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4/28/16 11:50 P

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Good evening, all. It was a long day for me but I'm finally heading to bed. Our meeting was a good one tonight with the largest attendance we've had in a long time! It seemed good to have so many voices around the tables. Losses lagged behind gains but I guess that's why we were all there! Congrats, Jean, on the no-gain meeting.

I didn't sleep well at all last night and spent a bit of time roaming around during the middle of the night. My shoulder was aching a lot and woke me up. I'm hoping that I'll be tired enough tonight to sleep through anything.

We got word today that hubby's uncle in Massachusetts is doing very poorly and is not expected to make it through the weekend. He has been declining for a while so it is not unexpected. My MIL headed down there right away as this is her brother.

Time to call it a day. I hope the travels are going well for Carol. Bev, I wouldn't feel guilty at all for staying away from SRD. Your family comes first!

Night, all.

Cheryl

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4/28/16 8:53 P

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Congratulations on the no-gain meeting Jean! I don't know how our chapter did because I didn't stay for the meeting. I did weigh in though and I had a loss. I think it was 1.6 but I'm not sure. That was a little better than my scale here showed but last week mine showed more than the chapter scale. For the two weeks combined my scale still showed more, but I won't complain as long as I am going in the right direction. I just need to continue in that direction!

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4/28/16 8:39 P

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Our raffle basket is completed, from our small chapter looks fine.
We had a great weigh in this week. Total lbs lost #8.
No gain meeting, we like that as it doesn't happen very often!

Has anyone tried the cauliflower pizza crust? If so what was your opinion?
Watching the baseball game so over and out friends.

Froggy Jean

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4/27/16 7:04 P

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I didn't see any snow at all in Brattleboro and by the time I got home last night we had just a couple of tiny patches here. I guess we had a dusting earlier in the day but it was gone by the time I got home. Yes, SRD will be here soon. I am not going, but I hope those who are enjoy it. I feel a little guilty because I think our chapter has a couple of division winners, but we have other things to do that weekend. Friday is Rodney's birthday so we were going to go away for the weekend after I get home from work, but it turns out the Apple Blossom Cotillion in Springfield is that Friday and Saturday. Since Camden is one of the young kids in it and this will be the last time he can participate since he will not be in Springfield schools after this school year we have to go. We plan to go to the Friday night show and then leave on Saturday morning. Last year I didn't go because Rodney had just gotten out of the hospital a few days before (and ended up back there a few days later) and was on IV antibiotics and getting nutrition through an IV at home. He is doing well this year, but I opted to spend his birthday with him this rather than spend it at SRD like I did for several years. Our chapter has been working on a basket too and from what I heard it should be fairly nice I think. I wasn't there when they first talked about the baskets so I never heard all the details- if each chapter was doing one or if chapters were bringing things to combine into baskets. I could have asked but since I wasn't going I figured it didn't matter.

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4/27/16 2:40 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's sunny here today but still quite cold. The snow from yesterday is all gone except for the higher elevations. I'm not sad to see it gone. Mother Nature's nasty joke!

I'm going to have a visit with a friend this afternoon. She and her husband used to live near here but they sold their property and have been living in their RV and touring the country for the past three years. They spend the winter in the southern tier and the summer in the northern parts. Last year, they were in NC for the summer and vowed that they wouldn't make that mistake again. They were very uncomfortable in that heat. This summer they will be in NH at a KOA campground, working in the office.

Jean, you're right. SRD is right around the corner. We have been working on putting our raffle basket together. It's a really nice one, I think, so I hope other chapters are putting in a good effort on theirs too.

This is the second time I've typed this message. Lately, my message seems to disappear when I'm only half-way through. Maybe it's a sign that I'm getting too long-winded! lol

Have a great day, all.

Cheryl

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4/27/16 9:18 A

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Snow still on the ground this Wednesday morning. I'm not impressed!! Lol

SRD coming up soon.

Everyone have a great day enjoy the sunshine.
Froggy Jean

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4/27/16 6:42 A

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Good morning ladies. Safe travels Carol! Bring some of that warm air and sunshine back with you! Actually it is supposed to get to the upper 50s/low 60s this weekend and be at least partly sunny, so it isn't sounding too bad.

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4/26/16 11:00 A

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Cool and rainy here today. I was going to go for a walk but it is not warm enough for my raincoat and I don't feel like getting wet so I am skipping the walk. The firefighters will be glad to see the rain though.
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4/26/16 7:58 A

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Morning all.

Hot, humid, sunny here...guess I won't be saying that much longer, will I? This morning it is 68. And 32 back home. That will take some getting used to!

Got most of the kitchen stuff packed yesterday. Just the fridge/freezer left to clean out. Then we need to pack up the desk top computer and that will be the end of the packing, I think.

Haircut and errands this morning, after walking. Then home to do a final housecleaning before packing the vacuum cleaner. Can't forget that!

We'll be on the road by this time tomorrow so you may not hear from me for a day or 2, depending on hotel Wi-Fi. It's usually weak, at best, especially once you get into any mountainous areas.

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

Carol

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4/24/16 11:18 A

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Good morning, all. It's sunny but very cold here this morning. We made an early trip to Lowe's to get some grass seed, mulch and a shed for the trash barrels and I thought I would freeze before we finished checking out! Of course, it was at the garden part of the store so technically it was outside. They were very slow getting help for us so I went to the truck where it was warmer. I'm not a big fan of that store. Seems like they never have enough help!

I think we're going to take a ride to the woods today. Matt offered to take me up the hill on a four-wheeler so I can see the new land they recently agreed to buy. I know I can't climb it without help but he figures he can get me at least half-way to the top and then maybe I can finish from there. I still don't do well on my feet for very long but, interestingly enough, as long as I'm moving, it seems to go better. We'll see if I can do it today. If I can, they tell me the trek is worth the view from the top.

Carol, sounds like you are getting close to starting the trip back north. I hope all goes well with your travels. Keep us posted on your progress.

Bev, I heard on the news that they had arrested someone for the arson fires. Isn't it sad that the culprit is a fireman? Seems like it happens all too often. The husband of one of my dear friends is a retired firefighter and I know they always tried to spot the ones that might be a concern before they hired them for the force. I guess some always sneak through though.

Looks like it's time to start some lunch. Have a great day.

Cheryl



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4/24/16 9:07 A

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Morning all.

Sunny and warm, 66 this morning, headed to the mid 80s, which is above normal, they are saying.

My niece was able to drive over from Orlando for a few hours yesterday so we had a nice visit. I found out she and her husband and son are coming to Vermont in October so we will get to see them all then. His family is from Franklin, so they will spend much of their time there, but I'm hoping they will stay with us for a night or 2, at least.

I've done most of my packing of clothing, now it is on to paperwork, then food, which will be last. Tonight friends have invited us to their house for dinner. I'm going to try to keep a couple of things on ice for the trip home so I don't have to throw it away or give it away. If it doesn't make it, I'll just have to throw it away there, I guess.

Well, time to start some laundry.

Have a wonderful Sunday all.

Carol

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4/23/16 8:12 P

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Yes, Carol, the Stoddard fire was arson and they arrested one of the volunteer firefighters for it. I saw that news shortly after I posted last night.

It was fairly nice here today, but pretty windy.


