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3/27/17 2:53 P

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Beth, no, the plumbing issue is not perfect. He redid it four times, and the last time there is a very slow seeping at one of the joints (threaded), and he said it's as fixed as it's going to get, unless it gets worse..Ugh. At least it's a lot better than it was originally. Bummer that it's not perfect, though.

As for the fur babies and health issues...I don't know what to say that hasn't been said. So sad you are having to go through all that, Michela.

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3/27/17 12:53 P

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Beth, you don't want that problem. It's a sad day when the girls go south! emoticon

I am so sorry about your relative. That is just so sad .
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Abby is a really sick girl and new meds are helping for now. She goes up and down. We can only take a day at a time, it is heartbreaking. The meds will make her feel better, ease her breathing but they won't cure her. We saw a cardiologist and he did a echography. She has pulmonary hypertension and ruptured heart valves. It was recommended we see a internist to get a better understanding on the cause of her pulmonary hypertension. Not sure I want to put her through more test and the stress does not help her situation. It's a tough one emoticon emoticon

Beth I am happy to hear that you were able to get so much more time with your furbaby. They are so precious.

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3/24/17 8:26 P

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Dennis, thank you for another good joke! I wish I could say that eating in the nude would cause me such a problem, but I would need to be in a higher gravity atmosphere.
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Michela, I hope Abby is okay! And I understand about the vet bills. When Tucker (the cat) had a vaccine induced sarcoma, that surgery and radiation cost a fortune. Fortunately, it seems to have worked well...that was about 5 years ago, and he's still here. Of course, he's 17.5 years old now...so is slowing down, but that intervention gave him at least 5 more years. I hope the steps you take for Abby turn out every bit as well! And I agree...they're our fur-babies...what else are you going to do? (Okay, don't go there. Nobody!)

Tina, DID the plumbing thing get straightened out? That does sound frustrating!

Thank you for the wishes. Things are not going to end well on this one, and I'm frustrated that NH doesn't have a "right to die" law in place. Nobody should have to suffer so much - especially when there is no hope for survival.

Okay, that's it for me. I need wine. I hope you all have a good weekend.

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3/21/17 11:27 A

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Thank you Tina, we are keeping our fingers crossed. She is doing better today.Keeping our finger crossed.
In the 10 months leading to when we lost Charlie we spend $3000.00 in vet bills for all the followups and meds. But what are we supposed to do? I just can't give up on them.
Vets have a license to steal. Their rate are ridiculous.

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3/20/17 10:58 P

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Michela, wow, that is really a bummer about your dog. I don't think I ever spent that much on a pet! Ouch! Hope she's better soon!

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Beth so sorry to hear about your family member going through such a rough time. Sending positive vibes that all will be ok soon. emoticon

LOL Dennis, that is hysterical! Ok no more eating in the nude for me either...hahaha

Tina, I hope your plumbing situation got fixed.

We really did not do too much the last 2 weekends, Abby got sick last weekend so it's been to the vet 2 times last weekend. She is on antibiotics and was slowly improving but took a bad turn on Saturday. I thought we would lose her. She is almost 13 so I worry. Then yesterday she started improving again. Anyway we are watching her closely so not really in the mood to do much at home.
Wednesday she has to see a cardiologist.She also has a heart murmur and she has to have some teeth removed and no one will do it unless they know what going on with her heart.and she will need more xrays Friday. We'l'l be out at least $1400 by then already. emoticon



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I saw this one and I have to share it, nothing personal again. I couldn't stop laughing. I hope you enjoy it.

"Burning In My Bosom!"

A husband and wife celebrating their 50 year wedding anniversary while sitting at breakfast table.
Wife asks husband, "Do you remember that 50 years ago today we were on our honeymoon?"
Husband says, "Yes, I do."
Wife asks, "Do you remember at our honeymoon breakfast we ate in the nude, that we didn't even bother to get dressed?"
Husband replies, "Yes, I do."
Wife suggests "Why don't we reenact that day this morning?"
Husband says "Ok", and they both get undressed and sit down to eat breakfast.
The Wife says, "You know isn't it great that after all these years, I still feel a burning in my bosom for you?"
Husband replies, "That's probably because your one breast is in your oatmeal and the other one is in your coffee!"

