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8/27/14 8:00 A

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Good morning, all. It's pretty sunny here but I can see some gray clouds off in the distance. It's already warm and I'm anxiously waiting for the cooler temps they've predicted for tomorrow. I'm ready for it to be Fall.

I didn't get as much done as I would have liked yesterday but I did manage to do the laundry, all except the folding. I'll do that later today. Made my trip to the dry cleaners to see about having Jess's gown preserved and my dress cleaned. The rest of the day is kind of a blur. I know I accomplished a bit here in the house because it does look cleaner.

Time to leave for work. We'll be breaking in a new cleaning lady today and there's a pile of paperwork that she'll have to fill out. At least I had the foresight to pull it together a couple of weeks ago.

Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

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8/27/14 7:54 A

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Morning all.
Gray and damp out there this morning. I liked yesterday better!
And the weekend forecast doesn't look too promising either. It figures!

We are off to Conway this morning to pick up the bike. They've had it 3 1/2 weeks...of course, they couldn't get the manufacturer to resolve the transmission issue we had with it. I think hubby's had it with them. They did other maintenance things to it, but they refuse to do anything with the transmission. So if we break down somewhere beside the road, they will hear about it, believe me! There is 2 years left on the warranty at least.

Today is the first day of school here in Waterford. I wonder how long it will be before they call me to sub. I may just do one day, so I don't have to go through finger printing....I heard someone talking about hiring retired teachers throughout the year to assist with testing...sounds like a better alternative to me!

Well, off to exercise.

Have a wonderful Wednesday all.

Carol

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8/26/14 10:26 P

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We have had a couple of pretty nice days this week. I sweat a lot when I went walking but I'm not going to complain. At least I wasn't worrying about falling on the ice! I have been pretty buy at work catching up from being out last week, but I think I got the backlog cleared up today. I am a little concerned about how things will be this fall because the other girl who works with me is leaving. She gave her notice last week because she and her boyfriend are moving to Arizona. At least she gave six weeks notice, but it will still take time to find her replacement and they won't be fully trained before she leaves even if they hire someone soon. I just hope they find someone and the person can start a couple of weeks before she leaves so they will be able to take on some of the work right away. I will be swamped again if not.

I also found out that the co-worker who had the heart attack 2 or 3 weeks ago apparently will be retiring. She always said she wanted to work a few more years, but apparently her heart is dictating otherwise. She had some stents put in and a defibrillator last week and finally was able to go home on Saturday but she can't do much yet. She is a good example of why I don't want to work any longer than I have to. I want to be healthy enough when I retire so that I can enjoy it. She is not someone you would expect to have heart problems though as she is not overweight, she eats pretty healthy (much more than I do) and she walks a lot, so she keeps active. Maybe her heart disease is hereditary.

Well, I think I need to head for bed. I have been up later than I wanted to be every night this week so far and then I hate to get up in the morning. Night all!

Bev

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8/26/14 8:08 A

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Good morning, all. It's looking like a gorgeous day is in store today. Lots of sun and a little bit of breeze. Maybe I can get outside and enjoy it a bit. I do have a few errands to finish up today and a haircut later this afternoon. This evening, a couple of friends will stop by so Karl can put up some pictures for them on Craig's List. They are retired and spend much of their year living out of their RV down south. They are trying to sell their house here so their goal this summer is to clear out all the furniture, thus the listing on Craig's List.

My early start yesterday finally caught up with me about mid-afternoon. I was so tired that the chicken I had planned to do for dinner went into the fridge and spaghetti became the easy-out dinner. After dinner, I had all I could do to keep my eyes open. I went to bed a bit earlier than usual but still don't feel that I'm fully rested. Maybe I will catch up today.

Kids are starting back to school this week. It still feels a little weird not to be heading that way myself but I don't actually miss it. Halle will start back tomorrow and is looking forward to being in second grade. She wrote to her teacher earlier this summer and then saw her when they went to pick blueberries. Her teacher referred to Halle as her 'pen pal' and Halle wasn't quite sure what that meant. Cute.

Time to get the day started. I hope you all have a great one.

Cheryl

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8/26/14 7:10 A

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Morning all.
New look on this site today....looks nice.

Another hot day in store....I was awake around 4 and never went back to sleep. Lucky me. I will no doubt crash by mid-afternoon. Oh well.

My SIL heads back to NC today. At least they have good travel weather.

Took my cat to the vet but they decided, due to her age, not to x-ray or biopsy the lump on her elbow. We have some pain med, which seems to be helping a little for now.

I did about an hour's work at the town office yesterday. Trying to get a jump on next month's work. A bit more to finish today, but it can be done from home.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great Tuesday all.

Carol

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8/25/14 8:02 A

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Good morning, all. I've been up since 2:45 so that we could have Jess and Andy at the airport for 4:00. Seems ridiculous since their flight didn't leave Burlington until 6:00 but that's what they were told to do. They are now on their way to Cancun for ten days there. The return trip is going to be a late one so I'll be short-changed on sleep that night but I won't be working the next day so it will be fine. Now, Karl and I can get back to more normal days and nights.

We do have a few loose ends to get tied up though. I need to take her gown to the cleaner to get it preserved for her. There's a bank deposit to be made and a baby-sitter to be paid. Andy was supposed to see to it but he didn't do it and she was gone before his father could get it to her so, since she's my hair-dresser's daughter, I'll get it there today. She sat with the ring bearers when it was time for bed so that their mother, Andy's sister, didn't have to leave the reception. I think it was a very good solution and, since the girl is a third-year college student, I know she could use the extra money.

Time for me to get to work. Looks like it will be a gorgeous day for anyone who can get out to enjoy it.

Cheryl

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8/25/14 7:40 A

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Morning all.
Sunny and cool here this morning, but headed to the 80s again, I guess. I'll take it.

St. J. schools start back up today...our local elementary in Waterford not until Wednesday. Summers get shorter every year.

My SIL arrived around noon yesterday. They've been busy trying to catch up to relatives, friends, etc., but they leave to go back tomorrow afternoon, so I don't think they'll see everyone they wanted to.

I take my cat to the vet this afternoon, but that's about it for my agenda. Hubby's helping his friend clean the garage...the problem is once they sort, the guy puts much of it back into his 'keep' pile. They won't make much progress that way.

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

Carol

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8/24/14 4:01 P

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Welcome back, Bev. Sounds like you enjoyed the time away even though it wasn't quite what you had planned.

We are finally finished the celebrations for the weekend. Today we went to our second son's house to celebrate his 30th birthday and Andy's 29th birthday. Andy's isn't actually until Thursday but they'll be on their honeymoon then so we did it all today. We'll be at the airport by about 4:45 am tomorrow for their 6:00 flight. Then they'll have ten days in Mexico, returning a week from Thursday. Meanwhile, Karl and I are looking forward to a little rest and relaxation for those ten days.

Back to work tomorrow. I'm hoping that he has found some people to teach Religious Education classes. Usually it's a challenge to fill the upper grades but this year it's the first four grades. Go figure.

Hope you're enjoying this beautiful weather today.

Cheryl

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8/24/14 8:51 A

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Morning all.

Welcome back, Bev. Sounds like you had a good vacation. Cabins are sure better than tents, when it rains, especially.

My SIL was supposed to arrive last night but her flight was canceled because something was wrong with the plane. They put them up overnight in a hotel, so she's on her way and will arrive sometime today. Not a happy camper, I'm sure. I don't blame her!

Got my baking done yesterday, wheat bread (in the machine) zucchini bread and muffins, and choc. chip cookies. Everything came out great, but the muffins....well, I wouldn't serve them to company. I'll probably end up tossing most of them.

The usual housework and laundry for us today. Guess I'd better get started or it won't get done.

Cheryl, hope you can sit back and relax...all that preparation paid off!

Have a great Sunday all.

