naughty eating-wise yesterday. I had some candy AND some Cheetos. Then I had some strawberry rhubarb crisp I made, but the oatmeal part in the bottom came over very hard and not at all like it should have been...so will have to wonder what's up, b/c I can't fix it....Oh well, Hubby had some with ice cream, I had mine plain.

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I was going to spend the day inside yesterday since it was all cloudy and windy but about 10:30 the sun came out and I looked and it was warming a bit . . . so I headed out the door and didn't stop until 5 oclock . . . skipped lunch so I was starved for dinner fortunately we had some leftovers in the frig. Today I am just going to grill a pork tenderloin and roast some potatoes in the oven when I come in. . . . it looks like another great gardening day. Breakfast is a smoothie with spinach and blueberries. Love getting those veggies anyway I can. I eat spinach almost everyday because it has lots of goodness in it. I have always been a veggie eater though . . . no just an eater . . . that is why I am as big as I am . . . .love food. emoticon
Kat your vacation sounds very busy . . . . just like you. We love road trips but they usualy involve more seeing things than seeing people. Our last vacation to Florida was a mix of both but the trips West were mostly the sights like Yellowstone or Grand Canyon.

Hope everyone is having a great week . . .the weather is suppose to be improving all week.

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emoticon Good morning Ladies!! I guess I have been MIA for a few days. I have been reading your posts, but not writing...been so busy, and even now I'm going to be brief and not my usual "book-length post" as I have kiddos outside to keep an eye on.
Their mom and dad have gone to Laconia, NH for the bike rally so the kids came on Friday afternoon late and will be here till prob tomorrow afternoon. They took the Harley's and are having fun. She called using FaceTime yesterday and it's like skyping. The kids got to see them and their room and chat live...so that was fun.
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I have worked in the garden, then Hubby did some tilling for me, and that helped a lot!! and we've had a lot of rain showers over the past few days, freezing cold (not freezing really, but feels like it with the wind!!) so I haven't gone back in the garden. I can't go in when it's wet...too much clay.

We had church yesterday and that kept them and me busy, but they enjoyed their classes, and brought home papers and things they did to show me.

Hubby and I are setting out the calendar and planning our vacation coming up July 3 till about the 19th or 20th. I have to see how long we stay with each place we visit, as we go, but trying to keep most of them brief so I have the bulk of a week in WV with my cousin and family. We will see a friend of H's and some friends from his parents church in MA the first stop, then on to a friend of mine in RI, I've never been to see her since I last saw her in 1976!! I'm so excited! Then on to a cousin of hubby's in CT, then to another cousin in VA near VA beach, so will be going there for a visit!! Maybe to NC to see some more of his cousins, but not sure, as one has lots of appt's and the other has been in the hospital with heart issues. So prob not going there at all. We decided not to visit the cousin in GA b/c he is campaigning for County chair.

We will go to WV and there spend lots of time visiting a LOT of my dad's family, with a mini-reunion which I'm hoping will go well. Trying something different this year, and am so excited!!

We will leave there and head to PA to a friends and then on to home....my daughter has to find some babysitters while I'm away, so know it's hard on her, but I did remind her and let her know when it will be...so she has one woman lined up already for part of the time, but know the lady won't want both of them the whole time. She is pregnant, due in Sept, and her and her husband have a baby they are adopting who is about 6 months old...so she has her hands full. And I'm sure she is tired.

I have NOT been eating totally healthy, but trying to be very careful. I LOVE veggies, so it's not a hardship for me to eat a lot of fresh stuff, or cooked, either is fine. I had a salad for lunch and oops forgot my chicken in the microwave that I heated up!! LOL I had a bit leftover from the other day.
I do cook healthy, and buy ff sour cream, and low fat cheeses for me. I try to make recipes the same as I normally would but sometimes I don't dare skimp as I'm not sure that they would be "right". I made a normal strawberry rhubarb pie with a crumb topping the other day, which I had small pieces of throughout it's existence, but hubby loves it and it's gone now..so that's good!! LOL

Tomorrow I want to see the local library that I've never gone to. I have been using another but they want $30 for a yearly fee for out of town people...too steep for me, and thinking I might get a free card since I pay taxes in New Haven. I will check. At least I can take the kids in the summer off and on even if I don't get any books out.

That's my story ladies, and I'm sticking to it....I have been trying to walk as much as possible, but since the kids are here, I can't leave them for a 5k and they can't go...and it's been raining...so that's been put on the back burner till they go home. This summer I babysit most Thur to Fridays, or Tue to Thur depending on her schedule. They finished school on Friday, so they will be around a lot. We will have to plan some trips to swim and boat. :)

Hugs to you, keep writing as I love to read it, even if I'm not writing back right away!!

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I gave up my veggies and fruit for donuts and meat lover quiche this morning! After my 2.5mile walk this morning.. It definitely was a challenging couple of days for me since I last posted. My focus was interrupted by work, a day's drive to Randolph and back for a meeting in Friday, and general distractions over this weekend. But the good news is that I went shopping and bought a bunch of fruit and veggies for the upcoming work. Although I did make a very good veggie pasta salad yesterday with fat free Dijon dressing and a chicken salad with lite may and celery on fresh Italian bread. That was the only meal I ate yesterday, and it was good.

Bad news is that even with changing my diet this past week, quite a bit, I haven't lost a pound yet! I'll keep working on it. Bev, don't give up! Donna, don't give up either. Kat, I. Know you are on track, right?

Sigh!

What happened to the sunshine? I managed to get the lawn mowed Friday night. Planted some perennials yesterday, and replaced some red cabbage planto. Something ate all but one of ten that I had planted a couple weeks ago. This topi me I used newspaper around the roots. Hope that will work! Otherwise, just trying to keep warm.

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Yes there are lots of people on the team but only a very few who ever post. I notice that a lot of the teams are like that- at least many of the ones I have joined are. I keep thinking I should look for a couple of new groups but most of the ones I have joined in the past I ended up leaving either because they were so busy I couldn't keep up with them (too many topics going all at once) or because I felt like there was a core group who were pretty well established and I felt like an outsider. Maybe if I had stuck with those groups longer I would have eventually felt like I fit in, but after a couple of months I just left the group.

Ange, I have been a total slacker on the fruits and veggies thing for the last few days! I had good intentions but those intentions didn't translate to actions! I hope you are doing better than I am.

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What happened to Spring or Summer? The wind has been howling here in the Islands and when it is out of the North it feels darn cold. I was making great progress getting the yard and gardens all ready for the Summer and our party but the last couple of days have put a stop to that . . . between the showers and the wind I have no desire to be outside.
I have been cooking and eating properly the last few days . . . . I have been trying to cut down on my carbs some . . . sticking to the natural carbs in veggies and fruit. I am a true carbaholic . . . love breads of all kinds , chips are ok but the salt makes me want sweets afterward so I try to stay away from them too or measure out a portion and not bring the bag to the table. Sweets are just empty carbs and chocolate is one of my favorites . . . .for now I have no chocolate in the house . . . it is just to easy to keep putting my hand in the candy dish when I know that a piece is ok but many pieces are not . . . . working on trying to get my weight loss going again and this is a step I think in the right direction. I know I am moving more most of the time because I have been so busy outside and do things to spruce up the house.
I also rejoined the Biggest Loser Lime Team for the Summer Challenge . . . it helps to have people doing the same challenge. I do enjoy my home state team too and would be lost without you guys.
So that is my life lately . . . how is everyone else doing? Ange, Kat, Bev? I think it is just us even though there are hundreds on the team roster.

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You are doing well Ange! I certainly can't say the same for me. I haven't been eating much in the way of fruits or veggies this week. I don't think I had a single veggie yesterday and the only ones today were the little bit on my Subway sandwich for lunch. This evening I drove to West Lebanon immediately after work and met up with my siblings because my brother from Alabama is in town for a few days. Today was his birthday so we got cake and all chipped in for pizza. We got together at a park and fortunately there is a pavilion because it poured for a while. Thunder was rumbling too but it didn't get that close.

I will try to do better on my fruits and veggies tomorrow.

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Thanks Donna. I ended up with some nice sole fillets for dinner with some homemade German potato salad (apples, dill pickles, onions, potatoes, guldens mustard, mayo and spices). I did bread the fish and lightly fried them. What a treat! I haven't had sole in a couple years. Yummy, but alas, I ate too much! Although the food tracker said I was only slightly over limits for the day. I never really know if it is accurate though. Sometimes I guess on portion sizes, or pick things I think are close from the list provided. I'm using my fitness pal now. I like that map my walk auto calculates calories burned into the food tracker.

Anyway, today was stressful at work and I was glad to be home, doing a little cooking and having an enjoyable meal. I hope my dogs paws are doing better by the end of the week so I can get her and I back out walking!

And with all the rain the garden seems to be growing quickly!

Have a good evening

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Ange you are doing so well for a non veggie lover . . . .keep going . . . the results will show up soon.
I have been trying to be more mindful about my eating lately also. Tonight we had grilled chicken breast, grilled summer squash with some asiago cheese sprinkled on top and oven roasted broccoli with sesame seeds.

You gals have inspired me to get my cooking apron on.

I have been working in the yard and gardens . . . today we got the tomatoes planted before the rain . . . .Woo Hoo!!!!!!