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I can't say too much about my driving, my wife gave up on telling me things and rides with her eyes shut.

Nothing tastes or feels as good as being fit and slim feel!

I buffet my body and make it my slave!

When I eat healthy I enjoy my food all day!


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3/17/17 9:57 P

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Oh, Beth! SO sorry to hear about your family member having a bad run. Today I'm feeling that way. We had a free plumbing and electrical inspection yesterday, the electrical went well, but plumbing found a little leak in the pipe going to an outside faucet. Instead of paying $400 for them to fix it, we decided to do it ourselves. (it's something I've done in the past and is easy) So, my hubby decided to do it while I was busy doing something else. He went and got the parts, and "fixed it." Well, it was leaking again! So, he redid it today (I helped a little), and it STILL leaked!!! I couldn't believe it, so, we redid it AGAIN, and, you guessed it, still leaking!!! WTF?!?!?! So, we will be redoing it AGAIN tomorrow. It darn well better not leak again...Grrrrr!!!!

I will PM you about our start date for the trail....

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3/17/17 8:48 P

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Dennis, thank you...that was funny! I'm sure I've been on both sides of that equation.
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Michela, yeah...we're dug out. But I'm po'd about all the freaking snow. We were starting to see grass...felt like spring was coming...and WHAMO...we are buried again. Normally, I love spring snow...it's awesome skiing. But I'm not allowed to ski this year...so...uh...this S****! And that's the NICEST thing I've said about it this week.

Tina, do you have a countdown to takeoff yet? Anticipating an August(ish) NH timeframe? (I have faith...I think you will get here!) Do you have solar chargers for the phones? How on earth do you stay in touch with the outside world? Or do you NOT...which used to be kind of the point of hiking expeditions/experiences...but maybe not anymore.

And I'm with you on the clumsy enough without drinking attribute. However, that does not stop me from pouring a glass or two of wine. Or three, depending on the situation.

Tonight unfortunately is a three glass...maybe four kind of night. We'll see. Having a very rough week. You know, bad things happen in life. Family members have tough times...it's part of life. But when you have that one special family member that just doesn't deserve any "bad" crap...but gets dealt multiple Sh*t hands throughout his whole life...that just rips at your soul. It's THAT kind of day today.

I hope you all had a good week, and I hope you have an even better weekend.

Edited by: BIONICBETH at: 3/17/2017 (20:50)
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3/16/17 8:39 P

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Michela, I would pay the ticket because I'm the one that pays the bills. I do all the budgeting.

We got snow here in Tennessee, too. Enough to stick to the trees and grass for all day and night. It finally melted the next day.

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3/16/17 1:15 P

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Hey Beth, did you guys dig out of all the snow yet? OMG we got tons of it Tuesday night into Wednesday. Ideclared a snow day and stayed home. It was just not worth making it out there.
The snow was almost all gone and now we have way more then we started with! UGH hate winter!

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That is hysterical Dennis, and true for me too. T tends to drive faster than I'd like and he seems to be in his head when he drives so also forgets at times to make the turn to go where we need to go.
Tina why would you pay for Todd's ticket?

�Energy and persistence conquer all things.�

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3/16/17 9:35 A

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Dennis, That is so funny...and probably true for some people. I know I bug my hubby when he drives, but only because he doesn't look at signs much, so never knows what the speed limit is, and misses his turns quite often, even when using a gps! So, I just kinda remind him of what the speed limit is occasionally, and remind him his turn is coming up...Mostly because I don't want to pay his ticket if he's speeding, and I want to get where we are going without taking "the long scenic route" when he misses a turn. Unless we are just out for a drive...

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3/15/17 11:31 P

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I hope you like this one, just take it as a joke nothing personal.

"More Butter!...."

