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2/20/17 8:02 A

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We have been on the road a lot . . . this past weekend we went to Western NY for my BIL birthday . . . he turned 65 and has some health problems so we wanted to celebrate the milestone. The adults went out to a nice restaurant and then had cake back at their house with the grandchildren. Then yesterday morning we drove about an hour South to the fabulous pancake house that is only open 2 months per year. It was a beautiful day and there was a line to get in that was about 100 - 150 people deep the whole time we were there. I think the nice day just brought everyone out. The place is way out in the boonies so it was really interesting. The buckwheat pancakes with homemade Maple Syrup were to die for. Then we drove back late yesterday.
We are headed to Florida on March 9th for 3 weeks so I have a bunch of things to get done in order to get the camper van ready for the trip. DH made a new custom cabinet so he is going to install that and then I can organize everything.
The weather here must have been warm while we were gone because the snow is alomost all gone again and we had over a foot. In fact we had to snow blow the driveway Friday morning before we left because it had drifted in over night.
Can't wait for Spring even though I know it is still a ways away.
Have a great day everyone.

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2/19/17 3:15 P

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emoticon ya, heat wave!!

emoticon How's it going for everyone?? Not a lot of chatter...I'm hoping that means you girls are keeping busy and getting in some exercise where you can!! I have been trying, not as faithful at it as I am in warmer climates...but not giving up!!
emoticon I did go out on the lake last weekend when Harmon, Kurt and Samuel were there ice fishing...it was freezing out, but the ice shanty my son has was HOT inside! LOL he had a little gas heater in there. You had to move carefully so as not to catch your clothes on fire from the flame. LOL emoticon
emoticon Well, I didn't do x-country skiing, but had wanted to...just have to get hubby to get them down for me if we get some snow to do it...I did go out snowshoeing on Valentine's Day, though, as Harmon, Kurt and Samuel went skiing. I don't downhill ski. Too chicken. I stayed home and did the snowshoeing. It was so nice out...got some nice pics.

I was outside yesterday when Kurt, Racheal, Samuel and their dog Chewie were out at our place (they don't have room at theirs next door, so they do their outdoor activities here.) They have 2 snowmobiles now (not good ones, they are always breaking down), but they kept them running over the past few days off and on so Kurt and Samuel could use them. They took the dog on the sled, which she wasn't too excited about, but she was happy she was with daddy. LOL

I am heading south soon...March 2 we leave here for PA, then NC, then North Myrtle Beach, SC where we spend a week! I will catch up with a spark friend I met many years ago, she lives in Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario, Canada. I haven't seen her in years. I can't wait...what's funny is that she and her husband are staying at a resort 3 miles down the beach from us, at the same time!! :) how awesome is that??

We will visit with them for the week, then head home via Norfolk, VA, then PA again, then home. We get home the 13th.

Keep moving girls, as much as is possible in our crazy lives!! Just wanted to encourage you all, and say hi!!

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2/5/17 10:30 A

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Taking a break from cooking to get my Spark on. Trying to catch up on what is happening with my teams. I am making some Pea Soup (my favorite) I love it but have to limit how much I eat because it has adverse effects on my digestive tract (lots of gas) emoticon The ham is from the leftovers we had at Christmas that I had put in the freezer. Cooked up the bone with some celery,onions and carrots yesterday to make a great broth. This morning I chilled it and skimmed off the fat and now it is back in the crockpot with the split peas . . . the house will smell yummy soon.
I had made beef broth earlier in the week from the leftover Prime Rib roast bones that I had in the freezer and there was actually a lot of meat on them so this morning I made prime rib hash with poached eggs on top . . . they were oh so good.
I do love to cook and most everything we have is from scratch so my real weight problems are from lack of enough exercise. I wish I loved to exercise . . . or even liked to exercise.
Back to the kitchen.
Today and today only I am a Atlanta Falcons Fan . . . Hoping they kick the Patriots butt

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2/2/17 6:16 P

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Just hanging around waiting for our son to get here for dinner. I made Beef Stew and it smells divine. The days have been flying by . . . hard to believe that January is already gone. This weekend I am going to get busy with my sewing projects now that the room is cleaned up so I can find stuff in there.
Not going to watch the Super Bowl since I can't stand the Patriots . . . just going to hope that the Falcons beat them.

Sorry to be so short but it is dinner time . . .. take care girls!

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Donna, sounds like you are VERY busy, and having a good time with all that is coming up...that place sounds great to donate the stuff to charity. I like places like that.

I am getting annoyed b/c I just had to update my phone to newest software, and am trying to get it to finish loading all the stuff it has to b/c of problems, My daughter and I were on a 3 way conference call. My battery on the phone doesn't seem to hold a charge long, so he wanted it updated to new software, then set to factory settings...hoping my phone is not all screwed up now...still trying to get all the passwords in and done...ugh...I hate technology sometimes!


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1/23/17 12:35 P

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Home again . . .for a few weeks. My BIL is having a 65th Birthday Dinner in February on Presidents Weekend so we will go there for that . . . weather permitting of course but in the meantime I have a bunch of things to do. I want to clean out pantry of stuff I don't want or use. I have a huge walkin pantry . . . very typical of old farmhouses but my has become a mess and the holidays only made it worse. I also have some sewing to do for the camper . . .decorative pillows and our bedsacks. Then I want to make some matching potholders and some lobster ones for the cabin in Maine.
My sister found this place in Rochester NY that takes all the craft things you have that you don't want and puts them in a shop which don't the profits to charity. I have a bunch of things I want to sort through before we go down in February.
of course we have all the usual stuff that needs doing also . . . in between the above list.
I wonder if today's storm will fizzle like the rest of them have this winter. We have no snow on the ground and from my trip back yesterday the rest of VT that I can see on I89 doesn't have much either. Surprising for January . . . .hope we don't pay later . . . .like when we wan to head South in March.
Just thought I would stop by and say hi . . . . hope everyone is doing well . . . .later girls

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1/20/17 10:41 P

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Cute picture Donna!

Kat, it sounds like you are keeping very busy as usual. Me, I'm just plugging along, going to work five days a week, and trying to relax on the weekends. In three weeks we will be heading to Florida for a vacation and I can't wait! I am very sick of the winter and need some sunshine and warm temps- plus a break from work that doesn't involve doctors and hospitals. Of course the day I go back to work hubby goes for blood work and a CT scan, and later that week he meets with his oncologist, so we will be right back into that sort of routine.

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Awwww!! Love it Donna!! Enjoy your time in Maine!!

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I am in Maine at my daughter house visiting them until Sunday. This Grandma was in need of a granddaughter fix. We sat on the floor and played all morning. There is nothing in the world like being a grandma.
The pic is the selfie we took with my computer.


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Just wanted to share the pic we submitted to our church for the directory. We were gone on Vaca when they had the photographers in, so our granddaughter, age 7 at the time, took this one for us to send them. Hubby and I.

Hubby is now on his way driving a bus with a group this afternoon, to Wash DC...they will leave VT sometime this evening...not sure why they have him driving to Rutland, checking into motel at 1 and having him sleep, then driving out there during the night-kind of weird.

I guess I will be turning on the tv later today to keep tabs on the doings there in Wash. I have been puttering this morning, but want to go up to my workout room and do a workout of some kind.

emoticon emoticon Have you ladies been keeping warm?? It's been icy, but not overly cold yet...which is fine with me.
I don't like the ice though, it scares me.

I finally got my Christmas present yesterday from hubby!! A rocker/recliner.

We had ordered it before Christmas, from Big Barn in Vergennes. I could have gotten the one from the store that day, with the cloth covering, but wanted it in chocolate leather to match hubby's. His is much bigger, but this one is perfect for me. I think I will move the antique desk that's behind it, though, as I don't want to bang it when I recline it all the way back....I have to figure out where to put the desk now though....

