Author: Sorting Last Post on Top ↓ Message:
RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
12/3/16 8:08 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Morning, ladies.
A cooler start today, 54, but headed to the upper 70s today. No humidity, which is nice.

Congrats on the loss, Bev, but I am sorry to hear of those vague test results. 3 months is a long time to wait, I know.

I had my tooth repaired Thursday and my hip x-rayed. I will discuss the results with my NP on Monday. Hubby's procedure went well yesterday and they found and removed some of the scar tissue that was blocking his urinary tract. He feels better physically and mentally, which is important. He goes back in 3 months for the same procedure. The urologist here is very nice and allowed me to stand next to him and watch what was happening with the camera/scope. Interesting, but I think if the roles had been reversed and I had been the one on the table, my hubby would have been in the next county! He doesn't even like to wait in the waiting room area when I have my appointments.

I did put out what Christmas decorations I brought the other day. We bought some outdoor lights for the palm trees but I don't think I'm going to like them. Cool white LED...I suspect they will be like those overbright headlights some newer cars have, but I could be wrong. We shall see.

Well, time to get something accomplished.

Have a good day all.

Carol



SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
12/2/16 7:27 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Yes, Cheryl, you are right that the news could have been much worse. I will do my best not to dwell on what might happen and just worry about now- and I hope he can too. We did get a new prescription for Ativan for him so that should help. He took it when he was going through treatment before, but he had stopped it when he started doing better. He had a few left so he was taking it once or twice a day the last few days but his prescription had expired so he couldn't get any more.

Weigh-in last night went well for Kim, Ed, and I. All three of us lost. Kim lost over 6 pounds and Ed lost almost 4. I lost a little over 2, which is really good for me, but I expect part of it was that I have been wearing my compression hose for most of the last two weeks because of the problem with my leg so I got rid of some excess fluid in the legs. The chapter had a nice net loss- and I think we may have only had one gainer among the TOPS. I think two of our three KOPS gained but they were still in leeway.

Bev

Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
12/2/16 8:38 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning, all. It's gray here today and I'm not exactly sure what the forecast has in store but it won't matter much to me as I'll be on the train again. This is my last chance to visit my mother before the holidays so I will take advantage of it. Keeping my fingers crossed that there are no peculiar events this time!

Bev, sorry that the news wasn't better but it could have been worse. It's hard to sit and wait but that's the only choice for now. Think positive!

Weigh-in last night wasn't pretty for me. I gained back everything I had lost before Thanksgiving. I still think the scales were off that week. Anyhow, this starts a new week so we'll have to work harder at making it better.

Time to check for last minute preparations. Have a good weekend.

Cheryl

SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
12/1/16 9:24 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I haven't done much shopping yet, but I need to get busy on it. I did order a few things online and I picked up a pair of pink cowboy boots for Sara at Tractor Supply last night. She had told us on Thanksgiving that she wanted some cowboy boots.

This has been a pretty stressful week around here. Last Tuesday Rodney had a CT scan in an effort to find the source of pain he was having in his upper right quadrant. They didn't find a reason for the pain, but when I read the radiologist's report online Saturday it said there are multiple small nodules in his lungs that could indicate a recurrence of the cancer. Needless to say we were pretty upset about that. He spoke to the nurse practicioner in his oncologist's office on Monday to ask about it and she said they really hadn't had a chance to go over it themselves yet, but she gave him an appointment for today. I took the afternoon off to go with him since we were expecting the worst. We chose not to tell the kids what was up until we knew more. His oncologist says she doesn't think we should be overly worried because there are many things other than cancer that could cause a change in the lungs, but she can't tell us it definitely is not cancer either. She mentioned only seeing one nodule, but the report says multiple. She says it is too small for them to do any additional testing at this point so all we can do is wait three months and they will do another scan to see if the nodule (or nodules) has grown. She told us to try not to worry, but since she knows how difficult that is (from personal experience because her husband passed away from a related cancer several years ago) she told us to make sure we spend as much time thinking about how well he is doing as we do worrying about potential issues down the road. It would have been nice to hear it was definitely not cancer, but at least we didn't hear that it definitely is- which is what I was afraid we might hear. I think he needs to find things to keep him busy for the next three months so he doesn't have as much time to worry while he is home alone all day!

I hope the rest of this month is a little less stressful than the last week has been!

Bev

Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
11/27/16 7:46 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning, all. No store shopping for me, or at least as little as possible. We've been doing most of our shopping online this year. The UPS and FED EX guys are getting very familiar with our location! We have done most of our shopping now but I'll still pick up a few stocking stuffers in the next few days. I'm really focusing my efforts on finishing Alex's stocking and another for Joyce G to give to a friend's grandson. That one is nearly finished and should be complete by tomorrow at the latest. Then I can focus all my efforts on the one for my grandson.

Our daughter went home on Friday, fearing that the rain forecast for yesterday could create issues for her as she went through some of the higher elevations. She made it safe and sound though. She is moving soon so she put the extra time to good use in packing up things.

We finished the decorating yesterday and the totes are back in the cellar so the living room is looking more habitable. Hubby really likes to get all this stuff out and I'm not much into it so he does most of the work. Today looks like an easy day with not much to get done.

Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
11/26/16 9:54 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Shopping is on my agenda today too but I didn't get as early a start as you! I wasn't even out of bed at 7! The rest of the crew just left so now I need to get showered and dressed and head out to do my shopping. It will be nice to do it without Rodney with me as he always wants to rush through the sections that I might want to look more at but take plenty of time looking at what he is interested in. He has an appointment to get new tires on the Jeep and then they are all headed to a gun show in White River. Tomorrow he wants to go up and see his brother and his dad so I am doing the shopping while they are gone today. It doesn't sound like we will get a lot done around the house over the long weekend after all. Half of my four days are gone and I have done very little so far!

Enjoy the day everyone!

Bev

Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
11/26/16 6:18 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Morning all.

Couldn't sleep past 4 this morning so I decided to get up and try to get something done. Ha! So much for good intentions, right? Well, I got the grocery list figured out so at least I have that ready. I'll head to Publix early, hopefully by 7.

I had a corner of a filling break off last night...now I have to find a dentist to get that repaired down here. It's not a sharp edge, fortunately, but it is annoying. I may try Aspen Dental.

Finally got the plants separated and repotted but it took me all afternoon to do that. Ran out of potting soil, so hubby ran up to the hardware store to get a couple more bags. I don't know what these plants are, but they look kind of like a spider plant. Hope they make it, but they've been fine in the old containers for years, so they should do okay in the new ones.

Bev, I do hope the tests come out well for you. Let's hope the next doctor has a better attitude!

We did find a mattress set at the mattress store, but it was a bit more than we had planned to spend. It is a better model though, than we went in thinking we'd buy, but they came down even more on the price, plus we got a bed frame and mattress protector as well. They'll hold on to it all until the carpets are put in. I don't need to be moving heavy furniture too many times. Besides, it's only the guest room, and right now that room is quite full of storage boxes, etc. And I haven't found a place for those yet. Boy, I sure miss having a cellar! Don't know if I'll ever get used to that.

Well, time to get dressed. He's up now so I can make a little more noise.

Have a great Saturday all.

Carol

SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
11/25/16 8:03 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
We don't do Black Friday shopping. We did go in a couple of stores today and got a couple of things but they were not for Christmas. I picked up a shelf unit at Ocean State Job Lot that I put in one corner of my dining room in place of a smaller one that was there. That will enable me to have a place to store some things that have been sitting on the floor in front of my hutch. I always had a couple of things there but with extra people here the pile had grown! We also got a rubber mat from Tractor Supply to put on the porch under the snowblower to protect the wood floor. I did go to the doctor this morning for my leg. I ended up seeing the doctor that I saw at the end of October and didn't care for. She says she doesn't think it is a blood clot but she would have had an ultrasound done to make sure except they didn't have anyone working today to do one. She put in an order for one and said they will probably call me Monday to schedule it but if the leg is getting better I can just cancel it. She thinks it is an infection in the leg, so she put me on an antibiotic for 10 days. I asked her about my blood sugar from last time and she did put in an order to check my A1C as well as doing the lipid profile (which she said she was going to do before). At some point in the next couple of weeks I will need to go to the lab first thing in the morning and have that done so the new doctor will have the results before I see him. I'm not sure why but this doctor seemed reluctant to order the tests- she acted like she didn't think it was necessary. She told me my glucose "wasn't high, it was still in the normal range". According to the American Diabetes Association anything over 100 but less than 126 is considered prediabetic, which I don't consider to be "normal". If I had been just over 100 I wouldn't be concerned but at 124 I was barely below the threshold for diabetes so I think it should be followed up on, especially when half of my siblings have type 2 diabetes. Hopefully my A1C will be fine and I will just have to be careful going forward, but if not I want to know it sooner rather than later. I'm glad I won't have to deal with this doctor for much longer!

Bev

Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
11/25/16 6:40 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening, all. It has been a very productive day here. Halle came early to help us put up our tree. I think it took hubby and me two or three days to complete last year. With Jess and Halle here, we got it all done by lunchtime. We haven't put away the totes yet though as he wants to do some decorating throughout the house tomorrow. Jess left to return to Cicero about 1:30, fearing that she might run into some nasty roads but we just heard from her and all was good.

Yes, it has been a tough Fall for us, having lost two very dear friends. This one was very hard too as was Allan's passing but we knew it was coming. She was diagnosed a year ago and told that she had only six months or so. She fought and fought, lots of chemo and radiation to shrink tumors but it was inevitable. I saw her in the hospital last week and I knew it wasn't going to be long. She went to her daughter's house to enter into hospice on Wednesday and she died that evening. Her daughter met with the funeral home today to make the necessary arrangements so I am sure we'll hear soon. It's still sad even knowing how much suffering she was going through. She will be missed.

Thanksgiving was a little different for us this year. With my MIL in rehab, we were a little smaller group at the table. Baby Alex kept us entertained though as he sat in his chair and had a grand time banging a spoon on the tray. He is not on any solid foods yet so he could only eye the food and wonder what it would be like. By Christmas, he will have started on a few things so that will be a little more interesting.

Turkey soup is made and just cooling a little before I put it in the freezer. We had some for supper and it was pretty good, even if I do say so myself. There's only a little bit of turkey left and most of the rest of the leftovers went home with Jess. My fridge is looking a lot better today than it did yesterday!

Hope you all had a great day-after. No Black Friday shopping in stores for us but we did a little bit on-line.

Cheryl

RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
11/25/16 7:58 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Morning all.
Happy Black Friday to all. We will be doing a bit of shopping later, but it's not the mall, thankfully. Made that mistake last year and learned that lesson. We need a guest bed, so we're hoping to take advantage of the sales here. There are many places to go, so I 'm hoping they will offer us a good deal.

We had dinner at the clubhouse yesterday and there was so much food. Hubby had volunteered to help set up in the morning, then ended up helping with serving, so he just was eating his main course as I was having dessert. Tons of food left over, and because he helped, we were able to bring home ham, turkey, the salad he had made, of course, and a whole carrot cake that was never opened (store bought). Just what I don't need, but that went into the freezer. Sat at a table with some folks from Massachusetts who just moved down last year full-time.

