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5/21/18 11:01 A

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Hi Tina,

I'm really sorry to hear that your latest AT hike went badly. Geez, that trail does seem to have it in for you. I'm glad you weren't hiking alone...yikes! I hope you're feeling better now...you know, except for being PO'd that the trail bit you.
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Do you have any other fun plans for the summer?

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5/16/18 2:12 P

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Hey all,
Just letting you know that I am back from the trail after eight days. I had an incident that gave me a concussion, and I came home to recover. I was hiking along a very steep area (straight down on my right at the edge of the trail), and I tripped on a root. Todd was behind me and he said I went down on my knees hard, then fell forward and hit my chin on a large root. I landed in a way where my right leg and arm were hanging over the drop-off, and he quickly ran over and grabbed my pack so I would not go over the edge. He said I was not aware of what was going on and was very disoriented. I even said, "Get off my knee!" and he wasn't even near my knee! All we can figure is that I had a sharp pain in my knee from falling. Anyway, he got me to roll to my left, and back up onto the trail, and he helped me to my feet. I was pretty unsteady for the rest of the day, and my vision was not good, but we needed to get to the next shelter. The next morning we had to hike another 6.2 miles to get to a hostel on a road where my folks could pick us up. Mom said I wasn't allowed to go back on the trail because it is trying to kill me! Right now I don't have a plan to return in the near future.

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5/6/18 3:26 P

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Hi All, I too got sidetracked a bit here.

Tina, I'm happy to hear your mom is doing better, and I hope she can put some weight on. Also happy to hear that you've been getting out and having some fun.

Michela, I hope things are going well for you too. I'm happy it's finally warming up!

I'm on the mend...again. I ended up needing back surgery to (hopefully) resolve the sciatica issue. I'm still healing, and on the original nerve pain meds, so I can't actually tell if it has done a good job yet. My right foot is still partially numb, but some of the strength has returned...so it did SOME good at least. Hoping for a return to "normal."

We've had a few really warm days, which of course caused me to open the pool. :-) It's too cold to swim in yet, but it sure looks better than the winter cover! Makes it feel a little bit more like summer.

And I saw what I thought was a gray fox this morning...and managed to get a photo of him/her. As it turns out, it was a bobcat. How very cool! My photo's are grainy and crappy, but good enough to zoom in and see his markings.

So, that's all I've been up to. Healing, and wishing I could DO something besides walk and sit on ice. emoticon

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4/24/18 7:11 P

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Hey y'all! I've been away a little bit. This past long weekend (Thurs-Sun) I was in St Louis, Missouri for a bonsai conference. I was a bit disappointed that there were not more bonsai trees there, but the seminars were pretty awesome and I learned some good stuff! I went with a gal from the local bonsai club I belong to. She and I have become pretty good friends. We had a good time.

This coming long weekend I will be in the Kalamazoo, Michigan area for a training session with a government team I am on. Seems like I am on the go a lot!! And, it's just been tons of driving!

When I get back from MI, we will get our stuff together to head back out on the Appalachian Trail. Can't wait!

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3/19/18 11:06 A

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Tina it was warming up but this past weekend it got really freaking cold again! What gives?
We should be back to up by Wednesday but still not warm enough to feel like spring is here this week. It's been a really hard winter with lots of snow, I can send you some.

Hope you all have a great week!

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3/16/18 8:57 P

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Hi Michela. Hope it is warming up a little up there in Canada! We had 72 degrees F today! Got some leaves cleaned up in the back yard, helped an elderly neighbor lady dig up and move lots of plants, and messed with my bonsais a bit. I'm loving this warm weather while I can. It's supposed to go down in the low 50's for a while this week. We did have a little bit of fluffy snow coming down a few days ago. Not enough to stick, but I enjoyed seeing it come floating down!

Hope everyone else is doing well, keeping busy, and all that!

