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RIDLEYRIDER Posts: 18,261
9/28/16 8:37 A

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Morning all.
Not as warm here this morning as yesterday but not as cold as the previous days. Fine by me!
Yesterday turned out much nicer than I expected. But there wasn't even foliage in Danville yet, which is unusual, considering their elevation.

Hubby's drive to Walden for the Subaru dealership was easy, he said, but he'd no sooner gotten home and had lunch when they called him back to drive to Thetford. He didn't get back from that until after 4, so he didn't get things done here that he wanted to do.
We all have days like that, I guess.

There was a good speaker at the retired teachers' luncheon/meeting yesterday on investment fraud, but he went a little over his time too, so I didn't get home until nearly 3. I won't be going to the October meeting, and they don't meet in the winter, so that's it for me until next Spring.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a wonderful Wednesday all.

Carol

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9/27/16 8:42 A

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Good morning, all. It's looking pretty nice outside right now but, since it's my day off, I haven't been outside to see if it is as nice as it looks. No frost on the field this morning so it must be warmer than the past couple of mornings.

I'll be running errands today. I need to stop at the bank to cash some checks that hubby was supposed to have deposited but somehow forgot. I'll just add the money to my "mad money" stash. I'm not sure what I'm saving it for but eventually I'll figure it out. It's also grocery day and laundry day. I don't have much wash to do since I did it on Friday after the repairman came so I'm taking the opportunity to do the curtains from the living room. I'm hoping to hang them outside and pray that the rain holds off long enough for them to dry. I think that will probably be enough to keep me occupied today.

I didn't watch much of the debate last night because I just do not enjoy that bantering. Sounds like it was typical though in terms of the exchanges between the candidates.

Bev, I think our tomatoes are nearly finished too but they haven't been nipped too badly by the frost so maybe there will still be another one or two to ripen. I picked everything that was ready a couple of days ago - 6 or 8 tomatoes and 3 peppers - and left the rest in case they have a chance to ripen. We also have some beans, lettuce and radishes under the canopy on my planter so they will be safe from the frost for a while yet. The beans are in blossom so they'll be ready for picking in another couple of weeks. We've been eating lettuce and radishes for a few days already. Funny thing, our second crop seems to be doing better than the first crop did.

Time to hang out the curtains. Have a good day.

Cheryl


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9/27/16 8:19 A

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Good morning ladies,
I definitely like this morning's temperature better than the past 2 days! Even if it did rain overnight.

We met briefly yesterday with a lady at the Area Agency on Aging to discuss some Medicare questions. Of course, it's too early to make any real decisions as the enrollment period is not open and no one has rate information yet. But we will meet with her again before we go south.

We sold what it left of our firewood supply and he started picking it up yesterday. It's been sitting there for at least 2 years and needs to be burned this year. We want to buy a small electric fireplace to use down there in the livingroom to take the chill off February mornings.

Off to the retired teachers' meeting and luncheon today up in Danville. Then home to try to get some housework done that I didn't get to on Sunday

Have a great day all.

Carol

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9/27/16 7:06 A

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I'm not sure what it was when I went to work yesterday but it was 34 when I got up and 33 a few minutes later. This morning it is 53, which I like much better. I think Rodney's tomato plants are pretty much done for the year! There were lots of tomatoes on them but they didn't seem to be ripening very fast. I think he got 3 or 4 off them that actually ripened. Oh well, we really didn't plan on even having any but Rodney's sister gave some plants to Ed and he never did anything with them so we finally planted them in large pots.

Well, off to work soon. My boss is taking today and tomorrow off, so it should be a peaceful couple of days.

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9/26/16 4:51 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's a chilly day here too - only 43 this morning on my way to work - but it is Fall so I guess we need to expect it. Actually, I enjoy the cooler temps. I have more ambition when I can work without breaking out in a sweat.

I enjoyed the rally this weekend, especially winning the 50/50! Then, when we went out to supper that evening, our meal was paid for by the priest where I work. We often meet him at a certain restaurant and, even though he has usually started his meal, we will sit with him. A couple of times, we've arranged to buy his meal without him knowing who did it. I enjoy that! Anyhow, supper was supposed to be my treat and instead we were treated. Nice!

Yesterday, we went to Stowe to watch Halle playing soccer. It was a big tournament and her team did well in a couple of games but not the one we watched. They had to be quite tired by then. Coming back, we went through the Notch. Traffic was quite heavy but really the foliage was barely starting to turn. It was a nice ride though.

My boss is leaving tomorrow for his annual trip South. He will be away until October 20 so I'm on my own for a while. I usually try to do some little projects while he's gone but last year I didn't get much extra done. We'll see how this year goes.

Hope you are all having a good day.

Cheryl

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9/26/16 9:06 A

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Brr, chilly this morning. Heat feels good.
Fall Rally enjoyable. Great to see TOPS friends and family.

Several things on my agenda today, whatever gets done is a plus.
More getting rid of things. Will place in a box and when full donate.

Not sure yet if I will use treadmill today or walk outside. I just know it needs to be done.

Will be doing a food journal too. Keeping track of the hr helps me. Atleast 3 days till our meeting on Thursday.

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9/26/16 8:36 A

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Morning all.
Foggy and chilly here this morning, about 35. Brrr. Just not ready for that.

Yesterday wasn't too bad when the wind wasn't blowing. We took the car to a car show in Littleton. I should have brought a blanket! Oh well. At least today will be warmer.

Nice Rally Saturday. Good crowd, and things moved right along, too. I liked bringing my own lunch. I hope that continues and will help keep the cost down. There were chapters there that almost never come to these things.

Well, running behind today, but on a positive note, the scale looks better this morning than most Mondays!

Have a good day all.

Carol

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9/23/16 10:10 A

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Good morning all. It's a rainy one here although I understand it is supposed to disappear by afternoon. I'm waiting for Joyce to pick me up so that we can go to Allan's funeral. We did attend the calling hours last night and it was terribly crowded! Of course, with such big families, it was bound to be so. We will attend as a TOPS delegation today; I think there are about 8 members of our chapter who are able to be there. Many are working so it's understandable if they can't make it.

The washer repairman is supposed to come this afternoon to fix the problem with the door of my washer. Good thing! My laundry is piling up and spilling out of the baskets! I guess I know what I will be doing the rest of the day and probably into tomorrow!

Weigh-in wasn't horrible. I did have a .2 gain which I feel is okay, given that I ate a lot of lobster and donuts on vacation. I'm still on track to lose the ten before my physical in October although it may not be quite that much. I'll keep plugging away at it though. We are having issues with our scale though. We've replaced the batteries a couple of times and it still seems to be having problems. One of our members showed a 14 pound loss last night according to the scales. Not likely! I'm not sure what is up with that!

Time to put the last minute things together so I can be ready when Joyce gets here. Have a good day.

Cheryl



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9/22/16 10:43 A

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Good luck tonight ladies! Carol I am very surprised the VA still uses vials of insulin instead of pens. I was surprised to see them using vials at the hospital but one of the nurses told us she had heard it was because it had been determined that there were less errors using vials. Maybe that is because it takes more time so it forces them to be more careful. I know Rodney wouldn't be happy using vials. He has never used anything but pens. I had to use a vial when I was having to inject insulin into his bag of TPN and I didn't like it. He is having an endoscopy now. I don't want to think about him having more problems but if they find a reason for the abdominal pain he is having and they can treat it we would consider that a good thing.

Update: I didn't even think this posted this morning. I was typing it on my phone and then it just disappeared on me before I could finish it so I gave up and decided to wait until I was home to post. They did not find a reason for his pain. They did find a couple of things and they took some biopsies but the doctor said nothing she found would be likely to cause the symptoms he has been having. One thing she found was some scarring in his stomach with some built-up tissue, but she thinks it is something harmless and normally it doesn't cause pain. Of more concern is what she thinks is an area of Barrett's disease in his esophagus. A biopsy is how they confirm that diagnosis so we have to wait for the results of the biopsies. She said even if the biopsy is negative she would suggest rechecking in a year because he is at a high risk for it due to his father having it. Left untreated, it can lead to esophageal cancer, and I believe they said that was likely the cause of his father's cancer. I need to read up on it some more to see what the treatment might be, but his sister said she thinks they freeze the abnormal cells to kill them. The good news from today is that they found nothing seriously wrong but the bad news is that we still don't have an explanation for his abdominal pains. I am not sure what the next step will be other than waiting on the biopsies. It may be that the pain episodes will just be something he has to live with.

Bev

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9/22/16 7:59 A

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Good morning, all. I have about five minutes before I leave for work. Yesterday was my first day back and I spent a good portion of it just catching up on email and other accumulated stuff from the past week. I never did get to the bookkeeping items so that will be on the agenda for today. Monday will be the boss's last day for nearly a month as he heads to Florida for his annual vacation. There will be a lot of things on our "don't forget" agenda for Monday.

