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9/17/14 11:06 A

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

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

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

Cheryl

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9/17/14 8:05 A

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

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

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

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

Have a great Wednesday all.

Carol

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9/16/14 7:52 A

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

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

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

Cheryl

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9/16/14 7:31 A

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Morning all.

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

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

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

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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9/15/14 6:54 P

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

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

Bev

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9/15/14 6:00 P

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

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

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

Cheryl

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9/15/14 7:48 A

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Morning all.

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

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

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

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.
Carol

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9/14/14 3:39 P

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

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9/14/14 2:19 P

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

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

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

Have a terrific afternoon all. Stay warm!
Carol

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9/14/14 2:10 P

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

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

Cheryl

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9/13/14 11:55 P

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

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

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

Bev

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9/13/14 3:52 P

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

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

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

Carol

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9/13/14 8:05 A

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

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

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

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

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

Cheryl

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9/12/14 9:05 P

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

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

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

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

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9/12/14 5:45 P

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

Jean

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9/12/14 8:04 A

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

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

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

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

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

Cheryl

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9/11/14 9:44 P

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

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9/11/14 9:30 P

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

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9/11/14 8:10 P

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

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

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

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9/11/14 2:15 P

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

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

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

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

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

Cheryl



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9/11/14 7:56 A

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Morning all.

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

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

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

Good luck to the gals weighing in tonight.

Carol

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9/10/14 6:10 P

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

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

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

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9/10/14 3:27 P

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

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

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

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

Cheryl

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9/10/14 7:22 A

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


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

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

Have a great day all.

Carol


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9/9/14 3:15 P

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

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9/9/14 7:52 A

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

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

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

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

Cheryl

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9/9/14 7:26 A

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Morning all.

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

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

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

Well, off to exercise.

Have a terrific Tuesday all.

Carol

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9/8/14 11:47 A

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

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

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

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

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

Cheryl

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9/8/14 7:57 A

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Morning all.

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

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

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

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

Carol

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9/7/14 8:41 P

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

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

I hope you all enjoyed the nice weather today!

Bev

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheryl

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9/7/14 8:14 A

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

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

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

Have a great Sunday all.

Carol

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great Saturday all.

Carol

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy the weekend everyone!

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy the day and stay cool if you can.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

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

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

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

Have a fabulous Friday all.

Carol

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheryl

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

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

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

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

Well, off to exercise.

Good luck tonight gals! I know I will need it! emoticon
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I guess I forgot to post on here last night. It wasn't that I was doing anything special so I guess I just forgot. Tonight we took Camden to his Cub Scout signup because Ed was meeting someone who was buying their popup camper and Erin ended up taking Logan to the doctor. Erin showed up before things really got started so we left, but they thought it started at 6:00 and it apparently was 6:30 because no one showed up until about 6:20. We thought we were in the wrong place but we asked a janitor at the school where we were and she said the schedule showed it was there. Logan has been going to the bathroom a lot in the last few days and today he seemed pretty tired so they took him to be checked out. Erin said they didn't find anything wrong, but when we saw him he looked and acted like he didn't feel good. Hopefully he will be more like himself tomorrow. Over the weekend they had thought he had strep throat but the test came back negative.

Good luck to those weighing in tomorrow. I will probably go to the meeting but I might not weigh in. I have been having some issues with my ankle and my doctor suggested I try not wearing the compression hose for a few days to see if that makes the ankle feel better. It does, but of course my legs are swollen without them so I am sure I would gain. Rodney thinks one of the screws they put in my ankle has loosened up and the compression hose is putting pressure on it and rubbing against it, causing the pain. I am not sure if the screw is loose but I do think it has to do with the compression hose putting pressure on the ankle with the hardware in it. My doctor also gave me an antibiotic to clear up any slight infection there might be in the ankle because the skin is slightly red. I think it is just irritated, but I also had a sore developing on the side of my foot so hopefully the antibiotic will clear that up before it becomes a real ulcer. If the ankle continues to bother me I think she is going to have me get it x-rayed and then consult with an orthopedic specialist. It is kind of a catch-22 because I need the compression hose to deal with the swelling and vein issues, but they irritate the ankle. It is kind of strange that it started bothering me after all these years, but maybe it is because I never wore the compression hose all the time until the last few months.

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Good morning, all. It's nearly noon and I've been working fairly hard since I got here but still haven't caught up with all the postings and such from the weekend. He's at a retreat for these three days so at least I can focus on what needs to be done without interruptions. I should be in good shape by the time I leave today.

Yes, Carol, we did both have appointments yesterday. I have to go back in three months though. I have a nevus in my eye that they've decided they need to watch. I am sure it was there two years ago but they never documented it so it's as though this is something new for them. Anyhow, they need to watch it for a while to be sure it's harmless. I also found out that I have some sort of icky stuff attacking my eyelashes, causing lots of tearing. Anyhow, I now have to do compresses twice a day and put cream on my eyes every night.

Nothing new to report on Gary. He is still having some discomfort and body functions haven't returned to normal so they wouldn't let him go home yesterday. Maybe today.

Looks like I'll be able to get some cleaning done when I get home. It was so sticky yesterday that I couldn't make myself clean! I did get the laundry done but the dusting and vacuuming is still waiting. Jess and Andy will be returning tomorrow night so I want things picked up before they get back. They'll have plenty to add to the confusion so it would be better if our stuff was out of the way.

Hope you all enjoy the cooler temps today.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Much cooler here this morning, woohoo!! That storm that came through around 11 meant I had to close the bedroom window. That made it too hot to sleep well, but at least it's broken the humidity.