Carol

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8/23/14 10:09 P

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Cheryl, I am glad to hear the wedding went well. Something will always not go quite according to plan, but it sounds like anything that went wrong was very minor. Now you can all breathe a sigh of relief and sit back and relax a bit.

We did have wifi at the campground where we spent the first three nights, but I just never got around to getting on SparkPeople. I kept my other e-mail cleaned out (I started using a separate e-mail address for Spark because Rodney was complaining about how many e-mails we were getting), but not much else. I did spend some time looking up info about places we wanted to go or things we wanted to do, but I never got on SparkPeople. I didn't even spend much time reading Facebook all week. After those first three nights I didn't have access to wifi and didn't want to use my phone too much so that I would keep my data usage down. I may end up going over for this month, but I don't want to be over by too much! The weather was better than we were expecting, especially for the first few days, but the last half of the week it didn't cooperate as well. We had hoped to ride our bikes along the Pine Creek Trail which runs through the "PA Grand Canyon" but it started to rain so we changed our minds and went to the PA Lumber Museum (which was not worth the money to get in) instead. Of course the rain stopped and we saw some sun while we were at the museum- although it did rain again later. We thought we might be able to ride the next morning before we moved on to another location, but before we finished having breakfast it was raining again. By the time we were 25 miles away the sun was out. That entire day was periods of rain and periods of sun so it was hard to plan outdoor activities. We did some geocaching in the afternoon after we found another place to stay. That was Thursday, and then we headed out early yesterday morning and went to some waterfalls and then headed home in mid-afternoon. I think we got home around 7:00 last night after stopping in Bennington to pick up some milk and a few other things. We took our tent with us but we never used it. We managed to get a small cabin in a private campground in Corry, PA for three nights and then we spent two nights at Hills Creek State Park in a camping cottage for two nights, and then one night in a cottage at Lackawanna State Park. If we had set up the tent I think we would have been packing up a wet tent since we had rain several nights. Other than not getting to ride the bikes much we did everything we had planned to do and saw all of the things we wanted to. There were a couple of scenic drives that we had thought about doing and didn't, but those were not on the must-do list anyway.

I hope you all had a good week and are enjoying the weekend. We are still getting caught up on thingd. We went to visit Rodney's dad and stepmother today. Tomorrow Ed and the boys are coming for most, if not all, of the day. Erin went to some concert with her mom and will be home later in the day. He wasn't sure if she would meet him here or just go home.

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8/23/14 5:37 P

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Good evening, all. It is done and I'm so relieved. The rehearsal went well on Thursday, always a good sign, I think. The wedding day went well too for the most part. Andy contributed a little humor when he accidentally started to recite Jessica's vows. All in all, everyone seemed to enjoy the service, especially since Father Roy was able to personalized it. He has known Jess since she was six and she always did a lot around the church. This morning though, Andy realized that he didn't have any other clothes at the hotel. He borrowed a shirt and shorts from his brother-in-law but had to wear the sox and shoes from his tuxedo. He was quite a sight!

Now, they are sitting here opening cards and gifts. They will leave for Mexico very early on Monday.

Tomorrow, we will all go to our son, Chris's house to celebrate his and Andy's birthdays. The rest of the day will definitely be "recovery mode".

Cheryl

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8/23/14 8:58 A

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Morning all.

Well, Cheryl, tell us all about it. Did the rain hold off for you? It started raining here after 3 but didn't stop until dark, I think. A nasty day overall. Looks like today will be better.

I heard something about snow in the mountains of Montana yesterday. Yikes! That is way too early, if you ask me.

I spent a good deal of time cleaning my stove and oven yesterday. Today I've got some baking to do, so we'll see how good a job I did. My SIL and her husband arrive tonight, so I wanted to be sure there were some goodies around for them to munch on.

Well, off to get started on the list.

Have a great Saturday all.

Carol

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8/22/14 9:19 A

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Good morning all. Today is the big day. Skies are a bit gray but they show promise of clearing. I do hope there won't be any rain for them. I'm heading to the salon in a minute so I can have them do my make-up. The girls will be there already for their hair appointments.

I weighed in quickly last might and had lost another pound. This takes me back to January2001 in terms of weight. That's when I first hit this weight. I hope I can keep this up after the wedding!

Hope you all have a great day. Carol, enjoy your company.

Cheryl

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8/22/14 7:29 A

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Morning all.
Overcast and raining here this morning....guess it's hanging around longer than they thought it would. Cheryl, let's hope it ends by this afternoon for your daughter's wedding! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

I managed a .2 loss last night but the chapter had a net gain again. Low attendance, too. Oh well.

Crazy day yesterday with 3 trips to town for appointments. My dental appointment went well, but his did not. They have to redo his crown he just had put in in the spring. Guess the x-ray didn't show a problem area the first time. Yikes. As if it isn't bad enough to go through that once. No cost to us, of course, but a hassle anyway.

Well, grocery shopping this morning, then hopefully a slower-paced day for me today. His sister is coming this weekend from NC so I have some cleaning to do, but that won't take too long.

Have a fabulous Friday all.

Carol

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8/21/14 9:01 A

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Good morning, all. It's the day before the big event and everyone is off and running. Jess and Andy are on their way to Burlington to drop off the dog at Doggie Day Care for the next two days. Then, they have to meet with their caterer at the venue to drop off the table favors and a trunk load of other reception related items. I'm going into overdrive to get things ready here for whoever will be here for lunch today and tomorrow. Not sure exactly who that will be. I found out yesterday that the groom's party will be getting ready at my SIL's house since there's only one bathroom here and there are at least six people who will need to process through it. I guess I might not have had to get as much food as I did but I didn't know all these plans early enough. Oh well, it's fruit and veggies so it won't go to waste.

I won't be weighing in this week as the rehearsal is this evening and then the dinner will follow. It will be a busy evening and the weigh-in isn't part of the plan. I haven't even stepped on the scales this week. Too busy!

Hope you all have a great day. Good luck with weigh-ins tonight.

Cheryl

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8/21/14 7:35 A

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Morning all.
Cheryl, you tired me out just reading your accomplishments! I expect you'll have a loss this week from all that running around!!

Quick check in for me as I'm off to the dentist this morning. Another appointment this afternoon, then TOPS tonight.
And somehow I have to squeeze in doing the minutes for my town job. Fairly productive meeting last night, all things considered.
Lots of good discussion, at least.

Well, I'd better get moving.

Have a great day all. Good luck tonight!
Carol

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8/20/14 11:18 A

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Good morning, all. It's a really busy day today. I've already run the bulletin, filed the payroll and called the courier service to make arrangements for tomorrow's delivery since no one will be here to receive it. I've also paid the bills for this week and filed the deposits. Now, I just have a couple of loose ends to tie up and I'll be done until Monday.

Just checked my home voice mail and found that my dress and Halle's are ready to be picked up tonight. I was getting a little worried since I hadn't heard anything since last Wednesday. I called and left her a message last night that I really had to have them today.

Well, it's down to the final countdown. Jess and Andy should be on their way home now. She picked up her gown yesterday and delivered it to her maid of honor who will bring it here. With the dog and all the other things they need to bring, we thought it would be better if someone else took the gown. Jess said she has many, many lists to work from and, so far, all is going well. She has decided that she is probably over-thinking many of the details and that we can tie them all up in five minutes at the rehearsal dinner tomorrow. I agree!

I'm going for a manicure after work and then I'll be heading home to wrap up things there. I have my lists too although mine are mostly things like groceries and such. It will all get done, I'm sure!

Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

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8/20/14 7:30 A

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Morning all.
47 and foggy here this morning, but the fog wasn't here when I got up at 6. That's okay, if it warms up as nice as yesterday, I'll be happy.

Jean, this is the time of year I start looking for new crock pot recipes. Funny you should say that. I do have a chicken recipe (not crock) that you could probably try in the crock pot. I also have a new one for apple crisp I'd like to try this weekend too.

