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6/19/16 1:56 P

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I will let you know what we think after we go. A co-worker of mine said she went on it a few years back and she liked it. They do one trip each day with a steam engine and then the rest are using a diesel. We are going to do the steam one. I am hoping the weather is nice the day we are going. I think we are supposed to go on July 17th. It is $69 ($75 for steam) for under 65 and $65 ($69 for steam) for those 65 and over, which is why we never went. I didn't think it was worth $140 - $150 for the two of us to go. After he got cancer I kind of looked at things differently and said if there was a chance we might not have a lot of years to do things we should splurge and do a few things that we might not otherwise have done. While I am still working we can come up with the money a little easier than we will once I retire. My social security check will be a whole lot smaller than my paycheck is now! The free time will make it worthwhile though. I wish she didn't spend that much on us, but I guess she wouldn't have done it if she didn't want to- and she got the tickets as part of a package that she bought that included a number of different attractions in the area so she did get a much better price.

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6/19/16 9:00 A

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Bev, we lived in New Hampshire for ten years and never went on the cog railway! I would love to do that. I've seen Mt. Washington many times though and love New Hampshires beautiful mountains. I'm jealous! Enjoy the day, it will be great. Our kids were young when we lived there and there just wasn't enough money for all 5 of us to go; it was expensive even then. We go back to NH every summer for a week so maybe that is something hubs and I could do this year. Let us know how you like it.


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6/18/16 9:41 P

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I commend you for staying active and staying off the computer even though we love hearing from you! I spend way too much time in front of a computer! Congrats on your success with the FitBit challenge. I tend to avoid those because I find that the people who send me invites only do it when they know they have events coming up that will mean they get lots of steps and they feel they are likely to win! I have been using my FitBit but I can't honestly say I have been letting it motivate me to move more. When I first got it I would check frequently to see how I was doing and I deliberately did things that would add steps, but these days I don't even check it every day. I do still carry my pedometer around and I do look at that occasionally during the day. I have been thinking about upgrading my FitBit to a different model that would display my steps. Right now I can only see my total by opening the app on my phone or computer. I can get an idea by looking at the unit, but only within a range of 2000 steps.

Today was a beautiful day here and tomorrow is supposed to be too. This afternoon we went out to eat to celebrate my 60th birthday, which was yesterday. Tomorrow we are meeting our daughter and she is taking us out to dinner for Father's Day. For both of our birthdays she bought us tickets to go on a cog railway excursion up Mount Washington (in NH) that we will be doing next month. I have a feeling this weekend is going to involve too much food and not enough exercise- but going out to eat is not something we do often so I don't feel bad about it.

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6/18/16 11:31 A

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Hi guys, Just checking in to let you know that I've really been slacking off on the computer time this summer. It just seems like there is so much that needs to get done and so much I want to do that I've cut back on Spark time.

I did a 5-day "workweek" challenge on Fitbit and came in second on my team. I walked over 57,000 steps in 5 days; the winner walked over 67,000 steps blowing us all to of the water. Well she was probably 20 years younger than me so it is okay. I feel good about it. Then I've been gardening, something new to me, but I'm pleased to say that my baby plants seem to be thriving.

Right now something is wrong with my computer connection or with Spark because it is so slow; cannot even keep up with my slow typing so I'm going to get off and try to figure out the problem.
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6/7/16 11:25 P

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We met a couple there that knew where our team name (Rod's Whipple Warriors) came from because he had pancreatic cancer. He didn't actually have the full Whipple but he had a lengthy surgery that required taking out about half of his pancreas so he has to take insulin and digestive pills just like my husband does. His cancer came back in his liver so he had a second surgery to remove a portion of his liver. For his first surgery he had the same surgeon that my husband had, but he had another one for his second surgery. She told me he was not even supposed to be here, but thankfully after four years he still is. Four years is pretty incredible for someone with pancreatic cancer. The team that was next to us was in honor of s guy fighting bladder cancer I think they said but he was not able to be there as he was in the hospital. They didn't stay all day and I suspect it might have been because they were going to visit him. I think we will probably do it again next year and hopefully we will have a chance to meet more of the other participants.

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6/7/16 1:55 P

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We walked in relay for life for years and it was always an uplifting, inspiring experience. One year they gave every survivor a little disk with a hole through it that says "survivor". Mal put it on a skinny leather cord and wears it still, putting it on every morning. So many of the people we walked with are gone now but we still support relay for life.



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6/6/16 9:53 P

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I don't think I would care to even visit the city say nothing of living there. I can sort of relate to your son's feeling of needing some non-family time on occasion. My husband's family is not Italian but sometimes it seems like one or the other of them always has something going on. It is not quite as bad now as it used to be because as we have all gotten older we stopped going to so many of the events and now we don't always even get invited- which is fine with me. His family used to have a big family party for the kids birthdays, although once they get in school that seems to happen less because they have a party with their school friends. We tried to go to most of the ones for his siblings' kids, but now they are all grown up and have their own kids and we do not go to all of those. We went to one a couple of weeks ago but it was a first birthday so it was a big deal- especially since the girl spent the first two months of her life at Boston Children's Hospital because she was born with problems with one lung. Good luck with the weeding Wanda! I have been trying to cut a bunch of weeds and brush around here but I am not sure I am keeping up with it very well. Hubby has tried to help as much as he can. He can only work at it for a short time at once but he has more free time than I do. We don't have a lawn- all we have are weeds, rocks, brush, and trees around us!

This past Saturday we participated in a local Relay for Life event. Hubby was happy to be able to join the survivor lap and we signed up for the survivor lunch. Our kids both did it with us as did a couple of his siblings, a niece (with her baby), and one of my sisters. We also had a couple of our grandkids there. We raised way more money (about $1650 as a team) than I had expected when we decided to do it, but I think that was because this was his first year as a survivor and people were quite generous. A lot of the money we raised came from my co-workers but we also had a few other generous donations and several smaller ones from family and friends.

I think I have rambled long enough so I will get off here now!

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6/6/16 7:15 A

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Hi everyone!
Just back from New York City! We had a most wonderful time with our Granddaughter; and being there to celebrate her 4th birthday was a real joy for us. She is a sweetheart. My daughter-in-law comes from a big Italian family and they are wonderful. I'm so grateful that they have welcomed my son into the family. Anyway, their birthday parties are not just for children; there must have been 40 people there and maybe 10 were kids; the rest were grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. A great day for Elena. My son always wished for a big family and he is part of one now.

Phil does admit, though, that he occasionally has to take a "non-family" weekend because there is something going on in that family every weekend.

We always come home pleased that we don't live in the city. Actually they don't live in NYC, but Bethpage; even though they are on Long Island, as you know, it is city for miles and miles outside of the actual NYC. Traffic is something else. When they visit us my daughter-in-law laughs at us complaining about the traffic in Ohio. The first time she was looking around wondering "what traffic?".

Well ladies, I came home to a bumper crop of weeds in my flower beds. I knew, of course, that they were there but I had been down with that horrible cold for a few weeks and just couldn't or didn't push myself to get outside to work. The weather was perfect for weed-growers while we were gone......lots of rain and high temperatures. I have pulled weeds for two days and I certainly identify the muscles that didn't get exercised all summer.

Bev, I hope your husband is still doing well and that his fishing trip will be great fun! You will probably enjoy some "me" time too! Isn't it wonderful for both of you to be able to do things that are enjoyable without having to think about cancer treatments? You have been through the fire.

Sunny, Are you in SUNNY California? I hope you are having fun. I would say that you are taking a break from Arizona heat and that may be true but California can heat up too. We lived in Merced California in the 70's. Mal was stationed at Castle AFB which is now closed. We did enjoy that assignment. No snow, very little rain; the kids were outdoors playing every day and loved every minute. Of course they were tiny then.

Today will be another gardening day....at least this morning. I get out of the heat before noon. l don't know when gardeners in Arizona do at this time of year. One of my TOPS friends mentioned that it was 113 in Phoenix last week. I would be a wilted rose for sure!!

Take care, friends! Let's enjoy the day that we have been given; spread some smiles around when we get a chance; and....please....do something kind for someone and something kind for yourself!

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5/26/16 8:07 P

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Yes, cancer sucks. I think we all agree on that. So far, my hubby is doing well but in the back of my mind I know that can change at any time. I try to keep that thought way in the back of my mind though and just enjoy having him around- even when he is being a pain in the butt. We are hoping to get out this weekend and do some geocaching if the weather cooperates. We haven't been since October of 2014 when he first got sick. We will be going only for easy ones that don't require walking very far to get to them, but hopefully we might be able to walk more before the summer is over. The forecast is calling for some showers and thunderstorms but I don't think it is supposed to be rainy all day, just an occasional shower- at least I hope so. I have one more day to work and then a 3-day weekend. Next weekend is the Relay for Life event that we are doing. The day after the Relay my husband is planning to leave with his uncle for a few days of fishing in Maine. They will be driving up that Sunday and will stay at a camp that they own with two other guys- one of them is already up there. They plan to fish some of the lakes and ponds near the camp and then come home at the end of that week. His uncle has stage 4 colon cancer and is still undergoing chemo but that week will be his week off from chemo so he is hoping he will feel fairly good. I will be busy working all week, and one evening that week I will be getting together with most of my siblings. My brother who lives in Alabama is coming to Vermont for a few days so we are going to try to get together while he is here.

Sunny, I hope you enjoy your trip to CA! I'm not sure I will ever get that far west, but once we are retired I would like to be able to see a few places that I have never been to- but that might not be affordable so it may not happen.

Wanda, I hope things are looking brighter for you. As Sunny says, you will always have the pleasant memories of your friends. I realize it isn't the same as being able to see and speak to them, but at least you have those memories.

