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2/12/16 11:11 A

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We used to go catfish in on Lake Champlain and we ate the fish but it depends oh how it is cooked. I tried baking some once and it wasn't very good, but we used to roll it in flour with some salt and pepper and deep fry it and that was pretty good-not healthy of course but tasty. It was right around zero this morning when I got up. When I left for work the car said -3. I know it was cold! I am not walking today because it is just too darn cold. I used to go out no matter how cold it was even if it was just for a few minutes but I was more dedicated to it back then.
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2/12/16 10:34 A

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Good morning, all. It's a balmy 5 degrees here this morning but the sun is shining which makes it all look much better than it feels. I've already made a run to Wal-Mart to pick up a few items we needed and now I plan to spend the rest of the day indoors. Laundry and cleaning are on the agenda.

Carol, the catfish get together sounds like fun. I've never tried catfish so I really don't know if I would like it or not. When we lived in Missouri, some of my coworkers tried to put together a time for us all to go out for channel catfish but I never made it. Anyhow, just being with friends makes the trip worth it.

Not much else happening today. Hope you all have a great one.

Cheryl

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2/12/16 9:11 A

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Morning all.
It warmed up to 66 here yesterday and may reach 75 today. Hope they are right. The sun is shining so that will help. I heard about the wind chill warnings for the whole weekend back home.

We had one window company come an do an estimate yesterday, a 2nd one is coming this morning and a third next Tuesday. There are 21 windows, so the price is pretty high. We also had our contractor guy come and look at the bathroom we are tearing out. He does nice tile work and we needed to talk to him about reconfiguring the location of the shower and vanity in that room. Things are different here, especially since it sits on a slab. Sure not the same as having a cellar. But I'm sure that project will be saved for next winter. We shall see.

Groceries and other errands on the list for today. A large group of us are going to Catfish Country for dinner tonight (no, I don't eat catfish!) but we went last year so it's becoming a tradition.

Well, off to exercise.

Stay warm, ladies.

Carol

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2/11/16 11:22 P

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Nothing is really happening with Ed's situation- or at least nothing we know about anyway. We heard a while back that the Springfield PD was working on something that they would be sending to the prosecutor regarding Erin (although the officer who told a witness for Ed that said he still believed Ed was responsible for everything but it was out of his hands). We have no idea what that was about or if anything will end up happening or not. He still hasn't heard back from the court in New York and I think the hearing there was supposed to be at the end of this month, so he said he thought he was going to have to call them to see what was going on with that case. The prosecutor is still planning to pursue the one remaining charge against him here and they have been serving subpeonas to witnesses to show up for depositions at the end of March. We know that because apparently Rodney will be served with one. They left a card in our door one night but that was the night he ended up in the hospital so I called them back to see which one of us they were looking for and told them he was in the hospital. I guess they are supposed to come this weekend to give him the notice. Ed never heard anything more from DCF (so far at least) after he sent them all the threats that Erin had sent to him regarding both boys- although most of the ones to him were about Camden. Her threats to harm Logan before she would let Ed have him were sent to one of Ed's witnesses. He still can only see Logan a couple of nights a week for two hours at a time if the babysitter (or her husband) is available. I don't think there are any new hearings scheduled that could change that. It all moves pathetically slowly except for when Erin makes new accusations and they jump on it to take away his right to see Logan based on nothing more than her statements (lies). All we can do is hope she gets what is coming to her eventually but I don't hold much hope of that happening. Hopefully he will eventually be allowed to spend more time with Logan and will be able to have him overnight, but I am beginning to wonder if that will ever be the case.

Well enough of that! I am off to bed or I won't be able to get up in the morning to go to work.

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2/11/16 10:14 P

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Good evening, all. I guess it's cold!!! We had zero when I got home from TOPS tonight. I'm not looking forward to the chill factor over the next few days. But then we're headed back to 4o's by mid-week. Crazy!

The scale wasn't kind tonight. I had a small gain but I really thought I had lost. Oh well. Tomorrow is a new day. Karl and I both had some intestinal issues today so I'm thinking it may have been a reaction to something we ate. And I was sure that would have meant a loss tonight.

Bev, it's good that you all got to spend some time with Logan today. Is Ed getting all that trouble resolved?

Karl ordered a new tv to put upstairs and somehow Amazon duplicated it so we received two of them but we we're charged for only one. He contacted them and received a fairly terse reply which didn't even acknowledge that he was honest enough to try to correct their error. He fired off a response and then heard from a supervisor who was much kinder in his note. Anyhow, they are having UPS pick it up tomorrow.

Time to call it a day.

Cheryl

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2/11/16 9:37 P

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BRRRRR!! It was downright chilly for walking today but they are saying it will be even worse in the next few days. I hope weigh-ins went well tonight for those who went to TOPS. I did not go again this week. Ed had a visit with Logan tonight and the babysitter's husband was doing it instead of her and he offered to bring Logan here so that we could see him too. It was the first time we had seen him since before Christmas so he actually got to open the presents we had bought him and the ones that Sadie and the kids had brought down for him. It seemed kind of nice to see him, but since tonight was the only day that would work for the guy supervising the visit I had to miss TOPS. The scale wasn't looking good anyway but that is partly because I knew I wasn't going and I haven't been bothering to wear my compression hose lately. I don't think I have worn them for a couple of weeks.

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2/9/16 11:36 A

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Morning all.
I guess I forgot to post yesterday. I thought of it a couple of times but got busy doing something else.

It started out at 50 here this morning but will only get to the upper 50s today. There is a wind advisory warning out, so it feels cooler out there.

We went to a vendor expo (home show) this morning and now have 3 people lined up to come and give us an estimate on window replacement. These windows are cheap, aluminum, builder grade single pane windows that are the pits. Everyone here replaces the original windows they are so bad. It will only help with heating/cooling costs and reducing street noise.

The bathroom renovation is at a standstill until the termite guy can come and do the reapplication. We don't have to replace all the studs, but some of them for sure. We may just have to put off finishing that room until next fall.

Well, time to get some lunch. I could have had about 5 donuts and a dozen cookies at the expo since everyone was giving something away...

Have a great day all.

Carol

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2/9/16 10:23 A

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Good morning, all. Pretty quiet here the past couple of days. I've just returned from getting groceries. Once they're put away, I 'm going to tackle the sewing room. I'm finally going to get the fabric stored in totes so that the room is more organized. We're going to put a TV up there and I need to get things situated so that the guy can come in and run the cable. It's the only incentive I've had lately to get anything done up there. I hope my energy holds out long enough to finish the work.

Have a great day, all.

Cheryl

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2/7/16 11:23 A

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Good morning, all. It's kind of a lazy day here for me. I only just got out of my night clothes! Karl has gone to the sugar house to help Matt with a project so I'm on my own for a while. He even took my car! The truck is still here but I won't drive it unless I absolutely have to.

I'm with you ladies about the Super Bowl. Karl is not a sports fan in any way and I'm not interested in watching football on TV so we won't tune in. The only reason we would watch it is to see the clever commercials but it's not worth watchin all the rest just to catch them. I cannot believe all the hype over a game! Between that and the presidential races, there's a lot of garbage on TV.

Carol, sounds like this house is getting to be quite a drain. Fortunately, you're finding these things in time to fix them before there's more damage. I hope it all comes together soon so that you'll have the house you wanted. My SIL has just put her Florida house on the market since they don't go there often enough to make it financially a good investment. I suspect the only reason she has held it this long is because she was using the Florida address as her residence to lower her federal taxes but she may have had some trouble proving she was there enough during the year to claim residence. They also have a condo in Keene since her husband goes there often to check on a business he owns but I don't think they'll claim residence there.

We'll have a pork roast for a late lunch today so I guess I should get it ready for the oven. Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

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2/7/16 10:45 A

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I share your opinion of the Superbowl Carol! Rodney is not a sports fan but he does watch the Superbowl. Ed, Kim, and Camden are coming here to watch it with him so I did pick up some snacks yesterday.

One of Rodney's doctors called him last night to tell him that one of his cultures from last week had grown something so he apparently did have some sort of an infection. They were sending a prescription for an antibiotic to Walgreens last night and I will be headed to pick it up soon. That could explain his fevers I guess.

34 degrees this morning and the sun is shining. I don't know how it feels out because I haven't been outside yet. I am still in my jammies, in fact!

Have a great day and enjoy the sunshine! I think I heard maybe some snow tomorrow.

