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1/18/18 11:51 A

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I posted some pics of out our get-away on my page.

�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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1/18/18 11:35 A

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Hello everyone,

Sorry to be MIA for so long. I kinda lost track of time. We left for our winter get-away on the 2nd for 3 nights.. We had the best time. Snow-shoed on hiking trails, tried cross country for the first time and got to do the dog sledding with T driving the sled after a little tutorial. OMG what fun that was.We went through trails and ended up on one of the smaller lakes.
We ended the day with a soak in the outdoor infinity spa that overlooks a big majestic lake.. Water was at 100F. First time I did that so was nervous about running out and then back inside in a bathing suit in the cold but it wasn't so bad. We were fortunate the weather warmed up a bit for 2 full days we were there. It became really cold again the day we left.
So then it was back at work on the 8th and there was lots to catch up on.
Weather this year is crazy cold and with tons of snow so doing alot of cocooning these days when home.

Tina, your Christmas is the best kind. Nice and quiet at home. We had a nice time at my brother place but it was really great to get home, put on the sweat plants and veg.

Beth you had me chuckling with your remark about your computer people. emoticon

Dennis, I also envy you your climate. I could use a vacation down south right now but that is not gonna happen anytime soon.






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



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1/16/18 3:24 P

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*Tap Tap Tap*

Anybody in there? Where did the people that live in my computer go? Was it the last Windows update? Maybe they left one open and my people escaped?

Hope you are all just busy having lots of fun! And staying warm! (Dennis, have we mentioned that we're a bit envious of your nice warm weather?)



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Dennis, thanks for the joke, that was cute. I'm a whole lot of envious of your 90 degree weather. It got UP to 5 degrees here today. I am not enjoying this cold snap at all.

Michela, awesome that T booked a trip for you guys. Sounds like a great weekend getaway!

Tina, I guess we're all at that "boring" age. We also stay home for NYE. Going out is too crowded, and too expensive. (Prices all get jacked up on holidays.)

We had a very quiet Christmas. I was hosting, but we had a snow storm so my guests cancelled...they didn't want to drive in the storm. And I don't blame them. So we had a very relaxing, quiet Christmas.

For New Years Eve (tonight) we're going to have a very quiet, relaxing evening. :-) With appetizer foods throughout the night. A grazing event. Although the seafood appetizers obviously need to be eaten in a timely manner...room temperature seafood doesn't work for me. Speaking of which, I probably ought to get the scallops out of the marinade and wrap them in bacon!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year's Eve!

Cheers!
-Beth

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12/28/17 6:53 P

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Glad you liked the joke.
I hear you're getting some cold weather back there. I guess what we have here is a severe warm weather TAX. I don't think I could handle the cold, it got up to 90 today. I'm running around in shorts and no shirt, it's really rough here.

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12/26/17 8:16 P

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Dennis, that was a good one! Thanks for dropping by and sharing! Hope you had a great Christmas and some great plans for New Year's eve.

Todd and I didn't celebrate Christmas this year, basically we just watched Christmas shows on TV. Our kitchen and Bonaire trip were our Christmas. As for New Year's Eve, we will probably do like every year and make some kind of seafood scampi, or do ribs on the grill. Not sure yet. We pretty much stay home every year. Boring. Yup.

Hey, Beth, what's your plans for New Year's eve????

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Hi Dennis so good to see you and love the joke ! We had a nice and filling Christmas OMG! There will be a price to pay! Hope yours was great !

Tina well T isn't always so romantic, but he has his moments ! For better or worst he's my person.
Hope you and Todd enjoyed your Christmas.

Beth also hope you had a nice Christmas.

Now we get ready for New Years!
We were invited by a neighbor for the eve but we opted to stay home and have our traditional quiet evening with some great food. Not sure what will be o the menu test. New Years days is at T's brother and the 2nd we leave for our romantic get a away !



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



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Hy everybody, hope everybody had a Merry Christmas.

I saw this on a card and thought I would share it with you.

Dear Vodka,
We had a deal. You were supposed to make me sexier, funnier and a better dancer. I saw the video.
We need to talk.

Yours Sincerely,
One too many

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12/24/17 8:08 A

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Wow, Michela, T sounds like a very awesome, romantic guy! lucky you!

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MICHELAR's Photo MICHELAR Posts: 22,733
12/22/17 9:52 P

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Tina low key sounds like the best way to spend a holiday

Well T surprised me tonight and said he booked at the lodge I wanted to go to after new year girv3 nights.
He even arranged for the dog sitter.
So we ihave a nature package that will includes cross country skiing snow shoeing,0utdoor bath spa.dog sledding will be extra. So excited!


�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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12/22/17 8:01 P

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We won't be celebrating Christmas this year since we spent so much on the kitchen and the vacation. As for New Year's Eve, we never go out. We usually stay in and make seafood for supper and watch movies on tv. Boring, I know, but we avoid the high cost hotels and the drunk drivers. Oh, Christmas eve we are going to church with my parents for a Christmas Carol service. And that's about it.

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12/22/17 2:16 P

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Tina, good to have you back! Wow what an ordeal to get home. I tell you traveling is a big PITA these days! It;s always something.
So sorry your sinus are still giving you problems. That is a major bummer. At least Todd and your girlfriend got along or that would have been another issue on top of everything.

Beth, no plans yet and it probably won;t happen at this late date. So we will also lie low for Christmas eve and to my brother on Christmas day. Neighbor invited us over New years eve but I think I'd rather stay home do as you do which is our usual. We''ll see..

basement bar is in,counter and backsplash done. Tomorrow T will grout the backsplash and then we will put up the artwork I have which are african masks and stuff.
It looks so cool! Unfortunatey not much day light down there so pic are not coming out great with iphone. Will try with real camera and hope they come out better.
After this we just have some painting left which will happen after the holidays.
We are off for 2 weeks and I don't want to look at paint cans.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!
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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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Wow Tina. Major bummer about the diving, I was really hoping your sinuses and ears would allow you to dive this time. I'm sorry to hear that wasn't the case.
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Did you do any cool exploring? (By now you may know that island by heart, but you never know.) Did you look into the kayaking?

I'm happy you're home safe, but wow, what a rough trip home. You must have been exhausted, by the time you got home. Oh, and probably PO'd too. I know I would have had a really big pair of grumpy pants on!
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Okay, picture that little guy with a po'd face on, waving his arms around in anger. Wipe that smile right off that little yellow face.
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We're happy to have you back. I hope you are settled back in, warm, dry, and comfy.

Michela, I'm looking forward to seeing the basement reno pictures. (I bet you are too.) When is "done soon" projected to be?

I have to say, those artificial trees do go up easy now. I put my mothers up for her this year, and it was a bit like opening an umbrella. (Okay, a three tiered umbrella.) Poof, tree with lights.

Did you end up finding a place to stay for New Years weekend?

We will be having Christmas dinner here...though it's a really small gathering these days. Especially since my brother goes to the SIL family for Christmas. So my mother, an uncle, and me and the HEU. I'm not making a whole lot of food, since with a crowd that small, there will just be too many leftovers.

And New Years will be our usual stay home, have good food, lay low. No crowds, and no ridiculously priced rooms just because it's a holiday and they can jack up the prices. (I find that offensive.)

So, if any of you need something to smile at, go check out the comedy wildlife photography awards of 2017. There's one in there that is SO cute I had to print it and frame it. (The mouse.) There's another one in there that I know you'll find funny...but probably best not to frame it. :-) Here's a link.

www.comedywildlifephoto.com/
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-Beth
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12/20/17 8:53 P

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Well all, we're back from Bonaire. I wish I had a glowing report on all the fun...but... I tried three different times to dive. the first attempt was stressful and had a little difficulty clearing my ears. sat out the next day, then the third day tried again. Dive was okay. Still had difficulty clearing my ears and by the end of the dive (42 minutes at 40 feet) my right ear was sore. The fourth day I tried again and there was no way to clear. Yuck. So, we went for walks and ate...a LOT. Gained five pounds. Fooey. And that was the best part emoticon
The day we left (Sunday afternoon), we went to the airport and were delayed 5 hours because of the power outage at Atlanta airport. We finally took off, only to be diverted to Miami, Florida. There, they told us they couldn't help us, to call the airlines to make new flight arrangements. So, I did, and we couldn't get flights until Tuesday afternoon...through La Guardia, NY! Yuck. So, then started the fun of an hour calling around to hotels (the airline said there were no more vouchers, we would have to pay out of pocket and apply for a refund), which were mostly all full because so many people were displaced. Finally got through to Days Inn. They said their shuttle stopped soon (it was after 1 a.m.) but they would wait for us if we hurried. When we got to the shuttle, he said he wasn't the right one for us (there are 3 Days Inns in the area), so we waited for the next one, only to find out the first one was the one we wanted. So, I called them back and they sent the guy back to get us. He was NOT happy when he picked us up. He didn't speak English well, but he got the point across that he was supposed to be off work all ready. So, we finally got to the hotel, stayed there for two days (in the middle of lots of highway, so we couldn't really go for a walk or anything) then went back to the airport. Our flights all went well, but then when we got to our home airport it was pouring rain, so we had to pull our luggage a block and a half to the economy lot, only to find out the truck wouldn't start! We must have left the dome light on or something. Had to wait 40 minutes for a tow truck to come jump start us. Didn't get to bed until after 2:30 a.m.! The one good thing was that Todd and Sandy got along fine.