Cheryl, your chapter has had its share of tragedies this past year. It never gets any easier, I do know that.

I never did my plants separated and repotted last week so that is on my agenda for today. They are so root bound it will not be an easy task but it is long overdue.

Bev, good luck with the leg today. And it is better to be safe than sorry and have it checked out, if you can.

Have a great day all.

Carol



SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
11/24/16 6:40 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend Cheryl. Your chapter has had a rough year.

We had a good dinner at Sadie's and made it there and back safely. It was snowing when we left her house but the roads were okay. They were wet at first and with the temp at around or just below the freezing mark I wasn't sure how it would be, but it seemed fine. Once we got a little south of White River it wasn't doing anything at all and south of Hartland the road was dry. Hopefully Ed and Kim also have a safe trip back from Bristol. She has tomorrow off but he has to work so they will be home tonight.

I am debating whether or not I should try to get in to the same day clinic tomorrow to have my leg checked out. My lower leg has been sore for almost a week. It is the same leg that I scraped up when I fell but this soreness didn't start until about a week after my fall and it isn't in the same spot I scraped up either. I thought it would improve if I wore my compression hose, but it hasn't made a huge difference. A couple of days ago I bought an Ace bandage to wrap around it after I take the compression hose off for the day and I have kept that on overnight. Either the compression hose or the Ace bandage make it feel better at times, but not always. I don't really think it is anything serious but I would like to rule out a blood clot in the leg. I will decide in the morning whether to go to the clinic or just wait longer to see if it gets better.

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.

Bev

Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
11/24/16 10:24 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning and happy Thanksgiving to all. The bird is in the oven, veggies are cooking, everything is in process. Company should be arriving shortly. We'll be a little smaller group this year as my MIL is still in rehab. We'll take her a plate later.

We lost a dear friend last night. She was one of our KOPS but has been battling cancer for about a year. She was taken to her daughter's home yesterday to enter hospice care. We knew it wouldn't be long but this was quicker than we imagined.

Have a wonderful day, everyone. Enjoy the time with friends and family.

Cheryl

SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
11/24/16 9:49 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Happy Thanksgiving to you as well Carol! I got my rolls made last night and breakfast is out of the way. Now we just need to get showered and dressed and then we will be headed to Sadie's. I think she said dinner is at 2 and then when we leave we have to drop her kids off at their other grandparents. It has been snowing off and on here this morning, but nothing major. She called and said it was snowing hard at her house, but the forecast is only for a couple of inches, so hopefully it won't be bad driving up and back.

Enjoy the day everyone, and as Carol says, tomorrow is a new day.

Bev

emoticon emoticon emoticon

Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
11/24/16 8:38 A

Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon Morning all!
Happy Thanksgiving to all you ladies! Enjoy friends and family, food in moderation, and remember, tomorrow is a new day!

Carol

Edited by: RIDLEYRIDER at: 11/24/2016 (08:39)
MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
11/22/16 9:51 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning, all. It's still a snowy day here but shows signs of stopping....finally!!! It was pretty nasty driving yesterday. All the way to work, I kept asking myself if I wanted to keep going forward or maybe turn around and go home. Eventually I made it there but it took a long time. Most of my trip was at 25-30 mph. Coming home was somewhat better but still not fun. Today, the roads are still greasy but I don't have much traveling to do. Just groceries. The rest of my day is laundry and cleaning.

Judy may be heading home today, according to her post. She apparently got very weak, fell in the bathroom, and had to be transported by ambulance to the hospital. There, they found that she was dehydrated, had a UTI, and a fungal infection. She says she is feeling better now.

Our daughter is supposed to be coming home today. She was driving from Syracuse to the Albany area to call on a new business client so, rather than driving two hours back to Syracuse today only to drive another 5.5 hours tomorrow to come home, she will drive from Albany to here later today. She can work from here tomorrow so it won't be lost time.

Carol, remodeling never goes totally as planned when we do anything so it's not surprising that you are also encountering issues. With any luck, you'll get to enjoy some down time later this winter.

Dryer is buzzing so I guess it's my signal to get back to work. Have a good day.

Cheryl



RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
11/22/16 7:48 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Morning all.

41 here this morning, but no snow! Ha! ha! going to be in the 70s today, so no complaints from me.

Congrats on the great loss, Cheryl. Keep up the great work.

Bev, when we ever do get free time, we won't know what to do with it! We are hoping by mid-January we'll be able to slow down a bit. We went to get the tile yesterday but some of it wasn't in stock and with the upcoming holiday, it won't be all here until next Monday. Oh well, we've waited this long, I guess. The backer board and cement floor are in place at least.

My new washer and dryer come today, woohoo! We were set to take our old set to a local consignment place but they are having paving done in the mall there and now they can't take it until next week.

Chris M texted me yesterday to say Judy J is in the hospital. Do either of you know anything about that? I think she saw it on FB, but since I don't do that, I'm out of the loop. Let me know if you hear anything at all, please.

Well, hubby is finally up. He's helping the tile guy (a neighbor) with hanging sheet rock, swapping some labor to reduce our bathroom makeover cost. I call him a 'kid', but he's probably in his 30s..an honest to goodness good 'ole boy from Oklahoma. I love his accent, but after listening to him talk for a few minutes I want to break out in song..."I'm proud to be an Okee from Muskogee"....just can't help myself.

I went to use my sewing machine the other day for a bit of mending and discovered it had been bumped or hit in transit, breaking the light bulb. Not a critical feature but now I'll need to look for one of those down here.

Well, time to get moving.

Have a great day all.

Carol

MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
11/19/16 2:03 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good afternoon. It certainly is warm here! Someone told me it was 65 here! Supposed to change drastically tomorrow though. Going to have the first significant snow if the season although I guess we won't see much here near the lake.

I had an exceptional weigh-in
This week. I lost 5.2 pounds! I can't say it was because of great effort on my part. I've been quite stressed for a couple of weeks and I think that is what did it. The stress is s little better now so I hope I don't regain it. Bev, a gain that small after sucha long time away is something to celebrate! With Thanksgiving coming up, I'll have to be careful! Everyone will be at our house.

My MIL seems to be doing better. She can walk short distances with assistance and she is able to sit up in a chair for a couple of hours at a time.

That's all for now. Have a great day.

Cheryl



SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
11/19/16 10:13 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Gee, Carol, when you get all these projects done what will you do with all the free time? I'm guessing you will find more projects to do! I'm sure when we are down there for months at a time we will do a few projects too, but I suspect they will be minor ones since we won't have the $$$ to do a lot. I might end up deciding to work part time for a couple of years to help with that situation, but we shall see. There are too many unknowns to make a decision until the time comes, but I don't object to doing that.

I went to TOPS on Thursday. Ed and Kim have been talking about going because they both need to lose some weight and I had told them if they did go I would probably go back. Since they hadn't gone before now I was sort of hoping they would wait until after Thanksgiving but I wasn't going to discourage them from going because the longer they procrastinated the less likely they would be to go. I wasn't too excited about going back, but I know I do need to do something about my excess weight as well. I did have a small gain since I was last there, but it was less than I was afraid it might be. I gained .8, which I don't think was bad since I hadn't been there for 5 months. I think I can get that off and hopefully a bit more by the end of the year, but I am less confident that I can avoid ending the year with a gain since I would need to lose about 6 pounds to get back to my starting weight for 2016. I hope they both do well, but I think they felt a bit out of place on Thursday. Most of the group is much older than they are. At one point I was the youngest one in our chapter, but there are a few others who are younger than me now. I think there are a couple of members who are just a few years younger and then two others who are even younger than that, but still older than Ed & Kim. Kim said she thought the accountability would be good but she wasn't so sure about the actual meetings. I told her some are better than others and that seeing others succeed and having others recognize your own success helps motivate you. Of course it will be two weeks before we have the next meeting and it will not be easy to lose over Thanksgiving but hopefully knowing they will be weighing in the next week will keep them from eating as much as they otherwise might. They are going to her parents and we are going to Sadie's for Thanksgiving so we will all be at the mercy of someone else's cooking- but we won't have a lot of leftovers in the house afterwards.

I don't remember if I mentioned that Rodney has been having pains in his upper right side just below the ribs. At first we thought maybe he had pulled a muscle or something because he recently worked on our septic pump, although it didn't start until a couple of days after he did that. Since it has not gotten better we are now thinking it was not from that. He finally called his oncologist's office after he had been having the pain for a week and they said they were going to contact his surgeon at DHMC, and to let them know if he didn't hear from the surgeon's office within two days. He heard nothing so he called them back on Thursday and they were talking about having him come in for bloodwork and another scan. I am surprised they would do another scan since he had one only about three weeks ago that showed nothing alarming. It did show some ascities (fluid) in his upper right quadrant so maybe that has increased and is putting pressure on the liver, creating the pain. Of course that is just speculation on my part. I am not too worried because he has no other symptoms and he recently had a scan that showed nothing alarming. His last bloodwork showed his platelet count to be slightly lower than normal, which I found surprising because that had never been an issue before except when he was on chemo, but it apparently wasn't low enough that they were concerned about it. Unfortunately after what he has been through we tend to worry about little things that we might otherwise not think too much about.

Well I guess I better stop rambling and get my lazy butt in the shower. We are headed to see the in-laws today and then get my oil changed and do a little shopping on the way home. Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!

Bev

Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
11/19/16 8:29 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Morning, ladies!
57 and sunny here this morning, headed to the upper 70s again today, but they are warning people of a cold front coming tomorrow where it won't get out of the 60s! Imagine that! They are telling people to get sweaters out, etc. It makes me laugh!

The projects continue here. We got a new kitchen light up yesterday, to replace the ugly fluorescent one that was popular when the house was built. I really like it. He's more excited about the new attic stairset he installed. Of course, that's because he is the only one to go up and down that thing. It's in the garage and we use the area up there for storage. He built a platform for my new washer and dryer coming this week. We looked at the pedestals available for that model but it would have added about $500 to the cost, which I thought was unnecessary. Mine at home don't have pedestals so it's not like I'm not used to bending over to put wash in or take it out.

He and the neighbor are starting the bathroom project today but the tile store is closed on the weekends (why, I wonder?) so we can't order the tile. Oh well, Monday will have to do.

Well, time to get moving and get something accomplished.

Have a great Saturday all.

Carol

MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
11/17/16 6:13 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning, all. It was a very busy day yesterday so I'm hoping that today is a little quieter. I left the house at 8:00 am and never made it home until 8:00 pm. Work, nails and a haircut, visit my MIL in the rehab facility, a trip to the sugar house to pick up the stuff for the craft show, a stop at Matt's house to get the labels for the honey, and then finally home. Today it's just work and TOPS.

The weather yesterday was miserable. Rain and drizzle all day and lots of fog. Looks like today will be warmer and then even warmer tomorrow. Snow forecast for late in the weekend into Monday. I do hope it doesn't amount to much. Jess should be driving home on Wednesday so I'd like the roads to be good for her drive.