Bev

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2/7/16 10:26 A

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Morning all.
Cloudy and breezy here this morning...it will only get to the upper 50s today. The sun is trying to come out..let's hope it wins.

Yesterday turned into a nightmare with the bathroom deconstruction. Found live termites, after we spent big bucks last spring to treat and kill them. We got the guy on the phone and he was here within 90 minutes. He hinted that it was our fault for breaking the barrier when we resodded but agreed to retreat as soon as possible. That's the least he can do, in my opinion. This will mean tearing out more walls and replacing studs, etc., which will mean more expenses than we'd anticipated. I was glad we did this now, though, rather than wait until next fall. Who knows what kind of damage would be done by then.

I spent much of the day looking for the phone directory that they have for the development. I knew I'd used it a few days ago but it seemed to have sprouted wings and flown away. Eventually I found it in the bottom of a file drawer, no doubt 'stuck' to some other items I'd put in there from my desk when I cleaned it off the other day. Happy ending to that story, at least.

I made a hot fudge brownie cake, a spark recipe that is much like the hot fudge sundae cake I sometimes make from the Betty Crocker cookbook. I used Splenda in place of the sugar, and also Truvia/brown sugar blend to reduce the carbs and calories. Tasted pretty good, if you ask me, and he didn't complain a bit.

Well, off to start the housework. I think there is a super bowl party at the clubhouse tonight, but we won't be going. I will be glad when it's over...bah humbug!

Have a great day all.

Carol

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2/6/16 2:11 P

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Good afternoon, all. We've had a flake or two here this morning but nothing on the ground. I've been inside all day taking care of laundry. One more load to go through the dryer and I'll be done. Seems like there was a lot more to be done this week but it is probably just my imagination. I also got the hint about dessert, Carol, so I made a batch of brownies this morning,while hubby was at work. This time of year they have extra hours since sugar makers are gearing up for the season. Matt made about 100 gallons yesterday but that will likely be it for a while since everything is freezing up again.

The baby blanket I'm making is coming along pretty well. If I crocheted it would surely go faster but since the baby isn't due until June I guess I have plenty of time. I would also like to make a couple of premie hats for a baby born last week. He was very early and is still in the hospital. He is having some breathing issues so he'll be there for another couple of weeks.

Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

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2/6/16 9:40 A

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It was in the upper teens here this morning and I think it is supposed to get to the low 30s today. At least the sun is shining this morning, but I'd rather have your temps Carol! I think it will be a pretty quiet weekend here. Rodney is feeling pretty good but is still a little sore from where they had the drain in his belly. Since he was in the hospital much of the time since we last went grocery shopping we haven't used up much of what we bought then so we don't need to make a grocery run. I am due to get the oil changed in my car, but I'm not sure if we will make a special trip for that or not. I could do that on Monday on the way home from his appointment if I end up going with him. So far he is thinking he doesn't feel like driving that far but he has a couple more days so maybe by Monday he will be okay to drive himself.

Good luck with the renovations Carol. One thing that I think is an advantage for us if we buy the in-laws house is that we know what has been done to it and when- not that issues still can't come up, but at least we know more about the house since it has been owned by family for a long time. I felt bad when they had the sewer problem this year, but on the other hand I am sort of glad that got fixed before we bought it. We will pay them more for the house so they can recoup what they spent on it, but it is one less headache we would need to deal with.

Enjoy the weekend everyone!

Bev

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2/6/16 8:56 A

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Morning all.
53 and partly cloudy this morning, headed to the mid 60s, with rain moving in tonight.

Hubby is feeling better and worked quite a bit on the bathroom deconstruction yesterday. Removed the vanity and mirror, medicine cabinet, then opened up the wall behind them. Yuk, dead spiders and evidence of past termite damage, which we expected, but also some moisture we need to find the source of. It seems we've been plagued with issues that have something to do with water in one way or another since the day we arrived. Oh well, we will get it figured out.

No major plans today except laundry and housework. I may do a little baking as he was 'hinting' about no real dessert in the house. I am trying to limit my sugar intake but I did have ice cream last night after dinner. I find that the more sugar I eat, the more I crave.

Well, time to get moving or nothing will get accomplished today.

Have a great Saturday all.

Carol

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2/5/16 10:17 P

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From what I saw online a milk tanker lost control and rolled over in the median and another tractor trailer tried to avoid it and jackknifed, blocking both lanes of the road.

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2/5/16 9:39 P

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Bev, I heard about the truck accident. My niece's husband was tied up in the traffic for two hours. I think my sister said it was a milk truck and a tractor trailer involved.

Cheryl

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2/5/16 8:11 P

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The roads were not bad close to home this morning but the further I went the worse they got. Between Putney and Brattleboro I saw two vehicles that had gone off the road. I read about the accident with the two trucks that closed the northbound lane for a while. I saw that it was around 8 AM so that was about the time that I was getting off I-91 but it was a bit further south than where I get off so I didn't see it. I was a little late to work this morning because of the slow going. It took me almost an hour to get there today. The ride home was fine though.

I didn't weigh in last night, but my scale was horrible! A couple of days ago it was not bad so I'm not sure what I did to make it climb by almost three pounds! I guess I have my work cut out for me for next week.

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2/5/16 3:49 P

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Good afternoon, all. It's kind of chilly here today with temps only in the mid 20's. I went to the sugar house this morning as Matt was boiling for the first time this season. He had a barrel full (40 gallons) when I left about 1:30 so it was a productive day. He felt he really needed to get through all the sap that had collected so he was going to boil until done. It would mean getting to work about an hour late but it doesn't happen often so he was sure it would be okay. One of his co-workers was with us most of the morning and she agreed that the other two people in the lab this afternoon would be able to manage for an hour or two.

It appears that the southern part of the state got about 6' of new snow today. It was the heavy, slippery variety. My brother said that his son-in-law got caught on the interstate for about two hours while the police cleaned up an accident between a milk truck and a tractor trailer. We haven't had anything like that at all this year. I'm not complaining!

Stomach pains woke me about 4:30 this morning. I took something for them and managed to doze off and on for another hour and a half. I'm kind of dragging to today but I didn't have anything that had to be done so I guess it's okay.

Our weigh-in didn't go well last night and the chapter chalked another gain. A couple of members were really surprised at their gains so I'm not sure if there was something wrong with the scales or what. Our assistant weight recorder didn't show up so I filled in for her and we found out much later that she was at the ER. Not sure if all was okay in the end or not.

Looks like it's time for me to get something done here today. The dishwasher needs emptying so that will probably be the total of my chores here today.

Cheryl

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2/5/16 3:37 P

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Good afternoon all.
Breezy and cool here today, about 60 for the high, but not a cloud in the sky.

I slept poorly last night and have been dragging all day, not amounting to much at all. Hubby has started to feel better and is working at deconstructing the master bath. I don't know how far we'll get with it this year but we have to start somewhere. The only fixture we have been using in there is the toilet, a new one we replaced, so it's not like we really need to have it done on any time schedule.

I found out last night that my sister-in-law's sister, whom we have known for years, is at DHMC with a brain aneurysm. She is younger than me but the prognosis as of last night was rather grim. Perhaps no news today is good news.

Well, time to get over to Winn-Dixie and pick up a few things I didn't get yesterday at Publix. The grocery stores here are actually a bit smaller than the Shaw's back home and they don't all carry the same things, so we end up making stops at several places. We didn't get to Aldi this week, which has the best prices but the smallest selection. Oh well. At least these places are all close by.

Have a good night all.

Carol

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2/4/16 5:33 P

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Yes, Rodney was released today. We left the hospital just after 1:30. They still don't really know what caused the fevers that he had. Sunday night it was 101.7 when we left for the ER and one of the nurses told us today that Monday night he had a temp of 102. That was the first time we heard what it actually was. He previously had an appointment scheduled for next Monday and I was expecting them to cancel that and give him one later on, but they said they wanted to "keep him on a short leash" since they don't know what actually caused the fever so he will still go back for a checkup on Monday. His discharge papers mention having an appointment in 2 - 4 weeks and that they will send him an appointment notice.

Good luck to anyone who is weighing in tonight. I am not going to TOPS since this is Rodney's first night at home since Saturday. My scale looked okay a couple of days ago but this morning it didn't look very good so it is probably a good thing I am not going.

Carol, I hope hubby is getting better.

