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Hi...it has been awhile since I posted here - like nearly a month! We were at our family camp week in New Hampshire the first week of August and I came home with a bad case of bronchitis; I'm still struggling to breathe any time I exert myself and have spent most of the past two weeks in bed. The doctors say it will just run its course but I wish it would run faster. I have been up and dressed two days in a row though so I guess that is progress.

On top of that?? Shingles! They are in my scalp and torso but it is a milder case than the first time around; this is my third recurrence though and I just wish it would stop. I started the medication immediately when the burning started and I think that has kept the sores from opening for the most part. So...Shingles are getting better.

You know we get so used to being healthy that getting sick is almost an insult....like our body is letting us down....well now I'm working to get back to healthy so I'm starting to exercise again tomorrow morning and I will try to get back to tracking my meals too.

Hope you are having a good summer Sunny. I know it has been hot there and tonight I've been watching some of the coverage of the protesters at the Trump rally. I've been praying that there won't be any more trouble. Both sides are so angry now it seems.

Bev, how are you and Rodney doing? Are his treatments over? I'm wondering about your diabetes too. You mentioned that the medicine is helping with your A1c. Mal is pre-diabetic as of his last A1c several months ago and he will be having a new one tomorrow. We have been trying to eat more wisely but he is a constant snacker; he has also been a lot more active because it is summer and he has his garden plus he was having major health issues when the last one was done so I am hopeful that maybe he has backed away from the edge and will come up with a lower number now. His last A1c was 6.2.

Prayers for each of us that we can get through the last 1/2 of 2017 healthier and stronger......and maybe even with lower weights than we see on the scale now.

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Bev, I had to chuckle at your description of how your hubby's stepmom also became his aunt!! I guess you never know what can happen. I did have a nice time yesterday and "Ben" is very easy to talk to and has lots of interesting stories of things that have happened in his lifetime. I think we will be good friends and that will be nice. Like you say, just someone to talk to and go do things every so often is nice. Thankfully I have quite a few of my lady friends that I'm able to do that with as well and it really does help!! :)

I remember when you and Rodney had just gotten your camper, Bev. You guys had a good run in it for sure!! Did I tell you guys that I did finally sell the 5th wheel? I had it taken over to the same dealership where we had bought it and had them sell it on consignment. I still had to come up with nearly $5,000 in order to completely pay of the rest of the loan, but now I don't have the monthly payments and don't have to worry about the upkeep, etc., etc. I think I'm better off without it, but sure will have the wonderful memories of the times we spent.

Well, guess I'd better sign off of here as well. I need to run a few errands today, so guess I'd better get to it!!

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I hadn't heard of the heel drop thing, but maybe I will have to try that. What the podiatrist had me do before was what I called a wall push-up where I stood back from the wall a bit, with my palms against the wall and one leg in front of the other and I leaned toward the wall, bending the front leg but keeping the back one (the one that the heel was bothering on) straight. You can feel a stretch in the calf and in the bottom of the foot. I think it took a couple of weeks but it did help. I think the problem is that I am not doing it often enough this time.

Sunny, enjoy the lunch "date". A friend of ours lost her husband a few years ago and a year or so ago she was asked to go out to dinner with an older gentleman who had lost his wife several years ago. She told us she has no intention of it being anything other than someone to go out to dinner with or out dancing once in a while, but I think she has spent quite a lot of time with him. He is quite a few years older than her, but I think it is nice that she has someone to spend time with rather than staying home alone all the time. My mother-in-law died from cancer when she was only in her late 40s. Her sister lost her husband to a massive heart attack just a few months later. My father-in-law and my husband's aunt started spending time together just for company and a year or so later they ended up getting married- so my husband's stepmother is also his aunt.

Wanda, enjoy the camping. I do miss going camping, but I don't see us doing much of it any more. We no longer own a camper. We do still have a tent , air mattress, sleeping bags, a camp stove and cooking stuff, but I don't know that we will ever use them again. If we were to go camping it would probably be in a cabin, not a tent. In some states you can find reasonably priced cabins, but around here a lot of them cost almost as much as a motel room. We stayed in a couple of different ones in Pennsylvania that were decent- nothing fancy but we had electricity for Rodney's CPAP machine and a bed to sleep in. One of them even had a microwave and a small refrigerator and we paid $40 or less a night. Around here you pay that for a tent site at some private campgrounds. State parks are cheaper but they don't offer electricity (in PA some sites do but not in VT) and we need it for his CPAP.

I guess I have rambled on long enough, so I better shut up, load my dishwasher, and get to bed.

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7/26/17 11:29 A

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Wanda, I'm excited for you getting all ready to go camping. It sounds like it will be wonderful and I know you will sure be enjoying your family!! Have lots of fun resting and relaxing. You will probably find lots to keep you busy too!! Will you be camping in Ohio? I sure miss my home state, especially during the summer and fall!!

Well, sounds like you had the same experience I did with the crazy foot problems. Thank the Lord that it finally goes away, but while you are going through it you think it will never end!!

Take care. If we don't here from you for awhile I will just picture you guys camping and having a blast!!

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7/26/17 11:02 A

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Enjoy lunch, Sunny! Friendship is one of life's good things. Hope you have a nice time.

Bev, I echo Sunny's thoughts on Plantar fasciitis, it is so painful and takes SO long to heal. I did the same heel dropping exercise and kept it up for a long while. I could feel the stretch in the arch. That exercise is the only thing that helped me. I tried several in-shoe orthotics, but never tried the boot at night. I learned that I tend to sleep with my toes pointed; I guess that is because I tend to sleep on my stomach or side. I had to try not to sleep on my stomach and when I was on my side I tried to remember not to let my toes point. My goodness! It is hard to stop a sleeping habit.......because you fall asleep! LOL

Live is pretty quiet around here this week. We are getting ready to go to camp on August 5, my husband brought the bins in from the tool shed and I've packed the paper goods, plastics, beach towels, pots and pans, etc. I'll be adding things right up until we leave. What a good time we have. Two of my grandchildren and little Theo will not be with us but we will still have a good sized group. The cottage we rent is pretty rustic and Theo's mommy feels he is a bit too young for camping this year.



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Bev, it is great to hear from you also!! I think of you both often and wonder how you are doing! I was sorry to hear about your plantar fasciitis! You probably remember I was struggling with that a number of years ago, but that was very debilitating!! It takes so long to get over it even while doing all the things the podiatrist wants you to do. I wore a boot to bed every night, rolled my foot over a frozen water bottle, etc., etc. I even got a series of injections and it still had to just sort of get better on it's own. I do sympathize with you on that for sure. I think the one exercise that helped me most was when I started standing on a step with my heel over the step and then going down as far as I could with the heel and then bringing it up and standing on my tip toes. That was the thing that really started making a difference for me and I still try to remember to do those exercises every so often to try and keep the arch limbered up! At any rate, sure hope you can get over that quickly and also the ankel problem. When your feet hurt it seems you just hurt all over!!

I can only imagine the fatigue Rodney is dealing with after his chemo. It sounds like his Dr.'s are good and working with you guys to determine the best dosage for him. I know it is really a balancing act and the side effects can be bad. Praying that he will be done with these chemo rounds before too long and that he will be feeling much better, including the shortness of breath!!

Well, I had a surprise last week. A nice gentleman that had started coming to our church asked me to go out to lunch with him. He is a widower of about 2 1/2 years, so I imagine he is just lonely and wants someone to talk to. I am going to meet him for lunch today at Denny's! He is quite a bit my senior, but seems very active and getting along great for his age. Guess we can't have too many friends! emoticon

Well, take care. I better sign off of here for now. Have a wonderful day and think skinny thoughts! I'm trying to follow the Tops exchange diet. I seem to have pretty good luck on that one and it is balanced so you know what you are getting.

