Ok ladies - say goodbye to Australia :wave: - it was a lovely visit. Pack a book, get comfy - we're traveling "across the pond" and spending the month of May in Memphis, TN - U.S.A.
Trying not to complicate the thread with lots of graphics so I'll give you a visual tour as you touch down.
Not that big of an airport, is it? At least you don't have to lug your luggage far - hey - is that the definition of luggage - stuff you lug? :rofl: Ok, as we cruise out of the airport, notice the huge airfield off to the left. That's the home base of FedEx formerly known as Federal Express - when it absolutely, positively, HAS to be there overnight - or in a day or two. :D Let's swing by downtown on our way out of the airport (can you tell DH is driving). Memphis is rich in music history - some say Memphis is the birth place of modern rock and roll. There's Sun Records which was known for giving notable musicians such as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and Johnny Cash their first recording contracts and helping to launch their careers. There's also the Stax Records which created the popular Memphis Blues and Southern Soul sounds. We'll take a walk down Beale Street and listen to the music one night later on in the month. Over on your left is the Peabody Hotel. Every morning a family of mallard ducks makes the trip from their rooftop home, down the elevator several floors and marches through the lobby in a grand parade to spend the day in the hotel lobby fountain. Then again at 5 they make the return trip back up to the roof to their home for the night. It's cute to see and the Grand Master assures that the little children always get the best front row seats. Ok, we'll come back again for a better look but out the window you can catch a look at the Mighty Mississippi river. Pretty huge, isn't it? The Mississippi flows from the northern tip of the country all the way down to the Port of New Orleans in the south. They say the sunsets are quite spectacular down by the river and I'd have to agree.
Weather wise, it's pretty nice here right now. In the low 80's (F) during the day, around 58 to 60 (F) at night. Just for Carla - the magnolia trees are blooming. Giant white pods - longer than your hand from finger tip to wrist. They gently unfold like crepe paper to expose the blossom and if you get up close they have the most delightful fragrance of lemon. The blooms have faded from the azaleas and spring trees and have been replaced by the flowers and bulbs. The irises are a little past peak but still pretty. The purple and yellow and white pansies are loving the cooler weather and here and there you see peeks of hibiscus and other flowers poking about.
There's birdies everywhere - watch overhead :lol: :rain: If you listen carefully you'll hear the teletale high pitched peep peep of baby birds all about. The parents are still weaning their young so you'll see pairs of red bellied and downy woodpeckers, thrashers, cardinals and all sorts of sparrows and wrens. We have been feeding the mocking birds their favorite grapes and it appears that they also have a penchant for Kit and Kaboodle dry cat food which they steal up to the porch and sneak off with a piece or two throughout the day. Personally I think they picked that up from the blue jays who can empty a dish faster than any cat I know :lol: And just in time for your arrival - the ruby throated hummingbirds are back in town. I noticed one yesterday buzzing the empty hanging pots and we quickly made up some hummer juice. Today I noticed that there are 2 of them in the whole town and they both landed in my yard and are already trying to run each other off and claim the feeder for their own. (Extra feeders are being sanitized and prepared now). We have one baby robin who is a riot. He sees the other birds on the feeder and says "I'm gonna get me sum mah dat stuff". He sits on the top of the bench and flys at the feeder. Not sure how to quite land on it and he quickly flops off but as DH noticed, not before he awkwardly popped his head in a feed hole and grabbed a seed for himself.
Let me go rinse off the last of the pollen from the patio furniture so we can sit and chat. Make yourselves at home and welcome to Memphis... and say hello to the neighborhood cats. The gray and white one is ours.
A big southern hello to y'all :wave: :wave: :wave: oh and a mint julep for Meadow :hat:
05-01-2007, 02:38 AM
Meadow - before I forget :rofl: absolutely LOVED the "I'm FINE" graphic. You're outdone yourself again. Alright - better get these sleepy eyes off to bed. Catch up in the morning. 'Night all and a Good Afternoon for those of you boarding the flight at Sydney.
05-01-2007, 09:28 AM
Dear Happy, that was an enchanting entrance into Memphis. Thank you for the sweet welcome and the tour I enjoyed it very much this early morning with my coffee. It gave me the lazy laid back feelin' of just wanting to sit in the yard and sip and chat with ya all! Hope the month gives us more tours of your great state.
It is a beautiful morning here with the deer all over the hills. Teeka is feeling much better and back to her old self. Toby is busy looking out the window at the wildlife. I am about to do some more house work to be ready for my houe guest. I am so excited to have my friend Gail come for a few days.
Spring is such a grand time and it seems to fly by because we wait so long for it to arrive during our winter months. I do hope everyone is well and we enjoy our time in Happy's back yard.....
05-01-2007, 10:11 AM
Good Morning Chicks,
The sun is shining, the birds are singing - the start of a new day **yawn, stretch**
Nae - glad you enjoyed the touch down here. I think you would enjoy many of the things here tho you would probably miss the big skies of your home state. The camping trip sounded wonderful - except for the ticks :yikes: but that is a hazard this time of year. Have a great time visiting with your friend today. Always nice to have some company around.
Carla, good going on getting into those smaller jeans! :broc: Nothing says success as much as getting into smaller pants. Keep up the good work. Oh and you wanted to know about wildlife. The other day I was driving down the road and there was a dead armadillo - yes an armadillo laying in the road. Apparently they have made their way east from Painterwoman's Texas as predicted. We have a gazillion squirrels because apparently it's illegal here to shoot them and no bunnies to be seen (we've only seen 1 in the over 2 years we've been here) because as I'm told it's NOT illegal to shoot them. Can you imagine?????? :(
Meadow - my SIL puts almond butter in smoothies and all sorts of things for the healthy protein boost. You're right about the pampas grass having knife like edges. Between the holly and the pampas grass I'm glad the DH does the trimming. :lol:
Shad - hope things have calmed down. Is this the big push to the finish?
Mel - looking forward to what kind of avatar you're going to pull up for this month. Memphis is known for blues, BBQ and Elvis. Take it from there. :lol:
Suzi - lunch is over, come back here :lol:
Wow Ceejay - you have to mop the floors at work? Cripes - that's as bad as being at home :lol:
Ok, got to get on with my day and thanks for the belated birthday wishes ladies.
05-01-2007, 10:47 AM
This chick is about an hours drive from Memphis. Are we going to the Pink Palace as well as Elvis's estate?
Not much to do today. I'll change out the chemicals around 10 a.m. or so.
Happy--We are a jack of all trades where I work.
Hello to the rest.
05-01-2007, 10:48 AM
DEAREST HAPPY YOU HAVE OUTDONE YOURSELF!! THE VISUAL IS OUTSTANDING AND I AM ALREADY IN LOVE WITH MEMPHIS. I AM ALSO LAUGHING BECAUSE THERE IS AN ADVERT ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THIS PAGE FOR A DEBBIE MACOMBER BOOK CALLED "BACK ON BLOSSOM STREET". :rofl: :rofl: IS THIS AN OMEN???:yoga:
I AM NOT SURE IT WAS EVERYONE ELSES PICS....I THINK IT MAY HAVE BEEN MY OWN!!! :lol3: THANK THE DH FOR PICKING US UP AT THE AIRPORT. SORRY HE HAD A TOUGH TIME GETTING MY CHAIR INTO THE TRUNK :scooter: LET'S GO OUT ON THE PATIO AND CHAT AWAY MY SOUTHERN SISTER. :cofdate:
I BROUGHT THE STARBUCKS!!! :dance:
NAE~ GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE AND THERE! HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH YOUR FRIEND. I WOULD BE INTERESTED TO SEE HER TAKE ON THE BF THING TOO:rofl: HOPE ALL THE DOGGIES ARE OK BY NOW. AGE IS A TOUGH THING FOR ALL OF US!! :faint: BUT I THINK DOGS HANDLE IT BETTER THAN THEIR HUMAN FRIENDS :lol3:
MEADOW~ I LOVED THE FEELING FINE PIC. EVEN WHILE :dizzy: IT MADE ME LAUGH AND FEEL BETTER YESTERDAY. HAD TO READ IT TWICE TO GET IT THOUGH!!! ROFL
CEEJAY~ WISH WE COULD HAVE SENT YOU BACK TO BED ALSO!!! MAYBE NEXT TIME!! :rofl: GOOD LUCK WITH THE ACTONEL!!! STAY UPRIGHT!!
CARLA~ WISHING YOU STRENGTH FOR THE CONTINUING OF "THE PLAN". STAY STRONG!!! I KNOW IN MY HEART OF HEARTS THAT YOUARE HERE. :hug:
WHERE FOR ART THE REST OF US???
HAPPY MAY DAY TO YOU ALL. I AM MUCH BETTER. BUT I'LL FOOD SHOP AT THE END OF THE WEEK. A WEE BIT GROGGY FROM ALL THE SINUS MEDS. NOTHING IS NEW OR ON THE AGENDA. HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY AND STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES.....OR IN THIS CASE THE MAGNOLIA TREES!!! :moped:
05-01-2007, 12:42 PM
The month of May was come, when every lusty heart beginneth
to blossom, and to bring forth fruit; for like as herbs and trees
bring forth fruit and flourish in May, in likewise every lusty heart
that is in any manner a lover, springeth and flourisheth in lusty
deeds. For it giveth unto all lovers courage,
that lusty month of May.
- Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur, 1485
05-01-2007, 01:15 PM
Don't forget, we have a lovely zoo here too! I think this is the lineup for our Memphis in May Beale Street festival so be sure and bring your boots as the last few years it has always rained! :D
The Allman Brothers Band
Iggy & The Stooges
Three 6 Mafia
Sharde Thomas and The Rising
Star Fife and Drum Band
Robert "Wolfman" Belfour
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Jerry Lee Lewis
Hubert Sumlin & Willie Big Eyes Smith
Plain White T's
The Derek Trucks Band
North Mississippi Allstars
Bobby "Blue" Bland
The Ohio Players
Walter Trout &The Radicals
Kenny Wayne Shephard
Taking Back Sunday
Old Crow Medicine Show
The John Butler Trio
Alvin Youngblood Hart
One Less Reason
Companyia Electrica Dharma -
Daddy Mack Blues Band
David Honeyboy Edwards
Corinne Bailey Rae
Companyia Electrica Dharma -
Billy Lee Riley
The Lee Boys
James "Super chikan" Johnson
05-01-2007, 02:12 PM
GMA~ OMG!! BARE NAKED LADIES.....THAT WOULD REALLY MAKE HOTCUPOJAVA HAPPY!!! SHE IS ONE OF THEIR BIGGEST FANS!!:dance:
05-01-2007, 03:36 PM
Wow Mel - a Magnolia AND a flying Elvis :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
I have tears in my eyes! Love 'em! And Mel - I've been working on an email to you for the last 3 days - sorry I'm such a slowpoke!
And thanks for the info Gma2one - I think we have one of the best zoos in the country. Got Pandas too. Get a load of the names of some of those bands, eh? Steeley Dan, Wolfmother, the Ohio Players and George Thorogood? What a mix - something for everyone right? http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/waltzing.gif
The Memphis in May event, the zoo, Graceland, the Gibson Guitar factory tour, the Pink Palace and Blanchard Caverns if we take a ride out of state. Enough to fill up a month here and more.
Don't forget I'm putting you all to work in the garden :s:
05-01-2007, 04:07 PM
DON'T WORRY HAPPY I AM A PATIENT LADY :beach:
JUST KEEP THE LITTLE UMBRELLA DRINKS COMING AND I'LL EVEN DIG IN YOUR GARDEN!!! PROVIDING I CAN TAKE A COOLING DIP IN YOUR FROG POOL AFTERWARDS.
I THOUGHT YOU'D APPRECIATE THE "MEMPHIS TOUCH".
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
05-01-2007, 05:47 PM
Ooh, I am so jealous that Mel beat me to that avatar! I did find another version of the same thing, but still... Now we know what she was doing all day yesterday while she was "resting". Ha! Anyway, decided instead to pay tribute to the King and Happy's pool frogs in one fell swoop...
Today I worked and now I'm tired but soon to be less broke. Time for a nice nap in that lovely warm weather, enjoying Happy's drinkies, hummingbirds, and collection of cats. Wake me when the BBQ is ready...
05-01-2007, 09:21 PM
I did post yesterday- I did, I did. Strange things are happening with the computer system here and obviously out there. I posted before Happy took us to this magical place.
Nice to see you gma2one, soon to be 2. Thanks for the info. Pity I am not going to be in Memphis in May isn't it. Well not physically anyways.
Mel, Carla. Love the avatars, you are both funny girls for the avatars. Can't wait to see what happens in June (we've been to Japan - how about Jersey?)
Anyway that remains in the future.
I'm sorting out jobs which appear to be coming out of my ears here. Trying to get out of Groote because of the 4 day stint and near enough 4 days of travel as well. Did the interview for the Perth job yesterday but don't really know whether I want that either. Someone rang me for work in Melbourne yesterday as well. Why can't someone suggest some work in Brisbane?
Started to pack up the house last night. Mostly clothes that I'll not wear again up here and a few foodstuffs which I will give to my fellow trainer as well as my big potplant which would not survive well in drought ridden Brisbane. She can have those on Monday. I'm going to go to Cairns for the weekend just because I can. Not sure what I will do there yet. Maybe spend some more money - Cairns can do that to you.
Anyway, I had better go get on with the day. I've wasted enough time on problems which should not be my business but if I don't solve them, who else cares?
05-01-2007, 10:47 PM
Howdy folks! The madcat has landed in Memphis, ready to sit and listen to some music, eat some Q and soak in the ambiance. Did I ever mention I love George Thorogood?
Actually I have a massive sinus headache as a wet weather system storms in and then back out of our area. It’s not the rain, it’s the rapid change that is making my vision blurry. ‘Fraid I'm not going to be able to write much more than this. But I'll be back once the high pressure zone reasserts itself.
Think I'll have to find an Elvis cat avatar...
05-02-2007, 12:25 AM
HI, nice new digs.
I am bleary, been going strong since 8am. Bon Jovi was on Idol. ***heart a fluttering*** Made me smile. Just placed a $1500.00 order. That's a lot of $ .99 lip balm.
Gas here has jumped again. It equals $5.50 US a gallon. sigh.
HUGS and LOVE!!
05-02-2007, 09:36 AM
:wave: TO HAPPY WHO HAS HER LITTLE FINGERS BUSY ON THE KEYBOARD ABOVE ME I AM SURE :wave:
IT'S SO DARK OUT THAT IT LOOKS LIKE JUDY GARLAND'S KANSAS FARM!! EERIE LOOKING SKIES AND A WHOPPER OF A THUNDERSTORM LAST NIGHT. IN THE MICCLE OF THE STORM I WENT TO BED. AS I LIE THERE SHIVERING UNDER THE BLANKETS, ONE OF THOSE SUCTION HOOKS THAT WAS HOLDING A LIGHT SHAWL FELL OFF THE DOOR AND SCARED THE CRAP OUT OF ME. THERE I WAS TO TERRIFIED TO GET ME ARSE UP AND LOOK. THE STORM WAS A COMBO OF REGULAR THUNDER AND SOMETHING THAT SOUNDED LIKE ALIEN TRAINS WERE LANDING ON THE PLANET. VERY WEIRD NOISES. IF A DANCE OF COLORED LIGHTS HAD BEGUN I WOULD HAVE GONE UNDER THE BED!!! THINKING OF LITTLE GREEN MEN. :lucky:
SHADES OF ENCOUNTERS OF THE CLOSEST KIND!:yikes:
STILL RESTING TODAY. THIS EYE/EAR/NECK/HOULDER THING IS ALMOST A SINUS INFECTION BUT HASN'T QUITE MADE IT THERE...
SO I AM KEEPING TO THE REST AND MEDS PLAN IN HOPES OF WARDING IT OFF. PRAYING A LOT NOW. :yoga: WONDER IF GOD SEES A PATTERN HERE....:rofl:
CARLA~ YOU WERE THE ONE SENT ME LOOKING FOR AN AVATAR WITH YOU POST. :lol3: THE FROG IS CRACKING ME UP. WE MUST NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF HAPPY ENTERTAINING THE LITTLE GREEN CRITTERS IN HER POOL. HOPEFULLY SHE HAS FISHED THEM OUT SO WE CAN TAKE A DIP. :swim:
FOOD :hun: AND MORE DRINKS :cheers: WILL BE SERVED POOLSIDE TODAY AS WELL. DON'T BOTHER GETTING DRESSED UP!
SHAD~ GETTING READY FOR THE OLD HOMESTEAD MUST BE COMFORTING AFTER ALL THIS TIME. SEEMS LIKE YOU HAVE BEEN I TV FOR A LONG TIME!! I WAS WATCHING A TRAVEL PROGRAM ABOUT KATOOMBA'S BLUE MOUNTAINS(SP) WHAT A PLACE!! WATERFALLS AND ALL AND A TREE THEY FOUND WHOSE SPECIES IS MILLIONS OF HEARS OLD...OR WAS IT THOUSANDS. WELL IT WAS DAMNED OLD. HOPE THE TRIP HOME IS UNEVENTFUL AND YOU FIND A JOB IN BRISBANE. I WILL DO MY BRISBANE DANCE FOR YOU THIS MORNING :belly: OR MAYBE NOT AS IS MIGHTHAVE THE OPPOSITE EFFECT WE ARE LOOKING FOR :rofl:
MADCAT~ HELLO MISS KITTY!! AND HOW ARE YOU AND MR TOMCAT??? :hug: SENDING HUGS YOUR WAY!! YOPU AND I SEEM TO BE IN THE SAME SINUS BOAT. GOOD WEATHER IS COMING SO WE MUST HOLD ON! :lol3: THEN WE CAN GO OUT, ARMED WITH OUR ANTIHISTAMINES, AND DO A SPRIN/SUMMER DANCE AND CELEBRATE :dance::encore:
I REALL MUST GET OUT OF HERE. THE TOP HALF OF ME WEIGHS LIKE A 1/2 TON THIS MORNING. SOME HEAVY GOING I CAN TELL YOU!!
HAPPY WEDNESDAY AND DON'T FORGET TO DO THE OLD LINDAT HUMP!! :moped:
05-02-2007, 09:39 AM
:( WHAT??? NO POST FROM HAPPY???:shrug:
I MUST KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR HER.:mag:
I KNOW....I'LL MAKE HER A CUP O'JOE TO GET HER DAY STARTED:coffee:
05-02-2007, 10:06 AM
I'm going to have to search for a Memphis themed avatar later. Love the frog Carla - guitar AND pompadour - :rofl: Enjoy your snooze - it's the perfect time for it.
Sure as Gma2one predicted, here comes the rain. Just in time for the BBQ championship cook off and the music festival this weekend. :(
Yes Mel, I held back today. Thanks for the coffee :coffee2: Nice and fresh :T
Glad the spooky storms didn't do you in last night. Had to laugh about the flashing lights and you popping under the bed :lol: Hope you are feeling better my friend. Ix-snay on the inus-say rap-kay. :D
Holy :moo: Holly that's horrid for gas. I haven't been paying attention to ours. Just fill it up and leave them my arm - haven't had to leave the leg yet. :lol: I enjoyed Bon Jovi yesterday on Idol too. First show I've liked in weeks - was ready to write it off for good but I am curious as to who will win.
Madcat - you sound like you will fit right in down here. Take your pick from the tray of sinus meds on the tea cart over there. Seems like we are all walking around with pounding heads. You're right about the pressure changes. The incoming rain has my head complaining too. Hope you find that Elvis cat avatar - if anyone can, you will. Even if you have to dress up your babies :rofl:
Shad, I'm glad to hear that you have some job offers coming your way. As you say, why can't they be closer to home. Will be nice to go off on holiday knowing that you have something lined up for your return. Hope you find a good one :crossed:
Ok, off to another day at the salt mine for me. Got my WW lunch packed. Have been getting away from the fruits and veggies and the scale is warning me - finicky thing that it is. Lord help me and tell me that my future is not one of extremes with low carb ketchup and pickle relish made with Splenda. Saw that on another thread for hot dog fixings. Some times I see (what I consider) the extreme measures that people have to take to maintain their weight loss and it doesn't make me excited. I can surely understand having to limit the high calorie items to an occasional treat but to have to live a live where everything is sugar free, fat free and chemically enhanced to replace all the flavor they sucked out. Well - then I guess I'll never get to goal. Just something that roams around nagging me in the head. Of to work now, happy Wednesday. Less than 30 days to Shad's trip...
05-02-2007, 10:51 AM
HOLLY~ IT WASN'T UNTIL HAPPY'S POST THAT I REALIZED I MISSED YOURS. NOT SURE WHAT GAS IS HERE BUT IF YOU HAVE A LONG EXTENSION CORD, I CAN LEND YOU ONE OF MY HOTWHEELS!! :scooter:
HAPPY~ LET US PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE DO NOT WANT TO DO JERSEY IN ANY MONTH BE IT A "J" OR AN "N"!!! I AM LOOKING TO GET OUT OF JERSEY AND NOT VACATION HERE :rofl: THE PEOPLE WHO GO TO EXTREMES ARE SOMETIMES THE ONES WHO EAT CHEESECAKE AND THEN WASH IT DOWN WITH A DECAF COFFEE FILLED WITH SPLENDA!!! :faint: :rofl: I LIVED WITH A GUY NAMED JOHN. WE WOULD GO OUT TOFANCY RESTAURANTS AND HE'D ORDER VERY RICH FOOD. THEN HAVE AN IRISH COFFEE-TYPE DRINK AND ASK THE WAITER TO MAKE SURE THEY USED EQUAL!!!! :rofl: :rofl:
I LAUGHED AT HIM EVERY TIME!! HE'D GET MAD AND SAY IT WAS EASY FOR ME CAUSE I ONLY WEIGHED IN AT 104 WITH ALL MY CLOTES AND SHOES ON. NOW I'M NOT LAUGHING ANYMORE :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: ENJOY YOUR DAY!!