A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband.
Suddenly, her husband burst into the kitchen.
"Careful," he said, "CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my gosh! You're cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my gosh! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They're going to STICK! Careful. CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you're cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your mind? Don't forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the! Salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!"
The wife stared at him.
"What in the world is wrong with you? You think I don't know how to fry a couple of eggs?"
The husband calmly replied, "I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I'm driving."

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3/14/17 11:50 A

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And I am so excited to hear all about it! When are you leaving Tina?

�Energy and persistence conquer all things.�

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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3/14/17 8:54 A

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Beth, thanks for all the info, I really appreciate that and the invite. Now I REALLY hope we make it all the way! As for your friend....OUCH! I can't believe some people are that silly. When you drink, don't climb! Hee hee! I promise I won't do that! I'm clumsy enough without drinking...but who can pass up a glass of wine...or two.... emoticon emoticon

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Hey Tina, I Have hiked the Whites, but not stayed at the huts. I've seen some of them, and they were pretty well built...nice places. (They also have lean-to's along the way) I think you need to "reserve" time/space for the huts though. Something that seems odd to me...since you're hiking a long way and may not have a charged phone...internet...you know. Important resources required to book a reservation with. ???

I've never run into (legal/lost) problems hiking or camping in the Whites...and yes, I may have gone off grid a few times...but I have to admit...it's been a while since I've done "stealth" camping. Like...oh...30 years or so. (And it was the LAST time, because one of my truly drunken "friends" chose to climb a tree and cut down "kindling"...missed...plenty of blood...yep...a wild time in the Whites. Ugh. DipSh*t.)

AAaaah...memories. How on earth did we LIVE this long?

I'll bring wine. Please don't climb a tree afterwards.

I suspect you've already done plenty of research, but the Whites can have some interesting weather regardless of time of year. I've had a snowball fight at Tuckermans Ravine (Mt. Washington) in August. When I looked "under" the snow, there were flowers trying to come up and bloom...too hard to describe....I have pictures...I'll try to find them and post them.

If you decide to rent a car and come back down through NH, you are of course welcome here...stop for a day/night/dinner/showers/swim...whatever. By then, you two will either be exhausted...or be on a "buns of steel" continuation mission. (Michela, I'll take photos!)
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3/10/17 3:37 P

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That sounds like a great plan Tina, you'll get to see it differently from the road trip back.

Have a great weekend everyone !

�Energy and persistence conquer all things.�

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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3/10/17 8:58 A

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Good question, Michela! We are thinking of renting a car and sight seeing on the way back home.

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3/9/17 12:24 P

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Ok Tina this maybe a stupid question but what will you do at the end of the hike? Hike back or have you arranged transportation back to the starting point?


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3/9/17 8:50 A

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Beth, Whew! emoticon I feel better about that, now you actually have to go get it! Hee hee!

I'm getting even more excited about getting on the trail, now that I know someone along the way to meet. And it will give me more incentive to do the entire trail, since you are so close to the end of the trail. One state away! And, we will be meeting near the White Mountains, which is supposed to be a tough area since they don't allow stealth camping and have huts (where you pay to stay) instead of free shelters to use or camp near. If you have hiked the Whites, I would love to hear what you have to say about packing through there. Do you know much about the rules and how things work there? Do you know about the huts?

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3/8/17 6:44 P

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Got it. Wine on the "goodie" list.
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3/8/17 5:39 P

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Michela, I agree with you! No wine! OMG! What's a person to do?!?! Go get some!

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3/8/17 11:27 A

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OMG Beth, no wine! How can that be? I would be in a straight jacket!

Wow how awesome if you two do meet up! Such fun!

�Energy and persistence conquer all things.�

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From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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Definitely not a put out Tina. It would be great to meet you, and it gives me a great reason to go play outside, and go visit one of the areas I love. I wasn't kidding, they're all really nice places.

Though as far as meeting up from the roadside point of view, I suspect Warren or Lincoln/N Woodstock would probably be the best bet. It's a shorter trip from road to AT. (I'll have to take a closer look at the AT elevation/proximity to roads to know that for sure, but that's my guess.)