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12/15/17 10:43 A

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TGIF !!!! Doing the happy dance! emoticon

Great joke Dennis, and we missed you! OMG I wish it was only 80 here! It's 10F today and much colder than that with the wind chill factor. Brrrrr!

Beth, no I never went dog sledding before so I really hope we can manage a few days away. I really wanted to be away over New Year weekend but everything is booked. So not sure if it is gonna happen! emoticon
Sounds like an amazing tree. I love the scent of a real tree but not the mess so we bought a fake one 2 yrs ago and I do like it. It has built in lights and easy breeze to put up and take down.

Tina, hope you are having an amazing time and that Todd and your friend hit it off! Can't wait to hear all about it!

Our basement reno should be done soon. We had the bar cabinets installed last week and hope that the quartz counter could be done this weekend. All that would be left is a final paint on the stair risers and touch up from some scratches when the cabinets went up.

It's been a long 2 years from the start to now!



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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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Sorry I've be gone for so long, we only got to 80 today so I didn't go swimming, it's starting to cool down here. I'm going to have to go to bike riding for Cardiod now. How is it there, hope everyone is OK. Here is some info. that might be helpful for guys like me.

FEMALE PUT DOWNS TO PICK UP LINES......
Monday, February 20, 2017
"Female Put Downs To Pick Up Lines"

HE: Can I buy you a drink?
SHE: Actually I'd rather have the money.

HE : I'm a photographer. I've been looking for a face like yours.
SHE: I'm a plastic surgeon. I've been looking for a face like yours.

HE: Hi. Didn't we go on a date once? Or was it twice?
SHE: Must've been once. I never make the same mistake twice.

HE : How did you get to be so beautiful?
SHE: I must've been given your share.

HE: Go on, don't be shy. Ask me out.
SHE: Okay, get out.

HE: I think I could make you very happy.
SHE: Why? Are you leaving?

HE: What would you say if I asked you to marry me?
SHE: Nothing. I can't talk and laugh at the same time.

HE: Can I have your name?
SHE: Why? Don't you already have one?

HE: Shall we go see a movie?
SHE: I've already seen it.

HE: Where have you been all my life?
SHE: Hiding from you.

HE: Haven't I seen you some place before?
SHE: Yes. That's why I don't go there anymore.
HE: Is this seat empty?
SHE: Yes, and this one will be if you sit down.

HE: So, what do you do for a living?
SHE: I'm a female impersonator.

HE: Hey baby, what's your sign?
SHE: Do not enter.

HE: Your body is like a temple.
SHE: Sorry, there are no services today.

HE: If I could see you naked, I'd die happy.
SHE: If I saw you naked, I'd probably die laughing.

HE: Where have you been all my life?
SHE: Where I'll be the rest of your life - in your wildest dreams.


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Michela, I think cornish hens would be an awesome way to go. Excellent idea!

Tina, I hope you have a great vacation, and I hope you get to dive! You will be heading to Bonaire while I am shoveling snow tomorrow. I must say, I am a bit more envious than I already was! :-)

Michela, dog sledding sounds like fun...especially if the dogs are happy about it. Have you ever done it before?

We put our tree up today...at least a week or so earlier than usual. I hope it lives until Christmas! This is by far the fullest tree I've ever seen. It's set up in front of a window, and without any decorations on it, you can NOT see daylight through it. I've no idea where I'm going to fit decorations. It may just be lights wrapped around the outside. The polar opposite of a "Charlie Brown Tree."

I hope you all have a great weekend. Except you Tina, I hope you have a great entire vacation! Wish I were there with you! (Though it sounds like you may already have your hands full.)

-Beth
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Sounds like everyone had a great thanksgiving. hmmm, cornish hens, that sounds like an excellent idea! I might have to do that next year (if I remember!).

I am getting excited about leaving Sunday to go to Bonaire. I'm still interested to see how Todd and Sandy get along. Two strong headed ones...hmmm...Guess we will see! I will report on in when I get back!

Todd is in California visiting grandkids, and should be back at 11:28 pm tonight. IF Chicago is open...right now they are sending emails out saying Chicago is supposed to have 50 mph winds...we'll see if he gets home tonight!

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Beth sounds like a nice Thanksgiving with family.
A nice idea for TG turkey replacement is rock Cornish hens. Everyone gets their own bird!

Tina I hope your holiday turned out well too .You must be getting excited about your trip coming up.

I can't believe it's December already and Christmas 3 wks away. emoticon
Not that it's a big deal for us and all I really look forward too is the 2 weeks off. Hoping to get away for a couple of days up north in a lodge somewhere. I really would like to do some dog sledding this winter.

Hope you all have a fantastic week!



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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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Geez, I could swear I posted a reply that I don't see here. I must not have actually "posted" it. Oh well.

Tina, that was nice to invite the neighbors...I hope you all had a great time.

We had my family over for Thanksgiving. Instead of making an entire turkey, I opted for just turkey breasts. Nobody eats anything but the white meat, so I figured I'd just make white meat. It was good, but it wasn't less work. And you don't end up with pan drippings for the gravy. I think I'll go back to the whole turkey next time.

Aside from the holiday, there's not much going on here. Given the crazy year this has been, I'm just going to welcome the "uneventful" time!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

-Beth
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Tina, that is so sweet of you to invite the 2 ladies over and your mom will have new friends!
So awesome!



�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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Thanks, Michela! I'm making Thanksgiving dinner at my house. Mom and stepdad are coming, and I invited a 76 yr old lady down the street (who is alone) and her friend that visits her on holidays. So, I will have my Mom (76) and the two older ladies (also around the same age). They all love to talk, so, they can keep each other company!

We get a rental truck with our package at Buddy dive. IT's a drive and dive package. So, we can go anywhere on the island, IF we do decide to kayak, I'll let you know how it goes. And, I don't believe there are any alligators on the island!

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Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.


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Happy thanksgiving to all my American friends
Hope you all enjoy time with family and or friends !
Don't eat too much oh never mind just enjoy it!

Xoxoxo

�Energy and persistence conquer all things.�

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



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Hope you all had a great weekend.
It was cold here and we froze our butts Saturday getting our Christmas lights on. Other than that it was a pretty boring weekend. I hate when its so cold that I don't want to go out and it is only going to get worse.

Tina, will you be renting a car? When we were there we took a day off diving and explored the island. And couldn't dive the last couple of days cause I caught a cold but it was fun driving around and exploring places and stopping. Unfortunately I can't remember off the top of my head where we stopped off along the way.

Beth seems we also missed the mangrove kayaking, now that would have been fun but I would be afraid of alligators if they exist in Bonaire.

I did enjoy the diving in Bonaire for the same reasons BUT I felt that getting in and out of some dive site were pretty rough. I do enjoy boat diving when the water is calm. It's so easy to jump in and climb out. Choppy water well not so much! But an overcrowded boat is not so fun either.


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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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Beth, the massage didn't hurt at the time I got it, but for the next three days, I hurt like crazy and couldn't move! I drank plenty of water like they always tell you to do after a massage, I don't know what the heck happened!

Yeah, we'll just have to explore our options when we get there if we need to. I know Sandy is an avid kayaker, so maybe we can do the mangroves together. Maybe Todd would come along, too.

Well, it's 50 degrees and sunny here. I need to get outside and blow leaves. Yuck. Well, come one, body, get up and go....!

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Tina, I'm glad to hear that. I look at some of my posts when I'm done typing and wonder when I got so long winded!

