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2/23/17 5:59 P

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I saw that it was very warm at home. Hopefully spring is not far away. We will be headed for home early tomorrow morning. Most of our stuff is packed in the car already, including some things we are taking back to the in-laws. Tomorrow we will just need to pack up the last minute stuff, shut off the water and electricity, lock up the house and head out. We will drive a while before stopping for breakfast. Rodney would like to be on the road around 4 AM. We plan to spend one night in a motel and be home Saturday night if all goes well. We had a lot of rain yesterday but today has been pretty nice-a few sprinkles a couple of times but lots of sun other times. I did the laundry so we won't be bringing home a lot of dirty clothes.

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2/23/17 2:01 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's a really warm day here with temps in the low 60'. Yes, that's 60's!!!! We're supposed to get some rain and it is clouding up now so I guess it's going to happen. The weekend is supposed to be very warm again. Not sure if that is such a good thing. Sugaring has only just started so I'd hate to have the trees start budding already! Matt boiled again yesterday and had over 300 gallons by the end of the day. He's boiling again today and will probably have to boil every day until the weather cools down. Keeping my fingers crossed that this warm weather will snap and freeze again.

I'm not going to weigh in tonight. My scales are awful and I don't know what it going on. I have worked harder this week than I have in a long time and still the numbers keep going up. I think I will have to go back to keeping a log of my intake and activities. That worked once before, although I hated every minute that I did it. Something has to get me back on track.

My big project this afternoon was to fix the doorbells. Not really a major task but I've never done this before. I told hubby a couple of days ago that they weren't working but he forgot to deal with the situation.

A couple of hours left before the meeting. Let's see if I can accomplish something useful.

Cheryl

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2/23/17 8:56 A

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Morning ladies.

Overcast here this morning. We got some badly needed rain yesterday, which has helped to ease the deficit somewhat. Mostly sun for the next few days, with temps back in the 70s and 80s most days.

Cheryl, I can't believe your son made 110 gallons of syrup already. That is terrific. Let's hope the season continues to be a good one. It made me think of pancakes all day yesterday so hubby was kind enough to make some this morning for breakfast.

I gained .6 yesterday and the chapter had a small net gain. I don't think February's numbers are going to be that good overall.

The last of the a.c. tasks are supposed to get done today, replacement of the insulation in the attic that got trampled down during the installation of the air conditioner.

The hip feels somewhat better this morning, It gets better (fortunately) as the day goes on, probably because the anti-inflammatory has a chance to work.

Well, time to get some dishes done and decide what to make to take to pot luck tonight.

Good luck at weigh-in tonight, Cheryl.

Carol

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2/21/17 8:12 A

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Good morning, all. It's sunny here and promises to be a very nice day. Sap will surely run today. I'll be heading to the sugar house in a little while to do what I can to help out there. Matt says there's canning to be done and some washing up to do. Those are things that I can handle but there's no way I can go in the woods to look for leaks and such. He made about 110 gallons of syrup on Sunday but he worked until 3:00 am to get it done. I'm glad we didn't stay for that!

Other than helping Matt, today is also the day I do my groceries and laundry. Not sure all that will get done though. We need to make a trip to Costco to replenish some vitamins that we both take so we're planning a quick supper and then a trip there. Looks like laundry may wait until tomorrow to finish.

We had a Comcast repair guy here yesterday because we have had some problems lately with our signal. They claimed that there had been a problem in the neighborhood that they thought might have been the source and that they had fixed it last week. I had him check out the lines anyhow and he did find a problem with water in some of them. The connections had been replaced a while ago but they apparently never checked the lines themselves. Anyhow, he worked on things for well over an hour so I hope all is fixed now. Time will tell.

Sounds like you're having a family reunion of sorts while you're in Florida, Bev. It looks like Spring will finally be coming once you're back here. Enjoy the warmth while you can though because you won't find the temps as nice here.

I guess I should get my day going. Enjoy!

Cheryl

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2/20/17 8:04 A

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Yes we are enjoying being here and can't wait until we can spend more time here. Other than the traffic I like it really well. I haven't driven down here yet but I will. I have spent a lot of time cleaning and sorting out and getting rid of things we don't want, but it has been fun seeing the place become our own. There will be things I won't get to until next year but I have made a lot of progress. The in-laws would have a fit if they knew some of the stuff we got rid of but i'm not keeping stuff I will never use just because they think we should. Rodney's sister got here Friday night and we spent quite a bit of time with her yesterday. Her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter came down and she came with them to help watch the baby. Rod's oldest brother and his wife got here a few hours ahead of us so we have spent some time with them also. Her daughter and granddaughter are also here now and they plan to go to Busch Gardens one day this week so they asked if we would let their dogs out while they are gone. Well I better get off here and get breakfast going so we can decide what we are doing today. I already have laundry in the washer. Enjoy the taste of spring Cheryl!

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2/19/17 4:49 P

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Good afternoon, all.
A warm 81 here this afternoon, almost too hot! No complaints from me, though, as it is not humid.

Hard to believe sugaring season is about to begin back home. I know that much of the snow has melted off our deck, so that's a good thing.

Bev, sounds like you are enjoying being down here. I hope the weather continues to hold for you.

Had a successful trip to Target yesterday and got a kitchen trash can and some new sheets. Now that we have real furniture to store out clothing, it feels like we've really moved in. The only thing left is a mirror, and we have that, but he is going to build a wood frame and stain it to match the furniture ( I hope). We could have bought a matching mirror at Ikea but since we had one left over from the bathroom makeover, we decided to use that instead.

Well, time to see what I can dig up for supper.

Have a great evening all.

Carol

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2/19/17 1:54 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's a balmy 45 here today and feels just wonderful! I think Spring is coming. We will head to the sugar house in a little while for the first boil of the season.

We spent the weekend with our daughter in NY. It's not quite final yet but she and her husband have split and she has purchased a town house so we wanted to help her get a few things settled in her new digs. We brought her some extra pieces of furniture that we had stored here and we knew she could find a use for them. We spent most of the morning yesterday shopping for things at Lowe's and Home Depot. Then, the rest of the day was spent changing out some cabinet hardware, lining shelves and drawers, installing a new light, and just emptying boxes and resettling her things. One of her friends came over and cooked supper for us and it was delicious!!! Sure am glad we didn't have to deal with meals since we were just about dead on our feet!

Today, we got a fairly early start for the return trip and now, after resting a little and unpacking the truck, we'll head to Matt's to help with the first boil. It's exciting to think that we're starting the season. Definitely makes me feel like Spring is coming!

Time to call my mother for our weekly chat. Have a wonderful day.

Cheryl

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2/17/17 3:13 P

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We had 46 when we got up but it is 77 now. We took time off from working and went to Fisherman's Village this morning then rode down toward Ft Myers and stopped at Harbor Freight. I called it the big boy toy store! We bought an over the toilet storage rack but it has wire shelves so now we are at Home Depot hoping to get some pieces of plexiglass to keep small things from falling through.

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2/17/17 8:42 A

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Good morning all.
A chilly 41 here this morning, but it will be in the upper 70s by the afternoon.

There is a dense smoke advisory here this morning, a first for us. The brush fires in the southern part of the county have caused problems up here, I guess, but I looks clear and sunny out there to me.

I lost 1.6 this week, but the chapter had a net gain.

Saw my doc again yesterday to get her advice on my hip. I guess I'll try to tough it out and do something when we get back home. I think I'd better stock up on Tylenol...took 3 last night and it didn't help much.

We did get to Ikea Wednesday afternoon so hubby has had fun (not!) putting together the bedroom pieces we bought. He started with the biggest one, so the worst is over, in that sense. Smaller pieces, like the nightstands, are going better.

Well, time to try to get something accomplished myself here.

Have a fabulous Friday all.

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2/16/17 9:25 P

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Good evening, all. It was another nasty ride to work this morning. Roads were very greasy and there was a driver who must have been terrified because the car was traveling at about 10 -15 mph. I will admit that there was good reason to take it easy but that was ridiculous! It took me about twice as long to make the trip and I was very happy to finally get to the office.

Our meeting tonight was not pretty. Very few people made the effort to be there so we just did a weigh in and then left. There were the four officers and only two other members there. Not much for losses either. I had another gain but not as much as I expected so I guess that was good. Lots of people going on vacations right now so attendance is very low, even worse than during summer vacations.

We are going over to see our daughter this weekend. We don't usually go at this time but the weather looks good so we thought it would be a good weekend to do this. We need to get out of the rut we're in so this will be a good change of scenery.

Enjoy all the warm weather. We had another six inches of snow overnight.

