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9/29/14 10:07 A

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Good morning, all. We did have some beautiful weather this weekend. Too bad you missed it, Carol. It really felt more like June weather than end of October. Not that I'm complaining!

We got a lot done over at the other house this weekend. I'm going to go over there again this afternoon to go through some of the tubs that Matt got out of the loft yesterday. Karl wants to do some more sorting and throwing when he gets home so I have to deal with some of it before he gets there. I also want to decorate the front of the house for more curb appeal so I'll be picking up some cornstalks and a pumpkin tomorrow to go with the mums I've already picked up. I just hope it helps.

This will be another busy week at work. I'll have to close the month and quarter on Wednesday so I want to make sure I have everything entered today. There's a small issue with the payroll but I'll have that figured out with a little help from the Diocesan finance office.

Tomorrow, I'm going to lunch with a friend who will be heading south for the winter in just a few days. She and her husband live out of their RV for the cold months and then return to their home near here for three or four months in the warmer weather. Their house has three potential buyers though so they are selling all but one acre of land and, when they return next year, they will park the RV on the land and live in it for the summer too. Not bad if you can stand the close quarters all year round. No property taxes to speak of and no bills for electricity and heat. Not sure how long they'll keep this up but it should save them a ton of money.

Time to get back to work. Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

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9/29/14 9:07 A

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Morning all.

I heard you had some record-breaking temps back there this weekend. It figures we would miss the best weather. It rained hard here last night...more expected later, but no flooding, I guess. Hard to get used to flat land everywhere.

This is a large house that we have all to ourselves. With a garage even, washer/dryer, internet, 2 tvs, all the comforts of home. We just have to provide our own food. Not a problem. I need to pick up some items so we can cook the rest of the 2 weeks we are here.

Using Lakeland as a jumping off point to explore surrounding communities. Of course, this is a golf course community...so we have free access to 2 pools. If it isn't raining when we actually have time to swim, we will take advantage of that. Temps in the 80s all week, less chance of rain from Wednesday on.

Well, off to walk before it gets any hotter.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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9/28/14 6:50 P

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Cheryl, I'm glad you didn't get hurt more seriously! Maybe you should leave the mowing to the guys! The weekend did go by too fast, although with Rodney working I didn't really do much. I did get rid of all the bottles and cans yesterday as well as the old computer, monitors, and printers. That was an accomplishment by itself! I went for a walk with Ed and family and then they came over here to visit for a few hours. Today I went to Claremont and did some shopping in the morning, then picked up a prescription for Rodney and went for a walk this afternoon. That was the extent of my day. Back to work tomorrow. Next Saturday is Fall Rally and then Sunday Rodney thinks he might need to help Tom and Sadie on their house. He may be helping them on Saturday while I am at Rally too. If they aren't ready next weekend I'm not sure what will happen because we are supposed to be going to Maine the following weekend. This weekend they were cleaning all the junk out of the area they are supposed to be renovating to make another bedroom and then I think they have a carpenter coming to do some of the work, but Rodney will do the wiring.

Well, I have dinner all ready so I better go eat it while it is hot.

Bev

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9/28/14 6:19 P

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Looks like I'm the only one posting on here today. Must be everyone is out keeping busy. I, on the other hand, am looking back over the weekend and wondering where it all went.

Yesterday, I worked on the mowing at the other house. I was about 2/3 done when I ran over a couple of metal posts that were leaning against the compost bin. I was watching the other side of the mower to make sure I cleared the grape arbor and totally missed seeing the posts. Anyhow, two of them got caught by the front wheel of the mower and one sprang back and caught me good on my head. I didn't like it one bit but didn't give it too much thought. Just another klutzy move. I realized pretty soon though that I was bleeding so I took a picture and sent it to Karl and Matt who were at the sugar bush, and told them that I was all done with the mowing and heading home to nurse my wound. When I got it cleaned up, it really wasn't all that bad but it did hurt so I iced it and took it easy the rest of the afternoon.

Today, we cleaned out the flower beds at the other house and then worked on the boxes of stuff in the garage. Matt and Becky stopped and Matt climbed into the loft in the garage and got down the boxes stored up there. I was very happy he did because I had been missing several items and we finally found them! There was a Hull cookie jar and a Simon Pearce jar given to us by a friend when she sold her home. There was also a silver tea service that Karl bought for me a long time ago, Don't know what we'll do with all the stuff but we'll somehow find a place for it. There were also several boxes of the kids' books so Becky took a bunch of books for Halle to read. She has to read for 15 -20 minutes every night so this will give her a bit of a library to choose from. I think I'll check with some teacher friends to see if they want to have any of the books for their classroom libraries.

That's it from here for today. Hope you all had a great weekend.

Cheryl

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9/27/14 9:38 A

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Good morning, all. It's another beautiful day out there. I think I will get the lawn mowed at the other house this morning. I can do that one with the riding mower but Karl likes to do the lawn at the new house with the push mower so I'll leave that to him. He's down at the sugar bush today, helping Matt to get the excavating done so that the footings can be poured soon. Matt feels that he's way behind in getting this project going so he's pushing as hard as he can to get it going faster.

We worked at the other house for a little over an hour last night and got a bit of stuff done in the garage. I'm hoping to get over there again tomorrow to make a bigger dent in the mess. I really want to have it cleared out by the end of the week so that the little bit of stuff left in the house will be all that remains. I think the dumpster should be off the property within a couple of weeks. That's my goal anyhow.

The mower is calling my name. Hope you all have a chance to get out and enjoy this beautiful day.

Cheryl

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9/26/14 6:22 P

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I had another loss last night but the chapter had a net gain. Cheryl, pass along my congrats to Diane.

I'm not sure what I will be doing this weekend. Rodney will be working so we won't be going biking. I might try to find a few geocaches by myself but I won't be venturing off on trails alone. If Ed and family go apple picking I might go with them. I think tomorrow I am going to try to take my returnable bottles and cans to the redemption center and I might even try to get rid of some old printers, monitors, and a computer. The place around here that takes them is only open from 8 to 1 on Wednesdays (when I am working) and 8 to 1 on Saturdays so tomorrow will be one of the few times that I don't have other places I need to be when they are open. Other than that I have no definite plans, but I am going to try to get some walking in while it is nice.

Yesterday I ended up only working a half day. I thought I was being good and I was snacking on some baby carrots in mid-morning. I bit into one and noticed something hard in my mouth. I pulled it out to see what it was and it looked like part of a tooth. At first I couldn't figure out how I could break a tooth without feeling it, but then I realized it was not one of my teeth but a tooth out of my partial. I called the dentist's office and asked about getting it fixed and she told me to come in with it and they would look at it to see if they could fix it or if it would need to be sent out to the lab. I took the afternoon off and went there, but it had to be sent out so I am without my upper partial for about 10 days (or more). The lab they use is in California. So much for eating healthy! Next time I'll snack on a cookie!