So, my MIL was transferred to the rehab facility yesterday and they thought it would be a two to four week stay. She is making progress and was able to walk a bit and sat in a chair for most of the afternoon. I also noticed that her mind seems to be clearer. My mother, on the other hand, was in a real fog yesterday. She was very confused but my brother attributed it to the foul weather. She often gets confused when the day is gray and dreary. I hope it's not another UTI, typical when she exhibits this behavior.

I was up early, thinking I might spend a little time knitting but I was Christmas shopping instead. I doubt that I will be able to get much time in the stores this year so most of my shopping is being done online. My sister and I have been trying to figure out a time for us to shop together but it doesn't seem to be happening. She's awfully tied up with doctor appointments for her husband and our mother.

It's still dark here but I hope you all have a bright and beautiful day!

Cheryl

SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
11/15/16 11:08 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Cheryl, I think your weather was much nicer than ours today. I am not sure if we got above 50 or not, but it was rainy most of the day. It was only a little of a mist when I headed out for lunch but it started to rain harder while I was walking so I had to cut my walk short and I went back with wet hair and a wet jacket. For a while it was pouring so I'm glad that didn't happen until after I got back.

I think tomorrow is supposed to be nicer and I think most of the rest of this week is supposed to be in the 50s- but then colder in time for the weekend.

Bev

Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
11/15/16 2:21 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Good afternoon, ladies!
Glad to hear you are getting warmer than normal temps up there. That will help my heating bill.

It is in the 70s again today, and I have windows open. A nice change from running the a.c.

We got the last of the new blinds up today, yay! I won't do any new window curtains or draperies until the carpet is done. And that won't be until after the master bath is done.

Off to Lowes again for a few more items, this time for cement, etc. for the bathroom tile. I did see an electric fireplace on sale there on the their website, so I might see if I can look at one up close.

We didn't see the supermoon here as it has been too cloudy the last couple of nights. Maybe night? Or maybe it's too late. It figures.

Well, sounds like he's ready to go.

Have a great day all.

Carol

MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
11/15/16 2:04 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good afternoon, all. It's a sunny, warm day here. I started out with a hoodie and a light jacket but soon got rid of the jacket and then the hoodie was almost too much too. Cannot believe that we're seeing these temps in the middle of November. According to the weather forecaster, we are on target to making this the warmest year on record if this continues. Right now, it's the second warmest.

I was at the sugar house to can syrup this morning. Eighteen quarts and sixteen pints. We already had a bunch of half gallons done so I didn't bother with them. There aren't many gallons but I don't expect to sell many of those anyhow. We're almost all stocked up for the weekend show. I hope I sell a lot of it so we wont' have to take them back.

My MIL had another cardiac episode today right in the hospital. It seems that she got the story confused yesterday too. They are not going to start her on a new med. What the cardiologist said was to take her off it if she was already taking it. The med is designed to lower her blood pressure but that would only aggravate her problem so she is definitely not going to be taking it. So, I guess today the family was going to push for a cardiac consult. We aren't sure but perhaps she has been having these episodes right along and just didn't tell anyone. She is usually heavily into denial for any medical issues so it's entirely possible that this has been going on for a while. They were planning to transfer her to rehab today but I think they will wait for the cardiologist to give approval.

Laundry is in process; groceries are still waiting to be put away. Seems like it must be Tuesday! lol Have a great day!

Cheryl

SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
11/14/16 8:26 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Cheryl, I hope the new med does the job and your MIL can get out of the hospital soon and also that the hip heals quickly.

I did not see the moon last night. I kept thinking I should get up and look outside but I never did. I fell late yesterday afternoon (just being clumsy) and banged up my leg and knee so I was staying put as much as possible. I expected to be very sore today but it was not as bad as I thought it might be. I couldn't sleep on my right side last night like I usually do because it is my right knee that I banged up, but today it was doing better so I am hoping I might be able to sleep on that side tonight. It is still kind of sore when I first get up and put weight on it, but it gets better as I walk around a little.

It certainly was pretty nice today, but it started out chilly. I managed to walk on my morning break without any major problems, so I went out again at lunch. I didn't go quite as far as usual, but close.

Bev

Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
11/14/16 3:30 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good afternoon, all. It's a beautiful sunny day here and the temps are in the mid-50's. Very comfortable! In fact, my fleece jacket was actually too warm when I was on my way home.

My MIL is still in the hospital and will be for another day or two. She is very lucky that she didn't have any more serious injuries with her fall. Today, though, she had a cardiac episode so they are planning to put her on a new med that requires monitoring for 24 hours. She will be in the hospital at least until they are certain that the med takes care of the problem. She apparently has a blockage that they are trying to work around so the med is supposed to regulate her blood pressure. It fluctuates too much right now. She thinks that is what happened to her when she fell. Once they are sure the meds are working for her, they will move her to rehab for a period of time to let the hip heal.

Did you all see the moon last night??? It was huge and beautiful! Supposed to be at least as nice tonight.

Tomorrow I will be canning syrup in preparation for the show this weekend. He has gallons and half-gallons galore but no pints or quarts and I think those sizes may sell better. I still need to make a few more candies too.

Mail is in so I guess I should see what's in it that's good. Have a great day.

Cheryl

RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
11/14/16 8:38 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Morning all.
Overcast here this morning, 64, but headed to the upper 70s today.

I think the chair lift device is a good thing for your MIL, Cheryl. And she is lucky she wasn't more seriously hurt than she was. Hip fractures are dangerous to people of that age.

I got the housework done yesterday while he went back to return some plant pots we bought the day before and get a few more items on sale. We bought 3 scented gardenia plants to put in outdoor pots and bought clay pots, but realized when we got home we had some clay-colored plastic ones already that we'd brought down last year, so we'll use those instead. Transplanting those is on my list for today.

He's putting up the window blinds we got now. I won't get curtains for those windows until the carpet has been replaced, and that won't happen until the master bath is finished.

Well, time to start in on the list.

Have a great Monday all.

Carol

SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
11/13/16 2:05 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
It sounds like your MIL was lucky she didn't get more seriously hurt. Is she one of those who is too stubborn for her own good and tries to do things she shouldn't? My FIL is like that- he really shouldn't try to walk without his cane even if it is just around their house, but he won't listen to anyone telling him that. He fell in the bathroom a while back and had a bruise on his head, but when his doctor asked him if he fell he lied to her and said no. She asked if he bumped his head and he told her he might have done that. She might have guessed that he was fibbing about not falling but she let it go, from what I heard. Rodney's sister told him one of these times he will break something when he falls and then he will wish he had just used his cane, but it may be too late at that point. He should have done the balance therapy they wanted him to do, but he, or someone else, decided that probably wouldn't do any good anyway so he never even went for the first appointment.

Good luck with the maple and honey sales. It sounds like a lot of work to me!

Bev

Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
11/13/16 11:07 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning, all. It's chilly but sunny here and the forecast is for warmer temps than yesterday. I'm not really planning any outdoor activities today so it doesn't really matter to me.

We had a call shortly after 1:00AM. My MIL had fallen and injured herself so the ambulance was on its way to take her to the ER. As it turns out, she chipped the top of her femur and cracked her hip. They admitted her to watch it for a day or two but they don't anticipate surgery at this time. I haven't been up to see her but hubby spent much of the night and again this morning up there. It looks like he and our son are going to install a chair lift on the stairway where she lives later this afternoon. Originally they were going to do it next Sunday but this makes it more urgent.

Other than that, life goes on. We are working on getting the maple and honey products ready for a craft show next weekend. Looks like we need to make a few more maple sugar candies and then we need to bag and tag them all. I have had some orders from family members that I'll need to get out within the next week too. Seems like more work than I wanted right now. I'm not sure I would do this again without more help. Everyone is tied up next weekend so I will have to work the table alone.

One Christmas stocking is all done so now I will focus on finishing the other knitted one. I'm also trying to work every day on the needlepoint one for my grandson. Time is dwindling so I need to get things finished!

Have a good day.

Cheryl

SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
11/11/16 10:18 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Congrats on the loss Cheryl!

I found a pair of Dr Scholls metatarsal pads that I had bought some time ago to see if they would help and I put them in my sneakers today. I'm not sure they helped but it probably takes more than one day to notice a difference, plus these were likely not the same quality as the ones he had me order. I bought them because they said they were for ball of foot pain, but I never used them much because they didn't seem to stay in place very well. These are a gel type pad and the ones he had me order I think are felt. I read a lot of reviews of them on Amazon and many of them said they did help. A few people said they didn't but others commented that they may not have had them placed correctly (which is why I opted to have the doctor put them in my shoes the first time).

Bev

Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
11/11/16 7:49 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Morning all.
Congrats on the loss, Cheryl! Glad your auction went well.

I had a gain this week when I went back to my FL chapter, but considering I hadn't weighed in in about 3 weeks it wasn't too bad.

Bev, I agree with you about the election. I truly believe (and have for years) that the electoral college should be abolished. Where else in the world can a candidate receive the most popular votes and NOT get elected? In a dictatorship or monarchy, maybe? This is just plain wrong, in my opinion. Not that I wanted her to win, but more people voted for her than Trump, so she should have won.

We are off to do the Veterans Day discount shopping at HD and Lowes, so I'd better be sure he hasn't forgotten anything on the list. Big ticket items on there today, but it's the best time to get those.

Have a great day, ladies. And good luck with the new shoe inserts, Bev.

Carol

MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
11/11/16 7:20 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning, all. I also am very glad that the elections are over. Whether we like it or not, Mr. Trump is going to be our new president and we will have to live with it for the next four years. I always feel that it's a tremendous job and one that I wouldn't want on my shoulders at any cost. Whatever happens, I hope he doesn't spout his negative comments for the next four years!

We had a tea cup auction last night and raised a bit of money for the treasury. It's always a fun time and this was no exception. The chapter had a net loss and I helped with a one pound loss.

On the agenda today is a trip to Burlington to do some Christmas shopping. We've been doing most of our shopping on-line but there are a few things that I feel I need to pick up at the stores. The kids all do wish lists, a big help. They won't get everything they have on the lists but it gives me a starting point to shop.

Time for breakfast and then I'll be heading out on my shopping expedition. Have a great day.

Cheryl



SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
11/10/16 8:42 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am certainly glad the election is over, but not necessarily glad how things went- at least on the national level. I didn't really care for Hillary but I thought she was the lesser of two evils. Apparently a lot of others didn't. It is over and done and we can't change it, so now we just need to hope that a lot of what he said during the campaign was just done for attention and that he won't be as bad as he sounded. Only time will tell.

I had my appointment with the podiatrist on Tuesday and he ordered several x-rays of my feet. They didn't show anything major wrong, so that is a good thing. It showed some arthritis in both feet and mild hammertoes, but they are not bad enough to need anything done. He feels that my problem is from not having much of a pad on the bottom of my foot and when I walk the pressure is all on the ball of the foot so it is almost like walking on bone. He shaved off some of the excess skin build-up and had me order some metatarsal pads to put in my shoes. When I get them I am going back to see him and have him put them in so that they will be in the right place. After I try those for 6 weeks I will go back to see him again. Hopefully the pads will work, but it sounded like there are other things we can try if they don't. He told me the sneakers I have are the right thing to be wearing for the problems that I have and that I should never go barefoot even around the house. I told him I normally wear a pair of crocs around the house and he said those should be fine. Mine are not the real thing but I may decide to get some real ones at some point. We also have appointments scheduled with another primary care doctor. If we don't like that one we will look for one at another facility.