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Good afternoon, all. It's sunny, finally! Very cloudy this morning but the sun has come out and warmed things up a bit. I think we've finally hit the 50's today. I decided to head to Williston this morning to do a little shopping for Kate's baby shower next week. I've ordered something too but I'm not sure it will come in so I wanted to make sure I had something for her to open. Thank goodness she has a registry! I guess things have changed a lot since I had my kids, or maybe I'm just getting very old.

Other than that, there isn't really anything on my agenda today. I had thought of going to a program on making maple confections but I've seen it before and decided that the process probably hasn't changed. So, instead, I'm going to spend a bit of time this afternoon working on the baby blanket I've been making. It's nearly done so maybe it will be finished today if I can just stick with it.

Chris sent me a text earlier that he will be on the WPTZ news this evening. The Clarkson people are doing some green-up activities today, I guess, and he's quite active on the alumni council. Anyhow, we'll have to make sure we check it out.

Have a great day.

Cheryl

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4/23/16 7:25 A

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Morning all.

Congrats on the losses, ladies! Way to go!

I heard that Stoddard fire may have been arson. What a shame. A senseless tragedy to me.

The shopping trip was fun yesterday but I didn't buy anything. Got a few ideas at least, but that was it. I enjoyed looking at the antiques, but I'm certainly not in the market for antique furniture. I have 2 antique dressers at home I will have to get rid of at some point.

Dinner last night was a bit of a disappointment. They had raved about the rib-eye, which we split, but I had more gristle than meat on my half and his share wasn't much better. Oh well, we won't worry about getting back there next year.

We had a nice surprise last night when my niece called and said she is in Orlando on business for a few days. She lives in Vegas but travels a lot for her job with Polo Ralph Lauren. She is driving over today to spend a few hours with us, which will be fun. She'll be the first in our family to see our FL house, which will make my sisters jealous! Oh well.

Well, off to get the walking in early. Another hot day in store today.

Have a great Saturday all.

Carol

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4/22/16 7:55 P

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I also had a small loss last night, but I was disappointed because the scale here showed a lot better. I am pretty sure I had the scale here set where I was the last time I weighed in at TOPS and last night I was down by 1.75 from that number, but on the chapter scale I only had a loss of .4. I don't usually weigh the same here as I do on the chapter scale but whatever I do from one week to the next is usually the same- or within a 1/4 pound anyway, which I attribute to this scale weighing in 1/4 pound increments (and not being digital) and the chapter scale weighing in .2 increments and being digital. At least I did have a loss but I was looking forward to a much better one.

I think today was a much better day for fires around here. I didn't hear about as many and I think they said on tv tonight that the big one in Stoddard is now under control (but maybe not out yet). It is disturbing that they believe several of them have been set, including the one (or ones) in Stoddard.

We are headed to an open house at a mobile home place in Hoosick, NY tomorrow with Ed, Kim, and Camden. Other than that we have no big plans for the weekend so far, but I'm sure that will change.

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4/22/16 3:58 P

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Good afternoon, all. It has been a busy day for me. Maple Festival starts today so there are all kinds of fun things to see and do. I don't usually do very much but I do like to go to the craft show. I found a bracelet there that I just had to have. I also went to the open house where hubby works, not because I was interested in anything there but because he left his phone at home. while I was out, I ran into Matt and Halle a couple of times too. I tried to find some new sneakers but wasn't successful so I guess I will just order the same one I am now wearing. I know that one works for me.

I had a small loss last night. I was even the best loser! Actually, there were others who lost more but they didn't stay for the meeting so I got free dues for next week. QK did a short program on a farro salad and it was pretty good although most of us agreed that the feta cheese was just too salty and we would probably use much less if we made the salad for ourselves

Carol, I bet the members in your Florida chapter really enjoyed the maple sampling. It's not something that is readily available for them, I'm guessing, and it is horribly expensive down south when it can be found according to my brother. I have to ship three gallons to him and, even with the added shipping costs, it's still cheaper than he could get in NC. Last year, of course, we brought it to him when we went down for his son's wedding. No such plans this year and they have no plans to come north.

Our new neighbors have closed on the house and I saw a truck there this afternoon with some of their things. I don't think they will move in right away though as there is a lot of work to be done since the house was empty for about ten years. I can only imagine how much it has deteriorated. They're young though so they are willing to go through the turmoil.

Have a great day.

Cheryl

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4/21/16 9:54 A

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Morning all.

Temps in the low 80s again today but the humidity is coming back. This week has been nice summer back home, but today will feel more like late July, I think.

We went to a carpet place yesterday to get an idea on prices for carpets we need to replace in the living room and master bedroom. We brought home some samples and the guy is coming later this morning to do accurate measuring and then he can give us a price. It won't be until next winter that we do any of it, but we wanted to know what to expect well in advance. We will be checking with other places too, but probably not until we get back here.

My program on Vermont maple went pretty well yesterday at the meeting. I think the gals were happy to get a free sample. Of course, I won't be here next week to see how many of them have a gain!

Tonight is the last pot luck and I'm making a crockpot chicken dish to use up more of our frozen stuff. I'll probably end of giving much of it away when we clean everything out the day before we leave, but that's okay. I've got most of the meals planned for the next few days so it should work out okay.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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4/21/16 9:53 A

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Good morning, all. It has been very quiet on here for the past few days. I am guessing that Carol is perhaps getting started on the return trip. It's quite warm here today so maybe she won't miss the Florida weather quite so much.

My scales were looking okay this morning. Not great but better than last week. I think I might be able to squeeze out a small loss tonight. It definitely has been a bad stretch for me this winter. I'm almost back to my heaviest weight recorded. Not good at all! With the nicer weather, I am getting outside a little more and will perhaps be able to burn off a few more calories. Keeping my fingers crossed that the effort pays off.

This is Maple Festival weekend up here. We will probably not do anything special since Karl's work has open house Friday and Saturday. He will have to work those days. Sunday is the annual parade but we will probably not go to it unless the weather is especially nice. It's the 50th anniversary so I guess it's a little more special.

Bev, I saw a news article about the brush fires. It doesn't feel that dry up here but they are still saying the danger is high. Maybe the rain coming in tonight will help a bit.

Have a great day!

Cheryl



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4/21/16 6:34 A

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Good luck to anyone weighing in tonight. I don't think I will have as good of a loss as what I would have had two weeks ago if I had weighed in that night, but I should be down some tonight as long as I don't get crazy today.

Yesterday was warm, but the wind made it feel a lot cooler. I wore my jacket to walk even at lunch, although at times it was almost too warm then. In the morning I was tempted to zip it up when the wind was blowing, but without the wind it was nice. There have been a lot of brush fires around here lately, including a large one yesterday on the Springfield/Rockingham line. They said it started near the road and rapidly went up the hill into the woods and it was possibly caused by someone throwing a cigarette out. The only thing that makes you wonder about the cause is that they said there was another one reported a short distance from the first one while they were fighting the first one. Fortunately the second one didn't take off and had burned itself out before the fire crew even got there. Tomorrow it is supposed to rain, which is probably a good thing.

Rodney took Camden fishing yesterday. He really enjoyed it even though he didn't catch anything. They tried three places but had no luck at any of them.

Enjoy the sunshine and warm temps today! Our weather won't be quite as warm as where Carol is, but it should be pretty nice for April.