Tonight, after a weigh-in, we'll go to Allan's calling hours. Tomorrow is the funeral and, knowing that some cannot make it because of work commitments, those of us who can will attend and represent his involvement in TOPS. It will not be an easy time but we need to do this.

My scales are up a little bit this morning but I'm hoping they will come down by this afternoon. I was surprised that they weren't higher with all the lobster and such we ate on vacation. Keeping my fingers crossed...

Have a great day.

Cheryl

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9/22/16 7:33 A

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Morning all.
Well, it's the final hours of summer....nice to have it this warm, in my humble opinion. It's unusual that we haven't turned the furnace on by now but I am not complaining.

I had my last official board meeting last night for the Planning Commission. I'm done with that job, but the board chair asked if I would consider being a member. I don't think it's fair to be only part-time, half the year. They need members who will make every meeting. It's hard enough to get a quorum some of the time as it is with some members hardly ever showing up. We shall see.

Hubby had his follow up appointment with the VA doc in Littleton yesterday. She was much more hospitable than the first time we met with her. He's not switching all his health care to the VA right now, but it's an option for the future. If they joined the 21st century and dispensed insulin in the pen form he'd drop his Part D and get all his scripts there but they don't do that and he doesn't want to go back to the needle and vial routine.

I picked up some fabric at Wal-Mart to make a valance for my kitchen window in the FL house, so that's on my agenda for today.

Off to an eye appointment this morning so I'd better get moving.

Good luck tonight, Cheryl. I know I will need it!

Carol



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9/19/16 6:35 A

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Good morning, all. We are heading home today. It was a lovely vacation but we are ready to be back in our own bed and back to our regular routines.

We spent s wonderful day with a couple who I have known since we were about twelve years old. In fact, I introduced them to each other! They now live in Connecticut but have had a campsite in Maine for years. He was a firefighter and so, in order to be beyond the reach of the department during his vacations, they chose Maine. It has worked well for them and they have kept the campsite even though they are retired now. It was wonderful to catch up!

Joyce has cancelled her vacation due to Allan's passing. I think the services will be Wednesday or Thursday but haven't heard yet. No doubt, Ruthie and the children will meet with the funeral home today. It will be a big funeral as they are both from large families and he touched many other lives.

Time to pack up. Have a good day.

Cheryl

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9/18/16 11:01 P

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Sorry to hear about Allan. I kept watching for an update, hoping that some miracle had happened and that he was doing better again.

Bev

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9/18/16 4:52 P

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Thank you, Cheryl, for letting us know. I will pass it along to the KHS.
Carol

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9/18/16 9:05 A

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Just want to let everyone know that Allan Laroche passed away about 12:40 this morning. He had valve replacement surgery on August 23 but never left the hospital. if you could pass this on to anyone who may have known him as King, it would be appreciated.
Cheryl

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9/18/16 8:22 A

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Morning all.
Rain moved in late last night, after I went to bed, but I woke up and heard it at one point. At least the wind has died down.

It was a nice day for the Colors of the Kingdom festival downtown. We don't usually go to those things but we wanted to take the '57 out and air it out, so to speak. We will be selling it, too, and we got one call on it while we were at the festival. The problem is that no one around here has the kind of money it will take to buy it.

We got the check yesterday from the guy in Minnesota who is buying the 3-wheeler we have for sale. After the check clears he'll arrange to have his trucking company come and pick it up.

Our nephew brought their camper back up here last night to store it again for the winter. They are trying to sell that, but it's a bad time of year to get rid of a camper. Maybe next spring they'll have better luck.

Housecleaning on my agenda today. Guess I'd better get started.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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9/17/16 1:47 P

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We have been working on getting rid of some of the junk that has accumulated in our basement and under the porches. We got a great big dumpster so we are cleaning out and getting rid of a lot of stuff! We stopped for lunch and then I think we are going to go apple picking. We may do more cleaning later or maybe we will just wait until tomorrow to get back to it. Ed and Kim are helping us, because part of the reason for doing it is so that we can make a third bedroom in the basement. Ed and Camden have already been staying here because that was the only way Camden could go to school in Bellows Falls now, and they don't want to make him change schools again next year. Ed didn't have a room in the basement, just a corner of it with a bed and a dresser set up. Kim was going to stay in the apartment they had, but they recently found out that isn't an option now. Before the bank's delay caused us to have to postpone the trailer project until spring, they had told the landlord they expected to be moving this fall, so he was planning to do some repairs in the apartment once they moved out. They offered her a different apartment but it would have been a little more expensive, so Ed asked us if we would mind if she lives here for a few months too. We agreed to it but I said we need to make another bedroom so they have some privacy and I don't feel like I am walking through their bedroom when I go down to use my washer and dryer or get something out of the freezer. Before we can make a new room we need to get rid of a bunch of junk. Having five people in the house when we are used it it being just the two of us will take some adjustment but we will survive it. If all goes well we will start looking for another double wide in the spring and work with a different bank this time- and hopefully we will have things in place so that as soon as the mud dries up we can start on the site work and by summer they will be moving into their own place.

I haven't been to TOPS in three months so I didn't even hear when Fall Rally is.

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9/17/16 9:41 A

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Good morning, all. Another sunny morning here in Maine but it is supposed to come to an end later today. We have been enjoying the nice weather as we visit several of the must-see places. Yesterday, we went to York beach, just to sit and watch the ocean. We also saw the Nubble Lighthouse and it was gorgeous! The best by far though was Mt. Agamenticus. There is a stunning 360 degree of the coastal area. There are lots of hiking trails but I wasn't able to maneuver them. The terrain was just a bit too much for me. We did walk all around the top of the mountain though and that was just stunning! We had lunch at Billy's Chowder House and I finally had my lobster. Yummmm! I tried to find someplace to get a piece of blueberry pie but that wasn't so successful. Maybe today.

Today will be our shopping day. With all the outlets, it's a perfect opportunity to get some Christmas presents, especially for the grandkids. Hubby wants to see if he can find some new sneakers too. If we aren't too tired, I'm thinking we may take in a movie tonight.

Joyce texted me several times last night during the chapter meeting so it was almost like being there. I think we are all set for Fall Rally too. Joyce will be on vacation next week so I hope there aren't any last minute surprises!

Time to head for the outlets. Have a great day.

Cheryl



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9/16/16 2:00 P

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A beautiful day good for working with the wood for Winter or even the chilly evenings and mornings we've been having.
Good exercise!!
Froggy Jean hopes you all have a great weekend.

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9/16/16 7:29 A

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Morning all.
Brrr...about 37 here this morning and foggy, so no frost for us. That suits me fine.

I turtled last night but the chapter had a net gain, mostly due to one member, but at least she is back. We finished the Heart of the Chapter awards so I guess we are ready for Rally.

We enjoyed the Wells area last summer when we were there with our friends form Seattle, Cheryl. It is very pretty, especially around Kennebunkport and Ogunquit. We ate a Barnacle Billy's, always a good seafood place.

Off to do errands today in Littleton. He's going to try driving again. He drove to his doctor's appointment Tuesday...I wasn't too pleased...made me nervous.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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9/15/16 3:15 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's a beautiful day here in Maine. We are in Wells and surrounding area today. Took a trolley tour of the Jennebunk area this morning and then drove back to some of the sites. We decided to basically skip lunch and go for an early supper do we are getting to our destination for that now.

My mother is at Holton Home and, depending on her mood, she either likes it or merely tolerates it. Today she is having s good day. Because her hearing and vision are so poor, her activities are limited.

Liz, good to hear from you. I hope you get all your lightning issues resolved soon.

Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Nice catching up on here. Bev, glad to see you and Rodney have been out and about. My Aunt is at Holten Home in Brattleboro also. She loves it there. Hope your Mom comes along well Cheryl. Carol you seem to be busy as ever. Glad you were able to sell off a couple things. We had a lightening strike at our house in August, so I am still finding things that don't work and dealing with insurance. The strike burnt out everything that was plugged in. Later found out that it got the furnace and generator also. Insurance Co. is trying to tell me they are a new claim. I know they are not, but I did not find until after a couple weeks when we lost power and the generator tried coming on. Brenda & I are the only ones going to Fall Rally. Hope to see you all there.

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9/14/16 9:02 A

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Good morning, all. It's raining here off and on. A very gray day overall. We are heading out in just a few minutes for a few days of vacation in Maine. The forecast there is better than here although cooler than here. I will be glad just to get away for a little change in scenery.

Mom's issues are definitely a challenge although we have found out some information that might change the view of things. While my sister was there on Monday, Mom was asleep and another resident walked into the room, wandered around, touched a few things on the dresser and table, and then left. Mom has been complaining that someone comes into her room and we all thought it was just the dementia but maybe it wasn't. Anyhow, my sister let the staff know and they are supposed to be dealing with it.

I just got a phone call from Joyce. Our Allan isn't doing well at all and they think they are going to lose him. He is perilously close to death. Family was called in at 3:30 this morning and they have been told to prepare for this. Keep praying that something good happens!