05-02-2007, 11:04 AM
Happy, don't let dieting get you down. Not that I've had great success th last few years, but I'll never believe it's necessary to replace real food with fake stuff to maintain a good weight. I think it's more a matter of choosing what's important to us and cutting hi-cal stuff we don't care that much about. For instance, I won't eat lo-cal cheese. It's awful. So i just eat less of it, or none at all when I'm in weight-loss mode. Yes, we do do have to restrict our choices while we're trying to lose. But I know that a lot of my gain was from comfort eating, from mindless eating, and from "opportunity" eating when there's a plate of squares out at work (and no one to see me) or when I'm bored or cold and drink several cups of very bad coffee with cream and sugar. And from what I remember of WW, they don't really encourage too many "fake" foods, more wise choices.
Thus endeth today's lecture from the chick who ate a slab of old cheddar (and other stuff) last night. Today, back on track! Smoothie for brekkie, yumm.
More later, take care of yourself Mel, and others too. Gotta go.
05-02-2007, 11:22 AM
Carla--Smoothie's for breakfast. I've been eating them for a light dinner since I get home so late. My sister in Texas made them while I was there and they are so easy to make.
Mel-Elvis is doing his thing. I miss him.
Happy--Doesn't it always rain on an important weekend.
madcat--know what you mean by the sinuses.
Hollyhock--yikes that's a bunch of money to shell out for gas. Ours jumped ten cents lastweek end. It's $2.89 now but I'm expecting it to be $3.25 by mothers day week end. For a small town in Arkansas that is too much, but I have to drive to work
I did finish the yard last night before the rain started early this morning.
I need to get up and do inventory.
05-02-2007, 11:22 AM
Hi Carla see your egg light glowing.
05-02-2007, 07:34 PM
Not sure what our gas was this week. Around $1.20pl up here in the tropics. I'm like happy, I take little notice, just do what has to be done and am exceedingly thankful to have a car that does a big kilometreage (is there such a word) to the tankful.
Mel - you poor thing, frightened by bad thunderstorms. How I laughed at you leaping out of bed and rolling underneath it. What wouldn't I give for those thunderstorms to be around my place for at least a week. Might give the garden and trees some hope. Some of them are starting to fall over in the city. All those glorious old trees dying of thirst.
Got another job offer this morning - still Perth but only for 3 months and with expenses and accommodation. Now that sounds better. Won't get too many flights home in that time but at least it is not for long.
Happy, I can so relate to the movements on the scale. It just seems so unfair. I know that overall I have lost around 4kg since the beginning of the year, but it is such a slow process and seems to have more backward steps than forward ones. However I refuse to eat the cardboard stuff or the chemicals and make my diet as organic as I can. It means a lot to me to not eat the chemicals.
Well dang me days. I have just been selected for a drug and alcohol test. So I'll be back later.
05-03-2007, 08:37 AM
Shad- I am thankful for my new fuel efficient car too.
Idol was good. Sorry to see the guys go.They are both adorable and good but I do believe others are better. Bon Jovi was dreamy.
A perfect gardening day. 18C and clear.
I am off til noon. The house is a disaster. I putter a bit each night but it hasn't been vacuumed in 2 weeks and other such stuff. Sigh.
Debating gardening for an hour or doing housework this morning.
Huge Avon order comes tomorrow. Working Fri and Sat at the shop, teaching sunday school.
Off on Monday, a networking event on Tues.
DS cried every moment he was with me yesterday. So far no tears today. Track and field today. He is probably worrying about winning/doing his best.
Coffee is yummy.
Food, water , exercise all good yesterday. Better than in a while.
05-03-2007, 09:42 AM
HAPPY~ I TOO EAT "REAL" FOODS. I TRIED THE FAKE STUFF AND JUST COULDN'T EAT IT. THEN SPOKE TO A HEART DR AND HE SAID US ALL WHOLE FOODS AND JUST CUT BACK. THEY DON'T LIKE THE ARTIFICIAL STUFF EITHER. HE EVEN TOLD ME TO STOP USING MARGARINE OF ANY KIND. I THINK WE KNOW EXACTLY HOW YOU FEEL AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE ALLHERE! :rofl:
CARLA~ HOPE THE SLAB OF OLD CHEDDAR WAS GOOD. I AM DROOLING OVER HERE. ENJOY THE SMOOTHIE!! I LOVE THEM TOO. SO EASY TO TOSS, BLEND AND SWALLOW! :dance: AND IF YOU DRINK IT OUT OF THE BLENDER....NO DISHES!! :rofl: :rofl:
CEEJAY~ I KNEW A WOMAN MANY YEARS AGO HAD ELVIS STUFF ALL OVER HER HOUSE. SHE ADORED HIM AND HUNG THOSE PAINTINGS DONE ON BLACK VELVET IN EVERY ROOM! IT WAS TRULY A SIGHT TO BEHOLD. :rofl:
HOLLY~ HOPE THE DS HAS A MUCH BETTER DAY! WISHING HIM GOOD LUCK ON A WIN.
SHAD~ WISH WE COULD SEND THE RAIN YOUR WAY. SAD TO HEAR ABOUT ALL THE TREES. FUNNY HOW ALL OF A SUDDEN GLOBAL WARMING IS CATCHIN EVERYONE'S ATTENTION AND IT SEEMS THAT COUNTRIES ARE PAYING MUCH MORE ATTENTION. WE'LL SEE HOW LONG THEIR INTERESTS LAST. SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE GETTING READY TO MAKE THE DECISION ON THE 3 MONTH JOB?!?!
DOES IT START THE DAY AFTER YOU GET BACK FROM THE STATES?????? :lol3:
:beach: WONDERFUL WEATHER IS HERE TO STAY FOR AWHILE. NO RAIN IN SIGHT. I TRIED TO GET THOSE STORMS HEADED TOWARDS SHAD BUT NO LUCK!
I FEEL A BIT BETTER TODAY BUT NOT READY TO FACE ALL THE "SCENTED LADIES" OF THE OFFICE AND WANDERING TENANTS. SPEAKING OF WHICH...THERE WAS A FIRE IN TOWN RECENTLY. SOME PEOPLE ARE DISPLACED AS A RESULT. ONE IS A SENIOR WHO NEVER BATHES OR WASHES HIS CLOTHES. HE NOW RESIDES ON MY FLOOR. ONE OF MY NEIGHBORS CAME TO ME TO TELL ME THE BLDG IS IN AN UPROAR AND HE SHOULD BE GIVEN THE BOOT.....I ASKED "TO WHERE". WELL IF HE CANNOT TAKE CARE OF HIMSELF THEN HE SHOULD GO TO A NURSING HOME.. WAS THE ANSWER. I RAN INTO SEVERAL OTHERS AND ALL HAD THE SAME THOUGHTS. MY ANSWER TO THEM...HEY HEY HEY.,..THIS IS NOT EXACTLY A CHRISTIAN WAY OF THINKING. GEE I CAN;T WAIT TO SEE HOW FAST YOU "GUYS" SEND ME TO ONE WHEN IT'S MY TIME. :rofl: :rofl: YOU SEE, MOST OF THE COMPLAINERS ARE AVID CHURCH GOERS AND ALSO ATTEND A SHOR MASS THE CHURCH GIVES ONCE A MONTH IN THE COMMUNITY ROOM. I AM WONDERING WHAT THEY SAY TO GOD & PRIEST WHEN THEY DO CONFESSION. SORRY FATHER FOR I HAVE SINNED, I TRIED TO GET A SICK OLD MAN EVICTED SO MY OLFACTORY SENSES WOULDN'T BE OFFENDED. :lol3: :lol3: EVERY DAY THEY SEEM TO SURPRISE ME WITH SOMETHING NEW. I AM SITTING HERE WONDERING IF I WILL BECOME THE SAME WAY. THERE ARE DAYS I CAN SEE SOMETHING OF MYSELF IN SOME OF THEM! :yikes: :rofl:
MOVING RIGHT ALONG......I DECIDED LAST NIGHT THAT I AM NOT DOING ANYTHING TIRING UNTIL NEXT WEEK. MY HEAD ETC NEEDS MY ATTENTION AND NOW THAT IT HAS IT, IT;S IMPROVING. SO THAT'S THE DEAL.
OMG!!! I ALMOST FORGOT!! FRAN IN THE OFFICE HAS GIVEN HER 2 WEEKS NOTICE AND IS LEAVING US!!
SHE'S THE YOUNG GIRL WHIO HELPS WITH ARTS & CRAFTS. I WAS SHOCKED BUT NOT AT THE SAME TIME.
SHE IS FROM "OUT OF TOWN" AND YOU CAN IMAGINME THE BS THAT WENT ON. THEY NEVER LET HER "FIT IN".
EVEN WENT SO FAR AS TO TRY AND GET HER FIRED. LONG STORY BUT I HAD TO WRITE AND SPEAK TO A POLITICO TO KEEP HER HERETHESE 5 YEARS. I AM SO GLAD SHE HAS FOUND A REAL JOB IN A REAL WORLD WITH REAL PEOPLE. I JUST WILL MISS HER TERRIBLY. THE SENIORS LOVED HER TOO.
HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY! :moped:
05-03-2007, 09:48 AM
DH got a letter the other day - The Athenian Secret Society has found him. :chin: Hmmm - didn't know anyone was looking for him besides me :rofl: Not sure if they are the guys with the pointy triangular pointed foil hats but I'm keeping a close eye on him for any sudden disappearances or strange behavior. :mag:
I bought some fancy schmancy geraniums that have pretty leaves of green and yellow with a touch of red and have a red orange flower. Was going to plant them under the maple tree but found that the soil is all full of roots. Not good for planting. Need a shallow rooted flower there if anything. Guess I'll be getting some planter pots. :sssh: don't tell DH I'm spending more money. :lol:
Memphis in May - the event - is this weekend. Surprisingly it looks like it's going to be sunny and in the mid 80's. Means that 1/2 the population of Tennessee and the 3 nearby states will be here. I'll have to find a quieter place for us to visit.
And with that I'm off to go earn some smoothie money so I can feed y'all... Have a good one :wave:
05-03-2007, 09:48 AM
That Mellie - she's always just around the corner sneakin' up on me ;)
05-03-2007, 11:46 AM
Youpi! That's French for yippee... :goodscale: Today was a total of 10.5 down on my mini-goal, which is halfway to where I'm hoping to be by Shad's arrival! I think I'll leave the tracker where it is for now - that cheese fest may yet come back and bite me in the you-know-what. I'm not hung up on the number, by the way, which is far from where I really need to be, but I need a concrete goal or I start justifying silly behaviour, like celebrating the loss of half a pound by eating 8000 extra calories...
Mel, you're sounding much, much better. Sorry to hear you've lost the office person you liked, even though she's off to a better job. As for the smelly new tenant, that's a tough one. It's so hard to talk to people about their hygiene, and yet the lives of the smelly would be so much fuller if we didn't have to avoid them. It may not be nice of me, but I'd rather be shut in a tiny box with a smoker than be around someone with ferocious BO. Is there a family member who could be approached about it? Maybe the offer to have all his clothes washed to get out the smell of smoke from the fire?
We also have wonderfully sunny skies here, and for the next few days. I may get my bike out.. but that would require an effort: cleaning, pumping tires, actually pedaling. :eek: Just have to remember how good I always feel once I've been out doing something physical. It's like eating properly - food is soooo much tastier when it's prepared simply with lots of veg. My lunch salads are so easy and quick, and yet they're to die for. The smoothies are a little more complicated because of the consistency issue - I changed to a new whey powder which made them almost too thick and too sweet (too much sucralose - hard to find any with no fake sweeteners, grrr)). Now I've mixed the two brands and get a slightly different result every day. (Yes, my life really is exciting...) And while I don't drink them out of the big blender jar, I do have a smoothie cup attachment I can blend them in. Easy to clean too.
Happy, how much money did the secret society ask for? Was the request in Greek?? :lol:
Even when I had a garden I hated the work of gardening. But I'm still jealous of yours, it must look wonderful. And think of all the bbq you're burning off while you work out there!
By the way, I like mango in my smoothies, since you're going to the shops anyway...
Holly, you sound pretty darned busy these days!! But a little less vacuuming won't hurt anyone. Is DS finding it tough to not have you home all the time?
Shad, so many work offers! And of course if you wait too long, hoping to get something in Brisbane, they'll all dry up and you'll wish you had accepted even the worst of them. But I have a feeling you're enough in demand to pick and choose a little, although maybe not when you're in a hurry to refill the bank accounts after the odyssey...
All this talk of "real" food - let's not forget that fiber is also our friend. :rofl: And the silliest thing is that buying better food while cutting the junk is actually cheaper!!! And only slightly more time consuming (shopping and prep).
I saw a woman on Oprah yesterday who had lostsxc (<---- sorry, the cat decded to put in his two cents worth...)... as I was saying, she had lost about 400 lbs with surgery, and ended up writing a book about Winning after Losing which I think might be worth the read: it's about the fact that the really tough part is keeping the weight off once it's lost, which has certainly been a big problem for me. I think I'll buy it - there's room for one more diet book on the shelf since I decided to recycle the Sonoma Diet. :lol2: (Can do without bread and taters, can't do without fruit.)
Gotta go, all that fiber has done its work, and it's time to go sit somewhere else. ;)
05-03-2007, 09:45 PM
Ok, I want to at least post this one entry in case I get sidetracked (yet again). The DH and I are off for our first anniversary jaunt to New York City where hopefully the amount of walking we will do will at least partially offset the amount of eating we also have planned. :lol: After all, what is a trip to NYC without a stop at the Carnegie Deli for some cheesecake?
I'll try to skip back in a bit for some commentary (if packing allows). If not, everyone take care and have lovely weekends all around. :wave:
Oh, and during the daylight hours you should check out the following link: http://www.torontozoo.com/SpecialEvents/AGFTigerCam.asp
It's a live feed of the twin tiger cubs at the toronto Zoo. They are beautiful.
05-03-2007, 10:57 PM
Yowza, Madcat! Did you morph two pictures into one avatar, or did you find that somewhere?? I'm so impressed!!!
05-03-2007, 11:03 PM
Adobe PhotoShop is my friend. :lol: It helps that it is small and just looks impressive...
05-03-2007, 11:21 PM
Howdy Madcat, Howdy Carla
See the little lights shining here.
Not much to report here. I'm about to finish for the day (and it is only midday) and we have a long weekend coming up. I've decided to go to Cairns for Saturday and Sunday and will be back Sunday night - we are having an end of project dinner on Monday night. Monday I will pack a few more things and put some of them into the car all ready for blast off on Saturday 12th May.
Madcat what a shame the anniversary is not a couple of weeks later - we could have met up in New York and cheesecaked together! Aaah well. Enjoy the trip. Have a great time and happy anniversary.
Is it really a year since we all got excited about our wedding?
Okay, time to pack up and get out of here before they shift me out (still typing) The area that I am in is being shifted to another place. I might just go out on the back of a truck!
If I am not around over the weekend, it's because I can't get access or something equally stupid. I'll try to get back in and tell you all about Cairns and my shopping spree (or lack thereof if I can't find anything I want to buy)
Have a great weekend.
05-04-2007, 01:17 AM
:congrat: and a very Happy Anniversary Mr & Mrs Madcat. Is it REALLY a year already? I can't believe it. Wow. Hope you have a wonderful trip to the big apple - eat more apples than cheesecake, 'k ? The new avatar is pretty amazing. If it was a siamese it would almost be Egyptian like. Once you have Photoshop can you believe anything you see any more?
:congrat: on making through another week Shad. Have fun shopping. Pick up something for the trip this month. It's almost here - aren't you excited?????
:congrat: Carla on 10 plus pounds down. I am jealous but you worked so hard for it that you really deserve it. Since you asked I will pick up a mango or two for you and Shad but let it be known that I don't know anything about mangoes including being able to tell if they are ripe and certainly nothing about slicing the buggers up :rofl:
Sorry to hear that you are losing Fran Mel. That's the second one (at least) that you lost as a buddy/friend and helper isn't it? Bummer. :( Don't know what to say about Mr. Smelly Guy - yes people should not be mean (and believe me, some of the biggest church goers are the least Christian of all). However, I have been around people who stop bathing and OMG umm what do you do? And why is this more a guy thing tho I have seen some ripe street ladies too. I hope someone can help him at least reach a happy medium for all concerned.
I have news. I have accepted another position within the company. It's with a different group at a different office. It's very analytical which is right up my alley, goodbye BW and SAP. It's also a promotion which means I can probably now afford that mango to go into the smoothies ;) - but not much more than that :lol: after all it is 2007 and things are not as they used to be. I picked up the phone today and was surprised to get an offer. I had interviewed a while back and had not heard anything so I thought they selected someone else. I'm excited. I always thought that one of the good things about you ladies who do contract work is that you can start somewhere new and feel refreshed again which is how I feel at the moment. And the sheer exhilarence of being able to pitch my files and dump my email - at least 80 percent of them because I am moving from a business to a services group and am starting afresh.
The new office is twice as far away but has a nice pond and walking track. The building while on the dingy side used to be a warehouse so it's massive - strap on the pedometer and no problem getting at least 10K steps a day. Plus I realize that for the better part of the last 3 years I have been in some state of agitated stress so I'm hoping that this is a new fresh start for me. We will test that theory of stress induced belly fat once and for all :rofl:
And with that, I'm headed off to bed to get a few extra winks in. Night all... and safe travels for those of you venturing out this weekend.
05-04-2007, 08:52 AM
Hello Hello Hello Hello Hello
Happy drizzly Friday morning. At least it's Friday :yay: :trampo: :yay: Guess it's going to be a rather quiet weekend here with just a few of us. That's ok. I should be doing all sorts of other things instead of sitting on the computer. I have a half day off due me from working one of the company holidays. Haven't had a day off - like we truly ever get a day "off" since New Year's day. Might take this afternoon off. We'll see how the day goes.
Off to the showers. Have fun chicks...
05-04-2007, 09:35 AM
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MR & MRS MADCAT!!!
:encore: :cheer2: :congrat: :cheers: :cheer: :celebrate: :woo:
WHERE HAS ANTHER YEAR GONE TO?? SEEMS JUST LIKE YESTERDAY WE WERE ALL PICKING AND CHOOSING DRESSES AND HAIR COLORS :rofl: HOPE YOU BOTH HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME! :hug: THE AVATAR IS HILARIOUS.
SHAD~ HOPE YOU WEEKEND IS GREAT AND HAVE A GOOD TIME.NICE WAY TO END A CONTRACT.....:beach:
WE'LL SEE YOU MONDAY!!
CARLA~ WOW!!! :congrat: ON THE 10.5 LB LOSS!!! YOU ARE DEFINITELY ON A GOOD ROLL!! BTW...YOUR IDEA ABOUT THE SMOKEY CLOTHES IS NA GOOD ON AND I WILL PASS IT ON. :lol3: YOUR CAT TYPES BETTER THAN MY BIRD!! :p THE WHEY IM USE IS SPIRUTEIN (SP) I DON'T FIND IT TOO SWEET AND MAKES A PERFECT SMOOTHIE EVERY TIME. BUT LIKE YOU, I WOULD LIKE TO FIND ONE WITHOUT ALL THE CHEMICALS!!! I MAY HAVE TO GET AWAY FROM THE WHEY BECAUSE IT SEEMS TO INTERFERE WITH MY DAILY LAXATIVE-TYPE STUFF :rofl: IT'S ALWAYS SOMETHING!!! :lol3:
HAPPY~ :congrat: ON THE NEW POSITION!! I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU TOO. BUT AT LEAST I WON'T BE LOSING YOU WITH YOUR CHANGE OF JOBS!! :lol3: I AM PLEASED THAT YOU FOUND SOMETHING MORE TO YOUR TASTE. GETTING RID OF SOME STRESS IS A GOOD THING :cheers:
ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND TOO. TAKE A WEEKEND OFF THE PC AND JUST ENJOY!
MAYBE THAT'S WHAT WE ALL SHOULD DO. NO COMPUTER FOR A WEEKEND. EVERYONE IS DOING SOMETHING OR GOING SOMEWHERE. GOOD TIME FOR A 3FC BREAK!:carrot:
THE PHONE HAS STOPPED RINGING FROM CANADA. THEY ARE BUSY REVISING PLANS AND FAMILY NUMBERS :faint:
DID MUM THINK WE WERE ALL MOVING BEFORE SHE GOT HERE? I GOT THE FEELING SHE WAS MAKING SURE WE WOULD ACTUALLY BE HERE. :lol3:
WEATHER IS GOOD AND I DON'T WANT TO MISS IT SO I'M OUT OF HERE!! :moped:
WHERE IS CEEJAY AND SUZI NOW? BRING IN THE CLOWNS....I MEAN SEND OUT THE MOUNTIES :rofl:
05-04-2007, 12:59 PM
Madcat--Happy Annivversary. The new avatar is so cute. I always knew that Elvis was a "cool cat".
Happy--Your new job sounds like it has some good benefits to take advantage of. Stress does promote belly fat. I've proved it a long time ago.
Mel--Glad to hear you are feeling better. I was thinking about the whole foods also.
Holly--Hope DS is doing better. I would second the idea of gardening opposed to house work.