Cheryl

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2/14/17 5:34 P

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Yes we got out of there just in time! We drove in snow on Saturday until we got almost to Springfield, MA so it took a little longer than usual but other than the snow on the first part of the trip and a detour in NY because an accident had closed I-84 it was uneventful. Rodney did most of the driving. We left around 3:45 Saturday and he drove until 11. He pulled over for me to drive because he started having one of his pain attacks. I drove until about 5:30 when we stopped for gas and a bathroom break. It was getting dark and I wasn't crazy about driving in unfamiliar territory after dark so he took over and drove another 3 hours before we stopped for the night in SC. Sunday we slept later and didn't get on the road until 6:30. We got here a little before 5:30. Everything is fine at the house here other than a sink faucet in the bathroom that was leaking pretty bad. We didn't use that sink until Rodney replaced the faucet last night. We picked up the replacement window but he hasn't put it in yet. His uncle called yesterday to ask him to go fishing today. Dan will be having chemo again tomorrow so he won't feel good for a few days and then his daughter and granddaughter are coming so the only chance for Rodney to go with him was today. I told him he should go and I would work around here today. There is a lot of cleaning to be done, plus sorting through all the kitchen stuff they left behind that I will never use and don't plan to keep. I will be putting a lot on the lawn and hopefully people will take most of it. The guy next door told Rodnew last summer when he and his brother were putting stuff out that he would like first dibs so I didn't put anything out yet. I will let Rodney go see the neighbor since I have never met him. I got my bathroom cleaned today and a lot of stuff done in the kitchen plus did some laundry. I had to take down the rotten clothesline and put up new rope before I could hang them. All the dishes I am keeping have been washed before I put them away. I also painted a small table and a couple of chairs that will sit in our small entrance. Well I guess I should get back to work!

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2/13/17 8:11 A

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Morning all.
61 here this morning, no snow! I saw that most of the state's schools are closed. Probably a good idea, to say the least.

Bev, Cheryl is right, you escaped just in time. Hopefully you have opened up your FL house and found that all is well there.

Cheryl, a snow day or a sick day...hope you can enjoy your time at home today.

We ended up going to the mall late yesterday afternoon, looking to use up a coupon at Sears that we had. I wanted some new sheets, but we didn't find the color I wanted, so he ended up getting a pair of work pants instead. I know the Macy's in that mall is closing soon, so we went there too. Big discounts but nothing I couldn't live without. It was fun window shopping anyway.

Well, off to get my day started.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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2/13/17 7:48 A

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Good morning, all. It's pretty white out there this morning. We had about 13" of snow so far and it is still snowing lightly. The wind is supposed to come up this morning too and that will blow this stuff around. I have decided that I will not attempt to drive to work since the roads are surely going to be hard to navigate. All the schools in the area are closed too. I saw somewhere that there were over 500 cancellations.

So, this is a bonus day for me. My cold is doing a bit better so maybe I will actually accomplish something today. I really haven't felt up to doing much for the past several days but I think it's time to get back to a more normal routine. There's always something to do so I know I won't have to look very hard to find something that needs cleaning.

Bev, glad to see that you made it to Florida without issues. You sure left just in time to miss all this fluff! Enjoy your vacation.

I guess I should call the boss just to make my day off official. Have a good day.

Cheryl

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2/11/17 7:42 A

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Good morning all.

Sunny and 52 here this morning, headed to 82. Safe travels to you, Bev! Hope the weather doesn't cause too many problems.

There was a large group of us who went to a seafood restaurant last night for dinner. Good food but too crowded. Our dinner was paid for by friends he has done some handyman work for, which was a nice surprise. There was a whole basket of biscuits left so of course, hubby had to bring those home. At least it wasn't dessert!

No weekend plans for us. We had thought about going to Ikea but I think a weekday would be best for that. We've had several items picked out for bedroom furniture for quite some time. I'm anxious to get those tote boxes out of there and into the attic where they belong.

Well, time to get my day started. Have a great day all.

Carol

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2/10/17 9:37 P

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We got lots of snow yesterday. I never saw an official total but I would say it was somewhere between 8 inches and a foot. By the time I got home our road had been plowed and Ed had the yard all snowblowed because he got out of work early so I never got to see how much there was here. When I got out of work someone had cleaned off my car for me so I didn't see how much was on that either but I did have to trudge through a lot to get to my car. The company that does the plowing had already been in with a bucket loader but they couldn't do around the cars. I think I was about the last person to leave yesterday. When I first got up yesterday it wasn't even snowing yet, but when I left not quite 2 hours later we already had 2 or 3 inches on the ground. The ride to work was horrible- not because it was super slippery but visibility was very poor- especially when the damn tractor trailers decided to pass and I had seven on them pass me on the way to Brattleboro. Thankfully it was better on the way home, but I still took it slow. This morning it was fine most of the way but from Putney to Brattleboro wasn't that good. We will be headed for Florida early tomorrow morning. It sounds like we might be driving in some snow for a while, but hopefully it won't be too bad. We hope to make it to the NC/SC border by the time we stop for the night tomorrow, but if we encounter bad weather that might not be possible. I will be on here when I can over the next two weeks, but we won't have internet so I am not taking my laptop. I will have my phone though, and we bought a data card for Rodney's iPad, which he might share with me occasionally. Stay safe with all these storms! Hopefully they will be mostly behind us by the time we come back.

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Good afternoon, all. It's a sunny day here but I understand it is quite cold out. I haven't ventured outside at all today. Yesterday, I left work early because I had developed a cold and it was very drippy. I thought it would be better if I didn't contaminate that area with all my germs so I left at mid-morning and spent the rest of the day in the recliner. Sleeping wasn't fun last night so I'm spending another day in the recliner. Just don't have the energy to do anything of any importance. I didn't even go to the chapter meeting last night. First time I've missed in a long time.

We didn't get much out of the snowstorm yesterday, maybe an inch or so. But there's a forecast for more snow Sunday night into Monday and this time it should be several inches according to the forecasters. Not looking forward to that! I am definitely sick of winter. My brother sent me a picture of his apricot tree in full bloom in NC. So jealous! Sugaring should start soon and that's always a good sign that Spring is on the way. Can't get here soon enough to suit me!

Heading back to the recliner. Have a good day.

Cheryl






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2/7/17 8:51 A

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Good morning all.
62 and sunny here this morning. Another nice day in store.

The stores weren't too bad yesterday, but I hadn't thought about them being crowded Sunday. It makes sense, I guess. I had a prescription to pick up at WalMart but they called and said it was on reorder so they could only give me a 3-day supply and I'd have to wait for the rest to come in on Wednesday. I had one left anyway, so now I won't need to get there until Thursday or Friday anyway.

The city inspector is scheduled to come today to sign off on the new air conditioner system. It's a little overdue, I know. Let's hope we don't have to wait around all day for him to show up. That's usually how those things work.

Last night was a meeting of the P.O.A. We had to vote on an upgrade/renovation to the clubhouse they've been talking about for several months. It will cost about a half million dollars but won't increase any fees, etc., so it passed on a wide margin. Still only about half of the residents voted, which is kind of a shame, if you ask me. There was a big discussion about security at the RV storage lot ....we are a part of that since we store our utility trailer there, so I expect that will continue for a while. A special meeting is being planned, I think, as many folks are very upset, including our neighbors across the street. They had a break in and valuable items were stolen from their RV. Of course, when you get that many people together, everyone thinks they have a 'better idea' of how to solve the problem!

Well, enough rambling from me.

Hope everyone has a great Tuesday.

Carol

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2/6/17 8:38 P

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Carol, you were probably better off doing the shopping today anyway because yesterday there were a lot of people stocking up on all their last minute Super Bowl party supplies. That was the case Saturday as well when we did our shopping. I was supposed to pick up some prescriptions at Walgreens tonight but I totally forgot about them until after I was home. Rodney said he will go get them tomorrow. I will probably take his Jeep to work, but he said he can always take the truck if the roads are too bad to drive my car. We could probably wait until Wednesday to get them but a couple of them were ready yesterday and I hate to make them hold onto them too many days. We definitely need them before we head to Florida. I will be out of my metformin before we even leave if I don't pick that refill up.

Well I was able to view most of Rodney's labs on Saturday and they looked good. Today I was able to see the tumor marker number and that does not look so good. It may not mean anything, but I can't help but be concerned about it. His number has more than doubled since November- but it has gone up before and then come back down, so hopefully that will be the case this time as well. His response was "what are we going to do about that" and I said we are going to go to Florida and enjoy ourselves and not worry about it until we come back and you have your scan and we get the results of that. We can't change things if something is going on, so there is no point in letting it ruin our vacation. We will deal with it later if we need to, but hopefully we won't need to. I debated whether or not I should even tell him, but I figured he would eventually find the result himself- or would ask me to look for it and I won't lie to him.

