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4/25/17 8:06 A

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Good morning, all. It's a nice, sunny day here right now but rain is in the forecast for later. I guess the southern part of the state had much nicer temps than we did yesterday. I wore sandals to work thinking that it was going to warm up enough to be comfortable. Wrong! I was so cold all morning!!! I guess I'll need to wait a couple more days for warmer temps.

We had a busy weekend. Went to Lowe's on Saturday to find a ceiling fan/light for when we redo the bedroom. We picked up a few other things while we were there and then it was time for lunch when we got back. Matt thought it would be nice if we went to the sugar house to help clean but we decided that there wasn't a lot of time for that. We did go on Sunday and spent most of the day there, skipping lunch entirely. My back and my hands were sore from all the scrubbing and such! Syrup is awfully hard to get off once it has cooled and set so scrubbing is definitely a chore!

Carol, it sounds like your recovery is coming right along. My brother keeps me posted on his progress and it makes me realize how compromised I am. He is up to walking a mile at a time and I can barely do the driveway!!! Definitely need to see someone about my lack of progress. I'm thinking it may be because the other hip is failing.

Today is chore day. Laundry and groceries are first on the list but I also want to get outside to clean a couple of flower beds before the rain comes later today. Maybe the laundry will wait...

Have a good day.

Cheryl

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4/22/17 8:49 A

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Morning, all.

Another warm start here, 63, headed to 88 again. It will probably hit 90 tomorrow and later next week. Guess it's time to head home!

Bev, the blurry vision issue started the day I woke up form surgery. It hasn't improved, and in fact, seems to have worsened somewhat. I talked with the doc about it and he didn't seem too concerned, saying it is rare and wasn't related to anything like stroke, or something that can happen with anesthesia. So, after 3 weeks I called my eye doc back home, who told me that since I once had been diagnosed with dry eye, that is what it was and to use drops. Well, that hasn't changed anything so I called them back yesterday but no one returned my call. Surprise, surprise. Maybe someone will call Monday.

It would prevent me from seeing road signs clearly if I were allowed to drive, which I'm not yet anyway. I have an appointment with them on the 12th anyway, so I may not be able to do anything else about it until then.

I got some additional exercises at P.T. yesterday and hubby picked me up some ankle weights at WalMart last night so I guess I'm good to go. One last p.t. appt. Monday, then a check in with my surgeon on Wednesday. Should be ok to travel after that.

The brush fire in our county is about 50 miles from us. Many homes evacuated but no homes destroyed, if the report I heard is correct. Only a slight chance of rain today and tomorrow, but likely not enough to do any good.

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4/21/17 7:29 P

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I saw something on TV about fires near Naples. A week or two my cousin, who lives in North Ft Myers, posted an article about a fire that she said was quite close to where she lives. Hopefully it will rain soon and the fire danger will be reduced.

What is up with your eyes Carol? I must have missed something.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Bev

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4/21/17 2:14 P

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Good afternoon, all.
It's officially hot here today, as the car thermometer read 90 on the way home from P.T. Low humidity, though, so that's okay with me. Fire danger is extreme in this county now, as it is in nearby counties.

Cheryl, I do think the worst is behind little Alex at this point. Sounds like he responded well to the treatments.

I am waiting for a call back from my eye doc this afternoon. The drops don't seem to be helping at all and the vision is still blurry. I'm sure he'll say use more drops until I get home, but that's about all I can do, I guess. At least p.t. is going well. Am using a cane more than the walker, though that throws off my balance somewhat so I'm practicing without it.

Well, time to wash up a few dishes from the turkey I cooked yesterday...looking forward to leftovers tonight.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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4/21/17 8:44 A

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Good morning, all. It's trying to clear up here but I think it won't really get there until Sunday. I'd like to hang out a few things on the clothesline but I won't risk that today.

Bev, I hope they can figure out the solution to your issues with your ankle/foot. I know you enjoy walking and that has to be putting a real crimp in that pleasure. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

Carol, you must be well on your way to a return to more normal routines. It's not a fast process but every day gets you a little closer.

Yesterday was Alex's fifth chemo treatment. It also marks the beginning of the end for prednisone. He hasn't been sleeping well which keeps his mother up a lot of the night so they are hoping that getting rid of the prednisone will help. She quit her job because she just couldn't function on so little sleep, but she also wasn't happy working at the company. She had been looking for something else when she got pregnant and, when they wouldn't work with her about the time she needs to deal with Alex's treatments , she decided that it was time to call it quits. She will do some work for her father's architecture firm so that will help with finances a bit. Alex will have one more treatment and then they will re-evaluate his progress to see if they can move to the next phase or if they will need to do another round of six chemo treatments. Keeping our fingers crossed that all looks good. The doctor seemed very encouraging yesterday, saying that she isn't able to feel the mass that is supposed to be in his spleen so she thinks it may be gone. The mass in his forehead definitely seems to be gone too. They will need to do x-rays to determine the status of the one in his jaw and the one in his spine. Hopefully there won't be any new ones.

We had a teacup auction last night at our TOPS meeting. It's always a good fundraiser. I didn't win anything which is actually my goal since I was able to get rid of something from here without adding anything to our stuff. Diane was back from Florida so now I can go back to one job instead of having to do two or three! We also got our raffle basket ready for SRD.

Today I'm going to run a few errands. I want to redo the bedroom so I'll look at paint samples. Tomorrow we'll go to Lowe's and Home Depot to see if we can find a ceiling light/fan that will work for us.

Have a good day.

Cheryl




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4/20/17 6:58 P

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It was raining lightly here this morning but it cleared off and was very nice when I went out for my morning walk. It was cloudy again at lunch but still fairly nice. I guess we are supposed to get rain tonight and tomorrow though.

Hopefully you are well on the way to recovery Carol, although I expect it will take a while to get back into your old routine. I'm sure you will need to take things slow and not try to do too much at once.

I had an appointment with the podiatrist on Tuesday. It was scheduled as a diabetic foot check, but I also asked him about my ankle that is still giving me trouble. My PCP said he thought I needed different sneakers that wouldn't rub on the ankle, but both sneakers hit the same spot on my ankles and the other side doesn't bother at all. The podiatrist says he thinks the hardware put in when I broke my ankle needs to come out and until it does I will keep having trouble. He says the sneaker may be aggravating it but he doesn't believe it is the cause of the problem. He is referring me to an ortho doc at DHMC. If they agree that the hardware needs to come out I will have to find out how long and to what extent I will be laid up. It is my right foot so I expect I won't be able to drive for a while if I have surgery on the ankle.

Other than that things are pretty much as usual here. Rodney is tolerating the chemo fairly well so far. He is finding it takes more out of him now that it did the first couple of sessions, but that is to be expected.

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4/20/17 8:41 A

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Morning, ladies.

Jean, I'm sending you sunshine and warmth! emoticon 65 here this morning, headed to the upper 80s again today. It is never dreary (well, almost never) dreary here. We need rain badly, though.

Went to P.T. rehab yesterday and learned a few more exercises to do to improve the hip/thigh/leg muscles. No pain, no gain, right?

Hope all is well with you Cheryl and Bev.

Good luck to those weighing in tonight.

Carol

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4/20/17 8:21 A

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Another dreary day. Meeting tonight, always a pleasure to see friends!
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4/15/17 8:45 A

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Good morning, ladies.

Another warm day in store here...mid-80s again. The humidity hasn't really set in yet, which is fine with me.

Of course, I'm not getting outside much these days, at least not yet. I am practicing with my cane more each day, so I can ditch the walker completely. That is an awkward thing to maneuver in our small bathroom, I know that!

The outpatient p.t. clinic called yesterday to set up my schedule. The first opening was Tuesday morning at 7...well, that doesn't work for me....way too early. So I will start Wednesday afternoon. I explained I would only have about 3 or 4 sessions before we head back but she was fine with that.

Not much else to report here....brush fires are becoming a problem in the central part of the state as it is so dry. And of course, the wind blows 95% of the time, which doesn't help.

Well, today I will attempt a 'real' shower...now that the staples are out and I can stand for a short period of time on my own. Progress!

Have a great day all.

Carol

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4/14/17 7:57 P

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It was pretty nice today, but I didn't really get to enjoy it. I only worked a half day so I didn't get to take my usual lunchtime walk. I could have taken a morning break, but I had a certain number of things I thought I needed to get done before leaving for the day so I worked through it (not that my boss will appreciate it). I had just time to come home and grab a quick bite before heading off for my appointment to check my blood pressure. I guess they have decided that my blood pressure is not high enough to be a problem. I have had some normal readings and some that were a bit higher than ideal, but not high enough to require treatment. It appears that my monitor is fairly reliable and that my BP is simply higher in the office than it is at home. She took it with my monitor (which takes three readings and then averages them) and then she checked it the old-fashioned way three times. Two of her readings were slightly lower than mine (the average) and one was higher, but all were higher than what I usually get here at home. I am supposed to keep checking it at least once a week and to let them know if I see high readings (unless it is an isolated one). My labs from last weekend shows the metformin is working so he is keeping me on the same dosage. When I saw my primary care doctor last week he told me I needed to make sure I get an annual eye exam now and he wanted me to schedule one ASAP, so I made an appointment for the end of this month. That turned out to be a good thing because yesterday the frame on my glasses broke. Fortunately I had an old pair in my car that I am wearing for the next three weeks or so until I have the exam and can get new glasses. These are not as good as the ones I had been wearing, especially for close-up, but I can function fine with them.

Glad to hear the little guy's treatment is still going well Cheryl. It must have been reassuring for his parents to see another child with the same disease who is doing well. One of the times that Rodney was in the hospital with complications from his surgery we met a guy and his wife from northern NH and he had been through the same surgery as Rodney, and had even more complications. He had ended up with a colostomy bag because of issues with his colon. He was there having it reversed when we met them and he assured Rodney that things would get better even though it might not seem so then. I wish we had gotten their names and e-mail address so we could have kept in touch with them.

Ed said he figured he did his last syrup making for this year last weekend. Of course he is not on the scale you guys are! I think he ended up making about 16 gallons, which made him pretty happy. I think he spent a lot of money getting things set up, but it kept him occupied so that he didn't have time to dwell on Rodney's illness or his lack of contact with Logan. The situation with Logan has gotten better now as he sees him for a couple of hours every Wednesday evening and all day every other Saturday (including tomorrow). Starting next month he will be able to stay here overnight every other Friday and go back home Saturday evening. At some point he will get to spend the entire weekend here every other week but I'm not sure just when that starts.

Carol, I hope the recovery is still going well.

Well, I guess I have rambled on enough for now. Enjoy the weekend everyone!

Bev

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4/14/17 11:55 A

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Good afternoon, all. It's a very pleasant day here with temps in the 50's and 60's. I am trying to get my housecleaning done today so that I won't have to deal with it tomorrow. Lots of dusting and mopping going on here. Not my favorite chores but necessary anyhow. The family will be here for Easter on Sunday so I think it's time I cleaned the winter out of the house! Tomorrow, I'll get the eggs colored and set out the Easter decorations.

I had a small gain last night, only .2, but the chapter has another KOPS now! Shirley reached her goal last night after 21 years! I guess there's still hope for me.

I went to Alex's treatment again yesterday because my boss gave me the day off. It was a morning appointment and I think that works out much better for him. Not so for his father though. It means that Chris has to take the morning off and then go to work, and stay there probably much later than he would want. They met with another family. They have a 6-year old who also has this same ailment and was diagnosed at two years old. I think he is only being monitored now and surely looks like a very normal child at that age. It was good for the little guy to see Alex and I know that it was good for my son's family to talk with Liam's parents. It's a rare disease so having another person in the system is helpful. This child has to travel from Malone, NY for his appointments.