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Update on veggies, yesterday, blueberries, and yes, finally ate a salad for lunch with some ham, turkey and provolone with light balsamic. Had grilled zucchini with grilled chicken for dinner and some cold baked beans. I made enough for two days but just couldn't eat another salad for lunch today so I just at a nectarine and about 10 dark red cherries. My kids are coming for dinner tomorrow night and I'm making grilled pork country ribs, a tomato and cucumber salad and a potato salad. I'll try to limit the potato salad, but it does have apples and pickles and onions in it...

Maybe that salad in the fridge at work will keep for lunch tomorrow...... :(

Overall, feeling like my stomach is a little less bloated than normal even though the scale hasn't moved since starting this veggie effort. I'd like to see a couple pound drop by the end of week.

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Kat, glad you like the Taz reference :). And thanks for your words of encouragement. It is good to hear you had a positive health outcome from your lifestyle change. There was some guy on PBS today who authored a book about healthy living and the comment I remember from all his jabbering was, "don't wait twenty years and look back wishing you had made a change" or something to that effect. Here I am at 53, and looking back at the years of trying and failing to get to that healthier me, most of the time. There were a couple times when I dropped fifty or sixty pounds and maintained for a while, but ultimately my old habits or lack of steadfastness with exercise led me back to my heavy self. I keep working at it, but now it seems more difficult than ever. I need consistency and focus on myself. I'm hoping this will be the year of change that gets me to where I need to be.

Donna, glad you are back. Sounds like you are up to your eyeballs in work! Glad you find ways to eat healthy. I agree that strength training has long term benefits but it is hard to get into a routine when so many other things seem to take precedence. Keep trying!

Bev, it sounds like you definitely got a lot of exercise in and that is half the battle, right? Sometimes I wish I had a chef to cook for me so I wouldn't have to think about it. But that isn't going to happen, LOL! So. Ended up eating grilled zucchini and one ear of corn Friday night with a lean burger. Saturday I had a small slice of honey wheat bread with turkey, provolone and tomato for breakfast, and a nectarine. Then I was terrible the rest of the day. Went to a BBQ and had a hot dog, tortilla chips with salsa, queso, or spinach dip, a bit of pasta salad, and a slice of watermelon. I had a toasted almond. I didn't eat supper, but ended up with a homemade brownie Sunday which I'm pretty sure gave me a stomach ache. Today I had an omelet with mushrooms, spinach, ham and cheese. I had a nectarine. Tonight I had a lean hamburger taco with retried beans, cheese, lettuce, tomato and salsa and sour cream. That was good. I walked 2.5 miles yesterday and weeded the garden for a couple hours. TodAy I spent abou three hours doing moderate house cleaning and was sweating my butt off! Other than the Sunday and the drink, I thought I did pretty good, let's say better than normal and really more fruits and veggies than usual. I did prep a big green salad to take to work tomorrow so that is a step in the right direction as I generally don't plan a really healthy lunch.

Bev, do you like omelets? Or frittatas? I find that is a good option for weekend brunch. Easy to throw in some veg. emoticon

I'll check back in in a couple days! Ange


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Way to go Bev. You got in tons of stepping and even if it wasn't all healthy food you were conscious of what you were eating. Most people just eat mindlessly.
My sister and her bf opened a food truck business for the summer over in upstate NY and her bf Cory is an amazing chef so I'm sure his food is delish!! Glad I don't live there or I'd be tempted to eat too much of it!!

Have a great evening. Enjoy your week. My garden is giving a sigh of relief for the rain.
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with that many steps you probably burned off all the junk . . . today is another day. Way to go!

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I didn't do well yesterday with the fruits and veggies, but I am not going to stress over it. We started the day with breakfast at Denny's, which was not the healthiest of course, but it was tasty. Then we headed to the Relay for Life event so I did lots of walking yesterday. We had signed up for the survivor's lunch, which was a reasonably healthy meal. I had a roast beef sandwich and a bit of potato salad with a small bag of reduced fat chips. It could have been healthier, but it could have been worse too. I avoided all the high-calorie goodies that were available all day and didn't even participate in the ice cream social. I did eat one cookie at one point in the evening. Our dinner was not terribly healthy because we bought burgers and fries from the food wagon that was there. It would have been even worse if the guy knew how to cook fries but these were not very good (nothing like at Five Guys) so we threw out almost half of them. We didn't stay quite to the end but we were there for all but the last hour (it went 10 AM to 10 PM and we left just after 9). The only thing remaining was the closing ceremony by the time we left. Depending on whether you go by my pedometer or my FitBit I either did over 26,000 steps or a little under 25,000 for the day. My feet are a little sore today but I did better than I thought I might.

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I'm here . . . raining today so I am inside catching up on my inside chores and a little leisurely Sparking. I have been reading the previous posts about fruits and veggies. I don't have any problem with getting my freggies (fruits and veggies). I like to have a smoothie in the morning with spinach and blueberries or some other fruit. I have 6 oz of grapefruit juice with my vitamins in the morning so I start the day with 3 usually. A lot of times in the Summer especially we have a salad (mixed greens, carrot, cucumber, red pepper, tomato, purple onion then I will grill some chicken or steak and put on top. I don't like cooking inside when it is hot. I also grill summer squash and have it with pork tenderloins and grilled peaches. I like to cook and I can cook healthy. My problem is that I don't get enough exercise. I like to walk and swim but swimming is limit to Summer in nice weather . . . . not a fan of strength training even though I know I should do it.

I have been very busy outside getting my lawn and gardens looking nice. . . . I want everything to look nice when people are here for the party in July. I have 2 more garden spaces to weed and mulch then it is on to getting finishing the planter for the front porch and picture window. Lots of other details too but most of that will be indoor jobs like assembling the pie boxes, folding the napkins with the silverware and putting together the paper lanterns with their LED lights. The invites went out last week and we have been hearing from family and friends who is coming. Looks like about 45 or so for the Lobster Boil on Friday night and 70-75 for the BBQ on Saturday. I am having fun with it but realize it is a tremendous amount of work.

We have also had our daughter SIL and grand daughter here since the end of April. They found a house in Maine not too far from Portsmouth NH and are suppose to close on the 30th of June. We have really enjoyed spending time with the kids. . . .it is so different being the grandma from being the Mom. I kinda like it.

'Bout all for now take care everyone.

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I have less of a problem getting in the fruits than I do the veggies. I did eat my banana today. I have to be careful when I buy them because I don't like them unless they are just the right ripeness. If they are at all green I won't like them, but by the time I get to the end of the bunch they are often too ripe. I only bought four this time so hopefully I will use up at least three of them! I try to eat them fairly regularly because my potassium level tends to be on the low side. I think I was supposed to have it checked again this spring but I think my doctor forgot about it. It will be checked in a couple of months when I have to have my thyroid prescription renewed because I always have bloodwork done before that. I haven't had a lot of veggies today but I got a sandwich from Subway for lunch. Of course I don't eat a lot of veggies on my sandwich because I don't like a lot of them, but I had some lettuce and cucumber on it. Tonight we are having chicken breast and a bagged salad with that so I will get a little more veggies in. I don't eat enough of it to add up to multiple servings, but anything is better than nothing!

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Good morning ladies!! I have to emoticon big when I see the posts you ladies say about me...I have been called a few things over the years....
Never the lady Taz (and yes, I do remember...big red lips!! Hahahaha).

Some of the labels-White Lightning, and Energizer Bunny. I didn't take your comment to be bad, I like it!! thanks!!

I am so happy that I don't have to make myself eat my veggies and fruits, as they are some of my favorites!! I made a huge salad yesterday and had some for supper last night and will have some for lunch today. Tons of veggies in there!!


Ange, so sorry about your relationship with someone you have devoted yourself to for so long, but you need to do what's right for you. If he is unwilling to help himself, and is constantly a thorn in your side, and not encouraging or even treating you as you should be, then maybe it's time to cut your losses and move on. It's always hard, but don't feel guilty, as it seems as if you have tried to help someone who certainly doesn't appreciate it. And if he is unwilling to be at least half the partnership, and expects you to give 100% with him giving nothing, then his expectations are skewed. Hugs to you, and may you find some happy times this summer enjoying the weather, fishing, doing what makes you healthy and happy!
Also sorry to hear about the health problem. I also struggle with stuff-I am, and have been on meds for years. I was put on thyroid meds when my kids were little which will follow me to the grave. Also I have been on cholesterol and b/p meds too. I was on two cholesterol meds for a long time (while I was heavy, but went off one, and seem fine!! (the healthy eating and lifestyle change made a huge difference). I am on a low dose of b/p but Dr wants to increase it again b/c since I have gained about 20 lbs back since it was reduced to this level, she said my b/p has consistently been up, and they are afraid of stroke...I don't want to end up like my mother, living a vegetative life for over a dozen years b/c of hers!! So I asked if I could have a couple of months to work on losing it...and she apparently agreed, b/c I left the office without it being increased, but I am careful to watch sodium and also am watching closer what I'm eating. I am in a challenge with a friend of mine on SP and Fitbit, to lose this weight and eat healthy, get more active minutes in each day. So that is helping keep me accountable.

emoticon Bev, I have probably the biggest sweet tooth of anyone I know...I think ALL of my teeth are, not just one!! I am not so much into the chips, b/c I have to avoid them b/c of sodium, but anything sweet (although I don't care for most chocolate, but I do love candy, cookies, ice cream). I had a piece of pineapple cake on Monday for Mem Day, and it was so moist and luscious!! *it wasn't a big one, though, so that was my only splurge! I ate salads and no meat there, though!! :)

Ange and Bev, I think it's a great idea for you to keep each other on your toes, and try to work together to incorporate the veggies into your diets, as there are lots of ways you can eat veggies...I know you can sneak them into stuff. I made a cauliflower crust pizza and fed it to hubby-he didn't know!! :) it doesn't taste like it!! I have heard of people who pulverize veggies to add to casseroles and hear that no one knows!! :) there are ways!! if they are in there mixed in with the sauce, maybe you wouldn't notice that they were even there (like in spaghetti sauce? just a thought.

emoticon Ange-great job doing all your walking!! I know it's hard when people who work to get it in. My poor sister gets up at 4:30 a.m. to get in a workout before work. I feel for her. I don't work anymore, except to clean one house every other week, as my husband retired in 2008, so I have too, so we can travel. I am already planning our trek south to WV and other states, so I can let my daughter know. I have done a 5k walk every day so far this month...but next week the grands are done school and I will be babysitting a lot, and have them the 11-14th while their parents go to Laconia to the bike meet. (my daughter and her husband drive Harleys LOL) she is hoping not a lot of rain for those days!! Last year it did, and they got soaked coming home.

