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6/10/17 7:47 A

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The rain has surely been a downer this Spring but I have been busy. I was sick for over a week with some cold/flu thing. The only thing that is still sort of hanging on is a tickly cough. I know I will wake one morning and it will just be gone but until then it is irritating. I have been trying to get the flower gardens cleaned up and mulched but it has been a slow process in the rain. I have also trying to finish the final preparations for our trip to Alaska. We leave in 2 weeks emoticon and won't be back until after Labor Day . . . exciting and scary. We have never been away from our home for so long and there are lots of things to think about for a trip like this both in the traveling and the homestead. In addition we went to Maine for 5 days around Memorial Day to get our cabin open for the kids to use this Summer. I am not doing anything special to loose weight right now I was feeling so overwhelmed and you know what? I have lost 5 lbs. emoticon emoticon I am just trying to eat healthy when I eat but not counting or portioning.
I won't be on much this Summer but I will try and post the occasional pic or two.

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That was the sunset over our barn last night-it looked like a lake of fire.

I think I can officially wash and pack away my winter coat...hoping anyway, so it's in the washer...I had to add a LOT of stain stuff to the white sleeves...yes, my black coat has white sleeves which get into all the dirt/salt from my car, no matter how careful I try to be. So that, and the oxyclean, hopefully it will come out CLEAN.

I have been busy cleaning here lately....I had a house to clean Monday (I do two houses, and alternate them every Monday). Then yesterday I did the camp we take care of at the lake, then this morning the church. I have my reg house on Monday, then Thur a house of my daughter's as she will be going to Laconia Bike Week in NH with her hubby on their Harley's. She has a client in Williston who is OCD about her house and wants ME to come clean it b/c my daughter can't. LOL

I also have one to do for an hour just to spiff up for a party, then come back Monday and do the rest of the cleaning after they've all left. :)

I was supposed to get my grands while my daughter and hubby are gone, but his mom is now taking them. It will be easier on the kiddos, less traveling b/c she lives a lot closer to them.
Got some yard work done on Wed and then yesterday I went for a long walk with a friend. Took advantage of the sun.

Does anyone have dry enough soil to plant a garden yet? mine is still not in, and at this point I don't see when it will be. It's looking like rain out there now...and we've only had 2 days without any. Our yard is saturated, the ground is just oozing water everywhere here, and I'm sick of the cloudy gloomy weather!

Are you ladies making plans for anything fun? We are going out to NY to my family's and visit sisters and an aunt Father's day weekend. That's it so far.

Well, not much new other than me complaining about the rain. emoticon

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5/10/17 6:52 P

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Thanks gals, it is good to have you cheering me on.

Donna, sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Kat, you are still ful of enthusiasm and don't let that weather get you down. It will be hot and muggy before you know it.

Bev, I hear you. If you are interested, the UVM project is still looking for people to join another round of their study, I believe. If that is something you are interested in, you can call Doris Ogden at 802 656 1960 and she can give you all the information about what is entailed. I like that I can do most of this program on my own or on-line for the classes and any in person meetings are limited and have some flexibility of times. And it isn't costing me anything either.
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Donna, so sorry to hear of all your family is going through. It certainly has been a rough spring for all of you. I hope things get brighter for all of you and the rest of the year is much better.

Ange, welcome back and congrats on the weight loss success! I need to regroup and start something new myself, but I haven't decided what. I stopped going to TOPS months ago and I held my own for quite a while and maybe even lost a few founds, but in the last month or two those pounds have come back on along with a couple of others. I am not active on SparkPeople any more either. I stayed on the teams that I had been participating in because I wasn't ready to leave the handful of online acquaintances behind, but using the message boards occasionally is all I do on here lately. Maybe I should look for something different online.

Kat, I too am sick of the rain and overcast skies. We have had a few breaks of sun, but we have had way more dreary days. After a while it starts to make me grumpy!

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Oh Donna I'm so sorry for yet another loss in your family. Will pray for all of you. Hugs. emoticon

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5/9/17 8:59 A

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Yeah Ange . . . .glad yo found something that is working for you. I agree with Kat . . . keep us posted so we can cheer you on.
I am writing this post from our hotel room outside of Camp Lejeune NC . . . .another tragedy has fallen on our family. My youngest sister's 23 year old son was killed in an accident. He was a Marine here so once again our family is burying a child way too soon. These times lately have tested our faith so any and all prayers are welcome.
I rented a van 5 of us drove down here together yesterday . . . a 14 hour ride and we will head back home on Thursday.
Glad to be out of the rain for a few days . . .it is very depressing.