I'm not sure if I will weigh in this week. I am afraid the scale won't look good. I am no longer taking the diuretic I have been on for years to control the swelling in my legs. My new doctor didn't sound like he wanted to renew it so I didn't even ask. He indicated he would like me to wear the compression hose more and see if that will control the swelling and if it won't he says there are other things he can give me for that. I took my last one on Thursday and by Saturday evening the scale was up by 6 pounds! A little of that could have been that I didn't wear the compression hose on Saturday, but I wore them yesterday and today and tonight the scale was still up by about 5 pounds. Unless it looks much better by Thursday I will not weigh in before we leave for vacation.

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Morning all.
Foggy and 52 here this morning, expected to reach 80 today. Warmer than normal winter, I guess, but it is also quite dry. The sun is already burning through the fog, so it will warm up quickly, I 'm sure.

Glad to hear that the Patriots won, even if I don't watch football. All those records broken. They'll be talking about this game for a long time.

Hubby installed the vanity light and grab bar in the bathroom yesterday so I guess it's done...well, we still have a folding seat that he will attach in the shower also, but not right away, I guess.

Didn't get to the grocery store yesterday so that is on the agenda for today. I Got the housecleaning done yesterday so I'm hoping to have a low-key day. We shall see.

Well, have a great Monday all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. We did end up watching most of the Super Bowl last night. Hubby wanted to see the ads and, I'll admit, I didn't mind watching the rest of the action. It was exciting to watch the comeback! I'm not really a football fan though.

Looks like we'll be having a variety of weather this week. Snow, sleet, freezing rain...yuck! This is the part of winter I hate. Not that I'm particularly fond of the cold either but I can take that more than the messy driving.

Not much else going on here. Time to get ready for work. Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Our chapter had a small net loss last night but there were a number of gainers. Ed, Kim, and I all lost this week, but of course we had all gained last week. I lost more than what I gained last week so I was happy about that. I think the chapter had a bigger net gain last week than the net loss we had this week.

We are not really football fans, but Rodney does watch the Super Bowl. Ed and Kim often watch football, so they will be glued to the TV I'm sure. I need to figure out what they all want to eat on Sunday night because I'm sure we won't be having a sit-down dinner. Most likely we will have something that can be eaten in the living room. Fine by me- less dishes to do that way.

Yes, we should be on our way to some warm weather a week from tomorrow. I can't wait! Rodney just needs to stay healthy so we don't have to cancel the trip again! He got a call yesterday to schedule his CT scan when we get back and they told him he could pick up the drink for it when he was there for physical therapy. They also let him have his bloodwork done yesterday. I was kind of surprised they did it that much in advance but he checked with his oncologist to make sure it was okay. I should be able to view most of those results tomorrow, but his tumor marker number always takes longer so I won't see that for another day or two.

Have fun at the sale Carol! We will be getting rid of a bunch of stuff while we are in Florida but we won't be selling it. We will just put it out on the sidewalk and most of it will likely disappear. The neighbor told Rodney last summer he wanted first dibs on anything we want to get rid of.

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Good morning, ladies!
55 here this morning, sunny, headed to the mid-70s today. Bev, soon you'll be able to say that too!

A busy few days for us here, what with getting the flooring done. The carpet people called Wednesday and said they were scheduled for yesterday to come an replace the living room, master bedroom, and guest carpets. Yikes! That meant a lot of moving stuff out of those rooms to prepare for that. We had understood we would call them on the 1st to schedule, but we figured why wait...so there were 2 guys and they worked until 5:30 to get them all done.

They do look nice and feel cleaner, of course. I don't believe she'd replaced any of them except the master bedroom in the 26 years she was here. We decided not to replace the 3rd bedroom carpet, which we use for an office, as it was relatively clean, compared to the others. I think she used it as her sewing room.

I stayed the same this week at weigh-in and the chapter had a no-gain meeting. They were pretty happy about that. One lady pointed out my picture in the newest TOPS magazine. (I don't get my copies forwarded here most of the time, so I had no idea). And they started talking about moving the weigh in day from Wednesday morning to Thursday morning, which would be fine with me!

Today we are helping to set up for the development's annual Trash n' Treasure, kind of an indoor yard sale at the clubhouse. I like to go tag stuff and get a chance to see what will be for sale tomorrow.

Well, time to hit the shower.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It sure is quiet on here lately. Busy lives, I guess.

Chapter meeting went well last night. I didn't weigh in because I was sure I would have a significant gain. Seems like that's all I do lately. The chapter had a net loss though so that was a good sign that others are doing well.

We are fighting colds here. Hubby is coughing and coughing. He even left work early yesterday. I am fighting the onset of a cold and so far have been fairly successful. I just won't give in to it.

Big Super Bowl doings this weekend. It won't matter here. We are definitely not football fans. I like to see the new commercials but I won't watch the game just to see them so I usually just look for a link online and enjoy them that way.

Have a good day.

Cheryl

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I sure hope that is all the funerals for a while Cheryl! It is always nice to see relatives you haven't seen in some time, but it is a shame it has to be under those circumstances. I have a number of cousins that I haven't seen in years except for at someone's funeral.

I had a very busy day at work too. With just two days left in the month I was trying to get caught up as much as possible, plus trying to get a jump start on a couple of things for next month because I will really be under the gun to get the necessities done before I leave for vacation. At one point my boss had told us she was planning to hire another person once we took on the two new offices, but more recently there was no mention of that. She was talking about trying to bring in a temp to help us with some of the grunt work that is more time-consuming than anything. I wasn't sure how that was going to work because the stuff that requires little or no training would be done in a few hours if someone could take the time to concentrate on just that, and for the other stuff someone would need to make time to train a temp in order for them to help out. I think the month of February is going to put us even further behind, but it's not my fault!

Well, I guess I had better get off the computer and get my dishes done so I can head to bed soon. I have been getting later and later every night and it gets harder to get up in the morning!

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Good afternoon, all. It's sunny here but still quite chilly. We had a bit of snow last night and some on Friday night too so I think we have more snow on the ground now than we've had all winter!

I just returned from the second funeral in three days. My uncle's funeral was in Brattleboro on Saturday and today was Karl's aunt's funeral in Swanton. That's enough for one week. It was fun seeing all the cousins at my uncle's funeral though. Out of twelve, only three didn't make it. Two live in Florida and one in Connecticut.

Work was very hectic today, especially since I wanted to leave a few minutes early. The cleaning lady was having issues with the central vac but I was no help to her. The pastor did bring over a canister vacuum from the church so that she could finish but he doesn't have any idea what the problem is. He definitely isn't handy!

Sorry to hear about the cut your hubby experienced, Carol. I guess he wasn't hurt too badly though if he managed the ER alone.

I delivered a couple of Christmas stockings to my brother this weekend since he was here for the funeral. Now, my sister would also like a pair for her and her hubby. I'll get going on those this evening. Maybe I can have them done by the next time I go to Brattleboro.

Hope you all have a great day.

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I had a gain last night too. I am not quite sure why because I feel like I have been doing pretty well about what and how much I am eating. Oh well, I am not going to worry too much about it, and I didn't gain back everything I had lost the week before. Most of the chapter had gains- so much for our no-gain meeting the week before!

Two weeks from tomorrow we will be on our way to Florida! I can't wait. Between now and then I have a ton of stuff to try to get done at work, but I suspect it is not going to be possible to get it all done. I should just do what I can without giving up my breaks, but I find it difficult to do that so I will probably end up giving up some of my breaks.

Carol, I'm glad your hubby didn't get seriously hurt on the saw. I bet he was mad at himself for doing it. That was how Rodney was when he cut his hand and had to go to the ER when we were working at his sister's house.

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Good afternoon, all.
A cloudy start this morning but it has turned out to be pretty nice out there, about 64, I think.

I ended up weighing in with a gain yesterday but the chapter keeps having problems with the scale and uses a backup one, which everyone complains adds at least a half pound or more.
They will try batteries in the other one next week to see if it makes a difference.

Last night was pot luck but there were only about 60 people there so we ended up bringing home some leftover pasta salad I had made and pumpkin pie I bought at WalMart. He will eat that pie up quickly, fortunately, but probably not the salad quite as quickly.

We've been invited tonight to try a fish restaurant everyone seems to like so I guess we'll go to that. We seldom eat out unless we're with other people, which works out all right most of the time.

Hubby started the flooring in the dining room today and ended up cutting his finger on the table saw, enough so that he had to go to urgent care for 4 stitches. He says it doesn't hurt, and it hasn't slowed him down any, so I don't feel bad about not going along with him to the clinic. The bleeding had stopped by the time he left so I felt confident he could make it alone. It's only abut 5 miles away anyway.

Well, time to get back to my own list.

Have a great day all.

