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Liz, it is good to hear from you. I do see posts on Facebook occasionally but I haven't really kept up with what was going on with you, although I was aware that you had been having some issues. I hope you can get some answers soon. In the meantime, just do the best you can and hang in there. Congrats to Becky!

I went to a TOPS group in Florida over the winter. I thought about joining that group but since I am not a Florida resident I didn't really feel quite right about doing that. I went mostly as a way to possibly meet some new people down there. I had thought about transferring to the group in Bellows Falls after our chapter disbanded last summer, but I never got around to it. Some weeks I would have been working too late to go to the meetings anyway, but I didn't really have a lot of enthusiasm for TOPS either. My membership was going to expire in May so I had to join a chapter in order to renew my membership if I wanted to go back to the group in Florida in the winter, so I joined the BF group. I have gone to most of the meetings so far but I am not going tonight. I worked today but I am out now so I could have made it, but I opted not to. For one thing, my feet are tired and I just wanted to come home and relax. For another, I would have had a big gain tonight - not from what I have eaten but from my recent work schedule and its effect on me. I often don't walk (and if I do I walk less) on the days that I work and I also find that being on my feet for 8 hours a day, but mostly standing in one place, does a job on my feet and legs. Even with the compression hose they swell, so I am usually up at least a couple of pounds at the end of the day. Once I have a couple of days off and can walk again I usually get rid of the excess. Today was the 5th day in a row that I have worked and I only walked one or two of those days (I went in late so I did a short walk in the morning) and I am up about 3 pounds from my last weigh-in. Before the stretch of work days I was actually down a bit so I am fairly certain this is just temporary.

I hope anyone else who is still active enough to see this message is doing well. I miss my VT TOPS friends but I am not likely to go to Fall Rally. It will be very busy at work around that time so I am sure I will be needed to work every weekend (I usually do now).

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Cheryl, I am sorry to hear your news. I too am still struggling. Don't seem to get the answers I need to help with this weight gain. I gained 30# in 6 months, so we stopped the chemo this month, thinking that was contributing to it. I sure has contributed to depression and depleted immune system.

I have taken the summer off from TOPS....mainly I do not want to contribute my weight gains to the summer contest. The other girls are doing well. Becky Green reached her KOPS status again. You are all having the same issue as we are....no one wants to volunteer anymore, and I am trying to fight my own battles.

Nice to stop in here and say hi anyway.

Thinking of you all.

Hugs, Liz Fournier

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Cheryl, nice to hear from you. I was just thinking about you last night and wondering if I would see you at Rally this year. I do think your hip surgery was another 'mistake' like mine was. My surgeon swore he measured correctly but the x-rays don't lie. It is definitely over a half inch longer than the other one now. So I wear built up orthotics and wait until my hip needs replacing. I hope they can even things out then. Wearing sandals is not easy as my orthotic doesn't fit in there, so the 'patchwork' layers I can fit into it will have to do. Can't wear them for long, though, as they are not exact and it causes pain. Such is life, I guess. At least I can walk in my sneakers and will continue to try to do that.

I agree that things have changed in TOPS. Apart from many members 'aging out', the spark is not there. We had talked of disbanding as no one would step forward to be leader (ours moved) but fortunately our treasurer agreed, and she's working out fine. I do find that fewer people want to do anything anymore, which is evidence by the fact that I am the only one going to Rally this year. Even being an hour away didn't convince some to go. Some have never been to an event outside of regular meetings and probably never will.

We have had some new members this year, which is nice. They liven up the meetings, at least. I'm hoping some will step up to officer positions next year. I have told them this is my last year as Co-leader. Too hard being gone half the year, and besides, I've been an officer most of the 20 years I've been in TOPS. Time for someone else to do the work.

My hubby I are plugging away at clearing out the house and (mostly) the garages. He has taken 2 trailer loads of scrap metal to the recycle place where he has received several hundred dollars each time (we are talking nearly 4 tons of it so far). He's not done yet, but he's made progress, at least. The problem is, he still wants to 'save' or keep so much of it for 'future' use....I know he'll end up paying for storage somewhere when we sell the house next year, so maybe that will motivate him to get rid of more of it sooner rather than later. We shall see.

Post when you can, Cheryl. Bev and I only post on the exercise thread now; we both hope things improve for you and the grandson. She's right, you've been through enough!

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Cheryl I am sorry to hear you are still having issues with your hip and also that the little guy had to resume treatment for cancer. That is never a good thing, but especially in someone so young. I hope the latest treatment takes care of it for good, but unfortunately that is not always the case. He and his family (including you) have been through too much already.

I'm just plugging along, working part-time and trying to keep reasonably busy on my days off. I have done a lot of crocheting and hope to donate a few lap-sized afghans to the cancer clinic that Rodney first went to for patients to take home if they want one. I sent an e-mail to the nurse practitioner there to see if they would be interested in taking them, but I haven't heard back from her yet. I seem to recall from when he was a patient there that she doesn't check e-mail often so I might have to make a trip up there.

Our TOPS chapter in Chester recently disbanded due to not having people willing or able to hold the officer positions. I hadn't been a member for a while but I went back in May (as a new member because it had been over a year since my membership expired). I have not decided if I will transfer to Bellows Falls or not. I think our only KOPS either did or will transfer to there and one other member who joined shortly before I went back said she might transfer to Springfield but I think the rest do not plan to transfer. I think the general consensus is that TOPS is not the organization it used to be and that Judy P has taken the fun out of participating in Fall Rally or SRD so there was not a lot of interest in continuing to be members. I think the only reason a group of them went to SRD this year was because the chapter had a couple of division winners.

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Good morning, all. It has been quite a while since I was on here but the battle is still the same, I wish there was a magic switch I could hit to get me back on track!

It has been quite a summer for us. We celebrated our 40th anniversary in July with a week at a beautiful house in York, Maine. Most of the family was able to be there with us. Our second son and his family were not able to be there since our grandson had to resume treatment for cancer. This time, there was just one lesion in his femur but the doctors decided that he should be in a cast to prevent breaking that leg.. So, poor Alex was in a cast that covered his whole leg and wrapped around his hips. He just had the cast removed this week. What a way to spend the summer!

Carol, I hope you can get some relief from the problems with your hip. I am convinced that the doctor who did mine will never get near me again. My hip is only four years old and I think it will not last much longer. It definitely has compromised my ability to get around.

Have a great day!

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7/4/18 7:48 A

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My niece's family are renting a camp at Harvey's Lake this week and have invited us to a cook-out there today. Hubby is fighting a cold and may decide not to go, but I will go without him, I guess. I've already made my salad and will make some cupcakes to take as well.

Hope you can stay cool today. It is much nicer out this morning, I know that.

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7/4/18 7:31 A

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Happy 4th to you too! Are you doing anything special? I thought about trying to find something to do, but the thought of going to any of the events alone just didn't appeal to me, so I guess it will be just another day for me.

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Happy Fourth of July to all my TOPS friends!

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Morning, ladies,

Congrats on the loss, Bev. I lost 1.2 and our chapter had a good net loss, too. Low attendance during the summer can have positive and negative affects sometimes, but it's nice to see the new people doing well.

I don't post on this thread too often either, but I'm not on FB so I can't say that's why. Just out of the habit, I guess.

Cheryl, I know how discouraged you must be with all that is going on with your hip. I have had the worst year ever because of my situation but I will not give up. The weight is slowly coming off so that I'm looking to be back at goal within a couple of months. Maybe less, if I can be more consistent, and with me, that is the key.

Well, hubby is finally up, so I guess I'd better see what his plan is for the day.

Happy Friday to all!

Carol

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6/7/18 8:01 P

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Nobody is on here much these days, but I find the same thing with another team I am still a part of. Neither one was ever a very large group, but there were a core group of a dozen or so in that group and now there are only two of us who ever post. I can't speak for anyone else, but I spend a lot more time on Facebook than I do I SparkPeople. Some people probably like a lot of the changes that were made on here, but for me I wasn't finding it as user friendly as it used to be so I stopped even bothering to log in other than to post occasionally. Some day I might give it another try.

Good luck with getting back on track Cheryl. I have only been back to TOPS for three meetings. Last week I gained .2 so I told them they were probably not going to be happy to have me back. Tonight I did much better and lost 1.8. I think last week I was retaining fluid on weigh-in day because a couple of days before I had been down.

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Seems like I never find time to go on here anymore. Iím glad to see that some of you are still hanging out.

With garden planting and general day-to-day events, Iím keeping busy. Not enough though to make a difference at the scales. I am struggling so much ! I just canít get back on track.

Iím going to make a better effoert to check in more often. Maybe that will keep me more focused. Hope you are all doing better than i am.

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My goodness here it is June already. A beautiful day so far. Was pleasant to walk outside for a bit. Have positive attitude makes us all appreciate what we do have. Fond memories as well.
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5/20/18 5:18 P

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It was damp and rainy here all day yesterday and today was the same - at least this morning. I went to a birthday celebration for my father-in-law today and it did finally clear off before I left there and it is partly sunny here now too, but I have no idea how long it took for the rain to stop. I finally got the last of my dressers moved up to my new house yesterday before the rain started, so now I have to put away a few things that I plan to store in them. I am getting close to having things pretty well organized. I am still waiting for Ed to have time to put up some shelves for me and to build the railings on my deck and steps, but he had a project at his own house that needed to be his priority this weekend. His porches were horribly cluttered and their insurance company wanted them cleaned off and he also needs to put a railing on his steps (Rodney had started it but never finished it). They were given plenty of time to get it done, but between the loss of Rodney and then her dad and him helping me out (and probably a bit of laziness thrown in as well) they hadn't even started on it, but they got a request from the company at the end of last week looking for new photos of the house with the porches cleaned off. I helped them for a few hours yesterday and we made a lot of progress but there is still more to do. Hopefully they get it done in the next few days and then we can tackle my railings.

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Damp, rainy day here in the Northeast Kingdom. We do need it tho but please don't want every day. Going through more cookbooks, etc when I get back home later today.
I purchased a rec box awhile ago so am looking forward to putting new rec in it.
I also have been trying to trac/write down what I have eaten for each meal, or snacks.
Maybe I should start taking pictures of my plate!!!!!!.

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5/13/18 12:50 P

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I went out to breakfast with Ed, Kim, the boys, and Kim's mom. Now I am working on two more milk cans that Ed found for me (one more that was at our old house but not with the rest and one that he found at a yard sale yesterday). By the time the afternoon is over I should have them all wire brushed to get the surface rust and dirt off them and have them painted. I will run to Ocean State Job Lot later for a couple more plant pots to put in the top of them. Actually I will probably pick up three because I am hoping to find one more milk can. Tomorrow I will put the plants in them. I hope everyone else had something fun to do.

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Just stopping by to wish all you gals a Happy Mother's Day today!
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And to you too Carol - and Cheryl and Jean and anyone else who ever checks in here any more.

It was a quiet day here (they all are) but I did have a nice surprise visit from one of my sisters. I saw a post on Facebook from her yesterday that she had arrived in Orlando. She and her husband flew down for a long weekend to visit his sister. I didn't know where his sister lived but I knew it wasn't near me. Then this morning she posted a picture that was an April Fool joke on one of my other sisters, whose boyfriend owns a house in Florida that I knew was on the Atlantic coast. I didn't know the picture she posted was of his house of course, but she posted a picture of them in front of the house and said here is the airBnB we found to stay at last night. I believed her. The funny part is the other sister didn't realize at first that it was Ken's house. She thought it was a coincidence that the place they were at had the same house number and was the same color as his (you could only see the front entrance and not much else in the picture). Apparently my BIL's sister doesn't live far from Ken's house so they Googled the address and found the house and took the picture on the way to her place. In the middle of the afternoon I had a knock on my door and they were here. They were on the way back to Orlando for tonight before they head home in the morning and decided to take a detour and stop here. Today was her birthday and his sister had given her a small cake so we had birthday cake and then went to Dairy Queen for ice cream. It was a very nice surprise on a day that I had been feeling a little down this morning.

