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7/1/15 5:03 P

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We are staying at Anthony's Key, I think is what it's called.

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7/1/15 12:30 P

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I hear you Dennis, seems like there are 2 extremes.

Tina, the more I am reading up on the shore dives the more anxious I am getting. Seems some entries and exits can be quite challenging. It will certainly be more of a workout then boat diving.
Oh NO Tina! I hope it does not come to that. emoticon Where will you be staying in Roatan?

T's sister in law's family is like that! OMG when we are all together for an occasion it's insane how loud they get but they are a big family



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6/30/15 8:16 P

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Hi Dennis and Michela.

Just got back from spending four days with Todd's family for a family reunion. Man, I am so glad to be back home! That is one REALLY LOUD group! I don't think they know how to talk at normal levels.

Michela, I'm so excited for you going to Bonaire soon! I have a trip to Roatan scheduled for the beginning of December with my friend, Sandy. I told her this is going to be my "make or break" trip. If I can't dive many of the dives because of my sinuses, I will have to give up diving. Boo hoo.... We'll see what happens.

How about you, Dennis, have you been diving lately?

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6/30/15 7:24 P

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When you have to let your lawn die because you're having a drought and water rations, and it's been almost 100 degrees everyday, you really appreciate the wind clouds and rain.

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6/30/15 6:35 P

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Hey Dennis
It's been awhile since we saw you here! How are you doing!
I like the 80 degrees but wind and rain is not my idea if a perfect day.
I would need to replace the wind with a soft breeze and the rain with sun mixed with some cloudy periods and that is my perfect day!
We are getting way too much rain this year.

But weekend weather is looking promising and we have Friday off and decided to go camping the whole weekend instead of diving !

Happy 4th to all my American friends!

Edited by: MICHELAR at: 6/30/2015 (18:36)
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We're having a beautiful day, best day in a long time. It's 80 degrees, cloudy, windy and raining.

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6/26/15 11:59 A

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Hey gang!

Hope everyone's doing well. What have you all been up too? Is anybody diving?

I have to say I lost my mojo for local diving and have not been too motivated to get in the water. Same old, same old. Only got one dive in May and that's it! T is doing a tech dive tomorrow so I am going to stay home and enjoy the pool.We might get one day in next weekend if weather is nice. I am wanting to get back in my 7ml wetsuit here as going dry in summer is too tedious.Gotta dust the cobwebs off that wetsuit. It's been awhile since I used it since going dry. I also realize at this point in my life I just want to take it easy and enjoy diving to see pretty fishes and coral and not deal with low vis, muck and killer currents just for the heck of it. BUT Bonaire is 3 weeks away and that makes me excited!

Other than that the house has been keeping us busy. We replanted the whole front landscaping and pruned trees so the sun can get to my new plants. It was lot of work but I am really happy with it. There are just so many projects but we can only do so much.

Hope you all have a great weekend! emoticon



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6/16/15 12:46 P

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Wow super awesome Tina! But hopefully no such disaster happens.

Raining and dreary here the last couple days, we have been getting so much of it this year, can't wait for real summer weather.

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6/14/15 11:20 P

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I'm on a Federal team that is called in when someone has a disaster with mass casualties that the local government can not handle alone.

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Tina, The BBQ was so much fun but OMG so much food & wine was consumed & dreading weigh in on Friday!

What was your training about?

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Hi Michela! Hope your barbeque went well. I spent the weekend in Indiana training. It poured all weekend. Oh well. I'm glad to be home, it's sunny here.


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6/12/15 10:27 A

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Happy Friday everyone! emoticon

Hope you all have a great weekend!
Weather should be nice here this weekend! What a relief after a week of rain and more to come on Monday.

What are you all up to this weekend? We are having friends over for a BBQ tomorrow and Sunday hope to put the finishing touches on my newly planted front yard.

AND we are 5 weeks away from Bonaire! emoticon

Have a great one! emoticon emoticon emoticon


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6/5/15 10:04 A

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Oh and we have neighbors on each side of us with huge maples but it's the neighbor to our left that has the tree that sheds those things. We have not had a problem with baby trees sprouts from them but they are messy and a nuisance.
Our mess is the pine tree dropping pine cones and long needles all over the front & back yard. I pick up bag full every weekend. I should sell those darn pine cones for Christmas decorations.


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6/5/15 10:00 A

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Happy 2nd anniversary Tina & Todd! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Wow has it been 2 yrs already?
You guys can try to plan something for next weekend! Everyday is a good reason to celebrate!

We usually have just a cheese pizza, so none of the pepperoni to add to the calories and I always ask for a thin crust. Don't find that it's too bad and I don't eat too much of it. It's just an easy thing for us on Friday since we both run errands after work to free us up for the weekend.

I used to use the tracker on this site but haven't in along time so some chances were probably made I am not aware of. Not familiar with any other kind either.

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6/5/15 9:39 A

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OMG, I couldn't have pizza every week. I would NEVER lose weight doing that. We have pizza maybe once every few months.