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5/26/16 11:30 A

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Oh gosh, cancer just SUCKS!!! I hate it with a purple passion. My hubby was a very "young" 75 also, when he passed away and had always enjoyed such good health and very strong. I can sure sympathize for your loss, Wanda. You will carry him in your heart forever and I truly believe we will see each other again and it will be a much better place!!

Well, not too much happening here on my end. I'm getting excited about going to sunny CA with my daughter for awhile. It has been quite awhile since I've looked on that big ocean so I'm looking forward to it! San Diego is our destination and maybe a little galavanting around from there! emoticon I'm sure I won't be loosing any weight, but I'll do my best to hold the line and not pack on any more!! Maybe I'll be more enthused again about loosing when I get back!

Hope Bev and her hubby are doing fine and that all is well. My internet service is still far from being great. I have to shut down the modem about 2 times a day and reboot everything. It is very aggravating, but it seems like there is not much more that Century Link can or will do about it.

Take care and have a great week!
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5/19/16 8:11 P

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Good to hear from you, Sunny! YAY, the computer is working; hopefully the termites are gone for good too!

3 of the friends I lost were also TOPS members. The fourth one was a man who was at our wedding 48 years ago. He was such a dear man. Ashley and his wife, Sue, were that somewhat older couple every newlywed couple needs in their lives. Not old enough to be their parents, but old enough to be more experienced at marriage. They really took us under their wing and mentored us......long before anyone ever heard of "mentoring". We were thrilled to get stationed here in 1988 and find that Ashley and Sue also were in the area. What fun! He was 78 years old, and always young. He had cancer, was told in December that he was free of cancer, then told in March that his cancer had metastasized to his brain. It was so sad. He had just finished radiation and was supposed to start chemo but I think his body was just done. He went downhill very quickly and I suppose that was a mercy. We will miss him so much....and poor Sue, they were married for nearly 60 years.

I miss my TOPS friends terribly too; our chapter really took a hit and I think we are all struggling. We have a great bunch of people though and we'll be okay.

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Hi Gals,
Wow, today is the FIRST day my computer has been able to pull up this site! I was busy trying to catch up on all your messages. With all the complaining I was doing to Century Link I guess they finally started investigating things in this area and did find some problem with their wiring. They are supposed to have it completely resolved by the end of the week, so keep your fingers crossed. It has really been horrible.

Wanda, I'm so sorry all you had to go through with loosing did you say 4 of your Tops members? Wow, that is really horrible. Please accept my condolences and it is an awful thing to go through with all so close. I wish there were something I could do, but I'll keep you and the families in my prayers.

Bev, I was happy to hear about the progress your son is having with his case with his whacky ex. She must really be a spiteful person for pulling such stunts. I hope it won't be too much longer and he will be cleared of everything, and maybe even she will get the tables turned on her a bit! I was also glad you will be qualified for the discount on your hearing aids! That is great news.

The termite guy did come to the house and treated again. Now I have to wait 45 days before I can report any more. They say it takes that long for the pesticide to do it's job. I'm not seeing any new trails so far, so guess it's a good sign.

Still planning on some kind of vacation with the daughter and our plans seem to keep changing. Now she says the grandson would come with us if we go up to see the Giant Redwoods in CA. It is a long way up into California, but would no doubt be a nice trip and then come back down and hit Universal Studios and finally San Diego for a few days.

Well, take care my friends and just take one day at a time.

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5/19/16 6:57 A

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Prayers for your hubby, Bev.
Sunny hasn't posted for a little while; do you know if everything is okay? It hasn't really been long enough to worry and I know that I haven't been on all that often either but I do hope things are going well for her.

I'm hoping she is having a wonderful time whatever she is doing!! Also hoping that the termites have been vanquished!!

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5/19/16 6:52 A

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It has certainly been tough, especially dealing with all of that at the same time as my husband was going through his cancer diagnosis and treatment. Hubby was not feeling well yesterday and actually made an appointment to see our primary care doctor today, but hopefully it will be something simple and unrelated to his previous problems. Other than that we have had positive developments around here lately. I hope things are going well for the rest of you as well! It's time for me to get off the computer and get ready for work. Have a great day all!

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Good News, Bev! I'm so glad things are looking up for your son and his wife. I would think that he could actually get custody if she gets charged!! What a rotten thing to do and how painful for all of you!
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We got some more good news yesterday. I am pretty sure I told you ladies about all the crap my son has been going through with his soon-to-be ex-wife. She made all kinds of allegations against him that resulted in him being arrested twice in Vermont and once in New York as well as keeping him from much of any contact with their son. Some of the charges against him were dropped almost immediately and one other one in Vermont was dropped a few months later, but he still had one that has been pending since last June. As of yesterday that one was dropped, so he is no longer facing any charges in Vermont. He still has to try to get the restraining order dropped and get partial custody or at least visitation with his son. For months he has only been allowed supervised contact with him for about 4 hours a week, but hopefully that will soon change. He still has a charge against him in New York but it sounds like that one may be dropped soon as well. The prosecutor there did recently reduce the charge and they returned the bail money he had to pay but they were not ready to totally drop everything because their investigation is not complete yet. They have told his lawyer that things seem to be pointing toward his ex as the one responsible for all the e-mails she claimed were sent by him. I think she thought they couldn't trace them back to her and initially the local PD here didn't seem interested in trying to, but finally a different investigator got involved and he has been more willing to listen to my son's side of the story. The officer in New York listened to him right from the start and he told my son that if he can prove she was responsible that he will ask that she be charged. The prosecutor in Vermont has also recently told his lawyer that she is willing to press charges against her if they can get enough evidence. We are hoping she does face charges, but the most important part is that the charges against him are dropped. He has spent thousands of dollars in legal fees, which he is going to go after her for eventually and his attorney feels that if she ends up facing charges she will likely be ordered to pay his legal fees- of course being awarded legal fees and actually collecting them are two different things. He still has a long way to go but things are starting to look better for him at least.

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Bev, I'm so glad you are going to qualify for that discount. What a difference it will make and it is good to be on their rolls even if you do not qualify as disabled now. If your conditions worsen, you may qualify down the road and that can mean a lot towards your retirement.

I am feeling better - not back to normal yet. Went to the doctor today and she said it is a combination of the cold and the stress. Both can make you feel fatigued and the stress can even make an illness last longer than normal. So......rest, fluids, etc, etc....wouldn't weight loss be a nice side effect?? Well it probably won't happen.

I just want to feel better by the 26th when we head to New York for our granddaughter's big 4th birthday celebration. I want to be able to enjoy our time with her.

What do you guys think of the Spark Page changes. I guess I like somethings but I kind of liked the background pictures the way they were instead of a banner. Now I think it looks like a Facebook page. Looks like we can't choose our main page color, it is just black and white. That part may be okay. Some people chose such dark colors that the print would be almost too light for me to read. I don't think the black and white is as pretty though. Some of my teams have page decorating contests - don't think we are going to be able to be as creative now. Ah well! I spend way too much time on the computer anyway.

Sorry I haven't been posting more frequently and I hope things are going well for all the team members!

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Wanda, I am sorry you have had such a rough patch. Hopefully you will have your sunshine and warm temps back soon and that will help you regain your usual cheerfulness. It is tough to remain chipper when things seem to be going against us. When we were going through all the rough stuff with my husband I thought I was handling it okay and didn't think I was being all that grumpy and irritable, although I knew I was pretty stressed about it all. Now that he is doing better and I am feeling more optimistic about the future I feel more like my usual self- and I sometimes wonder if maybe I was a bit grumpy and irritable during that time period even though I didn't realize it. Oh well, if I was I can't change it now and hopefully most people understood where it was coming from.

I did get some good news at my VocRehab meeting the other day. They said my hearing loss is not bad enough to qualify me for their services, but because I have a thyroid condition and a chronic issue with my veins, those things qualify me and the hearing loss is considered secondary. I won't get any financial assistance from them, but I do qualify to buy the hearing aids at their contract price and it is a pretty substantial discount. The hearing aids that would be $5000 at full retail will be $1525. I will have to pay another $450 to the audiologist, so it will cost me a total of around $2000. The downside is that I will have to go for periodic appointments with VocRehab, but the savings is worth the aggravation of that I guess. The ENT said my hearing loss is not normal for someone my age so he wants me to have another hearing test in 6 months and if my hearing has gotten worse he will do some further tests to rule out causes other than age.

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Hello!

I'm finally back. Sorry I have been so sporadic lately. Went to the last funeral, for long while I hope, yesterday. Four friends that I will miss greatly. I confess it has all thrown me for a loop. I'm going to try to get back to TOPS tomorrow though.

I need to get back on track. I think I have gained only about a pound but it may be more. I've been pretty careful about my eating but getting absolutely no exercise. I haven't even been remembering to put my fitbit on, rare for me. I am wearing it today though.

Bev, I'm sorry about the hearing issues. I'll be praying that a really good discount comes through for you. I know that you really need good hearing at work. Well....I guess we always need to hear well but at home we can get along a little better.

I've had one ear blocked ever since I started a cold week before last. The cold is mostly gone but the head is still a bit stuffed. I do feel better though and that is huge. I have never had such a rough time with a cold. My husband thinks it was worse because of the stress from losing my friends. He may be right.

I am logging my food today, trying to get some steps in, and cooking good meals today. Tomorrow I will do the same and little by little I'm sure I will build up y energy again. I need to get the weight-burning started again too. One step forward; two steps back....seems to be my theme for May.

Sunny, I can sure sympathize with you and Bev on the slow computers. It just seems to happen. Someone told me that they took their laptop in to Office Depot for a tune up and it made a big difference. I know they do PCs too. Don't know anything about costs though.
You are right, Bev, laptops are becoming much more reasonable. I really like being able to get on the computer anywhere in the house. I put it on the kitchen counter to try a new recipe, use it in bed in the evening when I can't sleep, carry it out to the sunporch during the day when it's warm enough.