Yesterday's trip to the dentist reveal nothing by the way of exrays. There is a space between a couple of teeth that he thinks food is being impacted. He's suggested a crown to help fill in that space. I'll go in for that on the 24th of May. He asked where I'd been at the gym.
Yesterday's work out included 20 minute bike ride, 10 minute treadmill and 10 minute eliptical plus a 40 minute weight work out. I hope I don't burn out on this exercising because it sure does get rid of some of the stress. Wish I had my cousin's punching bag.
I have a bunch of things to do so I need to get started.
05-05-2007, 12:21 AM
Bumping us up as we are sliding off the page. Looking at this forum page it occured to me that almost half the page is sub forums. You have to scroll down quite a bit to get to the posts which means when it gets a little quiet, we're apt to slide down to page 3 or so.
Cute one Ceejay on the "Cool Cat" :lol: That sort of says it all ;) So if you've proven the relationship between stress and belly fat, does that mean that there is hope that if you reduce one you can reduce the other? :crossed:
Thanks for the good words Mel :hug: I agree that we should declare a PC-free weekend soon. How about the weekend of June 1 as I think I will be otherwise occupied? :rofl: When I saved my old journals from here, the earliest entries were of Shad's last visit. So we have lots to catch up on. I hope all the family members can get themselves sorted out and you escape with the least amount of damage. Just read 'em the rules as they walk in the door :rollpin: :lol: I had perfume on today that smells like Coppertone tanning lotion. Any wonder it's called "Beach". Would you turn me away if I just smell like tanning oil and not Emmeraude?
Well I am full scale into time to get prepped for company time. The yard is a mess. The garden is overgrown with weeds. I have a huge oregano plant left from last year. Was sorry to see that the dill did not reseed itself. No vegetable garden this year - we're going to do flowers instead an perhaps a small patch of herbs. I love the sweet basil. Even my sister liked it and she's not a heavy Italian herb user.
Supposed to rain on Sunday and all throughout the week so I will have to set the alarm early to get up tomorrow and clean up by the pool. The last of the tree schmutz has fallen so we can clean up there. DH said we'll open the pool in a week or two. That came fast. Lots to clean and trim. We have some flowers for the lower flower garden but I think we need more. I want the yard to look like the Butchart gardens, DH said it's a little "much". Bah men! My goal is to go through a room every 3 days or so and get it set just right. Dejunk too. Then I can just Fly Lady maintain and not stress about leaving everything for the last minute. Then have to train DH not to leave a trail of water bottles, junk mail, t-shirts and assorted flotsam and jetsam in his wake.
Ok I can feel a babble coming on here and I really should sneak off and read some of my book for book club next Tuesday. I'm on page 26 of 403 pages - think I'll make it? :dunno: Have a good weekend ladies. Enjoy it while you can... :beach:
05-05-2007, 09:00 AM
BABBLE AWAY DEAR HAPPY....WE'LL LISTEN. :lol3: HAPPY GARDENING AND POOL CLEANING. I SEE NO RAIN ANYWHERE ON OUR MAP. SENDING SUNSHINE YOUR WAY!
CEEJAY~ COOL CAT MADE ME BELLY LAUGH!! GOOD THING I HAD NOTHING IN MY MOUTH!
HERE'S TO A GREAT WEEKEND. I WOKE EARLY BUT AM STILL SLEEPY FOR SOME REASON. NOTHING NEW AND NO WORDS OF WISDOM TO IMPART SO..............
HAPPY SATURDAY :moped:
05-05-2007, 09:36 AM
:joker:HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO :encore:
05-05-2007, 02:49 PM
I'm super mad :mad: :mad: :mad: when we moved here - a little over 2 years ago - we needed to get a new washer and dryer. DH said Maytag was good. So we put out alot of money on a fancy Maytag washer and dryer. About a year ago I started noticing a mildew / mold smell from the washer. We had to have the thing repaired a few months ago and when they opened the washer, there was mold on the inside drum. I had not been diluting the softener and always using the high efficiency soap as recommended. So it was my fault. The repair guy said if I adhered to the rules, the mold would dry up and get washed away. It did for about 2 months. Then it started with a vengence and I was doing everything I was supposed to be doing. So yesterday I googled Maytag Neptune Mold and was horrified to find that there is a long standing issue (going back to 1999) with mold in these washers. No matter what you do - you get mold - it's an inherent problem. WTH????? They settled a class action lawsuit in 2005 for washers bought between 1999 and 2004 (we bought ours in Jan 2005 so missed out on that). Bottom line there is nothing we can do about this except to junk a 2 year old expensive washer and start again. Maytag won't do anything about it. :mad: :mad: :mad: So basically I blew away this morning (which I had intended to use cleaning) instead doing lots of reseach on a new washer. Sears is having a sale today which will save us $100. So I'm off to work in the garden for an hour or two (right now we are both taking a smoothie break) and then we'll get cleaned up and go pick out a washer. DH owes me an ice cream cone from my birthday wish and he swears he will make good by me today. Can probably get him to spring for dinner too ;) Off to work - maybe I'll pull weeds harder being angry. Always something, huh?
05-05-2007, 02:49 PM
and don't get me started on cinco de mayo
05-05-2007, 02:58 PM
Happy-You should be partying instead of cleaning out the pool. Go down to Beal street and enjoy the music and food. Tthe answer is that when the stress is gone so will the food temptations. The hormone cortisol makes for belly fat. Exercise does wonders for stress.
Mel-- I woke up early also. It's been dark and dreary today. I've had the tendency to lay back down at different intervals.
I'm on a mission to organize my bedroom. Since I've gotten back from the two vacations I've just been piling things here and there. I can barely move.
Also been catching up on the laundry.
05-05-2007, 03:26 PM
Happy-that is a big burn you have going there... any chance of putting the old machine out in a field and letting a shotgun vent your frustrations? :hug: :carrot: :p Kenmore has good quality appliances and Sears does seem to stand by its products. Happy shopping! Soon you will be able to cool off in your lovely pool. Have you bought a froggy lounge floater yet?:devil:
Mel-what fiesta have you planned for this lovely 5th of May? will you be conjuring up a tasty protein drink with lime and ice in the blender? (use rice protein, totally vegan and chemically light)Sorry to hear you will be losing one of the good ones for the office. Have you made your "will not do" list to whip out when they try and get you to pick up the slack? Where did I put that article... popping off to find for you ;) Rats, can't find the exact article but here is one similar by Stephanie Marston http://www.stephaniemarston.com/articles/5tipstocreatetime.html
Shad-hope you are having fun kicking around Cairns:D Happy long weekend to you!
Madcat-celebrate :goodvibes I hope hubby and you are blissed out totally:hug: Elvis kitty avatar is terrific, well made:)
Ceejay-:high: well done on the exercising! Does the dentist go to your gym? That must have been fun, your teeth need work and by the way I haven't seen the rest of your body sweating lately:p I think Happy would like to have a punching bag to utilize about now too :^:
Carla-wow! good job on the scale movement! I am trying to do more whole foods. Just found a recipe for toasted chick peas which I'm going to try. Better snacks, better health! I hope the weather is staying decent for you and you get that bike ride in:flow1:
I managed to exercise five times this week. Eating is focused on limiting/no white stuff. Got to get those empty carbs out of my life :p I managed to be furious with both my kids teachers last week. My husband was no help, told me to phone the school if I was so upset. They never do anything, I just needed to vent. My youngest had the "jump rope for health" thing by the heart and stroke foundation but because we gave money to some kid who came to the door and didn't send money back in her envelope, she didn't get a balloon after her skipping like the other kids. Money grubbing stooges for charity who like making little kids cry. My other daughter had a spelling test where all the words she had been practising all week were switched and she was given a bunch different words. Not nice and I was incensed that they would set the kids up for failure like this. So I was railing on about teacher treachery, violating kids trust, etc.:tantrum:
:wave:hello chicks of the world:chin: how was your week?
05-05-2007, 06:02 PM
HI!!! Just caught up with you all!!!
05-05-2007, 08:19 PM
Quick hello. :wave: Off to a dinner gathering I'm not too interested in - an acquaintance in town for the funeral of her very ill and elderly father, and after the mass I happened to be standing too close when old friends made plans to host the third dinner in a row for her. (Somehow nobody thought of me for the last two dinners, but suddenly I'm indispensable because I was in earshot?) Oh well, it would have been churlish (and childish) to refuse, especially since I was happy to be home with my diet food for the other two events. So I'm off, armed with vast quantities of hummus and cut-up veggies - and a budding "headache" I expect to arrive about the time they haul out the Monopoly board... (Now if it were scrabble....)
Gotta go, I'll be late.
05-06-2007, 09:18 AM
HAPPY~ I AM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE MOLDY WASHER I THINK WE HAVE MAYTAGS DOWNSTAIRS. GOTTA LOOK. WHATEVER THEY ARE THEY'RE BREAKING DOWN MORE OFTEN THEN THE KENMORES WE USED TO HAVE :rofl: I CANNOT BELIEVE THE GOVT. WOULD ALLOW MOLDY WASHERS TO CONTINUE!! WE LIVE IN A USE AND TOSS WORLD NOW. A LOT OF JUNK BEING SOLD OUT THERE AND HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO KNOW WHAT IS THE "REAL" GOODS? VERY SAD. GOOD LUCK! I WAS TALKING TO A WOMAN IN SEARS AND SHE WAS WHISPERING TO ME THAT WALMARTS AND SEARS ARE "TALKING" ABOUT A MERGER. ALL THE PERSONNEL ARE WORRIED. WALMARTS IS TAKING OVER THE WORLD.
CEEJAY~ I NEED TO GET MY BEDROOM GOING TOO. SO WHEN YOURS IS FINISHED, YOU CAN RUN ON UP HERE AND BEGIN MINE :rofl:
MEADOW~ SORRY TO HEAR THE KIDS WERE UPSET. GOOD FOR YOU RAILING FOR THEIR RIGHTS!! :cb:
BET THEY GOT AN EARFULL!! I DON'T THINK ANY HUBBY IS GOOD AT THIS STUFF UNLESS THEY ARE THE MR. MOM-TYPES. YOUR SIGGIE REMINDS ME OF THAT QUOTE WHEN I WORE IT IN MINE FOR AWHILE...LONG TIME AGO. IT ALWAYS MADE ME FEEL BETTER. :dance:
NICE EXERCISING!! ROASTED CHICK PEAS?
CARLA~ HOPE YOU PLAYED NICE IN THE REAL ESTATE GAME FROM H*LL. WHEN I FIRST PLAYED IT AS A CHILD, I LOVED IT. WHEN I PLAYED WITH ADULTS....WELL YOU CAN GUESS. WOULD RATHER IT WAS SCRABBLE ALSO.
SPENT THE NIGHT WITH THE KIDS. WE HAD SPANISH FOOD OF COURSE AND WATCHED THE WEDDING DATE. NICE ROMANCE WITH DERMOT MULRONEY. RICHIE OF COURSE FELL ASLEEP LEAVING ME AND JEN TIME FOR A GOOD CHIN WAG. BEEN QUIET THIS WEEKEND. SMALL REPAIRS AND NO ALARMS. SHOCKING. :rofl:
STILL NO WORDS OF WISDOM TODAY FORTHCOMING,
I THINK IT'S ALL THE SINUS MEADS. I'M IN A DAYQUIL COMBO FOG :dizzy: BUT IT'S BETTER THANTHE VERTIGO....SO I AM NOT COMPLAINING!
HAPPY SUNDAY :moped:
05-06-2007, 12:18 PM
Good morning chicks,
Happy Sunday. The sun is shining and it looks like it's going to be a warm one today :sunny: I am doing a rotation of one day in the house, one day working outside. Yesterday I cleared one of the planting beds of all the weeds and after much discussion with DH, we decided on how to plant the flowers. He's off to get some support dowels for the big tall snapdragons out front and a trellis for the very happy, climbing all over tea rose in the back. Then he will plant the flowers and probably start cleaning the pool area. Always so much to do. I wish I could take a week off right now just to focus on the house.
We went and laid out another wad last night on a new washer - a Sears Kenmore. After 2 hours of research yesterday it was between a Kenmore and Whirlpool. Since Whirlpool makes them both and they are sister models, there were very few differences between them. We wound up with the Kenmore only because the dial on the panel on the Whirlpool seemed a little more chintzy and prone to breakage than the buttons on the Kenmore. We have a king sized bed and queen sized guest beds so we need the extra capacity washer for the bedding. I'm not going to the laundromat just to wash bedding. The new machine comes Tuesday and they are hauling off the old one. Seems like such a waste but in the condition it's in, I wouldn't even offer it to anyone for free.
So while DH is outside getting all sweaty again, I will be doing the cleaining inside today. Just have to get in the habit (both of us) of not messing stuff up once things are clean and tidy.
Mel, the Maytags of today are not what they used to be. We had quite a chat with the salesman yesterday - he was at the same Sears store where I worked in downtown Chicago back in 1971 - how coincidental is that? He said the Sears today is nothing like it used to be. You hit it in the nose with the use and toss philosophy. Gotta get people to buy more - do that by making sure things don't last. Back in the early 70's there was a very popular book - was it Future Shock? - that talked about the consequences of a disposable society. Anyway - hope the sinuses clear up and get better for you. You wouldn't do too well down here. Everyone's snifflin'.
Carla - hope you were able to quickly escape the dinner party. Hate when that happens, always feel bad about just saying sorry but no thanks.
Meadow - no froggie floater. Mel would swipe if from me and I'd never get it back :s: :rofl: Oh your poor kids :grouphug: double crossed like that. :no: Shame on those teachers!
Ceejay - this is the one weekend I would not be down on Beale Street. It's Memphis in May weekend which means lots of crowds and drunks and probably pick pockets too. Not my style. I would love to go down and enjoy the music at Tom Lee park but from what I hear it's a long hike, few "facilities" and I'm afraid I'm too old to do a "Woodstock" type thing again. :lol:
Well I'd better get in gear here before I waste the morning away. Have a good Sunday. Hope those missing are enjoying their weekend away.
05-06-2007, 12:54 PM
Happy--I think that's the reason I've never been to the May festivities in Memphis. Speaking of washers I've had mom's washer which came from Sears since 1998 when mom passed away but she used it several years before that. It's still going strong.
Work started off with a little bump but things are okay now. Retha said there had been a humming noise since the storm this week end. I found the noise and had to call Dale--It was one of the generator alarms blairing. It's been a long time since I had to call him. When I went to call Dale the phone was messed up so I had to call Tim, he said to switch phones. dah why didn't I think of that.
05-06-2007, 11:22 PM
It's been one heck of a bad day here. I spent the day in the ER with my neighbour whose husband had hit his head in a bad fall. They discharged him late afternoon against her wishes (no beds available - welcome to Ontario health care), and about an hour ago I heard a commotion in the hall - the ambulance was back and I have a bad feeling about his chances. :( :( Very upsetting as they are both lovely people. I may not hear until tomorrow as the son was there this time and I didn't want to intrude, but I'm feeling pretty bummed out.
So that's why I haven't posted my act of contrition for complaining about what turned out to be an absolutely lovely dinner with friends last night. Even the Monopoly was fun.
:hug: :hug: to you all, and take good care of yourselves and those you love.
05-07-2007, 08:50 AM
CARLA I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE NEIGHBOR. SENDING GOOD WISHES AND HOPE EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT. WE HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM WITH HOSPITALS HERE AND MUCH TO MUCH IS CALLED SMAE DAY SURGERY. IN AND OUT. INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE RUNNING THE SHOW NOW. AND TO THINK MY MIL WENT BACK TO CANADA TO GET BETTER HSOPITAL CARE :rofl:
GLAD THE DINNER WENT WELL!!
CEEJAY~ THE OLDER MODELS WERE BUILT BETTER. THEY MAKE THEM LIKE KLEENEX NOW. USE AND TOSS.
BECAUSE YOU WERE CLEANING THE BEDROOM, I DID MY BATHROOM!! LOL
HAPPY~ GOOD LUCK WITH THE NEW WASHER. LAUNDROMATS ARE NOT ANY FUN NOR CHEAP!!!
I CAN JUST IMAGINE THE CROWDS FOR CELEBRATIONS IN THE SOUTH. ALL THAT LOVELY WEATHER AND BLUE SKIES. :beach: I CAN ALSO IMAGINE THE SINUS WEATHER THERE! :faint: SENDING YOU :hug:
I AM OFF. THE BUS IS GOING TO A MALL I DON'T LIKE SO I'M HEADING FOR THE LAUNDRY ROOM. I THOUGHT OF BUNDLING IT UP AND SENDING IT TOHAPPY TO TEST OUT HER NEW WASHER BUT THE POSTAGE WAS TOO MUCH!
HAVE A GREAT DAY AND HOPE THE SUN IS SHINING ON ALL OF YOU. :moped:
05-07-2007, 09:27 AM
Good morning ladies,
I opened the door this morning to chase off the stupid grackles on the bird feeder and got such a noseful of fresh air. It was delightful! Sometimes - like after a rain or a new mowed lawn, the air just smells soooo good. I love the smell of clothes dried outside on a line but DH won't let me put up a close line. :snooty:
Weekend is over already. Where did it go?
Sorry to hear about your neighbor Carla. Geez that is awful. Hope he will be ok. I hear that about the socialized medicine. It's good for the minor stuff but boy oh boy if you're really sick... One of my ex-bosses was from Montreal. His mom bought a place in Florida just to use the U.S. health care. I think he said she needed an MRI for a potentially terminal situation and they were making her wait 6 months for the test because they only had 1 MRI in the whole province or something like that. Scary.
Mel you nut - don't even think about sending me your laundry woman - I have enough of my own thank you very much. :lol: Happy rub-a-dub-dub to you. http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/laundrysmilie.gif
Ceejay - 10 plus years on a washer is doing fantastic. We had a Kenmore set at the old house. It was 8 years old and still doing well. We left it because it was a gas dryer - very common up north and DH noticed quite astutely when we were house hunting down here that it's very rare to find a house that supports a gas dryer. For some reason they are all electric down here.
Well I think I want to take that half day off this afternoon. Work is getting busy and there aren't too many open slots left and I don't want to loose the time off that is due me. I still have quite a bit of the book to read for tomorrow night's book club too. I'm just not good about keeping up with those things yet I hate to give up the club. Anyway - on with the day. Happy Monday peeps. Stay busy and productive.
05-07-2007, 03:05 PM
Hello every one.
Happy--I see your egglight on :wave: I feel the need to take off again just for me this time.
Carla-I'm sure you could call your neighbor to check up on him. I understand about the hospital thing. Mel spoke the truth--Insurance runs things here.
Mel--Want to do the rest of my laundry.
oops laundry--Hosed off the dust mop heads and left them outside to dry.
Need to go bring them in before Iforget again where they are.
Not much going on aound here today. I've noticed that the journals are back
so I might go there to post later this afternoon. Suzanne said they were corrupted. That must have been a huge mess.
The actonel and calcium are giving my digestive system fits. I called my sister last night who is a nurse and she confirmed the smptoms that I've been having are related. She broke her left arm not long ago and has been in pain and sedated. She told me that her husband woke her up every hour to give her the meds. She still has trouble getting up and down but can manage a few things by herself.
05-07-2007, 05:38 PM
Ceejay, sorry to hear about the drug reaction. Annoying that what's supposed to make us healthier can make us feel so awful.
Happy, usually the health system here is best for serious, urgent problems and not so hot on day to day stuff. I think in this case they just made a stupid mistake in judgement. Sad that it cost a man's life, not that he wasn't on borrowed time anyway with an array of health issues. I did speak briefly to my friend this morning, but am giving her the space she needs now; her family has rallied around to provide support.
I always wondered when Mel joked about firemen, but now I get it. With two emergency calls right next door on the same day, I've seen so many burly young men... Very impressed by how fast they arrive, how kind they are, and how many of them show up. Now if just one guy out of the 4 firemen, 5 police officers, and 3 paramedics who responded each time had been available to lend a hand when we were left to figure out on our own how to get the patient home after the initial visit to ER... Grrrrrr.
Later gaters! :wave:
05-07-2007, 05:43 PM
So Mel, you don't like today's mall? What, no frappucinos?? :lol: I think your pollen has made its way up here. I've been sneezing and feeling blah for a couple of days now, and I'm pretty sure it's just spring allergies. All the trees have burst into leaf, as always happens the first week of May, and they've filled the canal (drained in winter). I bought a lightweight deck chair and sat out in the sun for a while with a book and the cat. It was lovely!
05-07-2007, 07:51 PM
Hello darlin's. You have been busy without me hey?
I don't have too much time to post too much. Yes I had a nice little spending spree in Cairns. Bought some new gear to take on holiday. Colour scheme this year is Red, Black and White. I might just chuck in the odd green for the days when I get stuck into Happy's garden or Mel's laundry room.
Happy - wonderful to hear of the new job. Is it right out of SAP??, is it Business analysis??? Anyway I guess I will get to hear about it in around 22 days? Who's counting?
Carla - nasty business about the poor neighbour. Seems like the health system is chaotic no matter where you go. Just as bad here. Operate this morning, chuck you out this afternoon. Or even worse as happened to my friend up here - you don't look too good, but we think you will be better off at home. This to a 62yo with a degenerative lung disease and who happened to be suffering from double pneumonia at the time. Forgot to mention, she also lives on her own. It's called caring!!!!
I had a fridge that was near enough 14yo when I gave it to the DS2 for his new place. The fridge and freezer were working okay, but the fridge decided not to cool the stuff properly and the technician was called - $40 call out fee please - oh look at this fridge, it's a dinosaur, we don't have the parts to fix it anymore, you'll have to go buy a new one. It's temp guage has gone, the cooling unit doesn't work, it's u/s - $27.00 service fee please. Incensed, we decided to have a look at it ourselves and lo and behold, what did we find but a loose connection between the fridge and freezer. The fridge is still going strong.