This weekend is our second wedding anniversary. I was hoping Todd would plan something special, but instead he volunteered us to work the square dance club brat fry on Saturday, and my mom wants us to go to a Cancer Survivor Celebration thing. She and I are both survivors, and I do go to these type things once in a great while, but, I'm bummed that we won't be doing something special for our anniversary.

Other than that, I've been working in the garden, pulling weeds and picking up a bajillion little maple whirlybirds so they don't make trees in my flower beds. Ugh. Our neighbor behind us has a couple of huge maple trees that drop tons of those little buggers in our yard every year. If I don't pick them out of there, I have little trees growing all over the place that are hard to pull out. I worked for three hours the other day and got three five gallon buckets full of the things, and that was just from a quarter of my garden! Oh well, it keeps me out of the kitchen and away from food...

Does anybody have or know anyone that has the spark activity tracker? Or any other tracker? I don't have any such thing but was wondering about them. The spark one seems cool because it syncs with Spark and puts info in to keep track of your activity for you. I just did some reading about it last night. I don't know anything about the other ones out there. I always wonder how it knows if you are walking, bicycling, or going up some stairs. Hmmm.

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Have a great weekend gang!

We'll be doing lots of gardening. We ripped out all the overgrown old shrubs in the front yard and starting over!

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5/28/15 11:14 A

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Yum! Hope you enjoyed the pizza Tina. We still have our once a week Friday night pizza. emoticon emoticon so good!



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5/25/15 2:07 P

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It's drizzly here, so we are just hanging out at home, and ordered out for pizza...oh boy, that will be bad for weigh in day...ugh! But it will taste so good!

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Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend and enjoying your holiday today!


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5/21/15 9:17 A

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Oh no Tina, I would hate to lose any plants after all that work. Temps will be going pretty low tonight here to. I hope it does not harm my plants.
I planted a perennial garden around my backyard deck. It looks so pretty and I am excited to start seeing some blooms. Don't have a clue about the plants I planted and that makes it more exciting!

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Michela, gardening is hard work, but so worth it. I love going into my flower garden first thing in the morning and it puts me in a good mood to start the day. I really haven't done much at all for the past week. Bah. Maybe this week will be better. We had frost last night, so I had to cover stuff last night. Then I had to uncover this morning...Oh well, at least my plants lived. Well, all except my basil. emoticon

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5/20/15 10:24 A

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Hello everyone! Hope you are all having a fabulous week so far.
We had a great long weekend weather wise. Went diving Saturday but I only lasted 30 mins.
My lower back was aching so bad I had to call it. ugh! hope I don't encounter problems in Bonaire.

Also got a lot of gardening done on Saturday & Sunday . Was a lot of work but enjoyable.

what are you all up too?

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Yes we do! We went to city hall for a permit, cost us $50 to apply and get someone to come and check it out. We were refused. Unless there is danger regarding hydro lines they won't let you cut them down. So we got refused. We called Hydro hoping we can get the one in the back out because there is a Hydro line but they said the tree was not posing a danger and we just need is to keep the branches trimmed by an expert.
If we do it anyway and we get caught the city will fine apx $150 per tree. It may be worth it to get them down. Going to let them be this year and see what to do next year.
We also need the permit to have a dead tree cut down if it is of a certain size. Apparently we have a couple of tree huggers in the neighborhood so chances are someone will check if we have a permit.

IMO most trees are messy. Our neighbors on both sides have HUGE maple trees and there is a mess from them in spring and then all the freakin leaves in the fall. We get more on our property then they do.
And our pine in the front yard is competing with one of the neighbors huge maple and has growth on one side only. It is really frustrating having all these rules. We pretty much need a permit for everything we do. emoticon

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5/13/15 11:03 P

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Michela, you need permission to cut down your own trees? We can cut down our trees if we want to without permission. I don't like pine trees, they are so messy. We cut down five of them when we bought our home.


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Tina, I hope the rain stayed away yesterday. Bummer about the water heater.
I do agree that it is nice having our own place but we are still not able to do whatever on our property. Like the city I live in has refused to let us cut down 2 huge pine trees that we have that are just a nuance with all the needles and pine cone falling all over the place. We have one in front and one in back and all the crap from it gets in the pool and my dogs cant walk on the lawn when it sheds needles cause it sticks right inside their pads. emoticon

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Hi Dennis! Wow, I don't know that I could be so quick to tell a doctor to cut my feet off! I like being able to walk too much! I am glad that you are doing well, though!

We had a lot of rain yesterday, and were not supposed to get any today or tomorrow, so, I spend the day today painting our fence in the back yard and the deck. Whew, what a job! But, now it looks like it wants to rain!!! Oh, no!!! I just would cry if it did! That was a lot of work! And I still need to do a second coat on the deck.

I hear you, Michela, owning a home is work, but it's nice to have someplace that is truly yours and that you can do what you want to it to make it your own. But, sometimes.... Well, I went in the basement yesterday, and there was a stream of water from the water heater to the drain in the floor, so, guess who has to have a new water heater installed tomorrow?!! Oh well, it was 13 years old...

