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8/19/09 2:57 P

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Hmmm.. sounds like we may be seeing you on stage with one of those huge headdresses on, scampering down a stairway,,
when I was in Vegas in the 70's that was a topless show!! Be careful Val!!

With all your traveling expertise, you could be a tour guide!! HOw about a Hoover DAMsel???



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8/15/09 4:15 P

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Well dh just told me that I ought to find a job this Fall to support our house in Las Vegas so I'm going to make the most of my last two months of freedom :)

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Val, No I am in bed at 8, rise at 4 a.m., so I was seeing stars behind my eyelids at that time..
I have seen them before though,, HIS wonders,, we have a planetarium here,so I also go there for shows.. love it!!

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8/14/09 2:34 P

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Lin did you see the meteor shower a couple of nights ago? They were in the sky too late for me (midnight) and the sky was overcast anyway. But they showed some video clips on the news and they looked beautiful.
I used to love to watch the stars when I was in Santa Fe.

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8/14/09 9:26 A

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I wanna visit you both,, sausages AND beaches!! I live surrounded by the Great Lakes, so we always have access to that, but have worked since I was 10 years old,, I will be 57 in January,, so not much time to enjoy them,, I do agree about those Caribbean beaches though,, the whitest, finest of hem all that I was to(7) was Grenada!!
Another August goal I had was to check on my tires,, I knew last spring that I would need some new ones this fall, so I was up at 5, showered and did three loads of laundry, got hem on the clothesline, went a couple blocks away,,
THe price of rubber sure went up since I last purchased!! Even with my AAA discount, two tires cost over double, almost triple, what four cost on my older cars!! WOW!!

Gotta have them though,, I feel safer though,, nice fresh Michelin's..]

okay, I am headed off to get that massage, then come home and loll in the a/c, then drive north 55 miles to a friends for a fish fry and a bonfire, stargazing,They live out in the farm land on hills, so there are billions to gaze at!!


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Val ... I so understand what you mean about "real" sand and water beaches. I spent my teen years in So. Calif and a couple years stationed in Hawaii in my twenties. The beaches there were beautiful. Now I live in land locked North Dakota where we have lakes but no "real" beaches.

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Terrie, I had sausages for dinner last night. Cooked in OXO gravy with new potatoes. It was real comfort food :) They do make lovely sausages here. Yesterday was a real summer day and the folks were down on the beach in force. It was like looking at the 1960s again--old fashioned ice cream and candy stands and "real" sand and water. What I mean is that when I was young we used to go to Plattsburgh Beach in New York for a special Saturday treat from Montreal. We didn't have any swimmable beaches in Montreal. It was a typical lake beach, dark, muddy sand and the water was a kind of brown--like the beach here. Later, when I got spoiled by going to "fancy" beaches in the Caribbean and Hawaii with white beaches and turquoise water I'll admit I looked back at that beach and wondered how we enjoyed it. What a snob I was!! I thoroughly enjoyed the beach yesterday and especially watching the small children with their pails and spades digging away and laughing as the water tickled their toes.

Bravo for finding such joy in retirement to TERRIE. Once I have finished this writing odyssey (my blog is valretire.blogspot.com if anyone is interested) and return to the U.S. I will be volunteering my time again.

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8/10/09 4:22 P

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Lin ... I've always wanted to try one of those hot stone massages. They sound absolutely dreamy!

I worked my whole adult life until last December. I left my position at the police department to have a chance to reengage with family and friends ... nearly four years of the 3 - 11P shift sucked the life out of me! Now that I'm not working for a pay check I'm a "professional volunteer". I give most of my time to the Red Cross, working in their Service to Armed Forces department. I verify emergencies and up channel the information to the service member's command so the command can make an informed decision about sending the service member home on emergency leave. I also give some time to the Disaster Response Team and some time to the Call Center. When I'm not volunteering at the Red Cross I give time to the Boy Scouts. I've returned to being a merit badge counselor for the troop my son and I have been active in since 2001. He transitioned from Scout to Adult Leader (he's an Assistant Scoutmaster now) when he turned 18. I'm also a unit commissioner for one Boy Scout Troop and one Cub Scout Pack. During the school year I teach Junior Achievement at the elementary schools in our area for the Chamber of Commerce. Believe me, there is plenty you can find to do to occupy your time when you aren't working for a pay check. And to be perfectly honest, sometimes it's nicer to work for appreciation than for pay.

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Terriejo,, yesterday it wa s91, today it is 81 and sitll high humidity,, I just got out of the pool and showered, so will stay indoors with the a/c on,,
the rest of the week is supposed to be in the 70's, sunny,,
My August goal was to get a hot stone massage and take some more time off work,, I am doing both..
I took this Fri and Mon off, and the the last Monday this month, I do not work weekends, so that will give me some time to enjoy my time and get some things done,,
I also have an appointment for a hot stone massage Friday morning at the beauty school..

what does one do all day when they do not work?? I have never ever just not worked or done anything,,,
I planned nothing else except the above,, I feel so naughty, playing hooky.. I hope they have my roof finished by the end of next weekend...


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Greetings All ...

Sounds like you're having great fun in the UK. Did I mention that I liven in England for three years? My son was born there. Hearing about your adventures is a walk down memory lane.

We had a Brit washer and dryer when we were there. They were very small and the cycles ran forever. I can see why many people choose to hang their clothes on the line ... you can dry a complete set of sheets at once and they actually dry faster ... unless it's raining.