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emoticon Congratulations Ange!! Sometimes we just have to find what works for us and I'm so happy for you!! emoticon On the weight loss so far and I know that with the program you're using you will see the results and hit your goal. Keep us posted as you go so we can rejoice with you!!

Is anyone else sick of this rain? I am so tired of it. I want to be outside walking but I hate being in the rain. I feel cold and damp all the time and just the thought of being outside is so depressing.
I did Green Up day on Tuesday or Wednesday last week just to do it on a day when it wasn't raining. Saturday I had a brunch at church. So knew I couldn't wait. Plus the forecast on Sat was calling for rain too. And it did.
Our path out back is so wet that you have to wear boots to go out.
Before the last couple of weeks I had been walking more. I went with a friend about 3 times one week. Then I went with another friend the following week. Then I had the grandkids and granddog during school vacation. So I have been out. But now I'm staying in and haven't had the motivation to do indoor workouts.
We had a contest for the brunch as the theme was the mad hatter tea party. The contest was to make something using tea cups or make something into a tea cup. I will post a pic of my tea cups. I got 3rd place.

Well ladies I hope that you're all well. We have a greenhouse we borrowed from my daughter. We have lots of veggies going I there and had to put the heater in there last night to prevent another bunch getting too cold. We did that already and lost some so had to restart and transplant those.
Anticipating having a garden that's not a hydroponics one! (In the water).

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Hi gals! Surprise! I wanted to let you know that I never gave up, but decided I needed to do something more for myself because I wasn't making any headway on my own. I joined a university of Vermont research study in February, called iReach, which is based on behavioral modification, food/calorie tracking in My Fitness Pal, and weekly step goals, planned exercise and weekly online class with other participants and led by our personal coach.

I had been talking about needing to renew my focus and I think I needed this structure in order to do that. I had gotten up to 231lbs before starting but happy to say I'm down to 218.6 and with spring, summer activity and walking, and attention to what is going in, I feel like I'm back on track for the first time in years. This research project continues with the online class for another 20 weeks or so and then we are in our own but following the program with quarterly weigh ins for a total of 18 months. I'm losing a healthy 1 pound a week so at that rate I would lose 72 pounds in that 18 months, but that sounds unimaginable right now. I'm hoping to lose another 50. That would be awesome! Wish me luck girls. I'll try to check back in again.

Sorry I haven't been active here but I haven't forgotten you all and all of your encouragement. I hope you are all well and looking forward to a great summer.

Donna, sorry for you and your family's loss.

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Donna I am so sorry for your loss. That is awful and know that it's quite a shock to all. Prayers for your family. emoticon

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Donna, I am sorry to hear about your niece. I had seen something on Facebook but didn't know exactly what had happened.

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The Christmas Tree Bonfire was fun and it didn't rain very hard so we were able to enjoy the campfire . . . we stayed for Easter dinner on Sunday and it was 87 outside . . . nice. On Monday we drove home and weren't in the house about 30 minutes when other sister called to ask me to come to my hometown and stay with my Mom because her daughter died on Monday of a massive heart attack 3 days short of her 44th birthday. Quite a shock and sadness for our whole family. Yesterday was the calling hours and today the funeral. We will be headed back to VT on Sunday. I am feeling tried, drained and sad especially for my sister.

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emoticon Things are starting to green up a bit...With all the rain, we should get some benefits right? such gloomy, dreary weather, is starting to get me less motivated to walk...and the ticks are out already-had one crawling on my arm a couple of days ago. I had gone outside to see if the pair of ducks are still on the pond...they weren't at that time, but were today when I checked...I heard something in the woods chirping, like either a partridge or a grouse....and couldn't see it so stood and waited to see if I could see something...I was only out there about 10 minutes...I hate ticks!!

emoticon Donna, how was your Christmas tree bonfire? have fun with the family??
I am a very organized person as well, and have been doing some here at the house, trying to get some spring cleaning and organizing done...

emoticon I was looking for the family pic I took Sunday and now I can't find it anywhere! I think I deleted it thinking I had emailed it to myself...I have been having issues with my old phone, and need to upgrade, and this one keeps telling me I can't take pics when I only have about 10 in there sometimes!! ya...
Gonna go now and get that ball rolling to get a new phone...
Hope you ladies stay dry over the next week-I am gonna try!!