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Hello Dennis, good to see you! You were missed!
OMG,your doc must have freaked when you told him to cut off your feet. Good to hear they are doing better. What is MSM? I will have to google that.

We got lots of rain th elast couple of days. Can't wait for the sunshine again but everything sure is getting green here. All the trees are coming back to life after a dormant winter and planting season is finally here.
Looks like I will be busy doing some gardening this coming long weekend. We may get a dive in Saturday. If we did not have so much to do at home we would have been away for 3 days diving like we did before we bought a house and became slaves to it! Oh well it does have it's perks too.


Have a great day everyone!

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5/11/15 11:58 P

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Hi Dolls, sorry to hear about your feet and all your pains. I've had burning in the bottom of my feet for years, and then when I fell off a ladder and broke both my heels, the Doc. operated on them, then told me after they heel I was going to get bad arthritis in them and he may have to pin my feet so they don't move side to side. I told him don't pin them, take them off, I've had too much trouble with them anyway. He didn't agree with me. But recently I had to go get deep tissue massages, and he told me to get some MSM. He told me where to get it, it comes in granual form. It really has worked, my muscles and my feet are much better now. They still hurt but they are a lot better.
By the way we did get a "little" rain here, not much but we'll take anything we can. Pretty soon they want us to cut our water usage by 25%, that's a lot of water.
Since I can't to long distance biking or swimming anymore, I've become more of a fair weather biker and swimmer, since I can't train for any races anymore, because of the damage to my lungs. I sure liked that 3 mile ocean swim I was doing every year, it made me stay in shape for it, it wasn't easy.
Enjoy your weather and beautiful scenery back there. It's already turned brown here, but the weather is still nice here, it hasn't turned hot yet.
Keep up the good work. Dennis

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I hope so doll, sucks when things are not working right. Rowing is an awesome cardio workout. I am sure you'll get lots of benefit from that !

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Well, I don't belong to a gym, but I do have a rowing type thing at home I guess I will have to start using. I'll also have to get my bicycle out and see how that does with my back. I haven't ridden it in years. The new orthotics seem to be helping a little, and I keep icing my foot and taking the ibuprofen. Hopefully over time things will settle down. We'll see!

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Tina, so sorry to hear about your foot. I have never heard of this. Good thing though you went to another doctor. I also have issue with walking like I use too because of constant pain on my hips and my lower back gets really sore. This all started after my surgery a couple of years ago. I was running before but don't think I can ever get back to it. I do my hour long walks on the weekend but my back is screaming by the time I get back.
I try to do some ST workouts during the week. You still get some cardio benefit out of that. Can you do something in place like elliptical?

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We didn't get the rain the weatherman said we were supposed to. We could use it, it's been pretty dry this spring for us. But, I did get some gardening done!

I do keep getting physical obstacles as far as health goes. I've been having lots of pain in my left foot for the past several months. I went to the VA podiatrist and he had some orthotics made for me, which were very uncomfortable, so I brought them back to him. He sent them in to be redone, and when they came back they were a LOT more painful! He looked at them and said they weren't made the way he wanted them to be made and that he would redo it himself. Well, when I got them back, they were made of very inferior material that would probably not stand up to walking for very long. By this time I was pretty perturbed with the doctor and the orthotics, so, I decided to pay out of my own pocket to go to a local doctor. Well, he did xrays and said I have a Taylor's Bunion (a bunion on the little toe side) and that the metatarsal bone (one in the foot) that goes to the little toe is splayed out quite a bit further than it should be (further than most for people that have this issue). He looked at the orthotic for that foot that the other doctor rebuilt and said he could do a much better job and that he thought the one the other doctor made wasn't made correctly to help the pain in my foot. So, he rebuilt it and it is so much better, but my foot is still sore. He told me that it is very inflamed from walking so much on it, the bunion and the ball of the foot are inflamed, so he wants me to not do my power walks (which I haven't been able to do because of the pain), to ice the foot and take ibuprofen every four hours every day until the inflammation goes down. So, without being able to do my walks, I have been steadily gaining weight. Big bummer. Anyone on here had any experience with Taylor's bunions?

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We had amazing weather all weekend and yesterday was a real hot summer day! Looks like the good weather is finally here.
Sorry you have rain this week Tina. We will be getting some on the weekend! Bummer. I would rather it rain during the week. Oh well, we will make the best of it!

Have an awesome day!


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Hi all. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Not much happening here. It's supposed to start raining later this weekend and all next week.

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Happy May everyone!
Beautiful weather predicted for the weekend! Hope it will be nice for all of you too.
Taking T out to dinner tomorrow night for his b-day which is on May 6th emoticon
And hope to just hang around the house Sunday and enjoy some sunshine.

Have a great weekend everyone! emoticon


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Hello everyone!
What are you all up too?
We have been busy doing stuff around the house, yard work, & opened the pool on Sunday. Getting ready for summer that might not happen but it is a nice sunny day today so there may be hope yet!
Enjoy your day! emoticon


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Tina, just checked out your page and left a comment on your fish carving. It's really nice. I would like to see a close up of it. You are talented doll!
And I like the hair cut! It's perfect for summer if it ever gets here!