Bev

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9/26/14 5:04 P

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emoticon Hoppy Friday everyone, what a beautiful day this has been. Went to fabric shop in Lyndonville got 3 more pillow forms.12"x12" crocheting granny squares to cover them.(Christmas gifts)
Our chapter had another net loss Thursday night. Finally. Our leader read a story about up and down, it might have been in a TOPS News magazine. Was fun anyway got us moving.
Congratulations to Diane.
On Saturday going to Fall festival in East Burke.
Jean

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9/26/14 3:02 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's a beautiful, sunny afternoon here. Temps are more like June than September. Supposed to stay this way for a few days and then...watch out! The cold is coming!

Scales were kinder than I anticipated last night even though I had a gain. It wasn't as much as I expected. Now, I have to get my butt in gear and get back to the losing side. We had another KOPS last night. Diane White actually met her goal in June but wanted to do the old 13-week KIW thing so her time was up last night. She surprised Joyce who was back for the first time in six or seven weeks. Gary is doing better although he still has a long way back to healthy. He was going in to the plant today for a two-hour meeting but Joyce was driving him and he wasn't directing the meeting, just sitting in.

Today, I've done the laundry and, I thought I was supposed to meet a friend for lunch but those plans changed. I haven't been able to reach her all day so either something has happened or she forgot and went to Burlington. She does have a medical issue that she has had treatment for lately so maybe that's the deal today. I'm kind of anxious to find out what's going on.

The realtor had an open house for brokers yesterday and didn't get much response. The dumpster is still in the side yard so we're going to hit the garage hard this weekend and try to get the ball rolling. I spoke with our older son and asked that he find a day that he and his brother could give us so that we could perhaps get everything done. Trouble is, he has broken ground for the sugar house and is having to work extra days at the hospital because they are short-handed so finding the time is difficult. Maybe we'll have to hire someone to help us out. I do know a guy who might like to pick up a few extra dollars and has weekends more available now that his girlfriend is away at college.

The basket of laundry is waiting to be folded so I guess that's my task now. Hope you all are having a good day.

Cheryl

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9/26/14 2:14 P

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Afternoon all.
A quick update as the rec center has wifi and our rental unit does not.
88 and raining now. It was nice all morning though. People say it is unusual for it to be raining this much at this time of the year.

We went to a state park on Tuesday and saw some neat birds and gators. Did a nice tower climb, over 70 feet and I am still feeling it in my legs. Oh well.

We stopped to visit the Ringling museum in Sarasota on our way to Sebring yesterday. That was nice.

We are finally able to do our own cooking now. I know he wants to go to Five Guys tonight, but I am a bit tired of eating out myself.

Well, the rain has let up some so he will be wanting to leave.

Have a great day all. Don't know when I will post again.

Carol


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9/25/14 7:24 A

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No, Jean, I don't sew. When I was young and single I used to do a little bit but not any more. I did make curtains for my house, but they were pretty simple and I only did it because I couldn't find any I liked that would fit my windows- at least not at a price I was willing to pay.

Cheryl, I can relate to how you feel about the month of September. I did lose last week, but I had gained three or four times in a row and one week I opted not to weigh in. I'm not sure how tonight will be. This morning I was right where I think I was last week (I didn't weigh myself here before I went to TOPS because the phone company guy was working in the basement where the scale is but I am going by what I lost at TOPS and assuming mine would have agreed). Good luck to the rest of you if you weigh in tonight.

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9/25/14 6:46 A

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Good morning, all. It's still quite early but I figure that I'd better get something in here now as the rest of the day looks to be quite busy. Carol, it's good to hear from you, even on vacation!

Yes, Jean, I do sew although not as much as I used to. When our daughter was little, I made many of her special dresses. Now, though, I find it hard to make even doll clothes for our granddaughter! And, since the move in June, my "sewing" room is more of a disaster area than anything. I keep thinking I'll get it settled but so far it hasn't happened. I just have too much stuff! Knitting is my thing though. I'm finishing a baby sweater now for a niece who is expecting in February and then I'll start on a little sweater for our granddaughter.

Scales are not doing any better. I just can't get anything going for motivation. Somehow, I need to get back on track but nothing gets me going. I haven't weighed in for the past couple of weeks because I knew they wouldn't be good but I think I need to bite the bullet tonight and just face the music. September has been a disaster for me.

Hope you all have a great day today. Good luck to those weighing in tonight.

Cheryl

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9/25/14 6:33 A

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Good morning TOPS friends, tonight is our wi. Having the buddy helps. When I'm thinking of getting something to eat I picture my buddy looking over my shoulder! It helps.
Yesterday went shopping got some material to make a pillow case, Can you guess what was on it? Yes it has frogs doing exercise. Cheryl do you sew ?
also what about you Bev?
Carol keep us updated on your trip. Have fun and don't get to over tired.
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9/24/14 10:23 P

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Evening all.
Another warm day here. Maybe 86 or so. Humid still, of course.
It only sprinkled on us a couple of times today, not bad at all.

we went to a chapter meeting today. Lots of nice older ladies. We also went to see three beaches and a state park, too. Quite a bit of walking, but I needed it to work off the chocolate peanut butter pie I had at an Amish restaurant. Yum!

Tomorrow we head inland...will try to check in tomorrow night.

Carol

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9/23/14 7:07 A

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Good morning, all. It's pretty grey out there this morning and it must be chilly too as the furnace came on this morning.

It's a day off for me but I'm going in to work later anyhow. We are setting up to do on-line donations and there's a little bit of training to do that. All the training programs take place on Tuesdays, of course, so I'll go in today and see what I can learn. I'm not sure the convenience will be worth it for the on-line donations since this is a remote area and I doubt that many people will take advantage of that method. There is a cost involved so we'll see if it's worth it.

I visited Joyce and Gary briefly yesterday. He is battling pneumonia right now and the meds caused a reaction. Now, they are waiting for blood test results to determine if there is another problem. Seems like nothing is going right in this recovery. He looked much better than the last time I saw him but he's still a long way from being his old self. Joyce is exhausted and thin.

We worked in the other house last night, cleaning out a storage area in the knee wall on one side of the house. We still have the knee wall on the other side to get cleaned out but there isn't a lot there and it's mostly bigger stuff. I think we'll get that done this week and then we'll hit the storage closet. That will take care of everything except the garage and the cellar. The cellar is mostly done but the garage is full of stuff! There's still a dumpster in the yard and I'd like to get it out of there within the next couple of weeks. We'll see!

