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8/25/16 9:23 P

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Giving up your house is a big step Sunny and you are wise to give it a lot of thought before making a move. Well, Rodney did get some of his medical records today, but they said they were still waiting for some of the records from our former doctor's private practice. That didn't make a lot of sense to me because I thought she transferred those records to her new place when we first saw her there- but what do I know. He was not able to pick up my records so they are supposed to be sending those by mail- once they get the ones from the private practice of course. Rodney delivered what he was able to pick up to the hospital where we will be going and they finally scheduled an initial appointment for him. Of course since it is a first visit they had to have an hour of time set aside for him and the first appointment he could get for that much time is two months away- at least it is finally moving in the right direction. He will meet with the diabetes educator again next week and she says she can work with the nurse practicioner in his oncologist's office until his new PCP is on board so she will be making some changes to his insulin dosing when she sees him next week.

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Hi Bev & Wanda,

That is a strange situation with your Dr., Bev. I know how frustrating that can be as Ray had the same thing happen with a Dr. he really liked and had been with for many years. He disappeared two different times and then my husband would discover he was working at a different clinic and had followed him on these two different occasions after just disappearing from his practice. Well, it happened a 3rd time and that was it. Ray decided to call it quits and found a different Dr. but they never did disclose the reason for his departures. Well, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that this new Dr. will be a good one and that you and Rodney will both like her! It sounds like the other one was pretty sharp to realize he had a problem when she did.

Wanda, I enjoyed your message. You are so creative with the little icons!! :) I'm glad you are back home and also good to hear things are cooling off back east. I heard that it was a very hot summer in many places!!

My house plans have come to a screeching halt! I think I realized that I really am not ready yet to leave this place. I would be moving into a track home development and I think I would really miss having the country feel that I've enjoyed the last 20 years. Maybe a few years down the road and I'll feel the urgency a little more!

Many blessings to you gals. I think about you often!

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8/25/16 6:41 A

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yes, it is all very strange the way she left. She left another practice fairly suddenly once before but at least she contacted all of her patients that time. I communicated with her a couple of times (by e-mail I think) and she told me that she hoped to open her own practice in a few months and the meantime we could see someone else in her old office if we needed something, so we simply waited until she did rather than finding a new doctor. Fortunately we didn't need much during the time that she was not available. I think we saw someone else (who we didn't like) in her old office a couple of times but that was it. She had told me that she wanted to be independent of the hospital that owned the practice she left. I always suspected that maybe she and her husband had problems because he was also a doctor in that same practice. A friend of mine who claimed to be their neighbor told me they were still together and she didn't think that was the case, but a couple of other people who were also her patients at the time have told me they heard she and her husband had separated for a while and that was indeed the reason she had left. She had her own practice for a few years but she was still affiliated with the same hospital. Then her office manager retired and she told us it was going to be too difficult to replace her so she was closing the practice- which didn't make a lot of sense to me. She then went to work for the hospital that she had previously told us she wanted to get away from- but she told me she just couldn't leave all her patients with no doctor. I don't think she was all that happy there but I don't think she would just walk out unless something else happened. I just don't know what that something else was! Over the years we saw her at four different locations, but she had been our doctor for 25 years or close to it. She is the one responsible for catching Rodney's cancer in time for him to have the surgery. She didn't actually diagnose it, but she listened to him when he told her something was still not right after his gall bladder surgery and she kept looking for a reason for his symptoms, which eventually led to a referral to a larger hospital where they did the procedure that actually found the tumor. The doctor who diagnosed him told us she deserved a lot of the credit for it being found in time. Well, I have rambled on long enough. It is past time for me to hit the shower and get ready for work.

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UGH! Bev, it certainly make one curious doesn't it. Something made your old doctor leave her practice very suddenly. I, too, hope you like the new doctor and I also hope she is not planning a move any time soon. There is a doctor shortage in this country and I hear that it is only going to get worse. Also, I have read that everyone wants to go into the highest-income specialities - not primary care. I'm so pleased to hear that he is feeling well! What a battle you have been through.

There is a saying that, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" but I think that is wrong. What doesn't kill you just doesn't kill you; it is up to you after that! You guys have fought off something that very well could have killed him; now you get to build on that. Awesome!