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2/4/16 3:57 P

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Good afternoon, all. It was a fairly warm day here...mid 40's. The sap is running well so we'll be boiling tomorrow. He actually had to go to the sugar house after work last night to start running sap through the reverse osmosis machine so there would be room for more sap today. I'll go down there tomorrow to keep him company for a while.

My stomach appears to be settling down but the damage is done in terms of the scales this week. Whenever the pain starts, I eat something to give the acid something to work on rather than my stomach lining. Scales were up a couple of pounds this morning so I won't weigh in tonight.

Bev, I hope Rodney was able to go home today. Being home in familiar surroundings is sometimes the best medicine. Carol, keep an eye on hubby's cold that it doesn't go into pneumonia. That's always the fear when my husband has a cold.

Time to get ready to go to the meeting. I hope the chapter does better this week. Joyce will be back next week so it would be nice to show her a good loss.

Cheryl

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2/4/16 10:42 A

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Weigh in tonight, hopefully it will go ok. Tracking keeps me more accountable too. Even having 2 Hershey kisses!
I am enjoying our Winter so far, not the slick roads tho.
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2/4/16 9:24 A

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Morning all.
Partly cloudy and 68 this morning. Rain coming in tonight. Okay with me, but cooler temps will be behind it. Can't believe how warm it is back home!

I talked with my sister back home last night. She and her daughter are going to Vegas next week to visit my other sister, who will turn 65. It's been cold out there so I was kidding here about swapping their tickets for Florida instead. It was 83 here yesterday, but Vegas will be in the 70s all next week, so they'll be fine.

Hubby did a bit of outdoor raking yesterday but still has a nasty cough and cold. I'm glad he's taking a few days 'off' but I hate to see him this sick. I did the grocery shopping alone in the afternoon and picked up a thermometer so he could check his temp. He didn't have a fever, thankfully.

Cheryl, hope you can get this stomach problem under control. I've never had an ulcer but I'm sure you don't need that coming back on you. Good luck.

Well, off to exercise. Hubby is already back asleep on the couch, so it looks like I have the next couple of hours to myself.

Have a good day all.

Carol

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2/3/16 3:29 P

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It has been raining here too but I have no idea if it is windy since I have been inside all day. It was just starting to rain a bit on my way up this morning and it was right around 32 or 33 degrees but the roads seemed fine. It was sleeting when I got to the hospital and I heard the roads got slick for a while so it's a good thing I got here when I did.
Cheryl I hope your stomach issue resolves itself and that it is not a recurrence of the ulcers.
Carol, good luck adjusting to the new lifestyle and figuring out the right balance of activity and eating. So far I seem to be doing okay this week but I won't be going to the meeting this week anyway. I will be at the hospital unless he goes home tomorrow but even if he does I won't go to the meeting on his first night home.

Bev

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Good afternoon, all. It's raining and the wind is howling! I had to chase the trash cans around the yard but at least they stayed within our property. There are some terrific gusts and a driving rain that makes it all miserable. Roads were a little chancy on the way to work but the temps are now in the mid-40's so the roads were fine for the trip home.

Bev, how frustrating that they haven't been able to get to the bottom of this mystery. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they have finally done something that will solve the problem.

My stomach is still not good. I woke up about 4:30 with pain so I got up and took some Tums and then slept in the recliner for a little while. I'm stopping my daily aspirin until this clears up. I just hope it's not another ulcer. I spent over 30 years fighting them and really don't want to go there again. It started when I was 15 and caused a couple of hospitalizations and lots of transfusions when I bled. No way am I going through that again!

Carol, sounds like a change in lifestyle is causing you problems staying on track. Journaling should help you find the right balance again. Joyce is in Florida and will be back on Tuesday next week and she said she is also having trouble staying below goal. Must be all that good living!

I think I can hear the recliner calling my name. I really should do a few things here but I'm just not feeling the urge. Have a good day, all.

Cheryl

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Yesterday's surgery didn't turn up any major problems but I'm not sure they found the source of the fever either. What the PA in Springfield thought was fluid in the abdomen and the surgeon here thought was free air apparently was a hematoma. Dr Smith told me he removed some more adhesions and found what appeared to be an old blood clot that he sucked out but he said there was still some drainage where that was so he put in a drain. He said they took a culture from it to see if there might have been some infection there but Rodney said they told him this morning that the initial tests found no bacteria in it. He didn't have a fever last night so all is well so far. I think they plan to watch him for another day or two to make sure things are working as they should before they let him go home. He had to get a catheter put in after the surgery but they will probably take it out later today to see if he can go on his own. They gave him fluids this morning because they said his output was low plus he drank a bottle of water but so far he still isn't seeing a lot of output. Hopefully that won't become the next issue.
Bev

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2/3/16 11:30 A

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Morning all.
75 here now, sunny, and a bit sticky. If I weren't hanging on to my cold I'd go to the pool today.

Bev, sorry to hear this is taking longer than expected, but at least he's in a safe environment for observation. Let's hope they find the issue soon.

I went to TOPS but didn't weigh in again. My scale had me okay, but I just need to work at getting back to where I was when I arrived so I can feel good about myself again.
I am going to journal what I eat this week, so maybe that will help.

Hubby is still on the couch, sleeping most of the day and night. He needs to kick this thing as he signed up to help with the community trash n' treasure sale at the clubhouse this weekend and they are relying on him, I know. I will help Friday price items and maybe go back on Saturday to see if anyone needs help.

Well, sounds like he is stirring, so I'd better see if he is interested in some lunch.

Have a good day all.

Carol

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Good news for all your family Cheryl. I hope it continues. As of last night it sounded like they were simply going to keep an eye on Rodney for another day since his temp was down and everything else looked good. Overnight he had a fever again so the plan has changed. Dr Smith came in to see us this morning and he says Rodney is kind of a puzzle. Based on what they see on his scan he says Rodney should be very sick but he isn't, so he doesn't quite know what to think. He is going to do laparoscopic surgery this afternoon to go in and look around to make sure there is nothing wrong inside as the scan seems to indicate. Hopefully he finds a reason for the fever but that it is nothing that will keep him here long. I need to go back to work!

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Good morning, all. It's much cooler today so I doubt that the sap will run. Supposed to warm up again tomorrow though so maybe there will be some more running then. It surely is a mixed up winter. And good old Phil didn't see his shadow this morning so maybe Spring isn't far behind. I'm ready for it!

I've been out to get groceries already today and I have a pedi at noon. Other than that, I am not really planning anything today. My stomach hasn't been feeling all that good for a few days so I don't really feel like doing much. If I didn't know better, I would think that I was having ulcer issues again but I went through the antibiotic therapy several years ago to kill the h-pylori bacteria. But, this does feel much the same way it used to when my ulcers were acting up. It's a bit early to blame it on the change in seasons but that's when I used to have problems, Spring and Fall. I'm just being very kind to my stomach right now and staying clear of those foods that I know could cause issues for me. I hope it helps soon.

Looks like everyone in the family is finally on the road to good health. My BIL is slowly gaining ground; my brother had a procedure yesterday to take care of an issue that cropped up in his colonoscopy; my SIL is feeling much better after her procedure to remove growths from her stomach; Mom is holding her own; and my MIL passed her cardiolyte test although she has decided that her health issues warrant her staying here rather than going to Florida for a couple of months this year. Maybe all will be well in time to enjoy a carefree Spring.

Looks like Bernie Sanders pulled off a tie in the Iowa caucuses yesterday. Hillary actually came out slightly on top but it was so slight that it really was a virtual tie. I'm so sick of hearing all the campaign ads and mud-slinging. With any luck, maybe the field will be further narrowed following the NH primaries. I'm still not convinced that I know who to vote for in November.

Have a good day, all.

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Morning all.
Very foggy here this morning, 57 and headed to 84. Yup, that's right. Feels like summer, at least right now. Rain coming and cooler temps on the weekend.

I do hope Rod's issue is only temporary, Bev. You both deserve a good break from all this. My hubby says he's feeling better today but he doesn't sound it to me. He slept of and on (mostly on) all day yesterday, which was a good thing for him, but I couldn't get much done. Oh well, it will be there.

There's a new Dollar Tree opening up across the road from the development, about a half-mile from me, so I'm going to walk over today. It's Senior Day at Walgreens, which is nearby, so I'll pick up a few things there too while I'm out and about.

