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2/12/16 8:08 P

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Hi y'all! I've been working my butt off here. I painted some trim today, did some caulking, and spent most of the day organizing and putting stuff away. I couldn't do any cutting and putting up of trim because we had SNOW today and it was too wet to open the garage door to do it.

Michela, that was a good thought, but, no, Todd won't be coming out here for Valentine's day. He did, however, spend almost $300 today...not on me...he dropped his cell phone and broke it so had to go get a new one (no insurance!). Argh.

I will be doing more work on the house that day, but will make sure I have wine in the evening, and probably some dark chocolate peanut m&ms!

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2/12/16 3:03 P

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TGIF all!

Michela, we aren't going out either, I think chocolate dipped strawberries and champagne in front of the fire is more our speed (and patience level.)

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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2/12/16 9:38 A

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TGIF everyone! emoticon And Happy Love day weekend! emoticon



Tina hope Todd will join you in TN this weekend and take a break from working.

Beth something tells me you will by cozying up next to your gorgeous fireplace with some vino.

Dennis will you be doing something special for your wife?

Ron if your out there sending you a shout out. We miss you and you may the only one diving these days so come share your stories.

Nothing special on our end. T will be starting with the wall studs in the basement. He did make reservation for tomorrow night but I told him I really did not want to go out for this holiday, so he will be cancelling. I hate going out on Valentine day or weekend plus it is going to be the coldest day we had so far and all I want to do in make a nice dinner, have some great wine, maybe some bubbly too and stay nice and toasty with my love bugs.

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2/10/16 9:36 A

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Tina, you sure are handy with those power tools and saving lots of $$$ doing all that yourself.
Todd is one lucky man! Sounds like you moved some stuff to your house and getting ready to settle in even before the official move. Hope you will be able to check in once in awhile.


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2/9/16 7:09 P

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Michela, I will be putting up the remaining 25% of baseboards that need to be done, then, paint the quarter round and crown molding and install them, too. After that, I will have to fill all the nail holes in the trim and touch it up. Besides all that, I want to get some unpacking done, and especially get my hobby room all set up! I will be busy, busy, busy!! But, I will make sure I have a bottle of wine around for in the evening when I'm not working with power tools!

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2/9/16 12:02 P

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Thanks Beth I might attempt it. I guess the cheese is the culprit for making such a mess of your pan. Should be interesting.

Yep I am glad the cement business is out of the way but I know when it's time for drywall it will be just as messy.

Tina try not to work too hard in TN. What house project to you have lined up the next 2 wks. You are so handy! Getting together with your new friend will be a nice break from it all!

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2/8/16 8:07 P

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Dennis, that does sound like a really nice place to live. An 85 degree pool all year...I could put up with that! What a great place to retire to.

Tina, that is pretty cool that you already made a friend...and you haven't even moved into the area yet! I hope you guys have a great night out...or two.

Michela, I imagine the concrete work is the "worst" of it, with regard to MESS and noise. Great that it's behind you...but yeah, I suspect it made for a rough weekend.

The pizza crust held together pretty well. I'll send you the recipe that I used...it was a hybrid of two recipes I found online. The crust is cauliflower and cheese...the cheese undoubtedly being the thing that holds it together. It also helped to flavor the crust.

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I had a low key weekend, wasn't feeling terribly well yet...but I'm quite a bit better today. So, hopefully tomorrow, I'll be back to "normal." Although I did manage to get my workout in today, it was not a full energy workout. Oh well.

Hope you all have a good night!

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2/8/16 12:10 P

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Hello Everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend!

Dennis, sounds like you live in a really nice place and that you enjoy it. That is a great way to be retired!

Beth, never tried the cauliflower pizza crust. How does it hold together? Going to google a recipe but not sure it will go over with T but he seems more open to healthier eating.
I am really not sure I can live without wine or maybe it is because I really don't want to.

Tina, nice that you made a new friend already. Has your mom settled in TN already?

The weekend was NOT fun! What a mess even with the door to the basement closed there was a lot of up and down to go to the garage. But it is done. Plumbing is all in and backfilled and cemented again. That was the messiest part. Now next to putting up the wall studs.



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2/7/16 4:49 A

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It's been a long time sense I've seen it snow. I think at least 10 years, and I've never seen freezing rain. I don't think I ever want to either.

Our house is only about 11 years old and it's only been lived in about 9 years. Although the previous owners smoked inside, so we had to paint the whole inside of the house before we moved in, replace the carpets blinds and curtains.

What was nice the previous owners put in a covered patio that we really enjoy, we have a view of the golf coarse and the hills behind it. I've never lived in the wilderness, it must be nice.

We live in a retirement community now, and we have about everything you could Imagen for entertainment here, including a large pool that's heated to 85 all year, our own theatre, a restaurant, and large dance and meeting hall. Most of the people here are really nice. My wife call it Gods waiting room, but I love it here.

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2/5/16 1:26 P

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Beth, thank goodness your repair was something that was easier and less expensive to do! I hope you feel better soon.

Hi Michela! I would give up pizza but not wine, too!

I am not in TN right now. I leave the 10th for two weeks. I don't have internet at that house, but am seriously considering getting it. I just don't like the idea of paying for it when I'm not there much, but, it would be nice to have when I am! I do plan to take a little time off. I need to go shopping for a washer and dryer (well, that's not really time off...), but, I have become friends with our realtor that sold us the house, and she plans to come over once while I am there, and also said we are going to go out one night, so, there you go! Time away from working on the house!

Michela, get some ear plugs and seal the door to the basement! Tearing up cement is SO dusty!

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2/5/16 12:52 P

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Yes, I do tend to work weekends pretty often. But I also tend to take time off mid-week. I can't even imagine trying to do grocery shopping on a weekend now...I'd go insane with all the extra people there. (I may have become a wee bit spoiled with the flexible schedule.)

Yes, VERY good news about the roof! The repair is already done.

I think you made the right choice on the carbs thing...we can live without Pizza...and I guess we could live without wine, but WHY? ;-)

Have you tried any of the cauliflower pizza crust recipes? I tried one a few days ago, and it actually wasn't bad. Of course, they won't DELIVER it that way, you have to make your own. I'll make it again...but not until I'm home alone. The smell of cauliflower cooking didn't go over terribly well. Oops. (And also not without parchment paper...I had a heck of a time cleaning my baking pan! Glad I didn't use the pizza stone.)

Oooh, you're in for a loud dusty weekend. I hope the floor demo doesn't give T any trouble.

Tina, good luck on your reno efforts this weekend! I hope you find some time to have some fun too.

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2/5/16 11:09 A

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Hi Beth!
We haven't done the Friday pizza in a few weeks now. Trying to eat less carbs and lose a some weight. Still doing the wine however! There is only so much cutting back I will do!

That is good news about not needed to replace the roof! Whew! Big relief for sure!

We had a little snow a couple of nights ago which is nothing for us but it's all gone now. Can't remember a February where I can see lawn in places! I hope it stays like this until spring!
Sorry you are feeling under the weather doll and hope you feel better soon.
Ok unless you work on the weekend TGIF should still count for something! emoticon

Tina I believe you said you would be in TN working on your new home right? Don't work too hard!

T started to break into the cement basement floor to do the rough in for the plumbing for our bathroom down there. It will be a noisy and messy weekend chez moi! emoticon

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2/5/16 10:27 A

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TGIF! You know, working from home, this no longer means a thing to me. Except that it's Michela's Pizza and Wine night.

Happy Pizza & Wine Night Michela!

