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RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 17,639
6/24/16 1:59 P

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Good afternoon all.
What a gorgeous day out there...above 70 and not humid, my kind of day!

Congrats on the loss, Cheryl. I lost a pound and the chapter had a net loss too. Christine Favreau came to do the AC program, which was very good. I'd heard it in FL so I knew the topic in advance. 2 gals from E. Burke and 2 from W. Burke also came, so she won't have to travel as often to the NEK.

I spent a couple of hours at the town office yesterday trying to track down some paperwork I needed to update the files. Turns out the zoning administrator had one file, but I just found that out this morning. Oh well. I feel more organized at least for when I train the next person.

This morning I helped set up for the yard sale the animal shelter is having tomorrow in Lyndonville. Lots of stuff........I picked up a Cuisinart bread machine very similar to my own Breadman. Hoping to be able to leave one here and leave one in Florida. One less thing to take back and forth.

The Directv guy who we thought was coming yesterday never showed to upgrade our equipment. Someone got the day wrong I guess, because they called this morning to say they were coming today. We weren't sure we'd be home this afternoon so we switched it to tomorrow. Let's see if they really show up on a Saturday.

Well, time to get something accomplished this afternoon, besides walking. We haven't headed to the grocery store yet, so that's on the list too.

Have a great weekend all.

Carol

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6/24/16 10:49 A

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I didn't go to TOPS last night but according to my scale I was down from my last weigh-in by about a pound. That was pretty good since the last two weeks I was up on mine. Congrats on the nice loss Cheryl and enjoy the weekend!
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6/24/16 8:23 A

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Good morning, all. It's another beautiful start to the day here. I'll spend most of the morning on the train but then I'll get to enjoy the rest of the day doing whatever. My sister has a pool so I'm thinking that might see some use later. I do miss ours sometimes but I do not miss the upkeep!

Weigh-in went well last night. The chapter had a good net loss and I lost 1.6. That's the first good loss I've had in a long time. The picnic was great and everyone seemed to have a good time. Some members never attend but I feel it's their loss.

Just enough time to pick the strawberries again before I head to the station. Have a great day.

Cheryl


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6/23/16 3:04 P

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Weigh in tonight, I'm not looking forward for the number on the scale. To much celebrating for my 70th birthday, I don't recognize that number at all.. lol

Christine is visiting our chapter this evening.
Anyone tried a new fruit or vegetable lately? We are doing a contest in the latest
TOPS News. How about a new rec.

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6/23/16 8:15 A

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Morning all.
Another cool start this morning, but I guess it will be warmer than yesterday. The weekend is looking pretty good right now, too.

The roofing contractor came yesterday with the contract to reshingle the roof. They may be able to start next week, hopefully. We got only 2 estimates and this one was $1200 less than the other, so we decided to go with this guy. We had talked with people in the neighborhood who hired them and they are happy. We also called Directv about reducing our bill by maybe eliminating some programming or one receiver. They were fairly accommodating, actually, and we are able to reduce that bill by about $17 a month. But they did talk us into a 'free' upgrade to new (Genie) receivers...not really free, since we have to pay the installer $49 but it will be more modern equipment, at least.

I'm going to head down to the town office later this morning to clean up some of the files there and be sure everything is up-to-date also. That should take an hour or two at most.

Still working on the cleanout of old tax forms, etc. I think I'm back to 1993 or 94 at this point. One back that I thought was tax stuff turned out to be old school stuff, which slowed me down, as I had to shred much of that. I now have 2 full 30 gallon bags of shreds, plus 3 cardboard boxes full of stuff to be shredded. And I'm still not done. I wish I had done this years ago.

Well, off to exercise.

Good luck tonight, ladies, with the scale. I will need it for sure.

Carol

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6/23/16 7:58 A

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Good morning, all. It's looking pretty nice here this morning. We had a bit of rain yesterday and it was quite welcome. It cooled the air and the gardens needed the rain. Hubby has been watering them for a few days so this is a better solution.

Scales are looking good this morning so I hope they still look as good this evening. We are having our annual picnic this week, a bit earlier than usual due to our host having surgery next month. This is always a good time.

Heading to Brattleboro this weekend to see Mom and to mark my brother and sister-in-law's 50th anniversary. There isn't going to be any party but they will have a small recognition at church and a renewal of their vows. It is their wish not to have a party so we have to honor that.

Time to head to work. Bev, I hope Rodney enjoys his trip and that he doesn't find it too taxing. You'll have lots of "me" time for the next few days. Of course, you will also have all the responsibilities around the house too.

Have a good day.

Cheryl

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6/23/16 6:43 A

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Good luck to anyone weighing in tonight. I haven't decided if I will go to the meeting or not. I have no real reason not to except for lack of interest. Rodney and his brother are headed to Florida. His brother came down last night and stayed here so they could get an early start. They got up at 3 AM, loaded the rest of their stuff in the car and were on their way shortly after 3:30. I got up with them and made them coffee and made sure Rodney had all his medicine with him (I think) and then went back to bed until 5:30. I am working until noon today and then coming home so I can go back to the audiologist this afternoon. They called on Tuesday to say they needed to redo the ear impressions because the manufacturer said the ones they did before didn't show the ear canal good enough so they can't use those to make my hearing aids. Rodney had an appointment there yesterday so now we have to figure out the best way to pay for hearing aids for him. It's too bad they didn't tell him about the VocRehab program two years ago when he had his previous test. Now he doesn't qualify for that since he is no longer working anyway. Oh well, we will figure it out even if we have to use a credit card to pay for them.

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6/21/16 8:14 A

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Morning all.
Hot and steamy, but not as bad as yesterday. Not that yesterday was too humid, but it sure was warm.

We were 90 minutes at the VA clinic in Littleton. Not an entirely fruitful time, though. The doc acted as though we were wasting her time. She reminded me of a typical government employee who could care less about the people she was supposedly serving. I don't think much will come of it because the 2 insulins hubby uses are not available through the VA. Maybe some of the others are though, so we will keep investigating.

Had to stop at the dealership yet again as we didn't have the temporary registration in the truck. Seems they forgot to put it into the packet the day we picked up the truck. We had an appointment to get it inspected later in the day. They wouldn't have inspected it without that paper, I'm sure. So now at least we have it inspected. We are still waiting for the state to send the title. There was a big flap over transferring his veteran's plate into the trust...makes me want to move out of state!

Last night's board meeting was short and sweet, no new business. I do have a fair amount of catching up to do on some paperwork that didn't get done but I can do that any time.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a terrific Tuesday all!

Carol

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6/21/16 7:40 A

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Good morning, all. It was too hot to do anything yesterday but I did manage to pick a couple of quarts of strawberries from the bed in the backyard. I think I'll be making some strawberry jam later today. I'm not a big fan of it but I need to use the berries and I have family members who will surely take it off my hands.

Lots of other things on the agenda today too. It's laundry and grocery day. That usually takes a huge chunk of the day. Also, my MIL asked me to shorten a set of drapes for her so I need to measure them and get them ready for the machine. If that's not enough, there is always cleaning and gardening to do but I think I'll have enough to fill my day.

We've had a problem lately with some neighborhood idiot setting off fireworks from time to time. They weren't little ones either! Great big ones that would go off during the day and later at night. Well, karma got even. He set his garage on fire and it was a total loss. It doesn't look like there were any cars in the garage. Not that I wanted him to suffer a loss but he was putting all the neighborhood at risk by setting these fireworks off in close proximity to all these other houses. Lesson learned, I hope.

Time to get laundry going and breakfast out of the way. Have a good day. Stay cool if you can.

Cheryl

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6/20/16 7:22 A

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Morning all.
What a beautiful day it was yesterday. Too warm for many, but we kept the house closed up and it stayed below 75 in the living room, at least.

Hubby spent about 3 hours at his former work but we did get a motorcycle ride in later in the afternoon. We went through Littleton to Whitefield, over to Twin Mountain, then to Franconia, then back home. Guess it's going to be more humid today, but after tonight's storms, it should be much nicer.

We have his appointment at the VA in Littleton this afternoon, then tonight I work for my town job again. There's not a lot on the agenda, so I'm hoping it's a quick meeting.

Well, off to exercise, then walk before it gets too hot.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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6/19/16 2:01 P

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We are not doing much today. We went to look at a used chipper earlier but we didn't buy it. It didn't seem like it was in as good a shape as the guy had advertised it as being so we decided to hold off for a better one, even if we have to travel a ways to get it or pay a bit more. There is no point in buying something that will just be a headache. Ed and Camden got here while we were gone so they are visiting now. Kim went to see her parents since it was Fathers Day, but Ed didn't go because he wanted to spend part of the day with his dad. Later on we will be meeting Sadie for an early dinner and then we will do a bit of shopping at Walmart before we come home. This will be a pretty unproductive weekend but that's okay. On Thursday Rodney will be headed to Florida for a couple of weeks so hopefully I will get some stuff done around here while he is gone.

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6/19/16 11:05 A

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Good morning, all. It's a hot one here and I suspect it is the same everywhere. I did open the windows on the shady side of the house, hoping to keep some of the heat out while I worked on getting lunch ready. I guess it's a little bit better but not good enough.

