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RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,052
8/22/16 8:34 A

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Morning all.
We had wind most of the day yesterday but the rain held off until after supper. I heard it raining in the night but the sun was out this morning, which is okay with me.
A cool reprieve from the humidity, too, which is a bonus.

Cheryl, it's nice that you got a 'last look' at the family home. As hard as it must have been, especially for your mother, you have to take comfort in the fact that maybe future generations will be able to make their own memories there.

I stayed up to watch the closing ceremonies of the Olympics last night, which I thought were better than the opening ceremonies. Colorful, but long.

Hubby has a pre-op appointment for a urology procedure later in the week, then a pre-planning meeting for his 50th high school reunion, which is still 3 years away. Gee, are they starting early enough??

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great Monday all.

Carol

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8/21/16 1:10 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's a very windy day here but it's also quite warm. Hubby is working outside and I'm inside and we're both feeling the heat. I finally made the chocolate zucchini bread this morning and it's quite good. We shared one piece for lunch and I've put the rest of it in the freezer. Sometime down the road when we have company, I'll break it out again.

Yesterday, we went to Brattleboro to see my mother. She was having a really good day, very lucid and remembering lots of things. We also took a last tour of my brother's house before he sells it. He has a buyer and the closing is set for the end of September. It was listed for only a few days before the offer came through. This house has been in our family since 1935 and has seen five generations. My grandparents had it first as a rental owned by the cotton mill where my grandfather worked. My mother was 15 when they moved there. When the mill closed, they offered the house to my grandfather but he was considered too old for a mortgage alone so my parents co-signed. My brother bought the house from my grandfather and his children and grandchildren had many get-togethers there. They moved to another house which they inherited from my SIL's family about five years ago and he has been trying to figure out if he really wanted to sell the house ever since. There is a lot of family history in those walls. The time has come though so it will soon pass out of our family's hands.

The forecast is for lots of wind this afternoon and storms this evening so I guess it's probably just as well that the registration for the boat and trailer haven't come from the state yet. With any luck, maybe next weekend will work for all.

Have a good day.

Cheryl

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8/19/16 8:02 P

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It must be the week for members being on vacation. I got a message yesterday from our chapter leader letting me know there would be no meeting last night as she is away and no one else wanted to run the meeting! I was rather surprised that on one else would take over but maybe a couple of the others who used to fill in sometimes were also away. I wasn't planning to go anyway but she said she didn't want me to show up and find no one there.

Have a nice weekend everyone! I'm not sure yet what is on our agenda this weekend.

Bev

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8/19/16 2:18 P

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Good afternoon all.
Warm and sunny here too, today. Not quite 80 the last time I looked, but it could be there by now.

We had only 7 at chapter meeting last night. I had another small gain but the chapter had a net loss. Our leader was away so we couldn't get the details of the Rally.

This morning I took hubby to the Subaru garage as they needed him to drive to Londonderry NH and back and I needed the truck for grocery shopping. Got that done and walking in before lunch. I went and picked him back up and now he'll be able to get back up on the roof. He was able to get all the sheets of tin up there by himself, so he didn't need me to help. He put a couple of screws in each sheet to secure them for overnight and today he should be able to finish attaching them all.

It's a nail-biting men's volleyball game between the US and Italy, so I guess I'll go finish watching that before getting back to my list.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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8/19/16 1:28 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's a very nice, sunny day here and I'm enjoying it. I spent the morning doing some housework, washing bed pillows, cleaning and vacuuming. Then, my SIL brought me some cucumbers so I've started a batch of bread and butter pickles. They are soaking right now but I'll have to finish them later this afternoon. I still have a few pickles left so I'm thinking I may make a batch of maple pickles. I've made them once before and they seemed to go over pretty well. Suddenly, today I have a ton of ambition!

We had a very small turnout for the meeting last night. Joyce and QK were both back but still have a ways to go for full recovery. We discussed the paperwork for Fall Rally but I'll have to send out an email today to communicate with those who weren't there, and that was most of the members! I didn't weigh in because I knew that I would only contribute to the already bad numbers. I think I will weigh in next week, regardless of the gain. I keep trying to get on track and it doesn't seem to last through the week. Maybe this week will be better.

Carol, I hope the roofing project went well. Hubby has been working on his new, old boat, restoring upholstery, fixing little things here and there. He's hoping the registration will come in today so we can get out on the lake tomorrow. If not, maybe we'll go to Brattleboro.

Back to my little tasks for the day. I think a chocolate zucchini bread is next on my list. Hubby will love that!

Cheryl

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8/17/16 8:47 P

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No rain here today. We had a mix of clouds and sun and it was quite breezy. Without the wind I think it would have felt quite warm. When I went back to work after lunch I was sweating even with the breeze.

I haven't been to TOPS in more than two months, but thankfully I haven't gained any weight. I haven't lost anything significant either, but I have been staying down by 2 -3 pounds from where I was at my last official weigh-in. I don't plan to go back any time soon but if I could get down by a few more pounds so that I was sure I was below my starting weight for the year I would go weigh in at least once so the chapter doesn't have to add in a net gain for the year from me. Good luck on the scales tomorrow ladies!

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8/17/16 3:52 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's sunny here right now but we've had rain off and on today. We needed it though so there aren't any complaints here. It also lowered the humidity so I'm happy.

I'm not gaining much headway on my projects. Seems like I just keep starting new ones and can't find the ambition to finish the old ones. The porch is still waiting but I will get to it eventually. I need to replace the curtains so I think that's my next task. I'm not exactly sure what I want though so that's the major hold-up. I think I want more window exposure so maybe I'll just use valances. We'll see. The only project that is still moving along is the stocking for baby Alex. I try to work on it every day so it is starting to look pretty good. I also need to knit some stockings so I went to Williston yesterday to get the yarn I need (since I can't find it around here). I'm going to bring it to the yarn shop here in town so that maybe she will order it to have on hand for the future. I'll have to start the knitting pretty soon but it's still too hot to think about that!

Scales weren't looking very good this morning so I think I need to keep myself quite busy today and tomorrow if I'm to have any chance at all for a loss. It's still doable but I will have to give it some conscious effort.

Have a good day.

Cheryl



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8/17/16 8:30 A

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Morning all.
Hard rain here last night, but it didn't start until after 2 in the afternoon. Okay with me.

A bit less humid yesterday too, although I hear it's on its way back later this week.

Hubby started the reroof job on the garage extension yesterday and got a good share of it in before the rain started. This part will be a tin roof, so I'll have to help him hoist those large sheets up there. I don't mind that, as long as I don't have to climb any ladders.

I spent a good deal of time cleaning out the spice cupboard. I did it last year in preparation for taking some of it to Florida with me but I needed to do it again. Some jars seem to last forever, don't they? I found a small metal can of cream of tartar that had the purple hand-stamped price on the bottom...like 59 cents or something like that! Wow, that predates the stick-on tags and scan/bar code! I wonder if any of that stuff ever goes bad......

I'm disappointed in a local consignment shop that used to take business attire but stopped doing so...I sent them pictures of my school outfits in advance to see if they were interested. Last year I had stopped in there and said to do that. They were only interested in one outfit, a somewhat dressy one. Oh well. I'll have to look around for another.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a wonderful Wednesday all.

Carol

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8/15/16 1:47 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's kind of humid here today although it is better than yesterday. I found it to be quite humid at work earlier but now that I'm home with fans going, it doesn't seem quite so bad. I don't have any strenuous activities scheduled this afternoon so I should be okay.

Has anyone else noticed how hard it is to search for a specific article on this site now? I get certain messages on my ipad but they don't come through on my laptop. There was a good article that I wanted to print to share with the chapter but I can't find it on my laptop and I can't print it from my ipad. I can't find a search area either. Any suggestions?

I spent some time yesterday finishing up a pile of dishcloths that I had knit previously. They were all done except for tucking in the ends. I had 23 of them to do and felt good about accomplishing something without expending a lot of effort.

Red Sox are playing so I guess I'll watch the game and work on the stocking for baby Alex. Have a good day.

Cheryl

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8/15/16 11:11 A

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Does he take insulin? Rodney had trouble once because they told him unless you are on insulin the insurance would only cover testing once a day. Since he has been on insulin we haven't had a problem getting any of his supplies.

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RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,052
8/15/16 8:18 A

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Morning all.
A bit less humid here this morning, which is a nice change. Hope it stays that way.
We had a rain shower move through around 3 yesterday afternoon but things stayed fairly dry after that.

I vacuumed and mopped yesterday too. Took the floors a while to dry but eventually they did. I didn't amount to much else the rest of the day, though.

He is off doing a couple of errands this morning. He made a special trip back to the WalMart pharmacy yesterday after they told him there he couldn't get a prescription until after Friday. Then he could only get one, as (they said) Medicare changed the rules again and he will now need some very specific information on each prescription from the doc. So, he's off to the doc's office to try to get that redone. It's for his test strips....not even a 'drug' but I guess Medicare doesn't trust diabetics any more! Very frustrating.