So, the roof leak ended up actually being a leak to the backside of the siding...where the garage roof meets the side of the house. That revealed a very large rotted/chewed away section of plywood. I suspect it's been occurring since the house was built, and only just now started showing up INSIDE the house. On the bright side, it was an easier, quicker, and less expensive fix than an actual roof repair. :-)

We've had several very warm days here, and rain...and could actually see most of the lawn by the end of yesterday. But today, it's snowing again, and we are back to white. Unfortunately, although it's my turn, I don't get to do the snow blowing today. (Yes, we both like to do it...we have a snowblower on the front of the tractor.) I've been feeling crappy all week, and today it's crappy AND dizzy. I guess I'm sick.
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Tina, I hope you're all dug out from the snow you got.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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2/5/16 9:31 A

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TGIF everyone!

Hope you are all doing well and hope you all have a great weekend! emoticon

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2/2/16 10:10 A

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Tina, that was so sweet of Todd. Sounds like it was an enjoyable day.

Beth, ouch, not so good with the leaky roof. Hope it will only need some minor repair.

Weather is really crazy for Feb but not complaining. We are in for freezing rain , I'd rather deal with snow.



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2/1/16 10:53 P

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We had nice weather today, too. But, tomorrow we are supposed to have a wicked blizzard that will dump up to a foot of snow on us.

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2/1/16 8:57 P

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Nice to hear that Todd surprised you for your birthday, AND that the weather cooperated so you could at least go outside for a while.

Michela, good luck with the Basement reno!

It was nice here today too. Nice enough for the snow to be melting...and letting us know that we apparently have a leak in the roof. Crap. :-( Never a dull moment.

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2/1/16 2:23 P

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Hi Michela and Beth. Well, my birthday....
When I got up in the morning, Todd had balloons, flowers and a card in the living room. That was a huge surprise since he never does that. We did have a square dance the night before, so I think some of the ladies gave him a bit of a push (I found out he got up early and went and got them). Other than that, we didn't do much. It was around 40 degrees (unusual!) so we went for two walks during the day, totaling about five miles. Then we watched movies on Netflix.

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2/1/16 12:32 P

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Tina hope you had a great b-day! What did you end up doing?

Beth, lol the lake is not as bad as that. The water is very clean and it's spring fed. We have a brook going through our land. It's really pretty but the bottom is soft and it's has to be really dark. T was curious and wanted to go dive to check it out but I wouldn't let him. I am surprised he listened.

Well our basement project is started! Let's see how long this takes!

Have a great Monday and week!

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You know, I was going to wait until tomorrow to say happy birthday...but in case you're off doing something that isn't in front of the computer....HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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So, it looks like "Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny" is playing in a theater near you tomorrow. No?

How about Wynonna Judd & The Big Noise.

Um, lets see...there's a home expo at the convention center.

Snowshoe Discover Hikes (Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve)?

Beyond that, I'm thinking Michela's "romantic weekend away" idea...or massages and wine.

I guess I'm not THAT creative. emoticon

No matter what you do, I hope you have a fantastic birthday weekend!

LOL Michela, okay, I've got a real bad mental image of that body of water now.

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emoticon Tina! How about a weekend get-a-away where you can get outdoorsy if you want and then come in and get romantic by a nice fire.

Or yeah we can all meet up at Beth's and sing happy birthday to you!

Beth sounds like you have all you need close enough. So cool to have a work at home situation so that you can live where you do.

And no that lake we have land on is definitely not for diving. Quel horreur! emoticon

I am done with work for today and quitting early! Hope you all have a great weekend.

Tina enjoy you special day and hope you come up with something fun to do. emoticon

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Come to NH for wine and massages? We'll leave the "untouchable" boys at home. emoticon

Do you have a bunch of snow? Maybe snowshoeing to a nice location and have a (healthy) picnic?

Hmmm...heading off to a client site. I'll stew on this...hopefully a light bulb will go on in my head.

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1/29/16 1:19 P

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That sounds like a good idea to me (massages), but Todd would not let anyone touch him. We don't have indoor sky diving, we are in Green Bay, WI. It's not a very big city.

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Go to a spa and get massages?
Do you have any of those indoor "sky diving" places near you? (Vertical Wind Tunnel)

I forgot what state you currently live in! I know you're going to Tennessee, but where are you now?

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Ok, everybody, put on your thinking caps! Tomorrow is my 56th birthday, and I know my hubby has not made any plans or anything (I know this because he never does!). I don't want another birthday of just sitting around or maybe going out to eat (because I'm really trying hard to stick to the Fast Metabolism diet so I can lose weight again). Do you have any ideas I can tell him I want to do that don't involve eating? Living in this tiny apartment has me climbing the walls (I can't get out and walk as it is very icy and cold...it's been in the teens during the day, brrrrr!). I'm at a loss as to what to insist on since there isn't much going on around here this time of year.

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1/29/16 11:49 A

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Whew...I'm glad you guys like it. It's always frightening to share that stuff and find out your peeps think it's hideous.
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LMAO...Tina, I like your vision! emoticon C'Mon over, I've got plenty of wine glasses!

The old fireplace didn't look too bad, it was just too low...and didn't work. Besides, I really need a (raised) hearth to sit on...with my glass of wine.
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I'm in Southern NH, about a half an hour from Massachusetts. And about 20 minutes to a grocery store or gas station. (All back roads...about 20 minutes from the nearest highway.) So not too bad.

Clients are scattered all over the place...actually one of them is closer than the nearest grocery store. The client that had me so busy that I fell off of Spark...and everyplace else...was about 1.5 hours away. But even that's not too bad because I work from home most of the time. I only had to go in occasionally to check stuff out, or for design reviews/meetings. This would be a more frustrating location to live in if I had to commute every day.

Is the waterfront cottage not on a body of water that you'd want to dive in? I don't blame you for not wanting to maintain two homes...I have to think that's a lot of work and expense. Especially if you don't get to use the vacation house often enough.

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I agree with Michela. I think your fireplace is fantastic, Beth! But, unlike Michela, I can see ALL of us sitting in front if it with a glass of wine! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TGIF!!! emoticon I can't wait for the end of the day so I can habe some of this emoticon

Beth, thanks for posting your fireplace pics. What a difference. The before pic was not a bad looking fireplace but a totally different style. Your new one is much cozier and not knowing what the rest of your house looks like I would think more fitting for the country surroundings you live in. Well done! I can picture you getting all cozy there with a glass of wine. You mentioned it was gas but it looks like a wood burning from the pics.

Seriously a town with no traffic lights, grocery store or gas station? That is my idea of living off the grid emoticon but sounds very peaceful. So how far a trek to get to stores and stuff and the city if you have to visit clients or whatever? I may be mistaken but I think you are somewhere in Massachusetts rights.
We bought a 2.5 acre lot many years ago with the intend of building a country weekend home. It sits on a waterfront of a small lake. Very nice and not too much has been built around it yet but right after we purchased is when I got into diving and then our weekends were about that. When we bought this house we decided to put it up for sale but no takers yet. We were renting at the time and the idea was to keep renting and only own the country home but since we bought after all, well 2 houses would be too much to handle in every way.


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I agree Tina. Should we aim for a diving location, or the biggest bestest "home show" on the planet? emoticon

Michela, it's nice that your previous owners took care of it, some of those surprises can be kind of nasty. It does seem like nobody has quite the same taste in stuff though...I've never heard of anybody buying a previously built home that didn't need ANY personal touches/changes.

I put a couple of fireplace pictures on my sparkpage. THAT took me a bit of time to figure out how to do again...it's been awhile.

