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8/31/15 9:05 A

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Morning all.

Sunny here this morning, another nice day in store, I guess. Fine with me.

The sale went much better yesterday than on Saturday. Steady customers and bigger items went too. So glad of that! Still lots to get rid of though. He is thinking of trying again next weekend, but with the holiday, I'm not sure it would be worth it.

Jean, lots of cookbooks left over!

Having a lot of back pain this morning. It has been happening nearly every morning lately. I am thinking it is the memory foam mattress, so I'm going to try the guest bed for a few nights to see if it happens with that. Hate to get rid of the mattress, though. So much money.

Well, off to try to exercise.

Have a good day all.

Carol

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You have a great day too Jen! As Cheryl said, don't feel guilty for missing a day of exercise. I seldom do any on the weekends, but I refuse to beat myself up over it too much. Eventually I will get back into a routine that includes exercise in the weekends but for now I will simply do the best I can. Back to work today means I will be doing some walking at least.

Cheryl, yes things have been very ugly with Ed and Erin. She went to the cops and made all kinds of accusations that resulted in him being arrested (I had to go bail him out of jail) and initially he wasn't even allowed to see Logan at all. He gradually was given some visitation but he still is not allowed to have him overnight and can only have supervised visits. He isn't allowed any contact with Erin but they dropped his restraining order against her- not that it made any difference because she ignored it and kept sending him threatening e-mails even when it was in place. In a number of her earlier e-mails she admitted he had done nothing but that it didn't matter because they would always take her word over his and she was going to make sure she got 100% custody of Logan. Kim has a no-stalking order against her but she sends e-mail threats to her in spite of it and last week tried to call her at the school where she teaches (she wasn't there because her dad was having surgery and she was with her mom but Erin didn't know that). The cops say they can't prove it is her because she denies sending any of the e-mails, claiming someone must have hacked her account and sent them, and since she hasn't actually followed through on her threats yet they can't do anything about those. As of last night there is some hope though because the state trooper Kim is working with told her they have something in the works and asked them for a list of all electronic devices they either know or suspect Erin owns. He told her every e-mail she gets from Erin is a violation of the court order. Ed's lawyer has been saying once they get enough evidence to bring charges against Erin she is sure she will be able to get the court to drop the charges against Ed. Hopefully things will soon start to turn in Ed's favor because he has been living a nightmare since mid-June- and to a lesser extent so have we. We bought a game camera and set it up where it will catch anyone who comes near the house. We did that after his car was vandalized right in front of the house and she made threats indicating that was not the only time someone had been on our property and it wouldn't be the last. Sorry, I guess I have rambled on long enough!

Cheryl, enjoy that new patio! We used to have breakfast on our porch sometimes on the weekends but we haven't done it in quite a while. In the evenings it is usually too buggy to enjoy sitting out there.

Carol, I hope you got rid of more of your yard sale stuff yesterday.

Have a great day everyone!

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8/31/15 4:15 A

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I had my breakfast... Dannon Greek Yogurt and 2 toast. It was good! It is so difficult picking up an inexpensive loaf of bread (that is good for you) at the store. Which one do you get? I usually get a large yet inexpensive loaf. I had a tea too. (almost forgot) with splenda and 1 % milk.

Didn't think I was going to get in exercise yesterday- but I did. I can't go too long without doing something, because that something will become nothing and I will have to start all over again

I did just dance on the wii- But they call it Just Sweat. I did that for what seemed like a long while. I also walked for 40 minutes and did some flutter kicks for my abs. Productive day.

Today my nerve in my leg is bothering me. It shoots right down the side of my knee. Must be when I took out the AC?? I bothered my pinched nerve?? Anyway- I can't let it stop me- but I can walk with my back straighter and focus on my gait. When I do that- it seems to help.

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8/30/15 3:18 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's a sunny and warm day here. We went out to the sugarhouse this morning to see the work that our son has been doing. He came while we were there and found a couple of things for his father to do. I had a pot roast in the crock pot early this morning so it was nearly ready by the time we got home. It smelled so good!

Jen, sounds like you've been busy. Don't worry about taking a day off from exercising. In fact, it is recommended that you not exercise every day. Sometimes your body is just telling you that it needs a day to rest. It sounds like you're having fun with the teacup auction bags too.

Carol, hopefully the yard sale went better today than yesterday. It's always a disappointment when you put so much effort into getting it ready and then the turnout is not as hoped.

Karl has finished the patio so I plan to head out there for a while this afternoon. He suggested we have lunch out there but I thought that might not work out as well, given the type of meal it was. Supper is a definite possibility though.

Hope you are all having a wonderful day.

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Oh- Went for a 40 minute walk today! HOT and Tired. I will be doing the Wii fit soon. I enjoy that game.

I took Saturday off. NO EXERCISE. I feel bad about it- but I did it and it's over. Time for some today. This weekend will be our lawn sale. Oh- We have so much stuff. It will be in the town of Swanton at my mom's house. We will hopefully make some dough. I reduced all prices of things, just to get rid of. I definitely have a collection of paper crafting- stamping- scrapbooking materials to get rid of. GOod Quality for CHEAP. Sometimes it seems hard to part with!

I have been a cleaning fool. Moving things around, etc. Cheryl. For our tea cup auction fundraiser- I already have 2 gift bags filled. I think I will do another with stamping products. And maybe another one with a gift card to Walmart. NOT SURE. BUT I am excited to do this for Tops. I LOVED getting these 2 gifts together- can't hold myself back to do a couple more! HEHEHEHE!

Today I feel pretty crappy. Sorry to say. I can't snap out of it either. It is just an off day I guess. I hope yours are better!! Have a good Sunday. JEN



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8/30/15 7:56 A

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Morning all.
Warmer here this morning than yesterday. Another hot day in store!

Sale was slow yesterday; I'm blaming the fair...maybe today will be better.

I am sorry those tests seem inconclusive, Bev. The waiting and not knowing is often the hardest, I'm sure. Stay positive, though. That's all you can do, I guess.

Well, he is ready to roll.....gotta' get moving.

Have a nice Sunday all.

Carol

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It was a pretty laid back day for me. Karl is making a patio behind the house and I had to help him a couple of times. Other than that, my day was spent knitting. I finally finished the second stocking and started the third one.

Bev, sounds like you are making the best you can of Rodney's situation. it must be hard when the numbers are not clear but you are doing well. It also sounds like your son is having a hard time with his soon-to-be ex. Too bad gat something can't be done to stop the foolishness.

Time to call it a day. Night, all.

Cheryl

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8/29/15 8:05 P

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Well, Jean, at times I do feel kind of discouraged but then I read about what some of the other people are going through after having the same surgery that Rodney had and I feel pretty fortunate that he is doing as well as he is. I do worry a lot about what the future holds, but I try not to focus on it too much. He should be getting an appointment for a scan in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully that will be good, but I am a little nervous about things after seeing his bloodwork results this past week. Most of it was okay but his tumor marker did not drop after the radiation and oral chemo- in fact it went up a bit. It isn't exceptionally high but it is about 3 times the upper limit of what is considered normal and is just barely under what it was before his surgery so it makes me nervous. They say that is not always an indication of cancer but many people in the online support groups have said their tumor marker number went up before anything showed up on the scan but eventually the scan would confirm what the numbers indicated. We haven't talked with the doctor about his results because she didn't have them yet when we saw her but they are posted online in a couple of days and I was able to view them. One of his liver numbers is high but not quite as high as the previous test. The radiation oncologist told him his liver numbers were up previously due to the radiation and it seems likely that was the case since they have all dropped since the radiation ended. One is now at the upper end of normal, one is just slightly above normal, and the third one is 4 -5 times what the upper limit of normal is. At his last test that one was a little over 6 times the upper limit. For now all we can so is wait patiently and hope for good news.

Tomorrow I think a little shopping is on the agenda but I'm not sure what else yet.

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8/29/15 7:50 A

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emoticon Good day everyone! Little cooler, sure can tell Fall is approaching.
Welcome to our group Jen.
Bev how do you keep it all together? I know, we do what has to be done.
Cheryl if you go to fall rally I will definitely chat with you.
Carol good luck with the sale today.

I too thought the Frally was pricey.
Wonder how she would react if we asked her to get information out sooner. Oh welllll

Not many post on here anymore, yes I am guilty of it too.
Sign out for froggy Jean on a foggy morning

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8/29/15 7:05 A

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Morning all.
Foggy and cool here this morning, but a sunny weekend in store! Yay!

His appointments went well yesterday but it was a long day. Then we had to grocery shop before we got home, so we were both exhausted.

