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11/14/17 8:22 A

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Morning, ladies,

63 and sunny here this morning. Dew point is still in the 60s so it is a bit sticky but not unbearable.

Bev, to see your house just sitting there but not accessible would be difficult for anyone, but especially since you've had more than your share of delays. You never know, you could be cooking your turkey in it by the end of next week. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

We did a bit of running around yesterday to find some parts for the used golf cart we bought over the weekend. Yes, we weren't going to do that this year but we found a model we liked here in the development for a price we could afford. It will be used mainly for going to the clubhouse for meetings, to the pool, etc., as it can't be used on the open road. But the mini-mall just outside one of the entrances to the development has a hardware store, Dollar General Market, Chinese restaurant, dry cleaners, and more, so we could use it go there if we needed something quickly. He wants to put directional signals on it, and then it should be good to go.

It may mean postponing some of the other expenditures we had planned for this year, but that's okay, they can wait.

Cheryl, great job on those losses! I wish I could say I've done that well. Still working on getting back to leeway....hard here when everything seems to revolve around food!

Well, off to get the walking in.

Have a great day!

Carol


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11/13/17 8:35 P

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No, we are certainly not getting settled into the house. In fact, the two halves are still sitting just as they were left over a week ago. We did get a call today though from the guy who will actually be doing the setup and he told Rodney he plans to be here on Wednesday to at least get enough of it done that we will be able to get the plumbing, electrical, and heat hooked up. I'm not sure just when the rest of it will be done but it is encouraging to finally hear something should happen this week. I certainly hope we will be able to move in by Thanksgiving, but I suspect we won't be in much before then.

I hope your son is able to get all the damage repaired before the season starts. We didn't get the damage around here that some places got.

Congrats on the recent losses Cheryl and the almost 10 pounds for the year. I have been pretty much holding my own for a while but I am up by 5 or 6 pounds from where I was when I last weighed in at TOPS- but that was 10 months ago. I am sure I will get a lecture when I see my doctor again because he wanted me to lose weight and I haven't. I don't think I have gained anything since I saw him, but I haven't lost either. I have been thinking about trying to get an appointment because I am still having trouble with hoarseness that has been going on for two months. I had a bad cough for a while but that pretty much (but not totally) went away a few weeks ago. I have had this before so I am not as worried as I might be if it was a new thing, but it seems like usually by now it would be getting better. Some days I feel like it is, and other days it seems just as bad as it was in the beginning.

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11/13/17 8:01 A

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Good morning, all. Gee, I guess it has been a while since I checked in here. I missed a post or two so I had a hard time getting back in here. It took a half a dozen tries before it finally connected.

Bev, I hope that you are well into resettling in your new house by now. It has been a long haul getting to that point. Too bad the company wasn't more cooperative.

Carol, you left just in time to miss all the cold and bad weather.

Our son had a lot of damage to his sugar bush from the wind storm a couple of weeks ago and several trees have fallen and damaged the lines. He has been working every day to cut up the trees that are on the lines but he figures that it will take him right up until sugaring time to put things right again. He has had some help from friends and family members, even his wife and daughter have pitched in. I can't be any help since getting up into the woods is more than I can manage. Karl has taken these two weeks off from work in order to be in the woods to help.

Weigh-ins are going well. I had a good loss this week after a couple of weeks of setbacks. But, I managed to lose most of what had been regained in those two weeks. I am almost to my ten pounds for the year and hope to accomplish that this week. I had my physical a few days ago and spoke with my doctor about reducing the meds I take. She did take away a couple of things and changed another to something less risky and for that I am thankful. We also spoke about reducing the amount I take for diabetes since I often "bottom out" and she agreed to take another look at it if I can lose a few more pounds. That's an incentive! Maybe by January!!!

This weekend I will be selling maple and honey products at the holiday show at our church. Yesterday, I made maple almonds and they are quite good, if I must say so myself! It's a new product for us so we'll see how that goes. Getting product ready for the sale is keeping me busy this week. I've canned more syrup and tomorrow I will make some maple cream. With any luck, I'll have the rest of the week to get all the product labeled and ready.

Have a great day!

Cheryl

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11/8/17 7:00 P

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The house will not be set up and ready to move into this weekend. The best we can hope for it that it will be ready next weekend but even that is not definite. The two halves are here but we are now being told they will not be coming to do the setup until early next week. IF they do get it done Monday and Tuesday we MIGHT be able to make the rest come together in time to move in next weekend, but everything would have to go just about perfect in order to do that. I am not happy with Camelot Homes that's for sure!

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11/8/17 7:11 A

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Good morning, all,

A warm 62 here this morning, with temps in the 80s all week. Warmer than normal, I guess, but I'm not complaining one bit. Better than 22 (or lower!)

Bev, sure hope that by the weekend the house is up and ready for moving in. It will seem good to be in your 'own' place again, I'm sure.

Amazing how much the storm did for damage back there. I guess our county fared pretty well, all in all. Here there is still evidence of Hurricane Irma's destruction, mostly with blue tarps on the roofs and tons of uprooted/damaged/removed trees yet to be picked up. We've talked with a few friends here who said the storm went right over us, changed directions several times in the night, and lasted most of the afternoon Sunday and part of Monday. Many said they wished they'd evacuated and would do so next time.

Off to coffee/social hour this morning. I get to go this year as my FL TOPS chapter changed its day to Thursday. Of course, I'll have to pass on the donuts, bagels, and pastries that are abundant there...he'll eat my share, I'm sure of that.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, ladies!

Carol

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11/1/17 10:11 P

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Good evening, all. It's finally starting to feel like Fall around here. Temps were on the chilly side today after a very warm October. Carol, glad you have arrived safely at your winter digs. Bev, you must be beyond frustrated with the delays on your new house. Hopefully, they will get it together and deliver it soon!

The storm this week did a lot of damage around the area. We didn't have any issues here at our house but one of our sons has had a rough week. They haven't had any power at their house or at the sugar house for several days and it looks like it will be Friday or Saturday before they get it back at their house. Halle and Becky have been coming here for showers and water for the animals but they both agree that this camping experience is getting old quickly. Today, Karl took the day off and went to the woods to help Matt since he has a lot of trees down on his pipeline. He figures it will cost him about a thousand taps since some of the trees are maples. In addition, because he is having to work so much in the woods to get things cleaned up, he will probably not have time to tap a neighbor's woods this year. He has already invested a significant amount of money to prepare that piece so it will definitely be a financial loss this year. And, on top of all this, it appears that he has probably lost all four of his bee hives. The covers were blown off two of them in the storm and so the bees have left or died off. The other two hives appear to be emptying also. He can restock them in the Spring but that gets to be expensive too. He just can't seem to catch a break right now.

I had my physical this week and we had a good talk about my frustration with the pain I'm still having in my hip. She referred me to Physical Therapy and, in my first appointment today, they finally measured both legs and found that the one with the implant is over an inch longer than the other! Finally!!! I've been complaining about the lack of actual evidence ever since they did the surgery and now the proof is documented! The therapist added some height to the wedge in my shoe and gave me several exercises to try to relieve the pain in the bursa sac. I'll see her a couple more times and maybe we can come up with a more permanent solution to the discrepancy issue.

It looks like Karl may be retiring by the end of the year too. He feels he needs to be able to help Matt right now so he's going to request a month off without pay. If they won't agree to that, he is going to give his notice. I know he has been trying to make a decision about whether to retire or not, and this event is kind of making him think he needs to do it now. We'll see what the outcome is.

Time to call it a day. Scales are not wonderful but there's hope for a turtle.

Cheryl

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11/1/17 9:00 P

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Glad to hear you arrived safely! Rodney's uncle called him tonight to let him know they had arrived at their place too. I'm not sure what day they actually left here or what day they got to their place down there but I think they left about a week ago and spent 2 or 3 nights in a hotel. He said they could have gotten there the day before they did but it would have been around 10 PM and he didn't want to open up the house that time of night so they got a room in Ocala and made the rest of the trip the next morning. Assuming we go down we will probably spend two nights this time instead of one, but we won't be so limited on time. I officially gave my notice last Friday, so whether or not we go to Florida I will be done working at the end of the year (unless I take a part-time job to help pay the bills). I am surprised that my boss has not told the other people in our department yet, but as far as I know she hasn't because the one that I work closely with has not said anything and I think she would if she knew. I did tell one other person today that I had given my notice for the end of the year.

Our house is still not here. Of course last week when they had said they would be getting it ready and delivering it they said they couldn't because of the rain. The day they were supposed to get it ready was dry here but maybe it wasn't there. Friday was nice so you would have thought they could have gotten it ready then but they didn't. They told us they would be doing it this Monday and delivering it yesterday- but of course it rained Monday. Yesterday was nice but they didn't get it ready then either. We were told that was being done today and at least one half of it will be delivered tomorrow. If they have time to do both pieces they will but if not the second one is supposed to come on Friday. Either way they said it will be next week before they can do the setup. Since it is supposed to rain most of next week it will likely be the end of the week (if we are lucky). We might be getting closer but this is very frustrating to say the least. We initially were told it would be taken down and prepped for shipment after they got the 10% deposit, which they got over a month ago. Had they done that the house would be all set up by now.

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11/1/17 4:57 P

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Well, we made it this morning. Probably could have pushed it and arrived last night but we wanted to unload in daylight. Fine with me.

It poured the whole first day, but the weather improved after that.
Relatively uneventful other than the rain, fortunately. 3 nights in a hotel but we found coupons to use so it wasn't expensive at all. We had made sandwiches and stuff for lunches before we left, so we only had to buy 3 dinners, too. Cheap, yup, that's us!

Well, off to unpack more boxes.

Carol

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10/27/17 7:06 A

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Morning, all.
A super-soaker yesterday for sure. Guess we needed the rain. 2 nice days coming up, though, but it looks like we will be heading south in some nasty rain and wind. Lucky us.

Bev, I'm not surprised you weren't notified by your company about the house. We have found that communication skills don't really exist in most companies these days. For example, our stove is still waiting on parts from 3 weeks ago. I called last Wednesday to explain we were leaving and when...she said she would check with the repair guy and get back to us about whether or not they would get here before we go. Haven't heard a thing. So I guess it waits until next spring now. Same with the water treatment system guys...they don't return calls either and after all we have paid them...well, they should at least have the decency to return our calls. Oh well, enough soapbox from me this morning.

I lost 1.2 last night but the chapter had a net gain. Low attendance again, but that's the way it goes sometimes. I won't be weighing in for at least 2 weeks now but at least my FL chapter changed their meeting day from Wednesday morning to Thursday morning.

Back to the eye doc for me this morning to see if the medicine is helping with the eye pressures. Sure hope it is as I don't want to know what the next step is in treating this. I will get an eye doc down there to follow up, I guess.

Well, time to get moving.

Have a great Friday all.

Carol

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10/26/17 10:36 P

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The house was supposed to arrive today but it is now postponed until sometime next week. Apparently they were not able to take it apart yesterday due to the rain so it wasn't ready to deliver, plus with the rain today they wouldn't have been able to get a permit to haul it. They are now saying they will take it apart Monday and deliver it sometime next week- but I think the forecast is calling for rain on Monday so who knows! I was rather irritated because they never called us yesterday to say they would not be able to deliver it today. I'm not sure they even would have let us know today if I hadn't sent an e-mail asking if they had notified the bank when they would be looking for a check. He then responded to say the delivery had been postponed to next week, but we haven't been given a day. We are planning to sign papers this weekend to sell this house to Ed and Kim, but we will stay here until our new house is ready. We won't get everything out of this house any time soon, but Ed and Kim know that all of Rodney's tools will be stored here (they will go to Ed some day anyway), and until we have a storage shed some other stuff will be staying here too. I do plan to get everything of ours out of the living space- other than a few things we are giving to them.

I hope the weigh-ins went well tonight.

Bev

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Good afternoon, all. Just got back from Burlington a few minutes ago, second trip this week. I had an appointment on Tuesday and got caught in a traffic tie-up on the interstate. It took me an hour and 45 minutes to make the 30 minute trip on Tuesday! Today, I heard on the radio that there was another accident backing things up on the interstate so I decided to take route 7 to avoid it. Well, they are doing a big construction job there and so I was caught up in traffic again. At least this time it wasn't as serious. Only made me about ten minutes late getting to Alex's treatment but his parents arrived at the same time I did. The chemo pharmacy was terribly behind today so it took longer to complete his treatment than usual. But, I am home now and all is well.