I hope the scales were good to anyone who weighed in today.

Bev



Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
11/10/16 9:00 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning all.
It's been quiet here for a few days, hasn't it? Can't speak for the rest, but I'm glad the election is over and hopefully things can quiet down a bit.

Went back to my FL chapter yesterday and saw all the gals. The only man they had is no longer there, as he and his wife went into an assisted-living facility a ways away. Another snowbird came back, too, so they were happy to see as, as their attendance is down too.

I delivered the syrup I had orders for, and sold another later in the day to my Schwann's delivery gal. I had given her the little sample bottles from time to time last year and mentioned I had some for sale in the quart size so she bought one. She may want to pre-order some for next year, she said!

Hubby is nearly done with his garage organization, which is a good thing, since this weekend we will be doing a lot of shopping at Home Depot and Lowe's for Veterans' discount day. Hoping to get a small chest freezer and new washer/dryer set, as well as order bathroom fixtures, like the vanity and sink.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all, and good luck with the scale tonight. Jean, if you are reading this, say hello to the gang for me! It's 61, headed to 81 today, woohoo!!

Carol

MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
11/7/16 12:29 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good afternoon, all. It was quite chilly this morning and we had a hard frost overnight. Hubby had finished cleaning out the garden/flower bed over the weekend though so all is good.

Yes, the train incident appears to have been a suicide. According to one of the train personnel yesterday, the man was apparently about to go to prison. Still, it was a horrible event. My ride back home last night was on a bus since there are teach upgrades going on farther down the line, making it impossible to get a train going north. They run a series of buses when this happens so that one bus doesn't have to make all the stops. I was the only passenger on my bus from White River to St. Albans. It was kind is fun. The youngest crew member had brought a dvd of the old Night Court series so we watched that.

Time to close up shop and head for my appointment for an oil change. Have a great day.

Cheryl

RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
11/7/16 8:26 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning, ladies.

65 here this morning, going to be another warm day, about 81, I think they said.

Cheryl, I saw that train incident on the news, and I guess it was a suicide. So sad, really. And now a fatal car crash in St. Albans. I haven't seen the details on that one, but doesn't it just seem like there are more and more of those lately?

The big news here is the last minute push by the candidates here in FL...I will be so glad when the political ads are over with! We called home for messages yesterday and we had 4 robocalls about voting. And that was just in a 2- day time period.
No matter who 'wins', I think we'll all be losers....there, no more political expounding on my part, I promise!

I helped hubby with the garage organizing yesterday, which meant several hours on the concrete floor, and my hip paid the price in the night. I was finally able to go back to sleep, but I didn't sleep soundly.

Well, off to get the walking in.

Have a great day all.

Carol

SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
11/5/16 6:52 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Cheryl, I wondered if that was the train you were on. I didn't see that it specifically said it was an Amtrak train but I suspected it might have been. That same thing happened earlier this year in Brattleboro where someone committed suicide by walking onto the tracks in front of the train. I agree that it must be tough for those operating the train, even though they were not at fault in any way. It would be rough for the emergency responders too.

Bev



Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
11/5/16 5:00 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good afternoon, all. Well, I guess it was bound to happen. i was on the train yesterday and, around Claremont, NH, it struck a man. According to the news reports, he deliberately stepped in front of the train. We were delayed a couple of hours while the police came and did their thing. I really feel sorry for the train personnel. They are the ones who have to deal with it. Anyhow, we got to Brattleboro a little over two hours late.

Today, my sister and I picked my mother up, took her to the Hallmark store, and then over to her house. My sister picked up Chinese food for our lunch and we checked out a few things Mom wanted to look for. She decided it was time to go back to the home because she was tired and wanted to take a nap. Once we dropped Mom off, we went to get partridge berries in our favorite spot. We make holiday berry bowls for our kids, just like our father did for us. Now we're heading out to find a lap desk for Mom. A representative of the VT Association for the Blind came to do an assessment on her and she suggested that Mom use a lap desk to support reading materials. Her vision is very bad so we'll try this.

I'm sure I'll be ready for bed tonight after all this activity today. Hope your day is going well.

Cheryl

Edited by: MAMAN141 at: 11/5/2016 (17:00)
RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
11/5/16 7:50 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Morning all.

I always wanted a talking bird when I was a kid. My grandmother had a bird, but it didn't talk. Funny, I haven't thought about that bird in years.

Not much going on here, still working on organizing the garage, mostly. I can't stand the chaos out there with not being able to find things, and I'm sure it's worse for him. Finally got some more shelves built, so at least we are making progress.

Off to Home Depot and Lowes this morning, so it could be a long day...we never seem to get out of there in a timely manner. Oh well.

Have a great Saturday all.

Carol

MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
11/4/16 8:46 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning, all. It's a gray, dreary day here but it won't matter to me. I'll be heading south on the train this morning to spend the weekend at my sister's home. Mom has a few little jobs lined up for me so I'm thinking this will be a work weekend. i know she wants to go to her house to spend a little time so we'll probably grab something for take out and have lunch there tomorrow. A lot depends on the weather. If it is very cold, we won't be going.

Our weigh-in wasn't wonderful last night. In fact, only one person showed a loss. I gained .2 so it wasn't horrible but i do need to turn that around. We are going to do a tea cup auction next week.

Jen, your parakeet sounds very talented! My grandparents had a parakeet when i was little and i can remember them having conversations with him. Well, they talked and it looked like he really understood them. lol

Just time enough to pack a lunch and then I'll be heading to the train. Have a great day!

Cheryl

MSJENNIFERVT48's Photo MSJENNIFERVT48 SparkPoints: (56,962)
Fitness Minutes: (42,244)
Posts: 2,668
11/4/16 2:46 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
WoW- I have a parakeet along with a dog and he (Our Parakeet Harvey) must really like this song because he taps his bell to every word of this song (in time). AWESOME!! He is now singing too- which I usually find cute- We always play the radio for him- he LOVES music so much!

Looks like a busy day for me today! I will be starting to get together some envelopes together for the Tea Cup fundraiser! Or at least it is on my list. I can't wait. I love getting together things for it! AND I especially LOVE thinking- who will get my package- and will they like it?? I can't wait to see!!!

It also looks like I am going to be back in one of those Biggest Loser Winter Challenges.... I have missed the structure- but I like posting on my other teams too... I feel I don't have enough quality time with other teams (like vt TOPS for instance) but I will try to be better at managing this time I am given...

I bought black, photo cartridge, and color ink for my printer- so I should be able to print out pictures for our TOPS scrapbook!!!!!!

I can't wait to get creative with the Pictures I have! I LOVE that I got an additional picture of Allan for it. I will dedicate a nice spread for him....

Sorry I am all over the place with my posting. I kind of have to get my day going... I have tons of other things to do..

Weigh- in was good. I STayed the Same.... I am happy with that....

Have a great day Carol, Bev, and Cheryl.... I will check in again soon.... Jen



 current weight: 215.4 
 
220
195
170
145
120
RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
11/3/16 9:02 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning, ladies!

Good news on the numbers, Bev. Seems like 'normal' has been a long time coming, hasn't it?

The tv company guy came yesterday and resolved our technical issues, replaced some cables, etc., We found out they canceled our landline phone, so I called the office and was told it was to get the special promotion rate we got last week when we upgraded to DVR service. Hmm...just the opposite from what they told me last week on the phone, but no matter, we didn't want the landline phone anyway...too many annoying sales calls, etc. Cell service is good here, compared to back home, of course, because it is so flat, I guess, so that will have to do.

The plumbers called this morning and came to install the water softening system a day early. No problem, as the water will only be off about 3 hours or so. I made my pumpkin spice cake before they arrived; I'll take that to pot luck tonight.

Well, time to get something accomplished this morning. Good luck with the scale tonight, ladies.

Carol

SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
11/3/16 7:09 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good luck on the scale tonight ladies!

Yes, we were very happy to hear that the blood tests looked better. I was able to view the actual numbers online this morning and while only one of his liver numbers is actually in the normal range, the two that were very high both dropped dramatically and the other one dropped slightly. I haven't seen the tumor marker number yet, but she called him yesterday and said that was also down from the last test at the end of July.

Have a great day in spite of the rain!

Bev

Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
MSJENNIFERVT48's Photo MSJENNIFERVT48 SparkPoints: (56,962)
Fitness Minutes: (42,244)
Posts: 2,668
11/3/16 2:08 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hello!

Bev- WooHoo! That's great news about Rodney!

Cheryl- I definitely have to admit... yesterday was a great day! Even the Mosquitoes were trying to get me! This time of year- I found they like to hang out near the outside stovepipe of my Natural Gas Monitor Heating System. ((does that make sense?)) It does let off heat on the outside too- and there were about 10 of them on the side of this apartment house.

Claire didn't do Halloween this year. We were at my mom's house all day (we were sick) and left shortly before the young ones started trick or treating. So we came home and watched a SCARY movie called "Light's Out."

Last night was the parent's hockey meeting. Claire had practice but she didn't go due to being out sick for 2 school days- and wanting to save up her energy for games this weekend. Friday Night we will be in Barre. Game starts at 7:15pm! Then she will be off with 2 other teammates and their Mom's to Lebanon NH. Carol and Sarah agreed to take her with their girls- and they will be staying overnight- so they should have a BLAST! Claire doesn't really get too many opportunities to spend the night at friends houses- so this should be an exciting time for her- and I am excited for her!!

I have yet to clean out my tomato plants... I probably should have done this yesterday seeing since it was such a beautiful day. I think it calls for rain today- or sometime soon. Hopefully it will end by Friday- to make driving back from Barre at night a little easier...

I hope the scale is good to all of us this week! Think good thoughts!





 current weight: 215.4 
 
220
195
170
145
120
MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
11/2/16 7:06 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening, all. What a gorgeous day we had! It was 63 as I was driving home from work today. I know these temps won't last but it sure felt good today! Actually, it was a good day all around. Work went well. No problems. I had misgivings about how the day was going to progress since I didn't sleep well at all last night. I think it was well after 1:00 before I fell asleep and then I woke up before 6:00. I hope I sleep better tonight!

Bev, good news on Rodney's test results. I hope that the rest of the results are as positive.

Nothing else very exciting here. Hope all is well with you.

Cheryl

SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
11/1/16 7:06 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Well Rodney had his labs redone today and they called him to say things were back down where they should be so that was very good news. They were also going to check his tumor marker but it takes an extra day or two to get those results back.

My sister has done amazingly well. At one point they had said she needed a hip replacement but they wouldn't do it because she was too young. Then they decided they were going to do it because she was in so much pain. Unfortunately she had a bad reaction to the anesthesia and her heart actually stopped and they had to bring her back to life. After that they told her they wanted to discuss alternative forms of anesthesia so she could have the surgery, but I don't think she ever had it. She was in a wheelchair for a while before she started going to this program at DHMC. She told me she has lost another 9 pounds since they did that interview and she also says she is gradually getting off the narcotic pain pills that she has been on for 15 years and by mid-November will be totally off them. I saw her a few times when Rodney was in the hospital and I walked the halls with her a few times. She takes the bus there most days and walks either with a friend or by herself. She told me then that her doctor didn't really want her walking outside because she still has some balance issues, but not like she did.