We got my sister to the airport yesterday safely ....I'm sure I was home before her plane even left, but that's okay. It was a beautiful day for a ride. I did my paperwork last night for my town job. I work tonight for the planning commission. Hopefully they will have a productive meeting....we shall see.

Hubby has plans to start cleaning the shed out today. If I could do cartwheels I'd be doing that right now! It has been years since he did that. He has tons of engine parts in there that he will never use...I say scrap 'em!

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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8/20/14 12:10 A

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Cheryl, I'm sure your daughter felt more relaxed just talking with you, that's what us Mom's do.
All will go fine. Remember it's to be a wonderful day time for new beginnings for them.
I made my rolls the other day and they came out the way they were supposed to.. of course I had to eat 2 and make sure they tasted ok. Lol emoticon
Little chilly this eve, wood stove took chill off.
Carol: got any crackpot recs.for us for Thursday? I will check on here too

Jean

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8/19/14 9:13 A

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Good morning, all. It's starting to get a little warmer here but still not anywhere near what it should be in the middle of August! I think I heard that the temps are going to rebound today into the 70's or low 80's. That's more like it!

I've already put a pot of chicken and rice soup on to cook this morning. I tried a great new recipe on Sunday but it made way too much for us to eat in a couple of days. So, this morning, I took the rest of the chicken off the bones and now my soup is simmering. That's tonight's supper! Karl has a dental appointment after work and then he has a haircut appointment at 6:00 so supper will be light. I like having it nearly ready already!

We got the other house mostly ready for the weekend yesterday. I still need to bring over the lunch items: paper goods, beverages, etc. I'll put the food together Thursday evening or Friday morning and then I'll be all set. I'm not sure I'm handling the stress all that well. I was awake at 3:30 this morning, thinking of how to help our daughter get through the next couple of days. She is working 15 hour days, trying to tie up some loose ends on some projects before she leaves for 2 1/2 weeks. Then, once she gets home, she's trying to pack and finish up a few other projects. Last night, she was sounding really stressed and there was nothing I could do to help.

Today, I'll take care of the last of the big cleaning: bathroom, mopping floors, vacuuming. Then, it will be a lick and a promise for the next couple of days. If there's dirt, people will have to live with it.

Hope you all have a great day. Bev, if you're checking in, I hope your weather has been good and that you're enjoying your get-away.

Cheryl

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8/19/14 8:45 A

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Morning all.

Cheryl, you are handling this stressful week better than I could, I think! It's the last minute changes that do me in, most times.

Foggy and cool here this morning, around 47, but headed to the high 70s. Good thing, as I've been freezing for 2 days! I thought the furnace would have to come on, but it didn't.

Short meeting last night for the board I work for so today's minutes should be easy to type. I'm going with my sisters to take one back to the airport in Manchester this afternoon. She flies back to Vegas where it will only be double digits this week....only yesterday was above 100, I guess. They can have it.

I'm sure Bev is having Wi-Fi issues at the campground...I know I did when we were in PA. Very frustrating, especially if they want to charge you after 2 'free' hours, like one did for us.
Coverage was slow, weak, and very sporadic....not conducive to computer usage.

Well, off to squeeze in the exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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8/18/14 10:20 A

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Good morning, all, It's starting to look better here with a little sun peeking through the clouds. There was actually a short shower this morning when I got up. I think this weather is supposed to clear out today and give us some nice days for a bit. I did hear this morning that Friday was supposed to have some short showers. I just hope they hold off in the afternoon.

I tried to post on here yesterday but my computer was having issues and I never got back to retype the post.

The to-do list for this week got longer over the weekend. I'll be doing lunch for about 20 people in two locations on Friday. Turns out that the hotel where many of Andy's family are staying won't give them late check-out on Friday so they have to have someplace to go after 11. I told Jess I would do lunch but that it was going to be simple. I figure a platter of wraps, some tossed salad and some fruit. The boys will be at the new house and the girls will be at the old house. Yesterday, I dug out some of the curtains that used to hang at the old house so that I can put them back in the living room there. At least it will give it a slightly lived in look for pictures. I do have a few chairs and a stand with lamp that will add to it. That's about the best I can do. We'll let the realtor know that the house isn't to be shown from Thursday through Sunday, not that anyone is beating a path there!

Today, I need to do some catching up at our house. I'll get the laundry done and maybe a little cleaning. I'm hoping to get the finishing touches on tomorrow so that Wednesday and Thursday could be less hectic. Jess and Andy will arrive sometime on Wednesday and I'll be putting them to work at any point when they aren't already booked. I'm feeling that we're really getting down to the wire.

Hope your day goes well.

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8/18/14 8:10 A

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Morning all.
I meant to post yesterday but looks like it was only a thought!

A few clouds and sun here this morning. Cold night tonight, I guess. Might have to be sure the furnace is on! But warmer as the week goes on, and NO RAIN!!! Yay!

Cheryl, I hope you accomplished more than I did this weekend. I know the time crunch is on for your daughter's wedding...Friday will be here before you know it, I'm sure. The forecast looks good, at this point in time, at least.

Tonight I work for my town job. Hoping it's a quick meeting, but the new administrative officer has presented some new documents for the boards to review, so that will prompt some discussion, I'm sure.

Well, off to exercise. Bev, hope the weather is good down where you are!

Carol

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8/16/14 9:00 A

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Morning all.
Chilly start here, clouds too, but I think the rain will hold of until later. I hope so, at least. We have a family cookout at 4, so I'd rather not sit in the rain for that!

Bev, enjoy your vacation. Is it just the 2 of you this time?

Jean, fresh rolls....gets me to thinking I'd like to try a bread machine recipe I have for those! MMMMmmmmmm.......

Hubby's off to the recycle center/transfer station. Then we'll get our walk in, then work around here. Nothing major, but if we pick away at it, eventually it will get done.

Have a wonderful Saturday all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. We're off and running this morning. Karl and our son are working on paperwork for the sugaring business. They're meeting with the bank later this morning to finalize the loan they need to build the new sugarhouse. Sure is a lot of stuff to go through but, with the costs involved in this start-up, a loan is a necessity. We are also expecting a gentleman to come today to take a furnace that Karl sold him. It's one we used to use in the other house, many years ago, and since then, it has been the heat in the garage/workshop. Our insurance won't cover the garage under those conditions though so we're getting rid of it. Karl doesn't really use the workshop anyhow so it's not a big deal. This man is also bringing me a loaf of fresh, homemade wheat bread from his wife. Sounds yummy!

I'm planning to use my day to do some significant cleaning and getting the house ready for the events of the coming week. Jess and Andy won't be here until Wednesday so I will have a few days to get it all done. It's not really dirty but there's always the dusting and vacuuming to be done.

Jean, the fresh rolls sound delicious. Fresh bread is one of my weaknesses!

Hope you all have a great day. Weather should be starting to warm up, I think.

Cheryl

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8/15/14 9:35 P

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Congrats to those of you who had losses! We are headed to bed soon so we can be on the road early. We considered changing plans because of the crappy weather forecast but didn't come up with another place that we thought had as much to offer so we are hoping for the best and sticking with the original plan. I'm not sure how often I will post because it depends on how often I am where I have wi-fi. Some of the places we are going likely won't even have cell service.

Bev

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Had a really small loss last night. Bought more yeast so that means homemade rolls this week end. Chilly. Do we have to bring out the flannel already?
Going to curl up with warm blanket and read, drink a coffee and relax
Good going for those with a loss. Have nice wknd everyone.

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Congrats on the great loss, Cheryl!! emoticon emoticon
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I did not go to TOPS last night. I seldom miss a meeting but I had a lot of stuff to do before we leave so I decided to spend the time doing that instead last night. I don't think the scale would have been good anyway and I just couldn't stand the thought of three gains in a row! I may gain when I come back but if I do I'll worry about it then. The weather for PA doesn't look great for next week but I'm hoping it isn't raining the whole time.
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Good morning, all. It's rainy here this morning and the temps are quite cool but I'm okay with that. I have a long to-do list today and most of it is to be done inside. I do have to go out to pay the taxes on both houses. They're not due until the end of the month but, with all the rest of the excitement going on, I want to be sure to take care of them.

