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If staying in our house was logical, I would. I just know the upkeep is getting to be too much and the waste of room use just seems stupid. Unfortunately on our first floor we only have a half bath and a small bedroom that I use as an office.

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10/14/14 8:21 A

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My dad has a Colonial but the 2nd floor isn't finished. He has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths and everything else on the main floor.

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10/11/14 9:39 A

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I love a ranch house. My house is a colonial. While I love my house, my knees don't care for the stairs either.

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10/11/14 7:46 A

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He has knee problems and has for years. I never thought I'd end up in a ranch but here we are.

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10/10/14 8:01 A

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It's funny you say that because I have seriously been thinking about moving where I don't have to worry about stairs.

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10/10/14 7:57 A

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My husband wanted something without stairs. Now we have stairs outside but not inside.

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10/9/14 10:24 A

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We used to live in a townhouse too. Then we moved to our house. Now I would love that townhouse again.

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10/9/14 8:13 A

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Our house is only listed as 2 bedrooms, 1000 square feet. It is too small for us but we aren't going anywhere. We can't afford to. The apartment we had when we first got married was a 2 bedroom townhouse and it was bigger than what we have now.

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10/8/14 9:23 A

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It is a great house. I just think it's too much for us now.

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10/8/14 8:08 A

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That is a big house. Lucky you!

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10/7/14 8:25 A

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We have a 5 bedroom house with a finished basement. It is a bit much for two of us, even with 2 dogs and 3 cats. I don't think my husband wants to move. We'll wait and see what happens. I think we'll have to get through the holidays first.

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10/7/14 8:07 A

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Does your husband want to move too?

I don't think I would move when Abby moves out, unless it was to move up to my dad's (assuming he needed us up there). I would just take her room over and use it as an office.

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10/6/14 11:27 A

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The dinner was at a hall. I did have to clean up though and that bugged me a bit because all these people offered to "help" until the end of the night when they booked out and left a mess. The bride and one of her bridesmaids did stay though which I was thankful for.

Giving up my dogs will be very difficult. I am hoping to find someone in the family to take them though. It won't be easy for sure.

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10/6/14 8:24 A

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Wow. Giving up your dogs to move? That's too much. I am not sure I would be willing to do that.

Sounds like you hosted the dinner in your house. Wow. Good for you.

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10/4/14 11:30 A

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Thanks....the 4 lbs is great, but sadly not enough to get me in the dress I want to wear. The other one is fine. My daughter apparently hates it, but it doesn't look bad. I will have to post pictures once I am in it. The dinner went fine. I did find it odd that her mother and sister didn't say thank you. Her grandmother did though. The day will hopefully fly by so I can move forward. I a hoping to start the process to clear out my house so we can sell it. I am ready. It has been hard trying to decide this because I don't want to lose my dogs, but we don't need this big house anymore.

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10/4/14 6:43 A

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4 pounds is a lot! Congratulations!!
How was the rehearsal dinner?
Good luck today with the wedding. I hope it goes by quickly for you and you can enjoy the rest of your weekend once it is over.

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10/3/14 10:30 A

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The leg is better, still a little red but not nearly as bad. The dress still doesn't want to zip even though I lost 4 lbs. It is a bit discouraging, but I do have another dress. It is just not as nice as the shorter one.

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10/3/14 7:42 A

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Enjoy your day off, and good luck with the rehearsal dinner. How is your leg doing?

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10/2/14 9:10 A

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So far so good. She will have to get over her fear of germs, but other than that she seems willing to work.

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10/1/14 8:45 A

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Good luck with the new aide!

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9/30/14 11:25 A

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The new aide arrives tomorrow! I am beyond thrilled.

The fingerprinting is new. It is federally mandated. Not sure if it affects volunteers. CORIs are usually good for year or two. You may have to redo it.

I don't know much about Whole Children. I know one of the founding members and admire and respect her very much. That's about it. Maybe you can squeeze in a quick stop to the Open House. It might be worth the time.

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I think that fingerprinting stuff is new. When Abby was in Kindergarten I let the school do a CORI on me so that I could volunteer. I was under the impression that once it was done it would be valid for a while, but I don't know how long. Not sure if I will need to do fingerprinting if I help out this year or not. I am a state employee but we haven't been asked to do fingerprints here. Might not apply to us.

Glad the aide showed up. I hope the 2nd one gets in place soon.

Do you know anything about Whole Children in Hadley? Abby's friend is going to do a class there and I don't know if it would be appropriate for her or not. There is an open house on Sunday but I want to go apple picking on Sunday and see my dad. Not sure if we will have time for the open house.

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My aide thankfully showed up today. Not much discussion around it other than he was feeling stir crazy at home. He didn't say anything else and I didn't ask. The union is now involved in expediting the 2nd aide so that she can work. It could be as late as Friday of this week. She was hired when we came back in August, then there was a hiring freeze, and then the problem with the finger printing. Ugh! I just need that second set of hands please!