Matt and his family will be here for lunch. Chris and Kate and Baby Alex will not. It's a little too much for them to handle yet. We were there for a while yesterday while Chris and Karl made a recycling run. I got in a bit of snuggle time with Alex too. Jess won't be here either as she was just home last weekend to see the new baby. She'll be coming for the 4th of July weekend as it's also her birthday weekend.

After that, we went to Matt's to work on getting the boat ready for the water. We had some motor problems last year and nothing was done all winter so Matt and hubby worked on figuring that out and the gals worked on washing and vacuuming the boat. I think we might be able to get the boat in the water next week once Matt picks up a couple of parts that he thinks will fix the motor problem.

I think we'll probably take it pretty easy the rest of the day. It's too hot to do anything involving any strenuous effort. Have a good day.

Cheryl


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6/19/16 8:20 A

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Morning all.
Happy (belated) birthday, Bev! Hope you got to have a emoticon or something celebratory, at least.

The parade went quite well yesterday. Over 75 entrants, I think, but I didn't get to see much of it as I was selling the tennis balls for the raffle under the canopy nearby. We made about $4500 from the sale of them, I think, but we started selling a couple of months ago.
Next Saturday is the yard sale to work on but that doesn't bring in as much money. It's a lot more work, too, unfortunately.

I'm afraid it's my usual Sunday chores today for me. He has to go up and work on the step he is making for the truck so he can get it to the powder-coating place this week. We would like to get the bike out today and take a short ride, at least.

Well, laundry needs to be hung out. Guess I'd better get moving.

Have a superb Sunday all!
Carol

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6/18/16 10:56 A

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Good luck with the fundraiser today Carol. It is looking like a really nice day but we are getting off to a late start. Last night was the alumni festivities in Bellows Falls so I was the designated driver for Ed and Kim. I dropped them off around 8 and then came back home but had to pick them up at 1 AM. They spent the night here because I really didn't want to drive to Putney and back at 1 AM. I had thought I might nap for a couple of hours and set the alarm to get up at 12:30 but I ended up staying up. Then when we got back I stayed up for a while longer talking to them before I actually went to bed, so it was around 2:15 by the time I turned in. I think this afternoon we are going to Keene to eat at the Longhorn for my birthday celebration. Then tomorrow afternoon we are meeting Sadie so she can take Rodney out to eat for Father's Day. She bought us tickets to go on the Mt Washington Cog Railway with them for both of our birthdays. I think we are scheduled to go on that in mid-July. We will go to the campground where they are staying and spend Saturday night in the camper with them and then go on the train ride Sunday morning. We are looking forward to it. Rodney had mentioned that he would like to go on that before but we thought it was quite expensive and weren't sure it was worth the money. We had planned to go this summer anyway because I told him over the winter if it was something he wanted to do we should do it even if it was a little more than we normally would spend. I figured after all he had been through in the last 18 months or so he was due for doing something fun. Sadie must have heard us talking about it at some point because she told us a few months ago that she was going to take us. She bought a package deal that had tickets to a bunch of attractions, most of which are things they will take the kids to while they are camping in that area this summer, but she thought we would enjoy the cog railway more than the kids would so we are going on a weekend that they will be with their other grandparents (and their dad if he chooses to show up for a visit).

Well I have rambled on long enough. I think I need to get my butt in gear and get showered and dressed before I waste any more of the day. Enjoy the nice weather!

Bev

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6/18/16 6:44 A

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Morning all.
Cool but sunny here this morning, but a glorious day in store. It's about time, I say!

I spent a good share of the day yesterday doing the grocery shopping. I stopped at the dealership also to turn in one of those big sale flyers with the winning number...and for once I actually won something of value. $50 in Walmart gift cards! Woohoo! At least it's something I can use, for once.

I also had to do some computer work for my new/old town job. It seems the last 5 months of minutes for one town board never got posted to the town's website, so that's done. I found a box that I thought was tax forms, etc., but it turned out to be full of old school stuff instead, mostly old contract negotiations junk I thought I'd disposed of years ago. Some of it went back to the 80s even.

Today is the pet parade that the shelter is involved in so I'm off to help with that. At least the weather is cooperating. We have our annual Bark in the Park raffle there. The local police dog selects 5 winning tennis balls for some hefty cash prizes. Each ball has been sliced open and a person buys a ticket for $5 that get puts inside. Always a good crowd for that.

Well, time to hit the shower.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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6/16/16 6:07 P

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Good luck to anyone who weighs in today. I think I am going to stay home tonight and avoid the humiliation. By my scale I am up a pound from my last weigh-in, which is better than it would have been if I had weighed in last week but it is still a gain and I don't want to drag down the rest of the group.

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6/16/16 2:03 P

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Good afternoon, all. Another beautiful day here. It was quite nice at work while I could have the windows open but there was a lot of activity going on outside so I had to close them from time to time and that made it quite warm. Painters are doing some work on the windows of the church and their lift had to be moved several times. What a racket! Then, the man who does the mowing came and his big mower is very loud when he's near the office. All in all, I spent quite a bit of time opening and closing windows.

Another big chunk of my time was spent in listening. There is one man who frequently needs someone to listen to him and the boss wasn't around so I listened patiently to his ramblings for about 45 minutes. I had a very hard time to get rid of him but I had to get my work done so I managed to politely remind him that I had to do my work. He left but called the office four more times. I answered only once and managed to get him off the phone in less than five minutes. It might not have been the best way to handle things given that he does have some mental health issues but I didn't feel I had any answers for him.

Scales aren't looking particularly good today but I'm hoping the chapter scales will be better. It has been a crazy week and too many meals eaten out. I've been more careful at home but the damage is already done so there isn't much to be done about it except to try harder next week.

Have a good day. Good luck with weigh-ins.

Cheryl


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6/16/16 8:29 A

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Morning all.
Great sleeping weather last night, and another sunny day in store. It was nice to have the windows open most of the day and let in some fresh air.

Again I spent the day sorting old paperwork, shredding, etc. I called around to our credit union, banks, etc., but they either don't do shred days or already had one that I missed. I may be able to borrow the one at the town clerk's office now that I'm back on the payroll there. It's more commercial grade than my own. Mine was screeching, yes, screeching after a while...not to mention the overheating factor.

We got our second roofing quote yesterday and this one is more in our budget, plus he is recommended by Home Advisor ( a free version of Angie's List), so we will probably give them the job. I hate to put a lot of money into the house since we'll be selling it, but the roof really does need replacing.

Well, off to exercise.

Good luck tonight, ladies!
I know I'll need it!

Carol

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6/15/16 6:47 P

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Good evening, all. A gorgeous day here today too. Looks like we'll have summer after all. I was outside for a little while and it was actually too warm to be comfortable. I won't complain though. At least with all this good weather, hubby is able to get some outside jobs done. He's been wanting to put up some gutters on the garage and every time he started to work on it, it would rain. I think he's finally going to get it done tonight.

Carol, it's too bad that the replacement didn't work out. It will give you some extra money this summer though and that should help with the work to be done on the Florida home. I hope they work hard to find someone to take it over before you leave again. Clearly they need to widen their search area.

Work was crazy today. I had locked myself out of my payroll system on Monday but I thought it might reset itself by today. No such luck so I spent about 45 minutes with tech support to get back in. After that, it was pretty quiet since the boss left for a trip to visit friends for a couple of days.

Not much else for excitement here. Hope you all are having a good day.

Cheryl

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6/15/16 10:56 A

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I have no idea what bank you deal with but some of the banks offer shred days where customers can bring stuff in to be shredded. WB Mason would probably offer to sell you a shredder!
Bev

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6/15/16 7:59 A

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Morning all.
Wow, bright sunshine out there this morning. Nice surprise! And it's long overdue. Looks like we will have a few nice days in a row, imagine that.

I got an email yesterday from the chairperson of the town DRB, one of the boards I used to work for, saying the Selectboard are going to replace the gal who replaced me last fall when I
'retired' from my town job. No surprise there, as I'd heard she had missed some critical deadlines, etc., and really was not improving. They want me to fill in while they find another replacement and don't want her training the next person. I agreed, but only for 3 months and only if they agreed to advertise the position publicly to attract qualified applicants, something they seem not to want to do whenever there is a vacancy in the town office. I don't know when I will start, but I do know one board meets tonight and the other next Monday night. We shall see.

Got a good share of the hoeing out of the crawl spaces accomplished yesterday. I'm overtaxing my paper shredder though, so I need to look into an alternative. I know they have big trucks that can do mass shredding but I don't know how to find one. Maybe I'll call W.B. Mason, they might be able to help me.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great Wednesday all.

Carol

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6/14/16 11:19 A

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Good morning, all. It's my day off today so laundry and groceries are on the agenda. I also have a little bit of replanting to do. Something, I think it was a rabbit, ate all my sunflowers that I had started. I'm going to try again bit this time I'll string some mylar streamers over the area to scare him off, I hope.