Will be glad (now that the Iowa caucuses are over with) when news folks stop speculating on the political polls. Maybe things will settle a little after the NH primary. Let's hope.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

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Good afternoon, all. Very warm here this morning. It was 53 in Burlington at 7:30 am. What is going on?! It should cool down during the week but this is incredible. Matt says the sap is running so he will be able to make some syrup, probably not much though. Temps should be back down by the end of the week at the latest.

Bev, this has to be very discouraging for Rodney. I hope they can get to the bottom of this issue and that it's only a temporary setback.

Work is pretty quiet today. I can't close out the month until the deposits for the weekend are made so Wednesday that will be on the agenda. Today, I just caught up a few things that popped up over the weekend and a couple of leftovers from last week. One of the new guys from the Diocesan offices will be coming to meet with me on Wednesday but I'm hoping it will be a short visit. He has another meeting to attend later in the morning so that helps.

Hope you all have a great day. Healing thoughts going out for hubbies.

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Good afternoon all.
Bev, how discouraging to have to go through that again! Let's hope the fluid that had collected is indeed the culprit and they can remedy that. You're right, just when he was doing better.

I just got back from my walk...hot...compared to what it has been. Hubby is on the couch as he caught my cold. We knew it was inevitable. He does get sicker than me when he catches stuff like this, but I didn't get to lay around all day on the couch. Well, it if helps him get better sooner, I'll put up with it.

I spent a low-key day yesterday but he insisted on 'fixing' something with the irrigation system, then painting the back door. So much for his low-key day.

Well, I guess he might be awake long to eat some lunch. Guess I'd better check on him.

Good luck at the hospital, Bev. Let us know when you know something definite.

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Well we are back at Hotel Hitchcock but hopefully not for long this time. Rodney started having chills and fever again last night so we went to the ER at Springfield Hospital around 9:30. They did a chest xray, checked his urine, and did a bunch of bloodwork but found nothing to explain the fever so they decided to do a CT scan. Of course by the time they decided to do that and he did the two hour prep it was 3 AM when he had the scan and around 3:45 when they got the result. It showed a collection of fluid in his abdomen. The PA at Springfield said she couldn't tell if it was an abcess or something else but she put in a call to Dartmouth. She told us they had paged his surgeon and she was waiting for a call back. The next word we got a little after 4:30 was that the ambulance was there to bring him to DHMC. I headed home and grabbed his CPAP machine and a few other things and then headed up to meet him here. He was admitted mid-morning but we haven't heard much yet. They did more bloodwork here and I think they plan to try to drain the fluid but I don't know when. We haven't seen his surgeon yet but we did see others on his "team" early this morning. His temp does seem to be down now. Just when he thought he was doing so well!

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Good morning, all. We're having a quiet morning here at my sister's house. She and I went to church earlier and then I kept her company while she made a pair of socks on her sock machine. It really is fascinating to watch. The machine is over 100 years old and she makes the nicest wool socks on it.

Later today, we'll head over to see Mom. She has already called to see when we wi be over. I know her days are long sometimes but she doesn't socialize much so she is at least partly to blame. My brother goes over nearly every day and my sister goes several times a week but their visits are usually only a half-hour or so. There's not a lot to talk about! Anyhow, I'll spend a but of time with her this afternoon and then my sister will take me to the train.

They are working in the sugar woods again today so Matt will be able to draw sap from most of his lines this week. It is very early for such a run but I doubt this will be the start of the long season. I hope not! With any luck, it will all freeze up in a few days and then the regular season will pick up in March.

Have a good day, all.

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The temperature wasn't too bad yesterday, although Rodney complained that he was cold. we got the shopping done yesterday and today he says he wants to go visit his brother and one of his aunts who has been calling us every few days to check up on him. I think he has always been a favorite of hers, going way back to when he was in high school and would skip school and then show up at her house to have coffee with her and she would cover for him! She was going to come to the hospital to visit him but she told us she caught a cold (she eventually went to the doctor and they said it was a sinus infection) and didn't want to take a chance on giving it to him. I still have the cough and he is starting to bug me about going to the doctor for it, but I doubt it would do any good. I really feel fine and I can go hours without coughing and then I might have a spell where I cough a lot- sometimes to the point of gagging. It is very strange! I thought the nasal issues and hoarseness could be signs of allergies rather than a cold, but I don't typically have a cough when the allergies are acting up.

It does look like most of this week will be warmer than normal, but I am sure it will turn cold again soon. So far this winter hasn't been all that bad and I am hoping it continues that way and we don't pay for it later by having winter last well into April!

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Morning all.
54 and partly cloudy here this morning, headed to 72! Woohoo!

Cheryl, it's so nice your mom is feeling well enough to get out to a restaurant with you. I still can't believe it's warm enough for tapping trees, though. I hope the season doesn't start too early.

Got my housework done yesterday since I had company over for dinner. Everything turned out well and they seemed to enjoy it. I tried to get them to take home leftovers but they wouldn't hear of it. There are 3 pieces of the apple pie left (made with Splenda) but now that I've had one it's enough for me. He'll have to eat the rest himself.

Slept very poorly and he now has caught my cold so today will be a low-key day for us both, I guess. I suspect he'll be snoozing on the sofa within the hour.

Well, time to try to get something accomplished before I start getting sleepy!
Have a great Sunday all.

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Good evening, all. It was a nice day here "down south.". We too k Mom out to lunch at 99 and then rode out to Newfane to pick up a couple of things at the smokehouse for my nephew's birthday. He lives in Alaska so they'll be mailing his gifts, of course. It was a nice day for a ride and I think Mom enjoyed the chance to get out.

Matt and the crew were hard at work in the woods today. They set a lot of taps and he feels that he will probably be in a good place by the end of tomorrow's tapping. Looks like there is likely to be a run this week but then the cold will be back.

We don't have any big plans for tomorrow. I'll head to the station by 4:30 and be home before Downton Abbey comes on as long as the train runs on time. It's always pleasant to visit with me sister and Mom but I like it when I'm back in my own bed.

Have a good day, all.

Cheryl

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Good afternoon all.
Turning out to be a nice day here...people thought it was cold this morning but it didn't bother me.

We went out to breakfast to celebrate some friends arriving back here from Virginia. They are later than normal because they sold their place and moved to North Carolina in the Fall and were still getting settled. A shorter drive for them getting here now, but they bring 3 dogs and 3 cats, so they have a lot to be mindful of! With 10 of us, we ended up at IHOP...which didn't make for the healthiest choices, but it sure was tasty. We made a stop at the furniture store to check out a bedroom set I'd seen online, but it was nothing worth buying. We need to go to IKEA next, people say. The neighbors bought a set there and we checked it out. More sturdy than what we've seen so far, anyway.

I've got a turkey breast in the oven and 2 friends coming over for dinner. Hubby made an apple pie with the rest of the apples we brought with us from our tree. That should make a good dessert. These are the same friends that fed us the first night we arrived, had us for Thanksgiving, and one dinner there since then so I've been wanting to invite them for some time.

Well, time to get a bit more cleaning done.

Have a great day all.

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Enjoy the weekend visit with your mom Cheryl. It was snowing hard at lunchtime today but by the end of the day it had all melted. I opted not to walk in it because it looked like it was sticking on the ground and all I had was sneakers, which is not a good idea for walking in snow.

Our chapter did fairly well last night. We had just one gain- and it was not me. I stayed the same, which was better than I was afraid it might be. No red on my chart yet, but of course I have only weighed in twice! I am still feeling a total lack of enthusiasm for TOPS, but I know I would probably do worse if I didn't go. Pretty soon I will need to make a decision on whether or not I want to renew my membership. I am leaning toward renewing but I am not sure I will go every week. At least if I renew I have the option of going. I also feel kind of guilty about letting the chapter down because I haven't been very involved for a while. Hopefully I will get my motivation and enthusiasm back eventually.

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Good morning, all. It's snowing lightly here and I guess that's the plan for the day. It's not supposed to amount to anything so there won't be any problems. Then, the temps are supposed to be in the 40's or even low 50's perhaps! Looks like the sap will run for a few days. Our son is trying to get some of his lines ready for a short run but then he'll have to make sure to drain them so that sap doesn't freeze in them and cause problems. It's way to early for the season. Yesterday, he became an uncle. His sister-in-law gave birth to a boy, six weeks early. Hers was a high-risk pregnancy so they whisked her off to Burlington when she went into labor. Baby was delivered by C-section since he was "facing the wrong way" according to Halle. lol

I did manage to lose .6 last night and was happy to finally get on the losing side of the column. The chapter had a large gain though. I'm hoping to continue the losses this week but only time will tell.