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8/24/16 11:13 P

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It's nice to hear from you Wanda. Yes, hubby is feeling good most days, which is a good thing since we don't seem to have a primary care doctor these days. The one we have had for about 25 years suddenly disappeared and we only found out about it because Rodney was scheduled for an appointment with her and we got a notice that his appointment was cancelled, but with no reason why. When he called to ask they initially told him she was on medical leave, but when he called back 2 or 3 weeks later to see if she was back or when she expected to be they told him she was not coming back- and that time they simply said she had been on leave, not on medical leave. We have no idea if she got sick herself or what happened. They told him we should receive a notice but we never got one. We are in the process of trying to get set up with a new doctor at the hospital where his oncologist is, but things are not going well. They won't give us an appointment until they get our records from the old office and they each blame the other for why that hasn't already been done. Rodney says he is going to pick them up from the old office tomorrow and hand deliver them to the new one, but we shall see if that works. I won't be surprised if they tell him they are not ready when he goes to pick them up. Once they get our records we have been told by someone else in that facility that this doctor has a month-long backlog of appointments so it will still be a while before we can see her. I told them yesterday that I have thyroid medication that will need to be renewed and I always have to get labs done before getting it renewed so I am concerned that I don't have anyone to order the labs or to renew my prescription- and I only have about a 30 day supply left. They have assured me that even if I don't see the doctor before they run out they will make sure I at least get a temporary prescription to last me until I can see a doctor. I just hope we like her after everything we are going through to get set up to see her- and also that she doesn't leave that practice any time soon!

It has been cooler here for a couple of days too but is supposed to be warmer again. I think they are saying we might see some rain on Friday but the weekend is looking nice so far.

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8/24/16 10:13 A

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Goodness! I have really been taking less time on the computer. August has been busy and I guess I just need a bit of a "technology" break.

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emoticon This week we have had lovely weather so far, cool mornings and highs in the 70s or low 80s with sunshine and a nice little breeze. It is supposed to heat up tomorrow but the cooler mornings tell us that fall is coming. My husband is still picking some vegetables but most plants have gone by. He has begun pulling up the dead plants and tilling those areas to start putting the garden "to bed" for the winter.
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emoticon (wish I looked like that emoticon!) I have continued to walk 5 miles a day. Hubs says it shows but I can't say that I've lost much weight. My body just loves and hangs on to every single ounce!
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Hope everyone is doing well. How are your plans for a new home going, Sunny? Bev, I hope your husband's good news is continuing. Is he feeling well?

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8/11/16 1:07 P

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Thanks ladies! Yes that call was a huge relief!
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Oh that is sooooooo wonderful, Bev! I'm so happy to hear the good news! So wonderful to be able to take a big breath and know that you can relax and enjoy your lives!!

God bless you both!

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YAY!! WOOHOO!! God Bless Rodney! I know just how frightening these situations are and you will no doubt have some other scary times. I pray they all turn out like this one.

God Bless You too, Bev. It is surely as difficult sometimes to be the spouse as it is to be the patient. We just suffer for them and with them.
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Rodney had the pet scan yesterday and was supposed to be seeing his oncologist tomorrow for the results, but she called him this morning to tell him he doesn't need to come in because the spot seen on his liver does not appear to be cancer. She canceled the appointment for tomorrow and said he won't need another checkup for four months. We were very worried that we would find out the cancer was back, but thankfully it was a false alarm. We will sleep much better tonight!

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Hi Bev,
Thanks for the update on Rodney, and I'm staying positive like I know you are doing as well! I will certainly be rooting and praying for a good outcome of this next PET scan. I know that both of you must be at the end of your ropes with dealing with the medical profession and having to be put through all these tests, etc. He has really done so well and not to mention you too! Well, like you were saying that there is no point in worrying and I'll just be hoping that the results will come out negative!!

Sounds like a little bit of family drama going on there with relatives having different ideas on get-togethers! Sometimes they make a fuss over the smallest thing when the point is just getting together to have a good time. Well, I was a little unhappy with my cousin because he intends on coming down NEXT week and I was under the impression he was already on his way. I waited a long time for him to call so we could go to lunch and never heard a thing even though I texted him. Well, guess I'll forgive him this time because................ he's family! Ha Ha

My knee MRI got postponed also. They called and said the machine was down and had to order parts. Now it is rescheduled for tomorrow unless I get another call! Sometimes things just don't go as planned I guess.

Well, better sign off for now. My neighbor and I are going to go out and look at a few more model homes this afternoon. I've decided on where I want to relocate, but she is still looking.

Lots of Hugs to all,

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8/5/16 10:47 P

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She lived in Texas and they apparently don't recognize common law.

Sunny, I hope you had a nice visit with your cousin. We will be seeing lots of relatives this weekend as it is my husband's family reunion. We don't enjoy it as much as we used to because most of the activities that used to be just for fun have now been turned into competitive events and the whole thing seems to be more focused on money. We always paid a fee if we camped and usually that brought in almost enough to cover the expenses and then we put out a donation jar for those who came just for the day and we would take in a little more from that. We usually collected enough to break even and that was all we cared about. Now someone has the idea that they need to make a profit and build up some extra money (for what I don't know) so they make a big issue now of making sure everyone pays even if they come just for the day. They also decided they didn't want to spend any money to mail the family newsletters so now it is posted online and if someone doesn't have a computer they have to find someone to print it for them or they can't see it. It will be nice to see some of the relatives we don't often see, but we won't spend the entire weekend there like we used to.