Hubby is chomping at the bit so I had better get moving. Still have two more messages to send out. Have a great day.

Cheryl

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9/14/16 8:26 A

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Morning all.
Overcast here this morning, but I guess we do need rain. The NEK has been less dry than the rest of the state and certainly less than NH this summer so we feel fortunate about that.

Hubby had another visit to the urologist yesterday who is pleased with his progress. One more week on the med, with one more visit back in 3 weeks. Hopefully that will be the end of it.

I think I mentioned that a guy drove up from Bennington Monday and bought and the utility trailer he built this summer. Now we have a guy in Minnesota who wants to buy the 3-wheeled motorcycle he built a few years ago to add to his 'collection'. He owns a trucking company and will arrange for a truck to pick it up, after the check has cleared, of course. I will be happy to see that go down the road, that's for sure. But I won't count my chickens before they're hatched.

Ok, so is anyone else having trouble with those pesky little bugs that resemble fruit flies in their house? I'm told they are not fruit flies, although they hang out near the fruit bowl, I've noticed. I wish I could get rid of them safely. They are hard to swat, I know that.

Enough rambling from me. Cheryl, I do sympathize with your mom's confusion. It is always easier to deal with physical ailments in many ways than memory care issues. My BIL is still in the hospital while he awaits a room to be available in the memory care unit in North Haverhill. So sad, but they won't let him back into the nursing home he was in for over 2 years.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday.

Carol

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9/12/16 10:23 P

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Which home is your mom in Cheryl? I know you told me once before but I don't remember. My co-worker's mom is at Holton Home and I think she likes it there. She was not happy at first about going there but her family was concerned about her being alone out in the middle of nowhere in Westminster West at 91 years old. She agreed to try it but made it clear if she didn't like it she was going back to her own home. I think she had a hard time leaving the home she shared with her husband for a long time, but she is enjoying all the activities at Holton Home and has made some friends since she has been there. At home she was alone much of the time. Jean goes to visit her frequently at lunch- unless her mother tells her she is going to be busy at that time. I hope your mom's confusion subsides.

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Good afternoon, all. It's a beautiful day here with lots of sun and comfortable temps. Unfortunately, I'm inside making a batch of spaghetti sauce. We had a lot of tomatoes and I hate to see them go to waste so I'm using them up before we head out on vacation. I'm also doing laundry so that maybe I can take care of packing tomorrow after work. I don't usually work on Tuesday but feel I need to this week so that I can get done all that needs to be done. As it is, I am filing the payroll a day early but that shouldn't be a problem. Today I encountered more problems with the data program that was supposedly fixed last week. Oh boy! Looks like I'll have more issues to deal with another time. The diocese knows of the problem so maybe they'll figure it out before I get back.

Mom is really having a lot of confusion and the doctor says that it is not due to a UTI. She spent a great deal of time yesterday trying to show me where her room is and kept insisting that they have started charging her for two rooms. She won't listen to reason on that one, even when I showed her some pictures of family that are in her room. She was still insisting that she was in the wrong room. It's sad. I just hope she doesn't get to the point where they cannot allow her to stay in that home. It's a very nice one and the staff are very nice to the residents. Nursing homes don't always have that same reputation. I know the two that my father stayed in were okay but definitely not as nice as this assisted living home.

Have a great day.
Cheryl



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9/11/16 8:23 P

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We didn't accomplish a lot this weekend. Yesterday we headed out to go for a walk on the rail trail over in Londonderry, but the further we went the darker the clouds were getting so we figured we were going to get rained out and we turned around and came back home. We did get a little bit of rain on the way home but nothing more until last night so I think we might have been okay. We ended up going to Walgreens to pick up some prescriptions and then went to visit Rodney's oldest brother. He only lives a few miles away but we don't often see him because they are frequently busy.

Today we went to Claremont early to get a few groceries. Rodney had a pretty bad episode of stomach pain while we were shopping and he hasn't felt good the rest of the day. He went out to the car while I finished the shopping, but he said the pain in his belly was so intense he had a hard time breathing and wasn't sure he was even going to make it to the car. He did, and in a few minutes he said the worst of it subsided. He had a few more episodes today but none quite as bad as that one. He has had a few similar episodes on occasion ever since his surgery, but never any as intense as that one and he usually doesn't have several of them in one day like he did today. I sent an e-mail to his oncologist to ask her what she thinks about it and if he continues having them if he should see someone- and who since he doesn't have a PCP yet. Hopefully it will turn out to be nothing. I told him he should take it easy the rest of the day but we had planned on cleaning out one of the sheds today to make room to put the chipper we bought last weekend into it and he insisted on going out there to work on it. Ed was here today to help so he wanted to get it done today. He helped for a while then came back to the house while we finished up.

We had some heavy rain this morning too. It had let up by the time we left at 8:30 to go shopping but it rained off and on most of the morning. The sun was out this afternoon but it was kind of breezy too. Back to work tomorrow- Yuck!

Cheryl, I'm sorry to hear your mom is still having problems. I guess we should expect it as they get older, but that doesn't make it any easier to watch.

Bev

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Good morning, all. I'm in Hinsdale, NH this weekend and we had quite a downpour about 8:30. I guess there was a fierce thunderstorm in St. Albans about 4am according to hubby. Glad I missed it.

Yesterday, we went to a field hockey game for my grandniece. So graceful that I am, I tripped going onto the field and fell on some pavement. My sister was in a panic because she was afraid I had injured one of my replacement joints but somehow I had managed to flip to my side before landing and it was the side with my only remaining joint. I couldn't get up though! The athletic director and the football coach saw me fall and so first verified that I was okay and then got me back on my feet. I do like to make a grand entrance!!! All I could do was laugh about it. Today, I'm feeling a bit sore in a number of places but am generally okay.

Mom is still having issues and I'm thinking it's only going to get worse. On Friday, she had shots for her macular degeneration and couldn't open her eyes the rest of the day due to burning. The dctor told her that her vision is not going to get any better and that she may eventually be blind since there isn't anything else he can do for her. That was quite a blow. Yesterday, she was a bit more accepting of it. She is still very confused and today will definitely be a bad day since it's cloudy and raining. It's not going to get any better.

I will head back north later today and then on Wednesday we will go to Maine for a few days. I am really looking forward to getting away.

Have a good day. Stay dry!

Cheryl



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Morning all.
Pretty bad storm came through here around 8. High winds and heavy rain, but we didn't lose power. Guess others weren't so lucky.
I expect some washouts in the driveway, the way that rain was coming down.

A sad day of remembrance today on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. I can remember that day in my classroom so vividly, watching that on tv. And something I'll never forget...I was teaching social studies that year, too, and on the back of our textbook there were the twin towers....something I'd never really taken note of before that day.

I'm going to get hubby out for an outing today as we have a friend retiring and her family has a surprise party planned at the Comfort Inn. We won't stay long, but she's been talking about retiring for years and now she's finally doing it, so we wouldn't miss that.

Well, housework is always waiting.

Have a good Sunday all.

Carol

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I was surprised at how many people didn't realize the picture of the car was from four years ago. Cheryl I know you did notice that after your first comment but not everyone did so I posted a comment to clarify it. I normally don't post those memory things that come up but that one I decided to and I guess I confused people.
Good luck on the scales ladies.
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Morning all.
Cloudy and humid here this morning. It was sunny all day here yesterday and got quite warm. I guess it will all change overnight and tomorrow, with less humidity coming in. Fine with me.

Speaking of deer, we had the young buck on our lawn again last night, the same one I saw about a week or so ago. Maybe the doe and fawn preceded it, but I didn't see that part. Only saw the buck because a car was coming up the driveway and I wanted to see who it was.

Glad to hear Allan has turned the corner. Let's hope the worst is behind him at this point. They have been through enough.

The newest med hubby is on is really messing with his gut, I'm afraid. He was up half the night with cramping, etc. and is quite sleep-deprived. He can't get comfortable and sleeps off and on during the day to make up for being up so much overnight.

I got the paperwork done yesterday that I needed to, as well as mowing the lawn, or as much as needed to be done. Probably should rake some of it, but I'm not that ambitious. We discovered something has been gnawing on the pressure-treated railing that is attached to the garage. Looked up on the internet and it said squirrels will do that to sharpen their teeth. Who knew? I'll have to look for repellent at Lowes or HD to see if I can keep them away from it. It's been there for years....funny how now they need to use that as a dental tool.


Well, off to exercise. Scale will show a gain for me this week, I'm afraid, but it is what it is.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's cloudy here but still quite warm. I do hope the humidity breaks a bit today. It's really muggy right now.

Bev, I saw your pic of the car on FB. That must have been a big buck! Lots of damage! I hope you were okay though.

Scales aren't looking the best today so I am anticipating a gain tonight. That's all I do lately. Down one week, up the next. I hope others have been more successful than I this week!