I'm heading to Twin Mountain, NH tomorrow to visit my cousin, Sabrina. Meet her boyfriend and his daughter, and have some good ole' girl time chatting and laughs...I can't wait. I will spend the night and come home sometime Sunday afternoon-I'm not adventurous when it comes to traveling alone, so wish me luck...I hate driving on the interstates and have to a couple of times the way I'm going...so....

I made some food for us to just heat up, and took some also to a shut-in from our church...she is doing well after her broken hip, hip-replacement surgery, (and OH MY!) she showed me her scar yesterday....LOL I was kind of embarrassed she pulled her pants down to show me...Yikes...More than I wanted to see, mind you!!
But she was happy for the food, and I brought enough for a couple of meals. (Homemade Low sodium healthy version of Pork Fried Rice.)

I'm getting excited with all the work hubby has been doing on the addition, although it got held up with a cracked rib before Christmas...he was moving the trailer to unhitch it from the Tahoe after snowblowing the church, when the trailer jumped back knocking him down and hitting him in the rib...Ya, it's been a painful recovery, but he's mending and able to bend now and move without it hurting as bad...still there, and notices the pain, but doesn't hold him down like it was.
He's gotten some wiring done for the light switches, and outlets, and cut a hole through the wall for the French doors we are putting in the dining room to go out onto the porch.
He also wants to put some windows to match alongside both of the doors to bring in extra light b/c the doors are quite narrow. I will post a pic of the way it will look and a pic of the actual doors when they were at H's parents house in MA. But our side windows will only have 3 panes down, then a sill, then the wall. Not all the way to the floor.




So that's my life now, busy and getting ready for a trip to SC in March...some friends invited us to spend time with them while they're there at Prince Resort on Myrtle Beach, so am excited to be going there! I can't wait!! beach time, thrift and consignment store shopping, visiting with other spark friends!! yes, it's going to be so fun!! We will also be visiting with friends and family on the trip down too, in PA, NC and VA. :)

emoticon Have a great day ladies, and may you all stay warm!!

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12/30/16 7:29 P

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We don't do anything for New Year's either. Most years we stay up and watch the ball drop on tv and then go to bed shortly after. Yup, we are old people too! December did seem to go by pretty quick. I hope January passes just as fast. We are planning to go to Florida in February and it can't come soon enough! Winter has only just begun and I am very sick of it already. That's it for me. I hope you all have a Happy and safe New Year's.

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The sunrise Monday morning as we were packing to leave for NY to visit family there. I caught a few lovely ones while running back and forth. We stayed in a motel this time b/c my aunt wasn't feeling up to having us with her and my sisters were busy with one just having her daughter and b/f leave, and her son was still home, and my other sister had both (I think) of her sons at her house to visit before she had to go back to work. One of her sons lives in FL now and is teaching English.

We had a lovely visit with family and some friends as well. Short trip out Monday and back Wed early to attend a funeral. Then church Wed night, Thur am I went in and cleaned the church with another lady (our turn again) and then to Dollar General to get together a backpack of goodies for a DCF child. A friend is having a birthday party for her baby daughter who's foster-to-adopt and instead of gifts she is asking for backpacks for foster children for their first night in a new home...so they have stuff of their own. :) I thought it was a great idea, so have my backpack full and ready to go.

Got home and did some crocheting, made supper, did dishes, and then made the cookies I had the dough all made up for and chilling in the fridge. Was supposed to be hubby's Christmas cookies, but never made it but they're still yummy!! he was thrilled and loves them. His mom used to make them. :)

I haven't received my rocker/recliner yet, and they said they'd call when it was in, but waiting to hear. Hmmm, wonder if they tried calling this morning and I didn't answer b/c I was working out...but they never left a message?? hmmm, no number came up on the caller ID.

Anyway, it will be here soon! *from hubby*
The other part of my gift is in March, some friends rent a condo in North Myrtle Beach, SC and have invited us to join them! I am so excited!

Not much else, haven't taken down any Christmas décor yet, as I dread the time and mess, but hey, what's the rush, right?? it will happen next week for sure!

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12/30/16 10:38 A

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So Christmas has come and gone and now we are just a day away from New Years Eve . . . .time is certainly going fast as it always does this time of year. We had a very nice Christmas with our granddaughter, daughter and SIL the week before Christmas and then for the 25th we had our son and his girlfriend, our daughter from Georgia and my sister and BIL from Saratoga . . . it was a really nice day. . . .so different when there aren't little ones around. . . more relaxed but the joy in having the little ones around is missing.
New Years Eve is no big deal for us . . . I'm not even sure what we are having for dinner . . ..I don't like to go out because there are so many people out that service in a restaurant isn't that great. We usually stay up til midnight and are in bed by 12:30. . . . I know lame old people.

That's about it . . . . hope everyone is enjoying their Holidays.

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12/19/16 9:41 A

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Ange it was good to hear from you and we hope that you will find the time to check in more after the hetic Holidays have gone.
Bev I saw the pics on Facebook from your family party . . . . looks like everyone had a good time.
I put up our tree yesterday . . . . finally. It is lovely and then watched some footballl . . . .the Steelers won which is always a good thing. We have to win on Christmas day in order to get into the playoffs. It will be a tough game and I won't even be able to watch since it is only on NFL Network . . . oh well we will be having the family here for dinner and enjoying the time with them. My sister and her hubby are coming up from Saratoga Springs and then our son and his girlfriend and our daughter who is here from Georgia (the state).
Today is some more cleaning and list making . . . . it seems the preparations are never ending. Are we ever really ready? It always is perfect no matter what happens.
Off to the doctors today also . . . .DH has to get his stitches out from the surgery he had on his finger. Then we have to run some errands while we are in town and DD is making dinner. I love to cook but it is also nice to be cooked for once in awhile.

Have a great day everyone.

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Hi Ange, I was wondering what had happened to you! Glad to hear all is going well for the most part in your world. Same here- a few little worries but nothing major. I went back to TOPS right before Thanksgiving because my son and his girlfriend decided they should join as both need to lose weight. My son and I have both had losses in the three weeks that we have weighed in (he more than me of course) and his girlfriend lost twice but had a gain this past week. She is still down from her starting weight though so all is good. We did our family Christmas yesterday- so I may not do quite as well this week! This will be our last weigh-in until January and I know I will end up weighing a few pounds more than I did when I started the year, because I was doing really bad for a while and gained several pounds. The three that I have lost since I went back wasn't enough to undo the bad spell I had earlier in the year. Oh well, a new year begins soon! Hubby and I have appointments with a new primary care doctor today. Hopefully he will work out better than the last one did and we won't be looking for another one any time soon! Then tomorrow hubby has to go in for another test to look for an explanation of his ongoing digestive issues. I don't really expect them to find much, but his new GI doc wants to rule out a few things before telling him that the issues he has are just a side effect of the surgery he had. Since the surgery saved his life I guess it was worth living with a few unpleasant side effects.

Other than that it is just business as usual around here- go to work, come home, fix dinner, do dishes, maybe relax a bit, then go to bed so I can repeat the same thing another day. I like my weekends off! We hope to take two weeks to go to Florida sometime in the next couple of months. We had planned to go the last half of February but we may need to move it up by a few days (or to January) because he will be having another scan in late February to see if the nodules in his lungs that showed up on the last one have grown, stayed the same or (even better) disappeared.

That's it for me. Soon it will be time to leave for our appointment. I hope everyone else is doing well.

Bev



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Hi Ladies, my last post was in September. Too long since checking in with you all! I'm doing okay, the twins are growing, the old man is still hanging in and all is good, relatively speaking. My focus has been on work, family, life in general. I've scanned through the last couple months of posts and it seems like everybody is busy as usual and doing well.

I really just wanted you to know that, I've been thinking of you all and wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!

I may be back after the first if the year, but we'll see.

No big changes with weight, although I've been learning more about my health and trying to do some soul searching to somehow change my paradigm of how I make choices, how I live my life, and hopefully make some livable changes that will result in some long term improvements.