Bev

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4/18/16 2:21 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's starting to cloud over but it was a very nice morning with lots of sun and mild temps. I guess we're in for some rain later continuing overnight but that's okay. We haven't had any rain for a few days.

I'm watching the Boston Marathon live to see if I can see my niece when she crosses the finish line. She just passed the 35K mark. Not sure I can pick her out but I'll give it a try. Some of those runners give their all! They cross the finish line and just about fall over. Others are dropping down to kiss the finish line. lol Just found out that she has a stress fracture in one foot and is having a hard time but is still trying to finish. She just passed the 36K mark out of the total 42K. She is gutsy!

Matt is picking up another 70 acres of land adjoining the current tract. He has been working on this deal for a couple of years. The land is owned by a 90+ year old man who had to clear up some title issues first. Seems that there was an issue with another family member who claimed that she also owned it but he has been paying the taxes on the land for the past 40 years so I guess it's his. There is quite a bit of oak and pine that can be logged to help offset the cost a little but it probably won't happen for another couple of years. Eventually, it will add another 3,000 taps more or less.

Jess called a few minutes ago with the news that one of her cats apparently spent the night outside. She went home at noon to get her insurance card for a doctor's appointment and noticed that he hadn't eaten today. She started investigating and couldn't find him anywhere in the house. She called her husband and he was coming home to help her look but Jess found him under a shed in the back yard. Now he wants to stay outside and be an outdoor cat!! He is really pretty timid so wanting to be outside where there are foxes and other critters is not a good idea!

I think I will head outside and do some scraping on the trim around the garage. There isn't a lot of paint left there so it should be easy. Looks like we'll be doing a bit of touch-up work this summer.

Have a great day.

Cheryl



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4/18/16 8:31 A

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Morning all.
Sunny and 62 here this morning, headed to 82 today.

We did take a test drive in the golf cart yesterday but decided against buying it. We'll probably wish we had, but the guy's attitude was uncooperative and rather snotty, actually. We would have had to arrange for someone to come over once a month a drive it to recharge the batteries or whatever it needs for them, which we didn't really want to do.
It's not like we need it to take it home and use it, so we opted to put off looking until we come back next Fall.

We had friends over for pot roast and they didn't leave until after 8. I was in bed by 9:30 and slept (finally) most of the night. I feel caught up, if there is such a thing, at least for today.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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4/16/16 9:28 P

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Good evening, all. It has been a long day. We left here about 7:15 this morning. Arrived in Manchester about three hours later. Had a nice visit with the cousin we went to see. She was having a very good day and seemed to enjoy our visit. She says it's nearly time to "go home" so I suspect this may be the last time we see her. She has severe angina and would just as soon go peacefully rather than fighting it. We left there after about 90 minutes and found our favorite little sandwich shop in Warner NH on our way home. We found it quite by accident a few years ago and have tried to stop there whenever we are in the area. We had to go to the sugar house on our way home to help Matt with the last boil of the season. Karl wanted to make sure we went to church tonight since he hates to go on Sunday so we left in time to go to the church where I work. Finally made it back to our house about 8:30. I can guarantee you that it didn't take long for me to get into my night clothes!

Carol, the golf cart sounds like a great way to get around. I hope you can find a used one in decent condition at a reasonable price.

We have no plans for tomorrow so I think it will be a good day to start puttering around outside.

Good night.

Cheryl

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My cousin lives in Florida year round (near Fort Myers) and they found a used golf cart that they use to tour around the development where they are. She nicknamed it Little Hazel after her mother Hazel (my dad's sister), who passed away several years ago.

Rodney and his brother were discussing their plan to go to Florida this summer and it looks like it will be late July or even early August before they can go. Rodney got a call to schedule his next followup with his surgeon and that was supposed to be late June or early July, so he made the appointment for July 11th, thinking they might be going to Florida in late June after his brother is done with the school year. His brother told him today he has to be there until late in June and then he and his wife are going to Kentucky in July (I think from the 8th to the 16th) to visit their daughter, so there won't be time to go to FL between when he gets out of school and when they leave for KY. They want to plan on two weeks since it will be four days of driving (two days each way). That should leave enough time to do the things that need to be done and maybe a few days of R & R.

Today we went with Ed to look at a used double wide that he and Kim were thinking about. They had seen it briefly once before but in looking it over closer today it needs more work than he at first realized so I don't think he is going to try to buy it. Tomorrow we are going to look at a new one that they previously looked at and then next weekend we will go to an open house at another place that he and Kim went to previously. After we looked at the double wide we went to White River and visited the in-laws and then to some friends who wanted new lights put in their kitchen. That turned out to be a bigger job than Rodney was expecting and he was exhausted by the time he finished.

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Good afternoon all.
Warm and breezy here. Feels like it could whip up a storm at any minute.

Yesterday was packed full of errands, but we really got a good number of things crossed off the list. We picked up the buffet / server that goes with my dining room set that was backordered for 2 months. Finally. Today we had a piece of glass cut for the top to protect it from scratches. It is not really for dinner plates or serving pieces, but will serve as a place to put keys, etc., in the entryway that is next to the dining table. I need to get a couple of baskets to place into the openings but I'll put some plexiglass under those to protect the surface under the baskets. I'm sure sliding baskets in and out would no doubt cause scratches. It has 2 doors that open to a space with a shelf which we'll fill, I'm sure; alsot a crossed piece designed for wine bottles which we won't use, but that piece is removable so eventually we'll find a basket or something decorative for that spot.

We have also been looking at used golf carts in the area. We don't golf, but it would be handy for getting around the development, going to Dollar General and Ace Hardware, to the pool, pot lucks, etc. I can't believe how expensive the new ones are. I saw one for $11,000 in one showroom. That is more than the price of a small car!

Well, laundry is calling my name. If I don't fold it, it won't get done. Funny thing about that.....

Have a great day all.

Carol



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Good afternoon, all. Yes, Bev, it does seem like this has been a longer than usual season this year. We boiled this morning and he plans to boil once more tomorrow evening and then that will be it for the year. He has is working on barrel 61 so this has been a very good year for him. I know he is quite pleased.

After getting back here, I decided it was warm enough to open the house and let some of the beautiful day inside. Of course, I spent most of it in my bedroom changing over the closet and drawers. I have most of it done but I know that there is one more container of clothes somewhere because my dresses and skirts are missing. While I was getting things out, I went through them and decided that there a several items that will go to the church rummage sale. If I haven't worn it in a while, it's going.

Tomorrow we are going to Manchester NH to visit an elderly family member who is not doing very well. She is in a nursing home and has said she is ready to die. She's almost 96 so I guess she must know whether or not she is ready. She is a very special cousin to us as she took care of the kids when they were very small and has always thought of them as her nephews and niece.

Not much else for news from here. Hope you all are enjoying this gorgeous day!

Cheryl

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It seems like it has been a longer than usual sugaring season this year, but maybe it really wasn't. It started early for some and then there was a break before it started up again so maybe that made it seem longer than it really was.