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Cheryl, sorry to hear about your loss and the expected one. I don't think any of my mom's siblings are still alive and only two of my dad's siblings are still alive, so I don't have too many aunts and uncles left either. Rodney has several left, mostly on his father's side.

Carol, I am glad to hear you didn't get a lot of bad weather. I saw that there were warnings in Florida but I think most of the bad storms were in Georgia.

Today was pretty nasty but the roads were actually not as bad as I was expecting them to be. Fortunately I was able to take the Jeep because Rodney rescheduled his appointment to Friday instead of today. Tomorrow I will only work a half day because I have an appointment with the audiologist in the afternoon for a checkup. I think she is also supposed to clean parts of my hearing aids that they don't want the wearer to touch. Once my year is up I will have to pay for that so I will have to find out at some point what she charges to do it.

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Good afternoon, all.

75 and sunny here today, still a bit breezy but not like it has been. Sunday was a little wild with high winds and rain, even a tornado warning for the county but fortunately it didn't materialize.
Monday was dry but still very windy. They are already talking about 'cold' temps this weekend, with a high of 61 or 62, I guess.

We have been working on getting the bathroom finished, and it's nearly done. There's towel racks, etc., still to go up, but it is now a fully functioning bathroom! Woohoo! We're using a shower curtain (cut in half) for now, as we haven't decided on a shower door yet. I'd like to wait for a sale, but I guess I'll have to settle for 10% discount at HD or LOWES.

Today we had haircuts and then an appointment to have our picture taken for the pictorial directory our development is putting together. Of course, the picture is 'free', but they try to talk you into packages, etc. We just upgraded the photo paper and paid to have it matted and framed. That was expensive enough, I thought.

Well, I just heard him say something about a tiny leak under the sink....not what I wanted to hear, so I guess I'll go see what that is about.

Cheryl, so sorry to hear of those deaths (or impending ones). It is always difficult when they are unexpected, but it reinforces the mindset I have now that you need to make the most of every day that you have.

Hope everyone has a great evening.

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Good afternoon, all. I started a post here yesterday and then it suddenly disappeared! So let's try this again.

We had some ice, sleet and snow today. Only thing missing is sun, I guess. All the area schools were closed and travel wasn't advisable. I had the foresight to cancel an appointment with my periodontist since I'm not that brave a driver in the ice and snow. I would have had to be in Burlington early this afternoon, and maybe the roads would have been okay but I didn't care to try.

We got word this morning that my MIL's sister died yesterday. They weren't very close and we hadn't seen this aunt in several years. She wouldn't have known us anyhow. She had Alzheimer's and didn't know anyone anymore. Now, there's only two siblings left out of a family of six children. We also got word earlier that my one remaining uncle is in hospice care. He has been failing for a while and this last hospitalization resulted in no improvement. The doctors have told the family that there isn't anything further they can do for him. He had a kidney operation a couple of years ago and now the one remaining kidney is failing. He is too old to undergo another surgery so we expect that he will pass within a few days. That will leave just two siblings on my side too. My mother and her sister.

It was a rough day at work yesterday. There were things that I didn't really know how to do so I worked with the finance office at the diocese and they got me through them. I'm thinking that this is getting to be more than I want to do so it's likely that I'll be giving my notice soon. It's not worth it to me to come home and still be playing out things in my mind, wondering if I did the right things. It will take some time to find a replacement and train that person but I am hoping to be free by summer.

Last load of laundry is finished in the dryer so I'd better tend to that. Carol, those temps are sounding really good today. We've been to Plant City for the strawberry festival and really enjoyed it!.

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Morning all.
57 and sunny here, headed to 80 again today. Rain coming on the weekend, I guess, but we desperately need it.

Congrats on the loss, Bev. And for the no-gain meeting. That is a good sign for the chapter.

We took our friend back to his sister's yesterday, stopping along the way for a world-famous strawberry shortcake along the way in Plant City. Yum is an understatement. It's really a farm stand that sells strawberry related food and is less than a half-hour from here. Definitely on the list to go back to when we have more time.

Got stuck in a slow rush hour (isn't that an oxymoron?) traffic jam in Tampa, but we made it home safely and that is what counts.

Today the a.c. guys will come back for the last piece of the installation...it has really dragged out...but I'm sure they will show on time as they need to get paid.

Other than that, it's just grocery shopping on the list for us today.

Well, time to get the walking in. Have a fabulous Friday all.

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Good morning, all. It's quite early still but my day is already started. I tend to get up at the same time regardless of whether it's a work day or not.

Congrats on the loss, Bev, and congrats to the chapter for the no-gain meeting. That's always a plus! I didn't weigh in last night. I knew I would have a gain so I didn't need the scale to tell me that.

Tonight, we have a dinner to attend. Each year, the pastor takes the religious education teachers and their guests out for a nice dinner and I'm always included since I prepare their materials. It's a nice break from the usual.

Not much else on the agenda for today other than a bit of cleaning. We'll have Matt's birthday here on Sunday evening so I'll make sure to spruce the place up a bit. It won't be a very big group, just Matt's family, Chris's family, us and my MIL. Matt's wife is coming early to do the cooking so I won't have to do anything more than start the roast that she's bringing by tomorrow.

Have a wonderful weekend.

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We had a no-gain meeting tonight. It was a small group weighing in but there were no gains. I lost 1.4. Of course I didn't weigh in last week so that was for two weeks- sort of. Had I weighed in last week I would have been up from the week before. I hope the scale was kind to everyone else.

Nothing much happening here- just work, work, and more work- and putting up with all the snow and ice. At least it hasn't been bitterly cold the past few days. I am sick of winter and more than ready for some sunshine and warm temps.

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Weigh in time shortly. Oh my.
Tomorrow is another day, so be it.
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Good morning all.

Another sunny day here, and it may hit 80 today. Still warm for this time of the year, they are saying.

The plumbers came and did their jackhammering thing yesterday. Loud and dirty, but they were done in 2 hours and I was fine with that. After lunch I finally got to vacuum and dust the whole house and it surely needed it after that. We did isolate the bedroom next to the bathroom so much of it was confined to that room, thankfully.

Bev, I suspect a virus as well was the issue with Rod, only because he did feel better the next day and the fever went down. With his immune system being what it is, no doubt he is more susceptible to every bug that comes along. Let's hope the worst is behind him.

I got my walking in early so I guess I'd better hit the shower before our friend arrives.

Have a wonderful day all.

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Good morning, all. It's a cloudy day here and the forecast is for "weather" later. It's supposed to stay fairly warm so we're likely to have very little snow and more rain here overnight. I am supposed to go to Burlington for some training tomorrow but I'm not sure I'll be going unless the roads look perfectly okay. It's not a required training so I think I can skip it without much trouble. It's all about updates to the program I use for my parishioner information (vital statistics, sacraments, family members, donations, etc.). The company was bought out by another company and there were some glitches in the transition but I think everything is configured correctly now.

Bev, I hope that all will be okay with Rodney. There is a wicked bug going around that seems to hit pretty hard so I do hope that he got only a small touch of it, if that's really what's going on.

We spent Sunday with Chris and Kate, taking care of Alex while they were preparing their house for a realtor's visit. They were looking for a new house before Alex was born but kind of suspended it while getting used to being new parents. They recently began looking again and are interested in a couple of places so they figured it was time to list their home. It was fun to take care of the baby for a while too. He is growing like a weed and developing more and more personality every day!

Karl and Matt are busy with setting spouts in the woods. It's nearly time for another sugaring season so he's trying to stay ahead of the game and get the trees ready. Last year, his first boil was early in February and, with the warmer temps we have been having, it might be that early again.

Laundry and groceries on the agenda for today. First load is in the washer and the grocery list is ready. Off to get started on that now. Have a great day.

Cheryl

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55 in the morning and 70s during the day sounds pretty nice! We had 10 degrees when I got up this morning, and it was only 62 inside. I assumed the boiler had quit again because we had a time a couple of weeks ago that it wasn't running but it started working again before Rodney or Ed did anything to it that time. This morning I started the pellet stove and then later went down and tried hitting the reset button but nothing happened. Later on Rodney (or Ed) figured out that the boiler itself was working but the circulators were not. They ended up finding a loose wire, so they got it working again. Rodney was not feeling good today anyway. He had a rough night last night. He had an episode of pretty bad pain in his belly before we went to bed and then when we first went to bed he was shivering. I put a comforter on the bed but he was still shivering. He finally got warm but then he had another pain episode. He finally fell asleep but I woke up around 1 AM with him shivering uncontrollably again. He was complaining about pain in his neck right at the base of his skull and he vomited once. We checked both his temperature and his blood sugar. His sugar was neither low nor alarmingly high. He had a low grade fever but nothing alarming. I think he shivered for a good 15-20 minutes after I woke up before it finally started to subside. I was debating whether I should take him to Dartmouth but since his temp was only up slightly we decided to hold off. This morning he said he felt like he had been run over by a truck (and looked it too) but at least he wasn't shivering. He said he slept a good part of the day and he still doesn't feel that good but he looks a little better. He may have picked up a touch of some sort of bug and the shivering is how his body is going to react these days whenever he gets sick. The last time it happened they said his white blood count was elevated, which indicated he likely had something going on, but they never found a specific cause so they assumed it was some sort of a virus. Hopefully he bounces back completely tomorrow.