Wishing you all the best.

Ange

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We haven't accomplished much around here lately. I had four days off for Thanksgiving and thought I would get a lot done, but it just didn't work out that way. I am really struggling to get in the holiday mood so I hadn't started much shopping. I guess we are going to do Christmas a week early with our kids and grandkids because that is the only weekend day that everyone can be here at the same time. That meant I really needed to get busy on my shopping! I ordered a few things online and then we did some today, but I don't have everything done yet. Tonight I need to go through what I have and figure out what I still need. Unless I can find what I need on Amazon we may need to go shopping somewhere else tomorrow. I don't do cards unless I end up feeling guilty enough to send them to the people who sent us one. Our son is planning to get a tree tomorrow. He had hoped to go cut one today but he ended up working all day (he is an oil burner service tech and he is on call this weekend) so now he is hoping to get enough of a break from calls tomorrow to go buy one. We have had an artificial one for the last few years, but with the grandson living here this year we figured he would want a real one so I sold my fake one. We will be here for Christmas next year, but after that we plan to be in Florida so we won't need a tree here. We may not have a tree next year because we will hopefully be heading to Florida for the rest of the winter soon after Christmas if things go well.

Have a great rest of the weekend ladies- and if you are out and about in the storm that is coming drive safely and watch out for the other guy! I am not looking forward to the drive to work on Monday morning.

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Greetings from Western NY . . . here for the weekend and going to the Steelers game with Buffalo on Sunday. Tomorrow my Mom and I are going Christmas shopping. My shopping is nearly done . . I have a few stocking stuffers to pick up. I sent my cards today but there has been no wrapping yet and the tree will have to wait until we get back from Maine and seeing our precious grand daughter.
No Burpees for me . . . .to hard on my knees. I have been getting more steps in than I had been but not enough. . . .my daughter will be home from Georgia next weekend and her dog will be with her so I will have a walking partner for a week or so. Looking forward to that.


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Hey girls!
I have been busy, and have most of my shopping done, now to the wrapping, still have a few more things to do. My daughter informs me last night or so that she wants me to make her a hat that has a hole in the top for a bun/pony tail....so have gotten the pattern printed out, got the scrunchies for the hole (as you crochet around that to get it started)...then I need to find the color of yarn she wants...let's see if mom, the miracle worker? can pull this off before Christmas!
I was saddened to hear of the death of John Glenn. He was quite a man.

I made some homemade pork fried rice for supper-using low sodium soy and brown rice, lots of veggies: carrots, celery, peas, beans and cabbage from my garden I had frozen. It was yummy.
I have been doing a challenge with a lady at church from Thanksgiving day till New Years Day and one of the hardest things (I think) that I've ever done-burpees-look it up online-oh my!! I started out barely getting out 3 or so...then from there I have worked myself up to 30 at a time!! yes, I'm so proud of myself! and have already done 110 today! and the same yesterday. If I feel okay enough when I go to bed (sometimes too tired by then) I may do another 20 or 25...I am surprising the lady as she has NO idea I have been doing that many!
I want to see if I can fill up the chart she gave, not just the first level of them but the 3rd!! I am almost done with the first level already and still have all of December to do the rest! I was surprised how quickly my sore belly stopped hurting after the first few days, then none from there at all!
A week ago yesterday I decided to see if they were helping me so I measured waist and my belly roll. I measured again yesterday and in that week I had lost 1.9 inches!! on both!! I am so thrilled-I have also lost a couple of pounds! So am going to keep this up for sure!!

I know it's not for everyone as they are HARD to do and require using ALL the muscles in your body, and many can't do them, but I wanted to share with you what I've found, something to break this plateau I've been on for a LONG time.

I am off to finish a Christmas ornament. I am making them for the neighbor gifts I make, and some family and friends.



I've been working on them off and on since about Sept-Oct. I am slow, yes..but had to get moving and am on my last one!
I then will have to get them ready for the people they go to and some have to be mailed, too.

I hope you ladies are doing well, and that you are able to move your booties a bit now and then. I have been concerned over a lady I used to be in a spark group with, as she was just recently been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, which has eaten away most of the bone in her spinal neck column...she had 2 surgeries on it, was doing well, but now not as much, but she is more alert than she was so they're hopeful that she will continue to improve. Poor lady, she was a very active walker and did many many miles every day no matter the weather, and lives in GA so the weather is not usually a problem.
If you think of her, pray for Marilyn.

Hugs ladies!

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We are going to our daughter's on Thursday. She is not making turkey though. She asked her dad if it was okay to do a ham instead. I am supposed to make some dinner rolls to bring. I think I will probably have to make them after I get home from work on Wednesday because I don't think I will have enough time Thursday morning unless I get up really early. Our son, his girlfriend, and our grandson are going to have Thanksgiving with her family. I do get a long weekend so I will try to get some work done around here. I don't usually go Black Friday shopping. I have no idea what any of the grandkids want so there is no real need anyway. Walmart has a couple of things that I might pick up to take to our house in Florida when we go but I won't make a special trip to get them. If they are still on sale when I get there I will buy them and if not, I don't need them that bad!

We didn't really get any snow here. We had some rain and then just a dusting of snow, but not enough to even turn the ground white. It didn't hurt my feelings at all!

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I have a dentist app't tomorrow then I have to pick up my Turkey from the market . .. I ordered a Mist Knoll Turkey Breast since it is just going to be the 2 of us. I like the Thanksgiving meal so we are having all the fixings and we'll have leftovers which are always good. Other than that it should be a pretty quiet week and weekend . . . then the crazy busy times begin. I had a bowling tournament yesterday then we drove down to Saratoga to my sisters house to visit with my niece who is a Naval Officer leaving for Okinawa after Thanksgiving for a 2 year assignment. We drove back today . . . the roads were ok so it wasn't bad at all.
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Well ladies, the countdown begins to Thanksgiving..what are your plans?

I get the kiddos tomorrow after my chiro appt and bring them home, have them all night, and Wed, then take them home in the afternoon.
We have Thanksgiving with some friends from church b/c our son is going to his In-laws in MA, and our daughter is going to her SIL's down the road from them.

So that's our week, busy busy busy...enjoy the snow-it's actually quite lovely.

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Oh ok. Well I hope that your trip is going to be wonderful!!

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Kat we aren't going on a cruise we are going to drive to Alaska in our new to us Roadtrek Class B RV . . . the one we bought last month. We are going to be gone about 8 weeks and leaving VT in June.


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Bev, I just went in and looked at and commented on a few of your photos on your page! :)

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Good luck with the challenge Kat! Most days that I work I do reach 10,000 steps because I walk during my breaks, but on the weekends I don't walk and most of the time I don't reach 10,000 steps either. I am able to walk, but only short distances at a time because of problems with my feet. I just went to a new podiatrist so I am hoping he will help me figure out something to help with that. So far he had me order some metatarsal pads and I will try those for six weeks, then go back to see him and see how they are working. I have hammertoes and arthritis in my feet, but not bad enough that I need surgery on my feet. He said I have little padding on the bottom of my foot and what is there is not shaped the way most people's is, so when I walk it is almost like walking on bone. The pads he had me order are supposed to help cushion my feet as well as help redistribute my weight so that it isn't all landing on the ball of my foot. Of course if I lost weight there would be less to redistribute, but not being able to walk more makes it harder to lose the weight. I just got the pads today but I am going to go back to the doctor and have him help me put them in my shoes to make sure they are in the right spot, because from what I understand they won't help if they are not properly placed. I had actually tried some similar pads a while back and they didn't help but I am not sure I had them placed correctly. Hopefully these will work better.

Ange, I hope all is well with you.

