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RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 17,843
7/24/16 8:40 A

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Good morning all.

We've got some sun and some clouds here this morning, but I think the humidity is on its way out, at least for now.

The storm hit here around 1 yesterday, which affected the yard sale but that's okay. I was ready for a break anyway. Now there's lots to clean and box up to give to the shelter for their next sale.

Happy belated anniversary, Cheryl. I think the cruise sounds wonderful. Our 37th is this Thursday but we haven't discussed any plans as of yet. We shall see.

Scale looks better this morning than some Sundays. That's because I was too busy to snack yesterday and too tired to eat much last night. I should take a lesson in that.

Well, time to get moving.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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7/21/16 1:41 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's a sunny day here and the air feels really good. Some humidity but not bad.

Joyce's surgery went well this morning and her husband called about 10:30 to say that she would be heading home in about an hour. The doctor said everything was exactly as he wanted it to be and that she was good for another ten years. I think it should carry more guarantee than that! For now, she's home and I expect that she is resting from the anesthesia. One down, one more to go on Thursday. QK will have knee replacement that day. Also, Allan, who was the state king a few years ago, has been having some serious heart issues for a few months. He was scheduled for a catheterization yesterday but they couldn't do it due to bleeding. They will try again tomorrow. He is supposed to have open heart surgery on the 2nd to repair/replace a valve that they put in many years ago. For now, he's losing ground daily so we hope they can resolve it soon.

Bev, you're right about cleaning up the messes. In fact, Jackie used pretty much those exact words although she did add that I usually have more complicated ones. I say, if I'm going to mess things up, I may as well do a good job! lol She is awfully good about fixing those messes though and never makes me feel that I've done something dumb.

Tomorrow we are going to Lake Memphremagog for a lunch cruise. It's our anniversary so he thought that might be a nice way to celebrate. There's rain in the forecast but I am hoping it holds off long enough for us to do this. I'm looking forward to it.

Halle is working on a project for her mother so I think I'll use the time to work on the Christmas stocking. Have a good day.

Cheryl

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7/20/16 7:11 P

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Cheryl, those who fix the things you say you messed up probably would tell you the same thing that I tell people at work that call me to fix things for them. I always tell them there is nothing they can do that I can't fix, but some things are much easier to fix than others. Actually fixing things doesn't bother me too much unless I have to fix the same problem for the same person multiple times. Anyone can make a mistake, including me, but if you keep making the same one over and over, in my opinion it means you are not paying attention. Some of them will call me with a question and then apologize for bothering me and I tell them I would rather they ask questions if they aren't sure how to do something than do things wrong. There are one or two that I really don't think should be allowed to post bank deposits because they just don't have a clue! I don't think you have to be a bookkeeper to know that you should always make sure your deposit slip, your calculator total, and the total shown on your computer all match BEFORE you post it and take it to the bank- and if they don't you need to figure out why and fix it before you post. Okay, enough of that rant!

It was quite nice here today. I didn't notice much humidity and there was a breeze at times that kept it from being too uncomfortable. Friday doesn't sound too promising for the cruise on the lake, but maybe any bad weather will be later in the day if we are lucky.

Bev



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7/20/16 4:33 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's sunny and warm here, warmer than I thought it would be. There's even a fair amount of humidity but not as bad as last week. Still, I'm content to stay inside and work on my needlepoint.

Another day at work, another bookkeeping mess. Honestly, I'm not a bookkeeper! Fortunately, there's always someone who can straighten out my messes. One of these days, I'll give it up for good and then it can be someone else's headache.

Carol, good luck with the yard sale. We found that Christmas stuff didn't really sell so we got rid of a lot of it. We just didn't know what else to do with it. And then, when we moved in here, my MIL had left a lot of her Christmas things so we have much more than we can possible ever need! I think we need to go through it and clear out a lot! One whole corner of the cellar is full of Christmas stuff!

Bev, sounds like you had a productive day yesterday. Just think, in a couple of years, you won't have to try to squeeze in all those other appointments and chores. You'll be able to do them whenever you want without a job to get in the way.

I still haven't found a program for tomorrow. There's always a roundtable if nothing else turns up. I'll keep looking but it's not going very well.

Have a good day.

Cheryl

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7/19/16 8:41 P

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Trying to come up with a program that will be interesting while at the same time not knowing how many will even show up was always a bit of a challenge for me. I sometimes felt frustrated that I put a lot of time into preparing the program and then only half of the members showed up. And now I am one of those who rarely shows up! At least I have been pretty consistently absent so they don't expect to see me any more! I haven't even heard from anyone in a while so I think they have realized I am probably not going to be back any time soon.

Kim's parents gave us a jar of honey but we haven't opened it yet. They own a berry farm so they need the bees to pollinate the berry plants. They have someone who makes the honey for them. With Rodney being diabetic we don't use much honey but I will use it the next time I make something that uses a little honey in it.

Carol, I hope you have good luck getting rid of your excess Christmas stuff. I gave a bunch of it away last year because I no longer do a lot of decorating and we don't plan on being here for too many more Christmases. I am not going to take any to Florida with me. If we decide we want decorations down there I will buy a few. We don't have a place to have a yard sale so I either throw out or give away my excess stuff. I have been trying to get rid of some suitcases that we no longer use, but they may end up going to the dump. I tried to donate them to the Chester Andover Family Center thrift store but they wouldn't take them- they say suitcases don't sell. There is nothing wrong with them and I am sure someone could use them but I can't hang onto them forever.

I didn't accomplish a lot today. I was a bit lazy this morning and didn't even get dressed until after 9:30. I had an appointment at 11:45 and then after I got back from that we went to Claremont and did the shopping that we didn't do over the weekend. Camden spent the day with us because his dad was working and Kim went up to spend yesterday and today with her parents because her dad was taken to the hospital yesterday. He was doing better today so she came back home this afternoon.

Well I guess I better go through the rest of my messages from today and then get my dishes out of the way.

Bev

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7/19/16 4:00 P

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Good afternoon, all. It does feel much nicer today than the past few days. Humidity is much more tolerable although it didn't take me long to sweat when I pulled weeds a little while ago. I didn't stay out there very long either.

Tuesday, chore day. Groceries and laundry this morning. Halle and Matt stopped in for a little while this afternoon. She has golf lessons on Tuesdays and she also had an appointment with the orthodontist today so they came here after lunch since there wasn't a lot of time before Matt had to go to work. He is really getting into the beekeeping now and he was filling me in on his plans for equipment and distribution. I hope it will be worthwhile for him. He gave us a little bit on Saturday and it's really quite tasty. This is clover honey as it's still fairly early in the season.

Work on the stocking is coming along but it seems like I've been working on the toe for most of a week. I'm hoping to finish that part tonight but we'll see.

I need to find a program for this week's meeting. Joyce will not be there and she has been doing the programs herself since no one else wants to volunteer. I'm sure I can find something of value even though there probably won't be many there to hear it.

Have a good day.

Cheryl

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7/19/16 8:42 A

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Morning all.

Nice to wake up to less humidity today, isn't it? A loud storm came through here yesterday afternoon around 3, with high winds and rain. No hail, thankfully. Other places weren't so lucky, I guess. More rain later in the evening but nothing like the afternoon storm. Surprisingly, we didn't even lose power.

I nearly made it through the Christmas stuff yesterday. Just a box of tree decorations left. Then I remembered I had some items stored in the cellar..yikes, how did I ever get so much stuff? I won't get much for it at the sale, but at least I will be rid of it. I haven't displayed 90% for years, so it's all clean and in great shape, but mostly people, like me, already have more than they need.

Only 4 candidates showed up for the interviews for my job at the DRB meeting last night. One withdrew officially during the day, one just didn't show. There were members of the PC there too, so it was easy for them to ask pertinent questions and make a hiring decision. I did not know any of the applicants, but some of the board members knew a bit about one or 2 of them. That helped.

Bev, I remember taking a group of my students up the Cog Railway one year on a field trip. It was a blast, but although it was sunny and 70 at the base (it was early June), it was raining ice at the top, the windows were completely frosted over, no visibility, cold....needless to say the ride up and down was the best part. July or August is the best time to go, I guess.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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7/18/16 9:05 P

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We wanted to do the steam train and that only runs first thing in the morning. It is the only train that stays up there. The others go up and drop people off and then head back down for another load. If you take the diesel trains you can take whichever one you want for the return trip, depending on how long you want to stay at the top. At the end of the day they sometimes send empty trains up to pick up the remaining people at the top. With the steam train, they allow you about an hour before they start boarding for the return trip. They are in the process of putting some additional track at the top and they hope to be able to run another steam train in the afternoon once that is done. This summer they have four special steam excursions that will run in the afternoon, but on a regular basis they only offer one steam train a day. Yes, it would be nice during foliage season, although it would be pretty chilly at the top then. It was only in the 40s yesterday when we were there and the wind was blowing (of course). They say the highest temp ever recorded up there is only 74 degrees.

We had some heavy rain for a while this afternoon and it looked like the wind was blowing pretty good for a while, but nothing major. I haven't heard of any damage around here.

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7/18/16 1:50 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's looking kind of threatening here but there haven't been any storms yet. There has been a lot of wind and I think I actually heard a couple of rumbles just a few minutes ago but the sun is out again and no rain. My car is in the garage just in case as I heard that they are expecting hail with some of the storms.