Time to head for work. Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Carol, glad to hear the good news on your husband's biopsy! Now if they can get the bleeding stopped and he can get his strength back you can relax again. It is also nice to hear that Allan is doing better. He has been through a lot, that's for sure. Good luck to your husband Cheryl when he has his tests. A woman I worked with years ago has a daughter that is a couple of years older than Ed and is friends with him on Facebook and she is having the same surgery tomorrow that Rodney had. Hers is for non-cancerous reasons and I sure hope they don't find anything different when they do the surgery. The same surgeon who did Rodney's is doing hers, so I told her that her daughter is in good hands.

I thought it was quite humid here today, although it was cloudy much of the time. The sun was out when I was walking at lunch, which made it even hotter, but later in the afternoon I noticed it was raining when I walked past where I could see the outside. If the weather is decent this weekend we just might have to look for another short hike to do. I think they are saying Saturday should be okay but Sunday we might see some rain.

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Good afternoon, all. It really is a nice day here with temps in the low 80's and humidity quite low. I like that a lot!!! I went for a drive after work today, over to Jericho, where I can get some of the Heady Topper that some members of my family like. I'll be heading to B'boro this weekend so I wanted to bring some down. On m way back here, I took a different road, obviously the one less traveled, and nearly hit a deer. I was looking for properties for sale since Chris and Kate are looking and this was a dirt road, one of the criteria that Kate has expressed. She would like to have a horse again so dirt roads are ideal for riding. I did find a couple of pieces for sale so I will pass those along to them.

Carol, good news about your husband. No cancer is always good! My husband has to go for an evaluation next week since his numbers were higher than normal although still within acceptable range. His father died with prostate cancer so they watch Karl carefully.

Our friend, Allan, seems to have turned a corner and is doing better than previously. It was definitely touch and go for a while but now he seems to be moving forward. They removed the breathing tube a few days ago but he still has a feeding tube. He asked for and got some mashed potatoes and gravy to eat, a good sign! I think that they are willing to give him whatever he wants right now if it will stimulate him. He still has a long, long road to recovery but, for now, things are looking up. He will have to go to rehab once they discharge him from the hospital and they will work on getting him back on his feet. He isn't able to walk at all yet. Keep the good thoughts coming!

Today, I finally got a problem resolved at work. There was an upgrade on one of my data programs a couple of weeks ago and, ever since, I haven't been able to get into the program to post data. Today, the company got on with me and they figured out a solution. It's not quite as easy as before the upgrade but it will definitely work. This is the program that keeps track of all the information on parishioners, addresses, family members, etc. Kind of an important program! The strange part is that I was able to access one of the parishes but not the other, but they both use the same credentials!

My mother is having issues again. She gets confused very easily and seems to think that people are coming in her room at night. I don't know if there is something that they can give her to help with her confusion. She also seems to be having trouble remembering which room is hers so my sister is going to put something on the door that she can see more easily than trying to read the numbers. Her vision is still not great so a big red bow should help!

I'm still working on Christmas stockings so I think I should get to it. Have a great day.

Cheryl

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Morning ladies,
Another nice day in store here. So many in a row, too. Nice surprise.
Sounds like rain in the forecast for tomorrow, though. We've been lucky to have escaped the dry conditions the rest of the area has this summer.

Spent the day on the run yesterday with his doctor's appointment and numerous errands. His biopsy results were negative for cancer so that was a relief. They did put him on a new med for the next week to reduce the bleeding he is still having. Let's hope it works. He says he feels better and I can see him getting a bit stronger each day. He is still not sleeping well, though, which is not going to help. He has to go back again next week for yet another follow-up visit. Since he's starting to eat a little more I'm hoping he'll gain back some of the 15 pounds he's lost.

I never did get any of the lawn mowed so maybe I'll tackle that today. I need to catch up on paperwork too. Mostly bill-paying and such.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a wonderful Wednesday all.

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Good morning, all. It's a nice, sunny day here and we're going to enjoy it. Hubby is mowing the lawn now and I just finished making a cake. Later today, we'll head to the lake for a family get-together so the cake and a tossed salad are my contributions. We'll probably take Chris, Matt and maybe Kate out for a boat ride but Halle and Becky had enough yesterday. We were out for about five hours including a stop at the North Hero House for lunch. We covered water from Keeler Bay to Maquam Bay. It was a beautiful day for being on the water and was choppy only when there were a lot of other boaters around. The only mishap was losing the license plate on the trailer. I figure that it is somewhere in the lake in the area of the boat launch.

We received word that our family in Florida, North Carolina and Hawaii came through the hurricanes without anything more serious than a bit of rain and wind. No damage anywhere. That was good news.

I never did get any yard or garden work done yesterday so I think I should try to attack some of it this morning. I figure I can get the mums into the planters and that will be a start.

Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Great boating weekend, Cheryl. Hope you got your maiden voyage in! Good weather for anything outside. I may do a bit of lawn mowing later as he is not up to any activity yet.

I did make him some eggs and ham for breakfast, which he ate nearly all of, for once. He says he is feeling better, but I think he has a long way to go, still. Tuesday he has an appointment with the urologist again.

Housework and the usual Sunday chores on my list today so I'd better get moving.

Have a great day, all!

Carol

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Congratulations on the losses ladies! Cheryl, have fun on the boat later. I think we might do some geocaching today and maybe hike up to a fire tower in Norwich that I have heard about but have never been to. Sadie and her kids have done that hike and my sister went a few weeks ago. If we are up that way I sort of expect we will end up visiting the in-laws too, so we may not have time to do much geocaching. We may not go to the in-laws since Rodney was just there a couple of days ago, but most times if we are in the area he does like to pay them a visit. It wouldn't be so bad if it was just a short visit but they often end up asking Rodney to do something while he is there so we end up staying longer than we planned.

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Good morning, all. It's sunny and looking really good for a boat ride today. If the wind stays calm, I think we'll take the boat out for the maiden voyage today.

Yesterday, we took a ride to Plattsburgh. Had lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings and made a shopping run at Sam's Club. It's just different enough from Costco that we like to go there once or twice a year. I found a few things that will make life more pleasant for us but nothing major. Karl found a cooler that he thought would be really nice to have on the boat but decided that it was too pricey so we left it there.

We took Halle and her friend to their soccer practice last night. They had a short scrimmage at the start and the girls' team won even though they were playing boys. We had to stay only until Megan's mother arrived from work since Halle was going to spend the night with Megan so, once she got there, we came home again. Watching a practice isn't very exciting so we were glad to be able to come home. As it turned out, I knew this mother when she was a little girl but I would never have realized it. Megan mentioned her grandmother and the name was a familiar one but I hadn't seen the grandmother in about 25 years!

I think I'll take the time to pick my beets today. Maybe I can find some time this weekend to make some pickled beets. That's the only way Karl will eat them and I like them too. We won't have a lot of them because my garden is quite small but it will be enough for us. I would also like to start changing my yard over for the winter. We bought some mums yesterday so I can clean out the geraniums and impatiens from the planters and get the mums situated for the fall. It's starting to feel like summer is coming to an end.

Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
A Fall chill is in the air, that's for sure.

Congrats on the loss, Cheryl! That's a good one. I lost .4 but the chapter had a significant gain too. Really not our week, I guess. We've made some decisions on the Heart of the Chapter awards we signed up for so we'll work on those next week.

There was a tornado watch for our FL county most of yesterday, but we are far enough inland to escape flooding, I guess, at least this time. Another reason why I'm glad we didn't settle on the coast.

Groceries and other errands on my list today. We have no holiday plans and because he is still very weak we had to decline a bbq invite for Sunday at his nephew's. That's okay with me.

Happy Friday everyone!

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's looking a bit gray here this morning but I understand it is supposed to burn off and become a very nice day although a bit cool. Karl took the day off so we're heading out to find some mischief. Nothing serious. Just hitting the road to go wherever we decided looks good. He had wanted to go out with the boat but wants Matt with us for the maiden voyage just in case something should go wrong. Matt has help in the woods today though so boating is out. We were supposed to have Halle overnight but one of her friends has invited her so we thought she would enjoy that more than being with the old folks. We will have her for a little while since her parents are going to the fair for a show but she needs transportation to soccer.

Weigh-in went well for me but not good for the chapter. I lost two pounds but the chapter had a significant gain. Seems like we're all struggling with our focus. Light turnout again too.

The storms are giving my brother a little concern. He and his wife are supposed to be heading here in a couple of days but the storms may interfere a bit. Time will tell. And my nephew is living in Hawaii so there is some concern there that the storms may raise havoc with him. He is in the northeast part and that is the track for the storm from what I've heard but it may stay off the coast. Still, lots of rain could create serious issues. He never had to deal with things like that while he lived in Alaska for the past several years!

Time to get my day started. Have a good day, all.

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Our place in FL is not far from the coast but it is further south than the areas that are getting the worst of the storm. I suspect there will be plenty of rain but I don't anticipate any problems.