Tonight one board meets but I will go only as an observer this one last time. Wednesday the other town board meets and she'll be on her own from then on.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great Monday all.

Carol

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8/15/16 6:12 A

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We never got any rain at all yesterday unless it was overnight and I didn't hear it. It was hot and humid all day so that you would sweat with the least bit of exertion. I swept and mopped my floors yesterday because they needed it so bad, but I did it before I took my shower because I knew I would be drenched in sweat before I was done- and I was right. We did our grocery shopping in the afternoon but that was about it for us all day. Back to work today. This is the week that I typically take off for vacation but unfortunately not this year. My boss if off this week though so it should be a fairly peaceful week at work. I don't think I will be that busy but hopefully I can find things to do.

Enjoy the day everyone!

Bev

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RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,052
8/14/16 8:25 A

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Morning all.
Still humid here, and 70 already, maybe higher. At least it's not raining at the moment. I guess more rain is coming later this morning.

We had a thunderstorm move through last night but not too severe. I think much of the rain went north or south of us, but we got enough to last quite a while, I'd say.

I didn't accomplish much but we watched a lot of the Olympics yesterday. Of course, the rain interferes with the satellite reception so just at the best part we'd lose the picture. Oh well, they replay it often anyway.

Well, off to get the walking out of the way.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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8/13/16 8:41 P

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The house never cooled down last night and it was already up to 82 outside by 11:00 so we decided to go up to White River and visit the in-laws so we could be in the air conditioned car for a while. Since it was about lunch time we went to Wendys in West Lebanon first. The sun had been out at home for part of the morning and part of the time it was a little cloudy but we had no sign of any rain before we left. We ran into a bit of rain when we got closer to White River, but nothing major until we were inside Wendy's. It was pouring while we were there and the power went off briefly but came right back on. We had to run for the car when we left and we still got soaked even though we were not parked far from the door. It let up some by the time we got to Rod's brother's house and was not even raining at all when we went up to his dad's. A while after we got home it started to rain here and now we have torrential downpours along with thunder and lightning. So far we haven't lost power though.

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8/13/16 10:31 A

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Good morning, all. It's dreary here today too. Still muggy though. I just put up a couple of quarts of dill pickles and I'm dripping wet! I guess that shower I took a while ago didn't last long.

We picked up the boat last night. It was pouring rain but they took the time to cover it. I can't imagine why they had to do that since it was already very wet. Oh well, they're men. Go figure. Today, he has to go back to the guy and have him sign some paperwork that he forgot to do yesterday. Insurance is all set for it so we're good to go now.

We were going to Brattleboro today but I decided that it wouldn't be a good day to go. Mom is not at her best when the weather is dark and dreary and I wasn't comfortable with the prospect of the heavy rains forecast for later this afternoon when we would be traveling back. We'll plan to make the trip another day, maybe next weekend.

So, today I guess I'll have to tackle the porch again. I figure that I can get the walls washed on the half that I started a few days ago. Then, I can start on the other side once I move some furniture. Oh joy! That's going to wait a few more days, for sure.

Time to get to work. Have a good day.

Cheryl


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8/13/16 10:10 A

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Morning all.
Sticky here this morning, and I'm tired of sweating sitting still! It rained pretty hard overnight here, judging by the ruts and trenches in the roads. We got our walking in before 9, as the radar showed rain on the way for most of the rest of the day.

The rain held off most of the day, though, so that was okay. It was exceptionally busy in Littleton, I thought. Guess tourists and back-to-school shoppers account for some of it.

I can't believe Labor Day is only about 3 weeks away. Why is the older we get the fast the summers go?

My to-do list today just might involve cleaning in the cellar. It's cooler there, and there's an endless supply of work to do down there. Sounds like a plan

Hope everyone has a wonderful Saturday.

Carol

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8/12/16 8:43 A

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Good morning, all. It's a rainy one here. The skies opened up a few minutes ago and it looks like it's here to stay for a while. Poor Halle. She has a final day of soccer camp today and she is going to be soaked!!!! I'm supposed to pick her up at noon but I'm waiting to hear what the plan is in case of thunder. They are out in the open without shelter nearby.

We've been having a go-round with the Burlington Free Press. They somehow have messed up our account and the payment keeps being declined even though I know the account is valid. I just spent a half hour with two different reps trying to straighten it out. The first one disconnected my call, probably because he could tell I was not happy. The second rep listened, sort of, and agreed to re-enter my numbers in case someone had somehow entered something wrong. She wasn't at all sympathetic to my complaint that we were fed up with having to continually provide this information (this is the third time!) but I'm hoping that it's finally going to go through. If not, they just might have lost a subscriber.

Tomorrow we are supposed to make a trip to Brattleboro but I'm thinking we may not go. With all the rain we are supposed to get, I'm not sure I want to be out on the highway. And, my mother is never really with it when the weather is dark and dreary. I'm thinking another time might be a better plan.

I didn't weigh in last night because I ate out too many times this week. With all the meals out and the high humidity, I figured I would regain all that I've lost and I didn't want to deal with that. The chapter did have a small net loss too. We worked on table favors for Fall Rally. I do hope the paperwork comes out soon but I have heard that Judy Pettit is quite discouraged that volunteers haven't come forward to help. I don't remember seeing much in my mail asking for help though so I'm not sure how the request went out from her. One of our members offered to do the table favors and the chapter encouraged her to bring the materials to meeting so we could help. Last night, we finished one of the bigger pieces and next week we will work on another part. I think everything will be done by the end of this month. The favors are very cute!

Time to get my day started. Have a good one and try to stay dry.

Cheryl

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8/12/16 8:17 A

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Morning all.
A bit of rain came through about an hour ago, but I guess the worst is yet to come, later today. We need rain but not in flooding amounts!

I had a gain last night but the chapter had a good net loss. Still not paperwork about Rally, though. Hope it arrives soon.

I went to Dolly Johnson's yesterday and bought 2 of her quilts to take to Florida with us this year. Not that quilts are really necessary there, but I wanted to brighten up the rooms and take a piece of Vermont with me so now I can. A bunch of other running around after that with more to do today.

Well, off to exercise.

Stay cool, if you can!

Carol

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8/11/16 8:53 A

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Good morning, all. Hot, Humid and very uncomfortable already! It looks like this will be the worst day for humidity this week and then we'll cool off a bit with rain and more rain all weekend. Hubby says he knew it would be rainy this weekend because we're getting the boat. We've had a ton of good weather this summer but no chance to get out on the water.

The audit went very well yesterday. The guy who came likes to talk and, since he had a two-hour slot, he used up most of it even though we could have finished everything in about 15 minutes. I had already submitted all my reports so there wasn't much else to go over.

Halle and I had some girlie time yesterday. She has been wanting to have her nails done so I took her to the place where I have mine done. She liked it very much especially since Vickie got creative and did some flower designs on a couple of her nails.

Bev, good news indeed! So happy to hear that there is no reappearance of the cancer. Now you can breathe a little easier.

Time to get to work. Have a great day.

Cheryl

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8/10/16 7:37 P

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Good news, Bev! I was thinking you'd have a report by now. You both must be so relieved!
Not much happening here. Hubby sold his old truck tires today so we've gotten rid of 8 in the last week. That's a good thing.

I finally reached the stove repair people today, after nearly 2 weeks of waiting...they apparently had the wrong number for me so the extended warranty people finally gave me their number and I called them myself. They're out of Woodsville, NH, but can't come for 2 more weeks. No problem, as the front burner has been working for the last week anyway.

I got another crawl space finished today, so there's only a partial one left. It's a big one, but a lot of it is old carpet scraps that will be thrown out.

I've been trying to watch some of the Olympics but the best is on late at night, or too late for me. Hope to get caught up on sleep soon.

Well, my recliner is calling my name.

Have a great night all.

Carol

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8/10/16 7:13 P

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It was very humid today so it felt much hotter than the thermometer said it was. It was pouring this morning but had let up some by the time break came around and it had stopped completely at lunch. I did run into more rain here and there on the way home tonight.

We received some very good news today. Rodney had a pet scan yesterday and he was supposed to have an appointment with his oncologist tomorrow to get the results. I was planning to take the day off and go with him, but he got a call this morning from his oncologist and she said he didn't need to come in. She says the spot they saw on his liver does not appear to be cancer so he is all set now for another four months. Phew!! We were really afraid they were going to tell us the cancer was back. I'm not sure what the spot on his liver is but as long as it isn't cancer I don't think we need to worry about it. I will be working tomorrow after all. He has another appointment tomorrow with a diabetes educator but I don't need to go to that one with him.

Good luck to those who will weigh in tomorrow.

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8/9/16 11:03 A

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Good morning, all. It's sunny and quite warm here. I'm going to stay out of it as much as I can. I've already done the groceries and the laundry is in process. I will have to go out again in a little while because I'm picking Halle up from her soccer camp here in town.

Carol, that guy must have been looking for a real bargain! I do know that some people troll those sites looking for a good deal so that they can turn around and resell the item at a higher price, making a few bucks for very little effort on their part. I can't say that I blame them but that was a ridiculous offer. One of my friends was clearing out their house prior to moving out of state and had listed a number of items on Craig's list and received some ridiculous offers too. She ended up donating the items to Habitat for Humanity in order to get a credit for her taxes. It was better than the offers she got from potential buyers.

