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11/22/14 5:35 P

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Afternoon,

Mary- I know what you mean about catching up with the thread here. Nice to have the comfort of the reliability of this team. Some times busy, like Kay said...it varies...sometimes slow, but always folks who are living a good and full life. Yay...flu shot! Good for you! Busy week ahead for me for sure. Cooking etc...you know, I was telling my hubby about you this morning as we dodged heavenly raindrops and picked peas again for super. :) Yep...they are happy as can be, growing like a weed.

Kay- Yes, hubby did good. It's fun to get surprised. Flowers are opening. Quite pretty. Hey, I looked at that very pie. Aster made one similar a few years back, said it was yummy! Let us know how it works out. I too am browsing pies to make. Pumpkin for sure, but always need another and maybe a cake...we will see.

SD- Ah...very cool about the conference. I read about it last time, and thought it was quite an experience for you. Is there a link to the upcoming conference? You caught up on sleep? Hope so.

Wood- How are you doing? Did you get to spin class? How'd it go? You know Aster's deer season opened today and her hubby got one on their property this morning. They are sure living the life on their farm/property. They too have one awesome wood pile. Tis the season. You know I have never eaten Venison. Not much wild game in my life...closest is Bison, but I doubt it was wild, right? I think they are raised in the great plains like beef cattle.

We found our fist gopher in amongst our raised beds. Dug and set a trap so we will see. No vermin allowed in my garden! Period!
I have a baby shower to attend tomorrow (One of my 4Hers). We are decorating onesies...lol...seems to be a fad these days. So I am trying to figure what I am going to draw on a onesie...lol. Back to my research. :)



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11/22/14 10:44 A

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Good morning deckies! emoticon

I have been reading and really enjoying your posts but my rollercoaster life has been pretty bumpy lately so no time for a proper response...but that doesn't mean I can't say a quick "hello!"

Hopefully I'll have time to fill y'all in on my week soon... no major climbs just some bumps...

Thanks for being here for me to read...thanks to y'all I did go get my flu shot this week!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

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Woke up to a stormy, rainy Saturday! emoticon One of those days where it would be nice to hunker down and settle in by the fire with a good book, but we don't have a fireplace, so I guess I'll just hang out on deck by the firepit! Maybe take a ride on "Life" if Wood and Maui will let me up in the front for a turn. emoticon Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

Choc, nice that you got your hot tub fixed, it's no fun having one and not being able to use it!

Maui, happy anniversary! Your DH did a nice job on picking out those flowers, hope they made it through the storm!

SDL, I know what you mean about keeping up on this thread, if I miss too many days, sometimes I just have to start over on catching up! The activity does ebb and flow though, I guess this is a flowing time!

I told my dad I'd be bringing a pecan-bourbon pie I saw on Food and Wine for Thanksgiving, I've never made this one before, hope it turns out. The recipe looked fairly simple, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

And I have a massage today (had to reschedule from last Friday...) looking forward to that!

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It can be quite the challenge keeping up with everyone on here. Miss a day and there are 10 posts to catch up on! I love how involved everyone is on here. :-)

Maui, I am indeed still working on that conference. This year it's in Portland, OR so if any of you are in that area, swing on by! Conference is in February over President's Day weekend.

LOVE the name for our coaster! I think as I go through rough patches in life I'll think about our rollercoaster here and all of you amazing people who are willing to ride Life with me. :-)

I got to sleep in until noon today, which was fantastic. I just have a couple clients and then we're going up to the roof (we call it the Penthouse - there's a kitchen up there and some lounge chairs) for our residential Harvest Potluck. Should be fun!

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Maui-Happy Anniversary!

Choc-I seem to yank out the knitting when it gets cold as well. When its warm not so much. Working on some warm slippers.

Wood-Great analogy on life and rollercoasters. Its so true.

Well, its been busy here. Classroom parties, award ceremonies, final projects before TG holiday. The black lab we've been watching keeps me exercising though. She consistently reminds me its time to GO. :) Have a great weekend!

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Maui...
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you both!
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Morning all,

'Life'- Perfect! Just as it should be... Thanks again Wood for giving our coaster a prefect name.

I'll take you hand, hop in that front car, (Got your ear plugs?) Keep them handy ok?
Let's go my friend!
Who else is riding with us??

Choc and Kay- Yes, this friend has been a friend to the community, incredible lady. Choc, I'd love to be at her side, holding her hand, singing a song, reading her stories, whatever she needs. But sadly, she was taken to a special cancer clinic for her type of cancer in Southern California, so we cannot be at her side, or supporting her husband and boys. We can send pictures and write messages that they read to her. So every day I write a bit and send virtual hugs (which we know here on the deck, can be very powerful indeed!) But, I do feel a bit like duck out of water with ehr so far away.

Kay- Yes...seems I have had a 'run' lately...just life...it happens. well, what did you decide walk? Ride? Aren't we still getting some showers? No snow for you eh?Icy trails though, no?

Choc- Yay! Hot tub fixed...whew!!!!!!!!!!!!! Need that for winter!

Last night hubby and I celebrated our wedding anniversary and went out to eat! Fun Fun evening! First, the rain moved in as hubby came home early...torrential downpour. It was funny, because he had arrived home with an extraordinary bouquet, one with each of the flowers I carried in my wedding bouquet. What a a sweet man! White roses, white orchids, stephanotis, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephanotis_f
loribunda, and baby's breath. Anyhow...watching him trying to get inside in a mini hurricane was just adorable. Then we were off to supper, yummy dinner at a local favorite place, a glass of wine. Nice. Met this man in 1976...it's been a good run.
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Wood... I agree with Kay... You really have a way to use words to put life's ups and downs in perspective! And I love the name "life" for our roller coaster (still not sure if I'm brave enough to take a ride... Roller coasters always scared me a bit... Snow, maybe I'll sit in the last car with you and we can help each other "be brave!"

Maui... Sorry about your friend with cancer ... It's such a long hard battle, but I'm thinking having you for a friend will be a big help for her.

We got about 5 inches of snow yesterday, and this morning is one of those bright sunny winter mornings where all the trees and bushes are sparkling with frost and the below zero cold makes the snow "squeak" when you walk in it! (And this weekend is supposed to be the total opposit ... Temps close to 50 and rain... There goes our snow!)

Finally got my hot tub fixed yesterday (poor repairman worked for almost 2 hours out there in the frigid "snow squalls") he did bring a portable heater with him, and claimed he wasn't cold at all when I went out to offer him some hot chocolate or coffee... (I think he was just being brave when he said that!)

Happiness was soaking in my repaired hot tub this morning, sipping on coffee, and watching the deer in the woods as the sun peaked up over the frosty trees! Great way to start the day!

Have a fantastic Friday everyone! Choc :-)


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"Life" it is! I like it, Wood, you have such a way with words, What a great analogy, and something to remember when we're stuck on those inclines or swooping around the curves and twists and turns...

Maui, sorry to hear about your friend, you've had a rough time of it lately, but that also means you have a rich life full of friends.... She sounds very special. emoticon

SDL crazy busy! Hope you get(got?) a good nap in (or was that yesterday?)!

We did get a bit of rain last night, not sure how that will treat my trails for the walk in today...I actually managed to "run" in on Wednesday, but my legs were feeling a bit heavy yesterday, so I might not manage that today!

Happy Friday!!!

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I think it's interesting that we now have a roller coaster on the deck, because I very often use the analogy of "life is like a roller coaster" and my life certainly is! (I believe that most peoples are!) We certainly have those slow, steep uphills where anxiety builds and things seem to stand still because this is not the part of life where we want to be stuck! (Gloria and I were actually stuck on a roller coaster incline for almost an hour one time! Sitting there facing straight up to heaven and wondering how we they were going to get us off if they didn't get it running again!) But then suddenly we're over the top a life moves so fast that it takes our breath away, turning us upside down, throwing us for loops and at times even sending us backwards to where we've been before but with a different perspective! ....and then suddenly in such a short period of time, it's over! It's a hell of a ride and I love it! Glad I get to share the ride with all of you! So take my hand and let's feel the rush yet once again this morning!

How about if we name the coaster, "Life"?

...and of course, "Life is good!"

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Morning deckies!
Whoa...wild rides whenever we want...this coaster is the best!
OK Wood, 'Life' is right. I am thankful we live in a time, you can just go 'get' a new battery, and get back to playing. Sorry you have to get it done again, but VERY glad too.
This bike trauma seems to have really knocked your poor body for a loop. Still sore...yep...healing...takes time...sheesh.

SD- Sounds like your life is VERY full right now. Late nights , full days, family, fun and grad school, right? Very glad you found your way back...lol...keeping up with all the 'modern life., sometimes overwhelming. But ya know...somehow, knowing this gang is here (virtual and all), is reassuring, and gives me hope for this 'ol world. Thanks for keeping us as a part of yours. I was thinking about that conference you were a part of last year, and all the good work that conference sponsored. Is that something you are still active with?On going? And...I am very much a front car gal. Just sayin. Not sure if we have settled on a name, but I must say this is a great way to start the day. Woot!