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Morning all.
A bit cloudy here again this morning, about 55, headed to the 70s again. Fine with me.

I was wondering where the weekend went because I really didn't accomplish much at all. We went to a department store yesterday and got a bed skirt for the guest bed, then to Lowes for some mulch. I did manage to finish the newsletter for the shelter but not much else.

The plumbing crew arrived at 7:30 this morning and is jackhammering the bathroom floor. Noisy and dusty, but we expected that. I'm sure the neighbors don't appreciate the early start, but we had no control over that.

Our friend from Seattle is coming tomorrow to spend a couple of days with us. He's visiting family here in FL in the St. Pete area so he doesn't have a lot of time to spend with us. That's okay. We are going to borrow a 4-seater golf cart to take him around the development and show him the sights here, but no other plans. Maybe hang out at the pool. Since his wife is a teacher she wasn't able to get the time off to come with him.

Well, time to get started on today's list. We put off the housecleaning until after the bathroom work was done today and the dust settles....might be a long day.

Have a great Monday all.

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Good morning, all. I did weigh in last night and had another small gain. I really need to turn this trend around! We started a new contest last night that involves points earned for losing and for exercising, among other things. It doesn't look like a complicated contest, something that means a lot to me. Anyhow, we'll be running it for eight weeks, long enough to form a pattern, I hope.

The weather this week has been ridiculous for January. We've had our thaw for a couple of days and now we'll be freezing our tushes for a couple of days before we go back into another thaw next week. No wonder everyone is feeling under the weather! No one knows how to dress for the weather!

I finally received the report on my barium test and it was all okay. No growths to report, Thank goodness! They billed the wrong insurance for the colonoscopy so now they will send it to the right one and I'm hoping they don't make the mistake again.

Not much on the agenda for this weekend. Karl will be working in the woods with our son so I guess I'll get a lot accomplished on my brother's Christmas stocking. I'd like to get his and one for his wife done this month. Then, I have a quilt to repair and that should take a while since there are several blocks that must be replaced with new material. This is a quilt that my grandmother and my mother worked on together so I'll be the third generation to work on it.

I guess I should probably get my day moving. Have a great day.

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I hope the scale was good to anyone who weighed in today. I did not go to TOPS tonight. Kim wasn't planning to go because she keeps the records for the girls basketball team and they had a game tonight. Ed worked late so he wasn't home in time to go. I was late getting home too but I could have made it there if I left right away. I knew the scale was not looking good anyway so I opted to play hooky. I'm not sure why the scale is up, but it has been all week. Not a good start to losing the weight the doctor wants me to lose!

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Morning all.

Another cold start to the day here, 37 and sunny, but it will get to the 60s today. Can't believe it barely got to 50 yesterday, but by comparison, at least it's not -7!

Happy anniversary, Bev! Sorry to hear of your doc's news, though. Let's hope you can avoid the medication through other changes. Even a pill form of medication is not fun, I'm sure.

Got a lot accomplished with the bathroom makeover but have run into a drain problem, so we have a professional coming tomorrow to look at that. Hopefully the rest of it will be done by mid-week. Also got the guest bed all set up, bedding washed, etc., so now if we do have company they have a place to sleep. I am still vacuuming up dust from the a.c. and sheetrock repair jobs but I can see the light at the end of that tunnel, finally.

Well, off to tackle the dishes I was too tired to wash last night.


Have a great day, ladies!

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I saw something on SparkPeople yesterday that I thought could easily be turned into a contest for a TOPS chapter and I e-mailed it to our leader. It was an idea to make a list of things to do (drink water, exercise so many minutes or so many times per week, eating veggies, try a new fruit, make a new healthy recipe, etc- whatever the group comes up with) and then have each person draw a 5 x 5 grid and write one in each square like a Bingo card. As you accomplish each thing you get to check it off. The first person to complete their card is the winner.

It was in the single digits here this morning but I don't remember exactly what it was. It got up to around 20 but felt darned cold- the same with yesterday.

I think I may have just gotten the wake-up call I needed to make me get more serious about getting rid of some of this weight. I went to the lab yesterday to have my cholesterol checked and also my A1C since the last blood sugar test I had was high for a fasting sample. I got a message last night from my new doctor that my A1C number was consistent with diabetes and he wants to start me on medication for it right away. I was expecting it might come in showing pre-diabetes but I was not expecting it to come back that I had already reached the level of diabetes. I was just over though, so I should be able to bring the number down. He said my cholesterol was also elevated, but he didn't tell me what the numbers were so I will have to wait until tomorrow when I can view the results online. It must not have been too high, because he wants to hold off on medication for that in the hope that I can lose some weight and avoid taking medication. I have to be rechecked for both in three months. Of course I can't say I did real well today since we went out to dinner this afternoon. Tomorrow is our anniversary, but since it is a work day we knew we wouldn't be likely to go tomorrow so we went a day early. Now I need to start behaving!

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Good evening, all. It was a very cold day here today. We had 2 degrees this morning when I got up and I don't think it ever got any higher than 15 all day. We made a trip to Costco early this morning buy me a new computer since mine died yesterday. I am actually glad it died since I haven't liked it as long as I've had it. Hubby bought it for me one Christmas but I never liked the model. I'm hoping this one is better. After Costco, we went to the sugar house to retrieve Karl's truck. Yesterday, he was there to help Matt with taps and then rode with him to Halle's soccer game in the afternoon. I met them at the game and he decided that he would just ride back with me rather than backtracking to get his truck.

Bev, I hope you have good traveling weather for the trip south next month. My cousin was just returning from a vacation in Punta Cana with her son's family and they were delayed seven hours in Atlanta due to the weather. Mother Nature sure can be fickle!

This will be my first "full" week of work in a while. I've been doing only a couple of days a week through the holidays but tomorrow starts the post-holiday stuff and I'll need the three days a week to get it all done. January is always a very busy time for me there. It's probably the last year I'll be doing it though. I'm seriously thinking I will get through sometime before the Fall. We'll see.

I'm looking for a good contest to get the members motivated. Any great ideas?? I've looked at the TOPS website and found a couple of ideas if nothing else turns up.

Have a good week, all.

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I didn't have a loss Cheryl, but I did manage to stay the same. Even if some of your group had a gain it doesn't really put you in the hole since the first weigh-in of the year is the starting point. Yes, it puts them further from goal, but it doesn't put the chapter in the hole. Sorry to hear about your daughter's friend's loss. I was seeing the reports of the storm they are getting down south. I was telling Rodney that is the kind of thing I hope we don't encounter on our way to or from Florida next month. When we drove down four years ago we didn't encounter any bad weather but you never know this time of year. We will pay attention to the weather when we get ready to head back and we can leave a little earlier if needed to avoid bad weather. We definitely need to be back on time because Rodney will be having bloodwork and a CT scan the day that I go back to work.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Good evening, all. Congrats on the loss, Bev. I had a small gain last night but others had very large gains. We're starting the year in the hole! Yikes! We had a good discussion last night about how things are going for us and I'm hoping that it makes a difference in how we each approach the battle. Time will tell.

I had a very productive day at home today. There were lots of little jobs to get done since I wasn't here to do much on Tuesday. Matt and I delivered the boat to Plattsburgh so I wasn't able to do as much as I would normally that day. So today I made my pea soup, mopped floors, delivered a package to the post office, and a bunch of other little chores. I feel good about what I accomplished!

Our daughter called yesterday with distressing news. Her very good friend lost her brother to suicide the night before. I have never met the girl but I was nearly in tears as Jess told me what happened. He was only in his mid-20's and they had no idea that he was so down on himself. The girl talked with Jess today and they both had a good cry. It is so sad that anyone could feel so hopeless that they would do this.

Tomorrow, we will miss the big storm that is forecast, thank goodness. My brother in NC says that they are expecting to hunker down and ride it out indoors, waiting for the snow to melt. They are all set for food and such and he is sick with a viral respiratory infection so that's probably the best plan of action for them. My SIL said that they don't even own a shovel anymore!

My other brother is scheduled for hip replacement on March 30. He met with the orthopedic doctor today and would have done it this afternoon if that was possible. He is in a lot of pain and only wants to have it done. I hope it all goes well for him.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Well, I did make it to TOPS tonight and I even managed to avoid a gain. By the scale here I was up .2 but on the chapter scale I was the same. Ed also stayed the same and Kim had a small loss, so I guess we all did okay. Hopefully we will all have losses next week. Ed and Kim both quit smoking on New Years Day, so they are off to a good start at being healthier.