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The sun was shining here off and on today but we had a lot of clouds as well. It was pretty humid so it felt kind of hot. It looks like a thunderstorm is brewing now. I was going to try going for a walk, but when I stepped outside and heard thunder rumbling I changed my mind. I guess I should have gone earlier even though it was pretty hot.

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Thanks Bev, Our weather sure has been a challenge. I am so looking forward to Spring.
This morning the sun is shining so that is a big help.
Coughing and sneezing for cple weeks, I say enough already no more!!
Chat soon.
Jean
Hey Vermont TOPS are you out there????

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3/19/18 8:42 P

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Welcome back Jean! I am not on SparkPeople that much any more but I do check in with this team whenever there are posts. I am waiting for spring to arrive in Vermont so I can head back home. Right now I doubt if I could even get into my house.

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Well here I try again, don't like using my name but what the heck.
I've missed being on here. Hopefully this time it works.
Sunny out yet still cold.
I'm still Froggy Jean

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Good morning, ladies,

A bit foggy here this morning, but that is fine, it will make for cooler walking.

Cheryl, I do hope Karl gets the back problem figured out. I would insist on the MRI also, since you still don't have any answers. There are so many things that 'sabotage' our bodies as we get older, it seems to me.

My first p.t. went okay. She did an assessment, which took about 45 minutes. She was pleased with what I could do, and only once did I get that movement that brought pain and tears to my eyes. I have 5 exercises to do at home twice a day and I go back on Wednesday. They would like me twice a week, but scheduling is an issue apparently and they only had one slot open this week (at least for now). I did make 2 for next week.

Bev, it's good that someone in the family has some familiarity with your house. It will be trial and error on some things for a while, I'm sure.

Have a good day all.

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Yes, it looks like I will be staying here in Florida a little longer than I thought I might. I had asked Rodney's cousin if he could keep my driveway open so that someone could get in and out if they needed to, but I am sure Ed hasn't shoveled off my deck or shoveled a path to the house so I wouldn't be able to get into the house if I did go home - and of course the sewer issue can't be fixed until the snow melts so they can get under the trailer. I had thought I might go home at the end of this month, but I think it will be a while longer. I am enjoying the weather down here, but I am running out of things to do to keep me busy enough to keep my mind off things. This evening I was getting ready to go for my walk and decided to turn off the A/C while I was gone and the knob broke, so now I can't turn it off. I was hoping there might be a breaker that went to just that and I would just use the breaker to turn it off and on, but I couldn't find one that would even shut it off. I ended up going outside and climbing up to unplug it where it plugs into an outlet under the carport. Before I go home I will have to find out what shuts what off so I know what to turn off when I leave! If Rodney's sister comes down to help me with the drive home I expect she might know since she was here several years when her dad closed up the house. If not, I will have to call him and ask him.

Cheryl, I am sorry to hear your husband has been having back troubles. I hope he can get some answers soon and get the issue resolved. It is good that you have your sons to help you in the meantime. I think I will be calling on Ed a lot this summer! The problem is that I don't have anyone to call on down here. Dan has been helping me out but I don't feel like I should keep bugging him all the time. I know he is happy to help me when he can though as he and Rodney were pretty close - more like brothers than uncle and nephew. In recent years (after Rodney quit drinking) they were not quite as close but they still got together fairly often. It is good that Alex was able to handle the treatments fairly well. It is bad enough for an adult to go through it but much worse for a kid, especially one as young as him. I hope all the scans are clear and he never has to go through it again.

Carol, I hope you are doing well. How did the PT go for your shoulder? (I realize I may see the answer when I read the other thread).

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Good afternoon, all. It's a frigid Sunday afternoon here. Temps are only in the teens! Yikes! Stay down there in Florida because it's too much of a shock to come back to this!

Things have been wild here for the past month. Lots of snow, more than we've seen most of the winter! Three nor'easters in a row! Looks like we'll luck out this week as the storm appears to be heading out to sea. That doesn't disappoint me at all! Sugaring has stopped for now since sap doesn't run in these cold temps. Looks like maybe it will start up again toward the end of the week.

We've had a rough week otherwise too. Hubby put his back out last week and it seems to have escalated to the point where he is pretty much bed-ridden. Our middle of the night trip to the ER only provided us with drugs...no answers. Doctor's office visit on Friday still didn't get any answers. Tomorrow I am going to push for an MRI since nothing has shown up on x-rays. There is definitely something wrong and I think it's time they got to the bottom of it. He is existing on meds and very little sleep. The boys have been very good about stopping in to lend a hand with things that I would find difficult, i.e. toting pellets.

Alex will have his last (we hope!) treatment this week. It has been a year since he started. He seems to have weathered it all well although it has taken extra effort by all family members to keep him healthy. No one goes near him with any sniffles, upset stomach or just general yucky feelings. He has made a few trips to the ER with high fevers but has not had to be admitted for any of them. If all goes well with his new scans, he will be put on a three-month recheck and eventually progress to yearly ones. Keeping our fingers crossed.

I hope all is well with all of you. With all that has gone on this winter, I'll be very glad to see it out the door and Spring weather arriving.

Cheryl

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Thanks Cheryl. We had no idea things were going to end this quickly. Last Friday he had even told me he was feeling more positive and was finally feeling like he really was going to get out of there eventually. He admitted that he had doubts at times but he felt that he was starting to do better. Saturday he slept most of the day, which was concerning to me but I hoped it was simply that he was overtired from the day before or maybe hadn't slept well on Friday night. I walked into his room on Sunday morning to find him on a ventilator. Apparently there was some mix-up and they didn't have my cell phone number so they couldn't get hold of me during the night. They called his phone, which was of course in his room. I knew then that things didn't look good. Yes, people do come off ventilators sometimes, but I think more often than not they don't. Ed had arrived at my door Saturday night to surprise us and was planning to go to the hospital Sunday morning to surprise his dad. I immediately called him to warn him so he didn't walk in to the same sight I did with no warning. I also called Sadie and suggested she might want to consider changing her trip and coming down sooner and without her kids. She flew in Monday morning. Rodney continued to decline and we had talked with hospice on Tuesday night and made plans for them to come in Wednesday and he would have been taken off life support. In the end he saved me from having to make that decision because he passed away Wednesday morning before we even left the house. I still can't believe that three weeks ago we were out doing stuff and now he is gone! Initially they thought he might have pneumonia, which was complicated by what had been assumed to be damage to the lungs from a prior chemo drug. At this point it seems likely that it was lymphangitic spread of the cancer and not damage from the chemo that showed up on the scan back then. The last chemo that he was on from September through early February kept him alive longer than most with that type of spread, and it kept him alive long enough to make it to Florida for a few weeks of relaxation in warm weather. For that I am thankful, but I am still shocked and overwhelmed by all of this. Sadie headed home this morning and Ed will be leaving Sunday so after that I will be here alone. He does have an aunt and uncle nearby but I am not likely to spend a lot of time with them. I am thinking I may stay here for another 2 - 3 weeks and then head back home earlier than we had planned. I have to figure out my finances, but I suspect I will need to find a job in order to supplement what I would get for Social Security survivor benefits at the age of 61 (62 in June), which would still be more than I would get on my own record at 62. I could either work full time until 66 and then get his full social security or take the reduced rate now and supplement it by working part time at least until I turn 65 and can get Medicare, which would reduce the cost of my medical insurance and I might then be able to live on what I would get between his social security and his state retirement. Right now his entire state retirement will go toward my health insurance and I will need to give them a little money besides.

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Bev, i was so sorry to see your sonís post about Rodneyís passing. I knew he was having problems but i had no idea that they were so advanced. These next few months will be difficult, for sure, but it sounds like you have good support from family and friends. Donít hesitate to call on them as needed. And we are here for you too whenever you want to talk. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. HUGS!

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Thanks Cheryl. I am glad your brother is doing better. When Rodney finally got put on the other machine this evening so that he could eat he seemed a lot better, but we will see how he is tomorrow. His breathing is still horrible, but he seemed more alert and I didn't see many signs of confusion this evening. As long as he kept the oxygen thing in his nose he was able to maintain his O2 saturation pretty well tonight - better than he did yesterday for sure. Most of the day with the mask he was getting 90% oxygen, but they did lower it to 80 for an hour or so before they switched to the other machine and he handled 80% just fine. On the other machine they had it set at 100, but they always have to run that one at a higher level just because of the way it delivers oxygen. One of the doctors told me that the confusion might be coming from all the steroids he is on. She said she had backed off a little on them yesterday but he needs them for his lungs so she was going to increase the steroids today. I think the nurse told me they were changing to a different one so with luck it won't have the same effect if that was what was causing his confusion. The good news is that the CT scan of his head didn't show any sign of a stroke or any other brain issues. Now I need to get to bed so I can be ready to head back to the hospital in the morning.

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Bev, I am so sorry that things arenít going better. The confusion Rodney is going through sounds very much like my brotherís experience. He also was restrained because of his confusion and agitation. Gradually, the confusion has cleared up and today he was told he will be discharged on Monday. He will need some outpatient therapy for a while as he still has memory issues but his balance and speech are pretty close to what they were before the bleed. Two weeks ago, we really didnít think his recovery would look this good. Iíll continue to hope that Rodney is able to turn this around soon.

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Not much has changed with Rodney. In fact his oxygen level is worse today so he has been on the full mask all day. He has slept pretty much all day too, which can't be a good sign, but st least he isn't fighting to take the mask off like he was overnight on Monday. They finally had to restrain him because he kept trying to get out of bed and take his mask off. He was confused and didn't know where he was or why. He called me around 11 PM and told me he had been kidnapped. I thought he was just kidding around until his nurse and respiratory therapist told me he was confused. Then I tried to explain to him that he was in the hospital because he couldn't breathe and he needed to do what they told him. Yesterday he was still confused and kept wanting to get out of bed. Hopefully he is sleeping so much today because he wore himself out. They also said his blood gasses being off could make him sleepy. They are going to put him on the othe machine long enough that he can eat tonight.
The autopsy showed that my SIL died from pneumonia but Rodney's sister told me a lot of people who had the flu ended up with pneumonia.

I am hoping things start to turn around here soon.

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Good morning, ladies,

A bit of fog here this morning and cooler than yesterday morning, 64, I think. With temps in the 80s all week, it is running 12 or so degrees above normal. I saw that it is going to be warming up in Vermont too, so I guess the sap will run soon. Wouldn't it be nice to have an early spring!

The flu epidemic is really a tragedy all over. I' sorry to hear of your SIL's passing, Bev. Even really healthy people are at risk, it seems. I hate to sound paranoid but I try to avoid crowds these days. We were at a homeowners' association meeting last night and although no one right around me was coughing I could tell others in the crowd were. I couldn't wait to come home and wash my hands! I don't think you can be too careful these days anywhere. It seems no matter where I go to shop (grocery stores, etc.) the cashier is either coughing or sneezing or something...yuk! Going to skip going to weekly coffee/social this morning. He is starting a bathroom renovation project for some friends and I don't feel like going there alone.

Well, dirty dishes are calling to me...where's the dishwashing fairy when you need her?!

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It sounds like your brother is improving slowly Cheryl. It will probably take months before he is fully recovered, but hopefully he will be mostly back to normal soon. I hope the last treatments go well for Alex and the scans are good. It is bad enough for an adult to have to go through all of this crap but with a kid it is so much worse.