No, I wasn't in the "city" before, but I wasn't in the woods either. This town is awesome...we don't even have one traffic light. Of course, we also don't have a grocery store...or a gas station...but that's okay. I love it here. Now that I have a nice outdoor space. And I absolutely do love being surrounded by nature...we get to see lots of wildlife out here.


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Good morning everyone!

Wow Tina, that a lot of stuff going on at your place and lot of $$$ put in so far. Good thing you know how to do so much yourself. T is pretty good but my department is decorating and gardening. he does the heavy stuff. We may have to hire help for the basement if we want to move faster on it

Beth, nice spread you got there! Were in the city or close too before you moved? Must be nice to wake up in nature everyday.
The thing about our fireplace I think is that I think the previous owners gutted the basement to the foundation wall. We think it may have been finished at one time. I suppose since they did not intend on finishing it they just boarded up the fireplace.They would be away all winter so not like they needed it.
They were a retired couple and they did a lot to the house from what I heard of it's state before them but they did a lot themselves and the house was well cared for. They were very clean but they just did things I would never have done. Today if I had to do it over again I would have bought a fixer upper at a lower price and put the money in to do what I wanted.

Hi Ron! Good to see back! Pinot noir works for me too!

Maybe we should change this team to the "Divers House Reno's"


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Beth, I agree with you that some home owners just don't have a clue and abuse nice homes to the point that they end up, well, the ones we bought!

I have to admit the one we bought is starting to look and feel like a home. It's amazing what a LOT of elbow grease and love can do to an abused home! I guess I should post some pics on here once we get things looking good enough!

We have talked for years about having a get-together and it hasn't yet happened. One of these days, we should have somewhere we can all finally meet in person!
Tina

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Oh boy, all three of us bought houses we didn't like...that's really funny! I hope our mates know how danged lucky they are!
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Yep, I think we've earned (and are still earning) a wine party!

Hey Ron, great to see you out here too...and great to be back. Pinot Noir...absolutely! (Although to be fair, I've never met a red wine that I didn't like. :-) ) Ha ha, yes, I have absolutely heard the boat saying...and I agree...houses are the same. Although with houses, I think you get a much better return on your investment.

Michela, I'll take a photo of the fireplace and either e-mail it or post it to my page...probably tomorrow. A boarded up fireplace, I'd find that a little odd too. Drafty flu?

Picking out all the new materials...that got overwhelming for us too. Fortunately we have the same taste in pretty much everything we did inside, which was helpful. But still, it's a lot. When it came to the fireplace stones, I was wishing there weren't so many appealing choices. The fireplace itself was easy, it just called out to me.

We are definitely out in the woods. We have 4.5 acres, but behind us is all conservation land, so it feels like a whole lot more.

Oh boy Tina, my heart goes out to you...being in the beginning stages of fixing up this new house. But I'm looking forward to the stories. :-) The funny ones...not the ones that make you mad of course. Although judging by the sound of it, all three of us also bought places that were not terribly well cared for. (Something I'll never understand...but that's me I guess.)

When we started working on this place, I was thinking that homeowners should have to pass an aptitude test before hardware stores would sell them ANY tools or materials. The stuff that was done here before us...we just don't understand why somebody would DO that. (Hopefully our efforts won't make other folks shake their heads with the same thought.)
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'Night All

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Hey all! How are you? It's great to see our bionic friend back posting here! How are you Beth? You all have probably heard the saying about boats, "they're a hole in the water you constantly throw money into". Something similar could be said about houses too. I have gutter issues, steps to rebuild interior and exterior to paint (I'm hiring out the exterior), carpet to replace upstairs etc.

I'll bring the wine - is pinot noir ok? ;)

Take care all!

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Oh yeah, I got house horror stories, too! The roof was replaced four years ago, by some fly-by-night outfit that didn't put paper under the shingles, and also didn't put flashing around the skylights or dormers. So, It leaked for the past four years. We had to replace the roof, skylights, ceilings in the living room (it was falling in) and bathroom, some walls in the living room because of mold. All three toilets had to be reset, after the flooring was reinforced...All the ceilings and walls needed painting. All the carpets in the bedroom needed to be replaced because of pets (ucky). One outside door and frame needs replacing because of rot, and all the windows need to be replaced because most don't open, none of the screens fit, and they are only single pane. The yard needs to be graded because the back yard slopes towards the house and water goes into the crawlspace. BUT, my husband loved it and said "It looks worse than it is, we won't have to do much to it." when I said I didn't want to buy it and didn't want a fixer-upper. We are $30,000 in repairs so far with more to come (and we are doing a lot of the work ourselves!). I'll be going by myself for two weeks in Feb to work on baseboards and crown molding and a few other things.

Maybe the three of us need to get together with a bottle or two of wine and co-commiserate!

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How could I forget the "Husband Equivalent Unit" I loved it when u first posted it and still do!

Oh man girl! That must have been some mess with the dog pee and a bummer to do work you did not plan on. It's always a risk renting out a house. No one is going to care for it like the owners and then there are some owner that do not give a crap either. It sounds like you are putting alot of TLC in there and making it your own.I am hoping you got your place at a good deal.

And you just reminded me that we too replaced all the door hardware. We ugly brass round knobs that were also all discolored. We should have replaced the doors first since it is also on the list. The previous owner did work to the house in the 6 yrs they owned but none of it made sense. So we paid for someone else reno's only to have to do them over again.

T talked me into buying this place by promising me we would make it ours but I had no idea at the time how much was involved. The inside looked better than alot of house we looked at for what we wanted to pay. And it did have some good features like newer roof and windows and hardwood in the living room/dining room. Upstairs bedroom have parquetry which we wanted to replace but that is also not a priority. The floors are in really good shape. As we started to live in it we realized how some stuff just did not work and the to do list started growing.
I would be interested in seeing what you did with your fireplace. We have a wood burning in the basement that is stripped down and closed up with a board. I was really spooked by that when we first saw the house. When we finish the basement we will be putting in a propane unit in it's place and built the fireplace surround. I am getting some ideas together. There is so much to decide on it hard to make decisions sometimes.

I hope your grass situation works out after all that effort. Sounds like you live in the country when you mention the woods. Do you have a lot of land?
We had overgrown trees that we trimmed down considerably. The city would not grant us the permit to take down 2 huge trees that are causing such a mess. Pine needles and pine cones everywhere UGH! Our grass was all weeds. Every kind you could think of. T did alot of work the last 2 summers treating it and re-seeding with very little improvement. We do not have a huge lot so I hope it can be fixed rather than replace the with new sod.

I would love to see your before/after pics of your yard.

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Holy Cow Michela...we really ARE in the same boat! I didn't like this house either...but the HEU (Husband Equivalent Unit) fell in love with it. Well, he fell in love with the garage...fortunately there happened to be a house attached to it.

We bought it in October, but didn't move in until February, because we were having the floors ripped out and put back in..the previous owners rented it out when their work visa's expired and they had to go back to Spain. And the renters dogs peed on EVERYTHING. We had only intended to redo the kitchen and living room floors, but when we started and found all the sub-floors had be urine saturated....we did the whole house.

The gas fireplace was broken, and not my taste...with a mantle about hip high. So we tore that out, and replaced it with one we liked...and built a new hearth, facia, and mantle. (No real chimney...couldn't go to a wood fireplace.)

Painted the whole place, and replaced every light fixture, light switch, electrical outlet, ceiling fan, door hinge...just ALL the hardware. It was original to the house...and the plating was discolored and peeling. Ooh...and the toilets...those were uh...nasty. Those got replaced.

