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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DD is staying overnight at her Dad's house to help him with yard work.. he had more stents placed a couple weeks ago, so cannot lift anything, etc. He lives about a half hour drive from here, in farm country, so she will just stay there and enjoy being with her dad ..
SInce we only have 16 days until vacation, we are both trying to get as much accomplished as possible ahead of time. I cleared out more old cardboard boxes from the basement that had drowned, then dried out,,,yuck.

It is nice since the garage sale, to see the basement floor. We are still pulling old icky things out before we place the treadmill where we really want it.. I would like to bring my tv from my bedroom down there to watch DVD's while racking up miles on the treadmill..Good project for post-vacation Just thought of it, will tell DD when she returns..

Yesterday I started proceedings for my mother's hospice..

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CATTUTT 7/29/2014 9:27PM

    Your DD sounds pretty awesome. She helps you, your parents, her dad... you must be proud.

I can't wait for those 16 days to pass and you to go on your vacay. Be sure to think of me while you're there, I'll be with you in spirit, enjoying every second of it!

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SEATTLE58 7/29/2014 5:38PM

    Thinking of you with your basement woes and with your dear mother too. Hugs to you, Karen

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NELLIEH1 7/29/2014 5:10PM

    Thinking of you as you go through the hospice process. It is such a wonderful gift to everyone involved. We had hospice with both my parents. Know it is not all easy, but will be comforting.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/29/2014 4:22PM

    It is nice to see what you have accomplished when you go to the basement, I bet.

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ARNETTELEE 7/29/2014 3:57PM

  Hope everything is okay.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

It seems that the severe storms we had yesterday dropped two tornado's , one right t here in town and one a few miles out in farmland. Baseball-sized hail damaged many vehicles parked outside. Dealerships are freaking out!!

My house is so well insulated and the new insulated windows, I did not even know it was raining until DD told me.. This Lodge room looks out upon my red maple tree in the front yard,, It blocks everything else out, so I did not see the sky at all.
Ignorance is bliss, unless it kills you I guess...

i am sitting here making many phone calls,, nobody seems to be home: social worker is on another line at assisted living, Mike the mechanic must be on lunch hour.. ..I did manage to make our haircut appointments for this Saturday morning..

After last-minute lawn mowing and laundry, we will be ready to pack next week.. We only need to buy a package of hot dog buns and we are R*E*A*D*Y*!

I finally received my three free gas cards, so have them stacked with the free restaurant gift card..
More storms brewing in that sky right now,, got to do everything I need to that requires electricity quickly..

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MTN_KITTEN 7/29/2014 10:19AM

    You done good!

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NELLIEH1 7/28/2014 8:53PM

    Glad you are safe!!

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JANISMKW 7/28/2014 8:30PM

    HAd a confirmed tornado in Revere, MA, right next to Boston, blocks from the ocean. Most unusual. Roofs torn off but thankfully no serious injuries.

So scary and happen so fast. Glad you and your townies are OK too.

Red maples ripped out by the roots on the news here.

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SEATTLE58 7/28/2014 5:41PM

    I'm so glad that you're safe and surely hope that all the people around you are safe too! I hope that you can keep safe too, with your travels. Enjoy to the fullest!!

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/28/2014 4:57PM

    Stay safe. Sounds like you should have the weather channel on. Hope you get in touch with everyone you need to. emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 7/28/2014 4:10PM

    I'm glad you and your house made it through ok. I was watching those storms on the radar last night. Here in Big Rapids, we were under a thunderstorm warning for a short time, but the worst we had was just some heavy rain, didn't even hear too many rumbles of thunder. Most of the storms went around us yesterday. I had 8/10ths of rain in my rain gauge this morning when I checked it.

Enjoy your vacation, and I hope you don't get any more bad storms!

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ANNEMARIA6 7/28/2014 2:39PM

    Wow those storms sound frightening! We do get twisters here now and then but usually not too much damage and population wise we are sparse compared to you so often the weather service tells us about one but seldom seen!
Hope you have a really nice break! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AUNTRENEE 7/28/2014 2:14PM

    Hate storms. Hate being alone when they're going on.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/28/2014 1:41PM

    Be safe, and watch those storms. Don't your town have tornado sirens. Hope you get all your phone calls made up, it is so nerve wracking when no one is there to answer a phone, or all you get is a menu, and yes we will call you back, right 5 hrs later.