Speaking of warm.......it is NOT warm here! Last night our lows were in the low 40s and the highs yesterday and today are only in the 50s. I want that warm sunny May weather we are accustomed to enjoying. May is usually such a beautiful month here.

Well, enough griping. I will work on getting my usually happy disposition back before I write again!

Wanda


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Oh boy, hearing aids are another big investment, but sure worthwhile! Good luck on that, Bev. I hope you can get the big discount as that really would be a help! My hearing is not what it used to be. I was thinking I would take Ray's hearing aids that he hardly ever wore and see if they could adjust them for my hearing! Probably no, but it would be worth asking about I reckon.

Well, today I'm expecting the termite contractor AGAIN! Those pesky things came back up in the cathedral ceiling. Just crazy they can't seem to vanquish them for good!! I also just talked to the Century Link tech and he is going to come back this afternoon because I told him I still thought I was having problems. Sometimes it goes great but other times still acting up.

Well, take care and hope you gals are all doing great!

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I hope your faster internet solves the problem for you so that you don't have to buy a new computer Sunny. My desktop computer kept getting slower and slower and some days I had to try more than once to get it to boot up in the morning, but fortunately I had a perfectly good laptop that I hadn't been using much so I simply switched to using that. When we start going to Florida for the winters I will just take my laptop back and forth with me- but of course by then I may need to upgrade my laptop! At least the prices have come down some on them.

Speaking of spending money on things, I have a couple of appointments tomorrow in preparation for getting hearing aids. At one point I was told that I should be able to get them ordered at tomorrow's appointment, but we shall see. I know they will be quite expensive but hopefully they won't be even more than I am expecting. I was told that the ones the audiologist recommended are about $5000 if I had to pay the full price, but I was told it looked like I would qualify to get them through the state's Voc Rehab office at a substantial discount, but I was never told how much the discount would be. The audiologist led me to believe I might be able to get them for around $3000 so I am hoping she is right. I will be making monthly payments on them for a year. My first appointment tomorrow is with an ear, nose, and throat doctor and the second one is with the Voc Rehab office.

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Hi Ladies,

Well, I've been out for quite awhile also, but I've been fighting with the internet connection at my place. Things slowed down to a crawl, and naturally, the sites that have the most pop up's are the slowest ones. Had the guy come yesterday from Century Link and gave me a faster speed. I'm still having some troubles, so if the upgrade does not work I'm afraid I'm going to have to buy a new computer! Wow, it is surprising all the things that pop up to take your money away from you! Oh well, this is life!

The squash looked delicious and I liked all your suggestions on how you prepare the dish. I love squash also, but usually just have made it plain in the past. You have inspired me to try some new things! :)

Wanda, so sorry that you sprained your ankle. Ouch, that hurts just thinking about it! I sure hope you bounce back quickly, but don't try to rush it. Better to wait until it is completely healed before you start back on your walks!

My new doggy, Izzy has been such a pal and provides lots of companionship! I love her to pieces and so glad the kids decided to let me keep her!

I hope everyone had a great Mothers Day! I really had a nice one. They took me out to eat on Friday, (the entire bunch), and then Sunday my daughter and granddaughter went to a painting lounge where they gave us a painting lesson and everyone came home with the canvas they had created! Lots of fun!

I'll sign off for now. I've not done much in the weight loss Dept. the last couple weeks. I'm just sort of hovering pretty close to the same, but I've had lots of special days with friends and family where it is hard to focus on weight loss. I must get myself in motion!

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check out this link Jean. It might tell you what you want to know.

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Good day, Does anyone know how much real syrup equals T of sugar?

Anyone tried a new recipe? What did you make and did you like it?

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I have used Splenda Brown on acorn squash and that is pretty good too.


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Hmmmmm.....I have seen recipes that add a little maple syrup, Bev. I may try that. Picking up my squash at the market today.

I often use a little maple syrup when I bake acorn squash; it adds a lovely bit of sweetness!

Today I woke up with a stuffy head. I guess a cold is probably the result of all the stress recently. I don't have allergies and I very rarely get a cold. Oh well, I'll just have to push through!

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Your squash is lower calorie than how I make it. Mine is roasted but then before it is completely cooked I add a mixture of melted margarine, honey (although I use artificial sugar-free honey because of a diabetic husband), and nutmeg poured over it and finish cooking it. Not as low in calories but pretty tasty.

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I've wanted to try roasted squash. It is on my list and looking at your picture, it just rose to the top of the list. Usually I roast veggies with just very little oil and a sprinkle of herbs. Is that how you did it?

This is a great time of year to really up our intake of fruits and vegetables!

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I made roasted butternut squash today for the first time. Yummy!

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I did a brisket this week too, Bev. My recipe was for an oven barbecued one. It was tender and yummy. I like the corned beef ones too with lots of veggies.

Congrats on your losses! Isn't it funny that the scales can be higher than ours one week and lower the next. It does happen to me too. Sometimes I wonder if the TOPS scale is moved around too much but ours is digital and it calibrates back to zero after each weight is taken.

Mind does the same....there just shouldn't be any difference but there is.

Oh well, I may never make goal, as much as I would like to, but I will never weigh what I once weighed either as long as I stay accountable with TOPS weigh-ins.

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Give yourself a pat on the back for staying in control in tough times Wanda! It certainly has been a bit quiet on here lately but I figured everyone was keeping busy. I haven't accomplished much lately, but that's okay. I did have another loss when I weighed in on Thursday. This time the chapter scale showed a bit more than mine, but for the two weeks together mine still showed a little more. This weekend I feel like I have eaten more, so I am sure I will have my work cut out for me this week if I want to avoid a gain. Yesterday we went to a birthday party for our granddaughter and I had cake (it wasn't even all that good either), then on our way home we went to a Domino's and I ate too much pizza. Tonight we had corned beef because I had bought an extra one when they were on sale for St Patty's Day and I needed to use it up. Yesterday was beautiful here but today has been chilly and rainy. We did need the rain though as everything has been very dry and there have been a lot of brush fires in our area in recent weeks. The poor volunteer firefighters have been out pretty much every day for at least one call and some days for multiple calls in a day. Most of the coming week looks like it will be cool and drizzly so hopefully they will get a break from it.

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Hello Ladies!
I've been on Spark less than usual but it is just been because I've been keeping busy. Almost done with the spring cleaning and now I'm purging books for the library's spring yard sale. Actually I started that a few weeks ago but I have been in a bit of a funk and really just let the projects sit for awhile. I've been exercising more than usual though, so I do think I will have a loss tomorrow but....who knows. The extra walking and exercising really helps my stress levels I think and I'm feeling much better now.

This sad period of time has been hard and there was a time when my eating would have gone completely out of control. Instead I coped by moving and staying out of the kitchen! That is real progress for me.

BUT........this afternoon I sprained my ankle!! Can just barely bear weight on it. I'll be off to bed in an hour or so with a hot pad after rubbing my ankle with pain cream. I hope it will be back to normal by tomorrow. If I can't take my walks I will try to do strength building exercises that can be done without being on that ankle.

We had a nice weekend, one rainy day so that was an excuse to stay in and relax; then today was sunny and beautiful and thank goodness it was way less than 90 degrees, Sunny! I hope your second air conditioner will get through for a couple more years for you. I'm sure it would be nice to delay another bill like that!


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Hi Bev & Wanda,
Just wanted to say good morning! I just came in from pulling a few weeds in the back yard while it is still nice outside! We got a little reprieve from our 90 degree temps, but looks like it will be heating back up again by this weekend. I broke down and had to turn on the A/C about 3 weeks ago and doggone it, one of the units broke down. (I have 2 A/C units on the home). Boy, that is a shock for the old pocketbook to say the least, but since both units are original from when we had the house built, almost 19 years ago, I guess you could say we got our monies worth out of them. I'm just hoping against hope that the other one won't bite the dust in the middle of summer!

Well, I don't know what happened to my weight loss this week. My scale was looking very nice and I was down about a pound or so until Monday morning when I weighed and looked like I'd taken a jump up. Sure enough, it was up .60 on the scale we are using at my friends house! I think I ate something that really caused me to be bloated and I think I've got a good idea what it was, so I will avoid that from now on! Naturally I was so frustrated when I got home that I ate way more than normal at both lunch and dinner and that only defeats the purpose! I've got myself in check again now however, so promise I won't go on a rampage! emoticon

Bev, you still had a loss at your meeting, so a loss is a loss and congratulations are due! It will show up more next week as a bigger loss if you keep on doing what you are doing! Wanda is right about our bodies sometimes having minds of their own and that is aggravating, but guess we just try to not get discouraged!

Wanda, again, I am so sorry you lost those two special ladies from your Tops chapter. Sounds like they were both special ladies who will really be missed. You will have them in your heart for the rest of your life!

Take care and keep on keeping on!

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I would understand if the weigh-in at home and at TOPS were hours apart, but they were more like 1/2 an hour apart and I didn't have anything to eat or drink in between. Still, I am not going to worry about it. It is what it is. I try not to drink a lot late in the day before I weigh in and I don't eat dinner until after the meeting (there is no time anyway), but other than that and trying to wear the same or similar clothing each week I don't do anything different on weigh-in day.

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Who knows why our bodies, or sometimes our scales, do the things they do, Bev?? You had a loss at least; maybe the bigger loss will show next time! I used to make the mistake of thinking my weight - in the morning at home, no clothes, and before eating or drinking anything - should be the same or nearly the same as my TOPS weight, which comes in the evening.
Well duh.......wearing clothes, having eaten at least two meals and drinking several glasses of water, coffee, tea, etc.