Cheryl, be both had eye appointments yesterday. Hope yours went well too. My eyes didn't get back to normal until almost 8 last night. Driving home in the bright sunlight is always the hardest part (and it's always a sunny day, it seems, when I have my annual appointment).

We are going back to Conway today to get the bike, whether the new fender is on or not. If it isn't, it will stay off until next spring. I need to start my shelter newsletter today too. Always stuff to do.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.
Carol

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Good morning, all. It's looking like another hot one here today. It was so warm yesterday. I found myself sweating just sitting still. I do hope this humidity breaks soon. Speaking of weather, I saw on the news that there's a tropical storm, Dolly, that will hit the eastern side of Mexico. That's where Jess and Andy are so I hope they won't have trouble getting out on Thursday. Could prove interesting.

Our trip to Parc Safari was lots of fun yesterday. We did the drive through the park first and enjoyed feeding carrots tot the animals. Halle, Karl and Becky rode in the back of the truck and were able to have closer contact with them than Matt and I did but there were still several animals who stuck their heads into the truck to find the carrots. Halle had a slight run-in with a large horn on one animal and so wasn't quite as anxious to get close to them after that. She was petting the snout of one animal when another came up alongside and then he wagged his head back and forth, getting Halle in the forehead with the side of one horn. We told her that it would be an interesting story to tell in school today! Carol, you know, as a teacher, there were always stories that you weren't quite sure about. lol

Today, I have an eye exam in about an hour and then I guess it's cleaning and laundry for the rest of the day's production. I'm not sure how long I'll keep at it as the heat doesn't make the job any easier.

Joyce says that they were talking yesterday about sending Gary home today. She and he both thought it was too early but, with the insurance running the health care industry, he will probably go home anyhow. He didn't want to take the pain meds yesterday so it kind of got ahead of him, making him very uncomfortable. Narcotics are nothing to fool with but sometimes they are necessary for the body to focus on healing.

First load is ready for the dryer. Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

Another humid day in store today...I thought yesterday was enough! Guess it will end soon enough and we'll be compalining about the cold!

I got most of the shelter paperwork done yesterday that I needed to. We are getting ready for our 2nd annual appeals campaign and I get to proofread the letter that goes out. The cat calendar will be going to the printer's this month and that's a good thing. I will help proofread the first copy at least once before it is finalized.

Today I have the eye appointment that was rescheduled from last week when the doc was sick. Other than that, it's more hoeing and sorting....an endless job.

Have a terrific Tuesday all.

Carol

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It's sunny here this morning, but I think it's on the humid side too. Hopefully the sun sticks around. I would like to play today, but hubby says we have to work. He got the water pump changed in the truck yesterday but now thinks it needs a thermostat so I guess we will make a trip to get one at some point. He also wants to drag some brush he cut into a pile so we can get a permit to burn it at some point, although I'm not sure if he plans to burn it today or not. I am not looking forward to that because of where it is. I know my ankle will not like me trying to climb around on the bank where it is. He hasn't said where he wants to pile it up, but the place I think would be best is also on a bank, although not as steep so that might not bother my foot as bad. Maybe I can get him to drag it off the bank and I will drag it down the driveway to where he will burn it.

Thanks for the update on Gary. I had seen something on Facebook about him being moved out of ICU, but not the part about him being able to sit up.

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Morning all.

Humid here this morning...and foggy. I guess by Wednesday things will have changed a lot. Fine with me. We took the air conditioner out of the living room on Saturday. Only used it about 4 or 5 times all summer. We never did put the bedroom one in this year, so one less ac to clean and put away.

A quiet holiday weekend for us. No family activities or events, which is a good thing, according to my scale. It's up enough as it is!

Enjoy the Parc trip, Cheryl. I've heard they've added great things in the past couple of years. And thanks again for the update on Gary. Let's hope his recovery continues to go so well.

Have a happy Labor Day all.

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Good morning, all. It's looking like rain here right now but the forecast is for a nice day. I think we're going to Parc Safari today with Matt, Becky and Halle. They wanted to make one more fun outing before the Fall hits hard so this is the choice.

Yesterday, we got groceries and Karl got his Shingles shot. Then, we went for a ride. We headed east and found our way through Smuggler's Notch, down into Stowe and Waterbury and then back up to St. Albans. It was a nice, long ride. We stopped at a place in Jeffersonville for lunch but ended up having breakfast instead. Then we also stopped at the shops for Champlain Chocolates and Cabot cheese. Didn't get much of anything but it was fun to do something different.

We solved a mystery yesterday. I had been trying to find Jess and Andy's engagement picture for the past week. I thought I had brought it back from the reception venue but I couldn't find it no matter where I looked. Karl tried too and didn't have any better luck. I had sent a note to Andy's mother asking if it had somehow become mixed into her pictures but still no luck. Turns out that Matt and Becky have it because their puppy knocked it down off the table and broke it so they took it to fix it. The night of the rehearsal, they had put the puppy on the porch while we were gone but Matt didn't get the house door shut tight so he was able to get into the house. When they came to get him, they found quite a mess. They quickly cleaned things up, not wanting to create any stress for us, and never told us about the picture until yesterday. I am glad to know that I'm not losing my mind!

Joyce's husband continues to improve. He is out of ICU and all tubes have been removed. He has been able to sit up in a chair for an hour at a time and has even started walking a bit. She's hoping he'll be able to come home soon. This has been a very stressful time for both of them but they have wonderful friends and family who have helped a lot.