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Congrats on the loss Sunny! I need to get back on track and start losing again. I have gained back the few pounds that I had lost- which my doctor made sure to mention when I had a checkup about 10 days ago. The medication is keeping my A1C at a good level even with the few extra pounds, but I would likely have more energy if I lost some of this excess weight. I am not back to walking as much as usual yet because I am continuing to have some issues with my feet. I thought the ankle was all healed after the surgery but it has started to weep a bit and feels kind of sore again so I'm not sure what is going on with it. My doctor looked at it when I saw him and he didn't feel there was a problem. He just thinks I take longer to heal than most. My bigger issue has been heel pain, which I am assuming is plantar fascitis. Some days it seems like it is getting better and other days it doesn't.

Rodney is still doing quite well. He is tolerating the chemo without any major problems. He gets pretty tired and he doesn't feel great for a couple of days after his infusion, but then he usually bounces back. Last week they had to reduce the dose of his chemo because it was affecting his white blood count too much, but hopefully by having this week off he will be able to have the full dose again next week. His oncologist says they will decide each week based on his labs how much he will get. He will have one more cycle (3 weeks of infusions and a week off) before they do another scan to see if things have changed since the last one. They will check his tumor marker again next week. It has been dropping a little each month, but this month it only went down two points, so it essentially stayed the same- and it is still almost three times the upper end of normal. His doctor says he isn't overly concerned as long as it didn't increase and even if it does climb slightly he won't be too worried about a single increase, but if he saw a couple of them in a row he would be concerned. He has been experiencing a lot of shortness of breath, but we think it might be a side effect of the chemo because they say they don't see any other reason for it. He is going to meet with a palliative care person in two weeks to see if they can offer any suggestions to help with the fatigue and shortness of breath.

Sunny, I hope your weather improves. We have had more rain than usual this year and there has been some flooding but not quite like what your state had. So far, we have not had much really hot weather (which for us is not as hot as it is for you). Yesterday was quite chilly (barely above 60 if it even did get above that). Today was better, with temps in the upper 60s but that is still below normal. Tomorrow it is supposed to be sunny again and in the 70s so it should be kind of nice. The weekend is looking good, which is nice because we are supposed to be going up Mount Washington on the Cog Railway again with our daughter and her family. Last year it was pretty overcast so we were not able to see a lot so we are hoping this year the weather will be better. Plans for the double wide are moving along slowly. I think it will be another couple of months before it is delivered and set up, assuming everything goes through. We just put in our application with the bank this week so we have to wait for an appraisal to make sure the loan will actually go through. If it doesn't work this time we are giving up.

Wanda, it sounds like your hubby is quite the gardener! We gave up on the garden idea and sold our rototiller this spring. We hadn't used it in two years and don't plan to again so there was no point in keeping it. We will buy what we want in the grocery store or at a local vegetable stand that usually has decent stuff.

I've rambled on long enough so I best get off her and go do a load of laundry. It was nice to hear from both of you!

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Wanda, you are making me seriously hungry talking about all those delicious, home grown veggies! Wow, sounds like Mal is really putting some serious work into your garden and now the harvest!! It must be wonderful to have all that deliciousness just ready for the picking!! My dad always had a big garden every summer when we lived in Ohio and you just can't beat the taste of the home grown veggies. What they sell in the stores isn't even close!!

Thanks for the kind words regarding our weather trauma here in Arizona. I felt so sorry for the family that got swept away while they were swimming when a flash flood came upon them so quickly. I can't imagine the pain and heartbreak they must be going through. I am not in a flood plain, thankfully, but we can get some very strong winds and the possibility of those micro-bursts which can cause a lot of damage, but I am fine and only had a few small branches blow off, so all is good. You are sure right about the air conditioning. When I go outside it does not take long and I'm feeling like I had a shower!! You are sure right about having so much to be thankful for. I don't know how the pioneers managed when they first came out here!!

Bev, I hope too that you and Rodney are ok. We have not seen you post for awhile, so hope that just means you are staying busy with good things!!

I had my daughter and her hubby over last Friday and cooked a big dinner for them. I almost hate to turn on the oven during the summer, but I fired it up anyway. They have Birthdays within 2 days of each other, so of course the rest of the family out here came over as well. It is always fun when everyone can get together!!

Take care and you are both in my prayers as well!! I don't know how we could get through without the Lord's help!!

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P.S. I was down almost 2 pounds this last week, so I must have done something right or else just sweating away a little water! (Hope it's the former) Tee Hee

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Hi everyone! We have sure had a busy summer and it isn't slowing down yet. Mal's garden has been amazing and he is harvesting every day now. Each morning he makes a run to deliver veggies to the House of Bread, then heads out to the garden for 5 or 6 hours. I can tell that he is tiring but he is also sleeping better than he did this winter and he looks strong. Yesterday he picked carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash (over 60 of them), and he is beginning to pick tomatoes. With 38 tomato plants he should have a huge harvest.

Bev, I have to tell you that I echo Sunny's opinion that you and Rodney have put up an awesome fight against a terrible disease. Whatever the outcome, and I pray everyday that you will have a good outcome, the two of you are heroes in my book!

Hope that double-wide will be pulling in soon!

Sunny, we have been reading and hearing about the terrible fires and floods in Arizona. I hope you and your family have been safe and I'm so sorry that your state has had such a hard summer. I can't believe the temperatures there and then the monsoons...my goodness it makes me wonder how settlers ever survived....just imagine the women in long heavy dresses and the clothes the men wore....we are thoroughly spoiled by air conditioning, fans, and unlimited amounts of water to drink. We probably should be more grateful than we know.

Take care everyone, prayers all around.

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That's what we are hoping for! He has two uncles who are currently dealing with stage four cancer and both of them have outlasted their doctor's predictions. Neither of them have bile duct or pancreatic cancer, but they give us hope that the doctors could be wrong.

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emoticon Very wise words of wisdom, Bev! Besides, those Dr.'s don't know everything and Rodney might just give all of them a surprise!!



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We are very close to NH but an hour away from the area that experienced all the flooding. The store that we used to own didn't get washed away, but the water was flowing right through where it used to sit. The building was torn down years ago. We left there in 1990 so it has been a long time since we lived in that town.

I think you give us too much credit! We don't really have a choice but to deal with the disease. We are trying to stay optimistic that he will do better than his oncologist predicted, but at the same time trying to prepare somewhat for the possibility that he won't. Hoping for the best but trying to prepare for the worst I call it.

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Hi Bev,
Sounds like you are getting really close to getting that new double wide put into place and that is great! I am sure you are getting excited and I do hope everything goes smoothly when they bring it in!! I was sorry to hear about all the flooding and sure hope that it won't come close to where you guys are. Are you pretty close to NH? That sure was bad news about your previous store getting washed away. Yikes!! I guess no matter where you go there are these weather related problems and people somehow learn how to cope, but dealing with a loss of a home has to be terrible.

I sure am glad to hear Rodney is still holding his own and fighting the good fight! I have said it before, but I admire you and Rodney so much for your fortitude in the face of that terrible disease and your courage. You are both an inspiration!! I wish with all my heart that I had Ray back to fight with him, but it was not meant to be, but at least his struggles are over in this life and just looking forward to meeting him again one of these days in a much better place!!

Well, better sign off for now! Best wishes to you and all your upcoming endeavors!!

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Sunny, I am glad to hear you made it home safely and that your cousin is doing better. It is great that you were able to spend some time helping him with his recovery.

I have seen in the news that it has been pretty hot where you are. It hasn't been bad here. We have had quite a lot of rain so far this spring/early summer. In fact, this past Saturday there were a lot of places that experienced flooding. It wasn't too bad where we live, but an hour or so north of us there were a lot of roads damaged as well as a few houses. I saw a video someone had posted online and it showed water running right through where the store we once owned (in Orford, NH) used to be. The building is no longer there but it would have been flooded if it was. I saw tonight that the state says they are hoping to have the road reopened tomorrow. Entire sections of it were washed away on Saturday. The rest of the long weekend we had nice weather though.