I am off Friday. My husband and I are putting on the rehearsal dinner Friday night so we will be cooking all week for it. I have made it fairly simple and will be making all my son's favorites and a few family favorites as well. We will not be able to attend the rehearsal itself though.

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9/29/14 7:57 A

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Good luck! And I hope your aide shows up this week. Are you taking Friday off to get ready for the wedding?

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9/28/14 12:16 P

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The long dress that I can zip will cover my leg. I may have to just use that one, but the other one looks nicer.

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9/28/14 9:06 A

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Well you've got 2 dresses and from what I understand the zipper problem is only on one of the dresses so if you don't make your goal you have a backup plan.

Bummer about the infection though. :-(

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9/27/14 10:52 A

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No thankfully...it is next Saturday. I am dealing with an infection on my leg (front of shin) and am hoping it will heal some before next week. Just my luck...a dress that doesn't fit and an infected leg!

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9/27/14 7:50 A

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Is today the wedding? Good luck! Have fun!

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9/26/14 7:08 A

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It's funny that I got one notification, but not two. I will figure it out I am sure.

How's Abby feeling? Still dealing with the sniffles?

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9/26/14 5:07 A

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The new members posted on the wall or whatever it's called. You can also set something to be emailed whenever someone joins a team you are on (You don't have to be the team leader). You do that on the team page.

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Thanks for letting me know about the new members. I will have to set aside some time each week to look at that.

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9/25/14 5:49 A

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It's still a lot of work. If you want my help let me know. You could temporarily make me co-leader of this team. I am not sure when I would have time to do it (might be October at this rate). Another option would be just to send a team message to everyone here and tell them the plan and let them take the initiative to make the switch or something.

Meanwhile you have 2 new members. Welcome to them! I see one has a special needs daughter (America45) and the other one I can't see the Sparkpage of unless she adds me as a friend.

Have a good day!

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That's a good idea. I'll look at that.

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I don't know if you could see who all the members are here on Western Mass (I think you have less than 200). Then see if those members are also on the Pioneer Valley team. The PV team has over 1000 members. If someone is on Western Mass but not on PV then invite them to join the PV team. That's just my thought on it.

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9/23/14 11:13 A

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That would be good

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I wonder if there is a way to merge the 2 teams.

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9/22/14 11:27 A

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ugh! I don't think I will be any better at it than either of you!

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Patty says she plans to resign too. You could have both teams to yourself.

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9/22/14 7:06 A

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Hopefully people will be okay with my laid back attitude. I have tried in the past to set up exercise groups, activities, and such but rarely have good luck.

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Thank you! I will go send you the official invite thingy.

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9/21/14 10:44 A

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I will step up, but I don't think I do such a great job of motivating and running things. I will give it a whirl.

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I have decided to step down as co-leader of the Pioneer Valley team. I think I have given it a good run, and I don't think Amy will be upset. She has moved on I think.

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PTO is hurting this year for leadership. I feel badly for them but don't want to step up either. Oh well. I am good about donating money, food, materials but terrible about donating time.

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9/19/14 8:34 A

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That seems fair to set it up that way, but a long night for everyone if you have multiple grade students. Glad it went well.

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Ours was 6-6:30pm for pre-K, 6:30-7 for K-3, 7-7:30 all in the gym for principal & all school stuff, and 7:30-8 for 4-6 grades. It could be that some parents were in K-2 instead of in grade 3. I know some parents were hitting grade 3 and then grade 5/6. The schedule is set up so that if you have an older and a younger child you can hit both classrooms. Although if you have 3 kids you're going to have to miss something. I know one parent wasn't in the classroom because she is a teacher of another class, and presumably her husband was home with the kids. Oh well. It's over and done.

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That seems like a pretty good turn out for open house. I almost never get a parent to show and this year with it being 4-5:30 I would almost guarantee it. My students take the bus home so they would have to either have me keep their child, arrange for someone else to be at the house, or wait for the bus and then drive back to the school.

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I think out of a class of 20 kids, 12 or 13 of their parents showed up. A couple of kids had both parents there while most of us had one parent stay home and the other attend. Kids are not invited to these open houses. The teacher we have this year is def one who leaves at 3:30pm if not sooner. She has a 3 year old son and I see him being dropped off at the school when the buses leave so I know she is busy. We signed up for parent/teacher conferences in November and all of the time slots were from 1-3, 20 minutes each. (The kids get halfdays on Wednesdays anyway and then the school adds 2 more half days to the schedule to fit in the conferences so she is basically just following what the school requires with no extra.). I signed up for a 3pm slot so that my husband and I would miss as little work time as possible.