Oh, I got in 19,880 steps yesterday, b/c I cleaned off the porch and hauled Styrofoam insulation, pieces of plywood, boxes of cedar shingles hubby took off the back of the house, the wood we had used for the woodstove, and other things related to that, hauled some stuff to the storage area over the garage upstairs next to where my workout room is going, hauling stuff to the barn. and then bringing the wicker rocker UP from the barn, cleaning it up, bringing the Boston rocker downstairs and finding the cushions, setting up the end of the porch (after vacuuming it all!!) for a reading nook!! I love it!!



Hubby has been gone since Tuesday, as he's driving a tour bus out of Morrisville (Richard's Limosine's) with a group of kids to Ottawa. He will be home sometime today. I have a LOT to do before he gets here!

So b/c it has NOT rained much here at all, and not for days, since I planted my basil, parsley, rosemary, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, in the garden, I have had to hand water them every morning! It's hard, but hoping it will rain soon to give me a break!!
I also went through and vacuumed the whole downstairs, mopped the kitchen and dining room floors, vacuumed the cellar stairs and ones going upstairs. I still want to vac upstairs and get the beds made and both up and downstairs bathrooms cleaned! :) yes, it will keep me hopping, but maybe soon I can take a break!! I have had so much dust in the house from the work hubby's been doing and I have neglected it for so long, that I couldn't stand it anymore! so getting some of that done too.
I also went through a bit ago and washed down the wall in the stairway, b/c there were little kids handprints all over it...hmmmm...not sure why there are prints there since no kids have been here lately, must have been here longer than I have noticed them! LOL

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I really just can't fathom eating 3 or 4 servings of vegetables a day plus a couple fruits... but, one or two steps at a time is a good pace. Meaning that if I eat one or two servings, that is better than not having any at all, right?

It is a good thing that summer is here and the fruits and veggies are better this time of year.

I do love berries and had more blueberries yesterday and this morning. and a had a few chunks of watermelon from an office party yesterday. I didn't have any other vegies. I did have a handful of cashews last night.

I did pick up some dark cherries yesterday and I'm finishing up some Rainier Cherries earlier this week and have them for a snack at my desk today. Even though they are fresh fruit, I think they are high in sugar but also have a lot of fiber and vitamins, so I'm not going to fret over sugar content...

And, I bought two bags of salad mix. Maybe I'll do that at home tonight since I never did order a salad for lunch this week. I've had homemade egg salad on qa slice of Klinger's honey wheat bread for a couple days.

I think I've done pretty good with food choices this week, but the waist line is just not feelin' it!! Maybe it takes time for the ol' body to adjust to natural foods. LOL!!

That is so funny about the banana. I buy bananas and half the time I end up throwing them out or turning them into banana bread. I've read that throwing them in the freezer is a good option and maybe I'll try that. Or maybe make them into an old favorite drink I used to like when I was younger called a Banana Cabana, which is blended banana, coconut cream, kahlua, and ice. (also not a diet food, but tastes really good on a hot day).

I did buy some zucchini and am debating on how I want to prepare them. It think maybe on the grill this weekend with a little olive oil and some garlic salt. Maybe some grilled chicken to go with that on Sunday.
I'll check back in in a couple days.

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You are doing better than me. I did buy some watermelon and some bananas last night and I ate some of the watermelon for my morning snack at work. I also took a banana with me but I never ate it. I had some canned green beans with my dinner tonight but that was it for veggies today. I did get in the usual three miles of walking today- a mile on my morning break and two miles at lunch. I will weigh in at TOPS tomorrow and I know I will be up from my last weigh-in, but I haven't been to the meeting the last two weeks so my gain will actually be over a 3 week period. If I had gone last week I would have been up about 1.5 according to the scale at home, but I am afraid it may be worse than that tomorrow.

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Okay Bev, sounds like the grocery plan is a step in the right direction.

Yesterday I had 1 cup of blueberries, and I had about a cup of cucumber tomato salad with a vinaigrette.
Today, I had a couple small lettuce leaves and some peas on my salmon salad open face sandwich. And I had the cucumber tomatoe salad again.

I walked 3.5 miles yesterday
I walked 1/2 mile today and drove the riding mower for 2 hours tonight which counts as exercise on my fitness pal.

The bad news is I gained a couple pounds back since the weekend and that is just darn frustrating!

I did start tracking my food again but using fitness pal as it seems easier than spark.

Hang in there Bev. Have you tried various vegetable recipes? Maybe seasoning them differently, or using fresh veggies in stir fries? I know that cooking vegetables seems like a lot of work, but I find that they taste better, especially with some shrimp or chicken on rice or some of that new veggie based pasta.. Sometimes I use Parmesan cheese over them. I also like a Thai green curry with coconut milk with veggies and chicken. Just a thought. I don't do that very often, but probably should. I do know there are a gazillion veg recipes out there. Part of the problem is really the planning ahead and time.

I'll check back in this weekend. I'm going to try for a salad for lunch tomorrow.

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Ange, I am up for giving it a try but I can't promise I will do all that well this week. I did go to a grocery store last night, but it was just a quick trip for a few things I knew I needed for today and I didn't pick up any fruits for me for the coming week. I didn't buy veggies either but I am not a fan of raw veggies so I will most likely be eating canned or frozen ones, which I do have on hand. I occasionally will eat a green salad but not too often. I need to stop at a grocery store after work tomorrow to pick up a couple of things so I will make sure I get some fruit while I am there and maybe a bagged salad.

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Bev, we sound just alike in regard to eating, although I don't go for the salty snacks too much although I eat too much salt in other things.

Maybe you and I should make a pact to check in with each other with updates about our efforts to eat more veggies, salads, and fruits and reduce the sweets. Sort of like a mini challenge? Even if it is. Just holding each other accountable to having one or two servings per day. Like replacing a carb or sugary thing with a fresh piece of fruit for a snack or dessert. We could try for a few weeks and see if we can stick to it together? Let me know what. You think or if you have an idea. I could try to check in once a week at a minimum with an update of what I did for the week?

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Ange, I am very sorry you are still dealing with the relationship issues, but glad you are taking steps to take care of yourself. I am sure it was not an easy decision for you, but it sounds like it is the right one. I like your attitude that this is just a detour and that you are looking forward to a brighter future. I think that is often half the battle right there. I too need to get more serious about getting rid of my excess weight. I am feeling every extra pound these days too! I will be 60 soon and I want to be able to get around and do things in retirement and not just be a couch potato. I also struggle with leaving the sweets alone as well as snacks like chips and such and I don't eat vegetables often enough. I am not a big salad eater and know I never will be, but I do need to eat more veggies.

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Hi ladies! Bev, glad to hear thing with hubby have been better! That must be quite a relief. And glad that you are taking care of yourself.

Kat, I agree with Bev that reading all of your adventure seems like you must be whirling like a Tasmanian devil... That is meant to be a compliment. Do you remember the lady Taz from the Looney Tunes cartoons years ago? Hi energy!

I'm still in relationship purgatory. Trying to maintain a calm balance and continuing to be a care giver, friend and supporter to a man who has been my best friend and partner for 7 years, but who is extremely needy, often critical, and increasingly confrontational verbally. Every time I make the extra effort to try and have enjoyable time, like taking him up to Lake Memphramagog for a mid day lunch cruise, it is followed up the next day by ongoing dismay. It has been over a month since we spoke to Social Services to seek help with living arrangements for Doug. The SS guy has a few weeks left to come up with a plan. It is al very heart wrenching. Doug needs to be in an assisted living with around the clock monitoring, but he wants his own apartment. The choice is his, but I can't take it upon myself to save this man anymore. As horrible as that sounds, I find I am at the point of self preservation.

Anyway, I am trying to focus on other things to keep me occupied as I am able. I spent time with my granddaughter last week, got the garden planted, have been out walking three early mornings in a row, and puttering around the house. The folks came up last weekend for a BBQ and family visit.