Rodney had an appointment today with the diabetes educator he has started working with, and she told him she is leaving the office where she now after next week, and will start working at Dartmouth- although not at the hospital. At least she is going to make sure he gets set up with someone else there who also does diabetes education. She is having him make some changes to the way he takes his insulin and we have to e-mail her on Monday to tell her how it is working. So far maybe not that well since his blood sugar was too low when he checked it tonight. Oh well, eventually I am sure they will figure out a plan for him that works.

What plans do you ladies have for the long weekend coming up? Of course a long weekend is less meaningful once you are retired I guess.

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Morning all.
Sunny here this morning. Guess the rain has moved on for a few days.

Hubby is showing some improvement today. He says his appetite is back, and he did actually eat a complete breakfast instead of 3 or 4 bites. He has lost weight, though, and is down to about 138 pounds. I asked him if he wanted to trade scale weights! He still looks like he's aged about 10 years, but I know that will improve.

We are watching Hurricane Hermine off the coast of FL. It's not headed inland to where we are, but anything can happen in the next 24 hours, I guess.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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We didn't see any rain today. It was cloudy most of the day, but dry. I thought it seemed a bit humid but there was a breeze so it wasn't uncomfortable.

Wow, Allan is sure having a tough time. I hope he has finally turned the corner and things keep improving now. Carol. I also hope your hubby improves. It is no fun having a sick man around!

Yes, Cheryl, it will be different for us to have others in the house. We are used to having the place to ourselves. I don't know what will happen in the spring. I think it will partly depend on how Rodney is doing. If we do pursue it again in the spring we will have to find another mobile home as I doubt that one will still be available.

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Good afternoon, all. It has clouded over here after a pretty nice morning. We did have a real "gully-washer" earlier this morning but nothing since then. Looks like we may see something more this afternoon or evening. We had a terrific storm on Sunday. Lots of wind and rain. My gauge showed 3.5 inches! One woman told me that they recorded a wind speed of 95 mph about two miles from here during that storm. I can believe it since it took out a bunch of trees.

It has been a very busy week for me. On Monday, we were meeting with the Religious Ed teachers in the evening so my work day was pretty much filled to the brim with copying materials and getting folders of information ready. This is a couple of weeks earlier than I would normally be doing this but I will be heading out of town later and needed to get this out of the way. Tuesday, my normal day for groceries and laundry, was also busy with a trip to S. Burlington to register the boat and a doctor's appointment in the afternoon. That was in addition to the regular stuff! Today, still lots of catching up to do at work and then I went in search of Heady Topper, my nephew's favorite brew. My brother is coming from NC in September so he'd like to bring some back for Jay.

Our Allan is still fighting. He developed an infection and the doctor was not very optimistic but Allan has managed to fight it off once again. They had taken him off the breathing tube but had to reinsert it when he developed the infection since it was impeding his breathing. He is coming along but very slowly. Temps and oxygen levels are back to more normal levels although not quite where they should be. Keep on sending out healing thoughts for him, please.

Bev, this will be a change for you and Rodney, having someone else in the house once again. I hope it all works well for you. Too bad that you weren't able to get the site ready for the mobile home in time for Fall. Maybe next Spring...

Carol, I hope your husband is starting to feel better.

Have a good day.

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Morning all.
Raining here right now, but that's not a bad thing, I guess. Although the NEK has not suffered the drought other areas have.

I took hubby back to have the catheter removed yesterday, which was very painful but had to be done. He is not recuperating well at all and still has stomach problems which interfere with his eating. I have seen only slight improvement since he came home on Sunday. He alternates between the couch and the recliner but can't get comfortable in either one.

I made zucchini bread with Splenda the other day (I thought it was tasty!) but I had to freeze the rest as he isn't up to eating any more than one piece. Can't let it turn green.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a good day all.

Carol

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I have noticed how much earlier it gets dark- and I don't like it! I am not ready for fall (and even worse winter), but on a positive note, that means retirement is inching closer- slowly.

Today is the first day of school for Camden at his new school. He and Ed are living with us for now so that he can go to school here this year. Otherwise he would have had to go in Putney where Ed was living or in Claremont where his mom lives, but both of them are hoping to move at some point, which would mean Camden would have to change schools. Ed had hoped to be living in a trailer on our other lot in a couple of months, but the bank jerked us around so long that we had to postpone the project. Back in June they told us we should be able to close on the loan in about 45 days, which would have given us a couple of months to get the sitework done before the excavation deadline of our Act 250 permit. Last week they said a closing should be in mid-September, which would have only given us a month. That was not going to give us time to get things done this fall so we had no choice but to tell them we did not want to proceed. If things are still going well in the spring we will start over, but not with that bank. So it looks like Ed and Camden may be staying here until sometime next year. I suspect Ed may stay in Putney on the nights that Camden is with his mom but he officially lives here for now. It will be a bit of an adjustment for all of us but we will survive!

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Cooler evening. Dark earlier. Fall is on the way.
Fresh vegetables tasty.

Froggy Jean

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Morning, ladies.

Much less humidity around here now...downright pleasant day it became yesterday, late.
Today looks to be even better.

They wouldn't let hubby out yesterday, which I was fine with. He did make a few tours of the hospital which means he's getting his strength back but he still has digestive problems. They are thinking he can come home today.

He doesn't have much appetite yet, but I think that will improve once his system starts functioning more normally.

I'm sorry to hear of the infection Allan is still fighting. He sure has had more than his share of medical concerns. Poor guy.

Well, I guess I'll get a walk in this morning before heading to the hospital.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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I hope things turn around for Allan and he makes a full recovery. Infections are scary! Carol, I hope hubby gets back to normal soon as well. Getting older certainly leads to more doctor and hospital visits. We are still working on getting set up with a new primary care doctor, since the one we have had for 25 years or so has disappeared. Rodney finally was able to get an appointment but it is two months away. My medical records are still not transferred so I can't get an appointment yet, but they have assured me they will make sure I can get my thyroid medication before it runs out. Congrats on the loss Carol- and Cheryl next week will be better.

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Good afternoon, all. It's a nice day here although a bit warmer than I had hoped. I had a lot of running around to do today and found it a bit uncomfortable. I had to pay property taxes today, made a stop at the bank, stopped at the local yarn shop to talk with her about the mohair blend I need for the four Christmas stockings I need to make this year, headed to WalMart for a few household things that are cheaper there than at the grocery store, and finally a stop at a local brewery for some ale that Chris likes. His wife asked me to get it for his birthday celebration on Sunday. That was enough for today!

We got word that our member, Allan, has developed an infection and is in critical condition. This is definitely not a good sign. He has fought off infections for the past two years and now they are dealing with another. We are all praying that he has the strength to fight it off this time too.

Weigh-in went as expected last night...I gained. Actually, when I first stepped on the scales, I had lost 18 pounds since the morning! Yeah, we needed to replace the batteries. Lol. Sure wish I could lose like that!! The chapter had a small net loss.

Carol, I hope things improved today for your husband. It's no fun to stay in the hospital but it's also no fun to go through the pain. Hopefully, this procedure will help with that.

Have a good night.

Cheryl

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Good afternoon all.
The scales were kind to me as I lost, and the chapter had a good net loss too. Woohoo!

I've been at the hospital most of the day with hubby today. His bowel issue is partly resolved. The x-ray showed no blockage, but he's not back to 'normal' for him yet, so they decided he would stay another night. Fine with me, as I don't want him to have another night like he had last night. The pain has lessened considerably, at least.

I got the grocery shopping done this afternoon and now I'm headed back to the hospital and will have supper there, I guess. I need to get home earlier than I did last night and get some sleep.

Have a good night all.

Carol

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I hope the scales were kinder than you were expecting them to be. I had kind of forgotten this was TOPS might. I guess that proves I have been away for a while. I haven't completely forgotten though because I still find myself referring to "a lady in my TOPS chapter" when talking to other people about other chapter members- no, I'm not gossiping about them, it is usually talking about something one of them told me about. Speaking of other members, the guy who got killed last night in the motorcycle accident in Weathersfield was the stepson of a former chapter member. I didn't realize that she had an older stepson, I only knew that she had two younger boys. When I saw the name I thought he was probably a relative since I was sure I had seen his name on her Facebook page, but I had no idea at first that he was her stepson. Then I saw a post from her husband saying that his oldest son had died. It is very sad, but it sounds like another case of someone doing something foolish (in this case driving too fast on a winding road) and paying for a moment of foolishness with his life.

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Good afternoon all.
Gray skies here, but not raining yet. Guess that comes later. It is humid, though.

I spent the day at the hospital with him for his urology procedure. It went well, they got him into a room around 1 and will keep him overnight. He is still uncomfortable but improving somewhat. He is taking a badly needed nap now. I'll go back after TOPS tonight.

