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  1. Belle, I missed about your leg ๐Ÿ˜ž Wishing for quick pain relief for you. Do you have access to a rollator (sp?) type walker (the type you can walk or sit on and shuffle backwards? They don't take much space but might be good for the cruise. I think most ships offer wheelchair assistance for boarding even if you don't need the wheelchair the entire cruise. Take an internet friend/lay person's advice for what it is worth ๐Ÿ˜‰: I often find walking and stretching to help most of my leg discomfort. Standing on a stair and letting your heels drop below the step then raising yourself back to level can help strengthen the calf muscles. Wrapping a long towel around the ball of your foot and pulling your foot towards you gives a similar stretch too and can be done from bed. Standing near or against a wall and lifting your toes can help with your shins (the wall keeps you from falling backwards). Biofreeze is great for muscle aches, but does have a menthol scent (disperses quicker than Ben Gay though). Listen to your body. Discomfort/aches are one thing, but pain is something else. Take care ๐Ÿ™‚
  2. I wasn't able to see the more formal dresses, Laurie, but I really like the lace dress above. When we went to Saint John, NB (there is also St Johns, NL - so be careful with your search results) we did an excursion through Princess that included a brief stop at the reversing tides both ways and a Kayak trip with full lobster lunch. In Halifax we walked to the Citadel (great for history buffs), had lunch at a local restaurant (Your Father's Mustache), walked the Public Garden, and a little bit of window shopping on the boardwalk. We went in October, so some shops were closed already on the boardwalk. Halifax has several good breweries if I remember my research, plus a local specialty called Donair if you want a light lunch. It's similar to a gyro but with a sweeter sauce than tzatsiki (sp?) sauce. We are still a few years from retirement, but I wonder how that will look for me as a homemaker. I'm sure my life will change a lot once the kids are grown, but I suspect I'll always be "working" - maybe I'll finally have time for projects though.
  3. Welcome back, Rose. I'm glad you got some nice time away with your granddaughter. Hoping the procedure goes well for your husband. You are so close to your goal ๐Ÿ™‚ You've got this!
  4. I'm down 1.4# this week, but still a lot to go. Sun is shining so I'm going to get some yard work done. Short run and circuit weight training tonight. Just over 2 weeks until the cruise and most of my summer clothes still fit from last year so at least I don't need to buy anything.
  5. Glad you were able to have Mom with you even if just for a few hours. My mom was only around 50 when she went full time at a nursing home so we only dealt with Medicaid, but they are very different animals. As I understand, Medicare is a federal program primarily for retirees and not income based while Medicaid is state based and for those with very little resources. I don't know if CT has an Area Agency on Aging or similar elder care program, but maybe they can help you navigate the red tape {{{hugs}}}. We are doing the 5 day Bermuda on Anthem of the Seas from Bayonne. Were there any great local spots for lunch that stuck out? Welcome @halegliss! We typically have a new thread each Thursday, usually started by the wonderful Belle with a fun poem. Nice weight loss. Glad to have you with us ๐Ÿ™‚
  6. Welcome back, Rob ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you are healing and your stress level goes down soon. Is this a permanent stay for your mom or rehab only? They each come with their own levels of stress ๐Ÿ’” It was a nice weekend here. Daughter was still sick on Friday so she couldn't go to quizzing Saturday, but she did get much better over the weekend and was able to go to church Sunday and school this week ๐Ÿ˜„ Son originally had a track meet for Saturday, but they didn't have his event at this meet, so he was able to go to the quiz and took 1st place in all categories at it. I was able to run most of the 5K and only took a few walking breaks. My time was 43:16, so over 5 minutes better than the last one (though to be fair it was mostly walked). Our next race is the end of June and I'm trying to be under 40 minutes. My temperature never got as high as my daughters, but enough to have me sluggish so Sunday was a lazy day. I borrowed the movie Up from our library (have wanted to see it for a few years now) and it was really cute. The school year is winding down fast with lots of activities, so I won't be around a lot. We leave for our cruise the day after graduation, so I probably will miss a week. We booked a helmet dive and I saw a FB post about some rocks/caves at Horseshoe Beach that look neat to explore. Have a great week!
  7. Happy Mother's Day, and a big {{hug}} to those who find it a rough day. It's always bittersweet for me: I love being a mom and have great kids plus an amazing Mother in Law, but my Mom passed in 2005 (and in many ways I lost her to MS years before that) so it's a hard day. I know there are others who have even more reasons for it to be hard๐Ÿ’”. We have a gloomy, rainy day here but it looks like dry weather for the run. Daughter still has a fever but mine is staying around 99 and the throat isn't too bad. I suspect my gain was from poor eating choices๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‹ but am also confident that it will come off once I start getting more road miles (which should come with school ending). Have a good weekend all.
  8. We have quite a few covered bridges in Pennsylvania too if you are interested in a southbound road trip.
  9. I'm going to try a version of packing cubes for our next cruise. I saved the plastic zip bags from sheets, pillows, etc and think that they should work in a similar way. I figure it's a good way to reuse the packaging and a cheap way to try cubes.
  10. Thanks for remembering us Belle! I also had a gain this week - 3# ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Daughter has been sick most of the week and I think I'm starting to come down with it too. I'm praying she is better soon - she has her AP Calc exam on Monday, plus a lot of other Senior events coming up. Getting excited about our next cruise. Taking our children to Bermuda for daughter's graduation ๐Ÿ˜ŽI just reserved the helmet dive today. We have another 5K this weekend. Anyone else have plans?
  11. I'm sorry to read about your husband's cancer ๐Ÿ˜ž Camping and time on a lake sound like a wonderful respite. I've been very busy lately so not much time to post. Daughter graduates at the end of the month and son is finishing track & field season. We cruise the day after graduation, so Memorial Weekend will be spent getting ready for the cruise and graduation guests. Welcome Tmc1512!
  12. pacruise804

    WATER ?

    I had to check the conversion: 50 C is 122 F๐Ÿ˜ฎNo wonder you needed so much salt! I've noticed humidity can play a factor in swelling too. I try to spend a lot of time outside (balcony, walking decks, or dining al fresco) so that might be a part of my problem too.
  13. I'm up .6# this week ๐Ÿ˜ž Frustrating, but not too surprising. Hubby and I are supposed to start core work when he gets back from his business trip, so hopefully that will help some. Have a great weekend all!
  14. Sorry they didn't work for you. We've taken on NCL, Princess, and Carnival and always worked. There are certain spots that magnets won't stick (there's a video somewhere in CC where it was tested) as not all metals react with magnets - I'm pretty sure door/window frames were some. I thought all ship walls were metal based for fire safety, but the laminate wall covering might be thicker on some ships causing interference too.
  15. The 5K was really nice - windy at times but no rain. We saw a friend from church at the race and I knew I would likely have to walk some, so I ended up speed walking/light running with her. She didn't find the light paced run bad, and might try running more and we finished in under 49 minutes (around a 15 min/mile pace). Hubby was around 35 minutes, so for not having practiced in a while we were both pleased. The 11th will be our next race, and this time with more hills. I plan to run more and will see what the time is like.
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