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RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 13,341
7/13/14 5:19 P

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Afternoon all. Or is it evening?

We left PA yesterday morning and made it to Albany by 2:00. All interstate, so we made good time. Had a nice dinner at Cracker Barrel, then went to bed early on a fabulous mattress at Microtel. Compared to the Kamping Cabin, it was heavenly!

Watched the forecast and they were calling for 3 days of rain there, so that nailed it for us. We headed home and made it home by 2:00, beating the rain by 90 minutes. We even stopped at Marsh-Billings Farm and National Park in Woodstock so he could buy a Senior Park Pass.

Took a while to unpack, but we are looking forward to a few days home. We might get out again next weekend for 2 or 3 days, depending on the weather.

Well, laundry is waiting. Have a great evening all.

Carol

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7/13/14 4:48 P

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Good afternoon, all. It has been a rainy day here so I'm glad we had decided to forego the yard sale routine for today. We were both pretty tired last night, not to mention sunburned! Maybe we'll do it next weekend. We'll see.

We haven't accomplished a lot today. Karl and Matt loaded a bed onto Karl's truck and we brought it to a woman Karl works with. She wanted it for her grandson and we wanted to get rid of it so we sold it to her along with a lot of other things for a very reasonable price. That's the last big piece of furniture we had to clear out of the other house. Now we'll have to focus on a couple of closets and storage areas in the knee walls. One side is pretty much empty because that's where we stored the Christmas things and they've already been moved. I don't really know what's in the other side though so that may be a real surprise! Hopefully, it won't be a surprise like Matt got yesterday. He was cleaning out a box in the garage and found a live mouse. He annihilated it! Of course, he had to show it to me too. Yuck!

Not much else from here. Kind of a lazy Sunday afternoon. Bev, I hope you were able to get your geocaching in before the rain.

Cheryl

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7/12/14 9:02 P

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It sure was nice today! I didn't accomplish much other than putting away the rest of the stuff we brought home from our trip to PA and I got the kitchen floor swept and mopped and some laundry done. I hung around here most of the day since Rodney and Ed were working on the camper. I did leave for a while to take our returnable bottles and cans to the redepemption center and I picked up some stuff for a cookout this evening. Erin and the boys joined us after the guys were done for the day. By the time I got back they had closed up the camper so I didn't see how it came out, but at some point we need to open it back up so I can do another coat of paint on the plywood they put up on the ceiling. When they were cutting it and getting it in place they said it got scuffed a little so I need to do one more coat now. We also need to buy some rubberized roof coating to cover the outside where they patched the hole in the roof where the air conditioner was. Once we get that we will apply it to the roof and the job should be complete. Hopefully it will last us a few years now, but there are still other areas that had some water damage too that they were not able to replace. We are pretty sure everything was a result of the poor installation of the A/C but since that was done before we owned it there is nothing we can do about it. It's too bad the guy who had that done didn't go back to the dealer who did the job and make them fix things.

Bev

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7/12/14 8:20 P

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Good evening, all. It certainly was a gorgeous day here. Lots of sunshine and warm temps. Actually, the temps were a bit too warm. I got sunburned pretty bad today. In the morning, I wasn't in the shade at all and I got burned pretty bad. By afternoon, Karl had put up a beach umbrella for me and that was a big help. Still, I think I need to find the aloe before I head to bed. This is going to sting before much longer.

Our sale was not terribly successful. We sold a few things and made a little money but there's still a lot to go. There are lots of books but I think I'm going to find a place to donate them. Just can't seem to get rid of enough of them even though we were selling them at a quarter for as many as they could carry. There's a greyhound rescue in town that I think might take them so I'll be checking into that. We also have a fridge we were going to donate but a guy said today he'd have his landlord come take a look since the one in his apartment died. I'd sell it for a song so I hope he comes back. We also have a trailer and a lawn tractor. He could have sold the trailer if he wanted to take a big loss on it but I talked him out of that. If it's still around next weekend, the people said they'd be back. Maybe we'll be more willing to sell at that price then.

There was one guy who stopped to check out the stuff and ended up taking a tour of the house. He says he's looking for something bigger than where he is since he's realizing that the two bedroom house he's in won't be big enough for a family. He's supposed to contact the realtor this week and I hope he does it! We'd love to find out that he's truly interested.

Time to call it a day. Halle is here for the night and she's watching one of the Shrek movies but I think she's getting pretty tired so bedtime isn't too far off. Hope you all had the opportunity to enjoy the day.

Cheryl

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7/11/14 9:47 P

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Carol, you can always save Virginia and North Carolina for a future trip. There are a lot of places I would like to see, but many of them will have to wait for retirement- if we can afford the gas and campground or motel fees when the time comes. Having to be back at work in a week limits how far we want to travel.

Cheryl, congrats on the loss last night. I hope you get rid of a lot of stuff at your yard sale. Most of what we get rid of will probably either get thrown away or donated to the thrift shop at the Chester/Andover Family Center. I may try to put a few things on craigslist or the Facebook online garage sales, but we don't really have a place to try to have a yard sale.

Tomorrow Rodney and Ed are going to tear our camper apart and see if they can fix some of the problems with it. It had or has a leak around the air conditioner and the roof is damaged. Rodney has decided to take the AC right out of it and patch the hole they cut in the roof when they put it in. He plans to cut out the damaged part of the ceiling and replace it with a piece of plywood. He thinks there is some rubber roofing material he can get that should seal it pretty good. We will have to keep a close eye on it and probably put a sealer around it every year. It will be obvious that it has been patched, but if we can prevent more damage and repair the damage that is already done we don't care about the appearance. If we do nothing we might only be able to use it a year or two before the roof caves in. We are trying to make the best of a bad investment. We have learned an important lesson and will never buy a popup with an air conditioner again- or at least an air conditioner that was not factory installed. We will try to sell the air conditioner to recoup the money we spend on repairs- or at least some of it. Well I have to get off here and go paint the piece of plywood so that I can give it a second coat in the morning. We made a trip to Home Depot tonight to buy some special paint for it.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Bev

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RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 13,341
7/11/14 7:18 P

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Evening all.
Wifi is a bit stronger tonight so I thought I'd try to post.

Beautiful day here today, but still hot and humid. Had a nice walk this morning, then did some laundry this afternoon and started trying to find a cabin for tomorrow night. No luck. So we ended up making a hotel reservation at a Microtel near Albany NY. Guess we won't make it to Virginia or North Carolina, but that's okay. They will be there. The weather is really a factor when you are traveling on a motorcycle.