Sugaring is just about over for this year. The sap has started to turn milky although it still had a decent taste on Wednesday. He dumped sap yesterday but the temps went below freezing last night so maybe the trees re-set. If so, tomorrow will be his last boil. So far, he has made about 88 barrels this year.

Short break for lunch and then I'll be back at my cleaning. Bathroom and living room are done. Only kitchen and dining room left for mopping and bedroom needs to be vacuumed. Whew!! I'll be tired tonight!

Cheryl



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4/14/17 6:52 A

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The quilt Dolly Johnson made for SRD is absolutely beautiful. The picture doesn't do it justice.

Have a Good Friday everyone.

Froggy Jean

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4/12/17 8:33 A

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Good morning, ladies.

Nice to hear from you, Jean. Did I see flood warnings along the CT river today? Yikes! That's what happens when it gets warm too soon, I guess.

Too dry here...brush fires around the state have people worried, I know. Not close by here, but lots of them here and there. No rain in sight for days and days.

Today I get my staples/stitches out, yay! They are starting to itch and still interfere with sitting comfortably. I have other concerns more serious than that, which I will be talking about with the doc today.

My last p.t. visit from home health was Monday, so I'll find out today what the plan is for me now. I was told pool therapy and a stationery bike are fairly common recommendations. We shall see.

Well, time to get some dishes washed. I told hubby I'd give him a break and help out this morning while he is at weekly coffee/social. I think he'll be just as glad when I'm back to normal as I will be!

Have a great day all.

Carol

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4/12/17 7:30 A

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Looking kind of dreary out this morning.
Melting snow gradually, mud season.

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4/7/17 8:50 A

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Good morning, all. Raining here...again! Yesterday was incredibly wet. I drove to Burlington for Alex's treatment and the roads were unbelievably wet. It was much better for the return trip.

I have had an exciting couple of days. On Wednesday, my boss was complaining that he felt discomfort in his chest and was having a hard time catching his breath. After a half hour of procrastinating on his part and nagging on my part, he decided he should go to the hospital to be checked out, especially since he had a heart attack a couple of years ago. Sure enough. He had another one on Wednesday. The neighbor took him to the medical center in St. Albans and within 15 minutes he was in an ambulance and on his way to Burlington. His own cardiologist just happened to be there at the time and so they did a procedure to put in another stent. He is still at the hospital but should come home today. This week is a very busy week in the church with Holy Week services that are very involved. The doctor has told him that he is not to be doing the Masses this week and should be resting until after Easter. So, I spent office time yesterday trying to arrange coverage for the various services this week and canceling other ones. It was quite hectic.

Today, I have a long list of things to get done at home before going to the sugar house tonight for what might be the last boil of the season. We were there on Wednesday for what was supposed to be a short boil but it got quite involved when nothing went right. Matt ended up burning a pan (a costly mistake) but was able to switch it for a spare he had on hand. The consistency was very hard to level out though and the "quick" boil ended up being about four hours! Tonight will be a longer boil and I hope it goes well.

Alex's treatments are going well. He reached the half-way point of the first round yesterday and it does appear that it is working. The mass in his forehead appears to have reduced significantly, nearly disappearing completely. There haven't been any further tests to prove it but the lump is visibly reduced. Keeping our fingers crossed that this is the case.

I had a good loss last night, 1.6 lb. The chapter had a good net loss too. Seems like almost everyone was inspired this week. I hope it continues. We had a program on the benefits of ginger. It was interesting and the member who did the program has been using it for a couple of months with good results but it's much too strong a taste for my palate.

Time to get my day moving. Lots to get accomplished so no time to waste. Carol, hope your healing continues to progress. My brother's recovery seems to be going well too. His surgery was two days after yours.

Cheryl





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4/7/17 8:39 A

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Morning all.

Waiting for my p.t. guy this morning, but I have a couple of minutes to post.

Managed to acquire a 4-wheel walker yesterday from a neighbor so I'm hoping I get to start using that today. I think it will make getting around the house a bit easier.

Bev, I have the white coat hypertension too...my b.p, is back to normal when it's taken here by my p.t. guy, so I don't worry about what happens at the doctor's office.
I hope I never have to be on medication for it, but if you have to for a short while, it may be worth it for you.

I have no agenda anymore since I am housebound still, so not much to report here.

Oops, there's the doorbell....time to go.....

Hope everyone has a fabulous Friday!!

Carol

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4/6/17 10:00 P

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I guess we had thunder and lightning along with the rain tonight, but I missed it. I certainly heard the rain though. Carol, it sounds like the healing is still progressing, which is a good thing.

I had my check-up with my primary care doctor yesterday and now have several more appointments coming up. My blood pressure was high again, but when he previously had me checking it at home I got numbers that were mostly okay. He doesn't know if my monitor is not giving accurate readings or if my blood pressure is only high when I am in the office (white coat hypertension), so I have to track it at home for the next week and then go back next week, bringing my home monitor with me, so they can figure out which is the case and whether or not I need treatment for high blood pressure. I also need to see the podiatrist because of what appears to be a fungal infection on my toenails and he says it is very important to take care of it now that I am diabetic. He also had me schedule an eye exam right away (I had planned to later in the year anyway). He wants me to have a pap smear but that is not scheduled yet and I won't bother to remind them! I need to go to the lab for bloodwork on Saturday morning. Once all of that stuff is done I should be good for another three months.

Bev

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4/6/17 9:00 A

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Good morning, all.

Quiet here lately; I hope everyone is doing well.

A thunderstorm moved through here this morning between 5 and 6, bringing some much needed rain. It's supposed to be sunny again by noon, with temps today in the upper 70s for a couple of days. Sure beats 91 or whatever it got to yesterday. 10 degrees warmer than normal, I think I heard them say. The humidity will drop too, so the a.c. shouldn't get the workout it's been getting.

Of course, I haven't left the house in over a week, so I'm fairly oblivious to the weather.
It's another week before the staples/stitches come out, and I can't wait. It's like sitting on barbed wire, at least in some positions. My p.t. guy says I am making good progress but worries about me overdoing it, I think. I'm pretty careful, and realize I can't do anything to jeopardize the healing. Hard to be a patient patient, though.

My sister called yesterday to tell me she is now a great grandmother. Her grandson's girlfriend had her baby at the Northwest Medical Center at 2:45 yesterday afternoon, 7 lbs., 6 oz., 21.5 inches. Cute as a button, she is, and the last great nephew I'd expect to 'settle down' and be a parent. Let's hope it changes things for the better for them.

Well, back to the recliner. I think hubby will be glad when I can resume more of the kitchen duties....I doubt he'd admit this, but I think he realizes there's a bit more to cooking/meal planning than opening the freezer or cupboard to see what's there!

Good luck with the scale tonight, ladies.

Carol

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Congrats on the loss Cheryl! I didn't even go to TOPS again, although Ed and Kim did. I think my membership has actually lapsed as of a few days ago, so I need to decide soon if I am going to renew it or not.

Carol, it sounds like the recovery is going as well as it should, although maybe not as quick as you would like. Hang in there, I am sure it will get better.

I'm not sure how much snow we ended up with. It was pretty hard to tell because it was sliding off the car and the roof before I even stepped outside so there was no good place to measure it. I think we must have had close to a foot. Today we went up to White River and it didn't look like there was as much up there. Our driveway & road are a mess. The road was a little better when we came home than it was when we left because most of the slush in the road had melted today. I wasn't sure if I would be able to drive my car tomorrow but I think it should be fine. Rodney has no appointments this week since it is his off week for chemo, so I could use his Jeep if I had to but I prefer to drive my car if the weather cooperates. I have an appointment on Wednesday afternoon with my primary care doctor. I assume he will have bloodwork done since the purpose of the appointment is a follow-up to check diabetes and blood pressure. I also plan to have him take a look at my ankle. I'm not sure if it is the hardware that was put in back when I broke it or the bone but something protrudes more than the other ankle and is very tender. I can't wear my compression hose most of the time because the pressure hurts the ankle too much. If it is related to the surgery it seems strange after all these years, but I'm not sure what else might cause it. Well, I better get off here and do some dishes soon. Have a great week ladies!

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Good morning ladies.

Congrats on the loss, Cheryl!

Varying amounts of snow back home I saw on the news...hopefully that's the last of it and Spring can finally settle in. Another day in the high 80s here today, but I've not been outside yet since I got home from the hospital so it doesn't affect me at all.

Happy to say digestive issues are resolved and exercises are going okay. Still not sleeping well. Last night I think I was away nearly 4 hours. I want so much to be able to turn over but it can't happen yet. Hubby snapped a picture of my wound (why, you might ask?) since its location is hard for me to see. Hmm...I think I was better off not seeing it yet, but that's okay. He assures me he has seen marked improvement each night when he changes the bandage.

Had a friend bring us some large, juicy navel oranges yesterday. A welcome change from the cakes and brownies we had been given....at least to me; he prefers the brownies, of course. We still have several meals left to pick away at in freezer and fridge.

My only issue now is what I have noticed as a slight blurriness of vision since the surgery. That and my surgery leg I swear is an inch longer than the non-surgical leg. Hope that clears itself out when all is said and done. My p.t. guy seemed to think it would.

Well, back to my non-agenda for the day. I'm beginning to go a little stir-crazy with all the sitting around. Hopefully the 2nd week will see more mobility.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's a sunny day here...thank goodness!!!! We've had enough "weather" for a long time!!

Very busy weekend for us. Chris and Kate closed on their new home on Friday so we started the resettling that evening. We took a load of pellets for their stove to them Friday night and then I spent most of yesterday settling things in the kitchen. We are heading back there in a few minutes with a load of stuff that they had stored in our garage and we'll help with the resettling again for a while. Later, we'll head to the sugar house to help Matt boil. It's looking like this week might be the end of the season if the weather pans out as forecast. Too many warm days without a freeze at night. He's short of his goal so I hope he can boil for a while longer.

I went to Alex's treatment on Thursday. Such a lot of process for such a little guy but the people at the Children's Clinic at UVMMC are just wonderful. The doctor saw him and remarked that there are good signs that the treatment is working as the bump on his forehead seems to be getting smaller. Yay!!!! They also determined that they can use ultrasound instead of MRI's to monitor the situation in his spleen. The concern was that he would be subjected to too much radiation with the MRI so this is a good solution. She also changed one of his meds, the weekend one, since he wasn't taking it easily. Instead, they will do an IV med once every three weeks. So much easier!!! So far, so good!

I had a small loss this week. Basically, it was what I had gained the week before so that's a move in the right direction. We nearly had a no-gainer but one member had a significant gain. She is going through some stressful times so I think that explains her gain.

Time to head out. My back is telling me that I lifted way too much yesterday but I will still be back at it today. Maybe that will help me at the scales this week!

Cheryl

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Morning all.

Yikes, a foot of snow coming?! It is almost April! We are going to be near 90 again today. Glad I am 'stuck' indoors with the a.c. to tell the truth!

Home Health guy (yes, not a woman, which surprised me) came yesterday and introduced some more exercises for me. He will be back tomorrow then 4 more times in the next 2 weeks.
I ended up napping for a while in the afternoon, which felt pretty nice, if I do say so myself. Then a friend brought a whole roasted chicken, potato salad and green beans for dinner. Tonight they are bringing spaghetti and meatballs. We have to tell them to stop! We have more food than we can consume in the next month, I'd say! I won't even talk about my scale!

Cheryl, glad to hear you and hubby are on the mend. I'll be glad when March is behind us, too.

Trying to stay away from the perc today to see if my digestive issues improve. I don't like what it does to me and the pain level is not very high at this point. We shall see.

Well, off to get back to my recliner. Now THAT was worth the money!

Carol



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Glad to hear the surgery went well and the recovery has begun Carol! You will be back to walking before you know it.