I'm packed and ready to leave for the train. Someone told me that the station master will give me a placard to put on my car so that I won't get another ticket. Gotta check that out. My last one was nullified but there's still the hassle of filing the request. Nip it in the bud works for me.

Have a great day, all.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
54 and sunny here this morning. The rain has moved out, until Monday, I guess.

I managed to get that closet cleaned yesterday, so now I can store a few more items in there. It has wire shelves, which isn't always handy for some small items but I'll make do with what few small storage bins I have.

I guess folks liked the crock pot mac n' cheese I took to the pot luck as there wasn't any left when I went up to gather the dish. I think it was Joyce's recipe maybe...or I may be thinking of another one she gave me one time. Simple to make and great for a large crowd.

Good luck with the cable project, Cheryl. My hubby replaced a bathroom ceiling light yesterday, requiring yet another trip up to the attic. Before we head home we want to have more insulation put in up there so we have to get all the work done that requires being up there before that can happen, including any rewiring. He wants to put in a fan in the master bath, so that's on his list too.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a fabulous Friday all.

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Good afternoon, all. It's sunny here but kind of chilly and the wind is kicking up a bit. Still, the sun makes it all pretty good.

Carol, it's good to hear that some chapters actually have successful open houses. We haven't done one in a while because we never got much of a turnout for them previously. We do have four new members though, two just before Christmas, one a couple of weeks ago and then last week a former member returned. Our numbers are growing but still many of them only come for the weigh-in and then leave. We've encouraged them to stay but they always have a reason, good or bad. Oh well, at least they are weighing in.

I'm about to undertake another big project. We are going to run TV cable to my sewing room so that I can work on some projects there while the games are on from April through September. Before that can be done, I need to get an area cleared of fabric and yarn so that the installer will have clear access. I started to work on the fabric a while ago but got very frustrated trying to figure out what to do with it. Now, I have a real purpose so I think the organization will happen much more easily. The yarn was mostly organized so that part will be easy.

I'm not sure how the scales are going to look tonight. I feel like I might have lost a little but I never rely on that. I haven't stepped on the scales for a couple of days but when I did, they were up only slightly. Maybe that has changed just enough to show a loss tonight.

Looks like it's just about time to close the office for this week. Then, I can head home and pack my suitcase again for the trip to Brattleboro this weekend. Hope you all have a great day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

Raining off and on the last couple of days, but warmer. Natives are grumbling they haven't seen the sun. I tell them we can go for days up north without seeing the sun, so it doesn't bother me.
I'm just glad it's warm again.
I will admit to using my down comforter on our bed for a few nights!

My FL chapter had an open house for their 20th anniversary yesterday. Nicely attended, I thought. Wish we had that many come to our open houses back home. Many of them were former members, I think, plus another chapter that they do things with quite often here in the city.

We have switched our grocery and errand day to Wednesdays to free up some time on Fridays, plus the stores are less crowded too, I think, on a Wednesday. One store had a BOGP special on beef and boneless ribs so I've got some freezer cleaning to do to accommodate those items. It's past time, anyway.

I never got to the closet cleaning out I thought I'd do the other day so that's on my list today. Never an end, I guess.

Well, off to exercise.

Good luck tonight ladies...hope the emoticon is good to you!

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It was fairly nice here today too. We did see some sun, which was nice, but there was also a chilly wind at times. Rodney said it snowed briefly at the house this afternoon but I didn't see any of that in Brattleboro. Work has been busy for me too. I think I am finally all caught up after being out for several days, but now I have some stuff to get done in the next two days because it is the end of the month already. Oh well, it makes the day pass quicker. Good luck to anyone weighing in tomorrow. My scale didn't look too bad a couple of days ago, but this morning it was up more so I'm not sure what will happen tomorrow night. It is what it is, so I am not going to worry too much about it.

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Good afternoon, all. It was a pretty nice day here, no snow, rain or anything else. Temps were above freezing for part of the day and there was some sun too so the lawns are starting to be free of snow. It's colder now though so I guess melting is done for today.

I kept busy today at work, pulling statements for the second quarter and trying unsuccessfully to reconcile the checking account for the main church. I'll give it another try tomorrow and if that doesn't work, I'll be calling the bank and the company that manages the online giving to see if it could be their problem instead of mine.

Hope you all are having a good day.

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I think it got up to around 40 today, but with no sun it didn't feel that warm. It wasn't bad though when I was out walking. It apparently rained at some point, but it wasn't when I was outside. According to the news some places had ice when it started but I don't think it was bad in Brattleboro.

I had a pretty busy day at work so I didn't take my full lunch break but I did go for a couple of short walks today. It seemed nice not to freeze while doing it!

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Good morning, all. It's definitely Vermont weather today. In my two- mile trip back from the grocery store, we had snow, sleet and rain. Carol, your 74 degrees sounds really good about now!

Lots of things on my to-do list for today. Groceries are done and put away. Second load is in the washer and there are two more to go after that's done. I also want to mop my kitchen floor. It has ceramic tile in a very, very light tan, almost white. Around the dishwasher and sink it gets dirty very fast. I could probably wash it every day but I'm not that fastidious!

This afternoon, some of our chapter members will visit a member who is undergoing treatment for several tumors. It's such a sad story. She was diagnosed with stage 4 tumors in December and, even though the radiation has diminished the tumors in her head, there are still several in her lungs and liver. The doctors have told her that the prognosis is not good but she is giving it her best effort. Unfortunately, she is not able to go to meetings right now because of the risk of infection from exposure to groups. So, four or five of us will visit her today. She will start chemo treatments on Monday next week.

I heard from Joyce today. She is enjoying the warmth and comfort of her Florida vacation. They will be visiting some friends over the next few days but right now they are enjoying each other's company. Now that he's retired, it's time for them to do that. I'm envious!

The dryer is sounding off so I think it's calling me. Have a wonderful day.

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Morning all.
54 this morning, much nicer than yesterday! Expected to be 74 by later today.

I heard it was warm back home, but the sap running? Seems early to me. But it keeps the fuel gauge up, which is a good thing.

The mowers come today, so hubby is already out there picking up leaves and twigs. We finally got to remove the little flags we had to put out where we replaced the sod back in December so they should be able to mow the whole lawn. It's looking pretty good now.

I took the leftover fabric from the curtains and made a chair cover for my chair since I'm always dropping food when I eat. The chairs have a fabric seat which is light colored and would show stains easily, I think. This looks a bit nicer than throwing an old towel over them!

I'm getting a haircut this morning and will make some mini-muffins later today for the TOPS open house tomorrow. I probably shouldn't even go since my cough is not improving much, but I said I'd help and I don't want to back out on them now.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great day all.

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Good afternoon, all. It's considerably warmer here today with temps in the high 20's. And it's supposed to be in the 30's and 40's for most of the week. Sounds good to me. Sap is likely to be running at least one day but Matt won't gather it. It takes too much fuel to fire up for just one day. He and Karl worked at the sugar house yesterday, getting some smaller projects done. It was too cold to be in the woods, I guess. They also found a problem that they tried to fix without a lot of success. The four-wheeler wound up with a broken axle. Fortunately, Matt should be able to repair it himself. Just one more thing to throw off his schedule.

I finally managed to fix a problem at work today. I needed help from the finance office staff and we had been playing tag for a couple of weeks. Just when I think I'm getting caught up there, another directive comes through needing attention and time! Today, I received a 13-page "newsletter" with all kinds of "do this by..." directives. For now, I just printed it and filed it for reading when I find the time. My twelve hours of work per week just doesn't allow a lot of time for all this extra stuff!

Looks like I need to do a little baking this afternoon. Karl is all out of desserts so I think I'll make him some magic cookie bars. He mentioned them a while ago but I haven't wanted to make them since we had so much other stuff from Christmas. It's finally all gone so I guess he can have the cookie bars now.

Have a good day, all.

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I can relate to that decision Carol! The house that we are likely going to buy from my in-laws is within walking distance (if you don't mind the traffic) from a couple of hospitals. Rodney's uncle is getting his cancer treatments at one of the hospitals right near there. The first time around he was driving an hour and a half or so to a VA, but this time the VA is paying for him to have treatment at a private hospital, which is much nicer for him. His place is about 10 miles from my in-laws so he doesn't have far to drive for his treatments now.