I don't know how any of these places manage to make money. I look at what a service provider charges, and then what the "agreed upon" price is with the insurance company, and the numbers are SO different. Does it really cost the provider that much to provide the service, and if so, how can they agree to less than half that price as compensation?

Um, massages aren't supposed to hurt. I hope your next one is better, and if it hurts...speak up! I'm pretty sure the masseuse doesn't want it to hurt you either.

If you end up not being able to dive, and I sincerely hope that's not the case, there are other things to do on Bonaire. I haven't done them, but I know they have lots of caves to explore. Some of them you can snorkel in.

They have places to kayak too, mangroves and such. I wish I had known that before we went, I think kayaking would have been fun. It wasn't until recently that I found out they had mangroves to kayak through. Our goal when we went was scuba diving...we didn't even LOOK to see what else the island had to offer for activities. Oops.

Hiking and biking too. I'd suggest going on a guided tour for that stuff. We went and wandered around the back roads in the rental truck...it's pretty easy to get lost. Of course, in a car it's not so bad, it's such a small island you're bound to find your way back eventually. But I wouldn't want to get lost on foot or on a pedal bike.

Hmm...it's frigid freezing cold and windy here today. 86 degrees and sunny on Bonaire. Where do you suppose I want to be right now? Drat it.

-Beth
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Ah, Beth! I'm so glad you are a typer, that way I didn't have to type all of that, because I feel the same way! I guess there isn't anyone else in the area for me because no one else will take the amount of payment the VA is willing to pay. They have a set amount they pay for appointments and no one wants that little of an amount, evidently!

I haven't had a massage in a LONG time! I think I'm overdue! Seriously, though, the last time I had one, they really hurt me...I could hardly move for three days. Haven't gone since.

We seem to love Bonaire for the same reasons! I don't care for the boat dives anymore, either. I had a toe broken and my foot severely bruised once trying to get on the boat in rough water. And that was at the beginning of my week of diving...Talk about a painful week of finning...Ouch. Bonaire is great for laid back diving, and we also love to walk into town to the grocery store and get their yummy grainy bread and fixings for sandwiches. We don't eat bread at home, but love theirs! I don't know what we will do if I can't dive because of my sinuses. I know Sandy will still do her boat dives, and she is okay with diving alone, so might do some shore dives by herself (unless she finds someone else to dive with). I know Todd won't go unless I'm diving since he doesn't care for diving much, anyway. Any suggestions for what to do?

Hey, Dennis, where are you?!?! emoticon

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Well, I've got to say, I'm happy the bathtub they put in here wasn't the same model either one of you two had. Don't get me wrong, it's still the "contractor special" tub of the time, and I hate the uncomfortable shape of it, and the jets aren't in the right places...but it has NEVER shot dirty water out of the jets. The lines must be (properly) run to hold no water once the tub has drained. So, they got that right for sure.

If it had shot black anything out of the jets, I would definitely have the same opinion as you two have.

Yes Tina, I was very lucky to have had that spa tub. A friend sold her house and the buyer didn't want it...so for the cost of moving it, I got an 8 person spa. And I loved it. Unfortunately, my ex put it in storage and didn't pay the bill. He let it go to auction ... and didn't tell me. I would have happily taken over that payment...had I known. (Sometimes people can really s*ck.) And that is the last I will say of that.

Michela, I am totally a shower person for cleansing. But for back pain...I am very much on board with back jets! Or massages. Either. Both. Whatever works. When I'm in pain, I manage to relax my clean/don't let strangers touch me OCD enough to get through it. :-) Yeah yeah...okay...and then I take a scalding shower. WHAT-EVER!

I am with you on not wanting to carry tanks and gear anymore. The one exception there is Bonaire...mostly because it means I'm not on somebody else's boat schedule...rushing to get gear on/off on a crowded boat...or worry about being left behind. Or being hit in the chin with a ladder in rough waters. Okay...I'm officially not 18 anymore. Except mentally. I refuse to mature any further.

Tina, I hear your pain with the ridiculous health care system. Why IS that doctor still in their system? Are they unable to find a suitable replacement? Seems like it shouldn't be THAT difficult to fix. But to be fair, I've had time recently to learn that SOMEBODY had to graduate at the bottom of the class...and they are still called "doctor."

I don't think I mentioned this earlier, but the first surgeon (auto-assigned by hospital) wanted to do surgery immediately. He wanted to trim the disc, and remove bone to allow more space for the nerve. Which wouldn't still be crowded for space after the disc was trimmed. Yeah, he worried me. Bottom of the class? Too young? Too eager to do surgery? I'm not sure what the driving force was, but I didn't like it.

As you know, the second surgeon would like to avoid surgery if we can. Huh. Imagine that. Looking for the best solution for the patient, and being conservative but attentive in the process. Really, ALL healthcare providers should be this way. (I make that sound easy...I do realize they have quite a few challenges with the system, facility rules/regulations...and stuff I've probably not thought of.)

But still...don't chip away bone if you haven't exhausted other options yet. JMO

Oh look. I wrote another book. Believe it or not, I am actually not a "talker." I'm usually a listener. But apparently, I'm a "typer." Huh. Go figure.

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-Beth
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Beth, I have never used the tub to bathe so can't tell you about the jets. I am more of a shower person but I may have used the tub just to try it if it didn't gross me out so much. As much as I clean it and run it from time to time just to get the crud out it never seems clean. Even told T if we could get a bath company to plug over the jets but it may not be worth the money if we will change in a year or so. I would just prefer a nice walk in shower when we redo like we did in the basement bathroom, but for resale it is good to keep one bath in the house.
As far as your outdoor project, you did it with such taste that it is sure to add value .And most important is that you are enjoying it so much.
Hope the epidural does the trick doll. Sending positive thoughts to you.

Tina, hopefully you'll get to dive, if you can't it will be nice just to get away. And hoping you can get to see a new doctor asap. After I pierced my ear this summer on my 2nd dive in Cuba and I was pissed but ended up enjoying relaxing with a book on the beach. The water was really rough when we surfaced it was scary getting back on the boat. I am getting tired of the kind of diving that becomes to much work.
Over there we had to carry the tanks on our back from the dive center to the boat and back again for the second dive. UGH it was too strenuous. Really miss Cozumel's easy brain dead diving.



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I once had a jetted tub years ago. I had the same experience as Michela, with all the crap coming out when I turned it on, and I vowed I would never have another one again. And I haven't and probably never will. I've never had an outdoor spa...How lucky you are, Beth!

I would love for both of you to come to Bonaire with us! I'm just worried about being able to dive! I'm having a very bad experience with the doctor (ent) that the VA sent me to locally, so I called them today and they said they have had lots of people say the same thing about that doctor (so why is he still in their system?!?!?!?). They are going to find me someone else to go see about my sinuses, but it probably won't be before we go to Bonaire...Ugh. Oh well. If I can't dive, Sandy will still do the boat dives and try to find someone to dive with her from shore. Todd and I will have to find things to do out of water. Well, we might snorkel... We will be at Buddy Dive Resort (the place we always stay because Todd likes diving at their dock).

Beth, I hope your treatment works for you so you don't need surgery. Any time you have to go under the knife...well, it can't be good!!! I'm prayin' for ya, girl!


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Michela, I think I remember you talking about that bathroom, and that jetted tub. Our jetted tub doesn't seem to hold water in the tubing...so we don't get any "crap" out of them. But I don't particularly like the tub. It's not comfortable, even as a soaker. While I would personally prefer to get another outdoor spa type tub, the HEU is not on board with it. So I'm hoping I can find a jetted bathtub that will be an acceptable substitute.

I LOVED my outdoor spa...given my back problems...some decent back jets are very helpful in relaxing any muscle spasms. I used to use it almost every evening - year round. But they ARE expensive to heat and run all year where you have cold winters.

I've never tried an air jet tub, but I suspect they don't give the type of muscle massage that a jacuzzi/water jet will provide. (If any of you have experience with the air jet tubs...I'd LOVE to know how they compare!)

But I digress. Michela, it stinks that your tub holds water in the lines and makes it difficult to keep clean. I'd hate that too. We still have lots of stuff to address here...taking as the funds allow. We did make the yard a bit of a priority...which from a selling value point of view is not smart...but we were looking for a "stay-cation," and it worked. We love it. Except NOW I want to go on vacation with Tina!

Thanks for THAT Tina. It was 87 and sunny on Bonaire today. Yes, I still have the island on my weather app.