Not much else on the agenda for today. Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

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9/23/14 6:31 A

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Hopefully the weather will be better today Carol! Ours is supposed to be pretty nice all week. I need to plan what I am going to do this next weekend. It sounds like it would be a nice day for bike riding on Saturday but Rodney is working both days so I won't get to do any biking. They have the big kayaking event on the West River in Jamaica this weekend so parks workers transport people and kayaks back to the start of the run all day long (for a fee of course). At first he wasn't going to work but then he decided he would because he will get 12 hours of comp time for every 8 hours he works. One of the other guys told him he usually gets close to a 12 hour day so he ends up with almost 36 hours in comp time if he works both days. That is almost like getting an extra week of vacation for putting in two long days so Rodney decided to do it. I will be on my own during the day but I'm sure I will find things to do.

Yesterday was a pretty slow day at work and I suspect the rest of the week will be too. I had to ask my boss if she had any projects I can work on. I have one that I will do today but it won't take me all that long. It makes the day drag when I don't have much to do. Next month I might be swamped so I shouldn't complain I guess.

Have a great day all!

Bev

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9/22/14 9:08 P

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Evening all.
Not as heat today, but it rained all afternoon.

Bev, it was Fisherman's Village we went to. No shopping for me, though.
Today we went to Venice and Sarasota. We had an issue to resolve with the rental car, then did more sightseeing. Not sure if we could afford to live here.

We leave tomorrow for Nokomis, which is just up the road, for three days, then heading inland. I really didn't! Want to be here for as long as he did, but I knew it wasn't an argument I could win.

Well,off to bed.

Have a great evening all.

Carol

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9/21/14 12:07 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's a gorgeous day here but I've been inside most of the morning. Went and got groceries first thing and then spent the rest of the morning stuffing peppers to get into the freezer. I still have more stuffing mix but no more peppers so I guess I'll have to hit the farm stand again tomorrow. Karl is grilling some chicken for lunch and then we'll have to find something to keep us occupied for the afternoon. I really would like to dig up a flower bed that my MIL had. It's overgrown and not very attractive. I'm thinking we could take all the plants out of it and relocate them to better areas. Then we can use that bed for strawberries. It's all contained in a boxed area and that's really what the strawberries need. Otherwise, they spread all over. We'll see how much energy we have after lunch.

That's about it from here. Hope you're enjoying your Florida visit, Carol. That's quite a long time to be gone! We haven't been there since the kids were very young and, with the work Karl is doing now, a winter trip isn't likely since that's when they're gearing up for sugaring season. Can't say as I would enjoy the trip in the warmer months.


Cheryl

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9/21/14 8:27 A

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I've never been down there this time of year, but I can tell you it is pretty nice in January and February and I would not be anxious to leave at that time of year. I don't think I would like it year round though. I have a cousin who moved to the Fort Myers area and she is there full time. She also lives in a development because she talks about the clubhouse and the community pool. My in-laws are not in a development. I'm guessing you went to Fisherman's Village when you went to Punta Gorda. We usually go there once on every trip to Florida. There are some interesting shops to browse in there but I have never bought much. One of Rodney's sister's neighbors has a big sailboat that he keeps there.

We finally got our bikes on the trail yesterday but I didn't get to ride much. Ed and Camden were going with us and I was kind of concerned that the trail would be too rough for Camden's bike with training wheels. We talked about trying another trail that might be better but decided to try the one we had planned on first and if that wasn't going to work we would head to the other one. We got started and he was having trouble but then the trail seemed to get better and he was doing okay so we kept going. The smoother part didn't last long though. Rodney rode up ahead to see if it improved again (it didn't) and then Ed rode up to meet him and they looked for the geocaches on the way back while Camden and I headed back toward the car and looked for the caches on that section of the trail. We walked our bikes back because he was getting so discouraged. He and I only rode about a 1/2 mile, then walked the 1/2 mile back. Ed and Rodney did about 2 1/2 miles round trip. Camden didn't want to try the other trail so we headed back toward home. I think he enjoyed the geocaching but I wish he could have ridden his bike more. That's the only way he will learn to ride it.

Today we are off to White River. We are taking the camper up to park it for the winter and Rodney and Ed are going to anti-freeze his sister's heating system. Camden spent the night so he will ride up with us and his dad will meet us there.

Enjoy the day everyone!

Bev

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9/20/14 5:54 P

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Afternoon all.
I think I slept most of the night last night, so I should make it pas 9 tonight.
Went out to Punta Gorda today, walked around with our friends, had lunch, and got caught Ina torrential downpour. Not raining now, though.

It is 78 and humid. Mosquitoes are kind of bad now. Had to spray before walking today. I saw a gator yesterday and today in the ponds in this development. They can have them., guess there are rattlers and water moccasins too. Didn't want to hear that!

The have their own pool bit I haven't been in yet. We are in Florida for 3 and a half weeks. I will be ready to go home, I'm sure.

Well, they should be getting home from church soon.
I will try to check in tomorrow.

Carol

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9/20/14 8:14 A

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Good morning, all. It's looking kind of gray out there this morning and there's a bit of wind so I'm thinking we may see some rainy weather later today. We are heading out this morning to look for new recliners for the living room. Karl didn't like the ones we had at the other house so he gave them to a woman at work. I hope we can find something we both like.

We went to see our son and daughter-in-law last night. Kate is resting fairly comfortably but definitely is relying on the pain meds to help her through the pain. They sure do appendix surgery different now than when Karl and I had ours done. We both have fairly long scars. Kate has three small incisions, each about 1". They use a dissolving stitch and close the incisions with glue. She won't need to go back to have stitches removed but she will need to follow up with a doctor.

My chore list was almost complete yesterday. I p8icked up four fairly large butternut squash at the farm stand so I cooked them and got them into the freezer last night. Today, I hope to get some stuffed peppers into the freezer. It always makes me feel good to know that I have those things done and ready for those nights when I don't want to bother cooking.

Carol, glad to hear that you made it to Florida without issues. How long will you be there?

Bev, looks like we'll have only three or four people going to Fall Rally. I didn't think I was going but the trip we were planning was postponed for a couple of weeks so I offered to drive to Rally. That made it possible for a couple of other people to go.

Time to get my day going. Hope you all have a great one.