Today is the yard sale and I'd better get moving....he's out putting out signs now, and I'm behind, as usual.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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8/28/15 10:37 P

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I was surprised that no one mentioned the cost last night when there was no lunch included, but if the lunch was going to be like last year they might as well not include it. We were at the end of the line and there was very little lunch to be had. I'm going to be good and not voice my opinion about the costs since I don't want to scare Jen away! Maybe the stress in my life right now is affecting how I think anyway because I will admit to being more easily irritated than usual in a lot of situations lately! For now I am off to bed so I can get up on time to go pick up a 4-year old in the morning so he can spend the day with his Dad while his mom dreams up more ways to harass his dad and his girlfriend. No matter how many threats she makes and how many e-mails she sends despite a no-stalking order the police say they can do nothing because she of course denies sending them and they say they can't prove it is her. So I guess if you want to harass someone it is okay as long as you do it by e-mail and use the old "someone must have hacked my account and sent that" defense- unless you are male and the accuser is female and then you are guilty unless you can prove you're innocent. And if you want to harass someone at their place of employment just call them from a cheap TracFone and block your number and they will also say they can't track who made the call!

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8/28/15 8:13 A

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Good morning, all. It's a nice sunny day here right now and I guess the temps are going to be quite warm. In spite of that, I am stuffing peppers and doing laundry today. I figure it's better to get those things done today so that I will have more free time this weekend.

Carol, we had several people questioning the cost of Rally too. We can only figure that it's in order to give more to royalty as they attend IRD. Otherwise, there doesn't seem to be a good reason. Bev, I don't blame you for not committing to Rally given Rodney's situation. I'm sure Karen should understand too.

Jen, I used to can a lot of tomatoes but then stopped when the kids left home. Now, I make a batch or two of sauce and freeze it in two cup batches, just enough for the two of us to have spaghetti or some other pasta dish. Saves a lot of time on those nights when we're pressed for time or I just don't feel like cooking much.

Rice is cooking so I'd better get the hamburg going. Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

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8/28/15 7:07 A

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Morning all.
Congrats on the loss, Jen. You are an inspiration to your chapter, I'm sure!
I lost .4 last night, and the chapter had a minor net loss. Not like last week, but at least it was a loss.

We are off to DHMC today for his 2 appointments. It will be a long day, no doubt. Got the rest of the pricing done for the yard sale so in the morning we'll just open the doors and drag out the stuff that can be put outside. The weather looks good for it, but it's the Lyndonville fair weekend, so attendance might not be great. But we wanted to not have it on Labor Day weekend.

Fall Rally info was definitely late arriving...she needs to understand that will affect attendance. Personally I think the price should be less if we have to bring our own lunch, but I know budget constraints are always a problem.

Well, time to hit the shower.

Have a great Friday all.

Carol

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Cheryl, I agree with you about the short notice for Fall Rally. We said the same thing. I don't know if I will be going or not. Since I don't know for sure when Rodney will be starting chemo or how it will affect him I hate to make a commitment to doing too much. If he is not doing well that day I would probably not leave him home alone for the day. Even if he is feeling okay he is home alone all week and looks forward to me being here on the weekends so I m not sure I should take off for the day.

Jen, congrats on the loss! You are doing great!

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Hello!

Things are going well.. but not at home. My daughter gave me a most difficult time yesterday. Hopefully she will have "slept" on it and feels better today. I had a great weigh-in yesterday. Another loss. Things here have gone LAX- just because I have focused so much on finding ways to be more active and on healthier eating. Plus- this weekend I will be canning tomatoes at my mom's house ((all day)) there won't be ANY checking in either- well maybe in the early am (as usual). We can over 25 quarts each growing season. We get them through a veggie stand in Enosburg. I can't remember if it's 2 or 4 bushels, but anyway- we do a lot to get 3 families through the Winter Season with them.

Cheryl- the Tea Cup Auction sounds AMAZING... I can't wait for it!! September 10th!! WOOHOO!!

Have an AMAZING DAY Ladies... better yet: Make it an amazing week... emoticon , Jen

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Good evening, all. It really was a nice day today. A real harbinger of Fall. Temps were cooler but the sun was warm. We had a very brief shower early this morning.

I had a .8 gain tonight. It surprised me because I weighed less at my doctor's appointment just two hours before that! I thought I would have a good loss but it wasn't to be. Oh well, it's the story of my life, lose one week and gain the next. I won't be at the meeting next week so I'll have to be careful for two weeks.

We got the information on Fall Rally tonight. It doesn't sound like many are interested in going. We'll have to get everything filled out next week in order to get it back in the mail on time. Seems like it was very short notice.

Tomorrow I'm planning to stuff peppers and get them into the freezer. The peppers did well in my garden this year. I think there are half a dozen ready to be picked and stuffed. We'll enjoy them this winter.

Time to think about calling it a day.

Cheryl

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Good luck with the garage sale this weekend Carol! I hope you get rid of lots of stuff. Temps were cooler today but I still worked up a sweat when I was out walking. Brattleboro is working on redoing the sidewalks in downtown and today they were working right at the end of the street where our office is. When I went to work I thought at first they had the road closed as I was sitting in a line of traffic just before our street, but when I got there I could see they were letting cars through but there was just barely room enough to get between the dug up sections. It wasn't much better when we left work tonight. I will be glad when they move further down the street, but I think it will be torn up for a while.

We had low attendance at TOPS again tonight, but we did have a NO-GAIN meeting! There were only 7 of us weighing in (2 KOPS and 5 TOPS), but all of us lost, even the KOPS. It has been a long time since we have managed that. I managed to lose .6. I hope the scales were kind to the rest of you.

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8/27/15 8:08 A

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Morning all.
Cooler start here this morning, but no rain in sight. Yay!

Doesn't it seem as it always gets hotter after school starts? That seems unfair to me! Of course, I don't have to worry about I anymore!

Spent the day pricing stuff for the garage sale...more to do today. My back isn't quite as bad as I'd expected after being on concrete all day, but I rolled a chair around one table to price the small stuff while sitting down. That helped, I'm sure.

Jen, exercise does speed weight loss. No question about it. But there may some weeks where it seems like you've worked hard and you end up with a gain, with no explanation that makes sense. It happens sometimes...the body makes adjustments, I say.....

Well, good luck tonight, ladies. I will need it!

Carol

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8/26/15 4:00 P

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Good afternoon, all. Another beautiful, sunny day. I'm sure there was more than one kid feeling bad that they were back in school today rather than being outside in the sunshine. I was just on my way home this afternoon as Halle and Matt were pulling in at the hospital so Matt could go to work and Halle could go home with Mom. I stopped to see how her first day went and she thought it was great! I'm glad she likes school.

Jen, sounds like you are really getting into the swing of things with your weight loss. Keep up the good work.

Not much else on the agenda for today. I need to pick up some groceries but that will hold until tomorrow afternoon.

Cheryl

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Hello!

I'm hanging in here for Thursday's meeting. I can't wait for it. I''m hoping there is a loss- but again I am not really sure. My daughter's first day of 6th grade- I walked her to school and I will walk to pick her up too. It takes around 20 minutes to get her to school.

I just had 27 cheez-its for a snack. Wow- that just isn't much. Well- I will just have to wait till dinner to eat again. END OF STORY.

My Biggest Loser Challenge is really getting fun, exciting and taking a lot of my time- but I am doing the best I can with the posting- I'm sorry for not posting daily (like I was).

My old friend from high school's father passed away. SAD. He was 70 something. Very nice man. His name was David Bachand.

So this week I think I am doing ok. I did add in some exercise. I will see how much this makes a difference with my weigh in Tomorrow.

Have a great evening everyone. See you tomorrow- with posted results!! JEN

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8/26/15 7:59 A

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Morning all.
Looking nice out there this morning. It cleared up around 3 here yesterday but another storm came through around 7:30 that was as bad as the earlier one. We lost power for a second, but fortunately it came right back on.

I spent all afternoon dragging stuff out of boxes, cleaning it off (much of it was dust-covered, of course) and putting it out on the tables. Today we will spend the whole day pricing things.
I honestly don't know what we will do with all the stuff we have left over. I'm hoping the shelter has a Fall yard sale scheduled as I'd donate it all to them.

Bev, glad his appointment went well. Hope the scan comes out positive, too. I'm sure he's not looking forward to the chemo, but to have fewer would seem a good thing to me.

One guy interested in motorcycle mufflers we have for sale is in Mass. At first he wanted us to meet him halfway, but we did that last Friday and we aren't doing it again. He agreed to send extra money for shipping them to him, so I think that is what we will do.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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We got another call on the splitter yesterday but it must have been someone who saw it before and just didn't call until yesterday because I deleted the ad on Monday evening. Carol, we had that same issue with a couple of other things we tried to sell. We had several people from the northwest corner of the state asking about them but they weren't interested when they found out where we were. I had one lady asking about my desk but she said it was too far away. Other than that one inquiry I have had no response to that from Craigslist but I really didn't expect to. I am surprised I didn't get more interest from the local Facebook online garage sales though. I think I am going to offer it for free just so I can get rid of it.