I got rid of my elliptical tonight so there is one less thing taking up space in the basement. I let it go cheaper than I wanted to at first, but it was doing me no good just collecting dust. I told Rodney I will set the money aside to buy things that we decide we want for the house in Florida (not big things, but there will probably be lots of small things we want). Now if I could sell the treadmill too I would be happy.

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Good morning, ladies.

So much cooler today than it has been. 54 this morning, with the dew point back in the 50s. Yesterday morning was still sticky but by the afternoon it was much nicer.

Weighed in with a gain this week but in leeway so I have a good starting point, at least. Joined a new team contest so maybe that will give me extra motivation. I volunteered to do the program next week so I think I'll do some Leslie Sansone moves to some songs I have recorded on a CD. They had mentioned last year wanting me to do something like that. Many of them can't really exercise due to physical limitations, but they can walk and do some of these moves, I think. We'll have a good laugh, at least. The gal who did this week's program is another snow bird and she gave me all the materials to bring back to my chapter to use there.

The a.c. guys were here until 7:30 last night finishing the installation. It all went fairly well, except one guy did put his foot down through the ceiling in the hallway! Another worker will come today and do that repair. We didn't need heat or a.c. last night, but it is expected to be cold enough this weekend for the heat to come on.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day ladies, and good luck with those scales tonight!

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It sounded like our chapter had a pretty good year, but the talk I heard was before the resume was even started so the actual numbers might not be quite as good as it sounded. I did not help at all, since I think I ended the year with a gain of 3 or 4 pounds. I guess it could have been a lot worse, especially since I didn't go for several months. I need to do better this year, although I am not off to a great start. It is not so much that I have been eating too much or too much junk, but exercise has been lacking so far.

Congrats on getting rid of the boat Cheryl. I have been trying to sell my elliptical and treadmill since I never use them and with Ed & Kim having a room downstairs I don't really even have a place to use them now. Since I hope to be in Florida for winters after this year I won't need them anyway. I recently lowered the asking price, especially on the elliptical and I do have someone coming tomorrow to look at that. I might not make it to TOPS because she is coming at about the time I usually leave for the meeting. I expect I might be up a bit tomorrow but being the first weigh-in of the year it would not be in red. If the people leave in time I will go weigh in but I suspect I might not make it this week. Good luck to those who will weigh in tomorrow.

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Good evening, all. We didn't get freezing rain right here but hubby said he encountered slippery roads on his way to work. Our son had a very icy driveway first thing this morning too. It's raining here now but temps are supposed to stay high enough to prevent icing up. I hop they're right because i gave to go back to work tomorrow. Five days in a row off and it has been wonderful!

Matt and I went to Plattsburgh today to deliver the boat that we sold. Before he dared to attempt taking the boat and trailer down his driveway, he laid down about a half a ton of sand. Once he got through that, all was good. No icy roads and very little rain. So we are pleased that the pontoon boat is gone.

From what I've heard, our resume is pretty sad. We had a couple of people who came only a couple of times but they had big gains while they were coming. With our smalle membership, we just weren't able to offset their gains. Looks like we all better work harder this year!

Just about time to call it a day.

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All of our Christmas stuff is packed away for another year too, thank goodness. We were getting freezing rain this morning but school was not cancelled so I figured the roads couldn't be too horrible. Chester did cancel school, but most others didn't. Rodney told me to take the Jeep so that I would be more likely to make it back up the hill tonight. The roads seemed like they were just wet but I did drive slower than usual this morning. By the time I got out tonight the temp was above freezing but it was raining steadily and a bit foggy so it was not nice driving, but not icy at least. I hope it stops and things dry out a bit before the temp drops below freezing. If not, everything will be a mess.

I am not looking forward to weigh-in this week either. I was doing okay but I seem to be up a couple of pounds now. Maybe it will look better in a couple of days, but probably not that much better- especially if the weather doesn't cooperate so I can get some exercise in. Oh well, at least as others have said it won't be a red mark this week. I think I need to get serious and get rid of some of this excess weight this year before I retire next year!

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Morning all.

Overcast here this morning, 72 with a dew point of 72. Feels like a sauna out there.

Jean, always nice to hear from you, and you are right, new year, new chart, new start. Hey, that rhymes; aren't I sharp this morning! (not!)

All of my Christmas stuff is put away now. Today the a.c. guys come back to do more installation of the new system. Hubby did some trimming of door casings in the house yesterday, which created a fine layer of dust/dirt on everything, but I figured it would get worse after the a.c. guys add to it, so I'll just have to wait and clean when it is all done.

I go for a cleaning at my dentist here this afternoon, but other than that, not a lot on my agenda today. There's always laundry, of course. Never an end to that.

Well, have a terrific Tuesday all.

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So not looking forward to weighing in Thursday night, yes I over indulged, I admit it and take responsibility for my actions.
On that note it is a New Year New Beginning for ALL of us.
Black pen, yes for first wi of year.

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Good afternoon, all. It looks like a pretty decent day here today but the forecast is for some nasty stuff tonight. I won't need to go anywhere tomorrow so it shouldn't be a problem for me. Bev, i hope it doesn't make your trip difficult tomorrow.

We took the tree and all the other decorations down this weekend. Most of the house is back to normal. Just a few plants to put back in the living room. I was awfully glad hubby was around to tote the boxes. I just didn't have the energy for all those trips down to the cellar!

Today, I'm starting on next Christmas. My brother hinted last year that he and his wife were the only ones in their family who don't have stockings like everyone else. So, before there are any new babies, I'm starting to knit stockings for them. I'm not telling him that I'm doing them though. It will be a surprise in time for next Christmas.

We've had our pontoon boat listed for sale and today a guy called from Plattsburgh. Karl is waiting for him and hoping he comes soon. It would be nice to have it sold.

Scales are going to look awful this week but at least it will be in black. It will give me a good starting point for the year. Harper the scales are kinder for you.

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My drive today was much easier. The roads were not totally bare this morning, but not bad at all. We had a couple of snow squalls this morning but nothing too serious. I think we ended up with 8 or 9 inches. The next one I have to worry about is the one they are talking about for Monday night and Tuesday morning. I hope we don't get another ice storm but that is what it sounds like so far.

Cheryl, I am glad that procedure is behind you and hopefully they tell you all is well. I think I will be due for a colonoscopy next June and I don't look forward to it.

Have a Happy New Year everyone!

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Good evening, all. It's the weekend but we have no special plans for celebrating New Year's. It will probably be a quiet night watching some of the new movies we got for Christmas. I doubt that we will even last until midnight.

I had my test yesterday and, trust me, it's one I don't want to have to repeat! It was a couple of hours of very uncomfortable posing while they injected air and barium into my nether regions. I really hope that their pictures showed nothing of any consequence because I don't want to have to repeat anything like that in the future! It's certainly a strong impetus to lose a significant amount of weight since the surgeon who did the colonoscopy felt that he couldn't complete the test due to my excess weight. Looks like I better lose a lot in the next five years so that I won't have to go through that test again! We had just a weigh in last night due to the weather and I had a .8 gain. I blame the barium for that since it will take a day or two to get it all out of my system.

I started to take down the tree today. It wasn't much but I suspect that he will want to work on getting it done this weekend so I took all the icicle tinsel off today. I also worked in my sewing room for a little while, going through some unfinished projects and either taking them apart or setting them aside to complete soon. I found a cute little kid's hat that I'll finish this weekend and then donate to the hat & mitten tree at church. I also found four other hats to donate.

We got only about 3" of snow yesterday. It was enough for me! I'm finding it harder and harder to tolerate the snow and cold so the less snow we get, the better I like it. Today, I didn't even go out of the house since I knew it was cold and there was no urgent reason for me to go out.

Time to get some supper. Hope you are all doing well.

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Morning, ladies!
A cool 53 here this morning, and it won't get much above 62. I know, it sounds warm to all of you, but it's cooler than normal here, and after 15 degrees above normal, it feels cold. Anyway, the big 'cold front' they've been talking about all week will be gone by tomorrow and the 70s (normal temp for this time of year) will be back.

It looks like Maine got hit hard with snow. We can't tell exactly how much we got but a few inches at least. No power outage, which is what I fear the most.

Bev, I hope your commute is easier today than yesterday! We got a bit of rain last evening, but it doesn't rain for long here, not like back home. The forecast calls for more next week, which is badly needed.

The a.c. guy is supposed to come this afternoon and do some more work. They have at least 2 full days of work left as we are replacing all the ductwork too.