Bev, sounds like you are making good progress on the packing even though the house isn't quite ready yet. The fortunate part is that you will still be able to get things you may have missed since your son will be in the old house. And I hope the chemo goes well for Rodney.

Carol, I suppose you will be heading south in just a few days. I ran into a friend today who has decided that they can no longer make the annual trip. They are an older couple and her health just won't allow her to do it anymore. I know they will miss the warmer weather. If they had moved there as you're planning to do, it might be different but their family is still up north so they made the decision to stay in the north. It had to be a tough decision though.

I'll be curious to see how the scales are tonight. I feel that I have lost but my home scales aren't showing that. We'll see how it goes. We had a no-gain meeting last week and one of our members returned after several weeks away and had a huge loss! When she left us, she said her head just wasn't in the right place but it looks like she got it together while she was out. I do hope she continues to do well with us. It's a huge motivator for the rest of us when members show such good progress.

Have a good day and stay dry if you can!

Cheryl

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10/25/17 9:57 P

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We had rain most of the day yesterday, but today it was pretty much just overcast here. Good luck with the cleaning and packing! I have been doing some of that so that I won't have as much to do at the last minute but I don't seem to be filling up the boxes I bought very fast! Since we are moving such a short distance some of my stuff really won't require that much packing anyway, but some of it will. I need to pack up all of our shorts in a tote that we will take with us to Florida, along with a couple of other things that we picked up for the house down there. For the most part we won't be taking stuff with us. Eventually we plan on picking up some more shorts so that we can leave some there and still have some to wear in the summer up here as well. Last time we went down Rodney took a tool box with a few basic tools with him, but that was it. We did buy a saw at Harbor Freight when we were down there but it was left in the shed there. His dad had a few tools that he had accumulated over the years so there is some stuff there- but some of it Rodney said wasn't worth using. Maybe once your hubby is done with all his remodeling projects he won't think he needs to take so much stuff with him Carol- although I guess you would still end up hauling a trailer to transport the motorcycle. Cheryl, I hope all is well with you.

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10/25/17 7:36 A

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Morning, ladies,
I was wondering if I had missed the notices of someone posting, but no one did post. That explains it.

The wind blew quite fiercely yesterday afternoon, but the rain held off until almost bedtime. Fine with me. And I love these warmer temperatures!

Bev, glad to hear the house is nearly here. Let's hope the rain stays away long enough to keep things safe and on schedule.

Still cleaning and packing here. Defrosted my freezer yesterday and cleaned that out. Got most of my clothes packed and started on some of the other stuff. Paperwork and food is mostly all that is left. The motorcycle is in the trailer and he has started to get his tool boxes/totes ready to pack. I swear he brings more tools each year, but he says he needs them all there. Hmmm....

A guy is coming later today to buy the table saw we had for sale on Craig's List. The rain may change that timing, but at least it's going down the road. The other items I will delete today. We don't need people inquiring about them while we are gone. That happened last year when we forgot to remove them from the site.

Well, the list isn't getting any shorter.

Have a great day all.

Carol


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Wow, I can't believe no one has posted here in 10 days! I guess we are all busy- or else simply have nothing to say. We are supposed to have the house delivered this week as long as the rain doesn't delay things. They need to take it apart on the lot and get it ready for moving, which they were planning to do tomorrow. If it was raining hard I would think they might not be able to do it.

Rodney had his third cycle of the new chemo yesterday. It is too soon to know if it is working or not. He will have one more cycle and then they will do a scan before cycle 5. Most of his labs looked good yesterday but his tumor marker had increased significantly again and that has us kind of worried. His doctor told us not to panic because he is feeling well most of the time and he said usually that is a good sign. He is not ready to give up on this chemo yet- and neither are we unless we have something else to take its place, which we don't at the moment. There are not a lot of drugs that are known to work with this type of cancer. We were hoping to have the results of the genetic testing yesterday but it wasn't back yet. He should get that at his next appointment but I don't think I will go to that one with him. Sadie will probably go to that one with him. I would like to, but I have to limit how much time I ask for off if I want to keep my job and I think it will be more important for me to go to the one where he gets the results of the scan they will be doing. I have pretty much decided I am going to give my notice at the end of this week and tell them I am done at the end of the year even though we are not 100% certain about being able to go to Florida. It will depend on what happens with Rodney's treatment and we won't know that for another month- or more, but I feel like I need to give them two months' notice. If it turns out we can't go to Florida I will have given up my paycheck sooner than I needed to- but I will also be able to go to all of Rodney's appointments without any issues. Finances would be a little tighter if we had to heat a house all winter and pay Vermont utility rates, but we will manage if we have to.

I hope all is well with everyone else.

Bev

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I'm glad to hear you got your e-mail issue resolved. I get frustrated when I can't figure out how to make things work. I bought a wi-fi crockpot a while back but I have never been able to get it to work properly. It sounded like a nice idea because I could turn it on using my phone when I was at work- but only if I can get it to connect to our home wi-fi (and stay connected). I got it to connect but it kept disconnecting so it won't work as it is supposed to. I pretty much decided I have another regular crockpot that I paid a little too much for! I keep thinking I should try to get it working again, but by the time I do I won't be working any more and won't need to set it remotely.

I did get a reply back from Camelot today and unfortunately the house will not be coming as soon as we had hoped. He said it looks like it will be the last week of the month before they can get to it. Hopefully that means the last full week and not the last couple of days of October. Either way it won't be ready to move into until sometime in November. We may go ahead with the sale of this house to Ed and Kim this month anyway because they had gotten a quote on homeowner's insurance that is only guaranteed until the end of this month- and it is a better price than what we pay so they really should jump on it. We told them we could do the deal this month as long as they weren't going to kick us out until the new house is ready.

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10/14/17 7:34 A

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Morning, ladies,

Nice to have it a bit warmer this morning. I think we had our first frost yesterday morning and I didn't like it. But the day turned out fairly nice, all in all.

Bev, they announced at Rally that Ed was the summer best loser for your chapter. I didn't want to mention it before and maybe he still doesn't know, but if Kim went, she should know by now.
Can't say as I blame you about the dog situation, though. Not a dog person myself either, so I would have been more upset than you, especially since they are still all in your house.

We saw an ad on Front Porch forum recently where a woman was looking for a house to 'rent' for a few months this winter while her house was being built nearby. It would have been a good idea for us, having someone in the house, but she had a dog and 3 cats! Nope, not in my house, thanks. Besides, I have been hearing stories about how hard it is to get rid of 'guests' in your house...even those you invite for a few days...something about tenants' rights...so there's another reason not to let that happen.

I didn't make much progress in the organizing yesterday..found 2 folders, old bank account and previous car, that needed to be shredded, so I did that. Should be able to make more progress today, I hope, but I'm going out to breakfast with Darlene this morning and we are going to eat tonight at the 99 with other friends. I hate all these meals out, but it can't be helped, I guess.

I spent a bit of time on the phone yesterday with Fairpoint. I'd had it with not being able to send emails out all day..it happened occasionally but never for the whole day, so I called a tech number and he walked me through the settings procedure. I guess some things had been changed with a Windows update maybe (he wasn't too sure) but we corrected it and now emails go out like they should. Yay!! Sure made my day.

Well, off to hit the shower.

Have a great weekend, ladies.

Carol


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Congrats on the losses ladies! It sounds like you are both doing well. Ed and Kim have been doing fairly well lately too, but I think she had a gain this week and he didn't make it home from work in time to even go. They had told us they were going to Fall Rally, which is why Ed told us he wouldn't be able to help Rodney on Saturday last week. Well, they might have been planning on it originally but we found out they never went. They left here and we thought that was where they were headed, but instead they drove all the way to New York City to get another dog. I guess it was a rescue dog that was at a kill shelter. How they found it I have no idea- and why they wanted another dog when they already have two is also a mystery. And it gets worse, because they got another rescue dog on Sunday. Ed did help us on Sunday but Kim left and he indicated she was going shopping- yeah shopping for another damn dog! Can you tell I am not impressed! I don't even like dogs and suddenly there are four of them living here! At least all but one of them are fairly calm. The new house can't come soon enough! I don't know when it is supposed to be coming. I would like to think next week but it might not be that soon. I e-mailed the salesman last night to ask what he thinks we are looking at for a time frame but he didn't respond today. We also haven't heard back from the power company to let us know when they are coming. Nothing more can be done until the house is here and the power is hooked up. I stopped at a U-Haul tonight and bought some boxes so I can start packing up things I won't need over the next 2-3 weeks and I hope to get a little of that done this weekend. Tomorrow we are going to visit the in-laws and then do our shopping. Sunday we have a few more limbs hanging over the driveway to cut but other than that I hope to do some packing.

Carol, I bet you are getting anxious to head south, although so far the weather here has been pretty decent for the most part. I will need to decide pretty soon if I am definitely going to stop working at the end of the year. I'm not sure if we will be 100% sure we can go to Florida by then, but I feel like I need to let them know at the end of this month so they have two months to get a replacement in place. If I give them two months' notice they can take a month to find someone and another month to have that person work while I am still there. My boss at one point had talked about hiring someone this fall in order to have them up to speed before I leave but I haven't seen any sign that they are doing anything about looking for a replacement yet. If for some reason it looked like we wouldn't be able to go to Florida for the rest of the winter I think I would still tell them I want to cut back to just three days a week (which they might or might not agree to). That would allow me to go to all or most of Rodney's appointments with him. They don't really have any part-time employees, but there have been a few others that cut back to part-time for a few months before they retired so it isn't like I would be the first to request that. I am hoping I will be heading for Florida anyway and Rodney can continue his treatment down there for a few months, but that remains to be seen.

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Congrats on the loss, Cheryl! You are doing great! I know it is hard to be consistent day after day. I had a small loss of .8 last night, but it was my 5th week without a gain, a record for me. I have a ways to go before I get back into leeway while still on my medical excuse. Time will tell.

I liked Rally this year but you are right, no inspiration stories there. I do like some of the things they do there now, like officer recognition and the yellow rose thing for the KOPS alumni. The guest speaker starting his program at 11:50 was definitely not my idea of the right thing to do, though. Maybe after lunch and I would have listened better.

We are organizing our stuff to get ready to pack now. He installed a vent in the utility trailer, which we checked for leaks on this morning. Thankfully there were none.

Went to pay our property taxes this morning and discovered last night that the state had assessed a penalty of about $275 for 'late filing' the homestead exemption. We called the state tax office to clear it up (we file for an extension each year) and they explained the mistake they had made and will notify our town office of the corrected amount. Meanwhile I'd already made out the check and rather than try to get the new assistant town clerk to trust what we told him, we decided to pay the full amount and get reimbursed from the town when they get official written notification of the overpayment. It may not happen before we leave, but it that's okay, as long as we get it. I hadn't even noticed but hubby checked it over last night to compare it to last year's and noticed it then. Good thing. Although the state tax lady was very nice and said we were not the only one (surprise, surprise) and they would have caught it eventually and sent us the money....hmmm....

Well, enough rambling from me.

Have a happy, safe Friday the 13th, ladies.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's frosty here this morning but I guess it's about time for some cooler weather. Hubby actually lit the pellet stove two nights ago and it felt really nice to have that warmth. I guess it's about time to change over my closet too. Maybe later today.

Fall rally was nice. The theme was a good one and the awards kept to the theme, I thought. I was a little disappointed though that there wasn't more inspiration to carry us through to SRD. Maybe it was just me.

I finally went to the doctor on Wednesday because I've been coughing for more than a week and nothing seems to touch it to help me get over it. She thought it was a sinus infection along with post nasal drip causing the issues so i'm on a z-pack and a couple of other meds to try to knock it out. One of the meds gave me a terrific headache yesterday so today I took only the z-pack. The headache doesn't feel as intense today so maybe I'll hold off on the other meds until I finish this one.