Rodney's appointment went fairly well yesterday, but we still don't know when he will start his chemo. She wants him to have a scan first and she needs to coordinate that with Dartmouth. She said she likes to wait at least 4 weeks after radiation so she is going to try to get the scan scheduled for the week after Labor Day and then she will meet with him again after the scan to go over the results and discuss setting up the chemo. I still think it will happen in September but it will be later in the month than we had expected. I had already planned on going with him for the first treatment but she said they like the patient to have a driver for at least the the first one because they usually give some anti-anxiety medication before the treatment. After the first one we will play it by ear whether I go with him or he drives himself. We did find out that the plan apparently has changed slightly so that instead of six 4-week cycles she is now talking about six 3-week cycles and he will only have 12 actual chemo treatments instead of 18. She had previously told us he might not get 18 anyway because often the body can't tolerate it three weeks in a row so they end up doing every other week. Now she is saying he will have two weeks on and one week off per cycle rather than three on and one off. Of course if anything showed up on his scan that might change again. After we came back from his appointment we had lunch and then I headed to Springfield Hospital for my mammogram. I came back after that and got him and we went to Walgreens to pick up a couple of things and get our flu shots. The pharmacist said we were his first two for this season. It is earlier than we usually get them but Rodney needed to get his before he starts chemo.

It rained hard yesterday morning and then cleared up for a while in the afternoon and we had sun (and it was hot and humid too) but the rain came back about the time we got home from running all the errands. Otherwise I had said I might try to do some more trimming for an hour or so.

Well by the looks of the clock I better stop rambling and get in the shower or I'll be late for work! Have a great day!

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Good evening, all. I thought no one had posted on here because I didn't get a notice in my email. I wonder why that happened.

Today, I went to Burlington early and did a little shopping. I found three tops that I liked and a couple of other things for the house. I was home by noon so I didn't spend much time down there. It rained really hard on my way home but the skies were clear by the time I got back here. I picked beans again this afternoon and had quite a nice bunch for supper. I also picked a bunch of tomatoes. We really have had good luck with our little garden this year.

Tomorrow will be busy with work, a haircut and a manicure. Well, I guess the last is kind of relaxing. I also need to make a quick run for a few groceries. Somewhere in there, I need to make a poster for Judy Pettit's contest. It will all happen somehow.

Carol, I hope your yard sale goes well. Karl mentioned it a few weeks ago but I'm not eager to do one this year. Maybe we'll have a better idea of what to get rid of by next Spring. I have a set of snow tires that I want to list for sale but I think I'll wait until the weather turns colder. I don't think people are thinking about winter right now.

Hope you all had a great day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

We've got a thunderstorm rolling through here at the moment. For a while here it was pretty nice, but that changed quickly. We were on our walk and just made it back to the driveway when the rain started. We could hear thunder getting closer, so we walked a bit faster.

We spent all day in the garage getting ready for the yard sale. Mostly cleaning, moving stuff around, setting up plywood on sawhorses, etc. We are borrowing some tables from the shelter this afternoon so we can't set a lot of stuff out yet. Brought all the stuff up from the cellar first thing this morning and got that down to the garage and unloaded. Wish I had the tables now and not later.

Bev, lots of people are looking for woodsplitters, I know, so I'm not surprised you got several calls. We have sold one welder and have one more to sell. Our problem is we seem to be too far away for some people to want to travel to look at things...unless it's a big ticket item and worth the drive for them. One guy asked if we'd be in the Burlington area anytime soon. Nope, not planning on that!

Well, time to get something done, I guess, before I run out of ambition.

Have a good day all.

Carol

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I know one of my grandsons goes back to school tomorrow, but I think Sadie's kids might start later. Rodney's brother teaches in the same district where she lives and he said the kids don't start until after Labor Day, but I'm not sure if that is just at the school where he teaches because of a construction project or if it is the whole district.

I have today off because Rodney has an appointment with his oncologist this morning, then later I have a mammogram scheduled. If the weather was cooperative I might do some more trimming this afternoon after I get home, but I suspect it will either be raining or too warm.

We sold our wood splitter last night. We haven't burned wood for a few years and have no plans to do so ever again so we didn't have a need for it. I took pictures of it and posted it on Craigslist Saturday night. Sunday morning I had three e-mails about it but all of them wanted to trade something for it. We were gone during the day Sunday but when we got home we had a couple of calls about it. One was from somebody local and the other one was from a guy in Marshfield, but it turned out the local guy was a cousin of the other one and he was coming to look at it for him. He looked at it Sunday evening and then his cousin called us later to say he wanted it and he came last night to pick it up. We had two more calls on it yesterday but after it was actually picked up I called those people back and told them it was sold. We were going to sell the rototiller too but Ed thinks he might want that. We told him he has more important things he should be spending his money on right now but we will hang onto it until next year and if he still thinks he wants it we will sell it to him (for much less than what we planned to ask). Now if I could just get rid of the desk I would be happy!

Well I think it is almost time to think about making some breakfast so we can get ready without having to rush. Have a great day everyone!

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Hello!

Cheryl- I wake up early and go to sleep early. Usually- I wake up and go back to sleep later. I usually never sleep past 4:30am. Unfortunately I cannot stop this cycle. Even if I go to bed at say 10pm- my body wakes me up so early! John (my mom's friend) always says I would do great at keeping a Job on the 3rd shift.... I had one before in my early 20's and it didn't work out... Maybe now I WOULD be able to keep those hours!! HA. It makes it difficult-yes.

Wednesday is my daughter's back to school day! She is still reading her Harry Potter #4 book. I have no idea when she will finish. She has about 150 pages left- and is reading it quite slowly due to remembering what the book is about. I never liked the Harry Potter Books beyond #3. I read a bit of #4- and gave up. Anyway- If she enjoys it- that's great!

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Good evening, all. It was another gorgeous day here although I didn't see much of it outside. I worked this morning and then took Halle to see a movie this afternoon since this is one of her last days before school starts. We took her out for supper after Karl got home and then brought her back to her house in Fairfax. All in all, not much outdoor time for me today.

Goodness, Jen. You do keep late hours! I noticed that a couple of your posts were early morning, like soon after midnight. Were you still up or had you had sleepless nights?

Tomorrow I have a day off but I'm thinking I will probably make a trip to Burlington for a little shopping. I would like to replace the curtains on the front porch so I think I'll check them out at Lowe's and Home Depot. I want to put in some honeycomb blinds instead of the café curtains that are there now. When I sit on the porch, I can't see anything because of the way the curtains fit the rods they are on. I figure the honeycomb blinds will work better for me. We'll see how that works out.

Not much else going on here. Hope you all had a great day.

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Morning all.
A light rain in the air this morning...but what a gorgeous weekend we had.

I guess I forgot to post yesterday. We did our walking and housework early, then headed to W. Leb after lunch to deliver some motorcycle parts to a guy coming over from Glens Falls, NY. We didn't really mind as it gave us a chance to do a bit of shopping.

Today we will concentrate on setting up for the yard sale. Hubby is already down there working....I am lacking in the motivation area right now, but after walking I will help out.

Jen, nice desk! We went to Staples yesterday and got the $20 shredder that was marked down for 2 days only (yesterday and today, save $90) Ours is sounding a bit iffy these days, and rather than try to take it apart to try and fix it, we decided to spend the $20 and get a backup one.

Well, off to exercise.
Have a great day all.

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My Goodness! Thank you everyone for such great advice for dealing with my mom. She has definitely gotten more argumentative these past few years. Not just that- she justifies it by saying all those years of being quiet, walked on, never sticking up for herself, etc. - now she doesn't care... I really think she has taken it to another level. That is just my observation....Anyway!!

Had a great day for steps yesterday! I had 10,000 by 1pm. ((I think)). Moved a lot of furniture upstairs. It looks a bit better. My daughter wants a computer desk in her room. Which isn't too bad of an idea.

Hurt my Right Knee yesterday. I strained it by bringing too much stuff I want to get rid of that was upstairs to downstairs and out in the car. It just feels funny.

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Good evening, all. Quiet on here today. I guess everyone must gave been busy. We went to our younger son's house for lunch to celebrate his birthday. It was a very nice time with family and they made a tasty lunch.

Before going there, we went to Lowe's to pick up the materials for the patio. We were going to wait until next summer to do it but our neighbor brought over a piece of equipment for Karl to prep the area so he decided to do it after all. It took quite a while to get the order loaded even though he received confirmation yesterday that it would be ready for pick up today. They had a hard time to locate the pallet and then had to find someone to operate the forklift, etc. All in all, it took over an hour but we finally managed to get it.