Our little guy went home yesterday. He is Alexander Christopher. A very long name for such a little guy but I know he will grow into it. He was 8 pounds, 7 ounces and 20" long. We saw him on Saturday and will see him this afternoon since we are going to take supper to them. I know Kate won't feel much like cooking and Chris, even though he is a very good cook, appreciates having someone else handle that piece for him. I'm anxious to hear how they made out their first night home.

Carol, seems like the DMV just doesn't want to cooperate. Hopefully, they have it right this time.

Liz, good luck with the surgery. Our Queen Kathleen is having knee replacement this summer on July 25. I hope all goes well with the recovery.

Looks like we'll finally have some summery weather again. Just in time for me to get outside to finish up that gardening. Have a great day, all.

Cheryl

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Sorry for all your DMV issues Carol.
Congratulations on the new grandson Cheryl.
Do you think it is your thyroid that is slowing you down Bev? or maybe life and all you are doing.
My husband went outside Sunday morning and found my rear window on my Lincoln was shattered from the inside out. Nothing around...very strange. Now I get a call from Safelite glass they can not replace because of the vinyl roof. So the fun begins.
Went to Boston Brigham & Womens yesterday. Another knee surgery scheduled for July 21. That means I should be good to go to Fall Rally. Looking forward to Fall Rally because Brenda and I want to make a weekend get away of it and pick up some towns we need for the 251 VT challenge.
Another cool one this morning. Still waiting to open the pool.

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6/14/16 8:02 A

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Morning all.
Where is summer? I'm tired of freezing every day and looking at mainly gray skies. I guess the worst of it is over, but you couldn't prove it by me. My furnace keeps coming on, even though I keep the thermostat at 67 overnight. We need sun!

Yet another issue with the DMV arose yesterday when the dealership called and said they got all our paperwork back on our new truck. Although someone from their (the DMV) office told us (and the office guy at the dealership) how to fill out the paperwork for transferring his veterans' truck plate into our trust, they are now saying they can't do it. So back to the dealership we went. We called Montpelier to try to get a reason why and finally got to someone who said we could transfer it (the vehicle title) into the trust, and keep the same plate, if hubby signed as a co-owner on the title. What a nightmare! Hopefully it will all go through this time.

Cheryl, hope all is well with the new little one. Did they know it would be a boy? So many don't want to know these days.


Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol



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6/11/16 9:31 A

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Good morning, all. It's kind of drizzly here this morning but is supposed to look better by mid-day. Hubby thought it was kind of cool when we got up but I was very comfortable. Oh well, I guess he's more sensitive to the cold than I am.

We had planned to head to Brattleboro this morning but woke to a message from our son saying that they were at the hospital and Kate was in labor. He called a while ago to announce that their baby boy arrived around six and everyone was doing fine. No details yet but we'll be sure to get all the info when we head to the hospital this afternoon. They had been up for about 26 hours so they wanted to grab a little sleep before they had visitors.

So, our plans for the day have changed. I've just done vacuuming and mopping but the rest of the Saturday chores are still waiting. Jess will be arriving this afternoon after she runs a race this morning. She wants to see her nephew!

Carol, it was worth a try to get the money back but, unfortunately, not a surprise that they wouldn't return the money. Oh well.

Time to finish up my chores and get dressed for the day. Have a good one.

Cheryl

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6/11/16 8:42 A

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Morning all.
Another chilly start, 44 and a bit foggy here. I'd like to think the sun will burn that off! Maybe I'm being overly optimistic.

Busy day yesterday so I think I never got back to posting here. I manage a small loss Thursday night but the chapter had a net gain.
We had many errands to do yesterday, morning and later in the day. We went to an open house around 4 near the hospital and discovered their 'light' refreshments were enough to pass as supper. Works for me!

We got a letter back from the DMV denying our request for a return of the $70 we paid for registering my car. I traded it before the plate ran out but had put my new stickers on, so I wouldn't forget to do by the end of month. Turned everything in, but they said it was 'used' so they wouldn't refund my money. It figures. I can appeal it, but I'm not sure it would do any good.

Well, off to start my day.

Have a terrific Saturday all. Stay warm!

Carol

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Today was much warmer than yesterday here, but it started out chilly this morning. Last night I was tempted to turn the heat on since it was only 66 in here but I was afraid the noise from the boiler would scare Ed's baby guinea hens that are in a tub that is pretty close to the boiler. This morning the house was only at 63. I thought about turning on the pellet stove but I figured it would probably just start to warm up in here and it would be time for me to leave for work. I decided it might be a good time to start the clean cycle on my stove instead. It had only warmed up a couple of degrees by the time I took my shower but that was better than not at all. I was not expecting Rodney back until tomorrow or Sunday but he showed up this evening. I guess that means my mini-vacation is over and now I have to go back to cooking and doing dishes every day. Oh well, I guess he is worth it!

I never did weigh in last night but according to my scale I would have been up by a pound and a half or so- frustrating with all the walking I did last Saturday. I went and dropped off the afghan that one of the ladies had won and I dropped off something for the auction they were doing, along with my donation to the chapter in lieu of buying something at the auction, but then I left and came back home. I managed to clean one of the bathrooms last night but that was about all I got done. I had hoped to get a lot done this week but for some reason I have been exceptionally tired lately and did very little in the evenings.

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Brr another chilly day!
Keep moving to stay warm as I was
outside for part of the day.

Watching Red Sox game and woodstove heat feels good.

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Good evening, all. It was very cold here today. We watched Halle's softball game tonight at a field near the lake and I was wrapped up in my fleece jacket and a blanket. I was still very cold! I don't know how those girls played in short sleeves!

Work was very busy today for a while. I had bookkeeping to do and was nearly finished when I realized that I had forgotten to do the payroll! There was still plenty of time to get it in but I usually do that first thing so that I have plenty of time to fix any mistakes that might show up. Fortunately, all went through perfectly today.

Still no baby news for us. I'm thinking it won't go on much longer but still no news.

Time to call it a day.

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I think flood insurance has to be a separate policy in most states, if not all. Homeowners policies typically do not cover floods, which is why some many people were in rough shape after Irene. We don't have it on our house, but the likelihood of flooding here is pretty slim. Of course we don't have it in Florida either because we have minimal coverage on that house, but I think the chances are a lot greater for wind damage than for water damage. We do have coverage for wind but it has a higher deductible ($2500) in the event of a named storm. Rodney will be heading down to check out the house in a couple of weeks. I think his brother's last day of work is the 22nd and Rodney has a couple of appointments that day and then they head out on the 23rd. They will be back around the 9th or 10th of July because Rodney has an appointment at DHMC on the 11th.


I got a text message from Rodney this afternoon that he was having issues with a brake locking up on the Jeep so he had bought some parts and they were going to try to do brakes on it at the camp. I wonder how many tools they will have to buy because I don't think there is much there. They might be able to borrow some from the guy they bought the place from if they can catch up with him. It would be a shame to buy a bunch of stuff because if they left it there it might be missing the next time they go up. They have had things come up missing before. The last time we were up there a woman stopped and told me that she had driven by one night and seen the door wide open so she had called the cops and they went to check it out. There is a hidden key left there in case someone goes up and forgets to take their key so it is possible that people find it and let themselves in because they haven't seen any sign of damage done by someone breaking in.

Well, my scale is looking pretty bad tonight and I am not sure why. With all the walking I did Saturday you would think it should look good! With Rodney gone I haven't done a lot of cooking and I don't feel like I have been eating all junk- but I haven't eaten super healthy stuff either. I sure hope it looks better tomorrow! Good luck to the rest of you tomorrow.

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Morning all.
Cool out there this morning, but tomorrow looks even worse. Even flurries maybe in the mountains tonight? Gotta' love Vermont!

Our friends in FL said it was high wind, hard rain, and some lightning mostly. I'm glad we are inland and storms tend to weaken as they go inland. We did get an email from our insurance agent yesterday suggesting we buy flood insurance, which I guess has to be a separate policy in that state. I figured he was preying on out-of-state owners who were 'new' to the game and wanted more money. We checked with friends in the development who said the catch basins are doing a good job so far, and because we are not near any streams or rivers or lakes, we should be okay. We'll ask around next winter to see if others in the neighborhood have it.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. Laundry and groceries on the agenda for today. Groceries are done and the laundry is an on-going task. Later, I'll pick Halle up when Dad goes to work since Mom has a meeting that will go late. We'll find something to keep us busy, I'm sure.

All that rain in the south has surely caused a bit of concern. My cousin in FL hasn't had a problem with it and the other cousin in TX says that it's not in his area. Good news from both of them since they are both planning trips north in a day or two. It's their 50th high school reunions, different schools, so it should be fun for them.

We are having some more rain today. I would like to scatter some more seed in the flower bed but not while there's a risk of it just washing into clumps. That was the problem the first time! Maybe I'll be able to get it done before the week is out. Looks like the rain will let up by the end of the week.

Bev, I hope your BIL is doing okay. Got a note from Joyce G. this morning that her daughter fell while getting gas yesterday and broke her arm. Not good news since she and her husband are supposed to be going on vacation in a few days. At least it wasn't last week since her son got married this past weekend. I guess that's the good news!

The dryer is buzzing so I guess it's time to switch loads. Have a great day.

Cheryl

PS No baby news yet. Two days overdue.