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It's coming sooner than we realize, I think!! I am in a challenge on Facebook (you can do it however you want though, just through Leslie Sansone). It is a 21 day Turkey Trot to do so many miles/day. Today was 2 miles, so I did 3 b/c my Fitbit doesn't track enough steps/miles for her workouts...I have done 3.46 miles so far today. I have been working HARD the last couple of weeks to get in over my 10,000 and a few times I have done as many as 12,000 and over...I have been getting in about 6-7 miles with those days on steps. Just doing a workout and then normal activity throughout the day.

emoticon emoticon Good job Donna, getting refocused for losing the weight for the cruise...wow, I've never been on one, have you gone somewhere before? My sister in NY goes on a lot of cruises.
I think you have hit all the points of what it will take to stay on track, so just stay focused and I'm sure you will succeed. Great work losing the weight you've done so far...I have not, however, lost much this summer, but working to try to lose before the holidays hit, b/c they are a time of too many goodies around for me!

emoticon Bev, I don't know much about all your health for walking, but that has been my biggest friend in my weight loss. I haven't stayed at my goal weight (I was only there about 2-3 months when it started creeping back and now I have about 10 lbs or so to lose. I know it's hard, and you work too, so that makes it more difficult with the time factor.
I know that I like walking outside more in summer, with hiking and all, but I am physically able to do it, without many health issues. I did go to Dr this week for b/p check and mine was actually down a bit but she wanted to increase my meds, (so instead of just stop using what I'm on, I will double the pills and take 2 instead of one each morning) till they're gone and then get the new script. I had fought it all summer, but think I do need it until I can get weight back down. That's when it was lowered before, and I am bummed I have to increase it.
With my weight loss, I have gotten them to take me off one of my two cholesterol meds, and wish I could get rid of the other. The only other presc meds I'm on is allergy nasal spray and thyroid. The thyroid I need to be on all my life...I'm wondering if now that I no longer have any animals at home, I can stop taking the allergy meds and see if I had issues without them. Hmmm...I will ask her soon.

Bev, I too, have just had to get a new dr. Mine went somewhere else and I loved her...I do like this new one though and hope she can keep me on track.
I agree that not all health problems are related to weight, but I had to do a whole new mindset to come to a point where I knew that it wasn't going to be a diet for me, but a whole new change in behavior and eating habits...I was the age my father had passed away and he was only 52. I knew I didn't want to die young so knew I had to do some serious work. I was able to lose to my goal in 2 years, but then like I said, the weight creeped back up a little. I'm not terribly overweight, but know I'd feel better physically if I lost another 10 at least. I just like my sweets too much.

Hope everyone is enjoying the fall and are staying healthy.
Everyone try to work on at least ONE thing to focus. I am really working on getting some workouts in, and that's helping me stay focused as I don't want to work hard on those, and destroy it by eating too much. :)
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We have had frost a number of times. In fact I had to defrost my windshield before I went to work this morning. Good luck with your renewed weight loss efforts Donna! You have a good reason to stick to the plan so that should help. I had an appointment with a new doctor last Friday. It turns out she will not be our doctor for long because she is leaving in a couple of months. After meeting with her I am not too upset about that because I didn't care for her. I was there for about half an hour and most of the time she was telling me I needed to lose weight. Every issue I mentioned she would say was related to my weight. I know I am overweight but I don't think losing weight would cure all my problems. My varicose veins are hereditary and the issue I have with swelling in my feet and legs started when I was at goal so I'm not sure it is all because I am overweight. I don't doubt that losing weight would help but I am not convinced it will cure everything. She wanted me to see a nutritionist there but I told her I know what I should eat but knowing and doing are not the same thing. I just need to get in the right frame of mind. I am sure I will hear from her again and my weight will be brought up again because I saw the results of my blood tests and it looks like my blood sugar was very close to the level where they would diagnose diabetes (if additional tests showed the same numbers). I was a bit surprised since my numbers are usually in the normal range. On the other hand I was not too surprised since my mother and at least half of my siblings are diabetics. I guess I will have to be careful. We need to find another doctor now!

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November is here and I just looked at the calendar and counted the weeks until we leave for Alaska . . . 34 weeks I would like to loose 50 lbs in those 34 weeks and be very close to my goal weight. I am starting today by refocusing my priorities. I spend way to much time on the computer and need to spend more time exercising of I want to get to were I want to be so I am going to drop out of some of the teams I am on . . . not this one and not my Biggest Loser Team but I have a few other that I am not that invested in and they take time.
Tracking is also important if I am going to succeed . . . so I am committing to tracking at least 5 of the 7 days each week. I already get enough sleep so that doesn't require any changes. This week I am going to get 10,000 steps at least 5 days.
Looking ahead I need to add strength training ad some yoga dvds for flexibility (my flexibility is awful I have noticed)
Water isn't usually a big deal so I will continue with what I am doing there.
Any other things I am missing? any suggestions?
I had a physical this morning and the doctor said I was healthy and added the only thing she could see that I should work on is my weight . . . I have lost 10 lbs since last April on my last physical . . . I was surprised at that . . .didn't remember being that heavy but they had it down in my record. They also did blood work and I don't have the results back for a few days.
Hope the rest of you are doing well and getting ready for winter . . . we haven't had a frost yet but today DH and I spent about 5 hours outside putting things away and preparing for the winter. I still have some more things I would like to do but the bulk of the work is done.
Happy November!

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The sunrise yesterday morning! it's actually the reflection from it onto the clouds toward the west.
Had a couple of trips from New Haven to Rutland to get our cars and the church bus and van undercoated. What gorgeous scenery!! :)

Hugs ladies-enjoy this wonderful color while it lasts before it's time to rake-which soon it will be here! then we go to Maine to H's aunt's house the first weekend in Nov to rake there!



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It's been cloudy and COLD this morning with occasional bursts of the sun...but it's windy and we have a small fire going in the little wood stove on the porch to take the nip off...

My car is at the garage getting some rust repaired...down on the bottom of the doors...did it last year, and was not happy that it didn't last more than a year!

Tonight I'm going to Uno's in Burlington for dinner with a couple of friends who are cousins celebrating their shared birthday tomorrow. Some of their other family will be joining us as well. (I'm the only one not family, I think). One is my bff who moved to St. Albans, and the other is a friend nearby.

I am thinking of making some loaves of zucchini bread for the freezer b/c I have some zucchini's here to use up...want to get some to my daughter too, and get some canning jars from her to do up some potatoes my hubby brought back from Maine...I like having some canned once in a while for quick suppers...I can fry them up with onions for a quick one.

Hubby is at our son's next door cutting up some trees they took down yesterday b/c soon the excavator will be coming to dig out his pond and do some work around it...the trees are dead and needed to be removed, along with some brush.

I am trying to stay clear b/c of the amount of ticks...maybe this will cut down on them?

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Donna that's only one of the trails. I didn't have to do any that steep either time we went. I would NOT be able to either.

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If that is the trail you have to go up . . . I will never do it . . . I'm afraid of heights and that would make me muss my pants and cry.


Back from bowling, lunch and shopping. I found a shirt and vest for Sisters Weekend later this month. I wanted something new and so I have been looking and today I found it. emoticon
Friday morning DH has a colonoscopy scheduled so tomorrow is his purge day . . . needless to say he is not happy and not looking forward to it. Last time they cut out some polyps so they wanted him to come back in 3 years but it has been 6 years. He is such a baby about stuff like this. Oh well . . . I have some leftovers for tomorrow so I won't be cooking and tempting him when he can't eat and tomorrow evening when he starts drinking the stuff I am going to Bingo with some friends so I'll be out of the house. Of course he has to finish drinking the stuff at 5:00 am because his procedure is at 11, so we will both be up early. Then we have the weekend to recover.
I think I am going to try and do some yard stuff tomorrow if it is nice.

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My guys at the top!!
I'm trying to add the other pic and neither the phone or computer will let me!! Grrrrr!!
Here I go again....wish me luck!!