Bev

Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
MSJENNIFERVT48's Photo MSJENNIFERVT48 SparkPoints: (56,962)
Fitness Minutes: (42,244)
Posts: 2,668
11/1/16 4:17 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi! How is the week going for everyone so far? For me? I have eaten WAY too much. And I'm afraid it will show on the scale, but you know? I accept that I will have these weeks- and to just let them go!!

Last week I didn't have much food in the house at all- and this week I bought some and kind of went crazy with going from one extreme to the other, but this I LET GO!!

I did get in 20 minutes of walking today on my treadmill. I was suppose to meet a TOPS friend ((Maureen)) at the gym today- but she never got back to me so.... I may just do one of my yoga video's or a Youtube Video of Yoga in a few minutes instead. I LOVE the stretching..

Claire was out of school for 2 days- trying to fight off these flu like symptoms. the first day I read the thermometer wrong- I thought it read 106- and I was really worried. But it was 100.6 . It was just too early- she ended up coming down the stairs to me with the body aches and this fever at 4 AM! I think it will be back to school for her though tomorrow. She didn't have a fever at all today-((well one that I was aware of)). And I think it will be good for her to see her friends again. So she can sign with them....HAHA..

Bev- What I gathered was her group of friends learned sign language so they could talk to each other that way instead of other people hearing their conversation- or the boys, etc. At first I thought it was simply amazing that she wanted to learn sign language..... but then I find out why-so now..............

That was a nice story of your sister Bev. I am happy for her- and she is an inspiration to all of us! Congratulations out to her!!

Hockey this weekend!

Take care, Jen




 current weight: 215.4 
 
220
195
170
145
120
MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
11/1/16 8:52 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning, all. That really was an inspiring story about your sister, Bev. All the while, I kept thinking that she really had a lot of determination to persist in her efforts. Good for her.

Today it's the usual...laundry and groceries. Kind of a humdrum day. There's always so much I'd like to get done but most of it is still waiting at the end of the day. Maybe today will be different. We still haven't cleaned out the garden and a couple of flower beds.

We didn't have very many kids last night. Karl says there were only a couple dozen or so and more than half of them were kids over 12. I think the door-to-door tradition is getting to be a thing of the past. There were lots of events over the weekend so maybe parents decided that was enough. I had more fun seeing pictures of the grand-nieces and -nephews that my brothers and sister sent.

Time to get the day going. Have a good one.

Cheryl

RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
11/1/16 8:24 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Morning, gals!

Another sunny and warm day here, but they are saying it might 'cool off' to the 70s by the weekend. With nighttime temps maybe in the 50s. Ooooh...how will the natives stand it?

Bev, very inspiring story about your sister! Her doctors must be so encouraged by her progress. A testament to anything being possible is right. Good for her.

We spent most of the afternoon putting the new tv in...not as simple as it sounds, with the wall mount device being the biggest challenge and moving cables, etc. Lo and behold, it did set up nicely except one channel ( the one we watch the most, of course) isn't coming in and the volume control/mute isn't working on the remote. So I will have to call the cable company today and see if they can come look at it.

The plumber comes this morning to go over the water softener system we will be having installed, hopefully by the end of the week.

We finally got Directv to suspend our service back home so we won't be paying for that for the next 6 months. Each time we have called we get an automated response that says we couldn't do it. Talking to a real person did the trick, so that's done.

Well, time to get something accomplished. I need to cup up the apples we brought down and put them in the freezer for future use before they get any softer. It's a long process as the apples are quite small and I have a couple of boxes full of them.

Hope everyone has a great day.

Carol

MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
10/31/16 1:55 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good afternoon, all. It's another dreary day here and quite cold. It was only 36 as I was coming home from work. Looks like the kids will be wearing winter clothes under their costumes tonight. Of all the holidays, this is probably my least favorite. I'm not really into ghouls and all and it seems that so many kids today think they are the best costumes. I cringe every time I see them! Before they start coming, I'll need to remove the potted mums from the front steps.

We had a good weekend. Saw Jess on Saturday. Saw Matt and Halle for a few minutes on Sunday. Kate and Chris came with Alex in the afternoon and stayed for supper. Alex had his costume on...a lion. Cutest lion I've seen in a long time. lol Halle is going to be a Greaser Girl today but we aren't likely to see her. It's too much traveling to come here on a school night. We'll get a picture though, I'm sure.

Work was fairly busy today. Even though it's the end of the month, I can't do the settlement until today's deposit clears and one more online contribution will be posted today. They have to be included in the settlement so that's first on the agenda for Wednesday. There was enough other stuff to keep me hopping though.

Knitting time. Have a great day.

Cheryl




SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
10/30/16 11:11 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Here is a story that just shows what hard work can do. I get e-mail newsletters from Dartmouth Hitchcock and I usually glance at them and occasionally will read one or more of the articles in it, but often I don't read much of it. The latest one caught my eye when I saw the picture that went with the first story. I already knew most of the story, but it sounds even more amazing after reading the article. By the way, Julie is one of my sisters. At one point she was unable to walk and was using a motorized wheelchair.

www.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/stories/
ar
ticle/46358


Bev

Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
10/30/16 11:33 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I know the feeling about the TV. I went through the same thing with Rodney, until I finally gave in and let him buy a bigger one- with the stipulation that the one we had would go to Florida because we were going to need to buy one for down there anyway. His dad had a big old relic of a tv that was not even a flat screen, but it had a built-in VCR and DVD player so he thought it was wonderful. The TV that went to Florida is a 42" and the one we have here now is a 55". Rodney sometimes drools over the 60" or 65" ones he sees in Walmart but I have made it clear we don't need a bigger one and we have lots more important uses for that money.

I hope your hubby doesn't keep having issues, but if you are planning to be down there for half of the year every year you might want to find a doctor you like down there. I need to check with BCBS to see how that will work for us in the future because I am sure he will need to see a doctor at times while we are down there.

I was not impressed with the new doctor I saw on Friday morning so I am not too upset that she will be leaving soon other than that it will be a nuisance to find yet another one. I don't think I would have stayed with her anyway. I was scheduled for an hour long appointment and I think I may have been in there about 45 minutes and maybe half an hour with her. About the only thing she wanted to discuss was my weight. When I mentioned the problems I am having with my feet she said losing weight would probably help (probably it would help if I was putting less weight on them but losing weight isn't going to cure the problem) and when I mentioned the issues I have with my circulation in my legs and feet she again said losing weight would help. I told her I realized that I needed to lose weight but that my circulation problems started at a time when I was not overweight and that my varicose veins were hereditary as both my mom and my grandmother had them. The fact that I am feeling tired all the time these days- you guessed it- that is because I am overweight. She suggested that I meet with a nutritionist there because she felt that since I walk every day but am still overweight I clearly need to learn to eat better (not said in exactly those words, but that was the gist of it). Oh and diet sodas and processed sugar or artificial sweeteners should be avoided at all costs because they are really bad for you! I told her I don't have a lot of vices but that I was not going to give up drinking diet soda. Then she wanted to tell me about a weight loss program they have up in Lebanon that is really good. Of course it is during the day on weekdays so I'm not sure if she thought I was going to quit my job to go there or what. I know that I need to lose weight but I don't need a doctor who wants to focus only on my weight. I do need to work on it a little more seriously but it won't be with her! I was able to view all of my labs online this morning and it does look like all my thyroid tests came back okay, but it appears that I am prediabetic- and just barely below the threshold for diabetic. That kind of surprised me because even though there is a lot of diabetes in my family my numbers have never even been in the prediabetic range before. Of course I will be told that is also because I need to lose weight. Losing weight will certainly help but it may or may not prevent me from progressing to diabetes. With my family history I wouldn't bet on being able to avoid it but I will certainly try.

The weather looks better this morning. I have even seen some sunshine, although I haven't been outside yet so I have no idea if it is still windy or not. Enjoy the day ladies!

Bev

Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
10/30/16 9:31 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Morning all.

It only dropped to 70 overnight here, with the dewpoint in the low to mid 60s. Still warmer than normal for around here, I guess. Running the AC most of the time.

My hubby has had some 'plumbing' issues again and has put himself back on another 5-day steroid regime to see if it will help. He says it is a little, so I guess we will wait and see. I hope he doesn't keep having this over and over for the next 6 months. It's hard with his docs 1500 miles away.

We went to Best Buy yesterday and bought a new big screen tv, mostly because I was getting tired of him talking about it all the time. We spent a bit more than we expected but we got a nice one. He will put that up on the wall today, I guess. We also bought a sound bar, as we have a surround sound at home but it was too unwieldy (as in too many wires and parts) to unhook and cart down with us.

Bev, I sure hope Rod's troubles are behind him. I would think chills and fever indicate infection as well, but I'm not a doctor.

Well, sounds like he's ready to walk.

Have a wonderful Sunday, all!

Carol

SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
10/29/16 11:10 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Yes, with Rodney's history we get concerned when he starts having chills and fever because pretty much every time he has had that in the past two years he has wound up in the hospital with an infection. They last time he had it he wound up in the hospital and even had minor surgery, but they never really found the cause of his chills and fever. One of his cultures that time grew a fungal infection, but they said that was unlikely to have caused the symptoms he had. This time as far as I know there were no cultures done- at least I didn't see the usual bottles they use for that. He is not back to 100% yet, but he did seem much better today. He wanted to go shopping and he managed to walk around the stores with me and only went to the car when I headed to the register. That gave him a few minutes to sit and rest before we headed to the next store. I was quite concerned about the chills and fever, but reassured that his CT scan looked good. I am concerned about the liver enzymes being so elevated, but hopefully it is only because of whatever infection he is fighting off. The doctor did mention that they need to be sure it is not a sign of the cancer coming back. She caught me off guard when she said that because I was assuming that with the clear CT scan they would rule that out. I know it is possible for something to show up in bloodwork before it shows up on a scan, but most doctors don't even mention that possibility. They usually go only by what the scan shows. I expect his numbers will look better next week. He would have had his routine bloodwork and scan in another month or so, but I suspect they won't do another scan that soon. They might simply add a few things to the tests that DHMC wants done next week and then wait another 3 - 4 months to see him again.

Cheryl sorry to hear about your daughter's accident but at least she was not hurt and the car can be fixed.

I hope everyone has a great rest of the weekend!

Bev



Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
10/29/16 5:12 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening, all. It's wet and dreary here. We have been to Potsdam and back today. Had lunch with our daughter and we were able to visit for a couple of hours or so. We hadn't seen her since July so this was nice. Unfortunately, she had an accident with her car last night. Tangled with some guardrails. They won. Anyhow, she had to borrow Andy's truck to make the trip to Potsdam today and he went to the car rental agency and got a rental for her to drive until her car is fixed. They will likely have to replace doors and fenders on the passenger side and she'll have to get a couple of new tires. The good part is that it was only the car that was damaged. No injuries to her.