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I have seen the reports of the storm too Carol, but Charlotte County is not one of the affected counties so we don't need to worry much about this one I don't think. I saw that the warnings extended down as far as Englewood, which I don't think is all that far north of us. I seem to recall that the one time we went down for a visit and went to the beach it was to Englewood because they said it was a much nicer beach than Port Charlotte. We have limited coverage on our house down there because without central air the standard companies will no longer write new policies. Rod's brother had his coverage previously so he is still able to get it, but since ours was new we could only go with a surplus lines policy, which doesn't cover as much but it costs a little more. Eventually I bet they will stop offering coverage without central air even if it is not a new policy. I assume the reasoning is that without it there is a higher risk of mold and mildew damage. I doubt we will be in a position to put in central air any time soon, but we might look into the cost of it just to see how much we would need to come up with.

Tomorrow evening I am supposed to be meeting up with most of my siblings since my brother from Alabama is here for a few days. Tomorrow is his birthday. A cousin who lives in Florida is also here for two weeks so she and her husband are going to try to stop by for a brief visit too. I am hoping it doesn't rain about the time we are meeting since we are getting together at a little park in West Lebanon. There is a pavilion there as long as someone else hasn't claimed it before we get there. I think the last time he was here it was cool and damp the night we all met there. One sister sent a message this afternoon that they wouldn't be able to make it after all because her husband had a bad fall yesterday and is in the hospital. In fact, I need to try to call her soon to see if I can find out more about what happened. She said he had a concussion and a small skull bleed but she also said he was very confused and is so weak he can't even stand up so it sounded a bit more serious than a concussion to me. I was wondering if he had a stroke or something and that was what caused him to fall, but maybe it is all from the fall.

Well I think I better stop rambling and call my sister before it gets any later as I suspect she might not be a night owl like I am.

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Good afternoon all.
Sunny and breezy here, in the low 70s. My kind of day.

We are watching the event around Hurricane Colin as it may threaten the Tampa area by tonight. High winds and rain seem to be the biggest concern inland, which is where we are. We have friends keeping us up-to-speed with things as they develop. One forecast I saw had it moving more north of Tampa, which is out of the path for us.

We met with our niece today, the one who designs kitchens and baths for a living. She gave us some good ideas for our FL bathroom, and kitchen, actually, but of course we can't buy any of our stuff from her....no room to truck it on down this next trip. We are looking into a smaller trailer now, to go with the smaller truck we have. Saturday we took a long motorcycle trip to Bolton, then down to South Royalton to look at trailers there. It was a good day for a ride, but we both had fanny fatigue the last hour, and my hip was bothering me some on the way home.

Well, the washer just stopped...that's my cue, I guess.

Have a great night all.

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Good afternoon, all. It's kind of gray here today. No rain but a bit too much breeze. There was a crew that was supposed to start some glazing and painting at the church today but it was too windy for them to be up in the air on their lift. I hope the weather improves soon because this is work that was scheduled to begin the first of May.

We have another softball game this evening providing that the rain holds off. It doesn't look too promising right now. There are three games again this week. Seems like it is a very busy schedule. Halle's skills have improved a lot this season and she does seem to enjoy it. Soccer is still her favorite though.

Bev, sounds like Rodney is doing great. And your family did very well with the Relay for Life. You deserved to take it easy yesterday after all that walking on Saturday.

My chair is calling me. The work on the Christmas stocking is coming right along. No baby yet but it should be any day now. Her due date was yesterday but our son says that there aren't any twinges yet. I know Kate is anxious to finally meet this baby. She is getting quite tired of being pregnant.

Have a great day.

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I am having a pretty lazy day today. I never even got dressed until almost 11! I was up at 6 because Rodney needed to get ready to leave for Maine this morning and they wanted to be on the road around 8. He had packed most of his stuff Friday night but we had to get all his medications together this morning after he took the morning dose and he had to pack up his CPAP machine after he got up. Hopefully he has everything he needs and he will enjoy it. He was looking forward to it, but yet a bit anxious about it because in his words "this is the first time I have gone anywhere without my caregiver to look after me". I think he will be fine, but it is true that I sometimes have to remind him to take his meds. This will be a good test run before he goes to Florida later in the month and will be gone for longer. That trip will be a bigger challenge because he will need to take so many days worth of meds with him. I just hope we don't run into anything that we don't have enough of left but that it is too soon to get a refill on. If we do he might need to go to a Walgreens down there to pick up a refill. At least there is one not far from the house down there. We will be using them when we start spending winters in FL.

I survived the Relay for Life yesterday and so did Rodney. We only walked a couple of laps at a time for the most part but we did a lot of laps. I didn't count my laps but according to my pedometer I had over 26,000 steps and my FitBit said almost 25,000 for the day. My feet are a little sore today but I managed to do some grocery shopping. I think I am going to sit and soak my feet shortly though. All I have accomplished today is a load of laundry and the shopping. I uploaded some photos from the Relay onto Facebook but I could sit on my butt to do that! Back to work tomorrow- UGH!

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Good afternoon, all. It's a rainy day here and we needed it! This morning, we headed to the garden center and picked out three plants to replace the ones that didn't make it through last winter. We also stopped at the cemetery and puts some plants on my FIL's grave which we had been meaning to do for a few days. The planting took place in light rain but at least it got done. Then, Matt called from camp, needing something to finish putting in the new hot water tank. We ended up keeping him company for a little while and then we all headed out for lunch. He and Karl went back to camp to finish the job but I stayed home for the afternoon. I just finished making a cake so that Karl will have something for desserts this week. First cake I've made in a while!

We spent last evening with Halle at her house. Her parents went to a fundraiser so we were the babysitters. She is almost old enough to stay alone but probably not for a while yet. We certainly don't mind taking care of her. She played a little catch with grandpa and we also arranged the squares for her quilt so it was a productive evening.

With this dreary weather, Mom is having another off day. She was on the phone to my sister earlier this morning complaining that someone had rearranged the furniture in her room while she was sleeping. She also is convinced that the aides are having her use the wrong set of hearing aids...but she has only one set! Oh well, hopefully she will do better when the weather improves.

Looks like the Sox are losing so maybe I should pay more attention to the game in hopes that I can turn their luck around. Yeah, probably not.

Cheryl

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Good afternoon all.
It is raining rather hard here now, but it didn't start as early as they said it would. Fine by me.

We got out and did the walking early, but we didn't really need to rush. Oh well.
The housework is done; I just need to mop my kitchen floor and do one more load of laundry.

I think the afternoon calls for some recliner time and maybe a nap...if the spirit moves me, that is!

Have a great Sunday all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's sunny and somewhat humid here this morning even though there's a nice breeze. I was outside earlier doing a little trimming and fertilizing and I really worked up a sweat. I'm glad I got to do my outside things before the day gets warmer.

The SRD pix are on the TOPS and KOPS in Vermont Facebook page. If you could tell me how to do it, I would be happy to send a link. I just don't know how to do that from Facebook. If I comment, will it show up on your notifications, Bev?

Looks like another softball game this evening. I think the season is nearly done because they are scrambling to get all the games in. This will be the third day in a row for this team. I would think they might be getting tired.

We had a small turnout for the meeting last night but that's not unusual when Joyce isn't there. She was in MA for her youngest grandson's high school graduation last night and then today she was headed to Chittenden for her oldest grandson's wedding festivities. Busy, busy weekend for her. The chapter did have a net loss last night.

Looks like I need to get going if I'm going to finish my chore list for today. We're going to have Halle here tomorrow evening so her parents can go to a Calcutta for the softball league. I need to get the fabric squares cut for her doll quilt so she can figure out what configuration she wants for them. Then maybe we can start sewing another time.

Have a great day!

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Morning all.
Cloudy here this morning, but not raining at the moment. Looks like the worst of it will be Sunday.

I eked out a .4 loss too, and the chapter had a nice net loss. Small group, but that seems to be the norm these days.

I think it was Jean who said she saw SRD photos and I forgot to ask her where she saw them. I could email Chris M, the official photographer, but I'm surprised I haven't heard from her already.

Groceries and other errands today, so I'd better get moving.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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When I got on my scale after I got home it looked better than I was expecting, but I still figured I would have to wait and see what the one that counts showed. I actually squeaked out a loss of .2 tonight instead of having a gain.

Cheryl, was it you who mentioned a while back seeing a bunch of SRD photos? If it was, where did you see them- or does anyone else know if they are available for viewing online? One of our members was saying tonight that she wished she could see the photos that were taken since no one was allowed to take their own. I thought maybe they were on the Vermont TOPS Facebook group page, which I am not a member of, but she said she is and she hasn't seen them there. I told her I would see if I could find out where she can see them (her husband was a division winner).

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I don't think my weigh-in will be pretty either- in fact I am sure it won't be. The only question is how bad it will be. Good luck to anyone else who still checks in here- probably just Jean and Carol besides me and Cheryl.
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Good afternoon, all. It has been quite breezy here today too and it's trying awfully hard to rain a little. I think I counted about a dozen drops on my windshield as I came home from the garden center. I stopped there on the way home to pick up some flowers for my FIL's grave. We put flowers there last year because no one had done so and now I guess it will be our responsibility to continue it. We are okay with that.