Well, we are off to DHMC in a few minutes. Have a great day!

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Morning all.
The temp says 37 here but I see frost on the rooftops, so I suspect it got a bit below that this morning. The sun is out and it's expected to get to the high 60s though, so I don't mind a cold start.

Bev, I'm glad that Rodney is feeling better. I hope the worst is over and both of you can move forward. You both deserve a year of good times, not health crises! One of the reasons we chose to buy here is that there is a major medical center 5 miles down the road. And I mean a whole street of every kind of specialty clinics you can imagine. With hubby's own health history, we knew it would be important to not be an hour's drive (or more) from doctors and/or a hospital.

My cold is better today but the cough is worse...if that makes any sense. Well, I feel better, at least when I am not coughing.

Hubby finished putting the light in my pantry cupboard/closet yesterday. Now I have no excuse not to clean it out. It served as a place to put stuff when we first arrived that I didn't know what else to do with, but it's not particularly easy to find stuff in there now. Time to tackle that, I guess.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great Monday all.

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It has been a very lazy weekend here. The only time I left the house was when I went to get the mail yesterday. Other than that we have been home all weekend, but I haven't accomplished anything in the house either. My cold seems a little better today but I don't seem to have any more ambition! I was going to go to Shaws to get a few things but I never got there. I had planned to fill my car while I was out, but I guess I will just do that tomorrow when we head up to DHMC. Rodney's temp was back to normal today so I guess yesterday's fever was not an indication of an infection. He goes up tomorrow to get the staples out. He said the doctor told him to have them page him and he will poke his head in to see him briefly- assuming he made it back from CA. We will be sure to tell them about the episode yesterday but since he is okay today I don't think they will be too concerned. After tomorrow he won't see anyone other than a visiting nurse for a time or two until his next follow-up on Feb 8th. I doubt if the nurse will come much since he is doing well. It wouldn't surprise me if she told him this week that she doesn't think she needs to come back. At some point we will hear from the oncologist and she will want to see him but I'm not sure when that will be. I haven't decided how many of his future appointments I will go to with him. I like to go to as many as I can but I also don't want to use up all my vacation time. I would like to be able to take a real vacation this summer.

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Good afternoon, all. It's sunny but not very warm here. We had really frigid temps overnight and it is warming up right now but still not great. I think it was 15 the last time I looked. Brrr! Karl is out in the woods with Matt, setting taps for the season.

Not a lot going on here today. I did a little bit of cleaning this morning but that's about all I've accomplished. It's really a lazy Sunday. I did call my mother for a little chat. She has had a very good week and seemed to be very alert today. She had some appropriately concerned comments about things going on in the family so that is all good. Sometimes she has no idea at all about things that are going on even though she has been told. Today was a good day.

I have a pot roast in the crock pot for supper. It will last us for a couple of days so that's to my liking. It's getting so that I don't like having to get a meal every night so this is a great solution. Leftovers tomorrow and then soup on Tuesday if I'm lucky.

Still working on a chemo cap for a friend so I think I should get back to it and finish it this afternoon. I'll see her on Tuesday so I definitely want to be done by then.

Have a good day, all.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
Sunny and cold here this morning, 34, headed only to 52 again today. The wind yesterday was bad, with gusts to 40 m.p.h. So much easier to deal with than all that snow, though.
I am thankful the storm missed the far north, but it is -11 at home this morning. I am glad I brought my down comforter with me as I needed it last night.

We went to the mall yesterday and Big Lots, then took a drive to a town nearby to see what it was like. Very rural. Found a nice state walking/hiking trail that will be nice to check out sometime, although it's over 29 miles long, so I doubt we'll see all of it.

Bev, I hope Rod doesn't have another infection, but those symptoms do sound familiar. Let's hope he sees some improvement today.

Housecleaning on the agenda for me today. My cold has not improved, but the cold meds manage it fairly well.
I have no plans to leave the house today, unless I feel up to walking.

Have a great Sunday all.

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His fever hasn't gone away but he has had no more chills and he otherwise feels fine so we didn't go to the ER. I did call the hospital this evening and speak to a resident on call and she said she thinks we can sit tight until tomorrow unless his temp goes higher or if the chills come back or if he starts to have other symptoms. She did tell me that if the fever continues tomorrow we should call them back and probably come in and they may want to do a CT scan. She also said she was going to send a message to his doctor so we might even hear from him at some point this weekend, although I suspect he might be stranded somewhere. He was leaving for a medical conference in CA on Wednesday afternoon and was planning to be back in the clinic on Monday but I wouldn't be surprised if his flight home got cancelled. Hopefully this is nothing since he does feel okay.

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Good afternoon, all. it's a sunny 18 degrees here. Not enough to be balmy but at least it's not snowy. My brother reported that they had a lot of ice and some snow but that the sun was out and melting the snow and ice nicely. He still had power but his daughter who lives about 10 miles away was without power. She has a large generator though so she and her husband were fine.

We just got back from a birthday lunch for our oldest son. Hard to believe he's already 35! Tomorrow he and Karl will be out in the woods setting taps for this year's season. He figures he'll have nearly 7000 taps this year and is looking at another piece of land adjoining his for next year. There's also a piece of land near a friend's house that he may be able to rent for another year. If he has both of those pieces, he should get to nearly 9000 for next year.

My niece has been discharged without a real diagnosis. They had her on IV antibiotics and she does seem to be somewhat better but they are going to do further testing through the local hospital to try to identify exactly what this is.

Bev, I hope Rodney's fever goes down soon. He seemed to be doing so well earlier this week so he really doesn't need a setback now! I know you will stay on top of it.

I think the recliner is calling me for a little snooze. Nights are full of interrupted sleep so I feel pretty tired most of the day. Have a good day, all.

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I am very thankful we are not getting that storm. We have been watching the coverage of it on the Weather Channel and I can't imagine what some of those places are going through. It would be bad enough here, but we are used to it and have the equipment to deal with it. Some of those places have very little equipment as they don't normally need it.

I thought we might end up going to the ER today because Rodney woke up in the wee hours of this morning shivering. He asked me to put another blanket on the bed and he was able to get warm after I put the comforter back on (he had made me take it off some time ago). When I took his temp then it was 100.9 but I was hoping it was elevated only because he had been huddled under the covers. A while after he got up I took it again and it was 102, but the next time it was down to 100.7 so we decided to hold off on calling the hospital. I checked it again a few minutes ago and it was 101, but he says maybe that is because he is drinking hot coffee. I'm not sure how much that affects it since we use an ear thermometer not a mouth one. I will be keeping a close eye on him throughout the day and if it goes back up I will be calling. With his history of infections I don't dare to take any chances. I would rather pay an ER co-pay for nothing than ignore something that might be brewing and have it get worse. He didn't look too good when he got up this morning but he is looking better now, so that is a good sign I think.

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Morning all.
Chilly here this morning, 49, with a high of only 52 or so today...high winds, too. Not complaining, as I truly am thankful we are not in the middle of that blizzard! Snow as far south as Georgia...not a good thing.

Hubby has fallen back asleep on the couch after breakfast. I've done laundry and dishes so far, but I doubt we'll venture far today. My cold has gotten a bit worse, but I think if I stay in today I can make it through the day. A big pot of soup might be on the menu for tonight!

He finished putting all the doorsknobs and drawer pulls in the kitchen yesterday for me. Sure makes it easier to open them up. I can't believe she lived here 25 years without them. He is working on putting a light in one of the pantry cupboards for me...it's more of a small closet, but it is fairly dark in there.

Well, sounds like he is stirring. Guess I'd better get that laundry into the dryer.

Stay warm everyone.

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Good morning, all. It's a sunny day here and the temps are almost to the freezing mark. All in all, much better here than in NC where my brother's family is located. He says it's nothing to get excited about but the reports are for .75" of ice under 24" +/- of snow. Sounds like something significant to me! His son-in-law is a firefighter and has been told he is not going home until Saturday at the earliest. Meanwhile, everything around them seems to have come to a screeching halt. Glad I'm not there and that the track doesn't come near us!