Well, we finally have insurance on the house in Florida, although the coverage is not as good as we would have liked. It seems that all the insurance companies have decided they won't offer coverage on a house that does not have central air. I guess they figure there is too much of a risk of mold and mildew due to the humidity if you don't have central air. Even with an inspection we would have run into that problem apparently, so we had to go with a surplus lines policy. Those tend to be a bit more expensive and cover less than a conventional policy would, but they will cover properties that the regular companies won't. We will probably have to get a quote on installing central air once we get down there and see if we can afford it or not. The company didn't require an inspection, just a photo of the outside, and the agent was going to send someone to get a photo of it. Rodney said she seemed pretty helpful so we will likely stick with that agency even if we do put in central air so we can get standard coverage.

Cheryl, I don't blame you for thinking about giving up the other job. I will only work part-time after I retire if I have to in order to make ends meet, but as long as I can pay the bills I value the free time more than the extra income. Maybe I'm just lazy!

We did not have a TOPS meeting last night. Several of the officers were on vacation this week so I guess they decided not to try to have a meeting.

TGIF! Have a great day everyone!

Bev

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Good evening, all. It was as I expected at weigh-in tonight. Another gain. This is getting so discouraging. Definitely, this week I will be recording my food to see if that helps. It did when I did it before.

Work was very slow again today so I spent some time updating the documents that I prepared for anyone having to do the various tasks in my office. I'm thinking more and more seriously of retiring from this job before much longer. Not that I dislike it. I'm just thinking that maybe I might like to be fully retired. We'll see how that goes.

I thought I was going to be finished with PT today but I was wrong. She did send a note to the orthopedic office but they didn't do anything with it. I'll call them tomorrow to arrange the x-ray and cervical evaluation that she is recommending. But I will also go for one treatment next week and one the week after. She is still doing ultrasound in the area of my neck and shoulder and today she added some traction exercises. That didn't feel wonderful at all! I hope they figure this out soon.

Tomorrow is another day for boiling at the sugarhouse. I think this may be the last one, or nearly so anyhow. The temps are not going to be cold enough at night, and days are very warm. Today it hit 50 but it should freeze tonight. Last time probably. It's time for spring!

Hope you had a good day.

Cheryl

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Good morning all.

A bit overcast here this morning, 61, headed to 80 today. It rained overnight and more is expected the next 3 days, but I don't think anyone is complaining. It never seems to rain all day here, like we get back home....and that is fine with me.

Bev, I think he likes being 'the guy' here, more so than back home, where it used to be mostly family that took advantage sometimes of his abilities. He truly enjoys helping people, especially those who don't know which end of the hammer to pick up, and there are some of those here, especially. I won't say it doesn't interfere with things we need to do for ourselves, though, because it often does. He's getting better at saying he doesn't have time to do some things for folks, but at the same time, he wants to be able to make a little extra cash here and there for himself. He's talked about getting a part-time job here next winter, but we'll see how that works out.

We did get some errands done yesterday. One of his docs at DHMC sent a prescription to the wrong WalMart here so we had a half-hour drive to go get that. They would have transferred it to the proper (closer) one but it can only be done once, since it's a controlled substance, I guess...and then couldn't be transferred back home for the summer. Too complicated, if you ask me. We'll get it straightened out when we get home.

We had dinner with friends who'd been asking us for weeks to go to Manny's Chop House, the place we went for my birthday. Everyone had steak but me, I opted for chicken, since my tooth might have been a problem for the steak.

Today we are expecting to meet with a guy who will do landscape maintenance for us while we are gone, trimming, raking, etc. The lawns get mowed as part of the HOA fee, so we don't have to pay for that.

Tonight is pot luck so I'm making two-corn casserole. Still trying to use up some food that I don't want to have to take home.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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Good afternoon, all. It's finally looking more like Spring although the temps are still only in the 40's. I broke down today and put on my sandals...but I wore socks with them! Actually, I had a pedicure scheduled for after work so I knew my regular shoes weren't going to work for me. It's still a bit early to plan on wearing them on a regular basis but it did feel good anyhow.

It was kind of a quiet day at work. Not many things to do so I found myself doing busy stuff for about an hour. I really would rather be very busy as it makes the time go faster.

Looks like good sugaring weather this week but then that will surely be the end of the season. Freezing temps predicted for the next couple of days and then way too warm for any more sap flow. It's time. The stuff we boiled last night smelled okay but it didn't have as good a flavor as the earlier syrup. It doesn't taste like the trees have budded yet though. Next week the schools are on vacation so it's likely that Matt will have Halle in the woods with him, pulling taps. She is very good about helping him in the woods. I'm not sure if she realizes that this business will be hers some day but she is learning all aspects of it from a very young age. She was born at the start of sugaring season and he used to put her in an infant backpack and take her in the woods with him when it was time to tap so she has definitely been exposed to it from birth.

Not much else on the agenda for today. I think it's okay if I just put my feet up until supper. Have a good day.

Cheryl

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I heard about the new study but I didn't really read much about it. I use real maple syrup sometimes but we use mostly the Maple Grove sugar free syrup because of Rodney being diabetic. I have gotten so used to it that the real thing is too sweet for me on pancakes but I do like it on vanilla ice cream- not that I should be eating that!

It was raining here this morning but it did clear off and was partly sunny this afternoon. I didn't get a chance to enjoy it though. I had an appointment with the audiologist this morning to discuss hearing aid options. I ran a couple of errands before I came back home, and then made a couple of phone calls after I got back- one to cancel our previous insurance and one to tell Irving to come pick up their propane tank since we switched to the company Ed works for now. I left around 11:45 so I would be at work by 12:30 so I only had to use a half day of vacation time. My next step is an appointment with the ENT doctor on May 12th in the morning and another meeting with the VocRehab lady in the afternoon (I guess I will take that entire day off). After that meeting my hearing aids should get ordered and I will find out that day exactly how much they will cost me. A pair of the ones the audiologist suggested would be $5000 at full retail price for the mid-grade ones or $6400 for the premium ones, but she talked like I might get them through Voc Rehab for between $2000 and $3000 for the mid-grade ones. I might get them in time for my birthday!

Carol, does your hubby ever get tired of being "the guy"? Rodney has always been like that- the one everyone comes to when they need help with any kind of a project. Most of the time I think he enjoyed it, but there were times when it felt like he was doing something for someone else all the time and we never had time to do things we wanted to do. A few times he said he was tired of being "the guy" for everyone. I think Ed is going to be the same way because he seems to have the same ability to do a lot that Rodney has.

We might have found a company that will insure the Florida house without an inspection first. We got a quote back today from an agent that says that company does not require an inspection. We just need to check with them tomorrow and find out more details of what is covered and what isn't to make sure it gives us the coverage we want. It is slightly higher than a couple of other quotes we got, but those require inspections. This one is not way out of range (about $200 higher), so as long as it covers what it needs to I think we should just go with it for this year and then we can have an inspection done next year and switch to another company if we want to.

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Good afternoon all.
81 here now. They said it would get to 86 but I don't think it will. This is plenty warm. The dewpoint is 61 so it's a bit sticky but not unbearable.

I got up and made hubby some pumpkin spice muffins for breakfast. Then I took some to the lady across the street. She is over 90 and was in the hospital last week for a few days so I thought she could use some cheering. She is very appreciative, a fine southern lady, really. She keeps asking when we are leaving and when we are coming back. She is experiencing memory issues but she's fairly with it most of the time.