We are dealing with some anxiety concerning my husband's health too. I was debating whether to mention it or to wait until we have an answer but I have decided to tell you ladies what is up since I think you will understand. He recently had his routine every 3-month bloodwork and scan and we got some conflicting information. Most of his bloodwork looks good, but his tumor marker went up from 69 to 116 (normal is 37 or less by some labs and 55 or less according to others). I was slightly concerned about that but not overly since I know it can be elevated for things unrelated to cancer, and also his has gone up and down some in the past, although his most recent two showed a downward trend. The report from his scan appears to have conflicting information in it as well. In one place it says there is no evidence of progression of disease, which is good, but in another it talks about a lesion on his liver that it says was barely visible on the last scan but more defined on this one and they recommend a PET scan. So okay, if there is no evidence of disease progression why are they suggesting a PET scan? He met with his oncologist on Tuesday and she says that sometimes radiologists are ultra careful because they don't want someone to come back in six months and say their treatment was delayed because something was missed. She says the combination of something showing up on the scan and the rise in his tumor marker is "worrisome" but it might turn out to be a false alarm. She says at this point she can't say it is cancer, but she can't say it isn't either. She told him to try not to worry until we know if we need to worry- easier said than done. He is scheduled for a PET scan next Tuesday and will have a follow-up with the oncologist at some point after she gets the results. A part of me says that if the cancer has spread to his liver it seems unlikely that his liver numbers would be normal- and they were. Another part of me thinks the tumor marker went up for a reason and there is nothing else going on that should cause that as far as we know. I am hoping it turns out to be a false alarm, but if it does turn out to be a recurrence of cancer, I am hopeful that since it seems to have been found pretty early (before it even started to affect his liver function) that they will be able to treat it easier. My biggest fear from the beginning has been that it would come back. I knew he was very worried about this scan but I couldn't figure out if he was having issues that he isn't talking about that were worrying him or if it was just the normal anxiety that any cancer survivor feels. I still don't know. I am hoping we get a call next week that everything is fine and he can go back to his every 3 month checkups and he won't even need another appointment with the oncologist until then.

I hope you ladies have a great weekend. We are going to try.

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Good Morning Friends,

I'm so sorry to read about your cousin passing away at such a young age, Bev. That is so shocking when it comes so unexpectedly and seems so unfair in so many ways that the medical people won't even talk to her boyfriend after they had been together for that many years. Wow, you just never know I guess. I think in some states they are considered common law marriages after about 7 or 8 years, but don't quote me on that one. Anyway, I am so sorry for your loss. Seems we have all lost special people in our lives this past year or so. It is never easy.

Wanda, on a happier note, it still sounds like you and your husband are enjoying your wonderful get-away! Maybe you are home by this time and if so, I know how busy you will be for a few days unpacking, cleaning and getting things back in order. We will be looking forward to your posts again once you are settled in. I'm wondering what you guys were cooking up? It is always more fun to cook when others are around to join in the preperation process.

Well, speaking of cousins, my cousin who lives up in Show Low, AZ is supposed to be calling me to get together for lunch today. He has to come down to Phoenix ocassionaly to attend seminars. It will be nice to see him even though a pretty short visit this time.

Tomorrow I have an appointment to get an MRI done on my knee that has been bothering me. Now that I have it scheduled it is feeling better!! Isn't that just Murphy's law?? Well, I'm keeping the appointment because it has felt better before, but always comes back again, so better to find out exactly what is going on than to keep wondering. I'll see my Dr. next Tuesday to go over the results.

Well, take care and hope you will have a wonderful week!

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Sunny

P.S. I did manage to have an .80 weight loss this past week! Yeah! Better than a gain anyways!

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8/4/16 6:30 A

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Wanda, not being on the computer because you are too busy having fun is a good thing! We should all spend less time on the computer and doing more things with family and friends! If work didn't interfere I could do more of that, but for now I have to make do with what I can fit in around that and since most of our family and friends are not close by that means spending time on the computer- sometimes it is catching up with family or friends online and sometimes it is more in the nature of just wasting time! Tonight was an example of keeping up with family online, but it was not really in a good way. A cousin that I hadn't seen in years, but had been in contact with occasionally via Facebook passed away on Tuesday and there was a lot of back and forth with some of my siblings and some other cousins about our memories of her. The memories were nice, but the reason for them was not. It is still hard to comprehend that she is gone at 53. We don't really know why as she had not been sick recently and had just started a new job that she was excited about last week. She was not married but had been with her boyfriend for about 14 years. He found her dead on the floor at her home Tuesday night. I feel so bad for him even though I have never met him. Because they were not married the medical examiner will not even talk to him. He gave them the name of another cousin as a blood relative and they have been in touch with her. She is the one who contacted us to tell us. She said the medical examiner said they will send the death certificate to her once the cause of death has been determined but that it could take up to 90 days for that. She told us that she was faxed some forms that she signed and sent back that will allow Bob (the boyfriend) to have Linda (my cousin) cremated. It is very sad.