Weigh in was good last night. It wasn't quite a no-gain meeting but the losses clearly out did the gains. I lost another 2.8 and that makes 11.4 for the past four weeks. That feels good!! Now to keep at it.

Bev, it looks like you may have a house going up soon from the pix that were posted. You must be very excited to have it moving forward.

Carol, I imagine you are in the midst of packing things for your trek south. I do hope that all the hurricanes have finished for the season so that you won't have to contend with that kind of weather.

Homemade chicken soup is on the agenda for today along with some straightening up around here today. I've brought back a couple of carloads of things from my mother's house and they are all sitting around waiting for me to take care of them. There are a number of quilts that need to be repaired so I think my projects are lined up for several months to come. First though, I have Christmas things to complete. It never stops!

Have a good day, all.

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Morning, ladies.

Cool mornings remind me we don't have much time left here. Cheryl, it will be the last weekend of the month that we head south. At least that is the plan.

I believe that scientist was correct. We have virtually no foliage color here and I suspect the leaves will fall off because of the dryness. Too bad. The worst I've ever seen, I know that.
I don't know if other parts of the northeast are any better, either.

I had a dental appointment yesterday for a tooth extraction, the wisdom tooth that came apart last November while I was in Florida. This doc was amazing...less than 2 minutes and he was done! Of course, I had gauze in my mouth for the next few hours, but it was worth it. No pain after, at least so far. I can remember having 'dry socket' many years ago with a similar extraction so I'm hoping that doesn't happen again.

Well, I've rambled long enough. Off to (hopefully) my last p.t. today. I'd like to do one more pool therapy at least too. We shall see.

Have a great Wednesday all.

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Good morning, all. It's a sunny morning here but Fall is definitely in the air. Temps overnight went into the low 40's. I'm ready for it though. Hubby was saying that some botanist at Cornell said that there likely wouldn't be any real foliage season this year due to the strange summer weather we had this year. I do hope he's wrong because this is my favorite time of year.

Bev, sounds like work is coming along with the new house. I know you must be anxious to get into it and have everything settled.

Carol, when will you head south? Friends of ours left Sunday and won't return until April or May. They lucked out with the hurricanes, losing only a few roofing tiles. They were directly in the line of fire until it veered inland a bit. Lucky for them!

Fall Rally this weekend. I'll be going but will travel from Brattleboro as I'll be headed there on Friday to help with the yard sale planned for the weekend. I'll go back there after Rally is done so I can continue to help on Sunday and Monday. I hope we're successful in getting rid of most of the things being offered but I'm not sure how we'll do. There are a lot of old tools and such and a few household items but the bulk of the household items will not be offered until a little later when we do an estate sale. We still have a lot of things to go through indoors so it will probably not happen until November or December. That one will be an indoor sale!

Scales are continuing to look good. I lost another 2.4 last week and today they are down another pound or so. I'd really like to show a decent loss when I go for my physical later this month.

Have a great day!

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Both homes as well as Rodney's cousin's house share the same driveway to a certain point. It is a private road that has to be maintained by us. His cousin usually does the plowing, but we also have a snowblower to clean it up in front of the house because he can only do part of it unless the cars are moved out of the way, and that doesn't always get done when he is plowing. Our current house is the first one so we have a short driveway that branches off Wells Mountain Road and leads to this house. The road continues up the hill past our driveway and then takes a sharp turn up another (steep) hill to Rodney's cousin's house where it pretty much ends, although there is a logging road that you can drive up with a 4-wheel drive vehicle with good ground clearance, that leads to the hunting camp further up. Where the road makes the sharp turn and goes up to Rodney's cousin's house the driveway for our new house continues straight ahead. Since we hope to be in Florida during the winter months I don't think we will have Rodney's cousin plow our new driveway. In the event that we needed to come back home during the winter we would need to hire somebody (like the guy who is doing our excavation work now) to come in with heavy equipment and open it up, but we don't expect that to happen so it seems like a lot of work for nothing to keep the road open all winter. Ed is supposed to make sure he goes up and rakes snow off the roof when it needs it, but he can get up there on snowshoes (we gave him ours).

Hopefully before the end of the month we will be moving, but there are still a number of things to be done. The well is in and the area where the slab is going is ready, but it might be next week before the concrete guy can come. The septic system is started. Rodney didn't think he would be able to start the electrical work until after the trailer was in place because he thought the pedestal was going to be at the end of it, but when we drove up Friday night to look things over it looked like the contractor has the pipe coming out from under the slab off to one side, so he said maybe he won't need to wait for the house to be in place. The excavation guy is going to load up a bunch of tree debris from the trees that Rodney's cousin cut down for us along the power line right-of-way and haul it away because the power company won't put the line in until that is all cleaned up. Hopefully they will work on that this week so we can get the power company in soon. Once the house is in place we will have the plumber come back and hook up both the water and the sewer. It is all coming along but there are a number of players and it is not always easy to get on their schedule quite when you would like to.

Well, I better get off my butt and get something done. I was thinking I should start sorting out some stuff I need to get rid of before the move, but I have been procrastinating.

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Good morning, ladies,

30 here this morning, a light frost but the sun is bright and I'm sure it will warm things up soon.

Cheryl, I am glad you and your siblings had a productive time of the cleaning and sorting. Nice that there are lots of memories, although I'm sure sad ones, too. Let's hope everything can be transported safely and the rest goes quickly in the yard sale. It took us about 3 months to do my folks' house, as I recall.

Bev, it's October, so this is the month you will be moving, yay! Let's hope the final details fall into place easily and with no hassle. Do both homes share the same driveway?

We had planned on a trip to Manchester (NH) today but decided to stay home instead. He wanted to stop at Camping World to get a vent kit for the enclosed utility trailer but when we called them the in-store price was about $12 higher than the internet price, so we decided to order it ourselves. Oh well, saved a tankful of gas, anyway.

We had a doe under our apple tree yesterday. They have 'turned' that brownish color now, not nearly as pretty as the reddish color they are in the summer.

Well, I've rambled long enough. Housecleaning on my agenda today...never an end to that, is there?

Have a good day, all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It seems like forever since I have been on here. Lots of things going on and not much time for anything else.

My brother and his wife were here from NC last week and then we took the train together to Brattleboro on Thursday. We four siblings spent the better part of five days working on cleaning things out of our family home. Lots and lots of things to go through and decide who wants what and what to do with the rest. Of course, all of this was taking place in the extreme heat and so sweat was the order of the day. I came back here on Monday and then went back yesterday with my daughter-in-law and Karl's truck so that I could bring back a load of boxes and furniture. We will have a yard sale Columbus Day weekend but will also have to schedule another for a little later as we just cannot get it all ready at once. Mom had a lot of glassware and antique dishes so it is time-consuming to go through and make decisions. Several years ago, I asked her to number pieces and record their significance in a notebook. Thank goodness!!! It has become our bible in making decisions about what to keep and what to let go. There are many pieces that came from our grandparents. Some of those things were gifts from their parents! One piece that I've always treasured is a cake stand that my father's parents received from my grandmother's mother at their wedding. That dish is at least 120 years old! It is mine now! We have tried to be aware of passing along mementos to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren so Mom's collections of china teacups and Hallmark ornaments are being divided with them in mind. Dad's collection of Scouting memorabilia is essentially going to one of my sons since he was the only grandson to receive his Eagle Scout rank.

Bev, I'm glad that you were able to get a satisfactory resolution to the financial situation with the house. Sorry though that the situation with Rodney isn't better. Let's hope the prednisone continues to help the breathing. Alex also has an antibiotic infusion with his treatments because of the prednisone.

Time to get to work on today's to-do list. We are lining up our contractor to put on a new roof so I need to get a permit for that. We also need to get the gas company in here to evaluate what needs to be done so that we can remove our exterior chimney. Presently, everything is vented through the chimney so they will have to change things over for us. I'd also like to take the time to pick the last of our tomatoes and begin putting the garden to bed. I've delayed doing this since it was just too hot to even think of gardening! Yay for the cooler temps! My cousin near Pensacola was complaining yesterday that the temps were about 90 there and it was much too warm for this time of year! lol

Have a great day. Scales are looking good so I'm hoping for another good loss tonight.

Cheryl

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We spent most of yesterday and part of today at DHMC, but I think both visits were productive. Rodney is back on chemo starting yesterday. He will have a treatment every two weeks, which includes a 2 hour infusion followed by a pump he will wear for another 46 hours. He goes back tomorrow for the pump to be removed. His breathing has started to improve slightly since going on the prednisone again, so they are keeping him on that for a while. He will stay on the same dose for another week and then they will gradually start to reduce it as long as he continues to do well. Because long-term use of prednisone can cause an infection he will start a preventative antibiotic. Since he had improved a bit since last week I was not expecting them to decide he needs oxygen but they did some pulmonary tests today and feel he will benefit from oxygen therapy. He won't need to use it when he is just sitting around the house but whenever he does anything that requires even slight exertion he will use it. His labs yesterday were mostly good, but his tumor marker had increased significantly since it was last checked on 8/30 (from 143 to 510, with normal being 37 or less). That is not a good sign, but it is somewhat possible that the inflammation in his lungs is responsible for part of the increase.

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Rodney got a call from his doctor yesterday but we still only have a partial answer. The biopsy sample had malignant cells in it, but they are not quite sure if they came from the nodules that we knew were there or from the new mass- so they still are not sure if the new stuff is cancer or damage from the chemo- or possibly a combination of both. They were going to send the sample out for genetic testing but there is some question of whether the sample will be adequate. If not he will need another biopsy done, and probably via a surgical procedure next time. He is starting a new chemo regimen on Monday. I know what it is but not all the details yet. Normally this new chemo is given as a two hour infusion followed by being hooked up to a pump for a day or two at home afterwards. His oncologist spoke to a pulmonary specialist, who recommended he go back on prednisone because he said if he was only on it for a week before that probably wasn't long enough to know if it will work. He started those again today. Today they called him to schedule an appointment with the pulmonary doc for Tuesday. That kind of presents a dilemma for me because I had already submitted a request for Monday off. I don't think they will like it if I take Tuesday as well, but I really want to be there to hear what the pulmonary guy thinks. It is hard to balance my job responsibilities with my caregiver responsibilities. The latter is the more important to me, but I still need a job for a while longer so I can't ignore the first either.

I hope the scales were good to anyone who weighed in tonight. Ed & Kim just got back from TOPS and it sounds like they both had a loss. Thursday nights tend to be their "cheat night" but they said they would only have a cheat night if they both lost. When she came in the door Rodney asked her if it was cheat night and she said it is.

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Gee, Carol, it sounds like you haven't had the best luck lately, between the issues with the stove and then the modem. I hope you are able to get both working 100% soon. It is frustrating when things don't work like they should. Good luck with the revamped orthotics. I hope they do the job so you can get back into more of your old routine.

Still no word from DHMC today, but he said it might take a couple of more days. We are anxious to find out what the next plan will be. At one point Rodney was saying maybe his breathing was getting better since he had used the inhaler less. I asked him if he had been doing anything other than sitting around all day and he admitted he didn't do much other than that. He walked down the driveway with me tonight and had to use it when he came back inside so I don't think he is any better. Sadie bought him a pulse oximeter that came today. I don't know how accurate it is, but when he put in on his finger after walking down the driveway it was reading his oxygen saturation level as only 67%! After he sat in the recliner for a while it started coming back up and eventually got up to 91- which is where it was at the hospital on Monday after he sat for a few minutes. I put it on my finger and it read 97% so I don't think it is reading low all the time. I told him he needs to make sure he tells the doctor about it when he calls him with the biopsy results.

Cheryl. I forgot to congratulate you on the weight you have lost. Keep up the good work! I am pretty much holding my own. Some days the scale looks like it is down a pound or two but then it will go back up. Rodney has lost 15 pounds in the last two months without even trying. He had the excess pounds to spare, but I don't think it is a good sign since he isn't trying to lose.

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Good evening, ladies,

Bev, it must be extra frustrating to get all the way to the doc's and not get the answers you are expecting. I would wait, like you said, for the biopsy results before starting the next treatment, whether it is chemo or what ever else may work. Sounds like Rod is a bit more receptive to the oxygen idea, an if it is not a 24/7 thing it shouldn't be too bad. Hard to be patient, isn't it?