I guess I'd better get my day going. We'll be heading out in a couple of hours and there's lots to do before they get here. Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

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I don't know if it rained overnight here or not, but at some point our power apparently went out- maybe just long enough to mess up all the clocks but they were all flashing when we got home. Rodney started working on the truck right after we got home and I was putting stuff away and getting a load of laundry going. We ended up going to Claremont because he needed a tool that he didn't have. We went to Market Basket and Walmart to get some groceries while we were there. I was quite surprised at how quickly they are getting things restocked at Market Basket. They have a long way to go before they will be fully stocked but they had meat, dairy, and produce today- just not everything we were looking for. I am glad to see them back. Tomorrow is Erin's birthday so we invited them over for a cookout this evening. I'm not sure what is on the agenda for tomorrow.

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Good morning, all. It's cloudy here but shows signs of clearing off. We had thunderstorms about 4:00 am. The dog got all nervous about them so Karl ended up taking him out for a walk about 5:30. He said the sidewalks were flooded at that time with all the rain. Looks much better now.

Our neighborhood get-together was nice yesterday. There were only four houses represented but I enjoyed the company. I found out that the woman who lives next to our old house is from my hometown. She's much younger than I so I wouldn't have known her. My brother was still principal of her high school in her Freshman year and then he retired. Small world.

After dinner yesterday we decided to swing by the camp to visit with Karl's mother for a few minutes. She had company, a couple that we knew so we stayed longer than we had planned. We hardly ever go to camp anymore. We can't take the boat out alone and that would be one of the reasons to go there.

Today, we're not planning anything spectacular. I'm putting a roast in the crock pot and then the day is ours to do with as we please. Not quite sure what that will be but I'm pretty sure it won't be anything here at home.

Enjoy the day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

55 and raining here...the radar shows a brief respite later, but the forecast isn't sounding great to me. Hope to get the walking in between showers.

Cleaned up a few odds and ends of things here, not accomplishing a lot, but it's a start. Housework and laundry on the agenda today, the usual Sunday chores for us. The rain saps my ambition and energy though, I'm afraid, but there's always paperwork I can do. Never an end to that.


Well, have a great day all.
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We are getting a bit of a slow start this morning, but that's okay because we have to go to a wedding later so we can't do much today anyway. The wedding is at Button Bay State Park so we have a couple of hours of driving but it isn't until 2:30 so there is no rush to leave. Tonight we are staying at a nearby farmhouse that Rodney's sister rented for the weekend and then we will head home tomorrow. It sounds like the best weather will be today, which is nice for the wedding but not so nice for being able to go bike riding or geocaching this weekend. Rodney wants to get a couple of things done around here anyway I guess. For one thing he has to replace the water pump on the pickup. He headed to Claremont yesterday to pick up some lumber to build new steps for the front of the house (so we won't get all the snow from the roof coming down on them) and the truck overheated. He pulled over and a neighbor came along and offered to come back to their house and get him a jug of water. He put that in, but brought the truck back home instead of continuing on his way, which turned out to be a good idea since it started to overheat again by the time he got home. He checked it out and said he thinks it needs a water heater so he picked one up when he was out with the Jeep afterwards, but he hasn't changed it yet. He picked up the materials for the steps in the Jeep by having them cut the boards in half for him at Home Depot so that they would fit.

Good news about Gary.

Welll I guess I better get some breakfast started. Enjoy the weekend!

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Good morning, all. It really was a beautiful afternoon yesterday although the clouds hung around all morning.

Efficiency Vermont came and took away an old fridge from the other house yesterday. Not a bad deal. They will send us a check for $50 and we cleared out another item. The fridge still works fine so it's nice that someone else will get some use out of it.

Today is a busy one. We'll go to the funeral of a family friend at ten and the we'll go to a neighborhood get-together at noon. Church later this afternoon and then crash this evening.

We have another houseguest for the week. Chris dropped off his cat yesterday so we can take care of her while he and his wife are in Maine for the week. We still have Jess's dog here too. She called yesterday to tell us what a wonderful time they are having in Cancun. My niece exchanged ideas with her on Facebook about some fabulous side excursions in the area. The niece has been there a couple of times.

Joyce's husband continues to improve. They were planning to move him out of ICU today so that is definitely a good sign. He is resting a lot, something he hasn't been able to do for a while due to the pain.

Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

51 and some sun here this morning. It will be hard to top yesterday, with perfect temps and all.

We never got to pick up the bike because the fender still wasn't in. It figures. Maybe next Wednesday now....we shall see.

Got my monthly awards done for TOPS, so at least I accomplished something. Hubby spent the afternoon cleaning more old metal junk he has lying around. He's finally admitted he is not going to do anything with most of it. Yay! Progress!

Well, off to haul up the garbage for a dump run. After that, who knows. Nothing too major on my agenda today, but I'm sure I'll be busy.

Have a great Saturday all.

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Good morning, all. It's pretty cloudy here but they say it's supposed to clear off later. I don't have any plans for anything special today so I guess the weather won't be a factor for me. The only definite, I hope, thing on the agenda is a visit from Efficiency Vermont to pick up an old refrigerator. It was my understanding that they were supposed to call 48 hours in advance to give me a time and that didn't happen so I'm not sure where that stands. I've left a note at the old house where the fridge is located so that they can call me when they get here. I can't see sitting around there all day waiting for them!