I managed to get out of attending the finance committee meeting this evening at the church office. I didn't go last year and he made out okay so I think all should be okay this time too. I'll be by my phone in case of issues but otherwise I'll relax. We were very busy yesterday getting all the final touches on the paperwork but that should make the rest of it go well. I'll be able to send out my reports to the Diocesan offices right on time. We also have an audit tomorrow from the Child Safety division of those offices. Honestly! It seems like I spend half my time lately trying to satisfy all the requests for information from those offices. Retirement is looking better and better every day!

Washer/dryer loads are ready to be switched. Have a good day.

Cheryl




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8/9/16 8:37 A

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Morning all.
A cool start here this morning, 49. But it's supposed to be very hot and humid by Thursday.

I posted a whole bunch more of items left from the yard sale on Craigslist yesterday. Had one guy ask if I'd take $50 for a massage chair listed at $275. I wanted to ask if he was serious. Of course I said no. I'd give it away first to family, if they wanted it. We just don't use it, like the hundreds of other things we collect in our lives, right?

I took pictures of several outfits I used to wear to school, jackets & skirts mostly, and I want to take them to the consignment shop in Littleton. I had a bad experience with one once, so I won't go back there, but there's another one that caters to more business-like attire. Worth a shot.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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8/8/16 12:43 P

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Good day everyone.
Was in the baking mood this morning, froze some muffins.
Taking brownies and some muffins to family so they will be out of our house. Hubby and I don't need all that stuff. I raid their garden for the lovely fresh vegetables. I don't take much and their family is very generous with sharing.

Gardening is a great exercise work out as is taking care of wood for the warmth and comfort for the months to come.

Enjoy each day as it is a blessing.

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8/8/16 8:13 A

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Morning all.
Another weekend gone, and it was a nice one. The humidity moved out and it felt great. I guess later in the week it will come back, though. We had a bit of rain around 5 in the afternoon here yesterday, but it didn't last too long.

I finished the shelter newsletter (early, for once) and spent some more time putting files on the flashdrive for the gal replacing me for my town job. She probably won't use half of it, but at least it will be there. When I 'retired' in the Fall, I almost deleted the hundreds of files on my computer from the years I had that job, but something told me I'd better not. Glad I kept them, at this point.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

Have fun with that new boat, Cheryl!

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8/6/16 10:43 A

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Good morning, all. It's hot and humid here this morning. I think we're in for some rain later though and that is supposed to cool things off a bit. It did rain a little last night but I know we need more.

We have a birthday lunch today for Karl's mother, sister and her husband. All their birthdays are within ten days of each other so we do them all at one time. So that means a large lunch today. We'll eat leftovers out of the fridge for supper since I know we won't need anything more.

I have three little banana breads in the oven. I didn't really want to add to the heat in the house but I had a couple of bananas that were over-ripe and I hated to just throw them away. Besides, this will save me having to bake at some other time when I'm asked to furnish for a craft show.

We did buy the boat yesterday. The man came down on his price by quite a lot so Matt and Karl felt it was a decent deal. It's not a new boat by any means but it should be okay for us for a few years. Now, Matt will fix the pontoon boat and list it for sale. Kind of late in the season for selling it so it will probably sit until next year.

Time to shower and get ready for the birthday lunch. Have a great day.

Cheryl

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8/6/16 9:44 A

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Congrats to both of you on your losses! Carol, have fun at the KHS meeting. We are off to the reunion at some point this morning. Camden spent the night here last night since there really were no other kids there yet. I think there might have been one but he doesn't really know her since we seldom see her so he spent the night with us. Tonight the granddaughter is staying here so that we can get her there tomorrow in time for some of the kids events. Sadie won't be down until later because she got asked to work for a while in the morning at the old home day events where they live. Being manager of the bank in town she has to get involved in a number of community events so she didn't think she should refuse when one of the town officials asked her. Camden has already asked if he can stay here again tonight since Sara is.

Maple Pound Cake sounds good but I'm not sure about the rum glaze, even without the real thing. I'm not sure I would care for the rum flavoring either. It has been too hot in the house to do any baking, plus Rodney's blood sugar has been running high so I won't be making any goodies any time soon I don't think. He has an appointment on Thursday with a diabetes educator but the one he saw in the past I think focused only on what to eat- and he knows what he should and shouldn't be eating- although he doesn't always follow it. Hopefully the appointment will be more than about counting carbs. If that is all she discusses it will likely be a waste of time- but time is one thing he has plenty of I guess.

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Morning all.
Warm and a bit humid here this morning. I guess it won't last, though. I thought it was going to rain last night, but we didn't get any here.

Congrats on the loss, Cheryl! emoticon

I tried a new recipe yesterday from the King Arthur catalog. It was also on their website. It is called Maple Pound Cake with Maple Rum Glaze. Yum! (Joyce would be proud!!) It wasn't heavy like a pound cake, and was made in a bundt pan. The glaze called for rum but I used water and a rum flavoring I happen to have in the cupboard. Definitely something I'd make again for a crowd or family event. Pretty easy to make, too.

Today I'm off to KOPS Honor Society so walking will have to wait until later.

Have a superb Saturday all.

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Good morning, all. It's sunny and promises to be very warm today. I had hoped to get more of the porch cleaned but I think it wouldn't be a good idea in this heat. Maybe I can get a little done but I won't have long to work. Karl is looking at a boat early this afternoon so I'll have to go with him to make sure we're not buying something ridiculous. We already are half-owners of a pontoon boat that isn't in the water because it needs some work that Matt hasn't been able to get to. This is a smaller, inboard-outboard that Karl and I can handle alone, unlike the pontoon boat, so I'm hoping it is all good.

Weigh-in last night went okay although the chapter had a small net gain. I lost another pound so I was very pleased with that. I'm a quarter of the way to the goal I set for myself before my physical in October. We had a nice little program on the different sugars hiding in our food so I think we're all a little more wise to what they are called. Joyce was at the meeting but still cannot use the right arm much. It is getting better though. Qk was not there as she and her family were on their way to MD for a family wedding this weekend. She showed us a picture of herself packed into the back seat of the van, with her legs propped up on the console, compression cuffs on her calves, ice jug and cryocuff by her side and available to keep the knee iced. We were kidding her that it was like packing up a baby to go anywhere. She is gutsy to make this trip.

Well, I guess I should get my day started if I hope to accomplish anything before our boat shopping. Have a great day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
A bit more humid here this morning, and I hear it's going to be hotter than yesterday. Guess we'll be heading out for our walk sooner rather than later.

I managed a .2 loss last night and the chapter eeked out a small net loss, too. We had monthly awards and installation of officers, all of whom are the same.

Cheryl, I hope Karl's tests come back okay. Like Bev, it's the waiting that creates anxiety. But nothing can be done in the mean time except try not to worry. Easier said than done, I know.

So, the appliance repair company never did call yesterday after I was told on Wednesday that they would call to make an appointment. My stove's front burner works sometimes, not always, so I'm not too worried about it, but I do need to have it replaced.

Well, off to walk, then grocery shopping on the agenda today.

Have a great Friday all.

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Cheryl, I hope Karl's tests go well..It is very nerve-wracking waiting to have the tests done and then waiting for the results. We are trying not to think too much about what might happen in Rodney's case, but of course it is never far from our minds. We can't change things so we have pretty much decided that it doesn't make sense to spend too much time worrying until we know if there is a reason to worry.

I hope the scales were kind to you ladies tonight. I didn;t even get on mine tonight but they didn't look too bad this morning. I haven't lost anything since I stopped going to TOPS but I haven't gained any either. I think I have been holding my own better since I stopped going than I did when I was going somewhat regularly. Of course I need to lose and that isn't happening either, but as long as I don't gain I am not going to worry too much.

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Morning all.
Sunny here this morning, going to be another hot day, I guess.

Bev, very worrisome news, I know, As if he (and you) haven't been through enough. And to lose a cousin unexpectedly on top of that. Let's hope it turns out to be no problem.

Did some more running around with errands yesterday. Got the new trailer insured, did some more work at the town office. While there I picked up a cucumber and a giant zucchini the town clerk was giving away. 4.5 pounds that zuke weighed! I peeled it and shredded it, removed the seeds, and froze it into 2 cup portions (8 cups total) for making into zucchini bread at a later date.
I also made some shortcake biscuits for strawberry shortcakes as the strawberries were starting to turn. One of his favorite desserts.

I called the company yesterday that handles my extended warranty on my Jenn-Air to find out why I haven't been contacted by an appliance repair person yet. It was a week ago today I first contacted them to tell them the front burner wasn't working on my less than 4-year old stove. Well, she checked, and of course the local appliance repair company 'lost' the info so I never got the call. They are supposed to call this morning to set up an appointment. I bought an extended warranty so they should replace this cartridge for free. Trouble is, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. It quite part way through cooking something a few days ago, which is not particularly handy.
The back burner works fine.