Well, time to help hubby to start some prepacking. Getting an early start in the morning, I hope.

Jean, nice to hear from you.

Cheryl, congrats on the loss, and good luck with the yard sale.
Bev, enjoy your 'freedom' from office!

Goodnight all.

Carol

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7/11/14 6:30 P

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Today is a good so far. Whew Cheryl you got me tired, lot of work getting ready for a sale, hope you have good luck and nice weather. Have you been doing any knitting or projects? I just started doing some simple granny squares keeps me away from the food for a little while.
@Bev. I was having computer issues for awhile but so far so good.
Miss seeing the ol gang on here.
Carol. Enjoy the rest of vac.

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7/11/14 6:39 A

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Good morning, all. It's sunny and promises to be a great day today. Just the kind of day that I'd love to be outside but I think most of my time will be spent in the garage at the old house. We'll be getting ready for a garage sale so I need to sort through some things and decide on some prices. When Karl gets home, he'll have to set up some saw horses and boards to make some "tables" for me. I'm hoping to get rid of a lot of stuff so that we can finish clearing things out of the old house. We have one woman who has taken a lot of the furniture so that's a big help.

I managed a .5 loss last night. That was a surprise because the scales were really up as of Monday. I've sweat so much this week that I craved salt and I know that was part of the problem. I was also the best loser for June, second month in a row. Our attendance is really down right now, only 8 of us there last night. Personally, I think moving the elections to the summertime will severely limit the number of people who will take an office. At least that's the case in our chapter.

My payroll woes continued yesterday. I had received some paperwork relative to the quarterly filing for taxes and was told that I needed to check SSN's and such. One of the employees' numbers was incorrect so, again, I had to call the payroll company to have them change it. Everything I had keyed in for him was correct so I have no idea how they got the wrong number on this report but now I have to file a form to have them amend it. I noticed that there is a note at the bottom of the form stating that they would charge $50 to correct the number. I fully intend to have them waive that since I have the correct information and the error is on their end. We'll see how that goes! I spoke with my cohort at the Diocesan office and told her of the problems I had on Wednesday with the filing, and also of the rudeness of one of the people at the help center. She mentioned that there had been at least one other instance where the same thing happened and so she is going to keep a log of the complaints. I don't know if my experience with this company is typical but so far it has not been pleasant.

My to-do list for today is fairly long so I guess I'd better get started on it. Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

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7/11/14 5:43 A

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Hi Jean! Don't be such a stranger to us! We love hearing from you. Most of the others who used to post on here no longer take the time to. It is usually just Carol, Cheryl, and I posting on here. I wish we could get more but it probably isn't going to happen.

We held our elections last night and for the first time since 1997 I will not hold an office this year. I was happy to see someone else become the leader as I was feeling somewhat burnt out, but it might feel strange not to hold an office of some sort. I think it makes for a better chapter to get more members involved, and I told them I will be there and will help out as needed but I was glad for a break.

TGIF! Have a great day everyone!

Bev

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7/11/14 12:27 A

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Carol I did a turtle this wknd,so I was pleased with that. Hope you are having a good time.
Hi to the rest of my tops family and friends.

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7/10/14 9:33 P

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Carol, I hope the weather cooperates for you so that you don't have to come home early. We haven't ever had great luck with wi-fi in the campgrounds we have stayed at either. We still haven't decided where we are going on our vacation this year, but we pretty much decided it will not be PA again. We have been there the last two years but our trip to PA last week was enough for this year. We want to find somewhere that has something interesting to see and do and maybe also a bike trail nearby so we can take our bikes with us. We talked some about the Adirondacks and we have also considered somewhere in Maine. Rodney mentioned Virginia but I have no idea where to start looking there. Sometime we want to go to Niagara Falls but I think that might be a better 2-3 day trip than a week-long one.

We did pretty good tonight as a chapter, especially considering we missed a meeting last week and there was a holiday in there too. We only had one gainer among the 8 TOPS that weighed in tonight, and we had about a 12 pound net loss for our TOPS. Both of our KOPS gained, but I think both are in leeway still. I was a little disappointed that I didn't lose as much on the chapter scale as my scale showed, but I did lose 1.2 tonight.

Bev

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7/10/14 8:16 P

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Evening all.
Haven't had much of a connection in the campgrounds so I haven't been posting. The first one in NY gave us 2 consecutive hours free per day (big deal!) but it was a weak signal....this one in PA is free but cuts out quite a bit. Oh well.

Thunderstorms were bad in the part of NY where we were Monday and Tuesday night. Storm moving through here now...forecast doesn't look good for the weekend when we were planning to move on. May end up coming home early.

We did get to Hershey today and had a great time. Took the trolley tour and there were only 4 of us on board so we got lots of free extra chocolate. That was fine with us!

Hubby just made some popcorn...that's supper since we didn't eat lunch until after 2:30.
The weather looks good for tomorrow so we'll go exploring some more.

Well...hope everyone is staying cool.

Carol

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7/10/14 8:02 A

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Good morning, all. It's sunny and cooler here and I'm hoping for low humidity. I didn't sleep well at all last night because there just wasn't enough air moving in the bedroom. Karl doesn't like running the air conditioner but I turned it on around 2 when I still hadn't fallen asleep. That helped but then, he changed it back to fan when he got up around 3:30. Grrrr! I got all of about 3 hours of sleep so this should be a rip-roaring day!

I think we're going to work on figures for the budget this morning. That ought to be interesting. I've managed to plug in the actual expenses from last year so that's a good starting point. Of course, there's always the unpredictable expenses which can't really be budgeted. The bad winter destroyed one of the budgets last year. We're on a budget plan so we pay the same amount for eleven months of the year. That's fine if the winter isn't any worse than the previous years. Last winter was lots worse though so it ate up a lot more oil and that's what put the budget in the hole.

Time to get moving. Have a great day. Good luck on the scales tonight. I'm hoping for no worse than a turtle.

Cheryl

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7/10/14 5:27 A

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It sounds like you had quite a time with your payroll Cheryl. Maybe this was the week for payroll problems since my boss had some issues doing payroll this week too. She said she started it on Monday but her computer locked up and she lost over an hours worth of work so she was working to get it done Tuesday morning. I finally got all the bank statements done yesterday afternoon. Now I can move on to catching up with a couple of other things that I have been avoiding this week.