Cheryl

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9/19/14 10:06 P

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Evening all. We'll, we made it! Landed only 3 hours after leaving Manchester. Been on the go ever since. Too tired to write more. Maybe tomorrow.
Carol

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9/19/14 8:34 A

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Good morning, all. It's a sunny day here but it was quite frosty in the back yard when I got up. I think we had at least a bit of frost but it doesn't look like it killed my flowers. We picked a lot of them yesterday in anticipation that they might be all gone by this morning.

Weigh in last night wasn't great. Only two losses and one turtle. All others gained. I didn't weigh in again as I knew that it wouldn't look good. Next week, I will weigh in no matter how bad it is! I have to do that to keep myself on track! Lately, I want to eat everything that doesn't get out of my way!

Lots of errands and chores on my list for today. I've got the bedding in the washer now and have already run one other load. Dry cleaners, florist, farm stand...all on the list for today. Our daughter-in-law, Kate, had an emergency appendectomy yesterday so I want to get some flowers to take to her this evening. Our son sent a text about mid-morning to tell us that she was at Fletcher-Allen with severe stomach pain and going through tests. They operated about 2:30 and she was back home by 9:00. They sure don't keep them anymore, do they! I'm sure she has a sore belly today but will probably recover better at home anyhow. Their second anniversary is Monday so this won't be a very exuberant celebration, I'm sure.

That chore list won't take care of itself so I guess I'd better get moving. Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

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9/19/14 12:18 A

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Finally, our chapter had a net loss,
Have a great weekend everyone.
Brr it's been chilly.

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9/18/14 8:25 P

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It was quite foggy on my way to work, but it cleared off and was fairly nice most of the day. It was mostly cloudy again by the time I got out of work though. I am not liking this chilly weather at all!

Enjoy the trip Carol! I hope you will be able to get on here somewhat regularly while you are gone.so that Cheryl and I have some company.

Well, I guess we have 8 going to Fall Rally this year. One other one would have gone but she has to go to a 1st birthday party that same day. I finally had a loss tonight, although I need a few more of them to undo everything I have gained over the last several weeks. The chapter had a net loss as well, and the only gainers only had small gains. I hope the scale was kind to you too Cheryl.

Bev

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9/18/14 10:36 A

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Good morning, all. It's a drizzly, gray morning here. Not nice at all. The temps are really fall-like too. I guess it's time to give in and put on long pants. I wore them yesterday but not today. My weekend project will be to put away the summer stuff and get out the warmer things. Oh how I hate to do that!

Busy morning again at the office. I had bills to pay and needed to get them done before the pastor left so he could sign them. Then, there's the usual bulletins to run and place in church. That's nearly done. I also had to run more things for the classes starting up this weekend. It will all be done before I leave.

I'm picking Halle up this afternoon so that she can stay with me while her mother attends a meeting. She'll probably be done before I have to head to TOPS but, if not, she can always sit in the outer room to wait. I haven't seen her since we went to Parc Safari so I'm anxious to hear how school is going. She is in second grade this year and seemed a little frustrated that they spent most of the first week learning what the rules are. I'm sure there was more going on than that but it's what she remembers.

I guess I need to get back to work. Enjoy your trip, Carol.

Cheryl

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9/18/14 7:49 A

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Morning all.
45 and raining here....but it's better than frost, I guess!

So much running around yesterday....still didn't get packed or the housework done, but I do have more time today. The PC meeting was relatively easy and those minutes shouldn't take too long this morning.

Hubby has a haircut and a funeral service to go to this morning. I can't take the time to go, but I think she'll understand.

I may not get to post for a day or two, so have a happy Thursday, good weigh in, and a fabulous Friday all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's another busy morning here at the office but I'm taking a breather after fighting with the payroll filing again! I thought I had mastered it but I guess not. It took me almost two hours to get it done this morning! I was able to take care of a couple of other things while I waited for the processing but still....

My meeting went well last night with everyone present. It's always better if I can meet with everyone and give the explanations only once. There is still one class to find a teacher for but I think we're almost there.

Time to get back to work. Hope you all enjoy this beautiful day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
A chilly start here again. Must be, or the furnace wouldn't be running.

Got lots of running around done yesterday but still not done. Woke up with a cold sore starting, first one since I retired. Too much stress this week, I know.
Then I read in this morning's paper that my best friend's mother passed away and her services are AFTER we leave for FL. I feel so badly about but we can't change things now.

Cheryl, I'm glad to hear Joyce's husband is improving. The setbacks are frustrating, I know. I've been through all that with my hubby.

Well, off to exercise, then his doctor's appointment, then home to start packing. Working tonight again for my town job, so I have little blocks of time to try to accomplish so many things.

Have a great Wednesday all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's rainy here too and supposed to abate by noontime. It seems warmer than it has been the past few mornings too so that's a good thing.

My marathon day will start shortly. I'll be running from one place to another all day. Whew! Just realized that I have meetings tomorrow evening and Thursday too. I hate weeks like this! Too many things going on. I'm getting so I want to spend my evenings curled up at home.

Hope you all have a good day. Scales show that I really have to pay attention to my eating this week. I'm up and need to get back down by Thursday. Oh! Joyce's husband came home yesterday. He lost 15 pounds in this ordeal and he didn't really have that weight to lose!

Cheryl

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Morning all.

47 and rainy here this morning...guess it's supposed to clear later in the day. Better than frost, though!

Last night's board meeting went smoothly...and I have less paperwork than I'd been expecting, so I'm happy about that. A subdivision application that came in doesn't have to be warned until November, not next month. What a relief for me, as that saves me from hours of work today.

Cheryl, sounds like you have a busy week ahead of you. Good luck!

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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I think it was 41 or 42 here this morning. It still felt kind of chilly. We have started the pellet stove for a while a few times already. I was almost wishing I had a light jacket when I walked this morning, but once I got going I was fine. It was warmer at lunchtime, but certainly not t-shirt weather. I had kind of a slow day at work today. I suspect the rest of the month might be a bit slow, but I will probably pay for it next month. I have no idea if there are any candidates for the job opening or not, but even if they hire someone by the time Alex leaves that person won't be ready to take on everything she does for a while. I won't mind having a little more to do but I don't want to be swamped again!

I hope you had a good trip home Cheryl and had some time to relax before the busy week begins.

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Good afternoon, all. I'm on the train headed beck home after spending the weekend at my mother's. It wasn't too bad as far as being there goes. I managed to get a couple of things done for her. Nothing too taxing. I washed her bedding and put the flannel sheets back on for her. I also washed one window upstairs because it really needed it!

Very busy week ahead of me. I'll be working three days in a row and I have to go back tomorrow for a meeting at 6:30. I also have to go to the DMV tomorrow to renew my license. There are the usual assorted tasks also thrown in there before I get a breather on Friday.