Not much has changed with Rodney. He is still in ICU and still can't breathe without lots of oxygen being pumped into his lungs. They did another chest x-ray today but we didn't see any doctors after he had that done other than the infectious disease guy and he didn't even know it had been done until we told him, so he didn't have any answers as to what it showed. He has made some improvement since he was first admitted but not the kind of progress that I was under the impression they had hoped to see. I am scared they may eventually tell us he isn't going to get better. Being down here is both good and bad. It is nice to be so close to lots of medical facilities (even though we have never met any of the doctors before except his main cancer doctor down here and we had only seen him a couple of times) and not having to deal with the complications of bad weather for getting back and forth, but it is very hard being so far from home because his kids and his siblings can't even go see him.

On top of all that we have going on with Rodney, we got word Friday night that his oldest brother's wife passed away - totally unexpectedly. Both she and Tim had been sick for a while and we all suspected they had the flu, but apparently neither of them had been to a doctor, so we don't know for sure that's what it was. All we know is that Tim had been in the room talking with her and went back out for a short time and when he went in to check on her again she was cold. He called 911 and they told him how to do CPR until the paramedics got there but she was already gone. Tim had just told me on Thursday that he was 90% better but that she was still sick, but it was a real shock to get a message that she died Friday evening. They had planned to come to Florida week or so after we did but they kept putting it off because they were sick. Her daughter and granddaughter were planning to fly down at the end of this week, but I am guessing that is off now. Tim is just devastated. They had been married a few months longer than Rodney and I and we had our 36th anniversary last month. The two of them were inseparable. He is a lawyer and she had worked with him ever since they have been together. They went everywhere and did everything together. Rodney was finally able to talk to him today since he didn't have a full mask on and he said he had a hard time understanding him at times because he kept breaking down on the phone. We won't even be able to go home for a funeral service. Even if Rodney got out of the hospital in time (which at this point I think is doubtful) he would certainly not be up to the trip.

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Good afternoon, all. It has been a while since I was in here, mainly because I was having issues with my computer. Hubby went through and deleted a bunch of old messages and, in the process, deleted my connection to this board. Long story short, I've had a heck of a time figuring out how to get back in!

My brother is now in the rehab wing of the hospital. He has had a few setbacks along the way but it is now looking like he will be home in a couple of weeks. Today is day #25 since he was admitted. He is still heavily medicated for seizures and agitation so we're hoping the therapy will improve that situation so he can get off some of the meds. They really mess with his mind!

We've had quite a bit of snow in the past couple of weeks but the temps are supposed to be warmer for a week or so. Looks like the sap will start running. I've been working on getting some products made for a bakery who wants to carry some of Matt's things. He already supplies them with all the syrup they use but they asked if he had other products as they would like to branch out a bit. So, I've made the maple almonds again and will make candy later in the week. I'm waiting for packaging materials to arrive before I make the candy.

Bev, I hope Rodney's situation has improved. It's tough to keep going through stuff! Alex has only two more treatments to go and then they will do the scans again. If all goes well, they will schedule the removal of the port and then put him on a three-month follow-up schedule. Keeping our fingers crossed.

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Cheryl, I am happy to hear your brother is making progress. It may be slow going, but hopefully he makes a full recovery in time. Based on the experience with Rodney, they might end up needing to put him on medication for seizures temporarily. Rodney had to take some for a while. I can't remember if they wanted to keep him on it for 6 months and he convinced them to let him go off it in three months or if they wanted him to stay on it for longer but let him stop it at 6 months. He had a lot of issues with his short-term memory while he was on it, but it improved when he stopped the medication. Of course that could have been from the surgery or the seizure too. Either way his memory got better- until he started chemo. It is horrible now!

Sadie will be leaving tomorrow but she will be back next month with the kids. They will be here for a week then but I think she is planning on taking the kids somewhere for a few hours on the days that Rodney likely won't feel that great. He will likely have chemo on the day they get here.

I guess it is time to start dinner for us so I will get off here.

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Good evening, all. Sunday is such a boring day. Hubby was busy at the woods this morning so I didnít do a whole lot. We did go out for a little bit this afternoon and the weather was fairly nice. Temps have beem in the mid-40ís today but will go back down over the next couple of days.

Obviously, we did not make the trip to see our brother. We checked with his wife and she felt that he wouldnít want us to see him in that condition so we stayed home. He is making progress though. They removed all three drains today but then he had a seizure. CAT scan was fine so they will adjust the meds and hope that will take care of that situation. It seems like he makes baby step gains and the. has a setback. Hopefully, this will stop soon.

Bev, what a nice surprise for Rodney! It sounds like you both are enjoying the new digs there and especially not having to deal with the cold.

Dinner is in the oven so I think I should get the rest of the meal prep done, Enjoy the sun and warmth!

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Sorry I never posted yesterday. I was busy getting a few things done before Sadie got here. Rodney was pretty surprised when she knocked on the door. She got here early so when she first arrived Rodney told me someone was at the door and since I figured it was too early for her I headed to answer it. When I saw it was her I yelled to him to come to the door and thankfully he did without asking a lot of questions. This morning he went to get his pump removed and then we went to see his aunt and uncle for a short visit before getting lunch on the way back here. He decided he might need a nap so Sadie and I went for a short walk. When we came back she said she was going to nap for a half hour but I don't know if she really is or if she is reading, but either way she is in the spare room.

Cheryl, I hope the news on your brother is better today. I wonder if some of his agitation could be coming from the medications they are giving him. It also could be the brain's reaction as it tries to heal. I can sympathize because it was pretty scary when Rodney had his brain bleed, which was much less serious than this one sounds. I certainly understand your wanting to be there to support the family.

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Good afternoon, ladies,
Cheryl, good to hear from you. I'm sorry to hear of your brother's issues but I can understand wanting to go and give support to the family. I think you'll be happy that you did.

I have been battling holiday pounds too. Had made some progress before we arrived in November but that was pretty much undone by January. Making some slow progress now, but I have a ways to go.

I'd be leery of those pit bulls, too. Fortunately in our development people have to keep their dogs leashed. I did have one tiny dog come out of his house on a run a week or so ago. He got away from his owner, but this was a super-friendly little guy who just wanted attention. I was able to lead him back up the driveway, though, without any trouble. A friend on another street said she saw 3 stray/runaways running past her window about a month ago, but it wasn't near me. And they definitely would have come from outside the development anyway, I'm sure. There are tons of dog owners here, but 90% are small dogs.

Good luck tonight with the scales, Cheryl. Bev, see on the exercise thread!

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Good afternoon, all. It's a frosty 19 degrees here. Yeah, I know...nothing you want to experience. Actually, I think I may be headed south for a few days soon. My brother in NC suffered a brain bleed from a fall a week ago and is not doing well following surgery. He was operated on to drain the blood on Tuesday and was doing okay but suffered a real setback yesterday. So, my sister and I are seriously considering flying down for a few days to support the family and him. Originally the doctors were sure it was going to be a slam-dunk but now it's not looking as promising. He can't talk and is very agitated to the point where they have him in restraints. Lots of prayers from lots of people so we hope it helps.

Bev, it's good to hear that Rodney's treatments are at least keeping things under control. Alex has only three more treatments to go and then they will redo his scans on April 2. If all looks good, they will remove the port and then put him on a three-month recheck. He will also stay on an antibiotic for a while so that his immune system can return to normal. We are all hoping that it happens as planned since he has been through enough for such a little guy.

Lots of cold weather this month but we did get a break earlier last week. We had temps in the 40's and that was a welcome change but it also created issues with flooding. Many people in Swanton were evacuated due to flooded homes. Some are still not back in their homes.

Scales aren't doing me any favors either. I put on a few pounds during the holidays and have been fighting to get them back off. I'm currently losing the battle. emoticon

Enjoy your warm temps and sunny weather.

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I guess no one has been on here lately. Things are pretty uneventful here for the most part. Rodney had his first oncology appointment down here last week, but they wanted to do a scan before giving him chemo since the last labs done up north had shown a significant increase in his tumor marker. He did have labs done last week and the marker went down some (but not as much as it had gone up). He had a CT scan done on Monday and we met with the doctor today to find out what that showed. They said there was not much change from the last one so it appears the chemo he has been on is keeping things stable and they will be continuing the same treatment. He had the first session here today. I asked that the scans be sent to his pulmonary doctor at Dartmouth, but it sounded like they were only going to send him the report and not the actual images so I asked for a copy of them on a CD and I took it to the post office and mailed it to him myself. Once he gets it he will get in touch with us and let us know if he wants Rodney to continue with the prednisone or not. From the way the ARNP who works with the oncologist here talked today he might always have the shortness of breath. She said he has so many nodules in his lungs that the symptoms may never go away completely even though the damage from the previous chemo should improve. She described his lungs as looking like they had Dalmation spots all through them. They showed us the scan so we could see them- some quite small and others a little bigger but there are definitely a lot of them,

Until this week I hadn't been getting out and walking at all, but this week I have started going for a short walk every day. After my walk yesterday I heard a story on the news about a guy who got attacked in his own yard by five pit bulls and it turned out it happened on the same street I had been walking on last night. It was in a different section of that street, but it's still a little too close for comfort! I walked on the same street tonight but I didn't venture quite as far - and then I went in another direction for a short walk to make up the rest of my distance. According to tonight's news they still haven't located the dogs. I am sure they are probably back home with their owners, but the owners are not likely to come forward voluntarily. Someone must know who in that area has five pit bulls matching the description that was given, so hopefully they will eventually track them down.

That's about it for now. Tomorrow night Rodney will be in for a big surprise when Sadie drives in with a rental car. He has no idea she is coming. Cheryl, I hope you are surviving the winter up there.

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Good morning, ladies.

Happy New Year to you both. We stayed in last night, as we usually do, and ordered Chinese food, takeout, from just up the street. Very tasty, and enough for leftovers for 2 days, I'd say.

It is 55 here this morning and it just started raining lightly. We need a good soaking rain, but that rarely happens this time of year, I guess. This week's forecast calls for colder than normal temps...not bone-chilling like back home, though. I do hope you guys get a break soon.

Well, here's to a better 2018 for us all!

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Good morning, all. It's a frosty one here. Just another in a too long string of below freezing weather. Oh well, it is winter in Vermont, after all.

We are slowly getting things back to normal after the Christmas hoopla. And it is a slo-o-ow process! Hubby is at the sugar house so he's no help but I need to have him bring in a couple of large bins from the garage so I can pack up the tree. He is planning to do that this afternoon but, personally, I have no ambition by afternoon so we'll see what we get accomplished.

Alex seems to be doing better but he had a treatment on Thursday and that always puts him off for a couple of days. Combine that with a lack of sleep on Wednesday night and he wasn't in the best of moods for his treatment. He wasn't sick or anything to cause the lack of sleep. He just thought it would be fun to be awake and start playing for a couple of hours during the night. His parents weren't crazy about that! He usually goes to day care during the week but his parents are thinking they may pull him out for the next two to three months to decrease the risk of picking up colds and such. Both times that he went to the ER this month were innocent enough for an otherwise healthy child but his system is compromised so high fevers necessitate those precautions. Maybe by staying away from other kids, he might be spared a bit.

Our New Year's plans are simple. Nothing. We are a couple of old fogies, I guess, since we'd rather stay in than go anywhere. And with the cold weather, there's no desire at all to be out in it.

Happy New Year to all. I hope 2018 brings you health and happiness.

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Cheryl, I hope the little guy is fully recovered now and that everyone else is healthy. We are all doing okay in spite of the cold and snow. I never finished getting the snow away from my car until today so I drove the Jeep to work all week. That left Rodney with no vehicle but he didn't want to venture out in the cold anyway. Yesterday was my last day of work so I am now officially retired. Finances will be pretty tight, but I think it will be worth it.