Tomorrow, I'm going to take Halle to a movie in the afternoon and then we'll take her out for supper. She goes back to school on Wednesday, and her father is planning to do something special with her on Tuesday so this is our opportunity. Summer is nearly over, I guess. She told us today that she will be playing on two soccer teams this Fall. Games every Saturday and Sunday for a couple of months.

I hope you all had a good weekend. Back to work tomorrow.

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Morning all.
Fog has burned off here and it looks to be a nice day. Less humid, I hope!

Jen, my dad was a lot like your mom. Critical of everyone, until my sister, who moved in to take care of him, finally just stood up to him and told him to stop or he'd have to fend for himself. It worked! I know your mom is in a younger probably more healthy state than my dad was at the time, so it may be different, but unless you communicate with her about how it makes you feel, nothing will change. Good luck.

Cheryl, we have lots to do today. The annual Northeastern Speedway even is today. Waterford's the birthplace of auto racing in Vermont. An old speedway track has been 'resurrected' in the name of a historic site, and the owner is a friend, so we always try to go and support this. It was thriving in the late 50s early 60s. I remember going as a kid with my older sisters as my dad was a racer. It goes on all day, but this afternoon our nephew is having an open house for his new house, so we'll go there for a while too. They'll fire up some of the old cars that used to race and do a few laps. Loud, but fun.

Well, time to get moving. We may actually walk to the speedway as it's near one of our regular walking routes...we shall see.

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Good morning, all. It's sunny and temps are comfortable, at least for right now. We've been trying to think of something to do today and just can't come up with any great ideas. Isn't that just pitiful!!! We can always shop but I would rather think of something more exciting than that!

Yesterday, I worked up a real sweat with all my cleaning. I dusted (which I hate to do), vacuumed and mopped floors. Whew! I was wringing wet by the time I finished. I did a lot of resting in between because my stamina still hasn't returned to normal, but I got the job done. I even got a couple of loads of laundry done too. I still need to do a thorough cleaning in our bedroom and there are curtains to wash but that will all wait until a cooler time. We'd like to replace the ceiling in our bedroom and install a ceiling fan at the same time but I don't look forward to the mess so I'm not in any great hurry.

Jen, I think parents sometimes have a hard time seeing themselves in their new roles as parents of adult children rather than as caregivers to the younger children. My mother still tries to tell me to put on a sweater because she's cold even though I'm already very warm. Stand your ground and don't let her get to you.

I guess I should get my day moving. Breakfast is done so it's time to move on. Have a great day, all.

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Jen, I don't know your mom so I don't know if this would work with her or not, but I will tell you a story about my father-in-law and how my brother-in-law got him to stop giving him a hard time every time he went to visit him. My BIL is the one who lives the closest to the in-laws other than my husband's two sisters. He would go there multiple times a week and do whatever needed to be done, whether it was emptying the tank on the dehumidifier in the basement or moving outside furniture around or helping mow the lawn. He is not particularly handy so any maintenance type jobs requiring more than using a screwdriver usually waited for my husband, but he does anything he is capable of. Yet my father-in-law was always giving him a hard time- arguing with him over any little thing and basically calling him stupid sometimes. For a long time he put up with it because he figured it was his dad and he had to- he hadn't always been that way but as he got older he was getting grumpier. Finally my brother-in-law decided he had enough so one day when his dad started in he told him if he was going to treat him that way he was leaving. He told him he would come to visit them and do whatever they needed but if he wanted to start giving him a hard time he would simply leave. Since then he has been much better.

The sun is shining so far but I'm not sure it will be around all day. I am planning to do some weed trimming today and maybe a little picking up inside. Tomorrow we are planning to go visit the in-laws. At some point we have some shopping to do but I'm not sure which day it will be. I would like to do it on our way home tomorrow but often hubby is worn out by the time we ride up to the in-laws and visit an hour or so. If he is too tired he won't want to stop anywhere on the way home.

Enjoy the sunshine and the cooler temps. It should be warm enough to be comfortable today without being hot enough to sweat doing nothing!

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Good Morning!

Today I will be canning pickles at my Mom's house. Together we will be making Dill and Sweet pickles. Hopefully we have a good time and not argue too much!! I really have been keeping in the back of my mind that she isn't going to be around forever- and to just try to get along most times! It's difficult though when everything I say always is counter acted with a lecture. I get tired of it. But I have been really trying. I really want these remaining years with her to be good and not full of small arguments and such.

She is 66 years going on 67 in December. I know that isn't old- but it seems she has decreased in her healthy state. I am worried. Like I said in a previous post- she is my rock... I will definitely have a very difficult time. Here's to hoping for the best!!

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Good morning, all. It rained here overnight, something we desperately needed. Karl has been watering the new plants and the veggies every night because they were all so dry. This gives him a little break at least.

All my nerves yesterday helped me at the weigh-in. I lost two pounds! I was very surprised. The chapter had a nice net loss too with only a very small gain. Jen, congratulations on being the best loser! Several people didn't weigh in because it was our picnic night and they weren't planning to attend the picnic so they didn't bother to come for weigh-in either. This was the last week that I had to fill in for the weight recorder as she returned from her 12 weeks away. Can't say I'm sorry to be relieved of that job.

Today is a day off for me but I have a ton of cleaning to get done and a few phone calls to make. I also need to run out to get some cards for birthdays and anniversaries coming up in the next few days. Jess and Andy are celebrating their first anniversary with a trip to Niagara Falls this weekend. Of course, it's not all that far from their home. It took Karl and I twenty years to get there! On Sunday, we'll go to our son's house in Colchester to celebrate his 31st birthday.

I guess I should get started on that long list of things to get done. Have a great day, all.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Nice to have it cooler this morning, even if it is raining.

Cheryl, I know it's upsetting, but those things do happen. It's always something you hope never happens, but we've all done similar things. A couple of weeks ago I was making a left turn in town when a young man actually ran the last few feet on the sidewalk to make it look like he was going to cross into the crosswalk so I would nearly hit him! I'm sure he thought he was funny or something, but it made my heart jump. I had time to turn before he approached the crosswalk, so I was in the right, not him. What an idiot. Many of the scraggy people who hang out downtown never look when crossing the road, whether they are in the crosswalk or not, they don't care.

I had a .2 gain last night but the chapter had a wonderful next loss, thanks to a new member. Let's hope she motivates others to do better!

My town job is finished for the month. Never touched base with the gal replacing me but there's time to do that. Next month for sure.

Hubby spent more time cleaning the cellar yesterday and found an old Lionel train set we forgot we had. Sure wish we had more room to display it.

Well, off to exercise, then get the groceries.

Have a fabulous Friday all.

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I can only imagine how you felt Cheryl. It can be difficult to see sometimes especially if other vehicles are blocking the view. It's a shame the person was not more understanding though. Some of them act like the world owes them something. I always stop for someone waiting to cross the road- as long as I see them and realize they are wanting to cross, but I once was driving through the parking lot at Market Basket and apparently didn't stop for some old fart. I had seen him standing near the exit door but he was several feet from the edge of the pavement and I had no idea he was waiting to cross the parking lot, but after I parked he yelled across the parking lot at me and was shaking his cane saying I don't know how you do things in Vermont but here you are supposed to stop for pedestrians. For all I knew he might have been waiting for someone else to come out of the store since he didn't look like he was waiting to cross!

Well, I managed to avoid a gain last night, but I didn't lose either. The chapter had a horrible week, with only a couple of losses. I blame the heat and humidity for some of it as I know I tend to retain fluid when it is so hot and humid and I think others do too.

Have a great day everyone- watch out for the rain.

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Cheryl- You must have been absolutely TERRIFIED!! My heart goes out to you!

I had a great time at the Tops Summer Picnic! I talked some- listened more- and ate an absolutely WONDERFUL meal. Thanks to all the ladies and gents that made this possible for us! Towards the end of the fun- I didn't feel to hot, face flushed, and body excessively warm! I thought I did well throughout though! WOOHOO KOPS HERE I COME!!!!!

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Good morning, all. It's rather breezy here today so that makes the heat and humidity a bit more bearable. I had to shut down one of the windows in my office because it was blowing all my paperwork around! The pastor's office looks like the tornado from Wizard of Oz went through there!

I had a near-miss this morning. I was trying to turn left from a side street but it's a busy street so I was watching carefully for an opening. When a car on that street stopped, I thought it was to allow me to exit the side street. As I was well into the turn, I realized that there was someone in a motorized chair in the crosswalk. I hit the brakes and stopped only inches from him! I apologized and asked if he was okay but he was very angry! He had some colorful language for me; I apologized again and watched him ride away. I had to stop a few feet further along just to get myself under control but I was shaking for quite a while. I'm glad that's all it was! I think I'll avoid that intersection for a while. The city crew is working on a sidewalk ramp on the other side of the intersection and there are cars parked in front of a building which obstruct the view of on-coming traffic. All in all, it makes the area difficult to manage safely so avoidance is best for now.