Thanks for the medical update, Cheryl. You are right, as we age, the conditions do get more complicated. I found out while at the hospital today a former member had a stroke 2 days ago and is not expected to recover. Very sad. And another former member is in rehab and is undergoing cancer treatments. Another sad case.

Well, that's all I have time for today.

Good luck with the scale tonight, Cheryl. I know I will need it.

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Good afternoon, all. It's another windy day here with rain forecast for a little later. The temps are actually quite nice due to the wind.

Our member, Allan, finally had his open-heart surgery on Tuesday and the doctor seemed pleased that all went as expected. They were able to do the surgery with minimal invasion, meaning that they did not have to crack the breastbone. That should make the healing go faster. He was moved to ICU and seemed to be doing well so they removed the breathing tube but had to replace it earlier as he is not breathing well. He is not out of the woods yet so any healing thoughts you could send his way are surely appreciated.

On a better note, our member, Turkey, who is battling cancer had a port installed on Monday and all went very well. She is a tough lady and has done far better than the doctors had expected. The tumors in her brain are greatly reduced and the one on her liver is nearly gone completely. She is fighting hard!

Joyce and QK continue to progress in their recovery. QK starts back to school this week but her kids won't be coming in until later in September (Kindergarten). She is able to go full time until the kids arrive and then she will have to do half days only for a while longer. I guess the reasoning is that she can sit more when the kids aren't there and swelling is still a serious issue with her knee replacement. Joyce has said good-bye to the sling she was using for her shoulder surgery but still uses it occasionally when she overdoes her activities. She is finding it difficult to be so restricted but continues to make progress.

Whew! I think that's it for the medical reports. We are definitely an aging population and with it comes all sorts of issues.

Yesterday, we dropped off a new grill at our son's house as it was his birthday gift from the family. We'll gather there on Sunday to do a family celebration so he'll be able to use his new grill. More importantly, I had a few minutes of "grammy time" with baby Alex. He is about 10 weeks old now and getting bigger every time I see him. He was just getting back from a stroll with his father and the family dog when we got there so he was kind of sleepy. His mother is going back to work right after Labor Day so her time with him is precious right now.

Scales are looking pretty bad this week but I'll weigh in anyhow since I haven't weighed in for two weeks. Sure wish I knew what to do to turn this around!

Cheryl

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Morning all.
We had wind most of the day yesterday but the rain held off until after supper. I heard it raining in the night but the sun was out this morning, which is okay with me.
A cool reprieve from the humidity, too, which is a bonus.

Cheryl, it's nice that you got a 'last look' at the family home. As hard as it must have been, especially for your mother, you have to take comfort in the fact that maybe future generations will be able to make their own memories there.

I stayed up to watch the closing ceremonies of the Olympics last night, which I thought were better than the opening ceremonies. Colorful, but long.

Hubby has a pre-op appointment for a urology procedure later in the week, then a pre-planning meeting for his 50th high school reunion, which is still 3 years away. Gee, are they starting early enough??

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great Monday all.

Carol

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Good afternoon, all. It's a very windy day here but it's also quite warm. Hubby is working outside and I'm inside and we're both feeling the heat. I finally made the chocolate zucchini bread this morning and it's quite good. We shared one piece for lunch and I've put the rest of it in the freezer. Sometime down the road when we have company, I'll break it out again.

Yesterday, we went to Brattleboro to see my mother. She was having a really good day, very lucid and remembering lots of things. We also took a last tour of my brother's house before he sells it. He has a buyer and the closing is set for the end of September. It was listed for only a few days before the offer came through. This house has been in our family since 1935 and has seen five generations. My grandparents had it first as a rental owned by the cotton mill where my grandfather worked. My mother was 15 when they moved there. When the mill closed, they offered the house to my grandfather but he was considered too old for a mortgage alone so my parents co-signed. My brother bought the house from my grandfather and his children and grandchildren had many get-togethers there. They moved to another house which they inherited from my SIL's family about five years ago and he has been trying to figure out if he really wanted to sell the house ever since. There is a lot of family history in those walls. The time has come though so it will soon pass out of our family's hands.

The forecast is for lots of wind this afternoon and storms this evening so I guess it's probably just as well that the registration for the boat and trailer haven't come from the state yet. With any luck, maybe next weekend will work for all.

Have a good day.

Cheryl

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It must be the week for members being on vacation. I got a message yesterday from our chapter leader letting me know there would be no meeting last night as she is away and no one else wanted to run the meeting! I was rather surprised that on one else would take over but maybe a couple of the others who used to fill in sometimes were also away. I wasn't planning to go anyway but she said she didn't want me to show up and find no one there.

Have a nice weekend everyone! I'm not sure yet what is on our agenda this weekend.

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Good afternoon all.
Warm and sunny here too, today. Not quite 80 the last time I looked, but it could be there by now.

We had only 7 at chapter meeting last night. I had another small gain but the chapter had a net loss. Our leader was away so we couldn't get the details of the Rally.

This morning I took hubby to the Subaru garage as they needed him to drive to Londonderry NH and back and I needed the truck for grocery shopping. Got that done and walking in before lunch. I went and picked him back up and now he'll be able to get back up on the roof. He was able to get all the sheets of tin up there by himself, so he didn't need me to help. He put a couple of screws in each sheet to secure them for overnight and today he should be able to finish attaching them all.

It's a nail-biting men's volleyball game between the US and Italy, so I guess I'll go finish watching that before getting back to my list.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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Good afternoon, all. It's a very nice, sunny day here and I'm enjoying it. I spent the morning doing some housework, washing bed pillows, cleaning and vacuuming. Then, my SIL brought me some cucumbers so I've started a batch of bread and butter pickles. They are soaking right now but I'll have to finish them later this afternoon. I still have a few pickles left so I'm thinking I may make a batch of maple pickles. I've made them once before and they seemed to go over pretty well. Suddenly, today I have a ton of ambition!

We had a very small turnout for the meeting last night. Joyce and QK were both back but still have a ways to go for full recovery. We discussed the paperwork for Fall Rally but I'll have to send out an email today to communicate with those who weren't there, and that was most of the members! I didn't weigh in because I knew that I would only contribute to the already bad numbers. I think I will weigh in next week, regardless of the gain. I keep trying to get on track and it doesn't seem to last through the week. Maybe this week will be better.

Carol, I hope the roofing project went well. Hubby has been working on his new, old boat, restoring upholstery, fixing little things here and there. He's hoping the registration will come in today so we can get out on the lake tomorrow. If not, maybe we'll go to Brattleboro.

Back to my little tasks for the day. I think a chocolate zucchini bread is next on my list. Hubby will love that!

Cheryl

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No rain here today. We had a mix of clouds and sun and it was quite breezy. Without the wind I think it would have felt quite warm. When I went back to work after lunch I was sweating even with the breeze.

I haven't been to TOPS in more than two months, but thankfully I haven't gained any weight. I haven't lost anything significant either, but I have been staying down by 2 -3 pounds from where I was at my last official weigh-in. I don't plan to go back any time soon but if I could get down by a few more pounds so that I was sure I was below my starting weight for the year I would go weigh in at least once so the chapter doesn't have to add in a net gain for the year from me. Good luck on the scales tomorrow ladies!

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Good afternoon, all. It's sunny here right now but we've had rain off and on today. We needed it though so there aren't any complaints here. It also lowered the humidity so I'm happy.

I'm not gaining much headway on my projects. Seems like I just keep starting new ones and can't find the ambition to finish the old ones. The porch is still waiting but I will get to it eventually. I need to replace the curtains so I think that's my next task. I'm not exactly sure what I want though so that's the major hold-up. I think I want more window exposure so maybe I'll just use valances. We'll see. The only project that is still moving along is the stocking for baby Alex. I try to work on it every day so it is starting to look pretty good. I also need to knit some stockings so I went to Williston yesterday to get the yarn I need (since I can't find it around here). I'm going to bring it to the yarn shop here in town so that maybe she will order it to have on hand for the future. I'll have to start the knitting pretty soon but it's still too hot to think about that!

Scales weren't looking very good this morning so I think I need to keep myself quite busy today and tomorrow if I'm to have any chance at all for a loss. It's still doable but I will have to give it some conscious effort.

Have a good day.

Cheryl



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Morning all.
Hard rain here last night, but it didn't start until after 2 in the afternoon. Okay with me.

A bit less humid yesterday too, although I hear it's on its way back later this week.

Hubby started the reroof job on the garage extension yesterday and got a good share of it in before the rain started. This part will be a tin roof, so I'll have to help him hoist those large sheets up there. I don't mind that, as long as I don't have to climb any ladders.

I spent a good deal of time cleaning out the spice cupboard. I did it last year in preparation for taking some of it to Florida with me but I needed to do it again. Some jars seem to last forever, don't they? I found a small metal can of cream of tartar that had the purple hand-stamped price on the bottom...like 59 cents or something like that! Wow, that predates the stick-on tags and scan/bar code! I wonder if any of that stuff ever goes bad......