I had a checkup with my doctor the week before Christmas to make sure my diabetes was still well controlled and that I didn't need a change in my thyroid medication. My thyroid numbers were still good and my A1C was up sightly from the last time, but still in a very good range so no changes were needed. I did end up being put on a low dose of medication for high blood pressure. Mine has had a tendency to be slightly elevated for a while but never high enough to need treatment. In the past year it has been high when I am at the doctor's office but better when I check it at home. They had me bring my monitor in so they could compare the numbers on it to theirs and they were very close so it was decided that my blood pressure was only high in the office and was not a real concern. Again this time it was high in the office so he had me check it at home for a few days and report my numbers to him. My numbers were always good at night but every morning they were high at home (although not quite as high as it was in the office) so he decided I need treatment for it. I am on a low dose but it seems to be enough as the past few days my morning numbers have been normal or very close to it and my night numbers are still good. I have to report them to him in a couple of days, but I expect he will leave me on the low dose.

Well, I have dishes to do so I better get off here and get them done! Have a Happy New Year if I am not on here again before then.

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Merry Christmas to all. Family was here today for our celebration and a good time was had by all. Tomorrow our daughter will head back to NY on roads that appear significantly better than when she came. She tried to drive home on Saturday but made the decision to stay with a friendís family near Potsdam after having driven for over four hours on mostly icy roads. When she resumed the trip on Sunday, the roads were much improved.

On Saturday evening, we celebrated with hubbyís mother and sister. Unfortunately, Alex got sick and ended up in the ER. He had a high fever and was vomiting so they had to get him checked out. Five hours later it was determined that he was ok so he was put on antibiotics as a precaution and sent home. That was his second time in the ER in two weeks. Looks like it may be a long winter for them.

Hubby will be semi-retired after the first of the year. he will still work five days a week generally but it will be shorter days. This is what he wanted so he is happy. Weíll see how long he keeps that schedule.

And now, weíll settle in for the winter. You folks who are fortunate enough to spend these months in warmer climes have me somewhat envious but Iíll be ok as long as I can sit by my pellet stove. lol

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Merry Christmas to you as well Carol! I hope you and hubby had a nice holiday. Ours was okay. It would have been better if the weather hadn't been so crappy the last few days. On Friday I was supposed to work until 12:30 but it was snowing and Rodney had to go to DHMC so I couldn't drive the Jeep, so I didn't go to work at all. I rode up to DHMC with Rodney but I made him drive. Since it was only supposed to be a half day anyway I should only get docked for a half day but we shall see if that is how it works or not. It doesn't matter either way because I didn't feel comfortable driving that morning. Thursday night I couldn't get my car up our hill because the road was too icy. If I hadn't stopped at Ed's first maybe I would have made it because I would have had more momentum heading up the hill. He backed my car down past his driveway after Camden and I walked up from where I got stuck and he was able to make it. I didn't shovel the snow we got Friday because I figured it would be worse when we got freezing rain if there was no snow to absorb some of it. Saturday we had a nice 1/4 inch layer of ice on top of the 6 inches or so of snow we got Friday, then last night and today we got another 8 inches or so of snow. We were supposed to go to Sadie's this morning but didn't go because of the weather. I went out and shoveled for an hour and a half late this morning after it looked like the snow had stopped, but I never did get my car dug out. We were supposed to go to Ed's this afternoon so I did start cleaning snow off my car while the Jeep was warming up (after I cleaned snow off it for the second time today). I got the top layer off but it still has at least a couple of inches of snow and ice on it and it is surrounded by knee-deep snow. We watched Camden open his gifts and visited with Kim's parents, then had a nice Christmas dinner before we came back home. Rodney wasn't feeling good when we came home, but he seems to be a little better now. It was dark and I was tired so I didn't do any more shoveling tonight. I will drive the Jeep tomorrow and maybe try to shovel out my car after I get home tomorrow night so I can drive that the rest of the week- assuming the road doesn't get horribly icy again. I can't wait to be on the road to Florida! Unfortunately before that happens I have more shoveling to do, because I need to shovel out in front of the access panel so that Ed can get under the trailer and drain the water for us when we are ready to leave. Hopefully in about two weeks we will be on our way- unless we get more bad weather and have to wait for the roads to improve.

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If we didn't want to go to Florida (even more after today) I would have asked to work part-time for the next few months until I can get social security (at 62). That way we would have had more money coming in and I still would have been able to go to all of Rodney's appointments with him. We decided we wanted to spend time in Florida though, so we will just have to be super careful of our spending so that we can get by on just his disability income and the little bit we have saved.

It was nice to be able to move into the house last weekend. We still have quite a bit of stuff that hasn't been moved yet. Our dressers are not here so we have clothes in boxes- and some still at the old house. Until last night I had just the bare minimum of dishes here because when we first moved Ed and Kim hadn't had a chance to get their stuff out of storage yet. I still have a few things left to get but I picked up most of my dishes last night. I have discovered that the cabinets in this house don't hold as much as they look like they would. At first glance it looks like there is all kinds of cabinet space, but they are shallower and shorter than the ones in the old house so they don't hold as much. Also the bottom ones have no shelves so there is either a lot of wasted space or I have to stack things (which makes it a pain to get stuff out). Rodney is going to try to add a shelf in the bottom of some of them. As I am putting stuff away I have been setting aside some things that I have decided I really don't need and I will donate them to a local thrift shop.

Today I spent much of the day trying to clean up a pile of debris that was a combination of stuff left behind by the installers and a bunch of boxes from some of the new stuff we bought for the house. There were also some huge pieces of cardboard that came from Ed's new refrigerator that we used to protect the carpet when we were moving things in and the box from his new big TV that we used to pack up ours until it was moved up here. I wanted to get rid of it all before it got covered with snow, but I couldn't get it done fast enough so part of the pile is still there under the snow. I think we have about 3" on the ground so far and it was still coming down pretty hard the last time I looked out. The scary part is that I saw a mention in the upcoming forecast of another storm with 8 - 12 inches on Tuesday! I think we should have headed to Florida sooner!

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Bev, happy to see that you are finally in your new home! Enjoy it!!!

Celebrating hubby's birthday today rather than Tuesday, the actual date, since the kids have work commitments then. He's almost to retirement age and we thought he might be doing it this month but he spoke with the boss and he agreed to have Karl work part-time after the first of the year. I'm good with that and he is too.

Have a great day!

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Keeping my fingers crossed that all goes off as promised next week!

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Well today's update on the house is that we were told late yesterday that the installers will be here next Tuesday and Wednesday and by the end of day Wednesday the house will be done. I think I will believe it when I see it, but I am cautiously optimistic since they finally gave us a date instead of a rather vague promise. I forwarded the bill from the plumber to the bank this morning and told her at the same time that we had been told they would finish the house next week but that I would believe it when it was done. She e-mailed me back to say that she had called Camelot and told them we were unhappy and wanted it done, and they told her the same thing they told us- that it will be finished next week. We shall see!

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There has been no progress on the new house and we can't even get any answers when they might be back. I am beginning to think we may need to put all our stuff in storage until spring. Unfortunately our loan has a completion deadline so if it isn't done before we leave I don"t know what will happen but it won't be good. We are supposed to get a call back today but I am not holding my breath.
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Good morning, all. It has been a while since I was here and it took me a while to find the site again! Then, I had a post written and it suddenly disappeared. I'm hoping for better results this time.

We had a nice Thanksgiving although we were missing Halle and her mother. Halle woke up early that morning with a fever and so they decided they couldn't be around Alex that day. We missed them but understood that it was the right thing to do.

Matt finished cutting the fallen trees off the lines over the weekend. He had a bunch of different people helping out over the three weeks. Becky even got out there with a chainsaw! Now they will work on repairing any damaged lines.

Karl will be retired in a couple of weeks. He has been talking about it for over a year and couldn't seem to come to a firm decision on when to do it. The company is going through some lay-offs due to slow business so he decided to do it now and spare someone else's job. He will be busy though helping Matt out in the woods to get ready for sugaring this year.

Bev, I hope that you are seeing more progress on the new place. It must be very frustrating to have it so near to being ready but not quite there yet.

Carol, Those warmer temps sound very nice. We haven't had a lot of cold weather yet but already I am dreading it. I don't see us making any trips to warmer climes though.

Have a great day!

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We didn't end up having our chicken dinner yesterday. Since Rodney wasn't feeling good we decided to postpone it to today, so we will be having it shortly. We didn't do much at all today. I pulled some things out of the closet in Camden's room that I need to go through and decide what to keep and what to get rid of. I finished emptying out my pantry closet, other than some things that are stacked on the floor in the bottom of it. We had a visit this afternoon from a couple we have known for years but don't see often. He also is dealing with cancer treatment so he and Rodney compared notes about side effects. A few years ago their house burned and they replaced it with a double-wide and she was telling me she thinks I will love ours because it will be much easier to take care of and it will be nice to not have to go up and down stairs all the time. We took them up and showed them around the new house while they were here. Tomorrow we have a funeral to go to so that will take up a chuck of our day. We will need to pick up a few necessities at a grocery store at some point this weekend but I won't be buying a lot. Bread, milk, and eggs are on the list every week so we will need those. Other than that I want to use up what I have on hand since we think we will be heading to Florida in a few weeks.

I hope everyone had a great day yesterday.

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Good morning, all,

We had a quiet t-day yesterday here. I had bought a turkey breast (which is mostly what we want anyway, the white meat), so I cooked that, mashed potato and sweet potato. I can't find a good winter squash down here. We bought a small pumpkin pie, so after the piece I had for dessert, it won't tempt me again. Very little mess and cleanup, which is my idea of a good time!

We ate at our usual time, around 6, so we didn't have to worry about nibbling on leftovers later in the day, which is what tends to happen when we eat at 1 or 2 in the afternoon.

Hubby has been working for several days getting the electrical issues resolved on the golf cart. he installed directional signals, took off the aftermarket horn the guy had put on, and is replacing the brake switch so the brake lights work. We didn't know they didn't work when we bought it, of course. The guy had a strange wiring phobia, I guess...we had to get technical help from a local cart shop to figure it all out.

It is overcast here again today. The rain yesterday was barely a sprinkle, not enough to amount to anything. It is still a bit humid with the dew point in the low 60s, I think.

Well, time to get walking.

Have a great Black Friday, ladies!

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And the same to you Carol! We are having a quiet day, which is good because Rodney isn't feeling all that great. His chemo pump came off yesterday and the first day after that is usually not a good day. We are not even having turkey (too much for the two of us) but I did pick up a roasting chicken and we will have mashed potatoes and gravy and biscuits with that. I made him a low sugar cherry pie, but I don't like cherry so I have pumpkin pie. With so much sugar in it, cranberry sauce is not good for either of us but I love it so I did pick up a little baby can of it for us. It's only once a year!

We are not in the new house yet and don't really know when we will be but I am hoping for next weekend- assuming the installers come back next week to finish their work. The water and sewer are hooked up but the water is shut off so it won't freeze since there is no skirting on the trailer yet. The heat is ready to use but we are leaving it off until the skirting is done unless we go up there for something and want to turn it on for a little while. Our phone and internet have been turned off here and hooked up at the new house. Fortunately they switched things over to Ed here so we do have the use of his internet and phone. We forwarded our phone to his number so we can get calls, but we don't have seem to have voicemail for now.

Enjoy the day everyone! Happy Thanksgiving!
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!

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Morning, ladies,

63 and sunny here this morning. Dew point is still in the 60s so it is a bit sticky but not unbearable.