I don't think I 'll have a very good weigh-in tonight either. My scales have died so I can't check but I don't feel like there's anything good going on. I also retain fluid during this humidity so I think it's just not going to be good tonight. We will have our summer picnic tonight. Weigh-in first and then head to QK's house. I made a salad and some strawberry bites which are absolutely yummy!

Time to get back to work. Have a good day, all, and stay cool.

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Morning all.
Another hot and humid day in store today. My body retains fluid in this kind of weather and the scale shows it today. Darn!

I spent nearly the whole day yesterday cleaning in the cellar. Wasn't planning on going that far, but since it was so much cooler down there it seemed the right thing to do. We got a lot accomplished actually, and I feel there is only one area left to tackle.

Cheryl, thanks for the tip on Habitat. There's an organization in Lyndonville that helps local families, so I may donate some stuff to that.

Last night's board meeting was at the fire station and it was so hot there. No air moving...and it didn't get over with until almost 9. Had it been in its normal place, the town office, we could have used the AC. Oh well, the minutes shouldn't take long today, at least. Then I can finish the job description paper I'm writing up for Michelle.

Well, off to exercise.

Good luck tonight, ladies. I will need it, I know that for sure.

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I'm not too confident about weigh-in tonight either. I didn't do much walking yesterday since I only worked a half day and didn't have a lunch break, which is when I usually do most of my walking. I also stopped at McDonald's on my way home to grab a quick lunch, plus I have been to the ice cream place twice in the last week- once with the grandsons on Saturday and yesterday with hubby after running a couple of errands. He has lost a couple of more pounds without trying (and his doctors don't want him to) but I gain very easily. My scale doesn't look horrible this morning but it is up slightly from last week.

Good luck to the rest of you tonight.

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Hello Ladies!

Things are going well for me! But it seems I am in an exercise funk. I have been keeping up with my abs challenge, but that seems to be all I want to do! NOT GOOD- especially for a 218.2 pound woman!!!!
I think I will get my butt in gear.

On the homefront- I can't wait till tomorrow. My daughter comes back home! Hooray! It seems to have been a long week and I miss her.

Tonight is weigh-in and picnic at Tops. I am making Blueberry Flax Muffins! YUMMY. They are delish AND healthy. I will have to print out a few of the recipe's to give to the group if anyone wants to make some for themselves.

I wonder how weigh in will go? I'm not really sure seeing since I had MCDonalds AND A Milky WAY bar. AND Without much cardio..... we shall see.

I go to the Dr. in October. I will have to get a goal weight from her. At least I will know what I have to work with.. right?

Today I joined a 12 week biggest loser challenge, and I am excited for it! I will be receiving an email in a few days. WOOHOO!!!

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Good morning, all. It's already quite warm here but I have both windows open in my office and the breeze is making it all bearable. When I first got here, nothing was moving and the office was stifling!

Carol, another consideration might be to donate to Habitat for Humanity. They will give you a receipt for the donated value so that you can claim it on taxes. We donated a lot last year but didn't bother with the receipts since we never have enough to itemize. It's a thought though.

I don't have anything special on the agenda today after work. Looks like a perfect day to sit near the AC and knit. I keep thinking I'll work on that stocking but don't seem to be making much progress. I have finally finished the face though so it should go more smoothly from this point on.

Back to work. I have a ton of paperwork to collate and it's a pretty mindless piece of work on such a hot day. Perfect.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Another warm day in store....some relief coming tomorrow and Friday, I hear. Fine with me!

My philosophy with yard sales is to get rid of stuff, at any price. My hubby doesn't share that idea, though. He gets angry if we don't get real $$ for things, but as you said, Bev, it doesn't do any good sitting on the porch, or in the garage, or cellar, etc. Sooner or later it has to go.
He is still working with one guy on the motorcycle parts via email. We shall see if it pans out.

We are thinking of putting some things on Front Porch Forum too. See if that works.

I spent virtually all day working for my town job yesterday. Much longer than I wanted to. The gal replacing me couldn't meet me at the town office so she's coming here this morning to go over a few things.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

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Good luck with the yard sale whichever weekend you have it Carol. I have been trying to get rid of some stuff but we don't have a place to have a yard sale so I have been donating some of it to the family center thrift shop in Chester and then selling a few things that I figure I can get a little $$ for. My rule of thumb is if I think it is worth $20 or more I will try to sell it, but otherwise it may not be worth my time. I did arrange to meet someone on my way home from work to give away a bunch of VHS movies but mostly I have donated my stuff. I am trying to sell my desk now so I can put the extra recliner back in the living room. I have a mobile laptop cart coming to use once the desk is gone. We have had pretty good luck both buying and selling on craigslist. Some things took a little longer than we hoped to get rid of them, and a wood stove we sold we let go for a lot less money than we wanted but we figured it was doing us no good sitting on our porch so we let it go. The one thing that wasn't quite such a good deal was the last camper we bought because it turned out to have issues that were not disclosed to us but that could have happened if we saw the ad in the classifieds- and it was partly our fault for not checking it over carefully enough before we bought it.

I think it is supposed to be another pretty warm day today with maybe some storms this afternoon. I am working until noon and then coming home for a dentist appointment at 1:30. I have a couple of other errands to run after that.

Stay cool ladies!

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Morning all.
Another steamy day is right! It felt nice when we started on our walk. Still foggy, but by the last mile the sun had burned through and I was drippy! Oh well, at least it's done.

Short meeting last night for my town job but a fair amount of paperwork to do today. Plus I need to spend some training time with Michelle, the gal who is my replacement. I think she'll do fine, but there is a lot to do at first.

We may move our yard sale date up to next weekend instead of Labor Day weekend. We won't have as much stuff ready to sell, but there's always next year, I guess. Hopefully we will get rid of a lot of it.

Well, off to do my aerobics.

Have a great day all.

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Good morning, all. It's starting out to be another hot one today. I have some errands to run but I'll be doing them early to avoid the heat as much as I can. I need to pay my property taxes, visit the bank, and pick up a few groceries. Then, this afternoon, I have a haircut and a pedicure. Somewhere in between, I'm going to get laundry done. That's enough on my plate for today!

Jen, it's not easy to resist temptation but don't beat yourself up when you give in. Pat yourself on the back when you succeed! We all have those weaker moments; that's the reality of this struggle. But, as you see the weight coming off, the easier it will be to resist the "no-no's." Hang in there.

Carol, we've put up a couple of things on Craig's List but never had a lot of luck. We did sell an old stove last summer to a guy from Maine but that's the only taker we've had. On the other hand, when we're looking for something, we check it often. In fact, that's how we found our boat. I have a set of snow tires that I'm going to post a little closer to winter. I ran them for only one winter so there's a lot of wear in them yet. I'm hoping to recover a big portion of my investment.

Time to get started on my chores for the day. Have a good one.

Cheryl

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Hello!

Just dropping in to say Hello! I called my daughter at her Grandmother's house today. Her grandmother had a hour long massage session she shared with my daughter! Lucky Girl!!
She is feeling very relaxed and reading her book for school. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (#4). When the Harry Potter series came out- I read some of the books and watched some of the movies! I was taken aback by the imagination of JK Rowling. Now I have a daughter who loves the books too! It is a fun share!!

It's so darn hot today! Like I just want to lounge around and relax. I did do some abs challenge on www.Darebee.com. Great challenge. It is a difficult challenge- but I am game!! I have only started on day 1 so far and now I have 29 days to go!! I know it will not get easier, but hopefully I notice a difference soon to help motivate me. Here's to a new journey!

Right now I have 2 ears of Sweet Corn boiling for dinner. I will also have tomato soup (campbells) a cucumber and tomato. I really over did it for lunch. I had McDonalds. And it wasn't a small burger either. I ate a lot, and gave some to my dog. I also didn't eat all the french fries, and had all of the medium diet soda.

I could have kicked myself in the butt especially after receiving those papers on what a can of soda does to the body shortly after drinking it.....

Well tomorrows another day. What I have to remember is I can't wait too long after I start getting hungry. I will have to eat sooner than later.

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Afternoon all.
Triple H weather again today. Looks like most of the week, too. Cheryl, I'm with you, it zaps my energy!

I've been doing a bit of paperwork for my town job today. It's related to the appeal that has gone to Environmental Court on a subdivision granted by the board I work for. Sure hope it's ok. I checked with the zoning administrator and he said it sounded good to him, but when lawyers get involved....well, you never know what they expect.
Glad I'm leaving this job in October.