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3/16/18 9:45 A

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Dropping in to say hi to you all! Hope you are all doing well!
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3/1/18 12:48 P

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Tina, sounds like a fun time with family! Good news that your mom is good, wow 100 lbs is light.Hope she put on a couple more now that she is feeling better.

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2/28/18 4:17 P

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I just got back from a week in Texas with Todd, we were visiting his siblings. One of his sisters lives there and she invited all the sibs to come and spend time together. Just got back last night and have been doing laundry and grocery shopping and stuff today. The rest of this week and the weekend are going to be hectic, too.

Mom is doing okay. She is down to 100 pounds, which is too light. There just aren't many things she can eat much of on a kidney diet.

I'm liking that it's warming up a little. My bonsai are all starting to bud and this is the time of year I get to do a bunch of work on them. Yay!

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2/28/18 12:05 P

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Where is everyone? It's time to come out of hibernation!
Hope you are all doing well. Weather is getting warmer here but anything could happen in March! Keeping fingers crossed. emoticon emoticon



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2/16/18 9:38 A

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Tina, that is good news on your mom. So relieved that she is better. emoticon

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2/16/18 9:11 A

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Hi all. Life has been hectic lately, so sorry I didn't give an update right away. Mom is doing better. The doctor said she was seriously over hydrated (which was obvious, she was puffed up so bad she couldn't even get her clothes on! When she went into the hospital she weighed 102 lbs and when they discharged her she weighed 115 lbs! And she didn't even eat anything!) so they gave her water pills which helped get rid of the water. So, now she looks like herself. She still has a couple more doctor appointments to make sure her lungs and kidneys are ok. Her bowels are working correctly again.

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2/15/18 1:05 P

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Hope you all had a nice V-Day.
T had to work last night so we will be going out on Saturday. I don't really like going out for V-Day but since its will be after the fact it might not be so bad and T had already reserved so....

Tina hope your mom is better.

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2/8/18 12:06 P

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Tina, I am surprised that they let her go if she hasn't had a bowel movement. I hope that has changed since your post yesterday. But if she has a blockage it could be dangerous.
Hospital care these days is a sad and scary thing. I am praying that she will get better real soon. Please let us know how Friday's appt goes. I'll be thinking of you. emoticon

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2/7/18 6:05 P

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Hey all, sorry I haven't left any updates. I have been spending all my time at the hospital with Mom. They finally (I think) got her bowel issue straightened out (I hope). She still hasn't had a bowel movement, but they seem to think everything there is okay. They sent her home today, but I am very concerned, as she looked very gray, was not breathing well, and was extremely swollen all over. They said her lymph nodes around her lungs are swollen, and she has an appointment on Friday with a lung doctor. Geez. This really sucks. I didn't feel she got good care at the hospital while she was there, either. She was there for five days...they never offered to bathe her, did not ever give her a clean gown, and when she rang for the nurse it took 45 to 60 minutes for anyone to show up! I ended up bathing her, brushing her hair, taking her for walks in the hall, etc. There's lots more, but i'm too exhausted to write it all.

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. She could still use them a little longer! Thanks!

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2/7/18 9:38 A

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Beth, I felt the same. At the end of Sunday's episode I turned to T as said "Ok that's wasn't so bad". I think the built up to it suppose to being a soul crushing episode prepared us for the worst. What did you think of them going into the future? Like it's enough to keep the past and present clear but now they threw in another element. emoticon

Last night's episode was pretty sad though. emoticon

Tina, thinking of you and your mom. emoticon


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2/6/18 9:25 P

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Tina, I hope your mom is doing better! emoticon

Michela, the "This Is Us" episode was only surprising in that it wasn't as tear jerking as anticipated. I was NOT surprised that that the "end" was not...um..."directly" related to the cause. But it was also not as dramatic as I had anticipated. (Wow, difficult to comment on without giving away anything.)

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2/5/18 12:03 P

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Tina, hope your mom is doing better, thinking of you doll.

Beth, so what did you think of This is us last night? I was not surprised by the twist of events. Its par for the course with this show. But man oh man it's so freaking good.
Stayed up way past my bedtime to watch it.