Well, enough of that. It is time for me to think about getting ready for another day at work so I need to finish up here and head for the shower. Have a great day Sunny and Wanda- and anyone else who might see this!

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I know, Bev, but sometimes it just seems unfair! Well, the mantra I have on my page is that life isn't fair.....but it is good. I guess we need to remind ourselves of that sometimes.

Hello everyone! I am finally on the computer but it is late; we are still at camp and it seems like we manage to fill every minute of every hour with family and fun....or else I'm cooking, with family and I guess that is also fun. We have really had a wonderful time; just two more days and then Saturday morning we will head for home! What a great week it has been.

I'll get online as soon as I get home to catch up with everyone.
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Wanda, I looked into the FMLA rules and they are definitely allowed to force me to use up my paid time. What bugs me about it is that our employee manual never said that until after I asked. They sent out a revised manual and backdated it to make it look like it was done before I asked but it was sent out AFTER.

Yes Sunny the pictures you saw of us were taken the day before we went on the cog railway and were in the same area. Our daughter took them with my phone and she posted them to FB from my phone.

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Hi Gals,

Good to see your posts on here. Bev, so glad you and Rodney had a fun and safe trip. Is that where you were when you posted those cute pictures of the two of you on FB? You look like such a cute couple!!

Wanda, it sounds like you have some nice travel plans coming up for next month as well! It is always so nice to get away and then nice to get home again as well!

I'm still here in VERY sunny Arizona and have now consulted with a realtor as well as the salesman where I picture my new home being built eventually, but boy it is a process. Sometimes when I see everything I need to do I about throw up my hands and think I'd just better stay put!! I'm sure you both know what I'm talking about. Yesterday I had a plumber out who fixed a leak on the main water pipe and then he came in and proceeded to fix my sprayer for the kitchen sink. The hard water had calcified it so much he had a hard time getting the old one off. Also had to order more parts, so he is coming back when the parts come in. An A/C guy is coming today to check the unit I did not replace. Hopefully it won't be anything that a shot of freon won't fix with that! Oh well, I guess this is just part of life. Everyone has things to deal with every day and we just try to do the best we can!

Take care and hope this week is great for you both!

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I hate that you have to use up your paid time before getting FMLA! That doesn't seem fair but I googled it and that is how the law was written. Basically it is mainly passed to ensure that you wouldn't lose your job if you needed to be off as long as you were willing to be off without pay. This way you use all your paid time THEN take FMLA. Depending on the paid sick and vacation time available, it could add several weeks to the time you can be off, which is a good thing. Doesn't feel all warm and cozy though does it.

There is a thing that says they must inform you within two days of requesting the time whether it has to be sick or vacation time first. AND they cannot count that paid time against your 12 weeks of FMLA from what I understand.

It is so good that you were able to be with your husband but it would also be so good to get some time off together. I really hope you will be able to enjoy your Florida trip!

Thanks for the Amazon tip; I'm going to ask my friend's daughter if she has checked their prices. Winnie is in her mid-eighties and I'm sure she has never touched a computer. I think the elderly often miss out on this stuff because the technologies are so far beyond them. Girls, we have to keep up!

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It is too soon to know how well the hearing aids will work. I can definitely hear people better with them, but I also hear a lot of annoying noises too. The audiologist tells me that those other noises seem loud to me because I am not used to hearing them and that eventually my brain will learn to tune them out and focus on the sounds I want to hear. She says that could take a month or so to happen and it won't happen all at once, but will be gradual. It doesn't bother me too much when people are talking to me, but when all is quiet (or should be) I feel like I have a white noise machine running next to me. When I am in the kitchen it sounds like the refrigerator is very noisy and I never even heard it running before. When I am driving I notice the road noise a lot more- except when I have the radio on. I had to change the batteries after six days the first time. I ordered a pack of 60 batteries from Amazon for $19 so I don't think the cost of batteries will be that bad.

Our trip on the Cog Railway was enjoyable. The weather could have been a bit more cooperative, but we enjoyed it anyway. It was raining when we got up in the morning but by the time we got to the railway the rain had stopped. The top of the mountain was still in the clouds though so we couldn't see anything from up there. We did have some nice views on the way up and on the way back down. Friday we did a boat cruise on Lake Champlain with a bunch of my co-workers. That was fun too- especially since it was a day off from work that I didn't have to use a vacation day for. They had predicted thunderstorms but it turned out to be sunny. It was a bit warm, but we stayed in the indoor deck that was air conditioned and just looked out the windows. The food wasn't that great, but the views on the lake were nice.