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I've posted the picture of my fish and ribbon from the art show. Check it out! I also cut my hair a lot shorter, you can see in the picture.

It snowed here last night and this morning...bah humbug! The good thing is that it didn't stick on the ground. Now we need it to warm back up!

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Beth, always a treat when you pop in! Yes I did read about Pink! Good for her and I wish I could embrace my extra pounds the same way.
Seems your weather is pretty much like ours. Lots of rain this week with lowers temps too. Geez it's almost May! emoticon
Happy to hear your project is completed with much success! You GO girl! Ok to take a little breather before you get all wrapped up in another project.

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Welcome Back Tina, and I hope you are feeling better soon! I'd suggest you "don't rush it"...but I think I know better. ;-)

Dennis/Michela, I don't think they even MAKE a scale that behaves. In fact, I don't own one. Scales lie. Jeans don't. (I don't particularly like what my jeans are telling me either, but at least I have no number to obsess over.)

And Dennis, Michela and Lori are right...you have to be happy with your own weight. Regardless of what anybody else says. You know how you feel, you know when your happy. Go with that.

(Did anybody read about the comments Pink received regarding her weight while at a charity event...and her response?)

Hope you all had a great weekend. I certainly did. The weather was nice, and my multi-year "too many hours a week" project is COMPLETED! WOO HOO! (The downside is that I now need to look for more clients...but hey, the project went well - delivered to multiple hospitals worldwide already...so can't complain.)

It seems like spring is really fighting to get here too. It's been a beautiful week here this week, but next week is cold and rain. Maybe the rain will help pound the rest of the snow outta here!

So, what ever happened to March coming in like a lion and out like a lamb? Seems March was in like a lion, out like an angry lion. April...in like a lion...here's praying for a lamb!

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PS - Dennis, I would be delighted to send you the rest of my snow. Just tell me where to ship it!!!

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Hello everyone!

April showers bring May flowers! And melt all the snow away so I wasn't so upset about that and we got such nice weather Sunday & yesterday and today. It sure is starting to feel like spring! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Tina, awesome news on your carving! Can't wait to see it.

Dennis good to see you! My scale is not behaving either! UGH!!! But we cannot give up! We can do it!

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Dennis, I would share some of our rain we got two days ago, but now sure how to do that! Looks like we will have a nice day today. The sun is shining, the birds are singing...

Ready for some cool news? My carving got third place in the intermediate group at the art show! It's a carving of a fish (a crappie). I'll have to take a picture of it when I get it back (it's on display until April 30) and post it on here so you guys can see it. This is the first art competition I've ever entered, and I'm a beginner, but they didn't have a beginner section, so I entered it in the intermediate. The other choice was professional.



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Hey! can we have that rain, it's awful dry here.
I made the mistake of stepping on the scale, now I have to get serious about losing weight. Now that I'm in my Seventy's it's going to be even harder. Enjoy your green scenery there.

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Happy Friday!!!

Tina, what a bummer you have to go so far for your doctor and for all of 5 mins.. Geez!
The art garage sounds interesting. I do not know you carved and did photograph. Nice!

Raining here today but it is milder. It should get better from here! Keeping fingers crossed.

Anyway my scale is kinda stuck. Man oh man! emoticon

Have a great weekend all!

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Well, Easter is over...and my scale now refuses to let me step on....I guess I ate way too much!

My followup dr appt was a joke. I drove 2 1/2 hours to get there, had a five minute appointment, then drove back home. The doctor just looked at the incisions, poked the big one a couple of times, and said to still not lift more than ten pounds for another three weeks, then slowly work into things. If it hurts, don't do it. Hmmm... All that driving, co-pay, and gas to hear what I would have figured out on my own...Argh.

It's been rather chilly here. The temps have been around 40, but with the wind chill, it's really cold. I saw a few snow flakes falling this morning, but only for a few minutes and it didn't add up to anything at all. Come on, summer!

Well, I have to go. I am working from 3 to 7 at the Art Garage. It's a place you can go to learn different art stuff. The local Art club is having a competition and I signed up to do the registration table today. I am entering one of my carvings and a photograph. The judging is on Sunday. I've never entered into anything like this. Should be interesting! At least I'll know all the competition since I am registering everyone's art!

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Hello everyone!
Hope you all had a great Easter weekend. It was nice having a 4 day weekend but I did eat way too much on Easter sunday now time to buckle down and FOCUS!

Tina, don't get discouraged, you will be back to normal soon and I know you will drop those extra pounds. I hope your follow up went well.

We woke up to snow on Saturday morning. That was depressing but it was all gone by the end of the day TG! Still colder than normal but it should warm up by Friday! I also can't wait for summer. I have been hearing it will be a HOT one! YEAH!! I hope no complains it's too hot.

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I'm hanging in there. Still significant discomfort in the surgery area, and not able to walk very fast of far. I can do about two miles at a slow pace. I'm pretty bummed because my weight is going up by leaps and bounds...ugh. It's depressing.