Then to the yard. When they built the house, they cleared only enough space to actually build the house on. And the trees have gotten taller since then...so NO sunlight. I couldn't have grown so much as a tomato. And the lawn hadn't been taken care of, so it had turned to moss.

Funny, the first spring, I got the leaf blower to clear the leaves...but when the leaves blew away, the blower just caused the moss to roll up and blow off into the woods. The back "lawn" just blew away. Ugh.

The back yard is much better now. We cleared a decent sized back yard, put in a pool, replaced the deck and handicap ramp with a patio...and put a firepit in. It'll take a few years to get all the plantings picked out and put in, but the foundation is there...and we finally have GRASS! I think. I'll let you know when the snow melts. It was hydro-seed and baby grass when the snow started.

I'll post before and after pictures once I can get some decent after pictures of the new back yard.

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Hey Beth, I totally forgot what HEU stands for when referring to your significant other. Would you enlighten me please. emoticon

Looks like you got a lot done at your house. We did the kitchen totally new a few months after moving in. Also re-did all the trim work, had the wood floors sanded and painted the whole place. Then re-did the deck without changing the layout to keep things simple. BUT OMG so much to do still. Beside the basement which will include a full bathroom with shower we plan to turn a room on the ground floor (which has entry from the garage and the back yard) into a full laundry room. Then re-do the powder room on that same floor and remove existing shower and built a quasi mudroom/closet there.
We switched out old oil heating too to electric/thermo pump. So the wall that contained the vents can all come down making those rooms more spacious. Those 2 along are major projects. We would also like to re-do the upstairs bathroom to remove the vent column too and open up that space. We don't have a separate master bath per-se so want to make that bathroom really nice but it's last on the list because it is more than adequate for now even if not entirely my taste. I think that would be it for the interior. We did spent a bit on dcor items all new lighting fixtures and still not done with the decor to bring it all together.

The outside is a whole other thing. I hate the faade of my house. Buying this house was a BIG compromise for me because I hated it that much. But that is big bucks and I think I want the inside done first. Then of course we have hardscape front and back that needs to be addressed. Last summer we pulled out all the old vegetation in front to let the house breathe and replanted all new plants in front of the house. That will do till we do a major re-haul.

I think back to how easy life was renting a condo. But I do love having a backyard with the pool and it's great for the dogs too. We also got a pool heater so that was a extra expense. It's a different life from renting for sure. Now we are thinking maybe to scape our plans for Coz this summer since the exchange is going to hurt and put that money in the house. Vacations was one the things I never wanted to compromise on when we bought but it's not reality unless we win the lottery.

Tina, I am sure you are in the same boat with your new house. Do share what you guys are up to making it a home.

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Geez Tina, you're WAY overdue for a perfectly successful vacation!

We've toyed with going on a cruise, but I think I'd be in the same boat (no pun intended) as Tina and Dennis. I'd be bored. I like exploring and being able to just "go" on my own schedule. And my HEU would AIM for a cruise that had that loud violent music. (I like Rock, but some of the stuff he listens to....ugh!)

Michela, we're on parallel paths with the houses too I guess. We bought it about three years ago...and have been doing projects on it ever since. The stuff I really REALLY wanted done is done now though. I still want to redo the master bath, and the kitchen...but they "work" for now. So I'm going to hold off for a bit...while we recover from the landscaping bill.

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Hi there Dennis! Where have you been hiding? emoticon
Re cruises looks like you either love them or hate them. Hmmm think I would be afraid of all the good food.

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Tina, we also went on a Western Caribbean cruise and we didn't enjoy it that much eather. I talked to others later and found out that the Western Caribbean was the least liked of the 3 Caribbean cruises. We went with Carnival. I also gained 5 lbs. and I logged 600 hard min. on the stationary bike. My wife enjoys the cruses a lot more than I do, but she go to get away from it all. I go to do the more exciting extertions, most of them are too boring for me though, and they are very expensive. I didn't care much for the entertainment either, but the food I enjoyed too much. You have much better cruises on the East Coast than we do on the West Coast, I would trade the Caribbean for Hawaii any day. If you like the senory, Hawaii is the best, but I love the Carbbean ocean, and I'm a ocean lover, I don't need the senory.

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Beth, I understand about the $$$. Since we bought our home 2 1/2 yrs ago all we do is spent money on it. So many projects. This year we will tackle the basement. It is completely unfinished so lots to do there.

Tina, sucks about the rain and I am sorry you did not enjoy the cruise. Which cruise line did you go on. I heard they can be very different. We never did one but I figure I will want to try it at least once. T is so not into it. Maybe when we are too old to dive.
Hope you feel better soon doll.

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Beth, it's so great to see you back! I'm glad things are settling down for you some. It will be great to hear from you more often now!

Todd and I just got back from a week long cruise in the Western Caribbean. We did not enjoy it. We found out cruises aren't for us. There wasn't a lot to do on the ship, we didn't enjoy the entertainment so much because it was mostly loud, violent sounding music. As for trying to do excursions, it rained every day...I don't know what it is about rain and my vacations! We did enjoy all the food (that is not a good thing, because I gained over five pounds!). Now I have to get back to seriously good eating and exercise.

I also came home with a wicked cold. Worse one I've had in years. It started yesterday while we were spending all day in the airport in Miami (due to flight cancellations from the bad weather). We were supposed to get home Saturday evening around 9:30 p.m., but didn't get home until Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m.!



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Things have settled down, finally. To an altered reality...but the drama/dust has settled.

Hopefully the Canadian dollar will recover and you will get to go on an awesome vacation.

We've been doing home/yard improvements the past couple of years...($$$) ... so we'll be having staycations for a little while. The back yard came out beautiful though...so staycations will actually not be too hard to take. :-) And we finally have GRASS. (We started the landscaping effort 3 years ago. We finally got hydroseeded this fall. We were REALLY tired of being surrounded by DIRT. And the DUST it creates.)

We didn't have so much done that it should have taken that long, but contractors being what they are...one summer turned into three. I'm not sure, but I think I may have invented a few new four letter words in that time span. emoticon


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HELLO Beth! Great joke and it is so wonderful to see you back and I do hope you stick around.
Hope things have settled down for you and hope your work is going well.

No vacation stories here either. We were hoping to get back to Coz this summer but with the Canadian dollar in such a decline it looks like it won't happen. We are keeping taps on it and will decide one way or another.

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Hi Everybody...I'm back again...at least for a while. I'm not even going to pretend to try to catch up on all the posts that I've missed. But I did look a the most recent ones.

Tina, congrats on the new house! Sorry the vacation wasn't perfect though.

Ron, glad you're feeling better!

Michela, I didn't read far enough back, but I hope things have settled down a bit for you. (Seems you and I were having some parallel path issues for a while there.)

Dennis, again, I didn't read terribly far back...but "HI" :-)

Glad you all made it through the holidays.

I hope everybody is doing great! I'm doing well, but haven't really done anything that resembles "playing" in quite a long time. So no awesome vacation stories to share...sorry.

But, since it's joke day....I can share one of those:

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Bill and Bob, two children, were sitting outside a clinic. Bill happened to be crying very loudly.

"Why are you crying?" Bob asked.

"I came here for a blood test," sobbed Bill.

"So? Are you afraid?"

"No. For the blood test, they cut my finger.

As Bob heard this, he immediately began crying profusely.

Astonished, Bill stopped his tears and asked Bob, "Why are you crying now?"