Better go get on with the job in hand. Try to get back later to comment some more.
Oh and by the way - when I mentioned Jersey in June - I meant the Isle of Jersey - you know the one next to Guernsey in the Channel Islands between the coast of France and Britain. Tut - tut. Do you really think I would get everyone to descend on New Jersey for an entire month. Just think what damage we could do with the food in New York and NJ.
05-07-2007, 08:06 PM
WE DID FINALLY GO TO A GOOD MALL. SPENT TOO MUCH MONEY. CAME HOME AND MY EYES ARE ON FIRE. THE ONE WITH THE CYST HAS BEGUN AGAIN. I MIGHT BE GONE A FEW DAYS. I JUST LOOKED IN THE MIRROR TO SEE WHAT ALL THIS "GRITTY FEELING" IS. :yikes: :faint:
HOW IT COULD GET THIS BAD THAT FAST IS BEYOND ME. TALK TO YA SOON :hug: TO ALL
PS: I MIGHT FEEL LIKE SH*T BUT I WILL LOOK GOOD WHILE I AM! :rofl: :rofl:
05-07-2007, 11:36 PM
howdy! Had a nice day. Got in 3 hours of gardening. Spent a couple hours on the phone with friends. One not so nice content wise but it felt good to listen and spupport someone i love.
Had a school council meeting tonight. Just finished the report.A meeting here in the morning and then going to a networking luncheon at 11:45, deliver some avon after and home for the kiddies.
05-08-2007, 10:00 AM
It's gorgeous out there today. I should have gotten up early and gone for a walk. But I was up late frantically trying to finish my book for book club - I will be about 100 pages shy of finishing.
Mel - I'm so sorry to hear that the peepers are acting up again. We will miss your cheery posts but you need to focus on resting and whatever you have to do so that this doesn't hit you 'up side dah head. :cool: I felt your sisterness and took the afternoon off and went shopping too. Spent too much also but I have some new work clothes - always a good thing. Get better soon and love to Jen if she's reading this to you. :hug:
Shad - red, black and white is always a good choice. Unless it's all black, hot and humid outside :lol: Your story about the refrigerator is funny - those do seem to last forever. We have had the same experience - sorry no parts this is too old - with the furnace at the old house. DH kept it running while I freaked every winter that it would break down in the bitterest of nights. Turns out the new one heated and cooled so much better that we should have dumped it long ago. However there is a big difference between appliances and a furnace and air conditioner.
The new job is totally out of SAP. I'll be doing data analysis and producing metrics for monitoring vendor management and adherance to contract agreements. That's a mouthful, eh? I will find out more when I begin training tomorrow. Actually my 7 years as a help desk manager and adherance to SLAs (service level agreements) will come in handry for the job.
Speaking of where to go next - I can probably get the new thread set up June 1 (after all Shad doesn't arrive until late in the night) but I will be busy with company the first week of the next 2 months. Someone else may have to take my place or we find a more generic place to park for the next 2 months.
Carla - so sorry to hear about your neighbor. I assume he did not make it. :( It's funny to hear you speak of spring just popping it's head when we're just about to turn the corner to summer here. I'm sure Mel and I can send you some extra sinus meds tho getting them over the border can be a trick. Get the extra soft tissues for the nose :lol:
Nothing exciting going on in my corner of the world either so I guess I'll go earn my keep for the day. Be good. ;)
05-08-2007, 03:53 PM
popping in to say hello:wave:
Where is suzi and Madcat?
05-08-2007, 05:30 PM
Hi, Just had an email from Ruth wondering which dates in June work to visit with Shad and Madcat and Carla? in TO. Thinking Carla is out of town tho.
I am free the Monday and Tuesday.
05-08-2007, 05:53 PM
Holly, you're right, I can't make it to TO as I'm working the Mon/Tues /Wed. :( I'll be there in spirit, of course. ;) And via webcam if someone down there has one too. Mine is cheap and will be very unflattering :eek: but as long as you've all braced yourselves with a glass or two of something fortifying, you should survive the horror.
Was it Ruth that had suggested Shad visit the "real" Ontario? If so, I might be able to spend an evening with them a lot closer to Otty (if I'm invited, that is).
05-08-2007, 07:10 PM
Ummm from memory, I'm in TO from afternoon of 10th June to afternoon on 14th June or could be 15th June. I will get the completed itinerary posted when I get home from Tville on 13th May. I need to get all the flights in and collated so I don't miss anything vital. I'll PM the Canadians as soon as I get myself sorted. I know I have to give dates soon to Ruth since she is such a busy lady. Carla if I do get kidnapped by the 'real' Canada, I'll let you know. I'm sure the ransom won't be too much for you all.
Heard from my friend in New Mexico, so it looks like I might be doing some driving in AZ and NM.
Happy - we'll be glad to do something for the new month. I'll do some research when I get home about the J's and sort something.
05-08-2007, 07:39 PM
Since we're working on itineraries, save Saturday afternoon June 2 for a 3FC southern get together with Ceejay. Haven't heard from Painter although it's a long drive from Dallas to Memphis. The rest of the days I think we'll do one touristy thing per day which will give DH a chance to work on his guitar homework while driving the "Miss Daisies" around :lol: Think I'll "sort out the bits" as Shad would say over supper now.
05-08-2007, 08:40 PM
It all sounds like such fun!!!!!!
05-09-2007, 08:09 AM
I AM ALIVE AND WELL AND UNABLE TO READ JUST YET.,
HOPE YOU ARE ALL WELL AND HAPPY! :hug:
NOTHING NEW HERE. TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE WEATHER. WILLY TOOK ME TO THE STORE FOR WRAP AROUND-TYPE SUNGLASSES. I AM GOING TO TAKE STOCK OUT IN THE KLEENEX COMPANY!!! LOVE YOU ALL.:moped:
05-09-2007, 09:24 AM
Ooooh check out the cool chick in our midst :cool: - who's that lady with the Foster Grants? :cool:
Do they even MAKE Foster Grant sunglasses any more? And why were they cool? Sorry... 70's flashback here.
Hope the glasses help the peepers Mel. My mom and I have sensitive eyes - her especially and she loves the wrap around sunglasses. I need prescription ones and unfortunately, I can't get the bend around kind tho I do envy them when I see them in the store. Take care of yourself and get some extra soft Kleenex.
Shad, is this the buddy you were waiting to hear from when you were planning the U.S. leg of your holiday? I admire you for driving here - you are far braver than I.
Well I have a busy day at work - having a training session on the new job and an interesting meeting this afternoon. Not much time to post - 's ok because there isn't much going on down here.
Happy Tuesday - no wait, it's Wednesday isn't it? :dizzy: Thank goodness for calendars and watches that have the day and date on them. :rofl:
05-09-2007, 06:29 PM
Nothing new here.
Happy--Don't get me confusd again. The dj I listen to on the radio driving to work said it was Tuesday. I had to ask when I came in the building what day of the week it was.
Mel-Take care of the eyes.
Hello to the rest, Carla, Shad, Suzi, Holly and Madcat.
05-09-2007, 10:02 PM
Quick hello to bump us up. Very busy, rather tired, not much to report. Will post on the weekend.
Mel, take care of those eyes of blue. I can picture you now, a woman of mystery in her sexy wraparounds. :getwell: :hug: :hug:
05-09-2007, 10:39 PM
Hi Honeys – we’re home. Made it back safe from New York City. What an interesting city that place is! We ate too much, walked until our feet gave up, and never made it out of midtown. The Boy liked it enough that he is already talking about “next time”. We left a few things undone, just in case. The only bad thing is that I gained back 2 of the 5 lbs I had lost before I went. But I’m back on track, ready to pay for the play.
Arg! I just clicked a link to some pictures a friend took last night. I hate to break it to everyone but I am fat. Crap.
Howdy Ceejay and Holly! Carla, ahem, “real” Ontario? :lol: Maybe we should find a surreal Ontario location for Shad? Mel, are we going to have to rename you “Natasha” to go with your new woman of mystery personae? Congrats on the new job, Happy! How exciting it sounds. Shad, we can talk closer to your arrival. I’m good any day(s) you are here (the joys of contracting and having a cool boss). Speaking of contracts, you must be counting the days. Hey where is Suzi? Hi to everybody else too.
I have to wander off again. I’ll make it back soon.
05-09-2007, 10:56 PM
Well today is another day, just like yesterday where the training database is not accessible due to some @#$%%^& idiot from our outsourced IT section having decided to move a server. Well hello, did you not think anyone might be using it? Did you even check? Why couldn't it be done over the weekend? Or next week when our training is more or less finished?
They reckon it might be back at 11.00am - well it is now 11.33 and I'll give it another half hour and then go home and do something productive. I am definitely not going to be productive here!
Sorry about that. Just had to vent the frustrations. Who care's - well maybe I do!!!
Two days to go on a project and they pull the plug on the computer system.
Got most of my packing done now. The big suitcase is already in the car. All food is gone from the apartment. I will have to eat out for the next couple of nights. Breakfast and lunch ditto for Friday.
Went out to dinner last night with a friend and had a lovely meal, good company and lots of giggles. He was good value.
Did a bit more on my itinerary last night. I'll get it up to date tonight as far as possible and then finish it off when I go home. At least you lot have the dates for my flights. Or most of you do anyhow. We'll get the stuff sorted this week.
DS2 is in trouble again!!!!!! :faint: Went out mountain biking over the weekend and fell off - one broken wrist (right) one broken finger (left hand) Geeez he is good.
Company says they will keep his job open for a short period of time. Medico says 4-6 weeks off work. Such a clever kid. He wasn't going to tell me except that I rang on a different matter and asked how his ankle is going.
7 minutes to midday - still no system.
Mel - sorry to hear about the eyes once more. Gotta be something causing this problem. Hope they improve soon.
Happy will put the 2nd on the itinerary tonight.
Better go and see if I can lambast someone. I feel an urge to hit something coming on....................
05-09-2007, 11:18 PM
I'm going to have DH make us reservations for the Blanchard Caverns tour - probably one day during the week Monday - Wednesday. Just so you know...
Blanchard Springs Caverns has a constant year-round temperature of 58°F and nearly 100% relative humidity. You may want to bring a lightweight jacket. The paved trails tend to be wet, so you should wear low-heeled, nonslip shoes.
Hmm.. some of my sneakers tend to be slippery and the last time I wore my trail shoes they gave me a blister. Guess I'd better think about breaking a pair in.
We also have the Graceland tour, a walk downtown along the Mississipi River with a stop on Beale street - must check out the blues music. That leaves one day open to fill yet. Plenty of time in between for laundry, sitting in the yard and chit chatting. Darn how the bugs come out once the weather warms up and gets muggy.
Enough for now - have to go finish up the last few pages of my book - book club is tomorrow night tho there are only going to be a few of us. Night all - will catch up later or tomorrow.
05-10-2007, 02:51 PM
Hi Carla--Your egglight is aglow.
Still nothing exciting to report. Unless work counts--The newest employee is an instigator. I'm trying really hard to stay out of it, but I may have to put my two cents in and tell her to shut up. I'm not being sucked in once again to be the mediator, that's Tim's job, he's the boss, not me.
I'm going outside to cut the grass. This is going to be my exercise for the day.
05-10-2007, 11:57 PM
Well here we are - last day in Townsville. I'm finishing up here shortly. Have to pack up the car, get an early night and leave first thing in the morning. You won't hear from me again until Sunday night or Monday morning - depending on the state of mind.
It's finally finished!! Right - I am out of here. :dance: :cp: :dance:
Happy, I will be back to you - thank you for those details.
Mel I hope you are okay!
05-11-2007, 08:19 AM
‘Morning! It’s Friday! At last!
Last night I was supposed to go over to a friend’s place to help her put together a piece of furniture. She’d been having double vision for a week or so and had been fast tracked to see a neurologist but she said she would call me once she got back from the appointment. I was getting worried when I hadn’t heard from her – turns out the neurologist looked at her and had her admitted to the hospital for some more tests… something about a possible aneurism on one of her cranial nerves. Not sure what that means and I’m waiting to hear more. Poor dear, this is just the latest in a bunch of crappy health things that have happened to her lately. I hope she’ll be ok.
Shad, drive carefully and we’ll see you when you land at home. Your poor DS. Hmmm, do you think he should perhaps take up a few less active hobbies? :dance: dancing with you. It’s over! It’s over! No better feeling.
Ceejay~ I still don‘t understand why some people feel that they need to stir things up. What do they get out of it? You are right to stay out of it as much as you can.
Happy~ Good work on finishing your book! :lol: The Memphis activities sound really fun.
Howdy to all the other lovely ladies here! Mel, hope you are back among us soon.
I better get a move on. Managed a temporary fix on the back wheel of my bike and hopefully it will hold long enough to get it to the bike shop. I miss biking, but it is unsafe to ride as is. I’ll take it in and have the bolts replaced and then have them do a full tune-up on brakes and other parts. And then I’ll be wheeling happily along. Looks like a beautiful weekend. Time to get it started.
05-11-2007, 09:49 AM
Good morning chicks,
Oh my on your friend Madcat. Prayers and good wishes for a speedy recovery. How scary. :grouphug: What fun with the bike - glad you're getting it repaired. I remember how much you enjoy riding. It's that time of year for perfect early rides. :bike2: Enjoy.
Shad - oh happy day. I can feel your excitement all the way over here! Nothing like walking out of a job to put a whistle on your lips and a spring in your step. AND this means that holiday/vacation starts too. Whooppee :woohoo:
Ceejay - don't you just wonder why they can't hire a nice, normal person who can be a good buddy and a dependable co-worker? :dunno: Sorry to hear about the new one - good thinking to keep to yourself.
Carla - pull together those last few ounces of energy - the weekend is upon us (well almost). Hope you get some re-charge time for yourself. Awaiting your return.
As we do yours Mel. How are the eyes doing? Of course you can't answer because YOU SHOULD NOT BE READING THIS, RIGHT? :nono: Thinking of you...
Hellos to Holly, Meadow and the MIA Painter and Suzi - is she lost in the bush somewhere? Or did she hang around Elvis' basement to play a few games of pool at Graceland? We didn't even do the Graceland tour yet...
I have my foot in both jobs now. Have to be careful I don't get buried over my knees. Looking forward to the weekend myself. Later ladies...
05-11-2007, 07:48 PM
Just in to say hello
Things at work are quite right now but the storm will pop in about 7 p.m. I'm not staying 20 minutes over to let her run her mouth. She mentioned somethng thing this morning about filling out the paper work and told her that day shift operators are doing the paper work. She should not be filling out anything except her backwash gallons used. That didn't sit to well with her. I'll break her from this spouting off. She acts like a child I'll treat her as one.
This is suppose to be my day off but I'm filling in for Bud.
It will be better tomorrow.
05-12-2007, 09:24 AM
I CAME HERE EXPECTING MILLIONS OF POSTS AND WHAT DO I FIND? A BUNCH OF SLACKERS!!!!
THANK GOD! :dance: THAT MUCH LESS TO READ. :lol3:
TO BE AN HONEST CHICK, I MUST CONFESS THAT IN ORDER TO MAKE THE EXTRA CASH THIS MONTH, I DRANK COFFEE SO I COULD KEEP THE ENERGY FLOW. NOTHING ELSE WORKS. SO THE REAL ANSWER TO THIS EYE THING IS TO FORGET ABOUT THE EXTRA WORK. THE ONLY WAY I CAN MANAGE IT IS WITH ARTIFICIAL STIMULANTS. HAVING SAID THAT IT'S NOW TIME FOR ME TO BE RESOLUTE ABOUT THE SITUATION. ENUFF SAID:faint:
I HAVE BEEN OUTSIDE ENJOYING THE SUN, FOG AND SMOG. GOING FOR RIDES AND TO THE USUAL STORES.
JOHN IS BACK FROM VACATION MONDAY SO MAINTENANCE IS ALL HIS ONCE AGAIN....LIKE HE REALLY RUNS THE PLACE :rofl: MY MOUNTAIN OF LAUNDRY IS NOW REDUCED TO A MORE MANAGABLE MOUND. I BEGAN TAKING EVERYTHING OUT OF THE CLOSETS SO I COULD EITHER KEEP IT OR GIVE IT AWAY.....AND TOSS.
A WOMAN IN THE OFFICE TOOK A LARGE BOX FOR HERSELF AND FAMILY.
AN IMPORTANT ELECTION IS JUNE 5TH SO THERE IS THE USUAL WIND-UP GOING ON.....AND THE EVER IMPORTANT TOSSING OF THE BULL GOING ON. SOME REAL DOWN AND DIRTY ELECTIONEERING. VERY SAD. THIS IS AN ELECTION TO VOTE FOR MR. SCUM OR MR. SCUMMIER.
WITH FRAN LEAVING I ASKED FOR ARTS & CRAFTS TO BE POSTPONED TILL AFTER SHAD'S VISIT. THERE WOULD BE JUST TOO MUCH TO DO THE FIRST WEEK OF JUNE. IF "THEY" WANT IT..."THEY" CAN DO IT! SO FAR NO ONE HAS STEPPED UP TOP THE PLATE. :rofl: I MUST GET A MOVE ON. THE ACCOUNTANTS ARE ARRIVING AT 9 AND I AM NOT PREPARED FOR COMPANY, LET ALONE MEET THEM IN THE LOBBY.....:faint:
HAPPY SATURDAY MY CHICKIE FRIENDS!
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND :moped:
MADCAT~ I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR FRIEND. SENDING ALL GOOD THOUGHTS HER WAY. SCARY STUFF FOR THAT POOR WOMAN. (((((HUGS))))))
CARLA~ YOU BETTER GET ENERGIZED OVER THE WEEKEND!! GET SOME CARLA TIME IN AND TIME TO PLAY WITH THE KITTIES!
CEEJAY~ SEEMS LIKE YOU ALREADY HAVE THIS NEWBIE'S NUMBER. GOOD FOR YOU. LET TIM HANDLE IT. HOPE THE AUNT AND UNCLE ARE WELL TOO.
HAPPY~ YOU ARE STRADDLING THE 2 JOBS??? IS THAT ANSWERING TO BOTH BOSSES TOO??? :faint: GOOD LUCK AND HOPE YOUR WEEKEND ALSO IS RESTFUL.:hug:
SHAD~ YOU ARE BUSY GETTING HOME, UNPACKING AND REACQUAINTED WITH THE HUNMBLE ABODE. TRY NOT TO SMACKTHE DS2 IN THE BACK OF HIS HEAD....WAIT A MINUTE....THAT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA!!! :tantrum:
IS THIS ALL WE HAVE LEFT? :faint: :yikes:
AND I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THIS.....AT LEAST ON THIS FORUM, WE "TALK" TO EACH OTHER. NOT LIKE OTHERS WHERE PEOPLE COME AND POST AND NEVER SAY A WORD TO ONE ANOTHER LIKE THEY THINK IT'S ALL ABOUT "ME" STUFF.
WE ARE THE WORLDLY CHICKS AND WE RULE!!!:cb: :carrot:
05-12-2007, 10:02 AM
CARLA I HAD TO POST THIS..... I THINK I SHOULD CHANGE MY NAME TO MISS ELLIOT!! :rofl:
A wealthy old lady decides to go on a photo safari in Africa, taking her faithful aged pomeranian named Elliott along for the company.
One day the pom starts chasing butterflies and before long, Elliott discovers that he's lost.… Wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.
The old pom thinks, "Oh, oh! I'm in deep doo-doo now!" Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the leopard is about to leap the old pom exclaims loudly, "Boy, that was one delicious leopard! I wonder if there are any more around here?"
Hearing this, the young leopard halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees. "Whew! says the leopard, that was close! That old pom nearly had me!"
Meanwhile, a monkey who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. So off he goes, but the old pomeranian sees him heading after the leopard with great speed, and figures that something must be up. The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard.
The young leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says, "Here, monkey, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine!
Now, the old pom sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back and thinks, "What am I going to do now?", but instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn't seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old pom says.
"Where's that darn monkey? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another leopard!
Moral of this story....
Don't mess with old timers...age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill! B.S. and brilliance only come with age and experience.
THIS IS ME IN A NUTSHELL....DAZZLE THEM WITH BRILLIANCE AND BAFFLE THEM WITH BS!!!:scooter:
05-12-2007, 11:44 AM
Good morning chicks,
I can't stay on long - something is wrong with the Internet connection on my PC and I'm using DH's right now. He needs his to do his guitar homework so I can't stay long. Going to be a busy weekend of heads down cleaning and purging. I'm actually looking forward to it.
Mel - I agree with you about it being nice to come here and "talk" to each other. The support and encouragement are so valuable. I have left other threads because people just posted about themselves - other than posting for a challenge or something, what's the sense in that? :dunno:
But I do disagree when you say your motto is baffle them with BS - you are quite the one who will be honest, up front and don't beat around the bush - no b.s. Sam kinda lady. That's why I like you ;) :hug: :rofl:
Ok - I'm off to clean. DH said he would take a look at my PC after he gets his stuff done so hopefully I can get back on tonight.
Have a good Saturday. :wave: to the chicks
05-12-2007, 12:17 PM
I left work at 7 last night. She was still talking 90 to nothing.
I've had a fruit smoothie this morning for breakfast and have started the laundry. I woke up this morning at 3 a.m. and could not sleep so I dusted the furniture in the living room and watched something on tv Went back to sleep aout 4 and slept til 9. I'm still sleepy.