I love the breakfast sausage over there. It has a completely different taste and consistency than the sausage over here. I can almost taste it right now just from thinking about it.

Enjoy the rest of your trip.

Lin ... sorry to hear the heat and humidity are making life so miserable. I don't envy you the humidity but sure could use a little warmth. It doesn't feel like we've had a summer around here. The temps have consistently been about 20 degrees below the average for this time of year. It should be in the eighties and it's been in the sixties. We've had rain for the last four days. I have my fingers crossed that summer will arrive before we go camping next weekend. Camping in the cold and rain isn't a lot of fun, even when you're in a motor home. We'll be with three other families and we like to do a lot of stuff together. Motor homes aren't designed to fit eight adults around a card table, and when we aren't playing cards there are a lot of games we like to play that have to be played outside.

LaNeita ... I hope you are enjoying your summer. Does your school go year round, or do you have the summer off?

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Val, I guess they do not all have the space for a dryer, or it is just learned,,, I have six long, long clotheslines, and use them all the time for everything, except in this humidity,, it would take a month to dry at this rate!!

I guess if you were careful not to purchase your neighbor's clothes, a resale shop is the way to go.

What little adventures do you have on a daily basis?? Language(accents), customs,etc.. '
DId you know that when they say,"I will knock you up, it means they will call you???
A "rubber" there, means something diferent than here,, ask anybody!! I htink it is so much fun to learn different customs and word meanings!!

What different foods have you eaten?


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Oh ugh Linda on the humidity!! I wish I could spirit you over here. We don't have a dryer at Sheila's. That's the odd thing about the Brits. They have small fridges and bigger freezer sections and most homes don't have dryers, they hang their wash out on the line even though it rains 85% of the time. It just doesn't seem to bother them.

My friend is a terrific recycler and her little village recycles almost everything. There are more charity (i.e., secondhand) shops in the High Street than there are regular shops.

She laughs at me, saying that I come from a very dry climate where clothes would dry on the line in no time and I have a dryer. Too true but we live in a community with covenants against washing lines. When you think about it, it's really too bad.

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Gosh, as I sit here in my 85% humidity, listening to the dishwasher, washer, dryer going, hauling my recycling out to the garage, stripping my beds and remaking them, filling the sumpster int he driveway and firing up the chainsw and wed whacker, I feel so sorry for youVal!! It must be so rough trying to sort out all that once-in-a-lifetime foods to eat!! You are in my prayers for all that suffering.

WHen I read about the hiking, my eyes popped; my asthma and arthritis is running rampant in this weather,, supposed to get over two inches of rain in the next 24 hours.. I cannot bend any joint,, normally that would be heaven for me to schlepp up and down all that beautiful terrain, but not now..

you enjoy for all of us, okay? Linda

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Well at times I wasn't skipping through the heather, I was CRAWLING through the heather. That was when I lost my track (trail in the US) and ended up on the side of hills and such. But it was like that old son "Hello muddah, hello faddah, here I am at Camp Granada...." I have a blog at http://valretire.blogspot.com and hope to update it over the next few days with my adventure in Scotland. I had updated it up to about two weeks ago with my bike rides in England and such.

Okay but now down to brass tacks. When I stepped on the scale yesterday morning, it registered 128.8! Agh, I had been sticking at 124 before I left. What happened? I was burning about 1000 calories a day on that hike. So what happened? Well, I don't know for sure but maybe part of it was extra muscle. But, too, part of it was probably that I was EATING about 3000 calories a day, easy. Scottish breakfasts of porridge, pieces of thick toast, bacon, fried tomatoes and mushrooms, eggs.... And then sandwiches for lunch on the trail with a piece of cake (the Scots are THE best bakers in terms of cakes, the French are good at fancy pastry but the Scots are. . .well, never mind, this is supposed to be a weight loss site) and then a HUGE dinner with dessert. Yep, I just let it all go.

But now I am back at my friend's in England and apart from walking the dogs for half an hour a day and a half hour session with Leslie Sansone, I won't be mega calorie burning and, besides, I was gaining weight anyway. So I am following the Flat Belly Diet in Prevention magazine last month (two months ago?). Olives, nuts and seeds, oils and dark chocolate. My kind of diet but I am eating according to the four meals per day. This morning I weighed 127.4.

It's easy to follow the plan because my friend is away for the weekend. It will be more of a real challenge when she gets back and suggests eating at the Chinese or Indian restaurants in town or, worse, the fish n chip shop!!

Perils of Val!

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8/7/09 3:35 P

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speak for yourself Pickie.... ha ha I don't want any more calories. She can however leave them at the curb.

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We sure do miss your posts and sharing!! I am glad that you are compensating for the food, BUT how often do you get to skip through the heather over there???
Tip a pint for me, and relax, soak it all in and leave the calories with us!!

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Yep, vacations will do you in. I am glad you are having a good time.

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Sorry I am late posting this topic. I've been in the West Highlands of Scotland without access to a computer. But I am back in England and my friend now has wireless activated in her house so I can use my laptop. Yay!! I had a great trip in Scotland; walked an average of 10 miles for 6 consecutive days. But I also ate enormous quantities of food so I am not looking forward to weighing myself this Sunday.

Goals for August:
Stay below at or below 125 pounds.
Exercise at least 5x per week for at least 45 minutes.
Spend less money--hard to do over here!
Update my blog and keep it updated.

How is everyone else doing?

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