I have my followup appointment tomorrow morning, which means driving for over two hours to get to the VA hospital. The doctor that did my surgery isn't even going to be there, so I don't know who the heck they are having me see...

I can't wait for summer to get here. We had kinda nice weather the past few days, but now it's supposed to get colder again...bah... I need to feel better and have nice weather so I can work in my flower beds, which depresses me, too, because the rabbits keep eating my plants. They even ate the ones that have thorns on them this winter! I just can't win...!!!

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Hope everyone is doing well. How are you feeling Tina?

Well it's a long 4 day Easter weekend for us and I am looking forward to it. Not too much planned aside from having Easter lunch at my brothers. After that I really need to get serious cause the weight is just creeping on again.

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Tina, take it easy doll and give yourself a couple of weeks. You need time to heal and now is the time to rest. Plenty of time to get out there and walk when it gets nicer out. Sending healing thoughts your way.

Well looks like it will get a little warmer the next few days and hopefully we will done with this cold weather soon. But I heard they are predicting some snow flurries on Friday emoticon

It hit me last night that we are 16 weeks away from Bonaire! Gotta buckle down and work harder at losing those last 10 lbs.

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Hi Michela! I agree with you that it seems spring has forgotten to stop here. It is sunny outside at the moment, but really cold!

I've been trying to get out and walk a mile or two every day, but, man, I am so cold, and then the shivering doesn't help with the pain in my incision area! The larger incision is really being a real pain. The swelling doesn't want to go down, and it's really hard to the touch. I've been putting ice on when I think of it and taking ibuprofen when I think of it (which I guess isn't very often!). It's very frustrating!

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OMG we are in the deep freeze again today! Where is spring?

Hope you all had a great weekend!

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TGIF and happy first day of spring although it does not feel like it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Tina, it would be totally awesome!

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Michela, I would gladly share my free drinks with you! Some day we will be the same place at the same time....can't wait to meet you and T in person some time!

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Tina, goodness girl what an ordeal. Good to hear you are on the mend and hopefully will be back to normal activities when it is all healed. Do take it easy though and give yourself time before trying to do too much. Sending healing vibes your way doll.

OMG I had to laugh when I read you barely has your 3 allotted drinks per day. If I was with you I would have certainly used them for you emoticon
3 drinks on vacay is just a tease!

It is warming up here too but got more snow on Saturday night. Waking up yesterday felt like Christmas was coming instead of Easter.

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Hi all. I hope you all had a wonder weekend! The weather seems to be starting to warm up, which is a really good thing!

Sorry I didn't get on here sooner. I had my hernia surgery on Thursday and it ended up being a bit more than expected. They were going to fix a small hernia by my bellybutton with a very small incision along the bottom edge of the belly button. I had told the surgeon that I have pain in my groin area when I exercise, so he said he would run the scope over there through the same incision to check it out. Well, the belly button hernia was bigger than they thought, AND they found a hernia in my groin that they had to make a six inch incision over to fix. I am very sore, my guts feel like someone ran through them with acid or barbed wire, and my abdomen from my belly button across to the leg crease and down the groin on the right side is turning green and yellow from the bruising. I was in surgery for five hours, and they still sent me home after a few more hours of resting afterwards, even though I was throwing up and had over two hours to ride in the car! They had not given me anything to eat, only ice chips and water. THAT was the most uncomfortable ride in the car I've had in as long as I can remember! And good thing they gave me barf bags cuz I sure needed them...yuck...

So, anyway, maybe too graphic, but...today I feel quite a bit better. I can finally bend far enough to shave my legs (yay!) carefully. I feel like I have a little bit of energy, which I haven't had any of since surgery. I think today I will try to slowly make my way around the house and dust. Really needs it!

I haven't taken any of the pain meds they sent home with me because that will constipate me and make matters worse. I've been taking ibuprofen and that seems to keep the pain manageable, but not gone. I think that will also help the swelling more than the pain drugs, too. There is a LOT of swelling, even though it has gone down a bit in the last day or so.

Ok, I think that is enough of that. Easter will be here soon...where is the year going?

Hope my swelling goes down (as well as my weight) for weigh in on Friday...can't do any exercising except walking for the next six weeks, and no lifting anything heavier than a gallon of milk. I tried walking the last two days, but could only make it a block before having to turn around. That seemed really weird, knowing that Todd and I usually walk at least four miles each time we walk... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Lori, when we were in Bonaire and Cozumel we had to schlep all our own gear for every dive. In Roatan and Utila they put our gear on the boat, but we put it on and walked to the end of the boat and back again when done diving then had to change our own tanks.

Michela, our resort, Brac Reef Resort, was an all inclusive (all three meals) and also included 3 drinks a day (besides the coffee, tea, water, and juice included in the meals). I did not use all three drinks each day because I choose not to drink much while diving for the week. I did have one or two glasses of red wine in the late afternoon/evening just before or with my supper.