Cheryl, I bet you will be happy to be fully retired. I know I am looking forward to it. I sure hope it happens at the end of this year. Right now there are a couple of unknowns that could change the plans a bit, but I can't worry about it too much now. The biggest one would be if the chemo Rodney is on doesn't work and he does end up qualifying for a clinical trial. If he started a trial at DHMC he might need to continue being treated there rather than being able to get treatment in Florida for part of the year. At this point we have no idea what kind of treatment he will be on next winter so I am not going to worry about it but the thought did cross my mind.

Our more immediate concern is getting Ed and Kim into their own house and us in our own. We are finding it a challenge to borrow money for a double-wide that will not be our residence. We have one bank that is still a possibility but we have been turned down by three others so far. The long-term goal was always that they would eventually buy this house and we would move into the trailer so we are working on coming up with a way to make that happen now and we will buy a double-wide for us to live in, which should be easier to finance. I'm not sure if I mentioned it on here or not, but they will be getting married in May. They are only doing a small wedding because they have other things to focus on right now, but with her dad's health not being good they wanted to get married this year to make sure he is able to be there.

I am sure hoping this upcoming storm fizzles and we get mostly rain instead of up to a foot of snow like some forecasters as saying. I am sick of winter weather!

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Good evening, all. Carol, great to hear that all went well. Now it's on to the healing phase. i agree that having to sleep on one's back is miserable but this too shall pass. Hang in there. My brother will have his surgery tomorrow in Lebanon, NH. He is eager to be on the other side of this process. His wife will need to bring him home Friday or Saturday, depending on his progress. There is a snowstorm headed their way though so it may mean a change in plans.

Tomorrow I will go to the medical center to observe Alex's treatment. I won't be there every time but I wanted to see what he's going through. They are doing an ultrasound first.

Hubby seems to be feeling a bit better after a couple of days on medication. Between the bug i had a couple of weeks ago and the colds we have been passing around, this has not been a great month for us. I'll be glad to see March leaving us.

Scales haven't moved much this week. We'll see if tomorrow's weigh in looks better than last week's.

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So glad to hear from you Carol. Be careful!!
Cheryl retirement is bittersweet, great at times. Well most of the time.
Bev, thinking of you often and all your family is going through too.

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Good afternoon, ladies.

The surgery went well on Monday. Seemed like a long wait to get in there, but the anxiety was probably part of the problem.
Of course, I remember nothing, which is just the way I wanted it.

Guess I lost a bit more blood than normal as my hemoglobin was down after and they needed to give me 2 units of blood on Tuesday before they could discharge me. That was fine, as it helped me feel much better, less light headed.

They let me out at 7 last night. Hard to believe the day after the surgery I could go home! Learning to maneuver with the walker today. Home health is coming this afternoon, I guess. and we'll talk about p.t. or something.

I'm on a blood thinner but am trying to not use the percoset too much, if I can help it. That stuff just makes me loopy and I don't want to sleep during the day because then I won't sleep at night. I have found the guest bed to be easier to get in and out of at this point so that's where I'll sleep for a while. Hate, hate, hate sleeping on my back, but I will have to get used to it.

Friends are bringing supper in for us tonight. Others brought food in Sunday night so hubby wouldn't go hungry while I was in the hospital, I guess. That is still in the freezer, actually.

Well, I hear the recliner calling to me.

Cheryl, glad you have given your notice to the church. You will enjoy being fully retired, believe me! Bev, 2017 is nearly a quarter gone, and you'll be free to enjoy yourself more, too.

Have a great day all.

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Good afternoon, all. It's another gray day here but not as much rain as yesterday. Still, it makes for messy roads and cars. I took a trip to Burlington today to do a little Easter shopping for Alex and Halle and then made a stop at Costco to pick up a few things that we needed. Now, I'm pooped!

Our son is back at work today but said he is feeling even sorer than yesterday. He got a decent night's sleep though so he felt he had to work. They will need their extra days for Alex's appointments so he is forcing himself to work through the pain. Hubby is on meds for his sinus infection. I think he should probably try a steam tent too but I haven't convinced him.

Bev, the place where I get gas is just a little county store and he is usually 5 - 10 cents cheaper than near my home. On Wednesday's he has a nickel off too so I try to fill my tank while I am in town for work. I probably wouldn't like having to go inside otherwise but the cheaper prices on gas are worth the extra effort for me.

Buzzer is going off on the dryer. Hope all is well, Carol. The healing begins.

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I had ice on my car when I went out this morning but the roads were fine. Camden had the day off today due to a large fire in Bellows Falls. It was near the elementary school but tied up traffic in town so they also closed the middle school. The other schools were still open.

Rodney has been fine since his brief spell on Friday night. His doctor called him today to see how he was doing. He said having a fever shortly after this chemo is not unusual and he told him he can take Tylenol for a couple of days after the infusion next time to help prevent it.

Winning $10 at the gas station is nice, but I never use places that don't have a card reader. I used to, but when the stations all started requiring prepayment unless you were using a card I started using my debit card to fill up. I'm not sure that having a chance to win something would be enough incentive for me.

Cheryl, I hope your hubby feels better soon. Unless he is not like most men, I'm sure he is not fun to be around when he doesn't feel well.

Carol, I hope the surgery went well.

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Good afternoon, all. It's a gray day here. Lots of rain earlier and in some places it was freezing but not here. Thank Goodness!!!

My day started out quite well. I had a phone call that I had won a $10 gift certificate at the station where I get my gas. Nice. This is the second time I've won it. He offers this incentive so that people will pull away from the pumps instead of sitting there while they go in to pay. He doesn't have a credit card reader at the pump so this is a good way to do it, I think.

Hubby is still suffering with a cold and thinks he may also have a sinus infection so he is at the doctor's now. He has been miserable all weekend with it. He should have gone to see the doctor last week but he didn't.

We worked on moving our son out of his house this past weekend. He was able to put a lot of things in the garages at the new place so yesterday we took three truckloads there. In his rush to get things done, our son fell and hurt his back so wound up at the ER. He has a minor fracture of one of the lower vertebra but will not need surgery as it is stable. Of course, he is very sore so today he took a sick day. Just one more thing to pile on top of the situation with the baby. Alex had a transfusion on Friday and was full of pep and looking very much as a nine-month old should when I was at the house on Saturday. Let's hope this continues.

Today I gave my notice at the church office. I am not in a rush to get through but I did tell him I would really like to be out by summer. That should give him a decent amount of time to find someone and also allow me to train them for the various jobs. The bookkeeping might be an issue so I did tell him I would be willing to come in once a week for a couple of hours to take care of that until the new person felt more comfortable with the job. We'll see if that is necessary. There is also the option to have the finance people at the diocesan offices take care of that part but there is an additional charge and it does get a little more complicated. In giving my notice, I told him that this has nothing to do with anything in the parish. It's only because of Alex's situation and my desire to be available to help them get him through this.

Carol, I hope all is well with the surgery. My brother is anxious to have his done this Thursday. Bev, I hope Rodney doesn't have any more scares.

Have a great day.

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Carol, good luck with the upcoming surgery. I hope it results in a big improvement and that the recovery goes well. I bet you will be glad when it is over.

Cheryl, I am also thinking of your family as the grandson goes through his chemo. I hope it all goes well and takes care of the problem with little or no side effects.

Rodney had his second round of chemo this week and so far, so good. He did have a somewhat worrisome episode last night but it turned out to be nothing serious. When I got home from work he said she thought he might have a little bit of a fever. He said he had felt fine all day but a half hour or so before I got home he suddenly started to feel very tired and felt cold, although his skin felt warm. I took his temp then and it was 100.9- not terribly high but when on chemo they say you need to call for a temp that is 100.4 or higher. We opted to wait a while and check it again because he has had these spells before where he had a fever but by the time we got to the ER it would be gone. The second time it was 101.1 and a third time I checked it had gone up to 101.4 so I decided to call the hospital and speak to whoever was available in oncology- and of course they said he needed to go to the ER. She was thinking he might have an infection of some sort or else his whit blood count was so low it was causing a fever. She suggested bringing a change of clothes and anything else he would need if they decided he needed to be admitted. We packed an overnight bag and his CPAP machine and off we went. Of course his temp was down by the time he got there. They did a chest x-ray and a number of other tests but didn't find an infection, and his white blood count was actually up quite a bit from what it was on Wednesday right before his chemo, so they let him come home (we got back at 1:30 AM). That does make me wonder if he did have some kind of minor infection but apparently it was nothing much as he was fine today. I think we might wait longer before calling or going to the ER next time, but I still feel it was better to be safe.

It snowed for much of the day here but it didn't accumulate more than an inch or two. It sure didn't look like spring though!

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Morning, all.

Jean, nice to hear from you! And I haven't been getting some of the notices of posts lately either, so I don't think it's anything you did on your end.

Cheryl, I will tell you it's 61 here and headed to 84 or so today....not to rub it in, or anything, but every time I try to send some of it north it escapes before I even get it boxed! I'll keep trying, though. And I just saw a video on CBS This Morning on the sugaring process in VT! They talked with Dave Silloway of Silloway Maple; I'm not sure where that is, but it was a well-done reporting and a good plug for Vermont maple syrup.

Well, off to get ready for tomorrow's yard sale. It's the one day of the year when everyone is allowed to have one, and it attracts lots of outsiders to the development. Not that everyone participates, but many do. Now to keep hubby from wandering to the neighbors' to see what they might have for sale!

Have a great Friday all.

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Good morning, all. It's cloudy and threatening to rain/snow today. According to the forecast, there won't be any accumulation and the roads will be okay so I guess this is just a typical spring day.

Our grandson had his first chemo yesterday but before they did that they did an MRI and a bone marrow biopsy. No results on those tests yet. They did find that his blood counts were continuing to decline so today he will have a transfusion. According to them, he is dangerously anemic. So many things to keep in balance! I hope the transfusion does the trick although to look at him you would never know he is sick.

Hubby is sick with a miserable cold. He has had it for a few days now and it doesn't seem to be getting any better. He is always miserable when he gets a cold but I think this one is worse than usual.

Tomorrow we are supposed to go to our son's house to help them pack up and move the rest of their stuff in anticipation of their move into their new house next weekend. They wanted to get everything out so that they would have a couple of days to clean their old house before the closing. With all that is happening with the baby, they are just trying to juggle everything without driving themselves totally crazy. They will stay at her sister's house for a few days and that will take the pressure off having to get everything settled at the new place. I figure that I will probably go to the new place when I can next week to do some cleaning so they'll have one less thing to think about. The new place is only 15 minutes from us as opposed to the 45 minutes away for the old place. I'm going to like this!

Bev, I hope Rodney's treatments go well. I know it's unnerving that he has to go through this again but he is doing what he can to fight it and that's a good thing.

Carol, good luck with the surgery. It will be a tremendous relief when it's over and the healing starts.

Nothing great on my agenda for today. There's always the usual cleaning and such but after that, I'll have some "me" time. Have a great day.

Cheryl







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I'm not seeing any post since the 18th. ?????
Did I hit a button I shouldn't have... oh Crap
Also no messages to see either.
Technology great when I get it other wise frustrating.
Thanks for listening to me.

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Anyone going to SRD this year? I plan on being there.
Whew $58.00 is a lot, this might be my last year......
Especially for small chapters.

Makes me sad to hear of so much sickness amount our TOPS family and friends.
Hugs to all of you.

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They might suggest the baby not go to daycare while he is undergoing chemo because the chemo reduces the ability to fight off infections and we all know kids spread a lot of germs around. Rodney's niece was not able to put her baby in daycare because she had issues with her lungs when she was born. Fortunately his sister had just retired from her job and was able to take care of her.