That's it for now. Hope you all had a good day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

Brr...33 here this morning. About as close to a frost as you can get. A bit of fog, too, which probably saved us from the frost.

I think I got caught up on sleep last night. I tried to read for a few minutes but only did a couple of pages, if I remember correctly. The furnace came on a few times, I know that.

Today we have an appointment with our financial advisor. Tonight I work for my town job, and I expect to have lots of paperwork for that tomorrow. We need to concentrate on the Florida trip now. So much to do.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.
Carol

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Glad you made it back safely! It was pretty chilly this morning, but it is pretty nice now We had planned to go for a bike ride today but because it was so chilly we were not getting an early start. With Ed and family coming in mid-afternoon I suggested maybe we should skip it today. It didn't make sense to drive 45 minutes or more to the trailhead when we would only have time for a short ride before we would need to head back home. It would have been nice riding this afternoon, Hopefully we will get a chance next weekend but we have a couple of other things to do then too.

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Afternoon all.
Got back safe and sound around 12:30...nearly froze to death, though. Not a great bike day, but we had no choice. At least we stayed dry.

The closing ceremony was fun with bingo and drawings. He won a box of cleaning stuff for the bike and I won a ladies' sleeveless shirt. Won't be wearing that anytime soon, that's for sure.

Laundry and unpacking to finish, then a walk for us, so I'd better get moving.

Have a terrific afternoon all. Stay warm!
Carol

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Good afternoon, all. It's a very nice day here. Temps are very comfortable and the sun is shining. We' been out to get groceries and I need to make a quick run to Wal-Mart but otherwise have no plans.

Sounds like everyone else is keeping busy. Bev, I wouldn't wan to be stacking six tons of pellets! Hope you're all enjoying the day.

Cheryl

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Carol, it sounds like you are enjoying your trip in spite of the weather- good for you. We were going to pick up two ton of our pellets today but we ended up getting all six ton today. That way we won't have to worry about working around Dan's schedule to borrow his trailer. We only got two ton stacked on the porch but at least they are all here. We can stack the rest in the basement or on the porch at a later time- probably one ton a day until it is done.

After we quit working on that we headed to Claremont and did our shopping. Market Basket seems to be pretty much back to normal. I did see signs in a couple of the frozen food sections apologizing if your favorite chicken products (Weaver and Tyson I think it was) were out of stock. It said they were having a temporary problem with deliveries but were working to get those products back in stock soon. They had everything we needed- and more.

Cheryl, enjoy the visit with your mom. We are hoping to get in a bike ride and some geocaching tomorrow and then Ed and family will be coming over later in the day and will stay for dinner- but they are bringing the food.

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Afternoon all.
Cold, wet, and rainy here now. We left at 8 this morning and the rain held off until noon, at least, but it made up for it on the way back to the Lodge. Beautiful scenery otherwise, up to Lake Placid. I've never been that way before.

Closing ceremony starts in about an hour, so I need to hit the shower and get ready for that. We've made lots of new friends here...over 300 Spyder owners registered, I think.

Well, time to get my butt in gear.
Have a great evening all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. I'm all packed and ready to board the train. I think I've got the process down pat after having done it for the past three plus years.

The doctors found that the source of Joyce's husband's bleeding was an ulcer. That's so much better than what they thought it might have been! Anyhow, it seems to have stopped bleeding and so they are waiting to make sure before they discharge him again. He should be able to go home by Monday or Tuesday. The family is breathing a collective sigh of relief!

It is very cold here this morning, 36 on my thermometer. Not sure how accurate it is but it must be close. According to the TV, that was also the temp for a number of towns near here. We even started the furnace to take the chill off the house. I can't believe we're doing that in mid-September but Karl feels the cold more intensely than I do and it was his decision.

Sounds like my mother has the list of chores ready for me to complete while I'm there. I also have to take her to the dentist on Monday as she broke a front tooth. Looks like she'll be eating a lot of soft foods this weekend!

Time to pull the last little bits together. Hope you are keeping warm on this chilly morning.

Cheryl

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Evening all.
Quick check in for me tonight. Tired, it's late, and I'm ready for bed.

Had a mostly dry ride down yesterday. Great bbq last night, but a very cold ride this morning. Only 57 and I forgot to wear my longjohns! Big mistake. The sun came out this afternoon, so it warmed up some, though.

We did lazy river here at the Lodge and one of the tube rides (all indoor stuff), then had supper at Johnny Rockets. Yummy burger, if I do say so myself. There are bikes here from all over. One woman about my age rides alone, and she came all the way from Kansas! Braver than me, that's for sure.

Well, time for bed.
Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Carol

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Thanks for info Bev. Cooler today but still a nice day. I want to go to farmers market Saturday. Veggies and fruits hopefully.

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Good morning, all. Looks like Fall is really here. The air is quite chilly this morning and, according to the weather girl, these temps are here to stay. I find that I'm much more productive in this kind of weather so I can't say that I'm sad to see the heat and humidity go away.

Attendance at our meeting last night was quite low. We have a number of members who no longer come on a regular basis, as I'm sure you all do. I wish I knew how to get them to come back. I didn't weigh in because I knew I had done too much mindless eating this week and would only make the numbers worse. As it was, gains almost tripled the losses. I will definitely have to work harder this week.

Tomorrow I'm heading to Brattleboro again. My brother has been in Maine all week so my sister has had to shoulder all the responsibility for helping our mother. It's time for a break for her! My brother will be back on Sunday but I'll take care of things at Mom's until I head back on Monday. I'm sure she'll have a few little things lined up for me to do.

Today, I'll have my annual mammogram and maybe head to a farm stand to pick up a few fresh vegetables. I'm thinking it's time to get some winter squash for the freezer. There are a couple of other little errands to run but nothing time consuming. Looks like I'll be able to find time for knitting this afternoon.

Hope you all have a great day. According to Joyce, Gary was getting relief from the diverticulitis pain and they were waiting and watching to see if it would heal itself. Keep your fingers crossed that he won't have to go through anything else.

Cheryl

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Karen had told me she was hoping to get Fall Rally info out this week but our leader said she had not received anything yet. All we know so far is that it will be October 4th at the Hartland Elementary School (Hartland is just south of White River Jct if anyone doesn't know where it is) and that chapters can sign up to do skits if they want. The theme is TOPS Slumber Party. That is as much as I know so far.

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Our chapter h
ad a net gain . We drew names for our buddies for remaining weeks of September.
Any information on Fally rally. Will a.c. be sending info to our leaders?

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Carol, enjoy the trip. Hopefully the weather will be nice for you.