Had a physical with labs last week. Lipids and cholesterol are up, ck enzymes are high which I think is related to a genetic disorder I found out about recently called myoadenylate deaminase disorder effecting muscle function and may be an explanation for my numerous muscle pains and aches, cramps and weakness. The doc is trying to set me up with a specialist to address that and to asses for Paget's disease of the bone which was also identified in the genetics testing I participated in recently. I'm anxious to get some answers.

So, I am now trying to refocus once again, to start tracking my food intake and pay more attention to fat and carbs. I have been buying more fresh fruit and I generally stick to lean meat, fish, poultry, but I am still struggling with the vegetable intake. I have got to learn how to eat more salad and veggies and I've got to learn how to really eliminate the sweets. This really shouldn't be so darn difficult. Last year at this time I was 221 lbs. As of this morning I am 230 which is 3 lbs less than last week, but I feel like I am 300lbs. I just can't stand myself and how uncomfortable I am, not to mention the increasing difficulty of carrying this weight in an aging body. I realize that so many other health issues are hinging on successfully reducing my weight, you'd think that would be incentive enough. I even tried to jog a bit a couple weeks ago and realized that was a mistake. I need to keep it at a low impact. I also have a used bowflex a friend gave me a few weeks ago and have not even tried it out yet. With all this emotional stuff going on, I've not been able to focus, but clearly I need to. Sigh, sigh, sigh!

The summer weather does bring a refreshed motivation and I'm going to shoot for 1.5 pound per week. Look out salads, here I come. And I'm looking forward to some super fresh veggies from my garden in a few weeks. I've got tomatoes, all sorts, summer squash, zucchini, cucumbers, carrots, spinach, lettuce, eggplant, string beans and Italian beans, and jalapeños.

Well gals, that about brings you up to date on all my sob stories and my unending pursuit of healthier living. Don't feel bad for me, it is just another couple of bends in my river of life. I have also started to do a little research on travel to Alaska, which I am targeting for when I am 55, so in another year or so. I really want to do some fishing up there, as well as some sight seeing. The fishing outfits all say that you have to be in good enough shape for some moderate hiking and good balance. That is incentive too. Oh, and being healthy for my twin grand babies coming this fall. So looking towards the future!

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emoticon Bev, so glad to hear from you! happy to hear that hubby is staying away from the dr's!! That's great news!
I went down to the camp at the lake we are caretakers for a couple of days ago to start cleaning and the power went out...my hubby replaced the main breaker and guess what?? it did it again today!! I'm nervous as the people are coming in on the 28th or 29th and we need to figure out what's causing this!! esp when the new breaker cost $40!!

Yes, I have been busy...I did some cleaning this morning for 4 hours, till the power conked out on me, then came home, had a salad for lunch, then went out and planted garden for 3 hours...whew it was warm out in the sun!! I am NOT complaining, but it hurt my back, and now I am anxiously awaiting bedtime! LOL
I hope you like your hearing aids Bev, if they will improve things for you!! I know I prob need them as I know I have a hard time hearing people at times.
I'm sorry to hear you won't be able to go to FL and visit your new home...but all in good time, right?? then once you are both retired, nothing can stop you right? are you considering moving there, or just some of the months of the year?? I can't remember..swiss cheese brain. Hahaha
Yay!! I'm so happy to hear that your son is starting to get things going his way and that the truth is coming out and is on HIS side! :) you must be so relieved. I hope you are all able to make up for the time lost with your grandson and how the boy must feel to be able to spend time with his dad as well.
I can't wait to try this kayak!! I'm sitting on pins and needles wondering when I can go out in it..tomorrow it's supposed to be nice, but I have to make a bunch of biscuits for a meal on Sunday for church (strawberry shortcake) and it has to be done tomorrow. I also have to get that camp finished soon. I may be going with a friend to a college grad in Boston next week, so if I can work that out, I may be going! hubby said he'd get me the money if I want to go.
I got a text from my son last night and he asked if I had any money...LOL he never asks for money so wondered what was up...I told him I had $3.
He is ordering some shells for a gun for hubby/his dad, for his birthday May 27, and wondered if I wanted to go in on it, b/c it's VERY expensive ammo. I told him sure, as I had no idea what I was getting him! So I told him to go ahead and get it and I will get paid on Monday after I clean the neighbors house...wish I could find another job too, to help pay for a few things as we haven't done the plants for the garden yet, nor the plants for the window boxes and they will be very expensive as well. I go to a place where the people are great and very hard workers and very honest...you might pay a bit more, but they are sturdy and beautiful plants, and she almost always gives me free stuff! spinach and such. So I love her. I saw her a couple of weeks ago and said I'd be there soon, but haven't been, so can't wait!! I love picking out what I will fill my window boxes with every spring!

Well girlies, I know I could write a book, but will stop here! I don't want to gnaw your ears off! Haha
Hope you are enjoying being outside (although I'm beginning to like it less and less as I have found 2 ticks on me already!! (not dug in, they were still crawling around...so nothing to worry about, but they are so GROSS and with all the Lyme disease in our area, I'm so afraid!)
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Gee, I didn't realize how long it had been since anyone had posted on here. Kat, it sounds like you are as busy as ever! I get tired just reading about your days! I know I really need to get busy and start losing, but I seem to lose a pound or two, then gain it back. Hubby is still doing well so we have been staying away from the doctors and hospital for the most part. I have had a few appointments because I finally decided it was time to have my hearing checked. As I suspected my hearing is not as good as it should be so I am working on getting hearing aids. They are even more expensive than I thought, but fortunately I found out I can get them at a discount through VocRehab since I am still employed. There is lots of paperwork to complete and it will require a few appointments with a Voc Rehab counselor but the money I will save makes it worthwhile. Kat, I won't be going to Florida until next winter because I don't have much vacation time left this year due to the time I took off when hubby was in the hospital early in the year. He and his brother are going down for a couple of weeks as soon as the school year ends (his brother is a teacher, although he is retiring at the end of this year). They are going down to take care of a few minor repairs that we know about and make sure there is nothing else that needs to be done. We hope to go down for a week or two next winter. We got some good news today because my son got a message from his lawyer that the remaining charge against him is being dropped. It has taken almost a year for him to clear his name after all the lies his (soon-to be) ex-wife told. He still has a charge pending in New York but they have also told his attorney their investigation is pointing in the same direction as Vermont's was so hopefully that one will soon be dropped as well. He has been told she might end up facing charges, but we shall see if that actually happens. Now he just needs to get visitation with his son back. For most of the last year he has only had minimal contact with him. For a while he was allowed to see him for 8 hours every other weekend with me supervising the visit but then she lied and told them that I was allowing him to go off with his dad alone, so they took that away and he has only been allowed a couple of two hour visits a week.

Kat, have fun with the kayak! Ange, I hope things are getting better for you.

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emoticon Ange, I'm sorry, I haven't checked on this part of our group for a while. Been pretty busy with sick grands, and now finally after 2 weeks off from school, Martin is finally back! wow, it has been so scary. I guess just the viral version of diarrhea and vomiting, but not letting up...and every time we thought he was getting better, he would start again. This child is 5 years old, no energy at all, laid and slept all day long every day!! It was so hard to see him like that. She had him to the dr, Urgent care, and then, took him to have him tested for Lyme, which Praise the Lord! was negative! She and I were at the ER on Thu evening with him, and she said for them to test him to rule out so many things, and so far we've still no idea what he had other than a very strong virus that refused to let him go. She had some blood sent out for mono and a sister virus to mono, but those tests haven't sent results yet. He ended up going to VA with the family and slept most of the way down, then laid and played on the beach there, riding in the stroller to go places, and LOTS of sun and rest. They got back yesterday so he went to bed early and went to school today. I'm sure he'll be pretty beat when he gets home, but as long as the teachers don't push him to do much, I'm sure he will recover more quickly.
Ange, sorry to hear about all the problems with your guy and his problems. I hope that you are able to work them out, and do what you need to and help yourself stay healthy, and I don't mean just physically. B/c if you don't take time for yourself now and then, you will not be healthy. We all need it, and it's not selfish of us to need or want that time to do it. I'm here for you too, and hope you know that. Get out there and go fishing!! :) emoticon
Donna is so right when she says that we are here to support each other in good or tough times! emoticon

emoticon Donna, Happy Grandma time!! :) hope you get to spend lots of times with the granddaughter. How are plans coming for your anniversary party in July? Did you do well on your geocaching? Any plans for some near you here in VT? I have no idea where to go or what it involves, but am sure hubby would not think it is His thing. LOL
I went hiking last weekend with a friend up a little mountain near our homes...she is 84 and has just recovered from knee replacement, and was doing wonderfully, although she was upset with herself for needing to stop and catch her breath a few times...I told her it was fine, but she got all upset.

emoticon Bev, hope all is well with you and hubby and that you haven't been spending too much time in the dr's or hospitals!! When will you be going to FL to your new place? anytime soon? or wait for warmer weather?

Wish they had new emoticons on here...some of the others are getting rather old. I think I will contact them and suggest they put stuff on like someone Kayaking, canoeing, fishing, etc...that is all exercise! They need to revamp them for sure!