Mel-glad you are feeling better to come for a visit. I've noticed that the ususal people is not around as much either.
Happy-- I'm going to finish my tossing next week end.
House work is calling me. If it's not done I will not enjoy my time with my aunt and uncle.
05-12-2007, 01:16 PM
:chef: I JUST MADE THIS AND IT WAS DELICIOUS AND SIMPLE. BUT I USED 1/2 CARTON OF BROTH AND SERVED IT ALL OVER SOME BROILED CHICKEN I CUT UP. YUM!!!
:stir: COME ON OVER AND HAVE A BITE! :hun:
Ribolitta-- Italian Soup
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small thin slice pancetta (italian bacon) or substitute 3 slices regular bacon
1 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 can diced or crushed tomatoes
1 carton fat free chicken broth
1 can Cannellini beans (or white kidney beans)
1 box frozen chopped spinach
Saute pancetta in extra virgin olive oil until crisp.
Add onion, celery, peppers and saute until translucent.
Add garlic and saute-- do not burn the garlic.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Add tomatoes, cannellini beans and chicken broth. Simmer 30 mins. Add spinach. Simmer 10-15 min longer.
Just before serving, add chopped fresh basil. Serve with day old crusty bread if desired. Top soup with fresh parmesan or romano cheese to taste.
Number of Servings: 8
05-12-2007, 02:48 PM
AND BEFORE I FORGET................
:encore: WISHING EVERYONE A WONDERFUL MOTHER'S DAY
WE ARE ALL A "MOTHER" OF ONE FORM OR ANOTHER!:rofl:
:celebrate: :hb: :celebrate:
05-13-2007, 08:42 AM
HAPPY~I LIKE YOU TOO :hug: HOPE YOU'RE HAVING FUN CLEANING WHILE THE DH IS SERENADING YOU!!! :belly:
CEEJAY~WE'RE ALL CLEANING!! HAVE A GOOD TIME WITH AUNT AND UNCLE! I'VE HAD NIGHTS LIKE THAT BUT NEVER GOT UP AND DUSTED....MAYBE I SHOULD TRY THAT! :rofl:
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING ALL YOU MOTHERS :rofl:
FOR MOTHER'S DAY MORNING THE GRANDSON AND I ARE WATCHING CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG. THE SUN IS SHINING AND NO ALARMS ARE GOING OFF! :dance:
CAN'T ASK FOR MORE. THE KIDS AND I HAVE FINALLY DECIDED TO CELEBRATE BOTH MOTHER'S AND FATHER'S DAY NEXT WEEKEND. I THINK THEY SHOULD SEE IF RICHIE CAN PATCH THINGS UP ONE LAST TIME THIS WEEKEND. WE'LL SEE IF I WAS RIGHT. RICHIE WON'T BE HERE FOR FATHER'S DAY AS THE KIDS ARE DUE JUNE 1ST. SO WE MIGHT AS WELL HAVE A DOUBLE HEADER.
OOPS....I SPOKE TOO SOON. A SMOKE ALARM IS RINGING. SOMEONE IS BURNING THE TOAST:flame: :lol3:
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY! :moped:
05-13-2007, 12:52 PM
Good morning chicks,
Happy Mothers Day to all.
Thanks for the story Mel - enjoyed it :lol: and for the soup recipe. I was looking to make something today - I have all the ingredients on hand. It sounds delish - thanks for making the menu plan easier. :hug: Hope you have a nice celebration with your family.
Ceejay - I just noticed your goal on your signature. A 34 in waist is certainly something to strive for. Keep up with that exercising and ignore the fussy co-workers.
I just ordered a new pedometer from Amazon.com - it was highly recommended by several of the people here. I have another that I got as a promotional thing but it's kind of off and doesn't measure steps as well as it should. I'm looking forward to getting my walking in at the new office location. There's a small pond with a walking track around it and when it gets too hot for that - it's a 1/2 mile around the perimeter of the building. And I can walk indoors when it's too hot out. Probably more steps to do it indoors as the building is not perfectly rectangular.
Carla - I love your nuttin but a houndfrog thingie by your avatar. Too funny :rofl:
Kind of quiet here - everyone must be off doing things instead of sitting at the computer. As it should be.
I chipped a front tooth - really badly - as in about a 1/4 of a tooth off. It was fractured anyway because it had been hitting another tooth for years. I'm supposed to get my permanent crown in on Tuesday. I'm sure the dentist will be delighted to have another probably expensive procedure walking into his office that morning. :rolleyes: Always something, eh?
Ok - I'm off to clean and menu plan and make a pot of Mel's soup. Happy Sunday. Enjoy your holiday.
Hard to believe that Shad will be here in 3 weeks. Geez I''d better get BUSY. :yikes:
05-13-2007, 06:04 PM
Had a good 'commute' home. Because I left early in the morning on both days, there was little traffic on the road and I made good time. Had breakfast with Irish friends in Mackay on the first day, and was so early getting down the coast on the second day that I had breakfast by the sea (along with around 10 thousand other mothers) at Hervey Bay - famous for the whale sightings and the fact that Mimi McPherson (sister of Elle, the model) runs a boat on the tour. There is a whole tourist industry run on meet the whales every winter. I stopped and had a beer at the Ettamogah pub (couldn't drink it all) and did some souvenir shopping there and got into Brisbane in plenty of time to pick up the accident prone kid otherwise known as a walking disaster area or sometimes DS2. I unpacked the car last night and all the stuff is now sitting in the lounge - guess what today's job might be?
Mel - good to see you back. Take care of those eyes. Strewth - if I come all that way to see you, the least you can do is see me!!!!!
Ribollita - well, well. Do you know what it actually means in English. Sounds real fancy in Italian, but ribollita simply means reboiled. Nasty name for a nice soup huh?
Ceejay, hang in there. Life will get back to normal. Since the brat knows everything you might just let her hang herself once in a while - mind you not when the water is affected since that affects a lot more people. I work on the theory of 3 strikes and you're out. Did that with the roosters. Warned em once about their punctuality, warned them twice and let them take the consequences on the third time. They have to learn and sometimes they choose the hard way.
Madcat - hope the bike fix lasted long enough to get to the shop. Would hate to picture you being tipped off a bike .
Happy - off you go and clean. You know I will run my white gloves over the top of the doors and down behind the loo just to check that you have been doing things properly. I'll be checking out the pool as well so just get on with it. :rofl: yeah right.
Morning Carla, Holly, Ruth (snooping around) Meadow and Suzi. Where is Painter, Linus and all the others that I miss? :?: Did we do something wrong?
05-13-2007, 06:13 PM
Behind the loo?? You mean you're supposed to clean behind the d***ed thing too? Will the madness never end?? Just as well Shad won't be here to check out Carla's cleaning... :yikes:
I'll be back later (maybe much later) for a nice chat. Meanwhile, must continue the search for my missing oomph. (Probably hiding out in the same spot as my healthy diet resolve. I knew it was a mistake to adjust the ticker downwards.)
:wave: to all.
05-13-2007, 10:40 PM
Carla--Do you need one of LindaT's prodding or just taking a day off?
Shad-- Glad you enjoyed the trip home. Thanks for the advice. May have to try that.
Happy--sorry to hear about the chipped tooth. I'll be getting a crown on Thursday.
Mel--Ah shucks--No need for the firemen! I'm going to try your recipe.
Hope every one had a good Mother's day. I enjoyed my visit with my aunt and uncle and their grandchildren. Had to much cake though. You know it was to sweet. I hope this means that my taste buds are changing,
I'm off to make a smoothie. Yum.
For some reason my sinuses are giving me fits today. Arg.
suzi in auz
05-14-2007, 01:15 AM
I found you all, You have been galavanting around. How lovely to be in memphis in the warmth. I am very happy to be here! I have always wanted to walk down Beal st and sing "walking in Memphis".
You all sound wonderful. I hope you have had a great couple of week. I must come for a catch up later.
I just wanted yu all to know that I was still with you.
Had a wonderful Mother's day yesterday. I was woken up with tea and toast and pressies, choccies, PJ's and a book on Paris! I loved them all.
For lunch we booked a place called Hurricanes which is famous for it's RIBS! they were yummy! I was so full though and promised I wasn't going to eat too much. i don't think my body is used to that much meat.
Hubby surprised me with a lovely glass of Moet at the table....very special.
I think this was the first Mother's day that I really felt my kids were growing up. They have grown so much in themselves this past year, it is so noticeable. It's hard to believe that it was such a short time ago they were all still my 3 babies, I guess they always will be.
I hope you all had wonderful days whatever you did. I was thinking of you all around the globe.
I have been really busy at work lately, thus why I haven't been online, I have just kept my head above the water. I found out on Friday that I won;t be working here after July. It will be up to me to decide what's next. I am really not sure at this stage. The kids have been really keen for me to stop of course, but I would go crazy if it was just home. I don't want to go back to volunteers work after this, hopefully something else will come my way.
I always knew that this was an interim job but I guess the reality sinks in, I have become quite attached.
Ok, must get back to the grind.
Many happy thoughts for all
05-14-2007, 08:07 AM
HAPPY~ SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE CHIPPED TOOTH!!
GOOD LUCK WITH THE DENTIST....HE'S GONNA LOVE YOU! $$$$$$ IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW MANY STEPS OR MILES YOU WALK! :running:
SHAD~ :welcome: HOME! GLAD THE TRIP HOME WAS UNEVENTFUL!! I WILL DO BETTER WITH THE EYES....ALL THE BETTER TO SEE YOU DEAR SISTER!! ENJOY BEING HOME AND HOPE TOO THE DS2 IS FEELING OK WITH ALL THE BOO BOOS!! :faint: IS SUNDAY ACTING AS A WRAP AROUND SHAWL??? :rofl:
CARLA~HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!! I HAVE TO CLEAN BEHIND THE LOO TOO!! WILL THIS WORK NEVER END??? GUESS I BETTER VACCUUM TOO!! AND DUST!!! I'M GONNA SEND SHAD TO YOU TOO!!! :lol3:
CEEJAY~ I THINK EVERYONES SINUSES ARE GIVING THEM FITS!! TOO MUCH SMOKE WITH ALL THE FIRES EVERYWHERE AND TOO MANY BLOOMING TREES AND WIND!!! GLAD YOU HAD A GOOD TIME. SOME THINGS ARE TASTING TOO SWEET TO ME ALSO....THOUGHT THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN! :rofl:
SUZI~ GLAD YOU FINALLY FOUND US. SO SORRY THE JOB IS COMING TO AN END. MAYBE SOMEONE WILL RECOGNIZE YOUR TALENTS AND HIRE YOU! :hug: GOOD LUCK SEARCHING!
I AM OFF TO THE LAUNDRY ROOM. 2 LOADS ARE ALREADY IN AND I NEED TO RECYCLE. COULDN'T SLEEP FOR SOME REASON. NOTHING NEW. AN UNEVENTFUL WEEKEND THANK GOD. JUST THE USUAL ALARMS. BUSY WEEK AHEAD GETTING READY FOR THE ELECTION. LOTS OF DOORS TO KNOCK ON!!
HAPPY MONDAY AND LET'S ALL HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!
:wave: TO MADCAT AND HER BIKE!!! AND A HELLO TO ALL THE MISSING CHICKS!!
05-14-2007, 09:37 AM
Happy - off you go and clean. You know I will run my white gloves over the top of the doors and down behind the loo just to check that you have been doing things properly. I'll be checking out the pool as well so just get on with it. :rofl: yeah right.
I'll make you a deal Shad - anything you find back there you can keep :rofl: I know what you're saying. It's just a good excuse and good motivation to get everything in good shape before company comes. (I told DH that's why I invite people over :lol:
Darn Mel - if I knew you were doing laundry today I would have left mine for you :lol: - or combined our loads together. Are these your drawers or mine? :rofl: Have a good time. Heard it was cooler up your way. Hope it's pleasantly cool and not OMG it's freezing cool.
Hello Suzi - good to see you back. Was wondering where you'd gone off to. I'm sorry to hear about the job - did not realize this is a temporary thing. Hope something else comes along quickly.
Ceejay - I think you're on the right track. When you eat sugar all the time you don't notice it but since you've been switching the foods out - things like cake frosting start to taste yucky sweet. I had brocolli for dinner last night and while the entire dinner was tasty, that brocolli was especially good.
Carla - when you find that oomph - get me a little too, ok? Last week at bookclub we were standing outside saying our goodbyes and the host's 4 year son was running at full speed over and over around us. I looked at him as I often do at kids and wish we could bottle some of their excess energy - after all it generally gets them in trouble and heaven knows we could sure use it :lol:
So how's the DS2 healing up Shad? Sounds like you had a nice weekend. I see alot of packing/unpacking/repacking in your future :rofl:
Another weekend zoomed by. I need a personal shopper. Darn grocery shopping takes such a big chunk out of the weekend. Amazing since I only had a small list. But I had to go to several stores for different things. I sure can spend money I tell you :rolleyes:
Back on the WW with a vengence too. I've let myself slip with sodas and cheese and salty stuff and erased the losses I've seen to date. It's virtually a given that when I stop journalling the food, the weight creeps back with a friendly pound or two. Was looking at People magazine this week. It features 6 people who lost 100 pounds or better. Well 5 of the 6 are in their 20's. I found that disappointing. Not saying it's easier for them but I think their bodies have an easier time of bouncing back. There was one lady in her mid 40's just so the entire article wasn't too depressing. It all comes down to the old fashioned eating and moving. Speaking of which it's time to do both so on with the day. Enjoy yourselves...
05-14-2007, 09:51 AM
It is always a joy to come and catch up with everyone. HUGS!
A good weekend.Nice sunshine, a great hockey party on Sat night, kids are loving Sat morning soccer. i worked all day doing the Avon thing at an event yesterday, made over $200.00 sitting out in the sun talking to people I really like.
It is raining today and hubby is home. I have tons of house work and laundry and Avon stuff to do. I would rather be alone but am sucking it up.
I was hoping to do yard work too. For motivation I invited 50 people here for a campfire next Sunday. I need to weed.
I will go for a walk this morning. It is just sprinkling. It is supposed to pour later.
Time to face the day.
05-14-2007, 01:15 PM
Happy-I agree that journaling food is a must. I've started that today myself.
Not much is happening today. It's been quite at work so far. I've kept myself busy though and it's almost 11 a.m.
To everyone else a big hug and hello.
05-14-2007, 08:04 PM
Another cool morning heating up to around the 27C mark today. I see I have 2 orchids out and flowering beautifully. Time for repotting some of the others I see too. Hope I can get some of the chores I can see done before I leave here for over there.
I'm now down 5.9K from my January weight. From 79.9K to 74.1 this morning. This is part of my New Year resolution to lose 10% of my body weight. I'm over halfway now. On track hopefully for the rest. Don't really see a huge difference and it doesn't help buying clothes as in one shop you will fit a 14 happily, next shop it is down to a 12, third shop you are back into a sixteen and that doesn't fit in the bust. I've even fitted a 10 but it wasn't particularly comfortable. Mainly I judge the changes on what happens with the old clothes. I have two pairs of capri pants that I can pull off without undoing the zip or buttons - ergo the hips have shrunk. Pity I can't say the same about the top half.
Today I need to clean the bathroom and chuck out some of the old stuff in there - there is sunscreen which is over 5 years out of date. It's all going today. Then I need to get out in the garden. DS2 will no doubt need some chauffering for something although he determinedly rides his bicycle to and fro - says he needs the exercise.
Holly - life seems just as busy as ever in your neck of the woods. Please turn off the rain before I get to Canada. We actually need it here and not there while I am on holiday.
Ceejay - a quiet day at work is always a good one.
Happy - if anything is left behind the loo, it can stay there. I have no intention of looking or counting the cobwebs or anything else remotely to do with cleaning or tidying. My own place doesn't bear too much scrutiny as it is.
Actually I was having a moan about the last Biggest Loser program that we had. It was won by a 23 year old with few social graces. Now this guy did work hard, but I'm almost willing to bet my bank account it was done for the money and not the weight loss. His rivals were all in the 30's with the oldest at around 38. Mind you the 38 year old came in second, but it just goes to prove the men drop it faster than women who have to work twice as hard to get where they want to be. But this young man was dropping 7 or 8 kilos in a week where most of the others were getting around 4 or 5. Even the really big guy 216K and 34 years old wasn't managing as much although he did do a 10.5 very early in the program. So I can understand you frustration regarding the magazine article.
Mel - Sunday is not being a scarf - more like a foghorn, always there and always vocal. Not always seen. She will be most unhappy again next week.
Hiya Suzi - sorry to hear the job is not going to last, but that's the way of things. You need to find a part time job or a job share position - it'll happen, just keep looking and keep the options open.
Carla - maybe you out to try checking out behind the loo for your missing oomph and the weight loss resolve. I've been checking out the SF part of my trip this morning. Oooooooh I am getting excited.
And hello to Madcat, Meadow and the others. Better get off here before the day slips away from me. Hi ho, hi ho it's off to the bathroom I go, to clean actually - so there.
05-14-2007, 10:46 PM
Oomph still missing in action, but I did somehow find the energy to get out the hiking duds and go for a good hike in the woods. About 2 1/2 hours, and it seemed to be all uphill. Saw a moose having lunch in a bog, but no bears or beavers. I was more than shocked when stripping for my bath later to see the same old rolls and bulges... how did they survive the day??? Also busy spending time with my bereaved neighbour, who's doing well, all things considered. I can only imagine how lonely she must feel. Working the next three days, so no more walks in the woods for now.
Shad, there are never any weather guarantees around here. You do want to bring a sweater (or fleece) and a rain jacket just in case. Besides, you'll probably need them on the west coast.
Once again I'm pooping out without chatting with you all individually. Please except my apoplogies - I'll be back on track soon. Right now I'm so tired I'm considering going to bed at 9:30, unheard of for me. Hello to Mel, Happy, Ceejay, Madcat, Suzi, and whoever I'm too exhausted to remember. :wave:
05-14-2007, 10:51 PM
Shad~ Wow, congratulations on your progress! Halfway there and not even halfway through the year yet. That’s great. I hear you on the weird sizing. Good for you for keeping those “benchmark” capris.
Hooly~ How nice that you can make money at something you really enjoy. Enjoy the walk before the rain hits.
Ceejay~ Pity you have to deal spend your energy breaking in this new coworker. I believe you will get her kicked into shape in no time.
Mel~ Yep, we are slackers. Can I tsk at you about the coffee? There, consider yourself tsk’ed. Don’t let the election silliness suck you in. There are some good lessons in that leopard story. And it made me laugh. I think it is more a matter of the power of quick thinking rather than baffling them. Would you do my laundry? It is threatening to take over the floor of the closet.
Happy~ Hope your PC is on the mend. I have a pedometer that really doesn’t seem to work right either so I’d be interested to hear if your new one works. It really is a good way to judge how much daily exercise we are getting. Just a simple thing. Geez, sorry about your tooth issue. Ow! And journalling does seem to be the only way to stay honest. Here’s a question, do you journal foods you intend to eat or just write it down as they are eaten? I’m curious how other people approach this. I’ll be right beside you writing down mine too. I’ve slipped up the last couple of days, but that won’t help anyone, least of all myself, now will it?
Carla~ way to go on the hiking. You saw a moose? That is so neat. All I ever see is homeless people and empty beer cans.
Suzi~ So lovely to see you. You’ve been missed. Sorry about your job situation, but at least you have a fair amount of warning. How would you feel about contracting maybe? It’s not a terrible life.
Waves to all the other chicks lurking and posting.
To tell the truth, I have had a couple of very bad days. My friend who was admitted to the hospital is still there as they run more tests. The words “breast cancer” have been mentioned but they still don’t know for sure. All we can do is try to stay positive and hope for the best. If anyone was so inclined, a few prayers or positive thoughts would be appreciated. It couldn’t hurt.
I need a hug. Think I'll go bug the DH.
05-15-2007, 08:48 AM
MADCAT~ I AM STARTING TO ENJOY THE LAUNDRY ROOM SO SEND YOURS RIGHT OVER. :dance: I CAN EVEN SQUEEZE IN HAPPY'S. I AM SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO YOUR FRIEND. I HOPE SHE GETS AN ANSWER AND IT'S A GOOD ONE. FINGERS CROSSED.
AND :hug: for you too.
CARLA~ I MUST HAVE MISSED THE POST ABOUT THE NEIGHBOR AND HER BEREAVMENT! :faint: I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT IT. SENDING :hug: TO HER AND YES IT MUST BE LONELY. DEATH AND DIVORCE RATE NUMBER ONE ON THE STRESS SCALE TOO. HOPE SHE IS GENTLE WITH HERSELF. WHAT DO YOU MEAN...ALL THAT HIKING AND STILL HAVE ROLLS? I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL. I WENT OUT THE OTHER DAY AND MUST HAVE PUT AT LEAST 2 MILES ON THE ODOMETER :scooter: AND WHEN I GOT ON THE SCALE....NOT AN OUNCE WAS LOST. VERY SAD :rofl: :rofl:
SHAD~ I THINK WHEN YOU GO AWAY TO WORK, YOU SHOULD JUST WRAP THE HOUSE IN SARAN WRAP TILL YOU GET BACK. THIS WAY THERE IS NO CLEANING TO DO UPON YOUR RETURN! :dance: POOR SUNDAY. WAIT TILL THE END OF THE MONTH!!! :yikes: UNLESS YOU INTEND TO SMUGGLE HER IN A CARRY-ON BAG!
CEEJAY~ A BIG :hug: AND :wave: BACK TO YOU!
HOPE WORKS IS QUIETLY ROLLING ALONG FOR YOU!