Kay- well...here comes winter eh? Whew...we finally made it! Was the walk home last night extra cold? I drove up to Woodland yesterday, and it rained the entire way home...YAy, right? LOL...it was a long slow drive home. The 680/24 area was jammed and crawled all the way past 580. Remember when you had to commute back and forth? Soooooo...glad you don't that drive anymore. You heading down to sisters/dads for Tday? Hows the tummy/food? T-Day trickery maybe?

I have been sad a bit this past week, trying to yet again absorb the idea of cancer, with a very good friend. Last Monday i learned my friend has metastatic soft tissue uterine sarcoma. Bleh. She and I worked as partners raising kids, serving on PTSA school boards from 1992-2005. I have never know an individual who cared more or gave more to her local community. You know, this lady just ran for city council and came in 4th (The first 3 will serve). She and I hiked, helped with Local NAMI, and just a great friend. As many of you know, my oldest son has had a hard time and lived back with us for 6 years. Most Fridays, this lady would stop by here to wait for her hubby to get off work. She go know on my son's door, urge him to come out, so she could 'pick his brain'. She gave him hope, bu valuing him. Special eh? So..in June she was in an election, this week she is fighting for her life in ICU. Life. She calls me 'Mrs Muir' and 'Mother Earth'...sweet lady. Salt of the earth. Raised 4 boys...lol...a saint for sure. hehe.

OK...There are many things to get done! I am off, but will be back!

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WE HAVE A ROLLERCOASTER!!!!! Thank you to our amazing handy people! Does it have a name, yet? I am SO going on a ride! I can never decide whether I like the front or back cars better. I love the suspense in the front car, but the back car gets the whips. I guess I'll just have to ride it multiple times! emoticon

So I was wondering why I hadn't received any emails for this thread in a while and as I went through my email today I found one that I hadn't responded to! I've done a solid job in the last month or so of unsubscribing to all the junk mail I've collected over the years, but I still have a lot of other emails that like to bury one another. So I'm glad I found it and am back!

Things are going well for me. Just tired. I've been out too late too many nights this week. I normally set a midnight curfew but last night I didn't get home until after 1 AM - and I have a 10-hour shift today. Told the bf that since he kept me out so late, I'm spending my lunch hour sleeping instead of eating with him. I have a sleepy headache. No fun. I'm drinking coffee and taking moments to just close my eyes at my desk. First client isn't for another hour, so I've got time to get it together.

Supposed to go see Lauryn Hill tonight, which makes a nap all that much more important. Fortunately I don't have to be in to work until 1 tomorrow, so I can get some solid sleep once I make it through today/tonight.

Wood, glad you're getting that pacemaker replaced. We need you here on deck! Hopefully you're mostly healed from your bicycle accident before the surgery. How is that coming along? I remember you saying you were able to dance. Have you been hunting, or just "shooting"?

Have a great day, everyone!

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Well, good luck, Wood, those pacer batteries do wear out eventually, gotta keep the ticker going! emoticon

Well, this is a quick post, since I have to run! emoticon

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Good morning OP!

Nice start to the day here. First of all, it's a little warmer - all the way up to 26 this morning! Was out in the hot tub for first light and the early morning light had a mesmerizing effect on the heavy rolling clouds. I felt almost a childlike wonder watching them roll overhead. Then from my view from my dining room table we were treated to a very unusual visual illusion on the mountain we gaze out at. Apparently the rising sun was peeking through the clouds as it rose over our mountain and at lit up the top 3rd of the mountain in a brilliant red! It was gorgeous, but by the time I got my camera, the opportunity was gone. A little while later, Glor says chat are those two big birds sweeping down between the mountains. Turned out to be two magnificent mature bald eagles who were cooperative enough to land in a tree directly in front of us! Beautiful!!!! Like I said, nice start to the day!

Kay, sorry but you look wonderful in your new profile pic but it does not show off your new hairstyle. You're still going to have to supply us with a pic that allows us to see the full effects of the new cut!

Yes Maui, I was awfully glad to have remembered to my ear plugs! You've got a great set of lungs on you Girl! It was a great ride though wasn't it?

....and Snow, now it's your turn to ride in the front! I always felt the back seat was actually the roughest place to ride. Actually, it's a great ride no matter which seat you're in.

Choc - Time to get off that couch and get out there for a walk!

Mary - Trust me! Gloria would love to show you her quilts. Just stop in anytime! She really does beautiful creations!

Had a surprise yesterday. Went for my pacemaker check. Last time I was there, everything was still good. Yesterday, I was told we need to replace it, soon! Looks like I'm back in the OR in the first week of December. Just as my ribs are healing on the right side of my chest, we'll make the left side of my chest hurt for a while! As Maui would say, "Life".

Have a great day!

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Well... Here in Michigan we've "warmed up" to a balmy 9 degrees (windchill... Actual temp is a toasty 19 degrees)... Both dogs snoring away on the couches, I'm knitting wool socks for Christmas presents (10 pair done so far) ... I think this is already turning into a "couch potato kind of day!)
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Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee !
Rattle and Roll!
Love the new coaster...shaken, screaming...yippee...

Wood, thanks for riding in the front car with me Whoop Whoop. Fun.
Good thing you wore your ear plugs...lol...I think I was really screaming.

Snow- hehe...I think I could hear you from up front. Good for you for trying the ride...
Thanks for yesterday btw. Good to catch up.

I have a busy day ahead...so starting with a wild ride has me Really Awake! haha...should be a good day.

Everyone stay warm...catch you later.

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Not sure if you can tell, but I did have my new style in my new profile pic (I think I had pulled it back though, so probably isn't really evident. If I get a new pic, I'll certainly post it!

Snow, how'd you like the ride from the back car? Hope it wasn't too rattly...I think we tired to make it fun, but not too joint-jarring!

I'm walking in today, so I have to go get bundled up for that! We're not quite a bone-chilling cold as some of you folks, but it's still frosty out there!

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Good to see you back on the deck Carole! Yeah, it looks like it's going to be an early start to winter here too. And we moved into it just like you did. Last Tuesday it was 70. This morning it is 16! However, at least the wind settled down.

Hercules is one of those wooden coasters that rattles your teeth and tears at your joints. I think at this stage of the game I prefer the smoother rides that twist and turn and the G"s make your cheeks touch the back of your neck!

Snow - You? A girlie girl? Really? You're going to have to take me back to the treestand. You camouflaged it so well I couldn't find it. I'm sure those leopard throws will certainly inspire some wild thinking!

Okay Kay, I think we need a new pic with the new hairstyle!

Everybody jump on for an early morning thrill ride!

Life is good!

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Hello all! I haven't been on in awhile but I'm back. :) Its been bitter cold in Colorado but it is starting to warm up. Yay! I don't mind the snow and cold but going from 70 degrees to -5 in 1 day was a bit much. ;P

My son is a roller coaster fanatic. He did his energy fair project on roller coasters and created his own out of a clear plastic tube and box. He had fun researching the fastest, tallest, most loops etc. His favorite coaster at the moment is Twister 2 at Elitches. An old wooden roller coaster. The kind that makes your teeth rattle. They are fun. I went on the mind eraser this summer. It was weird having my legs just dangle but they have you so locked in you aren't going anywhere. It was fun. Hubby and son won't do the loop roller coasters which I love. Maybe when my son is older he'll like them. He's 9 now. We are going to Florida for Christmas and I'm so looking forward to space mountain. I haven't been on it since I was a kid!

Everyone staying warm?

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emoticon Good morning OP.... considering Im pretty "girlie" Wood, I am one of the ones who has spent a few hours up in the deer stand!! In fact... while others used their sweat and tears to construct that roller coaster.... I was making a "deer stand" out of the way a bit for you for when you get a sudden "urge" to just sit and think, listening to the chatter, laughter, and screaming from the coaster, the deck, and the pool areas. I figured today was a good unveiling day for that... so go peek at it and tell me what you think- hope that the leopard blanket throws aren't too much emoticon

I am braving my first ride on "Hurcules II" or whatever name we vote for..... kind of shakey about it-- Maui, Choc, Kay.... and anyone else want to go with me, I don't want to be in the first car... so not to worry about that.... we do have seat belts right?

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Good morning!

Snow, I got a pretty good trim, no highlights other than what mother nature has put in there naturally, I'm about just below shoulder length now, it's so much easier, and not so much hair clogging up the drain! Good luck working your list! Hope the soreness doesn't get any worse, and enjoy your hikes!

Mary, enjoy the warm temps! We've been cold here (not Choc cold, but cold...) and I wouldn't mind if the sun came out and warmed us up a bit!

Wood, glad you enjoyed the coaster! I think we'll all be fighting over the front row, and anytime you want a ride I'll join you! As to naming the beast.....we need to gather the creative minds of the deck and come up with something great! "Wood's Wilderness Wagontrain?" Too big a mouthfull I think...I'll keep my thinking cap on...

Choc, I try to stay out of the hot tub when it's really cold (and windy) out! I think I need a tunnel to the tub, and our gazebo needs repair to keep the wind out!

Well, still need to get to work today, I'm hitting the gym after, so need to get ready for that! Have a great one everybody!