Wanda, I hope you are able to enjoy some traveling later on this year. I have used up most of my vacation time with Rodney's hospitalizations earlier this year and my own appointments more recently so we will not get a vacation this year. We plan to go to Florida in the winter for at least a week. He would like to go for two weeks, but that wouldn't leave me many days left for other stuff. It would be nice to have more than a week to spend down there so I just might decide to use up two weeks of vacation early in the year. If he head further health issues and I needed time off later in the year they would have to give them to me as FMLA, but they would be unpaid once I had used up my paid time. I tried to take some unpaid days this year in order to save some of my paid time for a vacation this summer but they forced me to use my paid time since I had it available, but now I don't have enough left for a vacation (which I kind of knew would happen). Oh well, only the rest of this year and one more year after this and I hope to have plenty of free time (all unpaid of course).

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Hi everyone! We haven't been very active here this summer.......maybe it is the heat? I don't know but this summer seems busier than usual. I've been walking on the treadmill because it is way to hot and humid to walk outdoors. Yesterday we had high 90s with 91 per cent humidity and it wasn't even raining! You feel like you are breathing under water when you walk outdoors!

I've been on the computer less and that doesn't mean that I've been getting more done! I did take a trunk load of excess to Good Will last week and that actually made me feel "lighter" somehow. Wish I had lost that excess in weight!

Hope the hearing aids are working out, Bev. I have heard that some of the batteries are terribly expensive. One lady told me that her's only last 3 or 4 days! Interesting how the tiny battery in my husband's pacemaker that is triggering over 90% of his heartbeats is still going after 9 years! What is that all about? Surely they could do a better job for hearing aids.

Actually Mal's pacemaker will be replaced in September. They don't replace the batteries; they replace the entire pacemaker with an upgrade. We won't have to go to the cardiologist to have it checked when he gets the new one. It will just be monitored by phone. I guess there is some gadget that he places over the pacemaker, calls a number and a person on the other end gets the readings on their computer. Ah....the modern world! He will like fewer appointments but I kind of like being there and being able to ask questions.

We are hoping to travel some this fall. He wants to take me to the International Quilt Show in Houston, TX, and we will be making some other stops on our wish list. One will be in North Dakota to see my sister and her husband. We do not get together enough and I love her dearly. I think our trip is going to turn into quite a ramble.

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I don't think batteries are all that expensive Sunny- but maybe the ones for older styles were more expensive because someone else told me her mother spent a lot on batteries for hers. I asked the audiologist about the cost of batteries when I first talked with her about getting them and she told me it should be about $80 a year- which I don't think is bad at all. The ones I have will use batteries a little sooner than some because in order to make them to fit my ear canal they had to use a smaller battery than they normally use on this style. I looked on Amazon last night and I can buy 60 batteries for about $19, so if I have to replace them once a week, which I was told would likely be the case, those would last half a year or a little more. The first day with them went okay, but I definitely hear a lot of noises louder than I want to. I'm not sure if that will improve as I get used to them or if she will need to make some adjustments. Either way I am sure it will get better.

Good luck with your house plans. Keep us updated as things move along.

Tomorrow morning we will be heading to the campground where our daughter is staying and Sunday morning will be the trip on the Cog Railway. So far the weather is sounding pretty good. Hopefully any fog will burn off before we get to the top of the mountain.

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Hi To Everyone,

Bev, I know what you are saying. Having the kids close can be a mixed blessing! Wanda, sounds like you have two opposite "kids" as well. I can really empathize because my bunch is very diverse as well! How cute that your granddaughter caught on to dad's problem at an early age. Sounds like she is pretty indispensable to say the least!! How cute is that!

Bev, hope you can adjust to the new hearing aids with not too much difficulty! It is good they can adjust them to the most satisfactory level. My hubby had purchased hearing aids and for some reason he just never wore them enough to get used to them and I know it helped his hearing a lot. He used to use the excuse that the batteries were so expensive he did not want to use them up to quickly. I never understood that logic.

We do have a nice group here and hopefully others will come along and join in one of these days.

These computer problems are pretty goofy. Now I'm using my lap top because it seems to be more dependable. Whatever they did to my Mac did not seem to help it much at all. I think I'm just going to have to break down and buy a new one. It is a 2009 model and I just don't think they are able to get it working properly with the new programs. Sigh.

Well, better go get something done. Hope to have the place as straightened up as I can before the realtor comes next week.

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Good morning!
I have to say, Bev, that you gave me a good chuckle this morning with your comment about your son. I have two sons; one is a bit of a neatnik and fairly well-organized. The other leaves a trail behind him. When he lived at home you could walk behind him picking up stuff as he walked through the house. WHY?? Who knows. I have often said it is good that he has a small yard though; otherwise he would own a junkyard. He keeps his lawn mowed; his wife has beautiful gardens, he just puts things down wherever and they are forgotten. It used to make me crazy; now it is her problem. Obviously he doesn't see it as a problem.