HAPPY~ YES IT GOT COLD IN NJ AGAIN AND ONE NIGHT WAS IN THE 30's. I GOT BACK OUT OF BED AND PUT THE RADIATOR BACK ON FOR THE GRANDSON! :rofl: HE WAS FREEZING. THESE MUST BE YOUR THONGS MIXED UP WITH MY WASH CAUSE I DON'T WEAR THEM. THEY LOOK LIKE A FRIGGING SLINGSHOT! I'LL SEND THEM OUT STRAIGHT AWAY!! :cb: I DIDN'T GET TO THE BACK OF THE LOO YET BUT IT'S ON MY TO DO LIST NOW :rofl: :rofl: GOOD LUCK WITH WW :cheer:
MORE WASH DONE AND FOLDED. MORE STUFF STORED AND SOME GIVEN AWAY. I AM ON A ROLL. BLANKETS AND QUILTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN USED IN YEARS ARE ALL READY FOR THE NEXT COLD SNAP :rofl: THE OTHER DAY IT WAS JUST A TAD OVER 80 AND RATHER HUMID. AS THE DAY PROGRESSED THE TEMPS KEPT DROPPING TILL THEY HIT A LOW OF ABOUT 33. I WAS SO COLD I WENT TO BED TO WATCH TV. THE GOOD NEWS HERE IS THAT SINCE I WEIGHED IN ON SUNDAY AT 184.5......THE SCALE DID NOT BOUNCE BACK TO 187 LIKE IT'S BEEN DOING. I JUST HAD TO GET ON AGAIN TODAY TO TEST IT. :lol3:
JUST WASN'T UP TO FOOD SHOPPING TODAY SO I'LL PICK UP SOME STUFF ON FRIDAY. SUPPOSED TO BE
85* BY NOON TODAY!! :sunny: :beach: :cheers:
A SPOOKY STORY: I WAS IN THE OFFICE WHEN THE PHONE RANG. A WOMAN HAD BEEN TAKING CARE OF HER EX AND HE PASSED AWAY. SHE HAD STUFF SHE WANTED TO DONATE. WE CHATTED WHEN SHE CAME. AS SHE WAS LEAVING WE SPOKE ABOUT OTHER DONATIONS INCLUDING THE CHAIR I COULDN'T KEEP. SHE LEFT. I COME UPSTAIRS ONLY TO BE CALLED BACK DOWN TO THE OFFICE. SHE CAME BACK WITH SOME MORE DONATIONS. AS WE CHATTED AND WALKED TO THE DOOR, SOMETHING SHE SAID MADE THE CONNECTION IN MY HEAD AS TO WHO SHE WAS. AND I SAID HER EX'S LAST NAME... SHE WAS SURPRISED......IT WAS HER EX'S CHAIR THAT IS STILL SITTING WAITING FOR THE FAMILY TO PICK IT UP. I TOOK HER TO THE ELECTRIC ROOM, WHERE IT SITS, TO CONFIRM IT. TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT....SHE IS GOING TO SEE IF THE FAMILY HAS FORGOTTEN ALL ABOUT TAKING IT BACK AND THEN I CAN HAVE IT. AS SHE WAS LEAVING, SHE TURNED AND SAID "LOOK WHERE I AM PUTTING YOU"..SH PUT MY POST-IT WITH MY TELLY NUMBER ON HER CHEST OVER HER HEART. SHE SAID MARK WOULD WANT ME TO HAVE THE CHAIR AND THAT'S WHY SHE MUST HAVE FELT COMPELLED TO RETURN. THE HAIR WAS STICKING UP ON MY ARMS AND I SAID HE SENT HER BACK THE SECOND TIME CAUSE WE DIDN'T GET IT "RIGHT" THE FIRST TRIP!! :rofl: :rofl: THE OFFICE WAS STANDING THERE WITH THEIR MOUTHS HANGING OPEN. NO ONE KNEW WHAT TO SAY. THE ONLY BAD NEWS IS THAT I HAVE NOT HEARD FROM HER AND THINK SHE MIGHT BE AFRAID TO CALL AND SAY THEY WANT THE CHAIR BACK. :lol3: :lol3:
BUT EERIE STORY NONETHELESS!!
OK GOTTA GO. RAMBLED ON HERE LONG ENOUGH. SOMETIMES I FORGET YOU GUYS ACTUALLY WORK FOR A LIVING!!
HAPPY TUESDAY! :moped:
05-15-2007, 09:40 AM
Good morning ladies,
I am running a bit behind this morning so all I had time for was to enjoy your newest posts with my coffee. Lots of "oh wow" moments this morning. I will catch up with you all tonight - off to pop in the shower, off to the dentist (hope he gives me that gas again :lol: ) and then off for a spin on the hamster wheel of work and life for the afternoon. New washing machine gets delivered today. Spent the last 2 days washing pillows and heavy thumpy things I don't want to wash in the "good" washer. Gotta run - be good.
05-15-2007, 01:27 PM
The problem with not posting for a while is the mountain of posts to respond to. But here goes:
Madcat, I've got my fingers crossed and am sending :goodvibes: that your friend will not get bad news. Very scary and upsetting for her and for thoe that love her. :grouphug:
And by the way, I'm not the guilty party with the "real" Ontario line. That was Ruth(??) suggesting Shad visit her in Westport (??). The details are gone forever from my mind, but all I did was quote her. Besides, everyone knows the "real" Ontario is Ottawa. Not. :rofl:
Happy, when you broke your tooth, were you perhaps biting off more than you could chew? biting your tongue? nibbling on DH's ear? ;) My theory is that dentists insert tiny time bombs in the weak spots in our mouth, and they go off right around the time we think we're all caught up on dental care. Boom! Another ten years of work to pay for ever more crowns...
If you need some extra laundry to try out that new machine, I have a rather extensive selection I'd be delighted to share with you. :lol:
Are you still working both jobs, or are you firmly into the new one? Enjoying the change, I hope.
Suzi, so sorry that the job will end, as you seemed to be quite enjoying it. I'm sure you'll find something else, and my fingers are crossed it'll be even better.
Mel, you're sounding quite chipper these days. I hope those eyes are much better. Maybe the rain helped with the allergies and their side effects? Since you're enjoying the laundry room so much, and since I have a feeling Happy will be too ga-ga from happy gas to help out, can I send mine on to you?? I'll happily grocery shop for you, bringing only healthy, delicious foods.
I had mentioned last week that my neighbour's husband had had a bad fall, spent the afternoon in ER, was discharged and died of a heart attack 4 hours later. She often looks after my cats when I'm gone for just a few days, and we've gotten to be quite friendly. A lovely person, she's bearing up quite well, but I'm trying to make sure she doesn't feel any more alone than necessary.
Shad, is DS2 accident prone, or just so active that these things are inevitable? If he were a lot younger - or a spouse - one might suspect that it was an attempt to make you stop going away, but not from an adult child. Maybe it's Sunday tripping him up so you'll have to come home.
Holly, what a great way to earn a pile of money! That's one of the nice things about Avon - people actually like the product, it's not overpriced, so it almost sells itself. Your life has really changed since you wound up the day care - it sounds like you're enjoying getting out and about more.
Ceejay, was that you operating the cattle prod that got me started yesterday? Thanks - maybe.
I'm pretty achy and slow today after the big hike. I can't believe how out of shape I am. But I know it won't take long to improve as long as I don't give up. It's always so hard to get back into any fitness program - everything seems so very hard and painful that it's hard to get going. But I have to remember that I once went from 0 to running a marathon in two years. I'm older now, but no matter how impossible it seems, I know can get a good level of fitnes back.
The diet is a little harder - self-indulgence is a bad habit to break. (Mel!!! Put down that frappucino!!!) :lol3: I really do think WW will be the option that does the trick in the end. It has worked before, and with summer coming this is the pefect time to get back on board. I always tried to plan out my points the night before, but wrote them in as I ate them. Madcat, are you doing the on-line version like Happy, or do you go to meetings?
Well, I'D better eat so I can get back to work on time. Salad again.
05-15-2007, 08:06 PM
Just a brief note before the computer is shut down. Storms are in he area.
The water plant has been shut down and awaiting the worse.
Happy--Baton down the hatches. The squall line is coming your way.
05-15-2007, 08:07 PM
Puff, puff - morning all - puff
Just running in to say hello. Will try to get back later to chat but today is busy. Haircut and colour this morning 10.30, DS2 to hospital for check up at 2.00pm, wine man is coming to give me a gift at 3.30 - hope he doesn't expect me to buy anything!!! He's stiff outa luck if he does. Need to check with Recruiting agent about dates sometime as well and get in touch with Tracey from Groote to confirm details for the week after I get back. I'd like to have all that squared away before I go - mainly so I can get organised for that. Got my foreign currency yesterday. Now have to stash it until I go (and not forget it) Think I need a very long to do list.
I've already cleaned half the house this morning and put things away and thrown things out etc. Haven't exercised yet, but that may have to be tonight, which reminds me I need to talk to the gym about renewal as well. If I am going to Perth for my next job, I can use the gym membership.
Okay - outa here. Time for a quick clean in the dinging room and a cuppa before going to the hairdreser. Hope she doesn't take too long today. I may just have to hurry her up.
05-16-2007, 08:37 AM
HAPPY~ THE "GOOD" WASHER"????:rofl: HOPE YOU DON'T HAVE THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY!!!
CEEJAY~ GUESS THESE ARE THE STORMS THEY WARNED US ABOUT LAST NIGHT HEADING OUR WAY. TEMPS ARE DROPPING YET AGAIN HERE AFTER TODAY. HOPE YOU'RE WEATHERING OUT THE STORM:rain:
CARLA~ SOMETIMES WHEN THE EYES ARE BURNING, I MUST ADMIT THAT I SKIM THE POSTS. I REMEMBER THE PART ABOUT THE FALL AND ER BUT PROBABLY SKIPPED THE END RESULT. POOR MAN....NOW POOR WOMAN. BEEN A VERY STRANGE YEAR. GOOD OF YOU TO LET HER KNOW SHE ISN'T FORGOTTEN...WHICH OFTEN HAPPENS. SEEMS LIKE THE MATE THAT IS LEFT BEHIND BECOMES INVISIBLE TO OLD FRIENDS AND RELATIVES. THE GREAT AMERICAN WAY IS TO IGNORE THE REMAINING SPOUSE AND ALL BAD THINGS WILL JUST GO AWAY. :faint:
FYI, NO FRAPPUCCINO'S TO PUT DOWN!! I DRANK THE LAST ONE THE OTHER DAY :lol3: GOD THIS IS A HARD HABIT TO BREAK. WW WILL BE YOUR ROAD TO SUCCESS.....YOU AND HAPPY CAN COMMISERATE (SP) ABOUT YOUR POINTS!!! GOOD LUCK AND KEEP THOSE BUNS ON THE TRAIL!! :dance:
SHAD~ GROOTE AGAIN?? :rofl: IS THE TFG GOING AS WELL? I WILL DEFINITELY FALL OUT OF THIS WHEELCHAIR IF HE DOES! :lol3: :lol3: WHAT A THING TO HAVE TO COME HOME TO!! :rofl: OF COURSE I CAN AFFORD TO LAUGH...I DON'T HAVE TO WORK WITH HIM!!
HOPE THE HAIR DATE WENT WELL AND DS IS ON THE MEND!! DON'T WASTE ANY TIME CLEANING YOUR HOUSE.....YOU CAN COME HERE TO THE STATES AND CLEAN...SEEMS LIKE HAPPY AND I HAVE PLENTY OF THINGS ON OUR TO DO LISTS TO KEEP YOU BUSY FOR YOUR ENTIRE STAY! :rofl:
I AM SITTING HERE 1/2 DRESSED AND MY NOSE IS RUNNING. I SHOULD BE GRATEFUL ABOUT THE NOSE AS IT WAS CLOGGED UP YESTERDAY! I ENDED UP DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING EXCEPT SPEND SOME TIME WITH JEN. WE PUT SOME OF THE "TALL STUFF" AWAY....THINGS I LIKE TO STORE ON THE UPPER SHELVES. AND WHEN SHE LEFT, I WENT BACK TO DOING NOTHING :rofl:
TODAY IS FRAN'S LAST DAY. WE BOUGHT HER AN HERBAL LAVENDER BATH SET. I WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU FOR ALL HER HELP WITH ARTS & CRAFTS.
WE'RE HAVING A SMALL LUNCHEON AS WELL. SAD DAY.
I AM GOING TO LEAVE A MESSAGE ON THE NEW BOSS OF ARTS & CRAFT'S ANSWERING MACHINE OVER THE WEEKEND. I WILL GIVE FULL CONTROL OVER THE CHOICE FOR THE NEXT PROJECT. THERE IS NO ONE TO SHOP FOR ME AND I AM NOT RECRUITING JEN FOR YET ANOTHER UNPAID JOB. I WILL BE AS DIPLOMATIC AS POSSIBLE.
WHATEVER I SAY SHE WILL TWIST AROUND ANYWAY!
I AM ALSO GOING TO TELL HER THAT NOT ONLY DID I LOSE MY SHOPPER BUT MY ASSISTANT AS WELL. SHE CAN PUT THAT IN HER PIPE AND SMOKE IT TOO. FROM NOW ON WHEN I NEED HELP, I AM GOING TO ASK FOR IT. THEY DO. :dance: THIS IS A GOOD LESSON FOR ME BECAUSE I SPENT MOST OF MY LIFE WORRYING ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE THOUGHT OR WERE SAYING ABOUT ME. VERY SAD.
IMAGE WAS EVERYTHING. :rofl:
OFF TO WASH MY HAIR AND GET ALL GUSSIED UP FOR THE PARTY.:moped:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY!! HAPPY HUMPING!
05-16-2007, 08:58 AM
Good morning Mel! I see your little egg light shining. Glad to hear the frapps are all gone, and that you're making things very clear to the new arts and crafts person. It's cold and rainy here this morn, and I'd rather stay in bed than go to work, but... :(
I've got my fingers crossed for you getting the wheelchair that got left behind, it would be silly for them to leave it there doing nothing when you can always use an upgrade in wheels.
No trails for me today, maybe Friday if the weather improves. Meanwhile, I've procrastinated all I can - gotta hit the bathtub, whip up a smoothie, and skedaddle.
:wave: to all.
05-16-2007, 10:02 AM
So fun to read all your posts and catch up on the events. The trips coming up are going to be so exciting and we can enjoy them too right here...... hope all the arrangements go well.
I had a different Mother's Day. I did hear from the boys they seem to be doing quite well. I had a disagreement with my BF and I think I broke up him. That sounds wishy washy doesn't it......for now I am taking a long break from the relationship..... perspective for both of us.
Well, my van Brownie is gone and I have a used '98 subaru forrester sitting in my drive way now....I just got it on Monday....I was so emotional when I took my stuff out of Brownie the guy told me I could come back and visit my car any time.... pathetic. That van has been with me for so many changes and people coming and going.....many adventures.....
I hope that this finds everyone well.... the weight watching has been holding its own for me since my visit to the heart hospital..... I haven't been on a scale but am wearing new clothes that have been in my closet I couldn't fit into last year.....my mom is now home and recovering nicely.
I will try to get back here sooner to visit with ya'all have a great day and be good to yourselves.....
05-16-2007, 02:44 PM
Just in to say hello
05-16-2007, 05:28 PM
Rose good to hear from you again. Sorry if you have split with the b/f, but it may just need a cooling off period and a rethink and will be back again. Life takes some strange turns at times.
Well done on the new car. I was like that when I sold my first brand new car and bought the second. The second wasn't as good for a very long time. Now I am on the brink of selling it to get another - well after I get back from the US anyway and get some money together again.
Mel - don't even mention the tfg. I sincerely hope that I don't have to work with the git again for another 13 years. No they got in touch to ask me to do some remedial work with them - only a week but that's good for me. It also means that I can keep in touch and that they may think of me when further work comes along. Groote will be very pleasant at that time of year.
For the Canadians among us - my time in Ontario has been extended. I was advised by the travel agents assistant that staying in Calgary for more than a day is a no no. She has been there. So I now get to Toronto on the 10th June and will leave early on 16th and not the 14th. It will give me a chance to check out the 'real' place and maybe do a tour or two. Go to Ottawa or somewhere strange.
All this talk of laundries - I have a fair amount of washing to do but not enough of each variety to make a full load. We are only expected to use 140litres of water per person per day on the current restrictions. It is pointless doing half loads although it may come to that if I can't fill up the machine.
When you calculate out how much 140L comes to, (try dividing it by 6 for gallons) and then work out that you use 6litres every time you flush the loo, shower will take some more particularly if you like a long one - and don't even think about the bath since that could be your entire daily allowance. A bucket full to mop the floor is another 9 litres. Then consider things like cleaning teath, washing hands, cooking Etc etc. And we haven't even got onto the 2 litres we are supposed to drink per day. We are told we will be going to level 6 in Spring. Hallelujah - pray for rain.
Mind you I have to admit that the average daily rate hasn't hit 140L yet. Best we can do is 155L - a long long way from the politicians target - who we must add have contributed greatly to the problem over the years.
Ahhh well with that moan done, I had better hike myself down to the gym and do a work out - I STILL need to talk to them about renewal.
05-16-2007, 06:53 PM
Shad, why not head up to Otty after TO, then fly to Cowtown from here? You could even share my cab to the airport on the 16th if we have flights around the same time! I'm available to play from the evening of the 13th to the 16th, and would be delighted to show you around. (You're welcome to arrive sooner, but I'll be nose to the grindstone 10-13 June.) Bring your hiking boots (I have 2 pairs of size 11's, but have a feeling they'd be too big for you... no shoebox jokes, thanks anyway...). We could go for a lovely hike/picnic in the park, which would go a long way towards burning off the Toronto excesses... I can lend you poles and any other hiking gear - I have stuff in many different sizes... And of course I've already started inflating the Aerobed. You could also do a stop at the "real" Ontario en route - I think your hostess from there would have to pick you up from the train in Brockville, and I might be able to come and collect you from wherever the town was. Maybe Westport??
Anyway, think seriously about it. The Ottawa area is gorgeous in summer (assuming good weather, of course), and I've got lots of ideas for things to do. Of course if you do come here, I'll have to accelerate my diet to meet my goal a week early... :yikes: :rofl:
05-16-2007, 09:23 PM
I CAN'T TAKE THE CREDIT FOR THIS BUT LAUGHED MY HEAD OFF TONITE...........
Subject: Good filler for staff meetings
The boss of a Madison Avenue advertising agency called a spontaneous
staff meeting in the middle of a particularly stressful week. (This is
one pretty sharp boss!) When everyone gathered, the boss, who
understood the benefits of having fun, told the burnt out staff the
purpose of the meeting was to have a quick contest. The theme: Viagra
The only rule was they had to use past ad slogans, originally written
for other product s that captured the essence of Viagra. Slight
variations were acceptable.
About 7 minutes later, they turned in their suggestions and created a
Top 10 List. With all the laughter and camaraderie, the rest of the
week went very well for everyone!
The top 10 were:
10. Viagra, Whaazzzz up!
9. Viagra, The quicker pecker picker upper.
8. Viagra, like a rock!
7. Viagra, When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight.
6. Viagra, Be all that you can be.
5. Viagra, Reach out and touch someone.
4. Viagra, Strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.
3. Viagra, Home of the whopper!
2. Viagra, We bring good things to Life!
And the unanimous number one slogan:
1. This is your peepee. This is your peepee on drugs.
SHAD~ THANK GOD HE WON'T BE THERE LOL GLAD YOU CAN SPEND MORE TIME IN CANADA. GREAT TIME FOR A VISIT TOO. NEITHER TOO HOT OR COLD!!
DOING THE RAIN DANCE OVER HERE FOR YOU :belly: :dance: :cb: :carrot:
HOPE THEY ALL WORK!!! WE'LL BE SENDING CASES OF WATER OVER TO YOU IF IT DOESN'T RAIN SOON!!
FIRES ALL OVER THE USA TOO :flame: ON EVEN IN NJ STARTED YESTERDAY. SAD REALLY. ALL THOSE TREES AND WILDLIFE.
HAVE A GREAT DAY! :hug:
:wave: TO CEEJAY FOR DROPPING IN!!
ROSEBLUSH~ SORRY TO HEAR THE NEWS BUT WHAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU IS IMPROTANT. HAD A STRANGE M'S DAY HERE TOO. CHANGED ALL THE PLANS FOR OTHERS AND THEN THEIR PLANS WENT SOUTH ALSO:rofl:
SORRY ABOUT THE VAN. I KNOW THE FEELING. WHEN ONE OF THE CHAIRS LEAVE I AM SO DEPRESSED. IF ONE HAD TO GO PERMANENTLY I WOULD CRY MY HEART OUT. I GET ATTACHED TO EVERYTHING AND EVERYBODY....WE ARE BOTH SAD!! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: SENDING HUGS :hug:
I'M GOING FOOD SHOPPING TOMORROW IF IT DOESN'T BEGIN TO RAIN AGAIN. WE HAD A BEAUT OF A THUNDERSTORM. WILL TRY AND SEND IT OVER SHADDIE'S WAY!! HAVE A WONDERFUL NIGHT AND THURSDAY! :moped:
PS~ Fran's party was great but I found her in the office bathroom crying by herself. How pitiful was that? Then we both cried. I felt so bad for her but her new job will get her more money and better experience in the real world. It's nothing but BS here and you learn nothing but hatred and gossip. She is well rid of the place. I'll see her Friday when she comes to pick up her last check. More tears I am sure :rofl: She loved the lavender stuff. :dance: Talked to Fran and this weekend I am definitely making that phone call to dump the Arts & Craft's responsibility. I'll still teach the seniors but that's all. Feeling good about this already!!!MORE DANCING!! :dance:
05-16-2007, 10:07 PM
Oh Mel, thanks that was so funny I loved it.... wish it would rain here too....take care. You are so sweet. Shad thank for the kind words..... he is hoping to take another shot at it but I need more time......am having a house full of company I don't know this weekend just offering my floor to a friends rafting buddies. Will be fun I am sure.