I was hoping another parent I know would scope out the support group since she wasn't going to open house, but I emailed her and she didn't end up going. I don't know if I will or not. The meetings are all in other towns and the timing is tight. I'd have to have my husband get out of work early or meet me somewhere so I could get to them on time. However they are only once/month and they skip some months (like December & April) presumably because vacations and stuff make it too crazy.

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I hope you find the group helpful. I know I have had mixed dealings with support groups for special needs kids. One was really just a gripe session about the school and the administration. I don't need anyone to help me find fault with others. I am pretty good at that myself thanks. It is sad that they scheduled the meeting on the same night as open house though. Hope it went well with meeting the teacher!

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Oh yes, I see them leaving around 3:28, you are right about that! That's about when I am showing up to pick up Abby. I don't see many in the parking lot at 4 if I show up late for some reason.

Tonight there is a monthly support group starting for parents with special needs children. "Special needs" is pretty loosely defined in this case and I am considering going in the future. However it is also Open House night at our school and I am going to that instead. The support group covers 4 area schools and I guess they didn't realize that tonight was open house for us. I sent a message to one of the organizers but there is nothing to be done I guess.

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Sad but true. Don't stand in our parking lot at 3:28 any afternoon because you are likely to get run over by the mass of teachers who book out at the end of the day. I understand many have kids to get to, but just as many don't. I've been known to leave quickly every now and then, but on the whole I stay until about 4:00 most days. It's a great time to get things done.

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You are right although I do see teachers in our school doing those things I don't think all teachers are like that.

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I think people don't think of the investment in themselves as a good one. I buy things for my classroom, attend trainings, and do whatever research I can because it is an investment in my students and myself. So many teachers wouldn't dream of doing this on their own time. Sad!

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When Aaron was younger he went to a company he wanted to work for and said "If you train me I will work for free". Kind of like an internship but without the college behind it. Maybe you could call it an apprenticeship. I guess that would be the right term. Anyway he lived off his credit card for 6 months or a year and got the training and experience so that he was hireable. It was a pretty good move on his part I think. I don't think many people would think to do that.

As far as Big E traffic goes, we dodged pretty well once we got out of the gate area. We could have dodged more going in but we didn't realize it would be so bad. We sat on Memorial Bridge for 20 minutes or so going in. Coming back we went a different way and didn't hit I-91 at all until we got back up to Exit 13/Riverdale Road.

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I have a good friend who is a computer whiz. He works in the warehouse at Hood, but they have discovered his tech skills and currently have him on "special assignment" doing all kinds of tech stuff for the company. He never went to college, but they have sent him for trainings. He is hoping this becomes a permanent assignment, but as of now he is scheduled to go back into the warehouse in January.

Glad Aaron is getting recognized for his work with the FalconCam!

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Yes he was part of FalconCam. He's actually behind the scenes for a lot of things that the library gets in the news for. He is part of the Monsanto thing too, and Credo and a bunch of other stuff. I am pretty amazed at some of the stuff he does, and he does it without a college degree. He's just super smart at this stuff. Way underpaid and under-credited for what he does but he's just glad to have job security and good benefits.

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How exciting for Aaron! I didn't realize he was a part of that.

Good luck if you go to the Big E. It looks like we might be walking in the parade for Agawam Day for Relay For Life. I look forward to that if it happens. Any exposure is good for us.

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After checking schedules we figured out our only chance for the Big E is tomorrow- Sunday. Hubby needs to go to work on Sunday the 21st to attend a reception where he will share an award for the popular FalconCam.

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That happened to me on Long Island years ago. We went to Nathan's to eat and then left for the mall. We got to the mall and I realized I didn't have my bag. Back we went to Nathan's and they insisted they did not have the bag. My son called my phone and we could hear it behind the counter and I informed them I could hear it. That caused them to "find" my bag.

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I see ZZ Top canceled. We are still working on a date to go. It will either have to be the 20th or a Sunday. The 13th and 27th we or hubby are booked.

Oh... if you are wondering, and you probably aren't.... the purse fiasco happened at Barnes & Noble in Holyoke. I sat down next to the train table and put it on the floor. I was using my tablet to read the news and Twitter and I guess by the time Abby was done playing with the trains I forgot I had it with me and walked off and left it. We went across the room by the storytime area and she asked me to take a picture of her. I said "I'm sorry I left my camera in the car..." well no, I didn't. I left it across the room! Never realized it though. My husband showed up, we went downstairs and I bought the books (my debit card was in my back pocket) and we had dinner at Red Robin. Didn't know my bag was missing until I got all the way home. UGH. UGH. UGH. It did enter my mind when I got in the car after Red Robin. I didn't see it on the seat but I just brushed the thought aside thinking it had slid to the floor or was in the back seat. I should have paid more attention to that thought. Would have saved a lot of work for everyone.