We had a great weigh-in last night. One member had a huge loss but the chapter had a nice loss even without that one. I lost 2.25, a big surprise as the scales in the morning weren't that good. I did work in my sewing room for a while and it was quite warm so perhaps that helped me to sweat out a little more. That almost wipes out the gains of the previous two weeks.

Hope you all have a great day. Bev, enjoy your vacation. I hope the weather cooperates.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
A cool start to the day here, only 48, but at least the sun is shining. Hope that lasts. It didn't rain at all here yesterday but cleared off late in the day. Let's hope today is the same.

I lost .4 last night but the chapter had a net gain. Not good. It's happening too often these days.

I finished the shelter newsletter yesterday. Today it's groceries and other errands. We are getting paperwork done to see an attorney next week about estate planning, etc. Past time to do that, I know.

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

Carol

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Good afternoon, all. It's a pretty decent day here with comfortable temps and even a little sun. The wind has been strong at times but not too bad. Looks like we're supposed to get more rain just about chapter meeting time. Great!

Got home a little later than usual because I needed to look for a couple of things at JoAnn's Fabrics. When I got here, our three tons of pellets had been delivered. Unfortunately, he left them right in the driveway in front of the garage! I can't even get in there! I've called to tell them that they'll have to come back and move them. I think he didn't realize until he got here that he was delivering to a new place. In the past, he hasn't had to call because he knew right where to drop them. Oh well, I just hope he can get back here within the next couple of days because I really need to be able to access that side of the garage! Karl's tractor can't move them unless we break the pallets apart, something I'm reluctant to do since they're all nicely wrapped and protected from the elements.

Scales weren't too bad this morning so I think I may be able to squeak out a small loss tonight. I surely hope so because I've gained the past two weeks. Keeping my fingers crossed. That way I can't use them to put stuff in my mouth!!!

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Cool and damp here but at least it is not raining! We did not get the worst of the rain yesterday, but it rained steadily...I hope it has moved on out, but the next few days don't sound promising.

Had a nice visit with my sisters yesterday. They arrived in time for lunch and stayed for a couple of hours. We laughed and laughed and laughed some more. I didn't get all my paperwork done I'd planned but it will still be there.

Scale does not look great this morning. I blame the lunch out and the snack attack Monday night (darn those Bugles!) Seriously, I have no one to blame but myself.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all. Good luck tonight at the scale!

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's a cool, rainy day here. The wind has been an issue too. Last night, Karl put out the trash for pick-up today and had to go back out twice to pick up things that were blowing around the yard. This morning, we found one of the neighbor's pool floats in the back yard. It's quiet now though.

Yes, it is nice that the wedding details are falling into place. She had a big concern about the make-up person who was recently injured in a motorcycle accident but has found out that the girl arranged to have someone help her on that day so we're good! The wedding is at 2:00 on Friday, the 22nd. Sure will be glad when that is done! I keep telling her that she'll be just as married even if the little details aren't perfect but that's just not her style. She wants everything to be exactly right. I'm going to work only two days next week so that I'll be able to help her with the last minute things. The boss was very nice about it and even offered to have me take Monday off too in case I needed it to rest. Actually, we'll be getting up very early that Monday to have them at the airport for 5:00 am so they can get off on their honeymoon. It will seem like my day is half gone by the time I go to work!

Today is a long day for me. After work, I have an appointment for a pedicure and haircut. Then, I have a couple of hours to catch up on things at home. At 5:00 I'm going for a final fitting on my dress and then I'll head up to the church office again for a meeting with the finance committee to finalize the budgets for both churches for the coming year. I'll be very ready to kick back after all that!

Hope you all have a good day and that the rain doesn't hamper your plans. I could have said "dampen" but I thought that might have been too cheesy! lol

Cheryl

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Morning all.

It just started raining here a few minutes ago. Lots of wind overnight, but no rain. Sounds like the south will get more than us, but we will get our share, I think. 1 to 3 inches, is what I heard. Too bad we can't send it out west where they are fighting fires and experiencing drought.

Cheryl, glad the wedding details are falling into place. The anxiety of it all can be the worst, sometimes. There are so many things to do, aren't there? Is it a Friday night wedding?

I did a few errands in Littleton yesterday afternoon. I had to take my wedding band in to be resized. I have arthritis in 2 knuckles on my left hand now and it doesn't always fit, especially when I exercise or walk. I seldom wear my rings, in fact, because of that. I stopped at the town clerk's office to run some copies and do a bit of filing and brought home some zucchini. The town clerk has a huge garden and gives stuff away every year. She said there were cukes, but someone else must have beat me to those! Too bad, I ended up tossing half of the one I bought at the grocery store last weekend.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a wonderful Wednesday all.

Carol

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I am sure I am in the minority but I am sick of hearing about Robin Williams! Of course I was never a huge fan anyway. I agree that it is sad, but it seems like that is all you see and hear about on the radio, tv, or internet ever since last night.

No rain here yet, but it is looking like it won't be long before it is raining. I am hoping we don't get a lot of rain next week- or at least that they don't in PA. Camping in a tent in the rain is not that much fun. Assuming we can fit it in the Jeep along with everything else we will be taking we are planning to take our popup canopy this time so that we can sit under that if it is raining when we are at the campsite. We might get a cabin for a couple of nights, but on the weekends I don't think we will find one that is available- at least not any of the affordable ones. During the week there were some available the last time I looked but we decided not to make reservations because we aren't sure how long we want to spend in any one area until we get there and see how much we want to do. I am sure we won't have a problem finding a campsite.

Cheryl, it sounds like the wedding preparation is getting down to the wire. I bet you will all be glad when it is behind you. We have a wedding to go to on Labor Day weekend. It is being held at Button Bay State Park. Several people are camping but we are not. We only camp where we can get electricity at our site so we don't camp in Vermont parks. Rodney's sister rented a farmhouse near there and she told us we can stay there on Saturday after the wedding. Her daughter (the bride) and the bridesmaids are staying there Friday night and then his sister and BIL, one of his brothers and SIL, and his dad and stepmother and us will be staying Saturday night. I'm not sure if anyone is staying Sunday or not but she had to rent it for three days to get it.

Well, I have dinner cooking so I better go tend to it.

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Good afternoon, all. It's starting to look like rain is coming our way. The breeze feels good but I could do without the drenching rain they're forecasting. I planted some new flowers today though so maybe the rain is a good idea. I stopped at a farm stand after picking up groceries because I like the vegetables at this place. They're very fresh and much cheaper than in the stores. Anyhow, they are trying to get rid of the leftover flowers so the prices are dirt cheap! I bought a couple of large marigolds, a huge cascading pink petunia, and three six-packs of begonias and it all came to $10. At that price, I may go back for more!!

Halle and Ozzie, her new puppy, were here this afternoon. Actually, Ozzie is here for the evening while Halle goes to a Lake Monsters game with her mother and her aunt. He really is a cute puppy and no trouble at all. He went to the vet today and got a shot but they said he didn't even whimper. He has been sleeping most of the afternoon.

Jess is feeling more pressured to get things done so she has decided to relinquish the photo table display. Andy's mother and I are coordinating it now. Jess has always said that our families are remarkably similar and this is just another example. When my kids graduated from high school, I did a scrapbook for each, showing highlights from birth to graduation. Andy's mother did the same! So, in order to make this easier, we're going to use those scrapbooks for the majority of the display. A little colorful fabric, a few more recent pictures and we should have it all done. Tonight, Jess and two of the bridesmaids will finish the place cards and a couple of other small projects. Hopefully, this will take some of the pressure off her. She has always been one to demand perfection in anything that she does so allowing others to take over parts of the preparations is a huge thing for her! Time is very close now though so I'm sure that is a factor. As if they didn't have enough going on, Sunday they realized that there was an infestation of some sort under the eaves of their house. Exterminators came yesterday and killed a swarm of yellow jackets that had taken up residence. They'll come back again after Jess and Andy return from the honeymoon just to make sure they have totally eradicated them. Andy is allergic to beestings so it's vitally important that they take care of this! Fortunately, he was able to take the time off from work to deal with it and, with the rest of the afternoon, he did a number of jobs that Jess normally does. What a guy!