I'm disappointed in a local consignment shop that used to take business attire but stopped doing so...I sent them pictures of my school outfits in advance to see if they were interested. Last year I had stopped in there and said to do that. They were only interested in one outfit, a somewhat dressy one. Oh well. I'll have to look around for another.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a wonderful Wednesday all.

Carol

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Good afternoon, all. It's kind of humid here today although it is better than yesterday. I found it to be quite humid at work earlier but now that I'm home with fans going, it doesn't seem quite so bad. I don't have any strenuous activities scheduled this afternoon so I should be okay.

Has anyone else noticed how hard it is to search for a specific article on this site now? I get certain messages on my ipad but they don't come through on my laptop. There was a good article that I wanted to print to share with the chapter but I can't find it on my laptop and I can't print it from my ipad. I can't find a search area either. Any suggestions?

I spent some time yesterday finishing up a pile of dishcloths that I had knit previously. They were all done except for tucking in the ends. I had 23 of them to do and felt good about accomplishing something without expending a lot of effort.

Red Sox are playing so I guess I'll watch the game and work on the stocking for baby Alex. Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Does he take insulin? Rodney had trouble once because they told him unless you are on insulin the insurance would only cover testing once a day. Since he has been on insulin we haven't had a problem getting any of his supplies.

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Morning all.
A bit less humid here this morning, which is a nice change. Hope it stays that way.
We had a rain shower move through around 3 yesterday afternoon but things stayed fairly dry after that.

I vacuumed and mopped yesterday too. Took the floors a while to dry but eventually they did. I didn't amount to much else the rest of the day, though.

He is off doing a couple of errands this morning. He made a special trip back to the WalMart pharmacy yesterday after they told him there he couldn't get a prescription until after Friday. Then he could only get one, as (they said) Medicare changed the rules again and he will now need some very specific information on each prescription from the doc. So, he's off to the doc's office to try to get that redone. It's for his test strips....not even a 'drug' but I guess Medicare doesn't trust diabetics any more! Very frustrating.

Tonight one board meets but I will go only as an observer this one last time. Wednesday the other town board meets and she'll be on her own from then on.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great Monday all.

Carol

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We never got any rain at all yesterday unless it was overnight and I didn't hear it. It was hot and humid all day so that you would sweat with the least bit of exertion. I swept and mopped my floors yesterday because they needed it so bad, but I did it before I took my shower because I knew I would be drenched in sweat before I was done- and I was right. We did our grocery shopping in the afternoon but that was about it for us all day. Back to work today. This is the week that I typically take off for vacation but unfortunately not this year. My boss if off this week though so it should be a fairly peaceful week at work. I don't think I will be that busy but hopefully I can find things to do.

Enjoy the day everyone!

Bev

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Morning all.
Still humid here, and 70 already, maybe higher. At least it's not raining at the moment. I guess more rain is coming later this morning.

We had a thunderstorm move through last night but not too severe. I think much of the rain went north or south of us, but we got enough to last quite a while, I'd say.

I didn't accomplish much but we watched a lot of the Olympics yesterday. Of course, the rain interferes with the satellite reception so just at the best part we'd lose the picture. Oh well, they replay it often anyway.

Well, off to get the walking out of the way.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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The house never cooled down last night and it was already up to 82 outside by 11:00 so we decided to go up to White River and visit the in-laws so we could be in the air conditioned car for a while. Since it was about lunch time we went to Wendys in West Lebanon first. The sun had been out at home for part of the morning and part of the time it was a little cloudy but we had no sign of any rain before we left. We ran into a bit of rain when we got closer to White River, but nothing major until we were inside Wendy's. It was pouring while we were there and the power went off briefly but came right back on. We had to run for the car when we left and we still got soaked even though we were not parked far from the door. It let up some by the time we got to Rod's brother's house and was not even raining at all when we went up to his dad's. A while after we got home it started to rain here and now we have torrential downpours along with thunder and lightning. So far we haven't lost power though.

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Good morning, all. It's dreary here today too. Still muggy though. I just put up a couple of quarts of dill pickles and I'm dripping wet! I guess that shower I took a while ago didn't last long.

We picked up the boat last night. It was pouring rain but they took the time to cover it. I can't imagine why they had to do that since it was already very wet. Oh well, they're men. Go figure. Today, he has to go back to the guy and have him sign some paperwork that he forgot to do yesterday. Insurance is all set for it so we're good to go now.

We were going to Brattleboro today but I decided that it wouldn't be a good day to go. Mom is not at her best when the weather is dark and dreary and I wasn't comfortable with the prospect of the heavy rains forecast for later this afternoon when we would be traveling back. We'll plan to make the trip another day, maybe next weekend.

So, today I guess I'll have to tackle the porch again. I figure that I can get the walls washed on the half that I started a few days ago. Then, I can start on the other side once I move some furniture. Oh joy! That's going to wait a few more days, for sure.

Time to get to work. Have a good day.

Cheryl


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Morning all.
Sticky here this morning, and I'm tired of sweating sitting still! It rained pretty hard overnight here, judging by the ruts and trenches in the roads. We got our walking in before 9, as the radar showed rain on the way for most of the rest of the day.

The rain held off most of the day, though, so that was okay. It was exceptionally busy in Littleton, I thought. Guess tourists and back-to-school shoppers account for some of it.

I can't believe Labor Day is only about 3 weeks away. Why is the older we get the fast the summers go?

My to-do list today just might involve cleaning in the cellar. It's cooler there, and there's an endless supply of work to do down there. Sounds like a plan

Hope everyone has a wonderful Saturday.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's a rainy one here. The skies opened up a few minutes ago and it looks like it's here to stay for a while. Poor Halle. She has a final day of soccer camp today and she is going to be soaked!!!! I'm supposed to pick her up at noon but I'm waiting to hear what the plan is in case of thunder. They are out in the open without shelter nearby.

We've been having a go-round with the Burlington Free Press. They somehow have messed up our account and the payment keeps being declined even though I know the account is valid. I just spent a half hour with two different reps trying to straighten it out. The first one disconnected my call, probably because he could tell I was not happy. The second rep listened, sort of, and agreed to re-enter my numbers in case someone had somehow entered something wrong. She wasn't at all sympathetic to my complaint that we were fed up with having to continually provide this information (this is the third time!) but I'm hoping that it's finally going to go through. If not, they just might have lost a subscriber.

Tomorrow we are supposed to make a trip to Brattleboro but I'm thinking we may not go. With all the rain we are supposed to get, I'm not sure I want to be out on the highway. And, my mother is never really with it when the weather is dark and dreary. I'm thinking another time might be a better plan.

I didn't weigh in last night because I ate out too many times this week. With all the meals out and the high humidity, I figured I would regain all that I've lost and I didn't want to deal with that. The chapter did have a small net loss too. We worked on table favors for Fall Rally. I do hope the paperwork comes out soon but I have heard that Judy Pettit is quite discouraged that volunteers haven't come forward to help. I don't remember seeing much in my mail asking for help though so I'm not sure how the request went out from her. One of our members offered to do the table favors and the chapter encouraged her to bring the materials to meeting so we could help. Last night, we finished one of the bigger pieces and next week we will work on another part. I think everything will be done by the end of this month. The favors are very cute!

Time to get my day started. Have a good one and try to stay dry.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
A bit of rain came through about an hour ago, but I guess the worst is yet to come, later today. We need rain but not in flooding amounts!

I had a gain last night but the chapter had a good net loss. Still not paperwork about Rally, though. Hope it arrives soon.

I went to Dolly Johnson's yesterday and bought 2 of her quilts to take to Florida with us this year. Not that quilts are really necessary there, but I wanted to brighten up the rooms and take a piece of Vermont with me so now I can. A bunch of other running around after that with more to do today.

Well, off to exercise.

Stay cool, if you can!

Carol

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Good morning, all. Hot, Humid and very uncomfortable already! It looks like this will be the worst day for humidity this week and then we'll cool off a bit with rain and more rain all weekend. Hubby says he knew it would be rainy this weekend because we're getting the boat. We've had a ton of good weather this summer but no chance to get out on the water.

The audit went very well yesterday. The guy who came likes to talk and, since he had a two-hour slot, he used up most of it even though we could have finished everything in about 15 minutes. I had already submitted all my reports so there wasn't much else to go over.

Halle and I had some girlie time yesterday. She has been wanting to have her nails done so I took her to the place where I have mine done. She liked it very much especially since Vickie got creative and did some flower designs on a couple of her nails.

Bev, good news indeed! So happy to hear that there is no reappearance of the cancer. Now you can breathe a little easier.

Time to get to work. Have a great day.

Cheryl

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Good news, Bev! I was thinking you'd have a report by now. You both must be so relieved!
Not much happening here. Hubby sold his old truck tires today so we've gotten rid of 8 in the last week. That's a good thing.