Bev, to see your house just sitting there but not accessible would be difficult for anyone, but especially since you've had more than your share of delays. You never know, you could be cooking your turkey in it by the end of next week. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

We did a bit of running around yesterday to find some parts for the used golf cart we bought over the weekend. Yes, we weren't going to do that this year but we found a model we liked here in the development for a price we could afford. It will be used mainly for going to the clubhouse for meetings, to the pool, etc., as it can't be used on the open road. But the mini-mall just outside one of the entrances to the development has a hardware store, Dollar General Market, Chinese restaurant, dry cleaners, and more, so we could use it go there if we needed something quickly. He wants to put directional signals on it, and then it should be good to go.

It may mean postponing some of the other expenditures we had planned for this year, but that's okay, they can wait.

Cheryl, great job on those losses! I wish I could say I've done that well. Still working on getting back to leeway....hard here when everything seems to revolve around food!

Well, off to get the walking in.

Have a great day!

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No, we are certainly not getting settled into the house. In fact, the two halves are still sitting just as they were left over a week ago. We did get a call today though from the guy who will actually be doing the setup and he told Rodney he plans to be here on Wednesday to at least get enough of it done that we will be able to get the plumbing, electrical, and heat hooked up. I'm not sure just when the rest of it will be done but it is encouraging to finally hear something should happen this week. I certainly hope we will be able to move in by Thanksgiving, but I suspect we won't be in much before then.

I hope your son is able to get all the damage repaired before the season starts. We didn't get the damage around here that some places got.

Congrats on the recent losses Cheryl and the almost 10 pounds for the year. I have been pretty much holding my own for a while but I am up by 5 or 6 pounds from where I was when I last weighed in at TOPS- but that was 10 months ago. I am sure I will get a lecture when I see my doctor again because he wanted me to lose weight and I haven't. I don't think I have gained anything since I saw him, but I haven't lost either. I have been thinking about trying to get an appointment because I am still having trouble with hoarseness that has been going on for two months. I had a bad cough for a while but that pretty much (but not totally) went away a few weeks ago. I have had this before so I am not as worried as I might be if it was a new thing, but it seems like usually by now it would be getting better. Some days I feel like it is, and other days it seems just as bad as it was in the beginning.

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Good morning, all. Gee, I guess it has been a while since I checked in here. I missed a post or two so I had a hard time getting back in here. It took a half a dozen tries before it finally connected.

Bev, I hope that you are well into resettling in your new house by now. It has been a long haul getting to that point. Too bad the company wasn't more cooperative.

Carol, you left just in time to miss all the cold and bad weather.

Our son had a lot of damage to his sugar bush from the wind storm a couple of weeks ago and several trees have fallen and damaged the lines. He has been working every day to cut up the trees that are on the lines but he figures that it will take him right up until sugaring time to put things right again. He has had some help from friends and family members, even his wife and daughter have pitched in. I can't be any help since getting up into the woods is more than I can manage. Karl has taken these two weeks off from work in order to be in the woods to help.

Weigh-ins are going well. I had a good loss this week after a couple of weeks of setbacks. But, I managed to lose most of what had been regained in those two weeks. I am almost to my ten pounds for the year and hope to accomplish that this week. I had my physical a few days ago and spoke with my doctor about reducing the meds I take. She did take away a couple of things and changed another to something less risky and for that I am thankful. We also spoke about reducing the amount I take for diabetes since I often "bottom out" and she agreed to take another look at it if I can lose a few more pounds. That's an incentive! Maybe by January!!!

This weekend I will be selling maple and honey products at the holiday show at our church. Yesterday, I made maple almonds and they are quite good, if I must say so myself! It's a new product for us so we'll see how that goes. Getting product ready for the sale is keeping me busy this week. I've canned more syrup and tomorrow I will make some maple cream. With any luck, I'll have the rest of the week to get all the product labeled and ready.

Have a great day!

Cheryl

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The house will not be set up and ready to move into this weekend. The best we can hope for it that it will be ready next weekend but even that is not definite. The two halves are here but we are now being told they will not be coming to do the setup until early next week. IF they do get it done Monday and Tuesday we MIGHT be able to make the rest come together in time to move in next weekend, but everything would have to go just about perfect in order to do that. I am not happy with Camelot Homes that's for sure!

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Good morning, all,

A warm 62 here this morning, with temps in the 80s all week. Warmer than normal, I guess, but I'm not complaining one bit. Better than 22 (or lower!)

Bev, sure hope that by the weekend the house is up and ready for moving in. It will seem good to be in your 'own' place again, I'm sure.

Amazing how much the storm did for damage back there. I guess our county fared pretty well, all in all. Here there is still evidence of Hurricane Irma's destruction, mostly with blue tarps on the roofs and tons of uprooted/damaged/removed trees yet to be picked up. We've talked with a few friends here who said the storm went right over us, changed directions several times in the night, and lasted most of the afternoon Sunday and part of Monday. Many said they wished they'd evacuated and would do so next time.

Off to coffee/social hour this morning. I get to go this year as my FL TOPS chapter changed its day to Thursday. Of course, I'll have to pass on the donuts, bagels, and pastries that are abundant there...he'll eat my share, I'm sure of that.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, ladies!

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Good evening, all. It's finally starting to feel like Fall around here. Temps were on the chilly side today after a very warm October. Carol, glad you have arrived safely at your winter digs. Bev, you must be beyond frustrated with the delays on your new house. Hopefully, they will get it together and deliver it soon!

The storm this week did a lot of damage around the area. We didn't have any issues here at our house but one of our sons has had a rough week. They haven't had any power at their house or at the sugar house for several days and it looks like it will be Friday or Saturday before they get it back at their house. Halle and Becky have been coming here for showers and water for the animals but they both agree that this camping experience is getting old quickly. Today, Karl took the day off and went to the woods to help Matt since he has a lot of trees down on his pipeline. He figures it will cost him about a thousand taps since some of the trees are maples. In addition, because he is having to work so much in the woods to get things cleaned up, he will probably not have time to tap a neighbor's woods this year. He has already invested a significant amount of money to prepare that piece so it will definitely be a financial loss this year. And, on top of all this, it appears that he has probably lost all four of his bee hives. The covers were blown off two of them in the storm and so the bees have left or died off. The other two hives appear to be emptying also. He can restock them in the Spring but that gets to be expensive too. He just can't seem to catch a break right now.

I had my physical this week and we had a good talk about my frustration with the pain I'm still having in my hip. She referred me to Physical Therapy and, in my first appointment today, they finally measured both legs and found that the one with the implant is over an inch longer than the other! Finally!!! I've been complaining about the lack of actual evidence ever since they did the surgery and now the proof is documented! The therapist added some height to the wedge in my shoe and gave me several exercises to try to relieve the pain in the bursa sac. I'll see her a couple more times and maybe we can come up with a more permanent solution to the discrepancy issue.

It looks like Karl may be retiring by the end of the year too. He feels he needs to be able to help Matt right now so he's going to request a month off without pay. If they won't agree to that, he is going to give his notice. I know he has been trying to make a decision about whether to retire or not, and this event is kind of making him think he needs to do it now. We'll see what the outcome is.

Time to call it a day. Scales are not wonderful but there's hope for a turtle.

Cheryl

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Glad to hear you arrived safely! Rodney's uncle called him tonight to let him know they had arrived at their place too. I'm not sure what day they actually left here or what day they got to their place down there but I think they left about a week ago and spent 2 or 3 nights in a hotel. He said they could have gotten there the day before they did but it would have been around 10 PM and he didn't want to open up the house that time of night so they got a room in Ocala and made the rest of the trip the next morning. Assuming we go down we will probably spend two nights this time instead of one, but we won't be so limited on time. I officially gave my notice last Friday, so whether or not we go to Florida I will be done working at the end of the year (unless I take a part-time job to help pay the bills). I am surprised that my boss has not told the other people in our department yet, but as far as I know she hasn't because the one that I work closely with has not said anything and I think she would if she knew. I did tell one other person today that I had given my notice for the end of the year.

Our house is still not here. Of course last week when they had said they would be getting it ready and delivering it they said they couldn't because of the rain. The day they were supposed to get it ready was dry here but maybe it wasn't there. Friday was nice so you would have thought they could have gotten it ready then but they didn't. They told us they would be doing it this Monday and delivering it yesterday- but of course it rained Monday. Yesterday was nice but they didn't get it ready then either. We were told that was being done today and at least one half of it will be delivered tomorrow. If they have time to do both pieces they will but if not the second one is supposed to come on Friday. Either way they said it will be next week before they can do the setup. Since it is supposed to rain most of next week it will likely be the end of the week (if we are lucky). We might be getting closer but this is very frustrating to say the least. We initially were told it would be taken down and prepped for shipment after they got the 10% deposit, which they got over a month ago. Had they done that the house would be all set up by now.

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Well, we made it this morning. Probably could have pushed it and arrived last night but we wanted to unload in daylight. Fine with me.

It poured the whole first day, but the weather improved after that.
Relatively uneventful other than the rain, fortunately. 3 nights in a hotel but we found coupons to use so it wasn't expensive at all. We had made sandwiches and stuff for lunches before we left, so we only had to buy 3 dinners, too. Cheap, yup, that's us!

Well, off to unpack more boxes.

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Morning, all.
A super-soaker yesterday for sure. Guess we needed the rain. 2 nice days coming up, though, but it looks like we will be heading south in some nasty rain and wind. Lucky us.

Bev, I'm not surprised you weren't notified by your company about the house. We have found that communication skills don't really exist in most companies these days. For example, our stove is still waiting on parts from 3 weeks ago. I called last Wednesday to explain we were leaving and when...she said she would check with the repair guy and get back to us about whether or not they would get here before we go. Haven't heard a thing. So I guess it waits until next spring now. Same with the water treatment system guys...they don't return calls either and after all we have paid them...well, they should at least have the decency to return our calls. Oh well, enough soapbox from me this morning.

I lost 1.2 last night but the chapter had a net gain. Low attendance again, but that's the way it goes sometimes. I won't be weighing in for at least 2 weeks now but at least my FL chapter changed their meeting day from Wednesday morning to Thursday morning.

Back to the eye doc for me this morning to see if the medicine is helping with the eye pressures. Sure hope it is as I don't want to know what the next step is in treating this. I will get an eye doc down there to follow up, I guess.

Well, time to get moving.

Have a great Friday all.

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The house was supposed to arrive today but it is now postponed until sometime next week. Apparently they were not able to take it apart yesterday due to the rain so it wasn't ready to deliver, plus with the rain today they wouldn't have been able to get a permit to haul it. They are now saying they will take it apart Monday and deliver it sometime next week- but I think the forecast is calling for rain on Monday so who knows! I was rather irritated because they never called us yesterday to say they would not be able to deliver it today. I'm not sure they even would have let us know today if I hadn't sent an e-mail asking if they had notified the bank when they would be looking for a check. He then responded to say the delivery had been postponed to next week, but we haven't been given a day. We are planning to sign papers this weekend to sell this house to Ed and Kim, but we will stay here until our new house is ready. We won't get everything out of this house any time soon, but Ed and Kim know that all of Rodney's tools will be stored here (they will go to Ed some day anyway), and until we have a storage shed some other stuff will be staying here too. I do plan to get everything of ours out of the living space- other than a few things we are giving to them.

I hope the weigh-ins went well tonight.

Bev

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Good afternoon, all. Just got back from Burlington a few minutes ago, second trip this week. I had an appointment on Tuesday and got caught in a traffic tie-up on the interstate. It took me an hour and 45 minutes to make the 30 minute trip on Tuesday! Today, I heard on the radio that there was another accident backing things up on the interstate so I decided to take route 7 to avoid it. Well, they are doing a big construction job there and so I was caught up in traffic again. At least this time it wasn't as serious. Only made me about ten minutes late getting to Alex's treatment but his parents arrived at the same time I did. The chemo pharmacy was terribly behind today so it took longer to complete his treatment than usual. But, I am home now and all is well.