I saw the ortho surgeon here again today, a 6-week followup from when he saw me and confirmed my leg length discrepancy. He said he reviewed the operative notes from my FL surgeon and it appears he followed general protocol but without seeing the preop x-rays of my other hip, he can't know for sure if the measurement was accurate or not when putting my new hip in. If I read between the lines correctly, it was an error, but it is nearly impossible to tell based on the info he had here. I certainly could pursue litigation, but I can't afford that, and I couldn't do it from up here anyway, even if I did. Coincidentally, a friend of ours in FL is having the same surgeon and the same surgery today....haven't heard yet how he is doing, but I will warn him...
Ultimately, I could see a chiropractor, but there is no guarantee it will last, whatever they do to help. And they generally require return visits so I couldn't start that now anyway, at least not here. I will have my p.t. folks build me new orthotics with a built-in wedge for my shorter leg. The doc suggests that will probably do the best for me anyway. And continue to walk and do pool therapy as long as I want. When we get to FL I can do that almost every day, which will be nice. He did say people do sometimes plateau and the muscles stop responding for a while, then they may shift again. We shall see. I'm prepared to wait until the full year is up, then see what I can do next spring when we come back.

Well, I've rambled long enough. Glad your house and bank people came to an agreement. I spent some time on the phone today with the stove/range folks, setting up yet another service date...same problem happening again that happened in May..intermittent burner working, not working, etc. The appliance repair guy should have put in the relays that they left with us in May, but he was thinking it would work by only replacing the switches. It did, for a while, but we can't have a burner that works only when it wants to!
Then we tried replacing the modem Fairpoint sent us, since ours was old and we have so many internet issues...well, that didn't work...it should we had internet access but couldn't connect. We'll try again another day, maybe. So frustrating. We put the old one back in for now.

Watching hurricane Maria to see which direction she heads in...too early to tell right now but I sure hope it isn't Florida.

Have a great night all. My recliner is calling my name!

Carol



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We didn't get any answers today at DHMC. The oncologist didn't have the report from the biopsy yet. He had paged the pathologist before we saw him and he did get a call back while we were there, but he still didn't get an answer. The person he spoke with said she had looked at the samples but wasn't able to determine for sure if the cells were cancer or inflammation so she was waiting for some others to look at them with her and they might need to do some additional tests before having a definitive answer. He did say with Rodney's breathing not getting any better that he doesn't think we will be able to wait for the genetic testing before moving forward with something. Once he has the biopsy results he will decide what that something will be. If the biopsy shows the cells to be cancer he will likely start another kind of chemo ASAP, but if it is not determined to be a spread of the cancer he may hold off on that and have him see a pulmonary specialist. He did say if this is just from the chemo is should get better, but that it could get worse before it gets better and that it can't be ignored for too long. He did mention the possibility of oxygen, but we are waiting a few more days for the biopsy results. When we met with the surgeon he looked at the scans and he feels it looks like damage from the chemo- but I'm not sure how much faith to have in that when the radiology people who should have more experience with looking at scans say they can't be sure.

I had a bit of worry today about an issue with the house but I think it got resolved. The salesman at Camelot had told me they needed the entire balance paid before they would even prep the house for delivery so I requested a check from the bank- only to be told they couldn't release the money until the house was delivered. They said they couldn't pay more than 10% before it was delivered. So I asked our loan officer if she could call them and discuss the bank's position and hopefully once they heard from the bank that the money is definitely there they would be more reasonable. She e-mailed me back later to say she had called and spoken with someone else because our salesman was not available and he was okay with their disbursement schedule and said he would let our salesman know. She told me they are working with Camelot on another one besides ours. 10% to get it ready and the balance on delivery is what the first company we were dealing with had asked for so I think that is probably fairly standard.

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Good morning, all. It's looking like a very nice day here, more like July than mid-September. I'm not complaining though. Those cold, winter temps will be here all too soon!

My brother and his wife will arrive tomorrow from NC and stay with us for a couple of days. Then on Thursday, we'll take the train to Brattleboro and spend a few days there cleaning out our mother's house. There really is a lot still to be done but maybe we can make a decent dent in it with all of us there for several days. I'll come back here on Monday next week and my brother will return to NC soon after.

Bev, good to hear that the site work for the new house is progressing well. It's a big step but fortunately it is right nearby. Not so much packing up and moving things to be done. Sorry though that Rodney isn't getting any more relief with his breathing. I would think that having oxygen available would really be a big help. Yes, it's annoying to carry around a canister but the relief is worth it. One of our chapter members fought the idea of having to be on oxygen but has now given in to it and is enjoying life much more.

Laundry is on the agenda for today. Not much else, I guess. We spent a lot of the weekend doing some major cleaning and sprucing up around here so I shouldn't be too worn out by the time that company arrives tomorrow. Other than for weddings, I think this is the first time they have been here in about 30 years!

Scales are going down finally! August was a horrible month for me but finally the efforts have kicked in. I've lost a lot of what I gained last month and am hoping that the end of the month finds me still lower. I'll miss this week's weigh in but I figure I will probably work off a bit while working at Mom's house.

Have a great day!

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I think we are going grocery shopping today, but probably won't do much more than that. We had been talking about apple picking, but I wasn't sure if Rodney would be able to go due to his breathing problems. He told me that he would just need to take the tractor ride to the orchard and not do a lot of walking once we got there but he wanted to try it. We would have to make sure he had his inhaler with him. Of course we figured we would go with Ed, Kim, and the boys, but they had other plans for the weekend so they won't be going and I don't think we will go alone. They went to Tunbridge Fair yesterday (which I knew they were planning) and last night they went to Kim's parents house because Logan has a football game in Ausable, NY at 11 or 11:30 today and it would be closer to get there from her parents place than from here. After the game he will go home with his mom and they will come back here but it will be too late to go apple picking at that point.

The sitework for the house is coming along. The well was drilled on Thursday. Yesterday the excavation guys were here working on getting the spot ready for the slab. Now we can see where the house will sit - and it will take up a good portion of the open area, but we already kind of knew that. The only problem is that the way things look now the bank drops off right in front of the house where the entrance door will be. They had a copy of the floor plan that shows where the doors are so I assume they are planning to build it up some when they come back, but Rodney said he wants to talk to the guy to make sure he didn't overlook where the entrance is. We are hoping to get the house delivered in another 3 - 4 weeks, but I need to ask the bank for a check for it before the company will even break it down and get it ready for delivery.

Rodney's biopsy went fine on Wednesday. Hopefully they will have the initial results by the time we meet with his oncologist tomorrow morning. The results of the genetic testing will take a few weeks. His breathing has not improved at all since he has been off the chemo, so I am not convinced that is what caused the problem. If anything, it has gotten worse. The doctor who did the biopsy said the scans done as a part of that did not look any better then the previous one either. We also met with the palliative care person that same day and she asked him if he was interested in looking into whether or not he would be a candidate for oxygen therapy. He told her he didn't think so as he didn't want to carry around oxygen all the time. I was surprised to hear that as he had told me in the recovery room after his biopsy that he felt better with the oxygen they had him on. She checked his oxygen saturation when he was just sitting in her office and then had him walk about 30 feet down the hall with the sensor on his finger and it dropped from 92-93 to 88 just from that little bit of exertion. She told us she wasn't sure what the criteria is for being able to have oxygen covered by insurance and she also wasn't sure if it was the same or different if you have cancer. Since Wednesday I think he has come to the decision that he might ask his doctor more about it tomorrow. Hopefully they will eventually find a more long-term solution to the breathing problems, but in the short-term I don't think oxygen would be a bad idea, especially if he doesn't have to use it all the time.

Well, I guess I should stop being lazy and get myself dressed and ready to go shopping. Maybe once he sees me getting around he will do the same!

Enjoy the nice weather as we may not see too many more days of summer-like temps!

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Good morning, ladies,

Foggy here this morning, but guess it's the time of year for that. Hard to believe it's going to be in the 80s again today.

We took the '57 to the hot rod show in Essex yesterday as we are trying to sell it. No serious inquiries, though, but maybe it will lead somewhere. You never know. It was very hot there. We mostly sat with the car in semi-shade and brought our own lunch so we wouldn't have to eat the greasy fair-type food they usually sell at those events. Glad we did.

I don't know what is on the agenda for today but I am thinking maybe another short motorcycle ride. Foliage is really changing over this way so it might be a popular idea around here.

Well, laundry and housework have to be first. Guess I'd better get moving.

Have a great day, ladies.

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That certainly was a frightening experience at DHMC yesterday. Glad I was not anywhere near it! Apparently that man was driven to this extreme measure but who knows why!

Good news for both of you that your homes in FL are relatively unscathed. Everyone I've heard from escaped any real destruction. Some have some minor damages but nothing that will keep them from staying in their homes.

Halle is under doctor's orders to stay out of soccer for three weeks. She had an injury to her ankle/heel on Sunday and so her mother, being a physical therapist, pretty much diagnosed her problem. She was able to get Halle to see an ortho doctor yesterday and he agreed that it's an inflammation of the growth plate due to the aggressive activity associated with soccer. She will have to wear a boot for three weeks and then be re-evaluated. Looks like her soccer season is going to be very short this year. She really enjoys playing so this will definitely be a hardship for her.

Today, I'm making chicken soup with the leftovers from the roasted chicken we had on Sunday. It will probably go in the freezer for consumption later since this week's 80 degree temps aren't really soup weather. Not that I'm complaining!

Later today, we are going to look at new chairs for the living room. The recliners aren't that old but they just aren't comfortable for me. The seat is too deep and so it raises issues with my knees and hip. I think we need to find something a little smaller, more of a ladies' chair, I guess. I'd also like to replace the sofa with a sleeper style but we'll see if that happens.

Have a great day.

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Good morning, ladies,

What a scare at DHMC. A lockdown at the V.A. where we were up the road, too. Precautionary, I guess. At least they have him in custody, but it will leave an emotional scar on many of those hospital workers, I'm sure.

Sounds like great progress on your house, Bev. I know there are tons of details to take care of, and many are sequential, as in, you can't do this until that is done. You will be lucky that when you do go to FL your place will be easy to watch over ...so close to Ed and all.
Our next door neighbor in FL called yesterday morning to tell us a box on the outdoor back wall was clicking and had a flashing light after the power came back on. Yikes, we had no idea what it was, but another neighbor was concerned enough that he pulled out the wire. Hmm..we suspect it was the cable box, so we are not concerned until we get there. They said they heard the air conditioner running so were are relieved about that.
Some minor shingle damage was the only thing we could see from a picture that some friends sent us. This year we will definitely have the huge live oak tree on the front lawn trimmed out...don't want to remove it as it provides much needed shade on the house.

Well, off to start on today's list.

Have a great day all.

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We got lucky and had little damage to the house in Florida as far as we know. One of Rodney's brothers talked with the guy who used to mow all of our lawns and asked him if he would drive by and check on the houses for us. From what we understand the only damage at our house is some broken lattice panels on the side of the carport. One of his brothers had some sections of fence that were broken and landed on top of his shed. He is going to have the guy who checked on the house fix it if he can or find someone to take care of it if he isn't able to do it himself. The other brother had some minor thing at his place too but Rodney couldn't remember what he said it was. None of us had any major damage though so we were very lucky.

Tomorrow we will be headed to DHMC for Rodney's lung biopsy and then a meeting with the Palliative Care team. I think I am glad it was not today! I can't imagine how it would feel to be in the middle of that- although I suspect many didn't know what was going on until later. From everything I have seen tonight it sounds like law enforcement and staff did a great job of handling it.

Progress is being made on the sitework for our new home. Over the weekend we had some work done on the driveway and some excavation done in preparation for the well driller coming in. They will be coming at the end of this week or early next week. Today VTEL came out and put in a new pole to replace one that was damaged in a storm a few years ago and a new one to extend the lines to our lot. I am waiting for a check from the bank for the power company so they will get us on their schedule. This evening the excavation guy came out and spent a little more time moving dirt in preparation for the septic system and the slab. Ed said he told him they might start the prep work for the slab this weekend. Then we will need to get hold of the concrete guy to see when he can pour it- unless our excavation guy has already been in touch with him. His office is almost across the road from where our excavation guy lives- both of them are only about a mile from here.