Warren is one of the places we motorcycle to just for breakfast - it's a really small town.

Lincoln/North Woodstock, a little bit bigger, but still a fairly small ski/camp/kayak mountain kind of town. A bit more trendy...you know...for NH. (Still plenty of plaid to be had.)

Are you planning to take rest stops off trail...for showers and such, or are you staying on the trail for the majority and jumping in rivers and lakes? (Coming from Wisconsin like you did, I'm sure you have a feel for the water temperatures.)

I gotta say, I'm kind of excited for you! So cool to have the opportunity to do this hike!

-Beth
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3/7/17 7:09 P

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Beth, I can't wait to meet you (and your goodies!)! We'll be in touch! And I don't want to put you out, so if you let me know where would be most convenient for us to meet you, we will be there!

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Tina, I live an 1.5 to 2.5 hours drive away...depending on where along the stretch makes sense to meet. (Like, an access trail for instance.) Good options would include Warren or Lincoln for close trail heads, or Franconia Notch, Crawford Notch, Jackson/Pinkham Notch for further out trail heads. And every darned one of those places is beautiful...of course, I suspect the same could be said about the entire AT.

And goodies...well, I like to cook and bake...and since everybody's idea of "goodies" may vary...I can customize. :-) I was thinking some items that are backpack friendly, and some that you may need to consume prior to heading back out. We'll see what you are craving when you get this far!

Thanks to Michela, right now I'm craving wine! And I don't have any! emoticon

It's starting to warm up here Michela, but supposed to be cold again this weekend. We still have lots of snow in some sections of the yard, but non in other sections! Yay! Heading in the right direction!

How goes the reno's?

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-Beth
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Beth, now I really want to make it at least to NH! Wondering what goodies you would bring....! Do you live very far from the AT?

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LMAO Beth ! OMG so totally been there!

Seems like it will be warming up again after this weekend. Can't wait for real spring weather

Hope you all have a great weekend
I am waiting for T to get home and having some 🍷 .
It's wine o'clock , my favorite time if day!
Cheers to all!

�Energy and persistence conquer all things.�

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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Speaking of jokes

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USER: cabbage

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USER: boiled cabbage

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Tina, that is a whole lot of hiking! If you make it all the way up here, let me know! I'd love to come meet you...and I'll bring goodies. :-) You'll have earned the extra calories by then for sure!

Michela, I'm hoping after this weekend, the weather just keeps getting warmer! I'm not a fan of this freezing, windy, cold snap we're having. Had to try twice to get the car door opened yesterday, the wind was just not letting me out!

Dennis, my cat is NOT amused with your joke. emoticon But I was.


-Beth
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That is awesome Tina! If anyone can do you guys can.Think of how in shape you will be when you are done. We sure will miss you though. When do you leave?

�Energy and persistence conquer all things.�

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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Dennis, that was hilarious! You really should stop in more often, we miss you! How are you doing?

Michela, well, that is the plan! It's a long time, I know, but a once in a lifetime adventure! Hopefully we can make the entire trip with these old bodies of ours!

I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams.

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OMG Dennis, OUCH!!! emoticon Poor cat! How are you doing? You should pop in to see us more often!

Wow Tina, you guys are really going to rough it. That is going to be an some experience and I hope that you will be ok with the water. Will you really be gone for 5.5 months?

�Energy and persistence conquer all things.�

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)



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Hi everybody, I just saw this joke and thought you might like it too.

"The Fire Truck!"

A fireman is working on an engine outside the station when he sees a little girl riding down the street.
Shes in a little red fire engine with ladders on the side and a garden hose coiled in the middle. Shes wearing a fire fighter's helmet and her dog and her cat are pulling the wagon.
The fireman walks over to take a closer look.
"Thats nice fire truck," he says admiringly.
"Thanks. Mister Fireman," the girl replies.
The fireman notices the girl has tied the wagon to her dog's collar and to the cat's testicles.
"Hey Partner," says the fireman, "If you were to tie that rope around the cat's collar, I think you could go a lot faster."
The girl replies sweetly, "You're probably right, but then I wouldn't have a siren.