We had our corned beef dinner last weekend. I was planning on a chicken and rice dish for tonight but Camden asked for tacos since it is his birthday. Neither of us are fans of tacos, but I fixed them for him and his parents. Rodney picked up some chicken sausages for himself and I might just have a can of soup or something. The chicken will be saved for tomorrow night.

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Good morning, all. We're up to 39 and sunny here with no wind so it definitely feels nice. I had to go out for a bit this morning and just enjoyed the warmth! Of course, that means that lots of snow is melting making the roads very wet and consequently, very messy cars. Oh well, can't have it all!

Bev, I can understand your granddaughter's reaction to her grandfather's illness. When Matt and Becky told Halle some of the story about Alex (not the whole ball of wax but just enough for her to understand that it's kind of a big deal) she didn't take it very well. She wanted to call them but couldn't because she was crying to much. Kids are so empathetic.

Alex had his port put in yesterday. They had trouble finding a vein large enough to accommodate the line so he wound up with three small incisions in his neck as opposed to the one they were planning. He was pretty fussy the rest of the morning and afternoon but was much better after a nap and was actually very pleasant when we saw him last evening. He didn't act as though there was anything bothering him at all. The problem they've already encountered is that the strap from his car seat harness runs right across the port making it uncomfortable. I suggested that they might want to pad that area a little when they have to take him out. Otherwise, he was doing great! He will have his first chemo treatment on Thursday. The doctors told his parents that the dose is very mild and he may not even lose his hair. Not that he has much to begin with! Chris has to return to work on Monday and Kate won't qualify for FMLA until September so I'm not sure what they will be able to do for Alex's care. They feel he will probably still be able to go to the daycare but, if not, then we two grandmothers have told them that we will do the daycare in their home. Joyce G has also volunteered to help out. She ran a daycare for many years and loves babies so that would work out very well.

Hubby is happy. We picked up his new truck after work yesterday. He's thinking this may be the last new one he has for a while since he will likely be retiring within the next couple of years. He felt he got a good deal and payments are actually less than the old truck had. I'm all for that!

We're having the boys and their families for lunch tomorrow. I didn't do corned beef yesterday so I will have it with them. With all that is going on, I figure that Chris and Kate can use some normalcy in their lives.

Looks like I can relax for a bit now. I've vacuumed and mopped and taken care of dishes this morning. I deserve a few minutes with my feet up, I think!

Cheryl

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I agree that it must be very difficult for the parents. It is bad enough when it is an adult having it done. Rodney just got his port put in on Wednesday and had his first chemo. He said it was kind of sore, so he used an ice pack and took Tylenol for the first couple of days, but I think it is bothering him less now. Today will be the first day he has been able to shower since he had it done and he will still need to put a waterproof covering over it whenever he showers for the next week. I feel bad for the parents (and grandparents) of that little guy who has to go through chemotherapy. It is good that he is not going through it because of cancer, but it still has to be a traumatic thing.

It is up to 27 here now, but I am not sure what it got down to since I didn't look when I first got up. The sap was running into Ed's tank a little yesterday because I could hear it when I went out by his sugar house looking for one of our snow shovels. The snow finally slid off the roof yesterday and I needed to shovel out in front of the steps before it got packed solid from people walking on it. Ed did the rest with the snowblower this morning. I think we are going to go looking for a birthday present for Camden today. he is 11 today and I never got around to ordering him something from Amazon. If I don't find anything today I will order something and he will get it a few days late. Tomorrow Sadie and the kids are coming for a visit. Apparently Sadie had told Owen (who is 12) that Rodney's cancer had come back, but she hadn't told Sara (who is 8). Sara overheard her brother telling one of his other grandmothers (Rodney's ex-wife) and she has been very upset ever since. Sadie said she has had some crying spells and had to see the counselor at school. She wants to come see her grandfather so they are coming tomorrow. Hopefully she will be reassured once she sees that he still looks the same as he did before. I thought Camden might be upset but so far he seems fine. The first time around he had asked if his grandfather was going to die because he knew that cancer can't be cured. At the time I reassured him that sometimes it can be and that the doctors had taken out all the cancer. Of course that is no longer the case but we try to be careful how much we say around Camden because we don't want him to be upset. At some point we will probably have to tell him more, but as long as Rodney is doing well I don't think there is any point in telling him anything more. Well, I better get ready so we can head out for birthday shopping! Enjoy the day ladies!

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Morning, all.
Sunny and 47 here this morning, headed to the mid-70s today. Woohoo!

I saw that it is 2 above back home, but the next few days look relatively warm. I think you all have deserved that and more! Cheryl, I'm sure the sugaring season came to a standstill for the moment. Let's hope it isn't over with completely!

I can't imagine one so young having to endure that treatment...it must be even harder on the parents to go through that with him. Let's hope it all goes smoothly and without further problems. Scary stuff.

I have no plans for today. Tomorrow we've been invited to corned beef and cabbage dinner at some friends' house, so today we may concentrate on housecleaning and odds and ends of projects here we've been putting off.

Like dishes...calling me now....

Have a great Saturday all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It's sunny here and I'm hoping that the temps will come up a bit. Right now, it's a frosty 19 degrees! BRRR!

I think we've finally recovered from the bug that hit us although as recently as yesterday I was still having issues. I saw my doctor yesterday and she confirmed that I was doing the right stuff to make the recovery happen. She was a little surprised that I hadn't come in sooner since I was still having more serious issues as of Tuesday. Oh well, I guess I figured it would get better, and it did. Hubby has started with a cold now though so he won't feel wonderful for a few days.

Our son and his wife met with the oncology doctors on Tuesday. The full pathology report wasn't done but there was enough information to determine that the diagnosis is correct. As I am writing this, Alex is having a port installed so that he will be able to start chemo soon. He will have six weeks of treatment, once per week, and then they'll re-evaluate. If the treatment seems to be successful at that time, they will change to one treatment every three weeks for a year. It breaks my heart to think of such intense treatment for such a little guy but they have a nearly 100% cure rate with this treatment so it is definitely the route to go.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all. We don't claim any Irish heritage but I guess everyone is a little bit Irish today.

Cheryl

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Morning all.

Sunny and cool here again this morning. I know, nothing like back home, but it's 37 now, expected to get to the mid-60s. By tomorrow it will be back to the 70s, though, so people aren't complaining too loudly.

Glad your trip was a safe one, Bev. I saw where Burlington and St. Albans got hit harder with the snow than some of the NEK towns. That is a bit of a surprise. Our yard got plowed yesterday and shoveled last night. Let's hope there is no new big storms coming soon.

Had a great lunch out yesterday at a Mexican restaurant I've been trying to get hubby to all winter. He wouldn't have gone, but the friends who invited us are the same ones he is doing some work for yesterday and today so they kind of twisted his arm. He ordered tacos, as he thinks that is the only Mexican food he would like. He did enjoy them and even went so far as to say he might even try a burrito, at some point in the future. Sure surprised me.

The next project for me is to make a spread for a bureau in the guest room, then start in on valances for the living room. I haven't used my sewing machine yet this winter, but I need to get some color into that room and replace the ones she had left here. I think they are original to the house and are the same color as the walls.

Well, good luck to those weighing in tonight.

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We got more than enough snow, but not as much as some places. I think we had around 18" by the time it was done. We did not drive up last night as it sounded like the weather might be better this morning- and it certainly was. We decided to leave extra early just in case we encountered any road issues so we were on our way before 5:30. The roads were still snow-covered in most places, but the snow had stopped, other than some occasional flurries. Rodney drove up and he was driving a little faster than I would have, but still slower than usual. There was very little traffic, even between the interstate exit and the hospital so we still made it in an hour. All went well, but it was a long day. We arrived there at 6:20 AM and left at 3:45 PM. He is very tired tonight and the port site is a little sore but otherwise he is doing fine.

Cheryl, I hope you survived the storm okay. Thank goodness for Ed and Kim as they did all the snowblowing and cleaning off cars last night. Rodney's cousin plows the road and he used to do our driveway as well, other than where the cars were if we didn't get them moved before he got here. This year we have too many extra vehicles and there is no way we can move them all out of his way, so he plows up to where the cars are parked and the rest gets done with the snowblower. Once the driveway is plowed Ed backs all of the cars down the driveway so he can use the snowblower to clean up where they were. Of course when the snow slides off the roof he will have to do it again!

Carol, can you send us some heat to melt some of this white stuff?

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Good morning, all. It's looking very much like we're in for a real piece of weather. The forecast just keeps getting worse and worse. They are now saying that we can expect at least 12" of snow, probably more, and the wind is going to make it even worse. Visibility predicted to be less than 1/4 mile. I went out already to pick up a few groceries since I knew I wouldn't want to go out later. We haven't seen snow yet but it's coming. The store wasn't all that busy but I bet it will be later.

I think I am slowly making progress in recovering from this bug but it doesn't take much to stop me in my tracks. Yesterday, I went to work for an hour to file payroll and then I came home to spend the rest of the day in the recliner again. No vomiting or diarrhea but totally weak. I did manage to make us a little supper but it took both of us to clean up the few dishes. He went back to work today but I suspect he may come back early since he didn't look too great this morning. I am still very weak and couldn't imagine trying to go to work for a full day.

Our grandson seems to have recovered from his surgery and tomorrow they are scheduled to meet at the oncology clinic to outline the plan for his treatment of the remaining masses. They are also hoping to get the final pathology report on the mass that was removed.

Bev, I hope all goes well with Rodney's appointment. It wouldn't surprise me though if they cancelled it since it looks like everything else is shutting down for the duration of the storm. I'm sure the kids are thrilled to have a couple of days off but they'll hate it when they have to go to school later in June!

Carol, the joint class provides a lot of answers to questions you may have. It's very informative and I found it to be quite helpful in allaying fears about what to expect. The recovery from the hip is quite different from the knee. It's quicker, I think.

Have a great day.

Cheryl

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Morning all.
57 here this morning, but no snow!

I can see on the radar where it is getting really close. No schools around there closed, but I'll bet they will close early today and maybe have tomorrow off too.

Bev, I think I'd want to make the drive as short as possible too. There's no telling what kind of conditions the roads will be in, and as we all know, other drivers don't always slow down when they need to, so there will be accidents, I'm sure.

Cheryl, hope you and Karl are better. It sounds very similar to a horrible virus that came on suddenly for my hubby when he was in Ohio a few years back for work. He ended up in the hospital overnight there, but it was a scary situation for a while.

I had my pre-op yesterday, which went well, I think. Today I go to the 'joint class' for all the gory details! A chance to ask more questions, at least.

Well, off to hit the shower before we go for haircuts.

Stay inside if you can, ladies!

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Sorry to hear the rest of your family is sick Cheryl, but I guess it is good to know that it must have been just some sort of virus that hit you instead of something more serious. I have heard there is some sort of a stomach thing going around. Hopefully none of us get it.

I'm not very happy about the weather forecast. We have to be at DHMC at 7 AM on Wednesday morning. Rodney is talking about maybe going up to his brother's after I get home on Tuesday and spending the night there so we will only have a short drive to the hospital. Driving won't be any better Tuesday night than it would be Wednesday morning, but at least we wouldn't have a deadline for getting to West Lebanon. I guess we will see how things sound when we get closer to that day.

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Good evening, all. I guess I'm not the only one who had an aventful week! Carol, you will feel so much better with the new hip. After having so much pain, waking up without it is marvelous! My brother is also having hip replacement at the end of this month.

Bev, it sounds like your boss it being very unreasonable. Family always comes first, in my opinion, so I don't blame you one bit for your decision to be there for Rodney.