We are still working on getting a double-wide but I think we are getting closer. We will end up spending more than we originally had hoped but it should be do-able. We had put a deposit on another one three weeks ago but we have been waiting for them to come look at our road to make sure they can deliver it here. A guy finally came tonight and he says it won't be easy but he is confident it can be done, so now I need to finish the loan application and get it to the bank.

Rodney is still holding his own. His tumors appear stable so the chemo is doing what it is supposed to so far. The first couple of days after each treatment he doesn't feel all that great but after that he is fine until the next one.

Wanda, I hope all is well with you and Mal.

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Good Morning My Friends,

Just wanted to let you know I'm back home again safe and sound. I came back one day early to try and beat some of the holiday traffic when tons of people were heading to the north country. Course going the opposite direction it was much easier!

Wanda, I sure hope your hubby is adjusting better now to the new medications! Also hoping the Afib is under control by now as that is such a worry. My cousin's heart procedure was installing a new and upgraded pace maker into his heart. It turned out to be a 4 1/2 hour operation as the Dr. had some trouble getting the lead wire attached. His old pace maker was not doing the trick anymore and his congestive heart condition had really gotten serious. He was so swollen and puffy when I first got there, but after surgery and having a catheter that he had to wear home he lost just over 20 pounds of fluids. He looked much better by the time I left, thankfully. He is also diabetic and has to give himself insulin injections 3 times per day depending on his blood levels and sees the Dr. at the wound treatment center at the hospital for his feet which were in bad shape as well.

Show Low is way on the east side of the state way up on the Moggion rim in the white mountains. It is very pretty up there and Ray and I had enjoyed two lovely summers up there staying at a little RV park in our 5th wheel. It brought back all sorts of memories for me being there and remembering all the good times we had enjoyed together. I only wish he could still be here to enjoy things with me again. I am thankful for the memories anyway.

There was a very bad heat wave all over the state that really started on the day I left and it extended into northern Arizona. The bad thing....... hardly anyone up there has A/C!! So although the temperatures were way cooler than Phoenix, when it climbed to nearly 100 degrees and no A/C I felt like I was dying! Whew, it got pretty bad, but of course in the evening it cooled down to a comfortable temperature and then it was ok.

Well, sure hoping everyone is doing fine here. One positive thing was that I lost 3.50 pounds while I was away, so had a pretty good weigh-in with my gals when I got back!! Guess I need to get more involved in other people's lives and then I don't have time to think about food so much!

Best wishes to everyone,
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Hi Sunny, hope your week went well and that your cousin is improving. It is so good of you to go up and help! I've been watching the Arizona weather and it looks like the heat has really settled in. I don't know where Show Low is but I know it is in the mountains; I hope you are a long way from the fires we are hearing about.
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Hi Gals,

Just a quick note to let you know I am in Show Low helping my cousin who just had a surgery performed on his heart. I will be here until July 3rd, so will catch up to you when I get back home. There is a big heat wave going on even in the high country and no AC, so it has really been toasty.

Catch up soon!

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Ouch, Bev! That ankle does sound painful! Glad they could do the surgery quickly and it sounds like you are going to be out of pain.

Hope this new company will okay the trip up your road for the house. You guys are persistent and I'm sure something will work. Maybe you will even find that this house is a much better choice for you. I'm sure all 4 of you are looking to getting into your own places.

Hope Rodney and his Dad have a good visit. We have lost all of our parents and we sure feel that on Mother's Day and Father's Day.

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I think we are going to head up to visit Rodney's dad shortly. He tries to go see him at least every couple of weeks. We did go see him just over a week ago but with it being Father's Day we decided to head up again today.

Nothing is really resolved about the house yet, Wanda, but we did put a deposit on another one yesterday. It is a little bigger than the one we initially tried to buy and several thousand dollars more money, but we have not been able to find much in the same price range as that one was. We looked at one that was close to the same price but it was pretty cheaply made and I just couldn't convince myself that buying it would be a wise decision. After a lot of thought we have decided to bite the bullet and spend more than we wanted to. The payments will probably be about $100 a month more, so things will be a little tighter but we will manage. We still need to have someone from the company come out and look at our road to be sure they can deliver it here, especially since it will be wider than the first one we had looked at. If not, we will get our deposit back and the plan B will be to buy one exactly like the first one but we will need to order it and it will be a 2018 model instead of a 2015 leftover like the first one (which is why it would cost over $10,000 more).

Rodney is doing well for the most part. His recent scan showed the cancer is stable so he is going to remain on the same chemo for another three cycles and then be scanned again, unless something new develops sooner than that.

I finally went to the orthopedic specialist about my ankle the Friday before last (the 9th) and ended up having surgery on it last Monday. What happened was that one of the screws put in back in 2002 after I broke it was working its way out and was just barely under the skin, so it was pressing on my skin from the inside and that was why it was so painful. I didn't need to have everything taken out, just the one screw so it was a pretty minor surgery. It was kind of sore the first day but by the next day it was already feeling better than before the surgery. I am supposed to be cautious and not do a lot of walking until after I go back on the 29th, but so far all is well.

I hope everything is going well for all of you. Happy Fathers day to the men in your lives!

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Good Morning!
Can't believe it is already Father's Day! I hope that you and the Dads in your family are able to get together and enjoy family time.

We had to have our celebration on Friday night due to work schedules. Our Steve gets up at 4a.m. every morning so Sunday evening can't run very late. On top of that the grands have crazy work schedules and more than one home to visit. Kelsey especially, now that she has the little guy! Everyone wants to see him.

I may have written of this before but it just seems so amazing to me that I am telling it again. Ha!
Our little Theo has all his grandparents living AND all his great-grandparents And three of his Great-Grandmothers. How awesome is that? He is blessed with 15 grandparents in total and most of them live around here. You can tell his holidays are going to be very busy!

He is so cute and it feels so wonderful to have a baby in my arms again. Of course I know that I couldn't raise another one but I sure love to have a little time with him.

How is Rodney doing, Bev? I hope the treatments have been effective and that he is improving. Has anything been worked out as far as the house?

We are getting ready for company this week. Mal's cousin in Cincinnati is having a celebration of their 60th wedding anniversary; it will start with lunch at their home, then a church service, then back to their home until time to leave for a restaurant for dinner. We are looking forward to seeing lots of family and having some good visits. It is always fun to catch up isn't it? We are only an hour away from Cincinnati so we have invited one of the Vermont cousins and his wife to stay with us for a couple of days before the big day; that will cut down on their hotel time and let them get some rest too instead of driving all the way to Cincinnati and jumping right into the celebrating. We're all getting older you know.

Lately it seems that anything that knocks us out of our routine becomes a big undertaking but we enjoy and need the shake-up from time to time.

One more bit of news, I know that I told you girls that Mal was diagnosed pre-diabetic but we added another diagnosis at the end of May. They have found out that he has Afib and that is what caused his March stroke. It means several medication changes for him and his stomach is not handling them well. He says it is just another bump in the road but I say, "Enough already!!"

I am learning how to cook all over again and we are definitely eating a lower carb diet. I hope we see the numbers go down.

Well, take care everyone!
Randy, I read a couple of posts from you and you are in my prayers along with the rest of this crew. I hope you will keep us updated.

Wanda

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Well, I will look forward to them when they are ready, Bev!!

I'm thinking of going to Home Depot to find paint for my wrought iron fence. It really needs to be painted and it would be a good project for me! I'll have to try and do it very early in the morning or else wait until the sun drops in the evening!

Hope everyone is feeling good! Enjoy the day!!

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It sounds like you had a nice trip Sunny. I am glad you got a chance to spend some time with your son and family.

Randy, I hope the cardiology appointment went well and that the new med will keep you out of the hospital! I know they are not fun places to be. I have spent a lot of time there in the past couple of years, but fortunately as the caregiver, not the patient.

Sunny, I have not posted any pictures from the wedding yet. I didn't take any myself. I need to steal a couple from others who have posted a few and add them to my Facebook page I guess. They don't have the photos yet from their photographer as far as I know- other than a few teasers that she posted to their page.