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We will take food that can be prepared by just boiling water. Like oatmeal, pasta sides, rice sides, dehydrated foods. Also we will carry jerky, granola/protein bars, trail mix, things like that. Our biggest concern will be water. With last year being so dry, and this winter we didn't really have any snow, the creeks and springs are drying up along the trail. Not good, as we were hoping not to have to carry much water at once because it is so heavy. Now they are saying to make sure you carry more than you think you need in case the next water source you are counting on is dry. Ugh. And, besides for drinking to stay hydrated, we need it to cook with since we have mostly dehydrated and freeze dried foods!



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Tina SAY WHAT??? Gone for 5.5 months and backpack camping? OMG you guys are brave.
What kind of food can you carry with you that lasts 1 whole week. Goodness girl you rock!

Beth, we are getting pretty much the same weather, also back to frigid temps on Saturday over here! It is pouring today, at least that will get rid of the last of the snow and hopefully we will not get more. Wishful thinking of course.

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Beth, it would be so cool if dragons came out of my dry stream! Crocks and alligators, not so much! Yes, it does work properly...we got some pretty heavy rain today and it runs out the downspouts into the dry stream, and down to the end the way it should. Very cool!

We plan to do the entire trail, all 2190 miles of it! Of course, we know we are old and out of shape...so we will take one day at a time, one foot in front of the other, and look towards Maine! God willing and the creek don't rise, we will make it in 5 1/2 months.

Tomorrow we are supposed to get that really bad storm that is coming across the US. Very heavy winds, hail, and all that yuck. Hopefully it isn't as bad as they are saying. With all the work we've been doing around here, I'd be mighty ticked off if we had damage right now!

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Tina, I hope your hike is awesome! Are you hoping to do the entire trail? (Die Hard?) Or just taking it day by day/week by week? (Sane hiking.)
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I'm pretty sure I couldn't/wouldn't do the entire trail. I'm guessing you got that by my paraphrasing, eh?

I liked the photo of your dry creek, so no knocking your expertise! At least from an aesthetic point of view. And e-knowing you, I'm betting you did the research to build it so it works properly too. That said... I figure if we go that route, I'll plant some stuff around it, and put a little foot bridge over it...more for looks than necessity.

Now, if all of a sudden alligators, crocodiles, and dragons start crawling out of your dry creek, please let us know. We'll find another way!
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Michela, it's been mostly like spring here too...tomorrow is supposed to be about 70 degrees. Unfortunately, Saturday is supposed to be 26 degrees. That ought to confuse the plants and wildlife! (I'm SO not leaving the house on Saturday!)

Hope you all have a great night!

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Michela, yes, we will be camping the entire time. We have a backpack tent, and will be carrying about a week worth of food at a time.

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Beth awesome on being busy with the new contracts!
It was like spring here last week but temps are back to normal for this time of year. Boy that was a tease!

Tina you guys have been busy and getting so much done! Please show pics when it's done. Sounds like you will be hiking for awhile.Will you be camping?

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Beth, it's been from 50 to 70 during the day lately, but anywhere from 28 to 40 at night. So aggravating! I have so many projects to get done before we leave on our hike! Todd has been busy building two retaining walls in the yard. He finished them today, and did an awesome job. I have almost all of my bonsais repotted and trimmed, except for the japanese maple, which isn't ready for it yet. The buds have to be swollen, but not opened before I can do that. Not ready!

I've been spending lots of time getting meals ready for our hike, too. I plan to have my mom mail some meals to us occasionally throughout our hike. We're getting anxious to get going!

I am more than willing to give you pointers on the dry creek, if I can. I'm not an expert, but I have to say my dry creek turned out really well!