Well, I need to get off here and print out a medication list for Rodney that we can take with us tomorrow. They told him to make sure he brings that- and the list is so long I am afraid I might forget something if I had to try to tell them from memory.

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Things are looking a little better tonight for the area where our Florida house is. We still could see some wind damage, but hopefully nothing major- and wind damage has a good chance of being covered by our insurance. I think there are some things that are not covered- like the carport, but if we got flooded that would not be covered. It will be a few days before we know if there is any damage at all. One of Rodney's brothers may take a trip down to check out all three houses but I think he has some court cases to deal with (he is a lawyer) over the next few days. He did talk yesterday with the guy who used to mow our lawns until this year and he said maybe he could ask him to drive by and check the houses and if any windows or anything were broken we might be able to hire him to board them up for now. We were all surprised when he suddenly stopped mowing the lawns this year without letting any of us know. We found out when Rodney and I got a violation notice from the county and had to scramble to find someone else to do it when we were all up here. When Tim talked to him yesterday (by accident because he meant to call his neighbor down there and looked up the wrong phone #) he was very apologetic. It seems his wife had been in the hospital for months and had passed away and he kind of fell apart afterwards.

Yes, the work for our new home has finally begun. We closed on the loan on Thursday. The guy doing the septic and a bunch of other site prep work came yesterday and got started on some of it. He built up the driveway better and widened out a narrow section and made a level spot for the well truck. The well should be drilled next week (maybe sooner because they said if we got the excavation done sooner they might be able to come sooner). The phone company will set a new pole for the power/phone line the following week. I have to send some deed info (for an easement for the power line) and money to the power company before they will schedule extending the power to that lot. I requested a check from the bank on Friday so hopefully we will get it in a couple of days. The septic won't happen until later this month because the guy doing it has another job he is working on and he is renting an expensive piece of equipment so he needs to concentrate on that while he has the machine. He came yesterday to do enough so we could get started on some of the other work. We are hoping to be ready to move in by mid-to-late October.

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Good morning. As I watch the news about the progress of Irma, I can't help but think that there are going to be many, many people who will suffer unbelievable losses. Last night, I spoke with a couple at church who own a place in Tampa Bay. They figured that there would probably be nothing left of their place after the storm goes through. For them, it's definitely a loss but they do have options. For many, there is no option. In addition, our son's BIL has a place on St. John's and he figures that their place is probably gone as most of the island is completely destroyed. Theirs is a vacation place that they can well afford to rebuild but it may take a while for supplies to get there.

Soccer season has started for Halle so we sat in the rain yesterday to watch her first game. She is on teams for two leagues so today we will watch the first game for the other league. At least this one should be a sunny day. She really likes the sport and we're happy to see her enjoying it so much.

Today, Chris should be picking up his cat so we will no longer be cat-sitting. She hasn't been much trouble. Karl says he isn't a cat person but she always climbs up on his lap when he's watching tv.

Bev, I saw the post that groundwork has begun on your new home. Glad that it's finally starting to happen for you. Carol, I hope the results of your husband's tests are good news.

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Every time they put out an update it seems to look worse for us. No matter what happens we are safe in Vermont, but it remains to be seen if we have a home to go to this winter. If we were there we would have had to leave as we are in the mandatory evacuation area as of this morning. They are saying the storm surge will be 6 - 10 feet in Charlotte Harbor. We are inland a bit, but with that kind of storm surge I'm not sure how much that will matter. A bit south of us it is even worse, with 10 - 15 feet of storm surge predicted. My cousin lives in that area, as does a woman I went to high school with.

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Morning all.

Well, I guess Irma has changed course once again and it now looks like it will hit the west coast. Not good for any of us, I'm afraid. I can access a live feed from the Tampa Bay area so you can bet I will be watching tomorrow. It is the winds I fear the most, of course. We are not near streams or creeks, just a lake...hmmm....but that is 1/2 mile or more away, I'd say. Definitely nerve-wracking, but we have friends who own on the coast in Sarasota and I'm sure they are more worried, and rightly so.

Here we just want to see some sunshine! Yesterday morning was fairly nice, then the off and on rain tricked us the rest of the day, at least here. Guess it will get warmer again by mid-week.

We have a picnic for the shelter volunteers later today but I think the weather might keep some folks away.

Well, laundry and dishes are waiting.

Have a great weekend, ladies!

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Good morning, all. I have been listening to all the news about the hurricanes and wondered how your properties would fare. I hope they will be okay. I have a cousin who lives in the panhandle and she feels that she will be okay. But there's another cousin who lives in Ormond Beach and I think he will probably get a direct hit. He manages a resort property and lives on site. He will probably have a lot to deal with in the next few days.

I worked yesterday to show her how to close out the month. I also typed up a set of directions for pulling the reports that she will need for the quarter and the year. We'll see how that goes. As far as I'm concerned, that was my last day. She seems to think that he'll have me come in when she is out for a day or two for vacation but that's not likely to happen. I'll be available if she has questions but I didn't schedule any more days to be in the office.

We received our new freezer yesterday. I wasn't here when hubby loaded it with the frozen goods from the other freezer so nothing is organized. I guess that will be a task for the near future. Karl thought that the cat got out when they were doing the delivery but she had only gone to hide. Whew! I wouldn't have wanted to tell Chris that she got loose!

We have a pot luck tonight at TOPS to give a send off to one of our members who is moving to Florida. I'll make my raspberry pie for that. My scales are finally starting to come down after a full month of gains. Not sure what was going on but nothing I did seemed to help until now. According to my scales, I've dropped about five pounds in the past two days. Sure hope they are right.

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I hope the result of the liver ultrasound is good news and that you don't have to wait a long time for them.

I have been watching the news of Irma also, but I am not panicking about it. My in-laws owned that house for 28 years and only once was there a hurricane very close to them. That one was a category 4 when it hit and it went right through the area where our place is, but there was very little damage to that house. I think there was some minor damage to the carport and it may have knocked part of the fence down, but nothing too serious. Houses nearby had a lot of damage but Rodney's uncle's place, his dad's, and his brother's had nothing more than minor damage. I think we will see some wind and rain, but I don't anticipate any serious damage. If we do have damage, that is why we pay for insurance coverage. One of my cousins lives near Ft Myers and she keeps saying they are going to evacuate tomorrow and head for Georgia. I'm not sure what part of GA they are headed to, but some parts of GA are also expected to see effects of the storm.

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Morning, ladies.

Foggy and dreary here this morning. I guess rain is in store again today and tomorrow.

We are worried about Hurricane Irma, the most powerful storm in a long time, because its path is still unknown. Right now it looks to head up the central part of FL, but things can change. Either way, I guess all we can do is wait and watch. Ran into a friend yesterday here who winters in Sarasota. They are quite worried about high water, and rightly so, as their elevation is quite low. Our city is 197 so I'm not worried about storm surge, but winds will do some serious damage.

Hubby had a liver ultrasound yesterday but we won't know the results of that for a couple of days. His doc says he may have to go for further testing at DHMC, but we are hoping he won't have to.

Well, time to get something accomplished. He has said he'll help with finishing the office reorganizing (bookshelves still not cleaned off). But he always seems to find something else to do instead......

Have a great day all.

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I hope you are able to wrap things up with the job soon Cheryl as I know you are looking forward to being done. I hopefully have only a few months left at my job. I have mixed feelings about it. I look forward to being done and being able to spend more time with Rodney and being able to go to Florida and not deal with the winter weather. On the other hand, having no income other than Rodney's disability for several months is a bit of a scary thought.

He got a call today to schedule the biopsy (on Sept 13th) and then he will have another appointment a few days later (the 18th) to meet with the doctor to discuss the results. It will take an additional four weeks or so for the genetic testing results to come back which will help them determine the next treatment. Until we know for sure what that will be we can't make definite plans for going to Florida. We are hoping that the time off from chemo will help him gain some strength back and are hoping his breathing improves without giving the cancer time to spread further.

If I don't post again before the weekend, I hope you ladies have a great long weekend- although with you being retired I guess it doesn't affect you as much.

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Good morning, all Gray and rainy here this morning but that's ok with me. We haven't had rain for a while so we needed this. I'm leaving shortly to go to my DIL's house to help her can tomatoes. She has never done this so it's a new experience for her.

Bev, maybe Rodney will have a chance to regain a bit of strength while he waits for the next phase. I hope they can find another trial that will help him.

i didn't work this week because there wasn't much to do and I figured she could handle it. Next week I will work with her again to learn how to close the month and then I think I will finally be done! I am really looking forward to this!

Time to head out. Have a good day.

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Good morning, ladies,

Good news and bad is right, Bev. At least you have an answer to the breathing issue. But I am sure it is very concerning to wait for testing results. I hope he feels okay with discontinuing the chemo.

Hubby is off to drive to Brattleboro for Subaru today. He took the bike so I can have the truck to go do some pool therapy at noon. Now that the Academy is back in session, I expect I'll have to walk a mile to find a place to park. They said if we are there for p.t. we can park in the handicap spots. I'd hate to get ticketed but I also don't need to walk a long distance, especially if it is raining.

Cheryl, I hope you are well. Bev, hang in there!

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I am glad it was a little warmer today because yesterday it felt like fall and I was not liking it!

Today was Rodney's 3-month CT scan and the news was not great. On a positive note, the scan did not show signs of cancer anywhere other than his lungs. It did, however, show something new in his lungs. They are not sure if it is from progression of the cancer or if it is damage to the lungs from the chemo. Either way, the chemo he was on has been discontinued so he did not have chemo today. They will be scheduling him for a biopsy of the lungs, which will tell them if the disease has progressed or if what they see is lung damage that is a side effect of the chemo. At the same time they will be sending a tumor sample for genetic testing to see if they can find either a clinical trial or a targeted therapy for him. That process will likely take 6 - 8 weeks, so in the meantime he will have a break from treatment, but they will monitor him (I'm not sure yet how often he will see anyone). The doctor said there are a couple of other drugs they could try but none that are known for being highly successful for this cancer so he would prefer to wait for more info rather than giving him something that might do more harm than good. The other good thing that came of it is that we now know why he has been having so much shortness of breath. They gave him prednisone for a week to see if that helps and also gave him an inhaler.

We are scheduled to close on the loan for the new house on 9/7.

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Good morning, all. It's looking like it should be a nice day. Humidity is gone and the sun is shining so I'm good with that!

Busy day yesterday. Work in the morning and I think we finally made some headway in the training. I'm thinking that mid-September is my departure date. That allows us the opportunity for her to practice how to close out the month. I also made sure she understood that she has to call the appropriate people when things aren't clear. She called the payroll company when she couldn't get in but then didn't understand what they told her. That doesn't do any good! Anyhow, I felt a bit more positive after yesterday's work.

Last night, we went to calling hours for the mother of one of our members. I found it very difficult to get through and got out of there as soon as I could after going through the line of family members. Our chapter had a good turnout too, nine of us.

Today, I have a couple of errands to run, some packing to do for my trip tomorrow and then off to pick up Halle so she can go to Alex's treatment. It's later than usual so I'll have to fight traffic as we come out which means that I am not likely to make it to the meeting tonight. I've been very careful with my eating this week but still the scales don't seem to move much.

Carol, I hope you're getting relief with the meds. Those UTI's are no fun! Bev, good to hear that Rodney's fever wasn't the sign of something more significant. Camden was a good care-taker to help with Grandpa.

Time to start the day. Have a good one.

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I think most of the storms on Tuesday night missed us. I heard thunder off in the distance a couple of times when I was near an open window, but it was never close enough to hear it from inside unless you were near the window. I never noticed lightning outside either, but we did get some heavy rain for a while.

Carol, I hope the antibiotics work well and get rid of the UTI. That doesn't sound like fun.