When my granddaughter was very little, she learned to watch where he laid his keys because she got tired of hearing him say he couldn't find them. By the time she was four, she would say, "Daddy, they are on the couch"! (or the table, or the bookshelf, or the dresser......you get the picture". We even gave him a key holder but they were never on it! This is a man who is tremendously organized at work; supervises 30 other guys. Ha! Proof that he CAN do it.

Sunny, I think your house plans are exciting. Hope it all works out for you. You may find that your internet reception will be better too! I always enjoy the posts on this team and although we are a small team, we are an active few!!

Have a great, fun weekend!

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Yes, in some ways it will be nice to have our son so close, but in some ways maybe not! He tends to leave "stuff" in our yard and I think it might be even worse when he is closer! On the other hand it will be nice to have him around to help us out with some things. Rodney can still do quite a bit but not as much as he used to, and as we get older I suspect there will be more we need help with.

Speaking of getting older, today I got my hearing aids. It is too soon to tell how well I will like them. I can definitely hear better but noises that I don't necessarily want to be louder are too! I think that might change as i (and my brain) get used to them- or maybe she will need to make some adjustments to them. I go back next Tuesday just to see how it is going so far.

My weight was down a bit for a couple of weeks but it seems to have crept back up a bit in the past week or two, although I am not quite sure why. I would like to think it is mostly from the humidity as it has been pretty warm and humid here lately- for us at least. I suspect it isn't all that but I think some of it might be.

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Hi Gals,

Tried to reply this morning to your lovely messages while using my Mac and wouldn't you know, I got bumped off before it could go through. This is so aggravating which I'm sure you know as it happens to most everyone from time to time I guess.

Well, thanks for the encouragement and kind words as always. Yes, my knee saga is really a strange story and I'm nothing but grateful about it! It is still holding steady and I'm without any pain and that is amazing! Evidentally, something did just pop back in place or at least that is what I'm hoping for!!

Bev, sounds like you have some good plans in place for getting your kids a little closer to you. I'm sure they love the idea of renting a mobile home from you and your hubby and it would be very nice to have them nearby because we just never know what is going to happen. Guess none of us are getting any younger, sadly! :)

I went ahead and made an appointment with a realtor that the home builder suggested. They work together and get the customer a reduced rate if he does sell your home and only takes 3% commission instead of the usual 6%. I imagine the home builders make it up to them on their end. Anyway, I must be pretty serious about this or probably would not have called him. He is coming out next Tuesday. I told him I didn't think I was anywhere near putting it on the market, but that is one reason they want to meet with you and tell you what they think should be done before they list it! I have the time because the 2nd phase of these homes won't even be open for a couple of months and they won't start building any until at least December, so gives me a good time frame to work in.

Well, take care. I'm thining of you and wishing you all the best. Weight wise I was at 174.2 last week. I ordered some of that Nutrisystem because they had $20.00 off at Costco. Maybe I can get a few pounds to budge if I stick on that for a few weeks.

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Yikes Sunny! It sounds like you got lucky with the knee. Downsizing sounds like a good idea, especially if it gives you a chance to be closer to your family. I know that if something happened to Rodney I would definitely not be able to take care of this house on my own. The plan is that my son will soon be living right next to us but even then I wouldn't feel like I should expect him to be at my beck and call all the time. We are in the process of taking out a loan to put a double wide mobile home on the additional lot we own, but he and his girlfriend will be living in it. Unfortunately they are not in a position right now to get a loan themselves so we are doing it and they will rent the trailer from us (for enough to cover the mortgage, taxes, and insurance) and eventually they will get their own loan and buy the place from us for whatever the loan balance is at that time. Ideally they would eventually like to buy this house and we would move into the trailer but I'm not sure they will be able to afford this house.

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That sounds like quite a nighttime adventure, Sunny. You must have been scared. I would have hated being alone in that situation. Actually it sure does sound like you popped something back in place. One thing could be that the knee cap is supposed to move in a "groove" as you bend your knee. It can get out of that groove especially if arthritis has altered the shape of the groove a bit. Maybe you popped it back in. I'm sure it could be something else too.
WOOHOO! That knee is better! We won't worry about why! Just be sure to tell your doctor about it when you see him.........that fall sure could have been something OTHER than a blessing! You are a lucky girl.

Hopefully the new house will prove to be a more fun adventure. I hope it works out for you. I'm sure something smaller and closer to family will be just the thing!

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Wow, I really love that quote, Wanda!! I'll try to keep that in the old brain wave reservoirs for sure! Ha Ha

I really envy you having a garden and sure wish I could have one out here, but boy things just don't flourish very well here in the desert. They would if you could have irrigation like we used to have when I first moved out here, but now they even frown on you if you try to plant a little grass. We are supposed to be conserving water as much as possible, so everything looks brown, brown brown!