Our weekend has taken another turn. After spending Friday vomiting, i developed diarrhea and spent most of the night running to the bathroom. Yesterday, i stayed home while Karl went to Halle's party and then i took a nice long nap in the late afternoon. Considering that i had spent about 24 hours in the recliner, that felt really good. This morning, I woke up early to the sound of Karl being sick. Yup, he has it now. He passed out at some point during the night but didn't get me up. So, today, I have been doing what i can for him while still being very careful myself. To top it off, our daughter has it now too. She is all alone in her townhouse so I'm hoping she's smart enough to do what she has to.

And now we have a late season nor'easter to contend with. I will plan to work tomorrow but i don't know if I will tackle the hills on Wednesday. Looks like I will probably have an extra day off this week.

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3/11/17 10:15 A

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Oh my God Cheryl, I guess you have had an eventful week! I can't imagine how scary it must have been for all of you! I sure hope the initial assessment is right and that the baby did not have cancer. When Rodney and I were at DHMC on Wednesday we saw a very young child in the hall a ways down from the waiting area we were sitting in that was clearly a cancer patient as he/she was totally bald. I would guess he/she was only 3 or 4 years old. I said to Rodney then that I couldn't even fathom being a parent with a child who has cancer. It is hard enough when it is your spouse.

I hope your own episode was nothing major either. I hope everyone is back to normal soon and that you don't have any more of that kind of excitement any time soon!

We met with the new oncologist on Wednesday and the plan for Rodney has changed a bit. He did say that we could wait for symptoms or evidence of the cancer spreading further before starting treatment, but he also said starting treatment now would be a reasonable plan as well. He said while they can't say with 100% certainty without a biopsy that this is the same cancer as before he is 90% certain it is and he doesn't feel there would be any benefit to waiting for a biopsy to confirm it before starting treatment. He gave Rodney three options- watching and waiting like the first oncologist suggested, starting an aggressive chemo regimen now, or starting a less aggressive chemo now and if that doesn't work we would then move to a more aggressive one or to a clinical trial. He said there were no right or wrong answers because no one can predict what his cancer will do, so it is a matter of what Rodney is comfortable with doing. He opted to go with chemo now, but the less aggressive one to start. It will be the same drug he was given before so he should tolerate it pretty well. The doctor said he felt that if he went with the more aggressive combination they might have to reduce the dose of the second drug because it tends to be hard on the kidneys and Rodney already has some slight kidney damage, probably from the diabetes. He will be going up on Wednesday to get a port put in and he will also have his first chemo later that day. I submitted a request to my boss on Thursday to take next Wednesday off to go with him, both because I feel the need to be there for his first one and also because they won't let him drive home since he will be sedated when they put the port in. The bitch told me my request was denied because she needs me to be there working full time until the department is caught up with our work, and that if I needed to start FMLA for Rodney I should go see HR. I had already planned to file FMLA paperwork but I hadn't done it yet because until the day before I didn't think he was starting treatment yet- and I also wasn't sure I was eligible for FMLA again quite yet. I am not eligible for FMLA again until the 19th and his appointment is the 15th, but I am going anyway. I told the HR person it was not negotiable as my husband's life is worth more to me than any job and if my boss wants to fire me for taking an unauthorized day off she can but I will definitely not be at work that day. She understood and said she will talk to my boss and she doesn't think there should be a problem (other than that my boss will be a bitch to me every chance she gets). I didn't hear anything from either of them yesterday. The reality is that I could have not said anything and just called in sick on Wednesday because even though I am not eligible for FMLA I do have vacation days available. Did I mention that I can't stand my boss and can't wait for the day I can stop working there?

Bev

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Morning all.

Cheryl, glad you and the baby are coming through okay. What a scare for all of you!! Especially the not knowing part....that is the worst! I hope the weekend is uneventful and you can rest up. Nerves and anxiety can do odd things to people, I know.

Another hot day in store here....probably 85. I guess there's a -28 wind chill warning out back home. I do not miss that!

I have scheduled my hip replacement surgery for March 27. I will have 5 weeks of recovery/recuperating time before we head home. Maybe I've already mentioned that, but I decided not to prolong the inevitable. The x-ray showed more damage than I'd thought, and waiting until June or later would mess up too much of the summer, which is short enough as it is there.

Well, time to get moving.

Have a great Saturday all.

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Good morning, all. This has been an eventful week for us. I was at work on Wednesday when our son called hubby and me on a conference call. They had taken the baby to the doctor on Tuesday because he had a bump that just wouldn't go away. The doctor sent them to the ER and from there Alex was admitted to the hospital. Through a series of tests over the next two days it was determined that the bump was actually a collection of abnormal cells and that he has at least two more, smaller masses at the base of his skull and in his spine. Long story short, they operated yesterday to determine definitely what was going on. The preliminary diagnosis is that he has something that mimics cancer, but is not cancer. They removed the mass at the base of his skull and will perform pathology tests over the next couple of days to be absolutely certain. He will have to have a series of chemotherapy treatments to eradicate the other masses. The good news is that this is curable. He came through the surgery just fine.

Meanwhile, I was waiting with the rest of the family in the surgical waiting area, and suddenly felt very faint and then nauseous. I began to vomit causing the personnel manning the room to call a code. Immediately, I was surrounded by many medical personnel! Matt said he thought there were about 40 doctors, med students, crash carts, gurneys...you name it! One doctor kind of took charge and determined that it might have just been a one-time reaction to nerves. Chris commented that they heard the code and thought that someone was providing some excitement for us while we waited. He was very surprised when he found out it was me! So, i was ok for a while and then started vomiting again! This time, they decided that I should go to the ER. I spent the next five or six hours there, vomiting again and again. They were trying to start an IV to replace fluids but couldn't find a good vein. Finally, one nurse was able to get a line in (hers was the fifth attempt) and then i was able to stop vomiting. I masked up and checked out how the baby was doing and then we headed for home. Ever since, i have had diarrhea! No more vomiting though! We would be going to Halle's birthday party today but i will be staying home. Karl and Jess will go.

So, after all that excitement, I'm planning to spend a very quiet day today. Alex should be going home today but I won't go near him until I am sure I won't be passing anything to him. With all the vomiting, diarrhea and all, I should have a good weigh in this week!

Cheryl

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Rodney's car will be paid off later this year and mine would be paid off next February I think, although my current plan is to pay it off before the end of this year. We won't be buying new ones any time soon. Once we are both getting social security we will likely replace one of them, but not both. If I stand a chance of being able to get done working at the end of the year I have to make sure we don't have any payments left other than the home equity loan. We will have to be very careful but I think we can just about pay our monthly bills on just Rodney's income as long as nothing like the sewer problem we just had comes up. I want to get our savings account built up a bit before the end of the year so that we have a little for unexpected expenses without withdrawing more of our retirement money this soon. The sewer problem isn't going to help with that!

I don't think the implications of Rodney's disease have fully sunk in yet for either of us. A part of me knows it is likely we will not have a lengthy retirement together, but with him feeling good now I can't really fully grasp it - which is probably a good thing. Once he has to start treatment or when he gets to the point that he is not doing so well I'm sure it will hit me hard, but for now I am doing okay. He says it hasn't fully sunk in for him yet either.

I think I heard we might see the low 50s on Wednesday but I think it is also supposed to be mostly cloudy so I'm not sure it will feel all that warm. Then I heard it was going to get colder again in time for the weekend- although not as cold as this past weekend. We were a little warmer than you Cheryl, but that darn wind made it feel bitter cold. It got into the teens on Saturday and yesterday it was in the mid-to-upper 20s for a while, but the wind made it feel colder.

Well, I guess I better get off here and get some other stuff done. Good luck making those scales look better by weigh-in day! Mine don't look good either.

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Good evening, all. It's finally getting a bit warmer here but not enough yet. We had single numbers all day Saturday and then a bit warmer into the teens and low 20's yesterday. Today, it actually hit the 30's. It is supposed to get into the 50's before the end of the week.

Bev, I am so sorry to hear of Rodney's test results. Let's hope the genetic testing can pinpoint accurately the type of treatment that will help him for the long haul. I'll be thinking of you both.

It was a busy weekend. Friday, Halle and I went shopping for birthday presents. She will be ten on Wednesday and wanted some clothes for the Disney cruise they will do in May so we went to Old Navy and found some very cute clothes for her cruise. Saturday I canned a bunch of syrup. Matt had nothing ready to sell and people had been asking for the new syrup so I was able to help out in that respect. I canned 18 gallons, 12 half-gallons and 18 quarts. That should be enough to help for a few days at least. He should be boiling again this week but the cold temps over the weekend gave him a much needed chance to rest a bit. He has been working on a lofted bed as a birthday present for Halle and he really needed the time to get it done. Yesterday, hubby and I went to Chris's house to help them get ready for their move later this month. I took care of Alex while Chris and Karl loaded a truck with some furniture and boxes of household things that they are putting in temporary storage and Kate's sister's house. Kate was going through paperwork, doing laundry and packing a few more things. Everyone had a job!

I don't normally work on Tuesday but I have to go in for an hour tomorrow for some training on changes to the payroll process. I'm hardly comfortable with the process we have been using and now I have to deal with changes! The time for getting done is getting closer and closer!!!

Hubby is starting to look at new trucks. I knew it wasn't going to be long before he got the itch. The current one is nearly paid off and he mentioned that he would like to replace both vehicles before he retires in a couple of years. My car is the newer one so I have no desire to trade it in for a while yet.

Time to start some supper. I think I should be living on water, given the way the scales are looking lately.

Cheryl

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3/3/17 9:08 A

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Morning, ladies.

Bev, so sorry to hear of Rod's recent testing results. If the nodules are too small to biopsy, perhaps that means a slow-growing thing that the specialists can treat accurately and aggressively. We will hope for the best, of course. And he has overcome so many obstacles before now.

The air has changed here today, less humidity with temps expected to reach mid-70s. Windy, of course. That seems to be the norm, and we are not even near the coast.

Hubby's off helping a friend hand drapery rods this morning. Her husband is not well, and can't climb any steps, so ladders are definitely out for him. At least it's inside work today. He spent the last 2 days outdoors repairing/replacing irrigation heads for another friend. It involved a lot of digging and getting soaking wet from the sprinklers...which was probably not a bad thing considering the heat.

We didn't go to pot luck last night but those same friends brought over 2 plates of dessert samplings after they went. They know he has a reputation of making several trips to the dessert table, I guess. I still had pecan pie left for him here but of course they didn't know that. Consequently he had no trouble finding desserts for dinner.

Well, off to do some kitchen cleanup.

Have a good day all.

Carol

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3/2/17 3:50 P

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Well, I just typed a long message and when I hit the button to post I got a notice that I had no internet connection. I think that was because the power had apparently flicked off briefly earlier and my computer hadn't reset since then. Oh well I will start over any maybe make it shorter!

First of all, Carol, good luck with the hip! I hope you are able to get some relief even if it is only temporary. My ankle has been bothering me a lot lately so I may end up having to have the screws put in years ago when I broke it removed. It has bothered off and on over the years but usually only for a week or two at a time and then it will be better for long periods of time. This time it doesn't seem to be getting better and the past couple of weeks have been especially bad. I had to stop wearing my compression hose this week because the pressure against the ankle hurts too much.