I went to Halle's softball game last night. It was supposed to be a tough team, bigger girls, stronger hitters, etc. As it turned out, Halle's team beat them by a significant score. Halle walked a couple of times, which she doesn't like to do, but one of the coaches put it into perspective. She said that it means that Halle isn't swinging at bad pitches, that she has a good eye. That made her happier. At this level, pitchers don't have a lot of control yet so getting strikes is fairly uncommon.

Weigh-in tonight will not be pretty. I haven't been eating the best that I could this week. With all the heat over the weekend, I didn't have much appetite. Then, lobsters were on sale Tuesday so we had lobster for supper, with lots of butter, of course! Last night, I ate a sandwich on the road as I traveled to Halle's game. And I didn't get lunch yesterday or today. I really need to focus more on eating right. A new week starts tomorrow.

Good luck to everyone who weighs in tonight. Have a great rest of the day.

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Morning all.
Another sunny day, nice breeze, not humid. Perfect, if you ask me.

We finally got the stuff put back in the truck that he'd taken out of the old one. A bit of a 'discussion' there....I definitely don't want all the stuff he thinks he has to carry. Most of it just rattles, especially on our back road. We shall see who wins this battle!

I've got a ground turkey/veggie soup started in the crockpot. Trying to use stuff up from the freezer. This is a Bob's Red Mill veggie soup mix that comes in a bag. I doubt he'll eat much of it, though.

Well, time to hang out the laundry.

Good luck tonight, ladies!
Carol

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Bev: Thanks got it, don't need equal amount to sugar!!

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try this link Jean- if it works.


www.maplesyrupworld.com/pages/Replac
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Gardening in flower beds, needed a break, ice COFFEE is tasty. Cool in the house.
I'm Thankful I can enjoy this.

Making a pie later, Strawberry Rhubarb. I must use portion control.

Cheryl: if I use maple syrup in a rec what is the equivalent to sugar?
Anyone else know? I won't be using it in my pie.

Weigh in Thursday, not looking forward to the scale but always a pleasure to see friends. emoticon
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Good morning, all. Carol, that was a scary experience for your brother. I hope he's doing better now.

It's cooler here this morning but it doesn't take much effort to feel the humidity. I went out early to do the grocery shopping so that I wouldn't have to contend with the heat later. Now, it's just me and the fan doing the laundry for the major part of the day.

We spent a pretty quiet day yesterday. After our trip to Chris's house to retrieve the cover for the truck, we hung around the house puttering with the flower beds and such. Hubby did the weeding and I made sure he didn't pull up the good things. He doesn't usually know which is which so I've learned that he bears watching.

Not much else on the agenda for today. I'm hoping that maybe it will be cool enough this evening for us to get some mulch put in where it's needed. The bags are too heavy for me to handle alone so I'll wait until I have some help.

Have a good day, everyone.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Cool and damp here this morning. Cheryl, I saw the damage on tv that St. Albans Bay had. Not good! It was much cooler here yesterday than on Saturday, at least.

My brother and his significant other had a scare yesterday at Thunder Road. He collapsed around noon or shortly thereafter and had to be taken to the ER by ambulance. They thought it might be heatstroke/dehydration, but they found his b.p. to be extremely high. Turns out the medicine he was on for a tooth abscess had warned him to stay out of the sun and he forgot about that, I guess. That, coupled with fatigue and heat and dehydration are the reason for his collapse. Anyway, they let him go home late afternoon. Debbie came and picked up all their stuff they had here and they stayed at my sister's last night. She has her a.c. in already and I don't, so at least he could get some sleep, I guess.

We went to Home Depot and Lowes and bought stuff for the FL house that we wanted to get with the veterans' discount and tax-free. We already have another list going for the next holiday.

Well, off to exercise.

Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day!

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Good morning, all. It's raining! We had a lot of rain yesterday and now this morning it's raining again. We needed it so badly. Of course, so much has come down that it's making the grass seed clump in spots so it looks like he'll have to drop some more seed here and there to fill in the spaces.

The storm yesterday did a fair amount of damage around this area. We heard a terrific clap of thunder followed by a smoky smell. On our way to camp, we saw where a tree had been hit just about a mile from our house. Then, Matt told us that there were many, many trees around the bay area that had been taken out. There was a report on WCAX about the damage. Whatever ripped through the bay area took out several trees and telephone poles and it did quite a bit of property damage. The little store in that area is closed until they can restore power and assess damages. No doubt it was a micro-burst or a small tornado. I wanted the rain but not all that other stuff!

Today is going to be a fairly low-key day for us. We need to go to our second son's house to retrieve the cover for Karl's truck. Chris borrowed the truck to lug some wood to Matt's house to burn but he couldn't put the cover back once he loaded the wood. We also need to go to a friend's house so hubby can look over his collection of historic novels to see if there are a few he would like. They want to get rid of the books and Karl likes to read history so this might be a win-win for both. Other than that, I think we'll probably not plan much else.

My mother is very confused lately. Yesterday, my sister said she was ready for bed right after lunch. It was a dark day there so I understand the confusion but she wasn't ready to change back into daytime clothes even when she was told that it was only mid-afternoon. There doesn't appear to be an infection as in previous instances of confusion so I think it was just the darkness causing it. Keeping my fingers crossed that it's nothing more.

Time for some breakfast. Have a great day, everyone.

Cheryl

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It must have been warmer up north than it was here today- at least in the northwestern part of the state, since I saw they halted the marathon. I am not sure what the high temp was here today but it was much cooler than yesterday. It was overcast all day too. Ed, Kim, and Camden spent the day with us. They worked on Ed's truck some and I did yard work much of the day. Rodney helped with both for a while, but he did more on the truck because the yard work tired him out pretty fast. Tomorrow will probably be similar to today. Ed is coming over again to work on his truck some more and Kim is going to work on making some t-shirts for our Relay for Life team for next weekend. Ed mentioned a week or two ago that we should have had team shirts made but at that point I thought it was a bit late to think about that and we were not really sure we wanted to spend that much anyway. Today he said Kim had made tie-dye shirts for other teams before and she would be willing to do them and would be able to get them done before next weekend, so we agreed. Of course we didn't realize the cost that was involved until he called us tonight and told me how much they spent on the materials. Oh well, they will be nice. I gave him some money before they left but I will give him more tomorrow. If she needs help I may try to help her; otherwise I may do a little more trimming if I am not too sore from all I did today. I have done a lot but there is still a lot more to do- and what I did last weekend already is getting tall enough to do it again. This evening we went to the grocery store and got stuff to cook on the grill tomorrow and I will also make a batch of potato salad in the morning. It seems nice to have an extra day off but it is going by too quickly!

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Good morning, all. It's another hot and humid day here and I'm sitting in front of the canner waiting until it reaches 180 degrees so I can can a few gallons of syrup. Matt and Karl are out in the woods with a logger, checking out the new piece of land to see what he would do to clear some of the timber. There's a lot of oak and pine that should be cleared before Matt starts running lines.

It was so hot yesterday that most of my good intentions fell apart. I decided to work on weeding the new.perennial bed early in the day since it would be on the shady side of the house. I managed to get about a third of it done before I decided it was all I could do. I was feeling light-headed so I called it quits and went inside to rehydrate. i spent the rest of the day inside working on needlepoint, sitting in front of the fan.

We don't have any big plans for the weekend. We are going to my MIL's camp tomorrow for a get together but that's all that's planned. Have a good day, everyone.

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Yep, it sounds like you had one of those days Carol were nothing went quite as planned, but at least it sounds like you accomplished what you set out to do even if it took longer. I guess the beauty of being retired is you don't have so many deadlines to worry about. I had a much busier day at work than I expected and at one point wasn't sure I was even going to get everyone done that I had planned but I finished up right at quitting time- without even a minute to spare. There were a couple of other things I could have done but I got the most important stuff finished and the rest hopefully will get done on Tuesday. The unknown is that with Tuesday being the first day after a long weekend it could be a heavy mail day, which would make things busier than normal for me and with it being the last day of the month there are a few things that definitely need to get done. Oh well, I will worry about that when Tuesday gets here. For now I have three days off and I don't care. I think we are going to try doing some geocaching today. I had a hard time loading caches in our GPS units last night but I finally managed to do all except the car one- and we don't really use that anyway. I'm not sure if it has been so long since I have done it that I was doing something wrong or if something has changed with the program but I was not able to do it the way I used to. I eventually figured out a workaround but it took me a long time. Well, I better get off here and get breakfast going or we won't get out the door until the day is half over! Enjoy the long weekend everyone!

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Morning all.

Hazy, hot and humid. Not what we'd expect for Memorial Day, is it? Cheryl, I think you are going to get that rain you asked for before the weekend is out.