Bev, we've taken that trip up the mountain many years ago. We did a lunch trip, as I recall. So it was a neat experience. I'd love to repeat it in the fall when all the foliage is at its peak.

Kind of a quiet day at work even though there were extra people in the office. C couple of people were counting the donations from the weekend and the cleaning lady was also there. They work in another area though so, other than the pastor, I wasn't bothered. He is anxious to get busy on the new budget so I had to pull some figures together for him. I expect that we'll be getting those figures together in the next few days so that we can get the proposal out to the finance committee. The whole process, including reports for the Finance office, all need to be done by August 15.

It's going to be a quiet afternoon here. Good time for me to work on the stocking for Alex. Have a good day.

Cheryl


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7/18/16 8:43 A

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Morning all.
Sunny here this morning, at least for now. Bad storm coming later. I do hope it goes on through before I have to leave for my town job tonight. It actually rained here about 3 times during the day yesterday, but it was also clear and sunny in between.

I didn't make a lot of progress on the cleaning yesterday but I did sort non-Christmas stuff and maybe a third of the Christmas stuff. I will be putting most of what I don't want into my yard sale, but I know July is a hard time to sell that kind of stuff.(like sweaters and such, no one wants to even pick them up when it's 80 degrees!)

Well, hubby is bugging me to get walking before it gets hotter. Guess I'd better comply.

Have a great Monday all.

Carol



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7/17/16 6:59 P

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Sounds like a busy weekend was had by all. Yesterday morning we left to spend the weekend with Sadie and Tom at the campground where they are for the summer. It is located in Twin Mountain. We did some geocaching in the area in the afternoon, then had dinner with them at their campsite. We spent the night in their new camper. This morning Tom made us all breakfast and we headed out early to go on the Cog Railway. We opted to do the steam train, which is the first trip of the day so we had to leave the campground around 8 AM. This morning it was raining but by the time we were at the Cog Railway waiting to board the train the rain had stopped and the sun was trying to peak through. We did have a view much of the way up, but at the top everything was fogged in so we didn't get to see much. We were at the top for an hour or so before we got back on the train to go back down and it never cleared off the whole time we were there. By the time we were at the bottom the sun was shining but the peak was still in the clouds. Even without the view from the top we enjoyed it. We rain into some rain on the way home. In fact it was raining so hard in Woodsville, NH that I could barely see the road so I pulled off the road and waited for it to let up. Back to work tomorrow- although this will be a short week. I have to go back to the audiologist for a hearing aid check and the only time she had was in the middle of the day so I had to take the whole day off for what will likely be a 10 minute appointment. Then on Friday the office is closed and a bunch of us are going to Burlington to go on the Spirit of Ethan Allen lunch cruise. I don't usually go to their summer outings but this one sounded much more enjoyable so Rodney and are I going- but we are driving our own vehicle rather than going on the bus with some of my co-workers. I can handle a 3-day work week!

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7/17/16 10:30 A

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Good morning, all. It's a sticky one here. The sun is out and the humidity is up. Good day for being inside. Hubby is working on a drop-down shelf for me out in the gardening shed and needed my help to move a sheet of plywood. That was enough to work up a sweat for me. I'll stay inside, I think. Actually, Matt and his family are coming for dinner tonight so I'm cutting up veggies for a very simple supper, burgers and dogs and veggies. I also made a batch of no-bake cookies. They are gluten free, a must for Becky. Chris and his family were invited but he's in Potsdam for his 10th college reunion so they opted out.

We went to a 50th anniversary party for Joyce and her husband yesterday. It was a very nice get together at the park at St. Albans Bay. They were also celebrating their daughter's 25th anniversary and Gary's youngest brother's birthday. It was a large gathering and the food looked really good. We didn't stay for that since we had other plans but I know that they had ribs, chicken and pork. I couldn't resist sampling the chocolate covered strawberries though. Yum!

Just talked with my mother and she says that the shot and drops for her eyes have helped. She is now able to read some of the newspaper and finds life to be less boring that way. My MIL still isn't accepting that she has limitations because of her vision problems though. My SIL has to be out of town next weekend so we'll have to ride rein on the MIL, driving her where she needs to go and making sure she behaves. Kind of hard to do but we'll do what we can.

Back to the vegies. Have a good day, all.

Cheryl

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7/17/16 8:02 A

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Morning all.

We are getting a bit of rain here this morning, but they predicted it, I guess. I don't think it's going to rain all day, though. Yesterday turned out nicer than I thought it would. It's nice to have the temps in the 70s for a while.

We borrowed a trailer Friday and picked up the roofing materials for the garage extension at Lowe's. We could have had it delivered, but we saved on shipping and tax, so it was worth it. He won't get to that project right away, but it will be done before the summer is over.

He built two more sets of bars for the windows of the doughnut shop a couple of miles from here that had a bear problem. Hopefully this will be the last of that. He is concentrating on cleaning the big garage for the yard sale.

I talked with my sister in Vegas yesterday and they are having triple-digit temps there. Yes, it's a dry heat, but it's still too hot!

Well, time to start in on the housecleaning. My goal is to finish the cleaning and sorting of my Christmas stuff today so I can take some to FL and put the rest in the yard sale.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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7/15/16 7:29 A

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Good morning, all. It's much cooler here this morning, a welcome change from the heat and humidity of the past couple of days. Today, I'll be attending a funeral for the son of one of our members. Her son died suddenly last week in Delaware where he lived with his family. The funeral today is for the family in this area since none of them made the trip to Delaware.

Other than that, I don't have a lot planned for today. I think there are enough little things to be done here at home to keep me busy. I do need to hang around here this afternoon since we're expecting delivery of a new grill for our son, Chris. It will be his birthday present but that's not until next month so we need to hide the grill in the garage. I'm hoping that UPS will put it in the garage for me.

The chapter had a sizeable gain last night but it was expected. For whatever reason, last week three people recorded large losses which they weren't expecting. This week, they had gains which were more in keeping with what they felt they really weigh. No explanation for the fluke last week. We had new batteries in the scale so that wasn't the problem. And the scale stayed in exactly the same position for everyone. Oh well, it balanced out I guess. I had a gain so this week I'll have to work harder to lose.

Time to get my breakfast and start my day. Have a good day.

Cheryl

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7/15/16 6:58 A

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Morning all.
What a storm we had yesterday here. Glad it's over. And I heard less humidity this weekend.

We awoke yesterday to a dead skunk across the driveway. Phew! I don't know what would have killed it. It was in the grass, with no a fairly large hole that had been dug nearby. Maybe a coyote? Other than dogs, wolves, or badgers ( do we even have those in Vermont?), there are no other explanations as to what predator would have gotten it. Hubby said he smelled it during the night and had to close the windows, but I didn't hear or smell anything. Of course, the fans were going, so that might have drowned out any animal altercation. He took a shovel and buried it in the hole, so hopefully that is the end of it.

I had a small loss last night and the chapter would have had a net loss but one member with a good loss weighed in late so it wasn't counted in the report. Small attendance again.

Our company left yesterday....They had offered to take us out to eat Wednesday night but I declined. It was late when they finally decided and so the 3 of them went without me. Fine with me. I know I would have overeaten anyway.

Well, groceries and other errands today. Guess I'd better get the exercise and walking done before it is too hot again.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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7/14/16 6:29 A

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Hot and humid is right Jean. I am not fond of it being quite as hot but I won't complain because I prefer the heat to the cold. I had been down a pound or slightly more from my last TOPS weigh-in but in the past week I seem to be up slightly instead and I think the humid weather may be partly to blame. I am not too concerned at this point because it is only a pound or two but I need to be careful it doesn't creep up any more. Good luck to those of you who will be weighing in tonight. I am working just a half day today as I have an appointment with the audiologist this afternoon. I think today is the day I will finally get those hearing aids. I sure hope they help and that I adjust easily to using them.

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7/13/16 3:45 P

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Thinking of my TOPS family, how is everyone?
I sure didn't like those HOT humid days.

Good luck to those weighing in .

Froggy Jean

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7/13/16 2:34 P

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Good afternoon, all. It definitely has hit the HOT level today. It is terribly humid but I did have a bit of a breeze in my office when I could leave the windows open. I was working on those problems in the annual statements and even the finance office was stumped on how to fix them. Seems that I really mess things up sometimes! Poor Jackie. She's my contact for these questions and it took her a bit to figure out the fix. I think (hope) we're all set now. If not, it's on her shoulders. She'll be the one pulling the reports next week so I've given her a "heads-up" about mine. We'll see if it all works out.

Carol, my MIL was a nurse practitioner and usually diagnoses her problems, right or wrong, before seeing a doctor. She hasn't done nursing for about 25 years so her skills are likely out of date a bit but that doesn't stop her. She has had a series of problems in the past six months or so but still has a difficult time accepting that she has limitations. I guess that's what keeps her going.

The needlepoint Christmas stocking for my grandson is coming along well but I've decided that I need to devote at least an hour a day to working on it. I also have some Christmas stockings to knit so I'd like to have them underway by September. It looks like I'll have three to be done this year.

Time to empty the dishwasher and then on to the rest of the household tasks. Have a good day.

Cheryl

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7/13/16 8:23 A

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Morning all.

Going to be hot and steamy today, but we've been pretty lucky so far this week. More stormy weather tomorrow. Didn't it rain last Thursday night too?