I finally reached the stove repair people today, after nearly 2 weeks of waiting...they apparently had the wrong number for me so the extended warranty people finally gave me their number and I called them myself. They're out of Woodsville, NH, but can't come for 2 more weeks. No problem, as the front burner has been working for the last week anyway.

I got another crawl space finished today, so there's only a partial one left. It's a big one, but a lot of it is old carpet scraps that will be thrown out.

I've been trying to watch some of the Olympics but the best is on late at night, or too late for me. Hope to get caught up on sleep soon.

Well, my recliner is calling my name.

Have a great night all.

Carol

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It was very humid today so it felt much hotter than the thermometer said it was. It was pouring this morning but had let up some by the time break came around and it had stopped completely at lunch. I did run into more rain here and there on the way home tonight.

We received some very good news today. Rodney had a pet scan yesterday and he was supposed to have an appointment with his oncologist tomorrow to get the results. I was planning to take the day off and go with him, but he got a call this morning from his oncologist and she said he didn't need to come in. She says the spot they saw on his liver does not appear to be cancer so he is all set now for another four months. Phew!! We were really afraid they were going to tell us the cancer was back. I'm not sure what the spot on his liver is but as long as it isn't cancer I don't think we need to worry about it. I will be working tomorrow after all. He has another appointment tomorrow with a diabetes educator but I don't need to go to that one with him.

Good luck to those who will weigh in tomorrow.

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Good morning, all. It's sunny and quite warm here. I'm going to stay out of it as much as I can. I've already done the groceries and the laundry is in process. I will have to go out again in a little while because I'm picking Halle up from her soccer camp here in town.

Carol, that guy must have been looking for a real bargain! I do know that some people troll those sites looking for a good deal so that they can turn around and resell the item at a higher price, making a few bucks for very little effort on their part. I can't say that I blame them but that was a ridiculous offer. One of my friends was clearing out their house prior to moving out of state and had listed a number of items on Craig's list and received some ridiculous offers too. She ended up donating the items to Habitat for Humanity in order to get a credit for her taxes. It was better than the offers she got from potential buyers.

I managed to get out of attending the finance committee meeting this evening at the church office. I didn't go last year and he made out okay so I think all should be okay this time too. I'll be by my phone in case of issues but otherwise I'll relax. We were very busy yesterday getting all the final touches on the paperwork but that should make the rest of it go well. I'll be able to send out my reports to the Diocesan offices right on time. We also have an audit tomorrow from the Child Safety division of those offices. Honestly! It seems like I spend half my time lately trying to satisfy all the requests for information from those offices. Retirement is looking better and better every day!

Washer/dryer loads are ready to be switched. Have a good day.

Cheryl




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Morning all.
A cool start here this morning, 49. But it's supposed to be very hot and humid by Thursday.

I posted a whole bunch more of items left from the yard sale on Craigslist yesterday. Had one guy ask if I'd take $50 for a massage chair listed at $275. I wanted to ask if he was serious. Of course I said no. I'd give it away first to family, if they wanted it. We just don't use it, like the hundreds of other things we collect in our lives, right?

I took pictures of several outfits I used to wear to school, jackets & skirts mostly, and I want to take them to the consignment shop in Littleton. I had a bad experience with one once, so I won't go back there, but there's another one that caters to more business-like attire. Worth a shot.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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Good day everyone.
Was in the baking mood this morning, froze some muffins.
Taking brownies and some muffins to family so they will be out of our house. Hubby and I don't need all that stuff. I raid their garden for the lovely fresh vegetables. I don't take much and their family is very generous with sharing.

Gardening is a great exercise work out as is taking care of wood for the warmth and comfort for the months to come.

Enjoy each day as it is a blessing.

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Morning all.
Another weekend gone, and it was a nice one. The humidity moved out and it felt great. I guess later in the week it will come back, though. We had a bit of rain around 5 in the afternoon here yesterday, but it didn't last too long.

I finished the shelter newsletter (early, for once) and spent some more time putting files on the flashdrive for the gal replacing me for my town job. She probably won't use half of it, but at least it will be there. When I 'retired' in the Fall, I almost deleted the hundreds of files on my computer from the years I had that job, but something told me I'd better not. Glad I kept them, at this point.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

Carol

Have fun with that new boat, Cheryl!

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Good morning, all. It's hot and humid here this morning. I think we're in for some rain later though and that is supposed to cool things off a bit. It did rain a little last night but I know we need more.

We have a birthday lunch today for Karl's mother, sister and her husband. All their birthdays are within ten days of each other so we do them all at one time. So that means a large lunch today. We'll eat leftovers out of the fridge for supper since I know we won't need anything more.

I have three little banana breads in the oven. I didn't really want to add to the heat in the house but I had a couple of bananas that were over-ripe and I hated to just throw them away. Besides, this will save me having to bake at some other time when I'm asked to furnish for a craft show.

We did buy the boat yesterday. The man came down on his price by quite a lot so Matt and Karl felt it was a decent deal. It's not a new boat by any means but it should be okay for us for a few years. Now, Matt will fix the pontoon boat and list it for sale. Kind of late in the season for selling it so it will probably sit until next year.

Time to shower and get ready for the birthday lunch. Have a great day.

Cheryl

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Congrats to both of you on your losses! Carol, have fun at the KHS meeting. We are off to the reunion at some point this morning. Camden spent the night here last night since there really were no other kids there yet. I think there might have been one but he doesn't really know her since we seldom see her so he spent the night with us. Tonight the granddaughter is staying here so that we can get her there tomorrow in time for some of the kids events. Sadie won't be down until later because she got asked to work for a while in the morning at the old home day events where they live. Being manager of the bank in town she has to get involved in a number of community events so she didn't think she should refuse when one of the town officials asked her. Camden has already asked if he can stay here again tonight since Sara is.

Maple Pound Cake sounds good but I'm not sure about the rum glaze, even without the real thing. I'm not sure I would care for the rum flavoring either. It has been too hot in the house to do any baking, plus Rodney's blood sugar has been running high so I won't be making any goodies any time soon I don't think. He has an appointment on Thursday with a diabetes educator but the one he saw in the past I think focused only on what to eat- and he knows what he should and shouldn't be eating- although he doesn't always follow it. Hopefully the appointment will be more than about counting carbs. If that is all she discusses it will likely be a waste of time- but time is one thing he has plenty of I guess.

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Morning all.
Warm and a bit humid here this morning. I guess it won't last, though. I thought it was going to rain last night, but we didn't get any here.

Congrats on the loss, Cheryl! emoticon

I tried a new recipe yesterday from the King Arthur catalog. It was also on their website. It is called Maple Pound Cake with Maple Rum Glaze. Yum! (Joyce would be proud!!) It wasn't heavy like a pound cake, and was made in a bundt pan. The glaze called for rum but I used water and a rum flavoring I happen to have in the cupboard. Definitely something I'd make again for a crowd or family event. Pretty easy to make, too.

Today I'm off to KOPS Honor Society so walking will have to wait until later.

Have a superb Saturday all.

Carol


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Good morning, all. It's sunny and promises to be very warm today. I had hoped to get more of the porch cleaned but I think it wouldn't be a good idea in this heat. Maybe I can get a little done but I won't have long to work. Karl is looking at a boat early this afternoon so I'll have to go with him to make sure we're not buying something ridiculous. We already are half-owners of a pontoon boat that isn't in the water because it needs some work that Matt hasn't been able to get to. This is a smaller, inboard-outboard that Karl and I can handle alone, unlike the pontoon boat, so I'm hoping it is all good.

Weigh-in last night went okay although the chapter had a small net gain. I lost another pound so I was very pleased with that. I'm a quarter of the way to the goal I set for myself before my physical in October. We had a nice little program on the different sugars hiding in our food so I think we're all a little more wise to what they are called. Joyce was at the meeting but still cannot use the right arm much. It is getting better though. Qk was not there as she and her family were on their way to MD for a family wedding this weekend. She showed us a picture of herself packed into the back seat of the van, with her legs propped up on the console, compression cuffs on her calves, ice jug and cryocuff by her side and available to keep the knee iced. We were kidding her that it was like packing up a baby to go anywhere. She is gutsy to make this trip.

Well, I guess I should get my day started if I hope to accomplish anything before our boat shopping. Have a great day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
A bit more humid here this morning, and I hear it's going to be hotter than yesterday. Guess we'll be heading out for our walk sooner rather than later.

I managed a .2 loss last night and the chapter eeked out a small net loss, too. We had monthly awards and installation of officers, all of whom are the same.

Cheryl, I hope Karl's tests come back okay. Like Bev, it's the waiting that creates anxiety. But nothing can be done in the mean time except try not to worry. Easier said than done, I know.

So, the appliance repair company never did call yesterday after I was told on Wednesday that they would call to make an appointment. My stove's front burner works sometimes, not always, so I'm not too worried about it, but I do need to have it replaced.

Well, off to walk, then grocery shopping on the agenda today.

Have a great Friday all.

Carol

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