It didn't take me long to get real about that but...I still see differences I can't explain, whether it is between two TOPS weigh-ins, or between morning weighing. I have often shown a loss at home and a small gain at TOPS or less often I have had a small gain at home and a loss at TOPS. I'm also guilty of getting thirsty and drinking a huge glass of something THEN remembering that I have to weigh in at TOPS in a couple of hours. You know I'll be weighing that drink.

We weigh at 6p.m. Some of our girls say they drink nothing after noon....well I just can't do that but I probably could, and should, quit drinking at 3. Yes.....you probably know what happens when I try to make a rule like that! I'll convince myself that I am absolutely parched by 3:15. LOL

On top of that our bodies ARE quirky. All we can do is hold the course. Do the things we KNOW work for us and hang in there!

Hope today is as beautiful for all of you as it is here.
Sunny, I hear Arizona is really heating up! A friend said it has already reached 90 degrees where she is. Oh my! 90's in April!
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Your last two sentences say it all Wanda! We need to all try to live that way. I know I am guilty of not always doing it though.

My weigh-in was kind of disappointing last night. I did lose but only .4 according to the chapter scale. My scale here had me down by 1.75 from where I was here the last time I weighed in at TOPS. I am pretty sure I didn't have the scale here set on the wrong weight so I have no idea why there was such a difference. Usually I weigh slightly different on the scale here but from one week to the next I can almost always tell how I will do at TOPS by how I do here. Hopefully it will show up next week as long as I don't get foolish this week.

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Hi everyone,

I'm still kind of plodding along. Getting my exercise in every day but a little off track with eating. I think I'm doing better though. Losing those ladies from my life was just shocking because it was so unexpected. I think I've focussed on keeping on track with exercise because that helps my stress levels and who knows where I would stop if I gave in to binge eating. I did have one really bad day when I might as well have just climbed into the refrigerator and stayed there. My weight went up 2 lbs overnight but it is almost back down now.

This beautiful weather is helping too and Sandy passed away yesterday so I know she is no longer lying in a coma. Still some stuff to get through. These two girls would absolutely tell me to put a smile on our faces and get on with life though so that is what we will do. They will leave a gap in our Tops group though.

So be kind to yourself today and do something kind for someone else because you know that will come back to you. Let your little lights shine and spread them around as much as possible!
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Hello Gals,

Wow, I'm so sorry to hear about the sad news you had, Wanda. I sure don't blame you for feeling sad. It is always such a shock when it comes so unexpectedly and I'd say they were both young ladies. I'll be 68 on my next birthday, so the ages you mentioned seem very young to me! Well, I guess these things are more reminders that we should live our lives to the fullest and appreciate all the blessings we have because life can certainly take some unexpected turns along the way!

Thanks for your kind words about my situation also, Wanda. Sometimes I think I'm going along A-ok, and then for no reason I start feeling sort of overwhelmed about everything. That is when I have to stop, take a deep breath and remember God is always near and that he will see me through no matter what is ahead. I think that assurance is really what keeps me going and staying positive!

Oh, regarding the weight situation, I was only down .20 this last Monday, so you may as well say a Turtle. Hoping I can see a little better loss next week.

Bev, it is great that you are still down that much from your original weigh-in with Tops. Most people would have gained all of it back plus a lot more, so you are doing just fine. One of these days you will get that motivation bug back and the pounds will start dropping, but it has to be only when you are ready and able to do it. I know for a fact that when you are dealing with so many other things that the weight loss is not first priority.

Well, take care my friends and I hope to see you on here again soon!

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Sorry to hear about your loss Wanda. It is tough to stay focused when things like that happen. All we can do is move forward and get back on track as soon as possible.

Yes, I was successful once Wanda, and hopefully some day I will be again, but not if I don't change my habits a bit. The good news is I have never gained back all of what I had lost originally. Right now I am down a little over 50 pounds from my starting weigh in 1996- but a little over 70 pounds above my original goal. I will likely raise my goal by 5 or 10 pounds, but I am not worrying about it until I am close. I would have had a nice loss if I had weighed in two weeks ago. Last week we had no meeting but I was still down from my previous weigh-in, although not by quite as much as the week before. Since I hadn't worn my compression hose more than one day last week I figured that was why I was up slightly from the week before. I was not particularly good over the weekend but I was still surprised to get on the scale this morning and see that I was UP from my last weigh-in. Hopefully that changes before weigh-in day. In thinking about it this morning I am pretty sure I never took my medicine yesterday morning, which means I didn't have my diuretic and explains why my legs were feeling swollen all day yesterday. Hopefully tomorrow morning will look better, although I feel like I ate too much tonight!

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I won't be able to go to SRD either! It is too close to our family camp week in New Hampshire.

Bev! Wow! State Queen.....that must have been awesome! Well you've done it before I know you can lose weight again! Unlike you, I have never had great success with weight loss.....I am not giving up though. Sometimes I do have to take a deep breath and then go at it again but I am not quitting! You won't either, I know!

Sunny, you are really doing well. Good for you! I am so impressed with how well you have adapted to changed circumstances. Your husband would be so proud of you! I've asked myself if I would do as well. Both of you girls have been through tremendous stress.

emoticon The weekend wasn't a very good one for me. I lost two friends in just three days and both unexpectedly. The first I knew had ovarian cancer and I knew that she had decided not to take any more chemo but she was at our TOPS meeting on Monday night and just as chatty and loving as ever. Drove herself there and still lived alone at home. She was not on hospice. I think we all just expected that she would be with us for quite awhile longer but she died on Friday. She was my age, nearly 69.

The second friend was also in my TOPS chapter; she had a very devastating heart attack and has brain damage. She is on end of life care in the hospital now. She was only 63; a seemingly healthy, slim KOPS member. So fun and full of life.

So....I'm sad. Sorry to lay that on you but it is just how I feel tonight. I know it will get better but I just feel kind of shocked. I've blown it with the food the past couple of days but tomorrow is a new day and I will get back on track.



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Congratulations on your recent success! Your story is similar to mine, except that I still haven't found my motivation for the second time. I have had times that I did well for a while but unfortunately I didn't keep going. Over the last year there has been a lot of upheaval in my life and my weight and TOPS took a back seat to other things. Now that some things are looking better I am trying to get back on track. I will not be going to IRD either- in fact I am not even going to our SRD this year. I joined TOPS in 1996 and the chapter had just registered for SRD about the time I joined. I didn't even know what SRD was! Starting in 1997 I went to every SRD until last year. I have only been to a few IRDs- one in 1998 when I was our state queen and three when I was an area captain. It has always been difficult as I work full time and didn't think it was right to use my vacation time for TOPS events instead of for doing things with my husband. If you do go, you will enjoy it I'm sure.

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No, I'm not going. Have you been contemplating it? Looks like you have already lost a lot of weight, so congratulations on that! Did you do it all with Tops?



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Anyone here going to IRD in July?

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I like that idea of putting "chores" up on the calendar, Wanda! Seems like it would certainly help if we schedule them in like other things in our lives! I spent about an hour last night doing more weed eating out in the front yard. I had Izzy tethered where she could watch me and I got a lot done until my seedeater ran out of string! :) Good thing it was almost dark by then anyway so I came back inside!

Bev, that sounded like the perfect solution for both your family and your in-laws if they were wanting to sell the place. I always think that if something goes smoothly that it was meant to be, and sounds like your circumstances were perfect for your to make the decision! That also sounds like a good idea for the insurance. Now you know it is covered for now and you can always change to another one once you are down there to take them on the inspection. It sounds like a perfect place to take a winter holiday! You will have to post some pictures when you guys are down there!

I also was sure happy when I read your report about your hubby good report from his last scan! That is wonderful news for sure and you just can't put into words how great it is to get good reports from the Dr.'s, especially after having gone through all he has gone through! I'm so happy for both of you!!

I have been making pretty good use out of my Flex Fit Bit that I purchased two or three months ago. It just keeps me aware of my steps and when I look down and see I only need about 800 more steps to reach my goal of 10,000 steps a day it seems to give me that little boost to walk around until I have them in! :) I really do need to go back to the YMCA and get active with my Silver Sneakers membership. It does not cost me a penny and the Y has all the most modern exercise equipment and a nice pool. The hardest part is just getting there and I need to make it a habit, just like my No S diet! emoticon Wanda, that exercise program you are on sounds pretty interesting as well! I love all these things that you can do on-line now. I even found a motivational site that has all kinds of different speakers talking on all kinds of different subjects and that is very motivational as well. I need to tune in to those more often. The site is called Source4Woman.

Well, better sign off for now! See Ya Soon!

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Good Morning! My goodness I have awakened to sunshine TWO days in a row. LOL Well, our spring has been pretty gray but maybe it is changing.

Today is a day to do "domestics" so I'll be home all day and hopefully eating and exercising properly. Somehow I tend to lose focus in a week when too much is luring me away from home. It helps to actually put "housework" or "yard work" on my calendar. My husband laughs at that but when I do it I always eat carefully and get my exercise. Even with the No S diet I have to be careful to plan light meals often. After all, even though we can have a plate of food, a plate of potato salad will spike my calorie load quickly. Also when I eat too much high-carb food I tend to start craving again. I usually don't have much trouble with cravings now with the No S.

Sunny, congrats on your loss! I know it is a good feeling.

I just signed up for an online exercise program yesterday and I'm hoping that will help. I will keep walking a couple of miles a day but I need to build some muscles too. I'm a 30 day free trial of Daily Burn and, of course, being older than most of the people on there I signed up for their easiest level. It is called TRUE BEGINNER - that made me laugh but I would rather start slower than necessary than start at a higher level and get discouraged. I can always ramp it up. I did the first workout yesterday and it was definitely doable. The half hour went quickly and there was a good variety of exercises. If I stay with it beyond the 30 days, it will cost $12.95 a month.