Yesterday was a crazy day. What started out as a simple grocery run and prescription pickup turned out to be a 2 hour wait for the pharmacies to straighten things out for him.
In the afternoon we had to go to DHMC for his appointments. The doc was 'out sick', so we saw someone else, who was of course running behind because she was covering other patients too. Got out of there at 4:45 and had to meet a guy at Best Buy. He was buying a tool he saw on Craigslist that agreed to bring down since we were going that way anyway. That was fine, but he was a talker, and we couldn't get away from him. Then we stopped at 5 Guys for supper, Then he had to stop for ice cream in Wells River on the way home! That was a 15-minute wait....seems like I spent the whole day waiting somewhere!

Oh well. The holiday is here. Cookout tonight at my niece's place, so I guess I'll try a new dessert recipe and a salad. Should be simple, but you never know.

Have a great Saturday all, and stay cool!

Carol

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Good afternoon, all. Sunny here too but I wish it would rain. We never did get anything this week other than a drop or two here and there. We really need a good soaking.

Work was so slow this morning. I really could have finished everything in about an hour but I stretched it out so I wouldn't be quite so bored. As it was, I ended up doing some online shopping and then I played with a puzzle on my ipad for the last half hour. There really wasn't much to get done today. Next week I'll have only two days to work so I'm sure the time will be used well.

I'll be heading to the chapter meeting later but I don't hold out much hope for a loss. I've just been yo-yoing for months so I do believe this is an up-period. Maybe I'll be able to get outside to do some yard work over the holiday weekend. That might jump start something for me. Keeping my fingers crossed that something gets going.

My mother is getting more and more confused lately. She doesn't have a UTI either. Not really sure what is going on but my brother and sister are saints for having to deal with it regularly. Often times, my brother just lets her believe whatever she is insisting on since she gets testy when he points out the errors. It works for him.

Good luck with weigh-ins tonight. Have a great day.

Cheryl



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Good afternoon all.
A beautiful day out there! Looks like rain could come most any night in the next few days, I guess.

I had to go to the mobile DMV office this morning at the Mall in St. J to turn in my car plates. I was only there about 45 minutes total, so that wasn't too bad. Unfortunately hubby had been called to drive a truck to Bradford, so I dropped him off, then I had to wait around until 11 to pick him up when he got back. At least there are stores at the mall to 'occupy' my time. I found a shirt and workout shorts at Job Lot, so it wasn't a total waste of time.

I need to go back to town for a mammogram at 1:30 (not very good planning on my part) then TOPS tonight.

Well, off to see what we can find for lunch.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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Yesterday was not quite as bad as I thought it might be at work. The boss was out of the office for most of the day so we didn't have to appear quite as busy as if she had been there. She did get me a couple of projects to work on before she left, and a few other little things came up during the day, so I did have some things to do. I left one of them for today but that will only take me 10 minutes or so probably. I can do a little bit of my month-end stuff today to get an early start in case tomorrow and next Tuesday are busy. Today I will be working through lunch and then leaving a little early for my Voc Rehab meeting. After I leave there I have a couple of errands to run on my way home, so I doubt if I will make it to TOPS tonight. I had thought about going up to White River/Lebanon tonight but I don't think I will. One of my cousins passed away and the calling hours at the funeral home are tonight and there is also a Relay for Life meeting tonight where we can turn in the money we have collected. I had thought of trying to get to one or both of those things, but it would make for a pretty late evening by the time I got back so I am leaning toward not going. I hadn't seen my cousin or any of his family in years, but we used to spend a lot of time with them as kids. I can turn in my Relay money the day of the event when I will have it all. I still have a couple of people who haven't given me theirs yet and I also have someone who paid me for some luminaria bags but took them home to decorate and hasn't given them back to me yet, so I need to collect those and turn them in with the money.

Good luck to those weighing in tonight! My scale isn't looking great this morning but I am probably not weighing in anyway.

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Good afternoon, all. It's another sunny day here but I actually had a few sprinkles on my windshield as I was coming home. We are supposed to get some rain this evening and I will be glad when it comes. I put in a few more seeds this afternoon and then wet everything down well but it really needs a good soaking. We are supposed to go to Halle's softball game this evening but I suspect it may be cancelled if the rain starts early enough.

Work was a little slower today but I did fill up most of my time. Once I filed the payroll and paid the bills, there wasn't a lot of down time left. I really should bring a book with me so that I would have something to do when I run out of work.

Nothing much else going on here. Enjoy what's left of the day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
We had some showers yesterday afternoon here. And it thundered for most of the evening. I think we were on the tip of the storm, though, as it didn't rain hard at that time.

Had a nice luncheon yesterday and a wonderful program. An art professor from LSC showed us all the puppets he made from stuff he picked up at the 'free' store and had around the house. Then he drew an amazing portrait of no one in particular to show how he usually does it for people. He's in his 80s but had the energy of a 70 year old (or less).

Hubby had to drive to Hardwick and Barre yesterday for the Ford dealership. I was going be taking the new truck, so he took the motorcycle. Fortunately it didn't rain, but he now has dry clothes and his rain gear packed on the bike. He almost turned it down because someone from the VA was supposed to call him yesterday, but they never did call. No surprise there.
Maybe they will call today.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

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Good news on the neck and shoulder Cheryl. I hope it continues to go well for you. Carol, I hope it goes just as well for your hubby. Is it a sign that we are all getting older that we (and our spouses) all have various doctors appointments going on? Rodney just had one appointment last week and he has 5 more appointments coming up in the next couple of months, plus labs and a CT scan. A couple of his are for a hearing test and an appointment with the ENT to see what they have to say about the worsening ringing in his ears. He has had that for years but he says it has gotten much worse and at times causes headaches. It could be a late effect of the chemo he did, but I sort of suspect we will be looking at finding a way to pay for another pair of hearing aids soon.

I am glad you ladies saw sunshine today. It was dreary most of the day here and rained this morning. It has sort of cleared off now though.

Well, I better go put the finishing touches on our supper so we can eat before it gets even later.

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Good morning, all. Another sunny day but there seems to be a slight gray overcast. I don't think we'll get any rain though. It's all supposed to stay away from this area. Rats! We could use a good soaking.

My PT appointment went well this morning. In fact, I was finally discharged! I've been going once or twice a week since February! Glad that's finally coming to an end. My neck and shoulder are not perfect but they aren't likely to be, given the arthritis and such. At least they feel better than they did.

Laundry and groceries on the agenda for this afternoon. I'm hoping to have it all done before hubby gets home from work so we can finish planting the little bit of garden. I managed to get peppers and tomatoes in yesterday but the remaining area needs to be tilled a little before I can put in beets and swiss chard. I think I can probably put in some sunflowers too without having to till.

Lunch is calling. Our new neighbors gave us some fresh eggs so I think I'll have a little egg salad. Have a great day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Another sunny day here, but I guess some areas will get some rain.

Hubby's doctor appointment went well yesterday but they sent him over for an x-ray on his neck and shoulder. He has been having a lot of pain, plus limited range of motion in both areas and they need to figure out what is going on. They do know of some arthritis in his neck, but the doc thinks it's not related to the shoulder. Friday we are at DHMC for yet another doctor's appointment.

Today I have the retired teachers' luncheon but other than that, my day is pretty much open. I called the DMV yesterday to ask about returning my license plates that I just renewed earlier this month and you'd think I was asking for the moon! Technically my old registration is good until the end of this month. When my new stickers came a week or so ago I put them on, of course. Now that they are on, it is harder to return them for a refund. They suggested we go to the mobile DMV office in St. J. on Thursday with a letter explaining what I want and see if they can take them and help me get a refund. What a runaround. It's $70 bucks they owe me, the way I figure it. We transferred his plates to the new truck, and if I hadn't put the stickers on the plate I could have just mailed the reg and stickers in for the refund.

We got our OnStar and XM radio accounts consolidated, so that is done, at least.
Got the insurance company straightened out with cancelling old autos and the bike, but of course, she had to email us a form requiring our signature on the motorcycle insurance that we emailed back before we can get a refund on that one. He ordered a brake controller and floor mats from the dealership and those will be here by Friday.

Well, I've rambled long enough.

Enjoy the day everyone.

Carol

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I would rather be bust at work too because it makes the day go by much faster. I have been keeping reasonably busy so far this month but I am running out of things to do so the rest of the month is likely to be a little slow. Fortunately we don't have too much of the month left as far as work days.

Rodney used to get called on a lot to help people with their various projects, but he hasn't been able to do much for a while. He is starting to get into doing some stuff again, which is good because it will keep him from being quite so bored. He finds that he doesn't have the stamina to work at something for very long at a time though.

I think we are supposed to get some rain tomorrow, which doesn't bother me as much as it might because I have to work through lunch tomorrow anyway so I can't go for a walk. I need to leave at 3:30 to go to the audiologist for them to make a mold of my ear so I can order the hearing aids. Since I only needed to leave an hour early I got the okay to work through lunch to make up the time rather than having to take vacation time. They make us use that in half day increments and it seems a shame to use a half day when I only need an hour, especially since I am running low on vacation days already this year. I will be doing the same thing on Thursday so I can leave early to meet with VocRehab- and I think the hearing aid order will be completed at that appointment, but it will likely take a few weeks to get them. I may end up driving to White River after the VocRehab meeting but I am not 100% sure yet. One of my cousins passed away and the calling hours are Thursday evening. I hadn't seen him or his family in years but we spent a fair amount of time at their house as kids.