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Below zero wind chills this morning... I know it's cold when I "pass up" my morning hot tub soak! Having my coffee inside & in front of a space heater instead!
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NO WAY!!!! Our own wooden roller coaster! There have been many times in the past that I've returned from trips where I've come home to major additions to the deck (the treehouse being perhaps the biggest) but you guys have totally outdone yourself with this one!!! As you know, I love roller coasters! (Okay, let's face it I love just about anything (including people) that are thrilling!) The new high tech coasters with their loops and twists and super high speeds get the adrenaline pumping but the old wooden coasters with the chattering and the shaking and the turns that throw you into the person you're riding with....well they're just still really special! When I was still in college I took a girl on my first date with her on one of the best wooden coasters in Pennsylvania, Hercules. Didn't turn out to be one of my better first dates...lol...she ended up sick from the ride and thought we should go home. I had a brand new Dodge Charger that I was in love with. Yep! You guessed it! She got really sick! Threw up right onto the dash board which isn't cool at all because from there the liquid went right down into the defroster! I had to disassemble the entire dashboard to clean up the mess. Took me two days and the smell still persisted for a long time! Not a good start to a relationship!!!!

Now that being said....who wants to ride with me on this one? Have you named this coaster yet?

We (my son, my almost-a-son and myself) had a good hunt this week. Ryan, my almost-a-son, shot the only buck but it was a beauty! I didn't have anything close, but I'm okay with that. Every outdoor person should have the opportunity to spend extended time in a treestand. Lot's of time to ponder, to observe, to sharpen all of one's senses. One of my biggest thrills of the week was to the opportunity to watch a very large bobcat hunt mice! Cats are amazing hunters! So quiet! So precise with each movement! So patient! Very cool in deed!

Kay - sorry to hear that you're still sore, but let me tell you, you're not the only one! These ribs and shoulder are taking their good old time in healing as well!!!!

Got to go for now, but will be back later.

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WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! What an amazing ride! Love the coaster!!!! I'm so impressed by all the craftmanship! I am always amazed by such skill and precision! (Craftmanship with a needle and thread amazes me as well as that as another skill that I am sorely lacking! I would love to see Gloria's quilts!)

In the 70s today - supposed to get down to low 30s or high 20s tonight - Crazy!

I'll see you around the fire tonight! Can't wait to see the coaster in lights!

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emoticon Mornin' deckies.... sun shining...70 degrees again today, hike first thing, then a lot of "shoveling" to do. Im hoping the hike loosens me up after yesterdays wheelbareling and scooping tons of eucalyptus wood chips and mulch throughout the yard. I cant believe how much my son dropped off on the driveway (he is an arborist and has to unload that chipper thru out the day- one less expence that's for sure! All the free wood chips or mulch you could ever want emoticon
I woke up with no voice today tho, I think all the landscaping I was doing simultaneously while spreading a 6 inch layer had me taking in a lot of pollen from the trimmings and weeding. When I can say something... I sound like a man! (or a seductive prostitute!!) LOL!

Anyway, I do not ache as much as I would have thought I was going to-- DH however did way too much helping and is in some misery with that surgical arm.... he hasn't been shoveling in a long time, and favoring one arm is never good- he is hurting big time. I have a huge list of " to-do's" its more than I can accomplish in 2 more days off, but atleast I have the list and can just work on it bit by bit. Short hike is my way of starting the momentum. I have 4 huge piles yet to get to and a little less than a third of an acre to cover left.... wish me luck to put a dent in it today again. emoticon Feeling quite "buck!"

Hello to everyone, of course Ive kept up the posts daily, I got my flu shot in Sept- but thanks for reminding me to get my hubby down to get his now too!
Did you get a trim Kay, some highlights perhaps.... is your hair still really long? I had my DH cut 5 inches off my blonde locks, it was looking pretty scraggly, wearing it in a French braid or up in a bun kept my split ends hidden. Did I ever share that I hate getting hair cuts?! I get almost physically ill , I don't rrust anyone but DH - and he isn't NOT a hairdresser! I taught him well tho, and he gets a big kick out of it.

Hope you are keeping bundled up and warm Choc- is the hot tub fixed yet? emoticon

You back home now Wood? emoticon Did you guys get more deer after that one buck?

Hiking buddy ready, sorry I cant say something to everyone, but I will say Hello Maui! See you tomorrow for our hike in the hills!

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Yep, I got my flu shot, Maui! First day back from vacation and I signed right up. It's so convenient to have them at work, they put the cart right by the front door....

The soreness is better, and my headache subsided yesterday morning. I got my hair done, and before that visited my trainers other gym, really nice place, it looks like it will be fun to work out there, lots of different toys and super-fit people working out there. Should be inspirational!

We got a misting last night, and it's cloudy today, and got really cold last night, I've been bundled up in my warmest sweatshirt for a week now! Hope that means we'll get some real snow soon! They are making snow at some of the ski areas, but, like Choc, I'm waiting for the XC to start!

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Maui... Bitter cold here... Been that way all last week and supposed to get even colder this week...(so both my dogs are curled up & snoring away on the couches as I type this)
... No snow here yet, but the upper half of Michigan has lots if the white stuff and some of the ski areas around here have "made snow" and are opening this week (I'll wait for cross country skiing)... In spite of the cold though, I'm hoping to get out for a hike later this morning (it's deer hunting season here so my hikes are limited to the back roads so I don't mess up anyone's hunt... Just heard a gunshot nearby as I'm typing this... One of my neighbors must have just gotten lucky)

I also got a shingles shot (kept seeing all those scary commercials about shingles on TV and decided I definitely didn't want to deal with that).... Have never gotten a flu shot, and probably won't get it this year either (I know, I know, lots of pros and cons about whether to get it or not... Guess everyone has to make their own choice on that, LOL)

My hot tub has some major mechanical problems with the pump that circulates. & heats the water (only works if I run outside twice a day to turn it on manually)... The good news is, I hope to get it repaired this week... The bad news is, the repair is going to cost "big bucks" :-( sigh

Bonfire tonight sounds awesome! I'll bring some hot cider to share with everyone.




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Kay- Oh gosh, sounds like your body is rebelling for sure...water...always a great first step.
I think the water cure assists regardless of the problem.
Great that Larry's talk went so well. LOL...it's like when my son gives presentations...similar...I really enjoy his power point, posters, and graphs...lol. I do appreciate the skill these guys have with processing such complex info. Good job Larry!
Hope you feel better. You did get your flu shot, yes? Seems there are lots of bugs already starting.
On that kinda note...i took hubby down to get his flu shot at our pharmacy Thursday. Success! and...pharmacist checked our insurance again...and we could get the shingles vaccine for free...so we did! Both of us! Anyhow...hopefully it works to shield us from the Shingles!

Mary- I thought of you today as I picked more shelling peas. They are just so yummy. If you were next door, I could run some over. ;)

Wood- you back yet??? It's awfully cold to be waiting in a tree...well...at least too cold for me.
How do you like the coaster surprise we built while you were gone? SD had gone with for a play day and gave us the idea. :)

I am cold! hehe...I know silly to even mention it, since we are likely warmer than everyone else. Turned the heat on just a few minutes ago...first time this season. Wish I could build a fire...so I will on the deck! Bon fire night! Let's warm up, OK?
And maybe pour some Brandy or wine...whatever is your pleasure.
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Wow, what a ride....Maui you sure know how to sum it up! That coaster is a thing of beauty, a thrill ride, and a work of art, blood, sweat and tears (or fears?)!

I'm feeling the effects of Iain's workout, started yesterday while I was at the talk Larry had arranged. He was afraid it would not be well attended, but it was standing room only! Heavy on the engineering, so I did not grasp much of what was talked about, but I did enjoy looking a the diagrams...But about halfway through I noticed I was becoming very sore, triceps, chest,a little in the shoulders. And got a bit of a headache too, maybe not enough water. I ended up walking home right after the talk, and just tried to lay down and rest (after some gentle yoga and soothing meditation). Woke up with still a slight headache....hope it goes away soon!

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What an amazing sight and sound! The coaster is operational. The team effort extraordinary and perfect as ever!

Mary the food and tunes were just what we needed to keep us sustained in spirit and energy resource.

Kay- your leadership, planning, coordination made this possible. I never had any doubts we could make this happen, with you on board.

Dan- Hearing you drive up with a team of earth movers and all the equipment needed to prepare the foundation...Have you ever seen a group of happier smiles?

Snow and Mary- the painting and decorating...perfect! Love the colors...happy , natural and fit the team so well. Some of my favorite flowers. And all coordinated by how high they are on the ride. High elevation flowers up top...hehe...of course.

Brenda- I love how you and hubby stopped by to help! I knew you were a woman of many talents...I knew you had rhythm cause of the tuba , choir and all...but 'man' can you ever swing a hammer!

Kits- haha...clever you, not afraid of heights! Up there on the top most rail with your hubby working on the electrical finalizing. Very cool!

Kelpie- Well, I am so not surprised you stopped by to help Mary feed us. French cheeses, wine and chocolates...hahaha...of course!