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Good Morning My Friends,

Randy, it was really nice seeing your post on here. I was so sorry to hear of your hospitalizations and heart problems. Sounds like the last few years have been rough going, but it is good news that the current medication seems to be helping you! You are still coming up with some very creative ideas for your tops group with the play money building up to buy donated items. That sounds like lots of fun.

Bev, good luck on the purchase of your next place! Looking around and being sure is definitely the way to go when buying a large ticket item like that! I bet the wedding was beautiful also. Did you put any pictures up on Facebook? I have not been good at checking in to Facebook all the time and I'm pretty pokey on Spark as well, although I do enjoy both of them very much.

Wanda, thanks for sharing your experience at Mesa Verde. I did have a very nice trip as well and it was nice connecting with my son and his family if only for a brief time! I did finally talk them into getting a hotel both Monday and Tuesday night as the temperatures at the park fell into the 30's and they only have a flimsy little tent. Just too cold for sleeping in a tent. Wed. morning they were off for other adventures including Arches National Park in Utah, but I just headed back home again. That museum up there was really nice. The kids went on that 2 mile hiking trail. I only went part way and then turned around and came back to the museum where I entertained myself until they came back. My son told me I had done the right thing in coming back as it was difficult for them and they are seasoned hikers. I walk a lot at home, but it is not mountain walking and I figured it would be too much of a climb for me getting back.

Well, everyone take care and I enjoy reading your posts very much!

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Welcome back Randy! I have not been very active on SparkPeople lately but I do still read any messages that are posted here. I am also not currently going to TOPS. I have not been since January and I didn't even renew my membership when it came up at the end of March. There are a lot of reasons for my decision to leave for a while. Part of it has to do with what is going on in my personal life and that I didn't want to devote time to going to the meetings every week, but a bigger part of it has to do with a lot of negative feelings I have about some things that have happened with TOPS in recent years, especially in our area. I still feel like TOPS can work well, but at least for now it is not for me. I do miss seeing some of the friends I have made in TOPS over the years. I don't rule out the possibility of going back at some point, but it wont be for a while. I was holding my own for a while and had even lost a few pounds but I did gain them back in recent weeks.

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Making my way back.

Feeling very inspired and motivated recently.

I have my TOPS family and we have some facebook groups but there's not a lot of activity between meetings. I've tried to increase this.

We just started a new contest where we have a check of several items to get "play money" . Near the end of the year we'll have an auction for donated items and use our play money to buy things. I think this will be a lot of fun and hopefully inspire others to get connected to others. I'll have to let you all know how it's working.

If anyone's interested in the list of items and "$" amounts for various things let me know.

I've come and gone from the Spark TOPS teams -- but TOPS really is one of the main focuses in my life.

In the last 2 years I've had 7 or 8 hospitalizations for heart failure and atrial fib issues. I see my cardiologist today -- I've really felt an improvement since getting out of the hospital a couple weeks ago. I think the new med really is helping me.

So go to see some familiar faces and some new sparkfriends to be as well.

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Yay! I'm so glad the kids had a beautiful day for their wedding!! I'm sure you all enjoyed it.

I know what you mean about walking outdoors; it is so much nicer than the treadmill; I've learned that I can enjoy the treadmill if I'm reading though. I guess I could better say that I enjoy the reading while I endure the treadmill. LOL

Hope you guys have a wonderful summer. Please let us know how Rodney's treatments are going. You are both in my prayers!

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Wanda, I hope your daughter has good luck finding another home. We did go look at more double-wides yesterday but we have not made a decision yet. There is one we looked at yesterday that is a possibility but I am not sure I really want it. I like everything except the kitchen cabinets. They are extremely cheaply made and they told us there is no option with that model to upgrade them to a little better quality. It is a little bigger than the one we thought we were buying and the price starts out a little less, but this place charges for some things that the other place includes in the price of the home, so it would end up costing us a little more for something of lower quality. Rodney looked at some at another place closer to us today but they have nothing in the price range we want to spend. He called another place and they don't have anything in our price range on the lot but the guy told him he thinks he could order something in the range we are looking for so we are going to go see him on Saturday.

Wanda, I don't do much reading these days, but maybe when I retire I will have time to. I used to read while I was pedaling the exercise bike, but I just sold the exercise bike because I wasn't using it anyway. I figured I wouldn't need it in the future since I will be in Florida where I can walk outside in the winter and in the summer I can walk outside here most days (if I can find the ambition).

The wedding went well. The weather was beautiful and they had the ceremony outside. The food was good and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.

Sunny, enjoy your adventure! It sounds like fun.

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Oh my goodness! You are off on an adventure, Sunny. We visited Mesa Verde last summer and love both the history and the beauty of the area. We stayed in Cortez for two nights only though. Ate wonderful food, met some nice people and were wowed by the ride up the mesa and our visit to the museum.

While we were there I bought a book about Mesa Verde and also a novel by Nevada Barr that was set in the park. If you have never read anything by her, they are mysteries (not too gory but they can be suspenseful) set in National Parks and the main character is a park ranger. The author knows her stuff because she is a former park ranger and she really researches each park too. Her descriptions of Mesa Verde were spot on!

I think you are in for a great time!

Bev, don't know if you ever get a chance to just sit down and read because you are so busy but I think you would really like Barr's books too.

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Hi Gals,

Wow, what a disappointment to have all those roadblocks thrown at you regarding the mobile home, Bev. So sorry things have come to a standstill, but I agree with Wanda. You will find someone who will be able to accommodate you or perhaps look into having a manufactured home built on site? I have looked at those and they are quite nice. Ugh, always something that presents a challenge it seems. Guess that's what makes us strong in the long run.

I'm doing fine. Tomorrow I am driving to Mesa Verde, CO to spend a little time with my son, daughter-in law and granddaughter from Georgia. They are doing some tours of National Parks and when they told me that they would be that close, I just could not help myself. It is only a 6 1/2 hour drive and I booked a hotel in Cortez. I will drive there tomorrow and then back again on Wednesday, so it will be short, but a little bit of an adventure! A good friend of mine is going to take care of my dog, so that sure helps!!

Wanda, thanks for your kind words. If anyone is encouraging I think it is you! I enjoyed reading about your granddaughter. You must really be proud of her and sounds like she is an amazing young woman. It is wonderful to see the paths taken by our kids and then the grandkids. I'm even seeing what's happening in the lives of my great grandkids so I'm really blessed!

Well, I've still got a lot to do, so I'll sign off. Take care my friends and congratulations to you Bev for getting another daughter in your family. It is wonderful!

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Let's hope the need to switch companies will be just a bump in the road. Sometimes having to make another decision just gets you to a place that is the right one for you! My daughter and her husband are selling their home in New Hampshire and buying another. The deal on the home they hoped to buy has fallen through and they are going to have to get out of their house so they are feeling the pressure. I'm sure they will find their right place too. I realize that it is nerve wracking and disappointing but it will work out in her situation and in yours.

An outdoor wedding sounds wonderful; I have my fingers crossed for a beautiful day for them. In my opinion all weddings are beautiful....haven't been to one yet that hasn't brought a tear to my eyes.

It is neat that Ed's son will be his best man - that is a forever memory for each of them.

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Yup, it is getting close now! One of Ed's sons will be there (his older one) but the younger one will not be. In fact his son is going to be his best man. They are having a very small wedding with just a best man and maid of honor (Rodney and I did the same thing when we were married). Kim's mom will be her maid of honor. They pulled things together pretty quickly because Kim's dad is not in good health and she wanted to be able to have him at her wedding. I think they only have about 50 - 60 people coming.