Well, off to walk....may have to wear long pants for once....we shall see.

Have a fabulous Friday all.

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It is still snowing so who knows how much we will end up with, but I saw on TV earlier that Springfield had 9 inches- although I don't know what time that was. We had way more snow here when I got home than there was in Brattleboro when I left work. The roads were horrible. It took me an hour and 15 minutes to get home tonight. I was hoping they would close the office early but they didn't. At 4:00 I decided I was leaving whether they closed or not. I sent an e-mail to my boss (who is off but has been checking her work e-mail regularly) and to the big boss and told them I was going to shut my computer down and leave so I could make part of my drive in daylight. My co-worker left around 1 and she called me after she got home to say it took her an hour- and I have 10+ miles more to drive than she does. It is still snowing but it looks like the worst is over so hopefully the roads will be okay when I leave tomorrow and I can drive my own car instead of the Jeep. We have the yard mostly cleaned out so as long as we don't get much more overnight I will be all set to get out on time. All that is left is to clear a path to Rodney's truck so he can get that out and Ed needs to clear the path down around the side of the house to the basement. We have never kept that open in the past but they use it to take their dog out.

Sounds like progress is happening at your house Carol. I bet you will be glad when it is done. We won't be doing much on our house for a while since we have no money to spend on it. We do need to replace a window when we go down this winter. Rodney was going to do it when he and his brother went down over the summer but it wouldn't fit in his brother's car and Home Depot wanted almost half the cost of the window to deliver it. His dad had covered the broken pane so Rodney decided to just leave it the way it was until we go down with our own vehicle. We might take the Jeep instead of my car to make sure it will fit.

Most of my Christmas stuff is put away but the tree is not out of the house yet. Kim and Camden took everything off it today but Ed worked on snow removal instead of tree removal tonight. Kim also burned all of the paper and cardboard from Christmas today and got that off the porch where it was stacked. Slowly the house is getting back to normal.

Have a great Friday and weekend. Does anyone have any plans for New Years? We do not- at least not yet.

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Morning ladies,

Overcast here this morning, a slight chance of rain later. Cooler too, as in 70s instead of 80+. Fine with me.

I heard about the storm coming starting tonight. Our chapter back home isn't meeting but it sounds like it would have been canceled anyway. 7 to 14 inches is what we heard. Sure hope we don't lose power.

We helped some friends clean one of their rental houses yesterday as they have snowbirds from Michigan arriving this weekend. Then we had dinner at their house, which was relatively healthy, except their granddaughter was there and she had made sugar cookies...hard to say no to a 10-year old, right?

Our tile guy finished the shower yesterday so after that dries, or cures, or whatever you call it, we can start the finish job on the bathroom. Hoping to be able to use it by the middle of next week.

Today it's errands and putting away the Christmas stuff, I guess. No pot luck for me tonight. It's pasta night, and that is tooooo hard to resist.

Have a great day all!

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I am dreading the drive home from work tomorrow. I don't think it will be bad in the morning but coming home will be another story. I am hoping they close the office early to let us all drive home in daylight, but they don't always do that. I will be taking Rodney's Jeep so I should be able to make it up our hill, although if there is a foot of snow it might not be easy even with the Jeep. We had some pretty icy roads on Monday. We were almost home from visiting the in-laws when it started. We got off the interstate in Springfield and stopped at Shaws to grab a couple of things on the way home and then came through Chester. I think that was a good decision because not long after we got home I was seeing reports that the Rockingham exit ramps were all icy and there was a multi-vehicle accident on Route 103 just 2 or 3 miles from here. Had we not come the other way we might have been caught up in that mess. We had no problems but the windshield was icing up and we could see the road was starting to get glazed over. At least tomorrow's is supposed to be snow instead of ice. We were not planning to weigh in this week anyway, but it would have been canceled if we were. Good luck to anyone who does weigh in- and Cheryl good luck with your tests.

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Good afternoon, all. It's snowing here but not supposed to amount to anything. Tomorrow is another story though! A real nor'easter headed our way. Right around here we shouldn't be too bad, maybe 3- 6" but farther east should see lots more, up to a foot or more. I'm glad we won't have to deal with that but even the 3-6" is plenty for me. It was snowing as I drove to work this morning and I was fine but there was a propane truck ahead of me who apparently wasn't used to snow because he was traveling annoyingly slow!!

Today is the prep day for my x-ray test tomorrow. Another liquid diet day. I really don't enjoy this process!!!! And I am dreading this test just about as much as the colonoscopy. It will be good to have it done though. At least I should have a good weigh-in tomorrow!

Hubby has been taking down a lot of the outdoor decorations today. We had some terrific wind on Monday night and it blew down a few things so he decided to take them down and put them away until next year. We haven't worked on taking the tree down yet but I think that will probably be on my agenda for Friday, if not before.

We both got new phones yesterday. He had made an appointment for 10:00 and I'm glad he did. It took us nearly two hours to get through it all! Our daughter holds the account so there were a couple of things she had to do to allow us to get the best deal. The guys were very pleasant throughout the process. Now, it's a bit like trying to teach an old dog a new trick. I was used to the old phone and now I have to learn new tricks.

Have a good day.

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Morning all.
I hope Santa was good to everyone on this team. He didn't stop at my house this year, but that's okay.

We had our breakfast with one couple here in the morning, then walked off a few of those calories. Not enough to affect the dinner ones, I'm afraid. Dinner was at 3 and I am glad it was not here! Lasagna, meatballs, Italian sausages, sweet potato casserole, green salad...and about 4 kinds of desserts, including cherry and apple pies, cheesecake, and tiramisu. I should have walked home but it was dark by the time we got around to leaving so that was my excuse. They wanted to send some home with us but I would not allow that. As it was, they gave us a couple of boxes of homemade goodies, like chocolates, nut clusters, chocolate dipped pretzels, etc. Hubby will eat most of those, fortunately. I really need to detox this junk away this week!

The a.c. guys were supposed to come back today to work on the new installation but a family emergency has postponed that until Thursday. The tile guy was supposed to come Thursday but we called and asked him if he could possible come earlier just to avoid them being in each other's way. Who knows how it will all work out, but it has put us behind yet again.

I heard there was a freezing rain advisory back there for today. After a cold start, it surprises me, but it seems this winter anything can happen. It may break a record here for temperature, if it gets to 84 like it is supposed to. The humidity I can do without, but of course, it doesn't matter what I think.

Well, off to do some dishes that were leftover from yesterday morning.

Have a great Monday all.

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Good morning, all. Happy day after! Yesterday was a blur but it was wonderful. The kids were all here along with hubby's mother, sister and brother-in-law. We had a nice ham dinner and we managed to send almost everything home with the kids. There's a little bit of ham, half a raspberry pie and a bunch of cookies but I will freeze the pie and some of the cookies so they won't tempt me for long. As for the ham, we should finish that today so there's time to flush it out of my system before weigh-in on Thursday.

The gifts this year were a bit different. My daughter painted a nice wall-hanging for me about being home for Christmas. I know she misses family, being such a long drive from us. Baby Alex gave us a handprint and a footprint, both ornaments for the tree. I love them!!! We gave the kids things that they wanted and needed so I think they all appreciated what they received. Today, we're doing the clean-up and laundry. The tree will be taken down in a day or two. Hubby is off work these three days so he'll want to get as much done as he can. I'll go back to work on Wednesday.

Weather is definitely not looking very good here. Supposed to be freezing rain and nasty winds later today. Jess left a couple of hours ago, hoping to make it back home before things get difficult. Florida is looking really good! It's not in the cards for us but we can dream anyhow.

Have a good day.

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We are not going anywhere today. Camden was here last night and this morning so we watched him open all of his presents. Kim and Ed did stockings for us so that Camden wouldn't wonder why we didn't have them. I think he isn't quite sure he believes in Santa, but isn't quite ready to say he definitely doesn't. He has gone to his mom's now so the house is much quieter with just the four adults here. We had a ham dinner last weekend with the whole crew and we had ham for Thanksgiving at Sadie's so I didn't want ham again. I would have done a turkey but when I went to Shaws all they had were really big ones (other than some fresh ones that I thought were rather expensive) so instead I got a big roasting chicken and we will have that later.

Merry Christmas to all of you and your families!

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Morning all.

We have friends coming for breakfast in a couple of hours. Then we go to other friends' for dinner at 3. Since I am up too early, I will need a nap in between!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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I hope the weigh-ins went well for those who had them tonight. We had planned on a weigh-in only tonight, but even that got canceled. Rodney took the call and he didn't really give me a lot of info, but my suspicion is that the cancellation was probably not because of the weather since it stopped snowing this afternoon. A long time KOPS in our chapter (Carolinia Gordon) had a bad fall yesterday and is in the hospital with a head injury. Her daughter and son-in-law are our weight recorders, so I suspect the weigh-in was canceled since neither of them would have been there tonight. Someone else could have weighed everyone in but then we would have had to get the numbers to the weight recorders in time for them to get the resume done. We were not planning even a weigh-in next week. I think Ed and Kim were disappointed because they were both looking at a loss tonight. For some reason I was up tonight (but as of last night I was okay) so I don't mind. I told them they will just have to work hard to keep it off and add to it so they have a bigger loss at the next meeting.