My niece's daughter was admitted to Dartmouth last night with some sort of infection in a parotid gland. She has been tested for masses and abscesses and both were negative. They will be checking later today to see if there is a salivary stone. Poor kid. She's only 14 and going through a rough time. Her mother stayed overnight with her to help her through this. The poor girl has life-threatening nut allergies so I'm sure Mom is keeping an eye out on that situation also.

I also received news today that the husband of one of my high school classmates died last night from throat cancer. Darn that cancer! He was only just diagnosed last Fall so the progression was fast.

On a good note, our weigh-in went fairly well last night with losses at twice the rate of gains. I gained, as I expected I would, but it was less than it might have been. We're working on a program that has us giving up one of our vices for just one week to see if it makes a difference on the scales. I had given up soda last week and, even though I didn't weigh in the week before, I know it made a difference. This week I'm going without rice and pasta. Carbs are a real habit with me so maybe this will be what finally puts me back on track.

Today, I have a huge amount of laundry to get done. I'm also making a maple cream pie for our son. It's his birthday today and we'll celebrate tomorrow. He has been wanting a maple pie for a couple of months so he'll finally get one! It's a new recipe I'm trying so I hope it comes out. Lots of heavy cream in it so I don't think it's anything I would like but I hope he does.

Carol, Kate's due date is June 5. Our other DIL's birthday is June 6 so maybe this one will arrive on her birthday.

The package from Vermont Teddy Bear Company yesterday was a huge disappointment. It was the information on the VEHI Path program for this year. Karl was hoping it was an announcement from our daughter! Oh well.

Washer is ready for the next load. Have a good day all.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
64 and raining here at the moment, could be high winds today. So much better than snow, though.

Cheryl, good news on the grandbaby's development so far! Did you tell us her due date?

I am finishing the curtain tiebacks today. Doing errands with hubby, otherwise laying low. Cold meds seem to be working for now, as I don't feel bad but I do sound like I do.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a fabulous Friday all.

Carol

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Good afternoon, all. It's a frosty 19 degrees here but the sun is shining so that makes it a nice day generally. I just got home from an appointment with our DIL where she had her ultrasound. All is on target with the baby and the ultra-sound showed everything to be normal with development. There was a check for spina bifida since Kate has an uncle with it but the baby's spine is perfectly normal at this point. Yay!

Now, we have a mystery. We received notice yesterday to expect a package delivery from Vermont Teddy Bear today but we have no idea who sent it or why. I guess we'll just have to wait a while longer to solve the mystery. Karl has an idea so we'll see if it's correct.

No issues at work today. Everything went as it should, thank goodness. This week is done for me now so I'm hoping next week glides along smoothly. Seems like there are hot issues nearly every week lately.

Scales were up this morning but better than they were earlier in the week. I would love to see a loss but I don't think that will be happening. Still, I can hope.

I heard from Joyce and she is enjoying her Florida vacation. Just wait until she gets back here to all the cold. Then, I wonder if she will think it was worth it. Such a shock! My MIL was supposed to be heading south next week but she has encountered some cardiac issues again so she will have to postpone her trip or maybe cancel it all together, depending on the findings of her tests next week.

Bev, I hope Rodney's first full day home is going well and that life is starting to return to a more normal pace for you both. Carol, enjoy all that warmth! I'm afraid I'll have to sit by the stove to find some here.

Cheryl

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Good morning all.
47 here this morning, better than 37! It did rise to the mid-60s yesterday so that was kind of nice. Today it will get above 70.

My throat is better but I have a real cold now...at least the symptoms are treatable. The cold med I took last night did help me sleep, thankfully.

I finally finished the curtain panel yesterday. Now I'd like to make some tiebacks with the fabric I have left so they will be completely done. We hired a man to do pressure washing of the driveway and walkway yesterday. It took them about 2 hours but it sure looks better.
Bought 30 more bags of rubber mulch so hubby should be able to get more of that done today.

I am going with a friend this morning to take her car in for repair, but I should be home this afternoon to accomplish something, I hope. Guess I'd better hit the shower.

Have a great day all.

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Yes, he is very glad to be home, although I suspect he is a little tired as well. It didn't take him long to find his recliner after he came in the door! He didn't have to come home on any supplemental nutrition or any antibiotics this time. He is able to eat and it goes through his system the way it should. The doctor told him he might see his blood sugar increase now that he will be absorbing the nutrients in the food he eats, but if that happens we will just increase his insulin dosage. I am hoping he won't need the Glucerna shakes in the future but we will have to see how he does. They did give us prescriptions for some pain meds but I didn't even fill them since he was not on any pain meds in the hospital for the last couple of days. They were giving him Tylenol and that was all he needed so we figure he will take just that at home as well. We didn't think they were going to set him up with a visiting nurse but they did request it. Most likely they will come once or twice and then decide he doesn't need them any more. I think the doctor wanted them to make sure he can get around okay at home because even though he was doing fine in the hospital here he has stairs to navigate. They will also check his incision to make sure it still looks good. He will get the staples out next Monday and then will have bloodwork and a follow-up with the surgeon on Feb 8th. He can't lift anything over 10 pounds for the next 4 - 6 weeks.

I will be going back to work tomorrow. It will be nice to get back into some sort of routine, but I dread what I will find on my desk tomorrow! I will only have two days this week to catch up on what piled up while I was out as well as get the quarterly tax reports done (unless my boss did them but I somehow doubt it since she was expecting me back in time to do them). Next week I will work four days as far as I know but I will need to prepare for month-end so it will be very hectic.

I am happy to hear that the storm they were talking about for this weekend looks like it will miss us. I am sure there are some who are disappointed but I am happy.

Good luck to anyone who weighs in tomorrow. I will probably not go to the meeting this week, but I expect I will go back next week.

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Good afternoon, all. It's a pretty nice day here but the temps are still fairly chilly. With the sun out though it seems warmer. Carol, your temps are twice what we're having here. Feel warmer now? Hope your throat feels better soon.

Work went fine today and I was able to get all the annual contribution statements stuffed and ready for distribution this weekend. That's a time-consuming job especially when there are errors that need to be corrected. Thank goodness I spotted them before the statements went out. It meant redoing a few statements but I'd rather do that than to have people calling with errors. Hopefully, there won't be anything to be corrected after this.

Bev, glad that you and Rodney are home. Let's hope this is the turning point. I'm sure he is glad to be able to eat without pain. It has been a long time!

My project this afternoon is to finish a chemo cap for one of our members who is undergoing cancer treatments. She is losing her hair in large clumps and so asked her hairdresser to shave it all off. She is sure to be cold without her hair, especially in view of the weather we've been having.

Have a good day, all.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

Brr..(okay, I'm a wimp now). It's 37 here and the heat is running almost nonstop. Should get to 66 today, if they are right. Sure hope so.

I'm not going to TOPS today. I have a sore throat that didn't get any better overnight. I slept poorly too, which didn't help. I'd better not spread those germs around. On an up note, my tooth issue has calmed down, thankfully.

I made good progress on the curtain panel, just need to hem it now. Should be able to finish it today, I hope.

Going to try to exercise, at least for a few minutes. Then I may hear the sofa calling my name....zzzz...

Have a good day all.

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I'm not sure that there will be any additional treatment unless something comes up in the future. The oncologist told us before the surgery that she didn't think they would do the last cycle of chemo that had been planned. Unless the plan changes he will just have scans, labs, and a checkup on a quarterly basis for at least a couple of years and then possibly less frequent unless something comes up. We haven't heard anything about the biopsies that were done last week but I think if there were problems we would have been told. So unless and until we hear otherwise we are going on the assumption that all is well. No one knows for how long but we will go forward as if he has years to go and try to keep any lingering doubts as far out of mind as possible. With him feeling better that should be easier to do.
Cheryl sorry to hear about your loss. Carol enjoy the new bread machine.

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Morning all.

It's 45 here this morning but won't get much above 55 today. No complaints from me, and if I could twitch my nose and bring you gals down here for a few days of R & R I would do it!
The temps seem to fluctuate a lot, but I guess that's normal for January.

I got my new bread machine going yesterday. My other one was still working but it sounded like it was struggling to do the mixing...making noises that sounded doubtful...I didn't want to wait until it died completely so I ordered a new one just like it. I accomplished little else yesterday, so today I need to get my act in gear.

Good news on Rod's feeling better. I think just that alone will lift his spirits enough to speed up his recovery. At least he can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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

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Good morning, all. It's a windy and cold morning here. The chill factor has it at -4 and the wind is blowing the snow all around so it looks absolutely miserable out there. I'll head out in a bit to get groceries but otherwise I plan to stay inside and warm the rest of the day. Carol, Florida sounds awfully good right now.