It was quite a shock to hear of Robin Williams' passing. So sad. Depression is a dangerous thing.

Hope you all fare well in the storms over the next couple of days.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
It turned out pretty hot here yesterday. Guess the weather goes downhill from here for the next few days. Oh well.

I am so saddened to hear of Robin Williams's death. He was such a wonderful comedian. We saw him back in the 80s when he was doing a movie in Vermont and did a special show here in town. What a riot. I can't imagine how people think suicide is the answer.....

Had a nice luncheon with the sisters and 2 cousins yesterday. Scale shows it today, so I've got to get serious the next 2 days for sure.

I have some errands to do in Littleton today so I'd better get moving to get the walking in.
Have a great Tuesday all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's gorgeous here! It's too nice to be working inside but I've still got another 90 minutes until I get out. I think I'll plan to do some outside work once I get home. I have a couple of bags of mulch to spread and I think that will take me most of the afternoon!

The drapes I was waiting for finally arrived on Friday so Karl and our son, Chris, put them up for me. Unfortunately, I think I need to run them through a dryer cycle to finish getting the wrinkles out. Karl tried to iron them but I think the dryer will work better. Gotta love those guys though for trying to make it easier for me.

I'm not sure what else will keep me occupied this afternoon. There's plenty to do but I'm not sure where to start. I'm concentrating on the downstairs since that's where photos will be taken for the wedding. Still waiting for the kitchen curtains to come in.

Time to get back to work. Have a great day, all. Watch those scales!

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Another beautiful weekend! We have been pretty lucky, I'd say.

Jean, sorry about the rolls! All that work just to throw them away!

I cleaned a table in the living room that had been a catch-all for books, magazines, etc., for far too long. Felt good to fill a box with books to recycle.

Washed my car in the later afternoon, but of course, it will rain tomorrow and Wednesday for sure now.

Supposed to have a 'sisters luncheon' today with some cousins...haven't heard the details but my scale is up, so I will have to be careful.

Well, hubby is ready to walk, so I'd better get moving.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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A great weekend. Did some lawn work, read, got a movie, lunch out to celebrate a relatives 85th birthday. Made homemade rolls, bad yeast in the garbage they went. Oh no, another lunch date tomorrow
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Yes, it was a nice weekend. We didn't do anything today. We were waiting around this morning for news about Rodney's stepmother before deciding if we needed to go up to DHMC. We finally found out around 11 that she would be going home today after they did the colonoscopy so we decided not to go back up today. We went to Claremont and did some shopping. I didn't need a lot of groceries since we will be gone next week, but I did need some stuff for this week and I needed a few things from Walmart, including a couple of things for the trip next week. If it hadn't been for needing some things at Walmart I wouldn't have made a trip to Claremont. Without Market Basket there is no advantage to going there for groceries since Hannaford's prices are not much better than Shaw's. I doubt if Market Basket will survive- at least not with the lower prices we are used to- so I guess I will be doing more grocery shopping at Shaws in the future. We got home, had a late lunch, and put everything away, and then I did a bit of housework and Rodney spent an hour cutting some brush. Back to work tomorrow.

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Good evening, all. I'm nearly home after a very busy weekend down south. Cleaning is not my favorite pastime but I definitely did a lot of it this weekend! The bedrooms are fairly clean for company who will arrive next Sunday so Mom is pleased, I think. I'm bushed so she had better be pleased! Now I'm going home to rest up!

Hope you all had a great weekend. Can't blame the weather if we didn't. It was a gorgeous weekend!

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Gorgeous day yesterday, wasn't it? The author event was not well-attended, but with the Danville Fair and other activities going on, I'm not surprised. Oh well.

My sister arrived from Vegas last night for a week or so. She's staying with my other sister so I might pop in there today to see how she and the dog fared on the flight. I would have left the dog behind, but that's just me.

Laundry and housework on the agenda today, plus walking. I need to wash my car again. It's not quite as muddy as the last time, but close.

Well, time to fire up the vac.

Have a great Sunday all.

Carol

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We went for a bike ride and did some geocaching today. We had stopped at the Walmart in Hinsdale to pick up a ratchet strap for additional security for the bikes when Rodney got a call from his brother that his stepmother was in the ER at DHMC. She had a colonoscopy on Thursday and they either removed some polyps or tried to remove them and we are not sure if it is related to that or not, but she started bleeding pretty badly today. She was taken to DHMC by ambulance a little before noon I guess. They admitted her and are trying to stop the bleeding plus flush out her system so they can do another colonoscopy tomorrow to try to figure out what is going on. We headed up to DHMC after we heard about it, but his brother called us back on the way and told us they were leaving the hospital so we went to his Dad's instead. We visited a while, then went out to dinner with his brother and sister-in-law and then came home. I'm not sure if we will go back up tomorrow or not. It probably depends on what we hear in the morning. At one point it looked like it was going to rain this afternoon but I don't think it did. We came home and unloaded the bikes and swapped vehicles before heading north in case it did rain, but it doesn't look like it did.

Enjoy your day tomorrow everyone!

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Good evening, all. Nice day here today. I cleaned the upstairs this ironing and washed a couple of bedspreads. I managed to work up quite a sweat. Tomorrow I'll clean the room I'm using and get it ready for my niece who will be coming in another week for the wedding.

Mom'a garden is really doing well. I'll pick a few things in the morning and get some of it into the freezer for her to have another day. My brother has also been bringing her lots of vegetables from his garden.

I'll be heading back up north tomorrow afternoon and then it will be back to work onMonday. I'll have to go back onWednesday evening to meet with the finance board to finalize the budget. That's one headache I'll be glad to have done.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

Another sunny day in store here, Woohoo! I'll take it. And no humidity is an added bonus.

Our week of babysitting came to a close yesterday. A long day, but it ended with a big family cookout. His niece from NJ paid a surprise visit. We seldom get to see her. Of course, she has 4 kids too, so it was fairly chaotic, but fun anyway. The best part was that we got to go home to peace and quiet, which I now appreciate much more than ever.

Today it's grocery shopping and errands, and then this afternoon we have an author event at the shelter. She's an author from Morrisville who will be reading her 2 cat books to kids. We won't make a lot of money but it's more for the exposure/pr than anything else.

Well, time to get moving.

Have a wonderful Saturday all.
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Good morning, all. I guess it was a clean sweep last night. I gained too. The chapter also gained except for one person who lost. This seems to be a trend and not just in my chapter. We're starting a different approach this week so we'll have to see if it pays off.

I'm off to Brattleboro today so I'll be heading to the train in another half hour or so. At least I'll be able to ride the train both ways this time. Last time I did this, they were working on tracks in one section so we had to take a bus. Not as comfortable, for sure.

Hope you all have a great weekend. Stay on track.

Cheryl

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I gained again last night too and almost our entire chapter did. We had only one person who lost and she only lost 2/10. I'm not sure what is up with me lately but I need to turn things around before it gets worse! We did our installation last week. Our incoming co-leader and weight recorder were both going to be away last night so we did it last week when everyone could be there.

Enjoy the day everyone!

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Morning all.
Quick check in for me this morning. We are off to the campground for our last day of babysitting. I expect it to be a long day because the kids' friends there are off to another campground for a week or so. Kids will have to ride their bikes and entertain themselves.

I gained again last night, .8. Not the direction I want the scale to go in. Hopefully next week will be better. The chapter had a net gain also. We had a lovely installation, thanks to Jean! Love those candles, Jean!