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CATTUTT 7/28/2014 12:55PM

    Yikes, those storms sound scary! I hope it doesn't get too bad there today!

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Stormy Sunday

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I fell asleep in the chair last night, slept until 5:30am, up to do laundry, read newspaper, off to get a few vacation items at Aldi. I also eat a mozzarella stick(fit and active) from Aldi in my packed lunch for work ever day, so we stocked up on them..
The only food we need to buy for packing is hot dog buns. We have our complete list made, .

I have phone calls to make appointments tomorrow: Hair, car, mom's assisted living, niece.

Next weekend is the library book sale, so we plan time for that before we leave, It has always been the weekend after we get back, they changed it.
the first day you pay $2/hardcover, $1 paperback, $2 CD's.
Second day is $1 hardcover, $ .50 paper. Last day, you fill a cardboard box(they supply) for $3! I take my largest rolling suitcase, put the box in it and walk all over the ice arena floor and search through what is left of the 20,000 books.
We have fun, the library thins the shelves out and the $ goes towards more books!

I have been back to normal stomach-wise so been eating lots more produce. The hard part is that so much of it is sugar for my diabetes(ALdi has red seedless California grapes for $.88/lb) so I have to count them out instead of eating them like popcorn!!

I ate breakfast when we got home this morning, then promptly fell asleep in the chair for ,,, FOUR HOURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lasix and two other meds I take make you drowsy, so I had no chance,even drinking caffeine!!

I feel tired yet, but have too much left to do. We have gotten a few rain sprinkles this morning for two minutes, but now at 5p, the sky is black, the wind is at 35mph!!! Our expected big storm is getting closer...

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ALIALI2013 7/28/2014 1:02PM

    Wow you are so busy, hopefully you'll get everything done, I'm sure you will, I wish you the best!

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MTN_KITTEN 7/28/2014 10:37AM

    Busy, busy. Make sure to take care of yourself.

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NELLIEH1 7/28/2014 8:05AM

    library book sales are so much fun. We have to downsize now, so must donate books to others, rather than bring in new ones to our wee house. emoticon Hope you get all done today before vacation.

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CATTUTT 7/27/2014 9:22PM

    That book sale sounds awesome. I love book sales, but I sure don't need anymore books!

Hope the storm wasn't too bad!

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ANGELN325 7/27/2014 9:03PM

    We had a 50% chance of rain and it decided not to. Caley and I were outside a lot yesterday so we stayed inside today and played Barbies. It was fun!

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ANNEMARIA6 7/27/2014 8:58PM

    I have never heard of an Aldi store in our area in Canada. Is it American only I wonder?
The book sale sounds fun! Hope your week is great! emoticon

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SEATTLE58 7/27/2014 8:27PM

    Keep safe from the storm. Hopefully it passes you by! Unless you need rain like we have. We are so happy that an Aldi store is building near us, and that's mainly the town we shop in, so Yippee!! We'll be able to get so many good things that so many people talk about! Have a awesome vacation is all ways!!

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/27/2014 8:19PM

    The book sale does sound fun. Great way to do it, money for the Library.
Hope the storm isn't too bad! emoticon

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MSFROGGIE 7/27/2014 7:24PM

    Book sale! Awesome!

Hope the storm was a calm one!

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/27/2014 6:53PM

    Hope your storm isn't to bad. I want to go to your book sale, it sound delightful, a person can never have to many books.

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GABY1948 7/27/2014 6:32PM

    Sounds like a GRAND day! And so glad you are feeling better! I long to have an Aldi near me...hope when we move they have near Lapeer, Davison!

It stormed here too....bad but it cooled it off....glad....