I don't think I will go to TOPS tonight, although it is mostly nothing to do with my weight. I probably would gain, especially since I haven't been able to wear the compression hose much this week, but that is not my main reason for staying home. I think hubby needs company tonight as his oncology appointment today did not go that well. They are fairly certain his cancer is back, although the nodules in his lungs are still too small to biopsy. They have grown larger in the last three months and there are new ones as well, so that along with the increase in his tumor marker make it likely the cancer has spread to his lungs. Because he currently feels good and has no symptoms she doesn't want to start him on treatment yet. They can't cure it so starting treatment now would not improve the long-term outcome. They have drugs they can use to control it, but usually the drugs will eventually stop working and they will have to try another one, so if they start treatment too soon they risk using up his options too soon. For now, the plan is to order genetic testing of his original tumor in preparation for doing targeted therapy when the time comes. In the next two or three weeks he will also see a doctor at DHMC who works with clinical trials. This doctor came to DHMC from Dana Farber, which is one of the top hospitals in the country for bile duct cancer. Rodney told me on the way home that he isn't sure this has all sunk in yet, but I think he is feeling pretty down at the moment. For now, it is life as usual, except it is now with the knowledge that he has an incurable disease that will eventually kill him. All we can do is hope they can control it for a long time. We have also been having sewer problems since Tuesday night so we haven't been able to use the toilet, sink, or shower. Fortunately we still had a porta-potti left from the days when we had one for the boat. It's not fun, but it beats the woods on a cold, dark night. Rodney at first thought the line was clogged and he tried to clear it but then he decided there must be a broken pipe somewhere between the house and the septic tank so we had to call a guy with an excavator to come in and dig it up and repair it today. He finished up just a while ago, so now I have a ton of dishes to wash, plus get the porta-potti cleaned up and put away. I also need to run to Walgreens to pick up a couple of prescriptions. Rodney has had a cough and been short of breath for a while, which we assumed was from the lung nodules, but his doctor told him today they are so small they would not cause that. She is having him try an antibiotic in case it is a respiratory infection. If that doesn't help he may need to see a pulmonary specialist.

Bev

PS- nope this one is not any shorter!!!

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Hi again,
Yes, Carol. I did have an injection in my hip prior to deciding on surgery. As I recall, it was fairly painful. The procedure was done in the hospital in one of the out-patient surgery rooms. He had an image of my hip on the screen and he used it to guide the placement of the needle. I had to lie very still in order not to dislodge the needle during the injection. I did have good results for a period of time but nothing was going to reverse the damage to the joint. It only just delayed the surgery. Good luck with whatever option you choose.

Cheryl

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Good morning all.

I got the high wind alert for back home today. Sure hope we don't lose power if the temps are going to drop. We will get an alert on his phone if we do lose power, so we can notify someone to go and get out the generator.

My scales were up at chapter meeting yesterday, due mainly to not being able to exercise. I see an ortho guy here Monday so maybe I can get a shot or some sort of relief so I can get back to walking at least. Cheryl, did you ever get one of those before you opted for surgery?

I made a pecan pie yesterday ....first time ever, I think. Some friends gave us a pound of pecans they brought back from a recent trip up to Georgia and they'd been asking if we used any of them yet. I just used a frozen crust, so it was easy to make. I used Splenda for the sugar and light butter, but of course there's still a ton of corn syrup in there....so the calorie count is still very high. I had one piece last night but I'm hoping he eats up the rest.

His sugar numbers are beginning to stabilize now that he is on the antibiotic for the urology issue. That will give him an excuse to eat more pie! (Not that he needs any)

Well, time to get something accomplished. Some other friends gave us gift cars to Chilis...so we are thinking we'd use those to go out to eat tonight instead of going to the weekly pot luck. At least there won't be a dessert table to walk by.

Good luck tonight with the emoticon .

Carol

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Good morning, all. I guess winter is making a comeback today. We had temps in the 50's yesterday and now we're down to the 20's this morning. It's supposed to hit single numbers over the weekend.

With all the high temps, the sap has been running like crazy. We've gone to the sugar house several times to start concentrating the sap so that Matt can boil during the early part of the next day. He has made lots of syrup already and the season hasn't really hit the peak time yet. I hope these cold temps reset the trees.

Our meeting tonight isn't likely to be very well attended. Three of our five officers are gone on vacation and a few members have already texted me to say that they won't be there tonight due to work obligations. My scales are still looking pitiful so I guess it's going to be another A for me tonight.

Time to head off to work. Have a great day.

Cheryl


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Morning all.

Dense fog here this morning, 61, I think it is, headed to above 80 again today. A record-breaker yesterday in Tampa, but the humidity is coming back somewhat so it feels sticky out there.

Hubby saw his urologist's P.A. yesterday who put him on an antibiotic as they think he may have a UTI. His blood sugar numbers have been outrageously high for him, and that usually means something going on his body. My ortho folks called and made an appointment for next Monday about my hip. Yesterday was an okay day with it, but walking any distance at all is out of the question now.

Today we are going to Lake Wales to a Sears store that is one of the ones closing. He is hoping to see what tools they might have marked down. Of course, I might have to wander to the women's department for a while, too!

Well, time to hit the shower.

Have a terrific Tuesday all.

Carol

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2/26/17 7:08 P

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I used to make whoopie pies fairly often Cheryl, but I have not made any in a long time. Between Rodney being diabetic and me being so much overweight I figured it was something we should avoid. Occasionally I will make them for something but only if I know most of them will leave the house. I usually keep a couple for each of us if I make them, but that is it. Now that I am likely diabetic (or at least prediabetic) I am even less apt to make them. Rodney was bad when we were in Florida and kept wanting to get a blizzard at Dairy Queen. I frequently told him we didn't need one but I admit I didn't argue too much. At least I never had anything bigger than a medium one. He can't say the same. I got on the scale earlier today and I am up some from my last weigh-in at TOPS but I don't think I am up from before we left. When I stopped taking the diuretic my weight went up by three or four pounds in the first few days and I was up by a little over two this morning. If I am careful maybe I can be back to my last weigh-in by Thursday since I didn't wear my compression hose the last two days while we were traveling. They tend to irritate the ankle with screws in it after a few hours of wear and I knew we would be spending a couple of long days on the road so I didn't wear them. The scale may look better after wearing them this week. I was going to wear them today but I needed to wash them and I didn't want to open my last new pair.

Ed is getting into making maple syrup but not on the scale your family does it Cheryl! Kim's sister and brother-in-law have been doing it for years and Ed got interested last year when they spent a weekend visiting them and helping out. He came home and tapped some trees and used our turkey fryer to make a gallon or so. This year he started out making an arch out of an oil tank, but then he ended up buying a used one. Tonight is the first time he has had enough sap to fire up his arch. He built a "sugar shack" out of pallets and a few other materials that he had to buy. He doesn't have it all closed in yet but he has it all framed up and has a roof on it, so he can use it the way it is until he has time to finish the siding. I think he spent more money than he really had to spare but it has been a good hobby to keep his mind off his issues with Erin and Logan. He is finally divorced- as of Thursday- but he will only have limited visitation with Logan, especially for the next few months. He could have continued to fight for more, but his lawyer told him there was no guarantee he would get much more so he opted to put it behind him and take what he can get, which will be a lot more contact than he has been allowed for the last two years. Eventually he will get to have him every other weekend and for two weeks in the summer (although they can't be consecutive weeks) and for either February or April vacation. There is no provision for him to have him on holidays (unless the holiday falls on his weekend anyway), but at least he will have regular contact with him. For the month of March he can only have him for a couple of hours every Wednesday, then in April and May he will gradually get to spend more time with him, but I think he said it will be June before he can have Logan overnight. I guess all her BS got her almost the results she wanted (she really wanted Logan to have no contact whatsoever with Ed). She plans to move back to Tupper Lake and I guess when she does they will meet in Glens Falls (at a police station so she can't claim something happened that didn't) to pick up and drop off Logan. In bad weather that will be a hassle but otherwise I guess it won't be too horrible.

Back to work tomorrow- yuck!

Bev

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Good afternoon, all. It's sunny but not very warm here. Some different from yesterday! As we finished up the boiling last night, there were huge snowflakes coming down. It added up to a couple of inches of very wet, slushy snow. The drive home was interesting to say the least. We had our son's car since he has our truck so hubby took it very slow. We finally got home a little after 11. Today, there's no boil but hubby is trying to get the security cameras functioning again so we can keep an eye on things down there. Technology is great but they have had a few glitches in their execution this year. Matt installed a system of sensors to monitor the lines, making it easier to find leaks. As of yesterday, they finally had all the sensors up and running but it has been an eight month process. Whew! It should save him a lot of time and energy in the long run since he has 60 - 80 miles of tubing strung up and finding the leak could be a hit or miss operation without those sensors.

Bev, glad you arrived home in time to rest a little before heading back to work tomorrow. I thought of you this morning as I made a batch of whoopee pies, something that I think you often make. Now I just have to keep my hands off them!

No special plans for the rest of the day. Probably just relaxing and catching up on some knitting. I'm working on another stocking, this one for my BIL. My sister's stocking is done. When I finish Paul's, I will have provided them for all my siblings, their spouses, nieces, nephews, grand-nephews, grand-nieces, and the spouses of the nieces and nephews. One of these days, I'll have to make a pair for Karl and me.

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2/26/17 9:26 A

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Morning all.
Glad you made it home safely, Bev, and that the weather cooperated, for the most part.
I don't enjoy night driving any more either, and with rain, forget it! I might as well have a blindfold on.

We picked up our recliner yesterday in Brandon. It is about 25 minutes from here, down I-4 near Tampa. We were there nearly a half-hour, probably because most people do pick their stuff up on Saturdays. Traffic was thicker coming home, but I'm not sure why. No accidents, at least, just high volume. I was thinking maybe the state fair is still going on. The Strawberry Festival starts soon in Plant City, which is on the way, so that shouldn't have been a contributing factor.

The chair is actually a rocker recliner, which I had kind of forgotten...it's been over 6 weeks since we ordered it. Pretty comfortable and matches the rest of the furniture, which is what I wanted.

We finally put up a large wall mirror that had been my parents' in the front entry yesterday, but not without incident. We were so careful to pack it for the trip down, and it's been sitting out of the way in a safe place since we arrived. He moved it out and was measuring for the location and yup, put a small (about 2-inch) crack in the front on one corner. We put it up anyway. It doesn't detract from its function, so we decided to just live with it.

I think the drug problem in our state has gotten bigger than we even know. There was a big drug roundup in the Newport area a couple of weeks ago, but even with that, more people will step up and take over or be replaced....it is a losing battle, I'm afraid. It seems nothing can stop these people from getting the drugs and/or the money to buy them...they will stop at nothing, and killing has become the 'solution' to them. So sad, but it is everywhere.

Well, time to drag the vacuum cleaner out.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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We made it home between 7:15 and 7:30 last night. Most of the trip was pretty nice. Rodney drove all day Friday. The weather was pretty nice all day. We had left at 4 AM so we stopped a little after 6- earlier than we usually do but I could see he was getting tired even though he at first wouldn't admit it. I did all the driving yesterday and for the most part the weather was okay. We ran into a little bit of rain here and there in PA but nothing too serious. In New York it was very windy, but again we had nothing more than a little occasional rain. I got to Hartford, CT just before dark and I was happy to get through there before it got any darker. There was a stretch of road just a little north of Springfield, MA that I had a very hard time seeing the lines on the road. They really need to repaint them! Between the rain, the dark, and lights coming toward me in the other lane or coming up behind me I was having a real hard time seeing and I was driving a lot slower than the speed limit. Thankfully we got past that section and the lines were brighter but the rest of the trip was still not much fun. It was raining most of the time and in some places was foggy, along with the darkness. I don't like to drive at night because I don't see all that well anyway. I was very happy to get off the road and get home,

I heard about the shooting and of course assumed it was drug related. I also read about a woman in Chester who died from an overdose in the past couple of days. She was 7 1/2 months pregnant and the baby also died. Very sad, but the reality is the baby likely would never have been right anyway since she was using drugs all the time she was pregnant. The report I read said she had previously overdosed when she was 2 or 3 months pregnant but had been revived that time. I think it was right before we left they had three people die from what was suspected to be drug overdoses in two separate incidents in Brattleboro on the same day. In one incident a man was found dead and in the other a man was found dead and a woman was taken to the hospital and then transferred to DHMC but she died a day or two later. There is way too much of it out there and not enough treatment available.