We had a big gain for the chapter last night because someone returned after a long absence. I'm not even sure who it was since they didn't stay. Anyhow, it does have an impact on our numbers but we're glad they found their way back in spite of the gain. I didn't weigh in since I knew I had a gain. I'll have to work at fixing that this week.

Jess and Andy are having a wonderful time in Cancun. They called us on Wednesday and then posted some pictures yesterday. It was Andy's birthday so there were a couple of pix showing the birthday dinner. Looked really yummy! A week from today they'll be back. In the meantime, they're planning to do some diving and lots of beach time.

I think I'm going to try to get some straightening out done in the sewing room today. It's definitely more than I can accomplish today alone but I need to make a dent in it. I've been trying to think of what I might want to do for Christmas gifts so that I can get a start on them, but so far I've drawn a complete blank. I guess I'm not feeling the season yet.

Time to get the day started. I'm feeling that it may be a fairly lazy one. Just don't have the oomph to do much. Feels like a fall day so maybe I'll use up some bananas and make a couple loaves of bread for the freezer.

Enjoy your day, everyone.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Thanks for the update, Cheryl. I'm sure she is relieved. Is he at FAHC? Let's hope his recovery is a speedy one. I didn't realize he'd had a problem that was so severe.

I gained back the .2 I lost last week, but the chapter had a net loss, finally. Not a big one, but at least it was a loss. We are challenging the members for a no-gain meeting next week, a tough one, since the holiday weekend is in the mix.

We're supposed to pick up ;the bike today but the part wasn't in yesterday. We'll call at noon today to be sure it has arrived. I'm not making a 2nd unnecessary trip, that's for sure.

Got the shelter paperwork done yesterday, made brownies and spaghetti sauce...both were delicious, I might add. emoticon

Well, off to exercise.
Have a fabulous Friday all.

Carol

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Good evening, all. I've heard from Joyce. Gary's surgery went okay. She says he is having pain (understandable) and that she was going in one more time and then heading home. She needs to rest! It has been a long couple of weeks, waiting for the surgery and he has been very uncomfortable. Maybe now he will feel a bit better. Keep your fingers crossed that all continues to go well with his recovery.

Cheryl

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I thought I posted on here earlier from my phone but it looks like it didn't go through. I hope things went well for Gary today and that his recovery will also go well.

I hope the scales were good to the rest of you. My weigh-in was not. When we first came home from vacation I got on my scale and it was down from my last weigh-in- and down even more from right before we left because I would have had a gain if I had weighed in the Thursday before we left. By Monday it had gone back up a couple of pounds and it pretty much stayed there all week. By the scale here I was expecting a gain of about .8 but the chapter scale said 1.2. That was my third or fourth gain in a row so I think I need to do something drastically different- I just don't know what. Rodney says we need to go on vacation again because I was down when we came back in spite of all the junk we ate.

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Don't like it when I have to miss a meeting, hope to be there next week.
Keep us posted about Gary.
Hope kitty better soon
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Good afternoon, all. Today is much cooler then yesterday and I'm happy with that. I really don't like the humidity that we've been having lately.

Efficiency Vermont is supposed to be coming to the old house tomorrow to pick up a refrigerator that we don't want. So, this afternoon, I will head over there to make sure it is clean and ready to go. It has been in the garage for the past eight years and we used it on occasion but not for a while now.

I haven't heard anything from Joyce since they took Gary in about 7:45. I'm anxious to hear that he's out. The recovery will take a while but he has lots of people who will help in any way they can.

Scales aren't horrible but I think I may not weigh in tonight. I hope the rest of you have better results.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Yesterday was another nice day...it was over 82 in Conway when we went to pick up the bike. They had ordered a new fender, which they never called to tell us about, so we left the bike there and will have to go back Friday. It would have been nice if they had called to tell us to save us a trip!

I cut my exercise routine in half this morning to hit the shower before my eye appointment. Then they called to cancel because the doc is out sick. Wouldn't you know. I could have slep a bit later....oh well, now I have to call and reschedule.

The vet upped my cat's pain med a bit. She seems to be handling it okay, but we shall see. She sleeps most of the time anyway, so it's hard to tell if there are side effects.

Baking and shelter paperwork on my agenda today. So easy to get behind on paperwork these days.

Well, off to finish my exercise. Good luck tonight ladies!! I know I'll need it!

Carol

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8/27/14 8:00 A

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Good morning, all. It's pretty sunny here but I can see some gray clouds off in the distance. It's already warm and I'm anxiously waiting for the cooler temps they've predicted for tomorrow. I'm ready for it to be Fall.

I didn't get as much done as I would have liked yesterday but I did manage to do the laundry, all except the folding. I'll do that later today. Made my trip to the dry cleaners to see about having Jess's gown preserved and my dress cleaned. The rest of the day is kind of a blur. I know I accomplished a bit here in the house because it does look cleaner.

Time to leave for work. We'll be breaking in a new cleaning lady today and there's a pile of paperwork that she'll have to fill out. At least I had the foresight to pull it together a couple of weeks ago.

Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Gray and damp out there this morning. I liked yesterday better!
And the weekend forecast doesn't look too promising either. It figures!

We are off to Conway this morning to pick up the bike. They've had it 3 1/2 weeks...of course, they couldn't get the manufacturer to resolve the transmission issue we had with it. I think hubby's had it with them. They did other maintenance things to it, but they refuse to do anything with the transmission. So if we break down somewhere beside the road, they will hear about it, believe me! There is 2 years left on the warranty at least.