Finally!!
This is one of the trails they went up...that's Samuel, my 12 year old grandson, and my husbands hand pointing to where he needs to grab onto or step. Kurt, my son, said that Samuel was quite afraid up there, and ya know what?? I would have been too!! Kurt said he was worried about Samuel b/c he was so unsure of himself up there...but if you asked Samuel he would act all brave and say it was not a big deal. Haha I guess I know him better than he knows himself.
They did warn him it would be rough. It certainly was, but they got some great pics and a sunrise on a mountain top is gorgeous!



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This is the walk I did today with my friend Nancy...she and I walked down this road to Meach Cove...a lovely spot between Charlotte and Shelburne.

I have to get busy and get some parsley and the rosemary dug up from the garden and potted to keep on the porch for a while...depends on weather, but soon!
Hubby is home from Katahdin and I have seen pics on my son's phone but he hasn't sent them to me yet...even though I've asked a few times...I know he's busy...but they are absolutely lovely!!

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Got back home last night kinda late because we drove down to Sanford Maine to visit our daughter and see our granddaughter then stayed until she was ready for bath and bedtime and still had to drive 4 hours home . . . about Concord NH is started raining . . . not crazy about driving at night and even less in the rain so I was tired when we got back and still had to unpack the car and put some stuff away. Needless to say I slept well and late this morning. Today is filled with finishing the putting away of stuff we brought home, the never ending laundry and of course being the 1st part of the month . . . bill paying. Fortunately we have some leftovers for dinner so that part is easy.
The rest of this week is suppose to be nice so maybe I can get some of the Fall tasks done around here. of course Wednesday is bowling day and I don't usually do much that day after having lunch with the girls and running the errands in town.
How is everyone else doing?

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The cleaning out is progressing, although a bit slower than at first. It takes longer to try to organize the stuff we are keeping that it did to throw out a bunch of stuff. The construction has started for the third bedroom. Walls are framed, the electric is roughed in, and one wall is started. For now, the concrete wall that is on one side is just going to be painted. The outside of the room will not have finished walls for now. At some point in the future we might finish them but we may not. Our son is hoping by the end of this weekend the walls and ceiling will be done, along with the rest of the electrical work and getting heat in that room. He bought flooring to put down also but I doubt they will get to that this weekend. It will be different having others living here, but we will adjust.

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Love the pic from Katahdin . . . I have heard that it is a very strenuous hike so we have never thought about doing it . . . besides I am afraid of heights so if there are open areas with big drops I would not like it at all. I have been up Mansfield a couple of time but one of the times was horrible for me because we did the most difficult trail . . . I was happy with my ex.
Ange glad to hear the babies are improving. Each day is a challenge but you want to be here to see those precious little ones grow so take one day at a time. We are all here for you.
Bev how's the move going . . . your house is going to be crazy again after being empty nesters. . . . I know because we had DD, SIL and our granddaughter her for 2 months this Spring . . . .I loved it but it sure was different dynamic for our house.
Headed to Maine tomorrow after our haircuts to close our cabin for the season . . .it flew by and closing is always bittersweet. We may go out to the coast on Saturday . . . it was so busy this year we never really had a day or anytime there. I'm thinking Rockland and the Owl's Head Lighthouse but we will have to play it by the weather.
Today gonna spent getting stuff together for the trip, put a pork roast in the crockpot and maybe mow the lawn . . . Bingo tonight.
Later gals.

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Thank you all for the prayers and well wishes. And thanks for the message of care for myself. I agree and only wish it were that easy. I'll never give up on myself all together. I still try to get some walks in when I can.

The babies are out of NICU and in a step down unit for a few more weeks. I'm helping out my daughter as the need arises. She is spending days at the hospital with the twins and evening at home with Jilly. I hope she can keep up with the pace and I think the realities of taking care of twin babies is yet to be seen, but for now the goal is to keep them healthy and growing so they can come home.

It is now 10:30 and I'm off to bed soon. Have a good night and upcoming weekend. Katie and Wesley, pics from last weekend.





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Donna, there is the proof that hubby has been up to the top of Mt. Katahdin, as well as my children and myself!! Yes, that was many moons ago!! It was July 29, 1991. I have climbed it again since, with hubby, sister in law, daughter and her friend. But we didn't make it to the top that time...I was having difficulty as I'd gained so much weight...but we did make it to the plateau and back down.

If you plan a fall hike, soon, let me know when you go and Harmon and I will join you!! I would love to meet you and do Snake Mountain, as well as meet your friends from Vergennes...it's possible we may know them :)

Bev, sounds like you have your hands full with the hoeing out, making walls, etc. to accommodate all the needs right now...wow...
Hope they are able to determine the reason for hubbys pain and are able to help him. I have a spark friend right now in the hospital in PA. She was having spasms in her esophagus last night and making her vomit anything she tried to put down her throat...this after breaking a few ribs in a bathtub fall several weeks ago, and then having cold symptoms with lots of coughing for the past couple of weeks...I have felt so bad for her. She's not married and lives with her mom who's in her 80's and not the best of health herself.

Ange!! congratulations on the grandbabies! I will def be praying for strength and healing for those two little ones and for your daughter. I'm sure it's hard not being able to cuddle them now and like Donna said, it would kill me too!! And ditto what she also said about taking care of yourself...just like they say on the plane-put your oxygen mask on first b/c if you don't help yourself, you can't help anyone else.

I have done Snake Mountain again!! LOL I hiked it Monday with 2 other friends!! :)

I love it when there's other people at the top to take pictures for us!!

Bev, I am liking the cooler weather, although I hate winter...the only thing I do like in winter is to snowshoe...but then it's usually frigid out and I hate driving on slippery roads...not looking forward to the cold at all, since I'm ALWAYS cold already!!

We went to a funeral yesterday at church for a lady who was a member, but also sort of my family. She was the mother in law of my brother, and his wife has been my friend since before they got married. She was truly a wonderful woman and will be missed by all who knew her. I got to see my brother and sil from TN, and my aunt and sister came from NY, got to see people I hadn't seen in a long time...so it was nice to visit at the reception.

Well, ladies, am going to run and do my lesson as I'm filling in for a friend teaching her class tonight.

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Congrats on the new grandbabies . . . it would kill me not to be able to hold them. Hope all goes well and they are in your loving arms soon.
Now for the tough love . . . .you really need to think of yourself 1st for a change . . . if you don't you could get to the point where it is too late . . . making yourself a priority is good for everyone . . . it insures that you will be around for a long time to enjoy those babies. It is up to you but something to really think about . . . don't let one excuse or another keep you from getting healthy.

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Exciting news Ange! I am glad to hear that everyone is doing well. Hopefully the little ones will be out of the neonatal ICU soon so you can get to hold them. Take care!

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Hi ladies, I can't believe how quickly time is passing. I was out in Maddison WI this past week for a user group meeting at EPIC which is our hospital's electronic medical record system. Traveling can be fun but also can pose some challenges. The meeting were pretty good and had a couple of good meals in the city. The capital building at nigh was spectacular.

The most exciting thing was that my two grand babies were delivered by c-section as I was flying into Burlington Thursday night at 33 weeks. Katie Ann was 4.4 lbs and Wesley Arthur was about 4 lbs. there were some complications with Katie's heart rate which was the determining factor to do the procedure, only to find the placenta was disrupting with moms blood loss and careful attention of babies respiratory, etc. So, everybody is okay now but I am ever so grateful that my daughter was in the right place at the right time and I pray that the babies do well over the next few weeks as they will be in the neonatal intensive care unit for a few weeks probably. I'll try to figure out how to post some pictures. I won't be able to hold them while they are in the NICU as only the parents are allowed in.

I may be helping out with some care of my first grandchild, Jillian, as the kids focus their time on the babies. My daughter is recovering from her procedure.

Anyway, I think my posts here might be limited for a little while. I'm trying to behave myself with food and exercise, but like with any life changes, focusing on that doesn't seem to be the top priority at the moment.

I hope all of you are doing well and settling into the crisp days of fall. I heard we might get frost tonight! Brrrrr.