Good luck to those weighing in tonight. I should do okay, but not quite as well as I was thinking I might when I got on the scale earlier this week.

Bev

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7/9/14 10:43 P

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Gee, I guess I forgot to check in here today. It was a frustrating day at work, to say the least. It was payroll day, at least the filing portion of it. I thought I'd head off problems by having someone from the help center walk me through the process. The person I got didn't seem too anxious to do that but I finally got her to get me started. There were a number of problems though and I think I ended up calling four times! Let's hope it goes better next time! Part of the problem is that I've had to do something different every single time I've filed since we started with this company back in May.

Bev, it sounds like you will make out okay with the insurance company. Good for you!

Time to call it a day.

Cheryl

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7/8/14 7:32 P

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Gee Cheryl it sounds like the same people who forgot to turn a switch on so we could have power must have worked on your car! We didn't get any serious storms yesterday and so far today it hasn't done anything, but I guess we might see something later. I did see that it was going to be much worse in NY than here. We got heavy rain last night but not much else. It was thundering and lightning a little but it didn't sound real close. A little south of where Brenda and Liz are I guess they got some more serious storms. I saw that there were a lot of trees and power lines down right along the MA border last night.

Well, I got another bit of good news from the insurance company today. They came up with a value of $300 for the stuff I had to throw away so we will be getting a check for $200. I don't think I mentioned it, but I also discovered on Sunday night that the State of PA refunded us for the two nights that we didn't stay at the campground. I didn't think they would refund us anything so we didn't even ask. We simply dropped off the key on our way out. When I was checking our bank account Sunday to make sure I had money enough left to cover Rodney's car payment that was due on Monday without having to transfer money from the savings account (since we spent a bunch of money on groceries that was not planned) I noticed they had credited us for the two nights. I'm not complaining!

Bev

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7/8/14 6:59 P

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Good evening, all. It's a sticky one! No storms here yet but they are supposed to hit here in another hour or so. Our daughter said that they are under a tornado watch where she is. Hope w don't get any of that!

I got my rear wiper motor replaced today. Turns out that they unplugged the washer pump when they disconnected the wiper motor so that's why I couldn't wash my front windshield. Hopefully, it's all going to work now.

Not much else going on here. Hope you're all snug and safe from the storms.

Cheryl

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7/7/14 7:08 P

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Sometimes I think people will steal anything that isn't nailed down! You wouldn't think they would have a lot of uses for a realtor's sign. It rained in Brattleboro this afternoon, but luckily it was after I got back from my walk. I was so busy that I took a shorter than usual break but I still got out for a walk. It is pouring here now and the rain was messing up the satellite signal so we couldn't finish watching the news. Let's hope the power doesn't get knocked out again! I did find out today that our deductible for the loss of refrigeration is only $100 instead of the $500 we have on damage to the structure. I have to send the list of what I threw out and the pictures of all of it to The Hartford and they will let us know what they will pay us. Without going down the list and estimating prices of each item I was guessing it was probably around $200 worth so it won't be a big claim, but anything we get back is better than nothing.

Stay dry ladies!

Bev

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7/7/14 4:32 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's a grey, drizzly day here. I hope you're finding better weather where you are, Carol. A vacation by bike. Not something I'd want to do but I know you enjoy riding.

Busy day at work. The usual Monday things and then there's the new budget to work on. I also have to file another payroll on Wednesday and this time I'm going to call the help line and have them walk me through it since I have to correct some errors from the last payroll. Nothing huge but I'd like not to repeat them!

I've been doing a little organizing in my sewing room this afternoon. Actually, I was determined to find the cord for my sewing machine! I wanted to fix a seam a few days ago and couldn't figure out where the cord was but I did find it today. I also unpacked one whole box. Now, there's only about 30 more to go! lol

Looks like we'll do a yard sale this weekend at the other house, hoping to get rid of a lot of the things that we know we won't be needing. The garage over there is full and only a little bit of it is stuff we want. Over the weekend, someone took the "for sale" sign off the lawn over there so the realtor was supposed to put another one up today. Why would anyone want that?

I hope everyone is having a good day.

Cheryl

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7/6/14 8:24 P

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Evening all.
Computer problems are frustrating, Cheryl, especially since the solution always seems much easier than companies try to make it out to be.

I doubt I'll have time to post tomorrow morning as we want to leave by 7:30. The bike is gassed up. We just have to pack the cooler and some last minute food, as well as our pillows. It will be an adventure. We have our first night destination picked out, if we make it that far. Thunderstorms might slow us down a bit.

Well, time to read and relax. The house is cleaned, laundry is done, guess my car will have to stay dirty until I get back. Oh well.

I'll try to post tomorrow night, if I can.

Carol

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7/6/14 12:46 P

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Good afternoon, all. It has been a frustrating 24 hours for us. Our email went out yesterday and Karl has fought with Comcast for that time, trying to get our service restored. Seems that our account was changed by them without notice to us because we moved! It has taken three sessions in the chat forum and two phone calls to get this figured out. He is not normally a person who gets angry but he told this last guy that he is very angry with them and wants it straightened out NOW. I think we are making progress but it seems that we've probably lost anything that might have come in during that time. They are probably mostly garbage anyhow. Fortunately, my brother always emails me through my Yahoo account in addition to the home account if there is anything happening with our mother.

We had hoped to spend some time on the lake this weekend but the wind is not cooperating. Matt and Becky tried to go out on Friday but whitecaps developed so they came back to shore. The wind hasn't stopped since! It helps to keep things a little cooler but it doesn't help our plans for the lake.

Bev, I think we have a high deductible too. Maybe it's worth looking into reducing it if it isn't too costly otherwise. I'd hate to deal with all you're going through. Cleaning the freezer isn't one of my favorite chores.

Time to get lunch on the table. Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

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7/6/14 8:51 A

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Morning all.
Sunny here this morning. So windy last evening we lost power, but only for 3 hours. Must have been a tree on a line somewhere. No storm, at least.

Bev, I think our deductible is high too, so I'm thinking we'd not have much of a claim if that happened to us. Fortunately we hook up the generator to the house, flip a couple of switches and it runs practically the whole house.

Baking is done for the trip. Today it's housework, laundry, and final packing. Guess I'd better get moving or nothing will get done.