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2/3/18 3:54 P

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Tina so sorry about your mom. I'll be
Sending positives thoughts and prayers emoticon

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2/3/18 11:50 A

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Hey all, just home long enough to have something to eat and pick up a few things. Heading back to the hospital. My mom was admitted last night, she's very sick. Don't know what's going on yet, but might be a twisted bowel. I'll check in later when I know more.

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1/30/18 10:57 A

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Beth, we have to suckers for punishment looking forward to have our souls crushed on Sunday's episode.
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1/29/18 3:08 P

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Michela, I think many of those dogs look forward to pulling a sled. I'm thinking the ones in front are probably the happiest.
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We got hooked on that show very quickly. Tina, I think the best explanation I could give to what that show is about is..."life." It's mainly about one family, but some scenes are filmed to show the past, and some the present. (Which confused the heck out of my HEU when we first started watching it...until I explained that the babies/kids were the same people as the adults from the previous scene.)

That might sound confusing, but it works.

Michela, I'm guessing Sunday is going to be a rough one. emoticon

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1/29/18 2:12 P

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Thanks dolls it was a great time.

Beth, at first I was concerned about the dogs but it seems that they are well taken care. They were all so sweet.
We also have ice everywhere. We had a nice warm day yesterday so we got some thaw but all froze overnight again. It's a long, cold and snowy winter this year and I am also eager for spring.

Yes we are hooked on that show. OMG what a tear jerker it is and Sunday's episode is going to rip us apart.

Tina you must start watching it from the beginning.

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1/26/18 9:26 P

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Michela, so glad you had a great time on your vacation! Sounds like it was lots of fun!

Beth, I never saw that show. What's it about?

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Hi Michela,

Dog sledding sounds like a heck of a lot of fun...I'm glad you enjoyed it. From what I understand, the dogs very much enjoy it (otherwise, I'd think it was a mean thing to do to the dogs, but since they seem to like it...then it's fun for all.)

I'm glad you tried the outdoor hot tub. Mine was outside also - when I had one...and once you're heated up, if it's a short trip to the inside, it really isn't bad. I used that hot tub all year long. Boy I miss that thing!

Great that you caught the nice weather days too...excellent timing!

Right now I'm looking forward to the two days of "not freezing" temperatures...hoping it melts the ice on the driveway. Right now, we need micro-spikes to take the trash out. (500 ft driveway, over a stream that we aren't allowed to use salt on. Yep, we be a slippery frozen mess right now.)

I am SO looking forward to spring. I'm sure I'm not alone there.

So, change of subject...do any of you folks watch "This Is Us?"

-Beth
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1/18/18 11:51 A

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

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1/18/18 11:35 A

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Hello everyone,

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

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

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

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






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1/16/18 3:24 P

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*Tap Tap Tap*

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Wishing you all a Happy New Year's Eve!

Cheers!
-Beth

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12/28/17 6:53 P

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beth also hope you had a nice Christmas.

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



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Hy everybody, hope everybody had a Merry Christmas.

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

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

Yours Sincerely,
One too many

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TGIF !!!! Doing the happy dance! emoticon

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

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

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

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

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



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

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HE: Can I buy you a drink?
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Michela, I think cornish hens would be an awesome way to go. Excellent idea!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope you all have a fantastic week!



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

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

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

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

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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



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

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

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

Xoxoxo

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Night All


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

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



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11/6/17 7:16 P

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

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

Hope you all are doing great!

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10/30/17 1:55 P

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

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10/30/17 11:31 A

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

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



Edited by: MICHELAR at: 12/4/2017 (11:31)
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Beth, I hope your disk decides to break off soon and get you pain free!

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

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Hello all,

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

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

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

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

Thanks for sharing the pictures, really nice transformation!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#14 - I thought growing old would take longer.

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

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








































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

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

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

�Energy and persistence conquer all things.�

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



WE ALL GET OLD IN THE END...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams.

Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.


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