Cheryl, I understand how your mother-in-law feels about age-related health issues. They don't see the subtle changes in themselves, especially when it comes to driving or doing things they've done for decades. My SIL who is here for a short visit said the same thing this week about her father...she was riding with him and felt a bit unsafe, to say the least. He's 87 and although he has slowed down, he still tries to do all the things he used to do.

I managed to caught up on shelter stuff and stuff for my town job yesterday. Hubby had to make a trip to Westfield for St. J. Subaru to deliver a car title or pick one up or something. Way out there....as in off the grid, a one mile driveway 3 miles of dirt road after you leave the pavement. Oh well, at least he made a little money, I guess.

Well, off to exercise before it gets any hotter.

Have a terrific day all.

Carol

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7/12/16 8:30 A

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Good morning, all. It's a sunny morning and promises to be much warmer for the rest of the week. I'm not looking forward to that but the rain should help.

Tuesday again. Laundry and groceries. First load is already in the washer and my grocery list is ready. I'm not dressed for the day yet but that's next on the agenda so that I can head off to the grocery store. Later I have an appointment for a manicure and then I guess it will be time to head back home to finish up the tasks here. Even though it's my day off, I always have a long list to get done.

My MIL had to see a specialist yesterday and he determined that she has macular degeneration in one eye. She has been having difficulty and was sure that it wasn't MD but that proved to be the case yesterday. She had one injection during that appointment and will have to have it repeated every 4-6 weeks. He also told her that she shouldn't be driving but I'm thinking that she will likely defy that. She is fiercely independent and totally in denial when it comes to health issues so I suspect that she will do as she pleases. She also was told that the golfing is done. That's another thing I don't believe she will give up. At 88, she will do as she pleases.

I'm off to take care of that to-do list. Have a great day.

Cheryl

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7/11/16 5:58 P

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Good afternoon all.
A glorious day here too...love that sunshine after the weekend's gloomy rain.

Cheryl, your folks are all set until August 2017 on the membership. Give our best to QK; I know surgery is not always pleasant but may be a necessity for her.

Went to town with hubby for his appointment at the dentist and got a couple of errands done too.
Didn't get stuff done here, but there's always tomorrow.

Well, time to scrounge up some supper.

Have a great night all.

Carol

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Good afternoon, all. It's a beautiful day here with comfortable temps and very low humidity. I think I'll find something to do outside this afternoon so that I can enjoy it all.

Carol, Joyce says that the extra money they sent was supposed to be applied to membership dues. There probably won't be anyone going to the meeting from our chapter. Joyce is having shoulder surgery on the 21st and Kathleen is having knee replacement on the 25th.

I've been trying to clean up some of the mistakes I made in the bookkeeping program. It's just a matter of choosing the right slot for the money and sometimes I get that mixed up. So many of the slots are very similar and I apparently can't remember from one month to the next what I did the previous month. Hopefully I will get that all straightened out on Wednesday. Keeping my fingers crossed anyhow.

Have a good day.

Cheryl

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7/11/16 8:24 A

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Morning all.
Finally some sun today! Yay! It seems like it barely stopped raining here most of the weekend. I think the gardeners really liked it, and my lawn needed it too.

My SIL arrived around noon yesterday after driving straight through from NC. I think it will take a couple of days for them to get caught up on sleep. They have no plans for the week but will no doubt use this more as a jumping off point for local visits. They have a friend in Syracuse they will go visit after they leave here, so I suspect they'll be gone this next weekend.

The KHS newsletter is on my agenda for today. Cheryl, just a reminder that your group won't need to send in membership dues for this as they paid last time, in advance.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all. Enjoy the sunshine.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's kind of rainy here and has been since Friday evening. It has cooled the temps a lot so that is a good thing. And the gardens needed the rain desperately. Looks like rain will be the order of the day today so I think my projects will all be inside. I have to finish shortening the drapes for my MIL and I think that's going to be the first order of the day. I already have a pot roast in the crock pot so lunch is at least half done.

I spent most of yesterday fighting a headache. Seems like I get them a lot lately. I still think it stems from the business on Christmas day when I snapped my neck accidentally twice. I do hope that today will be better.

Have a great day and stay dry!

Cheryl

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7/8/16 8:39 A

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Morning all.
Cooler here today, but what a storm that came through late in the afternoon yesterday.
Fortunately the roofers had packed up and left before it started and most of the job is done. They should be back any minute to finish that up.

I lost a pound last night and the chapter had a good net loss. Woohoo! Had a great chat with a visiting KOPS from CA who is RVing around the country with her hubby. She is trying to visit one chapter in each state and ours won for VT. She took our picture and will document her journey and submit it to TOPS headquarters for a write up in TOPS News next year. I won't hold my breath that all of it will get put in, but it was a nice spark to the weekly meeting.

Our officers were all reelected, but Cheryl, you are right. It's time for some others to do their duty. It's hard when you have small numbers like ours, though.

We're supposed to go to another game tonight, this one for the great-nephew's all-start Babe Ruth team. We shall see what the weather looks like later today.

My SIL and her hubby are coming Sunday from NC for a few days. They have a lot they want to do while they are here, so we may not see much of them. Oh darn. (Oops, did I say that?)

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great Friday all.

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Good morning, all. It's cloudy and somewhat cooler but humid still. I'm not planning to do anything outdoors today so I guess it's not a real issue for me. Halle is supposed to have a game this evening but, after hearing the weather report, I have a feeling it will be postponed.

Today, I am planning to spend a significant portion of the day in Burlington. I need to find a couple of anniversary gifts and really don't have a good idea of what to get so I think it may involve a bit of searching until I find something that strikes my fancy. These are significant anniversaries so I would like something fitting the occasion. I also want to make a couple of other stops for items on my "gotta have" list. We'll see how successful that search is!

I had a good weigh-in last night, much better than I expected. I lost 1.8 according to our scales. Nearly everyone had a good weigh-in and some members questioned the scales but they were new batteries so I think the weights were true. One member had a big loss but she also recently came off prednisone so we think this might be responsible for it. We'll see how it looks next week. Attendance is down, typical of the summer. We had elections and we'll all still be in our same offices for another year. Joyce told them that the handwriting is on the wall though. This has to be her last year according to the new guidelines from headquarters. We know there are ways to get around that but it would be nice if someone else would take a turn as leader.

Time to get my day moving. Have a good one.

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Sorry to hear about your treasurer's son Cheryl. That is pretty young. I did not go to TOPS but my scale was up a bit last night. I think it must be from all the humidity because I have been down from my last weigh-in for a couple of weeks now. I have fluctuated a bit but I have consistently been down- anywhere from a half pound to almost two pounds down but last night I was up about a pound from my last weigh-in, and up two pounds from the day before so it had to be from fluid retention. I may go back to TOPS at some point but for now I feel like I need a break from it. I would like to get below where I was at the beginning of the year and then weigh in at least once so they don't have to count a gain for the year from me in their annual calculations, but we shall see if I even can get down enough. It rained some last night but didn't seem to cool things off much. I left some windows open last night but the house it still 78 degrees this morning. I have a door open this morning to try to bring in some cooler air since it is only 68 outside but it doesn't seem to be cooling down so I think I need to go get a fan to put in the doorway for an hour until I leave for work. Time to get busy getting ready I guess- after I read the rest of the Spark e-mails. Enjoy your day ladies!

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Good afternoon, all. It's a hot one here but we did have some rain a little while ago and that seems to have cooled things down a couple of degrees.

The saga of the odor continues. We have resorted to sleeping in a different bedroom so that we can have the AC on. Today, there doesn't seem to be as much odor on the porch so maybe we are reaching a tolerable level. I do wish I knew what is rotting under the porch but there is no way to access it without literally dismantling it. There isn't even a skirt around the bottom. When Karl's father built it, he ran the boards down to about six inches from the ground, and then he planted evergreen hedges all around it.

I'm not sure how the weigh-in will go tonight. I feel that I may have lost a tiny bit but only time will tell. We got word that our treasurer's son died suddenly yesterday. He was only 57. So sad.

Back to my knitting. Christmas presents started already.

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Morning all.
Not a great night for sleeping. Looks like the humidity is here for a couple more days. Storms coming later, too. I hope the hail doesn't materialize.

The roofers started yesterday and things are going well, except one vehicle backed over a crab apple tree, nearly destroying it. Boards are holding it up, but there is a big scar in the bark. I sure hope it survives.

I spent much of the day reorganizing the TOPS awards, charms, etc., that I have. I needed to update the inventory and figure out which ones have been discontinued. I should be able to finish that today.

Cheryl, good luck with the critter odor! We had a similar experience recently. He thought something had died in the garage but as it turns out, it was in the long, narrow drain that we have in front of the concrete apron in front of the garage. It was a small, dead woodchuck. Not a pleasant sight or smell, but at least it wasn't inside.

He has finished building the ATV trailer so we will put that on Craigs List today. He's measuring a job for a local guy who has a wholesale donut shop that had a bear get in through a window last week and devour a huge bag of flour by dragging it out through the window. He would have gone back in for more but a worker arriving early for work scared it off, I guess. The owner wants bars put on his windows to make them bear-proof, if there is such a thing.

Well, off to exercise.

Good luck tonight to those weighing in, ladies!