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We have hiked in Baxter State Park, but not on Katahdin. We did some of the easy trails several years ago. We have not been doing any hiking lately. Part of the reason is that my husband wasn't feeling good some days and also we have been busy. Our son and grandson moved in with us so that the grandson could go to school here this year, rather than having to change schools later when they get the trailer put in next to us. At first his girlfriend was going to stay in the apartment they had been living in (she lived there before they were together) but I think she is going to move in with us as well so they can all be together and also they can save a little money over the next few months for things they will need for the new home. Our son just had a bed set up in one corner of our basement but we are now putting up walls to make an actual room down there for them. We had to clean out 16 years of junk accumulation in order to make room so that is what we were working on all last weekend and will be again this weekend.

Today we went to DHMC so my husband could have an endoscopy. They were hoping to find the reason for the episodes of abdominal pain he keeps having, but they didn't find anything that would explain them. They think they found evidence of Barrett's disease in his esophagus and they took some biopsies to confirm it, but that wouldn't cause the pains he has been having. They also found some scarring and tissue build-up in his stomach but they think it is totally harmless. They did biopsies to be sure but were not concerned about that. So now we wait for the results of the biopsies and to hear from the doctors as to what the next steps will be. It may be that the pain episodes will simply be something he has to live with.

I guess it is going to feel like fall starting tomorrow. For those who don't like the heat I am sure that will be welcome, but I hate to think about what comes next.

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We have been going to climb that forever . . . I am thinking we may do it when DH gets back from the '.Burgh. We have a good friend who grew up in Vergenes that wants to climb with us and another friend from someplace down there too. So all four of us.
Has your hubby ever climbed Katahdin? I think it is suppose to be quite the hike.
So far I have done 31 quarts of tomatoes and Saturday I am making my chicken soup and canning it and then there are about 6 or so more quarts of tomatoes out there that I just can let go to waste so I will can those too.
I have been walking just about everyday and lost 4 lbs in 2 weeks so it must be a good thing. I am also tracking my food again and being more mindful of the carbs. I am not a low carber but I can easily eat too many of I am not careful . . . love me some carbs.
Oh well the washer just stopped so I am back to work.

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Myself, Patti and Joyce...we climbed Snake Mountain yesterday...I love hiking!!
Been busy with all kinds of things, finishing up what's left in the garden, doing projects, and trying to do some fall cleaning...did a bunch of the inside of windows one day...we have SO MANY windows, and I'm NOT cleaning them all inside and out till hubby is done with his work...b/c using the table saw on the porch throws sawdust everywhere, and it's too hard to keep up and when I do clean, seems he messes them up the next day...so will wait...maybe in the spring when more of the inside work is done?
Hubby's been working on a project for the church/friends, driving school bus to kids sporting games, and such...so he still hasn't finished doing the shingles...I'm anxious to get that done, but he's gone this weekend to NH to a church men's conference, then next weekend he and our son and grandson are going to Maine to hike up Mt. Katahdin and camp overnight there at Baxter State Park...I think that hike may be a bit much for me still....we'll see how the 72 year old guy does backpacking in for 3 miles. :)

Have a great rest of the week and enjoy this cooler weather! I know I am!!



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After we did the hike up Fall Mountain we hiked to a couple of fire towers that had a nice view once you climbed to the top of the towers. One was Gile Mountain in Norwich, VT and the other one was Mt Olga in Wilmington, VT. Last weekend we didn't do any hiking at all, partly due to the weather, but also hubby hasn't been feeling all that well lately.

I don't mind fall but I hate to see it get here because I don't like what comes next. I do like apple season though and we might go apple picking this weekend.

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Hey girlies...this is part of the group that ran or walked for Run for Recovery. A mission in NY state geared to helping people with addictions and trying to prevent deaths.
Then we find my nephew and some of his friends ran in FL to support us too! how sweet!

Donna, I am glad you had such a long vaca in Maine...we will be going during leaf-raking time...we have a party and a bunch of us rake and bag and move leaves all day, it's fun but a lot of work...we do it at Hubby's aunt's house...she is in her 80's. and alone...her boys live nearby but it's too much for them alone, so we all help out and it's fun, then we do pizza to treat ourselves.
I had a great time in NY and got to spend some great times with my sisters, my sister's friend, my friends, my aunt and doing a bit of looking around at stuff: We went to Bass Pro Shop and then to a diner called The Soda Fountain...a 50's décor with girls with poodle skirts...so cute and great food.

Ange, I LOVED Old Orchard Beach, and absolutely HAVE to go back next year..maybe H will take me to a place right on the beach to stay...that would be awesome!
I have never played Bocce but I love the ladder golf game that I have...the kids play it sometimes when they're here...I should get it out and take it sometimes to play when I go to WV...would have to find a place to set it up...probably to the lake, as my cousin doesn't have a lawn without animals to set it up...

Bev, that pic you posted is awesome of Walpole Fall Mountain...It's a beautiful view!

I have hiked up Snake Mountain twice now, and been up Buck Mountain a couple of times...I need to call my neighbor to see when she can hike up Snake with me...she wanted to go but was gone away when we went.

I think I will pick up apples under the tree tomorrow. We are sorting them and saving the good ones to use for cider and storing in a fridge down cellar, and the rest are going out to the woods for the deer...although there were 2 deer under the apple tree the other day.


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Wow . . . the last time any of us posted here was 10 days ago.
I am back home from vacation in Maine and this week started bowling on Wednesday again. I also started the Fall Biggest Loser Challenge on the Lime Team. I like the camaraderie of the team . . . we have been together a few challenges and it is kind of a close knot group. A couple of the girls are also FitBit friends so we can cheer each other on. While I was in Maine I started walking regularly again . . . I am trying to go everyday like I used to and so far I have an 18 day streak going . . . they say 30 days makes a habit . . . I'm half way to a good habit. DH left Thursday for a visit to P'Burgh for some family business so I am able to jump start my renewed healthy eating habits without having to think about anyone but myself.
Today and tomorrow I have to get the tomatoes out of the garden and get them canned. I picked 22 lbs last night before darkness and skeeters drove me back into the house. I'm thinking tomorrow maybe a better day to run the canner because it is suppose to be cooler and breezier . .. my kitchen heads up like crazy when I am canning. Other than that life is good and Fall is in the air. . . . how about y'all?

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Ange, that is in Walpole, NH, on Fall Mountain (really just a hill). We were looking down at the Connecticut River and Bellows Falls, Vt. It is known as Table Rock by the locals. It is about 10 miles from us, but we had never hiked up to it. It was a pretty steep climb and we stopped a number of times to rest but we didn't have any deadlines to meet.

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Hi Everybody,

Bev, nice view. Where is that? Glad to hear the good news and hope it stays that way for the next 20 or 30 years at least!

Kat, Hey, I was just up at Old Orchard a couple weeks ago too. It was darned hot! No air conditioning in our room. But we had a good time anyway. There is just something special about being at the ocean and how lucky are we that we can drive just a few short hours and be there. Not like those poor mid Westerners who've never seen a single wave.

Donna, now I can't remember what your last post said.... must be Old Timer's setting in, LOL!

Anyway, the friends from Montreal have come and gone. We had a nice visit and went to the fair for ZZ Top and (supposed to be Greg Alman but he was sick) and Georgia Satellites. I enjoyed the people watching immensely and had a great time hanging out in the handicap section...with Doug and the other folks there... The onion rings were not that great this year and I was disappointed, but the maple creamee was delicious. I was supposed to get back there today with a friend but she had to cancel so I'm going to go later this week I think.

Played Bocce for the first time last night with my coworkers at a get together at Oakledge park. That was fun!

Canning tomato sauce is a full time job just about. But worth the effort.

Otherwise, not much new. All the business, you'd think I'd be skin and bones by now, but I guess all the summer goodies just impede progress.