Today is the first day of school here in Waterford. I wonder how long it will be before they call me to sub. I may just do one day, so I don't have to go through finger printing....I heard someone talking about hiring retired teachers throughout the year to assist with testing...sounds like a better alternative to me!

Well, off to exercise.

Have a wonderful Wednesday all.

Carol

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We have had a couple of pretty nice days this week. I sweat a lot when I went walking but I'm not going to complain. At least I wasn't worrying about falling on the ice! I have been pretty buy at work catching up from being out last week, but I think I got the backlog cleared up today. I am a little concerned about how things will be this fall because the other girl who works with me is leaving. She gave her notice last week because she and her boyfriend are moving to Arizona. At least she gave six weeks notice, but it will still take time to find her replacement and they won't be fully trained before she leaves even if they hire someone soon. I just hope they find someone and the person can start a couple of weeks before she leaves so they will be able to take on some of the work right away. I will be swamped again if not.

I also found out that the co-worker who had the heart attack 2 or 3 weeks ago apparently will be retiring. She always said she wanted to work a few more years, but apparently her heart is dictating otherwise. She had some stents put in and a defibrillator last week and finally was able to go home on Saturday but she can't do much yet. She is a good example of why I don't want to work any longer than I have to. I want to be healthy enough when I retire so that I can enjoy it. She is not someone you would expect to have heart problems though as she is not overweight, she eats pretty healthy (much more than I do) and she walks a lot, so she keeps active. Maybe her heart disease is hereditary.

Well, I think I need to head for bed. I have been up later than I wanted to be every night this week so far and then I hate to get up in the morning. Night all!

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Good morning, all. It's looking like a gorgeous day is in store today. Lots of sun and a little bit of breeze. Maybe I can get outside and enjoy it a bit. I do have a few errands to finish up today and a haircut later this afternoon. This evening, a couple of friends will stop by so Karl can put up some pictures for them on Craig's List. They are retired and spend much of their year living out of their RV down south. They are trying to sell their house here so their goal this summer is to clear out all the furniture, thus the listing on Craig's List.

My early start yesterday finally caught up with me about mid-afternoon. I was so tired that the chicken I had planned to do for dinner went into the fridge and spaghetti became the easy-out dinner. After dinner, I had all I could do to keep my eyes open. I went to bed a bit earlier than usual but still don't feel that I'm fully rested. Maybe I will catch up today.

Kids are starting back to school this week. It still feels a little weird not to be heading that way myself but I don't actually miss it. Halle will start back tomorrow and is looking forward to being in second grade. She wrote to her teacher earlier this summer and then saw her when they went to pick blueberries. Her teacher referred to Halle as her 'pen pal' and Halle wasn't quite sure what that meant. Cute.

Time to get the day started. I hope you all have a great one.

Cheryl

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8/26/14 7:10 A

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Morning all.
New look on this site today....looks nice.

Another hot day in store....I was awake around 4 and never went back to sleep. Lucky me. I will no doubt crash by mid-afternoon. Oh well.

My SIL heads back to NC today. At least they have good travel weather.

Took my cat to the vet but they decided, due to her age, not to x-ray or biopsy the lump on her elbow. We have some pain med, which seems to be helping a little for now.

I did about an hour's work at the town office yesterday. Trying to get a jump on next month's work. A bit more to finish today, but it can be done from home.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great Tuesday all.

Carol

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8/25/14 8:02 A

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Good morning, all. I've been up since 2:45 so that we could have Jess and Andy at the airport for 4:00. Seems ridiculous since their flight didn't leave Burlington until 6:00 but that's what they were told to do. They are now on their way to Cancun for ten days there. The return trip is going to be a late one so I'll be short-changed on sleep that night but I won't be working the next day so it will be fine. Now, Karl and I can get back to more normal days and nights.

We do have a few loose ends to get tied up though. I need to take her gown to the cleaner to get it preserved for her. There's a bank deposit to be made and a baby-sitter to be paid. Andy was supposed to see to it but he didn't do it and she was gone before his father could get it to her so, since she's my hair-dresser's daughter, I'll get it there today. She sat with the ring bearers when it was time for bed so that their mother, Andy's sister, didn't have to leave the reception. I think it was a very good solution and, since the girl is a third-year college student, I know she could use the extra money.

Time for me to get to work. Looks like it will be a gorgeous day for anyone who can get out to enjoy it.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Sunny and cool here this morning, but headed to the 80s again, I guess. I'll take it.

St. J. schools start back up today...our local elementary in Waterford not until Wednesday. Summers get shorter every year.

My SIL arrived around noon yesterday. They've been busy trying to catch up to relatives, friends, etc., but they leave to go back tomorrow afternoon, so I don't think they'll see everyone they wanted to.

I take my cat to the vet this afternoon, but that's about it for my agenda. Hubby's helping his friend clean the garage...the problem is once they sort, the guy puts much of it back into his 'keep' pile. They won't make much progress that way.

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

Carol

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Welcome back, Bev. Sounds like you enjoyed the time away even though it wasn't quite what you had planned.

We are finally finished the celebrations for the weekend. Today we went to our second son's house to celebrate his 30th birthday and Andy's 29th birthday. Andy's isn't actually until Thursday but they'll be on their honeymoon then so we did it all today. We'll be at the airport by about 4:45 am tomorrow for their 6:00 flight. Then they'll have ten days in Mexico, returning a week from Thursday. Meanwhile, Karl and I are looking forward to a little rest and relaxation for those ten days.

Back to work tomorrow. I'm hoping that he has found some people to teach Religious Education classes. Usually it's a challenge to fill the upper grades but this year it's the first four grades. Go figure.