Hubby spent most of today helping yet another friend with plumbing. They bought a villa for renting out and he (the owner) knows zilch about handyman stuff. A villa here is in a long building of about 4 or 6 houses attached, (all under one roof), single floor, limited space. Just enough for one or 2 people. Most don't have garages, some have carports (this one does) which is all many folks need here anyway. I think this one is around 1000 square feet, and it needs carpet and painting inside desperately, if you ask me. But they got a good deal, I guess, and have a friend already signed up to rent it starting this summer.

Cheryl, I took your advice and googled maple and Alzheimers'...didn't realize there was a recent study touting the benefits but that's a good thing for Vermonters, I guess! It is hard to promote it at a TOPS meeting but I'll do my best. They'll each get a sample anyway, so they will be happy, I'm sure. I've got another week to prepare.

Well, time to think about some dinner.

Have a great evening all.

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Good morning, all. It's another rainy day here and the temps are kind of chilly. Had a dental appointment first thing and then did the groceries so I think I'm done with the weather until later this evening. Matt is planning to boil tonight so I suspect we will head down there to help him. With the laundry to get done, I think staying inside is the order of the day.

My therapist and I talked yesterday about the direction to take from here. She agrees that the progress hasn't been significant so she is reporting back to the PA exactly that. She is going to recommend that I see another doctor who specializes in neck and spinal issues as she feels that the problem I'm having is likely tied to the neck area. We are hoping to hear back by my appointment on Thursday so that we'll know how to proceed.

Carol, with any luck, maybe the temps will be more bearable by the time you get back here. It's supposed to hit the high 60's by the weekend. Sounds good to me!

Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Good afternoon all.
Another breezy, warm, sunny day here. I know it will be hard to adjust to the colder temps when we get home but we will just have to do it.

I ended up doing housework today as it just didn't get done yesterday. We took the motorcycle out for a ride and ended up at the mall. He had wanted to buy some new shorts and I found a blouse on the clearance rack. I should have realized sooner that I need some new walking shorts too, but maybe we'll get back there later in the week.

Today he is installing a storm door for a friend. Then another friend has some plumbing stuff they need him for. Hopefully that will be finished this week so he'll be done working and can enjoy some down time before we go back.

I heard Vermont had a good maple season overall. Kind of odd, because of the weather and all, but it's a good thing.

Well, time to think about dinner.
Have a great night all.

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Good morning, all. It was another snowy morning here but it stopped early and turned to rain. Looks like a very gray day in store. They're saying this may go back to snow again this evening. But, after tomorrow, the temps are going to be more spring-like and snow should be out of the forecast for good!

We had a very quiet weekend. No boiling after Friday night's episode. The sap coming in now looks very cloudy so that's probably the end of the season. It's time for it to be done.

Tonight we will go to finish our taxes. Looks like we made out well in terms of refunds. It might make sense to have less taken out during the year but the interest rates are so low it's probably not worth the trouble of changing the withholding. I would like to take this money and have a nice vacation.

Another PT appointment this afternoon and then one more on Thursday and I think I am going to call it quits. The little relief that I get is only temporary so I think the report going back to the orthopedist will reflect that. Not sure where we will go from here.

Almost quitting time. Have a great day all.

Cheryl

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Good afternoon all.

A perfectly gorgeous day here, 70 or 72 by now, sunny, breezy, no humidity. Wish I could send some your way, ladies, really I do!! It's nice to open the new windows and let the breeze through!

I worked outdoors weeding this morning, and hubby is trying to finish up some outdoor work as well. It will return to the 80s by Monday so this is a good time for it. We'll add the mulch to the flower bed that I weeded, but we're not going to plan anything until the Fall.

He's got a few more things to do to the bathroom before it's done with for the season. We need to go back to the tile store one more time and get an estimate there, as well as bring the contractor back in for his estimate on the labor. Hopefully we can sell a few more toys this summer to help pay for all this.

Well, time to put the clean linen back on the bed. A day like this is when I miss my clothesline!

Have a great day all.

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Good morning, all. It's a sunny day now but we've had another dusting of snow overnight. I have officially put away the snowman/snowflake earrings and the winter socks. Time for this winter stuff to disappear!

We helped Matt boil last night but it was a fairly short boil Only about one barrel (40 gallons). It's looking like the season may be coming to an end for him very soon. We had some problems last night and the syrup he made didn't have the nice flavor that it has had the rest of the season. Many places in the area have already finished their seasons so I guess anything he gets now is bonus.

Today, I'm washing curtains and cleaning our bedroom. I'd like to say that I'm doing a thorough cleaning but really it's only a lick and a promise since he wants to replace the ceiling and paint in there. I can't see doing the whole "spring cleaning" thing until he gets that done. I'm hoping he wants to tackle that soon but I'm sure it won't be for another month at least.

That's about it from here. No other plans for the weekend so I guess it will just be a time to putter and take care of smaller things. Have a great day.

Cheryl

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I heard that our chapter only had a weigh-in last night but I didn't hear how they did. I also heard there will be no meeting next week because most of the officers will be away. I guess I will have to try to be really careful for two more weeks so that when I go back I will still be down from my last weigh-in. This weekend won't be easy because we are going out to eat with friends tomorrow and then Ed and Kim will be here on Sunday and she promised Rodney that she would make him lasagna.

I had my meeting with the Voc Rehab lady today. I don't know how much of a discount I will get on my hearing aids but she did tell me that I would qualify to buy them at contract pricing, which in her words is a "significant discount". She said it is possible they might offer some financial help as well but she couldn't say for sure. I go next week to see the audiologist again to discuss the various types and what she feels will be best for my hearing loss. After that she will set me up with an appointment with the ENT to check my ears and give a "medical clearance" for hearing aids. I will meet with the Voc Rehab lady again on May 12th and she said at that meeting she should be able to tell me what they can offer me in the way of help and we will actually order the hearing aids, but that it will take a while for them to come in, so it sounds like it will be a couple of months or more before I actually get them. If they save me money I guess it is worth the wait.

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Good morning, all. It's another snowy morning here although it appears to be quickly changing over to rain. I'm okay with that. I have an appointment in Essex Jct. at 1:00 and I would rather drive on roads that were only wet instead of snowy. You're right, Bev, this is our payback for the sunshine we had on Monday while you had snow.

Other than my appointments today, I don't have any real plans until later. Matt will be boiling this evening since he has today off so we'll head down there after Karl gets home from work. He will probably have a crowd down there but I enjoy the dynamics. Karl isn't as comfortable when there are a lot of people but as long as he has something to do, he's okay with being there. Matt lets him take over the boil for the most part so I think he understands that Karl needs to have something to do.

Our weigh-in wasn't great last night. We had a slight gain for the chapter. I didn't weigh in because I knew that I would only add to the gains. Maybe this week will be better since I'm not taking Advil at this point. My shoulder/neck area is still uncomfortable but it's not as severe as it was. With any luck, next week's PT appointments will be the last.

Have a great day.