Thanks for asking about my knee. I have sort of funny story about it and it really does not make sense. The pain has been coming back again slowly but surely after I had that cortisone shot, but night before last I was flying back into the bedroom for something and did not have the light on, so I tripped over my dogs bed and felt a horrible pain shoot up my leg to the knee and also heard a loud popping sound. Well, I was in quite a bit of pain most of the night and just trying to get into a position where I could sleep, so here I'm thinking I was really up poop creek so to speak. I kept icing it however and by noon the next day I started feeling a lot less pain. Now it feels about 100% better than before I ever tripped. I'm wondering if I could have possibly "popped" something back into place?? This is very strange. Oh well, I will just be thankful and go from here. I'm so glad to know that you had a successful knee replacement and that you are happy you did it. I won't hesitate to have that done either if it means the difference between being crippled or not.

Well, today I'm off to the dentist for routine cleaning and check up. We were house hunting again yesterday and I found a new development closer to my kids. I really loved one of the models and I'm thinking it would be a perfect size home for me, so say a prayer. If this is the right decision I really need to get serious about it!

Hope you gals are doing great!

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Good morning, friends!

I have been online a little less this summer. I'm getting lots of exercise and gardening time in though. Tired of the heat but then I remind myself of the heat that you have had, Sunny! Wow!

I hope your knee if feeling somewhat better. I've had one knee replaced and although that was a difficult time, it has proven to be a blessing. I certainly hope it isn't necessary for you though.

This morning I read a good quote. The author wasn't named so we'll just have to say "unknown".

"Feelings are like waves. I can't keep them from coming but I can choose which ones to surf"

Sometimes I let myself surf on the waves that I should just let pass by. Anyone else have that problem?
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Oh, just wanted to say that I've got a fit bit also. I was loving it until I developed some pretty serious knee issues. I went to the Orthopedic surgeon and he took x-rays and then gave me a shot of cortisone. It really helped with the pain, but got some pretty unwanted side effects from the shot. I'm afraid it is also starting to wear off already, so I'll have to go back and see if they have anything else to offer! emoticon

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Hi Gals,

I tried two different times to post here on Spark only to have the computer quit when I'm about ready to hit the send button! I have an appointment this afternoon with the Geeks at the Apple store! I've not forgotten you. I'll check back later.

I'm doing ok at this time. I had a landscaper that I've used before come out and took away big tree branches that had blown down! He also trimmed all 3 Queen palms, so I'm thinking the place looks better after having had that done!

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Wow, 100,000 steps in a week is impressive! It should show up on the scale that's for sure, but sometimes that darn thing has a mind of its own. I usually end up with 60,000 - 70,000 steps for a week. During the week I almost always hit my 10,000 step goal, but on the weekends I usually don't. Last weekend I think I did one day but not the other if I recall correctly. The day that I did it was because I spent some time out in the yard working on trimming- which I hope to do some of this afternoon.

I am looking forward to our Cog Railway excursion. We are also going on the cruise boat on Lake Champlain on the 22nd. My employer usually has some sort of an outing for employees and I never go to them because they usually are not my kind of thing. A couple of years they had it at the local Country Club and then a couple of years it was at a private club on a lake that one of the owners is a member of. Last year it was at an orchard that does a lot of weddings and that sort of thing. In the past it has always been from 3 - 6 PM so you get out of work a little early but the rest of the time is on your own time. Until last year my hubby was always working and couldn't have joined me so I chose not to go either and last year he wasn't feeling all that great so I chose to work my regular hours and then come home. This year they are closing the office for the day and providing bus transportation to and from Burlington for the boat cruise, which will include a lunch buffet. You can also choose to provide your own transportation if you want to do something else in the area afterwards and that is what we decided to do. Besides, that way I only have to socialize with them for a couple of hours! I often tend to avoid gatherings with a lot of people because I can't hear well enough in that atmosphere to carry on a conversation anyway. Since this year's outing sounded a lot more fun than past ones (in fact we had talked about going on that at some point) we are actually going to it- unless it turns out that he gets scheduled for his next CT scan that day. I expect it might be a couple of days later that he goes in for that but they haven't given him an appointment for it yet.

It is beautiful here today and is supposed to stay that way all weekend- maybe warmer later in the weekend but right now it is in the low 70s. We had downpours last night but they had put us under a tornado watch so at least it didn't get as bad as they had said it could. It was thundering quite a few times but it didn't sound all that close. Some places lost power- probably from the wind- but I didn't. I am still her alone for another week and then hubby will be back from checking out the Florida house.

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Sorry, Bev, I keep forgetting that you are so much younger than me; almost 10 years difference.

I have really been enjoying some cooler days the past week but it looks like the 90's are back tomorrow with high temps and hard rain on the 4th. Wow! Will that ever be muggy! All good for the flowers though. I really love walking in my neighborhood; it isn't very high-brow but all the neighbors take good care of their homes and nearly everyone has something pretty in their yards or on their porch. Everything looks just fresh and welcoming.

Of course my flower beds can always use some work. Why is it so much easier to grow weeds than flowers?