Well, off to exercise.

Good luck tonight, Cheryl! I know I will need it for sure.

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Good evening, all. Another very busy day but it's finally coming to a close. Lots of things to get caught up at work since I couldn't do much on Monday because of the update that took so long.

Bev, so sorry to hear that there may be an issue for Rodney. We'll keep our fingers crossed that all turns out well. Hubby went for his physical today and most things were ok but he's going to be evaluated by a urologist because his PSA was significantly higher than last year. It's still in normal range but approaching the top level of normal. His father died with prostate cancer so they feel that Karl should be evaluated.

Joyce got her stitches out today so that should help. She can start to work the arm and shoulder a little harder now. QK said that she accidentally bent her leg more than she intended a couple of days ago and it brought tears to her eyes. I think her recovery is going to be difficult.

Good luck to anyone weighing in tomorrow. I'm hoping for another loss but not feeling that it will be much.

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Good luck with the car Carol. Cheryl, I hope the patients are making progress and will be back to somewhat normal soon.

It has been a rough couple of days around here. Rodney had his appointment with his oncologist yesterday and the news was not as good as we had hoped. I had already been able to view the report from his scan last Thursday so we were not totally caught off guard. The scan picked up a suspicious spot on his liver so he will be going for further tests next week. His oncologist said she can't say it is cancer at this point, but she can't tell us it isn't either. She said the combination of the rise in his tumor marker and something showing up on the scan is "worrisome" but it still might turn out not to be cancer. He will have a PET scan next Tuesday and then will meet with his oncologist again. She tentatively scheduled an appointment on Sept 1st but I suspect it will be moved up. At the time she made the appointment they didn't know how soon he would be able to get in for the scan. I doubt if they will make him wait that long to get the results so either the appointment will get moved up or she will call him before then. Of course we might get lucky and the scan will show it is NOT cancer and then the appointment may get canceled completely. Her advice was to not worry until we know we need to, but that is easier said than done. The scan also showed that he has a hernia and she was going to ask his surgeon to take a look at the scan and provide his opinion on that. I am sure he is not going to want to do anything about it unless it starts causing problems. I am wondering if that might be the source of some of Rodney's pain, but it might not be. Today I got a message from one of my cousins out west that another cousin who lived in Texas had passed away last night. That was a total shock as she had not been sick and had just started a new job last week. The message I got said that her boyfriend (who is the one who found her on the floor of her bedroom) said they didn't know the cause but my suspicion would be a heart attack. She was in the hospital a few months back and she posted on FB that they thought she had a mild heart attack then. She was only 53. I hadn't seen her in years but we had been in touch on occasion on Facebook. Hopefully the rest of the week gets better!

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Morning all.
54 and foggy here on our hill this morning. I'm sure it will burn off fast and be another good day.

I finished most of the paperwork yesterday for the KHS meeting Saturday, plus an hour or so on paperwork for my town job. I was able to make some copies at the town office for free (I brought my own paper, though), which is a perk I will miss when I'm no longer employed for the town. We finished stacking the wood in the cellar that I threw down there a month ago, too.

Hubby was finally able to figure out, with the help of a long-time mechanic friend, the problem we've had getting the '57 to start. It was electronic, and we think the parts were defective. Hopefully now we can get it inspected and use it a bit more. We'd like to take it to Stowe and put a for-sale sign on it to see if we get any interest there.

Well, off to exercise and start on today's list.

Have a great day all.

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It was very rainy here this morning but the sun came out this afternoon. It was fairly cloudy again tonight but I think tomorrow is supposed to be much nicer. I think they are saying the temp and humidity will both be rising toward the end of the week.

This weekend is Rodney's family reunion but neither of us are really looking forward to it. It has become much less enjoyable over the past few years. The group that is in charge now has taken all of the events that used to be just for fun and turned them into competitive events. It has also become very money-oriented. They no longer print and mail a family newsletter because they don't want to spend any money. They posted it on Facebook, but some of the older ones don't even have computers and some who have computers don't use Facebook. The one who did it never even made any attempt to contact anyone who wasn't on Facebook to get their news. Rodney's father and step-mother are kind of put out about that too. They eliminated the Saturday evening potluck, which I think was done partly because they didn't want to buy paper products for it and partly so that no one had to set up and clean up. We always took in enough money to pay for everything from the people who camped and from those who came for the day and just put in a donation to help cover the cost, but now they have a set fee per person or family. I have no idea where the extra money goes. We will go for part of it but we won't be there all weekend. It will be nice to visit with some of the ones we don't see often but I no longer look forward to the reunion. I suspect that it will fizzle out in a few years.

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Good morning, all. It is a nice, sunny day here but the humidity and temps are rising. I stripped curtains off half of the porch yesterday, thinking that I would get to cleaning that side today but I'm not so sure now. It's quite warm out there in the afternoon and I won't finish it before the heat gets unbearable. This looks like a task that will take several days to finish if the heat continues.

We packed up the rest of the honey last night. The total for this harvest was 94 pounds. No bad at all for a first attempt. Of course, Karl found out yesterday that Matt hadn't registered his hives with the state - something that is required - so Karl did the paperwork last night. I tried to order his labels today but the printing company he uses is on vacation this week.

Joyce and QK are recovering although finding PT to be quite challenging. They both had appointments yesterday and were pretty well worn out after finishing. It will take time for them to fully recover and QK's recuperation time will likely be longer but they will get there eventually.

Dryer is buzzing so it's time to change laundry loads. Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
We escaped the rain yesterday completely. In fact, it was in the high 70s and sunny all afternoon.

We had a graduation party for his niece's oldest daughter that pretty much ate up the whole afternoon. We hadn't even gotten home and a friend called and wanted us to come up to the campground and visit so we did that. We didn't get home until almost 10 so I was ready for bed by the time.

Cheryl, sounds like that honey business is working out great! And the craft show would be a great way to get the word out without spending a lot on advertising. Good luck.

Well, off to exercise, then do the housework I didn't get to do yesterday.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's raining here but we needed it so I'm not going to complain a bit. I guess we escaped yesterday's rain that most of the state got. My brother said that his garden was cheering at the rain they got yesterday.

Karl and I spent about half the day yesterday at the sugar house. He was working the bees with Matt, harvesting honey. I put up about 50 pounds of raw honey and stopped only because we had run out of jars. We'll go back today to put up the rest of it, about 35 pounds, provided that Karl can find the jars today. Matt had hoped to get about a hundred pounds of honey in this first year and it definitely looks like he should reach that goal. There's still plenty of time for another harvest before he has to stop for the year. He is quite pleased. I told him that I would plan to do a craft show at our church to sell some of it along with maple products so that will help him a bit.

Mom's phone stopped working so my brother had to get her another. Still I wasn't able to get through to her. When I called from my house phone, it wouldn't dial through or I got a busy signal. But I could call my cell and it worked just fine. I told my brother about that and he tried calling from his land line and got the same problem but was able to call his cell. He was also able to call Mom on his cell. I don't usually use mine to call her because she says that she can't hear me on it, but I did use it yesterday finally and got through to her. I'll be curious to see if they find a problem in the phone system. I don't really think it was a problem in my phones.

Off to work again today. First of the month so I'll have to close out July but I don't think that will be an issue. With any luck, all will go smoothly. Have a good day.

Cheryl



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Congratulations on the losses ladies!

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Good afternoon, all. It's sunny and very nice here. Too nice to stay inside. I spent my morning making visits to the post-surgical patients. Jen and I picked up Joyce and then we went to see QK. We also brought a fruit basket for QK from the chapter, our usual practice. She was doing fairly well although found PT to be very challenging this morning. The therapist did say that QK's recovery might be lengthy as the leg is very swollen and possible infected. She will have to keep track of her temp for the next few days to see if it's that or a reaction to the ice cuff. I also received a call from Allan to tell me that they are postponing his surgery to the 22nd. Poor guy! He can hardly breathe now so I hope his situation doesn't become an emergency before then!

Our weigh-in was okay last night. A couple of people had significant gains which really throws off the stats. I lost 1.2 and was pleased with that. Very low attendance too since four members are out with medical issues.

We are going out to dinner tonight with my MIL to mark our anniversary. She forgot about it last week and we didn't say anything to her but now she wants to make up for it. Halle is coming to stay tonight too since her parents are going out. Today, she is on a trip with our son to someplace in NY to pick up a piece of equipment for the honey business. They are always on the go!

There's still a couple of hours to tackle that never-ending chore list. Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Cloudy here this morning. Guess it's still humid out. We had to have the a.c. running all night. I know it's a bit noisy but that's better than sweating all night.

I lost 1.2 last night and the chapter had a nice net loss. One gainer. Still low attendance, though. We got a chance to walk part of the town bike path after. It was nice. Fairly flat, quiet, good surface. I'd like to go on it myself sometime, or with hubby. We saw one biker and one dog walker, so I guess it's not overused.

Many things on our to-do list today so I need to get moving. The lists never get shorter.