Cheryl

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I didn't go to TOPS tonight but my scale here was showing a pretty decent loss. I tried hard to watch the snacking this week and I didn't have ice cream as often (I wouldn't have had it at all if hubby didn't buy me more last week). I am not sure if that was enough to make the difference or if last week's large gain was just a temporary one and I was back to normal this week. I need to keep doing the same thing and see if I can lose a little more before next week. I had planned to go to the meeting tonight but when I walked in the house tonight there was a strong propane odor. Rodney said he couldn't even smell it but I thought it was quite strong. Apparently somehow one of the burners on the stove had not been turned all the way off and was allowing a bit of propane to escape. Ed had been here this afternoon with a co-worker to install a new tank because we are changing to the company he now works for, and he discovered the issue with the stove. I called him to ask him if he thought the smell was likely just left from that or if we might have a leak somewhere else on the stove. He told me it was most likely just left from earlier but he told me to open a door or window so the propane could dissipate and then let him know if the smell came back after I closed the door or window. Since Rodney couldn't smell it anyway I couldn't leave it up to him to close the house back up once the smell was gone, so I stayed home to monitor it. I think Ed was right because we have only a faint smell now. I didn't leave the door open until it was completely gone because it was getting cool in here.

We still haven't found a company to insure the house in Florida without us being there to allow them to do an inside inspection, but at least I was able to get liability on it extended from our policy here. I switched companies and then had them add on the liability for the FL house. We had planned to switch in a couple of weeks when our policy was due to renew. Rodney has several other companies that are supposed to be looking into whether they can offer coverage. If not, we may just have to take our chances until this summer when Rodney and his brother can take a trip down.

Cheryl, I heard on TV this morning that you were getting snow. I guess it was your turn- we had it on Monday and I think you said you had sunshine that day!

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Good afternoon, all. It was a white morning here. We got about 3" of wet snow overnight. That's more than we've had most of the winter! It is gradually melting as the temps climb into the upper 40's and then we're supposed to get a lot of rain tonight. I went out this morning and packed up a zip-lock bag of snow so that we can have sugar on snow this weekend. Hubby doesn't care for it but I love it!!!

Carol, the program on maple is a good idea. Don't forget to mention the new studies that find it to be a good way to prevent Alzheimer's. I haven't read the studies but it sounds like a great idea.

Bev, congratulations on buying the Florida house. Gee, pretty soon I'll be the only one of us spending winters in the north. Hubby won't ever want to go south for the winter even though he hates the cold. His sister just sold her house in Florida because she said they didn't spend enough time down there to make it worth it to keep it. Actually, I think they kept it this long for a couple of reasons. My MIL wanted to be able to go there for the winter but her health issues have put a stop to that. Also, they used Florida as their legal address because they got tax benefits.

Scales are still awful this week so I guess it will be another disappointing weigh-in. I've taken a lot of Advil so I'm sure that didn't help but there are other things I could have been doing but didn't so I'll shoulder the blame.

Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Good afternoon all.
Sunny and warm this afternoon, after a showery start to the day. Some areas had high winds with roof and tree damage in the Sarasota area I think, but we didn't get any of that, thankfully.

The inspector from the city would not sign off on the windows since he didn't think they had enough screws in them. So the crew came back for over 2 hours this morning to finish up. They apparently forgot one window and the inspector came back, and wouldn't you know, that was the first window he checked, so again we have to have the inspector back to look. It never ends.


Went to dinner last with our friend from Virginia who is down for a few days with another pilot friend. He is retired now but volunteers for the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum one day a week as a docent, giving tours and such. He had a friend, also a pilot, with him, who had some great stories to tell.

I've been gathering information on the internet about maple this morning because I volunteered to do a program at my TOPS chapter here before we go back. I want to give them all a sample, so they'll get one of those little 1.4 ounce bottles we brought with us. Interesting reading, even if we Vermonters are a bit prejudiced. Cheryl, Joyce would be proud of me for doing this, I'm sure!

Well, time to get out the vac and clean up a bit from the window guys.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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Good luck with the inserts Cheryl. I hope they help a lot. Even though you have had some issues I would think it would be better now than before you had the hip done.

That is what we always say about Rodney's situation. He is no where near the way he was before he got sick, but he is alive and doing quite well, so we are thankful for the surgeries that he had. Everyone who has the Whipple refers to the "new normal" of life after the surgery. Very few ever return to the way they were before, but many manage to have a pretty good quality of life for several years. His bloodwork from earlier this week was mostly good and nothing was really alarming. One of his liver numbers was elevated some but not nearly as much as it was for a while. His tumor marker is still elevated but down from 114 to 79 (under 37 is considered normal) so that was not alarming either. He has not heard any results of his CT scan yet, but I don't expect anything alarming to show up.

Today was the day the papers got signed so we are now the owners of a home in Port Charlotte. We have already encountered one issue, but we will figure something out. I called the insurance agent that they had coverage through and the guy was giving me a line of bull about not being able to cover it without doing an inspection- both inside and out. I explained to him that we were in Vermont so an interior inspection was impossible and that they had inspected the house last year, but he insisted he couldn't cover us. Tonight we have been looking online for places to get insurance quotes. If necessary I should be able to have our current insurance company extend liability coverage until we can find a company to cover the property. Rodney and his brother might go down for a couple of weeks this summer (after school is out so his brother isn't working), but I wouldn't be comfortable with him driving that distance alone yet so I don't know how an inside inspection can take place right away.

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Good afternoon, all. It was a busy day at work today but I liked it. It made the time pass quickly. Since Confirmation was last night, I had lots of things to record in several different places. It all takes a bit of time. It was also the day for paying bills and posting donations. By the time I got through everything, it was time to go home. Nice!

Just finished a bit of TOPS paperwork. With our weight recorder in Florida, I'm filling in so there are a few things that needed attention. I'm not fond of doing the dual role but Joyce G. and I are the only other ones trained for the weight room and she has been filling in for the Asst. Weight Recorder whose husband has been going through a lot of medical issues. I do hope everyone gets back to their jobs soon!

One year ago today I got my new hip. It has made a big difference but I can't say that it has been pain free. With the difference in lengths of my legs now, I am having some issues. On Friday I will get some inserts to even up the lengths and then I hope the walking will be easier.

Have a great day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

64 and sunny here this morning. Another 80+ day in store. I checked temps back home and it said 8. Doesn't make me want to be there, I'll admit.

I forgot to mention the attic insulation people arrived at 7:20 yesterday morning to do the job. Yup, unlike some southern business folks they were early instead of late. They were done within an hour, too, but left more of a mess. It took me all afternoon to clean up from the windows and insulation mess but it sure looks better in here now. This morning the mower crew came back to do some trimming and blowing that they didn't get to yesterday, the usual day, before 7:30 but they didn't stick around too long.

Congrats on the house purchase, Bev! It IS exciting, and you have inside knowledge of what has been done or needs to be done, unlike our situation. The lady we bought from, for example, said the exterior garage lights never worked. Well, there were no bulbs....and that's why they didn't work. Her dementia was the reason she had to move out, but fortunately she did keep records of most everything they did over the years.

We have a friend who flew down for the Fun 'n Sun aviation event this week, so we are trying to plan a dinner out before he goes back tomorrow. He is a classmate of my hubby, whom we only see about once every 5 years. The event is too pricey for us, $37 each, plus parking, so although it would be a fun day (it's at the airport), it's not in our budget to attend.


Well, off to hit the shower before TOPS.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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It was not quite as cold as yesterday and we had sun today, but it still wasn't all that warm. In fact it was pretty cold when I walked at break this morning. It didn't seem as bad when I went out at lunch but I was not out in it for very long. I had to run to the credit union to get a check for the in-laws so I spent most of my lunch break either in the car or inside. In the next couple of days the papers should be signed and we will own the house in Florida. Obviously we are kind of excited about it.