Bev, The news about your husband's test is emoticon . What a battle it has been and getting that report must have you both floating on air! I am jealous of that house in Florida. You and your husband will certainly enjoy getting away from winter in future years.

Well, if those domestics are going to get done, I need to spend less time on the computer this morning. Have a great day, girls and remember to do something kind for yourself and for someone else today. Spread those smiles around too as you let your little light shine!
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Congrats on the loss Sunny! I have not been on the scale today but I am hoping I will still be down where I was last week even though I didn't weigh in officially last week. We are not having a meeting this week either because a majority of the officers were going to be away this week. I am trying to be careful so I don't gain back any of what I had lost last week, but we did go out to dinner with friends on Saturday so of course I ate too much. I am not really trying to do the No S diet, but I am trying to eat less snacks and desserts- and less carbs in general, but I am not being strict about it. If I want something I have it, but I am trying to be more aware at least.

Sunny, we just bought the house in Florida last week from my in-laws. They have decided they are not comfortable going down there for the winter any more due to declining health and they wanted to sell the house and we were thinking about buying one in the near future so we bought theirs. We have been having trouble getting insurance on it, but we got a price from one company today that says they would not require an inspection before they can cover it, so as long as the coverage is what we were hoping to get we will probably go with it for this year. It is a couple hundred dollars higher than some of the other quotes we got but everyone else is saying they would need to inspect the house first- inside and out, but since no one is down there that is not possible. I figure we can go with this one this time and next year when we go down for a vacation we can check with other companies and arrange an inspection while we are there. We will be spending at least one more winter in Vermont, but we hope to get to Florida for a week or two next winter. Hubby and his brother will probably go down for a week or two this summer to take care of a couple of minor repairs that need to be done.

Hubby finally got the results today of the scan he had last week and they said everything was fine. His oncologist told us there were no changes from the previous one. I will read the actual report online once it is available but the short version was that all is well. She will see him in a month and will have labs done again then.

Wanda, I hope you are doing well.

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Good Morning Bev & Wanda,

Boy, I'm behind the times again, but I've been catching up with your posts! Sorry about the problems you were having with the propane on your stove, Bev and finding out it was from not having the burner turned off completely! Gas of any kind scares me also and I'm pretty sensitive to the odor of natural gas. I'm sure glad you were able to get it resolved and that it was not a major problem.

I guess it flew over my head that you actually had a home in Florida, Bev! That is really exciting and what a great get-a-way for you and your hubby when it starts getting too cold in Vermont! You guys are very lucky! I know it is always a bit of a worry when you are away from your primary residence and thinking about what could be going wrong back there, or vice versa! When you have people close by however that can keep an eye on things it is great and you can relax and not worry.

Thank you both for your input about downsizing. It is a big decision. On one hand, I don't feel like I'm ready yet to go into a senior apartment and I like having some room and being in the country. On the other hand, I have to be thinking into the future and be practical. I'm hoping to find some compromise that will satisfy everyone. My daughter just thinks it would be AWFUL if I ventured more than 20 miles away from her and my other daughter! I don't know why she has become so protective of me as of late. I guess I'm happy they feel that way, but still I had to explain to her that when we get older we like things at a slower pace. I hate all the traffic in Phoenix and it is so nice to have a smaller community where the neighbors actually know each other!

Well, I had another loss yesterday of 1.40 lbs., so I'm pretty convinced that the No S diet is the one for me. I can say that it has been relatively painless to follow this and I feel it is something that will work for me the rest of my life if I just adhere to the few basic rules of the program! At least I feel encouraged for now and when you have a couple losses it seems to help fuel the resolve to continue!

Take care my friends and may this week be good in every way for both of you!

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We have a carbon monoxide detector on each floor of our house. They are combination smoke and carbon monoxide, but we do need to replace them at some point. We bought new ones just before there was a new law passed in Vermont that you have to have a specific type of smoke detectors in a house before it can be sold. Our are not that type and at the time they passed that law I checked every smoke detector sold in our local Home Depot store and not a one was the type they now require! I am sure there were places you could get them, but they were not readily available at the time. I know they are more common now, but we just haven't spent the money to replace them all. We have four- two in the basement because one is near the boiler and the other one is on the other side of the stairway, one on the main floor, and one upstairs where the bedrooms are. They are all inter-connected so that if one goes off they all do. My concern about the propane was that we might have a leak on the stove, but it turned out to be fine.

Wanda, we do plan to spend the winters in Florida, but we will be in Vermont for at least one more winter because I am not old enough for retirement yet. I will turn 62 in June of 2018, but I am hoping to be in a position to quit my job at the end of 2017 and go to Florida for the rest of the winter and live on just hubby's disability for a few months. Even if we don't think we can get by on just his income we might still go and I will look for a job in Florida for a few months. We think we would like to spend about 5 months down there and stay up here the rest of the time. We don't like the cold so we become couch potatoes all winter too.

We have had alternating clouds and sun today, but it has felt rather chilly. It is in the 40s which shouldn't be too bad, but we also have some wind, which makes it feel colder. I don't like indoor walking. I don't like the treadmill much, but I am more apt to do that than a video. I have problems trying to follow a video- too uncoordinated I guess.

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Good afternoon, everyone. It is a beautiful Sunday here and so nice to have a sunny day. I may even walk outdoors but it is still chilly. Good thing I have Leslie Sansone to walk with. I've become so familiar with her two-mile routine that I now turn off the sound and walk while I watch TV. All I have to do is have both the TV and computer in view and I keep up with her quite easily.

Staying home from TOPS last week was definitely a good decision, Bev. You just can't take chances with gas. Glad your family knows that. We had a family in our area that lost 3 children because of a faulty furnace and carbon monoxide buildup. I know that is not the same as the propane but both situations are so deadly. I made sure my son and his wife had a carbon monoxide detector immediately even though they have a fairly new furnace. We are all pretty conscious about smoke detectors but when they said they didn't have a CM monitor I was on my way to the hardware store!

Ugh, I ate out twice yesterday. Lunch with a friend and then dinner at a burger place with my son and his wife. Had a great time BOTH times but.....tomorrow I must weigh at TOPS so I'm upset that I didn't use more restraint. I am being VERY good today but it may be too late even to salvage a turtle

Our flowering trees didn't blossom for long this spring; too many freezing nights finally got to them I think. I hope they will be all right. They seem to be filling out with leaves quite nicely.
My husband has only planted things that are supposed to be able to take a freeze in his garden so far. They are all up and seem to be doing okay. He has rutabagas, beets, onions, radishes, carrots already coming up.

Will you be spending winters in Florida now, Bev? Sounds like a winning idea. As we got older the cold winters just seemed so long and we turned into couch potatoes. Going to Florida for a month has been wonderful. Next year we will go for 6 weeks. Sometimes we consider buying a place down there but..........just can't quit commit to it yet. We have several friends who life in the Villages and have bought their homes. They stay 4 or 5 months a year. They seem to love it and we have enjoyed visiting them. It is a beautiful area although not by the water. You have a point though; being away from the water kind of insulates you from hurricane threats; not that it can't happen.

Sunny, I remember when my mother prepared to leave the house she had lived in for many years. She took a whole year to go through everything and choose what she would take with her. Some things she sold to antique shops, some went into the yard sale she had just before she moved, others went to charity thrift shops or her church for their charitable work. I thought she would be in despair when the actual move happened but she loved her 2 bedroom senior apartment. She had garage space for her car and she really liked that the managers of the place checked on everyone every day. (They had a door tag that was supposed to be put outside the door every day by 10am. If they walked through the hall and didn't see it, they would call you, no answer and they would let themselves in.) Quite frankly I was really pleased with that too. Living 800 miles away from her was difficult. I did go home and spend 3 weeks with her to do the yard sale and prepare for the closing on the house. Everything went beautifully and she was so proud that she had accomplished so much on her own. She had been alone for a long time; 10 years, but she lived in town so it wasn't so much to keep up with things. Eventually maintenance became a real issue and she just didn't want to worry about the place any more. She also wanted to make that big change while she could do it and make her own decisions. I'm still so proud of her.
I did see her cry once; that is when she was looking through her cookbooks and recipes. My parents owned a restaurant and, of course, Mom was the chief cook and baker. Cooking and baking were always a big part of her life.

She has been gone for nearly 16 years now...how is that possible? The good memories are still so strong. My dad died 10 years before her.

So........have a wonderful week, friends and don't forget to let your little light shine!!


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We had lots of rain today, but at least that was better than the 4 inches of snow we got on Monday! Th is week has been pretty cold, other than today. The weekend is supposed to be cold again but then I think we are supposed to get back to normal again, although I think I saw several rainy days in the extended forecast.

I did not end up going to TOPS tonight but according to my scale I would have had a pretty decent loss for a change. Hopefully I can keep it off and maybe even add to the loss for next week. I had planned to go tonight but I came home from work and walked into a house that had a strong odor of propane. Hubby said he couldn't smell it but I thought it was pretty strong. He said our son and a co-worker had been here this afternoon to swap our tank since we are switching to the company our son works for and he had discovered one of the burners on our stove was not completely shut off so propane was escaping from it. I called our son to make sure he thought the smell was still coming from that and not that we had a problem with the stove. He told me he thought it probably was but he told me to open a door or window and let the propane dissipate and then close it again and let him know if the smell came back. I figured since hubby couldn't smell it anyway he wouldn't know when to close the window so I stayed home to monitor the situation. I think he was right that it was left over from the burner not being all the way off. I can still smell it some but not as bad as it was. I can't figure out how that happened but you can bet I will watch it closely now when I turn the burner off.