To which Bob replied, "I came for a urine test!"


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TGIF emoticon emoticon Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

emoticon Debie! Hope you will pop in here.

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Tina, sorry to hear the weather was not good and you were not feeling better to get some diving in. that is a bummer.

You guys have been busy with the house! WOW sounds like you did a lot in a short time!
Did you guys decide to rent or move in right away?
Good luck with the closing.

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Hi all. Sorry it took me so long to post on here. My vacation was ok, it rained most of the time we were in Roatan, so I didn't snorkel much (four times) because the visibility was so bad. I did not even think of trying diving because my ribs were so sore and I knew it would not work to wear all that gear.

When I got back, I had to get unpacked, finish packing up the house for the closing, and then get ready to go to TN to work on the house from Christmas eve through the day after New Years. We spent the entire time painting walls and baseboards, and putting the baseboards up. So, it was a working holiday, no celebrations for us! Well, other than getting all that done!

Hope all is going well with everyone. I didn't get a chance to read the old posts yet. Hope you all had a great holiday season.

Michela, sorry to hear about your friend.

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Happy New Year everyone!

Hope you all had a great holiday. Mine was quiet but did eat more than I should of so happy to get back to a routine and hopefully get back on track.

Received really bad newsof a friend getting a heart attack. She won't make it. Brings it home of how short and precious this life we have is and how we need to be sure to take care of ourselves.

Dennis how nice that you are still able to swim. Winter was slow in coming but we got it last week, lots of snow and it is now frigid cold out. UGH!!

Tina, I assume you are busy getting your new home in TN all ready. Keep us posted on how you are.

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Tina, I hope you enjoyed your vacation, and got some good snorkelling in.
A friend of mine wanted to go swimming in our outdoor pool the other day so I went in with him, the weather was nice and in the mid 60's so it wasn't too bad. He always wants me to help him with his stroke, he never enjoyed swimming till I taught him how to swim better and easier, now he loves it, but he always wants me to go with him. I think I created a monster. But I made him stay till I got a little work out in which I needed.


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Hi everyone !
It's been awhile, work gas been so busy and we wrapped up for the holidays today. 2 weeks off emoticon
But dreading the holidays, so little family left. Anyway it is what it is. Wish we were going away to get away from it all like last year.

Tina hope your vacay was fun. Hoping to hear news soon.


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Tina, I hope you enjoyed your vacation, and had some good snorkelling, I know most of the pretty thing are near the surface.
Thank you for the invite to the steak dinner, I would love to eat with you. I'm glad you enjoyed the goodie.


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TGIF everyone!

Ron, so nice to see you and how is it going? Are back to doing some local diving? T is going out on a tech dive tomorrow. Crazy guy! Water has to be really cold right now.

Tina, I have to say I am curious about that stupid thing you did to hurt yourself like that! Have you been doing some kinky stuff lol. No seriously though sorry that happened. It will be nice to be somewhere warm and tropical and I know you will make the most of it.
Enjoy it doll!

have a great weekend all!

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Hi Ron, Michela, Dennis, and anyone else that pops in!

I guess I didn't tell you all that I bruised my ribs on the left side. I was doing something stupid, and...well, bruised my ribs pretty good. The doctor said no diving for a while until everything is healed. Bummer. So, my friend Sandy and I will be staying at Anthony's Key on Roatan. She will dive without me, and I will be able to go snorkeling, as the resort has a boat that takes snorkelers out to different sites while the divers are out. Thank goodness. There's also ziplining somewhere on the island, but I think that's out for me right now, too. I think there are other things to do nearby. I will have to check it out and see if any of it is safe for me.

I'll be back the 13th of Dec. I'll let you all know how it goes!

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Hey all, hows life treating you? Tina, thats terrible going to Roatan and not being able to dive. Where are you staying and is there anything else to do? Not like warm weather and sun isn't a good thing but staying in West End diving was the only thing there was to do. BTW, congrats on selling your house!



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WOW Tina you sold your home already! That was fast. I assume you must have found a rental to move into until you decide to move to TN.
Will you be making it a vacation home till you do?

And what happened for you to injure your rib? OMG girl that is a real big bummer not to dive.

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Todd and I spent the entire holiday weekend painting in our TN home. We still have so much to do! Now we are back home packing, since we close on this house on the 18th. Saturday I head to Roatan, but will not be able to dive because of my rib injury. bummer...

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Hello everyone and Happy belated Thanksgiving to all my American spark friends! Hope you all had a good one and enjoying the holiday weekend!

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Hey Ron, glad to see you back. Those are awesome pictures, t don't think I've ever seen better. Glad you had a great time, and glad you're healing so quickly. We went down to Porta Rico for a week, we had a good time, but I didn't get to make one dive. Hope to see you here more often, you have a lot to offer.

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RON! So good to see you! Awesome news about Roatan! Will have to make a effort to get there more than ever now that you say it's as good as Coz. Loved the pictures.
Also good news the knees are recovered and they did not interfere with your diving.
As Tina said do come by more often!

Tina, goodness when did you get poison ivy? UGH that has to be nasty.
I hear you on the timing for losing weight right now. Thankfully we already had our turkey day although it is not a big deal for me. Even Christmas is just the one day but the downside is being off work for 2 weeks and the routine goes out the window.I am going to try hard to be careful and at least not gain more. If I can just manage a few pounds I would be happy right now. Thankfully we get a do over come Jan 1.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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OMG!!! Could it be....maybe it is....IT IS!!!! Ron! You are still alive!!! emoticon

Sorry, couldn't resist! I'm so glad that you are recuperating from your knee surgeries so well. Isn't it great to be able to go for a walk again?!?! I'm still waiting to be able to do that, but, it'll happen some time (hopefully soon).

Hey buddy, we would like to see you here just a little more often! We miss your jokes, stories, and dive pictures. Well, and we miss YOU, too!

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Hey gang,

Sorry for being MIA for so long but looks like I'm not the only one. Glad everyone is either healthy, recuperating or otherwise ok. I've had knee replacement in both knees (consecutively) and am getting better, in fact just went for a walk (I'm at lunch) and did 1.3 miles at an average of 18 minutes per mile. I've not been able to best 20 minute miles in more than 2 years! Feels GREAT!

Did someone mention Roatan? Had a great trip! We stayed at West End where the lodging (and the town) was primitive but cheap. I split a room with a friend and it only cost me $220 for the week. We dove with West End divers and they were awesome! Show up to the boat each morning to find our gear rinsed, rigged and ready to go. I would walk off the boat each evening with my computer and camera and they took care of everything else. Re: diving, I thought it was every bit as good as Cozumel. Here's a link to an album.

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BTW - great jokes!

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Yeah, between not being to exercise and walk and taking prednisone for my poison ivy/oak rash, I'm really puffing up!

Mom will be moving in the spring, but it will be a while before we get to. But that's ok, then she can keep an eye on our house down there. I'm in no hurry to move, as I will really miss my friends here.

I guess we will both have to reaffirm our goals to lose weight and just get to it. Of course this time of year is hard because of the cold weather, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Well, and New Year's Eve. Ugh! I have to decide whether I'm going to fight all that and start losing, or, just enjoy and then fight more fat!

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LOL Tina! Ima gonna have to find a few Guido's emoticon

So cool that your mom is moving there too! Wow that is something. Must be really nice over there. Lots of vacation type homes from my understanding of it. Hopefully you will be making the move soon. Will your mom move at the same time as you or sooner? Good idea to sell and rent till your ready. Will make it all easier to transition for sure. I am sure you are eager to get going. Too bad it's quite a distance to go back and forth to get the house in tip top shape by the time you are ready to move.