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Good afternoon, all. It's hot here! And the humidity is up. It's not a day for being outside so I'm getting my washing done and keeping the fans going inside. I did hang a couple of tablecloths outside but that's all I want to do. Hubby took today off from work so we made a trip to Costco and dropped off a few things that Kate forgot when they were here on Sunday. Now, he is at the sugar house to work the bees with Matt and I'm staying here where it's cooler.

Something crawled under our front porch and died and the stench is awful! We can't access it either so I guess we'll have to keep the front of the house closed up in order to reduce the amount of odor getting into the house. I hope it goes away soon. We can't run the AC at night because it would pull the smell into the house so we're making do with the fan. It's either that or switch to the upstairs bedroom for a couple of days, something we're contemplating.

Last night, we went to the lake to watch the sun set and then we watched the fireworks being shot off across the lake. It's not quite as exciting as having them nearby but neither of us wanted to go to the ones around here. Much more peaceful to do it the way we did.

The washer is calling my name. Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

No fireworks for us this year either. Although we heard some each night of the weekend from somewhere in the distance...no visuals.

The great-niece's all-star (11 & 12 year olds) team won their game Saturday, so we went to watch them play again yesterday. The pitcher pitched a no-hitter, so they called it after 4 innings since they had a 10+ point lead. Now they will play again Wednesday. Our nephew is the coach and I think it surprised him how well they did yesterday.

The roofers will start today and should be here any moment. The shingles and other supplies got delivered at 7:30 this morning. Hopefully the weather will hold this week and they'll be able to get it done in 3 days. In Florida, one of our neighbors had a new roof put on this spring. They did it all in one day, including stripping off the old shingles. Of course, they had about a 10-man crew! You won't see that up here.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

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I did more trimming yesterday so I have now done all of the area that we normally do. I would like to start cutting back some more areas but I'm not sure I will work on it at all today. I kind of feel like I would like a break from it. Yesterday I started cleaning out the closet in our bedroom and I got through about half of it. I got rid of all the clothes I have been hanging onto that might fit me again "some day" so if I ever do get rid of this weight I will have to buy new stuff- but by then I likely won't be working so I won't need as much anyway. I also got rid of some of the pants we had packed away that are now too big for Rodney. I saved some in case he continues to gain weight, but I got rid of all the regular jeans he had since he doesn't ever wear that style any more. I also found some more pants and shorts that had been packed away because they were too small for him that should fit him now. Once he is back home I will have him go through them and get rid of any he doesn't want, along with thinning out his supply of t-shirts. I still need to sort through what is in my dresser drawers and I am sure I will get rid of more stuff then- and maybe what I do wear will fit in the dresser again! I am not sure if I will try to do the other half of the closet now or wait until he is home because some of what is in that side I would need his input on before I just get rid of it.

I am not going to any 4th of July festivities. We usually don't even when Rodney is here. I made a quick trip to Claremont and grabbed a few things this morning, but I was back by 10. I have to meet Melanie at 1:30 to pick up Camden and then Ed and Kim will be coming here later to pick him up. Ed left his work van here when they left on Friday night so he needed to come back here anyway. I asked them if they wanted to stay for dinner or if they would be anxious to head home after being away all weekend and they are going to stay. It will be the first time I haven't eaten alone since they were here last weekend. I have potatoes and eggs cooking to make potato salad and some steak thawing to put on the grill.

Enjoy the day everyone!

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Good morning, all. It's sunny and warm here. We are at the sugar house, wasting some time before the parade. The newspaper had it posted for 11:30 but it's not until 1:00 so we have some time to wait yet. Jess and hubby are checking out the bees and, I hope, having a good talk. Meanwhile, I'm trying to clean a bit of syrup off my clothes. We were moving it because Matt is rearranging some equipment and, when I started to move the canned syrup, one small glass container fell and splattered syrup on my clothes. Oh well...

We had a bunch for lunch yesterday, including the new baby. He was very good but is patents forgot s few things when they left. Babies come with lots of stuff and somehow they left bits and pieces behind. Chris helped Karl install our new dishwasher before they left.

Time to clean up my mess. Have a good day.

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Morning all.
Happy Fourth to all!

Looks like another beautiful day in store, a bit warmer than yesterday even.

I spent over 2 hours moving wood yesterday so that chore is done. It was breezy and mostly shaded so I figured it was a good day to do that. Now to do some stacking in the basement.

There's a guy here now from Lowe's measuring the part of the garage roof that we need to replace. It's a garage extension, really, not the main roof so it should be less that $700, we hope. Hubby can do that himself, as the pitch is not great

Not much else on the agenda today, no cookouts, thankfully. Scale is up high enough this morning as it is.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great holiday all.

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I haven't been all that ambitious yet today but I still have plenty of time to get things done. I did finish my second pair of curtains last night but I never did put up the rod, so I did that this morning. I also did a load of laundry and did my dishes from the last couple of days. I went to get my mail and take my returnables to the redemption center, then stopped for a couple of things at Shaws. Since it was getting close to time for lunch and I really didn't have anything much that I wanted to eat at home I grabbed some chicken wings there and brought them home to eat for lunch. I almost grabbed a burger from McDonald's but it was a bit earlier than when I wanted to eat and I figured the chicken wings would taste better eaten a half hour to 45 minutes later than the burger would have. Now I think I am going to head outside and see if the DR trimmer wants to run for me today so I can cut some of the grass/weeds out in the yard. I will need to go buy some gas before I can do a lot more but I have enough to last as long as I will probably want to run it for this time. It is sunny out there but not terribly hot and there is a breeze so I think it should be fine to work in the middle of the day- and there will be less bugs now than after the sun goes down.

Cheryl I think I would be inclined to ask others to help with the food with all those special restrictions. If each person provided something they could eat it would be easier on you that's for sure.

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Good morning, all. It's cool here this morning, a welcome change. But the humidity is up there, I think. I've been cleaning and certainly worked up a sweat. Hubby vacuumed all throughout the downstairs for me and I did the mopping and dusting. Here we are, Saturday morning, and my work is done already! I hate cleaning so having him to do part of it sure helped.

Today is our baby's 30th birthday. Doesn't seem possible somehow. She won't be here until tomorrow but she'll stay until Tuesday. We'll have the family here for lunch tomorrow. It's getting more and more challenging to put a meal on the table that all will eat. One is gluten sensitive, two are lactose intolerant, one doesn't eat red meat, another doesn't tolerate chicken, others don't tolerate mayonnaise, one can't eat green, leafy veggies, and hubby and I are supposed to be watching carbs. Oh, and we have a nursing mother so we have to be careful of foods that might cause the baby to have issues later. Challenge of the week!!!! It's almost to the point where I have to prepare two separate meals to accommodate everyone!

Mom seems to be doing well with the shots she had on Wednesday. She won't really improve but it may help to slow down the macular degeneration. She is supposed to ride on the float for the 4th of July parade in town, if they can persuade her. She did it last year and loved it. My nephew climbed right up on the float and gave her a big hug and she loved it!

Not much else on the agenda for today. I do have to make a trip to the grocery store and the farm stand to get a few things for tomorrow. Other than that, it will be a quiet day. Have a good day.

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Morning all.
That storm moved through here around 7 to 7:30, just long enough to mess up the satellite for the evening news. We didn't lose power, which surprised me, since we had some pretty significant wind.

I got to the shoe store shortly after it opened yesterday and bought my sneakers. I ended up going up a half size and dropped back on the width a size, as she didn't have my exact size. They feel pretty good. We shall see how they turn out once broken in.

The grocery store was mobbed yesterday around noon when I got there. I know it was the 1st of the month and a Friday and a holiday, so that probably accounts for some of it. I couldn't wait to get out of there. They were barbecuing ribs right outside the entrance at Shaws, so people would buy their 'special' rack of ribs for $5. They sure smelled good, but I didn't give in.

Today we are off to recycle, then to an all-star game one of the great-nieces is in. I do hope it stays dry for that.

Have a great Saturday all.

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It hasn't been too bad here tonight. We have had heavy rain and some wind (nothing major though) and I've heard it thundering but it doesn't seem to be all that close as I am not seeing a lot of lightning and the thunder so far hasn't been especially loud. I think the downpours must have washed out Todd's hill because it sounds like he is working on it with the tractor now - even though it is still raining pretty hard.

I bagged up about $30 worth of returnable bottles and cans that I need to take to the redemption center tomorrow. Now that I have that done I am going to go back to working on my curtains. I would like to get the second pair up tonight but we shall see. As long as I don't lose power I think there is a good chance of it happening unless I have problems putting up the new curtain rod. I managed to get the first one put up so this one shouldn't be any worse.

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Good afternoon, all. It's very hot and humid here and it looks like we may be in for some rain eventually. At least we're here in the north and not in Windham and Bennington counties. I saw on the news that they are under a tornado watch. Yikes!

Hubby took today off so we went for blood work first thing and then he wanted to go out for breakfast. I wasn't terribly impressed but that doesn't really have anything to do with the food. I just like to hang out in my night clothes while having my coffee. After breakfast, we made a stop at WalMart to see if they had something he needs for his new (to him) rowboat. Then, we went to a farmstand to pick up some flowers. I've planted my flower bed with seeds twice and they just didn't come so today we bought eight dozen plants and put them in. Now, it had better rain!

This afternoon, I'm getting some drapes hemmed for my MIL. They are for a camp window that has never had curtains in the past 40 years but suddenly she wants them. So, since her eyesight is failing, she doesn't sew anymore. Guess who gets the job. Right. Oh well, it won't take that long. Yesterday, my sewing job was to attach a patch to Halle's team shirt for the softball all-stars -- a five minute job. Today, the drapes are a bit more time-consuming but not a big deal.