On Friday, Harmon and I went to NY to my aunts and sisters. Stayed with my aunt, had a party on Sat at my sister's. She was having a college grad party for her son as he just got his masters in teaching Special Ed. How cool is that?? There was a lot of drinking there, but she took everyone's keys who came in and drank. They had to spend the night. Then the next a.m. she gave them back. I didn't stay long enough for it to go too bad, as we don't drink and don't like the behavior when they are. It was nice to see everyone, and eat and leave.
On Sat a.m. though, I had gone out for a walk. Ended up doing 3.68 miles around town as she lives in the village. I could have walked along the canal, but it had been rainy and didn't want to deal with mud. While I was out, hubby took off with the car. I got back and asked my aunt where he was, and she said she couldn't tell me...hmmm, so had to wait till he got back. I went to put some stuff in the car and see he got roof racks for my car!! (for my kayak). I had wanted them before, but when we looked here in VT, everyone said they don't make them for my car! what?? have to be custom done?? well, we went back to the place on Sunday where he got them, and looked at the kayaks...(you have to know it was snowing, raining, windy and temp was about 35 or so!!! brrrrrrrr!!!) She showed us the price range we were looking at, and I chose 2 of them to look at, got them down, (outside of course) and by the time I had chosen one, I was soaked. Was wearing a hoodie, and was freezing, so got my winter coat and put that on over the wet sweatshirt, and we had to get the roof racks attached, get a cover for the kayak to keep it from filling with water as we had to put it on rightside up as he doesn't have the other parts to do it upside down. (they let us borrow some foam cushions and strapping to put it on, which we will return when we go back out) as it's part of their rental stuff, and they didn't charge us for it, b/c we spent so much!!)

He got the kayak, the cover, the console to attach (to put stuff in, of course!!) and then a carbon filter paddle...it was so light, it was unbelievable! and I got myself a pair of gloves that match the kayak! LOL I had blisters last year..maybe this one won't do that, but I want them if I feel I need them. They can ride inside one of my cargo holds. The kayak is 12 and 1/2 feet long, the top is much more open than the old one I have. (the reason I don't like the old one is b/c it won't steer straight, I'm constantly trying to keep it straight even when I'm not paddling, if I'm just floating, it's all over the place...they said it was b/c it was cheap and the way the bottom is...so this should go right along!

The roof racks were my Mother's Day gift and the kayak and all the rest is my anniversary. (June 26 will be 40 years!!)

Today is my daughter's birthday. She is my baby and is 37. I feel so old!! unfortunately, she is working all day, but hopefully she will have a good day. The kids went to school and now hubby is off driving a bus to Missisquoi this afternoon. Softball I think he said. Will be home about 9. or so.

So I started a new SP challenge today. It's called The 30-day Jumpstart Your Workout. Today was do 30 min of cardio, and then there was some ST with weights to do. I did those and feel it in my arms, but really need to start doing more of it. Yesterday I did a 5 mega mile Walk at Home workout with Leslie Sansone. I am trying to lose some weight and need to focus on it, b/c when I went to the dr for a sinus infection back in March, she told me I need to lose 15-20 lbs or she will have to up my dose of b/p meds b/c my b/p has been elevated the past several times I have been in, and am sure it is here, too. She asked how much I weighed when it was lowered and I think I was about 140-145. I started feeling like I was going to pass out, so they lowered it and it stopped, but now I've gained some of the weight back and my ideal weight is around 150 so need to lose this to keep the meds low. She wanted to raise it that day, but I asked if I could have a few months to work on it, so I'm being careful and watching sodium and food and doing as much as I can on my own to get it back down, but now have a goal time, and want to stay with it. I may end up getting it raised up anyway, if I'm not successful enough.

So that's what I've been up to....I'm glad the weather is warmer today although the wind is still a tad chilly. I think I will go out and plant the hyacinth that I bought for a friend for Easter and since we were leaving for WI on Easter day, forgot to give it to her, was gone for 2 weeks and it was all gone by when I got back, so it's mine now...I was mad at myself for forgetting as it was beautiful!!

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Thanks for checking in Ange, we are all here for you if you want to chat or vent . . . you can certainly PM any one of us anytime. This site is all about support in good times and when it is tough. emoticon

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I hope things settle down for you soon Ange, but in the meantime hang in there. If you can hold your own during stressful times you are doing okay.

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Hi again. Hope all is good with my spark ladies. My attention to weight loss, eating well and exercising isn't very focused right now. I am getting out to walk, but stress eating and not making any progress shedding pounds. I'm afraid my life will be in a shambles for a little while. Send me some good vibes!

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Hi, just checking in. My trip down to Mohegan was okay. Saw Santana and they were excellent. Journey not quite as good. Played some slots, lost some, won it back, lost a bit more, but didn't get too burned... Yay. At least I've got good sense to know when enough is enough.
Had some issues with my guy on the way home. Not too happy with him. Not sure if I can work through this. One of those can't live with him, and really don't want to, but struggling with the thought of making him leave due to his health and disabilities. Another day in the life....

Got my fishing license and wishing I could take the weekend and go somewhere to meditate in nature. But, I'm too responsible to drop everything for such a selfish endeavor. However, I am promising to make time for myself this summer. I need to rejuvenate my spirit?

Hope everyone is doing the same!

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Yes, things are still good here. Hubby had bloodwork and a scan last week and his bloodwork was mostly good. A couple of numbers were a bit off but not alarmingly so. We have yet to get results of his scan but I am assuming that was good as well. I am starting to feel a bit nervous that they haven't returned his call asking about it, but I am fairly sure there is no reason to be worried since he feels good.

Ange, the house in Florida is near the Gulf coast. It is not right on the coast but close enough that some insurance companies won't cover it. We will be able to get insurance eventually but not until someone can be there to let an inspector come inside. My BIL is hoping to make a trip down in the next few weeks but he and his wife are taking care of her mother, who has dementia so they can't go until they can get her situated. They are working on putting her in a nursing home or assisted living facility because it is becoming too much for them. If he goes down to his house I am sure he would meet with an inspector at ours. They are probably only a mile or two apart. Hubby's other brother has a house within sight of ours- just two streets down on the opposite corner of an intersecting street.

Well I need to run as I have an appointment. Congrats on the grandbabies Ange!

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Ange - so glad I read your whole post . . .you saved the best for last . . . .Congrats! I can't imagine twin grandbabies. There are lots of twins in our family . . . my dad was an identical twin and my niece had twins this past December but they are fraternals a boy and a girl so cute.

Kat- You home? The weather is suppose to start getting better tomorrow and we are going to be in the 60's for the weekend . . . Grillin somehin this weekend.

Bev - You're pretty quiet . . . everything still going well?

My plan for April hasn't worked out quite like I hoped but I am still trying and the past 2 days have been good for eating now if I can get some exercise going emoticon
Our daughter is coming on the 27th from Seattle as they begin the process of moving to Portsmouth for their new duty station. She and the baby will be here about a month or so while her Coastie husband goes to a school in Norfolk then they have to find and close on a house . . . hopefully it will all go smoothly. I am really excited to have my only granddaughter here . . . emoticon They have been in Seattle since she was born and I have only actually seen her twice when I went there. . . she will be 1 in June . . .time flies.
More cleaning is on the list for today. I'm trying to get some Spring cleaning done before they gt here. Also still working on details for my Anniversary Party in July. Busy . . . .Busy . . I'm starting to sound like Kat LOL

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Hey everybody! Looks like folks are busy and things are relatively quiet here.

Congrats on the house in Florida Bev. I hope you'll find time to get down there and settle the insurance issue. Is it on the east coast, west coast or somewhere in the middle? I've visited the Orlando area, Tampa area and Miami and part way down into the Keys, Key Largo. That was a fun ride in a rented convertible. I had a hot Cuban guy give me a tattoo on my thigh! LOL, while sipping a Corona. Followed by a fried oyster dinner while listening to Jimmy Bufet. Oh, and the key lime pie was to die for. All back in my adventurous days. And I did a glass bottom boat ride earlier that day too. Too bad the coral reefs were damaged at that time. Didn't really see a whole lot.

Not sure if I'd want to live in Florida, but there are a lot of things to see and do. A lot if culture, different foods, fun people. Love the ocean and prefer the waves on the east coast, but the gulf seems to have a lot of fish!

Loved universal studios. Different trips for work and vacation to Disney with my daughter. So much fun! Something fir everyone, but takes a lot of $$$. I have a few friends living in different places down there.. Maybe I should plan a trip!

Not much else new here, oh, except that my daughter is going to have TWINS in November! Yup, twins. I can't believe it! Life is going to change! I'm excited emoticon



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It has been pretty cold here most of the week today also. We got about 4 inches of snow on Monday. Today was warmer but raining quite hard for much of the day. They say the weekend will be cold again but then I think it gets warmer next week. Hopefully we won't have the wind either like we did this week. Even when the sun was shining the wind was cold.

Well the house in Florida is now ours but we have run into a snag trying to get insurance on it. So far most of the agents we have talked to are saying they need to do an inspection- inside as well as out- before the can cover it, and since no one is down there that is impossible. For now, I was able to extend liability coverage from our Vermont policy and some minimal personal property coverage but if something happens to the house we are out of luck. Fortunately it is not in an area that sees a lot of hurricanes. In the 28 years that my in-laws owned it there was only one and that house had little damage. A piece of metal was ripped off the carport in that storm but the house itself had no damage. Hopefully we will find a company that will cover us, but if not we will just have to take our chances until we go to FL and can let them do an inspection.

Enjoy the rest of your trip Kat!