Cheryl, I know my town is in good hands with my replacement, and I'm sure when you get done with your church job they will be too. If you give them enough notice and they advertise, they'll find someone who can handle it.

Have a great day all.

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I think Rodney is nervous mostly because he has been having more pains lately, but hopefully the scan will show nothing of concern. Most of his bloodwork looks good. His liver numbers are in the normal range, which is a good sign. The tumor marker climbed from 69 to 116 (normal is 37 or less) but I am not sure how much meaning there is in that. It can be elevated for things other than cancer sometimes, and it also is not a reliable indicator for some people. His has never been in the normal range since they have been checking it, but it got as low as 49 at one point, then went up to 177 when he had the fistula in his belly, but it went back down to 114 a couple of weeks later and was down to 69 in April when it was last checked. Since his has been up and down we really don't have any way to know how reliable it is for him. I do know that the doctors don't use it as an indicator unless they see other symptoms of a problem or if something shows up on the scan. Seeing the normal liver numbers made me feel a lot more confident that the scan result will be okay as well, but we will know for sure next week.

Good luck on the scales ladies! Earlier in the week my scale was back down a bit from my last official weigh-in (which I think was 6 weeks ago or more) but it was back up tonight- probably because I have drank more with the hot humid weather and I didn't wear my compression socks the past two days.

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Good afternoon, all. It's raining here. I had big plans to do some weeding in the hedge but didn't get very far before I heard thunder. I decided that being inside was a better idea.

Bev, I do hope there's nothing to worry about with the scan. It may just be that he doesn't want them to find anything and so is anxious. I know I would be.

Carol, you are lucky that they have found someone so capable to take over the position. I think I would like to call it quits at the church office within the next few months but I'm not sure how easy it will be to find someone to take over the position. There is a lot to be done and, even though I have kept a file of directions for the major tasks, the learning curve is still going to be sharp.

Well, I found another problem at work today. Actually, it was two problems. One of them was fixed very easily but the other one is going to take some research on the part of my compatriot at the finance office. She is going on vacation next week though so it may be a couple of weeks or more before it's straightened out. Then, I was trying to do an update on a database program for keeping track of parishioners and, after downloading the program, I got a message that the program was potentially harmful. Once again, I contacted the diocesan offices (a different one this time) and they agreed that I shouldn't proceed. We'll team up on Monday to do it together. Man oh man! I guess it's good that someone else will help me through these issues but I'd like to think that there could be fewer issues!!!!

Scales are looking decent today so I think I will have at least a small loss tonight. My doctor is on my case about losing weight so I really would like to drop ten before my physical in October. It's doable if I really work at it.

I still have a little while before the chapter meeting to work on my needlepoint. Hope the rain doesn't keep members away. Good luck to anyone weighing in tonight.

Cheryl

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Thanks for the updates Cheryl. Hopefully everyone progresses as expected and this is the end of them.

Rodney goes for his CT scan tomorrow but he won't find out the results until next Tuesday. He is very nervous about it, but I can't figure out if he has issues that he is not saying much about (thinking he won't worry me) that are making him so nervous or if it is just the normal pre-scan anxiety. He seems much more worried about this one than he was the last one. He had labs done yesterday and I think I should be able to view the results of most of them later tonight. I am not planning to go with him to his appointment next week, but I might change my mind if his labs look suspicious. I wouldn't want him to get bad news when he was there alone- plus he probably wouldn't absorb all the information. On the other hand I can't take a day off every time he has a checkup if all is well. It does seem like he is having more pains in his belly lately but those are not uncommon with people who have been through the surgery he had, so hopefully there is no real cause for concern.

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Good afternoon, all. It's quite warm here too and I think the humidity is a little better than it was yesterday. I was sweating just standing still yesterday but today seems a bit more comfortable. The reading on the dashboard as I drove home was 85.

Joyce is still having a lot of pain. She is trying to control it with Tylenol and ibuprofen since the Percocet was making her sick to her stomach. She isn't really comfortable at all yet though. QK came through her surgery just fine although there's an issue with straightening her leg. The doctor said he had to work at it for quite a while since she hasn't had her leg straight in over a year. She did feel kind of woozy while doing PT but is still planning on going home this afternoon. She is also having some nausea from the pain meds.

I talked with Allan yesterday. He did have the catheterization on Friday after staying in the hospital for a couple of days. They had put him on a blood thinner in anticipation of the cath but his blood was already too thin so he was bleeding profusely on Wednesday when they originally anticipated doing the procedure. By Friday he was fine and the cath showed that all is clear and ready for the surgery on Tuesday. They expect to do it with small incisions rather than the large entry through the breastbone so that will make his recovery easier.

Hopefully, that will be the end of the surgeries and medical issues for the chapter. We surely have had a lot of it this month!

I think we have successfully drawn up the budgets for next year. We have figures and, unless the finance committee comes up with changes, we're set. They will meet in two weeks to finalize it.

There's a baseball game on TV this afternoon so I think I'll be sitting in front of the fan and watching it while I work on my needlepoint. At least that way I'll be somewhat productive.

Have a great day.

Cheryl


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Morning all.
Bright and sunny here this morning. I heard it was supposed to be warmer than yesterday. I thought the humidity was kind of bad here yesterday. Maybe that was just me.

Cheryl, I hope by now you've heard how QK is doing. It does sound as though your chapter has had its share of medical issues lately. Keep us informed as to Alan's progress too.

I met with the gal who was hired to replace me yesterday and I know we accomplished in 90 minutes than I ever did with Michelle. I'm sure she'll do a great job, as she has the experience working with town boards. What a difference. She'll jump right in doing the minutes for the August meeting, so that should be my last meetings to attend. I'm still proofreading a couple of documents the zoning officer sent to me but that's about the end of my work for them.

Today we will tackle packing up the rest of the yard sale stuff. The shelter will get most of it for their next sale.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a good day all.

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Wow, all kinds of surgeries going on in your chapter Cheryl. I hope they were all relatively minor and they both recover quickly. I saw your post about your anniversary and I don't think I ever did congratulate you like I meant to, so I will say it now- Congrats on the anniversary! Better late than never I guess.

Today would have been my dad's 90th birthday but he has been gone for almost 12 years. Tomorrow is Rodney's brother Tim's birthday and also his step-mother's birthday.

Shepard's pie sounds good Cheryl, but I never use the oven when it is this warm because the house is hot enough without the extra heat. I mostly use the grill these days unless we have a cool day.

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Good afternoon, all. It's cloudy and trying to rain but nothing serious yet. I think the forecast is for some terrific storms this evening.

Thank you for the anniversary wishes, Carol. We had a good day on Lake Memphremagog on Friday. The weather was perfect and the lake was beautiful. I would do that trip again in a heartbeat.

Joyce came through her surgery just fine. She is still having nausea from the meds but this too shall pass. She had her first PT appointment today and it really took a lot out of her. QK had her surgery today but I haven't heard anything on her yet. She was the last surgery of the day so I think she isn't out of recovery yet. I just heard from my DIL who is the in-house therapist at the hospital and she said she would be at our house soon. We have Halle because Becky had to stay late to see "a surgical patient". That must have been QK!

We worked on budgets for the two churches today and I think I have all the figures I need. I'll get them plugged into the program on Wednesday and then I can start pulling together the reports that have to be filed in a couple of weeks.

Supper is in the oven. Shepherd's pie tonight. No gluten so Becky can eat it. Halle loves it so I think we're good. We're starting to get a lot of vegetables in from the garden now so most of our lunches and dinners are 2/3 veggie and 1/3 protein. Just the way I like it.

Cheryl

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Good morning all.

We've got some sun and some clouds here this morning, but I think the humidity is on its way out, at least for now.

The storm hit here around 1 yesterday, which affected the yard sale but that's okay. I was ready for a break anyway. Now there's lots to clean and box up to give to the shelter for their next sale.

Happy belated anniversary, Cheryl. I think the cruise sounds wonderful. Our 37th is this Thursday but we haven't discussed any plans as of yet. We shall see.

Scale looks better this morning than some Sundays. That's because I was too busy to snack yesterday and too tired to eat much last night. I should take a lesson in that.

Well, time to get moving.

Have a great day all.

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Good afternoon, all. It's a sunny day here and the air feels really good. Some humidity but not bad.

Joyce's surgery went well this morning and her husband called about 10:30 to say that she would be heading home in about an hour. The doctor said everything was exactly as he wanted it to be and that she was good for another ten years. I think it should carry more guarantee than that! For now, she's home and I expect that she is resting from the anesthesia. One down, one more to go on Thursday. QK will have knee replacement that day. Also, Allan, who was the state king a few years ago, has been having some serious heart issues for a few months. He was scheduled for a catheterization yesterday but they couldn't do it due to bleeding. They will try again tomorrow. He is supposed to have open heart surgery on the 2nd to repair/replace a valve that they put in many years ago. For now, he's losing ground daily so we hope they can resolve it soon.

Bev, you're right about cleaning up the messes. In fact, Jackie used pretty much those exact words although she did add that I usually have more complicated ones. I say, if I'm going to mess things up, I may as well do a good job! lol She is awfully good about fixing those messes though and never makes me feel that I've done something dumb.