Jen, this is coming into your really busy season with the hockey games and all. I hope you enjoy watching the games as there will be lots in the next few months. I always liked to watch hockey but my kids weren't interested in playing. It's good that she enjoys playing.

Bev, I hope all continues to improve for Rodney. That had to have been a little scary for you given his recent health issues. Keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well.

Hope you all are having a good day. Stay dry!

Cheryl

SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
10/29/16 11:32 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I have never heard of a school teaching sign language- not that it's a bad idea but I just didn't know kids learned that in school. Is there someone in the class who is deaf? In that case it would be really nice for the class to learn it. At work there is a guy who does the cleaning and some of the routine maintenance around there who is hard of hearing, although he can hear some with his hearing aids. He has a woman that works for him that is totally deaf and they communicate using sign language. I hope you feel better today Jen, and I also hope your dog bounces back. Our daughter had one that she ended up putting to sleep because he couldn't get around any more. He had been struggling for quite a while before that, but they hated to part with him. When it got to the point that she felt he was suffering they made the decision to have him put to sleep. They eventually did get another puppy but not right away.

Hopefully the rest of our snow will disappear today. Yesterday turned out to be a long day. Rodney wasn't feeling well Thursday night and during the night he was having chills but he had just a low grade fever. Yesterday we was sleeping when I left for my appointment and when I got back I was surprised that he still wasn't up. He did get up soon after but he didn't look good at all. He said he was unsteady on his feet and his head was all sweaty. I took his temp and it was 102.3 so I called one of his doctors and she told me it sounded like he might have some kind an infection (which is what I had been thinking also) and I should take him to the ER. He had a bit to eat (but only ate half of it) and got dressed and we headed to DHMC. It was around 1 PM when we got there and we never left until around 11:30. The good news is that they didn't keep him and that a CT scan didn't show anything alarming. The bad news is that his bloodwork indicated he probably does have an infection and his liver enzymes were quite elevated. Since they were not able to pinpoint the source of infection he is not on any antibiotics. It could be some sort of viral infection. They want him to schedule a follow-up with one of his doctors next week and have the labs redone to be sure his numbers are heading back down. Of course if he gets worse this weekend we are supposed to go back to the ER. He is not back to normal, but he does look like he is feeling a little better so far this morning. Hopefully he continues to improve. It was a good thing I hadn't planned on going to work after my appointment yesterday.

Bev



Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
MSJENNIFERVT48's Photo MSJENNIFERVT48 SparkPoints: (56,962)
Fitness Minutes: (42,244)
Posts: 2,668
10/29/16 5:43 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good Morning Carol, Cheryl and Bev!

Claire has hockey today @ 3pm, but it's right here in town today- tomorrow we travel to Waterbury leaving home around 8am.

I am coming down with a Cold. My throat is a tad tender and sensitive and nose is stuffing.

Yesterday I made a small bowl of Salsa. It was pretty good...I didn't have tortilla chips for dipping- but it still went down ok...

School Pictures should be coming back soon. It has been 2 weeks! I would think they will be here within 2 more?? Not sure- but I'm curious as to how they turned out!

Cheryl- I don't think I will ever be able to knit. I just don't know- I am more comfortable with crocheting- but with knitting- I haven't even learned how to do some of the "VERY INVOLVED" processes and steps. It seems difficult- as I DO already know Crocheting- and I am so close as to being able to follow a pattern. I do know more steps with crochet.

Talk about bad timing... Bear-Bear our Dog is hardly walking all of a sudden. I just can't do much for him right now. I do carry him here and there- and that's about it. I can't afford to take him to the Vet right now- so we will have to wait things out for a few days- to see if his condition improves a bit. As he is old- it hasn't hit yet that he may or may not be with us for much longer.... I'm doing the best I can to help him- and that's all I can do.

Claire and some of her friends are learning how to sign (sign language). I thought it was really cool for her to- but she told me how they were signing in school.... We shall see how this turns out too... as long as it doesn't disrupt her class- I guess I'm ok with it??
She also went to her first dance last night... She didn't talk too much about it- but she did say she had a good time!

Take care,




 current weight: 215.4 
 
220
195
170
145
120
SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
10/28/16 4:53 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
We had 2 or 3 inches of heavy wet snow so everything is a mess. We lost power last night probably around 9:30. I don't know when it came back on but it was still out around 2 when I got up to use the bathroom but it was on when Rodney got up just after 4:30. We went down to shut the generator off then. Lots of branches down this morning. I had to move one to get out for my appointment. When Ed and I went out last night so he could start the generator we heard a tree crashing down but I didn't see where it was today so it may have been off in the woods. When I got off 91 in Ascutney they had no snow on the ground at all.
Bev

Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
10/28/16 10:13 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning all. It's wet and cold here but no snow. The forecast had called for it and they did get some in other parts of the state but not here. I'm not complaining!

Weigh-in wasn't as good last night. I gained .4 and that wasn't awful but it was so cold in our rooms that we left right after weigh-in. We tried to turn up the thermostat but couldn't get a response. Joyce notified the church secretary this morning and she will look into it.

Busy weekend coming up. We are meeting our daughter in Potsdam tomorrow. It's the halfway point between our houses so it's a good spot to meet. We'll do lunch and visit a bit and then head back to our homes. Sunday, we are hoping to make maple candy for the craft show. I hope the process goes better than last week's experience with making cream.

Today I'm working on Alex's stocking. That's the only thing on the agenda.

Have a great day.

Cheryl

RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
10/27/16 8:27 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Morning, ladies!

No spitting snow here. 67 already and nice enough to have the windows open. It will heat up later in the day again, but the house stays pretty nice most of the day.

This morning I woke up even earlier than yesterday and couldn't get back to sleep. My hip/leg hurt and I just couldn't get comfortable. I got up before 5 and caught up on newspapers online, plus a few maintenance computer things, too.

We will not go to the weekly pot luck tonight. We've decided we do not need the extra calories (even though he's trying to gain weight still). It is too hard to stay in control with all that food available, even if I bring something sensible to eat. Maybe next week.

Doing a Sam's Club / WalMart/ grocery run this morning and that should suffice for a while.

We had a neighbor come over yesterday to look at the bathroom makeover we have started. He has done tile work and hubby may be able to trade labor with him, helping him with a project in his mother's house across the street.

We upgraded our tv service to a DVR, which now means we won't have to stay up late to watch the programming we like. Basic cable is included in our HOA fee, but that was rather limited programming. It was fine for me, but he was missing some of his favorites.

Well, off to start my day. I got almost everything put away yesterday except paperwork. That is the focus today.

Good luck with weigh in tonight, ladies!

Carol

SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
10/26/16 6:18 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Cheryl, I hope you get some answers on the hip. I can relate to trying to lose weight without being able to walk as much as you would like. I have been saying the same thing- if I could do more walking it might be easier to lose weight, but my feet just won't let me do that much walking. I still walk at lunch on days that I work, but that is pretty much the only walking I do and if it wasn't that I don't want to just sit in the office for an hour every day I probably wouldn't do that much. Many days my feet are extremely sore when I come back.

Jen, I'm glad you are looking forward to your daughter's hockey season. I am not a fan of any kind of sports and my husband really isn't into it much either. That is probably why our kids didn't play a whole lot of sports. Our son played on a Little League team when he was young but he spent most of his time on the bench because he wasn't that good and the coaches were out to win, not to let all the kids play. Both kids played basketball in middle school but by the time they got to high school and the level of play was much more competitive and it required a lot more practice time they lost interest.

Carol, enjoy that warm weather and sunshine! As Cheryl said it was pretty darn chilly here. My phone said the temp in Brattleboro was 43 when I walked at lunch today but it was overcast and very windy so it felt much colder than that. I am not ready for the cold weather!

Rodney had an appointment with our new doctor today- only to find out she will be leaving in two months! I am tempted to cancel my appointment for Friday but I guess I should keep it so that I at least get in their system. We will end up having to see another doctor, which will mean making another hour long appointment as a new patient with someone else. We just can't win!

Bev



Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
10/26/16 5:38 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening, all. It's is frosty here! Never got out of the 30's all day. It was spitting snow as I drove to work but nothing to get excited about. I did hear that we are supposed to be a little warmer as the week goes on. It's too early for temps this cold!

Carol, good to hear that you made it okay. Now you can enjoy the warmth and not have to think about winter up here. I don't see us ever going south for the winter, especially if he stays active with the sugaring.

Jen, I don't think I will have a loss this week either. My scales aren't awful but they aren't where I'd like them to be on the day before weigh-in. What will be, will be.

Hubby is getting a haircut right now and will be home in about a half hour or so. We're having some mahi mahi for supper so I'll wait a while before I get that started. We're trying to eat more fish and vegetables to see if that will help our efforts to bring down numbers: weight, triglycerides, cholesterol. I'm hoping it will help. Also, my doctor suggested I see another orthopedist about the fact that I'm still experiencing so much pain in my hip when I try to walk. It would surely help me to lose more if I could walk more but ever since the surgery, I've found it painful to walk very far. The length of the driveway is about all I can handle. Since we have only one ortho guy in town, the doctor thinks it would be worth it to be evaluated by another one.

Time to fix those veggies for supper. Have a great time in Florida, Carol. See you tomorrow, Jen.

Cheryl

MSJENNIFERVT48's Photo MSJENNIFERVT48 SparkPoints: (56,962)
Fitness Minutes: (42,244)
Posts: 2,668
10/26/16 4:54 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi!

Glad to hear your travels went well Carol! Hockey game this weekend...

I did get all the hours I had to work in the snackbar done- So now I am just waiting for tournament hours!

It should be a fun year of hockey- and not just for Claire (my daughter). HeHeHe,

Mom has adoration tonight, I would go with her- but Claire has practice. It's a good thing her practices aren't on THURSDAY nights... Well so far anyway.

I really don't know if I will have a loss or not Tomorrow. But I will take whatever. ((I really have no choice))

We picked up my prize from Lumina Spa (I won When I was caller #9 on Star 92.9 radio station). Amanda Lee the radio personality who answered my call was terrific- and I gave her and Chantal a little tray of hand cream and lip balm as a thank you! They were very grateful- as people they are not used to this treatment as Amanda Lee told me. I did receive emails from them also! Which makes me feel good about my decision to bring in the presents....

I tried to type the other day- and I don't know why, but it seems to get erased then I get frustrated. Anyway- Everything went well this this entry- so I will keep it!

I hope your weigh-in goes well tomorrow Cheryl. And I hope everyone else is doing well...



 current weight: 215.4 
 
220
195
170
145
120
RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
10/26/16 4:34 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Good afternoon, all.

Made it here last night about 7:30. Pushed to get it in 2 nights to save a 3rd night in a hotel. The truck and trailer worked out fine. We were unsure, since both are new and downsized. He still stuffed it full to the ceiling, though!

Got about half the unpacking done so far...have a fairly good grocery list started, of course. Mostly fresh items. We packed a cooler with the 20+ pounds of frozen hamburger we had at home and a couple boxes of Mackenzie hot dogs (can't get them down here). The beef stayed frozen just fine, and the hotdogs and bacon stayed cold enough to refreeze. That will save a bit on the first grocery bill.