SD- OK...from the very beginning your strength of body, mind and spirit has impressed me. But...do you ever sleep? Wow...woman...you can work! Thank you! Having you by my side as we lifted rails into place...you are crazy strong!

Choc- I knew we could do this, right? You had some very cool ideas for the cars! Mountains of all kinds from tropics to alps...hehe...so depending upon our mood right???

Cassie- well...you can just run circles around us while you worked. A virtual energy bunny eh? Where did you learn to a handle table saw like that?

Morti stopped by to take some photos for us...very cool eh?

And so many others' of you...wow! Drills, Cables, iron work and our Coaster is ready to ride!

Whose going on the first ride???
Wood- what do you think of our new toy? While the test run were going...it rattles just perfectly. I Love the sound it makes... Oh...we borrow some of your wood shop tools while you were gone hunting...hehe...Luv said we could. ;)

Kay- I hope Lain was easy enough on you...so you can still enjoy a ride.

Wat shall we name our new Roller Coaster?


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emoticon Great tunes you've got going there for the coaster crew, Mary! I think we may be doing more dancing than building! emoticon We sure could use Dan and his heavy equipment for this one! emoticon

It's a bit rainy this morning, just started to hear the pitter patter on the windows....so I'm glad I'm not walking in today! It's my training day....hope Iain doesn't beat me up too badly!

I was quite irritable at work yesterday, too many phone calls! And about half the time I have to route them to someone else....the other half are recruiters either trying to sell us something or trying to poach my staff (not that I have any staff left to poach!) I just hate the interruption when I'm in the flow....need to remember to breathe and let it go!

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I'll help everybody out by staying out of the way emoticon ! Carpentry is not my forte! It would take y'all twice the time to build if I tried to help because you'd have to come behind me and tear out my work and redo it! (Better that I admit my short-comings than make a mess of things!)

How about I set up a chow tent and man that! I'll make sure there are always healthy, tasty foods and bevs for you to enjoy during break times! And I can be DJ and keep happy tunes playing through the sound system so you can whistle and sing and dance while you work!

When it comes time to paint I'm your girl so I'll put in my hard labor then!

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Let me just cinch up my tool belt here... emoticon emoticon emoticon I think we're going to have to get creative to get this coaster built! Anyone know where Wood keeps the power tools? emoticon and let's watch those fingers! emoticon

I'm walking to work again today, should be a nice day....well, I hope so anyway!

SDL, enjoy your day off!

Maui, do you know how to work this circular saw? How about the belt sander?



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Evening,

Kay- LOL...management never ceases to amaze me. Good thing you can leave and go outside! And I remember when you were really short staffed. Hopefully this new employee can help out!

SD- yay...wooden coaster it is! You know, here on the deck...we have all shills necessary. What do you think we get it all built while Wood is gone and surprise him??? I bet we ladies would make one damn good construction team. What do you think??

Wine? Fire? A couple of my favorite 'things'. Why yes...I'll join you!



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Sounds like a great day all around! Kiddo and I had a blast. Had caricatures made and I look like Condoleezza Rice, haha! I really dig em though. Kiddo is back to school tomorrow but tomorrow is my regular day off, so I'll spend it volunteering in the morning, hanging out with kiddo in the afternoon, and class in the evening. Kiddo (10, I just remembered someone asked) has a dance performance before I head to class so I'm looking forward to attending that tomorrow. :-)

I am totally down for a wooden coaster! Who are our handy people on deck? How long before this thing is up and running? In the meantime, I'm going to lounge by the bonfire with a bottle of wine. Anyone care to join me?

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A great day is being had! By the time I left work it was pretty much a ghost town....everyone else either took the whole day off, or came in earlier than I did, and were gone. Found out we got a new employee the other day, and we were not told (no reason Corporate should tell leadership in a department when they are getting new employees, right?) I'm glad I found out before her paperwork is due!

Enjoyed a nice walk to and from work though, it's nice weather right now, not too hot, not too cold, can't beat it!



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Mary... Nope, all that snow is in Michigan's upper peninsula and the northern parts of the "mitten".... I'm down in the middle of the. "Thumb" (gotta love the shape of Michigan when it comes to describing locations, LOL)
We might get a light dusting of snow here and definitely will be really cold over the next few days.... Right now it's almost 60, but that goes away tonight! Time to unpack the winter clothes!

Wood... Glad your "test run" on climbing into your deer stand went well... Take care of yourself, have fun and good luck on the hunt!
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Maui, Snow, Kay, SD and everyone else... Have a GREAT day!!!


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Choc - I heard on the radio on my way to work that parts of northern Michigan may get 2 feet of snow emoticon ...WOW!...are you in those parts?

Have a great day everyone! Love the roller coaster idea!!!

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Morning,

Wood- OK...you can do this climbing...good good. :) Just listen to the 'ol body, pace yourself. The 'test run' was probably a good idea. How cold will it be? Hope you enjoy card night...lol...
You too have a good week!
Now you remind me, I think you've told me about this friend with Parkinson's. My BIL has it too...I wonder about toxins and if they are a contributing cause. BIL flew in Vietnam AF...and my friend lived in the central valley CA and was probably down wind of much pesticide/herbicide. When you see the planes fly...its crazy concerning. But yes, hard for these folks who suffer.

Kay- Yep...Beautiful weekend for the 'high' country. I doubt I will ever understand my love of granite, cool air and warm sun. The smell of 10,000 ft is maybe my favorite. We did some trail and some cross country...fun fun.
OK...Love the idea of around Ben Frien, and an old wooden ride like the Giant Dipper in Santa Cruz. It is still the same old coaster. Great sound. Great ride! Maybe we can call it "All Hands on Deck"!


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Still here. Leaving this afternoon. Tonight, cards. Tomorrow, hunt. I went out hunting last night, here at home. Mostly for two reasons: needed to retrieve my climbing stand that was chained to a tree and secondly because I wanted to see if my shoulder and ribs would allow me to climb. They protested, but I can do it.

Maui, its my friend with Parkison's that owns the property that I'll be huting on. So I know a little how you feel.

Computer is acting weird. Hope I can send this.

Have a great week everyone!

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I imagine either one of those big framed wooden roller coasters like the one on the boardwalk at Santa Cruz, or in and around Ben Frein, like the Matterhorn at Disneyland (although it's been awhile since I've seen either one, they may both have changed dramatically since I was there!)

Maui, Desolation, nice! We hiked up to Donner peak on Sunday and there was snow on the ground in spots, but mostly melted off. They are making snow at some of the ski areas, and we did see folks hitting the slopes at Boreal....

I'd better get moving, I'm only working a half day today, but really don't want to get in too late!

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Evening all!

I have also , returned yet again. Hubby and I took off for the mountains again...I drove us back down by noon, so hubby could head off to work.
We Hiked up in a granite area called Desolation Valley, south of Lake Tahoe. Yes...more pics...hehe. We were both super tired last night...haha...good good.
On the drive up, we stopped by to see a good friend I have known since 1963. she and I started camping together with each others' families by 4th grade. Many of you know I talk about 'My Mountain'. She and I hiked there the first time in 1964. She now has Parkinson's and her future is very uncertain. But our visit ...special.

Kay-Ghost Hunting...audit...yep...you half day off sounds like a good plan! So...we saw snow up there in the Carson Pass area. Not much in the Tahoe Basin. How about your area? Has it all melted??

Choc- That buck sounds like quite a site. Nice he stops by. :) I was thinking about you this weekend. Last I remember...your knees don't hurt on the down hill anymore...correct? My right knee says 'hello' if I have to do any serious downhill..like steep or major elevation change. I am so happy for you, that you have new knees! It was a warm beautiful weekend out west here. Up in teh mountains it should be much cooler, but nope...sunny beautiful day. I'll be posting a couple pics on fb soon.

Wood- Seems I missed you. Not sure you are going to read this before you head off to the hunting trip. But like the other gals mentioned...hope you keep healing. The dancing sounds like it was super fun...but sheesh...still achy...be good and heal well! Hehe...i like how Choc is assuming you are safer in the blind...should be safer...But I hope the sleeping gets easier. Sleep is when we heal. Take care my friend. Enjoy your trip.

Mary- You are so right about Kay and her planning. She has always been an inspiration. Always setting goals and resetting goals when necessary. There is a reason she is so fit. Mary, my garden is doing great! As soon as I got home, had to run out and say hello. Since its organic, and I have so many cruciferous veggies, I have to fight off cabbage moths, therefore search for cabbage worms! Yes...I found some! But all is well! And...yes...we will be eating peas teh next few weeks. They are very happy plants...cool nights and warm days. Perfect. Today I picked a big bowl of lettuce and spinach for supper.Yum.
You know I love Thai food...your soup sounds really yummy if hubby thinks he likes it more than Moussaka! Moussaka is hard to beat! Did you get any ?

SD- 6 Flags...hehe...Roller Coasters...Love it! You know...with all we have built here on the deck, I cannot believe we have never built our own roller coaster! Sounds like a great day.

Snow- glad we caught up a bit earlier...whew...Yes...your friend is really lucky to have you a part of her team.