Fall will be here soon! Tomorrow is September 1.... emoticon

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Wow, what a week you had Kat! I bet you enjoyed visiting all the family. I bet you get lots of use out of that porch. With all those windows it should be pretty nice except maybe in the middle of winter. We have a porch that wraps around our entire house but we don't use it as much as we thought we would because it doesn't even have screens and the bugs are often bad around here.

We took a hike this morning. It was just over a mile up so a little over 2 miles round trip. The view from the top is nice though. In all the years we have lived here I had never been up there. My husband went for the first time a week or two ago with our son's girlfriend and our grandson.



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This is the back of the porch/house cedar shingles that are almost done on the lower half, then he will have to go around the corner and do that, and then finish the upstairs part.

Hey girlies!! Just a few things been happening here lately. LOL
Went to Maine, visited in Oxford (not at the casino) but at the intersection right AT the casino, is a road *I think Rabbit Run Road*, that goes down a couple of miles and the camps my aunt and uncle and cousins stay in are there (Dunn's Camps). We stayed in a motel not far from Oxford. About 15 min north, in Norway.

While there, we went to Old Orchard Beach!! I was thrilled!

Me under the pier of the boardwalk.

That night my family all gave me a card and surprise birthday party...lots of cake!! (I only had one piece of angel food cake with fresh strawberries on top!! YUMMY)

Harmon said we had to leave early in the morning b/c we needed to be back in Vermont at my daughter's by noon and we were supposed to have lunch, then do some shooting out back with some of our guns...Wasn't sure what the big rush was and found out when I got there that it was another surprise party for me!! wow!! I had all my BFF's and kids and their families, and my sister and aunt even came in from NY!! Guess my daughter's been planning it for a couple of months and she almost got blown away when she found out that we were going to be gone to Maine from Fri to Sat and the party was on Sat!! LOL her father forgot!! emoticon So she had to make a frantic call to him when she got my text...so she rearranged her babysitters so I could leave on Thu and come back Sat morning....haha That way I didn't lose my time to visit everyone.
I had cousins and their kids and grands all there from NY, NH, TN, IA, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and then we came from VT. My son was supposed to go visit too, b/c my cousin from IA hadn't seen him in a long time and he was missing him...but Kurt ended up having too much work at the shop, so couldn't take the time off.

Then Wed was my actual birthday, so hubby and I hiked Snake Mountain, then went to Rosie's in Middlebury for lunch. He had to pick up something at Goodro's lumber place, and around the corner was Middlebury Sweets, a candy store I had never been into....well, I HAD to get something! so looked around and got a few pieces, then we left and went to A&W for a rootbeer!! YUMM...

Then church that night with lots of other birthday wishes and hugs. It was a celebration week!! :)

Yesterday my BFF and her daughter and her bridesmaids for todays wedding spent the night at my house. The wedding is at 4. Hubby and grandson are bbq'ing chicken. So they are getting that set up and done this afternoon for dinner at 5.

I have been up Buck Mountain last week or so with the grands too, so I have gotten some fun hikes in!!

Yesterday I went crazy with cleaning, not that the girls were here long enough to notice, but I had to do it b/c a lot of things have been put off b/c we were gone so much this summer.

Hope you are all well-the garden has been going crazy with stuff-so have done canning and freezing and giving cukes and such to others...and have a bag for my BFF and her son to do up....I ran out of "want to" for making more pickles this weekend! LOL

Here's my granddaughter and I with my cakes at my daughter's.



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Yes, hubby's tests went well. I guess I didn't post an update on here. We were afraid his cancer was back because his tumor marker was up (although other bloodwork was good) and the scan showed something on his liver that they said had been barely visible on the previous one but was more defined this time, so they suggested a PET scan. His oncologist told him she couldn't say it was cancer but she couldn't say it wasn't either, and the combination of something showing up and the rise in his tumor marker was "worrisome". He had the PET scan a week later and she called him the following day to give him the good news that the scan showed no cancer. We were supposed to meet with her two days after the scan but she called with the good news and canceled his appointment. We were very relieved that it turned out to be a false alarm. Unless something comes up before then, he won't have any further tests for four months now.

Retirement is getting closer for me, but not close enough! I have less than two years until I plan to retire (at 62). I need to retire while the husband is still healthy enough (hopefully) for us to do things.

Enjoy what us left of the summer ladies!

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Hi Ladies,

Okay, so I ate way too much lobster and other seafood on my four day vacation, but it was so darn delicious. What a splurge...

Kat, I love the chicken picture! You look good an I'm still jealous that you are able to do so much fun stuff, while I'm still slaving away most of the time.... Retirement in 13 more years, sounds like a long time and a short time all at the same time.

Bev, hope your hubby's test go well. Got to try to enjoy as much as you can...

Donna, I don't know how you manage to do all the traveling... but glad you are having fun.

This week was not especially a good week for eating healthy. I have visions of treadmill and my bowflex (I got used from a friend earlier this summer and haven't used it once yet) sitting in the basement and I agree that with summer winding down, should plan to get into a routine for winter. I really can't imagine going through another winter of not getting enough exercise... I think I'm going to try to plan my time on a calendar so that I don't just shrug off my me time for other priorities. I have several projects planned for fall/winter that have been left undone for the last three years. Painting, organizing, fixing a few things, a couple of small furniture refinishing projects, finishing a quilt, etc. I don't want to be a couch potato all winter.... I really have noticed the difference between summer activity from winter activity this year and would like to keep at least half of the pace that I've been managing for the last few months... All I can do is try...

Enjoy the rest of August! I've got friends coming next weekend and need to get my house ready for that, and it will be fair week. I have a conference in Sept and one in October to Wisconsin and Baltimore. and then my grand twins should be arriving. Whoo Hooo! Can't wait to see them.

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Donna if DH comes to field days and comes in from route 7, at New Haven Jct, he will be going past my house. We are 5th house on the right. Cape Cod house. Box 842. If you come with him stop in!!!

My fave ocean spot was Outer Banks right across from the sand dunes!!


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Good Morning Ladies,
Loved your vacation pics Kat . . . .I like the ocean also. My favorite spot is the Outer Banks in a town call Salvo . . . we like to rent the last house before the National Seashore begins and then we have no one on the South side of us and a gorgeous view. It has been a few years since we have been down . . . just too many other places to go and things to see. We'll go back though sometime.
Today is lawn mowing day as soon as the dew from last night dries up and before it gets too hot. Breakfast is a delicious smoothie with Coconut Milk, Black Cherry Yogurt, Spinach, Black Cherries, Chia Seeds and Flax Seeds. One of my favorites.
Dinner tonight is grilled chicken breast over a mixed green salad loaded with lots of veggies and a glass of wine on the patio.
Did any of you go Premium Membership. It is so much faster without the ads . . . .they were really bogging my computer down so it was worth it for me. I am also going to take advantage of the Spark Coach . . . time to get get back into serious weight loss now that Summer is winding down.
DH is coming down your way this week KAT I think he is going to the Field Days on Wednesday.

Have a great day everyone

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Hi Girls!! emoticon
I realize it's been forever since I have written on here, too...so Donna don't feel bad...I get SO busy and then I forget it's been so long...sorry!!
We ended up doing the 2nd leg of vacation, and what a ball!


We left here, went to PA to visit a friend, and from there we went to VA beach!! that's hubby and I at the ocean, my favorite place to be in the world!! Wish I lived by one!! I know they can be cold and dangerous, but so much great fun in the summer!!

Then we headed to my cousins house in WV.

Me-braving her chicken coop (Yes, I'm deathly afraid of chickens) to come in and hold one of her homing pigeons.
I took this of her chickens!! she had about 50 of them in there, so I was almost shaking...she was in there with me, to "keep me safe"....(I'm always nervous about copper heads as well!!)