Tomorrow we are going to Lake Memphremagog for a lunch cruise. It's our anniversary so he thought that might be a nice way to celebrate. There's rain in the forecast but I am hoping it holds off long enough for us to do this. I'm looking forward to it.

Halle is working on a project for her mother so I think I'll use the time to work on the Christmas stocking. Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Cheryl, those who fix the things you say you messed up probably would tell you the same thing that I tell people at work that call me to fix things for them. I always tell them there is nothing they can do that I can't fix, but some things are much easier to fix than others. Actually fixing things doesn't bother me too much unless I have to fix the same problem for the same person multiple times. Anyone can make a mistake, including me, but if you keep making the same one over and over, in my opinion it means you are not paying attention. Some of them will call me with a question and then apologize for bothering me and I tell them I would rather they ask questions if they aren't sure how to do something than do things wrong. There are one or two that I really don't think should be allowed to post bank deposits because they just don't have a clue! I don't think you have to be a bookkeeper to know that you should always make sure your deposit slip, your calculator total, and the total shown on your computer all match BEFORE you post it and take it to the bank- and if they don't you need to figure out why and fix it before you post. Okay, enough of that rant!

It was quite nice here today. I didn't notice much humidity and there was a breeze at times that kept it from being too uncomfortable. Friday doesn't sound too promising for the cruise on the lake, but maybe any bad weather will be later in the day if we are lucky.

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Good afternoon, all. It's sunny and warm here, warmer than I thought it would be. There's even a fair amount of humidity but not as bad as last week. Still, I'm content to stay inside and work on my needlepoint.

Another day at work, another bookkeeping mess. Honestly, I'm not a bookkeeper! Fortunately, there's always someone who can straighten out my messes. One of these days, I'll give it up for good and then it can be someone else's headache.

Carol, good luck with the yard sale. We found that Christmas stuff didn't really sell so we got rid of a lot of it. We just didn't know what else to do with it. And then, when we moved in here, my MIL had left a lot of her Christmas things so we have much more than we can possible ever need! I think we need to go through it and clear out a lot! One whole corner of the cellar is full of Christmas stuff!

Bev, sounds like you had a productive day yesterday. Just think, in a couple of years, you won't have to try to squeeze in all those other appointments and chores. You'll be able to do them whenever you want without a job to get in the way.

I still haven't found a program for tomorrow. There's always a roundtable if nothing else turns up. I'll keep looking but it's not going very well.

Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Trying to come up with a program that will be interesting while at the same time not knowing how many will even show up was always a bit of a challenge for me. I sometimes felt frustrated that I put a lot of time into preparing the program and then only half of the members showed up. And now I am one of those who rarely shows up! At least I have been pretty consistently absent so they don't expect to see me any more! I haven't even heard from anyone in a while so I think they have realized I am probably not going to be back any time soon.

Kim's parents gave us a jar of honey but we haven't opened it yet. They own a berry farm so they need the bees to pollinate the berry plants. They have someone who makes the honey for them. With Rodney being diabetic we don't use much honey but I will use it the next time I make something that uses a little honey in it.

Carol, I hope you have good luck getting rid of your excess Christmas stuff. I gave a bunch of it away last year because I no longer do a lot of decorating and we don't plan on being here for too many more Christmases. I am not going to take any to Florida with me. If we decide we want decorations down there I will buy a few. We don't have a place to have a yard sale so I either throw out or give away my excess stuff. I have been trying to get rid of some suitcases that we no longer use, but they may end up going to the dump. I tried to donate them to the Chester Andover Family Center thrift store but they wouldn't take them- they say suitcases don't sell. There is nothing wrong with them and I am sure someone could use them but I can't hang onto them forever.

I didn't accomplish a lot today. I was a bit lazy this morning and didn't even get dressed until after 9:30. I had an appointment at 11:45 and then after I got back from that we went to Claremont and did the shopping that we didn't do over the weekend. Camden spent the day with us because his dad was working and Kim went up to spend yesterday and today with her parents because her dad was taken to the hospital yesterday. He was doing better today so she came back home this afternoon.

Well I guess I better go through the rest of my messages from today and then get my dishes out of the way.

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Good afternoon, all. It does feel much nicer today than the past few days. Humidity is much more tolerable although it didn't take me long to sweat when I pulled weeds a little while ago. I didn't stay out there very long either.

Tuesday, chore day. Groceries and laundry this morning. Halle and Matt stopped in for a little while this afternoon. She has golf lessons on Tuesdays and she also had an appointment with the orthodontist today so they came here after lunch since there wasn't a lot of time before Matt had to go to work. He is really getting into the beekeeping now and he was filling me in on his plans for equipment and distribution. I hope it will be worthwhile for him. He gave us a little bit on Saturday and it's really quite tasty. This is clover honey as it's still fairly early in the season.

Work on the stocking is coming along but it seems like I've been working on the toe for most of a week. I'm hoping to finish that part tonight but we'll see.

I need to find a program for this week's meeting. Joyce will not be there and she has been doing the programs herself since no one else wants to volunteer. I'm sure I can find something of value even though there probably won't be many there to hear it.

Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

Nice to wake up to less humidity today, isn't it? A loud storm came through here yesterday afternoon around 3, with high winds and rain. No hail, thankfully. Other places weren't so lucky, I guess. More rain later in the evening but nothing like the afternoon storm. Surprisingly, we didn't even lose power.

I nearly made it through the Christmas stuff yesterday. Just a box of tree decorations left. Then I remembered I had some items stored in the cellar..yikes, how did I ever get so much stuff? I won't get much for it at the sale, but at least I will be rid of it. I haven't displayed 90% for years, so it's all clean and in great shape, but mostly people, like me, already have more than they need.

Only 4 candidates showed up for the interviews for my job at the DRB meeting last night. One withdrew officially during the day, one just didn't show. There were members of the PC there too, so it was easy for them to ask pertinent questions and make a hiring decision. I did not know any of the applicants, but some of the board members knew a bit about one or 2 of them. That helped.

Bev, I remember taking a group of my students up the Cog Railway one year on a field trip. It was a blast, but although it was sunny and 70 at the base (it was early June), it was raining ice at the top, the windows were completely frosted over, no visibility, cold....needless to say the ride up and down was the best part. July or August is the best time to go, I guess.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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We wanted to do the steam train and that only runs first thing in the morning. It is the only train that stays up there. The others go up and drop people off and then head back down for another load. If you take the diesel trains you can take whichever one you want for the return trip, depending on how long you want to stay at the top. At the end of the day they sometimes send empty trains up to pick up the remaining people at the top. With the steam train, they allow you about an hour before they start boarding for the return trip. They are in the process of putting some additional track at the top and they hope to be able to run another steam train in the afternoon once that is done. This summer they have four special steam excursions that will run in the afternoon, but on a regular basis they only offer one steam train a day. Yes, it would be nice during foliage season, although it would be pretty chilly at the top then. It was only in the 40s yesterday when we were there and the wind was blowing (of course). They say the highest temp ever recorded up there is only 74 degrees.

We had some heavy rain for a while this afternoon and it looked like the wind was blowing pretty good for a while, but nothing major. I haven't heard of any damage around here.

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Good afternoon, all. It's looking kind of threatening here but there haven't been any storms yet. There has been a lot of wind and I think I actually heard a couple of rumbles just a few minutes ago but the sun is out again and no rain. My car is in the garage just in case as I heard that they are expecting hail with some of the storms.

Bev, we've taken that trip up the mountain many years ago. We did a lunch trip, as I recall. So it was a neat experience. I'd love to repeat it in the fall when all the foliage is at its peak.

Kind of a quiet day at work even though there were extra people in the office. C couple of people were counting the donations from the weekend and the cleaning lady was also there. They work in another area though so, other than the pastor, I wasn't bothered. He is anxious to get busy on the new budget so I had to pull some figures together for him. I expect that we'll be getting those figures together in the next few days so that we can get the proposal out to the finance committee. The whole process, including reports for the Finance office, all need to be done by August 15.

It's going to be a quiet afternoon here. Good time for me to work on the stocking for Alex. Have a good day.

Cheryl


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Morning all.
Sunny here this morning, at least for now. Bad storm coming later. I do hope it goes on through before I have to leave for my town job tonight. It actually rained here about 3 times during the day yesterday, but it was also clear and sunny in between.

I didn't make a lot of progress on the cleaning yesterday but I did sort non-Christmas stuff and maybe a third of the Christmas stuff. I will be putting most of what I don't want into my yard sale, but I know July is a hard time to sell that kind of stuff.(like sweaters and such, no one wants to even pick them up when it's 80 degrees!)

Well, hubby is bugging me to get walking before it gets hotter. Guess I'd better comply.

Have a great Monday all.