OK...what do you all think??? A roller coaster??? Yes???
I want one...hehe...
And a theme for the ride....and where should be build it???

Mary, I'll join you ...hammocks, blankets...dancing fire...prefect.





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Just popping in for a quick "Hey!" emoticon

SDL enjoy the rollercoaster bonding! Sounds like fun!

Snow, thanks for the goodie, it made me smile! emoticon

Mary, your soup sounds great, hope your DH left you some! emoticon

Choc, hope that buck pauses for his "close-up" soon! And then skedaddles into the deep woods...nice that you are still getting out and having some nicer weather.

I'm not taking Friday off, we're having "ghost hunting" at work and I had signed up to work it already! (That's what they call the payroll audit they've been doing the past couple of years) And then administration wants all the non-Clinical departments to take tomorrow off (nothing like giving us advance notice...) so I decided to take a half day tomorrow, and the other half on Friday! emoticon

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Mary... No photo ops yet on the buck.., have the camera ready & hoping I'll see him before Saturday (that's when deer hunting season starts... He's definitely going to be a prize target for some lucky hunter unless he's smart enough to stay hidden deep in the woods!)

I did see two smaller bucks while I was out hiking today (4 1/2 "slow poke" miles, LOL) also had a doe jump right in front of my car later in the day... Luckily I was on a bumpy dirt road so was driving pretty slow when she ran in front of me!.... Once deer season starts all the deer will be "on the run" (and my hikes will be limited to the back roads so I don't scare the deer away from anyone's tree stand or deer blind...Plus I'll be wearing blaze orange "just to be safe")

Temps were pretty balmy here for November ... High 50's.... But we're supposed to be in the low 30's to mid 20's by end of the week (snowed in the upper peninsula, but only a few flurries here so far)

Wood... Enjoy your hunting week...(being up high in a tree stand out in the woods is definitely safer than taking a tumble off your bike in traffic! Hope you're feeling better!

Snow... You are awesome for being there for your friend with cancer... The kind of support you are giving her means a lot in coping with and recovering from cancer (having been through cancer twice myself, & remembering the beautiful prayer shawl that Luv made for me and all the wonderful supportive letters from all my friends here on "the deck"... I can testify to what a huge emotional boost that gives and how much it means to anyone battling cancer or any other life changing issue)




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Hey y'all! 3 overcast but pleasant days in a row here...some nice rain last night...great walking and soup-eating weather...made a yummy Thai-inspired chicken soup in the crockpot yesterday...my husband might like it more than moussaka...he says it's all for him and I'm not allowed to eat any more! emoticon That's not happening! emoticon

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Wood - Happy Hunting! Great to hear that you enjoyed dancing after all!

Kay - Sounds like your doing a great job planning your week! It's important isn't it! Otherwise our weeks fly by without goals being accomplished.

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Snow - emoticon to your dad! My mom was also born in 1927 - her birthday is 7/27/27 - pretty cool! She too is amazing! So great of you to be there to offer much needed support for your friend!

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Hope you all have a wonderful evening! Think I'll grab a warm blanket and hang out in the hammock after dinner gazing at the waning moon and the dancing flames of the fire pit!

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emoticon bye bye Wood, have fun- I've got your number!! ***SNOW*** emoticon

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Snow, you are such an amazing friend to be so supportive during this time. I know her and her husband and family really appreciate you.

Wood, I'm so glad you got to go dancing! For 4 hours, no less! It's always comforting when we discover our injuries aren't quite as debilitating than we thought. Just be careful not to go too hard too fast. Would hate to hear you re-injured yourself!

Kay, sounds like a nice week you have planned! Go get it!

I had a pretty chill weekend. Didn't get quite as much housework done on Sunday as I would have liked, but still got some, so that's fine. Kiddo and I both have tomorrow off, so we're going to head to Six Flags for some rollercoaster bonding. Guest speaker for half of class on Wednesday means I have that much less time to write into my lesson plan, so I'm happy for that. Overall just a chill week lined up! Let's hope no crises come my way, lol.

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Hey Snow! Welcome back to the deck, sounds like you had an eventful week, full of meaning, love and family. Sounds like you made a good intermediate step for your friend, nice that she can try out a new look before giving up all her hair, will the wig be done before you go "all the way"?

Wood, glad you enjoyed the dance lessons, and weren't as bad off as you thought with the injury. Sometimes moving through the soreness makes if feel a little better, loosens it up in a way. Enjoy your hunt too!

It's Monday, back to work! Gotta work out my plans for the week, when to walk in, when to hit the gym......maybe take off on Friday! I have a massage scheduled and Larry has arranged for a speaker at the university, I think he'd like my moral support there! We'll see...

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Welcome back Snow! 87 is quite an accomplishment all by itself but if you can reach that age and still be in great shape physically and mentally, it puts you in a very exclusive category of individuals. Seems to me that he may have passed those genes down to you!

Turns out that we went to the Couple's Dance Workshop. 4 hours of dance lessons followed by a really nice dinner, followed by a dance. My body did much better with it than I feared it would. Got through all the lessons without too much discomfort and had a lot of fun, but was a little too sore to dance after the meal. Hardest part seems to be sleeping! Too much weight on the tender spots! But life goes on!

Better get that sick hot tub fixed before the cold really sets in Choc! Always something demanding our attention (and our money)! Get a picture of that big boy before the hunter gets a shot at him! They are fun to watch right now with the rut in full swing! Nature sure makes males dumb when there's women around!!! LOL!

Gotta pack up today for my hunting trip that starts tomorrow! Don't know yet if I'll be able to use my bow or if I settle for camera shots or maybe I'll switch totally to hunting wild turkey with a rifle. I'll use a low caliber gun with minimum kick to the shoulder!

I don't have any wifi up there so no "Deck" for the week, but for those of you who I have phone numbers for I'll still be texting from my tree stands! Maybe that's why I don't shoot as many deer as I used to.

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Twas a beautiful day here today, I have watched my son trimming trees like a professional that he is, chopping wood, cleaning up each mess before moving on to the next project, lawns done, mulch in driveway, partially spread some around the yard today, its eucalyptus so it smells wonderful!

I cut my girlfriends hair,but we went to shoulder, neither of us was quite ready to go bald yet, might have a week left to enjoy a chin length bob that she would have never tried anyway. We are more prepared, this is the usual and best way for women with butt length hair, its more like an appendage of their body emoticon , like having an "arm trim"!! Anyway, she just texted that her family likes it a lot, her husband was wanting to come with her, he is terrified of her losing all this hair..... but he is accepting it...maybe she did the half way for him. Yeh, probably.

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emoticon HI all, Im back atlast... didn't spend anytime on pc while I was at our Son's... kept fairly busy cleaning and cooking and having a nice visit while his wife and her mother are at Disney World for the week. Quite a week indeed, the hockey game, the football game, getting to see our son, having a whole week off..... hiking, fall colors, spending quiet quality time with DH..... all good.

I'm making the week's dog food, having coffee and toast, then putzing around the yard and house until I meet a friend at noon at the salon. I found a florist who gave me a golden box and some pretty tissue paper to take, to put the waist long platinum blonde pony tails in, as I have to shave her head before the chemo has if falling out in handfuls. I've stressed about this day all week, but think I have the mental frame of mind to make this visit what it should be. Thanks again for comments of support and ideas about baldness only being temporary and being a badge of courage in its own right.

Then my dad turned 87 yesterday, the family is getting together tonite at a restaurant to celebrate, Im really looking forward to that, the plan is for DH, my other son and I to arrive early enough to check out the bar, its been a long week for all of us emoticon
My dad is in great shape, mentally and physically, its hard to believe he is this old!! Its amazing really. I really cherish our time together.

Maui, sorry to hear of the loss of your friend, sad, but probably not a shock to you. I hope you continue to flash back at all those good times, memories can be so healing, Yes?
I thought of you while I was at Stevens..... I used most of my time away from pc, phones, and anything else electronic... and just reveled in my days of waking up and being right there with him. Casual, normal interaction, just what I needed for a boost before these emotionally charged holidays. Im good for a bit now.

Starting my day now, wishing you all the best, --- WOOD!! I hope you are healing my dear! You scared me with that fall , in traffic, rolling, shoulders...... good grief!! I know you are being careful not to blow it.... heal right! Hugs, gentle hugs at that!

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Bummer about your injuries interfering with your hunting and dancing plans, Wood! emoticon Hope you feel better soon!

Choc, good luck with your deer shoot! emoticon Hope that buck slows down for a photo soon.

Larry's preparing omelettes this morning, we may go hiking later, it's a nice day for it. emoticon

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Wood... Sorry to hear your bike tumble has put a kink in the bow hunting plans, but "shooting deer" with your camera sounds like lots of fun too... (I've been trying to get a photo of the big buck hanging around my house, but so far he's either been too far away, running too fast, or it's been too dark out.... But it sure is fun watching him chase all the doe around the woods!)

Kay, I think your snow dance is working! We've had a few flurries, nothing "sticking" yet but I have a feeling we'll see some staying on the ground soon... Certainly cold enough here!