I was quite proud of myself for going in there!!
We stayed there for a week, got to meet a cousin I had that was a wonderful singer/guitarist, who sang a special at my other cousin's church. I surprised her and met her hubby too, (he's the pastor) and got enjoy a very nice special service at their church.

I have not used my kayak since our anniversary the end of June emoticon I want to so bad, but hubby has been so busy, my friend whom I go with is busy, and now that we're home again, the garden has been calling my name almost daily with pickings and canning of beans, freezing broccoli, making pickles and eating TONS of fresh cukes...(tomatoes are not getting ripe yet). I have picked and dried in the dehydrator: parsley, basil and chives.
I have picked dill and cukes and hot peppers for my daughter who doesn't have a garden this year, but wanted to make a bunch of pickles for herself and my niece.
I got a request from MY sister to make some dilly beans, so those are done. A couple years ago my aunt said she wished she had some of the mustard pickle my mom used to make, so I sneaked the recipe from her cookbook when I was there, and am making some now...they have to soak, then I can rinse, cook and can them up. :) I'm surprising her for the next time I go out.

I have also gotten back into babysitting my 2 grands (my daughter's 2) b/c she was pulling her hair out with us gone so much. We left here July 3 and came back home almost midnight of the 6th, then left early on the 8th and didn't get back home till the 19th....it was great for us, and I had so much fun visiting with friends and family. But she had to use all her resources to get babysitters. Now they are with me till school starts the 30th of Aug.

Sounds like you ladies are all keeping busy as well, with all your trips and busy stuff going on....Last night Hubby and I went on the BMW motorcycle (that's the only kinds we have, and yes, he has 4 of them, this oldest one (I think 1967) being my favorite as the most comfortable to ride, although it's rougher sounding than the others. The newest one is my least favorite, b/c the seat is higher in the back than the riders (which is weird for me) and there are big saddlebags and a trunk. So to get on it, I have to bounce on my left foot and try to swing my right leg over them all to get high enough to get on, and it's kind of weird and hard getting off too....I'm 5'4" So not very tall for a bike this size.

Tonight at church we have a couple coming to sing-The Puffers. Darlene and Bob Puffer. They sing bluegrass and they play a myriad of instruments. I love them, even though they're kind of country twang, which isn't my favorite, but they are wonderful people, and are so comical sometimes. He has a great sense of humor. Last Sunday we had a group called the Needhams. I ended up getting 5 of their cd's b/c I love their music. She and her brother write all of their music. She has a beautiful voice, as does her son and her husband. They all play instruments, her main one is the mandolin.

Tomorrow our church group leaves out for church camp-we rent Camp Good News in Charlestown, NH and they go there for the week. Kurt and his family go so we get Chewbacca for the week. We just had her a couple of days this past week, b/c they made a trip to OH for my dil's grandmother's funeral.

I guess I will close and not run on and on anymore...I'm sure you probably sick of listening to me chatter...

I do miss you girls, and enjoy reading about your lives...(I haven't walked much this summer, due to being gone and on the road, and busy, but I have TRIED to eat healthy as much as possible.) I did go for a walk a couple of days ago and it felt so good!

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It was pretty good . . . I would have rather had breakfast but they quit serving breakfast at 11:30 and we were there about 12:30 so I had a club sandwich and it was very good lots of bacon and turkey . . . DH had the burger platter and said it was good also. we would go again if we were in the area. We always look for diners when we travel . . . love the nostalgic feel to them. OOOh forget so say they had homemade blueberry pie and other homemade desserts.

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Donna, when you went to the diner in Chester you were only about 4.5 miles from my house. How was the diner? It used to be good years ago but then it changed hands and I heard it was not as good but I think it has changed ownership again since then and I haven't heard much about it recently.

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Have a good time in Maine Ange . . . . we won't be going back until the 22nd or 23rd. To much going on here with plans for the kitchen remodel and I have a niece getting married next weekend in Western NY so we have to go to that.
We went on a road trip Thursday to Perkinsville VT to a place called Vermont Soapstone Co. . . .I thought I might want a soapstone sink and counter but DH doesn't like the look of soapstone so we are back to looking into getting our old unique sink renovated . . . I haven't seen any of the new sinks I like and I want to have somethin that keeps the old house look. . . . very frustrating.
Anyway, on our road trip we went to a diner in Chester . . . we love diners and then drove the long way home from Londonderry up Route 100 through the mountains. We hadn't done that in a long time and it was very pretty and different in Summer.
This heat has been sapping my energy and I haven't done much exercise wise but I did finally get all my Thank Yous done and mailed yesterday . . . only 2 weeks after the party and that included getting a custom card from Shutterfly with some of the pics in it.
The lawn needs mowing but I think I am going to wait until tomorrow because it is suppose to be slightly cooler.
Not much else going on . . . take care everyone.

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Wow, it sounds like you have been busy Ange. I hope you get to enjoy your time away soon. I am just plugging away, working and trying to do a few fun things on the weekends since I don't have vacation time left for a real vacation. Hubby had his routine cancer checkup last week and got some conflicting information. Some things look good and some are not necessarily good. He will be having some additional tests next week. Hopefully all will be well. Most of the time he is feeling pretty good so hopefully that is a good sign.

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Hi ladies! Happy Friday evening. Summer time pace feels like warp speed on the Enterprise. Hopefully you know your Star Trek trivia. Anyway, I had a really busy couple weeks between car appointments, Sears appointments, well pump replacement and pressure tank replacement, dentist, eye exam, work, kids, and old man, I'm ready for another vacation! I've been pickling, baking berry picking and jammin'. Other than that, not much new. I've been eating too much again, back to primarily carbs and proteins. I've had some veggies since being sick, but for some reason, I've been slow to get back into that groove.

Finishing a batch of zucchini salsa (trying something new) tomorrow morning and a batch of blackberry jam, then taking my girls to the Franklin County field days. Do onion rings count as a vegetable? emoticon

Sounds like everyone has been having a good time. I'm off next weekend to Maine for just a few days but can't wait!
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It has been awhile since I actually wrote something for here I just realized. . . since before the party. It was fabulous . . .except for the Thunderstorms that rolled through Friday Night and Saturday just as people were arriving. Friday Night we had all eaten. . . things were mostly cleaned up and we were just thinking about having a campfire. So it was that bad . . . Saturday people were just starting to arrive and so we had to scramble and get the tent sides on and secured. . . . fortunately both our sons helped out and they had experience with tents from working at Festivals doing lighting like Bonaroo. Our friends and family helped too so it was alright we were dry and safe and able to continue partying. After dinner the sun came back out and everyone was able to be outside again enjoying lawn games and visiting. I put a ton of photos up on Facebook.
Last week I spent recovering . . .I was tired from months of preparations and putting things away.
I am ready to get focused on losing weight again. I also had a doctor app't last week . . . my yearly GYN and I was pleased to have lost 5 lbs since last year. My weight had gotten high when I wasn't running because my foot was bothering me and it has been hard to find time to do much exercise lately. I think the week of the party I was sweating those 5 lbs.
It is the 1st of August . . . . kind of sad as I know that the Summer is flying by. I am also on to a new project . . . . my kitchen remodel . . . finallly. We had a designer come up with a plan and talked to a contractor last week. I have been spending way to much time researching stuff on the internet like a place to get our old sink (1900 - 1925) re-porcelained. It is a beautiful sink with 2 drain boards on each side and will be the focal point of the kitchen if I can pull it off . . . if not I have been looking and Vermont Soapstone Sinks. Lots to do and think about and this is the last rooms we have to do . . . .DH is doing the dining room and we are going to hire the kitchen because it is such a big job and DH is 70 and just doesn't want to do it anymore. I'm ok with that because I want it done now that we are finally getting an idea of what we want and don't want.
I guess that is enough of a book for today . . . . let's hear from the rest of you.

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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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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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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.

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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!

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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.

It's time to make the kiddos lunch- emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Not sure what I'm feeding them, but got watermelon yesterday and will give them some when they've eaten. :) yum!

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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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