Have a great Sunday all.

Carol

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7/5/14 9:25 P

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We finally got power back at a little after 7:30 tonight- just over 48 hours after it went out and about 36 hours after it should have been back on if the first repair crew hadn't forgot to turn a switch on the transformer to our house back on. I had to throw out some stuff from the freezer that had completely defrosted and much of the stuff in my refrigerator. That is not the way I would have chosen to clean them out! The freezer isn't totally cleaned out because I would have needed water to finish the job and we didn't have any. By the time the power came on I didn't want to leave the door open any longer. We had borrowed a larger generator a couple of hours before it came on so that we could plug in the freezer and not lose all of its contents. The power company told me we have to file a claim on our homeowner's insurance for the spoiled food (which I pretty much already knew) but I think we have a $500 deductible so it won't be covered. I tried to call the insurance company to find out but the person I spoke to said she couldn't access coverage information so we would have to file a claim and then an adjuster would call me on Monday and could tell me what we have for coverage. It seems foolish to file a claim before knowing if we have coverage but I guess we have to play their game. I made a list of everything I threw out and took pictures of it in case it is covered but I think we will just be out the money. It has been a stressful few days! I might even be glad to go back to work on Monday.

Bev

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Good morning, all. It's warming up here but was fairly chilly earlier this morning. We've already made a trip to Matt's house to bring a load of burn stuff and it was cool enough for a sweatshirt when we did that.

Jess and Andy left about 8:00 this morning. I hated to see them go but I know they're anxious to get home and stain their deck. It's a job that's been needing to be done and , bless them, I'm glad they have the energy to do it. They certainly are being good home-owners. They have spent considerable time improving drainage and generally sprucing up around the house. They got the major things done while they were here but still have telephone things to do as their date gets closer. We'll be going over to see them in about three weeks for another shower.

My day today will be spent cleaning up the house after having two cats and a dog here for a week. They were all very good and didn't get into things but they shed, of course, so there's a fair amount of fuzz to clear out. One of the cats is a master at hiding when it's time to get into the crate for travel. He hates it so!! Today, he was hiding on the top shelf near Karl's workbench in the cellar. Andy is tall and even he had to climb on something to reach the cat.

I hope you all have a great day. Bev, I do hope they get your power on again soon. It's no fun having to deal with all that.

Cheryl

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It is probably good that we came back early so we have time to deal with the loss of power headaches before we go back to work on Monday. It would have sucked to come home Sunday night and find out that we had to throw out everything in the refrigerator and some of what is in the freezer. The power is still out. What is most annoying is that I found out they came yesterday morning and replaced a wire that a couple of trees took down on our road, but they didn't do the job right. Todd got his power back on then but he came down here in the afternoon to return a tool he had borrowed and discovered ours was still out so they called GMP for us again and I called them last night after I found out all of that and no one has been back to finish the job they should have done 24 hours ago. It looks like I will be filing a claim on our homeowners insurance because the fridge is at 55 degrees so almost everything will need to be thrown out. When I checked last night the meat in the freezer was still okay but some other stuff was completely thawed. I threw out some ice cream bars and stuff that were mush and I have a couple of cartons of ice cream soup. I haven't been back down to check on it this morning.

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7/5/14 7:50 A

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Morning all.
57 and cool here this morning. But at least it stopped raining.

Bev, sorry you had to cut short your trip. And I know the storm was worse in the southern areas than up here. We had lots of wind, but no loss of power, fortunately.

Today I'm doing some baking of cookies and muffins to bring with us on vacation. Still no real packing done yet, but there's tomorrow too.

Well, guess I'd better get moving

Have a great Saturday all.

Carol

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Well we came back early and got home to no power. I have no idea how long it has been off, but I'd say quite a while because the ice cream that was in the freezer is almost like thick soup! The trip was a disappointment which is why we came home two days early. I don't think the boys were quite old enough to handle a trip like that- or else we are too old to spend several days with a couple of rowdy boys! Camden didn't have much interest in Gettysburg so he wasn't too upset about leaving early. Owen was disappointed and I think his mother is upset with us, but neither of them were on good behavior, so we were horribly mean grandparents and brought them home early.

Congratulations on the loss Cheryl! I haven't been near the scale yet so I have no idea how I fared. We didn't exactly eat healthy the last few days but I also wasn't snacking. I thought I might do a lot of walking but that didn't happen either.

I'm not sure what we are going to do this weekend. I haven't had a chance yet to catch up on the weather forecast and that will make a big difference. Ed told us when we met him to drop Camden off that all of the 4th of July activities around here were postponed until tomorrow. I hope you all had a chance to enjoy today and have a great weekend!

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Good morning, all. It's sunny here now but we had a good rain overnight. It was pouring hard when we got out of the meeting last night and continued at least until I went to bed. It's sunny now though so maybe we'll have a nice 4th.

We had a small turnout last night and a big gain for the chapter. I lost .75 which made me very happy. I also was a winner in the June contest so my dues are paid for the month of July. In addition, I have two free weeks because of being best loser a couple of times. I'm hoping to repeat the contest winning in July as the winner has dues paid for two whole months! That would be nice!! We had our elections, sort of. Same slate for another year.

When I got home yesterday, Karl took me to the nursery where we bought a new Wiegelia bush. We have one at the old house and it looks so nice when in blossom that I wanted to buy another for this house. We also transplanted the forsythia bush. It was my first Mother's Day present so I didn't feel I wanted to leave it behind. Now, it's just the fruit bushes to transplant but they will have to wait until after they finish producing this year.

I'm not sure what's on the agenda for today. Jess is going to pick up Halle to spend the day here with us. I think we'll probably head to the lake if the wind is calm since we'd all like a boat ride. Then, I think we'll have to work with Jess on figuring out what to do with the stuff she still has to go through. I think most of it is going to be donated or dumped but it has to be her decision. She and Andy will head back to NY tomorrow. It has been a nice visit and she has accomplished a lot to do with the wedding plans. Hopefully, she has done everything that must be done in person since this is her last visit until a couple of days before the wedding.

Hope you all have a great day.

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Morning all.
67 and still humid here this morning. Big storm came through around 8 last night, but we didn't lose power, surprisingly. I guess the Rutland area was hard hit, though.

Bev, I hope you are having a good vacation. Cheryl, any bites on the house sale yet?