I didn't weigh in last night because I know I had a gain. Today, I've already received the results of my bloodwork and a note from my doctor. She says that I just have to work harder on losing weight so that my triglycerides will come down. Everything else is relatively okay, maybe a little bit high in some places or a little low in others but nothing significant. The only area she is concerned about is the one that I have the hardest time to control. So, she wants me to cut back severely on the carbs. What a time of year for that! Pasta salads, potato salads, burgers and dogs with buns are pretty much a staple for summer. Looks like I have my work cut out for me! I'm off to a good start. Hubby offered to take me out for a creamie and I refused.

Back to the drapes. Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Looking nice out there right now, but tonight doesn't sound so great. Rain would be okay, but not that torrential downpour stuff we had a few days ago.

I had a gain last night but the chapter had a net loss. Low attendance again, but that happens frequently in the summer.

I'm off to get my once-a-year sneakers this morning, before heading to the grocery store. I can only afford them when they are 20% off, which happens in February and July each year. I've tried several internet sites, but they never have my size so I get them locally.

The roofing people are scheduled to start Tuesday; let's hope the weather next week cooperates for them.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a fabulous Friday all.

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I didn't go to TOPS last night but I would have been down according to the scale here. I wasn't planning to go anyway but even if I had been I wouldn't have because I had company last night. Ed, Kim, and Camden were here when I got home but they didn't stay all that long. Just before they left a friend of ours that we haven't gotten together with in a long time pulled in the driveway and she never left until about 8:45. Needless to say I didn't accomplish much of anything last night, but it was nice to see her. Her husband and Rodney worked together for a few years and they became really good friends even though he was several years older than Rodney. He passed away a few years ago and we keep saying we should go visit her but somehow we never seem to get there. We did catch up with her a couple of times and we stopped in once and she wasn't home, but I am ashamed to say we haven't been there quite in a while. Their only son passed away a few months ago from cancer. Yesterday would have been their 54th anniversary and her granddaughter had posted a picture on Facebook that was taken 4 years ago at their 50th anniversary party. I had commented on it and told her to give her Gram an extra hug from us if she saw her. She apparently talked to her Gram on the phone and told her that so she decided to take a ride out to see us last night. Of course Rodney wasn't here but she and I had a nice visit.

The weekend is supposed to be really nice, but I have one more day of work to get through first. Speaking of which, the clock says I need to get busy and get showered and dressed! Enjoy the long weekend everyone!

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Good afternoon, all. It's a beautiful day here too. Low humidity and lots of sunshine. I can really appreciate that! We had a good soaking in the past couple of days and the gardens really loved that.

Mom was evaluated by the specialist yesterday and given the first round of shots. She is legally blind, not able to read even the first line of the chart. He feels that this condition has been going on for about six months. The shots she got are to try to stop the retinal bleeding. At this point, she has only peripheral vision. Even so, it didn't stop her from going on a trip to the Weston Priory today with the people at the home. She insisted on going and wouldn't hear of anything else. I say good for her!

Today I was very busy at work as it's the end of the fiscal year. I was able to work uninterrupted since the boss left for the day. That helped! There are multiple accounts to close out and some of them have to transfer funds into other areas. It can get confusing if he's also trying to talk to me about other things. I managed to get it all done with a half hour to spare. Yippee! Now it's on to preparing the budget for the new fiscal year.

I'm thinking that I will probably not weigh in tonight. My sugar has been off today so I wasn't able to eat as sparingly as I usually do on Thursdays. I was right on the edge anyhow so i'm sure that I would show a gain tonight. I hate to do that to the chapter.

Looks like it should be a good weekend for all the festivities going on to celebrate the Fourth. Jess will be coming home as it's her birthday on Saturday. We'll have the family for lunch on Sunday to celebrate it. Other than that, I think it will be a fairly quiet weekend. Hubby is taking tomorrow off so, after we have our blood drawings, he's planning to take me out to breakfast.

Have a great day.

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Morning all.
It was sunny and hot here Tuesday all day, until about 9 when it really poured. Thunder and lightning too. Yesterday it couldn't decided if it would be sunny or not. I think it actually rained about 3 times, but not very hard.

Today, just about the perfect weather day, if you ask me.

We had an appointment yesterday with the new urologist in town so now he won't have to go back to DHMC for that. We had only transferred down there a year ago when the former doctor here had moved on and a replacement never showed up. This guy seems to know his stuff. Good beside manner too, which helps.

We haven't seen the roofing people yet but with the weather predictions, I'm sure they want to start when at least there's no rain in the forecast. Makes sense to me. We are in no hurry anyway.

Hard to believe this year is half over...wasn't it just New Year's eve a while back??! How does it go by so fast?

Well, exercise is over, and now I need to use up some blueberries so I guess I'll make a batch of muffins. They're quick to warm up for breakfast when you're in a hurry.

Have a great day all. And good luck tonight!

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I don't know about where you ladies are but here we haven't seen any of those storms they were talking about. I'm not even sure it has rained at all yet- if it did I didn't hear it.

Cheryl, I hope the treatment for your mom's eyes works. Not much is on my agenda lately. I thought I was going to get a lot of stuff done while Rodney was gone, but much of what I thought I might do means working in the upstairs rooms and it is way too warm up there in the evenings for me to want to spend much time up there. Maybe this weekend when I am home all day I can spend some time up there in the morning before it gets too hot. I did start working on my new living room curtains. I bought the material quite a while ago but didn't start them because I knew if I set up a folding table to work off he would think it was in the way, Since he is gone I figured this is the perfect time to do them. I got off to a slow start but now that I got started I think it will go pretty good. I hope to finish the first pair tomorrow night and then I will have two more to do. For now I am headed to bed so I can get up and go to work again in the AM.

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PS- I spoke too soon. I just heard it start to pour!

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Good morning, all. It's hot and sticky here but it has started to cloud over so I think we'll get the rain they've predicted. I just hope we don't get the high winds. I managed to get the groceries done already so I won't have to go out if it does rain. We need it desperately so we'll just have to put up with it.

My trip to Brattleboro went well. We watched a lot of softball and I got a serious sunburn but that's the worst of the weekend. Everything else went well enough. Mom complained a lot...typical behavior for her. Her vision has been deteriorating and so she went to the eye doctor last week. She has age related macular degeneration so tomorrow my brother will take her to Springfield, MA to be evaluated and begin treatment. We have noticed that her vision has been getting increasingly poor so maybe this will help.

Tomorrow we start a softball season for Halle. She is on the all-star team for the first time. We aren't exactly sure how far the team will get but we'll be there for her games as long as they stay in the running. It's a double elimination league so only time will tell how they fare. She will be playing right field which wasn't exactly to her liking, but I think she realizes it was a decision based on her ability to throw the ball. She has a strong arm and so is more capable than others to manage the outfield position. At least that's what we've told her!

Buzzer is going off on the dryer so I'd better get busy with the laundry. Have a great day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

Sunny and a bit humid here, storms coming later, I guess. We need rain, but not that way!

I finally got through the box of old tax/business records yesterday. I have 3 large cardboard boxes still to shred and I filled 2 1/2 bags with the stuff I shredded myself. Now it's on to other things to clean out.

Today is the monthly retired teachers' luncheon and meeting out in Lunenburg. Hubby has a committal service to attend this afternoon. He's been building an ATV trailer to sell. He has parts he's collected over the years and really needs to get rid of that as it takes up a lot of room in the garage. Hopefully he'll be able to sell it easily.
We still have several items on Craigslist to sell, including a Coleman Roadtrip grill with many extra parts if anyone is looking to buy one.

Well, off to exercise.

Stay cool everyone!

Carol

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Good afternoon, all. Busy times here at my sister's house. Last evening we went to a softball game that the twins were playing. Today, another softball game followed by. T-ball game for the youngest grandson. Now, we are getting ready to get my mother and take her to church for my brother and sister-in-law's renewal of vows. Then we'll take Mom to supper and that will be enough excutement for her today. Tonight, I plan to spend a little time in the pool to cool down from all the sun at the games. Tomorrow, it's more softball at some point as this is a tournament weekend for the twins. I am sure I'll be ready for the train by late afternoon! I love all the family time though!

Have a great day!

Cheryl

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Good afternoon all.
What a gorgeous day out there...above 70 and not humid, my kind of day!

Congrats on the loss, Cheryl. I lost a pound and the chapter had a net loss too. Christine Favreau came to do the AC program, which was very good. I'd heard it in FL so I knew the topic in advance. 2 gals from E. Burke and 2 from W. Burke also came, so she won't have to travel as often to the NEK.

I spent a couple of hours at the town office yesterday trying to track down some paperwork I needed to update the files. Turns out the zoning administrator had one file, but I just found that out this morning. Oh well. I feel more organized at least for when I train the next person.

This morning I helped set up for the yard sale the animal shelter is having tomorrow in Lyndonville. Lots of stuff........I picked up a Cuisinart bread machine very similar to my own Breadman. Hoping to be able to leave one here and leave one in Florida. One less thing to take back and forth.

The Directv guy who we thought was coming yesterday never showed to upgrade our equipment. Someone got the day wrong I guess, because they called this morning to say they were coming today. We weren't sure we'd be home this afternoon so we switched it to tomorrow. Let's see if they really show up on a Saturday.