Camden met me at the car when I got home from work last night and told me I needed to go upstairs to check on Grandpa and I needed to bring a thermometer with me. I said oh must be he thinks he has a fever and he told me that Rodney had been shivering a while earlier so he had gotten him a blanket. When I took his temp it was 101.8 but he told me he knew it had been much higher an hour or two earlier. He said he tried to take his temp then much couldn't figure out how to work the thermometer (I have showed him multiple times). Maybe I need to teach Camden how to use it! He seemed okay later so he and I both think he overdid things yesterday. He was trying to help his uncle who is putting in a new power line to a trailer he owns that is on a lot next to his house. I told Rodney we will need to make sure he has plenty of help when it comes time to put power in for our new house so they he doesn't overdo it then.

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Morning, ladies,

The storm didn't hit here until after 7:30 last night but it was fierce. Hubby had gone to Manchester, NH, for Subaru and got home around 8:10. 5 minutes later the power went out and never came back on until almost 2 this morning. Consequently I didn't get much sleep. We didn't want to sleep with the generator going, so we shut that off around 11. With no fans moving any air, it was pretty muggy upstairs. A nap sounds good to me right about now!

Got in to see my doc when I called yesterday with my suspicion that I have a UTI. Yup, confirmed, got an antibiotic, and hopefully that will take care of it.

Cheryl, not sure what you can do about the gal still struggling to learn your job, short of telling the diocese folks that after a certain date you won't be available to help. I know you don't want to do that and I don't blame that but something will have to be done. What if you had 'moved away' and were not available to go in at all?

Well, laundry and exercise on the list...guess I'd better get moving.

Have a great day all.

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I couldn't get too interested in the eclipse either. I heard some people raving about how amazing it was but I never even made an attempt to see any of it. I was at work anyway and I can't even see the outdoors from my desk, but I heard a few others talking about going outside to check on it a couple of times. Rodney said he didn't even know what it looked like here because he didn't even know what he was doing about the time it was supposed to be happening. Clearly he wasn't too interested in it either!

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Good morning, all. It's muggy and gray here but I'm trying to get a few things done anyhow. Our new freezer should be here by the end of the week so I'm cleaning out the old one to make it easier to transfer everything to the new one. I cannot believe how many things I'm throwing out! Lots of stuff that might be good still but frozen long enough that I don't want to take the chance.

I'll be working tomorrow with the replacement at the church office. I've expressed to Father that she doesn't appear to be catching on very quickly so he's aware of it. I think a large part of the problem is that she doesn't know what she doesn't know. Example, she left me a note last week that she started the payroll and then was refused entry to the account. Her note said that I had to go in and approve her. What she doesn't realize is that I am not authorized to admit anyone to the system, that this authorization has to go through the diocesan finance office. She would have known that if she had called them as I told her to do at least a month ago. Oh well, tomorrow we'll get a few things cleared up in anticipation of my getting through within a month.

Carol, I too am glad the eclipse fever is done. I got kind of sick of constantly hearing all the hype. It was no more than a slight cloudiness here too.

I'll be heading to Brattleboro on Friday to help in cleaning out Mom's house. I need to drive this time so that I can bring back a load in my car. I probably should be bringing the truck but I won't drive it that far.

I found a new recipe this morning that uses pineapple and barbecue sauce to flavor chicken in the crock pot. Sounds good especially since it means that I won't have to heat the stove on an already sticky day.

Thursday, I'll be taking Halle with me for Alex's treatment. The family thought it would be good for her to know what he goes through especially since she was so upset when he was first diagnosed. It's also the baby's father's birthday so I'll pick up some cupcakes at the store to share with the doctors and nurses. I had thought of baking some myself but the thought of heating that oven is unbearable!

Dryer is buzzing at me. Hope you are all having a good day.

Cheryl

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Good morning, ladies,

I am glad the eclipse fever is over with...it was great to watch on tv, but here, well, it was no different than a cloud passing in front of the sun! We were in town for an appointment around 2 so we swung by the Museum, thinking we'd stop and see what they had there for viewing equipment. Well, there were over 700 people there and parking was more than a 1/2 mile away...not my idea of a good time in the heat of the day, so we came home. Oh well.

Cheryl, are any of the higher ups aware of the problems your replacement is having with the work? They can't expect you to continue to do the job forever. Perhaps that is not the job for her after all.

Bev, good news on the house loan. Hope things more smoothly from now on. We'd really like our nephew to buy our house, and they really want to, but I think they have their own house with problems that will cost money before they can sell...we shall see. It won't happen until next year anyway.

Well, time to get walking. Yesterday the bug spray I grabbed as I headed out the door was empty. Got bit about 5 times before I was out 5 minutes. Not fun. Never had a summer so bad for mosquitoes ever!

Have a good day all.

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Good luck with the sorting at your parents house Cheryl. I know it is not a fun chore, although when we did our parents house we did find some old photos that brought make some good memories.

Hopefully the new person will start to catch on better soon so you can get done at the old job completely.

We are finally making progress with the loan for the new house. We don't have a definite closing date yet but they told me this week that we might be able to close at the end of this month. Once we get that behind us I think things will go reasonably quickly, but I could be wrong. I should start sorting out stuff and getting rid of some things we don't plan to take to the new house with us, but I keep putting it off.

We stopped at a couple of furniture stores and looked at living room furniture today. We would like to replace our couch and love seat (maybe with two couches) when we move into the new house and let Ed and Kim have the ones we have had for almost 25 years. They threw out the couch they had in their apartment when they moved in here. Ours is still in reasonably good shape after all these years- as good or better than most of the ones we had before we bought that set. It was the only new one we had ever bought and if we do replace it the next one will probably be the last one we ever buy. I bought Rodney a power recliner a couple of years ago when he was so weak he couldn't work the reclining mechanism on the one we had that was part of our set, so that will go to the new house with us and the recliner I have been using might go (I got rid of the old one that matched our couch and love seat after I replaced it with the power recliner but we had another one that Rodney had bought not long before he got sick). With the two recliners we might only have room for just one couch in the new house. We will probably wait until the house is here before we buy anything so that we can see how things will fit in the room. That just means we will take whatever color they have in stock rather than order one, but they had a pretty good selection at the place we went today that we will most likely buy from- the same place we bought our current set from.

Well I guess I have rambled on enough so I will get off here for now!

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Good afternoon, all. It's another Thursday and the scales are not looking good. Looks like I'll be taking an "A" this afternoon. I expect that it will likely be a short meeting since Joyce and QK are both gone. That means that there will be others who choose not to come. Our attendance is mediocre at best lately. We have had one member leave us and another will be leaving soon as she is moving. It seems that people are just not interested anymore.

I worked yesterday and it was somewhat discouraging. The new gal just isn't catching on very well and I find myself doing things that she couldn't figure out. I had asked her to file the payroll but she said she couldn't get past a certain point. When I went in to do it, I found that she hadn't even started it. I really want to get through before much longer but it doesn't appear to be imminent.

My brother and sister have started to sort through things at our mother's house. There's a lot to do there and I wish I could be of more help. I will go down next month and work with them for three or four days so I'm hoping we can make some good progress then. There are a few things they've already set aside for me but with Karl's restrictions on travel, I'm thinking I'll have to make trips alone with the car. Not looking forward to that!

Time for a little lunch and then back to work on some projects. Have a great day.

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I heard that my former chapter does have a new leader this year. The co-leader has been co-leader before but her most recent role was weight recorder (or maybe assistant- she and her husband were the weight recorder and assistant, but I forget which was which). I heard that the secretary and treasurer switched roles on paper but will actually continue doing their old jobs. Ed and Kim are the new weight recorder and assistant, so I guess they will have to keep going! They have been trying to convince me to go back, but I think Rodney would prefer that I don't.

I think there are a lot of primary care doctors who are either retiring or moving on to other things. I know of a lot of people who recently had to find new ones- including us. So far I like the new one we have, although I am not horribly impressed with how long Rodney is having to wait to see him. He has a lot of problems with shortness of breath and his oncologist doesn't think it is from either the cancer or the chemo so he told him he should make an appointment with his PCP. I sent a message via the portal last Thursday asking for an appointment and they called him Friday to schedule it, but it is not until the 28th. I guess they don't think being able to breathe is that important! In some ways I guess it probably isn't that urgent since he has been having the issue for a few weeks, but we were assuming it was related to the chemo.

Well, I guess it is time for me to get off here and fix us some leftovers for dinner.

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Morning ladies,

A bit overcast here this morning but no rain until just before dark yesterday, and not for very long. Today, who knows? Seems like we escape the worst of it and that is fine with me.

I heard a lot of police activity on the scanner yesterday, local and state police. They really do need to do more, considering the high number of fatalities lately. Not that speed is always a factor, but it often is. I am in favor of making the seat belt enforcement a primary issue...that is, you can be stopped for not wearing on instead of only a secondary offense. Let's hope the governor signs on to it, finally. It is long overdue.

Hubby had to drive to Milton yesterday for the Subaru and he cops were everywhere, no doubt some of it related to the number of fairs and field days around the state.

Cheryl, a standing x-ray is how my new surgeon confirmed my leg length discrepancy and you deserve one, if you ask me. Mine is evident without the x-ray, he said, but he also hinted that maybe my FL surgeon did not measure accurately...I know doctors almost never criticize other docs, but I got the impression he was being somewhat critical. Maybe it was just me.
You shouldn't have to just manage the pain the rest of your life.

I got a letter from my primary care ANP that she is retiring before the end of the year. I was expecting it, as she is around my age, a bit older, and has had some major deaths in her family in the last 2 years, as well as aging parent issues, I think. With hubby's PCP retiring at the end of the year, and his losing 3 other docs in the last 3 years...well, maybe it's just a side effect of getting older ourselves, right? Nah, not us!

Well, I've rambled long enough.

Have a great Sunday all!

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Good afternoon, all. It's another nice day here and we managed to get out on the boat for a while. Karl took the day off so it was nice to be able to do that. Yesterday, Matt took the boat out so I've been out for two days in a row. Of course, that's the only two days I've been out all season! I'm hoping we have a few more nice days so that we'll be able to get out a few more times.

We do not have any new officers. Joyce had spoken with both Judy P and Rick and they both agreed that, if no one else was willing to come forward, that she could stay on rather than having to shut down the chapter. Even the co-leader wasn't willing to take the reins in name only. I'm afraid that Joyce is going to get burned out and then we'll be up the creek. I think that's what happened with Christine. She had to take on too much and, in addition, her chapter closed, if I heard correctly. We invited her to join us but she hasn't taken us up on it. Our meeting last night was pitiful. No losses at all! Our next major task is to complete the audit. That's going to be a challenge!

Carol, I hope you have better luck with the hip. I had a consultation with another surgeon and he thinks the pain I'm having is coming from my back. So, after blood work to determine that there was no infection in my body, an MRI was requested. Insurance will not approve it until I have further testing and interventions with someone else. My doctor recommended a pain specialist who specializes in backs but I have refused. I honestly feel that the issue stems from the difference in lengths for my legs. I'll have a discussion with my doctor at my physical in October but, until then, I will make a more concerted effort to lose weight to see if that offers some relief. Can't hurt.

Looks like a storm headed our way. We do need some rain as the garden is drying up quickly.

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Good morning, ladies.

I had a small gain last night but the chapter had another net loss...2nd in a row. Woohoo. We had our officer installation, which went quite well.
Cheryl, do you have a new leader this year? I know Joyce was past her 2-year limit. I also know many chapters have had difficulties finding someone to step up to the plate with this new rule. I expect they'll repeal it.

I heard Chris F has resigned as AC. No doubt with the coordinator being 2 states away she was probably tasked with much more stuff than she had time to do. Can't say as I blame her at all.

My surgeon's appointment here went well. He took more x-rays and found a 1.5 cm leg length difference, which is a hip height issue, I guess. He discussed several options, the last of which is further surgery, which would have to be done at DHMC. Not what I want, of course. I will keep up with p.t. for a couple more months, at least and see how it progresses now that he has cleared me to do some things they couldn't do before, due to restrictions placed by my Florida surgeon. He wants me to walk, walk, walk, with walking sticks/poles, so I'm hoping to start that soon. Yesterday was my last pool therapy that insurance will pay for, but I can go back a couple times a week if I want and pay $5 each time. We shall see.

Bev, I hope Rod is doing better. So many ups and downs, no wonder he gets discouraged.

Well, time to get moving.

Have a great day all.