Things are not getting as close with the house. In fact right now things are pretty much at a standstill there. I was in the process of completing the loan application and had planned to submit it to the bank this week. Last week we heard from the mobile home company that their guy wanted to come take a look at the site, which he did on Monday. When he was here he told Rodney we would need to cut a few tree limbs (which we already knew) and might need to move part of a stone wall (not an old one) that is on our neighbor's land but that was all he said. I think we would also need to fill in a ditch and then dig it back out afterwards. Yesterday they sent a message to Ed that their guy says they can't get a mobile home up our road. Ed called her back and told her that we knew we would need to do a few things first but that the guy never indicated it couldn't be done when he was here (and another company had looked at the road over a year ago when Ed was considering a single wide and he said he could bring anything up to 66 feet long up this road). They called Rodney back today and said they are definitely not willing to deliver a home here unless we want to put a lot of work into the road, so they are sending our deposit back to us. Now we have to look elsewhere for another home- and we will get the company to look at the site before we even sign a purchase agreement. Unfortunately I don't think the guy that looked at it before and didn't have an issue with the road has any reasonably priced homes.

I hope all is well with you ladies! We are finally getting some sunny days this week. Last weekend the temp barely got to 50 degrees and it was drizzly. Today we just about hit 90 and it was sunny. The forecast for Saturday is for partly sunny and in the 60s. If the weather cooperates I think they are planning an outdoor ceremony but if not it will be inside.

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Good to hear from you, Sunny! You are always so supportive and Bev and I can sometimes use that! You have been through a lot yourself and we know that some of it has been hard.

Wow, 2 years in Ghana - I hope your grandson will send group emails to the family to tell you of his adventures! It is sure to be a change in lifestyle. He will grow and mature a lot too. We had a niece who was in the Peace Corp in Morocco. How we enjoyed her emails! She made friends with both native moroccans and other members of the Peace Corps and they have remained lifelong friends. I think it is probably 15 or 16 years ago that she was there. She faced some pretty primitive conditions but made it through with class. That is our Sarah; she always wanted to contribute and that was a big contribution. She taught women how to take care of themselves and their children.

A couple of years later she went back to Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. That was quite an accomplishment. On that trip she also helped to build a school for HIV infected children who were orphaned or rejected.

Now she is a CPA and a mother of three little girls; I'm certain they will all make contributions to help others also.

Bev, WOOHOO! It is almost wedding time! I hope the sun will shine on Ed and Kim and that his children are going to be able to be there. I'm so glad that Rodney and you will be together to see the happy day!

Sounds like Vermont has had a wet spring. We are finally getting hot days this week so hope the sun is shining there also.

I'll be waiting to see you post a wedding pic!

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Hi Bev & Wanda!
Looks like you two have been solving some pretty difficult situations on here and it is good to toss ideas back and forth between friends. It sort of gives us a perspective through someone else's eyes. Some of life's decisions are tough and guess we really don't know we have made the right ones until later, but just doing what feels best after careful consideration is the way to go!!

I'm still chugging along and feeling happy this morning because we are getting a nice break from the heat. The temp went from about 97 yesterday's high and only supposed to be into the 70's today! Yeah!! I'll take all the cool days we can get at this point!!

The A/C in my car went out a couple days ago, so my son-in-law is going to swap cars with me today when I go over for my grandson's birthday celebration. Then tomorrow the son-in-law will take it to his shop and have them check it out for me. I'm hoping it will be something simple and that I won't have to purchase an entire new AC unit. I think those could be pretty pricey!!

I have another grandson who lives in Atlanta and he is getting ready to go to Ghana Africa for his mission service. My daughter-in-law is Mormon and has raised the kids in the Mormon faith. He will be gone for 2 years, but not leaving until July. He sure does have an adventure ahead of him I'm sure.

Well, just wanted to check in with you two lovely ladies. Wanda, I'm like you, a very accomplished maintainer as far as it goes with my weight. I don't seem to fluctuate more than 3 or 4 pounds. I guess that is better than having it climb higher, but truly, I need to get serious one of these fine days.

I was happy to hear your husband's tumor was not malignant, Wanda. What a relief and I can imagine the dilema of having to keep his weight up while you are wanting to keep yours down. Oh, guess we just have to sit back and try to see the humor in every situation if we can. Bev, I do hope Rodney gets through this latest chemo session soon. So sorry he is feeling more fatigued. His body has been through about everything at this point and I just admire how he keeps on keeping on. Sounds like a guy with tremendous fortitude!!

Well, I'll sign off. It was very nice reading both your posts!!
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It remains to be seen if we are making the right decision, but at the moment we feel it is the right decision for us. If it turns out to be a bad decision we will be the ones that have to live with the consequences. I won't ask her to support me! I can tolerate living with my son and future daughter-in-law but I don't think I could live with my step-daughter and her husband.

You are not missing much with our spring this year! It has been a very rainy spring so far and the forecast for the next several days is for more rain. In fact the entire month looks like it will be mostly cloudy and dreary. We will get some nice days I am sure, or at least some partial days that are nice, but it sure doesn't look like we will see lots of sun. Last night and early this morning we had heavy rain but for a couple of hours this afternoon it cleared off and we saw the sun before it became overcast again. Our son is getting married two weeks from today and it would be nice if the weather co-operated that day. It will be held at an inn where they can do the ceremony either outside or inside, depending on the weather. Today was Rodney's birthday and tomorrow daughter and her family are coming to visit for a while. I decided to get rid of my treadmill a while ago and she wanted it so I told her she could have it but she had to come get it. That was 2 or 3 months ago and she is finally supposed to be picking it up tomorrow. Ed and Kim are heading to see her parents and go to church with them tomorrow. After the service they will be meeting with the minister who is going to marry them. They met him briefly once before but didn't have a chance to sit down and talk with him that day.

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Well, it looks like you have thought of everything and set things up nicely! As I've become an old lady, I've also become a worrier and protective of my friends...even the virtual ones! LOL

I think you have it well in hand and now if Rodney does well on these treatments....what a blessing that will be.

When I asked if you would be able to evict them, I was thinking of the bad old days with one of my sons. That is when I found out just how tough I could be.
He once referred to me as his Bad ___ Mom. He did it while he was apologizing for a lot of stuff he had put us through and he said that he wouldn't be alive today if wasn't for that tough as nails person. I guess I was lucky that he didn't realize I was shaking in my shoes for years while I was trying to get through his bad years. I would not raise that boy again for all the tea in China but today he is a man, husband, and father that I am proud of.
Some of the stuff he pulled though....it was rough.

Sounds like your son is turning his life around too. Having found the right woman will mean so much to his future. I hope they will be very happy and I am so glad that he is able to spend time with his son again. I know the ex's accusations were false but they certainly caused a lot of pain. He is strong for being able to take a chance on love again!

I'm jealous that you are in Vermont. Spring is so beautiful there and I have fond memories of Vermont and New Hampshire even though I haven't been back in springtime for many years. We go in August, in the full heat of summer, spend the week in an uninsulated cottage on the lake with no air conditioning.....we love every minute of it. Wish we could go in spring too though.

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Wanda, part of her concern is that her brother may not pay us on time or that he and his fiance could split up and neither one of them would be able to afford it on their own. Of course either of those things could happen, but there will be a mortgage recorded with the town and if the payments are not made we will have to foreclose on it and take the house back- and then sell it to someone else. They are well aware of that and I am reasonably confident they will make sure the payments are made. Worst case scenario we have the resources to make our payments without the income from them, but we might need to dip into our retirement savings to pay the taxes on both places. It may not be an ideal situation but it is our decision to make, not hers, and it has benefits for us too.

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Bev, Thanks for filling us in on Rodney's situation. I'm praying for you both. It is so hard to face these things day after day. Thanks for the snack tips too! I'll be trying them!

I completely agree with you that you and Rodney have the right to dispose of property as you see fit. I don't know whether your daughter has a stable situation but I'm wondering if she feels her brother will hold up his side of the deal. It certainly is possible that she is making a sibling "fairness" judgment, but she may also be concerned about you and Rodney and what happens if your son does not hold up his part of the deal and you have the double wide to pay for and no money coming in from him. I'm guessing that your house mortgage is paid off and that your son cannot qualify for a mortgage to buy it. That is too bad because then your double-wide could be fully paid off. There is real financial danger if you need the money from your son to cover the loans.