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Ugh! So sick of rain!!! It's been raining almost every day since we left. Got some snow there too and cold and windy!! I want spring!! emoticon
emoticon I want flowers and green grass. Seeing some here near Erie. We have 70 miles to go to get there. Meeting one of my spark friends who lives in PA. She and her mom are meeting us at 1 at Chick-Fil-A. I am psyched to see her. It's been a year or more since we've gotten together. She came to WV to my cousins a couple of years ago and my cousins name is Kathy. Haha. So it was Kathi (me), Kathy and Kathie. We were triple trouble according to Kathy's husband. We had so much fun hanging out.
Anyway we had a great visit in WI with hubby's sister and hubby, their son and his kids. Spent a lot of time visiting. And went to the zoo one day. Saw a pair of bear cubs that had been rescued when their mom was killed illegally. They were so cute. I got a couple of videos of them before my phone died from the cold.
I only got to go on 2 long walks and 2 short ones. It was freezing cold and windy with 10-20 mph winds all the time. Sun would be out but still cold.
We went to a cheese store there too and got some cheese for us, our kids and my friend Kathie.
It's kind of cold in the car bc the fan keeps closing down and not sure why. It needs to be checked by my son the mechanic when we get home. We did stop at car quest and get new wipers tho bc ours were so LOUD and driving us crazy. With it supposed to rain we knew we couldn't stand it all the way home. So bought new ones and they are so quiet. Aaaahhhhh.

emoticon When we get back to NY we are having a get together at my sisters so I'm so psyched about it. I love my family time and don't get near enough of it.

We did get the kiddos some stuff. Didn't spend a ton. I got another magnet for the fridge. Haha of Wisconsin.

Hubby is listening to his usual politics on talk radio. Makes me crazy. I will be so glad when elections are over in November.

Well guess that's all the news. I wish I could say I was bringing warm and sunny weather back with me but seems like I can't. Sorry.

Hope you ladies are well. I finally got over my back to back sinus infections. I feel so much better.

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Hi everyone. Just a quick update as I'm typing on my phone. My I pad is on the blink. Easter was good. Too much food but was out walking both days this weekend. Not much else is new. Same old story here. Looking forward to our mid April long weekend to CT at mohegan sun. I need a get away although I kind of wish I could take an extended and distant trip to a quiet and beautiful place. A dream for now.

Wishing everybody good health!

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We got home yesterday afternoon probably shortly after you left home Kat. Today, I have a tone of laundry to do and sort through a month worth of mail. I am also recommitting to getting healthy. The scale was not so kind over my vacation and I was trying to be good and eat some salads and no fried food. I am going to keep a food journal for a month both here and on paper because I have my annual physical next month and I want to see why I can't seem to loose weight. I know the doctor won't believe I am trying if I don't show her what I am eating and what I am doing for exercise. I am also going to get my thyroid tested and have other blood work done. One day at a time.
Kat . . . . looks like a very rainy day for you on the road. At least when you go through Buffalo and Erie it won't be snow. Safe travels.

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emoticon Driving. I am not a fan of car riding. So enduring it as best I can. All day today and some tomorrow will be spent in the car. Heading to Toledo probably for the night. And onto WI to get to Fran and Bob's tomorrow.
emoticon emoticon We had a blessed Easter. Went to early service then breakfast, choir (where I still can't sing due to this sinus infection), SS and then worship hour. After church it was friends house for dinner. She had sisters there, nieces and spouses, our sons family and a college girl from Middlebury college. Lots of fun and food. Then home to pack car, drive to NY to my aunts. Hit a squirrel and rabbit last night. 😩 but managed to NOT hit the deer that ran in front of us!! Whew! emoticon Kept our eyes peeled for critters!
We left aunts house at 7:17. Later than I planned. But hoping the rain stays away as the wipers are too loud. We need new ones.
Hope you ladies had a great weekend and enjoy the warmer temps. It's 50 here in NY. Just saw a sign for the Erie Canal. Seneca NY. Going through Buffalo.


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Safe travels Donna! I think my in-laws will be headed for home tomorrow. My husband's sister flew down on Monday to drive them back but when she got there she discovered he has been sick for a few days so she took him to the clinic yesterday. They sent him to the hospital for a bunch of tests but I guess they didn't really figure out what was wrong with him. They said he should be okay to make the trip home. They were planning to leave today but she wanted to wait another day to make sure he is okay so they are now planning to leave tomorrow. She says if he has any problems along the way she will pull over and call 911 even though he won't be happy about it. He says he will call his doctor here for an appointment when he gets back and I hope he doesn't back out of doing that.

No Kat, we have not bought the house yet, but that is still in the plan. I expect it might happen in the next month or so.

I have been doing my walking during the work week, but haven't managed to get my butt in gear to do much on the weekends. I don't like the video tapes- I have a hard time following them anyway, but I hate just walking in place. I would rather walk on a treadmill than do a walking video, but I know people who do them faithfully. Different things work for different people I guess.

Ange, good luck to you. I can't say that I lose my appetite in the summer either, but I do think I might eat less calories for dinner in the summer, because we are more apt to have something on the grill and a salad- and that has less calories than the things we eat in colder weather.

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Still on the road . . . .one more day in Florida then we start the trip North. Plan to be home on Sunday

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Happy Easter soon!!
emoticon It's a rainy cloudy dark day today but birds are singing up a storm!! LOL

I am busy busy busy as much as I can be.
I hope you ladies are all ready for a lovely Easter Sunday!! I'm excited. We have an early (but not sunrise) service (7:30 a.m.), then breakfast at church, then choir practice, regular Sunday School and worship, then done for the day. Some friends invited us over for Easter dinner after so going there. Coming home after to pack car and head to NY. It will take us about 3.5 hours to drive to my aunts house. We stay there overnight, then early next a.m. we head out to WI. NOT driving straight through, though, as I CAN'T do that...I'm not a good rider...I get too sore and stiff sitting that long, so hopefully my longest day won't be more than 8-9 hours...I will "endure" it as long as I can...but it was MY idea to drive out rather than fly. Just hate flying these days.

emoticon Ange, I wish I'd lose my appetite in summer! I could lose weight if that were possible! I have lost a few but not sure how much since last time I posted...I have redone my ticker, so it will show there.

emoticon Bev, I did a 3 Miracle Mile workout this morning with Leslie in Walk at Home workouts...The one I actually did wasn't the 3 mile one, it was the 4...but only did the first 3. I didn't do the actual 3 mile one b/c she is all alone on the workout, and I'd rather do it with the group. LOL weird, but felt like it was more interesting when there are others with her. Too boring when she is all alone. I had a sore ball of my foot yesterday so bought some gel inserts, and used that this morning, foot seems to be better, but still sore...so will be careful and hope whatever hurt it stops!

We are getting the car ready for the trip...hubby is going to take and get the studded tires off today and put the regular ones on, pray we don't hit snow somewhere! :) it should be fine.
I think he's tracked the weather from here to there for our trip to see what it is doing.
So Bev, do you now own the house down in FL?? congratulations!! It must be exciting!

emoticon Hubby has been working hard on our addition...my bedroom eve is gone, and he has re-sheetrocked it, and put the first coat of "mud" on it last night, then sanded it, now another coat of mud, another sanding and hopefully it will be ready to paint! I can add some pics to show you...

Today is my Uncle's 81st birthday, so need to call him today and wish him a happy birthday. I mailed his card out early so I wouldn't forget...sent my Easter cards early too, so that was out of the way.

emoticon Donna, you and hubby are still burning up the roads with your traveling probably! :) hope you are enjoying every minute of your vacation down in Fl. The weather here this morning was not pleasant...first rain, then snow, then rain, now it seems to have calmed down...but very cloudy and cold.

emoticon It took forever, but think the sinus infection has finally left me!! I wondered yesterday but thinking it might have been some residuals. I feel better, getting my energy back and excited for warm weather to do some outdoor walking and hiking!

We were invited to some friends for dinner on Sunday, they had 2 other couples there as well, that we didn't know, but were friends of theirs and we all had a wonderful time gabbing. :) the food was delicious.

emoticon I have the kids Easter "baskets" all set for them, and tomorrow is also Samuel's birthday. So a party tomorrow night. I got him a gift certificate to Amazon b/c he loves drones and has spent his hard earned money buying them and stuff for them, so got him that so he can use it for what he needs. He turns 12. He is so big now!
We will also have dinner over there. He said probably spaghetti. So that will be good.
He gets to choose his birthday dinner.

I had the other 2 grands over last Sat night as their parents went out to eat with a cousin and husband, and were getting home late. We had fun and went for a walk in the woods, and did some fun stuff together.

emoticon Have a Blessed Easter! Hope to hear from you girls soon!

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Hi Kat, thanks for the encouraging post and advice. Unfortunately I ate dinner before reading it today and hate to say I ate stove top stuffing for the first time in at least a year, and I had some store bought fried chicken. Good news is that I had some steamed vegetables too, but I felt overly stuffed for the last three hours.... Ugh! I just want to not eat dinner anymore, it is just too much. I'm going to make the effort of just eating a light breakfast, healthy lunch and maybe a snack in the evening. That should help a lot. Especially because I lose my appetite in the summer and would feather have lighter meals anyway.

Looking forward to the warmer weather coming next week! I absolutely have to lose 10 pounds in the next five weeks!