Bev, good news that Rodney is feeling so much better. So sad that he had to endure so many months of misery but fantastic that it appears they've solved the problem. Now it's on to the next phase of his treatments so he can kick this to the curb!

I received news last night that one of our distant cousins passed away. He lived in our neighborhood and was the same age as one of my brothers so he spent a lot of time with our family, especially with my brothers. In fact, he spent so much time with us that his fishing pole was hung in our garage along with the rest of the poles for the family. It's sad to see so many of our childhood friends passing.

Time to get the day going. Have a good one.

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The drive in this morning was a lot slower than usual but the roads were not too horrible other than sections of Route 103. I was a bit surprised to see 3 inches or so of new snow this morning. The sun looked nice when I looked outside but I could see snow blowing around so I think it felt much colder than it was. It looks like Rodney will be going home on Wednesday. He was allowed to have real food today and so far has had no issues but the doctor said he would prefer to keep him an extra day just to be sure. They stopped some of the antibiotics today and will discontinue the other one tomorrow. He is getting his last bag of IV nutrition tonight. If all goes well he will be unhooked from everything tomorrow and they will take the PICC line out Wednesday morning and discharge him. He will come back next Monday to get the staples out. He says he feels better than he has in over a year so that is a good sign.
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Good afternoon, all. It's a snowy day here today. I drove to work on nasty roads, slippery and snowy. I wasn't the only one having issues. Seems like everyone was traveling at about half normal speed. The trip home was better but I'm glad to stay inside for the rest of the day. Looks like we got about 5" of new, powdery snow.

Found more problems to fix today at work. Boy, things really got screwed up while I was out last spring. Just when I think I have everything caught up and straightened out, I find another issue. The one today took several steps to fix but I think I finally got it straight.

Carol, enjoy that nice weather. I understand the snow was quite far south yesterday. My brother flew back to NC and there was snow there but not enough to cancel his flight. I've heard we are in for another storm this weekend. Oh boy!

My tummy says it's time for some lunch. Have a good day all.

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Morning all.
Sunny and cool here again, started at 46, now it's 50, may get to 60 today. The sun will make it feel nice, though.

Bev, let's hope Rod can get out tomorrow. He needs to get back to his chemo treatments and lick this once and for all. I know it's just as hard on you, and people don't always think of that. Remember to do something nice for yourself, too.

I don't know if I mentioned that the dinner show was quite nice the other night. It was a 'country gal' from TN who sang more than just country, other songs as well. I hope they continue to book entertainers like her.

I got only the laundry and housework done yesterday, little else. I feel like too many other things get in the way of what is on my agenda. Hopefully today I can stay home and accomplish something.

Well, off to exercise.

Have a great Monday all.

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I heard about the storms in Sarasota from my cousin on Facebook. I assume they didn't get much where my in-laws are or we would have heard something. Rodney's sister stopped to visit him today and she said she was going to call them tonight.

I have had a slight dry cough for the last two days and I am hoping it doesn't get worse or I probably won't be able to spend much time at the hospital. The coughing seemed less this afternoon and evening but I was feeling kind of blah, so I am hoping I am just tired and will feel fine in the morning rather than that it is going to progress. Rodney was able to have clear liquids today but they were not ready to let him advance to full liquids- probably tomorrow he will be able to have those since he did start passing gas today. I am assuming he might be coming home on Tuesday but officially we haven't been told that. I also don't know if they will keep him on antibiotics for a while longer once he is home and if they do whether they will be in pill form or IV. I expect/hope we might find out more tomorrow.

Cheryl, I hope you are feeling almost back to normal by now- and Carol I hope the tooth issue is nothing more than an annoyance.

I guess I will find something light to eat and then kill time until my laundry is ready to go in the dryer before I head to bed. Morning will come too early I'm sure!

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Good evening all.
Bad storm here overnight. Wind and rain woke me several times but no tornado, like Sarasota.
The worst is over for now, I guess.

My usual Sunday chores today, then a meeting of the Newcomers Club. Wasn't what I thought it would be as they invited a politician, actually a member of the city council, to speak. He went on toooooo long, so not much else got discussed. I will give it one more meeting, then I may not go at all after that. I was hoping to learn lots of things and get ideas about area doctors, service people, etc. None of that happened at all.

Cheryl, I hope you are feeling better. I've had a bit of a tooth ache...probably a cracked filling, for a couple of days, but I'm hoping to not have a serious problem with it until we go home.


Well, I feel my eyelids starting to close..might be time to kick back and relax.

Have a great night all.

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Good afternoon, all. It's a beautiful, sunny day here and the temps are above freezing...barely. We're thinking we need to find something fun to do outdoors this afternoon since it's such a nice day. Not sure yet what it will be. Maybe a trip to the sugarhouse to see what mischief we can get into there.

Sounds like Rodney is making progress, Bev. Slow but sure. My sister says the same thing about her husband. He's eager to be able to do more but realizes that he needs to take baby steps to get through all this. He had some more tests last week but they don't have the results yet.

I think my cold has about run its course. My head is clear and I feel much better today than I did yesterday. Of course, the nice weather might have something to do with that. It was snowing and sleeting here last night but it didn't amount to anything more than an inch or so. I heard on the weather news that the area around our daughter was expecting another foot or so of snow today. Sure am glad I don't live there! They'll have plenty of shoveling to do when they get back there later today after visiting some friends in Rochester this weekend.

Time to check in on lunch in the oven. Have a great day, all.

Cheryl

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He does realize a slow recovery is better than pushing it and ending up back in the hospital but he is frustrated that he isn't progressing faster. The surgery he had ended up pretty much being a redo of the one he had last year. His doctor came by this afternoon to see him briefly, but he wasn't willing to start him on liquids yet. He did say he could hear more bowel sounds today so he thinks things will progress soon. Rodney said he could feel some gas this afternoon and I could feel some gurgling when I put my hand on his belly so hopefully the gas will start finding its way out tomorrow. I doubt if he will be coming home on Monday though since they will likely want him on liquids for one day before they allow him to progress to solid food and they won't let him leave until they know the solid foods digested fully and passed all the way through his system, so I think Tuesday is more realistic.

They have an interesting patient in the room next to his as of yesterday afternoon or evening. He apparently is an inmate and they have his legs chained and there is a guard in his room 24/7. They had him up walking around this afternoon and they had two staff members walking with him and the guard was just a bit behind him. I couldn't see his legs but Rodney said they did still have the chains on him when he was walking around the unit.

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Good evening all.
Busy day here. Sorry to be MIA.

Bev, a slow recovery is to be expected with the compromised immune system Rod must surely have. And interior (or internal, to be precise) surgeries take much longer to heal, I remember them telling us. It's hard to be patient, I'm sure.

Cheryl, hope you feel better soon. I am sending warm sunshine your way. It was 74 and sunny here, a perfect day, really.

Tonight was a dinner and show...a singer from Nashville who did all kinds of stuff, not just country. She was pretty good and we enjoyed the meal, too.

Tomorrow it is supposed to rain, so I'm hoping, after housecleaning, to get to that sewing.

Well, time to hit the love seat. Still no recliner here but I'm kind of liking the love seat these days.

Goodnight all.

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Good morning, all. It's kind of a miserable day here too this morning. It's trying to rain or snow but can't really make up its mind. I'm thinking it's a good day to stay inside and knit.

Bev, I'm glad to hear that Rodney is making progress. It will be slow, for sure, since his body has already been assaulted for so long but eventually he will turn the corner and then I hope it's smooth sailing from that point forward.

I didn't get a whole lot accomplished yesterday. I still don't feel up to par with this cold but I did manage to get a couple of chores done. Today, I am working in the bedroom a bit but I'm not ready to tackle the whole thing. It's kind of a lick-and-a-promise kind of cleaning today.

My mother is still having a lot of issues with her leg so next week she will see her doctor again. They have started her on a low dose of oxycodone but I'm not sure if she will tolerate that very well. She usually is loopy as all get out when she takes any kind of pain meds. My brother is pretty good about catching that before it gets too far out of whack. He has a full schedule of doctor appointments for her this week so he will be very busy.

Hope you all have a great day. Carol, enjoy those warmer temps .

Cheryl

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