I agree that it is sad when people have to give up their homes because of health issues. That is the reason the in-laws are selling their house, so we have mixed feelings about it. We are happy to have the chance to buy it, but not happy about the reason they are selling it.

Cheryl, I hope the physical therapy starts to work better for you.

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Good afternoon all.
Warm, sunny, breezy here today, headed to the low 80s again, I think.

I started the cleaning this morning but company interrupted me/us, so I didn't get too far. Then we walked and had lunch, so I'll be back at it soon enough.
Cheryl, you are right, the dust never ends when you have projects. This is a block house stucco exterior and the last window had a great deal of that concrete that had to be cleared away to replace it. What a mess concrete dust is, on top of any sheetrock dust. Don't think there's a square inch in here not covered in something that needs cleaning up. He is reinstalling the blinds that had to be taken down and washing the windows too, so that chore will be done.

We bumped into a realtor friend while on our walk, who took us through a house for sale down the street. It is gorgeous inside, like something you'd see in a magazine. They are selling because he has Parkinson's and they have already moved back north. So sad, really.

Well, back to work for me.

Have a great day all.

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Good morning, all. It's sunny but very cold this morning. It's only 23 by my thermometer. Brrr! I've already been out to do the groceries and one other stop to enter a contest at the newspaper office. Keeping my fingers crossed that maybe I might win one of the nicer prizes but I'm never that lucky.

We never got any snow yesterday and I'm happy for that. Seems like Mother Nature is kind of mixed up this year. Relatively no winter weather until Spring. Go figure!

Carol, I'm sure you will enjoy the new windows. It may take a while to clean up the mess though. Inevitably, when we do some remodeling, we find little pockets of dust for weeks afterwards.

Laundry is in the process and I think I'm going to tackle some cleaning in the bedroom. I'd like to switch over the closet but it might be a bit premature, given the weather we're having lately. I think it's safe enough to put away the extra blankets though. And there's always cleaning to be done so I think I will stay busy enough today.

My PT appointment didn't go very well yesterday. Seems like we make progress in one area only to have another area become irritated. Yesterday, she did a wonderful massage of my neck and shoulder only to have a joint in my shoulder become very sensitive. She has taped it to offer some additional support but so far it is still fairly uncomfortable. It's very discouraging. I had thought it would be my last appointment yesterday but now we've booked three more appointments. This has gone on for a long time!

My Red Sox game was postponed yesterday due to extreme cold in Cleveland so they're scheduled for this afternoon. I guess I know what I'll be doing.

Have a good day.

Cheryl


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I think we ended up with something like 4 inches of snow today, but my drive to and from work was not too bad. This morning the roads were mostly just wet, so other than when someone felt the need to pass it wasn't bad. I was afraid it might be nasty coming home but the roads were just wet then as well. It had pretty much stopped snowing by the time I left work but it had snowed most of the day so I am surprised the roads were as clear as they were this evening. It sounds like we have a few more days of wintry weather but hopefully this will be the end of it.

Carol, I bet you are glad to have the windows done. Dust is something we always have plenty of here even without any construction going on. The house we are buying has a big room built on the back that has vinyl windows. I have no idea how much they cost, but my father-in-law says he usually had to replace some every 5 or 6 years. He told us we will probably need to replace some next year, which was the reason why he didn't add on the cost of the sewer line he had put in this winter.

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Good evening all.
What a long day. The windows people arrived at 8:30, put in the two smaller side windows, and waited most of the rest of the day for the big window, with the half-circle top, to arrive. Finally, after numerous phone calls to the truck driver it got here around 2:45. They never left until 5:30, so I'm sure they were glad to get out of here too. Meanwhile, there was a gaping hole letting in who knows what for insects! I was on lizard watch while no one was around to scare them off. Sure didn't want one of those things in my living room.

There is a lot more dust, it seems, involved with this last set so we have our work cut out for us tomorrow.

Well, time to find the love seat and put my feet up.

Have a great night all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's a sunny day here but really cold! I had to dig out my winter jacket again. No snow though so that's a plus.

Encountered my first glitch of the day when I got to work. I couldn't get into the account for payroll so that I could retrieve the reports for filing. After a phone call to the company and resetting some passwords, I was able to get in and accomplish the necessary tasks. Not a great way to start a Monday. It seems to have been the only glitch so far so I guess I'm lucky on that.

I got on the scales this morning and they are horrible! I have my work cut out for me this week, for sure. All this sitting around is really taking a toll. Advil has been my friend this weekend but it sure does mess me up. I think I need to keep a food journal again to get back on track. I hate doing it but it does work for me.

Red Sox baseball season starts today so that will be fun for me. Hubby isn't interested too much but he will find things to watch on the other TV. Actually, I will miss some of the first game since we have an appointment for our taxes today. We always have to wait until our son's taxes are done since we have to file a form based on the income from the sugaring business. Our small investment hasn't paid us anything yet but we still have to keep track of it. We also got a letter from the state saying that we never cashed our refund check from 2014. That was just when we were moving so I figure it must have been lost in the shuffle. They will reissue the check for us and I know it will be cashed this time!

Have a great day!

Cheryl

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We had just a dusting of snow overnight- less than an inch but enough to turn everything white. Once the sun came out it melted it. We went to visit the in-laws today and it was snowing off and on while we were there but there was not enough to cover the ground. We could see snow off in the distance a couple of places on our way home but all we encountered was just flurries.

Congrats to your daughter Cheryl. She should be very proud of her accomplishment.

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Good afternoon, all. It has been kind of a quiet day here. We went to Sam's Club this morning, had a late lunch and then haven't accomplished a single thing since then. My shoulder is really hurting a lot this weekend so I'm not inclined to do much except sit with some heat on it. I haven't even dared to knit. I'll be going for another PT appointment tomorrow and I think I'll see what she can pass along to the ortho doctor. I don't have another appointment with him yet but I think I'll be needing one.

Our daughter ran a half-marathon today in Syracuse and she said she ran through snow, slush and hail. This was her first half-marathon and, even though she prefers cooler weather for running, this was a bit much. She sounded very proud of herself for having run the whole way without having to walk through any of it. Afterward, she said her legs felt like cooked spaghetti! She will probably feel it even more tomorrow.

We haven't had any snow yet but the wind has been fierce. It will not surprise me if we wake up to a little white stuff tomorrow. Temps today are only in the 20's. But, on a positive note, I bought a couple of blue hydrangeas today to plant once the weather warms up enough to do so.

Have a great day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Sunny and cooler here this morning than in recent days, around 55, but headed to the mid-70s. Looks like the northeast is in for a storm, but we have no snow on the ground back home. Hope the high winds don't take down power lines, though.

I didn't accomplish anything yesterday! Oh, maybe a little laundry and vacuuming, but not much else. He worked so hard with the bathroom project. The jackhammer he rented wasn't as noisy as I expected but it did the trick. Very dusty, though.

Cheryl, my niece had similar 'flooding' issues a week or 2 ago. They woke up at 1:30 in the morning to water pouring into their basement window because of all the rain. I guess it took several days to take care of all that water. She had to move her crafts to an upstairs room and I think they had some wiring problems too. What a mess.