Just another couple of weeks until your adventure on the cog railway, Bev. I'm thoroughly jealous! I hope you get a beautiful day for it.

Today is a housework day even though it is Saturday. I loafed all week......well no, I walked all week and have the most fitbit steps ever for a 7-day period.....over 100,000 steps! Sorry I can't help but brag about that.......my usual 7-day total is about 30,000 steps. Somehow I have gotten motivated and turned into a walking fool; hope it shows on the scale sooner or later. That is 3 weeks in a row that I have walked more than usual, my body should be figuring out that it is time to drop a few pounds!


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I've seen that saying about choosing your hard too and I think it is quite appropriate. I haven't been to TOPS for a couple of weeks and the last time I did go I didn't weigh in because it would have been so horrible I just didn't want to deal with yet another gain. Last week I would have been down from my last TOPS weigh-in according to my scale but I still didn't go. We will see how I feel this week and whether I decide to go or not. I just have no enthusiasm for TOPS any more and I am afraid my negativity might show up sometimes (without me meaning for it to) and I don't want to subject the others to it so I feel like it is better that I stay away. On the other hand I worry that without at least some accountability I will do even worse with my weight.

No, Wanda, I won't be able to retire for a while yet. I can't get social security for another two years and we can't live on just what hubby gets from his disability. We do have some retirement money set aside but if we start using it now it won't last long. We hoped to not touch that for the first few years of retirement. We kind of figured it we needed a little extra in the early years that one or both of us could work part time. Of course that was before he got sick, so now that he is on disability that leaves me to work part-time if needed. Work is going okay. I am still not too happy to be there but the situation with my supervisor has improved some for now. My goal is to work until the end of 2017 and then quit and go to Florida for the rest of the winter. I will still be six months away from being 62 and able to get SS but I hope we might be able to get by in the short term with just his income. If I need to I will look for a job in Florida, even if it is working at a Walmart or a McDonalds while we are down there. It would only be short-term to bring in a little extra until I get SS so I don't care what I do. Hubby and his brother are in FL now taking care of a few things at the house down there. He said it has been really hot, but they mostly stay inside and what they need to get done outdoors they try to do first thing in the morning. He is enjoying spending time with his brother and I suspect his brother is also enjoying it. They will be gone almost another couple of weeks, but he has to be home by July 10th at the latest since he has a doctor's appointment on the 11th. I think their plan is to be back on the 9th but that gives them an extra day in case something comes up. I think his brother's daughter and her family are going to be there for a few days later this week so he will get to visit with them as well. They moved to Kentucky a year or so ago and we have only seen them once briefly since then when they were up here for Christmas. Even before that we didn't see them often because they were living in Connecticut.

Well I need to get ready for work so I will stop rambling on! Sunny I hope all is well with you. I did see some of the pictures from your trip on Facebook and it looked like you had a great time.

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Good morning everyone!

Another Monday and I have to say that I love being retired! As my husband has been known to say, "every day is a weekend day now!" We are having some real heat in Southwestern Ohio; nearly every day in the past couple of weeks has been 90 or close to it. I know that isn't impressive to you, Sunny; but here, with our humidity, it is kind of miserable. I have been seeing terribly high Arizona temps on the news.

Bev, I hope you are having a good summer. How is the job going? Are you feeling any better? I know you were kind of balancing whether to take disability and retire or try to keep working. It is a challenge trying to figure out how everything will work out but our experience has been that we actually have as much in our pockets as we did when we were working. We can still enjoy the things we like to do, but we don't have the day to day expenses that we had when we worked. I think I am still surprised at the difference that has made. We spend a lot less of food because we often bought lunches; now we eat healthier and only eat out a couple of times a week. Big savings. I think we are healthier now too because we aren't driving past 50 fast-food places every day. Fast food is not part of our lives now at all. We also spend less on gas and clothes. Our vehicles have less wear and tear so less maintenance costs, etc.

Bev, you need to time this decision based on what is best for you and your family but I guarantee you will enjoy being retired.

Sunny, we haven't heard from you for awhile but I'm hoping you are enjoying a visit to California with your daughter and just relaxing. We were based at Castle AFB, near Atwater, California, for 4 years when our children were very young. It was a great assignment. We were only about an hour away from Yosemite National Park and we spent many lovely days in the park. Hope you have had a chance to visit it.

I had a loss at TOPS last week, only .6 lbs, but I'll take it! It sure would be nice to get another one tonight; that would make three in a row and I would feel like I'm back on track.

Recently I read, "Losing weight is hard; being overweight is hard; CHOOSE your hard." I guess that is true......but I'm still asking why I can't ever have the choice of choosing my easy?



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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!

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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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5/3/16 10:56 A

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


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5/3/16 9:32 A

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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!

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5/2/16 7:47 P

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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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5/2/16 5:17 P

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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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5/1/16 9:16 P

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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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