Well, time to get something accomplished this afternoon, besides walking. We haven't headed to the grocery store yet, so that's on the list too.

Have a great weekend all.

Carol

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I didn't go to TOPS last night but according to my scale I was down from my last weigh-in by about a pound. That was pretty good since the last two weeks I was up on mine. Congrats on the nice loss Cheryl and enjoy the weekend!
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Good morning, all. It's another beautiful start to the day here. I'll spend most of the morning on the train but then I'll get to enjoy the rest of the day doing whatever. My sister has a pool so I'm thinking that might see some use later. I do miss ours sometimes but I do not miss the upkeep!

Weigh-in went well last night. The chapter had a good net loss and I lost 1.6. That's the first good loss I've had in a long time. The picnic was great and everyone seemed to have a good time. Some members never attend but I feel it's their loss.

Just enough time to pick the strawberries again before I head to the station. Have a great day.

Cheryl


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Weigh in tonight, I'm not looking forward for the number on the scale. To much celebrating for my 70th birthday, I don't recognize that number at all.. lol

Christine is visiting our chapter this evening.
Anyone tried a new fruit or vegetable lately? We are doing a contest in the latest
TOPS News. How about a new rec.

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Morning all.
Another cool start this morning, but I guess it will be warmer than yesterday. The weekend is looking pretty good right now, too.

The roofing contractor came yesterday with the contract to reshingle the roof. They may be able to start next week, hopefully. We got only 2 estimates and this one was $1200 less than the other, so we decided to go with this guy. We had talked with people in the neighborhood who hired them and they are happy. We also called Directv about reducing our bill by maybe eliminating some programming or one receiver. They were fairly accommodating, actually, and we are able to reduce that bill by about $17 a month. But they did talk us into a 'free' upgrade to new (Genie) receivers...not really free, since we have to pay the installer $49 but it will be more modern equipment, at least.

I'm going to head down to the town office later this morning to clean up some of the files there and be sure everything is up-to-date also. That should take an hour or two at most.

Still working on the cleanout of old tax forms, etc. I think I'm back to 1993 or 94 at this point. One back that I thought was tax stuff turned out to be old school stuff, which slowed me down, as I had to shred much of that. I now have 2 full 30 gallon bags of shreds, plus 3 cardboard boxes full of stuff to be shredded. And I'm still not done. I wish I had done this years ago.

Well, off to exercise.

Good luck tonight, ladies, with the scale. I will need it for sure.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's looking pretty nice here this morning. We had a bit of rain yesterday and it was quite welcome. It cooled the air and the gardens needed the rain. Hubby has been watering them for a few days so this is a better solution.

Scales are looking good this morning so I hope they still look as good this evening. We are having our annual picnic this week, a bit earlier than usual due to our host having surgery next month. This is always a good time.

Heading to Brattleboro this weekend to see Mom and to mark my brother and sister-in-law's 50th anniversary. There isn't going to be any party but they will have a small recognition at church and a renewal of their vows. It is their wish not to have a party so we have to honor that.

Time to head to work. Bev, I hope Rodney enjoys his trip and that he doesn't find it too taxing. You'll have lots of "me" time for the next few days. Of course, you will also have all the responsibilities around the house too.

Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Good luck to anyone weighing in tonight. I haven't decided if I will go to the meeting or not. I have no real reason not to except for lack of interest. Rodney and his brother are headed to Florida. His brother came down last night and stayed here so they could get an early start. They got up at 3 AM, loaded the rest of their stuff in the car and were on their way shortly after 3:30. I got up with them and made them coffee and made sure Rodney had all his medicine with him (I think) and then went back to bed until 5:30. I am working until noon today and then coming home so I can go back to the audiologist this afternoon. They called on Tuesday to say they needed to redo the ear impressions because the manufacturer said the ones they did before didn't show the ear canal good enough so they can't use those to make my hearing aids. Rodney had an appointment there yesterday so now we have to figure out the best way to pay for hearing aids for him. It's too bad they didn't tell him about the VocRehab program two years ago when he had his previous test. Now he doesn't qualify for that since he is no longer working anyway. Oh well, we will figure it out even if we have to use a credit card to pay for them.

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Morning all.
Hot and steamy, but not as bad as yesterday. Not that yesterday was too humid, but it sure was warm.

We were 90 minutes at the VA clinic in Littleton. Not an entirely fruitful time, though. The doc acted as though we were wasting her time. She reminded me of a typical government employee who could care less about the people she was supposedly serving. I don't think much will come of it because the 2 insulins hubby uses are not available through the VA. Maybe some of the others are though, so we will keep investigating.

Had to stop at the dealership yet again as we didn't have the temporary registration in the truck. Seems they forgot to put it into the packet the day we picked up the truck. We had an appointment to get it inspected later in the day. They wouldn't have inspected it without that paper, I'm sure. So now at least we have it inspected. We are still waiting for the state to send the title. There was a big flap over transferring his veteran's plate into the trust...makes me want to move out of state!

Last night's board meeting was short and sweet, no new business. I do have a fair amount of catching up to do on some paperwork that didn't get done but I can do that any time.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a terrific Tuesday all!

Carol

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Good morning, all. It was too hot to do anything yesterday but I did manage to pick a couple of quarts of strawberries from the bed in the backyard. I think I'll be making some strawberry jam later today. I'm not a big fan of it but I need to use the berries and I have family members who will surely take it off my hands.

Lots of other things on the agenda today too. It's laundry and grocery day. That usually takes a huge chunk of the day. Also, my MIL asked me to shorten a set of drapes for her so I need to measure them and get them ready for the machine. If that's not enough, there is always cleaning and gardening to do but I think I'll have enough to fill my day.

We've had a problem lately with some neighborhood idiot setting off fireworks from time to time. They weren't little ones either! Great big ones that would go off during the day and later at night. Well, karma got even. He set his garage on fire and it was a total loss. It doesn't look like there were any cars in the garage. Not that I wanted him to suffer a loss but he was putting all the neighborhood at risk by setting these fireworks off in close proximity to all these other houses. Lesson learned, I hope.

Time to get laundry going and breakfast out of the way. Have a good day. Stay cool if you can.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
What a beautiful day it was yesterday. Too warm for many, but we kept the house closed up and it stayed below 75 in the living room, at least.

Hubby spent about 3 hours at his former work but we did get a motorcycle ride in later in the afternoon. We went through Littleton to Whitefield, over to Twin Mountain, then to Franconia, then back home. Guess it's going to be more humid today, but after tonight's storms, it should be much nicer.

We have his appointment at the VA in Littleton this afternoon, then tonight I work for my town job again. There's not a lot on the agenda, so I'm hoping it's a quick meeting.

Well, off to exercise, then walk before it gets too hot.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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We are not doing much today. We went to look at a used chipper earlier but we didn't buy it. It didn't seem like it was in as good a shape as the guy had advertised it as being so we decided to hold off for a better one, even if we have to travel a ways to get it or pay a bit more. There is no point in buying something that will just be a headache. Ed and Camden got here while we were gone so they are visiting now. Kim went to see her parents since it was Fathers Day, but Ed didn't go because he wanted to spend part of the day with his dad. Later on we will be meeting Sadie for an early dinner and then we will do a bit of shopping at Walmart before we come home. This will be a pretty unproductive weekend but that's okay. On Thursday Rodney will be headed to Florida for a couple of weeks so hopefully I will get some stuff done around here while he is gone.

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Good morning, all. It's a hot one here and I suspect it is the same everywhere. I did open the windows on the shady side of the house, hoping to keep some of the heat out while I worked on getting lunch ready. I guess it's a little bit better but not good enough.

Matt and his family will be here for lunch. Chris and Kate and Baby Alex will not. It's a little too much for them to handle yet. We were there for a while yesterday while Chris and Karl made a recycling run. I got in a bit of snuggle time with Alex too. Jess won't be here either as she was just home last weekend to see the new baby. She'll be coming for the 4th of July weekend as it's also her birthday weekend.

After that, we went to Matt's to work on getting the boat ready for the water. We had some motor problems last year and nothing was done all winter so Matt and hubby worked on figuring that out and the gals worked on washing and vacuuming the boat. I think we might be able to get the boat in the water next week once Matt picks up a couple of parts that he thinks will fix the motor problem.

I think we'll probably take it pretty easy the rest of the day. It's too hot to do anything involving any strenuous effort. Have a good day.

Cheryl


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Morning all.
Happy (belated) birthday, Bev! Hope you got to have a emoticon or something celebratory, at least.

The parade went quite well yesterday. Over 75 entrants, I think, but I didn't get to see much of it as I was selling the tennis balls for the raffle under the canopy nearby. We made about $4500 from the sale of them, I think, but we started selling a couple of months ago.
Next Saturday is the yard sale to work on but that doesn't bring in as much money. It's a lot more work, too, unfortunately.

I'm afraid it's my usual Sunday chores today for me. He has to go up and work on the step he is making for the truck so he can get it to the powder-coating place this week. We would like to get the bike out today and take a short ride, at least.

Well, laundry needs to be hung out. Guess I'd better get moving.