I had my Epidural today...my back is a wee bit PO'd at me for that, but it's minor pain - comparatively speaking...and it's not shooting down my leg...so I think I'll be okay. When the benefits from the shot kick in, I'm hoping to feel even better. (And of course, still hoping to avoid surgery.)

I hope you're all doing well...and chat with you soon.

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Tina, sweet on going back to Bonaire! Will you be staying at the same place or did you get a rental for this trip? Hope it works out with Todd and Sandy. I guess if he agreed to it, it should work out. I hope! And also hope that your sinus issues won't be an issue.

Beth, I would pick the room that bugs me the most and it seems your bathroom is it. We still have our main bathroom to do but it's livable. The jets in the spa tub we have is a pita to keep clean and I hate it. The vanity is fugly but tile is ok,. not to my taste but it could be worse. The previous owner had remodeled but they went cheap with the vanity and fixtures. Also we removed oil heating a few years back for so we have a stack that can be removed giving us more room in there.But I think it will have to wait cause we want to redo the surface of front of the house next year.
Good to hear you are feeling better doll.

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Tina, awesome that you're going to Bonaire again! I hope you have a great trip, and I hope your sinuses cooperate with you...for a change!! As for Todd and Sandy...um...buy wine. Or I can send you all my leftover painkillers and muscle relaxers. That ought to calm everybody down.
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It is currently 86 degrees in Kralendijk right now. Hmmmm...can I come?
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I agree that I shouldn't wait until the kitchen NEEDS remodeling...unfortunately, the bathroom already does NEED remodeling. I really want to take a sledge hammer to that shower stall. We've already tried re-grouting and resealing the tile...but it's still impossible to get it to look clean. (The tile just looks constantly dirty, no matter how hard we scrub, or what cleaner we use.) But at least the grout is fixed. I know we can re-tile, but we want the shower stall bigger, and the tub beside it smaller. So, no sense re-tiling until we can do the whole job right.

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Beth, I think you should remodel the kitchen BEFORE it NEEDS it! Makes cooking so much more enjoyable when you are in a space that you like being in! And, new appliances are so fun to play with!

Sorry to hear about your passport picture. The way it usually goes with me is that they don't tell me when they are going to take the picture, so I usually have some weird smirk on my face, or my eyes are half closed and I Iook like I'm on drugs. Oh well. Gives the TSA guys something to be amused by.

Todd and I are going to Bonaire the 10th of December for a week. My friend Sandy will be coming along (she's the one I usually go on dive trips with). Should be an interesting week with all of us in the same apartment. I'm not sure how Todd and Sandy will get along for that long in close quarters. I can get along with either one of them on a vacation, but, both of them at the same time?!?!!? We'll see!

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Okay, so...I showed your kitchen photos to my HEU...and now he's chomping at the bit again to get some renovations done. (Meaning, he loved both of your kitchens.)

So, we'd better get some bigger contracts coming in soon...so we can renovate. We want to do the master bathroom first...it needs updating. The kitchen just WANTS updating...it doesn't actually NEED it. Everything works...it's just a bit aged. But then...so are we.
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I went to get my passport photo taken today...so I could renew my passport. The guy had to take seven photos before he figured out how to get it framed right. And by then...the look on my face...uh, well...I'll be taking some photos here instead. I'm sure not putting THAT expression on my passport.
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My back/leg pain is improving, so I'm hoping that surgery can be avoided. Keeping my fingers crossed. (And trying not to get too confident in that idea. That seems to be when s*** goes wrong.)

Hope you all are doing great!

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Michela, very cool kitchen. I can see where the lighting has to be bright with the dark cabinets.

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Beth, sure do hope that the dish will break and fast.Who would have thought we would be wishing for something to break.

I also get only morning light and the sun is blinding in the morning and I have dark cabinets
but lots of light with the recessed lights and pendants and undercounter light. The recessed are halogen but we will switch the bulbs to LED as soon as they burn out
You can see my kitchen here,click on link below. it was done 4 years ago after we moved in.



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Beth, I hope your disk decides to break off soon and get you pain free!

No, I don't get much natural light in the kitchen, it faces North like yours. But, we have ten LED lights in the kitchen, not counting the under cabinet lights, and they really brighten it up in there.

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Hello all,

Michela, thanks for the jokes. We always need some of those!

Tina, I love your kitchen. You have almost the same layout that we have here, but you have more room width wise. And a really big island surface. NICE! (I have kitchen envy.)

From what I can see, your house also has some interesting angles...adds some cool character.

Do the windows in your kitchen get much sun? I'm considering keeping my cabinets white, only because my kitchen faces mostly North. I only get sun in the windows in the very early morning, so it's kind of dark. Your new kitchen still looks bright even with wooden cabinets...due to the can lights? Or do you get lots of natural light in the windows?

Thanks for sharing the pictures, really nice transformation!

So, I went to see the surgeon that did my disc replacement in my neck. He would rather take a "wait and see" approach than just go straight to surgery. He took me off all the crazy painkillers, and muscle relaxers, and put me on a painkiller that actually works on nerve pain though, so I'm not in agony anymore. And I'm not high as a kite anymore either. Nice. I hate having my head all muddied up. I also have another Epidural Steroid Injection scheduled.

Apparently the disk that is bulging is actually bulging through the opening that the sciatic nerve passes through. So, it's making the hole too small for the sciatic nerve...which is why the pain was so severe and unrelenting. There literally IS no position that would relieve the pressure on the nerve.

So the goal is to wait for that bulging section of disk to break off...which apparently happens naturally if you wait long enough. If it doesn't cooperate, then it's surgery. That will be a few months down the road, assuming we can keep the pain at bay. We shall see. Hopefully I can avoid surgery.

But for now, I'm on light duty. Sitting and lying down is still uncomfortable, especially for long periods of time, But I'd say my pain level is about 1/4 of what it was before. It's not driving me insane anymore. Or would that be "more insane?"
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Tina, crazy that they did that with the under cabinet lights, but you'll be happy to have them in. I love having the lights directly on my work area in my kitchen. Something always seems to go wrong in home reno , It seems like they will make things right at the end of it all, of course it is frustrating having to go through stuff that should not have happened in the first place.
Your kitchen is beautiful, enjoy it doll.

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Thanks Michela! No, we did not do the kitchen, we hired someone to do it. I'm all done doing that stuff. I told Todd that I wasn't doing any more on the house, I will only work in the yard now. So we hired a designer and she got all the contractors in to do stuff. I think it's more stressful having someone else do it! The last thing they did was put the under cabinet lights in (which I didn't want originally, but they talked me into them). When they were leaving, they said they were done making dust so I could put the dishes away in the cupboards. I was happy about that, so I opened them all up to wipe them out before putting the dishes in...and...the screws they mounted the lights with came through the bottom shelf!!!! Arrrgghhh! I was so mad! I called the designer and vented (this isn't the first thing they did to tick me off). Now they are going to come back and put a veneer on the bottom shelves to cover the holes and keep them from chipping and getting bigger. A day before they did that, they came and installed the LED lights in the cans in the ceiling. We all ready had three that were there originally, and I had sent them the info (watts, lumens, light temp). They said no problem with matching them. SO...when they installed them, they were obviously more yellow light that the originals. I had told them ours were 4000K, so I looked at the boxes of theirs and it said 3000K! I told them the ones they installed were NOT acceptable. So, they went back to the store and came back with 3500K! Nope, those aren't acceptable either. What part of 4000K don't you understand?!?!?! So, anyway, that's what I have been going through.

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Wow Tina, kitchen looks amazing. What a dif bringing the cabinets to the ceiling. I did the same when we re did ours. Also like how you opene emoticon d up the space and placed island to the side. You must be thrilled. Did you do it all yourselves?

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Michela, good one! It's very similar to the one I did last week.

I posted two pictures of the kitchen, one before (white cabinets), and one after (hickory cabinets). There's still some trim work to do, but it's almost done.

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It's joke day, although this is closer to the truth than a joke.
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As I get older I realize:


#1 - I talk to myself, because there are times I need expert advice.

#2 - I consider "On Trend" to be the clothes that still fit.

#3 - I don't need anger management. I need people to stop pissing me off.

#4 - My people skills are just fine. It's my tolerance for idiots that needs work.

#5 - The biggest lie I tell myself is, "I don't need to write that down. I'll remember it."

#6 - I have days when my life is just a tent away from a circus.

#7 - These days, "on time" is when I get there.

#8 - Even duct tape can't fix stupid - but it sure does muffle the sound.

#9 - Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes, then come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller?

#10 - Lately, I've noticed people my age are so much older than me.