Bev, sounds like you are making good progress on the packing even though the house isn't quite ready yet. The fortunate part is that you will still be able to get things you may have missed since your son will be in the old house. And I hope the chemo goes well for Rodney.

Carol, I suppose you will be heading south in just a few days. I ran into a friend today who has decided that they can no longer make the annual trip. They are an older couple and her health just won't allow her to do it anymore. I know they will miss the warmer weather. If they had moved there as you're planning to do, it might be different but their family is still up north so they made the decision to stay in the north. It had to be a tough decision though.

I'll be curious to see how the scales are tonight. I feel that I have lost but my home scales aren't showing that. We'll see how it goes. We had a no-gain meeting last week and one of our members returned after several weeks away and had a huge loss! When she left us, she said her head just wasn't in the right place but it looks like she got it together while she was out. I do hope she continues to do well with us. It's a huge motivator for the rest of us when members show such good progress.

Have a good day and stay dry if you can!

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We had rain most of the day yesterday, but today it was pretty much just overcast here. Good luck with the cleaning and packing! I have been doing some of that so that I won't have as much to do at the last minute but I don't seem to be filling up the boxes I bought very fast! Since we are moving such a short distance some of my stuff really won't require that much packing anyway, but some of it will. I need to pack up all of our shorts in a tote that we will take with us to Florida, along with a couple of other things that we picked up for the house down there. For the most part we won't be taking stuff with us. Eventually we plan on picking up some more shorts so that we can leave some there and still have some to wear in the summer up here as well. Last time we went down Rodney took a tool box with a few basic tools with him, but that was it. We did buy a saw at Harbor Freight when we were down there but it was left in the shed there. His dad had a few tools that he had accumulated over the years so there is some stuff there- but some of it Rodney said wasn't worth using. Maybe once your hubby is done with all his remodeling projects he won't think he needs to take so much stuff with him Carol- although I guess you would still end up hauling a trailer to transport the motorcycle. Cheryl, I hope all is well with you.

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Morning, ladies,
I was wondering if I had missed the notices of someone posting, but no one did post. That explains it.

The wind blew quite fiercely yesterday afternoon, but the rain held off until almost bedtime. Fine with me. And I love these warmer temperatures!

Bev, glad to hear the house is nearly here. Let's hope the rain stays away long enough to keep things safe and on schedule.

Still cleaning and packing here. Defrosted my freezer yesterday and cleaned that out. Got most of my clothes packed and started on some of the other stuff. Paperwork and food is mostly all that is left. The motorcycle is in the trailer and he has started to get his tool boxes/totes ready to pack. I swear he brings more tools each year, but he says he needs them all there. Hmmm....

A guy is coming later today to buy the table saw we had for sale on Craig's List. The rain may change that timing, but at least it's going down the road. The other items I will delete today. We don't need people inquiring about them while we are gone. That happened last year when we forgot to remove them from the site.

Well, the list isn't getting any shorter.

Have a great day all.

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Wow, I can't believe no one has posted here in 10 days! I guess we are all busy- or else simply have nothing to say. We are supposed to have the house delivered this week as long as the rain doesn't delay things. They need to take it apart on the lot and get it ready for moving, which they were planning to do tomorrow. If it was raining hard I would think they might not be able to do it.

Rodney had his third cycle of the new chemo yesterday. It is too soon to know if it is working or not. He will have one more cycle and then they will do a scan before cycle 5. Most of his labs looked good yesterday but his tumor marker had increased significantly again and that has us kind of worried. His doctor told us not to panic because he is feeling well most of the time and he said usually that is a good sign. He is not ready to give up on this chemo yet- and neither are we unless we have something else to take its place, which we don't at the moment. There are not a lot of drugs that are known to work with this type of cancer. We were hoping to have the results of the genetic testing yesterday but it wasn't back yet. He should get that at his next appointment but I don't think I will go to that one with him. Sadie will probably go to that one with him. I would like to, but I have to limit how much time I ask for off if I want to keep my job and I think it will be more important for me to go to the one where he gets the results of the scan they will be doing. I have pretty much decided I am going to give my notice at the end of this week and tell them I am done at the end of the year even though we are not 100% certain about being able to go to Florida. It will depend on what happens with Rodney's treatment and we won't know that for another month- or more, but I feel like I need to give them two months' notice. If it turns out we can't go to Florida I will have given up my paycheck sooner than I needed to- but I will also be able to go to all of Rodney's appointments without any issues. Finances would be a little tighter if we had to heat a house all winter and pay Vermont utility rates, but we will manage if we have to.

I hope all is well with everyone else.

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I'm glad to hear you got your e-mail issue resolved. I get frustrated when I can't figure out how to make things work. I bought a wi-fi crockpot a while back but I have never been able to get it to work properly. It sounded like a nice idea because I could turn it on using my phone when I was at work- but only if I can get it to connect to our home wi-fi (and stay connected). I got it to connect but it kept disconnecting so it won't work as it is supposed to. I pretty much decided I have another regular crockpot that I paid a little too much for! I keep thinking I should try to get it working again, but by the time I do I won't be working any more and won't need to set it remotely.

I did get a reply back from Camelot today and unfortunately the house will not be coming as soon as we had hoped. He said it looks like it will be the last week of the month before they can get to it. Hopefully that means the last full week and not the last couple of days of October. Either way it won't be ready to move into until sometime in November. We may go ahead with the sale of this house to Ed and Kim this month anyway because they had gotten a quote on homeowner's insurance that is only guaranteed until the end of this month- and it is a better price than what we pay so they really should jump on it. We told them we could do the deal this month as long as they weren't going to kick us out until the new house is ready.

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Morning, ladies,

Nice to have it a bit warmer this morning. I think we had our first frost yesterday morning and I didn't like it. But the day turned out fairly nice, all in all.

Bev, they announced at Rally that Ed was the summer best loser for your chapter. I didn't want to mention it before and maybe he still doesn't know, but if Kim went, she should know by now.
Can't say as I blame you about the dog situation, though. Not a dog person myself either, so I would have been more upset than you, especially since they are still all in your house.

We saw an ad on Front Porch forum recently where a woman was looking for a house to 'rent' for a few months this winter while her house was being built nearby. It would have been a good idea for us, having someone in the house, but she had a dog and 3 cats! Nope, not in my house, thanks. Besides, I have been hearing stories about how hard it is to get rid of 'guests' in your house...even those you invite for a few days...something about tenants' rights...so there's another reason not to let that happen.

I didn't make much progress in the organizing yesterday..found 2 folders, old bank account and previous car, that needed to be shredded, so I did that. Should be able to make more progress today, I hope, but I'm going out to breakfast with Darlene this morning and we are going to eat tonight at the 99 with other friends. I hate all these meals out, but it can't be helped, I guess.

I spent a bit of time on the phone yesterday with Fairpoint. I'd had it with not being able to send emails out all day..it happened occasionally but never for the whole day, so I called a tech number and he walked me through the settings procedure. I guess some things had been changed with a Windows update maybe (he wasn't too sure) but we corrected it and now emails go out like they should. Yay!! Sure made my day.

Well, off to hit the shower.

Have a great weekend, ladies.

Carol


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Congrats on the losses ladies! It sounds like you are both doing well. Ed and Kim have been doing fairly well lately too, but I think she had a gain this week and he didn't make it home from work in time to even go. They had told us they were going to Fall Rally, which is why Ed told us he wouldn't be able to help Rodney on Saturday last week. Well, they might have been planning on it originally but we found out they never went. They left here and we thought that was where they were headed, but instead they drove all the way to New York City to get another dog. I guess it was a rescue dog that was at a kill shelter. How they found it I have no idea- and why they wanted another dog when they already have two is also a mystery. And it gets worse, because they got another rescue dog on Sunday. Ed did help us on Sunday but Kim left and he indicated she was going shopping- yeah shopping for another damn dog! Can you tell I am not impressed! I don't even like dogs and suddenly there are four of them living here! At least all but one of them are fairly calm. The new house can't come soon enough! I don't know when it is supposed to be coming. I would like to think next week but it might not be that soon. I e-mailed the salesman last night to ask what he thinks we are looking at for a time frame but he didn't respond today. We also haven't heard back from the power company to let us know when they are coming. Nothing more can be done until the house is here and the power is hooked up. I stopped at a U-Haul tonight and bought some boxes so I can start packing up things I won't need over the next 2-3 weeks and I hope to get a little of that done this weekend. Tomorrow we are going to visit the in-laws and then do our shopping. Sunday we have a few more limbs hanging over the driveway to cut but other than that I hope to do some packing.

Carol, I bet you are getting anxious to head south, although so far the weather here has been pretty decent for the most part. I will need to decide pretty soon if I am definitely going to stop working at the end of the year. I'm not sure if we will be 100% sure we can go to Florida by then, but I feel like I need to let them know at the end of this month so they have two months to get a replacement in place. If I give them two months' notice they can take a month to find someone and another month to have that person work while I am still there. My boss at one point had talked about hiring someone this fall in order to have them up to speed before I leave but I haven't seen any sign that they are doing anything about looking for a replacement yet. If for some reason it looked like we wouldn't be able to go to Florida for the rest of the winter I think I would still tell them I want to cut back to just three days a week (which they might or might not agree to). That would allow me to go to all or most of Rodney's appointments with him. They don't really have any part-time employees, but there have been a few others that cut back to part-time for a few months before they retired so it isn't like I would be the first to request that. I am hoping I will be heading for Florida anyway and Rodney can continue his treatment down there for a few months, but that remains to be seen.

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Congrats on the loss, Cheryl! You are doing great! I know it is hard to be consistent day after day. I had a small loss of .8 last night, but it was my 5th week without a gain, a record for me. I have a ways to go before I get back into leeway while still on my medical excuse. Time will tell.

I liked Rally this year but you are right, no inspiration stories there. I do like some of the things they do there now, like officer recognition and the yellow rose thing for the KOPS alumni. The guest speaker starting his program at 11:50 was definitely not my idea of the right thing to do, though. Maybe after lunch and I would have listened better.

We are organizing our stuff to get ready to pack now. He installed a vent in the utility trailer, which we checked for leaks on this morning. Thankfully there were none.

Went to pay our property taxes this morning and discovered last night that the state had assessed a penalty of about $275 for 'late filing' the homestead exemption. We called the state tax office to clear it up (we file for an extension each year) and they explained the mistake they had made and will notify our town office of the corrected amount. Meanwhile I'd already made out the check and rather than try to get the new assistant town clerk to trust what we told him, we decided to pay the full amount and get reimbursed from the town when they get official written notification of the overpayment. It may not happen before we leave, but it that's okay, as long as we get it. I hadn't even noticed but hubby checked it over last night to compare it to last year's and noticed it then. Good thing. Although the state tax lady was very nice and said we were not the only one (surprise, surprise) and they would have caught it eventually and sent us the money....hmmm....

Well, enough rambling from me.

Have a happy, safe Friday the 13th, ladies.

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Good morning, all. It's frosty here this morning but I guess it's about time for some cooler weather. Hubby actually lit the pellet stove two nights ago and it felt really nice to have that warmth. I guess it's about time to change over my closet too. Maybe later today.

Fall rally was nice. The theme was a good one and the awards kept to the theme, I thought. I was a little disappointed though that there wasn't more inspiration to carry us through to SRD. Maybe it was just me.

I finally went to the doctor on Wednesday because I've been coughing for more than a week and nothing seems to touch it to help me get over it. She thought it was a sinus infection along with post nasal drip causing the issues so i'm on a z-pack and a couple of other meds to try to knock it out. One of the meds gave me a terrific headache yesterday so today I took only the z-pack. The headache doesn't feel as intense today so maybe I'll hold off on the other meds until I finish this one.