I hope Gary and Joyce were able to get some answers today and that things will start improving again soon. It is a good thing they have lots of family and friends nearby to help out, but it has to be very stressful for them.

As expected I had a gain tonight- and so did the chapter, but we did have a few people who did well. I am now higher than my starting weight for the year, so things have GOT to change. We are doing a contest that requires us to keep a food diary so I guess I should try to do it this week. I did not do it this past week.

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Good afternoon, all. I didn't get blown away this morning although it wasn't for want of trying. The power blinked off just once at work which is really amazing given how hard the wind was blowing. Once I got home, I had to walk around the neighbor's yard to find things that had blown away! Nothing vital but certainly nothing that needed to be cluttering up their yard.

Gary is back in the hospital. He went to our local ER yesterday and they determined that the diverticulitis had reared up again. Two "hot spots" that were causing a great deal of pain. They wanted to transfer him to Burlington but there wasn't a bed for him so he stayed here last night. Today, they transferred him to FAHC and now they're trying to determine the source of some bleeding. Keep him and Joyce in your thoughts and prayers. This is quite serious and she is understandably anxious.

Very busy at work today, trying to get things ready for the beginning of classes in religious education. Our teacher meeting is Tuesday and I will not be in the office until Tuesday so I wanted to get as much done as possible today. I stayed a few minutes extra to get to a good stopping point. On Tuesday, I won't have too much more to do.

Scales aren't good for me today either. I just can't stop eating everything in sight! I know I have to get back on track but haven't found that motivation yet.

Time to do something productive. Hope you have a good trip, Carol.

Cheryl



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Morning all.

Fairly warm here this morning, but the wind sure is blowing. It woke me up around 5, and the power had blinked off during the night, as my clock was flashing. Never went back to sleep, though. It hasn't rained here yet, but I know it's coming.

We are heading to Lake George in a few hours. Will have to wear the rain gear for sure. I don't mind that, but I do mind thunder and lightning.

I've got exercise, some paperwork, an last minute packing to do this morning, so I'd better get moving.

Good luck to the gals weighing in tonight.

Carol

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The afternoon ended up being quite nice here, but when I was out walking this morning and read Carol's post about sunshine I was going to ask where as it was still overcast at that point. I don't think we got much over 70 (it was 71 when I left work), but it was comfortable today.

I was surprised to see your post about Gary because the last thing I had seen on Facebook sounded like he was doing fairly well. Hopefully this is just a minor setback and he will soon be back on track to recovery.

I am not looking forward to weighing in tomorrow. I think I should have weighed in last week because the scale didn't look as bad then as it does now even though I had been without the compression hose for three days and this week I have worn them for three days. On Monday morning I was up by over 5 pounds from my last weigh-in. Since I have been wearing the compression hose I have gotten rid of some of it, but I am still up by close to 3 pounds and I don't see myself getting rid of it by tomorrow evening. My legs still feel swollen even after wearing the compression hose for three days so I am sure that is part of it, but probably not all. I think I need to get serious and start tracking my food for a while before I gain even more. Good luck to the rest of you tomorrow.

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Good afternoon, all. It's a beautiful afternoon with temps in the upper 70's. Very nice! I just got home from work and a nail appointment so I haven't really been out in it but it's nice to look at anyhow.

I stopped to see Joyce and her husband on the way home. He isn't doing very well today and, in fact, she's thinking she'll be taking him to the ER shortly. He isn't keeping anything down today and that's a cause for concern. Yesterday, Joyce wasn't doing well, pure exhaustion, but today she is much better. Still, she could use a break as this is really making her very anxious. She did say she thought she should weigh in though as she has lost a bit of weight. I think she must be beyond her seven below at this point!

Work was quite busy today but I did get help from the pastor. He did the running around to check on book inventory for classes that are supposed to start in about ten days. Now, at least, I know what I need to order for this year's classes. I also got all the bills paid that were current. With any luck, tomorrow won't be as busy.

That's about it for today. Hope you all are enjoying this gorgeous day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Another chilly start this morning, but I'll take the warming sunshine!


Beautiful day for a ride yesterday. We left at 10, made the appointment in Essex by noon, had lunch, took 15 back home and got here by 4. Just in time to finish stacking the wood. But at least it's done.

Today it's housework, errands and packing for Lake George. Guess I'd better get started or it won't get done.

Have a great day all.

Carol


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A nice day today, got a walk in. Tried a new recipe, don't like it . Coconut pie made with mosquito, ( lol.. had to leave that spelling) bisqiick. To much like sponge cake.
Have good day everyone.

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Good morning, all. It's sunny here now but it was looking very gloomy when I got up. I think the day should be a good one with lots of sun and comfortable temps.

I have a few chores on my list for today. Neighbors were interested in the Amtrak code for discount fares in Vermont so I'll bring each of them a note with the code. Karl was making my reservations for this weekend and that reminded me that they had asked for the code. I also have the usual laundry to get done and I'd like to clean out the freezer at the old house. I'm sure I'll throw out most of what's left there as it's probably old. One more little thing to finish up! If time and energy holds up, I want to finish bringing in my houseplants. I've decided that I'll have to get rid of some of them because there just isn't enough room here.

I talked with my mother yesterday and she didn't even mention the move to the facility. We all agree that it has to be her decision but we will probably continue to point out that it's a safer arrangement for her. Ultimately, she will have to agree to it or it just will not happen.

That chore list won't take care of itself so I guess it's time for me to get started on the day. Hope you all have a good one.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

48 this morning, another sunny warm day in store. Love it! It got a little too warm stacking wood yesterday, though. Fortunately the shade helped, after an hour or so, as the sun moved across the sky. We got about 2/3 of it done, and my back feels it this morning.

We have an appointment with an estate planning attorney today. The lawyer we saw a couple of weeks ago did not impress either of us much and this one is recommended by several friends.

Cheryl, your mom would not be happy in the facility if she felt she had been 'pushed' in some way to go. (Not that you would do that, I know). But when she feels the time is right, things will go more smoothly. My mother loved the one she was in for the last 2 years of her life.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a terrific Tuesday all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It was a chilly one here again this morning but it does feel good. I think my car said it was 60 on the way to work, not really cold but nicer than the high temps with high humidity that we had recently.

Lots to get done at work this morning but I think I'm fairly caught up as of now. Monday's always have extra things to catch up from the weekend. My desk looks like a war zone with all the piles of stuff! I'll be glad when some of the hot issues are settled so I can put away the files.

Once I finish here, I have a couple of stops to make before going home. I need to drop off a wool blanket at the cleaners and pick up my gown from the wedding. Then I'll need to get a few groceries before heading home. With our house back down to just the two of us, I don't need a lot.