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Good afternoon, all. It's another glorious day here. Lots of sunshine and warm temps. I managed to get outside for a little while, moving houseplants out to their summer home. I think we'll try to get the tomatoes and peppers into the ground later this evening once the temps go down a bit.

Carol, your husband is awfully good to help everyone out when they need an extra hand. Our neighbors have tapped into having friends and others help them get their house ready so they can move in. He said his uncle is doing the plumbing, a neighbor pulled some saplings off the overgrown area of the back yard, and there are often a number of other friends lending a hand of one sort or another. It sure helps!

Work was steady today but not too busy. I like it when I can keep moving from one thing to another. It makes the time fly by. Before I knew it, it was nearly time to leave today. I wish more days were like that.

Time to think about something for dinner. Enjoy what's left of the day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

Bright sunshine out there this morning, and temps are going to feel summer-like! Woohoo!

Cheryl, I heard there might be rain tomorrow but mostly south and east maybe? That might not be helpful in your garden.

Stopped in to see our nephew and his family yesterday. They are the ones who came and shoveled and kept track of things here. They had several plumbing related issues this spring and are in the process of tearing out flooring and such in their finished basement. They have a claim in but sometimes those things are slow to move along. They have to replace very old cast iron piping by jackhammering the floor...which will not be fun...but hubby offered to help, as we did some of that in Florida. Let's hope they get that done fairly soon.

Lots of errands, plus he has a doctor's appointment today, so I'd better get moving.

Have a marvelous Monday all.

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Good evening, all. Another beautiful day here although I guess there were a few drops of rain earlier. We really need to have a good soaking so that the plants I put in yesterday get going. I still have a few tomatoes and peppers to put in but that's about the limit of my garden planting for this year.

We kept busy today too. Halle was here overnight so this morning I helped her with some knitting while I was getting lunch going. Matt and Becky arrived for lunch and then we all went to camp for the afternoon. Karl and Matt put in the water line and they all worked at getting the docks in. They couldn't finish the water line though as it appears that someone burned out the pump. I think my MIL left it running last fall when the foot valve was out of the water and that probably finished it. Oh well. There's always something when opening camp.

Other than that, we didn't get much else done here today. It was enough! And now, it's the Sunday night - gotta go back to work tomorrow blues. One of these days I will call it quits but probably not for a while yet. We still have a few financial commitments and my working helps.

Time to call it a day.

Cheryl

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Yes, Cheryl I am sure we all do things for our kids that force us to change our own plans. It seems that some require more "doing for" than others. Thankfully Sadie is pretty self-sufficient and we are not often finding ourselves having to help her out. Ed has always been the more needy one. He does have some mental health challenges but a lot of his problems are a result of his own bad decisions. Even though we know he has created some (most) of his own difficulties we still don't feel that we can turn our back on him. At some point we do hope that he and Kim are in a position to get their own mortgage and they will buy the double wide from us for the balance that is owed on it. The value of the lot will be considered part of his share of our estate when we are gone. Both he and his sister are aware of that but we haven't put it in writing yet. We might decide to if the property gets put in his name later on. I don't think there would be a problem but you never know how people will act.

We did all of our running around yesterday so today is a day for getting a few things done around here. So far all I have accomplished is getting the dishes done and starting a load of laundry so I better get my butt in gear now! Enjoy the day everyone!

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Just enjoyed seeing about 200+ photos of Vermont SRD. What a great weekend.

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Morning all.
Rain moved in a bit overnight, so your flowers will be happy, Cheryl!

I didn't post yesterday because of anti-virus warnings I kept getting on every page on this site. Today it seems fine, so I don't know what was going with that.

We traded 3 vehicles in for a 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, which is bigger than my car but smaller than his full-size truck so we will both have some adjustment to do. I hesitated being without a car of 'my own', but while we are here, he can take the Spyder if he has some place to go and I need the truck. But now that I don't have my town job, I won't need to go as many places, I hope, during the day. We shall see.....

Well, off to get the walking in early before the rain comes back.
Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Carol

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Good afternoon, all. We have had a very productive day so far. Early this morning, hubby went to help Matt with the bees that he has started to work. He has four hives and realized that he needed to use a different feeder tray so that needed switching this morning before they started to build comb. Then, he brought Halle back with him since her parents are in Stowe to celebrate their anniversary. While they were gone, I planted some flowers and herbs. Once Halle got here, we planted the raised bed and the large flower bed. Hubby finished spreading the topsoil and then seeded the areas for new lawn. I sure hope it rains tonight to help the seeds get started.

After lunch, Halle practiced sewing on the machine. She would like to make some doll clothes but realizes that it would be too hard to make shirts and such so we'll start with a quilt for her dolls. She picked out three fabrics from my stash and I will cut the squares for her at another time. She had fun learning to use the machine but found it hard to keep a straight line. We used notebook paper to help her see the line but still needed a lot of practice. She is learning though and that's a good thing!

This evening we'll take her out for supper. Chinese is her favorite so we'll do that but it definitely isn't mine!

Bev, what we do for our kids, right? Our plans can be altered in a very short time. Maybe your son will eventually find a way to buy your land and then you wouldn't have the financial responsibility of two properties.

Carol, enjoy the new car. What did you get?

Time to get cleaned up for church. Have a great day.

Cheryl

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Enjoy the new car Carol! We won't be getting a new one anytime soon (unless one breaks down and leaves us stranded like the last time I got a new one!). We still have a little over a year and a half of payments left on mine and a little over a year left on Rodney's. We plan to make sure mine gets paid off by the end of next year, which would only be 2 or 3 months earlier than the last scheduled payment anyway. That way if I do quit my job a few months before I can get social security we won't have any car payments, but once I start getting that we will likely replace one of the vehicles. We will still want to keep two vehicles, but only one needs to be relatively new since the second one will be used mostly for if we need to go different places at the same time. We may not buy brand new ones in the future either, we might end up getting cars that are only a year or two old without a lot of miles so the cost will be a bit less.

We never eat outside either, but in good weather I often cook on the grill, which is on the porch. We thought we would use the porches a lot, but we find that we rarely sit out there. Maybe when we are retired we will, but right now the bugs are often bad in the evenings and in the mornings we don't have a lot of time to sit out there and enjoy a leisurely breakfast, other than on the weekends. If I had it to do over again knowing what I know now, there are a lot of things that I would do different on this house- not that I don't like it the way it is, but some things could have been done better.

Today I think we are going to Hoosick NY to put a deposit on a double wide that Ed and Kim hope to be putting on our other lot. It looks like we will be putting it in our name and on paper renting it to them. He is not in a position where he can buy anything at this point (until he is divorced) even if his credit was good, which it is not. At first they thought they might do it in just her name, but unfortunately on just her income she doesn't qualify. We were not really planning on taking on any more debt at this point in our lives, but we agreed to do this with the understanding that over the next 5 - 10 years they need to concentrate of getting to a place where they can get a loan in their names. For now they will pay us enough to cover the mortgage, taxes, and insurance and they will be responsible for upkeep so that it isn't costing us money out of pocket. We had at one point been thinking we would sell this house when we retired but now I guess we are going to keep it, as long as we can keep up with the taxes and the upkeep on it. With Ed living right next to us he will likely be called on to help with the latter at times!

Monday is Rodney's dad's birthday so tomorrow we will probably go visit him and do our shopping on the way back. I think that will kill most of our weekend!

Enjoy the nice weather this weekend, whatever you are doing!

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Evening all.
What a beautiful day, finally! We headed out early to do groceries and errands, but we ended up trading our vehicles in for a new one! Didn't really plan it, but the numbers were right, so it's done. We were at the dealership much longer than we expected, though, but I know tomorrow will be a nice day too.

Got the grill going tonight and cooked out for the first time since we've been home. Seemed kinda' nice and the black flies stayed away long enough to at least flip the burgers. We can (almost) never eat outside, but at least we feel 'summer' is almost here.

Well, my recliner is calling my name.....time for me to answer!

Have a great night all.

Carol

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I hope you have a fun day Cheryl. I didn't end up going to TOPS last night. Rodney was feeling better but Ed and Camden were here when I got home and we were talking with them. It was after 6 when they left so I would have been late and I just decided to skip it.
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Good morning, all. It's a sunny morning here and I'm off on an adventure this morning. One of our members has never taken the train even though she has lived here all her life. So this morning, four of us are going from here to Essex Jct on the train. I think it will be a fun trip.

After the train ride, we'll come back here and then hubby and I will run some errands. He took the day off and I suggested we should pack a picnic lunch and just go where the road takes us. He has some specific places in mind and we'll have to see if we get very adventurous. Probably not! I think we may also head to the nursery to pick out garden plants and flowers. Then, Halle has a softball game this evening in Cambridge so that will take care of the rest of the day. Tomorrow, she will stay overnight with us as her parents are headed to Stowe to celebrate their 12th wedding anniversary. Halle wants to start learning to sew on the machine so I think we'll practice a little with some lined paper to see if she can make it go through the machine in a straight line. I remember doing this with my mother as I started to learn. Eventually, I think we'll make a blanket for her dolls this summer. It's a good plan to use up some of my fabric...and I have lots of it!!!