#11 - "Getting lucky" means walking into a room and remembering why I'm there.

#12 - When I was a child, I thought nap time was punishment. Now it feels like a mini vacation.

#13 - Some days I have no idea what I'm doing out of bed.

#14 - I thought growing old would take longer.

#15 - Aging sure has slowed me down, but it hasn't shut me up.

#16 - I still haven't learned to act my age.








































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Tina, thanks for the jokes they were awesome and seems we all needed a laugh.

Beth, goodness girl WTF? You were doing so well after your last surgery and now this? I have also had some sciatica pain awhile ago and it was a big pain in the A$$ but nothing like you are experiencing. I feel really bad you are going through this and I hope that the doctor will come through soon with a surgery date. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Tina, was your kitchen reno a gut job? Did you take before pics so we can see before and after? We are in the process of finalizing our plan for the basement bar counter. We hope to have it ordered soon so we can have in in before Christmas. T has been a bit lazy lately and we did not finish the painting of the stair risers and a few walls have to be redone. The stainless steel wall handrails went on and I love them.

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Beth, I feel so bad for you. I have problems with sciatica lots, but not that severely too often. It's usually just a pain in the *ss, literally, with occasional pain shooting down my leg, or leg weakness. I will definitely remember you in my prayers and hope that things get taken care of quickly when you see your surgeon. Do keep us informed!

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Good jokes Tina. I do especially like the "why do I have to press 1..." that drives me crazy. (yeah, short drive, I know.)

So, I have fallen off the planet again due to injury. I was very suddenly struck with an agonizing case of Sciatica. Which I've never had before. Apparently when I do something, I don't go halfway. The very bad part is that there is an "opiod" crisis going on, and the healthcare providers don't believe you when you say you're in pain.

I spent six days unable to sit or lie down for more than a few moments at a time. So no sleep. My legs were swollen from too much standing, and I was just exhausted. After visiting six doctors, and two emergency rooms (one of them twice) I FINALLY got somebody to believe me, and they admitted me for a few days, and got the agonizing pain under control so I could get some sleep.

Steroid injections, oral steroids, painkillers, muscle relaxers...I'm a freaking mess. And today the follow up appointment doctor/surgeon told me that I not only need surgery immediately, but also that when the steroids run out, the pain is coming back. THAT'S what's holding it at bay. And he doesn't want me on more. (I don't particularly like this guy...not for what he said, but for his demeanor. We did not click.)

I did manage to get an appointment for tomorrow with the surgeon that did my neck surgery. I hope he can help more than the guy I met with today. Like maybe actually schedule a surgery, and oh, maybe a pain/nerve block so I'm not in suicidal agony until the surgery can take place? (Which does need to be quick, as it is also causing muscle weakness and numbness in my leg and foot. The longer you wait, the more likely it is to be permanent.)

So, that's where I've been. I am not okay. :-(

I'll be back with updates when I have them.

I hope you are all doing WAAAAAY better than I am right now!


-Beth
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It's Wednesday! you know what that means!



WE ALL GET OLD IN THE END...

Gone are the days when girls used to cook like their mothers. Now they drink like their fathers..

You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone? That's common sense leaving your body.

I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.

I decided to stop calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.

Old age is coming at a really bad time. When I was a child I thought Nap Time" was a punishment. Now, as a grownup, it feels like a small vacation.

The biggest lie I tell myself is..."I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it."

I don't have gray hair; I have "wisdom highlights." I'm just very wise.

Teach your daughter how to shoot, because a restraining order is just a piece of paper.

If God wanted me to touch my toes, He would've put them on my knees.

Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven't met yet.

Why do I have to press one for English when you're just going to transfer me to someone I can't understand anyway?

Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice.

At my age "Getting lucky" means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for.

Actually I'm not complaining cuz I am a Senager. (Senior teenager) I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 60 years later.
I dont have to go to school or work.
I get an allowance every month.
I have my own pad.
I dont have a curfew.
I have a drivers license and my own car.
The people I hang around with are not scared of getting pregnant.
And I dont have acne.

Life is great. I have more friends I should send this to, but right now I can't remember their names

I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams.

Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.


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Michela, I am glad your owies are getting better! And good luck on your remaining renos.

Beth, your pool and ez-up are awesome! We don't have a pool, i am jealous!

Our kitchen reno is coming along very slowly, but when it is completed, I will post before and after pictures.

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Michela, I'm happy to hear you were mostly healed up in time for the wedding you were going to. Bummer that you didn't really get to use the pool much. The weather this year has been kind of odd too. Cooler during the summer, and then in the fall we get the heat.

LOL...that's not a "wall" that we put up. It's an EZ-UP. Which is like a big tent without a floor. I guess I chose a bad photo to put up, since you DO only see one wall from that angle. I was trying to show that it was placed over the stairs, so you could swim right into the tent. Here's a better one.



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Hello everyone!

Tina, so good to see you back and happy you enjoyed your hike with no issues. Sucks that Todd is throwing in the towel for future hikes. Looks like Beth is on the same boat so I say you two should plan a hike together sometime.

Beth, wedding was beautiful and my black eye and fractured little toe healed enough so that only minimal concealer was needed for the eye and I was able to wear my new heels.YEAH!
it's been incredible hot the last week and we are back to normal temps today. We shut off the heat on the pool awhile already since the summer was crappy and then when it got hot we were just too busy to be able to use the pool. I have only used it twice the whole season.
Good to hear you are taking advantage of yours but I don't understand how the wall you put up works.
So back to some projects this weekend. Did not get too much done on the console table I was sanding so maybe i'll attack that project.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

�Energy and persistence conquer all things.�

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Hi All,

So, I'm checking back in since the 23rd and noticed that I'm the last post.

I also noticed that Tina posted before I did...we must have been posting at the same time, because I didn't even see that you (Tina) were back!

WELCOME BACK! I'm sorry to hear that hiking the AT isn't Todd's thing. (Hiking in general, or hiking in long stretches, or the AT...???) That's a bit of a bummer. I'm on my own for that kind of thing too...and it IS a bummer.

It sounds like you're happy with how you did on your hike though, and that's a good thing! No blisters...an even better thing! And not walking into a tree...well even better.
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So, we've been having some awesomely warm days here, and I'm making the most of it. Lots of pool time, lots of yard work getting done.

Since the nights are getting cooler, we've put the walls onto the EZ-UP and located it over the pool stairs. So we can swim at night, swim under a wall and get out into a warm room. I wish we had thought of this two years ago, but I'm really happy we thought of it eventually (this year.) It's not the prettiest solution...but it works.

As you may have noticed, I am not on board with letting go of summer. I'm hoping to be able to use the pool for another week or two. That may be some wishful thinking going on there...but what the heck.

I hope all is going well for you guys. Michela, where ARE you? Dennis?

Tina, how's the kitchen going?

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Michela, I hope you were healed up enough for the wedding you went to today? (Hopefully you weren't just shades of faded green and yellow...jeez, I LOVE that look. Been there...but NOT to a wedding!)

Dennis, thank you! I always need a laugh these days! And as a visual thinker...that was pretty funny....assuming I am NOT actually present for the storytelling!!

Tina, I hope your hike is going well...I'll check the old blog link I have to see...but by now you might actually be home. (Michela, I'll send the link...I'm pretty sure I have it.)

Boy, time flies when you're busy. We don't have any big new contracts, a few small ones...but lots of stuff to tend to at home, and for "the mother," and also for a few friends that are going through "stuff." So, we've been busy, pretty much taking care of three properties. Maybe we should have gone into landscaping instead of engineering.

Hope everybody is doing well. I'm dead on my feet this week/month, but I'll be back.

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I'm back! 240 miles of the Appalachian Trail done! And if I want to do more, Todd said I have to find someone else to go with me. He doesn't want to do any more...ever!

Monday we have the contractor coming to tear out the kitchen. By Thursday, hopefully, they will have the floor in and the base cabinets so the counter top people can measure and template for the granite counter tops. Then we wait for about two weeks for that to be made. I'm just looking forward to it all being done so we can clean up and not have an more messes in our house.

Hope everyone is doing great. I feel a bit sore, but feel very good about how well I did on the trail. We even cut four days off of our total days out (compared to how long i had it planned to take). And NO blisters!!! Woo hoo!

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emoticon Dennis! Thanks for the laugh!
Hope all is going well with you.

It's pretty quiet in here these days.

Hello Tina, hope the hike is going well.

Hello Beth hope you pop in sometime soon.