I think my mother will not be going to the assisted living place, at least for now. She was quite emotional yesterday when I talked with her. I told her that she doesn't have to go if that's her decision but that she may not have that option later if her mobility and/or health decline. This place is not a nursing facility so she couldn't go there if she were to fall or fail in other ways. The decision is in her hands and I think she isn't ready to give up her house. That seems to be a huge concern for her.

Time to get back to work and tie up a couple more loose ends. Hope you all get out to enjoy the day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

A cool 41 here this morning but headed to the 70s again. I'll take it.

It was a nice picnic yesterday for the shelter volunteers. The volunteer who hosted it has about an acre of gorgeous flower gardens with fountains, paths for walking, incredible! I won a $20 gift certificate to an area store. Not one I usually shop at, but I'm sure I can find something there I like!

Our firewood finally arrived yesterday so we now have lots of stacking to do before Thursday, when we leave for Lake George. Guess we'll just plug away at it and eventually it will get done.

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

Carol

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Things did not go as planned today. Rodney said when he loaded the bikes on the car he had to put air in one of my tires. I didn't think too much about it because the last time I rode it I had thought it looked a bit soft. When we got to the parking area for the trail and unloaded them neither of us noticed the tire being soft, but when I started riding it I was thinking it seemed to be much rougher riding than usual. We didn't go far before Rodney asked me how the tire was holding up and that was when we noticed it was extremely soft- which is no doubt the reason why the ride seemed rough, since I was pretty much riding on the rim in the rear. By the time we got back to the car and loaded it the tire was totally flat! I knew I was going to need to replace the tire soon, but wasn't expecting to do it this soon. We went to the Walmart that was only a couple of miles away but they didn't have the right size tire. I could have bought a tube but it would have had the wrong type of valve for my pump so I wouldn't have been able to use it without buying another pump too- and we were not sure if just a tube would have solved the problem without a new tire as well. I called Dick's Sporting Goods in Keene to see if I could get what I needed there, but they had nothing different than Walmart did. We decided we would have to come back home and I would order a tire and tube online. We came back home over some back roads and stopped at a place in Saxtons River that sells used bikes to see what he had, since I have been thinking about upgrading to a true mountain bike instead of my hybrid anyway. He didn't have what Rodney thinks I should be looking for, but he did have some tires and tubes that fit my bike, and they are a little wider than what I had so they will be more like mountain bike tires. His price was as reasonable as I could have gotten online so I had him replace both my front and rear tires. He also did a "mini tuneup' to fix a couple of other issues that he noticed with it and it only cost me $50 for everything. We were not going to head back to Hinsdale by the time we got that done, but the bike should be ready to go the next time. With the wider tires I may find I don't need to upgrade, but if I do it will be easier to sell with new tires on it. It would have been a perfect day for riding so I was not too happy about it.

Cheryl, I hope your mom will end up deciding it won't be so bad to go to the assisted living place. I'm sure it isn't easy for her to think about moving out of the home she has lived in a long time, but hopefully she will come to accept that it is better for her safety.

I hope you all enjoyed the nice weather today!

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Good morning, all. Chilly one here too this morning but I like it! I'm ready for some Fall weather! Sleeping was much easier with the coolness in the air.

Not planning much for today. I think I might work on getting some houseplants ready to come indoors. Seems like they've been outside forever! Still not sure exactly where they all will go in this house. I had plenty of room in the other place but this is a different story. I just might have to get rid of some of them. I have some cacti that came from plants my grandmother had and she died in 1960! These are old plants!!! We also have to go to a barbecue this evening at my MIL's camp. One of Karl's cousins will be there and he's not a pleasant person so we're not eager to go. Karl tried to get out of it but his mother insisted.

My brother got a call from the home where my mother is on a waiting list. They feel they will have an opening about October 1 but I guess my mother was not receptive to the idea at all. She seemed to go along with it when he took her there to check it out and be checked out by them, but now she's against it. It's a hard decision but she is only one incident away from having to be in a nursing home, rather than the assisted living that this facility provides. It would surely make life easier for my brother and sister if she would go there.

I started a baby sweater yesterday. We found out that my niece is expecting and due in February so I thought this would be a nice idea for a gift. I had everything I needed...yarn, needles, buttons...so I felt good about it. So far, all is going well and I'm feeling productive.

Joyce's husband is still having a lot of pain. I'm sure that's part of the process but it's still hard to go through. I haven't been there to see them because I know he needs to rest. Joyce must be feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the extra care and worry. We're just hoping that each day gets him a little closer to recovery.

Not much in the way of plans for today but I guess I should get my day going anyhow. Hope you all have a good one.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
50 and cool here, but sunny. Some different than yesterday! We did get rain, but not until after 3. Not nearly as much as I expected, though.

Got the errands done and tried a new restaurant for lunch yesterday. Pretty good, but a bit greasy. Came home and made a caramel apple pie from scratch. New recipe I saw in the newest King Arthur Flour bakers' catalogue. Mighty tasty, if I do say so myself. Not low-cal, though, even with Splenda replacing some of the sugar.

Well, a mountain of dishes and other chores facing me today, and the shelter volunteer appreciation picnic this afternoon. I'd better get started.

Have a great Sunday all.

Carol

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I am a little bit surprised that we haven't seen any storms so far today and I think the watch is only until 9 so it doesn't seem like we will. It got kind of dark a couple of times and the wind picked up so I thought a storm was coming but all we saw was a few sprinkles. We didn't get as much done today as I thought we were going to, but we did get a start on cleaning out the basement and we got a little more brush moved. We started on that first but a hose broke on the backhoe so we had to go to the NAPA in Springfield to get a new hose made up. We came back and he put the new one on and was getting ready to move some more brush but discovered a second broken hose- so back to NAPA we went to get another hose. After all that it was getting pretty hot working in the sun so Rodney decided he wanted to quit that project and move on to the basement. We took one load of stuff to the dumpster but he didn't want to do more because we don't know if the dumpster will get emptied next week or not. He didn't want to fill it up with stuff from the basement and not leave room for everyone's usual trash. Tomorrow we are hoping to do some bike riding and geocaching. We will probably get some caches on the rail trail and then when we do as much biking as we can stand at one time we might try to find some caches that we can drive to- or at least close to. We will probably stop at a grocery store for a few things on the way home. Of course things are subject to change, but that's the plan as of right now.

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9/6/14 9:13 A

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Good morning, all. We've already had one brief shower but it's pretty sunny now, I won't mind the rain if it gets the temps down a bit.