Well, we own the house in Florida but we are having trouble getting insurance on it. All the companies so far are saying they need to inspect the house inside and out before they can cover it, and since we are not down there that is impossible for now. I was able to get liability coverage on it extended from our home policy here and some minimal personal property coverage that would help replace the appliances and furniture in the event something happened, but we have no coverage for damage to the house at this point. I am not overly worried about it but it would be nice to have coverage. It is not in an area that gets a lot of hurricane activity. There was a hurricane in that area in 2004 that did a lot of damage but the only damage to that house was a piece of metal that got blown off from the carport. Otherwise that house was fine. It was built in 1958 and has survived anything that came its way since then and we expect it will continue to.

Sunny, I can imagine how hard it might be for you to think about selling the house, but I read something one woman posted on the Whipple Surgery Survivors Group and she said she felt that way at first about selling her house after her husband passed away, but then she realized that her memories were not of the house but of him and that made her decision to downsize easier. If something should happen to my hubby I would be in the same boat because I would never be able to maintain this house on my own. I even had some second thoughts about our plan to buy the house in Florida, but I decided that I would still not want to be here in the winter so I figured that was still a good plan. It would have been a harder decision if his brother didn't own a house within sight of the one we just bought. If I ever ended up going down there alone I would have family nearby- but I am hoping I won't have to go alone.

Well, it is time for me to think about getting the day's dishes done so I need to get off here.

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Oh, thanks Wanda! It is so nice to read your comments! I did not realize you are such an avid reader! That is really great. I sure hear what you are saying about needing to clear out some of the books when it gets to the point where they no longer fit on the bookshelves! I'm sort of in that predicament, but I did place some of my grandparents books in strategic places around the house after I brought them back from Ohio! Some are up on cupboards with other interesting pieces and some even on pot shelves! I do need to go through the others however and donate them or have a yard sale. I just hate thinking about everything I need to get done in order to put this house up for sale and then find a smaller, more maintainable place to live! Sometimes it just seems like such a huge undertaking and then I look out into the yard and can see my dear husband out there working so hard that it can really get to me at times. I try to push past those feelings and just try to remember that less is much better at my phase of life. I know it will all work out in the end!

I have never seen the show you were speaking of, but have watched a number of some of the other reality shows featuring people who are severely obese. My heart always goes out to them as well and is very humbling. Seems we struggle with loosing relatively small amounts of weight and these folks have weight to loose like we can only imagine. They must get super-human strength from above to be able to tackle those kinds of problems!

Well, better sign off here and get something done before I meet my daughter for the ballgame. It is cloudy today and they see rain in the forecast! Thank the good Lord because we have had none since around the 1st of January!

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Good morning!

Bev, Sunny is right......that maple syrup was just fine on the weekend and WHO can pass on real maple syrup?? I do try to limit myself to one sweet treat on the weekend, occasionally one both days but that is really the greatest thing about the No S. If you have a weak moment on a N day (weekday) then you can remind yourself that you can have that treat or something just as yummy in just a few days!

Sunny, I'm so glad you are enjoying your new tail-wagging friend! You are going to be good for each other.

Just a short stop today...I am determined to continue my spring cleaning effort. The past couple of days I have been getting books sorted for a library sale or yard sale, haven't decided which but a yard sale is a ton of work as my hubs just reminded me. Anyway I have to release a lot of books to get rid of the piles that no longer fit on my shelves; then I need to release a lot more to actually have space for the books I know will keep coming into my life. Reading is sanity for me; has been ever since I was in first grade; it is my escape, my avenue for learning, my favorite hobby, it calms me when I'm hurt or angry, soothes me when I'm nervous, etc. Actually I am happy and blessed for all of that; if I were an emotional eater instead of reader I would weigh 600 lbs! LOL

I have been watching a TV show called, "My 600 lb. life". It was a revelation to realize that people actually live at that weight. Some friends ask why I like it because they view it as fat shaming those people but I am so impressed with what they finally accomplish when they become determined to lose. Most have been through terrible losses or hurts in their lives and are emotional eaters that have almost eaten themselves to death. I think it is wonderful to see them actually start losing weight and healing their lives. I know surgery is always a factor for people of that weight but the people still have to work very hard.
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Hi Bev,
Hey that maple syrup on the pancake would have been PERFECTLY ok on your No S diet because you had it on the weekend! emoticon Those are the reward days and none of the rules apply unless you want them too! That is the beauty of it all!

It sounds like you are doing great and all we want to do is keep plugging away at it! Yes, I am enjoying the grand dog and she has been such a good doggy. I have been gradually building her up on the walks and yesterday she did an entire half an hour with me, so I was pretty proud of her! I think she has a metabolism problem because she really does not eat that much for her size and she is on a reduced calorie type of dog food at that! Maybe the stress of living with those 2 other dogs made her gain some weight while she was at my daughters house. I noticed she woofs her food down really fast, and that is a habit she probably got into when she was afraid the other dogs would get to her food before she could! I'm hoping that anxiety will leave her now because there is no competition at my house.

Best wishes to you and Wanda for a very successful week filled with fun things to do! My oldest daughter is taking me to a Diamondback ballgame tomorrow evening. I'm going to meet her at a certain place, go for dinner and then we will head to the ball park. She gets free tickets every so often from her work. I'm looking forward to spending some time with her!

Lots of Hugs as always,

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Well Sunny, I heard someone say once that if your dog is too fat that means YOU are not getting enough exercise. Of course since you just got the dog no one can say it is because you don't get enough exercise. I am not a dog person, but I am sure the dog will be good company for you and the granddaughter will still be able to see the dog when she visits you. It sounds like a win for everyone.

Congrats on having a loss last week! It is too soon to tell how I will do this week, but it would be nice if I could see even a tiny loss. I am not really doing the No S diet but I am trying to eat less sweets and snacks than I had been. I seldom eat seconds anyway so that isn't a problem. My husband thought he was doing me a big favor at the end of last week and came home with a carton of ice cream for me when he bought some for himself. I admit that I have been eating it, so I certainly haven't been 100% on track this week. I also had some candy left and I have had some here and there but I didn't buy any last week when we went shopping and I am not going to. I had a pancake for breakfast over the weekend and then realized that if I was doing the No S diet I probably couldn't have that either since the maple syrup I put on it was pure sugar. Normally I use sugar free syrup but my son and his girlfriend had made some maple syrup and I wanted to try a little of it. I'm not sure I will try to do the No S diet but I do plan to avoid snacks and sweets as much as possible and see how that works.

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Hi My Friends,

Well, better jump in here to say hello and wish you the best week ever! I was down 1.60 lbs. on Monday and I was happy with that loss because I had only started the No S diet last Thursday I believe it was. I love this way of eating because I can join my family when they are eating out and not feel like I'm going to blow all my previous efforts! It is so easy just to think "one plate" per meal and not have to sweat all that other stuff. Bev, I agree with Wanda about your mid morning fruit. If you just plan your breakfast plate, bowl or whatever, just imagine putting that fruit on your plate but eating it a few hours later should not hurt anything. The author is just trying to discourage snacking in between meals because it becomes such a habit and leads to eating way more than we were planning, but a planned in between thing like your fruit should not hurt a thing. To me it seems very flexible and I think most anyone would be able to incorporate it into their routines. Another plus with this plan is that it should just become an automatic way of eating after it becomes habit. There is so little to think about that theoretically it just becomes second nature. Boy, that is the day I'm looking forward to, when I don't have to be thinking about this food/weight thing any longer.
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Well, on another note, I got my grand dog on Sunday. She is a beautiful white lab named Izzy and she sure is keeping me company! Since my granddaughter and her toddler had to move in with my daughter and family due to an unexpected divorce, the doggy had to go. They already have 2 large German Shepherds. Well, grandma got nominated and I didn't fight too hard. I've been enjoying her very much and like I mentioned, she is a world of company when I'm feeling lonely. She is a fatty also, so she will remind me how much we both have to get in our daily walks! emoticon I guess that's the big excitement at my house right now!

Lots of Hugs,
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I think that piece of fruit would be fine, Bev. You might want to leave a space on your breakfast plate and just tell yourself that it is there to represent the fruit you'll eat a little later. Fruit is so good for you and one piece should be fine.

One thing I noticed after just a few days on this diet is that I didn't have my usual cravings anymore. That was a big plus.

Also, like he says, I sometimes put too much on my plate because I worried about getting hungry. In fact I think I had a gain the first week but gradually I was able to cut down the portions and resist putting more on my plate than I really wanted.

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I went to the website for the No S Diet to check it out in more detail. One thing that I am not too sure about is the part about no snacks even if it is a piece of fruit. I tend to have breakfast before I leave for work and then have a snack late-morning at work (11 AM or so) and then eat my lunch later than most because I walk during my lunch break and then eat at my desk when I come back (around 1:30) and we eat our evening meal around 7 most days. My mid-morning snack is usually either an orange or a banana and I don't think I would want to give up having those. On weekends I eat breakfast later and I don't have anything else before lunch most of the time, but at work I do. I also have been snacking on candy between breakfast and my fruit and I know that needs to go away. Not having sweets other than sometimes on S days would take getting used to but would be do-able as long as I make up my mind to do this. If I try it I think I will keep the late morning piece of fruit but I think it would be fine as long as I am keeping my other meals to reasonable portions. This would certainly be easier than trying to track calories.

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Hi Gals,
Wanda, that is amazing that you know all about the No S diet! Most of the time I try to tell people about it and they look at me like I'm a little crazy! That is why I love it also, the sheer simplicity of it and no counting calories. Whatever you are planning on eating as long as it fits on one plate you can have it! No worries about calories or carbs, etc. Then the treats on the weekends become very special indeed and you even enjoy them more! I was a little hungry last night, but got through the feeling and felt like I was on my way when I woke up this morning. Now here it is almost time for my last plate of the day, so I'm deciding what I want to put on it! I have his book too and you really don't need it, but some folks have a lot of questions to ask and he answers with humor and most of all.......... simplicity! emoticon

Bev, glad you got that weigh-in out of the way!! Now that you are motivated again you can have a very successful week and feel great. I know we can all do this but it's just a matter of being ready and determined.