I'm off to grocery shop this morning then I can focus on packing etc. Not leaving until Monday but I haven't started yet and hubby is about done!
But I wanted to finish all the shelter paperwork yesterday so I wouldn't have to think about that.

Well, off to exercise.
Have a great Fourth all!

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Good morning, all. Just barely! It's nearly noon and I think it's the first time I've stopped all morning. Finally finished off the end-of-year items, I think. I found one thing this morning that I had forgotten to do yesterday. I spent a large chunk of time filling in some information for budget planning for the coming year. That planning will occupy a fair share of my time for the next couple of weeks.

Scales were no better this morning than yesterday but they were no worse either. Considering that we went to a Chinese restaurant for dinner last night, that's a plus. I'm pushing water for sure today! We are doing a meeting tonight, figuring that those who can make it will and those who can't won't. It's no different than any other week in that respect.

We didn't really get much for rain yesterday. Just a sprinkle or two and one short shower. I'd like a little more rain for the gardens but I'd also like to weed a flower bed so maybe it should hold off until later.

Hope you all have a great day. Bev, I hope you're enjoying your vacation.

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Morning all.
The rain did temporarily cool things off here yesterday, but we know it wont' last. It's 66 here this morning and a bit foggy.

The trip to Burlington went well. It was sad to think he won't be seeing his surgeon again though. What a great guy he is. He recommended 2 colleagues at FAHC and one at DHMC to continue the follow up exams in the future. We will try the DHMC guy as it's much closer, a better road (Route 2 is deplorable between St. J. and Montpelier), and has more shopping close by that we usually try to get to a few times a year.

I wish we were weighing in tonight as my scale looks better than most weeks! Wouldn't you know it. Oh well.

Cheryl, let's hope your mom continues to improve. There's a lot of independence at those types of facilities that seem less restrictive to many folks who hesitate to go there.

Well, off to exercise and start my to-do list.

Have a great day all.
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Good morning, all. It's looking like it will be a really nasty day here. Hot, humid, severe rainstorms, oh joy! I'm hoping I can be inside to miss most of the rain.

The visit to Holton Home went well yesterday, according to my brother. Mom was a bit blue and teary at the prospect of having to go there but she did see someone she knows and that lady spoke highly of the place. She is the same lady that spoke with Mom several months ago, someone we've known for years. Mom passed the stair test so she could possibly reside on the second floor of this home. Now, it's a waiting game. We are all hoping that she adjusts to the idea of living there before the opening comes.

Today is our daughter's birthday. We celebrated with the family on Sunday but I think we'll probably take her out to dinner tonight anyhow. She and Andy have another day of wedding planning on the agenda. Today, she'll meet with the musician and will also have a consult with the cosmetologist who will be doing the make-up for the girls on the wedding day.

Scales were looking okay this morning but I'm hoping for better before tomorrow's weigh-in.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
70 here this morning. The storm that came through a while ago didn't cool the house down a whole lot, though. But it sounds like it will rain off and on all day, so maybe there's hope.

His doctor's appointment went well yesterday. His A1C was down to 6.4, so the doc was happy about that. Today we are off to Burlington for his annual checkup with his surgeon/gastroenterologist. This will be his last one as the doc there is moving on to Chicago in the fall.

Cheryl, the visit to the assisted-living facility is critical to your mom's accepting what changes lie ahead. It is never easy giving up your home at any age, I'm sure. But my BIL's mother was in a nice one in Brattleboro and she was happy there. And my mom loved hers the 2 years she was there.

We started the packing of the trailer for our trip....we will be staying at cabins at KOAs, which means more stuff to bring than a hotel-stay trip. It will be close, I think!

Well, off to exercise and hit the shower.

Bev, have a fabulous time!

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Cheryl, I hope things go well with your mom. At least she realizes that it is for her safety. Today was pretty busy at work, trying to get a much done as possible since I will be out for a couple of days. We are just waiting for the boys to arrive with their stuff so we can start packing the car. Hopefully everything will fit just the way we want so that we won't have to go to plan B and take the Jeep. I am going to try to get everyone (including me) into bed early tonight so we can head out around 5 AM. I am also planning on having everyone shower tonight so we won't have to take time for showers in the morning before we leave. I probably won't be posting much until after we are back home. The campground where we are staying won't have wi-fi as far as I know and I am not likely to try to post from my phone. Assuming I get service at the campground I should be able to read my e-mail and view your posts, but that will be about the extent of it. Have a good rest of the week and a great weekend everyone!

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Good morning, all. It's a quiet one here right now. Jess and Andy are scouting out photo sites around town. Halle is with them. Then, Jess has a hair appointment so they can decide what they want to do on the wedding day. Halle and Andy will probably come back here while she does that. I'm doing laundry and a little picking up around the house. With three animals and two extra people, I find that things are getting dirty a lot quicker!

Yesterday afternoon, I went to the other house to do a little more cleaning and found that someone had broken one of the living room windows. It's double thick and only the first layer is broken but it means that we'll have to take it out to have someone fix it. That didn't make me very happy. The realtor is showing it this evening but she knows about the window situation.

Matt isn't very happy today. His older dog has started snapping at them and seems like she's trying to bite them so he is having her put down. He has had her for about 11 years and she was the sweetest dog but, with this new development, he can't keep her. Nevertheless, he was in tears when he dropped Halle with me. I offered to go with him but he didn't want anyone else there.

Waiting to hear how the visit at the assisted living home goes today. My brother had the "talk" with Mom yesterday and they arranged a visit for today, following her dental appointment. She looks awful with two black eyes and one of them swollen shut. She has large bandages on her face and the bruises are darkening, according to my sister. She must look a sight!!! She wasn't happy about the prospect of leaving her home but I think she understands the need for safer accommodations, especially in view of the events of Saturday.

Time to change the washer loads. Have a great day.

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Morning all.
Triple H weather again today. The fan kept the bedroom relatively okay for sleeping last night, but I think it may be time to dig out the air conditioner. It's not easy for me to sleep with the noise it makes, but at least it's cooler.

I finished my paperwork for my town job yesterday so that's off my shoulders. Today he has a doctor's appointment and we need to go to Wal-Mart, so that will take up a good share of the afternoon.

Well, time to get moving before it gets any hotter.

Have a great Tuesday all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's hot, humid and awfully sticky here this morning too. I thought the little shower we had a while ago might help but I think it was wishful thinking.