Lori, you might have answered this earlier, but I'm too lazy and don't have the time to look back to find the answer...where have you been diving so far?
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Happy Friday All!! Just had another snow/ice storm here yesterday. I'm sure you all saw the plane skidding of the runway in NY. That must have been so scary for those passengers! I complain about the snow but I think I will keep my seasons. I couldn't live without spring and fall (except the allergies).

Tina, glad to hear you had a great trip to Cayman Brac even with the unfortunate ear clearing problems. I need to get to Bloody Bay Wall next time we are in the Caymans. I hear it is pretty awesome. I have found the food in the Caymans the best in the Caribbean so far but yes, they are expensive. I do have a question. I have not been diving long, but wherever we have went diving the crew always takes care of us the way you describe as valet diving. I do always look for small dive operators when booking our dives. Are there a lot of places where they don't do "valet diving"?

Dennis, I must agree with Michela. You need to be happy with your own weight. Maybe talk to your wife about why you like being at a different weight than she likes you at.

Have a great weekend everyone!
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Happy Friday everyone and have a great weekend! emoticon

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Welcome back Tina, although I think you would rather be back in Caymen Brac. Happy to read that you had a great time and loved it so much. Sorry that you still had issues and had to skip half the dives. Hope the ear plugs work next time around. Do you have any more trips planned for this year. I believe you are managing at least 2-3 a year right?
How did it compare price wise with your other trips? I hear food/drink can get pretty expensive there. Was it an all inclusive?

Valet diving can spoil you. Seems you had the best possible with gear donning and removal. We always took care of our gear and brought it all back to the room in Coz in the past but this last trip we decided to do the valet service. It was great not lugging it back and forth, all we took back with us was the regs and mask and computers of course. I would not trust those with anyone. But we chose to set up our own gear on the boat so they would just have our bag ready for us next to our tanks.

Bonaire is going to be like diving at home. You do it all yourself and then some!




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Hi all! Wow, we have some activity here!!! emoticon
I just got back last night. Cayman Brac was awesome. We stayed at Brac Reef Resort. The food was out of this world (and it shows...I gained four pounds!). I was only able to do about half of the dives because I was having issues with clearing my ears again. I met a gal there that swears by the Doc's Proplugs earplugs for divers. She said since she's been using them she doesn't have the problems anymore. So, today when I went to the dive shop to drop my reg and tanks off for inspections, I asked them about the plugs. They had them in stock, along with the ones to try in your ear to get the proper fit. I got a pair and will try them next time I go diving. I hope they work. I'm not ready to give up diving yet, and hate having to miss half the dives all the time.

Anyway, as I said, the food was awesome, lots of seafood, which I gorged myself with. The staff at the resort were all so friendly, smiling, and very helpful. The divemasters were awesome as well. BJ, our divemaster on our boat was the best DM I have ever had. A really great guy, you could tell he really loves his job. They have valet diving there. When you first get there, they give you a mesh dive bag that you put your BC, fins, and reg in. They pick it up at your room and you never touch it again until the end of the trip. When you get on the boat, they have it all set up for you. When you get to the dive site, you sit on a little seat on the back of the boat, they bring your gear to you and help you put it on, you stand up, take a big stride off the boat. Then when you come up, you come up the ladder, turn around, sit down on the seat, and they take your gear off you and put it back in place in the rack with a new tank on. Then you repeat for the second dive! Awesome!

I didn't get a chance to go site seeing. I guess there are some bluffs and some caves somewhere on the island. I did go snorkeling with one of the non-divers the last day and saw an octopus, eight baby squid all together in a row, a yellow ray, and lots of other fish.

Oh, one of our days of diving was at Little Cayman at Bloody Bay Wall. AWESOME dives! The best dives all week! Tons of colorful coral and fish.

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Hello Dennis, How are you? it's been awhile. No need to apologize, trust me we all get frustrated and sometimes we need a sounding board. That is what we are here for.
About your weight, you really need to do what feels right for you and try to be at the weight that makes you feel better.

We don't have 100 ft vis in my neck of the woods! I wish! But I do love the green summers but I would be willing to give up the white winters. emoticon It's been a nasty cold winter and it just warmed up a bit today to 25F. Anything above zero is an improvement.

Tina, are you back yet? How was it?

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Hi everybody, sorry for my last post that was so negative, I was really frustrated. I do have a question for you though. My weight right now is around 200lbs, and I should be around 180 to 185lbs. My wife likes me at 200, so what should I do? Also she is over weight, but I don't dare go there.
Just something to think about. It's cold hear too. It's down in the 50's today and raining. You could move to the west coast and give up your green summers for brown summers. And your 100 foot fis. for 10 to 15 foot vis. And your 85 degree water for 60 to 70 degree water. And pay the high cost of living, expensive housing and high taxes here in Calif.

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Lori, who did you dive with and where did you stay in St. Maarten! It's never to soon to start planning next Christmas vacation!

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Lori, it is freezing cold here too. What a winter! We were just in Coz for Christmas and it feels like it never happened! Now would be the best time to get away. Tina has it right to be in Cayman Brac now.
I was not aware that St. Maarten has decent diving. Good to know since it is easier for us to get to from Montreal. Caymen is also easier to travel too but again it would be too pricey so we always consider it and then just go to Cozumel again.