Some friends came by with homemade spaghetti and meatballs and salad for our dinner tonight. They are always cooking something yummy. I have a loaf of bread started in the bread machine, so we won't go hungry tonight.

Well, back to the task at hand. Hate to tell you, but it is 85 and sunny here...expecting that all week.

Have a great day all.

Carol

MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
10/24/16 7:55 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning, all. It's only 41 here this morning and according to the forecast it isn't supposed to be a whole lot better all day. Looks like you got out of town just in time, Carol.

Halle's game yesterday was a very good one. They ended up in a tie with their opponents but that was okay. Her team scored early in the second half to put them ahead but the other team scored with only about four minutes to go. It was a really good game. There was a goose on the field for most of the game, an interesting addition to the plays. There were lots of wisecracks about it too.

Back to work today and the my annual physical this afternoon. I'm not expecting anything earth-shattering from the physical but I will get my flu shot. Other than that, nothing much on the agenda.

Have a good day, all. Carol, safe travels.

Cheryl

SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
10/23/16 10:41 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Safe travels Carol.

Bev

Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
10/23/16 9:25 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening, all.

We had snow on the ground this morning, and it was cold, 33 degrees. We left just before 8 and made it to W. Hazelton, PA by 5:15. Neither of us slept well last night but we hope to tonight.

It was sunny from CT on down, and it got to the low 60s, but was very windy.

I may not get to post every day, but I hope everyone has a good week.

Carol

MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
10/23/16 1:24 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good afternoon, all. It's sunny right now but quite windy. We spent all day yesterday at the sugar house making maple cream. As we were coming home last evening, we had snow accumulating on the roads. We were in higher elevations though. No sign of anything on the ground here today although I understand that people around us in higher elevations got a couple of inches. I'm not ready for real winter so I hope this is just a blip on the radar.

We will be heading out to watch Halle's last soccer game of the season in a few minutes. She played a game yesterday for her other league and scored a couple of goals. We weren't able to go but we understand she was quite tenacious. I'm glad she enjoys playing soccer so much. It's good for her, an only child, to interact with the other girls and the activity is definitely good exercise.

Jen, we should have gotten together this morning. I was awake about 4:00 but I didn't have the energy to do anything. I fell asleep in my recliner for another hour or so but never got to do anything productive until after breakfast. Any time you want to work on knitting together, let me know. I'm pretty much free on Tuesdays and Fridays. I'd be happy to help you.

Time to get my cold weather stuff on so that I can stay somewhat warm during the game. Have a good day.

Cheryl

SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
10/23/16 8:32 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
It is good to hear from you Jen. I am glad to hear you enjoyed Fall Rally. I used to enjoy going to those things- and maybe some day I will again, but right now I am not participating in TOPS at all. I do miss it sometimes but I am not in the right frame of mind to go right now. I was holding my own weight-wise for a few months, but lately I seem to be gaining, so I may need to go back just for the accountability if I don't get things turned around. I'm sorry to hear you suffer from seasonal depression. I have heard that some people have some success using a light box I think it is called- have you ever tried that? I don't know much about it but I have heard about it. I hate winter and I am hoping this is my last one spent in Vermont, although I will be here for the first part of it next year. If all goes well I hope to get done working at the end of 2017 and head to Florida for the rest of the winter. After that we will probably head out around the beginning of November every year. This winter the best I can hope for is to take a two week vacation to go down. Have fun with the knitting! I know how to knit but I prefer crocheting because it goes faster. I haven't done any for a while but I will probably do some over the winter.

Bev



Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
MSJENNIFERVT48's Photo MSJENNIFERVT48 SparkPoints: (56,962)
Fitness Minutes: (42,244)
Posts: 2,668
10/23/16 4:21 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi!

I dropped in a few days ago- but everything I wrote was lost... (I don't like it when that happens).

I have dropped some of my teams for a short while... The challenges. I got a tad stressed out with having to keep up... Not just that- but this isn't too great of a time for me. It has been a little easier this season change, but all in all I do have Seasonal Depression.

Yesterday and Today actually- I work and worked the snack bar. I have 4 more hours then I am done for getting in the "main working hours" for our family.

I am also trying to get some knitting in. I really need to learn how to properly do it! I think this would be a great addition to my life at this time, helping me keep food out of my mouth and mind..

Fall Rally was terrific!! I absolutely don't think I could have had a better time!

Today I have a sore arm. Must have been the way I was sleeping. And I'm hoping my shower will straighten things out. I hope I am not up to my "old habits" and waking up so darn early. I am striving for changing up my sleeping routine.

Today I will be working at 9-11am and 1-3pm in the Snack bar. Then both my sister and I are done our main working hours!! Whoop Whoop!!





 current weight: 215.4 
 
220
195
170
145
120
SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
10/21/16 9:17 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Congratulations on the losses ladies! I have not been on the scale in several days but the last time I did I was up a few pounds again. I find I don't get much chance to use the one in the basement these days and I don't like the one in our bedroom that Rodney uses. I think I need to buy myself a new one this weekend for me to use and go back to stepping on it regularly so that I can keep a closer eye on my weight. I had been doing okay and was staying down by a couple of pounds but once other people moved in and I didn't get a chance to use the scale as much it seems my weight started creeping up. That is probably not a coincidence!

I hope the trip is uneventful and that you enjoy the warm weather. I hope to get to Florida this winter for a short vacation. I am hoping to take two weeks off, which should give us about 10 days to spend down there- probably in mid-February but the exact date is to be decided later on. It will depend on whether either of us have doctors appointments to work around.

Bev

Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
10/21/16 1:31 P

Send Private Message
Reply
Good afternoon all.
Rain started after lunch here, but it sure is warm. I like this temperature better than the one forecast for tomorrow and Sunday.

We had errands to do this morning but I'm home for the duration now. I'm going to repack a bunch of the paperwork since he found about 8 or 10 more folders he thought he needed to bring down. He is really doing a good job of packing the trailer. Sure hope it is not overweight. He's going down to Pike's today to see if he can weigh up the truck and trailer this weekend on their scale. We weighted the truck last weekend as the gate was open and no one was around. They know him down there so I'm sure they will let him.

Congrats on the loss, Cheryl. Keep up the great work!!

I had a small loss too, and am below goal, but wish I were more so. Oh well, it is what it is.

Well, off to tackle some more paperwork and fold laundry.

Have a great day all.

Carol

MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
10/21/16 8:31 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning, all. It is raining here and supposed to continue for quite a while. We didn't really need it but I know that other parts of the state are in desperate need. I hope this helps them.

Our meeting was very sparsely attended last night. Only six people stayed for the meeting so, once the business meeting was complete, we decided to head home. There were lots of reasons for the absences. Cardiac Capers, a fund-raiser for the hospital, was running, some members were sick with a bug going around, some were traveling for work, and some just didn't show. I lost 1.2, good for me! And we had a no-gain meeting for the second week in a row! Fantastic!

Today I hope to get a lot of progress on the Christmas stocking for the new grand-nephew expected in December. I'm more than half-way through it so maybe it will be done this weekend! Then I still have another one to make for Joyce to give to friends who had a son earlier this year. I'm not planning a lot of other knitting this year since my shoulders aren't liking it when I knit too long.

Carol, have a good trip south. I hope the weather doesn't create issues for you. Our daughter has to head to southern NY this weekend for a friend's wedding. Since she's traveling alone, I am concerned about the snow forecast for Sunday. It's not likely to be an issue except for the trip home.

Time to get my day started. Have a great day!

Cheryl

DESROCHERS2 Posts: 198
10/20/16 9:59 P

Send Private Message
Reply
We're going to miss you Carol, have a great Winter...
Good thing we have Spark People

Night every one.
emoticon Jean

MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
10/19/16 11:25 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning, all. It's a bit cooler today than yesterday. We hit 81 at my house yesterday but it's only in the 60's today. I'm okay with that. It is still very comfortable.

i got the results back on my blood work this morning. The triglycerides are still higher than they should be but they came down 50 points from the last set of tests. Now, if I can do that again, they will be where they need to be. I've never had them that low though so I suspect it isn't likely to happen. It's all part of the metabolic syndrome.

Tomorrow my boss comes back from his vacation in Florida. I'm working hard today to clear up s few things that will be harder to do once he is here. I am woefully behind on posting contributions and he tends to interrupt me often to ask about one thing or another so today and tomorrow are my last few hours of uninterrupted time.

Carol, I hope you can convince your hubby to leave the kitchen sink! Gosh, I'm always the one in my house who overpacks!

Back to work. Have a good day!

Cheryl

RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
10/19/16 7:35 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Morning, ladies!

It wasn't as warm here yesterday as the other side of the state, but it was pretty nice. Very windy, which took a lot of leaves down, but a good day otherwise.

I spent a couple of hours cutting back the flower beds, getting them ready for winter. Glad that's done. My back is feeling it this morning, but it had to be done and I wanted it done before it rained.

I try to convince hubby we can buy what we need down there but he refuses to listen and gets very defensive. To him, it's all necessary to have there. I know the trailer will be overloaded again and he will have to leave some stuff behind again....can hardly wait to hear him react to that, but it's his own fault.

Errands and an appointment at the Agency of Aging this morning, then home to continue the packing. Guess I'd better get the exercise started or it won't get done.

Have a great day all.

Carol

SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
10/17/16 8:43 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good luck with the packing for your trip Carol! We are not planning to take a lot of stuff to Florida with us, but we do have a few things that we will take. We took down the light in my dining room and replaced it with a ceiling fan/light so we are taking the old one with us in case we need a new light in the dining room down there. If not, we will put it out on the sidewalk for free and I'm sure it won't last long. We just figured it wouldn't make sense to throw it in the dumpster and then find out we need one down there. Rodney said when he went down that he will need to add some outlets and maybe some additional lights in the house. Mostly we figure if we need something we will buy it down there.

Cheryl, I hope you feel better. Not having a appetite might be good for the scale but being sick is no fun, that's for sure.

My cousin is continuing to improve. All the tubes are out and she is awake. Her son said she was having Jello this afternoon. Tomorrow she is having surgery to insert a catheter in her heart to make sure there is no blockage in the heart or arteries.

Bev

Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
10/17/16 11:55 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning, all. I was a very comfortable 54 this morning as I left for work. I really like this weather because I can move about my daily tasks without working up a sweat. I hate to sweat!

I had blood work to be done first thing this morning so no breakfast for me until after that was done. There is a great little bakery just down the road from the church so i stopped there and got coffee and couldn't resist one of their cinnamon buns. I'll have to work extra hard the rest of the week to account for that! Actually, I haven't had much appetite for a few days. I think i'm trying to come down with a cold so nothing really appeals to me a lot.

Carol, we still have syrup if you are interested. Let me know and I can quote you some prices.

Yesterday, we made a little creamed honey. Matt had about six pounds of raw honey he had drained from a couple of hives so i used it to figure out how to make the cream. It was pretty easy and now it just needs to set up for a few days.

I am back in business at work. The computer is working just fine and i am so glad. Last week was absolutely the toughest week i've had in the 10+ years I've been here. So frustrating! Today, I've been trying to catch up on a couple of things that I couldn't do last week without my computer.