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Good morning, all 60 degrees here already today. Just incredible to have such temps here in February! I've shut off the furnace and opened some doors and windows.

That shooting was just around the block from me in the parking lot of our church. It was a bit scary but none of the action was very close to us. Neither the shooter nor the victim were locals but, as I suspected, it was apparently drug-related. The victim is still alive but in critical condition.

Matt will be boiling tonight so we'll head down there about 5:00. He is making very light syrup, the old "fancy" grade. He doesn't usually get this lighter stuff. I made a batch of donuts yesterday to take down there.

Our second son stopped in yesterday to borrow the truck. They should be moving by the end of March so they are busily packing things into totes and moving them to storage at his in-laws. He is excited about moving and we're happy too since he'll be only 15 minutes from us.

Bev, i hope your travels are going well. Temps are headed back down tonight so i hope it won't be too much of a shock to your system.

Have a great day.

Cheryl

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Morning, ladies.

Foggy and warm here this morning, headed to 78 or 80 again today.

Bev, safe travels to you both. I saw where the storm is headed up the east coast. I hope you are not stuck somewhere and have to delay your return. You just might be ahead of it, though.

Never got to go after the recliner yesterday but that is on the agenda for today. Hubby ended up working for a friend, which took him longer than expected. Then we both fell asleep for an hour or so mid-afternoon. By the time we woke up it was too late, so we just got some groceries and his prescription at Wal-Mart and came home.

Our development has a small home show at the clubhouse this morning so I know he wants to go with that and get info from roofers.

Well, guess I'd better hit the shower.

Cheryl, hope that shooting in St. Albans wasn't anywhere near you. It's getting so no streets are safe anymore from the druggies and their determination to get what they want.

Have a great Saturday all.

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I saw that it was very warm at home. Hopefully spring is not far away. We will be headed for home early tomorrow morning. Most of our stuff is packed in the car already, including some things we are taking back to the in-laws. Tomorrow we will just need to pack up the last minute stuff, shut off the water and electricity, lock up the house and head out. We will drive a while before stopping for breakfast. Rodney would like to be on the road around 4 AM. We plan to spend one night in a motel and be home Saturday night if all goes well. We had a lot of rain yesterday but today has been pretty nice-a few sprinkles a couple of times but lots of sun other times. I did the laundry so we won't be bringing home a lot of dirty clothes.

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Good afternoon, all. It's a really warm day here with temps in the low 60'. Yes, that's 60's!!!! We're supposed to get some rain and it is clouding up now so I guess it's going to happen. The weekend is supposed to be very warm again. Not sure if that is such a good thing. Sugaring has only just started so I'd hate to have the trees start budding already! Matt boiled again yesterday and had over 300 gallons by the end of the day. He's boiling again today and will probably have to boil every day until the weather cools down. Keeping my fingers crossed that this warm weather will snap and freeze again.

I'm not going to weigh in tonight. My scales are awful and I don't know what it going on. I have worked harder this week than I have in a long time and still the numbers keep going up. I think I will have to go back to keeping a log of my intake and activities. That worked once before, although I hated every minute that I did it. Something has to get me back on track.

My big project this afternoon was to fix the doorbells. Not really a major task but I've never done this before. I told hubby a couple of days ago that they weren't working but he forgot to deal with the situation.

A couple of hours left before the meeting. Let's see if I can accomplish something useful.

Cheryl

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Morning ladies.

Overcast here this morning. We got some badly needed rain yesterday, which has helped to ease the deficit somewhat. Mostly sun for the next few days, with temps back in the 70s and 80s most days.

Cheryl, I can't believe your son made 110 gallons of syrup already. That is terrific. Let's hope the season continues to be a good one. It made me think of pancakes all day yesterday so hubby was kind enough to make some this morning for breakfast.

I gained .6 yesterday and the chapter had a small net gain. I don't think February's numbers are going to be that good overall.

The last of the a.c. tasks are supposed to get done today, replacement of the insulation in the attic that got trampled down during the installation of the air conditioner.

The hip feels somewhat better this morning, It gets better (fortunately) as the day goes on, probably because the anti-inflammatory has a chance to work.

Well, time to get some dishes done and decide what to make to take to pot luck tonight.

Good luck at weigh-in tonight, Cheryl.

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Good morning, all. It's sunny here and promises to be a very nice day. Sap will surely run today. I'll be heading to the sugar house in a little while to do what I can to help out there. Matt says there's canning to be done and some washing up to do. Those are things that I can handle but there's no way I can go in the woods to look for leaks and such. He made about 110 gallons of syrup on Sunday but he worked until 3:00 am to get it done. I'm glad we didn't stay for that!

Other than helping Matt, today is also the day I do my groceries and laundry. Not sure all that will get done though. We need to make a trip to Costco to replenish some vitamins that we both take so we're planning a quick supper and then a trip there. Looks like laundry may wait until tomorrow to finish.

We had a Comcast repair guy here yesterday because we have had some problems lately with our signal. They claimed that there had been a problem in the neighborhood that they thought might have been the source and that they had fixed it last week. I had him check out the lines anyhow and he did find a problem with water in some of them. The connections had been replaced a while ago but they apparently never checked the lines themselves. Anyhow, he worked on things for well over an hour so I hope all is fixed now. Time will tell.

Sounds like you're having a family reunion of sorts while you're in Florida, Bev. It looks like Spring will finally be coming once you're back here. Enjoy the warmth while you can though because you won't find the temps as nice here.

I guess I should get my day going. Enjoy!

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Yes we are enjoying being here and can't wait until we can spend more time here. Other than the traffic I like it really well. I haven't driven down here yet but I will. I have spent a lot of time cleaning and sorting out and getting rid of things we don't want, but it has been fun seeing the place become our own. There will be things I won't get to until next year but I have made a lot of progress. The in-laws would have a fit if they knew some of the stuff we got rid of but i'm not keeping stuff I will never use just because they think we should. Rodney's sister got here Friday night and we spent quite a bit of time with her yesterday. Her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter came down and she came with them to help watch the baby. Rod's oldest brother and his wife got here a few hours ahead of us so we have spent some time with them also. Her daughter and granddaughter are also here now and they plan to go to Busch Gardens one day this week so they asked if we would let their dogs out while they are gone. Well I better get off here and get breakfast going so we can decide what we are doing today. I already have laundry in the washer. Enjoy the taste of spring Cheryl!

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Good afternoon, all.
A warm 81 here this afternoon, almost too hot! No complaints from me, though, as it is not humid.

Hard to believe sugaring season is about to begin back home. I know that much of the snow has melted off our deck, so that's a good thing.

Bev, sounds like you are enjoying being down here. I hope the weather continues to hold for you.

Had a successful trip to Target yesterday and got a kitchen trash can and some new sheets. Now that we have real furniture to store out clothing, it feels like we've really moved in. The only thing left is a mirror, and we have that, but he is going to build a wood frame and stain it to match the furniture ( I hope). We could have bought a matching mirror at Ikea but since we had one left over from the bathroom makeover, we decided to use that instead.

Well, time to see what I can dig up for supper.

Have a great evening all.

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Good afternoon, all. It's a balmy 45 here today and feels just wonderful! I think Spring is coming. We will head to the sugar house in a little while for the first boil of the season.

We spent the weekend with our daughter in NY. It's not quite final yet but she and her husband have split and she has purchased a town house so we wanted to help her get a few things settled in her new digs. We brought her some extra pieces of furniture that we had stored here and we knew she could find a use for them. We spent most of the morning yesterday shopping for things at Lowe's and Home Depot. Then, the rest of the day was spent changing out some cabinet hardware, lining shelves and drawers, installing a new light, and just emptying boxes and resettling her things. One of her friends came over and cooked supper for us and it was delicious!!! Sure am glad we didn't have to deal with meals since we were just about dead on our feet!

Today, we got a fairly early start for the return trip and now, after resting a little and unpacking the truck, we'll head to Matt's to help with the first boil. It's exciting to think that we're starting the season. Definitely makes me feel like Spring is coming!

Time to call my mother for our weekly chat. Have a wonderful day.

Cheryl

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We had 46 when we got up but it is 77 now. We took time off from working and went to Fisherman's Village this morning then rode down toward Ft Myers and stopped at Harbor Freight. I called it the big boy toy store! We bought an over the toilet storage rack but it has wire shelves so now we are at Home Depot hoping to get some pieces of plexiglass to keep small things from falling through.

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Good morning all.
A chilly 41 here this morning, but it will be in the upper 70s by the afternoon.

There is a dense smoke advisory here this morning, a first for us. The brush fires in the southern part of the county have caused problems up here, I guess, but I looks clear and sunny out there to me.

I lost 1.6 this week, but the chapter had a net gain.

Saw my doc again yesterday to get her advice on my hip. I guess I'll try to tough it out and do something when we get back home. I think I'd better stock up on Tylenol...took 3 last night and it didn't help much.

We did get to Ikea Wednesday afternoon so hubby has had fun (not!) putting together the bedroom pieces we bought. He started with the biggest one, so the worst is over, in that sense. Smaller pieces, like the nightstands, are going better.

Well, time to try to get something accomplished myself here.

Have a fabulous Friday all.

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Good evening, all. It was another nasty ride to work this morning. Roads were very greasy and there was a driver who must have been terrified because the car was traveling at about 10 -15 mph. I will admit that there was good reason to take it easy but that was ridiculous! It took me about twice as long to make the trip and I was very happy to finally get to the office.

Our meeting tonight was not pretty. Very few people made the effort to be there so we just did a weigh in and then left. There were the four officers and only two other members there. Not much for losses either. I had another gain but not as much as I expected so I guess that was good. Lots of people going on vacations right now so attendance is very low, even worse than during summer vacations.

We are going over to see our daughter this weekend. We don't usually go at this time but the weather looks good so we thought it would be a good weekend to do this. We need to get out of the rut we're in so this will be a good change of scenery.

Enjoy all the warm weather. We had another six inches of snow overnight.

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Yes we got out of there just in time! We drove in snow on Saturday until we got almost to Springfield, MA so it took a little longer than usual but other than the snow on the first part of the trip and a detour in NY because an accident had closed I-84 it was uneventful. Rodney did most of the driving. We left around 3:45 Saturday and he drove until 11. He pulled over for me to drive because he started having one of his pain attacks. I drove until about 5:30 when we stopped for gas and a bathroom break. It was getting dark and I wasn't crazy about driving in unfamiliar territory after dark so he took over and drove another 3 hours before we stopped for the night in SC. Sunday we slept later and didn't get on the road until 6:30. We got here a little before 5:30. Everything is fine at the house here other than a sink faucet in the bathroom that was leaking pretty bad. We didn't use that sink until Rodney replaced the faucet last night. We picked up the replacement window but he hasn't put it in yet. His uncle called yesterday to ask him to go fishing today. Dan will be having chemo again tomorrow so he won't feel good for a few days and then his daughter and granddaughter are coming so the only chance for Rodney to go with him was today. I told him he should go and I would work around here today. There is a lot of cleaning to be done, plus sorting through all the kitchen stuff they left behind that I will never use and don't plan to keep. I will be putting a lot on the lawn and hopefully people will take most of it. The guy next door told Rodnew last summer when he and his brother were putting stuff out that he would like first dibs so I didn't put anything out yet. I will let Rodney go see the neighbor since I have never met him. I got my bathroom cleaned today and a lot of stuff done in the kitchen plus did some laundry. I had to take down the rotten clothesline and put up new rope before I could hang them. All the dishes I am keeping have been washed before I put them away. I also painted a small table and a couple of chairs that will sit in our small entrance. Well I guess I should get back to work!