He has more plumbing stuff to do today in the bathroom before he can repour the concrete floor. Other than that he is hoping for an easier day than yesterday.

Well, off to start the cleaning.

Have a great Sunday all.

Carol

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We didn't accomplish a lot today, but we did get haircuts and got the oil changed in my car as well as did the little bit of shopping we needed to do this weekend. We did get the check we have been waiting for but decided to wait until Monday to get it into our account. Rodney has to go to Mt Ascutney Hospital on Monday for bloodwork, but after that he can drive over to Rutland and deposit the check there and find out how long we need to wait before we can get a bank check for the in-laws. I'm not sure what is on our agenda for tomorrow. He mentioned going up to visit the in-laws so we probably might end up doing that. I am going to spend a little bit of time this evening starting to reorganize my kitchen cupboards. They need it! I suspect I will end up getting rid of some stuff I never use and hopefully make better use of the cabinets so I can get some things off my countertop. That's the plan anyway.

Cheryl, I don't envy your son and their cleaning up project. We had to do that at my in-law's after Irene when they had water back up into their basement from the floor drain. We salvaged what we could but we threw out some stuff. We had boxes of photos that got wet and we laid them out on the lawn to dry. Unfortunately any time Rodney's stepmother can't find something she insists that we must have thrown it away, but usually it is nothing that any of us recall seeing. She also insists that one of us must have set something wet on her sewing machine cabinet and ruined it (I don't think we did put anything on it). Rodney gets really irritated when she starts in because he says she doesn't realize all of the work that we did for them. We didn't mind doing it, but it does get annoying when you feel like the help was not appreciated.

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Good afternoon, all. It has been an interesting day. It started with our attending a funeral for a woman that hubby has known all his life. She was a family friend and the neighbor at camp. After that, we headed to our son Chris's house because he had a problem in his cellar. For some reason, he had a flood! We still aren't sure what caused it but it meant that he had to empty a lot of stuff out onto the lawn, go through it to see what can be salvaged, and get rid of the rest. I left there to go to Matt's house since they needed someone to be there when the guys brought their new bed. Matt was helping Chris, and Becky had to take Halle to a birthday party. So, I just got home and we're trying to figure out where we want to go for supper.

Tomorrow might be a bit quieter. As of right now, I don't think we have any plans. That could change quickly though, depending on what develops with Chris's situation. He and Kate were supposed to go to Montreal today for a shower for one of her college friends but the flood was more important.

Have a great day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

Humid and cloudy here this morning, thunderstorm warning but it should move through quickly. Hope they are right about that.

The last window did not come yesterday as planned but at least they called before 11 to tell us not to wait around. Hopefully Monday it will be here. We took the bike downtown last night to a monthly street fair event they have here. It was fun to stroll around...they had old cars and such, too. It was free, which fits our budget nicely right about now!

I started bread early, as well as the dishwasher, so now I've got to go clean up the breakfast dishes I left behind when we walked. Not a lot else on the agenda, maybe more laundry.

Hope everyone has a terrific Saturday.

Carol

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Carol, I bet the new windows will make it quieter but the real test might be next winter. At this point I would guess there would be less traffic anyway with people heading back north, unless you are in an area that is mostly year-round residents. My cousin has been saying she is noticing less traffic and that the grocery stores are not quite as busy now as people head home.

It hit 70 in Brattleboro this afternoon, but they say it will only be in the 30s on Sunday and down in the teens at night for two or three days. We have been using the oil for heat because we haven't needed a lot of heat lately, but I'm thinking we might go back to the pellet stove this weekend. Snow is in the forecast for Monday afternoon into Tuesday morning so I am glad I didn't take my snow tires off yet!

Tomorrow I need to get my oil changed in the car and I need a haircut. We are still waiting for the check from Rodney's retirement account distribution, so if that arrives we might need to take a trip to Berlin since that is the only credit union branch open on Saturday. I know from a previous check that I tried to deposit that we can't deposit that large of a check at an ATM so we have to go there when they are open. I understand Tim has all the paperwork ready so as soon as we have the money we can finalize the deal. I suspect we will have to wait a few days after we deposit the check before we can withdraw the money but I am thinking within a week or so we might own a house in FL. Of course we won't be able to enjoy it for a while, but at least we will have it.

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Good afternoon, all. It's a rainy, warm day here. Temps have been around 60 in spite of the rain. I spent much of the day at the sugar house after my PT appointment this morning. I think the ultrasound she is doing on my neck is helping the pain in my shoulder. One more appointment on Monday and then we'll see what to do from there.

Looks like the temps are supposed to stay up there for tomorrow and then take a nose-dive on Sunday. The hope is that the freezing temps will reset the sap and extend the season. Otherwise, the season may be done this weekend.

We have a funeral to attend tomorrow for a woman who had the camp next to my in-laws. Her son owns it now and hubby grew up with this family so we really need to be there. The calling hours are tonight but we'll wait and just go to the funeral tomorrow.

Carol, I hope you were able to get the windows done. Living with renovations and such is always so disrupting. I always hate the process but I love the results.

Have a great day.

Cheryl


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Morning all.
Overcast here this morning, 70 when I got up and headed to the 80s again. It didn't rain yesterday but more is coming tomorrow, I guess.

We never made it to the pot luck last night. Went to a pizza buffet with friends who decided to head north today instead of Saturday and wanted to go out one last time instead of to the pot luck. Buffets are a disaster for me and the scale sure doesn't look good today!

At least we did the grocery shopping and other errands yesterday so that is done for the week. We are waiting on a call from the window folks to see if the special order window came in on the truck today so they can finish the last set. We got the others washed and the blinds put back up on most of the others so things look a bit more normal around here today.

I have noticed things are quieter with traffic, etc., already, which is one of the primary reasons for replacing them all. That should be our last major expense while down here this winter. Let's hope, anyway.

Well, off to exercise.

Happy Friday to all!

Carol

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Hope you feel better tomorrow Cheryl. We had a pretty good turnout tonight and even managed a net loss (just barely) but had several gainers, including me of course. I gained 3 pounds since my last weigh-in. We shall see how next week goes.

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Good evening, all. It was a very windy day here and rainy off and on. Temps were mild though. Supposed to be even warmer tomorrow. Then, we're headed back down this weekend. Ah, Spring in Vermont!

Everything went smoothly at work today. I was able to get back into my bookkeeping program without any difficulty so I managed to close out the month and the quarter pretty easily. Thank goodness for that.

We had a very small turnout for the meeting tonight so we just did the business portion of the meeting and then a very short program that I had copied from SparkPeople. Mostly, we just gave them a printout and charged everyone with reading it on their own and then choosing two or three things that caught their attention so we can talk about it next week. We'll see if that works. I wasn't feeling very well so I was just as happy to end the meeting quickly. I think I may have a touch of the bug that's going around. My stomach feels a bit queasy and I'm just a little bit dizzy...or at least a little more than normal!

That's it from here. Hope you all had a great day.

Cheryl

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Weigh in tonight, doesn't look to promising. My own fault, I own it. I take full responsibility for what was eaten since last Friday.
A new day, positive thoughts get with the program and find some motivation articles to read.

Tracking really does help, gee maybe I should start taking pictures!!

Froggy Jean. Noticed a few of my post say edit, why?

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