Well, off to fit in some exercise before we leave.

Have a fabulous Friday all.

Carol

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Not much happening here,which means I better get busy and not focus on food. Little rumble of thunder cats went running and hiding.
Will check in later this evening.

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Good morning, all. I guess I completely forgot to post here yesterday. I did read the new messages but then got busy with something else.

Yesterday was payroll day again and I finally did it without help!!! Well, mostly. In the process, I have to send the file to the company and then wait for an email notifying me that it was ready to be checked and either accepted or rejected. Well, I waited and waited and didn't receive the email so I ended up calling the help center. Turns out that the file was there and waiting for me so I finished up and closed it out. Finally, I think I've figured this out! Took me only about ten minutes too, just like I figured it should!!!

I'm heading to Brattleboro tomorrow. It's usually Saturday thru Monday but I had a meeting scheduled for Monday so I changed the days. Then, the meeting got moved but I decided to stick with the Friday trip anyhow. Not sure what my mother has planned but I'm sure she'll find something for me to do. I know she'd like the upstairs cleaned so that's probably going to be my task for the weekend. My brother and sister-in-law will be arriving in another week to stay with her and bring her to the wedding.

Scales are horrible this morning so I'm sure there's going to be another gain tonight. I'm not sure what's happening but I know it has to change. I'm not liking this pattern. Hope the rest of you fare better than I.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Never got to post yesterday as we had to leave early for the campground. Last night I was just too tired to even think of it. The kids are having a good week, I think. We took them for ice cream before dropping them off yesterday, which was a temptation for me, especially since the youngest took about 4 bites and didn't want the rest. It was chocolate too!
Glad it was a Wednesday or I might have eaten it.

We have the day off from them today...appointment for hubby, plus I knew I'd need a catch-up day here. We'll go back tomorrow. You'd think I'd lose weight keeping up with them (or trying to) but the scale doesn't show that here this morning. Oh well, it is what it is.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all, and good luck at the scale tonight all!
Carol

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It's quiet here today. Everyone must be busy! I got a message from Judy J today saying that Gwen Chioffi passed away last weekend. I got a note from her once after she moved to NC and I sent her a card once, but I didn't stay in touch with her. She was quite the lady and I'm sure some of her old friends in the Rutland chapter will be attending the services for her.

Good luck to those weighing in tomorrow. I haven't been near the scale tonight, but this morning it wasn't looking too good. After my gain last week I was supposed to lose this week, but I think that is unlikely. If I can avoid a gain I guess I will have to settle for that and be happy with it.

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I am glad to hear Karl's test went well and lucky for him that he gets to wait 10 years. Rodney and I are both on the 5 year plan- he is because they have found polyps before (including one small one last week) and me because of my dad having rectal cancer. It is no fun, but it is one test that I do take seriously.

I'm not sure if we got rain last night or not. We had some during the day yesterday- when I was out walking of course. So far today we have not seen any rain, but it looked like it was going to rain a few times. When I walked this morning it was sunny and I thought it felt quite humid. At lunch it was mostly cloudy but still humid and I did a lot of sweating, but I didn't get rained on at least.

I am hoping the weather is nice this weekend so we can do some geocaching by bike. We got a new bike rack but we haven't had a chance to use it yet. I am hoping we get a chance to use it at least once or twice before we go on vacation to make sure it is going to work as well as he thinks it is. If it doesn't I would rather find that out around here than halfway to Pennsylvania. We had bought one last fall but Rodney doesn't like the way the bikes load on it so I finally ordered a new one. Assuming the new one works out I will put the other one on Craigslist and should be able to get my money back.

Enjoy the rest of your evening everyone!

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Good morning, all. It has been a busy one for us already. Karl had a routine test at the hospital this morning so we were up there by 7:00. All is well and he doesn't have to repeat it for ten years! Lucky him!

Usual Tuesday stuff for the rest of the day, I guess. Laundry, some cleaning and general picking up. It never seems to be completely done but I keep plugging away at it.

We had rain late last evening. I don't think there was a lot but we did see some lightning too. I don't mind if there's a little rain after dark since I won't be out in it. Today, the sun is shining and the temps are pretty good. It doesn't seem to be as humid as it was yesterday.

Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

Foggy here today. I'm hoping it burns off. We never saw any rain yesterday, which was good.

His nephew has 4 kids, 2 boys and 2 girls, ages 5 to 11. They were pretty good, I must say. I think their mother warned them about what would happen if they weren't!
Got lots of walking in around the campground, which was a good thing.

Well, an earlier start today, so I'd better get moving.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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Morning, I think it is anyway. On Mon. hubby and I went for nice ride, went in some shops, had to buy just one cider doughnut, no chocolates, Cabot cheese, there goes the scale for Thursday. Maybe if I just eat fruit and vegetables the rest of the week I'll be ok!! Lol

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Good morning, all. It rained here overnight too and it still looks like it could rain some more. I don't have any outside work that has to be done today so the weather doesn't impact me greatly today. I'm heading to Costco after work to restock a few things and then I'll find something to keep me busy once I get home, I'm sure.

The visit with family went very well this weekend. The house seemed very quiet once they were all gone. it will fill up again in a couple of weeks though as the wedding is only that far away now.

Karl is scheduled for a colonoscopy tomorrow so he's doing the prep today. Not a fun activity at all! He has put this off for a year or more so I'm glad he's finally getting it done. I guess you know what I'll be doing tomorrow!

Time to get back to work. More paperwork to be completed for the diocese. It seems like there's no end to it! Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
It was nice here all weekend too. Rained a bit overnight and looks like today will be rainy too.

Quick check in for me as we are off to babysit his nephew's kids at their campsite. I think I'll bring a couple of rainy day activities, as it doesn't look like a pool day!

I spent all day on paperwork yesterday but at least it's done. Not being home during the daytime this week meant I couldn't depend on starting it and finishing it, something I like to do at one time.

Well, off to hit the shower.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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It turned out to be pretty nice here all weekend. I thought it was going to be quite dreary so I didn't even take shorts with me, but I wished that I had. The reunion went okay. There were quite a few people who came yesterday. Some came just for a while and then left and others spent the night. A few came just for the day today. We packed up the camper this morning and Rodney brought it home and then we packed up the rest of our stuff and left once the activities were over and they were doing the raffles. We stopped wasting money on the raffle tickets because the prizes are never anything we want anyway- now that Rodney doesn't drink. Most of the adults prizes are alcohol with a few things that look like they came from the dollar store mixed in. Everything went okay I guess. We had one incident yesterday not related to the reunion that put a damper on things for a while, but it will be okay in the end. One of Rodney's brothers had gone to his daughter's in Connecticut yesterday for a birthday party for one of their granddaughters. They left home early yesterday morning so they could be there in time to help get things ready and they got into an accident in Brattleboro on the way back. They called Rodney's cell phone and had us come to Brattleboro to pick them up because the car was being towed to a repair shop in White River. It did quite a bit of damage to the car but they weren't hurt. He said he isn't even sure exactly what happened but he thinks he might have dozed off for a few seconds and he hit a guard rail post. It peeled metal back on 2/3 of the passenger side of the car. The tow truck driver gave Gary a ride to his house in West Lebanon and he drove their other car back down to the reunion. They were both kind of shook up, but fortunately no one was hurt and cars can be fixed.

Good luck with the open house Cheryl!

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8/3/14 11:03 A

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Good morning, all. It's humid here today. I've been putting things together for lunch before our company has to head back to southern NH and I'm really working up a sweat even with the fans going! We'll grill chicken outside to help keep the heat down a little. I've enjoyed having everyone here although they were gone to softball games for a lot of the time. The girls have been very polite and grateful for the opportunity to stay here. I'd have them back any time! They really are a tribute to the way they've been brought up. I have to send a note to my nephew later to tell him how impressed we've been with the girls' manners. Their dad is my godson so he's always had a special place in my life.