Hope you're enjoying this beautiful weather today.

Cheryl

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8/24/14 8:51 A

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Morning all.

Welcome back, Bev. Sounds like you had a good vacation. Cabins are sure better than tents, when it rains, especially.

My SIL was supposed to arrive last night but her flight was canceled because something was wrong with the plane. They put them up overnight in a hotel, so she's on her way and will arrive sometime today. Not a happy camper, I'm sure. I don't blame her!

Got my baking done yesterday, wheat bread (in the machine) zucchini bread and muffins, and choc. chip cookies. Everything came out great, but the muffins....well, I wouldn't serve them to company. I'll probably end up tossing most of them.

The usual housework and laundry for us today. Guess I'd better get started or it won't get done.

Cheryl, hope you can sit back and relax...all that preparation paid off!

Have a great Sunday all.

Carol

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8/23/14 10:09 P

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Cheryl, I am glad to hear the wedding went well. Something will always not go quite according to plan, but it sounds like anything that went wrong was very minor. Now you can all breathe a sigh of relief and sit back and relax a bit.

We did have wifi at the campground where we spent the first three nights, but I just never got around to getting on SparkPeople. I kept my other e-mail cleaned out (I started using a separate e-mail address for Spark because Rodney was complaining about how many e-mails we were getting), but not much else. I did spend some time looking up info about places we wanted to go or things we wanted to do, but I never got on SparkPeople. I didn't even spend much time reading Facebook all week. After those first three nights I didn't have access to wifi and didn't want to use my phone too much so that I would keep my data usage down. I may end up going over for this month, but I don't want to be over by too much! The weather was better than we were expecting, especially for the first few days, but the last half of the week it didn't cooperate as well. We had hoped to ride our bikes along the Pine Creek Trail which runs through the "PA Grand Canyon" but it started to rain so we changed our minds and went to the PA Lumber Museum (which was not worth the money to get in) instead. Of course the rain stopped and we saw some sun while we were at the museum- although it did rain again later. We thought we might be able to ride the next morning before we moved on to another location, but before we finished having breakfast it was raining again. By the time we were 25 miles away the sun was out. That entire day was periods of rain and periods of sun so it was hard to plan outdoor activities. We did some geocaching in the afternoon after we found another place to stay. That was Thursday, and then we headed out early yesterday morning and went to some waterfalls and then headed home in mid-afternoon. I think we got home around 7:00 last night after stopping in Bennington to pick up some milk and a few other things. We took our tent with us but we never used it. We managed to get a small cabin in a private campground in Corry, PA for three nights and then we spent two nights at Hills Creek State Park in a camping cottage for two nights, and then one night in a cottage at Lackawanna State Park. If we had set up the tent I think we would have been packing up a wet tent since we had rain several nights. Other than not getting to ride the bikes much we did everything we had planned to do and saw all of the things we wanted to. There were a couple of scenic drives that we had thought about doing and didn't, but those were not on the must-do list anyway.

I hope you all had a good week and are enjoying the weekend. We are still getting caught up on thingd. We went to visit Rodney's dad and stepmother today. Tomorrow Ed and the boys are coming for most, if not all, of the day. Erin went to some concert with her mom and will be home later in the day. He wasn't sure if she would meet him here or just go home.

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Good evening, all. It is done and I'm so relieved. The rehearsal went well on Thursday, always a good sign, I think. The wedding day went well too for the most part. Andy contributed a little humor when he accidentally started to recite Jessica's vows. All in all, everyone seemed to enjoy the service, especially since Father Roy was able to personalized it. He has known Jess since she was six and she always did a lot around the church. This morning though, Andy realized that he didn't have any other clothes at the hotel. He borrowed a shirt and shorts from his brother-in-law but had to wear the sox and shoes from his tuxedo. He was quite a sight!

Now, they are sitting here opening cards and gifts. They will leave for Mexico very early on Monday.

Tomorrow, we will all go to our son, Chris's house to celebrate his and Andy's birthdays. The rest of the day will definitely be "recovery mode".

Cheryl

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8/23/14 8:58 A

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Morning all.

Well, Cheryl, tell us all about it. Did the rain hold off for you? It started raining here after 3 but didn't stop until dark, I think. A nasty day overall. Looks like today will be better.

I heard something about snow in the mountains of Montana yesterday. Yikes! That is way too early, if you ask me.

I spent a good deal of time cleaning my stove and oven yesterday. Today I've got some baking to do, so we'll see how good a job I did. My SIL and her husband arrive tonight, so I wanted to be sure there were some goodies around for them to munch on.

Well, off to get started on the list.

Have a great Saturday all.

Carol

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Good morning all. Today is the big day. Skies are a bit gray but they show promise of clearing. I do hope there won't be any rain for them. I'm heading to the salon in a minute so I can have them do my make-up. The girls will be there already for their hair appointments.

I weighed in quickly last might and had lost another pound. This takes me back to January2001 in terms of weight. That's when I first hit this weight. I hope I can keep this up after the wedding!

Hope you all have a great day. Carol, enjoy your company.

Cheryl

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8/22/14 7:29 A

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Morning all.
Overcast and raining here this morning....guess it's hanging around longer than they thought it would. Cheryl, let's hope it ends by this afternoon for your daughter's wedding! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

I managed a .2 loss last night but the chapter had a net gain again. Low attendance, too. Oh well.