I will most definitely pray that you are well enough to dive. Yeah that would be a bummer for you.
So we are in the same boat weight wise. I am afraid to get on the scale but I know I have too soon and get back on track.

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Michela, so nice to see you back! I was wondering what happened to you! So sorry to hear about all of your health issues and the deadbeats in your business! Bummer. Send Guido after them...!!!

I'll try to answer all your questions...
We bought a house south of Knoxville, TN. Yes, it is very near the Smoky Mountains. Yes, we are selling our current house, even though we probably will not be moving for some time. We will have to get an apartment after the house sells until we move. Mom is not upset about us moving because she and my stepdad have bought a house in Tennessee also. They will be a mile and a half down the road. What are the odds??? Our homes in TN are just under 800 miles from where we live now.

My foot is just being a bugger. It feels achy and crampy when I walk on it. I'm just hoping it's needing to be stretched out or something. I still can't go for walks because it's too uncomfortable and swollen. I need it to feel better before going to Roatan so I can wear my fins! If I were going today, it wouldn't happen! I really don't want to be stuck sitting on the beach all week while my friend dives two to three times a day each day. That would be a real bummer. And it's not a place I would feel comfortable venturing out on my own.

I hear ya about the weight gain. I have gained almost all the weight I lost back since I can't walk or do much exercise. I'm too embarrassed to put my weight down right now!

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HAHA Tina! I just read your worm joke! emoticon

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Now for joke day!

They weren't in my pockets. Suddenly I realized I must have left them in the car. Frantically, I headed for the parking lot. My husband, Bud, has scolded me many times for leaving my keys in the car's ignition. He's afraid that the car could be stolen. As I looked around the parking lot, I realized he was right. The parking lot was empty. I immediately called the police. I gave them my location, confessed that I had left my keys in the car, and that it had been stolen.

Then I made the most difficult call of all to my husband:"I left my keys in the car and it's been stolen."

There was a moment of silence. I thought the call had been disconnected, but then I heard his voice."Are you kidding me?" he barked, "I dropped you off!"

Now it was my turn to be silent. Embarrassed, I said, "Well, come and get me."

He retorted,"I will, as soon as I convince this cop that I didn't steal your damn car!"

Welcome to the golden years...


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Hey everyone!

OMG I did not realize I was MIA for so long.Sorry about that.
I have been dealing with a health concern since end Sept and it pretty much took over. But I am happy to report that all is fine on that issue and that I will be followed up regularly so all should be good. Keeping fingers crossed.
Also work has been extremely stressful dealing with dead beat clients that do not pay up. We are ready to just throw in the towel at times. Wish I could just move to Coz and chill for the rest of my life!

But anyways seem like life is busy for everyone. Dennis, happy to hear you enjoyed your vacation. It is too bad that you could not dive but it seems you spent some quality time with family instead. You are amazing to sticking to your gym workouts. Wish I could get some mojo back! I have also been dealing with some bad back issues that prevent me from being able to do too much. Even walking for any length of time sends my back in spasms. UGH!

Tina, WOW doll moving to TN? How awesome!? Where about did you guys buy? Smokey mountains? That is in TN right? Will you sell your current home now even if you are not ready to move yet? Where will you live. Sorry for all the questions. I am excited for you guys. You guys just up and did it! So cool! Bet your mom won't be too happy not having you next door anymore. How far from TN are you?
Your full recovery is taking it's time and I hope it will be sooner that 6 months before you feel normal again. I am sure you are counting the days to Roatan.

Speaking of Roatan, Ron if you are around we would like to hear how your vacation was.

I will try hard to be here more often. I have to say I lost track of logging my weight and can't remember where I left off. All I know is that I have not gotten any skinner and may be up a few more pounds so I am not sure how to handle the challenge right now. emoticon




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Hi Dennis, so great to see you checking in! I'm glad you are able to get some exercise, but it's a bummer that you don't get wet as often as you would like.

No, Michela and I haven't been talking on the phone, though I would welcome it! I guess everyone has just been extremely busy lately. My life has been rather hectic this year with the double hernia surgery, foot surgery, and now selling our home. My foot surgery was about 7 or 8 weeks ago, I just got the boot cast off about 10 days ago, and it's been really slow going being able to walk on it. lots of cramping and pain because it hasn't been used for so long or had any pressure on it. It's still swollen, and the doc said that could last for up to six months or more. Ugh.

As for the house, well, we want to relocate somewhere without as much snow, and found a house in Tennessee we loved and bought. It had some issues so we have lots of fixing up to do (hard from long distance). We won't be moving for quite a while, as my hubby hasn't decided on when he will retire yet. I feel like we are in limbo... emoticon

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Hey where is everybody? You 2 must be talking to each other on the phone. I know how much you like to talk to each other, that's a good thing, but I miss read what you have to say. And I still say you two a the best leaders out there. And that was a really good joke about the worms Tina.
Sorry I haven't been on here sense I left for Porto Rico. It was a nice vacation, and an interesting place to go, but I only went in the ocean once, and that was inside a dead reef. I read up on the good spots, but I couldn't have done any diving anyway, my ears wouldn't clear at all. But it would have been nice to have gone out there anyway. We were with my wifes daughter and her husband, so most of our time was spent with them. We hadn't seen them in years.
I'm still working out in the gym 3 times a week but I'm not swimming as much now sense summers is over. Sometimes the temperature doesn't even get above the 60's. lol I don't think I could live back there in the snow. Hope to hear from you soon, I'm always looking for you.

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Hey, it's Joke Day (Wednesday!).

Four worms and a lesson to be learned!!!!

A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon.

Four worms were placed into four separate jars.

The first worm was put into a container of alcohol.

The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke.

The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.

The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.

At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results:

The first worm in alcohol . . . . . . Dead .

The second worm in cigarette smoke . . .Dead .

Third worm in chocolate syrup . . . . Dead .

Fourth worm in good clean soil . . . Alive

So the Minister asked the congregation,

"What did you learn from this demonstration?"

Maxine was sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and said . . .
"If you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won't have worms!"

That pretty much ended the service !


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Ron, so cool that you get to go to Roatan! I will be going there with my friend Sandy in December. Can't wait to see your pictures when you get back.

Michela, I finally have feeling in my leg. Now I get to deal with the pain! Actually, it's been getting better every day, but still can't walk on it normally. I am only allowed to walk on the heel. That throws everything else out of whack! My first post op dr visit is on the 1st of October. Can't wait to see the xray to see how it's healing.

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I'll second the TGIF.

Hey gang, just stopping by to say hello. I'll spend the weekend sorting through dive gear and luggage figuring out how to pack and organize for Roatan. Oh, did I mention I was going to Roatan for a week? Leaving Friday the 2cd and couldn't be more excited!

This will be my first dive since March and my consecutive knee surgeries this spring and summer. I figured warm water would be a great way to return to the water - it's so much easier than cold water, it's almost like a different sport.

Anyway, I'll try and pop in next week before the trip as well as share a link to pics after I get back.

See ya'll later!

Ron

Cheer's!

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TGIF gang!

Hope everyone is well. It's been busy for me and not too much time to stop by to chat.

Tina, how are you doing with your foot? Hope you are able to be up and about.

Have a great weekend everyone!


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I am sure you are happy that it is over. I know the feeling of not being able to feel anything. It is a really weird feeling. I hope have meds for when it wakes up but hoping the pain won't be too bad.