Take Care all,
05-16-2007, 10:20 PM
Do not get pushed into something you can't handle Rose. It will only make things harder the next time around. Talk, talk and more talk. He may get tired of it, but it does help mostly (sometimes there is too much of it and not enough action)
Enjoy the company - hope they leave the wet rafts outside.
Fun Mel - sorry that the friend is leaving, but she will find that life is totally different in another place - maybe even better.
Gotta go, talk to the travel agent.
05-17-2007, 08:46 AM
Just checking in to let you nutcases know I'm still around. I'm in the middle of kitchen renovation which is behind schedule. It's a damned good thing Norm is cute! He's here every day but his so-called boss, Mike, seems to have bailed.
I have blocked off Shad week in June. I agree that there is more to Ontario than cities and think I may just grab Shad for an overnight and then drive her to Ottawa and pass her over to Carla.
Big Hi and hugs to everyone. I pop in to read but seldom have time to post (snoop) because the darned South Beach Forum and another website keep me too damned busy.
05-17-2007, 09:45 AM
Argh. :mad: :mad: :mad: Well I did have a long post and lost it. Been having trouble with this site hanging A LOT lately. Don't have time to rewrite things so I'll just say hello. Off to work I go.
05-17-2007, 01:52 PM
HELLO MISS RUTHIE!! SO GOOD TO HAVE YOU POP IN.
GOOD LUCK WITH THE RENNO AND NORM!!! IS HER THE SAME NORM ON THE TV PBS CHANNEL....CARPENTER NORM ABRAHMS, :rofl: :rofl:
SHAD~ HOPE THE CHAT IS FRUITFUL WITH THE TRAVEL AGENT!
HAPPY~ :hug: FOR THE LOST POST! DONTCHA JUST HATE THAT???:tantrum:
CARLA~ I NEED MORE FUNNY MATERIAL. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
OK I ADMIT THAT I OVERSLEPT THIS MORNING. SO I GUESS I'LL HAVE TO GO ON TOMORROW'S BUS OR TAKE A ROLL DOWN THE STREET TO THE MOM & POP STORE. THAT'S IF THE SUN IS SHINING!! DAMN CHILLY OUT TODAY AGAIN AND A STIFF BREEZE. MAYBE MOTHER NATURE TOOK THE VIAGRA!! FIESTY WEATHER! :lol3: :lol3: NOTHING IS NEW. SAME OL' SAME OL'
HAPPY THURSDAY! :moped:
05-17-2007, 05:56 PM
It's RAINING out there this morning and is meant to last all day. Amazing! Not that it will do much good for our dams and water situation, but the garden will just love it. I can see all the plants stretching out their leaves to grab as much as possible. Wunnerful, wunnerful
Ruth - good to see you. It's so wonderful that so many of you are willing to give your time to see me when I am there.
I have spoken to S the Travelman. I have cancelled the hotel for the nights of the 14th and 15th of June. Holly has indicated that she is free on the Monday and Tuesday 11th and 12th so I'll be in TO for that. That gives me time to see and say hello to Madcat as well. Then we can disappear into the wilderness - did you say train? I love trains. And eventually end up in Carla's neck of the woods. S is still debated the great airplane issue. I'll just tell him to book a flight to connect with the other flight. Thank you all so much.
Love those spring flowers you posted on the SB forum Ruth. Are they from your garden?
By the way, talking about Canada in general and Ontario in particular - does anyone know where Brampton is? I have to drop off a parcel from a friend to somewhere who lives there and I can't find it on my map! At least I have a telephone number.
Happy - what a shame that you lost your post. It's so annoying. That's why we copy everthing before we post - right?!! Yes there are some strange things happening from time to time on the site. I just hope the problems are not expensive ones for the 3fc to solve. It's beginning to sound a bit server-like to me!
Mel - I doubt whether Ruth's Norm is the same Norm as in This Old House. For one thing she used the word cute! No one would call Norm cute would they? Talented, yes. Smart, yes. Rich, probably. Cute????!!!!
I like fiesty weather. I'm strange in that I like the wind and I like the rain. Just not together. I have to admit that the weather in the tropics gets very boring in the winter - blue skies, trade breezes once in a while, warm temps, no rain. Boring, Boring, Boring.
Okay, better go let the cat in. She's feeling miserable out there - I think her tail got wet! and it is no use telling her that she wanted to go out there in the first place. She just gets louder and louder. Sometimes our conversations remind me of that reporter from the BBC and the Scientology director who had a bit of a barney on the telly the other day. What a farce.
05-17-2007, 08:12 PM
Holy Cannoli!!! Less than a month to get the backs of my toilets cleaned!!!
Shad, Ruth can tell you your best option for getting to her place. She may have a better solution than the train, but I doubt it. And it's terrific that she's up for delivering you to Otty - or I could meet the two of you half way and bring you here from wherever that might be. I hope she'll bring along one of those Portugese Water dogs of hers - they are so fluffy and cute. (Please don't tell the cats I said that.)
I looked on the Internet, and it seems you can get to Brampton easily from TO's Union Stn by GO train (commuter train). Maybe Madcat can confirm that I'm right. I've never GOne on a GO train myself.
There won't be a lot of time to see the Ottawa area, I'll try to put together a good plan with lots of choices depending on weather and your preferences.
Mel, how perfect that you were demanding a funny at the exact time I was sending you one!
Rose, so sorry that things have gone awry with the BF. I hope the final outcome is what you truly want. Maybe a little time apart will make it all clear. Meanwhile, :hug:
Gotta feed those cats - and that Carla - before we all start gnawing on the furniture. Ta ta!
05-17-2007, 09:57 PM
Ruthie. Here is a thought... I could take Shad as far as Kingston maybe... and we could meet up there... and then you could wisk away. Again, depending on what she wants.... I have to admit to a certain love of trains as well.
Shad, Brampton is a suburb just to the NW of Toronto (and the place where my sister lives). You can GO train there but transit inside Brampton sucks. I am sure we could arrange something.
We will talk.
BTW Shad check out Westjet for cheap flights from Ottawa to Toronto....
05-17-2007, 10:05 PM
POST 2: I have had better weeks. I got a call from my SIL this morning telling me my sister had had a seizure and collapsed last night. She's in a hospital here in Toronto now and resting comfortably - but they are saying they have found evidence of some sort of brain tumor. They won't know the details for sure until the biopsy on Tuesday. She is 58 and just completed her first 42K marathon Sunday.
Sorry if I’m not really up to being much use here today.
05-17-2007, 10:26 PM
Madcat, so sorry to hear about your bad news. Very scary indeed. I'm sending all the :goodvibes: I can find, and am pleased to find the more :goodvibes: I share, the more there seem to be. On a positive note, a friend of mine had a grapefruit-sized brain tumour removed about 10 years ago and is 100%, or even better than before. So there can be a positive outcome. And the fact that she's a distance runner should stand her in good stead if she does need surgery. But it really is a bummer. I think it's time we voted to abolish the month of May. Too many awful things happen. :grouphug:
05-17-2007, 10:30 PM
Madcat--What horrible news! Prayers for your sister and hugs for you.
Hi Miss Ruth.
Yard work is great therapy for me. I'm much more relaxed today. I had a bad week at work. Tried my new hedge trimmer but I'm not sure its going to be strong enough for what I need. However, it hasn't been of the charger very long. I'd hope that it would have a place to where I could plug into it.
Driving to Jonesboro tomorrow to pick up samples at the doctor's office for the different osteoporsis med. I can't take the Actonel.
Shad- be safe on your travels.
05-17-2007, 10:45 PM
Madcat, so sorry to hear about the sister. My thoughts are with you at this time. Thanks for the information regarding Brampton. I will have the phone number of the person involved and they may just come to meet me in Toronto if it is not too far, otherwise I can post it probably. Anyway something will sort itself out I'm sure. Meantime concentrate on your needs and those of your family.
Righty ho, I'm off to pick up tickets, hotel vouchers, insurance etc etc etc. Carla, I have cancelled the hotel bookings, but according to the travelman to get to Toronto from Ottawa by Aur Canada will cost me another $300. So I will need to get from Ottawa to Toronto on the 16th early since my flight to Calgary is 9am. I'll go check out Westjet as Madcat says.
05-17-2007, 11:31 PM
Shad, when I looked at the AC website yesterday, there was a 7 am flight Ott-TO for $79 plus tax, which should come to about $120 (I'll check again later to be sure.) That would get you to TO in time for a 9 am flight. Is there no way he can turn in your TO-Cal flight and use the credit for Ott-Cal direct? I'll see what I can see - I think you were having trouble booking on the Internet, but I could do it for you if necessary. Back later!
05-18-2007, 09:13 AM
MADCAT~ I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR YOUR NEWS OF YOUR SISTER. YOU KNOW OUR HEARTS ARE FULL OF GOOD THOUGHTS FOR BOTH OF YOU AND SENDING MANY :hug: AS WELL. PRAYING THE NEWS WILL BE GOOD. STAY STRONG MY FRIEND.
KNOWING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT TRAVELING LET ALONE BRAMPTON, I WILL REFRAIN FROM JOINING THIS CONVO ABOUT OUR NORTHERN NEIGHBORS :rofl: :rofl:
SHAD~ IF THE PLANS FOR NJ HAVE TO CHANGE DO NOT WORRY WHAT DAY YOU LEAVE HERE. BECAUSE WE HAVE NO PLANS, YOU CAN BE AS FLEXIBLE AS YOU NEED BE.
GOOD LUCK WITH THE PARCEL PLANS!! LOL IF IT'S SMALLISH, WE CAN MAIL IT FROM HERE!! WILLY CAN TAKE US TO THE POST OFFICE!! :dance:
CARLA~ NOW LOOK WHO'S ON THEIR KNEES CLEANING THE CRAPPER!!! :lol3: :lol3 THE TIMING OF YOUR MAIL CRACKED ME UP!! I COULDN'T BRING IT HERE WITH THE GRAPHIC THOUGH. I AM NOT TALENTED AND ALSO DIDN'T WANT TO CLOG UP THE FORUM :lol3: :lol3:
I AGREE....MAY HAS TO GO. AND WE THOUGHT MQARCH AND APRIL WERE BAD! :tantrum:
CEEJAY~ WAS THE ACTONEL BOTHERING YOUR STOMACH? MAYBE THE FOSAMAX IS GENTLER ONCE A WEEK AND NOT THE ONCE A MONTH. I HAVE FRIENDS THAT SAID THE ONCE A MONTH PILLS WERE JUST TOO MUCH ON THE TUMMY. I GAVE UP QUITE AWHILE AGO AND AM USING" CALCIUM 600/MAGNESIUM 300 WITH VITAMIN D100" FROM THE GNC THAT I ORDER FROM DRUGSTORE.COM. A DR TOLD ME TO TAKE 2 A DAY (AT SEPARATE TIMES) AND NEVER WITH CAFFEINE. SEEMS ANY KIND OF CAFFEINE KEEPS THE BODY FROM ABSORBING THE CALCIUM. GOOD LUCK WITH THE SAMPLES:hug:
NAE~ SENDING MORE :hug: TO LET YOU KNOW YOU'RE ON MY MIND....WHAT LITTLE I HAVE LEFT THAT IS FUNCTIONING! :rofl: I WAS ALSO GLAD TO HEAR MOM IS DOING WELL. I THINK I FORGOT TO SAY THAT LAST TIME I POSTED.
:rain: I AM SORRY TO HEAR THE RAIN DANCE I DID WORKED BETTER IN NJ THAN IN THE LAND OF OZ:faint:
I WISH WE COULD GIVE THIS RAINY WEATHER AWAY! GONNA RAIN FOR 2 MORE DAYS. TURNED THE HEAT ON LAST NIGHT IN THE LIVINGROOM. TOO COLD AND DAMP FOR ME TO SIT AND WATCH MY KOREAN SOAP OPERA. :rofl: JEN WENT SHOPPING YESTERDAY AFTERNOON WHEN THE SUN WAS OUT TO GET THE ESSENTIALS. IF WE DON'T NEED ARKS BY TUESDAY, I AM GOING ON THE BUS.:swim: SPENT TIME WITH JEN. I THINK THEY ARE ALREADY FEELING GUILTY THAT THE KIDS ARE COMING AND WON'T BE HERE FOR THE SUMMER. TALKED TO BOTH OF THEM. IF THERE WAS NO WHEELCHAIR...THERE WOULDN'T BE THIS PROBLEM.
I AM EVEN BETTER OFF WHEN THEY ARE AWAY... LESS STRESS! :rofl: BESIDES I HAVE WILLY AND JIMMY.
WILLY EVEN FILLED FILLED MY PLATE AT THE PARTY AND WAS CAREFUL ONLY TO GIVE ME A HALF SPOON OF EVERYTHING LIKE I ASKED. HE'S ABOUT THE ONLY ONE THAT WHEN I SAY NO TO FOOD...HE LISTENS.
GEEZ...LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THIS POST! BETTER GO AND LET YOU GALS DO SOME WORK! :moped:
HAPPY FRIDAY AND LET'S ALL HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND.
MADCAT WE WILL BE THINKING OF YOU AND YOUR SISTER. :hug:
05-18-2007, 09:51 AM
Hi there chickies,
First of all Madcat - so sorry to hear about your sister. Sending prayers, good thoughts and healing energies up your way. Hope things turn out in a positive way. :hug:
Korean soap operas Mel? Just what kind of TV do you get in Jersey? :rofl: Hope it dries up enough for you to get out. Maybe Willy needs to pick you up a dingy and a rain slicker. You can sit at the front of the boat like George Washington :lol: It's good to hear that Willy is looking out for you.
Good luck with the new meds Ceejay. Funny how their either don't seem to work at all (thyroid meds) or they have such bad side effects it's worse than what you're being treated for (arthritis and osteo stuff). Hope the new stuff is gentler on your tummy.
Carla - I'm confused (easy to do) are you meeting Shad in Canada AND San Francisco? Thought you were driving her through Big Sur. You mean I have to SCRUB the toilet? I thought it was just swish swish :rofl:
Shad - good to hear that you are getting some rain. Hope it lingers. I can't imagine having to live with the tight water restrictions that you do. Guess we just take things for granted here. I have said many times, if you don't think Global Warming and environmental issues exist, just look at Australia. You must be getting excited about the trip - starts next Friday, doesn't it?
Rose - sorry to hear about the boyfriend but it's good to be comfortable enough with your own life so that you don't feel like you "have" to do certain things or live your life a certain way. Hope things work out well for you.
As for losing posts - I do know about copying them. I can usually retrieve them but when the site hangs and doesn't want to respond over and over, sometimes I just have to abandon things and walk away until later.
Well off to the salt mine for me. Happy Friday!
05-18-2007, 10:24 AM
Mel--The Actonel gave me heartburn big time. Boniva would do the same. Not sure about Fosomax, but the dr is letting me try something to take on a daily basis.
Happy-- I used to have the problem of this sight freezingand had to shut down to come back to it. I think it was some of the graphics.
Shad, Holly, Madcat, Suzi and the rest hello.
Not much on the agenda today. I love my week ends to myself. My aunt called last night to tell me that her 3 year old was looking for me yesterday.
05-18-2007, 10:29 AM
:wave: WAVING MADLY AT HAPPY :wave:
DID I EVER TELL YOU ABOUT THE KOREAN SOPA OPERAS? :rofl: EVERY WEEKNITE THERE IS ONE FRON ABOUT 9:30-10 PM AND EVERY WEEKEND THERE IS ANOTHER ONE FROM 9-10PM. I STARTED WATCHING THEM WHEN BY ACCIDENT I FOUND THESE SUBTITLED PROGRAMS WHILE I WAS RECOUPING FROM THE BUS. THEN I FOUND OUT THERE WERE TWO RUNNING AT THE SAME TIME ONE DURING THE WEEK AND A WEEKEND ONE. I BECAME ADDICTED. THEN JEN WAS TOO BUT SHE HAS SINCE LEFT ME FOR THE COMFORT OF HER BED WITH A MAN IN IT :tantrum: :rofl:
WITH SUCH A LARGE KOREAN POPULATION THERE IS A STATION IN NJ RUN MUCH LIKE A KOREAN PBS CHANNEL.
WANT ME TO TAPE THEM FOR YOU? :lol3: :lol3: :lol3:
HOPE YOUR DAY IS GOING WELL!!
NOW GET OFF HERE AND DO SOME WORK??? :rollpin:
05-18-2007, 10:34 AM
THERE IS A POST WITH SUZANNE. THEY ARE LOOKING INTO DATA BASEPROBLEMS SHE SAID. I GET "GATEWAY TIMEOUT" NOTICES AND I ALSO FIND THAT WHEN I SOMETIMES CLOSE OUT 3FC, I LOSE MY AOL. IT SHUTS DOWN AS WELL AND RESTARTS ITSELF :rofl: :rofl:
AND BEFORE ANYONE ASKS....NO I AM NOT CLICKING ON THE WRON LITTLE "X" :lol3: :lol3:
:wave: TO CEEJAY NOW WHO HAS COME TO SAY HELLO.
I HOPE THE NEW ONE WORKS OK TOO. I ALSO WANTED TO SAY THAT GARDENING IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR FEELING GOOD. PARTLY DUE TO THE FACT THAT "GROWING" THINGS HELP KEEP THE SPIRIT OF BEING "ALIVE"...ALIVE! :rofl: HAPPY GROWING!! HOPE YOU FIND A PLUG NEARBY TOO!!! MAYBE AN EXTENSION CORD OUT THE NEIGHBORS WINDOW...:rofl: :rofl:
05-18-2007, 10:35 AM
Jesus....i Just Can't Shut Up Today
05-18-2007, 11:01 AM
Happy, it does seem I'll be seeing Shad here and in SF. Let's hope we can be good kids and get along, or Shad may suddenly develop an urge to rush home early... aaargh - Carla overdose... :rofl:
Right now the air travel is making the whole plan a little complicated, although I'm sure if Shad just throws money at Air Canada (and Shane) it will all work out. I'm not much help as I've never used a travel pass and don't know how easy it is to change departure city.
About that, Shad, it will be no easier to wait and make your changes while in Toronto. As far as I know, AC no longer has any ticket offices, except maybe at TO airport ($50-60 by cab from downtown...) and they're hard to reach by phone. If Shane can just switch the TO-Cal portion to Ott-Cal, you may have to pay a change fee, and will probably go thru TO anyway, but at least it'll all be settled. I'd be a bit worried about you and your luggage making your Calgary flight in time if you take the 7 am out of Ott. You'll have to tell me what you'd like to do/see in Ottawa - nature? politics? museums? fitness? laundry and iron?
Mel, you crack me up. I'm sure one of these days Jen will be back watching the Korean soaps with you to escape the discomfort of a man in her bed. :lol3:
Ceejay, enjoy the weekend. You,ve earned it. Happy gardening!
Well, I'd better get a move on. I've been doing a fine job of delaying prep for my day hiking.
05-18-2007, 06:40 PM
Rain has gone - we got all of 4ml but it will keep the garden going for a day or so more. NSW and northern Victoria got a good drenching which is good to see, but will not do the drought affected areas much good unless there is follow up rain fairly soon. We missed the best of it.
Carla, I have picked up my tickets. I have checked out Air Canada website and may very well get Shane to make the flight later - I see there is one an hour later. I can't do it myself from here because the booking is made outside Canada, but it does give me a number to ring if I can't get Shane next week. If all else fails, I'll just go back to Toronto on the 15th and carry on as normal - I'll just need to find a resting place for the night. Nothing is impossible. For the time being everything stays as is.
Mel - good to see you chatty - Korean soap opera??? I can see I have some education in front of me.
Happy - I leave here on Wednesday 23rd. It's getting closer and closer and I am getting more and more slothful - slumped in front of tv or debating what I should do next and failing to get on with it. Time for a stern lecture I think.
DS2's wrist and finger are progressing and he can go back to work after next week. He is relieved I think.
DB2 continues on his non winning ways - I've asked the niece to push him into getting his passport photos done and signed so we can send that away. He only has 3 or 4 months before his reunion and can't get his butt into gear.
And that is about it. Better get changed ready for my Body Balance class. Hope that wakes me up and gets the blood moving and the brain wired!
05-19-2007, 08:39 AM
SORRY FOLKS BUT THE LEFT EYE IS CRAP AGAIN. MAYBE A WEEKEND OFF THE PC. DROPS AND COMPRESSES ON THE AGENDA AND NOTHING ELSE. TOOK THE WEEKEND OFF. CALLED THE BOSSLADY LAST NIGHT AND TURNED ALL THE PHONES OFF. LOVE TO ALL. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. :moped:
05-19-2007, 09:20 AM
Morning All, Sorry to hear about the eye Mel, you take it easy and rest. So fun to see you here so much yesterday...Korean TV....sounds interesting, you must be multi lingual!!!
Shad the trip sounds so great and the chicks are so excited to see you and tour you around.... fun fun fun! You deserve a great vacation for thehours you log in. IT will be so fun to play where in the world is Shad today!!!!
Madcat, so sorry for the news. I do pray for the best for her and your family.... Geez sometimes it seems it will never end. Blessings.