Crazy day yesterday with 3 trips to town for appointments. My dental appointment went well, but his did not. They have to redo his crown he just had put in in the spring. Guess the x-ray didn't show a problem area the first time. Yikes. As if it isn't bad enough to go through that once. No cost to us, of course, but a hassle anyway.

Well, grocery shopping this morning, then hopefully a slower-paced day for me today. His sister is coming this weekend from NC so I have some cleaning to do, but that won't take too long.

Have a fabulous Friday all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's the day before the big event and everyone is off and running. Jess and Andy are on their way to Burlington to drop off the dog at Doggie Day Care for the next two days. Then, they have to meet with their caterer at the venue to drop off the table favors and a trunk load of other reception related items. I'm going into overdrive to get things ready here for whoever will be here for lunch today and tomorrow. Not sure exactly who that will be. I found out yesterday that the groom's party will be getting ready at my SIL's house since there's only one bathroom here and there are at least six people who will need to process through it. I guess I might not have had to get as much food as I did but I didn't know all these plans early enough. Oh well, it's fruit and veggies so it won't go to waste.

I won't be weighing in this week as the rehearsal is this evening and then the dinner will follow. It will be a busy evening and the weigh-in isn't part of the plan. I haven't even stepped on the scales this week. Too busy!

Hope you all have a great day. Good luck with weigh-ins tonight.

Cheryl

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8/21/14 7:35 A

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Morning all.
Cheryl, you tired me out just reading your accomplishments! I expect you'll have a loss this week from all that running around!!

Quick check in for me as I'm off to the dentist this morning. Another appointment this afternoon, then TOPS tonight.
And somehow I have to squeeze in doing the minutes for my town job. Fairly productive meeting last night, all things considered.
Lots of good discussion, at least.

Well, I'd better get moving.

Have a great day all. Good luck tonight!
Carol

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Good morning, all. It's a really busy day today. I've already run the bulletin, filed the payroll and called the courier service to make arrangements for tomorrow's delivery since no one will be here to receive it. I've also paid the bills for this week and filed the deposits. Now, I just have a couple of loose ends to tie up and I'll be done until Monday.

Just checked my home voice mail and found that my dress and Halle's are ready to be picked up tonight. I was getting a little worried since I hadn't heard anything since last Wednesday. I called and left her a message last night that I really had to have them today.

Well, it's down to the final countdown. Jess and Andy should be on their way home now. She picked up her gown yesterday and delivered it to her maid of honor who will bring it here. With the dog and all the other things they need to bring, we thought it would be better if someone else took the gown. Jess said she has many, many lists to work from and, so far, all is going well. She has decided that she is probably over-thinking many of the details and that we can tie them all up in five minutes at the rehearsal dinner tomorrow. I agree!

I'm going for a manicure after work and then I'll be heading home to wrap up things there. I have my lists too although mine are mostly things like groceries and such. It will all get done, I'm sure!

Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
47 and foggy here this morning, but the fog wasn't here when I got up at 6. That's okay, if it warms up as nice as yesterday, I'll be happy.

Jean, this is the time of year I start looking for new crock pot recipes. Funny you should say that. I do have a chicken recipe (not crock) that you could probably try in the crock pot. I also have a new one for apple crisp I'd like to try this weekend too.

We got my sister to the airport yesterday safely ....I'm sure I was home before her plane even left, but that's okay. It was a beautiful day for a ride. I did my paperwork last night for my town job. I work tonight for the planning commission. Hopefully they will have a productive meeting....we shall see.

Hubby has plans to start cleaning the shed out today. If I could do cartwheels I'd be doing that right now! It has been years since he did that. He has tons of engine parts in there that he will never use...I say scrap 'em!

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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8/20/14 12:10 A

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Cheryl, I'm sure your daughter felt more relaxed just talking with you, that's what us Mom's do.
All will go fine. Remember it's to be a wonderful day time for new beginnings for them.
I made my rolls the other day and they came out the way they were supposed to.. of course I had to eat 2 and make sure they tasted ok. Lol emoticon
Little chilly this eve, wood stove took chill off.
Carol: got any crackpot recs.for us for Thursday? I will check on here too

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8/19/14 9:13 A

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Good morning, all. It's starting to get a little warmer here but still not anywhere near what it should be in the middle of August! I think I heard that the temps are going to rebound today into the 70's or low 80's. That's more like it!

I've already put a pot of chicken and rice soup on to cook this morning. I tried a great new recipe on Sunday but it made way too much for us to eat in a couple of days. So, this morning, I took the rest of the chicken off the bones and now my soup is simmering. That's tonight's supper! Karl has a dental appointment after work and then he has a haircut appointment at 6:00 so supper will be light. I like having it nearly ready already!

We got the other house mostly ready for the weekend yesterday. I still need to bring over the lunch items: paper goods, beverages, etc. I'll put the food together Thursday evening or Friday morning and then I'll be all set. I'm not sure I'm handling the stress all that well. I was awake at 3:30 this morning, thinking of how to help our daughter get through the next couple of days. She is working 15 hour days, trying to tie up some loose ends on some projects before she leaves for 2 1/2 weeks. Then, once she gets home, she's trying to pack and finish up a few other projects. Last night, she was sounding really stressed and there was nothing I could do to help.

Today, I'll take care of the last of the big cleaning: bathroom, mopping floors, vacuuming. Then, it will be a lick and a promise for the next couple of days. If there's dirt, people will have to live with it.

Hope you all have a great day. Bev, if you're checking in, I hope your weather has been good and that you're enjoying your get-away.

Cheryl

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8/19/14 8:45 A

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Morning all.