We waited around yesterday for phone calls from prospective buyers of the tools he has for sail on Craigslist. Needless to say, no one called. Well, I got the housework done at least, so it wasn't a total loss.

Guess I'd better hit the shower before heading to the town office. Working for that board tonight, so I need to be prepared.

Have a great day all.

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Good morning, all. Gee, I guess yesterday just got away from me and I never posted at all. We made a trip to Lowe's to look at patio sets and found one very reasonably priced so that was a good trip. We also found out that they have the pavers we want, if we decide to put in the patio this summer. I told hubby I was okay with waiting until next summer since I think our backyard may be torn up a bit when the equipment moves in to pour the pad for the extension on our garage. I'd hate to get the pavers installed only to have them broken up with the weight of the truck.

Today is another hot and humid day here. I don't have much energy when it's like this. I'm running a lot of copies for fall classes today, an easy job to do that doesn't require much expenditure of energy. There's a ton of stuff to be passed along to parents and teachers so I like to get it all ready early. Classes won't start until mid-September so I'm in a good place on that.

Hope you are all doing well with the heat. Have a great day.

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Morning all.
Foggy here this morning. Guess an air-conditioned room or vehicle IS a great place to be today.

About all I accomplished yesterday was dishes and making an apple pie. I don't know where the day went but it was dinner time before I knew it.

Today's agenda is walking, housework, and hopefully a bike ride....good day for that.

He put together the new office chair we got for $60 at Staples and so far it's very comfortable. I will have to lower my monitor stand as it's too high even with the chair at the highest setting but that's doable. My back and neck will appreciate that.

Well, he's waiting for me...guess I'd better get dressed.

Have a wonderful Sunday all.

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I saw that the Farmers Almanac is predicting a cold, snowy winter. I sure hope they are wrong! I never like the thought of winter but I think I am dreading it more than usual this year. Probably because I expect more of the snow removal chores will be on me this winter since I don't think Rodney will be feeling all that great or have a lot of strength. I usually do a little bit of shoveling but Rodney would use the snowblower and the bucket on the backhoe to clean up the yard better after his cousin plows. I won't use the backhoe but I suspect I will get a lesson in running the snowblower so I can do that. Ed will probably help some but I'm not sure he will be still living here then. I don't believe he is going to get the work done on his lot to put a trailer in this year but he may move in with his girlfriend until he can put a trailer in next year.

Nothing terribly strenuous on our agenda today either. Rodney said he wants to either spend the day in an air conditioned car or somewhere else with A/C. We need to pick up a few things at a store someplace but other than that we have no definite plans yet. I guess we need to be making a decision soon though. Stay cool if you can!

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Good morning, all. Looks like we're in for another very hot day. I don't plan to do anything terribly taxing today. Maybe a trip to Lowe's to check out patio sets and then relatively little else the rest of the day. We would like to make a patio behind the house, probably not until next year as we cannot get the pavers at this late date in the season. Still, if we can get a patio set at a good price, we'll store it until the patio is ready. Little by little, we're making this house ours!

Bev, thanks for the info about Karen. I guess Judy spoiled us by always being available. Karen deserves time away so I guess we can't begrudge her that pleasure. We'll get the membership all straightened out soon.

Jen, hang in there. All anyone can do is to take one step at a time. Your mother is wise to request testing as being informed is best. You will both be better able to deal with the rest if you know what is on the horizon. We're here for you so don't hesitate to ask, vent...whatever!

I've shredded some zucchini this morning and I froze four packages so that I can make some zucchini bread later this winter. All this was from one HUGE zucchini that we picked up at the farm stand yesterday. I saved out enough to make a batch today but maybe it will wait for a cooler day. By the way, I heard on the news that we're in for a cold, snowy winter. Brrrr! Carol, won't you be the lucky one as you begin your new adventure in Florida!

Karl is waiting for me to get ready to head out. Have a great day, all.

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Hello To ALL!!!

Yesterday I received my additional order of Tops real life, My Day 1, and the Express Cards. My, My- There's a lot of literature to read, take in and absorb!! But I am so excited to be partaking in this journey with our local Group.

Time marches on, none of us are getting any younger. So let me explain my situation a tad... My mom is my rock. She has helped me through so much, and who knows where I would be today, without her.

So we had this talk yesterday. She wants to get a memory test at some institute in Burlington. Which I agree with. And We will go from there. Just because My Grandmother had Alzheimer's Disease- does not necessarily mean she will have it too. Anyway. that is where we are at.

That is where I am at... A little stressed out thinking about this...




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I think Karen is away for the weekend as I saw something on Facebook about it. If I didn't see it there I wouldn't have known since we don't communicate too often. I did e-mail back and forth with her a couple of times this week, but that was because one of our brothers was in the hospital and she was the one updating the rest of us since his girlfriend let her know. He fell off a stepladder in his house and managed to break some ribs. He also had some internal bleeding but they got that under control and he went home on Thursday afternoon.

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Good afternoon, all. It has been hot and very humid here today. The clouds have rolled in now so maybe some rain will cool things down a little.

We have been vey industrious today. Last weekend, Karl started a new perennial bed for me so today we bought plants and white marble chips. Then, we (mostly he) planted all 15 plants and filled in the stone. We left spaces to put in some tulips and daffodils later. It was awfully hot work but nice to get it done!

Jen, I'm glad you found your way here. We love to have new people join us. And thanks for the info about your membership. I have passed it along to Joyce and we'll take care of it at meeting on Thursday. It's good that you took the initiative to get it resolved as Karen didn't return Joyce's call.

After all our hard work today, I think we will take the rest of the afternoon off. Hope you're all having a great day.

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Welcome Jen! We used to have quite a few Vermont TOPS members who posted here but most have drifted away. Currently there are three of us posting regularly and a couple of others who post occasionally. I like being able to communicate with members from chapters other than my own.

Sadly, our chapter is pretty much in a slump right now, but I am hoping as we get into the fall we can regroup and find some motivation again. We have been thinking about trying to recruit some new members. We have tried open houses in the past and they have not been very successful for us. We are thinking more in the lines of getting some posters up in numerous locations to spread the word about our chapter. Usually a new member helps to motivate those of us who have been around for a long time.

The sun is shining here and it already feels pretty humid. It might be a good day to sit under the fans in the living room!

Bev

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Morning all.
Looks like rain here this morning, but I think it is supposed to hold off for awhile.
It was gorgeous here yesterday, no rain until dinner time. Nice!

Welcome, Jen, and good luck on the journey. We are all here for you!

Shopping took much of the day yesterday as we went to a furniture store and Lowes' to look at flooring for the FL house. Too many choices!

Hope to make more progress cleaning in the cellar today. Good task for a rainy day.


Well, off to try to get the walking in before it rains.

Have a great Saturday all.

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Hello- I'm here! Jen from Tops Group #97.

Cheryl- I received an email from Tops Online about transferring over from online to in person. I will bring it to the group on Thursday, but the one who replied to me said the Chapter will have to have me fill out an L-003 membership form and send that to the Coordinator for my area. Once they receive the paperwork from her, they can make that transfer from online to traditional membership. Then it said she will send a copy of this to Karen in case Tops group #97 is unsure of this procedure.

Anyway- with that being said...

I have had a migraine for 2 days now- but I still exercised yesterday (45 minutes on the treadmill).

Bev- I am sorry to hear of your husband- I hope for the best.

Cheryl- I am going to add you as a friend (if you don't mind)

It's hard to believe how fast this Summer went for us. School on the 26th. We did have a lot of fun times though. One being we went to the Great Escape and water park. Definitely had a good time there!

I have been a member of sparkpeople for a very long time. On and off since 2009. I have the social part of this website down pact, its just I haven't tracked my nutrition and followed the guidelines. I do have my activity tracker through spark though. And I really try to get cardio in daily.

I have joined one of the Biggest Loser Challenges teams. (I am on the Emerald team). I find it VERY supportive and it pushes me to get exercise and good nutrition in daily. But I think I will find the Tops group in my area to be my best motivator. I hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy the weekend. It's suppose to be hot today, and even hotter tomorrow. But I will take what I can get!! Make it a great one!!!!


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Cheryl, I think one of your new members (Jen) has joined our group. Hopefully she will start posting on here.

I don't think we had any rain today at all. If we did I guess I missed it! I had a pretty busy day at work today but next week will be a little slow. It will drag anyway because it is the week we normally go on vacation and I'll be working. I did suggest to Rodney today that maybe we should think about doing something over the Labor Day weekend, unless he has started his next chemo before then. He meets with the oncologist on 8/25 so I think he will probably start in early September, but if it isn't until after Labor Day that would be our best chance to do something since he will likely feel the best he is going to for a while. We won't be doing any hiking or anything since he has no stamina for that type of thing but it would be nice to get away for two or three days and we can probably find things to do that won't take a lot out of him.