Well, I found out yesterday that my mother had an incident on Saturday while my sister and brother were up here for the shower. She had forgotten to put her keys in her purse when she went to church with her sister and brother-in-law so she was trying to get the hidden key in the garage when she fell and did a face plant into the cement floor. My uncle, who is 92, helped her to get up, and he and her sister both wanted her to go to the hospital because she had cut her head significantly. She wouldn't go though and wanted to wait for my brother to get home to let him decide. So, my brother-in-law was called and he stayed with her until my brother got there, another two hours or so. Gene took one look and decided she was going to the hospital. Fortunately, it looked worse than it really was. They did a number of tests and determined that she didn't have anything more serious than cuts and bruises and perhaps a small torn ligament in one finger. They bandaged her up and sent her home. Gene stayed at her house Saturday night, just in case she needed help, and he prepared several meals for her yesterday and put them on plates in the fridge so that she doesn't need to do anything more than reheat them in the micro-wave. Meanwhile, he is determined that they will have a conversation this week about her going to assisted living. He has already made contact with a nice place in Brattleboro and they will put her on a waiting list as soon as he has had the conversation with her. I don't envy him this task but it is definitely time. She told me that she doesn't understand why she is falling so much since she has turned 94! I think she knows that the time has come for her to move to another place so that she doesn't have as many risks as she now does living alone. Her mind is failing and her strength and balance are putting her at risk for even daily tasks. She couldn't use the micro-wave or the toaster last week because "they were broken." She had simply forgotten which buttons to push. It's sad to see her deteriorating so quickly now.

Today, Jess and Andy are checking off a few things on their preparations for the wedding. They'll get their marriage license and meet with the florist. Tomorrow they'll be meeting with the priest to finalize the readings for the ceremony and fill in any other missing pieces of information. They'll also meet with the musician and the person making their "cake" (it's actually going to be cupcakes) one day this week. They are going to be awfully busy!

Time to close up the office and head home. I think I may find a few things to do at the old house this afternoon so that we can be one step closer to having it empty.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

Steamy already here today. We got our walk in early, hoping to beat the heat and the deerflies. It only partially worked!

The lesson went fine yesterday. I never got out of the parking lot so I didn't get out of 1st gear. It sure handles differently than a 2-wheeled motorcycle, that's for sure. I may not get a lesson in before we take it on our trip next week, so I'm thinking he will have to do all the driving. We shall see.

I have a few hours of paperwork to finish up for my town job today. He has few errands to do in town, but I'm going with him. I never get anything done when I go with him because it always takes him longer than he expects.

Bev, I hope this bike works out better for Rodney. If it's the right size, he should enjoy the ride and want to use it more.

Well, off to get the list started.

Have a great day all.
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I don't think I would like the motorcycle thing either! Rodney had one years ago but I never rode on it. We ended up going to Burlington today, but it was just a trip up and right back. Rodney saw a bike on craigslist that he was interested in so we made the trip to look at it since he hadn't seen anything closer that he thought he wanted. He did buy it and then we came back via Route 7 into Rutland instead of coming back on 89 and 91. Now after we are back from our trip I will list the other one on craigslist and try to get back what he paid for it last fall. I think that one is a much more expensive bike than the one he got today, but it is just not the right size for him. We never left home until after noon and had to stop at Ed's first and borrow his trunk-mounted bike carrier so we could take my car instead of the Jeep. We got to the place where the bike was around 3:15 but didn't get home until 7:30 or so. We stopped for something to eat before we headed back and we stopped in Rutland for gas, plus made one other stop for a bathroom break. I got the car cleaned out this weekend but not vacuumed out and I also need to wash all the windows before we head out on Wednesday. I guess that will be tomorrow evening's project and Tuesday evening we will pack the car with everything except what we need for overnight.

Cheryl, I can sympathize with you for trying to keep the two boys calm. That is the same diagnosis they made for Camden and I know what he can be like. He usually isn't too bad as long as he has taken his medication, but if he doesn't get that on time he can be rather trying. His teacher said she learned to pick her battles with him. I will make sure he takes his medication first thing in the morning when he is with us this week!

Back to work in the morning, but it will be a very short work week. I am going to enter the monthly expense checks that some people get tomorrow and just post-date them for Tuesday. That will free up a little time on Tuesday for me to hopefully get started on the bank statements. I normally don't even touch them until the second or sometimes even third day of the month, but I want to get an early start due to being gone for a couple of days, plus the holiday. I have eight accounts to reconcile so it takes a while, especially since I still have to keep up with my regular daily tasks too.

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Good afternoon, all. It's certainly hot here too! We are in a lull right now but it has been a very busy couple of days. Yesterday was the shower and it went very well. Jess and Andy received lots of nice things. Last night we went out to dinner at the restaurant where the rehearsal dinner will be held. It was nice but the nephews were getting tired and so had some issues with having to wait. They are both on the autism spectrum although highly functional. Today, church early and then they had a chance to go swimming at their hotel. That seemed to help them calm down a little. Then, we were off again to visit the venue for the reception and then to Panera Bread where Jess and Andy met with the photographer and we had lunch. Once I got home, I had to go out and pick up a few things for Jess's birthday dinner this evening. Now, I'm resting and relaxing a bit before we have to pack up the dinner stuff to go to camp. I do hope it's a little cooler down there! And, if the wind is calm, we might even get to have a boat ride!

Tomorrow it's back to work. With the end of the month, I need to close out the month and the fiscal year. It means that I'll be quite busy but that's okay as it makes the time fly. That is, if I can stay awake! My legs kept cramping and waking me up last night. Let's hope tonight is better.

Enjoy what's left of the weekend, everyone. Carol, learning to ride a motorcycle isn't something I would enjoy. They kind of scare me a little.

Cheryl

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Afternoon all.
Hazy, hot, and humid already here. We tried to walk early and do the housework early too. We are keeping the house closed up to see if it helps keep the humidity out. It usually works for a day or 2, then it gets too hot and we have to open things up. Maybe it will cool off at night so it won't be too bad.

We are going for a motorcycle ride after lunch to a big empty parking lot so I can learn to drive it. Should be an interesting lesson as he has NO patience when he tries to show me stuff like that. At least the parking lot will be empty of vehicles so it should be safe.

Well, off to hit the shower.

Stay cool everyone today, if you can.