Beth, the positive thing about getting certified in more challenging waters, also in my case the currents of the St,. Lawrence river along with low vis, cold and murky is that if you can dive in those conditions you can pretty much dive anywhere.
You were fortunate to get those accommodation at a deal! I don't know that we would be able to get to Bonaire very much because at the cost, especially now that our Canadian dollar is low.

There is a dive shop where we will be staying called Div'Ocean. They have great reviews so we were thinking of using them. We also get a 10% off shore dive package with them.
I think we will commit with them for the first 6 day package and if we feel it is not flexible enough go somewhere else. Was the op you used called Dive Friends? I ready that they had a few locations. My only regret with the rental we chose is that we cannot dive right from there to a house reef like some places. So we are pretty much stuck driving to all the shore dives.
And apparently theft is a issue there too and we were told to leave car door & windows open and not take anything with you that you can't dive with.

I have open fins so always dive with booties even in Coz. Thinking though that we should get the ones with a harder sole. The diving itself sounds nice and relaxing but getting in & out sounds like work!

Hope you are having a blast Tina!



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Ah yes Michela, I should have mentioned that it was a wee bit on the expensive side. We actually got a decent deal on it, I think because somebody else had cancelled their trip and rather than leave it empty they let us have it for a great price.

However, it was the most expensive vacation we had ever taken as well. The flights were crazy expensive! But it was worth it in my opinion.

There are a couple of dive shops you can sign up with on Bonaire. The one we signed up with had auxiliary tank locations in different places on the island. One of which was two doors down from Bellefonte, so we just picked up tanks there. (They have a gated area with a locked building - you get the combination when you sign up. So literally 24/7 access to tanks. Including Nitrox.)

And yes, the Bonaire shore entries can be challenging, especially in rougher waters. I should mention that you will want to dive with your booties...not with barefoot fins. Or bring something to change into that you can attach to yourself while diving. The beaches aren't sandy, they're rocks and coral.

Lori, I haven't been to Cayman yet...but I want to go. The Bonaire vacation we took started out as a Cayman plan. Also an expensive place to vacation! I guess we didn't choose the most cost effective hobby, eh? I've heard the walls there are amazing from other folks too. I'll get there...hopefully sometime soon!

Certified in St. Maarten...NICE! You did that right. I got certified in the NH/Maine Waters. COLD, Dark, and Murky!

And Lori, it's miserably freezing cold here in NH too. I love to ski and snowshoe, but this cold is impossible for me to play in!

Hope you all have a great day,
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Hi Everybody!

Is it freezing for everyone else, or just me in New Jersey? Desperately In need of some warm weather and sunshine!!

Why do I love Caymans? The diving is very easy and the walls are beautiful. Actually the walls are amazing! The water is so warm a bathing suit is all you need. The sea life is so abundant. I have seen so many eagle rays and nurse sharks and nassau groupers and so many other things I have never seen anywhere else. Stingray City is pretty cool too. The stingrays here act like household pets, not wild animals.

I have never been to Bonaire or Cozumel. Bonaire is on my bucket list for sure! My neighbors travel there every year and love it. I hear it is great for shore diving. The only shore diving I have donewas on my recent trip to Maui. The water was very rough and visibility was pretty poor so I did not have a good experience with it.

I do also love St Maarten diving. But I did get certified there so maybe I just keep it a little closer to my heart. They have a great shark dive operation in St. Maarten. Water is also always warm and it has always been pretty calm. So I would put St. Maarten tied with Caymans.

Sounds like you kids need to book a vacation and get in that water!!

Stay warm!

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Ah geez Beth the Bellafonte is a stunning property! But also up there in price!
Bonaire is not a inexpensive destination by all means. As it is by the time it is said and done this will be the most we ever pay for a 2 week vacation ever. emoticon

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2/24/15 11:44 A

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LOL Beth, I really did mean WTF! haha!

Coz was still very nice. Just got a bit fresh on the boat that first week but I did bring a boat coat just in case and it came in handy a few times.

I just checked out your your page again and saw that you had ocean view in Bonaire . WOW , I was hoping for something like that. Also the easy dive from your rental is great. Going to write it down for the next time.
We got a place on the waterways called Caribbean Court. Still water view but not quite the open ocean.There is a dive shop there so getting tanks will be easy and they have lockers so we do not have to carry gear up the stairs to our unit. We rented a truck so we plan to explore different shore dives every day. I am reading a lot about it and looks like some sites can have pretty challenging entry points. Sounds like it will be more work than just jumping off a boat in Coz but it will be a great new experience for us and really looking forward to it.

Good luck with your meeting!


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2/24/15 10:50 A

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Hi Michela,

It sure has been a rough year for a few of us! And I share the WTH sentiment...although I think I've actually been saying WTF! emoticon It's been 2.5 years since your last trip already? Geez time flies!

Wow, it was windy enough to close the port? You did catch a tough week then. I hope the rest of the winter Coz diving was nice.