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Rodney recovered from the weekend just in time to have chemo again on Wednesday and it has really kicked his butt. He said Wednesday night he felt the worst he has since starting chemo (but not as bad as when he spent so many days in the hospital a couple of years ago). He is having a lot of issues with shortness of breath but they don't know what is causing it. I am sort of hoping when he sees the palliative care team next week that they might refer him to a pulmonary specialist. I did apply for a handicapped parking tag for him this week. He has been running a fever frequently since he had the chemo but taking Tylenol does seem to bring it down so I haven't made him go to the ER yet. Wednesday night I thought about it when he had a temp of 103 but I knew he had just been at the hospital and had labs done a few hours earlier so I didn't see much point. He seemed a little better when he got up yesterday but he slept most of the day, and quite a bit today as well. Hopefully he will be much better tomorrow. His tumor marker went up this week but we don't know if that was a fluke or if it is an indication the chemo may not be working as well any more. At the end of the month I think he will have another CT scan and we will meet with the doctor to discuss the results and plan the next steps.

Congrats on the loss Cheryl!

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Good afternoon, all. It's a beautiful, sunny day here but a little too warm for my liking. I was at the sugar house this morning, processing the wax from last week's honey draw, and I was sweating a lot even though I was working inside. Matt was insulating a pump house that he'll be putting on a friend's land this fall and he was really feeling the heat! So much so, in fact, that he quit working well before he had to get ready for work at the hospital. That is highly unusual for him!

I have finally been to all my appointments this week. Got my new cpap on Monday, saw the dentist on Tuesday for a cleaning, worked Wednesday, had an ortho consultation on my hips on Thursday morning and sat in on Alex's chemo treatment in the afternoon. Whew! No answers on the hips so I guess I'll have to live with it for now. Otherwise, everything went well.

Chapter meeting also went well last night. I had a good loss - 3 pounds - but that was over three weeks too. Now if I can only continue to lose! I'm going to try to use Karl's recumbent bike apparatus to see if I can tolerate that activity. I can't walk much but maybe I can do the bike since it's less taxing on my hips.

Bev, I hope Rodney is recovering from the weekend's activities. We took that ride up the mountain several years ago and I remember enjoying it a lot.

I hope everyone is having a good week. Enjoy this gorgeous weather.

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I saw the news about the farming accident and wondered if you might know the family Cheryl. I can't even imagine what that family is going through!

Cheryl and Carol, I hope both of you get answers to the continuing hip problems- and Liz with the knee. Compared to all of you, my foot issues are pretty minor.

We had a pretty good weekend, but I think Rodney may have overdone it. Yesterday we drove up to Littleton, NH to spend the night with Sadie and family in their camper, then today we went on the Cog Railway to the top of Mount Washington again. When we went last year it was pretty overcast most of the time so the view was not that spectacular. Today it was much better, but it was pretty chilly up on top. Rodney was freezing and couldn't stand to be outside enjoying the view much, but we enjoyed the day anyway. On the way home we stopped in Claremont to pick up a few things and he started not feeling well. He went out to sit in the car after only being in Walmart for a few minutes and when I went to Market Basket he never went in at all. By the time we came home he was sitting in his recliner shivering and complaining about a stiff neck and a headache. He had a low grade fever when I took his temp. I gave him some Tylenol to help the headache and stiff neck but an hour or so later when I checked his temp again it was up to 102.4. The last time I checked it was back down to 101.9 so I am hoping to avoid a trip to DHMC tonight. He was having a hard time catching his breath at one point too, so I'm not sure what is going on. He does have a lot of shortness of breath issues lately anyway so I am not as alarmed by that as I otherwise might be. I am hoping he is just overtired and a few hours of sleep will make him feel better, but I will definitely be keeping a close eye on him tonight.

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Good morning, all. thank you all for the kind words concerning my mother's passing. It has been a very, very difficult week but I am trying to get back to a more normal routine. I drove back from Brattleboro yesterday, all alone. It's the first time I've done that in years! Karl came back with Jess after the funeral on Wednesday since they both needed to be back at work on Thursday but I stayed to help take care of some of the details with my brother and sister. Our older brother will handle the estate, and he was feeling like it is a huge task, but I know he will do it well and fairly. It will take a while though as there are a lot of elements to be settled. Being realistic, it will likely be a year or more before they are all worked out. I will continue to go down from time to time as there is a lot of work to get the house ready to sell.

There was a tragic farming accident near here yesterday. A seven-year old boy was riding in the cab of a tractor while his father was spreading liquid manure. The spreader overturned taking the tractor with it. The father managed to free himself after a bit but the boy was pronounced dead at the scene. They are members of the church where I work and I know that this death will devastate the whole community.

Today, I will be heading to the sugar house to get honey into jars. Matt and Karl are there now spinning the frames to extract the honey. I hope it's as tasty as last year's crop was.

Busy week coming up. I have appointments for one thing and another today, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Carol, I hear your concern about the hip. On Thursday, I will be re-evaluated by a surgeon at Copley Hospital in Morrisville. I know there is something that isn't quite right with the one I had done, and the other one is showing definite signs of trouble too. Perhaps that's due to the problems with the first one. Who knows? But I hope to get some answers on Thursday.

Hope you are all enjoying this beautiful weather. I know the weeds in my garden are loving it!

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Good morning, ladies.

48 here this morning, a sign of things to come, I guess, but as long as it gets into the 70s I am happy.

Liz, I hear your frustration with your arthritis/pain issues. Just don't give up, and you will get some relief, I am sure. I am constantly running into people who tell me they've had hip replacement surgery and bounced back to normal within 2 months or even less. Not what I want to hear. It has been 4 months now and I am far from normal, mostly because one hip is still higher than the other. I'm hoping with my visit to an ortho surgeon in another week or so I'll be able to be cleared to do more specific p.t. (or even chiropractic stuff) to speed this along a bit. The pain has lessened over time, but is not completely gone yet.

One of my nieces in Vegas sold her house and they are on their way back to VT to live. They will be renting a house in Colchester for a year at least until they figure out what they are going to do. She grew up in the Essex Jct. area and her husband is from Franklin, so they are not strangers to the area, but it will be a far cry from what they have been used to in Vegas. It was him more than her unhappy with Vegas....but she lost her high-paying retail management job nearly a year ago and hasn't been able to find comparable work since.

Yesterday was our anniversary and he was called to drive to Peabody, MA, to swap out a Surbaru. I went along for the ride, for the first time, and I'm thinking it was a good thing. It was a long ride, mostly because of the Friday night traffic nightmare from MA back to Concord, NH. It took 45 minutes just to go 16 miles. After it cleared out we made good time but we didn't get home until after 7:30 last night. We would do it again, but definitely not on a Friday afternoon rush hour!

Well, I've rambled long enough. Hope everyone has a nice weekend.

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I have been wondering how you were doing these days Liz. I see that you are managing to get out and do some geocaching. I am glad to see that you are still able to do something you enjoy even if you may not be able to do as much as you used to. We have not been in a long time. Rodney doesn't have the stamina to do much of any walking these days so the only thing we could do would be some Park & Grabs. We talked about trying to find an area with a bunch of those so that we could go some day, but we haven't done it yet.

In a couple of weeks Rodney is going to meet with a Palliative Care specialist. He is hoping they might have some suggestions for things he can do to try to build up a little more strength (maybe physical therapy or something like that) and to help him with his shortness of breath so that he might be able to do more. We are not sure if the shortness of breath is a side effect of the chemo or something else. I believe they said the lung nodules were small enough that they shouldn't be causing him problems, so unless they have grown it is unlikely to be that. It could simply be that he has been so inactive for so long that he gets winded too easily. I huff and puff climbing hills or stairs (especially more than one flight) because I am too fat, but he can get out of breath coming DOWN the stairs or just walking from one room to another sometimes. Treatment in some form or another will likely be for the rest of his life so we just need to adapt to his "new normal" and make the best of it.

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Cheryl, so sorry to hear about your Mom passing.
I am still fighting to get my knees and body working correctly. Rheumatologist says all my blood work is pointing to Rheumatoid Arthritis. I hurt so bad, but just do not want to live on pain pills. I have gained 30# and feel awful. I tried a round of prednisone and that did not relief the pain.
Bev, I am sorry that Rodney is still going through treatments.
Carol, good luck with P.T. and getting back to yourself.

Until we meet again,

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I didn't know it just happened yesterday Cheryl. I saw a couple of things on Facebook, which is how I knew she had passed but I didn't know when. My co-worker's mother is also at Holton Home and likes it there. When she first went there she told her family she probably would not be staying but now she is getting ready to sell her house to one of her daughters.

We are still plugging along here. We have finally submitted a loan application for the new double-wide, so assuming all goes well we will eventually be moving into that and selling this house to Ed and Kim. There have been lots of ups and downs to the process and if this doesn't work we will just give up on that plan. Rodney is still doing well for the most part. He gets very tired and often experiences shortness of breath with minimal exertion but otherwise he is still doing well. This week they had to reduce the dosage of his chemo because it is starting to take too much of a toll on his white blood counts, but hopefully with next week off it will bounce back and he will get the full dose again in two weeks. They will decide each time how much he can have. He has one more cycle to go and then they will do another scan to see how things look and decide whether to continue the same treatment or try something else.

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Cheryl, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I hope you can find some comfort in the fact that she did enjoy living at the home there, much as I mom did before she died.
It will be tough for a while, I know. Hugs from this side of the state going your way.

I haven't been on here too much, not much to say. Not losing like I want to, still going to P.T. and probably will the rest of the summer. I see an ortho doc here in a couple more weeks and get his opinion.

Well, hubby is just getting home from driving to Rutland for the Subaru dealership. Guess I'll see how his day went.

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Good afternoon, all. It has been a very busy few days for us. Mom had a massive stroke during the night Sunday and it was determined that it was something from which she could not recover. She was returned to Holton Home on Wednesday afternoon with hospice care. The nurse felt that she had 24-36 hours left. We decided to go down Thursday morning but she passed before we got there. Today has been a whirlwind with many appointments for all the arrangements. My sister and I spent yesterday afternoon packing up Mom's belongings and this afternoon the men will move the furniture back to her house. That will close that chapter. Bev, thank you for thinking of us.

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It's been really quiet on here. I guess none of us have much to say. Cheryl, I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother.
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Good morning, ladies.

It does seem like forever since I've posted regularly, too. There's not much to report. My days are pretty uneventful and my week even more so. I do my home P.T. routine twice a day and go to p.t. (once in the office, once at the pool) twice a week. That seems to be helping, but I have limp and have pain when I walk. The only other things I do all week are grocery shop and TOPS. That is it.

Bev, glad to hear Rodney's treatments are progressing fairly well and that he feels okay most days. It still must be hard on the body. Let's hope the next round of tests show better numbers.

It's nice of you, Cheryl, to help that person out with the bookkeeping until she gets a handle on it. Hopefully by the fall she will be able to do the whole job on her own.

Hubby is starting his makeover of the office here today. That means everything comes off the walls and he'll patch any nail holes, etc., then repaint. It will take several days, but at least I'll get the curtains washed (and the window!), which doesn't happen too often as the computer desk is in front of the window.


Have a great day all.

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Cheryl, I'm sorry you haven't been able to completely get done with the job. Some people have a hard time grasping the concepts of bookkeeping. We have people that work in some of our offices that I don't know why they have them posting payments and doing a bank deposit because they are pretty clueless. Anything out of the ordinary messes them up because they are simply following the steps they were told to do but they don't understand what they are doing or why. A couple of them will call me for help BEFORE they mess up, but others wait until after they mess up and then ask me to fix it- or I find their screw-ups when I reconcile the bank statements. I like to tell them there is nothing they can do that I can't fix but some things are easier to fix than others. I like having them call me for help first because I can then walk them through what needs to be done and try to explain why.

Rodney has been tolerating his chemo pretty well most of the time. He usually has a couple of days that he doesn't feel well, but nothing too drastic- a little nausea at times, but mostly he is just tired and achy for couple of days and then he will be back to normal until the next round. By the third round of each cycle it seems to hit him a little harder but then he gets a week off so the first week of the next cycle will be a little better. He is on the 5th month of it now. His last scan showed things were stable, which is pretty much the goal at this point. His tumor marker has come down some, which might indicate the disease is responding to treatment but it is still almost three times the upper level of normal.