Carol

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Yesterday was a really nice day here. I went to the Hartford Alumni parade and walked along with the rest of my class. I didn't help with any of the planning or building for the float, but I at least participated in the parade. I'm not sure if it is true or not, but someone said the number of participants adds or subtracts from your points when they are judging the floats. Our class won 1st place. This was our 40 year reunion and it was the first one I had been to since our 5th. I didn't end up going to the picnic afterwards but I had a chance to visit with some of them before the parade started since I was there an hour before the start time, and when they were dismantling the float. I will probably try to go again in another 5 years- and it is possible I won't still be working then so I might have time to help work on it.

I'm not sure yet what we are doing today. Ed and Erin were supposed to pick up the boys at around 9. They came early because they came right after the Relay was over and things were picked up, but they haven't left yet. They are both napping on the couch right now! I think I am going to hang our my laundry and take a shower. Once Rodney showers too maybe we will just leave once we are ready!

Enjoy the day everyone. It is looking like another nice one!

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Morning all.

Sunny and cool here again this morning but headed to the 80s again. A beautiful day!

Got lots accomplished yesterday with the cleaning out at TOPS of the file cabinet and desk. Took over 3 hours but we felt good about what we accomplished. The problem is not just paperwork but all the other stuff we have to store in the file cabinet, like the scale, crowns, contest crafts, etc. But at least we have a 5-drawer, which helps.

I will do some odds and ends of paperwork today, then I will probably head up to the campground where hubby is putting in the deck he built for his nephew. I was invited to hang out all day but I'm thinking a few hours in the afternoon with their 4 kids will probably be enough. The pool will be a busy place there today, I'm sure.

Cheryl, hope your day goes smoothly. Sounds like you'll be glad when the day is done!

Well, time to get moving.
Have a great day all.

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Good morning, all. My marathon has begun. I was up at 6, not because I felt I had to get going but rather because there was something beeping. I had heard it a couple of other times but this time I wanted to find out what it was. Karl located it out on the porch. Somehow, an alarm was set on a clock we had at the other house. Trouble is, he doesn't know how to disarm it now so, instead, he set it to 3 pm. That way it won't be waking me during the night.

Jess and Andy are arriving a bit later today. I will also have my brother and his wife and my sister here for lunch before the shower. We'll do it the easy way...grinders. I was told not to fuss so that's my solution. Then, the shower is at 2 followed by dinner at the site of the rehearsal celebration at 6. Andy's family will be here and they are anxious to see the various places where events will take place. Jess is a wreck already because her future MIL is being quite demanding and Jess has a fairly long agenda to work on while she's here this week. I figure I can head off most of it and take some of the pressure off Jess. Fortunately, his family will be heading back to NY tomorrow afternoon so that should ease the pressure.

With all of this excitement, I'm hoping to stay on track this weekend. I think it won't be too hard but there's always the risk of over-doing it when there are so many different food experiences. I stocked up on fruit yesterday so I plan to use that as my "go-to" snack this week.

Hope you're all enjoying the weekend. Weather should be ideal for any outdoor activities.

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Good morning, all. It has been a busy morning already and the test of the day won't be any better. I've already dusted, vacuumed and mopped the downstairs and I've run a load of clothes through the washer and dryer. In a little while, Joyce and I will head to Costco to get the things we need for the shower tomorrow. Then, we'll get everything ready at her house and we can relax until the whole show gets underway tomorrow afternoon. I'll be doing lunch here for my family before the shower but I've got that totally under control.

Weigh-in went as I expected last night. I gained a pound but the chapter had a nice loss. All that riding and partying last weekend did me in.

Time to hit the shower. Have a great day, all.

Cheryl



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Morning all.
Sunny start to the day here this morning, and looking good for the whole weekend. Woohoo!

I managed a .4 loss last night but the chapter had a large net gain. Next week there is no meeting and after that I'll be away, so it will be quite a while before I weigh in again.

Groceries and other errands on the list today. Then this afternoon my assistant weight recorder and I will be cleaning out the file cabinet at TOPS. It's long overdue, and there's no one else who has time to do it.

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

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My scales were not looking good this morning and they were only a little better tonight. The number kept switching back and forth between two weights and the weight recorder opted to go with the lower one, giving me a turtle for tonight. Realistically I think it landed on the higher number more times than the lower so I probably really should have gained .2, but I don't argue with the weight recorder! I hope the scales were good to the rest of you! We will not meet next week (I will be away anyways) so I will have to try to behave on our trip next week so that I don't come back with a big gain.

This weekend I have a lot of things to get done. Tomorrow night we are going up to West Hartford and staying in the camper so I need to gather up some clothes and have them ready to go as soon as I get home from work. Saturday is the alumni festivities in White River and I am planning to go to the parade and to meet up with some of my old classmates for a short visit afterwards. Then we will come home and watch the boys while Ed & Erin are at the Relay for Life. Sunday is open so far because what we do will depend on how much I am able to do on Saturday. I need to get my car all cleaned out so it will be ready for the trip and I need to make sure I have everything we want to take with us, which means a trip to Walmart to grab a couple of things. I am hoping to do that on our way back from White River on Saturday but if we don't have time I will need to do that on Sunday. I am also hoping I can clean the car Saturday evening even though the boys will be here, but that could turn into a Sunday project too. We won't load the car until Tuesday night but I want to start gathering stuff this weekend.

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Good morning, all. I guess we had rain yesterday! It poured most of the day! My cousin described it as a "frog drowning rain" and I think that fits it perfectly.

Today will be very busy. I'm heading to work in a few minutes and I think I will have to figure out a new phase of the payroll system. We're going paperless in order to save on charges so I will have to figure out how to access the payroll reports in order to send them to the people. They can access their own information once they register in the system but, since this is the first time for paperless, I'll print them for the employees. After work, I'll need to get the wash started before I head out to the garage to have the rear wiper on my car repaired. I need to figure out what I can take with me to while away the time because, with so much to do, I can't just sit there! I need to put together the goodie bags for the shower and there's a little fussy work to do for that so maybe I can take that with me.

Scales aren't looking so great this morning and I'm hoping they will come down a bit through the day. If not, I'm afraid that great loss last week will lose some of its shine. Good luck to the rest of you tonight.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Humid last night, wasn't it? I didn't know that until I left the house at 5. I guess today is the end of the rain and clouds, and the weekend looks really nice!