No big plans for the rest of the day. I think we'll probably go out for a ride later. The realtor is doing an open house at the other place this afternoon so we'll make sure we're not around at all. Karl has been busy putting some finishing touches on a few things...mowing lawn, emptying a closet and washing windows. I'd be very happy if this open house results in an offer but I'm not holding my breath.

Time to finish up a salad for lunch. Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl



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Morning all.
It turned out nice yesterday here...no rain, or hail, or any of the stuff they talked about. We were lucky this time. But today...I think we'll see the rain.

Great KHS meeting yesterday. Very productive. Overate at the Chinese buffet, though...oh well. We went to visit some friends last night who have a welding project for my hubby. More of a winter project, though, so that's fine with me.

Lots of paperwork today with the KHS minutes and monthly awards. I'd like to get both out of the way, as we won't be home much during the daytime this week.


Well, time to get moving.

Have a wonderful Sunday all.

Carol

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8/2/14 7:04 P

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Good evening, all. It has been a very nice day here today although there had been a prediction for rain this afternoon. I'm glad it changed as my grandnieces had two games this afternoon and it looks like they'll get them both in. They also played one this morning which I watched and got a sunburn. I didn't go to the afternoon ones as we wanted to go to church in late afternoon and the schedule for games would have messed that up. I'll go to watch them again tomorrow.

Matt got his new dog yesterday. Ozzie arrived by plane from Kentucky. We have him right now as there's no one at their house and they didn't want to leave him alone. He seems very well behaved so far. He's kind of cute too.

Not much else happening around here. Bev, we stopped doing the family reunions on my Dad's side because my siblings were about the only ones still going. We did do a reunion on my mother's side about a month ago and that was okay but none of my kids went. We'd like to try it again in a couple of years and I'm hoping that my kids would make more of an effort to go. Can't force them though.

Looks like the ball players should be coming soon. Not sure if we're doing dinner here or if we're going out. I'll just have to wait and see.

Cheryl

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Enjoy the meeting today Carol. I don't think it will be a good day for outdoor stuff today. I don't think it actually rained last night but it felt like it was going to. We made sure we put all of our chairs under the canopy last night so that we wouldn't have wet chairs this morning. There seemed to be less people camping at the reunion last night than there usually is. It will be interesting to see how many show up tonight. We went to bed at around 10:30 but I think Ed stayed up partying pretty late last night. He, Erin, and the boys shared our camper this year instead of bringing theirs. Ed is trying to sell his because he doesn't have anything to tow it with anyway so they only use it at the reunion. They have friends that have a seasonal site at a campground in Ascutney and they are thinking they might buy a larger camper next year and get a seasonal site there too. They would probably enjoy it. We are not the type to want a seasonal site where we just hang out there all the time. We like to camp but we are the type that want to be out doing things during the day and we return to the campground in the evening to sit around the fire and then to sleep. That is why we like to camp in different places. Later today Sadie is bringing Sara down to stay with us and then she and Tom and Owen will be coming for the day tomorrow. I'm not sure where Owen is going today. My guess is that Sadie is still upset that we brought him home from Gettysburg early because we said he didn't behave so she doesn't want to leave him with us overnight, but maybe he is staying with a friend. Before we took him to PA she had asked us to take both kids tonight. Oh well the camper will be less crowded with just one extra kid tonight instead of two. We came home to shower this morning and then we will either have breakfast here or go out to breakfast before we head back there for the day.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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8/2/14 7:46 A

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Morning al.

Good news! My cat placed 9th in the contest, so she'll be in the calendar! emoticon Thanks Bev and Cheryl for getting the word out!

Gorgeous day yesterday for a ride to Conway. But the traffic there is horrible. We bypassed North Conway, had lunch near the dealership, stopped for groceries on the way home, then washed my car after I got home. I was pretty tired by that time, but I still didn't sleep well. I wish they made a safe sleeping pill...I'd take it.

KOPS Honor Society meeting today at the Chinese restaurant. At least it's less than an hour away.

Well, time to wash a few dishes before hitting the shower.
Have a great day all.

Carol

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8/1/14 11:39 A

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Good morning, all. It's quite humid here this morning. I've been cleaning and worked up quite a sweat. We have company coming for the weekend so I figured it was time to give the place a muck-out. Actually, I never cleaned last weekend as we were gone from Friday until Monday so it did need to be vacuumed and dusted. As soon as the dryer finishes, I'll finish hanging towels and then I guess I'll be ready for company.

We had our annual picnic last night and the turnout was very good. Weigh-in didn't go well though. I think everyone gained, including me! I'll just have to work a lot harder this week. I figure that I can lay some of the blame on the Advil I took for most of the week. My arthritis meds had run out and I hadn't received the new order yet. I have it now though so I should find it easier to stay on track this week.

Carol, I hope the contest turns out well for you. Looks like we're going to have a four-legged house guest tomorrow. Our son, Matt, is heading to the airport today to pick up a Labradoodle that they have bought from a breeder in Kentucky. Tomorrow, they have a wedding to attend so we'll take the puppy so he won't be left alone so soon after having arrived at his new home. They had to have one of their dogs put down about three weeks ago because she was starting to nip at them. She was about 14 years old so we figure she was in a lot of pain and putting her down was the humane thing to do. It still bothered Matt to have to do it though. He had had her since he was a senior in college, about 12 years. When he got her from the Burlington Humane Society, they told him that she probably would never be a cuddly dog but they couldn't have been more wrong. She was the gentlest, nicest dog you could ever want but when she started to nip at them, especially Halle, it was time to do something.

Sounds like the dryer is finished so I'll get that job done and then pick up a few groceries for the weekend. My grand-nieces have a softball tournament up here this weekend and I need to get some fixings for them to make lunches so that they won't have to buy junk from the concessions. I just hope the weather holds up for them to have their games. It doesn't look too good for tomorrow afternoon.

Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl


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8/1/14 8:04 A

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Morning all. 57 and foggy here this morning, feels more like late August, no the first!

I gained .4 last night and the chapter had another net gain. We did do a walk after, at least 4 of us. It cleared off nicely so that was good.

I never got to wash my car, because of the 'threat' of rain..actually it did rain, so I'm glad I didn't wash it, but it sure needs it.

The salsa crockpot chicken I made yesterday was delicious. I had to tell hubby it was Tex-Mex chicken....if I'd told him it had salsa in it he wouldn't have even tried it. But he actually liked it. What they don't know won't hurt them, I guess.

We are headed to Conway NH today to take the motorcycle in for scheduled maintenance. They'll have it for at least a week, I think. There are a few issues to deal with while it's in the shop...hopefully they will fix them.

Cheryl, thanks again for spreading the word about my cat! I'll let you know if she finishes in the top 13.

Well, off to get the walking in.

Have a fabulous Friday all.

Carol

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7/31/14 10:45 A

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God morning, all. It's pretty quiet at work right now so I thought I'd check in and see what everyone is up to. I'll vote again right after I finish here, Carol. Hopefully, your kitty will get a few more votes from chapter members. I sent out a note yesterday.

We're having our annual picnic tonight. The weather doesn't look very good for it though. We have it at Kathleen's house and there's plenty of room for us to be under cover but she also has a beautiful back yard patio that we really enjoy. Looks like that's not in the plans for today. Scales are likely to be up for me too.

I had a nice visit from a friend yesterday. She and her husband winter in the South and we've had lunch once since they returned but she stopped by the house to see how we're coming along with the resettling. I was just about to start some weeding when she came so I was grateful for the excuse!

That's about all for now. Hope you all do better than I do at weigh-in tonight.