Cheryl, you are handling this stressful week better than I could, I think! It's the last minute changes that do me in, most times.

Foggy and cool here this morning, around 47, but headed to the high 70s. Good thing, as I've been freezing for 2 days! I thought the furnace would have to come on, but it didn't.

Short meeting last night for the board I work for so today's minutes should be easy to type. I'm going with my sisters to take one back to the airport in Manchester this afternoon. She flies back to Vegas where it will only be double digits this week....only yesterday was above 100, I guess. They can have it.

I'm sure Bev is having Wi-Fi issues at the campground...I know I did when we were in PA. Very frustrating, especially if they want to charge you after 2 'free' hours, like one did for us.
Coverage was slow, weak, and very sporadic....not conducive to computer usage.

Well, off to squeeze in the exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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Good morning, all, It's starting to look better here with a little sun peeking through the clouds. There was actually a short shower this morning when I got up. I think this weather is supposed to clear out today and give us some nice days for a bit. I did hear this morning that Friday was supposed to have some short showers. I just hope they hold off in the afternoon.

I tried to post on here yesterday but my computer was having issues and I never got back to retype the post.

The to-do list for this week got longer over the weekend. I'll be doing lunch for about 20 people in two locations on Friday. Turns out that the hotel where many of Andy's family are staying won't give them late check-out on Friday so they have to have someplace to go after 11. I told Jess I would do lunch but that it was going to be simple. I figure a platter of wraps, some tossed salad and some fruit. The boys will be at the new house and the girls will be at the old house. Yesterday, I dug out some of the curtains that used to hang at the old house so that I can put them back in the living room there. At least it will give it a slightly lived in look for pictures. I do have a few chairs and a stand with lamp that will add to it. That's about the best I can do. We'll let the realtor know that the house isn't to be shown from Thursday through Sunday, not that anyone is beating a path there!

Today, I need to do some catching up at our house. I'll get the laundry done and maybe a little cleaning. I'm hoping to get the finishing touches on tomorrow so that Wednesday and Thursday could be less hectic. Jess and Andy will arrive sometime on Wednesday and I'll be putting them to work at any point when they aren't already booked. I'm feeling that we're really getting down to the wire.

Hope your day goes well.

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Morning all.
I meant to post yesterday but looks like it was only a thought!

A few clouds and sun here this morning. Cold night tonight, I guess. Might have to be sure the furnace is on! But warmer as the week goes on, and NO RAIN!!! Yay!

Cheryl, I hope you accomplished more than I did this weekend. I know the time crunch is on for your daughter's wedding...Friday will be here before you know it, I'm sure. The forecast looks good, at this point in time, at least.

Tonight I work for my town job. Hoping it's a quick meeting, but the new administrative officer has presented some new documents for the boards to review, so that will prompt some discussion, I'm sure.

Well, off to exercise. Bev, hope the weather is good down where you are!

Carol

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Morning all.
Chilly start here, clouds too, but I think the rain will hold of until later. I hope so, at least. We have a family cookout at 4, so I'd rather not sit in the rain for that!

Bev, enjoy your vacation. Is it just the 2 of you this time?

Jean, fresh rolls....gets me to thinking I'd like to try a bread machine recipe I have for those! MMMMmmmmmm.......

Hubby's off to the recycle center/transfer station. Then we'll get our walk in, then work around here. Nothing major, but if we pick away at it, eventually it will get done.

Have a wonderful Saturday all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. We're off and running this morning. Karl and our son are working on paperwork for the sugaring business. They're meeting with the bank later this morning to finalize the loan they need to build the new sugarhouse. Sure is a lot of stuff to go through but, with the costs involved in this start-up, a loan is a necessity. We are also expecting a gentleman to come today to take a furnace that Karl sold him. It's one we used to use in the other house, many years ago, and since then, it has been the heat in the garage/workshop. Our insurance won't cover the garage under those conditions though so we're getting rid of it. Karl doesn't really use the workshop anyhow so it's not a big deal. This man is also bringing me a loaf of fresh, homemade wheat bread from his wife. Sounds yummy!

I'm planning to use my day to do some significant cleaning and getting the house ready for the events of the coming week. Jess and Andy won't be here until Wednesday so I will have a few days to get it all done. It's not really dirty but there's always the dusting and vacuuming to be done.

Jean, the fresh rolls sound delicious. Fresh bread is one of my weaknesses!

Hope you all have a great day. Weather should be starting to warm up, I think.

Cheryl

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8/15/14 9:35 P

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Congrats to those of you who had losses! We are headed to bed soon so we can be on the road early. We considered changing plans because of the crappy weather forecast but didn't come up with another place that we thought had as much to offer so we are hoping for the best and sticking with the original plan. I'm not sure how often I will post because it depends on how often I am where I have wi-fi. Some of the places we are going likely won't even have cell service.

Bev

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Had a really small loss last night. Bought more yeast so that means homemade rolls this week end. Chilly. Do we have to bring out the flannel already?
Going to curl up with warm blanket and read, drink a coffee and relax
Good going for those with a loss. Have nice wknd everyone.

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Congrats on the great loss, Cheryl!! emoticon emoticon
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I did not go to TOPS last night. I seldom miss a meeting but I had a lot of stuff to do before we leave so I decided to spend the time doing that instead last night. I don't think the scale would have been good anyway and I just couldn't stand the thought of three gains in a row! I may gain when I come back but if I do I'll worry about it then. The weather for PA doesn't look great for next week but I'm hoping it isn't raining the whole time.
Bev

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