You are in a difficult situation. I certainly understand the need to be in a low-maintenance situation especially with Rodney's illness and the thought that you may someday have to make it alone. Will you be able to handle all the expenses alone if your son defaults on his agreement with you? Will you have a lease/purchase agreement drawn up by a lawyer that guarantees the house is owned by you until it is paid for?
AND the hardest thing of all.........will you be able to evict him if he defaults?

My father-in-law sold his home to one of Mal's brothers on the condition that he have a home for the rest of his life and we, like your daughter, were concerned at the time. Dad lived with them for 10 years, continuing in his home, sleeping in his own bedroom, though and was lovingly cared for by Bob and Karen. He thrived on the family time, having his grown grandchildren and their children dropping in often. Loved "family nights" and get togethers. We ended up very happy with the situation because we live 900 miles away and it was just a good solution for everyone.
Now the difference is that Bob and Karen had been married for nearly 25 years before the deal was made; their children were grown; they had a good income and a smaller home that they sold before moving in with Dad.
So...it was a totally different situation....but hopefully will have the same outcome - greater security for you and Rodney and the opportunity for family support nearby.

I'm probably going to say too much now but longterm............I think you can expect the same level of commitment and support after the deal as you are getting now. If that works for you, then go for it.

Otherwise it might be wise to split the property and move into the doublewide and sell your home to someone who can get a mortgage and pay off your new home. You still may end up with great neighbors and maybe enough money to build a garage that can store Rodney's tools.

I'm sure you have thought of all of this and I know Rodney wants to leave you in a good situation;
Blessings on your and your family...this may be a rough stretch but I hope that in the end you find that whatever decisions you have made will work out for the best. We all just make the best decisions we can.
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Wanda, congrats on the new great grandchild! I bet you are thrilled. I am happy to hear that Mal's tumor was found before it became cancerous, but I am also glad that his doctor will follow up every year just to be sure nothing else shows up.

Rodney is doing well so far. The chemo is making him a little more tired than usual, but so far that is about the only side effect so it is quite tolerable. He has one more cycle this month and then they will do a scan to see if anything has changed, then decide whether he should continue on this drug or switch to a plan B. The scan isn't scheduled yet, but I plan to go with him when he sees the doctor after that scan. I'm not sure if he will see the doctor the same day or a few days later. In the past when he had his scans done at this hospital he would usually see the doctor an hour or two later, but that was not his oncologist. When he had a scan that his former oncologist ordered he usually didn't see her until a few days later, but that is a smaller facility and they may not have someone available to interpret the scans right away.

I hope your hubby is able to get his A1C under control without losing weight. My husband used to like the Glucerna shakes. Since they are designed for diabetics the carbs are much lower than some of the other nutrition drinks and he liked the taste better than he did Boost, which also has a lower carb one. I would sometimes pour one in the blender and add a handful of frozen berries and a spoonful of Splenda and make him a berry smoothie. He really like those, but of course the berries add more carbs. Another snack he likes is protein bars. A lot of the granola bars are quite high in carbs, but if you look at the ones that they call protein bars they are not as bad. We tend to look for ones that are around 15 grams of carbs or so, which is one carb serving. Nuts are also good snacks. My hubby has to be careful now because he has gained back too much of the weight he lost, although I suspect at some point he will start losing again from the chemo. He was down a few pounds when he had his last round but I didn't think too much about it because he had been up a few the week before.

Plans for the house are progressing slowly. We are at the mercy of waiting for contractors to get back to us with estimates for the last bit of work that will need to be done. We have one more price to wait for and then we can total up all the costs and submit the loan application. I don't know how long that will take, but I am guess anywhere from 4 - 6 weeks. Once we close on the loan I think it will take a month or two to get the sitework done and the trailer here. It is nice to have our son here in some ways, but not so nice in other ways. He and his fiance tend to make a mess and don't pick up after themselves very well. Some of it might be because they don't have a lot of space to put their stuff but I think a lot of it is that they tend to be slobs- since the apartment they were living in before was pretty messy. I'm not a neat freak but I am not as messy as they are! We finally told our daughter last weekend that we would be moving into the new double-wide and selling our house to her brother. I almost wish we didn't even tell her. She didn't say too much that day but the next two days we got lengthy e-mails from her telling us all the reasons she doesn't feel we should do that. She thinks we are selling it for way less than the value for one thing, but she is basing that on the old town appraisal, which was ridiculously overpriced. We recently got a revised one which is $42,000 lower and probably much more accurate. If we use that figure and deduct the value of the lot we are keeping it is only slightly more than we are selling it to him for- and we will be storing some of our stuff in the basement (all of Rodney's tools and such) even after we move out. The bottom line is that it is none of her business and I am irritated that she went on the town website and looked up the value of our house. I was tempted to ask her if she was worried about her inheritance, but I didn't even bother to respond to her e-mails. If she brings the subject up in person I will probably tell her it is none of her business. I don't want to create hard feelings, but it is our house and we should be able to do what we want with it. Of course we have not yet had the conversation with either of the kids that his doctors don't feel he will be around for many more years- and the decision to sell the house to our son now rather than later was influenced by that knowledge, but we were planning to do that eventually anyway.

Okay I have rambled on long enough so I need to get off here. Have a great weekend ladies!

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Hi guys!
First, I want you to know that Mal is doing well. The tumor is completely gone and while it was "precancerous", it is NOT cancer and that is an answer to prayer. He is all healed and back to normal, if we even remember normal. The tumor was largely an "encapsulated infection" - she described it as having a rind on it. Part of it, though, was an inverted papilloma; that is the precancerous condition. His doctor said, the good news is that it isn't cancer yet - the bad thing is that you are stuck with me now because I'm going to have to see you every year.

Sunny, sounds like selling an RV is not a fun experience even in Arizona where they are so much in demand. I hope the dealer you are working with has sold it for you by now. Have heard a lot about how beautiful the Arizona desert bloomed the year. That would be fun to see.

I know you will miss RV travel and camping but I'm sure you will be pleased to be able to move forward without the responsibility of insuring, registering, and maintaining something that you are unable to use.

Bev, how is Rodney doing? You too? I hope you are doing well. Diabetes is serious; this was just brought home to me strongly when our doctor told Mal that he is definitely pre-diabetic. I worry that this is because he simply ate snacks all day for years. He has had to fight to keep weight on for 25 years and I just kept whatever snacks he wanted in the health. Now I guess we have to make a big change and get his numbers down. This is not going to be easy and I really hope we can do it without causing him to lose weight.

It is always a paradox - me trying to lose weight and him trying NOT to lose weight. He is 6 feet tall and weighs about 165 - I'm 5 foot and weigh only about 10 lbs less than him. I'm trying to learn about snacks that he can have - preferably high calorie ones. Any suggestions? I do know that he can have nuts and thank goodness he likes them but I need to give him a variety of choices.

BIG NEWS!!!! I am a great grandmother. Theodore Michael Patrick Collins was born one week ago today. Mal and I are so thrilled with this beautiful boy!

Later this month we will travel to Long Island to celebrate Elena's 5th birthday! What fun to have two young'uns in the family!!

I have decided that I am a master maintainer although I have gained a couple of pounds this past few weeks. Can't remember when my last real weight loss was though. I need to push a little harder!

Are things moving forward with your plans for the double-wide, Bev? I hope progress is being made. It is surely nice to have your son closely but I'm thinking the basement may be getting too close. How are the wedding plans going?

Well, time to get moving! 9:30 and I'm still in my pajamas and on the computer! I need to get busy and accomplish something today!