Weigh in was good last night. It wasn't quite a no-gain meeting but the losses clearly out did the gains. I lost another 2.8 and that makes 11.4 for the past four weeks. That feels good!! Now to keep at it.

Bev, it looks like you may have a house going up soon from the pix that were posted. You must be very excited to have it moving forward.

Carol, I imagine you are in the midst of packing things for your trek south. I do hope that all the hurricanes have finished for the season so that you won't have to contend with that kind of weather.

Homemade chicken soup is on the agenda for today along with some straightening up around here today. I've brought back a couple of carloads of things from my mother's house and they are all sitting around waiting for me to take care of them. There are a number of quilts that need to be repaired so I think my projects are lined up for several months to come. First though, I have Christmas things to complete. It never stops!

Have a good day, all.

Cheryl



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Morning, ladies.

Cool mornings remind me we don't have much time left here. Cheryl, it will be the last weekend of the month that we head south. At least that is the plan.

I believe that scientist was correct. We have virtually no foliage color here and I suspect the leaves will fall off because of the dryness. Too bad. The worst I've ever seen, I know that.
I don't know if other parts of the northeast are any better, either.

I had a dental appointment yesterday for a tooth extraction, the wisdom tooth that came apart last November while I was in Florida. This doc was amazing...less than 2 minutes and he was done! Of course, I had gauze in my mouth for the next few hours, but it was worth it. No pain after, at least so far. I can remember having 'dry socket' many years ago with a similar extraction so I'm hoping that doesn't happen again.

Well, I've rambled long enough. Off to (hopefully) my last p.t. today. I'd like to do one more pool therapy at least too. We shall see.

Have a great Wednesday all.

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Good morning, all. It's a sunny morning here but Fall is definitely in the air. Temps overnight went into the low 40's. I'm ready for it though. Hubby was saying that some botanist at Cornell said that there likely wouldn't be any real foliage season this year due to the strange summer weather we had this year. I do hope he's wrong because this is my favorite time of year.

Bev, sounds like work is coming along with the new house. I know you must be anxious to get into it and have everything settled.

Carol, when will you head south? Friends of ours left Sunday and won't return until April or May. They lucked out with the hurricanes, losing only a few roofing tiles. They were directly in the line of fire until it veered inland a bit. Lucky for them!

Fall Rally this weekend. I'll be going but will travel from Brattleboro as I'll be headed there on Friday to help with the yard sale planned for the weekend. I'll go back there after Rally is done so I can continue to help on Sunday and Monday. I hope we're successful in getting rid of most of the things being offered but I'm not sure how we'll do. There are a lot of old tools and such and a few household items but the bulk of the household items will not be offered until a little later when we do an estate sale. We still have a lot of things to go through indoors so it will probably not happen until November or December. That one will be an indoor sale!

Scales are continuing to look good. I lost another 2.4 last week and today they are down another pound or so. I'd really like to show a decent loss when I go for my physical later this month.

Have a great day!

Cheryl

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Both homes as well as Rodney's cousin's house share the same driveway to a certain point. It is a private road that has to be maintained by us. His cousin usually does the plowing, but we also have a snowblower to clean it up in front of the house because he can only do part of it unless the cars are moved out of the way, and that doesn't always get done when he is plowing. Our current house is the first one so we have a short driveway that branches off Wells Mountain Road and leads to this house. The road continues up the hill past our driveway and then takes a sharp turn up another (steep) hill to Rodney's cousin's house where it pretty much ends, although there is a logging road that you can drive up with a 4-wheel drive vehicle with good ground clearance, that leads to the hunting camp further up. Where the road makes the sharp turn and goes up to Rodney's cousin's house the driveway for our new house continues straight ahead. Since we hope to be in Florida during the winter months I don't think we will have Rodney's cousin plow our new driveway. In the event that we needed to come back home during the winter we would need to hire somebody (like the guy who is doing our excavation work now) to come in with heavy equipment and open it up, but we don't expect that to happen so it seems like a lot of work for nothing to keep the road open all winter. Ed is supposed to make sure he goes up and rakes snow off the roof when it needs it, but he can get up there on snowshoes (we gave him ours).

Hopefully before the end of the month we will be moving, but there are still a number of things to be done. The well is in and the area where the slab is going is ready, but it might be next week before the concrete guy can come. The septic system is started. Rodney didn't think he would be able to start the electrical work until after the trailer was in place because he thought the pedestal was going to be at the end of it, but when we drove up Friday night to look things over it looked like the contractor has the pipe coming out from under the slab off to one side, so he said maybe he won't need to wait for the house to be in place. The excavation guy is going to load up a bunch of tree debris from the trees that Rodney's cousin cut down for us along the power line right-of-way and haul it away because the power company won't put the line in until that is all cleaned up. Hopefully they will work on that this week so we can get the power company in soon. Once the house is in place we will have the plumber come back and hook up both the water and the sewer. It is all coming along but there are a number of players and it is not always easy to get on their schedule quite when you would like to.

Well, I better get off my butt and get something done. I was thinking I should start sorting out some stuff I need to get rid of before the move, but I have been procrastinating.

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Good morning, ladies,

30 here this morning, a light frost but the sun is bright and I'm sure it will warm things up soon.

Cheryl, I am glad you and your siblings had a productive time of the cleaning and sorting. Nice that there are lots of memories, although I'm sure sad ones, too. Let's hope everything can be transported safely and the rest goes quickly in the yard sale. It took us about 3 months to do my folks' house, as I recall.

Bev, it's October, so this is the month you will be moving, yay! Let's hope the final details fall into place easily and with no hassle. Do both homes share the same driveway?

We had planned on a trip to Manchester (NH) today but decided to stay home instead. He wanted to stop at Camping World to get a vent kit for the enclosed utility trailer but when we called them the in-store price was about $12 higher than the internet price, so we decided to order it ourselves. Oh well, saved a tankful of gas, anyway.

We had a doe under our apple tree yesterday. They have 'turned' that brownish color now, not nearly as pretty as the reddish color they are in the summer.

Well, I've rambled long enough. Housecleaning on my agenda today...never an end to that, is there?

Have a good day, all.

Carol

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Good morning, all. It seems like forever since I have been on here. Lots of things going on and not much time for anything else.

My brother and his wife were here from NC last week and then we took the train together to Brattleboro on Thursday. We four siblings spent the better part of five days working on cleaning things out of our family home. Lots and lots of things to go through and decide who wants what and what to do with the rest. Of course, all of this was taking place in the extreme heat and so sweat was the order of the day. I came back here on Monday and then went back yesterday with my daughter-in-law and Karl's truck so that I could bring back a load of boxes and furniture. We will have a yard sale Columbus Day weekend but will also have to schedule another for a little later as we just cannot get it all ready at once. Mom had a lot of glassware and antique dishes so it is time-consuming to go through and make decisions. Several years ago, I asked her to number pieces and record their significance in a notebook. Thank goodness!!! It has become our bible in making decisions about what to keep and what to let go. There are many pieces that came from our grandparents. Some of those things were gifts from their parents! One piece that I've always treasured is a cake stand that my father's parents received from my grandmother's mother at their wedding. That dish is at least 120 years old! It is mine now! We have tried to be aware of passing along mementos to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren so Mom's collections of china teacups and Hallmark ornaments are being divided with them in mind. Dad's collection of Scouting memorabilia is essentially going to one of my sons since he was the only grandson to receive his Eagle Scout rank.

Bev, I'm glad that you were able to get a satisfactory resolution to the financial situation with the house. Sorry though that the situation with Rodney isn't better. Let's hope the prednisone continues to help the breathing. Alex also has an antibiotic infusion with his treatments because of the prednisone.

Time to get to work on today's to-do list. We are lining up our contractor to put on a new roof so I need to get a permit for that. We also need to get the gas company in here to evaluate what needs to be done so that we can remove our exterior chimney. Presently, everything is vented through the chimney so they will have to change things over for us. I'd also like to take the time to pick the last of our tomatoes and begin putting the garden to bed. I've delayed doing this since it was just too hot to even think of gardening! Yay for the cooler temps! My cousin near Pensacola was complaining yesterday that the temps were about 90 there and it was much too warm for this time of year! lol

Have a great day. Scales are looking good so I'm hoping for another good loss tonight.

Cheryl

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We spent most of yesterday and part of today at DHMC, but I think both visits were productive. Rodney is back on chemo starting yesterday. He will have a treatment every two weeks, which includes a 2 hour infusion followed by a pump he will wear for another 46 hours. He goes back tomorrow for the pump to be removed. His breathing has started to improve slightly since going on the prednisone again, so they are keeping him on that for a while. He will stay on the same dose for another week and then they will gradually start to reduce it as long as he continues to do well. Because long-term use of prednisone can cause an infection he will start a preventative antibiotic. Since he had improved a bit since last week I was not expecting them to decide he needs oxygen but they did some pulmonary tests today and feel he will benefit from oxygen therapy. He won't need to use it when he is just sitting around the house but whenever he does anything that requires even slight exertion he will use it. His labs yesterday were mostly good, but his tumor marker had increased significantly since it was last checked on 8/30 (from 143 to 510, with normal being 37 or less). That is not a good sign, but it is somewhat possible that the inflammation in his lungs is responsible for part of the increase.

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Rodney got a call from his doctor yesterday but we still only have a partial answer. The biopsy sample had malignant cells in it, but they are not quite sure if they came from the nodules that we knew were there or from the new mass- so they still are not sure if the new stuff is cancer or damage from the chemo- or possibly a combination of both. They were going to send the sample out for genetic testing but there is some question of whether the sample will be adequate. If not he will need another biopsy done, and probably via a surgical procedure next time. He is starting a new chemo regimen on Monday. I know what it is but not all the details yet. Normally this new chemo is given as a two hour infusion followed by being hooked up to a pump for a day or two at home afterwards. His oncologist spoke to a pulmonary specialist, who recommended he go back on prednisone because he said if he was only on it for a week before that probably wasn't long enough to know if it will work. He started those again today. Today they called him to schedule an appointment with the pulmonary doc for Tuesday. That kind of presents a dilemma for me because I had already submitted a request for Monday off. I don't think they will like it if I take Tuesday as well, but I really want to be there to hear what the pulmonary guy thinks. It is hard to balance my job responsibilities with my caregiver responsibilities. The latter is the more important to me, but I still need a job for a while longer so I can't ignore the first either.

I hope the scales were good to anyone who weighed in tonight. Ed & Kim just got back from TOPS and it sounds like they both had a loss. Thursday nights tend to be their "cheat night" but they said they would only have a cheat night if they both lost. When she came in the door Rodney asked her if it was cheat night and she said it is.

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Gee, Carol, it sounds like you haven't had the best luck lately, between the issues with the stove and then the modem. I hope you are able to get both working 100% soon. It is frustrating when things don't work like they should. Good luck with the revamped orthotics. I hope they do the job so you can get back into more of your old routine.

Still no word from DHMC today, but he said it might take a couple of more days. We are anxious to find out what the next plan will be. At one point Rodney was saying maybe his breathing was getting better since he had used the inhaler less. I asked him if he had been doing anything other than sitting around all day and he admitted he didn't do much other than that. He walked down the driveway with me tonight and had to use it when he came back inside so I don't think he is any better. Sadie bought him a pulse oximeter that came today. I don't know how accurate it is, but when he put in on his finger after walking down the driveway it was reading his oxygen saturation level as only 67%! After he sat in the recliner for a while it started coming back up and eventually got up to 91- which is where it was at the hospital on Monday after he sat for a few minutes. I put it on my finger and it read 97% so I don't think it is reading low all the time. I told him he needs to make sure he tells the doctor about it when he calls him with the biopsy results.