It is good that your grandson is doing well with his treatment. Mouth sores are fairly common with chemo. For adults there is something called magic mouthwash that is used for them, but I' doubt it could be used for someone that young.

Enjoy your vacation next week! We have been to PA several times and would like to go again, but it won't be this year as I don't have enough vacation time left for a real vacation. I had that in February when we went to Florida. The days I have left will no doubt be used up for more medical appointments- either for Rodney or for me. If I by some miracle end up with a couple of days left (which I doubt) I would just use them at the end of the year.

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Good afternoon, all. It has been a long time since I was on here. No good excuses. Just haven't done it.

Unfortunately, I haven't finished work at the church office yet. The one taking my place just doesn't seem to be catching on to the bookkeeping part and she is incredibly slow typing. It takes her a long time to get anything done. So, last week, after I found myself fixing things that she had made mistakes on, I talked with the pastor and the decision was made that I would continue to go up for a couple of hours a week to do the bookkeeping for the foreseeable future. When I started working there, I didn't do the bookkeeping either so this isn't a new idea. I do hope that I can be done with this before winter though. Time will tell.

We are going on vacation starting Sunday. He wants to go to Pennsylvania but I have no idea why. We'll spend a few days in PA and then swing through Syracuse for a couple of days to stay with Jess before we head home. I'd rather go back to Maine but that isn't going to happen this year. I'm working on finding a place for next year so that the whole family can go for a week.

Bev, I saw the pix of Ed's wedding. You and Rodney looked great! How is he doing with his treatments? Our grandson has progressed to the once every three weeks phase. But he is also taking a chemo pill at home six out of seven days a week. So far, it seems to agree with him although he has developed a sore in his mouth so they are watching that. He will have his next treatment on Thursday this week. The family made a trip to Omaha this weekend for a family reunion on his other grandfather's side and Alex seemed to like the plane ride.

That's about it from here. Hope you are all doing well. My weight doesn't seem to go down much but I haven't given up the fight.

Cheryl

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Glad to see you made it on here Jean! I don't spend much of any time on SparkPeople any more but I did stay on a couple of the teams I was on before and I do see and respond to those posts. I have not been to TOPS since January and my membership expired in March. I have gained a few pounds in recent months and I know I need to do something about it, but I haven't decided what. I am not convinced that going back to TOPS will really make a lot of difference since I wasn't losing weight when I was going. I do miss the people in the chapter but I don't miss going to the meetings. I think I'm getting old because once I get home from work I really don't care to leave the house again! It would be helpful if Rodney would give up a little of his junk that he likes to eat, but I really can't blame him because he doesn't make me eat anything I shouldn't! I have a followup at the end of the week with my doctor and I know he is not going to be happy that I have gained since I was last there, since he wanted me to lose weight. It didn't help that I was having all the problems with my ankle so I walked less than usual and then I couldn't walk at all for 2 1/2 weeks after I had the surgery. But that is only part of the problem- the rest is that I don't eat as I should and only I can change that.

Well. I have work to do so I better get off here. Have a good rest of the weekend and a great week everyone!

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Took me an hour to finally get back on here!! Glad I had the patience to continue.
Technology is not a strong point for me but I'm learning.
The sun is out so let's enjoy while we can.
This afternoon will do some gardening, good exercise, bend, bend go easy on the knees.
Ouch!
Does anybody try to get protein in every meal?
Ok hopefully I will be back here on Monday!!!
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And to you too Carol!

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Oh my, Welllllll I gained .2 but the strawberry rhubarb pie was worth it.
Tomorrow is another day.
Have a good weekend everyone and happy fathers day to the dad's.

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Good afternoon, all. It's hot!!! I went out on a couple of errands this morning, hoping to beat the heat, but I got home and was dripping! Now, I'm doing laundry in air conditioned comfort!

Sunday was Alex's first birthday. Chris and Kate had both families for a cookout and birthday cake. We all had a lot of fun watching him with his new toys. He is almost walking on his own but not quite. He is definitely getting quite vocal though! Today he is being re-evaluated and then will start the new round of treatments on the 22nd providing that all the results are as expected. It surely has been an eventful first year for him!

Bev, I hope your foot heals quickly and that there are no more problems. I know you have had pain for quite a while so I hope this gives you the relief you need.

We are heading to Brattleboro this weekend for my 50th high school reunion. Some of the people who are registered to be there are people I haven't seen since we graduated! It should be interesting. Yesterday, I canned pints of syrup for me to give to all the classmates who attend the reunion. Just a little sweet remembrance of our 50th. lol

This week, I will work only tomorrow and then I'm hoping that I'll be pretty much done. There will still be the end of the year settlement and the budget prep for the new fiscal year but that should be all done by early in July. The pastor seems concerned that she may not work out but I think she'll be okay once she is more used to the routine. I'll be on call just in case though.

I hope all is well with everyone. Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Carol, if you try the angel food cake with some Splenda let me know how it works. I have always been afraid to try it. I used to make a berry frosting (that you put on a plain piece of cake when you eat it rather than before) with egg whites, berries, and sugar and that doesn't work with Splenda. Of course I tried it with all Splenda, not just replacing part of the sugar with Splenda. Hopefully your hubby's procedure goes well and he won't have any more problems.

Well my one day off Friday to see the orthopedic surgeon about my ankle turned into three days off. The x-ray showed that one of the screws in my ankle (the one at the bottom of the plate) was backed out partway and was just barely below the skin- which is why I was having so much pain from it. Because it had started to drain a little in the last couple of weeks he felt an infection had developed so he put me on antibiotics and wanted to remove it soon. He said it didn't require emergency surgery but he wanted it done within a week. Normally he says he is pretty booked (I had to wait 6 weeks for an appointment so I believe that) but he had a cancellation for Monday so he scheduled me for surgery yesterday. Otherwise he would have had someone else do the surgery later this week. I didn't have to have everything removed, just the one screw. There is a slight possibility I could have to have more taken out later but he doesn't really think I will. I had planned to work today but they didn't want me to go back quite that soon after the anesthesia and surgery so I am home one more day. When I do go back I am supposed to be keeping the foot elevated as much as I can- and no lunchtime walking before I go for my follow-up on the 29th. Hopefully this will solve a lot of my foot and ankle pain. I will still have others issues with my feet but this should help a lot I think.

Cheryl and Jean , I hope all is well with both of you.

Bev



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Good morning, ladies,

Hard to believe we went from cold and damp weather to record-breaking heat in less than a week. I don't know what's worse, but the next few days sound pretty nice to me.

I've been to p.t. here a couple of times now, and they think they might be able to help my leg length discrepancy issue, with 2 months or more of therapy. No guarantees, of course, but I'm desperate to try anything at this point so I can eventually walk right again. We shall see.

Hubby's urology appointment last week was a good one. They found he has a bladder stone about 1/2 inch or so, so they will do yet another cystoscopy on Thursday this week to remove it. Hopefully that will be the end of his problems that have plagued him for the last 8 months.

Cheryl, hope your trainee is coming along and you can relax and retire fully soon. At least you are not going to be too far away if they do need your advice from time to time.

Well, time to get moving.


Have a great day all.

Carol

P.S. We had a dozen eggs given to us last week by the nephew who has chickens. Hmmmm...I decided to try something I'd never made before....angel food cake from scratch. Wow, delicious! Next time I'll try substituting some of the sugar with Splenda...

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Good evening, all. Seems like i never get on here much anymore. As you said, Bev, lots of things keeping us busy. We are redoing our bedroom so there are some issues there that make everyday life a bit more challenging. Seems like it takes me ywice as long to get ready in the morning since i have underwear in a dresser in one room, clothes in the closet, shoes on the porch...

I am still training the new gal for the office job. It has been challenging but i think we are making headway. i am hoping to be done in another week or so. Of course, i will have to go back for a few days around the end of the month though to help her close out the year and begin the budget process for the new fiscal year. On Wednesday, i stayed a couple of hours later to get the main checking account reconciled...finally!

Thursday, Alex ha his 11th week of treatments. Only one more to go before he goes on a new schedule of one every three weeks. He will be one-year old on the 11th and that will also mark the time for a change in the dosage. i hope he tolerates the new treatments as well as he has so far.

Bev, I hope you can come to an agreement on the double-wide. By the way, my sister lives in Hinsdale.

We had a no-gain meeting this week, our second one since SRD. Our attendance has been very low though. Seems like it's not really a priority for some people. We are working on the Million Pounds Mission and it seems that most are on track.

Cheryl

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Carol, the double-wide will actually be for us and we will be selling this house to Ed and Kim if things all work out the way we are hoping. That was always the long-term goal and this new plan just gets us there quicker. Rodney's health may not allow us to stay in this house for many more years anyway. The double-wide should be easier for us to maintain and for me to handle on my own when the time comes. I hate to even think about that, but it has become part of our reality. Unfortunately the price from the new company came in much higher than we expected so we have to decide how much we are willing to spend I guess. Part of the difference is that the other one was a 2015 model and this one would be considered a 2018 and another part is that apparently the state requires insulated skirting as as 1/1/17 and the other place had not included that in their price. I don't think those things account for all of the difference but maybe they do.

Today we are off to the Relay for Life. I am hoping my foot/ankle hold up okay. I know I will not be walking as much as I would have in the past, but I will do as much as I can. I had a few days when the ankle felt a little better but yesterday was kind of rough and last night I had a hard time getting to sleep because it was hurting so bad. Next Friday I will finally see the orthopedic guy at DHMC to see what they think needs to be done for it.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Bev

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Morning, all.
Another cool, rainy morning here...doesn't look like we will get much sun until at least the middle of the week. Rather depressing, if you ask me.

Bev, sounds like things are beginning to come together for you with the new home. I hope you can get it delivered and all set up without these continued setbacks. Is the double-wide for Ed and Kim? They must be anxious to get in and get settled. Unfortunately it can be a hurry up and wait kind of thing sometimes.

I had a loss this week but the chapter had a net gain. Hopefully we'll do better next week. Our chapter got its picture in the new issue of TOPS News. A visitor ( a traveling KOPS) stopped by last summer and then wrote an article, which surprisingly they published. Nice to see some follow up there.

Hubby continues his projects here. The sanding down and refinishing of window sills is about done. The only other indoor project is redoing the office, which means everything gets moved to the center of the room so he can fix any wall problems, like protruding sheetrock screws, etc. Then he will repaint and that should be it.

Well, I've rambled long enough.

Have a great Saturday all.

Carol



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Jean, I don't think you have been missing any posts- there just haven't been any! I guess we are all keeping busy or don't have much to say! I have been keeping busy, between work, Ed & Kim's wedding last weekend, and trying to find a new double-wide. Last Sunday we went to Tilton, NH and looked at some. Only one was in the price range we were planning to spend and that one appeared to be pretty cheaply made so we aren't sure we really want to buy it. On Monday Rodney went to Hinsdale, NH and looked at some, which he said were really nice, but again more money. Yesterday we went to a place in Rutland that sells them and talked with a guy there. They don't have many on their lot and they are all much larger and more expensive than we want, but they can order smaller ones. We are having them give us a price on the exact same model that we had previously signed a contract on. Everyone we have talked to seems to agree that it is very odd how the other company simply told us they couldn't deliver it rather than telling us what might need to be done to the road to make it do-able. We think they had another buyer for the home that could close the deal sooner than us and they wanted to get it off the lot since they have had it for a long time. Oh well, we should have a price from the new company sometime this week. I don't expect them to come in quite as low since prices have increased in the last couple of years, but if it is within a few thousand I think we can still make a deal. It will take a little longer to finalize things because they have to order it, which takes two months, and we can't even order it until we can close on the loan and have money to give them since I'm sure they would need a significant amount up front before they would order one.

Cheryl, I knew you had said your daughter and her husband had split up and she had bought another house. It's too bad, but at least it sounds like it was a smoother split than Ed's last one. It was nice that you were able to give her a hand with the new place.

Carol, I hope all is going well with you. I guess I need to get off the computer and get us some breakfast so we can get on with our day. We are headed to West Hartford to make the rounds of visiting the in-laws today.

Bev

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