Have a "sick" hot tub ... Jets won't turn on automatically when they should (I can turn them on manually)... And I think it's developed a slow leak :-( Guess I'm going to have to call for a repair $$$$$
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Have a super Sunday everyone! Choc :-)

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I don't think we should start the snow dance quite yet Kay. Although I did put snow/ice tires on the SUV this week since I'll be headed North deer hunting this week and there is possible snow predicted up there. However, it appears now that I may not actually hunt deer because of my bike injuries. I'm afraid my ribs and shoulder aren't going to take the strain of pulling back my hunting bow to shoot. Taking along my good camera and just might take shots with it instead.

Speaking of my injuries, they're really screwing up my day today as well. Glor and I were signed up for a couples dance workshop/diner dance for today. Just can't happen.

Oh well.

Hope you all are having a great weekend.

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I bet your pup enjoys those walk, Mary, enjoy! emoticon

Wood, sounds like you'll have quite a houseful, and quite a party! emoticon

It's warmed up from last weekend, into the low 70's but it feels so nice in the sun... I spent a lot of the morning raking leaves and cleaning up my tomato plants (and putting away the cages) gotta get the yard ready for the snow! And we got our season passes to our XC ski area, so I'm ready for some more snow, can we start the snow dancing yet? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Although I must admit I'm enjoying this weather too! emoticon

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Good morning deckies!

Maui I'm so sorry about the loss of your dear friend emoticon

Sorry about your wipe-out Wood! Ouch! Scary! Glad you're okay! Enjoy your family time!

Kay - I'm jealous that Larry cooks for you!

SD - belated emoticon !

Choc and Snow and everyone else hope you're getting outside and spotting some wildlife!

I've been having some wonderful walks with my happy little dog! emoticon

Enjoy the weekend!

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quiet day on the deck I see. Hope you're all doing fun things!

I just got back in from the hot tub. Beautiful night. Clear skies and very quiet! Felt great on sore muscles.

I'm not doing too badly considering my crash was only Wednesday. Mostly just sore. I consider myself lucky. Sorry Maui, but Luv is so used to me beating myself up that she pretty much leaves me on my own "to man up" when I do yet another thing where I screwed up. Play the game. Pay the consequences.

Had our 3 year old gs overnight last night. One of life's real pleasures.

Tomorrow, swim lessons for one set of grandchildren and then in the afternoon and evening it'll be yet another family party. We've got 4 November birthdays to celebrate. My brother and his wife will be up from North Carolina and they'll pick Mom up on the way here. Bedlam on the way!

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Wood, I'm glad your helmet was OK too, and that you were wearing it, bet that brandy did hit the spot!

Maui, emoticon Sorry to hear about your "Uncle", friend, outdoor buddy....

SDL, glad your day went well! Those massages can be brutal the next day, I know how you feel. Can you make a habit of looking away from the work computer every so often? I think they say you should look into the distance every hour or so, to keep the eye strain down, maybe that would help? I'm sure you'll figure it out.

Larry said I have time for a hot tub before dinner, so I'm headed out now, anyone else in there? I really need to soak my shoulders and upper back, my trainer worked them hard yesterday!

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My goodness, Wood! I'm glad you're alright and the cars looked out for you! I ride a little over a mile on a really busy road (50 mph) on my commute to/from work and feel paranoid that something is going to happen one of these days. The bike lane is nice and spacious, though, so I focus on that, lol.

Self-care was amazing. Massage totally has me sore today, though! That's how you know you really needed a massage. Brutal! Today I'm back to work. Been getting headaches every day I'm at work for the last few weeks and only recently connected it to not wearing my glasses and not being used to staring at a computer screen for so many hours a day. Gotta find those things!

Aside from that, all is well! Hope everyone has a great day!

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Morning all,

Wood- OUCH...hand injury...darn! Dislocations can be tricky...hope today you are letting Luv play nurse. So glad you were wearing the helmet...whew. You know there are always hugs here when you need them.

Choc- How'd the hot tub do? Help out??? We have a jacuzzi tub I don't use...sad sad sad...since we have this horrible drought, I don't fill the tub. WAh.

Wood- Yes, outdoor friends are precious. I am still letting this news settle in. Remember when I was riding the stationary bike at my neighbors? This outdoor friend, Uncle..is who'd call . (Since his stroke) I'd use this time to keep him company as I rode.He appreciated when I was heading up hills...lol. Anyhow, Life is Good. Every day precious with those we love. Every moment we get with them a gift...especially if we are outside!

Hey...speaking of outside...buddies...
Snow- How is your week holding up??? Been thinking about you.

OK...I am so far behind this week ...better get it together!

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Actually the I believe the brandy helped quite a bit! Made the pain a little less intense and at least distracted from it. Most importantly, I slept pretty good. However, a bit sore this morning. Maybe quite a bit more that a bit! Oh well, it'll pass. Bike needs a new set of handlebars. I don't think I need anything replaced.

Yeah Choc, Glor won't ride with me on the roads for just that reason! I just count on my guardian angel to look out for me. So far she's done an amazing job. I've kept her busy over the years! LOL!

Yes Kay, I was wearing a helmet - always on the road and single track mountain trails and usually even on rail trails anymore. However even though I rolled, somehow the helmet wasn't even damaged! Can't quite figure that out.

Maui - Thanks for the virtual hugs! You were right - no pain at all! Really sorry to hear about your friend! It's people like him in our lives that make living a much more meaningful experience! I give thanks every day for my friends, both near and far and for the parts they play in my life. That of course includes you and all my other friends here on the deck.

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Evening,

Oh no Wood! OUCH is right! My goodness, I hope you take good care. Gotta keep a good watch on yourself for several days...OK please?
Yep...hot tub soak for sure!
I know it's part of living the outdoor life...but sheesh...scary.
Big hugs, OK? These are virtual, so they should feel good good...won't hurt you, honest.


Mary- Wood burning...very nice. I LOVE the dancing flames.

Kay- hehe...lounging until Larry calls...sounds like the life!

SD-Did you have amazing weather like we did??? Crazy gorgeous weather up here.
No sign of rain again. Like Kay says...hope your day went as planned.

Choc- Major hilly hike...good for you. Bet it was hard to get back out of the hot tub.

OK...sorry I have been MIA a bit. A good friend died today, after a 3 year battle after a stroke. He was older than me, went to our church when we were raising our kids. He was a single guy who loved to sing in the choir, help with the outdoor chores at church, and went with my family on our long summer camping road trips. Our kids called him Uncle. He was one of the kindest souls on this earth and I will miss him. I was very blessed to have him in my life.

I think I'll hop into the hot tub with you all...soak a bit.
Maybe a drink , Wood you have any Brandy?
Maybe we'd all feel better with a sip.



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Glad to hear you're OK Wood, how's your helmet? You do wear a helmet, right?

SD, hope your day went as planned, sounds like a nice one!

Mary, love the sound of your wood burning stove, going old school!

The tuna is cooking here, and I've already been in the hot tub, so I'll be lounging around the fire pit until Larry calls me over for dinner!

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OMG Wood!!! That's terrible! So glad you weren't hurt too badly! (I'm terrified of riding my bike on a busy road for exactly that reason... Bad enough just to fall but dodging traffic in the process is even worse! Sounds like you are definitely going to need a long soak in the hot tub for sure!



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Leaving for choir practice in a few minutes, but will definitely be back for the hot tub later. I need it! Crashed my bike this afternoon on a pretty busy road. I got lucky instead of running over me, the drivers behind me protected me with their cars. I got screwed up in a spot where the road dropped off about 3 inches to the shoulder. Caught it with my skinny tires and threw my bike right over! Went down on my chest and flipped me over onto my shoulder. Rolled with it! Abrasions, very sore ribs and shoulder, some painful muscles, but nothing seems to be broken!!!! But OUCH! Didn't do my bike much good either! But again no real serious damages! Just part of the game! Part of living life!

Now we'll go see if I can still sing!

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Think I'll hit the hot tub too Choc! Great job with your hilly hike!

All the 5k talk made me decide to run 5k after work last night...my first run in several weeks...felt great but now my legs are protesting a bit too!

SD enjoy your "you day"!

Wood our woodstove is probably close to 40 years old...old school - no glass front, no thermostat for the blower, no catalyst...but so low tech that not much can go wrong! It would be nice to see the flames though...2 very young dear crossed the road in front of me a few hundred feet from my driveway two nights ago...at first I thought they were very large dogs!...they don't have much habitat left around us but I still have one or two sightings a year...15 years ago they were a big problem for my garden!

Kay, Snow, Maui and everyone else I hope you're all having a great day!

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SD.... Self care days are important for sure! Enjoy yours!!!

Just finished a 6 1/2 mile very hilly hike... Legs are protesting big time! Thinking a nice long soak in the hot tub should cure the protesting...

Be back later... Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!


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Oh no no. I'm not into celebrating my birthday. I had a dinner with my kiddo last Monday and then I always do this run, but more as an excuse to register for a 5k than anything. :-)

Today is a self care day. No work, so I scheduled a massage AND a therapy appointment. Mind and body should be in sync at the end of the day. :-)

Have a great day, everyone!