Have a superb Sunday all!
Carol

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Good luck with the fundraiser today Carol. It is looking like a really nice day but we are getting off to a late start. Last night was the alumni festivities in Bellows Falls so I was the designated driver for Ed and Kim. I dropped them off around 8 and then came back home but had to pick them up at 1 AM. They spent the night here because I really didn't want to drive to Putney and back at 1 AM. I had thought I might nap for a couple of hours and set the alarm to get up at 12:30 but I ended up staying up. Then when we got back I stayed up for a while longer talking to them before I actually went to bed, so it was around 2:15 by the time I turned in. I think this afternoon we are going to Keene to eat at the Longhorn for my birthday celebration. Then tomorrow afternoon we are meeting Sadie so she can take Rodney out to eat for Father's Day. She bought us tickets to go on the Mt Washington Cog Railway with them for both of our birthdays. I think we are scheduled to go on that in mid-July. We will go to the campground where they are staying and spend Saturday night in the camper with them and then go on the train ride Sunday morning. We are looking forward to it. Rodney had mentioned that he would like to go on that before but we thought it was quite expensive and weren't sure it was worth the money. We had planned to go this summer anyway because I told him over the winter if it was something he wanted to do we should do it even if it was a little more than we normally would spend. I figured after all he had been through in the last 18 months or so he was due for doing something fun. Sadie must have heard us talking about it at some point because she told us a few months ago that she was going to take us. She bought a package deal that had tickets to a bunch of attractions, most of which are things they will take the kids to while they are camping in that area this summer, but she thought we would enjoy the cog railway more than the kids would so we are going on a weekend that they will be with their other grandparents (and their dad if he chooses to show up for a visit).

Well I have rambled on long enough. I think I need to get my butt in gear and get showered and dressed before I waste any more of the day. Enjoy the nice weather!

Bev

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Morning all.
Cool but sunny here this morning, but a glorious day in store. It's about time, I say!

I spent a good share of the day yesterday doing the grocery shopping. I stopped at the dealership also to turn in one of those big sale flyers with the winning number...and for once I actually won something of value. $50 in Walmart gift cards! Woohoo! At least it's something I can use, for once.

I also had to do some computer work for my new/old town job. It seems the last 5 months of minutes for one town board never got posted to the town's website, so that's done. I found a box that I thought was tax forms, etc., but it turned out to be full of old school stuff instead, mostly old contract negotiations junk I thought I'd disposed of years ago. Some of it went back to the 80s even.

Today is the pet parade that the shelter is involved in so I'm off to help with that. At least the weather is cooperating. We have our annual Bark in the Park raffle there. The local police dog selects 5 winning tennis balls for some hefty cash prizes. Each ball has been sliced open and a person buys a ticket for $5 that get puts inside. Always a good crowd for that.

Well, time to hit the shower.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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Good luck to anyone who weighs in today. I think I am going to stay home tonight and avoid the humiliation. By my scale I am up a pound from my last weigh-in, which is better than it would have been if I had weighed in last week but it is still a gain and I don't want to drag down the rest of the group.

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Good afternoon, all. Another beautiful day here. It was quite nice at work while I could have the windows open but there was a lot of activity going on outside so I had to close them from time to time and that made it quite warm. Painters are doing some work on the windows of the church and their lift had to be moved several times. What a racket! Then, the man who does the mowing came and his big mower is very loud when he's near the office. All in all, I spent quite a bit of time opening and closing windows.

Another big chunk of my time was spent in listening. There is one man who frequently needs someone to listen to him and the boss wasn't around so I listened patiently to his ramblings for about 45 minutes. I had a very hard time to get rid of him but I had to get my work done so I managed to politely remind him that I had to do my work. He left but called the office four more times. I answered only once and managed to get him off the phone in less than five minutes. It might not have been the best way to handle things given that he does have some mental health issues but I didn't feel I had any answers for him.

Scales aren't looking particularly good today but I'm hoping the chapter scales will be better. It has been a crazy week and too many meals eaten out. I've been more careful at home but the damage is already done so there isn't much to be done about it except to try harder next week.

Have a good day. Good luck with weigh-ins.

Cheryl


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Morning all.
Great sleeping weather last night, and another sunny day in store. It was nice to have the windows open most of the day and let in some fresh air.

Again I spent the day sorting old paperwork, shredding, etc. I called around to our credit union, banks, etc., but they either don't do shred days or already had one that I missed. I may be able to borrow the one at the town clerk's office now that I'm back on the payroll there. It's more commercial grade than my own. Mine was screeching, yes, screeching after a while...not to mention the overheating factor.

We got our second roofing quote yesterday and this one is more in our budget, plus he is recommended by Home Advisor ( a free version of Angie's List), so we will probably give them the job. I hate to put a lot of money into the house since we'll be selling it, but the roof really does need replacing.

Well, off to exercise.

Good luck tonight, ladies!
I know I'll need it!

Carol

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Good evening, all. A gorgeous day here today too. Looks like we'll have summer after all. I was outside for a little while and it was actually too warm to be comfortable. I won't complain though. At least with all this good weather, hubby is able to get some outside jobs done. He's been wanting to put up some gutters on the garage and every time he started to work on it, it would rain. I think he's finally going to get it done tonight.

Carol, it's too bad that the replacement didn't work out. It will give you some extra money this summer though and that should help with the work to be done on the Florida home. I hope they work hard to find someone to take it over before you leave again. Clearly they need to widen their search area.

Work was crazy today. I had locked myself out of my payroll system on Monday but I thought it might reset itself by today. No such luck so I spent about 45 minutes with tech support to get back in. After that, it was pretty quiet since the boss left for a trip to visit friends for a couple of days.

Not much else for excitement here. Hope you all are having a good day.

Cheryl

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I have no idea what bank you deal with but some of the banks offer shred days where customers can bring stuff in to be shredded. WB Mason would probably offer to sell you a shredder!
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Morning all.
Wow, bright sunshine out there this morning. Nice surprise! And it's long overdue. Looks like we will have a few nice days in a row, imagine that.

I got an email yesterday from the chairperson of the town DRB, one of the boards I used to work for, saying the Selectboard are going to replace the gal who replaced me last fall when I
'retired' from my town job. No surprise there, as I'd heard she had missed some critical deadlines, etc., and really was not improving. They want me to fill in while they find another replacement and don't want her training the next person. I agreed, but only for 3 months and only if they agreed to advertise the position publicly to attract qualified applicants, something they seem not to want to do whenever there is a vacancy in the town office. I don't know when I will start, but I do know one board meets tonight and the other next Monday night. We shall see.

Got a good share of the hoeing out of the crawl spaces accomplished yesterday. I'm overtaxing my paper shredder though, so I need to look into an alternative. I know they have big trucks that can do mass shredding but I don't know how to find one. Maybe I'll call W.B. Mason, they might be able to help me.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great Wednesday all.

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Good morning, all. It's my day off today so laundry and groceries are on the agenda. I also have a little bit of replanting to do. Something, I think it was a rabbit, ate all my sunflowers that I had started. I'm going to try again bit this time I'll string some mylar streamers over the area to scare him off, I hope.

Our little guy went home yesterday. He is Alexander Christopher. A very long name for such a little guy but I know he will grow into it. He was 8 pounds, 7 ounces and 20" long. We saw him on Saturday and will see him this afternoon since we are going to take supper to them. I know Kate won't feel much like cooking and Chris, even though he is a very good cook, appreciates having someone else handle that piece for him. I'm anxious to hear how they made out their first night home.

Carol, seems like the DMV just doesn't want to cooperate. Hopefully, they have it right this time.

Liz, good luck with the surgery. Our Queen Kathleen is having knee replacement this summer on July 25. I hope all goes well with the recovery.

Looks like we'll finally have some summery weather again. Just in time for me to get outside to finish up that gardening. Have a great day, all.

Cheryl

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Sorry for all your DMV issues Carol.
Congratulations on the new grandson Cheryl.
Do you think it is your thyroid that is slowing you down Bev? or maybe life and all you are doing.
My husband went outside Sunday morning and found my rear window on my Lincoln was shattered from the inside out. Nothing around...very strange. Now I get a call from Safelite glass they can not replace because of the vinyl roof. So the fun begins.
Went to Boston Brigham & Womens yesterday. Another knee surgery scheduled for July 21. That means I should be good to go to Fall Rally. Looking forward to Fall Rally because Brenda and I want to make a weekend get away of it and pick up some towns we need for the 251 VT challenge.
Another cool one this morning. Still waiting to open the pool.

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Morning all.
Where is summer? I'm tired of freezing every day and looking at mainly gray skies. I guess the worst of it is over, but you couldn't prove it by me. My furnace keeps coming on, even though I keep the thermostat at 67 overnight. We need sun!

Yet another issue with the DMV arose yesterday when the dealership called and said they got all our paperwork back on our new truck. Although someone from their (the DMV) office told us (and the office guy at the dealership) how to fill out the paperwork for transferring his veterans' truck plate into our trust, they are now saying they can't do it. So back to the dealership we went. We called Montpelier to try to get a reason why and finally got to someone who said we could transfer it (the vehicle title) into the trust, and keep the same plate, if hubby signed as a co-owner on the title. What a nightmare! Hopefully it will all go through this time.

Cheryl, hope all is well with the new little one. Did they know it would be a boy? So many don't want to know these days.


Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

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Good morning, all. It's kind of drizzly here this morning but is supposed to look better by mid-day. Hubby thought it was kind of cool when we got up but I was very comfortable. Oh well, I guess he's more sensitive to the cold than I am.