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I use the No S diet too. I love it's flexibility and I really don't count calories unless I get myself involved in a challenge on Spark or at TOPS that requires counting calories. I just really hate the time it takes.

Like you, Bev, I cannot imagine cooking special meals for me and something else for hubs. The one plate, no seconds rule works at meal times and I don't have to think about food so much because I'm eating only 3 meals a day. Once in awhile I slip away from it and then I usually find myself snacking or having seconds - Ugh! It is so easy to fall back into old patterns. The good thing is that it is easy to get back on NO S and after a few days I don't have cravings.

If I really, really want something I write it down for a treat on Saturday or Sunday. I never have to tell myself that I CAN'T have something I want.

There is a book out now but the author has a website - just search for No S Diet - on the site he explains that everything you need is right there, free. He says he just wrote the book because people asked for one. It is true - it is all online. I know because I read the book too.

His best argument for the diet is that this is how we used to eat and it is true....Growing up in the 50's and 60's - I know, I'm old! - we ate three meals a day, once mom cleared away the dishes and they were done, the kitchen was closed until the next meal. Snacks were a rare treat. It is a really natural way of eating.

Try it, Bev, you may like it as well as Sunny and I do.

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I remember when you were doing the no "s" diet before Sunny and it was working for you. I need to figure out something to try but it has to be something I can stick with and also something that I can do without fixing one meal for me and one for hubby. I know I need to cut back on carbs, so I think the first thing I should concentrate on is avoiding snacking on candy during the work day and not eating desserts more than a couple of times a week instead of most nights.

That is neat that you got to see your childhood friend. My husband has one friend from elementary school that we get together with a few times a year. They live about an hour away from us and are still in the town we grew up in. His wife grew up in a neighboring town so I never knew her until hubby and I were together. We are due to get together with them soon in fact.

Well, I did go to TOPS tonight and I faced the scale. I gained three pounds, but hopefully next week will be better. I am sure I won't lose it all in one week, but I didn't gain it all in one week either. There were several gainers tonight due to the holiday last weekend, but we had enough losses that the chapter did end up with a net loss (just barely).

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Well, the feeling is mutual! You two wonderful ladies are great and it is my pleasure to know you even if we are so many miles apart!

Did I tell you my long, long time friend and her husband are here in Mesa, AZ, and Tuesday we had a wonderful visit. They came to the house and I fed them a pretty good sized lunch and then took them to see a few of the sites around my area. Joyce was in first grade class with me back in Ohio and we were best of chums growing up. Another coincidence is that we both ended up with the married name of Webb! I'm driving across town today to meet up with them at a Mexican restaurant that I know quite well. They have to try our Mexican cuisine before they head out of here! emoticon We have had quite a drop in temperature over the last few days, so they must have brought the cooler weather with them from Ohio!

Well, my mind is running back to the thoughts of going very simplistic again, so I decided I'd go back to doing my No "S" diet. It has so few rules and that is why I love it! All you need to remember is the following:

- No snacks
-No sweets
-No seconds
*Except on days that start with S

You just limit your meals to one plate, three times a day and remember the above "rules" and that is about it. You are allowed to snack, have seconds and have a sweet on either Saturday or Sunday. Some people have them on both days, so let your conscious be your guide!

I was pretty amazed at how effective it really was when I really was mindful of this way of eating and stuck with it. Anyway, if I'm starting today I guess I better not have a sweet this weekend and just discipline myself until the following weekend and then I know I'll have a nice reward to look forward to! Wish me luck with this strategy. I think I'm really ready now to start being serious with this!

Bev, don't fret about a gain if you go back to Tops. Everyone has had that happen and nothing to worry about. The best we can do for ourselves is just keep on trying, no matter what strategy we use and we will just keep on trying our best! I get a lot of encouragement just from you two and also enjoy a smaller group. I guess everyone is different in what works best for them.

I'm also very glad to keep hearing the good reports about Rodney, Bev! It really gives me hopes that he is going to beat this terrible cancer. I can't tell you how happy it makes me!

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I like coming on here and seeing what each of you is up to. It's too bad there are not a few more team members who post, but I prefer a small group over a large group. I joined a couple of other groups at one point but ended up dropping out because I felt I couldn't keep up with them. With this group I sort of feel like I have gotten to know you and consider you to be friends even though we have never met in person.

I am still not doing well weight-wise but I think I am feeling more optimistic about the future now that hubby is feeling good. He has gained back about 20 pounds of the 70 - 75 he lost so he no longer looks quite so skinny and he is starting to do a few things again. Over the weekend he was outside puttering around with our son. I'm not sure how much he was doing and how much he was observing but he was out of his recliner and outside doing something, which seemed nice. I asked him how it felt and he said pretty good. Of course the next day he was a bit lame but that only lasted a day or so. I was hoping that I might start heading in the right direction again, but I think Easter dinner and a couple of birthdays didn't help that plan! I plan to go to TOPS tomorrow but I haven't decided if I will weigh in or not. I know I will have a large gain if I do, but I am thinking I need to get it behind me and then work at making the next one better. Wish me luck! I have alternated between thinking I should just take a break from TOPS for a while and thinking that I need to get serious and go every week. It remains to be seen which one will win!

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I love the encouragement I get on this little team! I think the friendship and support are so much more important than the numbers!

YAY TEAM!!

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Hi Wanda & Bev,

I was reading your posts this morning and trying to catch up! Sounds like there have been some up's and downs for you both and well, guess this is our lives! We would not appreciate the good things unless a little rain were to fall from time to time!

I had a good Easter also with the two daughters, my great son-in-laws and of course the grandkids! One of my grandsons has a new girlfriend and she is a very sweet gal. She has the most adorable 1 year old from a previous relationship that went south, but my grandson just loves her little girl and she is such a sweetie! I'm hoping that he has finally found the right person for him.

My weight last week was just a turtle, so I have to get myself motivated again. Wanda, you are really getting close to your goal, so don't let your mind do tricks on you. I know what you are saying and it is so true that sometimes we just sabotage ourselves. Who knows why we do these things, but anyway, I'm excited for you being that close and girl, you are gonna get there too!

Well, have to go, but hope you both have a terrific week!

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Hello ladies! It is a beautiful morning in southwestern Ohio! I think I will be doing some work outdoors even though it is too early to put flowers in the ground; then I'll be going for a long walk. that is definitely necessary after my post-Easter gain of a full pound.

I hope you had a nice weekend; we enjoyed having our son and daughter-in-law over for dinner; but we missed the other two kids who live far off. Still, we talked with them and were happy that they had beautiful weather and a good Easter celebration also.

I should be doing really well weight-wise but somehow I'm letting myself down. It always seems that I get close to goal and then pull back and I really need to push myself. One time I was within 2.5 lbs and then just started gaining. Soon I was back to needing to lose 15 pounds; I feel like I'm doing that again! (Sigh!)

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Being up .2 is nothing to worry about! It could be nothing more than a result of eating differently and tomorrow you will be back down where you were.

My grandson will be 5 tomorrow. His mother is a very vindictive person. There were problems in that relationship long before the breakup finally happened and we always knew it would get ugly, but we would have never imagined it would be this ugly. My son is not innocent, as he caused some of their problems, but it was not all him either- and regardless of the mistakes he made he did not do the things she is claiming that are causing his legal problems. Her goal is to ruin his reputation and keep him from spending time with his son, while at the same time trying to make sure he doesn't have money enough to have a new life with someone else. Her ego can't take that he prefers someone else over her. Yes, there are cases where the person should not have been allowed contact, so up to a point I can understand them being cautious, but I feel like that caution only works when it is the father who is accused and often accusations against the mother are ignored. In this case the only evidence they have is her statements and they have proof that some of her accusations are false so they know she is not 100% truthful. When she claims that he called her and shows them a photo of his phone number on her caller id as evidence, but his phone records prove he did not make a call to her number, they know she is lying and has obviously used a program that will create a false number on a caller id. There are free programs you can download online that will do that.

Oh well, I can't change it so I might as well not dwell on it. It is time for me to hit the shower and get ready for work. Have a great day everyone!

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Good Morning! It is early here, 5:30am, but I was awake so I decided to get up before I tossed and turned and woke hubs.

Bev, I am so glad that you were all able to see your grandson. That is great and I'm sure he was thrilled to see his Daddy. I know you told me how old he is but I've forgotten. This is all so horrible for your son but I know he is doing what is necessary to disprove her claims. She sounds terribly angry and vindictive; how sad, someday she will feel terribly guilty but she is obviously very immature. I do understand how hard this is but you and I probably have both been on the other side and heard of situations when we say, "why did the courts allow that man/woman to be with that child?" Things will right themselves for your son but I do understand the court taking a very cautious stand.

I'll be praying that it will be straightened out soon.

I'm sure that, at the heart of this, she is either wanting more money or just to cause pain. I don't know how she has done on the money but she has certainly caused pain...and stress for all of you.

I may have ruined my loss a bit yesterday, ate lunch out with friends and then hubs suggested going out for dinner so.....of course I said yes even though I had a good dinner planned. I can't remember when I ever said no to a dinner out. LOL, I'm up .2 this morning.

Well today I'll just have to be good. If I can put it on in one day, surely I can take it off in one day, right??