Enjoy the weekend everyone! It is supposed to be pretty nice I think but maybe a little hot and humid on Sunday.

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Good evening, all. We had sun here when I left this morning but then rain developed during the day. My meeting ran from ten this morning until three this afternoon and I was definitely ready to have it done. It moved along well but there's a limit to my endurance for sitting and listening! I headed to the mall for a little retail therapy afterwards and then made a quick stop at Costco for a couple of things. There was a lot of rain on the way home but I saw a beautiful rainbow in the east just as I was coming into St. Albans. I love rainbows!

Our daughter called today, all excited. She bought tickets to a buffalo Bills-New Englad Patriots game as a birthday/ anniversary gift for her husband and the tickets arrived today. Now she will have to keep them a secret until the 22nd! I'm betting she'll give them to him early.

I think we're going to go to the nursery tomorrow to look for perennials. He dug up an area along one side of the house last weekend so now I have to pick out plants. After we get them in, we'll finish filling in with white stone. I think it will look nice. His mother was never one to have flowers around the house so the landscape was pretty bare when we moved in.

Sox are doing well tonight. All is good.

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Morning all.
50 and foggy here this morning but it is burning off quickly. Looks to be a nice day.

I lost .6 last night so I'm happy about that but the chapter had a net gain with only one loser. We did have a new member join and a former member who was going to a NH chapter transferred back to our group.

We got a couple more cupboards cleaned out yesterday and a bit of reorganizing in the basement. I actually got hubby to start hoeing out hist-shirt collection. Most he's never worn, so I'm hoping they will sell at the yard sale, even if only for a buck! He won't be happy if people don't pay top dollar for things, though. No matter what it is. We have different ideas as to the value of things, apparently. They are worthless to me if they don't get used/worn and only take up space. Wish I could convince him of that.

Grocery shopping on the list today, then home to tackle more of the cellar cleaning. I can't spend more than an hour or 2 at a time down there as the concrete does a number on my back. Oh well, little by little, it will get done.

Have a great day all.

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So far, Rodney is doing okay. Whatever his issue was seems to be subsiding on its own- at least we hope it is. We have not had any new members in quite a while and some of the ones we have are not coming very regularly lately. Tonight only 7 weighed in and only 6 stayed for the meeting. We had more gains than losses but at least the net gain was small. I managed to squeak out a .2 loss- not much but at least it was in the right direction. Judy P's letter mentioned a regional director challenge but no one in our chapter knew anything about that. I guess I will contact Karen and ask her about it. Our leader was not there tonight so it is possible she got something this past week but she often says she doesn't get what is sent out so I wouldn't count on it. My suspicion is that when they sound it out via TOPS rather than from their own e-mail account it ends up being blocked as SPAM, but what do I know.

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Good evening, all. It was a really nice day here today with cool temps and a nice breeze. The pastor was back and he had a couple of things for me to resolve. I was able to take care of one thing but he has to deal with the other because it involves the bank accounts and I'm not on the list of those who can discuss the problems. He wasn't happy about having to deal with it but that's not my problem.

We had a new member join tonight. She actually signed up online so we're not quit sure how to process her paperwork. Joyce has a call in to Karen so now we'll see how soon we get an answer. Our weigh-in wasn't very good and I gained back most of what I lost last week. Start over again!

I have to go to Burlington tomorrow for a luncheon and meeting. I hope it's worth the time! I'm planning to do a bit of shopping once the meeting is done so I won't have to make another trip very soon.

Bev, I hope all continues to go well with Rodney.

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Morning all.

More cloudy skies today...it rained so many times yesterday here I lost count. Oh well, better than on a weekend, I guess.

Bev, hope Rod's troubles are behind him now. I expect he has a compromised immune system now with the cancer and treatments, so he probably is susceptible to many viruses. Can't be too careful, though.

I made good progress on the clothes sorting yesterday. Got lots more for the yard sale and a few dresses for consignment. I think I can finally say that job is done. Now to get back into the cellar for cleaning down there.

Well, off to exercise.

Good luck tonight ladies!
I know I will need it!

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So far Rodney is okay today. His temperature was normal this morning so I did go to work, but I told him he needed to call the doctor. It was mid-afternoon before he actually got to speak with anyone, but she told him to keep an eye on his temperature and if it goes above 100 he should go to the Springfield ER and also call her cell phone to let her know so she can call and talk with the ER staff. It was 100.2 at one point this evening but he took it a while later and it was 99.something so we are holding off on doing anything. Hopefully his temp will stay down where it belongs, but at least we have a plan if it doesn't.

It was pretty nice for walking today around here- a bit humid at times, but at other times there was a breeze.

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Good afternoon, all. It's sunny here now but we had a real downpour about an hour ago. It rained most of the day yesterday and today wasn't looking very good either when I got up but it looks much nicer now. Still, I can see some very gray clouds in the distance so maybe we're not out of this yet.

Bev, let's hope that all is okay with Rodney. Still, running a fever doesn't sound too good. Hope it's only minor.

I don't have a lot on my agenda for this afternoon so I think I may decide to take a trip to Burlington. There are a few things that I'd like to pick up, things that I can't find around here. Seems like I shop in town less and less lately. So I either head to Burlington or shop online.

Almost time to leave work. I didn't do much here today but I managed to get the accounts updated and a couple of phone calls made to take care of requests. Good thing I had my reading material.

Have a great day, all.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Nice to see blue sky here this morning after a day of nearly nonstop rain here yesterday. We only got a half-inch, but it was dreary.

I managed to measure all the posters I've set aside to take to Florida. I hope to pick up some frames at Wal-Mart for most of them. They are not art-quality but primarily colorful ones that will serve as décor down there. Hubby always said (and is still saying....) he can make frames for them....yeah, I've been hearing that for 30+ years!

Bev, I hope this isn't a setback for Rod and his recovery. Keep us posted.

Hubby listed more tools on Craigslist yesterday. He's got a guy coming over from Burlington tomorrow to buy the drill press. I know it's hard for him mentally to let some of these things go but he's enjoying the cash in his pocket! I hope he can get rid of more stuff soon.

Well, off to exercise.
Have a wonderful Wednesday all.

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We had a lot of rain in the morning yesterday but the afternoon was a little better. I even saw the sun a few times in the afternoon. I got pretty wet when I walked in the morning, but it wasn't doing much when I went out at lunch. I had on my raincoat but for the first half of my walk I wouldn't really have needed it. It did start to rain about halfway but it never rained very hard and it had stopped again before I got back to work so I didn't get any wetter at lunch than what I was when I started- left over from my morning soaking.

I might end up taking the day off to take Rodney to the doctor today. He has been having a lot of pain in his abdomen since Friday or Saturday and I had suggested he call the oncologist to ask if that was normal after radiation. They had told him the final week of it and the first week or two after would be the roughest, but I thought they were talking in terms of fatigue and maybe diarrhea, not pain. Last night he was running a fever, which makes me worry about the possibility of another infection, so if his temp is still up this morning I will not go to work. He woke up during the night with his pajama top and the pillow pretty wet from sweating. He isn't up yet, so I guess I will shower and get dressed as if I was going to work and then I will wake him up if he isn't up by the time I am done.

Have a good day everyone!

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Good evening, all. Very rainy day here today. I went out this morning to get groceries and got fairly wet going between the car and the store. I had my umbrella but the wind was fairly well negating any benefit from it.

It was a pretty quiet day here. I got the laundry done and Halle came to keep me company while her father went to the gym. She went to Canada with her friend's family yesterday to see the hot air balloon festival. Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate so they saw only a couple of balloons.

Back to work tomorrow. I'll get the bookkeeping done tomorrow and then there won't be much else to do so I'll be sure to have my book to read.

Hope you all had a great day.

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Good afternoon all.

I sat down to post this morning but hubby wanted to walk before it got to hot so off we went.

Guess we are in for a bit of rain the rest of the week. Nothing will dry out this year, I guess.

We picked up the ground beef yesterday and it just barely fit in our freezer. Sold 22 pounds to one friend and have another 15 set aside for another. Can't wait to try it ourselves.

I finally got the linens sorted out to take to FL with us. Won't need to buy any bedding or towels, as we have plenty left from the camper. Hubby is designing a coffee table and end tables he wants to build before we go. I'd rather have him concentrate on garage cleaning...which he has been doing some....but there's a long way to go.

Well, time to make some lunch.

Have a great day all.

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Good morning, all. It's a very nice day here with a little breeze and comfortable temps. Looks like rain on the way for tomorrow though.