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I survived my surgery. My leg and foot are still numb, so I'm not in pain yet! Besides putting me to sleep for surgery, they gave me a nerve block in my let. Sure is taking a long time to "wake up". They said it could take up to 24 hours, which is only a half hour from now. Don't think it's going to make it. It's a horrible feeling when you can feel your foot or make it move! Not that i want it to start hurting, but i would like to be able to move my foot at the ankle.



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Todd is slave driver isn't he? OMG it must have been hilarious when he fell in. Well maybe not for him! Goodness that is a lot to hike on a bad foot.
Hope the surgery went well yesterday doll and wishing you a speedy recovery. emoticon

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Well, our hike started out great, but after the first night of camping, Todd decided we needed to finish the entire hike the second day, which was another 13 miles in one day. Not good for my foot! Or the rest of me! I would not recommend it! Next time we will do less miles each day (we did 8 miles the first day and 13 the second). I would have preferred to do it in 3. My foot is not happy with me, but I wanted to get one weekend in before surgery. The first day wasn't too bad, the second day rained on us for the first couple of hours. Todd fell once in the river and going down a slippery hill. Served him right for making us finish in two days!

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TGIF!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hope everyone is doing well and have a GREAT weekend!!

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Hello gang!

Hope you all had a great long weekend!

Tina, how was the hike? And your foot?

We had a great time and it was SO nice diving wet here again! OMG the water was a balmy 73F.
Not so good was that my shorty 7ml layer fit too tight over my 7ml and I wore it over my 5ml. It was tight when I tried it on but it felt better on the dive when it got wet. Not sure it the long would have been the same but STILL I need to get this extra weight off. I do not want to buy another 7ml! I haven't worn this wetsuit in so long, it may just have needed to get wet and stretched out a little.

WOW no you did not mention looking at homes in TN. To move there or as a vacation home?



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It's JOKE day!!!!


A lady came in for a routine physical at the Doctors office . Here, said the nurse, handing her a urine specimen container. The bathroom is over there on your right. The Doctor will be with you in a few minutes. A few minutes later the lady came out of the bathroom with an empty container and a relieved look on her face. Thanks! But they had a toilet in there, so I didnt need this after all!

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I can totally understand your trepidation, Michela. If Todd were thinking of diving that deep...wow, talk about looking for something bad to happen!

We are going backpacking this weekend, since it is a three day weekend. I'm stoked. I think it kind of sucks that my foot is acting up. We'll do the best we can. I figure we can do the 25 mile loop (at least I'm hoping I can do it). I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we can do it and enjoy it. And, hopefully, when my foot is done with surgery, it will be good as new and we can do more backpacking in the future.

Did I tell all of you that we are looking at homes in the East side of Tennessee? Yeah, we love the mountains and rivers and streams. Hoping to get a nice house there and do lots of hiking and backpacking!

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Happy Friday gang! emoticon emoticon

Tina, I am sure something will come up for the weekend! Hiking sounds like a great plan and you get all that exercise too.

I know what you mean about reading about lost divers, it does make us wonder WHY?

I have been thinking a lot lately on how much longer I want to or should continue to dive because of my age. Seems the older I get the more anxiety I have about a lot of things.
Is this normal? What are all of your thoughts on this when it comes to yourselves?

T is a bit disappointed that we are not diving together locally like we used to. He loves local diving more than vacation diving. He was plenty bored with diving Bonaire, he said he could not wait to get home and dive here. Of course he loves adventure, the darker and deeper the better for him. He is going to do the last of the tech course available beginning of Oct. His instructor who moved out west will be coming here to train him and a buddy of ours as well as another tech diver from BC.
There's a wreck in the U.S. side of the St. Lawrence river called "The Roy A. Jodrey" goes down to a max of 240'. It is about 640ft long. Not only are they planning to go to the deepest depth the current there is wicked. He has done it a few times already and still has not seen the entire wreck. Think he is planning a practice dive with his buddy next weekend and go around most of it with a scooter. After this certification he will be able to plan even deeper dives and I have to admit this makes me very uncomfortable.
Wish he could be happy just doing recreational emoticon Geez I already have plenty of gray hair!

Have a great long weekend everyone!

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Happy Anniversary Ron!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I figured you were around two when you married...glad you verified that! Hee hee!

So sad about the missing diver. I haven't been on the dive board in quite some time. Probably because I didn't like reading about divers disappearing. There seem to be some every year. It does make one wonder why we dive...hmm....Makes you realize how important it is to keep an eye on your dive buddy, no matter how good or experienced of a diver you are.

Goldrose, it's great to see you on this board. We love new people and would love to hear all about your diving experiences and such. Where have you been diving? We all like to share in case we go somewhere someone else has been. It's nice to find out about a place before going from someone that has been there.

Let's see, plans for Labor Day weekend...hmmm....nope, nothing.....at least no plans yet! I'd like to go hiking since I won't be able to after surgery until everything is all healed up.

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emoticon Goldrose! It's great to have a new member join us here! Sorry about your accident and about your dive group. hope you will be able to get back into the water soon.Where are you from?

Ron,I know, I always loved reading what she posted. I have been following the threads about her getting lost from the beginning, she is very loved. Such a shame. It is so disturbing.
All we can pray for now is that her body is recovered. I can't imagine what her husband is going through. It is just so horrific.

It's great that you are still joining the outing. It will be tons of fun hanging out with the gang and it's wise of you to sit this out and be better before your trip. Best not to take chances.Wow just 30 days! You must be excited. How many of your group will be going.

And HAPPY 37TH ANNIVERSARY!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
So awesome! Hope you enjoyed your dinner out. Married at 2 huh? emoticon

Do check in more often, we do miss you!

Hey Dennis are you back from your vacation yet! We miss you too!

Tina, what's up girl? Hope you are enjoying these last days of summer. It's going to be spectacular here this weekend! WooHoo!

Ok later guys! emoticon


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Joke? On my first day? Gentle on the new gal. Please. :-)
Haven't been in ocean for a while. Recovering from accident.
Local dive group fell apart.

A diver lost? So sad.

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Hey gang, how's everyone?

Mich, I did not have the pleasure of meeting Dr. Lynne personally but had corresponded with her many times. An emergency room physician, an advanced GUE trained diver but most importantly a very nice person who was always willing to help others. Her loss has fairly well stunned the Seattle/Tacoma community especially since she just went missing. Her husband Peter said she was above and behind him, he checked a moment later and she was gone. So very sad!

So, Labor Day. Mary and I are leaving Friday PM for our annual laborday dive outing followed by some vacation days in the San Juan islands. One exception to this years trip is I wont dive on account of my knees. I think I've recovered from surgery well enough to dive but I don't want to risk an injury since my trip to Roatan is in 30 days.

Anyway - sorry no Wednesday joke to throw out today, I'll check back with you soon.

PS - Today is Mary and my 37th anniversary and we're leaving for our favorite little Italian restaurant in a few minutes. (Yes Tina, we married at the age of two!).

See Y'all!!!

Cheer's!

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What everyone doing this Labor day weekend?

We will be going diving in Brockville for the weekend. It's supposed to be a really nice one. Figure I'll give this local dive spot another shot before I give it up completely. It will be a hot one so going to be using my 7ml instead of going dry this time. Water should be in the low to mid 70's.

Don't know if anyone here goes on Scubaboard. I go on and off just to lurk and when I need info. If you go then you are familiar with TS & M (Lynne Flarethy) She went missing on a dive last week at Duncan Rock. Apparently a really challenging site.
So sad, she was really experienced and super nice to everyone on the board.
Makes you think sometimes WHY we do this.