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Dear Bev & Wanda,

Well, I sure have missed a lot and was really shocked to hear about everything you have been going through with your husband, Wanda. Boy, that does sound scary and who would think that such a think could happen right in his sinus cavity. Sounds like he has been a real trooper through everything and I'm so glad the surgery seems to have gone very well and that things are getting back on track. If it had to happen, it is sure good that you two were home from your Florida trip and in familiar territory and doctors that you could get to easily. Life is certainly full of surprises and sometimes they are not very good ones. Your positive attitude and your faith have surely made a difference and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bev, it really sounds like you are making progress on your plans to get that double wide set up and have your son and his soon to be wife moving into your place. It sounds like a good plan to me. The kids can help you and Rodney when you need it and you guys will have a nice brand new place that will be much easier to care for!! Post us a photo when you get it all set up. I bet it will be lovely. I'm so sorry that Rodney is having to endure more chemo, but he is amazing in all that he has gone through and still doing well. I will be praying that this chemo will not have side effects. If it just stays with the fatigue, he can deal with that. Just praying this will be the final round of chemo for him.

Yes, the decision on the RV has sure been crazy. I've just been going back and forth in my mind what I should do since the couple that had been interested did not pan out. I called Sun City RV last week and have arranged for them to come pick it up and take it to their lot to sell on consignment. This is the same place where we bought the RV in 2007. I had people come and detailed it and also got the repairs taken care of, so except for a small window that needs to be replaced, it is ready to go and it looks pretty darn good if I do say so myself! The guy is supposed to be here at 8:00 this morning. I had some final tears last night just going into it for the last time and remembering the good times that Ray and I had. Oh well, I'm sure that the new owners, whoever they may be will be able to enjoy it as well. It was a very good coach and built very solid. This place has a good record of selling their consignments. I believe they advertise selling 94% of the units they get in 45 days or less.

Yes, our spring has been very nice this year, Wanda. There were flowers blooming everywhere from all the rain we got last winter. It is so nice to take little drives and enjoy the scenery. I'm hoping to do more of that now as it gets warmer. I'll have to drag Izzy along with me, but she likes riding in the car, so no problems.

Best wishes to you both. I'm thinking only good thoughts for both of you and your families!!
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I remember you telling us about the stroke but I don't recall the follow-up scan. Yikes, that sounds very scary. I am glad to hear the surgery went well and that he is back home and feeling good. Now let's hope the tests all come back good too. I hope they don't have to do further surgery to open the duct.

Reading about the issues he had for years sound vaguely familiar as I have one eye that waters a lot. My former primary care doctor told me she suspected it was from a blocked tear duct, but said she didn't know how to check for that. My eye doctor says he sees no problem with the tear duct and he thinks it might be allergy-related. It has always seemed odd to me that if it was allergies that it would only affect one eye. I do have a lot of sinus headaches at times though and Tylenol sinus along with Zyrtec help so I have assumed it is probably allergies. To what I have no idea but I am pretty sure it is not pollen because it is worse in the winter when pollen is not an issue.

A first great-grandchild is exciting news! One of my cousins is expecting her first grandchild soon and she is thrilled. We are hoping not to have any more grandchildren for a while, although I won't be surprised if my son and his fiance at some point do have one. He has two boys from two previous marriages but she has no children of her own. They will be getting married in about a month. If things work as we are hoping we will be putting a new double-wide on a lot we own next to our house and we will sell them our house. We will have to finance it for them for a few years because his credit is shot (due to some poor decisions and a very costly divorce) and she doesn't earn enough to get a mortgage for it on just her income alone. The double-wide will be easier for us to take care of- and if something happens to Rodney I would never be able to keep this house alone anyway.

Rodney is doing quite well under the circumstances. He will have the last chemo of his second cycle this week, then he will have a week off, then one more cycle (3 weeks on, 1 week off) before they do a CT scan to see if it is working and decide if he will stay on this chemo or go to plan B. So far he is tolerating it pretty well. This week he noticed it took more out of him, and I suspect it will get progressively worse, but other than being tired for a day or two he has very few issues so far.

I have been having some issues with my right ankle, which is the one I broke about 14 years ago. My primary care doctor told me he thought the problem is that my sneaker rubs on the ankle bone, but so does the left one and only my right one bothers me. I also had a checkup with a podiatrist (for diabetic foot care) last week so I asked him about it and he feels the problem is the hardware in the ankle, which he thinks need to be taken out. He is sending my to an orthopedic specialist. If he (or she) agrees the hardware is causing the problem I may be having surgery at some point to remove it. Yup, getting older is fun!

Sunny, I hope all is well with you. I saw on FB that it sounds like the couple who wanted to buy your RV had second thoughts. I hope you are able to use it yourself or else find another buyer.

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Just checking in, girls! I hope you are having a beautiful spring. We were but it has been really chilly for the past couple of days.

I think I posted about Mal having a stroke on March 11, just 10 days after we got back from Florida, but I don't think that I told you (should have read over the recent posts!) about the followup cat scan we had two weeks after his stroke. It showed a large mass that had nearly filled all the sinuses on the right side of his face. We have had quite a scary time. The doctors even thought the mass may have caused the stroke symptoms and he might not have actually had a stroke.

Well, he had surgery last Wednesday and it was removed but his ENT thinks it actually was something that grew from an old infection; her theory is that it somehow formed a solid skin and just very slowly swelled and grew as far as it could; it actually had "modeled" his sinus walls which I guess means it changed the shape of his sinuses and also caused a deviated septum. Anyway the surgery went well and he is home and feeling fine. YAY! We are waiting to hear the results of cultures and biopsies and have a follow up appointment with his doctor on Tuesday morning.

The doctor was amazed that he has had no pain or external swelling. He has had a teary eye and runny nose since 2007!!! The doctors kept telling us that it was from the stroke he had then and we were too stupid to question it I guess. We kept asking and a couple of times they would say something like, "well, his blood work doesn't show any sign of infection and I can't see anything but we'll try an antibiotic and see if that helps." Well the antibiotic never made any difference so we just went along. Mal has hated that he was always having to mop his eyes.

Hopefully that will be over although it is still tearing now. The doctor said they may have to do further surgery to get the drainage duct working if it doesn't open up on its own. It was completely crushed.

Getting old is such fun, right?

Sunny, I know Arizona is heating up. Hope you have enjoyed watching the desert bloom; I've heard that it was beautiful this year.

Bev, I've been praying about Rodney. How are his treatments going?

Sorry I didn't get on in time to with you both a Happy Easter!

We are just a few weeks away from welcoming our first great-grandchild! So fun! I made him a little quilt.

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I got a photo from a good friend in Ohio showing their place all covered in the spring snow! Sure looks pretty, but I know it's not so welcome at this time of the year!

I'm doing ok. Keeping busy for sure!!

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Rodney is doing fine so far. This is his week off from treatment, but he will start cycle two next week. We ended up with very close to a foot of new snow but it has been melting over the last few days. I sure hope that was the last one of the season! Today I have a follow-up with my primary care doctor so I only worked half a day and will be heading out soon for that. Good luck selling the RV Sunny! Wanda, I hope all is well with you.

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Well, it would be helpful if the medical team would let you know things that could happen after Rodney's chemo. At any rate I'm hoping that his fever is gone by now and that things are going better! Really sounds like you had a blizzard back in Vermont! Hope it was not as bad as the forcast predicted and also hopefully the last one of the season. Spring should be around the corner!!

I'm doing ok. The "junk" guys are coming this morning to haul away some items too large to put into the trash can. Also hoping the RV repair people will be able to get out today to finish repairs on the 5th wheel as the people who came to look at it really seemed to be interested. Keep your fingers crossed that the timing will all work out!

Wanda, hope you are doing great. How is the weather in Ohio by now? I may be taking a trip back to Chicago when the grandson graduates from navy boot camp. Hoping to see my son and his family as they may drive up for the ceremony as well. They will be coming from Georgia. I also heard from an Ohio cousin and she may be able to make the trip as well, so it should be nice.

Lots of hugs to you! Have a great week!!