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Sounds like a busy weekend was had by all. Yesterday morning we left to spend the weekend with Sadie and Tom at the campground where they are for the summer. It is located in Twin Mountain. We did some geocaching in the area in the afternoon, then had dinner with them at their campsite. We spent the night in their new camper. This morning Tom made us all breakfast and we headed out early to go on the Cog Railway. We opted to do the steam train, which is the first trip of the day so we had to leave the campground around 8 AM. This morning it was raining but by the time we were at the Cog Railway waiting to board the train the rain had stopped and the sun was trying to peak through. We did have a view much of the way up, but at the top everything was fogged in so we didn't get to see much. We were at the top for an hour or so before we got back on the train to go back down and it never cleared off the whole time we were there. By the time we were at the bottom the sun was shining but the peak was still in the clouds. Even without the view from the top we enjoyed it. We rain into some rain on the way home. In fact it was raining so hard in Woodsville, NH that I could barely see the road so I pulled off the road and waited for it to let up. Back to work tomorrow- although this will be a short week. I have to go back to the audiologist for a hearing aid check and the only time she had was in the middle of the day so I had to take the whole day off for what will likely be a 10 minute appointment. Then on Friday the office is closed and a bunch of us are going to Burlington to go on the Spirit of Ethan Allen lunch cruise. I don't usually go to their summer outings but this one sounded much more enjoyable so Rodney and are I going- but we are driving our own vehicle rather than going on the bus with some of my co-workers. I can handle a 3-day work week!

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Good morning, all. It's a sticky one here. The sun is out and the humidity is up. Good day for being inside. Hubby is working on a drop-down shelf for me out in the gardening shed and needed my help to move a sheet of plywood. That was enough to work up a sweat for me. I'll stay inside, I think. Actually, Matt and his family are coming for dinner tonight so I'm cutting up veggies for a very simple supper, burgers and dogs and veggies. I also made a batch of no-bake cookies. They are gluten free, a must for Becky. Chris and his family were invited but he's in Potsdam for his 10th college reunion so they opted out.

We went to a 50th anniversary party for Joyce and her husband yesterday. It was a very nice get together at the park at St. Albans Bay. They were also celebrating their daughter's 25th anniversary and Gary's youngest brother's birthday. It was a large gathering and the food looked really good. We didn't stay for that since we had other plans but I know that they had ribs, chicken and pork. I couldn't resist sampling the chocolate covered strawberries though. Yum!

Just talked with my mother and she says that the shot and drops for her eyes have helped. She is now able to read some of the newspaper and finds life to be less boring that way. My MIL still isn't accepting that she has limitations because of her vision problems though. My SIL has to be out of town next weekend so we'll have to ride rein on the MIL, driving her where she needs to go and making sure she behaves. Kind of hard to do but we'll do what we can.

Back to the vegies. Have a good day, all.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

We are getting a bit of rain here this morning, but they predicted it, I guess. I don't think it's going to rain all day, though. Yesterday turned out nicer than I thought it would. It's nice to have the temps in the 70s for a while.

We borrowed a trailer Friday and picked up the roofing materials for the garage extension at Lowe's. We could have had it delivered, but we saved on shipping and tax, so it was worth it. He won't get to that project right away, but it will be done before the summer is over.

He built two more sets of bars for the windows of the doughnut shop a couple of miles from here that had a bear problem. Hopefully this will be the last of that. He is concentrating on cleaning the big garage for the yard sale.

I talked with my sister in Vegas yesterday and they are having triple-digit temps there. Yes, it's a dry heat, but it's still too hot!

Well, time to start in on the housecleaning. My goal is to finish the cleaning and sorting of my Christmas stuff today so I can take some to FL and put the rest in the yard sale.

Have a great day all.

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Good morning, all. It's much cooler here this morning, a welcome change from the heat and humidity of the past couple of days. Today, I'll be attending a funeral for the son of one of our members. Her son died suddenly last week in Delaware where he lived with his family. The funeral today is for the family in this area since none of them made the trip to Delaware.

Other than that, I don't have a lot planned for today. I think there are enough little things to be done here at home to keep me busy. I do need to hang around here this afternoon since we're expecting delivery of a new grill for our son, Chris. It will be his birthday present but that's not until next month so we need to hide the grill in the garage. I'm hoping that UPS will put it in the garage for me.

The chapter had a sizeable gain last night but it was expected. For whatever reason, last week three people recorded large losses which they weren't expecting. This week, they had gains which were more in keeping with what they felt they really weigh. No explanation for the fluke last week. We had new batteries in the scale so that wasn't the problem. And the scale stayed in exactly the same position for everyone. Oh well, it balanced out I guess. I had a gain so this week I'll have to work harder to lose.

Time to get my breakfast and start my day. Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
What a storm we had yesterday here. Glad it's over. And I heard less humidity this weekend.

We awoke yesterday to a dead skunk across the driveway. Phew! I don't know what would have killed it. It was in the grass, with no a fairly large hole that had been dug nearby. Maybe a coyote? Other than dogs, wolves, or badgers ( do we even have those in Vermont?), there are no other explanations as to what predator would have gotten it. Hubby said he smelled it during the night and had to close the windows, but I didn't hear or smell anything. Of course, the fans were going, so that might have drowned out any animal altercation. He took a shovel and buried it in the hole, so hopefully that is the end of it.

I had a small loss last night and the chapter would have had a net loss but one member with a good loss weighed in late so it wasn't counted in the report. Small attendance again.

Our company left yesterday....They had offered to take us out to eat Wednesday night but I declined. It was late when they finally decided and so the 3 of them went without me. Fine with me. I know I would have overeaten anyway.

Well, groceries and other errands today. Guess I'd better get the exercise and walking done before it is too hot again.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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Hot and humid is right Jean. I am not fond of it being quite as hot but I won't complain because I prefer the heat to the cold. I had been down a pound or slightly more from my last TOPS weigh-in but in the past week I seem to be up slightly instead and I think the humid weather may be partly to blame. I am not too concerned at this point because it is only a pound or two but I need to be careful it doesn't creep up any more. Good luck to those of you who will be weighing in tonight. I am working just a half day today as I have an appointment with the audiologist this afternoon. I think today is the day I will finally get those hearing aids. I sure hope they help and that I adjust easily to using them.

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Thinking of my TOPS family, how is everyone?
I sure didn't like those HOT humid days.

Good luck to those weighing in .

Froggy Jean

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Good afternoon, all. It definitely has hit the HOT level today. It is terribly humid but I did have a bit of a breeze in my office when I could leave the windows open. I was working on those problems in the annual statements and even the finance office was stumped on how to fix them. Seems that I really mess things up sometimes! Poor Jackie. She's my contact for these questions and it took her a bit to figure out the fix. I think (hope) we're all set now. If not, it's on her shoulders. She'll be the one pulling the reports next week so I've given her a "heads-up" about mine. We'll see if it all works out.

Carol, my MIL was a nurse practitioner and usually diagnoses her problems, right or wrong, before seeing a doctor. She hasn't done nursing for about 25 years so her skills are likely out of date a bit but that doesn't stop her. She has had a series of problems in the past six months or so but still has a difficult time accepting that she has limitations. I guess that's what keeps her going.

The needlepoint Christmas stocking for my grandson is coming along well but I've decided that I need to devote at least an hour a day to working on it. I also have some Christmas stockings to knit so I'd like to have them underway by September. It looks like I'll have three to be done this year.

Time to empty the dishwasher and then on to the rest of the household tasks. Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

Going to be hot and steamy today, but we've been pretty lucky so far this week. More stormy weather tomorrow. Didn't it rain last Thursday night too?

Cheryl, I understand how your mother-in-law feels about age-related health issues. They don't see the subtle changes in themselves, especially when it comes to driving or doing things they've done for decades. My SIL who is here for a short visit said the same thing this week about her father...she was riding with him and felt a bit unsafe, to say the least. He's 87 and although he has slowed down, he still tries to do all the things he used to do.

I managed to caught up on shelter stuff and stuff for my town job yesterday. Hubby had to make a trip to Westfield for St. J. Subaru to deliver a car title or pick one up or something. Way out there....as in off the grid, a one mile driveway 3 miles of dirt road after you leave the pavement. Oh well, at least he made a little money, I guess.

Well, off to exercise before it gets any hotter.

Have a terrific day all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's a sunny morning and promises to be much warmer for the rest of the week. I'm not looking forward to that but the rain should help.

Tuesday again. Laundry and groceries. First load is already in the washer and my grocery list is ready. I'm not dressed for the day yet but that's next on the agenda so that I can head off to the grocery store. Later I have an appointment for a manicure and then I guess it will be time to head back home to finish up the tasks here. Even though it's my day off, I always have a long list to get done.

My MIL had to see a specialist yesterday and he determined that she has macular degeneration in one eye. She has been having difficulty and was sure that it wasn't MD but that proved to be the case yesterday. She had one injection during that appointment and will have to have it repeated every 4-6 weeks. He also told her that she shouldn't be driving but I'm thinking that she will likely defy that. She is fiercely independent and totally in denial when it comes to health issues so I suspect that she will do as she pleases. She also was told that the golfing is done. That's another thing I don't believe she will give up. At 88, she will do as she pleases.

I'm off to take care of that to-do list. Have a great day.