Hope you are all having a good day. Bev, I hope the news is good regarding your cousin.

Cheryl

RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
10/17/16 8:03 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Morning, ladies.

Bev, you are right, it does sound as though your cousin is lucky to be alive. Let's hope she continues to improve.

Foggy here this morning, but I like 47 better tan 27 degrees, that's for sure. I heard off and on rain showers for the next 2 days, but it won't do much for the dry conditions.

Checked on syrup prices at Maple Grove yesterday as we have friends who want us to bring them some. We were hoping to get some from a friend who makes it and sells it but he is sold out. Oh well, guess we waited too long.

More sorting and packing today, mostly garage stuff. I'd like to see that done by Thursday at the latest, but you never know. He keeps 'finding' more stuff he wants to bring.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
10/15/16 10:12 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I got more info on my cousin yesterday and it sounds like she is very lucky to be alive and was in the right place at the right time. Her doctors are pretty sure that she had some sort of incident with her heart that caused her lungs to immediately fill with fluid, which is why she couldn't breathe. Her heart actually stopped but she was brought back by shocking it and with CPR. Her son said with paddles, but I assume he meant a defibrillator. He said they were fortunate that there is a nurse who lives right near the pool where it happened and she knew what to do. As of yesterday she is still not awake, but she didn't open her eyes briefly yesterday morning. He said they started out having her on a ventilator with 100% oxygen but she is now breathing on her own with 40% oxygen. Once they can get it down to 30% they will remove the tubes and reduce the meds and let her wake up naturally. They plan to do a lot of tests of her heart to figure out exactly what happened and come up with a plan to prevent a future event. So it sounds like she has a long road to recovery but that she should recover.

Congratulations on the losses ladies!

Bev

Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
10/14/16 7:14 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Morning, ladies.

Cool this morning, but tonight will be far worse, I guess. Yes, I am ready to put the cold behind me!

I lost .8 last night, but the chapter had another net gain. The 2 new members both lost, which is a good thing. Enjoyed a nice fundraiser social. too, with good, healthy dishes to share.

Bev, maybe no news is good news with your cousin. It sounds like she will have a long road ahead of her, though. Good that she has family around there.

Well, grocery shopping on my agenda today. Got my property taxes paid yesterday so that's done, at least. The shelter is having a dinner and dessert auction Saturday and I've been asked to be in charge of registering bidders. Guess I'll need to think about a spreadsheet or something that will help me with that.

Hope everyone has a great day.

Carol

SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
10/14/16 6:58 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I haven't heard a lot about my cousin yet. There were a couple of posts that she is slowly improving but still sedated. I am not sure if she is still on the ventilator or if they have taken her off it. Her younger son lives near her but he doesn't go on Facebook much so he hasn't posted any updates. Her older son flew to FL yesterday and he said he was expecting to arrive around 6 last night but I haven't seen an update from him since he got there. He posted once when he was on his way to say that his brother had told him she had improved some.

Off to work soon. TGIF!

Bev

Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
10/14/16 6:50 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning, all. A bit frosty here this morning but not as bad as it might have been. I think I heard that we are still in the low 40's. Good thing. I tried to cover some flowers last night but the cover blew off before I went to bed so I decided that I would leave the flowers uncovered and see what happened.

We had a very good meeting last night. More members stayed and we also had a no gain meeting! One of our long-time members came back after being out for several months while she tended to personal issues. We were so glad to see her again.

I think my computer issues may be over. I took the computer to a guy who works on them around here and he cleaned it up for me. He said I had three root viruses! I guess we'll be investing in a more aggressive protection for the computer. We've been using one from Fairpoint but it doesn't seem to have done the trick. I've already told the boss that we'll need to spend the money to get something better.

Bev, I hope you've heard more on your cousin by now. Hopefully the news will be good.
Carol, with the cold weather coming, I'm sure you are anxious to get on your way. I know we will never be snowbirds but I wouldn't mind a little vacation in warmer weather.

Time to get my day started. Dentist this morning and then a trip to Costco. I think I'll also plan to get the winter clothes into my closet and dresser drawers. It's that time.

Cheryl

RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
10/13/16 7:49 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Morning ladies.

Bev, sure hope you get word soon about your cousin. That's very disturbing to only get bits and pieces of information.

We leave in about a week and a half. Barring coastal hurricanes and such, I guess. We are not locking ourselves into a certain day because it just adds to the anxiety level about getting everything done here first. When it's done, we'll leave.

Yesterday was hubby's birthday so I made him his favorite dessert, apple pie (again). I use Splenda instead of sugar, but with all that shortening, it's not low-cal. He is still trying to gain some weight back ....can you imagine having that problem? Ha!

We still have lots of stuff in the fridge and freezer to use up in the next week or so also. The shelter is having a pot luck fundraiser on Saturday so that will use up the chicken, at least. I'm trying to plan next week's meals ahead to minimize having to throw out or give away the rest. My niece usually comes and takes the fridge stuff, as we unplug that while we're away.

Well, off to exercise. Scale looks good this morning....we shall see what tonight brings.

Have a good day, ladies!

Carol

SOVTWALKER's Photo SOVTWALKER Posts: 14,232
10/12/16 9:19 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I hope the shoulder continues to improve Cheryl. Getting older certainly means lots of aches and pains, doesn't it! I am still having lots of problems with me feet, but I am hoping it will improve somewhat with new sneakers. I finally broke down and ordered a new pair and got them today. I am sure they won't solve all my problems but I sure hope they help. I have an appointment with a new doctor at the end of the month and I am thinking I might ask about a referral to a new podiatrist.

I am kind of concerned about one of my cousins tonight. She lives near Ft Myers, FL and posts on Facebook every morning. Today was no exception and she was her usual upbeat self, in fact she was quite excited that she was finally able to get in the pool starting today. She has a blood disease that she has to have infusions for and she had a problem earlier this year with her port. It got infected and she had to have it removed and replaced by a PICC line until it was all healed and she could get a new one put in. She was not able to go in the pool at all at first and then later only waist deep and today was the first day she could get in all the way. Later on one of her friends posted an urgent request for prayers for her, but didn't say why. I kept checking back frequently so see if there was any more info and finally after I left work I saw a post from her sister-in-law saying that she was in the hospital and was not awake. My initial thought was that maybe she had a flare-up of her disease and didn't have her rescue drug right with her, and she has said before that she has to take it immediately if she starts having a reaction. Later tonight one of her sons (who lives up here) posted that after she got out of the pool she had trouble breathing and lost consciousness. He said they have her sedated and on a ventilator in ICU and are running a bunch of tests. I sure hope I hear better reports tomorrow.

Carol, I hope all is well with you. When do you guys head south for the season?

Bev

Anyone who has ever reached a goal started by taking that first step.


 Pounds lost: 6.0 
 
0
17.5
35
52.5
70
MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
10/12/16 2:25 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good afternoon, all. It's a beautiful day here with temps in the high 60's. I love this weather! I even got back into my sandals today!

More issues with the computer at work so I finally gave in and took it to the guy who does a lot of work around here. He tried to do a remote analysis of the problem but the program threw him out so I had to drop off the tower at his house. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he can fix it by tomorrow. Otherwise, I'll be without my computer at work. So much of what I do there is on the computer that I really wouldn't have a lot to do. I sent a message to the pastor on his vacation that the computer was very sick and was going to the hospital. I hope the bill isn't outrageous.

Yesterday, I managed to get the summer stuff out of my closet and dresser drawers. I haven't found the energy to get the winter things out yet but I am making do with what I still have - long pants and sweaters.

I think I will spend some time this afternoon working on the stocking for baby Alex. I haven't been doing much on it or any other projects because I'm having some problems with my shoulder. I think it's because of the fall I took a little while ago but by favoring it and using ice, it seems to be a bit better. At least, I think it's good enough to work on the needlepoint project. Knitting is still sitting in the bag until I see more improvement.

Have a good day.

Cheryl

RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
10/11/16 8:13 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Morning, all.

Frost here this morning, about 29. But if it warms up more than yesterday I'll be happy. That wind was cold when I was walking, I know that.

Got most of my clothing sorted and packed yesterday. I need to clean out some kitchen cabinets next, as I know I have some things that have expired that either need to be thrown out or made, like a brownie mix.

He has another doctor's appointment this afternoon with the urologist. We are thinking this will be the last time before we leave, but you never know.
He is working in the garage, sorting tools to take, but he didn't make much progress as he had 2 trips to make for the auto dealership, one to Littleton and one to Richmond.

We had another flock of geese fly overhead last night when we were picking the apples from our tree. There must have been at least 30 in all. That's the 4th time we've seen them this fall.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day, ladies. Enjoy the sunshine!

Carol

MAMAN141's Photo MAMAN141 Posts: 4,461
10/10/16 4:59 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good afternoon, all. It's a beautiful sunny day here but quite chilly. It looks like Fall has really arrived. The temps never made it out of the 50's today.

More problems with my computer at work today so I brought the tower home and hubby will try to debug it tonight or tomorrow. I don't go back to work until Wednesday so I hope he'll have it ready. It was very frustrating to try to work, only to have to shut down every ten minutes or so.

This afternoon, I had an eye appointment and they dilated my eyes. I also had to use hubby's truck today since we were having new tires put on at a garage near my office. Well, as I was backing out of the optometrist's parking lot, I ran the back of the truck into the base of the light pole. Fortunately, there's a hitch on the back of the truck so I only picked up a little bit of concrete on the end of the hitch. I hate driving the truck!!!!

The wax rendering is through the first processing but I still need to finish it before I can make any candles. Unfortunately, when Matt went to empty a couple of hives this weekend, he found that the bees in the other hives had robbed all the honey out of the ones he was going to empty. It appears that they also killed off the bees in those two hives. So, for this year, he will feed the two hives he has left and then replenish the other two hives in the spring. So, no more honey and no more wax this year. I will probably just leave the wax I'm processing in a block and then wait for more wax next year.

Looks like it's time to get a little supper for us. Hope you are all having a great day.

Cheryl

RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,685
10/8/16 8:54 A

Send Private Message
Reply
Morning, ladies.

It was a stunning day for foliage viewing yesterday! Probably the best we'll have. I know they were worried the dry summer would hurt things, but I guess it didn't. More traffic than usual so the tourists are at least getting an eyeful.

That is quite a process, Cheryl, for the candles. I think people will appreciate the work that goes into them. Good luck with the craft table sale.

Our county escaped the wrath of Matthew pretty well, from what I understand. It makes me glad we are inland, that's for sure. Now those people in GA and the Carolinas are getting hit, but the storm has decreased in strength a bit, which is a good thing.

Laundry and paperwork on my agenda today. I'm going to swap my winter and summer clothing, keeping as much summer stuff aside for packing.

Hope everyone has a great day and the rain holds off!

Carol

Page: 1 of (569)   1 2 Next Page › Last Page »

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Vermont TOPS General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Topics: Last Post:



Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x380x1808197

Review our Community Guidelines


x Lose 10 Pounds by January 14! Sign up with Email Sign up with Facebook
By clicking one of the above buttons, you're indicating that you have read and agree to SparkPeople's Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy and that you're at least 18 years of age.