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Morning all.
61 here this morning, no snow! I saw that most of the state's schools are closed. Probably a good idea, to say the least.

Bev, Cheryl is right, you escaped just in time. Hopefully you have opened up your FL house and found that all is well there.

Cheryl, a snow day or a sick day...hope you can enjoy your time at home today.

We ended up going to the mall late yesterday afternoon, looking to use up a coupon at Sears that we had. I wanted some new sheets, but we didn't find the color I wanted, so he ended up getting a pair of work pants instead. I know the Macy's in that mall is closing soon, so we went there too. Big discounts but nothing I couldn't live without. It was fun window shopping anyway.

Well, off to get my day started.

Have a great day all.

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Good morning, all. It's pretty white out there this morning. We had about 13" of snow so far and it is still snowing lightly. The wind is supposed to come up this morning too and that will blow this stuff around. I have decided that I will not attempt to drive to work since the roads are surely going to be hard to navigate. All the schools in the area are closed too. I saw somewhere that there were over 500 cancellations.

So, this is a bonus day for me. My cold is doing a bit better so maybe I will actually accomplish something today. I really haven't felt up to doing much for the past several days but I think it's time to get back to a more normal routine. There's always something to do so I know I won't have to look very hard to find something that needs cleaning.

Bev, glad to see that you made it to Florida without issues. You sure left just in time to miss all this fluff! Enjoy your vacation.

I guess I should call the boss just to make my day off official. Have a good day.

Cheryl

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Good morning all.

Sunny and 52 here this morning, headed to 82. Safe travels to you, Bev! Hope the weather doesn't cause too many problems.

There was a large group of us who went to a seafood restaurant last night for dinner. Good food but too crowded. Our dinner was paid for by friends he has done some handyman work for, which was a nice surprise. There was a whole basket of biscuits left so of course, hubby had to bring those home. At least it wasn't dessert!

No weekend plans for us. We had thought about going to Ikea but I think a weekday would be best for that. We've had several items picked out for bedroom furniture for quite some time. I'm anxious to get those tote boxes out of there and into the attic where they belong.

Well, time to get my day started. Have a great day all.

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We got lots of snow yesterday. I never saw an official total but I would say it was somewhere between 8 inches and a foot. By the time I got home our road had been plowed and Ed had the yard all snowblowed because he got out of work early so I never got to see how much there was here. When I got out of work someone had cleaned off my car for me so I didn't see how much was on that either but I did have to trudge through a lot to get to my car. The company that does the plowing had already been in with a bucket loader but they couldn't do around the cars. I think I was about the last person to leave yesterday. When I first got up yesterday it wasn't even snowing yet, but when I left not quite 2 hours later we already had 2 or 3 inches on the ground. The ride to work was horrible- not because it was super slippery but visibility was very poor- especially when the damn tractor trailers decided to pass and I had seven on them pass me on the way to Brattleboro. Thankfully it was better on the way home, but I still took it slow. This morning it was fine most of the way but from Putney to Brattleboro wasn't that good. We will be headed for Florida early tomorrow morning. It sounds like we might be driving in some snow for a while, but hopefully it won't be too bad. We hope to make it to the NC/SC border by the time we stop for the night tomorrow, but if we encounter bad weather that might not be possible. I will be on here when I can over the next two weeks, but we won't have internet so I am not taking my laptop. I will have my phone though, and we bought a data card for Rodney's iPad, which he might share with me occasionally. Stay safe with all these storms! Hopefully they will be mostly behind us by the time we come back.

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Good afternoon, all. It's a sunny day here but I understand it is quite cold out. I haven't ventured outside at all today. Yesterday, I left work early because I had developed a cold and it was very drippy. I thought it would be better if I didn't contaminate that area with all my germs so I left at mid-morning and spent the rest of the day in the recliner. Sleeping wasn't fun last night so I'm spending another day in the recliner. Just don't have the energy to do anything of any importance. I didn't even go to the chapter meeting last night. First time I've missed in a long time.

We didn't get much out of the snowstorm yesterday, maybe an inch or so. But there's a forecast for more snow Sunday night into Monday and this time it should be several inches according to the forecasters. Not looking forward to that! I am definitely sick of winter. My brother sent me a picture of his apricot tree in full bloom in NC. So jealous! Sugaring should start soon and that's always a good sign that Spring is on the way. Can't get here soon enough to suit me!

Heading back to the recliner. Have a good day.

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Good morning all.
62 and sunny here this morning. Another nice day in store.

The stores weren't too bad yesterday, but I hadn't thought about them being crowded Sunday. It makes sense, I guess. I had a prescription to pick up at WalMart but they called and said it was on reorder so they could only give me a 3-day supply and I'd have to wait for the rest to come in on Wednesday. I had one left anyway, so now I won't need to get there until Thursday or Friday anyway.

The city inspector is scheduled to come today to sign off on the new air conditioner system. It's a little overdue, I know. Let's hope we don't have to wait around all day for him to show up. That's usually how those things work.

Last night was a meeting of the P.O.A. We had to vote on an upgrade/renovation to the clubhouse they've been talking about for several months. It will cost about a half million dollars but won't increase any fees, etc., so it passed on a wide margin. Still only about half of the residents voted, which is kind of a shame, if you ask me. There was a big discussion about security at the RV storage lot ....we are a part of that since we store our utility trailer there, so I expect that will continue for a while. A special meeting is being planned, I think, as many folks are very upset, including our neighbors across the street. They had a break in and valuable items were stolen from their RV. Of course, when you get that many people together, everyone thinks they have a 'better idea' of how to solve the problem!

Well, enough rambling from me.

Hope everyone has a great Tuesday.

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Carol, you were probably better off doing the shopping today anyway because yesterday there were a lot of people stocking up on all their last minute Super Bowl party supplies. That was the case Saturday as well when we did our shopping. I was supposed to pick up some prescriptions at Walgreens tonight but I totally forgot about them until after I was home. Rodney said he will go get them tomorrow. I will probably take his Jeep to work, but he said he can always take the truck if the roads are too bad to drive my car. We could probably wait until Wednesday to get them but a couple of them were ready yesterday and I hate to make them hold onto them too many days. We definitely need them before we head to Florida. I will be out of my metformin before we even leave if I don't pick that refill up.

Well I was able to view most of Rodney's labs on Saturday and they looked good. Today I was able to see the tumor marker number and that does not look so good. It may not mean anything, but I can't help but be concerned about it. His number has more than doubled since November- but it has gone up before and then come back down, so hopefully that will be the case this time as well. His response was "what are we going to do about that" and I said we are going to go to Florida and enjoy ourselves and not worry about it until we come back and you have your scan and we get the results of that. We can't change things if something is going on, so there is no point in letting it ruin our vacation. We will deal with it later if we need to, but hopefully we won't need to. I debated whether or not I should even tell him, but I figured he would eventually find the result himself- or would ask me to look for it and I won't lie to him.

I'm not sure if I will weigh in this week. I am afraid the scale won't look good. I am no longer taking the diuretic I have been on for years to control the swelling in my legs. My new doctor didn't sound like he wanted to renew it so I didn't even ask. He indicated he would like me to wear the compression hose more and see if that will control the swelling and if it won't he says there are other things he can give me for that. I took my last one on Thursday and by Saturday evening the scale was up by 6 pounds! A little of that could have been that I didn't wear the compression hose on Saturday, but I wore them yesterday and today and tonight the scale was still up by about 5 pounds. Unless it looks much better by Thursday I will not weigh in before we leave for vacation.

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Morning all.
Foggy and 52 here this morning, expected to reach 80 today. Warmer than normal winter, I guess, but it is also quite dry. The sun is already burning through the fog, so it will warm up quickly, I 'm sure.

Glad to hear that the Patriots won, even if I don't watch football. All those records broken. They'll be talking about this game for a long time.

Hubby installed the vanity light and grab bar in the bathroom yesterday so I guess it's done...well, we still have a folding seat that he will attach in the shower also, but not right away, I guess.

Didn't get to the grocery store yesterday so that is on the agenda for today. I Got the housecleaning done yesterday so I'm hoping to have a low-key day. We shall see.

Well, have a great Monday all.

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Good morning, all. We did end up watching most of the Super Bowl last night. Hubby wanted to see the ads and, I'll admit, I didn't mind watching the rest of the action. It was exciting to watch the comeback! I'm not really a football fan though.

Looks like we'll be having a variety of weather this week. Snow, sleet, freezing rain...yuck! This is the part of winter I hate. Not that I'm particularly fond of the cold either but I can take that more than the messy driving.

Not much else going on here. Time to get ready for work. Have a good day.

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Our chapter had a small net loss last night but there were a number of gainers. Ed, Kim, and I all lost this week, but of course we had all gained last week. I lost more than what I gained last week so I was happy about that. I think the chapter had a bigger net gain last week than the net loss we had this week.

We are not really football fans, but Rodney does watch the Super Bowl. Ed and Kim often watch football, so they will be glued to the TV I'm sure. I need to figure out what they all want to eat on Sunday night because I'm sure we won't be having a sit-down dinner. Most likely we will have something that can be eaten in the living room. Fine by me- less dishes to do that way.

Yes, we should be on our way to some warm weather a week from tomorrow. I can't wait! Rodney just needs to stay healthy so we don't have to cancel the trip again! He got a call yesterday to schedule his CT scan when we get back and they told him he could pick up the drink for it when he was there for physical therapy. They also let him have his bloodwork done yesterday. I was kind of surprised they did it that much in advance but he checked with his oncologist to make sure it was okay. I should be able to view most of those results tomorrow, but his tumor marker number always takes longer so I won't see that for another day or two.

Have fun at the sale Carol! We will be getting rid of a bunch of stuff while we are in Florida but we won't be selling it. We will just put it out on the sidewalk and most of it will likely disappear. The neighbor told Rodney last summer he wanted first dibs on anything we want to get rid of.

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Good morning, ladies!
55 here this morning, sunny, headed to the mid-70s today. Bev, soon you'll be able to say that too!

A busy few days for us here, what with getting the flooring done. The carpet people called Wednesday and said they were scheduled for yesterday to come an replace the living room, master bedroom, and guest carpets. Yikes! That meant a lot of moving stuff out of those rooms to prepare for that. We had understood we would call them on the 1st to schedule, but we figured why wait...so there were 2 guys and they worked until 5:30 to get them all done.

They do look nice and feel cleaner, of course. I don't believe she'd replaced any of them except the master bedroom in the 26 years she was here. We decided not to replace the 3rd bedroom carpet, which we use for an office, as it was relatively clean, compared to the others. I think she used it as her sewing room.

I stayed the same this week at weigh-in and the chapter had a no-gain meeting. They were pretty happy about that. One lady pointed out my picture in the newest TOPS magazine. (I don't get my copies forwarded here most of the time, so I had no idea). And they started talking about moving the weigh in day from Wednesday morning to Thursday morning, which would be fine with me!

Today we are helping to set up for the development's annual Trash n' Treasure, kind of an indoor yard sale at the clubhouse. I like to go tag stuff and get a chance to see what will be for sale tomorrow.

Well, time to hit the shower.

Have a great day all.

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Good morning, all. It sure is quiet on here lately. Busy lives, I guess.

Chapter meeting went well last night. I didn't weigh in because I was sure I would have a significant gain. Seems like that's all I do lately. The chapter had a net loss though so that was a good sign that others are doing well.

We are fighting colds here. Hubby is coughing and coughing. He even left work early yesterday. I am fighting the onset of a cold and so far have been fairly successful. I just won't give in to it.

Big Super Bowl doings this weekend. It won't matter here. We are definitely not football fans. I like to see the new commercials but I won't watch the game just to see them so I usually just look for a link online and enjoy them that way.

Have a good day.

Cheryl

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