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I love your description of your hubby as a KEEPER! I guess mine is as well. I shared your comment with him but he didn't find it as humorous as I did! He is an electrician but he has always done plumbing & heating as well for us or for family members, so he has quite an assortment of electrical parts as well as plumbing parts, but if he does a job he seldom knows where to find the right thing even if he thinks he has it so he will end up buying it anyway. I am not sure how much more of that type of work he will be doing so I'm not sure how much of it he should keep. At one point I did try to help him get it sorted and organized so that we had all the plumbing parts together and all the electrical stuff together, but we never finished the job, and over time it all got mixed up again. Your description of how you labeled the crates makes perfect sense to me.

Congrats on the weight loss and on being so close to your goal! I did not go to TOPS tonight but I know I would have gained. My son was allowed to see his youngest son tonight and he had his visit here so we celebrated the grandson's birthday (which is Saturday). Hopefully the supervised visits will end soon and the court will give him overnight visits with his son. His attorney says the courts always err on the side of caution in cases like this because no judge wants to be the one who doesn't take a complaint seriously and then something bad happens. The accusations his wife has made are totally bogus but in this case there is no such thing as innocent until proven guilty. You are assumed to be guilty unless you can prove your innocence in these type of cases.

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Bev, you made me chuckle with your comment about "needing it someday"! I can't tell you how many multiples I have found of things I kept because of "someday" and then couldn't find, or decided it was too much trouble to search.

Your hub should at least get like items sorted and boxed with the boxes labeled so that the search would be easier, even if he couldn't immediately put his hand on the item. I like to use plastic crates - clear ones and I tape a list of the items in the crate (written in a thick black marker) to the inside of the cover, facing out. Does that make sense? I can see what I do but maybe I'm not explaining it. Anyway it is placed so that I can look at the top of the crate and see the list. It won't be torn off, get wet, etc. because it is inside the crate. I also tape a second list to the end of the crate that is going to be visible when looking at the stack or shelf that it is on. Yes, that list may get damaged but, it is handy.

My husband is a keeper in more ways than one! I keep him and he keeps EVERYTHING. A few years ago I convinced him to let go of some sweaters he wore in high school a few years ago. He graduated in 1964. I had never seen him wear them and we had been married over 40 years at the time.

The house is pretty much my territory except for his things. I make the decisions about those things that are mine or ours. That allows me to bear the blame for the clutter or take responsibility and do something about it. I also make sure he has space for his stuff.

emoticon When he complains of something that I am getting rid of, I tell him that I am trying to be a good example. Then he doesn't say anything more because he doesn't want to think about his garage and storage shed.

emoticon my weight is down this morning. I'm within 10 pounds of goal.

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I need to get back to my sorting & tossing too. I was doing some for a while but then I kind of got sidetracked and haven't done any in a while. I am hoping that now that hubby is feeling better and has lot of time on his hands that he will start going through some of his stuff in the basement and getting rid of some and organizing what he wants to keep- but I am not sure he will do it without me there to push him a bit- or that he would decide to keep everything if he did it himself. He has a tendency to think he might need things "someday" but if he did need it he would have no idea where it was anyway so I say get rid of it! I agree that we need doors to hide stuff behind! No matter how much stuff I get rid of I will still not have everything neat and tidy at all times!

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You gave me a good chuckle, Wanda regarding the cupboards! I'm with you, the things behind those cupboards need to have a bit of privacy if you ask me! Why have any doors on them at all if it's all exposed! emoticon

Bev, that is good news about Ron and he has just come so far! It must make you feel so encouraged as much as it does him to see his progress! One day at a time is all you can do, but when the days start to get easier it would be such a blessing!

Well, I'm off to another practice before Bible study this morning. Another lady and I are doing a duet at church this week so we need to go over it again!

Lots of Hugs,
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How wonderful, Bev, that your husband is feeling so much better and ready to start building up his activity levels. YAY!

I certainly understand why you are not going to SRD. Dealing with a major illness in the family does rearrange our priorities. You and you hub will have a good time celebrating his birthday. I'm sure that your chapter members understand.

Today I'm back to spring cleaning....almost done I think....home maintenance is never completely done and there is always another drawer, closet, or shelf to clean out or declutter. Sometimes I feel like I am really messy but actually the house looks tidy. I am not one of those people who could have open shelves in my kitchen though. That seems to be the new trend but I would never keep them as neat and picture-perfect as they are on tv and in the magazines. I always wonder how long people live with them before they decide they want their stuff behind doors.

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Ours is only about an hour away from me so the driving isn't an issue, but my hubby is home by himself all week long and I would feel bad not spending the entire weekend with him. I mentioned it to him tonight for the first time and he made it clear what he wants me to do. He suggested that maybe we should plan to go away somewhere for the weekend for his birthday. I think our members would understand if I don't go.

Hubby had a follow-up appointment with his surgeon yesterday and he was very pleased with how he is doing. He no longer has any restrictions as far as lifting but he did tell him not to get crazy because it will take time to build his muscles back up. He is well aware of that because he did a couple of things over the weekend and was pretty worn out afterwards. He won't see his oncologist for another month or more since he ended up having a CT scan on Jan 31st and they plan to do them every 3 months now. He had some bloodwork done yesterday but I haven't been able to see all of the results so far. Some of them appear on his report from yesterday's visit, but the important ones (liver numbers) are not there. His tumor marker was not checked yesterday so we have to wait another month to see if that came down or not. It is a good sign that he feels good most of the time, but I will feel more confident once his blood tests fall into the normal range- or at least close.

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I'm in a similar quandary, Bev. I want to go to SRD but I don't want to spend the night away from hubs and it would be a punishment to make him just hang out in a strange town while I was off having fun. I've been thinking that I would just go for Saturday but it is a 2.5 hour drive each way and our Saturday program is over by noon. 5-hour drive for 3 hours there. I just don't think I can do it. I'm afraid our leader/queen will be the only one there. It would also cost the same as attending the full two days.

I'm so proud of her and all the work she has done; I really wish I could be there for her.

Have to make my decision quickly too.

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Hi Gals,

Bev, that does sound like a difficult decision and why does it always seem to be Murphy's Law when more than one thing going on all at once? Well, if you go to the part where they are honoring your chapter member I'm sure that would mean a lot to her. I would not feel bad at all if you have to miss the Friday night sleeping in the expensive hotel.

Jean, I like your idea of preparing the healthy foods ahead of time! I'm going to do a little grocery shopping today and I want to be sure I'm only getting items that will help my weight loss efforts. I've got ALL the bad stuff out of my cupboards and fridge now, so it is time to shop wisely! Having the good stuff all ready to go helps make the choices easier!

Well, best wishes. I'll be weighing with my gals tomorrow morning and just not sure what the scales will be saying. I'll hope for the best!!

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I didn't even go to the meeting last week so I don't know how our chapter did. I have not heard anything from anyone. I would have had a big gain if I had weighed in. It seems like all I do lately is gain! Jean, are you going to SRD this year? I haven't decided if I will go or not. I sort of feel like I should as I think our chapter might have one or two division winners. One I am pretty sure will be going, but the other one I am less sure of. The problem is that the weekend of SRD is the weekend of my husband's birthday. It always has been and I have just always told him that we will go out to dinner for his birthday on Sunday after I get home, but the events of the past year have changed my priorities a bit. If I do go it will only be for the day on Saturday rather than going for Friday night and Saturday. Friday nights have not been as fun in recent years as they used to be and it is a bit expensive to stay overnight, so even if it wasn't hubby's birthday I probably would not go Friday. We always have three or four people sharing a room so we split the cost of the room but when you add on the cost of dinner Friday night and breakfast Saturday morning it adds up. I did see that apparently Judy P did ask for help from the chapters. I was not aware of that and I was under the impression that she didn't want the chapters to help. I had heard at one point that she wanted a "committee" to help, but that she didn't want to do the helping hands chapter thing that Judy J always did.

Sunny and Wanda, I hope you are both doing well! It is sunny here in southern Vermont but only 25 degrees so far. At least it looks like the snowstorm they were talking about a few days ago is going to miss us. I am very happy about that!

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Last Thursday our chapter had a large net gain. Hopefully this coming week will be better for those attending.
The sun is shining here in the Northeast kingdom. Still a little chilly.

Today I will prep veggies so they will be handy for snacks. Will also tentatively prepare menu for 3 days. One day will be a no meat day. Pasta with lots of veggies.

Enjoy your day friends.

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Weigh in tonight, at this point it's not looking good. Today is another beautiful day and beginning.

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Hi Gals,

Just popping in here this afternoon, and Jean, I saw your post! It is good to see you on here again! Boy, it has been awhile. I think we are all plugging along as far as the weight goes, but at least we are here and still trying so I think that says a lot!

Wanda, I think today I was having a day like your last post! I stopped in at Lowes looking for a weed eater like I had and do you think I could find any that would take the double string line? No, they were all single lines and I really liked the old one. It seemed to be so effecient! Then the lady I was going to practice with at church was not able to make it and I'm having trouble getting the updated version of my computer to install! It has been trying to upload since yesterday morning, but the progress is woefully slow! The Apple guy said it would depend on the speed of our internet and boy, I must have the slowest speed in the world judging by this! Ha Ha So Wanda, seems like we are all on the same page. Wouldn't it be fun to have one of those days when EVERYTHING just went along zippidy zip.......... and that includes loosing these dang-nab stubborn pounds to boot!! emoticon

Oh well, never give up the ship! Oh yes, I did have a gain of .90 on Monday. That put me back over 175, so it's time for me to wake up and smell the roses again!

Best wishes to you all!

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Oh my, I don't remember the last time I was on here. Great to see familiar names.
I'm still doing the yoyoing thing. Sometimes it seems like I just want to eat constantly, yet in not hungry. Bored, but there is so much for me to do.

Today I will get out my paper with each hour listed and record my food intake on the back. That's what helped me before.

Having my TOPS family and friends help. I also go to other sites as well. Need all the motivation I can find. Have a great day everyone.

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