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We have more snow coming tomorrow and Saturday they say. The forecast is for up to a foot. I expect/hope we will get less than a foot but any is too much. Rodney's doctor told him a fever is common soon after this chemo. He told him to take Tylenol for the first couple of days to prevent it. He didn't have a fever when he was on it before so we didn't know it was common.
Weight loss? Hmmm, I haven't seen much of that. I haven't gained though.
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Hi Wanda & Bev,

Just read your latest posts here on Spark People and seems like we have known each other all our lives!

Wanda, I had a good chuckle regarding your comments about the cold northern winters being character building! You have to keep your sense of humor going for sure!! It is hard to imagine getting 196 inches of snow all in one winter! Wow, remind me that I don't want to put northern Michigan on my list of retirement places! Tee Hee!

Bev, so sorry about Rodney's temp going up so you had to make another trip to emergency, but I am glad that it went down again. You just do what you have to do in that situation. It is much better than taking a chance on some infection getting out of control with his weakened immune system.

My daughter got a better report Tuesday after she saw the surgeon. He feels that the infection is gone and that she should continue her course of antibiotic and then he will do more xrays to confirm that it is gone. I was really thankful when she told me because 2 surgeries are enough to undergo.

Well, I've got a couple who is very interested in buying the 5th wheel. The husband was here last Thursday looking it over and then Sunday he brought his wife all the way from Cornville which is about an hour and a half drive from here. I have the mobile repair people coming today because there are a few repairs that must be made before they could safely take it away. I'm hoping the estimate on these repairs won't be too high, but they have to be done. This couple is building their dream home up in Christopher Creek which is a beautiful area in northern, AZ. They plan on living in the 5th wheel while they are building and then after that they would keep it and let their kids/grandkids stay while they are visiting. So anyway, keep your fingers crossed that it all works out. It will be one less thing for me to have to worry about once it is out of here!

Well, better get going. I've got a few chores to get done before the repair people are do to be here.

Take care and best wishes to you both!!

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I hope spring arrives here soon! We have been having below normal temps for several days and even had a little more snow both Friday and yesterday. It didn't accumulate much so it was more of an annoyance than anything. Today it is mostly overcast and only 37 degrees right now, which I think is almost 10 degrees less than the average for this time of year. The coming week is supposed to be near normal for temps I guess, but with very little in the way of sunshine. Tonight and tomorrow morning they are calling for some freezing rain, so the drive to work may not be much fun. I do not like the cold or the snow!

I am glad to hear Mal is doing well. Rodney is handling the chemo okay so far. We did end up making a trip to the ER on Friday night because he was running a fever. It wasn't especially high but they say if your temp goes above 100.4 while on chemo you need to contact the oncology team. His temp went up to 101.4 so I called- and of course they said we should go to the ER so he could be checked out. Of course his temp was under 100 when we got to the hospital. They did a chest x-ray and a bunch of blood tests and didn't find anything of concern so they finally released him after about 3 hours. We got home just after 1:30 AM. He was fine yesterday so I guess whatever caused the fever resolved itself. We might wait a little longer before calling the next time, but they assured us we did the right thing in coming in. I had taken his temp three times over a 2 hour period and each time it inched up a bit more, but if we had waited longer it probably would have gone back down. He will have his third round of chemo this week and then a week off to let his body recover before starting cycle 2. They plan to do three cycles before doing another scan to see if it is working or not.

Sunny, I too hope your daughter is fully recovered. I hope you are having a good spring so far.

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Good Morning!
Spring has come to Ohio and it is so welcome!
Mal is doing well and thank you both for your good wishes and prayers.

Bev, I hope the same is true for Rodney. 9.5 hours for his initial appointment for treatment. Gosh, I know that every one of the hours seemed as long as two hours away from the hospital! I hope his chemo is going well; it is just such a hard process. I'm praying that he will be one of the ones who comes out a winner against that terrible disease!
I also hope the snowstorms are over for you for this year!

The falling snow and new snow on the ground is beautiful but it isn't nice when you HAVE to be somewhere. I agree with Sunny on that! I also grew up in North Dakota and lived in Northern Michigan for two years and New Hampshire for 10. There is absolutely no doubt that Ohio's winters are much milder.....and Arizona and Florida are great places to be in the winter! My husband used to say that northern winters are "character building". I remember replying once that I thought I had already become a real character and it was probably time to get away before I completely went over the edge.

That was when we lived at K.I. Sawyer AFB on Michigan's Northern Peninsula. We had 196 inches of snow that year - no melting days all winter - and we had fragile two year old who was not supposed to breathe cold air. I didn't drive then and besides there was nowhere to drive to; we were many miles from the nearest town of any size. I had horrible cabin fever and the library were the only things that saved me!

Sunny,, I hope your daughter's oral infection has cleared up. Just thinking about it makes my jaw hurt! I have such a fear of the dentist. I know it is irrational but......it is there just the same. No pep talks, no prayers, even talking about it, nothing helps. I just hope she isn't in pain; I do know that dentists today do a better job with pain management.

I have heard that the Arizona desert is blooming. Someday I want to see that. Someone on TV said that this year is lovelier than usual. I know you have had days in the 90s already.

I'm not sure if I told you that I'll be a great grandmother in May. My granddaughter is going to have a little boy. I am looking forward to holding a newborn in my arms again.

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Oh dear, I am so sorry about Mal having suffered a stroke, Wanda! My prayers sure will be going up for his full recovery. You must have gotten him to the hospital very quickly for them to have released him so quickly! Hope to hear good news and that he is getting better with every passing day!

Bev, that sounds very traumatic to have had to contend with all the snow, ice and blizzard conditions for Rodney to be able to get to the hospital for his treatments! That stuff looks so pretty and neat when you look at it in the pictures, but I know it is another thing altogether when you are forced to have to get out into it!! So thankful you made it safely. My prayers are still with you and Rodney as well. I'm also sorry that you are still dealing with stress on the job to boot! People who have never had to cope with a severe illness just don't seem to "get it"! I hope you can get out of there as soon as you can so you won't have to deal with it!

Well, my daughter saw the oral surgeon yesterday and he wants to do more surgery on her this coming Tuesday. She still has some swelling and discomfort and he feels that more scraping of her bone and whatever else is necessary to free her from this infection so it does not come back on her full force. I guess the jaw is a very hard place to treat because so few blood vessels around the bone area make it hard for the antibiotics to reach the infection. I will be taking her to his office and taking her home. It will be out patient thankfully so she won't have to go back into the hospital.

Take care my friends. Sure hope everything will go well for both of you!

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Wanda, I am so sorry that you ended up spending the weekend in the hospital, but happy to hear you are back home and that Mal seems to be doing reasonably well. I hope he continues to improve and has no lasting issues.

We made it to the hospital earlier than we needed to this morning. We were there more than half an hour before we needed to be. It normally takes an hour but we expected it to be longer this morning so we allowed over an hour and a half. Rodney drove up and he drove a little faster than I would have since the roads were still mostly snow-covered, but he did drive slower than usual. It still only took us an hour because there was very little traffic that early. If you head there later in the morning there is a lot of traffic between the interstate exit and the hospital, so it takes a while. Today there were only a few cars. we spent almost 9 1/2 hours at the hospital between having labs done, getting the port put in, meeting with a nurse and a nurse practitioner who work with his oncologist, and then finally getting the chemo. It all went well. He is pretty tired tonight and the port is causing some discomfort, but that is to be expected.

I think we got about 18" of snow here, but I heard some parts of the state and some places in New York got over 2 feet. Once report said one of the ski areas in Vermont got 45 inches! Hopefully we get some warm weather soon and it melts. Before this storm most of our snow was gone.

My boss is not a very nice person, but since I need a job for a few more months I guess I will have to suck it up and be nice to her even though I hate to. My husband and I have talked about it some and I might try to get things paid off a couple of months early and get done at the end of October instead of the end of December. If we don't have a lot of unexpected expenses come up we might be able to do that. It might mean I would need to find a part-time job in Florida next winter or else withdraw some money from my retirement account to supplement his disability income, but it might be worth it. I don't want to withdraw too much this soon because I will probably need it later on.

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