I worked on the shelter paperwork all day yesterday. It wouldn't be taking this long but I am not computer savvy enough to figure out how to do it with that. I wish I knew more about Access. I heard that is the way for managing databases, but I've never used it and the tutorials left me scratching my head.

Scale looks okay this morning but we all know what can happen during a day, especially on weigh in day. This is supposed to be our 'walk' night, but I doubt more than 4 of us will walk.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all. And good luck with weigh ins tonight.

Carol

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I don't know if we got any rain last night or not. I didn't hear it and I didn't notice any puddles this morning so I don't think we got much if we got any. I was expecting to need my raingear when I walked today but I didn't. In fact, we had sun for much of the day. We did see clouds too, but I think there may have been more sun than clouds until mid afternoon or so. It may have rained at some point because I did hear people talking about making sure their windows were up, but I didn't happen to see the rain and the sun was shining when I left work. Once I headed home it got pretty cloudy and dark, but I didn't run into much of any rain until after I got off the interstate- and then it poured. It is pouring here now too and according to a weather alert I just got we have some thunderstorms on the way. The rain already knocked out our satellite signal so Rodney had to turn on Netflix instead of watching the news. I will be glad when (or maybe I should say IF since the timetable keeps getting moved further out) VTEL gets the fiber optic cable installed here so we can get rid of DirecTV and get TV through VTEL. It will be a bit cheaper and I think less susceptible to weather interference.
I hope everyone is surviving the rain and thunderstorms. Have a good evening.

Bev



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6/25/14 4:41 P

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Good afternoon, all. Raining and miserable here all day. Yuck! I think we needed a little rain but this is overload! The seed I scattered on that new strip next to the driveway has pretty well washed into the puddles. I'm hoping it won't rot before it has a chance to sprout!

Yesterday, I did get the hall washed and cleared of the rest of the stuff that was hanging around. Karl helped me make some decisions last evening so that we could get it all cleared out. We also brought a bookcase upstairs to help us with the tons of books that we've kept. We both read a lot and hate to get rid of books but I think the time has come that we'll have to part with many of them. Today, after work, I picked up some groceries that I know we'll be needing for the weekend and that's all I've done. I'm going to try to make up the goodie bags for the shower tonight and then haul the last couple of boxes of stuff down to the cellar. That ought to take care of the evening!

Matt and Halle stopped in this afternoon but I wasn't here. I was sorry to have missed them since it has been a while. He is working on plans for his sugarhouse and that seems to be taking much of his time. Halle is done school for the year so she goes to the land with him and he finds little things for her to do to help. She's really good at dragging brush into a pile but she does expect to be paid! We'll see them this weekend at the shower for Jess and then again the next day when we celebrate her birthday.

Time to think about starting some supper. Hope you're staying dry!

Cheryl

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6/25/14 7:46 A

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Morning all.
Rained fairly hard overnight here, according to hubby, but I never heard a thing. Hopefully I caught up on sleep.

Cheryl, you have worked so hard these past few months. I hope you can reward yourself this summer with some 'you' time. You deserve it!

Small attendance at the retired teachers' meeting yesterday. The luncheon was lasagna and salads, put on by the church ladies. Very tasty!

Today it's more shelter paperwork and the fundraising committee meeting tonight. I'm anxious to hear how much we made on the tennis ball raffle.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a wonderful Wednesday all.

Carol

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6/24/14 8:35 A

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Good morning, all. It has started to sprinkle here but I'm ready for it. We got the strip of land tilled last night and this morning I scattered some wildflower seed on it. Our neighbor does this with a strip of land that he finds hard to keep mowed and I always like the look of all the flowers blooming in that strip. Now let's hope mine looks as nice!

My goal today is to clean the upstairs hall and the stairs leading down into the dining room. This is the one area that I haven't had a chance to wash since we moved in. With company coming this weekend, I really have to get this done! There isn't a lot to be done but I do have to get to it. Yesterday, I washed dishes from another couple of boxes. I think the rest will be stored in the cellar until I decide what else to do with them. I just do not have the room to have them all out on display at this point. They are the last couple of boxes to get out of the living room. I also tried to find curtain rods yesterday with no success. I suppose I could go to the old house and take them off the windows there. It may be the only way to finish these windows before the weekend.

Time to get busy. Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
No rain here yet this morning but I can feel the humidity moving in.

I didn't sleep well at all last night, maybe 5 hours total, if that. I woke up (I thought) to some screeching sound, maybe a fisher cat, and couldn't get back to sleep until after 1:00.

I got the costumes returned but not much else done yesterday. I did manage to make a loaf of bread in the machine and a loaf of pumpkin bread for hubby but that is about it.

Today I have the retired teachers' meeting and luncheon. I couldn't go last month because of my town job but this one is only 5 miles away so it won't take much of the day.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a terrific Tuesday all.

Carol

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6/23/14 8:00 A

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Good morning, all. It's sunny and quite humid here already. Not a day for outdoor work, I think. Actually, I need to head to Wal-Mart after work to pick up some curtain rods so that I can get some curtains hung in the kitchen and dining room. Not sure yet what I'm going to do in the living room so I'm not going to worry about rods there yet. Seems like every rod I took down in this house was bent!

Once I get home, I think there will be enough to keep me busy for the rest of the afternoon. Karl wants to till a strip of land near the driveway to see if we can get it ready to be reseeded. It's where the dumpster sat for so long last Fall. They tore up the ground pretty badly in getting it out so now it needs to be reseeded. The mower just can't manage the ruts and it looks awful. I'd also like to put some flowers near the front of the house but I haven't quite figured out what would be best. Maybe I'll try some window boxes on the side of the railing. It needs something!

Time to head to work. Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Sunny and cool again this morning. I thought yesterday was perfect. We got in a short motorcycle ride before going to the cookout for his great-niece. I would rather have been riding all afternoon....oh well.

I need to return the pet parade costumes to the rental store today. The rest of my day will be spent on shelter paperwork or paperwork for my town job, depending on if I get the info from the town clerk that I need.

Hubby is helping out a former co-worker clean his garage this summer. He's quite old and frail and can't tackle much himself. He can only work a couple hours at a time, but that's okay. They wanted to have a yard sale this summer but hubby's thinking it won't get done that quickly. This guy is the old Vermonter type that never got rid of anything. As in bathroom fixtures still in the box that they were 'saving' for a camp or house someday. It will be a good experience for hubby as he will begin to understand how useless it is to save stuff (junk) for 'someday'.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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