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Hi everybody, it's been awhile. You asked for a joke, so I took a look and found this one. I hope I didn't share this one earlier. I enjoyed it hope you do too.

I just did my one swim race that I can still do today.

"The Old Lion Hunt!"
Friday, February 24, 2017
"The Old Lion Hunt!"

One night, at the lodge of a hunting club, two new members were being introduced to other
members and shown around. The man leading them around said,
See that old man asleep in the chair by the fire-place? He is our oldest member and can tell you some hunting stories youll never forget.

They awakened the old man and asked him to tell them a hunting story.

Well, he began, I remember back in 44, we went on a lion hunting expedition in Africa. We were on foot and hunted for three days without seeing a thing. On the fourth day, I was so tired I had to rest. I found a fallen tree, so I laid my gun down, propped my head on the tree, and fell asleep. I dont know how long I was asleep when I was awakened by a noise in the bushes. I was reaching for my gun when the biggest lion I ever seen jumped out of the bushes at me like this, ROOOAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!
!!!!! Well I just sh*t my pants.

The young men looked astonished and one of them said, I dont blame you, I would have sh*t my pants too if a lion jumped out at me.

The old man shook his head and said, No, no, not then, just now when I said ROOOAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!
!!!!!'

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Don't think I have the link to your blog anymore, please message it to me if you have time.
Will live to follow your journey emoticon

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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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Thanks, Michela. Yes, I will be blogging again, when I get the chance and a signal! Same blog as before.

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Tina,Tylenol helps somewhat. Oh man we have a wedding to go to on the 23rd. Hope the bruising goes away by then.

Good luck on your hike and please do be careful. Will miss you. Will you be blogging again?

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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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Oh, Michela! How aweful! i hope you have a speedy recovery, and thank goodness you didn't break your nose! I hope it doesn't hurt too much.

I will be thinking about you two when I am hiking the trail the next three weeks. Maybe it will help me stay aware and not fall down on the rocks or trip on the roots!

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Hey girls, good to see you both here.

Beth awesome news on your pain being gone. That has to be a major relief after all you've been through.
Wish we were all closer too cause it would be a blast to do stuff with you girls.
Working alone I also don't get much outside contact and seems everyone is busy with their own life these days.

Tina so great that you are hitting the trails soon. And nice to get to Bonaire again in Dec. I really am hoping that you will be able to continue diving.

I remember telling you all that T had a Harley when we met and we went on some nice road trips but for him it was also about the ride while I just was eager to get someplace and do something.

Well I had a bit of an incident Friday night. I face planted on my kitchen floor and really did a number on my face. The lucky thing is that the right side of my face hit the ceramic and not nose first cause then I would be dealing with a broken nose and possible broken teeth so I am fortunate all I have to deal with is a bruised cheekbone and black eye. (not pretty and poor T got a few looks when we went out Saturday although it was not as bad then. Yesterday the eye was getting darker by the minute. Seems every time I looked at it the darker it got.
Seems I am cursed these days, first the ear than I stubbed my little toe that I broke a few years ago and it still hurts. All I can wear is flip flops and it's getting colder out at night and morning now. So this is # 3. Hope that's the end of it.
I squatted down to clean up a spill, lost my balance and down I went. Yes I did have a few glasses of wine in me at that point but no where intoxicated. emoticon

Hey Dennis, hope all is good with you and its time for another joke!

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Beth, I hear ya on the motorcycling. I rode regularly up to a few years ago. I did enjoy the ride, but enjoyed getting to the destination better! With my bad back, riding for long periods were pretty hard on me. So, it got to the point I just didn't enjoy it so much any more. I do miss having the wind blowing in my face and cruising along the road. Oh well. Sigh. My hubby never rode, my riding days were mostly all my life before meeting him. It's nice that your guy will ride with you!

Only 5 more days til we hit the trail. I spent a bit of time getting things together and packing my pack to see what it would weigh. We're trying to keep my pack lighter this time around. So far so good. I'm excited to get back out on the trail!

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Hey Tina, I hope your September hike section goes great! I like the idea of doing the hike in sections. That seems much less intimidating. (The doctors say I'm not 18 anymore. I keep telling them to stuff it, but they don't catch on very quickly.)

Yes, I'm alive...so far! I took my first decent motorcycle ride (since well before my surgery) today. I'm very happy to say that all the debilitating pain that I had prior to my neck surgery is GONE! We rode from 9:30AM to 6:30 PM...with just two gas fill-up stops, and a lunch break.

I will say this...I personally like to stop a bit more often...to stretch and take in the scenery. Actually, I am more into the destination than the ride. The ride can be nice...but it's too much sitting in one position. My preference is to get there...and then DO something. Like, mountain bike, ski, kayak, hike...something physical. My HEU...um...not so much. For him it's the ride. ("Why would I want to PEDAL? I have an ENGINE!") So, a wee bit of a mis-match there.

Yep, I wish we lived closer together too. I suspect we'd have a blast...and cause some fun kinds of trouble on the way.
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Hey Beth! You ARE alive! I was starting to wonder...

Yeah, well, I had my sinus scan quite a while ago, and I STILL haven't heard anything from the VA about it...geez...I called and talked to the nurse yesterday, and she said she would put a note in to the doctor to get in touch with me. We'll see.

Todd and I will be heading back out on the AT the first of September for three weeks. We are going to pick up where we left off last time and get through the Smoky Mountain National Park. That will be about 180 miles. If all goes well, and we still want to do the rest of the trail, we will do that next spring/summer. I'm excited to get back out there and try again, this time without getting poisoned!

I'm so glad to hear your big projects are done. Hopefully you will visit with us more on here now!

Bummer about not having anyone to do stuff with. Wish you lived closer, I would do stuff with you! I'm still hoping we can get together some time. Maybe if we hike the rest of the trail next year, we can still meet up like we planned this year. I'm bummed that didn't work out since we had to get off the trail.

Hey Michela. I feel bad for you that your Cuba trip didn't go well for you. Todd and I are planning to go to Bonaire in December for another try at diving. This trip with determine if we ever go on a dive trip again. If I'm not able to dive much because of my sinuses, we may be selling our dive gear and finding a new kind of vacations. I will still stay on this site cuz I can't give up my friendships with you all! You are like family! Maybe we will just have to do more hiking!


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Oops. My "Anti-Gravity Superpower" went on overtime and launched me off the planet again. I've really got to learn to control that.
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Michela, I'm sorry to hear you had a diving issue in Cuba, but I'm glad you got to enjoy the beaches. And hopefully you had some lovely cabana "delivery people" helping you out while you rested on the beach.
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Tina, also sorry to read that you have another sinus infection! WTF? I sincerely hope they find something during that scan...and by "find something," I mean "find something that's easily FIXABLE!" You have GOT to be tired of that experience.

Have you had a chance to do any more hiking?

Dennis, nice paintings. Water is hard. My mom is a painter...and she's got a couple of nice water scenes...but they do seem hard to master. Heck, it all seems hard to me. How you can have the patience to paint every freaking branch on a tree is BEYOND me!
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I'm doing okay. Our two big projects are done...got a few small projects right now, but not a whole lot. We've been just doing yard work, chores, taking care of moms place...that kind of thing.

Right now, I'm hunting for other people to do "fun" stuff with. My mountain biking/hiking crew of days gone by are gone...moved, married, mommies, don't bike anymore...whatever. Kind of stinks. I need to find new people to do that stuff with. (More difficult to achieve when you work from home. One downside of that arrangement.)

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Very nice Dennis! emoticon

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Hello everyone! Got back from vacay on the 7th and it's been so busy catching up at work.
Hope you are all doing well.

I pierced my ear on the first day diving on the 2nd dive. It was really stupid of me and I should have known better so spent the whole 2 weeks enjoying the beach and relaxing. It certainly is not like diving in Coz. You have to wear your gear with tank to the boat and get up to it and then back to the dive shop carrying gear to and change and back again for 2nd dive.Whew what an effort. I am too old for that so did not mind parking my butt on a sun lounger for the 2 weeks. T got a few more dives in, it just was not like Coz.

Dennis will check out your painting. So cool that you do that!

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



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Water has always been a difficult thing for me to paint. Guess I need more practice! I will try to post some pictures of some of my paintings.

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I'm working on an ocean wave right now. I've always been impressed by them.

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I buffet my body and make it my slave!

When I eat healthy I enjoy my food all day!