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I am hoping to go on the 20th. Eddie Money is performing. A throw back from the 80s, but I like his music.

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I saw that too (went to the Big Y and Big E websites after I saw your post yesterday) and decided NOT to buy since we aren't 100% on going. Our plans are.. fluid for this weekend, and next weekend we have our small town celebration & Belchertown fair, and on the 27th we are at Old Sturbridge. So the Big E may or may not happen. It's a busy month.

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I found out today is the last day for discount tickets through Big Y. The savings is $3 per adult. We had ordered our through my husband's work, but I might go buy a few so I can go again.

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No idea. Not ready to deal with it. Just trying to survive the week for now.

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Big Y used to sell tickets at a reduced rate. Not sure if they still do.

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We're talking about the Big E. I was hoping to do take her this weekend and not make hubby go, but she wants us both to be there. It's expensive for the 3 of us to go, and know she's going to want to do rides and games and stuff. So I guess we really haven't decided yet.



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Sorry you didn't get to all the exhibits. I can understand wanting to let Abby guide the day. It can be overwhelming for sure to try to get to see all the things at a fair. It's how I feel about the Big E. You planning on going this year?

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Sorry you got stiffed. We didn't go anywhere near it at the fair. Actually missed quite a bit of stuff because it was hot and my daughter and husband were uncomfortable in the heat so we skipped a whole 1/4 of the fair I think. Did what Abby wanted to do but skipped the exhibits that I wanted to see. Oh well.

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I think the one at the fair was the one I did the fundraiser with and they stiffed me. It is a shame because one of the artists was one of my favorites, but the fact that the owner (who is from Greenfield) didn't give me the $210 owed or the gift certificate is just wrong.

Hope you had a good time at the fair!

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Looks like there is a paint and sip place at the Franklin County Fair this weekend. I think it is one from Springfield.

Congrats on the prizes.

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Last night was my son's Jack and Jill. It was very well attended and they had over 100 raffle items donated. I won a gift basket to Victoria Secret. It was funny to have the dj call out "Steve's mom" as the winner of this prize. I will break it up and give some to my daughter I am sure. Then I was the highest bidder on winning getting to put a pie in the face of both of them. I took what I thought was the high road and gave both the pies to my son, sparing my future daughter in law. There's video on Facebook.

Not sure what is going on today for me. Heading to the gym soon I hope. Then grocery shopping and maybe even a walk in the park.

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No...I go often because I find it relaxing and therapeutic. I actually find my paintings at his classes to be not as good as other classes I go to. Not sure why. He says it stresses him out to have me there because I am critical. I am no more critical than he would be, but it is tense when I go. I enjoy painting so I go to support him. Maybe it will get better at his classes.

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Ah so that's why you go so often. :-)

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I do enjoy painting, although my best friend is an instructor for one company I go to often and I find I don't always do my best work when he is instructing. I did a lighthouse a month ago and gave it to my aide who left. I think that one was my best so far.

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Every time I see a place that does "sip and paint" I think of you. I saw one in Sturbridge and I saw one in the parade in Greenfield last night. :-)

My plan now is to do the fair on Sunday. One of Abby's friends will be there that day and we are going to try to coordinate a little bit.

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Just recently my dad talked to me about how he knows his mind is starting to fail and that bothers him. He also stated he knows he won't live as long as his dad did, who died at 83. My dad is 73 right now. I told him he's too ornery and that Heaven doesn't want him yet. His death will be hard for me and I do not look forward to that day.

I hear rain possibly tomorrow. Not looking forward to that!

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Looking at the weather forecast. Wondering my plan to go to the fair is going to be washed out.

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My dad and I live on opposite ends of the same county. I had last seen him in July at the family reunion but we didn't get much time to chat because I was dealing with Abby. It was also a time for him to spend with his brothers (one who has cancer very badly).

I am mindful that my grandfathers passed away in their early 70s and my dad will be 68 this year. I am mindful that he may not be here in 10 years when Abby hopefully graduates from high school. I am trying to be mindful that we are all getting older and sometimes I need to make the time happen. I don't want to have regrets later on.

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My dad comes over every Sunday for coffee. Sometimes he stays long enough to get the coffee to go, other times (like this past weekend) he stays for a while and chats. I am very fortunate to have him still here. He is concerned about his failing memory. I really wish he would talk to the dr about it, but I don't particularly care for his dr.

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I went up to my dad's house on Monday by myself for a couple of hours. That was good.

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That sounds like a great day! I went to a friend's cookout. It was nice to see them all since I haven't in a while. We were leaving just as the rain started.

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Weather turned out fine. I didn't get rain until I was back in Belchertown after an afternoon at Old Sturbridge. Got to see Bob Olson do a magic show and a puppet show. Also a boat ride on the river.

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