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See what happens when we party and make a mess of the deck? People are afraid to show up again!! I want you all to know that it's safe to come back. The pool and hot tub have been cleaned and the chemicals brought back up to normal levels. Witches brew and whatever that sticky web was made out of really messed things up! The deck has been scrubbed and the treehouse totally scrubbed. You can all come back now!

Obviously, Mary, I think heat from wood is tough to beat! Our stove is a super high tech fire place insert so we not only get efficient heat from it, it has a glass front so we still get the ambience as well. It's a lot of work but I love it!

Kay, There aren't too many days that I don't get at least a little dirty. Just sayin' as Snow would say. Today I'll spend at least some time in the shop as well as split some dead oak that I wheeled down from the mountain a couple of days ago.

Running a birthday 5K doesn't sound like an uneventful weekend to me! Happy belated birthday Mahalia! Sounds to me like maybe we need to have another party? This one for you!

Just had a big 8 point buck walk across the clearing on the mountain. Didn't get much time to watch him though. He definitely had things on his mind!

Reached 70 yesterday so Luv and I washed windows! A job I'm not real fond of, but it will provide better winter views! Supposed to get almost as warm again today. Definitely will get out there and get a run in! Then tonight will have the first choir practice for the Christmas season!

Have a great day everyone!

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It was a cold snap for us too, I had to scrape off my windows this morning, but first I had to find where Larry hid the scrapers! He's been cleaning the garage, you see...

SDL, emoticon so they have a 5K just for your birthday? That's emoticon and nice of your guy to run it with you too!

Snow, hope your visit is going well!

Wood, you getting dirty yet?



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emoticon Hey everyone!

Darn! I hate it when I miss a great party! emoticon emoticon I'll be at the next one!

Choc - your Nov heatwave is our Nov cold snap! - high in the 40s here on Saturday and the cold was all anyone could talk about - we are such wimps when it comes to cool weather!

It was nice to fire up the wood stove for a day!

Nothing like wood heat...right Wood?

Temp will be back in the low 70s tomorrow.

Hope you're all having a great Monday!

Pura vida!

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Thanks for cleaning the deck, Snow! We'll have to treat those turtles for all their hard work. Do they eat live fish? I used to feed my turtle snails.

Fairly uneventful weekend for me. Got some work done on Saturday and slept ALL DAY on Sunday. Ran my birthday 5k - The Awesome 80's Run - on Saturday morning. The bf ran it with me with his Halloween hangover, lol. I was impressed with his performance, all things considered!

Now I'm back at work! My bagels went bad over the weekend so I'm going to starve until lunch. C'est la vie! Have a great day, everyone!

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Wood... That would be AWESOME if you and Gloria could visit again!!! ( I know, I owe you a visit to your mountain ... That will happen someday, I promise... Just been too tied up this year trying to take care of the "house issues") if you do get to come, we'll have to dine at the White Horse Inn again... They have completely remodeled it (not quite as old fashioned and "quaint" but they did use a lot of local & historical materials for the remodel... It's supposed to reopen this month and everyone is pretty excited )

Yesterday started really cold here too... In the 20's ... But then warmed up & sunny... Today is supposed to be nice too (Nov. "Heat wave" in the 40's) so I'm going to head out for a hike as soon as I finish my morning coffee

Left a fresh pot if coffee by the deck's campfire... Should be nice and hot and ready for y'all when you get here... Choc
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Brrrrrr! Chilly morning here, but at least the wind settled down! Yesterday Glor and I went for a run and did less than a half mile before we decided to head back indoors! The wind was brutal! So did an aerobic program instead and then went on to the core work that my trainer is torturing me with!

Finally finished cleaning my shop as well. Now it's time to start making it dirty again! You girls have your way of being the dirty girls and I have my own way of being the dirty boy!

Snow - Safe trip today! I do hope that all goes well spoiling your baby. I do know that no matter how old our kids get, they are still indeed our babies!

Choc - Did I tell you that next years NOMAD meeting will be in Michigan? Just might pop in again!

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emoticon Turtles and I finished the deck clean up, pool, hot tub, tapas bar, back to normal and ready for the next event. emoticon What fun we had, a Halloween to be remembered!
We went to the San Jose Sharks ice hockey game last night- they won 3-1 which was exciting- I love the crowd there, so much power in the fans... so much fun!
Today we are off to our new stadium to watch the 49er football game... its sunny and beautiful - a perfect day to yell for our team and hope for yet another win! My friends always say the team wins when I go, so far I haven't disappointed anyone!

Heading up north Monday afternoon, not sure how long we will visit our son, we shall see. I am glad he asked if we could come up again so soon, sometimes it is so long between visits. He is on medical leave again and will be alone for a week while his DW takes a trip with her mother. I will check in on the deck from there Im sure. I have fantastic hiking destinations there, and will do a lot of yard work and house cleaning as well. Its time to spoil my "baby".

Ill try to check back later, have a nice November Sunday everyone!! ***SNOW*** emoticon

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I was up early this morning too, and then it turned out to be even EARLIER, when I realized the clocks had sprung backward! emoticon

We have a nice morning here too, Choc, the sky is clear blue, the sun is out, but the air is still a bit crisp, I'm enjoying a cup of mint tea.... emoticon I have plenty of mint (harvested from the yard last year) if anyone want to join me!

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Morning Wood... I agree, that witch's brew was REALLY potent! I've got some fresh coffee to share with you... Maybe it will help us adjust to this time change ... And I'll be happy to help with cleaning up the deck after our spooky Halloween party

REALLY cold here this morning... 25 degrees and ice on the dogs' water bucket (guess it's time to plug in the heated water dish for them) ... In spite of the cold though it's a REALLY BEAUTIFUL sunny morning with almost no wind, so as soon as I finish my coffee (and helping with the deck cleanup) I'm going to head out for a hike

Catch y'all later... Choc

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I have no idea what was in that witch's brew, but it seems to have all of us recovering rather slowly. Nobody around and the deck is still a mess. I guess I'll get started cleaning up and maybe somebody else will show up and give me a little help. This web stuff is really sticky. I'll get the power washer. Maybe I'll witch still has a little magic in her and could clean the tub and pool with just a wave of her wand?

Time change has me up a little early here today.

Good thing Halloween only happens once a year!



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emoticon The deck is a mess this morning! Cobwebs everywhere, empty cups and plates....boy those dead bats and witches brew sure did make a magical, mysterious mixture! I'll just try to sweep up, and tidy everything, without getting all caught up myself!

Great party! emoticon

Well, Maui and Snow, we got your rain now, I think I started hearing it pitter patter last night some time...and it's still coming down this morning, I'm sure our yard is happy! And I'm hoping the mountains will be white when they pop out of the clouds and darkness.

My scale has not been kind to me lately, probably too much cheese and chocolate, I'm going to cut those out for a bit and see what happens, now that my tummy issues have slowed down a lot, hopefully this food plan is doing the trick. I whipped up a bunch of low-FODMAP dishes yesterday and have a few more on the list for this weekend, including marinara to put on spaghetti squash and a ranch dressing. Both tricky when you can't use onions or garlic!

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This stuff isreally sticky and very strong! Sorry about the beard but I can't seemto pull away. Maui help us out!

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emoticon Oh geeze...... Woooooooood!! Now I"M tangle up and caught in her web too! This is quite precarious indeed, can you please try to get your foot out of my pocket!! and your beard is tickling my neck!! Maybe if we yell "help" loud enough someone will come save us.....
Music playing monster mash..... Kay is twirling round and round..... people seem to be slightly buzzed from that crazy punch you made!!

emoticon Good grief, now I have webbing in my hair! emoticon ***SNOW*** emoticon

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Uh, Maui! A little help please. I seem to be caught in your web!

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I think I have the dead rat recipe figured out! (great idea Choc!) Instead of the usual wrapping the pepper in bacon, I'll try 2 slices of sweet bologna, each piece sticking out beyond the pepper like wings! I think it'll work! Then grilled to a crisp of course.

I was going to trim my beard today but decided if I was going to be Grizzly Adams tonight I'd better leave it bushed out! Anybody want to be the bear? HeHe!

Snow! That is scary!!!!

No not you Snow! I'm not scared of you! (although maybe I should be) I'm talking about snow laying on the ground! Well you know what I mean!!!

Just supposed to be cold here with a little rain!

Ahhh! ....and now for some of that witch's brew! Careful, it just may put a spell on you!

"Bubble Bubble, toil and trouble!"

Now let's stir up some trouble in the hot tub! Pretend it's a cauldron.

Let's see where did I leave my broomstick!

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emoticon HAPPY HALLOWEEN everyone!! Its a really gloomy wintery day here (finally)!! I have the front lights on for the trick or treaters....porch is ready,DH and I will sit on the porch until the last of them come around.... got dinner casually cooking in the oven, thinking I might snuggle up to watch the drizzle and just relax.


On deck- well that's another story now isn't it?! Dead emoticon s..... really? Maybe if they are a little "less hot" than "rats" - Ill try one. Maui, a sweet Charlotte you will surely be! emoticon Let the fun begin! Im ready for some scary fun, crazy dancing and kereoke ... The Witch is In..... so remember boys and girls...... I'll be watching you closely, heh heh heh!! emoticon

Choc... so lucky to watch the snow and storms on this Halloween night, Im sorry it kept you inside, but then.... I think you like being cozy and warm while the freeze passes by... Im jealous tho in our perpetual land of summer.....