I don't have any big plans for today. I will get the bedding for the spare room washed and maybe a little vacuuming but otherwise do not have any big ideas. Jess and Andy left about an hour ago to head home. They are anxious to get things settled a bit before going back to work on Monday. They had quite a few things that wouldn't fit in their car so we'll bring them over when we visit next month.

I made the first apple crisp of the season yesterday and it was very good. Halle practically inhaled her piece! She took home a piece for her father but I suspect he might not get all of it! It's just about his favorite dessert but it's Halle's too!

Laundry is calling my name! Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Still sticky here this morning, but I guess that will change when the storms hit. Had the fan running all night but it was still hot upstairs. I'm ready for a change, I guess.

Speaking of pumpkins, I tried a new Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Swirl bread for my toast this morning. Not bad, and only 80 calories per slice. I do hope hubby likes it, though, as I'd rather not have to eat the whole loaf myself. He prefers the cinnamon swirl, which is okay, but I wanted to try something different. They had an apple caramel too, but there were 120 calories per slice, so I figured there would be a lot more sugar too. Should have looked more closely. Shaws had all PF stuff at 33% off, plus I had a coupon, otherwise I wouldn't have bought it. I make most of my own bread as a rule.

We've got one errand this morning in town but the rest of the day will be spent here. There was a cookout planned for shelter volunteers, but it was postponed until tomorrow, because of the weather.

Well, off to get the walk in before the rains come.

Have a great Saturday all.

Carol

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I didn't weigh in last night, but according to the scale here I was up about 3/4 of a pound- not really too bad considering I hadn't worn my compression hose for a few days. The chapter had more gainers than losers and light attendance.

I am not ready for Fall, but then I don't think I ever am because I know what comes later. I do look forward to apples, pumpkins, and winter squash though.

Good news for Joyce's husband. I'm sure he will have some pain for a while, but I bet he will improve faster at home. It is hard to rest that well in the hospital.

Cheryl, it sounds like your daughter and son-in-law had a good time. Rodney's neice and her husband went to Alaska for their honeymoon. They left on Wednesday and I saw that she posted on Facebook today that they were going on a fishing trip today.

I had a few busy days at work this week, trying to get all the bank statements reconciled. I finished the last of the eight I have to do this afternoon, so next week I can move on to my next project, which will be reconciling statements from the insurance companies. The other woman in accounting usually helps me with some of the easier statements but I have always done the more complicated ones. This month I did them all, but I suspect that will be the case for the next couple of months since the other person is leaving early next month. Hopefully they will find a replacement but I think it will be a couple of months before the new person will be ready to help with the bank statements.

Enjoy the weekend everyone!

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Good morning, all. It's quite nice here right now but I dread the humidity forecast for later. Just cannot stand it! I'm ready for some real Fall temps.

The honeymooners arrived back here just before midnight. I picked them up at the airport and then we were back here and headed for bed by 1:00 am. Even with going to bed so late, I was still up at the regular time. I think I may pay for it later! The kids were glad to be back here. They'll spend today going through wedding things, deciding what they can fit in the car tomorrow and what will be left for us to take next month. Tonight we'll take time to go through all the wedding pictures that the photographer has sent to them. I'm anxious to see them!

I had a big gain last night but I expected it. It really was much better than the scales showed on Tuesday so I was happy about that but I do have my work cut out for me this week. The chapter had a loss but, like others, the attendance was quite low.

Joyce's husband came home yesterday. She said he was still in a lot of pain and thought perhaps he should have stayed another day. They were having a hard time to find a combination that worked in alleviating the pain or at least got it to more manageable levels. He still has a long way to go to get back to healthy but being home will help, I'm sure.

I'm not planning a lot for today. I'll just enjoy having Jess and Andy here. Tonight, Becky and Halle should be coming for dinner so that they can see the newlyweds before they head back tomorrow. Matt is working or he would be here too.

Enjoy the day and stay cool if you can.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

Another hot day in store, more humidity. But it won't last long, I guess. Fine with me. I'm tired of the humidity.

I lost .6 last night but the chapter had a net gain. Low attendance these days, but people are busy, I know.

Groceries and other errands on my agenda today. Guess I'd better get moving, before it gets too hot.

Have a fabulous Friday all.

Carol

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Next week we u draw names for buddies to continue for a month, I really need motivation and encouragement, plus lots of willpower. emoticon

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Good morning, all. Nice and sunny here with temps that are comfortable for now. I dread the thought of the humidity predicted for later.

This will be a very long day for me. I'm working this morning and then I'll head home to do some scrubbing and sorting before the chapter meeting this evening. Joyce will not be there again as Gary is still in the hospital. Around 11 tonight, I'll head to Burlington to pick up Jess and Andy at the airport. We talked last night and, even though the resort has been wonderful, they are ready to come home. I know they are anxious to get back to their own home and begin settling in with all their new stuff. She didn't use the shower/wedding gifts before the wedding so now there's lots of new stuff to find places for and enjoy. They did receive many nice things. They are also going to finally replace the couch and recliner in their living room. Both of these pieces are cast-offs from others and have long since seen better days! The couch is one that friends of hers had at college so you can imagine the abuse it has seen! Their dog has been allowed to sleep on this couch but will have to be retrained to keep him off the new one. That's going to be a challenge. I don't allow him on mine but he sneaks it in when we're asleep or away.

Scales aren't good today and I don't see them getting much better during the day. My back has been giving me trouble and so I've been taking Advil. That's always a problem. I'm not taking any today in hopes that it may help a bit but the pain is not pleasant.

The priest who was here for several years was burned out of his place yesterday. He is retired and was renting an apartment from a deacon with whom he worked for many years. Somehow the garage caught fire and the house was destroyed. The priest wasn't there and the deacon and his wife were not hurt but they've lost everything. Of course, the priest didn't have a lot but he did have a fiddle that he enjoyed playing and it was quite old. Not sure if they can retrieve that or not. I'm sure that people will be generous to all three of them and help them to replace necessities but nothing will replace the family treasures.

I guess I'd better get busy and pay a few bills. Hope you all have a great day. Good luck tonight. I'm afraid even luck isn't on my side today.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
A cool 48 here this morning...but headed to the 80s again. Woohoo! More humid tomorrow, but rain coming Saturday, I guess. It figures.

Picked up the bike and it was finally done. He said the new shocks seemed to help the handling as he drove it home. We'll know next week when we take it to Lake George.

I didn't hear back from my eye doc yesterday so I guess the final test was okay.

Bev, hope you get an answer for the ankle issue. If you can address it without surgery it would certainly be a lot easier.

Well, off to exercise.

Good luck tonight gals! I know I will need it! emoticon
Carol

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