We had a nice weekend at my sister's house. She has twin granddaughters who will be 16 in October. They spent a lot of time with Halle this weekend, doing fun craftsy things, swimming and playing games. I asked Halle how she liked have two big sisters and she thought it was great! At one point, they were playing Boggle and I reminded the older girls that Halle had the spelling skill of an 8-year old. One of the girls piped up without missing a beat that she did too! We all got a good laugh out of that and an even bigger one when Halle beat the pants off them! All in all, it was a great time for us. The only bad part was that Halle got sick last night as she was going to bed at our house. That upset her a lot so we decided to have her sleep on the couch rather than upstairs so that she would be closer to us if she needed something during the night. Her father was at our house early this morning to pick her up and they were going to the hospital to see her mother at work.

Things are very quiet here at the office since the pastor is away for the week. He didn't leave me much to get done so I will make sure to bring some reading material to occupy my time this week. There are a few things I can do but nothing much.

The shootings in the Barre area were awful. One of my high school classmates has a granddaughter who works in the system in that area they are all devastated. Such senselessness!

Time to find something to do. Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

Warmer start here this morning, 51 and sunny. Another nice day in store.

Cheryl, happy to hear your mom is improving. It must ease your mind too.

So tragic about the shooting deaths in Barre/Berlin. Vermont does not need this kind of thing happening. For that woman to kill her own family members before gunning down the DCF worker is hard for me to understand. Did she blame them for 'turning her in' or something? So senseless.

Picking up our local grass-fed beef today from a farmer friend. Trying to get some friends and family to help buy some as we can't eat it all before we leave for Florida. Most of our friends are around our age and have small freezers or only 2 people in their home so they don't need much either.

Well, housework is waiting.

Have a great day all.

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Good afternoon, all. We've had a f fairly busy couple of days doing things at my sister's house. She has twin granddaughters who have been keeping Halle occupied. They are nearly 16 but have played games, swam in the pool, and made headed jewelry together. I have really appreciated that they are willing to keep Halle entertained. Tomorrow we will have lunch with Mom at t he home and then start back about 5:00.

Mom has really made great strides in her recovery. Today we walked outside and she did very well. We sat outside and chatted for a while and she thoroughly enjoyed it.

Carol, we use a Martha Stewart recipe for chocolate chip cook u especially and Karl swears it is the best around.

Time to help with dinner. Have a great daY.

Cheryl

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Congratulations on the loss Cheryl!

Carol, we don't know yet when the next phase of treatment will start but I am thinking maybe early September. I only made that guess because he meets with the oncologist on August 25th and I am assuming it will be soon after that, but I don't know. Sadie told us last night that her friend had six weeks between one thing and another (six weeks between surgery and chemo and then six weeks between chemo and radiation- at least I think she did chemo before she had radiation) - but her cancer was totally different than his. He had a lot more than six weeks between surgery and radiation due to all the complications he had but they like to start it within about 6 weeks.

Bev

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Good morning, all. It's sunny here but I can see a lot of dew on the grass. Supposed to warm up in a little while and be a pretty nice day. I'll miss the first half though while Halle and I are on the train.

Our weigh-in went better last night. I lost 1.4, pretty darned good for me! The chapter had a small net loss too so that was good. I gained the entire month of July so I am determined to turn that around.

Bev, good to hear that Rodney came through this round well. Scallops for dinner sounds delicious! Hope you both enjoyed them.

Time to do the last minute prep. Have a great day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
50 and foggy here this morning. But 3 nice days in a row predicted...wow, it's about time!

I gained .4 last night but the chapter had a good net loss. We needed that! Had a nice installation of officers as well.

Bev, nice celebration for Rod. It sounds like he is continuing to show improvement. How long before the next round begins?

I tried a new chocolate chip cookie recipe yesterday called Pretty Damn Good Chocolate Chip Cookies and they sure were! I will have to freeze some for sure to keep them around longer.

Groceries and other errands today. Hopefully hubby will be up soon so we can get going. I did learn that the family of the 2 tent collapse victims were former students of mine. I thought the names sounded familiar, but it was a second marriage, I think, which accounted for a name change. So sad for the whole community.

Well, time to exercise. That will wake him up for sure!

Have a great Friday all.
Carol

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I hope the scales were good to you tonight. I didn't go to TOPS today but I got on my scale tonight and it wasn't pretty! Today was Rodney's last radiation treatment so I stayed home and fixed him a special dinner tonight to celebrate. We had scallops, which is something I never buy because they are so expensive. Now he has a few weeks off to recuperate before starting the next phase of treatment.

Bev

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Good afternoon, all. The temps really are much cooler today but they are welcome after all the heat and humidity we've had lately. Really does feel a little like Fall though.

My work week is over so now I can look forward to the weekend. Halle and I will take the train to Brattleboro to spend some time with my family down there. We'll stay with my sister and Halle is really looking forward to spending some time in her pool. My brother's granddaughters will be spending the weekend at his house so Halle is hoping they will share some pool time with her. She always enjoys spending time with her cousins even if they are a bit older than she is.

My scales died this morning so I can't really say how they might look tonight. I tried replacing the batteries to see if that would fix them but didn't have any luck. I've had them for several years so maybe they died of old age and abuse. Looks like I'll have to invest in another set soon.

Hope you are all having a good day. Good luck at weigh-in tonight.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
58 and cloudy here this morning. Guess we are in for cooler days for now.

We managed to survive the babysitting day yesterday fairly well. There were only 3 as the oldest was away at Grandma's...so all in all it was quieter than I expected. Still, I'm glad we only volunteered for one day this week. Hubby did some more tree trimming and thinning while we were there, so that was a good thing.
I cleaned her microwave, stovetop, toaster oven and spice rack of kitchen grease...not from them but from the previous owner....it gave me something to do and I know she was appreciative.

Scale is up this week, so I'm expecting a hefty gain. Not happy about it, but I have no one to blame but myself.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all, and good luck tonight!

Carol

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Good morning, all. Gee, I guess you were both on here early today. I peeked before heading to work but only now am finding time to post. It was busy here for a while but it's totally dead now. I've done everything I can think of so now I'm just wasting time. Might as well play on here.

It's raining off and on here. We've had a couple of pretty steady showers this morning but nice sunshine and breezes between the showers.

I managed to work on the stocking yesterday but got frustrated again. It's a very intricate pattern with about six different yarns through one particular part. Seems like I always get mixed up on that section. Yesterday was no different. I noticed a mistake about three rows back so I had to take it out and redo it the right way. I'm almost through this difficult part so I'm hoping to get beyond it today. Then it will be smooth sailing until I hit that spot on the next stocking!

Scales didn't look very good this morning. I don't understand it! They were pretty good yesterday and I was careful about what I ate but today they are up a couple of pounds from yesterday. I'm hoping it was temporary and that they'll look better by tomorrow.

Bev, I heard about the fire and was thinking how difficult it must have been to evacuate the residents. Those people don't move easily so I'm sure the staff had their hands full trying to keep everyone safe. Also, it must have been unnerving to the residents and calming them down was likely a real job. Glad that everyone was safe.

Guess I'd better get back to work...or at least make it look like it.

Cheryl

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I noticed you were getting an early start on here today Carol, now I guess I know why. We got a few thunderstorms on Monday but I don't think we got a lot yesterday. It looked like we were in for one when I went out at lunchtime but it didn't happen. I think it did rain later but it couldn't have been too bad since I couldn't hear it from inside. We certainly had it easier than a lot of places. It was so sad about the circus tent collapse and there was also an assisted living facility not far from here that got hit by lightning, causing a fire- and the fire rekindled yesterday so the fire dept had to return again. Fortunately no one was hurt but they had to evacuate all the residents. I haven't heard how much damage there was after the second one. Well, I need to get busy since hubby is up. Have a great day.

Bev

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Morning all.

Foggy here this morning...more like September but the cooler days ahead will be a nice break. A hard rain came through yesterday afternoon but it didn't last long.

Another sleepless night for me...awake at 3 and couldn't get back to sleep. So I got up at 4:30. I will probably regret that since we are babysitting the 4 great nieces and nephews today...oh well, it is what it is.

Well, time to squeeze in some exercise before getting ready to go.

Have a great Wednesday all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's sunny here but I just saw a warning on the TV about thunderstorms in the Adirondacks. Not very close to us but I guess it's a possibility for later. I don't mind the storms when I can stay indoors but I do have to do some running around today so I would like the storms to hold off until I'm done. We never had any rain at all yesterday.

Grocery shopping on my list this morning. Seems like I just went a couple of days ago but I won't have another chance this week so today is the day. I also want to make a coffee cake to use up some sour cream that will expire soon. I'll end up freezing the coffeecake in quarters since Karl doesn't eat it and it would go bad before I could eat it all. It will be nice to have it in the freezer for when the kids come to visit.

Time to get the day started. Hope you all have a good one and that the storms miss you.

Cheryl

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