Cheryl

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7/31/14 8:32 A

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I was hoping it would be nice today so that we could do something this afternoon- assuming Rodney is up to it- but it isn't sounding very promising. I will have to get in a walk somewhere today even if it is in the rain and by myself. I am not sure that weigh-in tonight will be good anyway, but it will be better if I get off my butt and do something than if I am sitting all day. My scale shows me up this morning, so I sort of expect a gain tonight. Some days I will be a pound or more less in the evening than in the morning, but most of the time it is less of a difference than that. I think I would need to be down about 3/4 of a pound just to hope for a turtle. I hope the scales are good to the rest of you today.

We have a family reunion this weekend and it doesn't sound like the weather will be all that great for it. I used to really look forward to them, but I seem to enjoy it less every year. There was always a lot of drinking going on, but there were other activities as well. Now it seems like it has become more focused on the partying than anything else and any activities they do are more for the partiers. The horseshoe tournament has become more about competition than about fun and the card tournament is becoming the same way. I'm not sure how many years longer it will take place because they do less for the kids than they used to, which means the families with young kids will stop coming. It is too bad, but I don't care if I go or not any more. Oh well, I will enjoy parts of it.

Carol, I voted for your cat yesterday and again this morning- or at least I think I did. It was strange that there was no confirmation that it went through, but I at least attempted to vote. Yours is as cute as any of them I think. The only other one I thought was pretty cute was the close-up of the one in a box.

Have a great day everyone!

Bev

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7/31/14 8:05 A

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Morning all
Cool and cloudy here. Of course, it will rain, as I wanted to wash my car today!

Cheryl, thank you for voting! But it ends at midnight tonight, so you can vote again today, and anyone else who wants to before midnight tonight.

I cleaned the inside of my car yesterday, a bit overdue. It gets dusty on my back road and the gravel adds up on the floor mats. The mud room is done and I did manage to sort through the hats and such that go back on the shelves. Looks so much neater. Now to keep it that way.

Well, off to exercise.

Good luck tonight all!
Carol

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7/30/14 2:10 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's a pretty nice day here and the temps are very comfortable. We didn't even have to run the AC last night!

Halle is here while Dad goes to the gym. She has the American Girl catalog and is making her list for Santa. It's already long enough to fill Santa's bag! She admits that she's padding the list because she knows she can't have it all. Smart kid!

Jess and her friend got another task checked off the list last night. The table numbers are done and the cards for them are very cute. I just hope she can continue to get things checked off so that she won't feel so much stress. Her goal is to have it all done by the Sunday before the wedding. Can't remember if I told you, Carol. It's August 22 so we're getting very close!

Not much else here for excitement. I'll be sure to vote for your kitty, Carol, and i'll try to pass along the info to members of the chapter. Good luck!

Cheryl

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7/30/14 8:17 A

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Morning all.

Cool start again today, and you are right, Bev, it almost felt like fall yesterday. I tried to sit out on the deck for a few minutes and had to come in. Of course, I still had my shorts and t-shirt on from my walk, so that explains some of it.

Our driveway has washed a bit from the heavy rains this week. Let's hope the worst of it is over.

And now a shameless request: the shelter is having a photo contest for next year's calendar. I submitted a photo of my cat, but she needs more votes! The last day to vote is tomorrow. You can vote both days. Go to kingdomanimalshelter.com, wait for the photos to load (there are about 30). Click on the black and white kitty with the Serta sheep, scroll to the bottom of the page, click submit. That's all there is to it! If she is in the top 12 ( the top vote getter will be the cover; I know better than to hope for that) she'll get her own page.
Tell your friends, coworkers, etc. We appreciate all the help we can get!! It's free!

Ok, off to exercise and start my day. Hubby's planning to finish the mudroom today. Woohoo!

Have a great day all.

Carol

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7/29/14 10:46 P

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Cheryl, the roads here held up pretty well. Just a few miles away it is another story, but here we are fine. Our road did wash out a little bit but not bad. I think the hill heading up to Rodney's cousin's house must have been worse because he came to the house at 6:00 this morning to borrow some jumper cables so he could start his father's tractor that was up at his house, and we could hear him working on his hill. He said something about needing to put some gravel back on it so the cars wouldn't bottom out. We have had water running down the middle of one section of our road every time it storms and the guys have been saying they need to redo the ditches, but they haven't gotten to it. They were talking last night about putting in a new culvert also and I think Todd said he has tomorrow off and is hoping to work on the road then. We have a culvert that Rodney was planning to use elsewhere but he told Todd to take that one and use it. Rodney also is taking tomorrow off, but I'm not sure how much he will want to do. He will be on a liquids only diet tomorrow in preparation for a colonoscopy on Thursday. He won't start drinking his "potion" until evening but he figures he won't have a lot of energy when he can't eat so he took both tomorrow and Thursday off. I am taking Thursday off to be his driver and I also scheduled a mammogram for the same time. I had gotten a notice that I was due for one months ago and was just going to ignore it, but since I have to be there anyway I figured I would do it.

Today it felt almost like fall when I was out walking at lunch. It was cool and quite breezy- but at least it wasn't raining.

Bev

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7/29/14 2:43 P

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Afternoon all.
The day has gotten away from me, it seems. I haven't amounted to much but I did accomplish a few small tasks.

Nice to have the humidity and rain gone today. I thought it was a bit cool outside, but I won't complain! Good day for working outside.

Well, laundry needs to come in from the line. Guess I'll do it while I'm thinking of it, or I'm likely to start something else and it will be too late.

Have a nice evening all.

Carol

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Good afternoon, all. It's another go, go, go day. Work this morning where we finally put some budget figures together. We'll have to tweak them a bit as they are showing large deficits right now. Stopped at my MIL to pick up our mail and newspapers from the weekend. Then, stopped to pick up a few groceries. Ended up getting the things I'll need for the week, I think. My sister and her husband and the twins will be coming on Friday and I hope I picked up enough to feed everyone for the weekend but I may need to go back for a few little things.

Carol, happy anniversary! Ours was last week but we didn't do much. Just dinner out at a nice restaurant here in town. The wedding is Aug. 22 so we're just over three weeks away from it. We brought home the table favors to get them ready for her so that's one thing she won't have to worry about. There's still plenty for her to do!

Now, I need to get busy on laundry and finish putting away the groceries. At some point, I'd like to sit and do nothing for a few minutes! When Karl gets home, I think we're going to the other house to work on weeding the front flower beds to make things look a little nicer for the open house they're doing this weekend. I had suggested doing this a while ago but he didn't see the need for it then. Now, it's his idea so he's willing to do the work! Go figure!

Bev, I hope your roads were okay. I know your house is high enough not to have flooding problems but I'm wondering if the roads suffered.

Cheryl

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Afternoon all.
I didn't get around to posting this morning. No reason, really, just doing other things, I guess.

It has rained steadily since this morning. It's lighter now than it has been. I don't know if I'll get my walk in or not today. Getting caught in the rain yesterday was enough for me.

Cheryl, what is the wedding date again? I'm sorry if you told me already, but I don't remember things like I used to! There are always lots for the bride to do, that's for sure.
Today is our 35th anniversary. I mentioned we went to dinner Friday night, so that is it our celebration. Saving for the Florida trip in September.

Well, time to do some paperwork for my town job.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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Good afternoon, all. Gee, it looks like no one has been on here for a couple of days. I hope everything is okay.

We just got back from NY and a nice weekend with our daughter. She is getting nervous about the amount of stuff still to be done before the wedding but I think she'll be just fine. She has a wonderful friend who will be coming on Tuesday evenings to help her finish up the things that need doing and that will make it much better. We brought the table favors home with us and we'll get them ready...all 135 of them!!!

Got to get unpacked and resettled.

Cheryl

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Good afternoon. All. Just spent several hours at the mall but that's all I spent. The others all bought a few things but I couldn't find what I wanted for a necklace so I saved my money. Now, we are about done in so it's time to relax.

If we get another of those calls, we'll handle it by turning the number over to the police. I doubt they will call again though.

I think Jess wants to make some dilly beans later so that will be our project after dinner. She has picked enough beans out of her little garden to do four pints, at least.

Hope you're all having a good day.

Cheryl

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