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Safe travels Donna! Kat, you make me tired just reading about what you are up to! I have been pretty lazy lately, but at least I have gotten out and done some walking during my breaks most days. I'm not sure that will happen tomorrow if the weather is like they are saying, but I went yesterday and today.

Yes, Kat, we are planning to spend winters in Florida once I am able to retire. My in-laws are saying they don't think they will be going down any more and were talking about selling their house, so we are going to buy it. We told them they could still go down if they are comfortable doing so even after we buy it, but they are saying this will probably be their last year. They will be heading back in another three weeks or so and at some point after that we will be doing the paperwork to buy the house from them. It will probably be a couple of years before we can go down for the winter but we plan to go next winter for a brief vacation.

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We are on the road . . . we were suppose to leave tomorrow but with the bad weather coming in tonight we decided to leave early and drive down to DH's sisters house in Latrobe. DH made a stand for her and she was going to drive ove to Haggerstown and meet us tomorrow but this will work out better and we will saty Wednesday at her house and drive to Georgia on Thursday.
I was amazed when we went over to Plattsburgh . . they were expecting maybe 100 Veterans for the whole weekend but when we left they already had 100+ and they said on the news they tested 186 people on Friday. My results were negative so I am good and don't have to do anything else. I was in the Air Force . . . I enlisted right out of high school. My family was not wealthy and could not afford to send 4 children to college so it seemed like a good solution. I was a very bright student and a Regents Scholar so I probably could have gotten scholarships or tuition assistance but our guidance counselor was useless and so I went into the military instead of college. In the end it was probably a good thing because I was well trained in a field that had too few women in the real world so I had no trouble getting a job when I got out . . . affirmative action worked for me.
Our cabin is in Monmouth . . . .about 12-15 miles from Augusta on a small lake.
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emoticon emoticon Wow, I hadn't realized it's been quite a while since I posted. I have had my grands since Thursday and they just went home yesterday. Their mom flew to VA to visit her cousin, and their father works odd hours so he can't watch them and do all they need. So I got them. Hubby had to take them to school on Friday and Monday. My daughter was supposed to be home on Sunday but she got bumped from the flight (she had a Standby ticket round trip, so she knew it could happen). She got to the airport yesterday morning and found out she got bumped again. She was supposed to leave at 9:30 and didn't end up leaving till 11:30 so she got back to VT about 1 and had to drive home from the airport..then she crashed till the kids came home from school. She fed them, gave them movies to watch and she crashed again.

We had a good time with them, Saturday we went down to their father's sap shack where he was boiling. We brought hotdogs to cook in the sap. :) they always love that. We park at their aunt's driveway and walk in. It's quite a ways. I was telling another spark friend, I am so upset that my fitbit doesn't register the walking like that as active minutes (must be b/c I'm not walking fast enough. But it was muddy and icy so we had to tread carefully). No active minutes all day! and then Sunday we took them out to our woods where we rarely go off the trail with them...but b/c we have no snow and they were bundled up good, no fear of ticks, so we got to crash through wherever we wanted and they totally LOVED that! We also had Samuel, our oldest grand, come over to go down with us. He is almost 12 and thinks he can take off to as far as he wants, but I let him know we went down together and he needed to stay where we could see him. I know he thinks that I am cranky about it, but it's Gram's rule. When he is a bit older I'm sure his parents will let him roam the woods alone, just like his father and aunt used to.

emoticon Ange...I was worried about you when I hadn't heard from you in a long time. Winter IS a hard time to stay focused on losing weight when you just want to curl up with a good book or watch a series of shows on tv under your blankie!! I have that problem, but winter is also my only time to crochet much, and this winter I have been crocheting up a storm!! I learned to make those crazy hats, and now I'm done for a while. All the people I had to make hats for I have done, and now I just want to make some other stuff. I am working on a baby afghan for a lady who's due around Easter...I think the day before or after.
I had felt like I'd hit a brick wall with my exercise and eating, and I absolutely HATE taking the time, and for the last couple of years I haven't even done it, but tracking my food. It's so time-consuming and I just quit doing it. I DO, however, watch that what I eat is healthy for the most part, and have my snacks or junk sometimes, but don't binge on it...and try to watch food for the day so I'm not consuming way more than I should in calories as well. That's my justification.
So, I joined a challenge to break the plateau I'd been on. It was called the 30 day Plateau-Busting Challenge (on sparkpeople). I did measure myself the first of January, too, and just measured this morning. I am disappointed my results weren't bigger, but I will take what I can get!! I lost an inch on my waist and a 1/2 inch on upper arms! emoticon
I have been doing some exercises EVERY DAY since January 1st. Called Waist Wasters. They are easy and with consistency they do take the waistline off. With other waist exercises added each week one month, a few years ago, I lost 4 inches on my waistline in one month!! I couldn't believe it.

emoticon Bev, I'm happy for spring to come, but also am not looking forward to starting a garden after the almost disastrous weather we had last year that made my garden not do well at all. I did get some produce, but lost money by buying and planting plants and seeds and not have them live. The rain washed it out a couple of times in some places so bad they never recovered through that area. So my hubby added some stuff to the soil and tilled it in last fall to compensate for the loss. We also put our leaves on it (some, not all) and he's been putting the ashes from the woodstove on it.
So you and hubby want to winter in Florida? I have never been there. The farthest south I have ever been is Georgia, where H's cousin lives in Marietta. And the farthest west I've been is to Flagstaff, AZ where we turned around and came home. We had traveled one summer out west, looking at stuff. I told hubby it was stupid not to have taken another couple of days and gone to CA so we could say we'd driven that far!! Oh well, I'm thinking in the next couple of months, to plan a trip to go see his sister in WI. That's enough drive for me, and we will take our time, and see stuff on the way as well. We flew last time, but then couldn't take much with us, with the stupid airline issues...so would rather drive, but I hate being in the car, so have to do no more than 7 or 8 hours of driving a day for me. That's more than enough.

emoticon Donna, I think you told me in Maine where you have your place, but I forget...can you remind me? We own land in Chester, hubbys relatives live in Enfield, and Danforth, and Lincoln. His grandfather used to own a farm in Lincoln. It's long gone. Did you have a good trip to Plattsburgh? When do you get results from your testing? that's scary that they used un-sterile instruments!! wow...years ago my uncle got Hep and my brother and I were living with them for the summer. Everyone living there had to get shots. You were in Boot Camp? for what?? do tell!! now you have my curiousity up!! emoticon

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I wouldn't want to move to Florida in the winter . . . .I don't really like it that much. I like the warm weather and being able to be out of the house and not freeze but we already have the place in Maine that DH bought right after he graduated from college. I like to be able to go different places in the winter. We really like the desert in Arizona or California ut this year we had just spent a lot of money doing things to the house so we decided not to spend so much and so Florida was the compromise. Last year we had to take my daughter's car back to her so we went to Jekyll Island and Tybee Island along the Georgia coast then worked our way slowly home . . . it was fun and we got to see some places that we really enjoyed. This is our first big vacation without our dog . . . I'm going to miss her . . .but we are also free to stay and go some places we couldn't go with her.
DH and I are headed over to Plattsburgh about noon time. They are having a free Hepatitis C testing Clinic at the American Legion Post for Veterans. DH has already been tested but I haven't and apparently Veterans have an extremely high rate of Hep C. Apparently you could have been infected by the Mass Inoculations we all got when we went to Boot Camp. They used this kind of vaccine gun that wasn't necessarily sterile. Kinda scary stuff because you don't know you are infected until it is too late. It makes me sort of angry that our government doesn't pay for all of us who are at risk from their negligence to be tested. Testing is just step 1 . . . if you have it then that is a whole different thing and getting treatment is a crazy battle.
Enough of the rant . . . .after we go there we are going to Lowes and JoAnne Fabric then to Mainely Seafood for Linner (lunch-Dinner).
Have a great day everyone.

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I hope to be spending winters where it is warm within two years. I expect to be working at the job I have now for next winter but after that I am hoping to be in a position where I can quit at the end of the year (2017) and head to Florida in early January 2018. I won't be 62 and able to get Social Security until June but I am hoping to be able to get by for a few months without my paycheck. If I decide I need some income I might be able to find a seasonal job down there for the winter. I would like to do that next winter and then find a seasonal job up here for the warmer months, but I am not really counting on doing that. We are planning to buy my in-laws' house in Florida this summer. They are thinking they are no longer comfortable being down there all winter so they were talking about selling the house and we were thinking about buying one, so the plan is we will buy theirs this summer. Hubby is going to withdraw some of his retirement money to pay for it so we won't have a payment but we will have insurance and taxes on a second house. We told them if they feel able to go down next winter they are still welcome to go.

We are not even going to try a garden. We gave up on that idea even before he got sick.

Have fun on your trip Donna!

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Here is to perseverance! We are all strong women and we all have such busy lives, challenges to overcome for self and for others. We should all be proud of the time and effort we do spend on ourselves.

On the brighter side of things, I'm going to Mohegan Sun in April for a concert, Journey and Santana, and of course a little slots action. Hope I win BIG!

I have a full week of vacation planned for the end of June at my favorite camp in Pittsburg, NH. And I've got a three night stay up in Old Orchard planned for August with daughter and granddaughter.

I started a quilt in January. Just a twin size log cabin in pinks and greens. It's been about 15 or 20 years since I've made one. This will be for my little Jillian.

Starting to think about the garden again. I need to find a better way to control weeds!