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Good afternoon all,
It was another cool start here but is over 70, just a gorgeous day out there.

I saw that it was snowing up there this morning, but there still isn't a lot of snow on the ground yet, which is kind of too bad. Rather have the snow than the cold.

Spent much of yesterday negotiating with the a.c. people about a new system to replace the old one here. It probably would last another year, maybe two, but the mold discovery last week was not a good sign (to us, anyway) and we know that some of the installation was done incorrectly. So we decided to have it all replaced. It will give us peace of mind while we are up north in the summer. A lot of money, but a critical part of the infrastructure of the house.

They started installing it this morning but with the holiday weekend, we asked them to wait and come back on Monday when the parts will all be here. It is supposed to be 84 or something like that on Sunday, so we would need to use the old one (or portable ones they were going to bring us) until the job is done.

Hubby helped a neighbor install a water heater as a surprise for her mother for Christmas. Everyone is so surprised he can do stuff like that so I said to spread the word. A good way to make a bit of extra cash here and there.

Tonight is pot luck, which we hadn't planned to attend since we went last week, but our friends are cooking a couple of turkeys so we thought we would go to support their efforts (ha!!) I made a Spark recipe to bring. It's called Guilt-free pineapple orange cake. We'll see how much is left over. There's usually 50 to 75 people at this event. Lately they've been going up to get their dessert first and bringing it to the table before the main serving line opens. That's because several ladies have certain desserts they almost always make, and they go fast! Like the chocolate éclair cake one of our friends brings quite often. She's on a cruise this week too, so no dessert from her!

Good luck with the weigh ins tonight, ladies!

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Good morning, all. It's a frosty one here. It was -9 when I came to work. There is a funeral here this morning and there was no heat in the church. We called the furnace guy who found out that the oil tanks were empty! We are on auto-fill so that was not a good thing! Quick call to the oil company to get here quick! The pastor is a nervous wreck! The oil company is supposed to check on the tank for the house too as Fr. Bill does not want to have the same problem here!

This was a party weekend for us. Our TOPS get together was Thursday night. Christmas at my MIL's was Saturday at noon and then we went to another get together on Saturday evening. Yesterday, I never went anywhere! The nasty weather convinced me that staying in was a better choice. So, we cleaned the oven. Not very exciting but a necessary task before the Christmas baking begins. That will be my task for Friday, I guess. Tonight is Halle's Christmas concert at her school. I think that is the final night out for us before Christmas.

Back to work. Have a good day and stay warm!

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Morning all.

What a day you guys had (or 2, really). I saw that our nephew and kids did the shoveling and snowblowing, but with the ice, the neighbor couldn't make it up her driveway and is parked in ours this morning. Let's hope things get back to normal there soon.

Jean, so nice to hear from you here! If you are keeping warm that is half the battle these days.
This should be our last day for a few days, I think, of warmer than normal temps. I'm ready for the humidity to move out too.

Since it took most of the day yesterday to clean the house we opted to wait and do errands today, like grocery shopping and such. Maybe the stores will be less crowded, but I doubt it, as schools are already out for holiday break.

Well, off to get the walking in.

Have a marvelous Monday all.

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I hope everyone survived the snow and ice so far and will stay safe if you have to be out tonight.

We had our family Christmas gathering today. It was the first time any of us (including Ed and Camden) had seen Logan since September and the first time all four kids had been together since August of 2015. Camden cried when his brother had to leave. I could see it was hard on Ed too, which was probably made worse because of how upset Camden was. All in all it was a nice day- very loud, but it was nice to see the kids having so much fun together. Logan hadn't been here since March but he acted like it was just yesterday that he was here last. Sadie said she was worried that he might be nervous about going with her since it had been so long since he had seen her so she had the kids go to the door with her, but they said he was ready and waiting when they got there and he chattered non-stop all the way from his house to ours. They ended up leaving a little earlier than originally planned because they were concerned about getting home before the roads got icy again, but at least Logan got to spend several hours here.

Tomorrow Rodney and I have appointments with another primary care doctor. Hopefully he will work out better than the last one! Since the appointments are at 10:30 and 11:00 I had to take the whole day off. That might mean that there are two of us out in our department but it will only be for the one day and then I will be back on Tuesday. My co-worker got a call on Thursday morning that her sister was taken to Springfield hospital by ambulance and was being transferred to Dartmouth. She knew that she had a stroke but didn't find out until later just how serious it was. My boss talked to her Thursday night and she said they weren't sure her sister would survive the night. On Friday morning she sent my boss a text message that her sister had been taken off life support and they were just waiting for her to pass. Just over 24 hours earlier she had seemed perfectly healthy- other than having high blood pressure for which she had been on medication for years. My boss said Jean told her they believe the problem started with her sister's heart and that caused the stroke. That just proves that we never know what will happen tomorrow so we need to make the best of today. I don't know if Jean will be at work tomorrow or if she will be with her family. I haven't heard yet when they will have the funeral.

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Good Day everyone, lots of ice up this way this morning. Some of the Churches even cancelled
Their services.
I'm trying to keep busy with some crocheting, haven't done the hanging hand towels in a few years but it all comes back. If I make a mistake I Ribbit, yup rip and do it right. emoticon

We had our chapter Christmas party with pot luck. Plenty to eat and a fun time when
Randy read the Wright family story. The prize was a lovely Christmas cactus.

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Carol, I hope you are wrong about catching your husband's cold and that the yuck in your throat goes away quickly. Good luck with the A/C replacement. Our house does not have central air, which made it harder to get insurance, but I don't think we will be putting it in any time soon either. Rodney's stepmother told me that they always had a lot of cleaning to do when they went down every year because of the humidity in the house all summer, but his brother told him he always left a bucket of charcoal in the house when he left and he never had much of a problem. It will be interesting to see how well it works in our house because Rodney left a bucket of charcoal when he left there this summer.

Cheryl, I hope you are able to avoid catching the crud that your boss has! You don't want to be sick over the holidays as I am sure you have lots to do.

Nothing much is happening here tonight. We are settled in for the evening and with snow coming tomorrow I don't really plan on going anywhere. I picked up what I thought I would need for Sunday after work tonight so that I wouldn't have to go our tomorrow. I will be doing some housework and some baking- and wrapping presents.

Enjoy the weekend. For those of us in VT, stay warm and safe!

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12/16/16 11:16 A

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Good morning. We are all the way up to10 degrees now. Better than the -7 when I got up! I haven't been outside today and have no plans to either. I am very comfortable sitting here by the pellet stove and working on Alex's stocking. I think the end is in sight!

We had a nice get together at Joyce's last night. Lots of good things to eat and great company. Weigh in went well too. I lost 1.4 but I attribute that mostly to the test I had. Still, I'm lower than I was at the start of the year so that makes me happy.

My boss has been hacking and miserable all week so yesterday he finally decided to see a doctor. He has acute bronchitis and conjunctivitis in both eyes. I'm hoping the four prescriptions do the trick before I go back to work on Monday.

Back to the stocking. Have a great day.

Cheryl

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12/16/16 8:32 A

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Morning, ladies.

Congrats on the loss, Bev! emoticon

I will send some warmth today as it will get over 80 again. I heard about the wind chill advisory and the coming weekend storm, too, back home. Hope we don't lose power as that would be a pain for the nephew to go and start the generator.

My throat is beginning to feel yukky this morning, so I'm sure I'm coming down with hubby's cold. Just what I don't need. We have no holiday plans so it's not a big deal, but I could do without it.

The a.c. guy found some mold in the air handling unit yesterday upon close inspection so we will have to mix up some bleach and water to kill that before it spreads to the ducts. He didn't charge us of course for the visit or try to sell us anything, other than a 'renewal' of the membership, which we didn't do. We will now start researching replacement units, which was on my list for things to do in the Spring anyway. Hubby was hoping to get another year out of it, which we probably can, since it is running fine, but it is 9 years old and we don't need it dying next summer while we aren't here.

Just a few errands for us today. Tomorrow we are taking the motorcycle in the Wreaths Across America event. It is a huge procession of bikes and a semi that carries wreaths to a veterans' cemetery in a nearby town. Last year we just watched and waved, as they go by our development, but this year we decided to participate.

Well, off to walk before it gets too warm.

Happy Friday to all!

Carol emoticon emoticon

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