Cheryl. I forgot to congratulate you on the weight you have lost. Keep up the good work! I am pretty much holding my own. Some days the scale looks like it is down a pound or two but then it will go back up. Rodney has lost 15 pounds in the last two months without even trying. He had the excess pounds to spare, but I don't think it is a good sign since he isn't trying to lose.

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Good evening, ladies,

Bev, it must be extra frustrating to get all the way to the doc's and not get the answers you are expecting. I would wait, like you said, for the biopsy results before starting the next treatment, whether it is chemo or what ever else may work. Sounds like Rod is a bit more receptive to the oxygen idea, an if it is not a 24/7 thing it shouldn't be too bad. Hard to be patient, isn't it?

I saw the ortho surgeon here again today, a 6-week followup from when he saw me and confirmed my leg length discrepancy. He said he reviewed the operative notes from my FL surgeon and it appears he followed general protocol but without seeing the preop x-rays of my other hip, he can't know for sure if the measurement was accurate or not when putting my new hip in. If I read between the lines correctly, it was an error, but it is nearly impossible to tell based on the info he had here. I certainly could pursue litigation, but I can't afford that, and I couldn't do it from up here anyway, even if I did. Coincidentally, a friend of ours in FL is having the same surgeon and the same surgery today....haven't heard yet how he is doing, but I will warn him...
Ultimately, I could see a chiropractor, but there is no guarantee it will last, whatever they do to help. And they generally require return visits so I couldn't start that now anyway, at least not here. I will have my p.t. folks build me new orthotics with a built-in wedge for my shorter leg. The doc suggests that will probably do the best for me anyway. And continue to walk and do pool therapy as long as I want. When we get to FL I can do that almost every day, which will be nice. He did say people do sometimes plateau and the muscles stop responding for a while, then they may shift again. We shall see. I'm prepared to wait until the full year is up, then see what I can do next spring when we come back.

Well, I've rambled long enough. Glad your house and bank people came to an agreement. I spent some time on the phone today with the stove/range folks, setting up yet another service date...same problem happening again that happened in May..intermittent burner working, not working, etc. The appliance repair guy should have put in the relays that they left with us in May, but he was thinking it would work by only replacing the switches. It did, for a while, but we can't have a burner that works only when it wants to!
Then we tried replacing the modem Fairpoint sent us, since ours was old and we have so many internet issues...well, that didn't work...it should we had internet access but couldn't connect. We'll try again another day, maybe. So frustrating. We put the old one back in for now.

Watching hurricane Maria to see which direction she heads in...too early to tell right now but I sure hope it isn't Florida.

Have a great night all. My recliner is calling my name!

Carol



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We didn't get any answers today at DHMC. The oncologist didn't have the report from the biopsy yet. He had paged the pathologist before we saw him and he did get a call back while we were there, but he still didn't get an answer. The person he spoke with said she had looked at the samples but wasn't able to determine for sure if the cells were cancer or inflammation so she was waiting for some others to look at them with her and they might need to do some additional tests before having a definitive answer. He did say with Rodney's breathing not getting any better that he doesn't think we will be able to wait for the genetic testing before moving forward with something. Once he has the biopsy results he will decide what that something will be. If the biopsy shows the cells to be cancer he will likely start another kind of chemo ASAP, but if it is not determined to be a spread of the cancer he may hold off on that and have him see a pulmonary specialist. He did say if this is just from the chemo is should get better, but that it could get worse before it gets better and that it can't be ignored for too long. He did mention the possibility of oxygen, but we are waiting a few more days for the biopsy results. When we met with the surgeon he looked at the scans and he feels it looks like damage from the chemo- but I'm not sure how much faith to have in that when the radiology people who should have more experience with looking at scans say they can't be sure.

I had a bit of worry today about an issue with the house but I think it got resolved. The salesman at Camelot had told me they needed the entire balance paid before they would even prep the house for delivery so I requested a check from the bank- only to be told they couldn't release the money until the house was delivered. They said they couldn't pay more than 10% before it was delivered. So I asked our loan officer if she could call them and discuss the bank's position and hopefully once they heard from the bank that the money is definitely there they would be more reasonable. She e-mailed me back later to say she had called and spoken with someone else because our salesman was not available and he was okay with their disbursement schedule and said he would let our salesman know. She told me they are working with Camelot on another one besides ours. 10% to get it ready and the balance on delivery is what the first company we were dealing with had asked for so I think that is probably fairly standard.

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Good morning, all. It's looking like a very nice day here, more like July than mid-September. I'm not complaining though. Those cold, winter temps will be here all too soon!

My brother and his wife will arrive tomorrow from NC and stay with us for a couple of days. Then on Thursday, we'll take the train to Brattleboro and spend a few days there cleaning out our mother's house. There really is a lot still to be done but maybe we can make a decent dent in it with all of us there for several days. I'll come back here on Monday next week and my brother will return to NC soon after.

Bev, good to hear that the site work for the new house is progressing well. It's a big step but fortunately it is right nearby. Not so much packing up and moving things to be done. Sorry though that Rodney isn't getting any more relief with his breathing. I would think that having oxygen available would really be a big help. Yes, it's annoying to carry around a canister but the relief is worth it. One of our chapter members fought the idea of having to be on oxygen but has now given in to it and is enjoying life much more.

Laundry is on the agenda for today. Not much else, I guess. We spent a lot of the weekend doing some major cleaning and sprucing up around here so I shouldn't be too worn out by the time that company arrives tomorrow. Other than for weddings, I think this is the first time they have been here in about 30 years!

Scales are going down finally! August was a horrible month for me but finally the efforts have kicked in. I've lost a lot of what I gained last month and am hoping that the end of the month finds me still lower. I'll miss this week's weigh in but I figure I will probably work off a bit while working at Mom's house.

Have a great day!

Cheryl

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I think we are going grocery shopping today, but probably won't do much more than that. We had been talking about apple picking, but I wasn't sure if Rodney would be able to go due to his breathing problems. He told me that he would just need to take the tractor ride to the orchard and not do a lot of walking once we got there but he wanted to try it. We would have to make sure he had his inhaler with him. Of course we figured we would go with Ed, Kim, and the boys, but they had other plans for the weekend so they won't be going and I don't think we will go alone. They went to Tunbridge Fair yesterday (which I knew they were planning) and last night they went to Kim's parents house because Logan has a football game in Ausable, NY at 11 or 11:30 today and it would be closer to get there from her parents place than from here. After the game he will go home with his mom and they will come back here but it will be too late to go apple picking at that point.

The sitework for the house is coming along. The well was drilled on Thursday. Yesterday the excavation guys were here working on getting the spot ready for the slab. Now we can see where the house will sit - and it will take up a good portion of the open area, but we already kind of knew that. The only problem is that the way things look now the bank drops off right in front of the house where the entrance door will be. They had a copy of the floor plan that shows where the doors are so I assume they are planning to build it up some when they come back, but Rodney said he wants to talk to the guy to make sure he didn't overlook where the entrance is. We are hoping to get the house delivered in another 3 - 4 weeks, but I need to ask the bank for a check for it before the company will even break it down and get it ready for delivery.

Rodney's biopsy went fine on Wednesday. Hopefully they will have the initial results by the time we meet with his oncologist tomorrow morning. The results of the genetic testing will take a few weeks. His breathing has not improved at all since he has been off the chemo, so I am not convinced that is what caused the problem. If anything, it has gotten worse. The doctor who did the biopsy said the scans done as a part of that did not look any better then the previous one either. We also met with the palliative care person that same day and she asked him if he was interested in looking into whether or not he would be a candidate for oxygen therapy. He told her he didn't think so as he didn't want to carry around oxygen all the time. I was surprised to hear that as he had told me in the recovery room after his biopsy that he felt better with the oxygen they had him on. She checked his oxygen saturation when he was just sitting in her office and then had him walk about 30 feet down the hall with the sensor on his finger and it dropped from 92-93 to 88 just from that little bit of exertion. She told us she wasn't sure what the criteria is for being able to have oxygen covered by insurance and she also wasn't sure if it was the same or different if you have cancer. Since Wednesday I think he has come to the decision that he might ask his doctor more about it tomorrow. Hopefully they will eventually find a more long-term solution to the breathing problems, but in the short-term I don't think oxygen would be a bad idea, especially if he doesn't have to use it all the time.

Well, I guess I should stop being lazy and get myself dressed and ready to go shopping. Maybe once he sees me getting around he will do the same!

Enjoy the nice weather as we may not see too many more days of summer-like temps!

Bev


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9/17/17 8:19 A

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Good morning, ladies,

Foggy here this morning, but guess it's the time of year for that. Hard to believe it's going to be in the 80s again today.

We took the '57 to the hot rod show in Essex yesterday as we are trying to sell it. No serious inquiries, though, but maybe it will lead somewhere. You never know. It was very hot there. We mostly sat with the car in semi-shade and brought our own lunch so we wouldn't have to eat the greasy fair-type food they usually sell at those events. Glad we did.

I don't know what is on the agenda for today but I am thinking maybe another short motorcycle ride. Foliage is really changing over this way so it might be a popular idea around here.

Well, laundry and housework have to be first. Guess I'd better get moving.

Have a great day, ladies.

Carol

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9/13/17 11:39 A

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That certainly was a frightening experience at DHMC yesterday. Glad I was not anywhere near it! Apparently that man was driven to this extreme measure but who knows why!

Good news for both of you that your homes in FL are relatively unscathed. Everyone I've heard from escaped any real destruction. Some have some minor damages but nothing that will keep them from staying in their homes.

Halle is under doctor's orders to stay out of soccer for three weeks. She had an injury to her ankle/heel on Sunday and so her mother, being a physical therapist, pretty much diagnosed her problem. She was able to get Halle to see an ortho doctor yesterday and he agreed that it's an inflammation of the growth plate due to the aggressive activity associated with soccer. She will have to wear a boot for three weeks and then be re-evaluated. Looks like her soccer season is going to be very short this year. She really enjoys playing so this will definitely be a hardship for her.

Today, I'm making chicken soup with the leftovers from the roasted chicken we had on Sunday. It will probably go in the freezer for consumption later since this week's 80 degree temps aren't really soup weather. Not that I'm complaining!

Later today, we are going to look at new chairs for the living room. The recliners aren't that old but they just aren't comfortable for me. The seat is too deep and so it raises issues with my knees and hip. I think we need to find something a little smaller, more of a ladies' chair, I guess. I'd also like to replace the sofa with a sleeper style but we'll see if that happens.

Have a great day.

Cheryl

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Good morning, ladies,

What a scare at DHMC. A lockdown at the V.A. where we were up the road, too. Precautionary, I guess. At least they have him in custody, but it will leave an emotional scar on many of those hospital workers, I'm sure.

Sounds like great progress on your house, Bev. I know there are tons of details to take care of, and many are sequential, as in, you can't do this until that is done. You will be lucky that when you do go to FL your place will be easy to watch over ...so close to Ed and all.
Our next door neighbor in FL called yesterday morning to tell us a box on the outdoor back wall was clicking and had a flashing light after the power came back on. Yikes, we had no idea what it was, but another neighbor was concerned enough that he pulled out the wire. Hmm..we suspect it was the cable box, so we are not concerned until we get there. They said they heard the air conditioner running so were are relieved about that.
Some minor shingle damage was the only thing we could see from a picture that some friends sent us. This year we will definitely have the huge live oak tree on the front lawn trimmed out...don't want to remove it as it provides much needed shade on the house.

Well, off to start on today's list.

Have a great day all.

Carol

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