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Tina, I'm envious that you can think about/actually "do" anything regarding gardening right now. Happy for you...but envious. :-)

It looks like I have an area in the yard that may end up being a dry creek too. Every spring we have a swamp in the back...and we had underground drainage put in...but apparently, it just can't keep up to the water that runs into that area. So...I suspect I'll be following in your "dry creek construction" footprints soon. Expect questions.
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Michela...isn't that the way with all projects? When I designed our pool shed, I figured it would take a weekend to build. Maybe two. Yeah...no. I think it was closer to four or five. It seems to go like that for every project. (I think if you don't do this stuff every day, and don't have the tools/fixtures/methods...it just takes longer!)

But it's worth it when it's done. emoticon

We've been pretty busy with the new contracts...which is a good thing. And the weather has been incredibly nice! We're loving that!

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Thank you Tina. I did mention staining first to T and he agreed that it made sense. Of course now I am pressured to decide stain color or to just leave it natural and it also means till the stairs are dry we cannot be painting. UGH so many details, seems that when we think we are getting close to the end, we really are not.

When do you leave for your hike and how long will you be gone for? I have no doubt you will get that system in place for your precious bonsais. Please share how you will be doing it.

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Michela, I totally agree with Beth! Stain first, then paint, because paint comes off easier after stain. And I also agree to stain and paint now and do the rest later as it needs to be done to prevent staining of the wood before you get all of it ready to do. I'm so excited to see pictures when you are all done!

I've been getting more done in the Japanese garden, trying to get as much done as I can before we leave on our Appalachian trail hike. I'm currently trying to get my bonsais all trimmed and repotted and such. Ugh! Usually I really enjoy this part of things, but I have such a short time to get it done and get the sprinkler system set up for the bonsais for when we are gone. I want to make a new system that can automatically refill so if someone can't check on them for us, that they will be watered anyway. i have some ideas on how to do it, just have to get it done!

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You are so right Beth, we do like things the way we like them.

Thank you for you opinion. I was discussing this with T and sometimes we don't see eye to eye in the order that things should be done.
He says a light sanding before varnish will take care of whatever stains we get. emoticon Sure just what I need more dust!
But I have not decided yet whether to stain or not and T wants to move on with the painting. I told him he can leave painting the risers to the end. That did not go over well. emoticon

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It was beautiful weather here too...what a nice change. It really has us chomping at the bit for spring now though!

I guess antisocial wasn't correct...Non-Conformist probably is a better fit. But I think I'm in good company...you two like things the way you like 'em too.

Michela, personally I'd stain/varnish before I painted. I think it's easier to clean paint off varnish than off bare wood. And stain is easier to apply neatly if you use a rag. Also, paint does a nice job of covering most other boo-boos.

I don't think there's a "wrong" order though, especially if you're fairly careful about coloring in the lines.

I also would also finish the stairs instead of leaving them bare wood. So anything dropped, spilled, or tracked up/down the stairs doesn't soak in and leave you with spot stains. But since you're going dark on those, maybe that doesn't matter so much.


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Hope you all had a great weekend! It was so nice here, it felt like spring. What a change from all the snow we had last week.

Beth, somehow I just don't believe you are antisocial much less a freak!

Ok so things are progressing at home. 2 stair ways are DONE!!!! T did a great job. All left to do on that floor is paint .
Question, we will be painting the stair ringers and risers white and then varnish or stain the stair threads. What should be done first?
Also the main living area living room, dining room and bedroom floor and stair threads to bedrooms upstairs are natural oak color, that honey yellow/gold color. I want to stain the new threads that go the ground/laundry room floor and basement a gray/brown shade to be determined. Does it make sense to do this? The stairs go down from the kitchen and there is a entry to the kitchen from living room with the natural oak.
If we ever get to do the rest of the house in the future I would do the same stain, or should I just leave the new stairs natural for now and satin all at once in the future?

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Huh. And all this time I just thought I was an antisocial freak. Go figure.
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And if THAT emoticon doesn't make you look like a freak...I guess nothing will.

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Awesome idea Beth!

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Beth, you got the idea!!!

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I'm with Tina...Good Luck, and can't wait to hear what your plans are!

I don't think I'm qualified to offer advice. I haven't been there, I haven't done that. I suspect I'd throw a BBQ and surprise the guests with a wedding.

-Beth
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