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We are going to Saratoga Springs to my sister's tomorrow for the Easter weekend. Every year on Saturday night before Easter she throws a party with friends and us where they burn the Christmas trees in a bonfire . . . it is a pot luck and always fun. While some years are colder than others depending on when Easter falls that year . . .this is our 5th I think.
I have been busy making lists of things to get done before our big trip this Summer . . . there is a lot of logistics to it and I am a very organized person.
Wednesday after bowling I am going to Maine to visit my daughter and granddaughter. Her hubby leaves tomorrow for another 6-8 weeks on his boat (Coast Guard). My daughter wanted some help with getting her yard in shape for Spring. Their snow is finally gone too.
We have 2 more weeks of bowling and then we are done for the Summer . . . they had a snow day while I was gone so we are making that up.
Time to get busy today . . . . some cooking, laundry and we bought a new fish tank yesterday . . . want to start setting that up.

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I'm sure I won't be posting again before Easter, but wish you all a very blessed one. I will be at church for the "sunrise" service at 7:30...we don't actually go at sunrise...thank goodness! LOL
We then have breakfast there, and our regular morning services with SS and choir, etc. Then no evening service, so I'm hoping my son's family come for dinner that evening. I know my daughter prob won't come with hers, but it is what it is.

I have been VERY busy since I got home from Vacation...I had sciatica issues the WHOLE time we were gone...it is much better now and still only aches occasionally, not the pain that it was. I have continued to do the stretches for that muscle, and it has helped tremendously. So for approx. a month, no exercise and very limited walking for me.
emoticon And I am an avid walker once the weather is nice. I love the hiking and just walking my 5k on my road and with friends.

I am able to do much more now, so am thrilled to be "back at it". I had gained some weight during that month, and undid the progress I'd made in the slim tummy department. I had lost 4 inches on my belly doing some burpees (look up on google). I had been doing them since Thanksgiving day, and had worked myself up to do almost 100/day by New Years' and then consistently did them every day till we left for SC, and was doing at least 60/day then. Now, I have only done them once...but hoping to get back into the routine of them daily...
I measured today and since this past couple of weeks being able to walk and move more, I have lost about 1 inch off again...whew!! I hate this tummy roll.
I measure my waist, hips and belly roll all separately, measure 1/week to keep myself on task to remember how good it feels to wear your shorts/jeans without them bothering b/c they're too tight! :)

I need to curb my candy eating cravings too, and with Easter Jelly beans around..wow that's hard... emoticon I need more of these guys!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I'm not sure why the strawberry has a sad face... :)

I have done a LOT of yard clean up, but still have a lot of white pine branches to clean up by the kids play structure...I did get the flower garden and peony plot all raked and cleaned up...the branches are all picked up off the front yard. I pulled a bunch of dried weeds yesterday that were growing along the side of the house that gets neglected over there. Seldom seen and hubby can't mow too close to the house there, as it's uneven ground and he uses the rider.

Because of in house construction projects on the addition, I have had a lot of dust and dirt accumulations in my kitchen, so those cupboards have ALL been done, and the dining room, living room and some of the den as well...my bedroom was done yesterday, but still a few more things to do in there.
The bathtub with jets we bought over a year ago from a neighbor that's been sitting on the porch all this time, has finally made it's trek up the stairs and is now in its final home. He has to install it, though, and enclose around it. Right now I'm happy to just have it off the porch.


I'm off to get SOMETHING done...not sure yet, but have some sour milk to make up some donuts for hubby and his friends. Chocolate ones...I don't like chocolate.

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4/9/17 9:39 A

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I had not realized that it has been so long since I made a post here. Hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to the Spring weather we have predicted for the next few days.
Our trip South last month was a needed break and we learned a lot about our camper. We made a list of the things we want to add or change before we head to Alaska in June.
As far as weight loss and exercise . . .I am stalled and not very inspired. I walked a lot in Florida and we had our bikes and road several times but the weather here has had me hiding inside not willing to venture out for long. I am going to make a serious effort tomorrow to get out and start cleaning up the lawn for Spring. Our snow is finally gone and this time I think for good. I used to walk everyday when we had the dog but walking alone is just not my thing and we aren't going to get another dog until we get back from Alaska. I need to get my butt moving.
SO how is everyone else doing . . . .looking forward to Spring and Summer?

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I took this of the sunrise one morning with the sandpipers on the beach!! :) my fave by far!!

Had a wonderful, not that warm, though :(, trip to SC Myrtle Beach...but got to see an old Spark friend who lives in Canada, and she and my friend we were staying with down there, made friends, and hung out even after I left! I loved the shopping, beach excursions and shark tooth and shell hunting! have some great ones of each!! I did find 43 shark teeth! and many many shells!

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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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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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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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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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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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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. :)

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
The change of weather is quite striking though . . . 65 Saturday and 33 today


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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.


Later gaters!!! :)


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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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