We stayed at the Bellefonte in Bonaire. We had a ground floor unit, so we were able to just gear up on the patio and walk down the dock...jump in at the end and *POOF* we were diving.

We did also get to look at some of the upstairs units too...nice views from there! They have two outdoor showers, gear rinsing tubs, and gear lockers off the patio. It was set up very nicely.

Tina, I hope you're having a fabulous vacation!

Uh oh, got to get to a meeting...I'm off!

Hi everybody!

-Beth

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2/23/15 10:12 A

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Beth emoticon So great to see you again!
I am sorry to hear about your rough year. Girl it's been rough for a few of us WTH. I hope your mom will be okay. It is not easy doll. Sending positive vibes your way.

We have not been away for 2.5 yrs before our Christmas vacation to Coz. The rough water was just our first week there because of the winds. They only closed the port on Christmas day for half day but it was great the 2nd week.
I remember you rented a condo when you went to Bonaire. Where did you stay?

Tina hope you had a good flight to Cayman Brac and feeling better and having a great time.





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Wowee, apparently I'm not the only one who fell off the planet.

Hello all, sorry to be missing so long. I'm popping in for a hello, and will try to do so more often. I had a really rough year last year...which is why I've been missing so long. Actually... to be technical...I had an okay year...my family had a REALLY rough year.

The short story, my mom's household was reduced from three to one. And she's got some medical stuff going on as well. The long story is LONG, and heartbreaking. I'm just hoping this year is significantly better for her.

I've been mostly working and sticking close to the family...trying to hold mom together.

So, I haven't been diving or vacationing at all, so you guys need to do some extra diving, relaxing, and vacationing for me....okay?

And to chime in on the location conversation...I love Cozumel and Bonaire both...for different reasons. I love the drift diving, and Michela, I've been there in January/February and didn't find the waters terribly choppy. I wonder if you just got a rough week. Or I just got lucky on my trips. emoticon

Bonaire I loved because it's SO laid back. You are on your own schedule...no rushing for the boat, no rushing or stalling to stay with the group. You want to dive at 2AM...grab a tank and go. Loved loved LOVED it. Although, the diving wasn't as pretty as Cozumel, it was so relaxing!

So, there's two cents from one of the missing divers. emoticon

I hope you are all doing well, and Tina I hope you feel better soon and have a great diving vacation!!

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2/19/15 1:56 P

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Tina, I don't mind the drift of Cozumel at all except you can't really stop for long. But I remember once when there was hardly any current and we had to work to get from point A to point B. It's really easy diving compared to the currents and drift we have on our local dives. This last trip was the first in winter and there was a lot of choppiness on the surface from the winds. Something we never experienced in the summer.

I am told that with shore diving in Bonaire you don't really cover a large area but spend more time checking out the small stuff. That's why I would like to have my own camera for this trip but not willing to spend too much.

Guess you are getting ready for your trip so have a great time doll!

Edited by: MICHELAR at: 2/19/2015 (13:57)
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2/18/15 8:30 P

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Michela, well, I don't really have a favorite yet. I don't care for Cozumel that much because I don't care for the drift diving and the currents. Bonaire is nice because there isn't much current, if any at all. There are lots of fish and creatures, so it's really nice. Utila and Roatan were okay diving but the sand fleas...OMG!!! I looked like I had chicken pox or measles when I left for home....

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Tina of all the places you dove so far what is your favourite and why ?

Oh I remember now that you have the sealife You wrote about it when you got it.
Yes I know what a kindle is but never heard about the nook. Learned something new today.

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Michela, a Nook is an electronic reader (like a Kindle, have you heard of them?). It also has very limited internet usage, so, kind of like a tablet but mostly used to read books on. They are Barnes and Noble book store's electronic book reader. And, yes, I do have a dive camera. I have a point and shoot...the Sealife DC1200. There is a newer one out now, but it works good for my pictures. I have a flash, too. I used to have two of them, but sold one because it was so heavy and not much fun to handle underwater. It's easier with one, even though the pictures are not quite as good. But, I only use them for memory stuff anyway. I can't see spending big bucks on a DSLR and underwater housing for it. Besides, it gets to be too much to lug around in the airport! With my Sealife and flash, I just stick them in my carry on along with my reg/octo.

Mszirkel, thanks for your well wishes! I have the same question as Michela, what do you like so much about Cayman? My husband prefers Bonaire (of course that's the only warm water diving he's done) because he likes the shore diving right at the resort (we stay at Buddy Dive). I have also been to Cozumel, Roatan, and Utila. I'm looking forward to Cayman Brac since I've never been there. I travel with a lady friend since hubby doesn't like diving as much as I do, and he encourages me to go with her.

Please tell us about some of your diving! We love to hear all about it!

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Mszirkel, what makes Caymen your favorite. Interesting to hear what people like about one destination over another.
I am used to Cozumel as far as vacation diving goes. Also few in Cuba & Jamaica which were nothing to write home about.
The reef structure in Coz is pretty amazing. I look forward to Bonaire this summer as I know it will be totally different.


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