Anyway, hang in there ladies and thanks for the reading tip Donna and have a good trip! Bev, glad you have your Tops group. I hope you find some support there. I too do much better during the warmer months. Maybe we should all move to where winter won't interfere with our activity! Maybe someday!

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I have noticed over the last 6 months that my flexibility has been decreasing and it got even worse when I was in the cast over the holidays and then I recently saw a Spark article about Arthritis and some basic exercises you could do . . . so I started doing them. That was about 3 weeks ago and I am seeing some of the flexibility come back. I also remembered some books I had about exercises for Arthritis called Strong Women Beat Arthritis and a couple of others and I have been rereading them and trying to incorporate some of the exercises into my daily routine. I wanted something that was all consuming that I could do even on vacation or when we are traveling . . . .I may have found it. I am feeling a little better and have dropped a couple of pounds so time will tell.
I have also been busy with my party planning for Summer . . . the tent, tables and chairs are all reserved. I have lights for the tent and table cloths for both Friday nights Seafood Feast and Saturday's BBQ either here or on order . . . . and a few other things all planned. Lots of computer time doing research and getting quotes and such. I am really looking forward to it and I want to be back to the weight I was 20 years ago in July so I have a goal and a time frame.
The rest of my life lately has been getting some things ready for vacation next week . . . by this time next week we will be on our way to Georgia for the weekend and then on to Sunshine and warm weather in Florida.
Wishing everyone a great day!

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It is good to hear from you Ange! I will be going to TOPS tonight and I am expecting to gain 3 or 4 pounds since my last weigh-in at the end of January. I can feel it too, especially when I sit down, because it is all in my belly! Like you I know what I should be doing but I am not doing it consistently. Unlike you, I have not even started doing better yet. I guess I am waiting for spring!

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Hi ladies, Wow, I scrolled back and can't believe I haven't posted here since mid January. I could have sworn I posted an update since then. However, I have to say, Bev and Donna, I've been in the same boat with the big body blues! Winter and the holidays really pushed me out of focus, off my game, down the rabbit hole, or however one might describe it. I had been using a different tool to track exercise and food, but completely stopped that shortly after the first of the year and just had to take a break from it all. I gained about six pounds over the winter but it feels and looks like 20.

In the meantime, I had been going to physical therapy a couple times per mont for the last 9 months and my pt guy is leaving that office so I've decided to stop those visits. I've learned a lot about stretches and why I always feel like a brick wall, but like dieting and exercise, I am having difficulty with consistency in doing my therapy on my own. What the heck! I know all these things would make me feel better, be healthier, look better and all that, but there is something that is innate in my thinking that prevents me from doing what I need to do for myself. Unbelievably frustrating. Worse than the quit smoking efforts from years past. At least I was able to accomplish that and this marks my fourth year of no smoking.

Anyway, this week has been the first week that I've intentionally been making some better food choices and I think actually lost a couple pounds. I quit drinking diet soda, added vegetables, cutting carbs. If only I can keep on track forever!

Kat, you are a ball of energy! More power to you.

Well, I'll try to get back here again sooner next time. Best of luck ladies. Bev, glad to hear you hubby is doing better.

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Kat, I guess you have been busy making hats! I made a couple of Ninja Turtle hats for two of my grandsons before Christmas but I haven't done any crocheting since then.

It has been relatively quiet here since the last time hubby came home from the hospital. He seems to be doing quite well. He and the visiting nurse discovered that when they took the staples out from his first surgery that they missed one. She wasn't sure if she should take it out but we talked to a nurse at the hospital and she asked her to do it. Now it looks like he also has some stitch material still in his belly but she didn't dare to remove it without knowing what it might be attached to on the inside. We are still waiting to hear back from the hospital for direction on that, but it doesn't really bother him.

Donna, I can relate to your post about things not working for you these days. I am in the same boat. I just can't seem to find my motivation lately. I know I should be doing more in the way of exercise and I should be more careful about what I eat- but knowing what I should do and doing it are two different things! All we can do is to keep plugging away and eventually something will kick in and we will be back on track.

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emoticon Hey girls....
Donna, Hope you get all your errands done...It's been a busy last couple of days. I picked up my grands (vacation week) and had them overnight.
I got groceries yesterday and then came back here and worked on Lexy's hat. I had already made it, but had to redo it as it was too large and not long enough...so redid it and she loves it. Martin actually picked out his own yarn and I finished his before he went to bed last night...2 happy kiddos. now I'm working on one for my niece in VA and her boyfriend wants one too. LOL Hubby said I opened up a can of worms. emoticon They are fairly easy to make, just have to crochet fast!!

I also made some for their stuffies.


They asked, so I had time to make a couple for each of them...it's turning into a nightmare making the little ones though, but they love them.

Donna, I'm not a huge fan of sausage so don't eat much of it. But hope you like your soup and it's yummy!
I love GA. I have been a couple of times when we were down that way, we stayed in Marietta with Hubby's cousin and his wife...they have a gorgeous house! We got to do a bit of sightseeing while there, but just close to their house...we also went to a small restaurant that is, from what they said, very popular with movie stars and others...lots of pics taken of them displayed throughout. It was okay, some of the food was not on my list of faves, for sure!!

I did a workout the other day with Leslie Sansone's Walk at Home dvd's. I bought the new ones she just put out Miracle Miles. There are 5 dvd's. Each one is how many miles: i.e. DVD #1-1 mile, #2-2 miles...etc. So it's cool and there are some extra things in the kit including a new band which I love.
I did the 5 mile walk and then the 2 mile one. Whew!! all in one workout! I did lots of sweating that day. I did the 2 Mile Belly Blasting one the next day and then yesterday and today none. I did go for a walk earlier when it was warmer. I forget what day that was.

Hubby is still finishing up some insulating and putting plywood over it in the elevator shaft in our addition. Keeping him busy, and he's also driving busses for bb trips.

Tomorrow I hope my niece comes by with her family to pick up some stuff-and to visit. She has 11 children. Yes, and they all still live at home. The oldest is 18. :) BIG family for sure!!

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Headed to town today with DH . . .we have an Rx to pick up at Walmart and then he wants to hit the lumberyard for some wood for the aquarium stand he is working on for our daughter . . . has to be all done and ready to go with us when we go on vacation as we are stopping in Georgia for a couple of days. Then he has books to return to the library and probably a couple of other things while we are in town. Not eating out since there are plenty of better choices and less expensive here at home. I made chicken salad yesterday with grapes and walnuts yesterday. Tonight I am making a new Spark recipe of sausage and white bean soup . . . with tomatoes and spinach . . . yum.

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How is it going Ladies? I have made a commitment to being the best Sparker I can until we get back from vacation and then I will evaluate where I am and how to get where I want to be . . . if that involves a gym or a visit to a dietitian or nutritionist. . . .or even a whole new program I am going to go for it. I am sick and tried of the status quo and can't seem to get where I want to be. My own fault I know but I have to find what works for me for life and right now it isn't me who is working.

2 weeks from today we should be on our way to Georgia to see our youngest for the weekend and then on to Florida for a couple of more weeks before slowly working our way back home by Easter weekend. Soooo looking forward to being warm outside without a coat. I know this winter has been great but I still look forward to the warmth of the sunshine.

How's DH doing Bev?
What is your latest project Kat?
Where are you Ange?

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Yes, hubby is behaving himself and is still home. At his follow-up yesterday his doctor said everything looks good. He is healing as he should and his bloodwork is mostly good. He still has a few things that are not where they should be but they haven't been for quite a while so this is nothing new. Over the weekend they did put him on an antibiotic for a week because something grew out of one of his cultures from last week. It was some sort of fungal or yeast type infection so I am assuming it is the same one that they previous found in the culture they took from his fistula. It was not really clear to me if that was the likely source of his fever or not, but he has been fine for the past week so I'm not going to worry too much about it. Unless he develops a fever again or something else happens he won't go back to his surgeon at DHMC for six weeks. I expect him to have an oncology appointment at some point but we haven't heard from her yet.

Donna, I feel the same way about paying for WW or to go to a gym. I wouldn't make it to the gym often enough for it to be worth the cost and I too feel like if I am committed enough to watch what I eat I could lose without paying the price for WW. Have you ever considered TOPS? It is much more affordable than WW but some people don't like it because there is no simple eating plan like the WW points program. TOPS recommends using the exchange system but I don't think most chapters really promote it that much and I'm not sure too many members actually use it. It is mostly about support and the accountability of weekly weigh-ins.

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Just got back for the orthopeadist and he said I am good to go at a slow and steady pace . . . .I don't have to go back unless I think I have reinjured it and require attention. I am suppose to keep increasing the activity on it and see how it feels if it feels ok then I can do that if not cut back or try something else. Every person is different in how the progress and what hurts and what doesn't. . . . . so far it has been doing pretty good except for a few days when I think I overdid and had to rest it for a day or two.
I have been thinking about a different program like Weight Watchers or the Mayo Clinic . . . . trouble is when it comes to that I am cheap and don't want to pay to loose weight just like I don't really want to pay to exercise at a gym . . . .it is just me. . . . I think I should be able to figure out the food without having to pay someone to tell me what to eat. and I have lots of equipment at home I just need to use it.
Bev hope the hubby is still doing ok at home and you can get back to a normal life soon.
Kat what are you up to this week?
And where is Ange again?

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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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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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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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