Have a great week! emoticon

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Productive day so far!!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

I love getting up early on the weekend and getting a lot of things accomplished before the throngs of people get moving around.
Today was very good. I was up and off to Discount Tire (7:45am) to get my tires all rotated, spin-balanced and re mounted(free of charge). Stopped back home to see if DD was awake yet to do the tour with me up and down the strip.

I picked her up, off we went to Walgreen for vacation supplies on sale(paper plates, towels).
Next stop, credit union for $$...
then to get some breakfast, across the street, Kroger for few staples for the week.
Back home, unpack trunk and back seat, relax.. Call my older sister to tell her about mom's hospice need and situation.
One hour later, I am getting a list together page by page for vacation prep.. Week list, then day-to-day list. turning off power and water in Dad's house before we leave,etc.

We got in the store just as a thunderstorm began, so it is too humid to steam clean carpets..

Now is time to research hospice companies and staff for mom. then call mom's to tell Crystal to get doc order for it, then hire nurses...

Am hoping health insurance paperwork arrives early enough for me to research that and make an informed choice before I leave for vacation.

I also need to call Mike the mechanic for Vito's checkup and then make haircut appointment for next weekend.

Tomorrow we start packing non-perishables in the plastic tub, replenish our travel toiletries, make list of perishables for cooler.

Put a roast in the crock pot for dinner,leftovers will be made into gluck tomorrow.

cleaning wood floors later too...
I love my days off!

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FLEMIDG 7/27/2014 12:56AM

    Oh my goodness, I'm puffing after just reading about all you did today. Hope you have a good rest tonight.

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NELLIEH1 7/26/2014 11:21PM

    Congrats on your super day!! You did so much.

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/26/2014 2:53PM

    Do you wear roller skates? emoticon
Sounds like a productive morning alright. Good for you. I'm excited for you guys, your trip and all. emoticon

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GABY1948 7/26/2014 2:35PM

    WOW! Where did this year go...I knew vacation was coming but it's HERE! Bless your heart....you are a methodical person as I am!

Heave a great week and keep right on moving! BIG emoticon

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/26/2014 12:35PM

    Sounds like you are having a very productive day. Me got the weekly and be-weekly vacuuming done and 3 loads of laundry, 1 hung out on clothes line, haven't got my walk done yet, awful humid here and waiting to see if it will improve this afternoon, and then remember to take my emer. inhaler with me, just in case I need it. Have a great vacation.

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CATTUTT 7/26/2014 12:32PM

    You are so productive it just blows my mind. You get so much done, and so early. I wish I could be more like that!

Hope you have a great Saturday afternoon!

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Friday, July 25, 2014

I had no cable service all day today, so no phone, cable or internet service. It just came back on an hour ago. I had a good day today, worked very hard at work, but everybody tried to be as stress-free as possible.
Tomorrow I will be up early and get my tires checked and rotated for vacation, then on to walgreens for some paper plates for vacation, then to credit union to get some $$.. Since I have direct deposit for my check, I only get cash about once a month. I put everything on my credit cards for the points, never hold a balance.

If it is not too humid from the expected rain, I may steam clean the carpets tomorrow..

I had a delicious piece of poached Alaskan salmon for dinner, hoping it would satisfy me, but I was hungry an hour later.. DD had chicken noodle soup, so I had a bowl of that,,so far , so good.

If it is not raining we may go to the park on Sunday,, not sure.. weather over the Great Lakes changes within minutes.

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GABY1948 7/26/2014 9:15AM

    We are getting storm as I write here.

Lin, you have had so many things happen lately that I know things are turning around! All will be good here soon!

emoticon and Be Blessed!

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MTN_KITTEN 7/26/2014 5:45AM

    What did we do before we had all this technology???

Stay focused.

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CATTUTT 7/25/2014 9:45PM

    Oh man, no cable all day would drive me batty. I'm way too dependent on the interwebs! lol

Hope the weather is pleasant and you can go to the park this weekend!

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/25/2014 8:58PM

glad you are back online. When you get used to these things, you are lost when they don't work, even if wouldn't have used them that day.

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NELLIEH1 7/25/2014 8:34PM

    Your weatha sounds like ours in New England... emoticon Glad you got the internet service back.

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