We had planned to head to Brattleboro this morning but woke to a message from our son saying that they were at the hospital and Kate was in labor. He called a while ago to announce that their baby boy arrived around six and everyone was doing fine. No details yet but we'll be sure to get all the info when we head to the hospital this afternoon. They had been up for about 26 hours so they wanted to grab a little sleep before they had visitors.

So, our plans for the day have changed. I've just done vacuuming and mopping but the rest of the Saturday chores are still waiting. Jess will be arriving this afternoon after she runs a race this morning. She wants to see her nephew!

Carol, it was worth a try to get the money back but, unfortunately, not a surprise that they wouldn't return the money. Oh well.

Time to finish up my chores and get dressed for the day. Have a good one.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Another chilly start, 44 and a bit foggy here. I'd like to think the sun will burn that off! Maybe I'm being overly optimistic.

Busy day yesterday so I think I never got back to posting here. I manage a small loss Thursday night but the chapter had a net gain.
We had many errands to do yesterday, morning and later in the day. We went to an open house around 4 near the hospital and discovered their 'light' refreshments were enough to pass as supper. Works for me!

We got a letter back from the DMV denying our request for a return of the $70 we paid for registering my car. I traded it before the plate ran out but had put my new stickers on, so I wouldn't forget to do by the end of month. Turned everything in, but they said it was 'used' so they wouldn't refund my money. It figures. I can appeal it, but I'm not sure it would do any good.

Well, off to start my day.

Have a terrific Saturday all. Stay warm!

Carol

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Today was much warmer than yesterday here, but it started out chilly this morning. Last night I was tempted to turn the heat on since it was only 66 in here but I was afraid the noise from the boiler would scare Ed's baby guinea hens that are in a tub that is pretty close to the boiler. This morning the house was only at 63. I thought about turning on the pellet stove but I figured it would probably just start to warm up in here and it would be time for me to leave for work. I decided it might be a good time to start the clean cycle on my stove instead. It had only warmed up a couple of degrees by the time I took my shower but that was better than not at all. I was not expecting Rodney back until tomorrow or Sunday but he showed up this evening. I guess that means my mini-vacation is over and now I have to go back to cooking and doing dishes every day. Oh well, I guess he is worth it!

I never did weigh in last night but according to my scale I would have been up by a pound and a half or so- frustrating with all the walking I did last Saturday. I went and dropped off the afghan that one of the ladies had won and I dropped off something for the auction they were doing, along with my donation to the chapter in lieu of buying something at the auction, but then I left and came back home. I managed to clean one of the bathrooms last night but that was about all I got done. I had hoped to get a lot done this week but for some reason I have been exceptionally tired lately and did very little in the evenings.

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Brr another chilly day!
Keep moving to stay warm as I was
outside for part of the day.

Watching Red Sox game and woodstove heat feels good.

Froggy Jean

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Good evening, all. It was very cold here today. We watched Halle's softball game tonight at a field near the lake and I was wrapped up in my fleece jacket and a blanket. I was still very cold! I don't know how those girls played in short sleeves!

Work was very busy today for a while. I had bookkeeping to do and was nearly finished when I realized that I had forgotten to do the payroll! There was still plenty of time to get it in but I usually do that first thing so that I have plenty of time to fix any mistakes that might show up. Fortunately, all went through perfectly today.

Still no baby news for us. I'm thinking it won't go on much longer but still no news.

Time to call it a day.

Cheryl

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I think flood insurance has to be a separate policy in most states, if not all. Homeowners policies typically do not cover floods, which is why some many people were in rough shape after Irene. We don't have it on our house, but the likelihood of flooding here is pretty slim. Of course we don't have it in Florida either because we have minimal coverage on that house, but I think the chances are a lot greater for wind damage than for water damage. We do have coverage for wind but it has a higher deductible ($2500) in the event of a named storm. Rodney will be heading down to check out the house in a couple of weeks. I think his brother's last day of work is the 22nd and Rodney has a couple of appointments that day and then they head out on the 23rd. They will be back around the 9th or 10th of July because Rodney has an appointment at DHMC on the 11th.


I got a text message from Rodney this afternoon that he was having issues with a brake locking up on the Jeep so he had bought some parts and they were going to try to do brakes on it at the camp. I wonder how many tools they will have to buy because I don't think there is much there. They might be able to borrow some from the guy they bought the place from if they can catch up with him. It would be a shame to buy a bunch of stuff because if they left it there it might be missing the next time they go up. They have had things come up missing before. The last time we were up there a woman stopped and told me that she had driven by one night and seen the door wide open so she had called the cops and they went to check it out. There is a hidden key left there in case someone goes up and forgets to take their key so it is possible that people find it and let themselves in because they haven't seen any sign of damage done by someone breaking in.

Well, my scale is looking pretty bad tonight and I am not sure why. With all the walking I did Saturday you would think it should look good! With Rodney gone I haven't done a lot of cooking and I don't feel like I have been eating all junk- but I haven't eaten super healthy stuff either. I sure hope it looks better tomorrow! Good luck to the rest of you tomorrow.

Bev



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Morning all.
Cool out there this morning, but tomorrow looks even worse. Even flurries maybe in the mountains tonight? Gotta' love Vermont!

Our friends in FL said it was high wind, hard rain, and some lightning mostly. I'm glad we are inland and storms tend to weaken as they go inland. We did get an email from our insurance agent yesterday suggesting we buy flood insurance, which I guess has to be a separate policy in that state. I figured he was preying on out-of-state owners who were 'new' to the game and wanted more money. We checked with friends in the development who said the catch basins are doing a good job so far, and because we are not near any streams or rivers or lakes, we should be okay. We'll ask around next winter to see if others in the neighborhood have it.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. Laundry and groceries on the agenda for today. Groceries are done and the laundry is an on-going task. Later, I'll pick Halle up when Dad goes to work since Mom has a meeting that will go late. We'll find something to keep us busy, I'm sure.

All that rain in the south has surely caused a bit of concern. My cousin in FL hasn't had a problem with it and the other cousin in TX says that it's not in his area. Good news from both of them since they are both planning trips north in a day or two. It's their 50th high school reunions, different schools, so it should be fun for them.

We are having some more rain today. I would like to scatter some more seed in the flower bed but not while there's a risk of it just washing into clumps. That was the problem the first time! Maybe I'll be able to get it done before the week is out. Looks like the rain will let up by the end of the week.

Bev, I hope your BIL is doing okay. Got a note from Joyce G. this morning that her daughter fell while getting gas yesterday and broke her arm. Not good news since she and her husband are supposed to be going on vacation in a few days. At least it wasn't last week since her son got married this past weekend. I guess that's the good news!

The dryer is buzzing so I guess it's time to switch loads. Have a great day.

Cheryl

PS No baby news yet. Two days overdue.

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I have seen the reports of the storm too Carol, but Charlotte County is not one of the affected counties so we don't need to worry much about this one I don't think. I saw that the warnings extended down as far as Englewood, which I don't think is all that far north of us. I seem to recall that the one time we went down for a visit and went to the beach it was to Englewood because they said it was a much nicer beach than Port Charlotte. We have limited coverage on our house down there because without central air the standard companies will no longer write new policies. Rod's brother had his coverage previously so he is still able to get it, but since ours was new we could only go with a surplus lines policy, which doesn't cover as much but it costs a little more. Eventually I bet they will stop offering coverage without central air even if it is not a new policy. I assume the reasoning is that without it there is a higher risk of mold and mildew damage. I doubt we will be in a position to put in central air any time soon, but we might look into the cost of it just to see how much we would need to come up with.

Tomorrow evening I am supposed to be meeting up with most of my siblings since my brother from Alabama is here for a few days. Tomorrow is his birthday. A cousin who lives in Florida is also here for two weeks so she and her husband are going to try to stop by for a brief visit too. I am hoping it doesn't rain about the time we are meeting since we are getting together at a little park in West Lebanon. There is a pavilion there as long as someone else hasn't claimed it before we get there. I think the last time he was here it was cool and damp the night we all met there. One sister sent a message this afternoon that they wouldn't be able to make it after all because her husband had a bad fall yesterday and is in the hospital. In fact, I need to try to call her soon to see if I can find out more about what happened. She said he had a concussion and a small skull bleed but she also said he was very confused and is so weak he can't even stand up so it sounded a bit more serious than a concussion to me. I was wondering if he had a stroke or something and that was what caused him to fall, but maybe it is all from the fall.

Well I think I better stop rambling and call my sister before it gets any later as I suspect she might not be a night owl like I am.

Bev

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Good afternoon all.
Sunny and breezy here, in the low 70s. My kind of day.

We are watching the event around Hurricane Colin as it may threaten the Tampa area by tonight. High winds and rain seem to be the biggest concern inland, which is where we are. We have friends keeping us up-to-speed with things as they develop. One forecast I saw had it moving more north of Tampa, which is out of the path for us.

We met with our niece today, the one who designs kitchens and baths for a living. She gave us some good ideas for our FL bathroom, and kitchen, actually, but of course we can't buy any of our stuff from her....no room to truck it on down this next trip. We are looking into a smaller trailer now, to go with the smaller truck we have. Saturday we took a long motorcycle trip to Bolton, then down to South Royalton to look at trailers there. It was a good day for a ride, but we both had fanny fatigue the last hour, and my hip was bothering me some on the way home.

Well, the washer just stopped...that's my cue, I guess.

Have a great night all.

Carol

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