Wood, I don't know how you could have gained eating so healthy... but you have been on a bit of a streak lately, and that takes time to show up... Im with Kay, its probably water floating your boat (or bloat emoticon ) Also... remember, muscle weighs more than fat.... and your are adding the weight training now!

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Happy Halloween everyone!
I am behind with reading posts!!!! Sorry!

Dead bats! Tree house decorated! Snowing! Raining! Yes...its raining cats and dogs here in the bay area CA. Woohoo! Gutters gushing!

I had an unplanned trip to my son's on Wednesday (he is fine), but then went to a freinds' house an hour further away and stayed overnight! Fun!
Got home last night, and had to prepare for my new Thyroid doctor appointment.
It was today, went great! LOVE her already! More on that later.

Snow thinking of your friend. ((Hugs))

OK...back to Halloween... I am dressing up as Charlotte, the spider. I love her spirit...

Ebola with pipe cleaners...hahahaha...love it!

I'll check back a bit later...gotta catch up, make supper and get ready for trick or treators.



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Kay... Since it's Halloween maybe we should have "dead BATS" instead of dead rats at our spooky deck party!
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Stay warm Choc, the snow should certainly keep the ghosts and goblins away!

2 words Wood: Water Retention. Give it a day or 2 and I bet those pounds will be gone, and maybe a couple more as well! And yes, I remember what happens to Wile E, but on deck I imagine it would be like in the 'toons, and I'd just keep coming back for more!

Glad you explained the Ebola costume, SDL, I was wondering how he was going to pull that off too! Have fun at your party!

So are dead rats on the menu tonight? emoticon and maybe some witches brew? emoticon emoticon

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It's snowing here!
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Now THAT's scary! Happy Halloween!
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He just sent me a picture, actually! He safety pinned squiggled red pipe cleaners to a sweater, is wearing a trucker cap that says "I hate you", and a rat on top of his head. It's quite hysterical!

Looking forward to the party on deck tonight! I will try to make it, but I have a busy afternoon and then am heading straight to my party from work. So if you don't see me, have a spooktacular time! Looking forward to hearing all the stories tomorrow!

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Wood... With all that exercise, maybe your weight gain is due to more muscle?

Got in a 4 mile "hilly hike" yesterday :-)

No Halloween activity for me... I usually go into town to sit in a front porch & help my sis and her neighbor hand out candy but the weather here is going to be nasty... Rain mixed with snow, wind chills in the 20's... So I'm just going to stay home & stay warm! (Never get any trick or treaters out here... I live too far out in the country... All the little "ghosts and goblin" kiddos around here always head into town instead)

Have a happy & safe Halloween everyone!


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No objections Kay, but have you seen what happens to Wile E.? Are you sure you want that? Hmmm! It might be fun being chased by you though! I'll have to consider that.

....and SDL how does one dress up as ebola? ...and will everyone at the party get quarantined?

yesterday: ran (only a mile), biked 20 miles, did strength training at the gym, had a salmon burger for lunch and tilapia for super, no booze and no snacks and gained weight!!!!! What the *#^*!???????????? How does one do that?

At least when I gain over a weekend, I deserve it!

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My trainer had me doing single leg burpees....that was a first for me! Didn't think it was possible, but I did manage to eke them out.

I think I'll go as Wile E Coyote, if there are no objections! Anyone interested in being the Roadrunner? beep beep!

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I don't follow sports, but last night one of my students was saying that the past two Super Bowls that the Giants won, Taylor Swift had released a new album just prior. And apparently Taylor Swift just released a new album, so she was saying the Giants are going to win the Super Bowl again, lol.

Halloween costumes.... I haven't dressed up for Halloween in YEARS. In fact, I'm pretty sure the last time I dressed up was about 6 years ago and I was goth cheerleader. This year my bf and I are doing couples costumes. He's going as ebola and I'm going as Nina Pham, the nurse who contracted ebola from her patient and got to hug President Obama.

Anyway, have a great day, everyone!

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Snow - Why of course you're humble. Well at least as humble as we could expect from someone who dresses in leopard! That takes a lot of self-confidence!

Thinking of being "Grizzly Adams" for our Halloween party. What do you think?

Cool on the coyote sighting Kay. I occasionally run into them here in PA. I enjoy their presence but that's not a sentiment of a lot of hunters. Coyotes get a worse rap then they deserve.

Got the day to myself, but I need to get started. Probably start with the gym, then bike ride, then woodshop. Okay, plan in place. Now action.

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This is where I come for my sports updates....Guess the Giants took it all? emoticon to them!

Meeting w/ my trainer today, we skipped last week as he was off in southern Utah. It will be good to get back to it. I've been doing a new program, and it's short workouts, (supposed to be less than 10 minutes each, but they have been taking me around 12 to do the exercises, plus another 10-15 for the warm-up and foam rolling afterward). I feel like I've lost a little of my weight lifting mojo....but I can get it back, the program ramps up in the 5th week, but maybe I'll skip ahead?

Work has been a bit on the nutty side again, we're getting praise as a department from the corporate folks which is nice to hear, and then my last coder gave notice on Monday....I'm hoping we'll find someone to replace her quickly as I can't do it all myself! emoticon And our CFO "no longer works for the company" we also heard on Monday...crazy business.

So trying to not worry...maybe think about more fun stuff, like costumes! Leopard witch, Snow? Sounds fun! Maybe I'll just throw on a sheet and be a ghost.... emoticon

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emoticon GIANTS!!! Ill try to stay humble and just say Im happy for them that they won, quite a game I agree! Im glad you like the huge screen for watching special events on the deck Mary, positioning it for hot tub use was Wood's idea.... just sayin'.... emoticon

Ah, Im up at 1:30 am for some reason, straightened up the kitchen and found my way to the pc and toodling around the deck, fine tuning my spooktacular emoticon attractions and fun for us on Halloween..... and what are we coming dressed up as??

Im still trying to figure out if my leopard witch emoticon outfit will come together in time.....I do have a one piece leopard outfit if Im feelin' feline...... hmmmmmm, not sure.

Back to bed, see you for java in the morning......***SNOW*** emoticon

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Let's go Giants! My sil lives in the Mission so we always pull for the Giants...cheering especially hard this year because I've met "y'all"! Good thing Snow mounted that giant screen so we can cheer while enjoying the hot tub! 2 more innings....great game!

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emoticon to your friend, Snow, and emoticon emoticon emoticon to you too!

Saw a coyote on the way home today, made up for the lackluster sunrise....just not enough clouds this morning, and I wasn't in the right place at the right time I guess. He (or she?) was hanging out in the rushes and cattails, probably looking for a pre-dinner snack? I wouldn't have seen him except there was a woman taking pictures on her phone, and she pointed him out to me. I had seen some tailless rodents around there about a week ago (moles? maybe?) so I imagine he's feasting on those?



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On a separate note here, I wish to thank you caring folks for your ideas on "bald" being beautiful in its own right. I know that those sentiments and wise comments will help me be the perfect friend to this woman I esteem greatly. It is she who was prioritizing her hair loss problem, but I think after the set back of a pulmonary embolism that has hospitalized her earlier than planned, thrown off the surgery and upped Chemo to having it begin today or tomorrow- well, I detect she just wants to get on with this battle...the hair doesn't seem to be the focus, altho its still important to have some scarves, a wig and a hat..... Im sure its a normal reaction...and you have given me some strong and positive words and thoughts to help fill in the gaps at this scary point in her life. This is a great woman, wife and an awesome mother .... she can feel your support through me. Thank you. ***Jill*** emoticon

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emoticon "The Witch is in!" Decorating is nearly completed, I don't know about you Maui, but my arms and shoulders are feeling it today from all the reaching, hanging up stuff and I hope that ghoulish creature that is sound activated stops running after me!... well I'll quit!! It freaks me out!! I must say... things are looking very Halloweenish on the deck.... now who's going to help out with some strange and wonderful scary food concoctions? Wood- Ill assign you to the beverage department to think of some bewitching cocktails! What are people thinking of dressing up as this year on the deck?

I hope Halloween will bring E V E R Y O N E out to say some frightening scary greetings to us all!! Hey Brenda! Hey Aster! Hey Tar! Hey Dan! Hey DC! Hey Kelly!! Hey Leilani! Hey to all you Outdoor People that we love so much...... Trick or Treat!!! emoticon

Oh... and lets not forget our Turtles emoticon emoticon emoticon ....... I see that they are tippie toeing over to the lookout stairs trying to figure out if that ghost is "real" or not..... turtles are funny when they become curious!! So where is our Southern sweetheart, Slimmer???? Yoooo Hooooo.......

Have a wonderful Wednesday, hope you had a killer sunrise today Kay!! And Maui- don't you just hope our little baby deer is ok today? I bet she is!

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Edited by: SNOWSNAKE at: 10/29/2014 (12:12)
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