Ron if you read this I am sure you may know her since she is from PNW and her & her husband are well known in the dive community there.

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Tina, good news on being good for the trip!


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Wife's car keys

They weren't in my pockets. Suddenly I realized I must have left them in the car. Frantically, I headed for the parking lot. My husband, Bud, has scolded me many times for leaving my keys in the car's ignition. He's afraid that the car could be stolen. As I looked around the parking lot, I realized he was right. The parking lot was empty. I immediately called the police. I gave them my location, confessed that I had left my keys in the car, and that it had been stolen.

Then I made the most difficult call of all to my husband:"I left my keys in the car and it's been stolen."

There was a moment of silence. I thought the call had been disconnected, but then I heard his voice."Are you kidding me?" he barked, "I dropped you off!"

Now it was my turn to be silent. Embarrassed, I said, "Well, come and get me."

He retorted,"I will, as soon as I convince this cop that I didn't steal your damn car!"

Welcome to the golden years...


Edited by: MICHELAR at: 9/2/2015 (09:34)
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Well, today I had my surgical consult for my foot. I will be having surgery on September 14th. With 6 to 8 weeks of recovery, I will be good to go for my dive trip!

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Tina, that's a week before we go on vavation. IF we go anywhere. I looked into Anthony Keys for that week and they were completely booked already.

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We wille be in Roatan from Dec 5 to 12.

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HELLO Ron! Of course we remember you! Nice to see you back! Bummer about the knee surgeries and wishing you a speedy recovery and back in your fins soon.
Oh BTW did you not have a birthday recently. Happy belated birthday to you emoticon emoticon I had one a couple of weeks ago. UGH sucks getting older. Good thing I still act like I'm 10 emoticon

Re Bonaire, that is what we were thinking too. Not much difference from one site to another , just the entries. Although we did not do the far north dives. It was way too choppy for me.
Cozumel just takes my breath away with their structures even if we don't get to see too much of the small stuff.
We have been toying with Roatan too. Trying to see if we can go somewhere for a week at Christmas. It may not be a dive vacation though if it gets too pricey. Bonaire was really expensive and we have to watch the $$$. We'll see. Anyway let us know how your trip goes.

Tina, December will be here before you know it. You must be excited about Roatan. Cant wait to hear about it. When in Dec are u going?

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Well, look who the cat dragged in! We haven't had many people checking in lately, but are really glad that you are back. It's been mainly me, Michela, and Dennis (sorry Dennis, ladies first!).

I've been to Roatan once, and am going back in December with my friend, Sandy. What resort are you going to? We were at Anthony's key last time, and are going back because we were impressed with them. They treated us so well, really pampered us on the boat. The diving was really nice. We saw lots of sea horses, and one of the boats saw a whale shark. We even went zip lining! It was so much fun!


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Hey guys, remember me? Hi Mich, Tina, Dennis, anyone else I missed. Is Kinch around these days'? Sorry it's been so long since i've posted. I've been pretty much laid up most of the last 4 months having knee surgery performed consecutively. Anyway healing and hope to be diving soon.

Mich - your experience with Bonaire was similar to mine - it was just ok. Honestly I thought most of the dive sites looked the same. I thought the best dives was with East Coast Divers. They run a boat on the East (windward) side of the island but they still dive protected and easy to dive areas tho a bit surgey. I lost count of HUGE turtles, tarpon and all kind of stuff. Anyway, glad you had a fun and safe trip.

BTW, I'm going to Roatan in October. Never been there and am super excited!

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Tina, we would go back if the right opportunity up. We would most probably go to one of the resorts next time. We missed not having a beach to chill after the dives. I realize Bonaire is not a beach vacation kind of place. it just seemed we were on the move all the time with not enough time to relax. I will have to look up lettuce leaf slug and let you know.
Trumpet fish were everywhere. I was excited when I saw my first one but they became common sight. Still bummed about not seeing a frog fish and seahorse :(

Where did you go on vacation?

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Michela, so sorry to hear you didn't enjoy Bonaire so much. Todd and I really enjoy the shopping at the grocery stores (we are usually there around the Christmas season, so it's more exciting seeing the kids at the store visiting St. Nick...).

We also enjoy diving at Buddy Dive resort. They have an awesome reef. We have seen scorpion fish, frog fish, trumpetfish, golden spotted eels, morrays, seahorses, and a host of other fish there. The one that you thought was a nudibranch...was it a lettuce leaf slug? They are amazing looking. I hope you give it another try some time.

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Hello everyone! Got back Sunday morning and have not had a chance to catch my breath with work overload etc...

Tina where did you go? I don't remember reading that you had a trip planned.

Dennis, have a great time and do be careful. Best to check with a doctor that will clear you for diving before taking any chances.

Ok so about Bonaire. I am not sure I would rate this at my best dive experience. It was nice enough and I get the allure of buffet style diving but we were disappointed in not seeing more interesting sea life. Not one seahorse and not one frogfish! Heard from a dive shop owner they have been scarce the last few months but then we heard some people spotted them here or there. We still saw a few good thing aside from the obvious, 3 scorpion fishes at 3 different times. A cornet fish that was just amazing, some nudibranch thingie I think. Saw very little turtles and the ones we saw were pretty small. No BIG stuff like we see in Cozumel.
Also spotted a couple of Squid at the Salt Pier site. One spotted eagle at Angel City in the shallows making our way back to shore. A huge Octopus all curled up in his lair at Windstock . One green Moray eel and a few of the spotted eels and the small one that I can't remember what they are called. Those are the ones that stand out. Not one lobster where there are tons in Coz.
Made it our to Klien Bonaire for 2 dives one day and that was the only boat dives we did.
Also made it to Hilma Hooker. Cool wreck but once is enough. We dove the south and central mainly. Made it way north one day wanting do dive Tolo & Karpata but the waves were high so I did not want to tackle them. Just not worth the effort.
So we toured the north side and made it back to dive Cliff and one other in that area.
I got a sore throat beginning of our 2nd week and my ears were blocked. By Wednesday I was done. I was having a very hard time with my ears so we sat out our last 2 days of diving.
Toured the island more one day and sat on the beach on the last day.
I am mixed about renting a condo versus staying at a resort. I did not like the isolated feeling of not socializing with other divers and talking about the dives or whatever. We also decided to eat in every other night. We had a great screened in terrace and we spent all our time there eating, drinking when we stayed in. We enjoyed meals out but found them not worth the price tag. Also got tired of going to the supermarket for stuff.
And the whole time we were there we were missing Cozumel! Isn't that just sad?!
Also the water never got warmer then 82 and in a 3 ml we were both really cold to the point of shaking in the water. We were doing 2 1hr long dives and had air to stretch it our more it was just not comfortable. We not even get to do a night dive. The dive shop we got the tanks from lent us a shorty layer to put over our wetsuit and we were fine with it but it was also the last day I was able to dive so missed out on not thinking about that earlier on. Good thing I bought a beanie hood before the trip. From now on I will travel with my 5ml only!
Anyway for the cost of what this trip cost us it will be awhile before I see myself going back unless we find a great deal but those are rare at the times we can travel.
All in all I least I finally got to experience Bonaire!



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Thanks Tina, we'll do our best. It has so many advantages being US Territory, I hope everything is as good as they advertise, especially the diving, I'll let you know. I'll have full access to the phones and internet while we're there so I don't have to wait till I get home.

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Dennis, at least you found your limitations, for the time being. I hope you have fun in Puerto Rico!

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