Time to get ready to head for the train. Have a wonderful day.

Cheryl

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I haven't decided if I am going to the meeting tonight or not. Rodney hasn't been feeling good for a couple of days so it probably will depend on how he feels when I get home. Good luck to anyone who does weigh in.
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Good afternoon, all. It's a beautiful, spring day here with temps in the upper 60's. Feels really good! I was outside earlier, starting to get the flower pots out so that I can get the planting started. I think Karl and I will go to the nursery tomorrow and get some of the plants I'll need. He has decided to take the day off but I'm committed to a short train ride in the morning. One of our members has never been on a train although she has lived here all her life so tomorrow we'll cross that off her bucket list. We'll only go from here to Essex Jct. One of the husbands will meet us there and drive us back to St. Albans.

I ended up going to Halle's game after all. My DIL was going alone so she said she would enjoy the company. The game went well although Halle didn't get any hits. She did get on base on balls and scored a run but was disappointed that she didn't get any hits. Something to work on...

Carol, my uncle used to drive for the dealerships too. He enjoyed the travel but hasn't done it now for several years. He's over 90 so I guess that's a good idea. He drove truck for a grain company for many, many years so the occasional trip to pick up or deliver a car was not difficult. Sounds like a good retirement job for your husband.

I won't be weighing in tonight. Halle's spring concert is at 6:30 so I'm taking this week off. I've been doing double duty for several weeks so I guess this is okay.

Have a great day. Good luck on weigh-ins tonight.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
A bit warmer here this morning. I have been freezing this week, so 70+ sounds good to be right now.

Bev, hubby has signed up with area car dealerships to drive and pick up cars, deliver vehicles, paperwork, etc. So far he has done 3 or 4 days of it. Trips to Barre, Montpelier, Exeter and Salem NH. Yesterday another dealership called but he had to decline as he had a dental appointment. He doesn't have time to be bored, but he decided he wanted some extra money to bring down to Florida this fall for more projects. He has plenty of projects to do here this summer, so at this point he'll be busy every day!

And let's hope the worst of those legal battles are over for your son and grandson. It's got to take a toll. You are right, though, they balance is definitely favoring the woman in cases like this.

Well, off to exercise. Good luck tonight ladies.

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Good afternoon, all. It's a nice, sunny day here today but the temps aren't all that warm. I would love to see some 60's and 70's for once!

Bev, it was good news to see that your son's charges are finally being dropped. Nothing can replace the time he has lost with his son but it's good to know that the truth is coming out. I hope she learns from this.

Yesterday, we received a load of topsoil so hubby spent a little time in the evening spreading some of it in places where the lawn needs to be fixed. There's still quite a bit to do but I'm pleased that the process is started. The lawn was looking pretty awful from the ruts left by the carpenter's and concrete trucks that were on it last fall.

Halle has a softball game in Grand Isle this evening but I think I'm going to skip it. I don't really want to drive over there. Maybe I'll drop my DIL a text to see if she needs company for the drive. Matt is working so he won't be going and Karl doesn't get out of work in time to get there.

Time to get a little lunch going. Have a great day.

Cheryl

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I think I have heard that both Tylenol and Ibuprofen can have negative effects if used long-term, but my attitude has always been that no matter what you do eventually someone will decide it might be bad for you. Tylenol can affect the liver if you take too much of it. I find that ibuprofen tends to work better for me so I take that more often, but when I was having the issues with my ruptured vein they advised me not to take it because it tends to thin the blood.

Carol what driving is your hubby doing? Is he one of these guys that can't stand retirement because he gets bored?

Jen, I hope you are enjoying Dr Rankin's book. I used to have that book but I recently cleaned out a bunch of my stuff and gave most of my books, including that one, to others in my chapter.

A while ago Ed got some guinea fowl that he is keeping in his chicken coop here and he has been incubating some of the eggs they laid. Today the first one hatched and he has a second one that has started to work its way out of the shell so by morning we might have two of them. Eventually I think he plans to turn the ones he got loose so they can control the tick population around here, but he wanted to keep them in the coop for a while to make sure they become used to their new home and he also wanted to see if he could hatch some new ones in case the original ones disappear. They stopped laying eggs after just a couple of weeks but we aren't quite sure why. If most of the ones he did get hatch (and survive) he will have all he needs anyway. Ed also got some good new today from his lawyer. The one remaining charge against him in Vermont is being dropped. It has taken almost a year to clear his name after all Erin's lies. He still has a pending charge in New York, but they have indicated their investigation is going in the same direction as Vermont's so hopefully that one will also be dropped soon. They already reduced it to a less serious charge and returned his bail money. He has been told that she might eventually face charges for all of her lies and the fraudulent e-mail account created in his name, but we shall see. He still needs to go back to court to get visitation (other than the four hours or so a week of supervised visits that he has been allowed for months) re-established with Logan. One would think that shouldn't be difficult if they have decided her allegations were lies, but I am a skeptic when it comes to anything to do with family court because it is so stacked against the father it is pathetic. Things are looking up but he has a long way to go.

Bev

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Good afternoon all.
I'm sure liking today's temperature much better than yesterday's! No longjohns needed for our walk! And the rest of week sounds even better.

Jen, thanks for the warning about ibuprofen. I am aware of the dangers but I'm hoping it won't be forever. We shall see. I have noticed a slight improvement already, thankfully. And she did talk about the use of Tylenol also.

I went to my dentist today for a regular cleaning and had them fix the sharp edge they left on my repair 2 weeks ago. Feels better now, at least.

Hubby was called to drive again today, but this time only to Barre. I think he prefers these shorter trips, even if it means less money. His back bothered him last night from the tiny car he had to spend 3 hours in. Let's hope that doesn't happen too often.

Well, off to plan some dinner.

Have a great night all.

Carol


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Carol- I hope you did ok.... being alone at times definitely has it's ups and downs! I would be careful of the ibuprofen regimen... it's great that the dr. is setting you on it. But they are now saying to take tylenol products for the long haul= if it's a choice between tylenol and ibuprofen.... Just saying! I'm not sure why either- but I hope this works for you and I pray it's brief. I didn't get to read your story yet. I have been busy with another thing to do. But now I know it's available= I will totally read it. I'm not sure if it will be on page 77 or not= I have it on my Kindle. I have been enjoying the book when I was reading it- to the point I wanted to take notes.

Cheryl= you will find me comparing the group to my MOM often. And I'm not sure that Comparing is the correct word, but.... You see I basically only have talked only to her these past years. I'm not correct when I say she tears me down- BUT- she either encourages me or not based on HER EXPERIENCES. And a lot of the time I get so discouraged and I think that's where a lot of my negativity comes from. I'm not trying to put blame on her- it's just something I have to work through. So I THINK TOPS SUPPORT GROUP has come into my life at the most crucial moment! THANK YOU TOPS! I owe you my EVERYTHING??!! I will do what I can now to help out- just because I am SO GRATEFUL. I FEEL different. The feeling is wonderful. I can't wait to see more changes within myself....

Thanks for listening.. JENNIFER







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Good afternoon all.
Brrr. is right! I had to wear my longies walking this afternoon, in the middle of May! It was 37, with a wind chill of about 25, I think. Good thing the week looks to improve as we get further on. Anything above 50 sounds good about now.

I saw my doc this morning about my hip. She is putting me on an ibuprofen regimen to see if it will reduce the inflammation in my hip. It really does come and go, but has been worse in the last 2 or 3 weeks. If I don't see improvement she will order an x-ray. I hope this works.

The shelter event was not well-attended yesterday, so they are probably not going to have another one next year. It is a lot of effort for not a big profit, so we need to focus on something that does make us some money.

Hubby got called to drive to Exeter, NH, this afternoon so he's off on that trip now. Looks like I'll be eating dinner alone tonight.

Well, I know there are some dishes that need to be washed.
I'd better at least get that accomplished.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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Good afternoon, all. It's very, very cold here today! There were even snow flurries when I was driving to work. Temps are only in the low 40's! Brrrrr. Where is spring?

It was a busy day at the office today although nothing unusual. It was just a nice, steady stream of things to get done. I really like days like that. No rush and a steady pace. I did put off one thing until I go back on Wednesday but that was fine since it's a bookkeeping entry and I usually do those things on Wednesday anyhow.

My sister and I went to WEBS in Northampton, MA on Saturday. They are a supplier for yarn and this was their annual tent sale. I did buy a little bit of yarn, enough for two baby sweaters. I was very controlled in my spending since I already have too much yarn. These yarns are so beautiful though that I couldn't resist. Actually, looking at all the gorgeous fibers makes me want to get back to some of the sock knitting that I've put aside for a while. I think I have enough sock yarn to make a pair for each of the girls this Christmas so maybe that will be my next project when I'm not working on the Christmas stocking for the new baby.

With any luck, the weather will warm up a bit later this week so I can start doing some gardening. We're expecting a delivery of topsoil today or tomorrow and once that arrives I should be able to really get at some yard projects.

Hope you all are having a great day.

Cheryl

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Im glad you're home safe and sound. Sounds like you had a good time with the family...



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