Cheryl

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Good afternoon all.
A glorious day here too...love that sunshine after the weekend's gloomy rain.

Cheryl, your folks are all set until August 2017 on the membership. Give our best to QK; I know surgery is not always pleasant but may be a necessity for her.

Went to town with hubby for his appointment at the dentist and got a couple of errands done too.
Didn't get stuff done here, but there's always tomorrow.

Well, time to scrounge up some supper.

Have a great night all.

Carol

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Good afternoon, all. It's a beautiful day here with comfortable temps and very low humidity. I think I'll find something to do outside this afternoon so that I can enjoy it all.

Carol, Joyce says that the extra money they sent was supposed to be applied to membership dues. There probably won't be anyone going to the meeting from our chapter. Joyce is having shoulder surgery on the 21st and Kathleen is having knee replacement on the 25th.

I've been trying to clean up some of the mistakes I made in the bookkeeping program. It's just a matter of choosing the right slot for the money and sometimes I get that mixed up. So many of the slots are very similar and I apparently can't remember from one month to the next what I did the previous month. Hopefully I will get that all straightened out on Wednesday. Keeping my fingers crossed anyhow.

Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Finally some sun today! Yay! It seems like it barely stopped raining here most of the weekend. I think the gardeners really liked it, and my lawn needed it too.

My SIL arrived around noon yesterday after driving straight through from NC. I think it will take a couple of days for them to get caught up on sleep. They have no plans for the week but will no doubt use this more as a jumping off point for local visits. They have a friend in Syracuse they will go visit after they leave here, so I suspect they'll be gone this next weekend.

The KHS newsletter is on my agenda for today. Cheryl, just a reminder that your group won't need to send in membership dues for this as they paid last time, in advance.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all. Enjoy the sunshine.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's kind of rainy here and has been since Friday evening. It has cooled the temps a lot so that is a good thing. And the gardens needed the rain desperately. Looks like rain will be the order of the day today so I think my projects will all be inside. I have to finish shortening the drapes for my MIL and I think that's going to be the first order of the day. I already have a pot roast in the crock pot so lunch is at least half done.

I spent most of yesterday fighting a headache. Seems like I get them a lot lately. I still think it stems from the business on Christmas day when I snapped my neck accidentally twice. I do hope that today will be better.

Have a great day and stay dry!

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Cooler here today, but what a storm that came through late in the afternoon yesterday.
Fortunately the roofers had packed up and left before it started and most of the job is done. They should be back any minute to finish that up.

I lost a pound last night and the chapter had a good net loss. Woohoo! Had a great chat with a visiting KOPS from CA who is RVing around the country with her hubby. She is trying to visit one chapter in each state and ours won for VT. She took our picture and will document her journey and submit it to TOPS headquarters for a write up in TOPS News next year. I won't hold my breath that all of it will get put in, but it was a nice spark to the weekly meeting.

Our officers were all reelected, but Cheryl, you are right. It's time for some others to do their duty. It's hard when you have small numbers like ours, though.

We're supposed to go to another game tonight, this one for the great-nephew's all-start Babe Ruth team. We shall see what the weather looks like later today.

My SIL and her hubby are coming Sunday from NC for a few days. They have a lot they want to do while they are here, so we may not see much of them. Oh darn. (Oops, did I say that?)

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great Friday all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's cloudy and somewhat cooler but humid still. I'm not planning to do anything outdoors today so I guess it's not a real issue for me. Halle is supposed to have a game this evening but, after hearing the weather report, I have a feeling it will be postponed.

Today, I am planning to spend a significant portion of the day in Burlington. I need to find a couple of anniversary gifts and really don't have a good idea of what to get so I think it may involve a bit of searching until I find something that strikes my fancy. These are significant anniversaries so I would like something fitting the occasion. I also want to make a couple of other stops for items on my "gotta have" list. We'll see how successful that search is!

I had a good weigh-in last night, much better than I expected. I lost 1.8 according to our scales. Nearly everyone had a good weigh-in and some members questioned the scales but they were new batteries so I think the weights were true. One member had a big loss but she also recently came off prednisone so we think this might be responsible for it. We'll see how it looks next week. Attendance is down, typical of the summer. We had elections and we'll all still be in our same offices for another year. Joyce told them that the handwriting is on the wall though. This has to be her last year according to the new guidelines from headquarters. We know there are ways to get around that but it would be nice if someone else would take a turn as leader.

Time to get my day moving. Have a good one.

Cheryl

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Sorry to hear about your treasurer's son Cheryl. That is pretty young. I did not go to TOPS but my scale was up a bit last night. I think it must be from all the humidity because I have been down from my last weigh-in for a couple of weeks now. I have fluctuated a bit but I have consistently been down- anywhere from a half pound to almost two pounds down but last night I was up about a pound from my last weigh-in, and up two pounds from the day before so it had to be from fluid retention. I may go back to TOPS at some point but for now I feel like I need a break from it. I would like to get below where I was at the beginning of the year and then weigh in at least once so they don't have to count a gain for the year from me in their annual calculations, but we shall see if I even can get down enough. It rained some last night but didn't seem to cool things off much. I left some windows open last night but the house it still 78 degrees this morning. I have a door open this morning to try to bring in some cooler air since it is only 68 outside but it doesn't seem to be cooling down so I think I need to go get a fan to put in the doorway for an hour until I leave for work. Time to get busy getting ready I guess- after I read the rest of the Spark e-mails. Enjoy your day ladies!

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7/7/16 3:27 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's a hot one here but we did have some rain a little while ago and that seems to have cooled things down a couple of degrees.

The saga of the odor continues. We have resorted to sleeping in a different bedroom so that we can have the AC on. Today, there doesn't seem to be as much odor on the porch so maybe we are reaching a tolerable level. I do wish I knew what is rotting under the porch but there is no way to access it without literally dismantling it. There isn't even a skirt around the bottom. When Karl's father built it, he ran the boards down to about six inches from the ground, and then he planted evergreen hedges all around it.

I'm not sure how the weigh-in will go tonight. I feel that I may have lost a tiny bit but only time will tell. We got word that our treasurer's son died suddenly yesterday. He was only 57. So sad.

Back to my knitting. Christmas presents started already.

Cheryl



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7/7/16 7:48 A

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Morning all.
Not a great night for sleeping. Looks like the humidity is here for a couple more days. Storms coming later, too. I hope the hail doesn't materialize.

The roofers started yesterday and things are going well, except one vehicle backed over a crab apple tree, nearly destroying it. Boards are holding it up, but there is a big scar in the bark. I sure hope it survives.

I spent much of the day reorganizing the TOPS awards, charms, etc., that I have. I needed to update the inventory and figure out which ones have been discontinued. I should be able to finish that today.

Cheryl, good luck with the critter odor! We had a similar experience recently. He thought something had died in the garage but as it turns out, it was in the long, narrow drain that we have in front of the concrete apron in front of the garage. It was a small, dead woodchuck. Not a pleasant sight or smell, but at least it wasn't inside.

He has finished building the ATV trailer so we will put that on Craigs List today. He's measuring a job for a local guy who has a wholesale donut shop that had a bear get in through a window last week and devour a huge bag of flour by dragging it out through the window. He would have gone back in for more but a worker arriving early for work scared it off, I guess. The owner wants bars put on his windows to make them bear-proof, if there is such a thing.

Well, off to exercise.

Good luck tonight to those weighing in, ladies!

Carol

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7/5/16 1:55 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's hot here! And the humidity is up. It's not a day for being outside so I'm getting my washing done and keeping the fans going inside. I did hang a couple of tablecloths outside but that's all I want to do. Hubby took today off from work so we made a trip to Costco and dropped off a few things that Kate forgot when they were here on Sunday. Now, he is at the sugar house to work the bees with Matt and I'm staying here where it's cooler.

Something crawled under our front porch and died and the stench is awful! We can't access it either so I guess we'll have to keep the front of the house closed up in order to reduce the amount of odor getting into the house. I hope it goes away soon. We can't run the AC at night because it would pull the smell into the house so we're making do with the fan. It's either that or switch to the upstairs bedroom for a couple of days, something we're contemplating.

Last night, we went to the lake to watch the sun set and then we watched the fireworks being shot off across the lake. It's not quite as exciting as having them nearby but neither of us wanted to go to the ones around here. Much more peaceful to do it the way we did.

The washer is calling my name. Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

No fireworks for us this year either. Although we heard some each night of the weekend from somewhere in the distance...no visuals.

The great-niece's all-star (11 & 12 year olds) team won their game Saturday, so we went to watch them play again yesterday. The pitcher pitched a no-hitter, so they called it after 4 innings since they had a 10+ point lead. Now they will play again Wednesday. Our nephew is the coach and I think it surprised him how well they did yesterday.

The roofers will start today and should be here any moment. The shingles and other supplies got delivered at 7:30 this morning. Hopefully the weather will hold this week and they'll be able to get it done in 3 days. In Florida, one of our neighbors had a new roof put on this spring. They did it all in one day, including stripping off the old shingles. Of course, they had about a 10-man crew! You won't see that up here.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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