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I hear ya, Dennis! It takes me a long time to do a painting, too. mostly because I always painted with my friends in Wisconsin, and here I have to paint by myself. It's just not the same...but, with practice you will get better and faster. My biggest problem is that I try to put too much detail in and it takes forever and doesn't look near as good as when you paint and use less detail and hard edges on your subjects. I was told to be more "painterly" instead of trying to paint it so it looks like a photograph. I'm still trying to get to that point.

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Thanks Tina, I couldn't have done them without our teacher, she's gotten me out of a lot of Jams when I didn't know what I was doing. My favorite is the sunrise with the Island from Thailand in it, but is was really hard, It took me about 6 months.

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I buffet my body and make it my slave!

When I eat healthy I enjoy my food all day!


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Hey Dennis! Very nice paintings! Did you paint in the past, or is this your first attempt? I oil paint, too. It's fun to be artistic and creative. I will have to post some of my paintings some time. I really love your sky on the lighthouse on the cliff painting.
Tina

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I posted some of my paintings. I hope you like them.

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I buffet my body and make it my slave!

When I eat healthy I enjoy my food all day!


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UGH I feel for you Tina. Hope that there will be an end to these infections once and for all. emoticon

Hope you all enjoy your weekend!

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Don't know what's causing the infections. The doctor is finally going to have a CT scan done of my sinuses next Thursday. She gave me a steroid shot and a z-pack of antibiotics to start clearing up the infection. If the CT scan comes back normal, she said she was going to put me on antibiotics for a month, then send me to an allergist. I don't know why the meds for a month...ugh. All I know is that the ones she put me on today is keeping me near the bathroom.

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Tina, so nice you got away to visit friends. What part of Cuba will your friend be going too. Would like to hear where they will be diving and with who.

Oh no not another sinus infection, what is triggering these infections?

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Hey there! I'm not ignoring you, we just got back from a week in Wisconsin, visiting friends and such. We decided on a really cheap hotel, so the wifi didn't work, the room was pretty bad, but, we didn't spend much time there anyway!

Michela, I haven't heard of either of the places you mentioned in Roatan. glad you were able to book a reasonable place in Cuba. The girlfriend I usually travel with for diving is going to Cuba later this coming winter, I think. She's going with a group from a dive shop. I'm anxious to hear how it goes.

I will be going to the doctor in the morning. I think I have another sinus infection....ugh.

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Yes Dennis Cuba has always been a popular vacation destination for Canadians and Europeans
Look like it will be for US soon too!
Be careful what you wish for, all this rain fir a short summer season really sucks ! Although 100 degree weather Is a bit much

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I didn't know you could go to Cuba 11 years ago. Hope you have a good time there.
I'll trade you the rain for some 100 degree weather.
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Hey all, where are you all hiding?

Ok so Roatan was gonna cost more than we wanted for a 1 week vacay with diving and all and the 2nd week at home was going to add up no matter what we did,so we book 2 weeks in Cuba! We haven't been there in 11 years. It's mostly a beach vacay but there is a dive op at the hotel next door to where we will be so will bring our gear and we'll check it out. Cuba is not known as a dive destination per se so we will not make it an every day dive routine like we do in Coz but probably a couple of days per week. Who know we may love it and do more.

Hope you are all well and enjoying the summer so far. We are getting some rain almost everyday. Crappy summer so it's good to get away south.

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Thank you Tina, that would be fun! Someday you never know!
Right now we are entertaining a week in Roatan for our 2nd week vacay. Not really such a deal but cheaper than it used to be and I was surprised that there is a direct flight from here too. My choices are Henry Morgan or Media. those are the only place available for the week we have. I know you stayed at Anthony's Key but do you know anything about Henry Morgan? I am ruling out Media cause I read reviews that the showers and bathroom sink are salt water emoticon can't do that! eww!

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Michela, if you ever decide you want to come to Tennessee, you have a place to stay. No strings attached. You can stay here and go site seeing or whatever all day and come and go as you want. At least you have a place to stay! It would be great to meet you, too! And T!

Camping in the rain kinda sucks, but sometimes it isn't too bad. You just have to have the right frame of mind!

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Great joke Dennis!

Happy 4th to all my American friends! Hope you are all having a great day. emoticon

We had our Canada Day July 1st. Canada's 150th birthday. emoticon
We spent the long weekend camping and it rained hard the first 2 days. Made the campground a muddy mess. UGH! should have stayed home. But did enjoy the big tent however had enough room to put 2 chairs in and created a nice sitting area! emoticon

Now we are re-thinking our 6 night camp trip for our vacation. Not sure the site is going to get dry enough if it continues to rain all the time. If we can find a last minute deal south we just might take it!



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Sorry it's been awhile sense I've been here. I'm glad you like the jokes. Here's one I think you'll like.

"Reporting My Neighbor Virgil!"

Hello, is this the Sheriffs Office? Yes. What can I do for you?
Im calling to report bout my neighbor Virgil Smith.
Hes hiding marijuana inside his firewood! Dont quite know how he gets it inside them logs, but hes hiding it there.
Thank you very much for the call, sir.
The next day, the Sheriffs Deputies descend on Virgils house . They search the shed where the firewood is kept.
Using axes, they bust open every piece of wood, but find no marijuana. They sneer at Virgil and leave.
Shortly, the phone rings at Virgils house. Hey, Virgil! This heres Floyd.
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LOL Tina, first time I camped with T he had a Harley and all that was needed except for food and drink was packed onto it. Imagine my shock when I saw the size of the tent he expected both of us to sleep in. It was rough but so simple then. The bigger the ride got the more stuff we just had to have. emoticon

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Hmm, Michela, I guess that means you wouldn't like our tent too much...a 3 person tent (ha, yeah, right) that is just barely big enough for two sleeping bags side by side, and just tall enough to sit up in! Gotta love backpack tents...NOT

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Beth, yes we are almost done except for those maybe future projects. Still need to paint the risers but we were away this past weekend and will be camping this coming weekend so that will have to wait. And then order the cabinets for our wine bar in the basement that will be done later this summer so we can have installed before winter when we will be cocooning by the fireplace.
I will try to get some decent pics soon. They don't come out too great.

Tina, we should have signed up for a home remodeling show! I lve watching them so I am sure someone out there would watch ours, the grumpier the better!

So T dove this last weekend and it was the first long weekend since I was certified that I chose not to dive. Don't seem to have it in me to do the local stuff anymore, it is too much work to get suited up and in the water let alone getting out of the water. Nope I was good sitting in a chair in the sunshine. Not to say I will never do it but seems every day a different body part hurts emoticon
This weekend we will be off camping. We just got a new tent high enough to that we don;'t have to crouch to get in and out anymore! Yes getting old sucks but I love the nice roomy tent we got!
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Yeah, I think Michela and I could have done a show over the last year or two on remodeling! Not that anyone would have watched it (I was PRETTY grumpy during lots of it)!

Oh, and Beth...you have been gone a LONG LONG time! At least it seemed like it to us!

Yes, we want to get back on the trail and give it another go, for a little longer this time, just to see if we can, I guess. Try it a little differently. I know what you mean about the wine being heavy! I would have liked to have brought some, it might have helped me unwind at the end of the day... And, yup, I would have done a lot better job of it and enjoyed it more 30 years ago, too, but, since I can't go back...gotta try it now while I'm younger than I will ever be again!

Isn't it amazing that BP cuffs can tell who will get most upset by it if it tells you higher numbers? It's got it in for you, Beth! It knows your HEU wouldn't get upset no matter what it says (because guys usually don't get upset about those things, they think they will live forever no matter what), so why give him big numbers?

I'm sure the healthier eating will help a lot, but, just getting that aggravating job out of the way will make a big difference!

Happy Friday everyone! It's pouring rain here (for the second day). Gotta go work on my stained glass window.

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Now, how can you POSSIBLY have a bad day when you are greeted as a "Dollbaby?"
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Michela, did I just read that most of your interior projects are done? Except for staining floors (future) and upper level bathroom (future)? Congrats on THAT achievement! Got photo's? Or are they too difficult to get good views of?

Tina, sounds like you guys have made excellent progress too. (How long have I been gone??) The stone work does sound like "work," but it sounds like "worth it" work. I know some of that stuff isn't "fun" to do, but I find some of it to be very satisfying to have done it ourselves. And less expensive too! (However, I will NOT sign up to shoveling yards of river stone again. That was back-breaking!)

I hope you do get back on the trail...whether it's for a day, a week, a month, or a whole darned through hike. Gotta say, doing it in sections sounds a bit saner...through hiking would have sounded good to me...uh...30 years ago. Now though...I'm not sure I could carry that pack. Wine is heavy.
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As for pre-hypertension, I did buy a BP cuff...and I am not happy with it. It lies. To me. My HEU is pretty happy with it...it likes him. It hates me. Yep, I've got to address that. Getting back into a decent workout schedule...but I DO need to go grocery shopping and start cooking a bit healthier. (You know, healthier than "go out" or "frozen pizza.")
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HELLO Dollbabies!

Beth so good to see you back and wow you have your hands full.Sorry that job had you yelling back but sometimes it's needed. There is just so much crap one can handle without losing it.
So it's a good balance that the other job is smooth sailing.
Really sorry to read that about your mom. emoticon It's tough girl, I know, but we do the best we can for them while we can. She I am sure appreciates all you do for her. You are a great daughter.
Now don't scare us with your pre-hypertension. I, like you have always been a little lower than normal and then one day years ago it was sky high. Then ok again a few months later.
Best to check your pressure often, maybe the stress of that one job was the reason and it may be more normal when the dust settles.But wise to get a handle on it now in any case. It is easy to forget good habit when there is so much else to think and worry about.

And hey for sure come for a visit and we'll throw caution to the wind and cook up something decadent and delish!

Tina, show pic of your stone work when done. Are you using a real stone or a stone veneer?
Starting to think about how to change my exterior and hope to get it done next year.




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Yay, Beth! SO glad you are back! Sorry you had such a tough time with the one job. Sounds like the second one is a lot better.

Yes, we definitely have to find a time and place to get together. Wine...great! All the other (lobster, etc) sounds awesome, too!

We plan to get back on the trail in September for a few weeks. We will pick up where we left off and try to get through the Smoky Mountains. We'll see how that goes, and then decide if we want to finish the trail next year. Whether we do or not, let's still plan to get together sometime soon! Michela, you are welcome to come too, or, like Beth said, we could come visit you and get the groceries, and all pitch in to make a fabulous meal together! Yum!!!

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Hello Team,

It seems I fell off the planet again...I apparently have an anti-gravity problem. If only I could bottle it as a cosmetic!

Dennis, thank you (as always) for the jokes, and yes I DO share them not only with my HEU (Husband Equivalent Unit) but also with every other relative/friend that seems appropriate! And my version of "appropriate" is somewhat out of bounds on a regular basis...oopsie.
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Michela and Tina, you are as busy as I had anticipated...long lost sisters it seems. Tina, I am still bummed that you had to leave the trail, but I am very happy that you're feeling better. We should meet under better circumstances...you know...fine dining and wine. Okay, well, between where you live and where I live, I guess we should shoot for the wine...and I dunno, ribs, burgers, lobsters...whatever we find. ;-) If we want something fancier, we need to go visit Michela...and beg her to cook. (I promise, we'll spring for the ingredients...and the wine. And chop/prep and do cleanup!)
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It's been hectic here, but getting better. We had a contract that turned...uh...childlike and ridiculous. We are mostly finished with that one. Once the parts come in and the system is ready to build, we are on call for that...but hopefully they won't need us. ( I am ashamed to say I have had two yelling matches with the "lead" of that project. I am usually smart enough to walk away and wait until the other person is "sane" enough to speak coherently...but those two were so foolish I actually yelled back. I very rarely raise my voice. Not the best experience I've ever had. But I will learn from it nonetheless.) ;-(

We've also been crazy busy with another heavy contract...that one is going great. Just as crazy a schedule as the first one I mentioned...but more realistic people involved. (If you can imagine a group of PHD's, Physicists, Chemists, and Scientists to be "realistic.") Good thing they're sane...I am SO outgunned with that brainpower behind them! emoticon

Aside from that, we've been doing the same kind of stuff as you two girls...yard work, home improvement stuff, and taking care of my mothers yard/stuff.

We'll be tearing down her (moms) pool soon, it isn't holding water, we can't find the leak, and she rarely uses it anymore. And I'm the one that's been taking "care" of it for the past several years. (Hard to do from offsite...and mom just can't do it anymore.) A sad time for sure...she's always had a pool, and she's always loved it. She has 24/7 access to mine, but that does mean she has to drive to it. Things for her are changing in the bad direction...too fast...too much in such a short time. :-(

I have been letting my health/diet/exercise go by the wayside...and got a wake-up call with my last Dr appt. Apparently my blood pressure is now pre-hypertension. When did THAT happen? I've always had LOWER than normal blood pressure. Time to make some changes.

Woo Hoo, what a ride. I'll be tracking again to figure that mess out...and doing my best to make time to take care of myself. That seems to be the very first thing that I let go when my schedule gets rough. Exercise? Later. Food Shopping? Another day...we'll go out to eat this week/month. Yep, gotta fix all that stuff.

Okay, there's my book. Sorry about that. emoticon

Hope you are doing great...and I'll try to post more. I need to pay attention!


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Yes, we will be doing the stone work ourselves. We both have done it in the past, so, we know what we are doing. I actually enjoy doing it, other than it being hard work, it's kind of artistic. The stone should be here in another two or three weeks, I think.

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Tina, that is alot of work! I am tired just thinking of it. Are you doing the stone work yourselves?

We will have the main bathroom on the upper level still to do in the future. Everything else is pretty much done,unless we decide to have our wood floors sanded and stained in the future. They are natural right now but would like to stain them eventually. At that point we would switch out the parquetry we have on the upper bedroom floor. But the outside has to be our next priority project.

Have a great weekend everyone!


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Michela, after the porch is done, we will be putting stone on the front and sides of the porch and the lower part of the front of the house that matches up with the height of the porch. Then I think we are done until we decide to do the kitchen. I would like to completely gut it and start over. New cabinets, countertops, sink, tile on the floor and backsplash. I guess we could keep the appliances. They are all stainless steel. I would consider a new refrigerator, since I don't like how small this one is. Otherwise, I will just be busy as can be working outside with the bonsais, Japanese garden, and our wooded lot next door. We are finally starting to get the poison ivy under control over there, so later this summer we will start making a trail throughout the lot. Then I will start planting some plants over there among the trees.

Yeah, Beth, where you hiding, girl?!?!?

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Tina, what spare time! OMG it seems it never ends. The garden needs constant tending and our exterior is so neglected with T being so busy inside the house. House needs painting, gutters should be replaced, front door needs painting or replacing.....but maybe next year. I would like to change out the ugly stucco we have for stone, but we'll see.
For now our odds and ends inside take priority and we want to take a break. We have 2 long weekends coming on the 23 and 30th this month so would like to get away and then enjoy some camping or whatever for our 2 weeks off this summer.

Seems you never stop with your place either. Are you done once the porch is finished?
Nice that you also have some fun time planned with friends and getting back on the trail end of summer. emoticon

Beth, come out for a breather, miss you girl!



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wow, really good one, Dennis!!! Always pays to get a second opinion on SERIOUS stuff!

Michela, that is so cool that you are almost done with your projects! Then what will you do with your spare time?!?! We got everything torn off the porch, got the floor boards on, the column wraps. Today we put up the short posts in between the large ones. Now we need to put on the post covers, railings, and the stairway post and rails. Seems like we will never get done!

I'm going to go visit my friends in WI sometime the beginning of July, and then again the beginning of October. Todd and I are still planning to go out on the trail in September. We're actually looking forward to it. Trying a new approach...doing it the way I planned in the first place! We'll start out slower and listen to our bodies and take breaks once in a while. I think we will do much better. And it will help that I won't be suffering from Permethrin toxicity this time!

I hope everyone is enjoying their early summer. I've been trying to squeeze some time into working on the Japanese garden in between everything else, which is very hard to do! It's coming along! I will have to post some pictures soon.

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Tina, happy to hear your feet are better. I had part of my toenail come off a few months back too. UGH I feel your pain.
Taking on the whole front porch is a big job. We are getting very close to completion of our 1.5 year of weekends doing renovation work. I can hardly believe it.
Getting the electrician in Wed to install the plugs,and install stair lights. then we can mount the tv over fireplace and hook up the propane for fireplace.All the will be left in basement is ordering the bar cabinets. Chances we will not get it in before summer vacay so it will be a fall project but at least we can start moving in furniture and stuff.The ground floor powder room, mudroom and laundry room are all done! Just a few little paint repairs here and there.
We got the stairs stained last week and T will be painting the risers and trim this weekend. That should be it I think! emoticon

Dennis, lol that is a good one. Poor guy! emoticon

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