Thanks to all for your sweet thoughts about my BF. I am watching the dog Darby for a few days he is the sweetest old guy and loves to be with me and my dogs. Dog love is so uncomplicated.
Loving the car. Cleaning for my company and planting a few things on the deck. My list of todo things is overwhelming that I must just laugh and get on with it. Here in the wilderness the weeds appear to win!!!!
Love to all of you,
05-19-2007, 11:55 AM
Quick post. Lots to do this weekend and it doesn't get done if I blow a few hours on the PC :o
Hope you all have a good weekend. It's gorgeous outside. Sunny and cool - great for working in the yard though I will be stuck in the house.
Sorry to hear the eye is acting up Mel. Rest up and take care of yourself.
Love to the rest of the chicks...
05-19-2007, 02:07 PM
Meaured today and I've lost some inches. The scale, however, says I've gained five pounds but that I know is due to fluid.
The leg cramp is bothering me again today. I'm almost sure I've pulled a muscle.
I''ll be taking Evista for osteoporosis.
I put a new bed frame in lay a way yesterday. I've not been happy with the other bed since it was purchased 10 years ago. It was expensive but cheaply made. It's time for a change.
05-19-2007, 06:19 PM
Fast post this morning - I'm running out of time more or less. So much to do, so few days left.
It's a bit cool this morning and it took me a while to get out of bed. Definitely autumn now. Fortunately it doesn't get much cooler than this. Even the cat wasn't too excited about getting up even tho she hadn't been feed for all of last year (according to her) Maybe she wanted breakfast in bed. :rofl:
Rose - with a to do list like yours you just have to start at the top and keep working. Weeds grow regardless of the weather or lack of it. Glad to hear the relationship is still on such a good footing that you can exchange dogs. :lol3:
Feeling a bit stiff this morning, that Body Balance class sure does move things in places one doesn't think one has things to move. It's hard on the abs today - still they are the laziest muscles and never want to toughen up.
Off back there in a few minutes to do a weights run. Then to the shops for the last of the purchases. I can then start to pack my bag. I'm trying to find some walking shoes which are not sneakers, but there isn't much around - you can either have boots or sandals - little in between. I was looking for some Hush Puppies but can't seem to find anything locally.
Stuck in the house Happy - surely not again. Still soon you will have this cretin from downunder descend I suppose!!!
Okay, I have a list longer than Rose so I'd better go get on with it. Repotting to do today - yesterday I did the lawns = they badly need weeding. Funnily enough most of the weeds have gone with the drought in the garden beds - only things left now could probably survive a nuclear explosion.
05-20-2007, 08:40 AM
Happy Sunday!! Eye The Same. I Am Being Good.
Scanned The Posts To Make Sure Everyone Is Doing Ok. Have A Great Day.
05-20-2007, 09:52 AM
Thank you to everyone for the positive thought for my Sis. She’s doing better but they are keeping her in the hospital until they do the biopsy on Tuesday. We already know it is small but in a location in the middle of the frontal lobe where it can’t be removed. The outcome and the next steps will depend on what kind of tumor it ends up being. Until then, we wait. Of course, she’s already planning when she’s going to run her next marathon.
Mel~ Hang in there and do behave yourself.
And Shad hits the ground, running! :lol: Here is another travel possibility for you. If you want to fly from Ottawa to Toronto you could also try Porter Airlines (http://www.flyporter.com/fly/Search.aspx?culture=en-CA). They are a commuter service that flies into the downtown island airport. The advantage there is that the airport is literally a block away from our place and I could offer you a couch to sleep on. Of course, if you are getting back to Toronto late the day before, you might want to stay out by Pearson Airport to save the $40 half-hour cab from downtown in the morning. Can you get Rockports in Aus? They are incredibly comfortable and look like regular shoes.
Ceejay~ good work on the inches lost. You are right to ignore the scale.
Happy~ Enjoy your weekend in the sun (don’t forget the sunscreen).
Rose~ Thank you for your good wishes. Yeah, it’s the whole it never rains but it pours syndrome. I think the love of our pets is a pretty wonderful thing too.
Ok, that is all I have time for. Today I will be taking my friend out of the hospital on a day pass (if the doctors allow). I think she’s going a bit stir-crazy just sitting there and waiting for results that don’t seem to ever come. They won’t let her go home to wait since she lives alone and can’t function with the double-vision. We may just go out for lunch and then back to her place just so she can spend some time with her cat and touch all her belongings. It must be hard.
This entry seems to be all about me. Sorry.
05-20-2007, 10:13 AM
MRS MADCAT....NEVER APOLOGIZE. WE DON'T PLAN THE THINGS THAT COME INTO OUR LIVES. SENDING MANY :hug: FOR ALL OF YOU. HOPE YOUR FRIEND GETS OUT FOR THE DAY. GOOD JOB SHE HAS YOU FOR A FRIEND TOO!
I FIXED THE KEYBOARD PROBLEM....IT JUST NEEDED A NEW "CHANNEL" FOR THE REMOTE. :rofl: :rofl:
HAVE A GREAT DAY :moped:
05-20-2007, 11:31 AM
The sun is shining and it's a great day to work outside again though I daresay it better warm up some by the time Shad comes or she will think it's freezing outside. :lol:
Send you an email Shad with my phone numbers just so you have them. You are doing well with the gym routines. I guess I will leave the PUSH dvds out by the computer so when you get up at 4:30am you can get an early morning workout in while I'm still snoozing :rofl: I know, I know - she's thinking - I'll just have to drag her downstairs and work along with me :s: Rockport shoes are comfy as well as New Balance brand.
Good morning Mel - are you enjoying a quiet Sunday? I think you're getting part of this cool weather too.
Madcat - your post was not all about you. And even if it was, we are all entitled to them once in a while. You are a good friend to be there for your buddy and get her away for a bit. "Touching" things from home is so important - you don't realize it until you are away. Still sending good thoughts for your sister - sounds like she's a fighter.
Ceejay - good going on losing some inches. Hope you can tolerate the new meds. Isn't that frustrating about the bed? Goes to show you that sometimes spending a bit more does not ensure better quality.
Would have to agree that weeds spread faster in the wilderness. After all, the wind is just at the ready to blow all those seeds around. Just look at woodlands that have been burnt. It's devistating but within a few years, everything is green again. The power of nature...
Well I would have liked to go to the garden center today to get a few more flowers to plant in the pots we have scattered across the yard but that counts as fun stuff and I can't do the fun stuff until the "gotta get done no matter what" stuff gets finished. And it isn't. I even got up early this morning so I could spend a bit more time having coffee with y'all. The good thing is that I'm not in panic mode yet. Still have a comfy cushion to get things off my to do list. Just can't be over confident and a slacker about it.
I would love to make breakfast but the eggs are in the refrigerator in the garage and I can't walk through the porch to get there because Mr. Feral Cat decided to trot in at 7:30 and plop himself down for a snooze. I think the poor fellow is feeling his age recently. DH was watching him on the fence yesterday and he was stepping gingerly and seem reluctant to make that 6 foot leap off the fence to the ground as if he just can't handle jarring those old bones. Poor guy. At least he gets a once a day good meal at our house.
Oh and on the theme of Memphis in May. Yesterday was the World Championship Barbeque Contest down by the river. Considered by many to be the highlight of Memphis - it's a pretty incredible thing. People who put the SERIOUS in barbequing. The contestants have little bays where they cook, you can be an invited guest and stay in their little square. There are also a few commercial places where you can come in and eat but most of the stuff being cooked is not for sampling by the general public. I debated about taking you all down there - this was a good year because it was not hot and buggy and oh my - it didn't rain for a change turning the place into a giant mudpit as usual. In the end I decided to save you all the calories and we'll just have a nice boxed lunch as we walk the wooded trails down the road :rofl: It's a smooth path for Mel's chair too.
I think it's time to go feed the cats. Happy Sunday ladies.
05-20-2007, 01:32 PM
Happy--Did you have to mention the bar b q.? I 've been wanting some good bar b q for a long time. In fact I'm planning on having bbq on Memorial day.
Mel--don't strain you eyes.
Wearing the pedometer today. I've already walked a .7 miles but not all at the same time.
Lisa told me this morning that Retha was late for work Friday night. Tim came in to relieve Bud at 7 p.m. She got here at 10.30 p.m. I'm thinking that since she is already on a written warning that she doesn't care any more and wants to be fired. I'm trying my best to stay out of the situation.
It's time for lunch. And I'm thankful that work has been slow this morning. The fire truck left out about 7 a.m. They always blow there horn when they get to the building because of the traffic light but it literally brings me out of my chair.
Have a good day.
05-20-2007, 02:39 PM
CEEJAY~ GOOD GOING ON THE PEDOMETER!! ANY STEP IS A GOOD STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. GOOD GIRL STAYING OUT OF THE WORK SITUATION. KEEP A ZIP ON THE LIP!! :rofl:
HAPPY~ I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A BOXED LUNCH WITH YOU AND THE CHICKS IN THE WOODS!! :hun: I'LL EVEN GIVE YOU A RIDE!!! :moped: DID YOU SAY BBQ?!?!?! YUM YUM!!! I LOVE BBQ ANYTHING. I THINK I WOULD EVEN EAT FISH IF IT WAS DONE ON A BBQ!! :lol3:
HOW LUCKY MR FERAL CAT IS THAT YOU ARE SO CONSIDERATE OF HIM. BET HE APPRECIATES IT TOO. POOR OLD SOD. HAVE A GREAT DAY WITH THE TO DO LIST....MINE IS PROGRESSING SLOWLY....(SURE IT IS)
I CAME BACK AGAIN TO BRAG: I CALLED THE ARTS&CRAFTS NEW BOSS LADY. ALTHOUGH I AM NOT SUPPOSED TO TALK DIRECTLY WITH HER, I LEFT A MESSAGE ON HER WORK ANS. MACHINE:rofl: :rofl: TOLD HER NOW THAT FRAN IS GONE I LOST MY ASSISTANT AND ALSO MY SHOPPER.....THAT I DON'T FIT IN STORES LIKE THAT...AND MAYBE SHE SHOULD JUST GO ABOUT ORDERING CRAFTS HERSELF AND THAT SHE CAN GET BACK TO MY BOSS AS TO THE DATE AND CRAFT SHE CHOOSES. SAYING ALSO THAT I WAS SORRY I WASN'T AVAILABLE TILL AFTER THE 10TH...WHAT WITH THE ELECTION AND A VISITOR. :lol3: :lol3:
I AM BACKING OFF LIKE I PROMISED MYSELF. GOTTA SAY THAT AFTER I MADE THE CALL, I FELT RELIEVED AND MORE IMPORTANTLY... WELL JUSTIFIED IN DOING IT TOO.
THERE IS NOTHING SHE CAN DO EXCEPT BE WITCHY ABOUT IT...AFTER ALL I HAVE THE WHEELCHAIR CARD!! :rofl: :rofl: JUST WANTED TO BRING YOU UP TO DATE. STANDING TALL TODAY!
05-21-2007, 12:28 AM
Think we might have to stay away from the bbq even if only for Mel's sake. She would be back in there whinging about the weight gain at the end of the week.
If you have a bbq in the yard Mel, I will take you out for a bbq on the whatever date it happens to be. Losing track of the time and days here.
Jumped on the scales this morning and saw a number I haven't seen in a long, long, long while. It won't stay, but it's something to work to. I find that during the week the weight goes up and down and up and down. All due to fluctuations in the water level and food choices no doubt. As long as it doesn't keep going up I am happy. Gonna take a bit of an effort while on holiday tho' Apparently I have to try out Poutine (my young ice hockey player friend tells me it is very more-ish but then he is 19 and keeps fit to play hockey) and I have to try out Beaver Tails - whatever that might happen to be. Again supposedly more-ish. Not to mention Tim Hortons coffee etc. etc. etc. Canada - the gastronomic delight!!
I'm slowly getting into panic mode. I haven't done so much. Went to the dentist this morning. He gave me the good news (for him) that there is $732 worth of treatment to be done. He wants to do most of it in one sitting - I told him to make an appointment with my bank manager and see if I can get a personal loan.
Car needs service. The DB2 and the DS2 are going to organise it between them. Hmmmmmm!
Packing is continuing. I need to pick up some more biscuits for my Kiwi friend in AZ but can't find what I am looking for without going great distances. I was going to get some in Auckland on the way through but now realise that I have to take it as cabin baggage and the Homeland Security may find a bomb in the chocolate chip cookies. I'd much prefer to take it in the main baggage. Aaah well I will work on it.
And talking of working on it - better get on with it. I promised to ring AZ today. It's getting late and I'd better do it before she goes to bed or whatever.
05-21-2007, 08:45 AM
POOR SHADDIE ON THE RUN GETTING THINGS IN ORDER. TOO BAD ABOUT THE $$ FOR THE DENTIST...ARE YOU TRYING TO HELP HIM RETIRE IN LUXURY?? :rofl:
HOPE YOU GET YOUR TO DO LIST DONE :hug:
NO BBQ IN THE BACK YARD....THEY THINK WE MIGHT SET THE BLDG ABLAZE :flame: AND THEY ARE RIGHT! :lol3:
I AM IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM...WELL NOT RIGHT THIS MINUTE...BUT SOON TO PUT THE CLOTHES IN THE DRYER. I JUST MIGHT HAVE MY OWN LIST DONE BEFORE SHAD GETS HERE. GONNA EAT AND RUN.
HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE! ! :sunny:
05-21-2007, 09:27 AM
Seems like everyone is busy running to and fro. Guess I'll join the conga line :carrot: :broc: :carrot: :broc:
A full week this week but only working 3 days next week. The clock hands are spinning way too fast. Like Shad there is much to do.
Must ... stay ... focused ... :)
Sorry to hear about the dentist Shad. I pretty much got the same thing from mine - must be that time of season. Worse thing about getting older is body parts wearing out. Some things you can help, some like teeth - you can't. It's a plot to keep us working long after we'd rather stop I think. I'm sure that was not welcome news on top of already anticipated expenses.
I think we can do BBQ for Mel. Doesn't have to be traditional pork dripping with sauces. Grilled fish or chicken with some grilled veggies. We'll get her eating right. Last night was grilled pork chops and some fresh green beans with a touch of freshly cooked bacon bits, a small baked potato with a dash of butter, salt, pepper and some fresh dill. Yum :T Salmon and swordfish are on the menu for tonight.
I'm so glad. All the TV shows I watched have ended their seasons. There is nothing on the telly for me to watch any more which means I can focus my evenings more productively. I would love to get out and work in the yard some also. The warm weather is creeping back again, these last few mornings have been perfect.
Ceejay - what are you planning on cooking next Monday for the holiday? I strapped my pedometer on yesterday too. How many steps in a mile? Can't wait to get my new one - this one is a bit off on counting. I chose free super shipping from Amazon.com and it's taking about a month to get my stuff. I should have just paid the 7 dollars for shipping and had the stuff in hand.
Well I'm babbling and I need to get to the office so ta ta. Happy Monday ladies of the world.
05-21-2007, 10:12 AM
Hey all, Shad is busy and going into that panic mood. The trip sounds so exciting I can hardly wait to read all the posts as you travel across this country and North.....
Mel, hope youare feeling better with the eye.
Happy your meals sound fabulous..... I finally went over and had dinner with the BF last night and things have shifted for me so it went well for my heart. I am still working on how to be a friend to him and redefine our relationship in that way...it will come in time just not yet.
I had a house full of company on Saturday night and it was a hoot...so many people and so many laughs it was so good for me. Great group of people. They are probably freezing and trying to stay dry on that river for a few days.
Well gals just a quick howdy..... oh Toby tried to chase off a mule deer this morning which the deer was not happy about and charged him a couple of times and then little teeka all 3lbs of her ran out the door to join the advance... even with me yelling that deer was pissed at that dog...but finally it turned and ran off and the two dogs felt victorious....what a site.......
Have a great day alll!!!!!!!!
05-21-2007, 06:36 PM
Well the last of the flights have been booked. I'm eternally grateful to Carla for all her suggestions. I now have a seat on the 7.00am to Toronto from Ottawa which will connect with the Calgary flight now shifted to 10.10am. All booked, all paid for. Credit card is paid off as well. Now I can begin to spend!!
It seems Ruth will not be able to meet us in Toronto which will be sad. But there you go, life is what happens when you make plans to do other things. Holly - are you still okay? Poor Madcat is off and running with friends and family situations. I shall completely understand if it doesn't work out for you Miss Mad.
Thanks for the e-mail Happy. I've put it on my itinerary for those at home should they need to contact me. I'm taking my tempermental mobile as well. People should be able to contact me direct - for a price - which means they won't talk too long.
My work agent suggested getting an American chip once I am there, but the technology sounds to much for this antiquated brain to follow. I like things simple.
Rose - it's such a shame we can't meet on this trip. The nearest I come to you is Vancouver apart from being on the train. I don't know if or when I'll be back again but it's a funny old world and all sorts of interesting things happen.
Haven't heard from Meadow for a while - are you okay up there in the wilderness? Also where is Carla. She has replied to my PM's but she is not here making a splash with her wit and eruditism (is there such a word?)
Okay - gotta go. Decided not to go to gym today. I'll do a dvd tonight to help me sleep. Too much else to do. Gotta sweep and tidy the house, print out my itinerary for the DS2, and a whole raft of other things - my list keeps getting longer and longer.
I want everything to be ready by dinner time tonight - no excuses. No overnight panic here :yikes: :tantrum: :eek: :faint:
Mind you - I could just forget the luggage and buy everything I need over there I suppose!
05-21-2007, 06:49 PM
just popping into say hello. A busy day of chores at work.
05-21-2007, 09:44 PM
I WAS JUST READING WHERE THERE IS INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE THAT EATING THE NEW ZEALAND GREEN-LIPPED MUSSEL IS EFFECTIVE IN TREATING OSTEO-ARTHRITIS. ALL I CAN SAY IS THAN GOD....CAUSE I CANNOT IMAGINE EATING ANYTHING WITH GREEN LIPS! :faint: :yikes:
I'LL BE BACK TO COMMENT TOMORROW. :rofl:
05-21-2007, 11:14 PM
ALL I CAN SAY IS THANK GOD....CAUSE I CANNOT IMAGINE EATING ANYTHING WITH GREEN LIPS! :faint: :yikes:
The froggies of the world hope that includes them too! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
05-22-2007, 01:06 AM
BON VOYAGE, SHAD!
Travel safely,arrive well-rested.
05-22-2007, 07:39 AM
Not quite as finished as I would like it to be but darn it, it's late and I'm tired. I've taken out all the phone numbers - shoot, should have taken out the email addys too I think. Oh it looks like I did. Well what else - I think I threw out the brain with the garbage today.
I've mislaid the shed key, but it has to be here somewhere. I know where it was, but not where it is now. It'll turn up no doubt.
Half the teaspoons went in the garbage instead of the drawer today. Time to switch off I think.
Right drink and bed. You might get something more coherent out of me tomorrow morning.
05-22-2007, 08:50 AM
It was our long weekend last weekend. Yesterday was all about relaxing. I have today off. Not much to do. Hubby has gone to work. Kids will be in school. I have Avon to pack. Calls to make. Minimal cleaning and dishes to do.
Sunday night we had a great party!! We had about 6 families and a couple single guys. Lots of fireworks, toasting marshmallows.....I drank way too much but thoroughly enjoyed it.Now I am done for the year. DD was up til midnight. DS and Dnephew were up until 1 am.
Sis and family stayed til 3pm yesterday. It was soooooooo nice out, 19C. Sunday it never got above 10C.
I will try to get back later. I need to read more carefully about plans for Toronto etc. HUGS again!!
05-22-2007, 11:25 AM
Travel safely Shad. She's on her way. And it's quite the grand tour plan at that. So why don't we have vacations like that? :chin: could be because we don't get much in the way of time off here. I saw the other day that the average worker in France gets 20 days of vacation as well as something like 6 weeks of holidays. It comes out to them only working 9 months out of the year and they are still complaining. :rolleyes:
It is a dream of mine to have one consecutive month off. Not that I'd have to spend it all on holiday - even to have uninteruppted time to spend working around the house and getting to all the little necessary tasks would be lovely. Some day...
Poor Sunday the cat. Will be a long time before she sees her "mommy" again. :(
So Rose - what's the difference between mule deer and regular deer we see in the forests out here?
We have a bright yellow finch that has found our yard. Quite a nice bird menagerie we have there - I dare say that Shad will enjoy morning coffee in the yard quite nicely. Now if we could only get rid of the blackbirds.
Time to get rolling along. Happy Tuesday chicks.
05-22-2007, 12:00 PM
Just looked at Shad's tour. Lovely.
Wondering about who is meeting in Toronto with Shad at this point. I could come for the day on the 11th or 12th.
05-22-2007, 04:24 PM
OMG I AM MISSING THE BON VOYAGE PARTY!!!
SAFE TRAVELING AND GET HERE SOON!!!! TAKE CARE MY LITTLE OZZIE SISTER! :hug:
I HAVE BEEN IN THE OFFICE ALL DAY SORTING OUT ONE THING OR ANOTHER. HAD A GENT TELL ME THAT I LOOKED SEXY TODAY. 2ND TIME HE TOLD ME THAT THIS YEAR! :dance: HE'S MARRIED BUT I'LL TAKE THE WORDS ANYWAY! :rofl: SOMEONE TRIED TO TELL ME HE FEELS SORRY FOR THE WHEELCHAIR...WHY IS THERE ALWAYS ONE WET BLANKET IN EVERY CROWD. THIS GUY HAS NEVER "SEEN" THE CHAIR ANYWAY! LOL SIGH....IN ANOTHER LIFETIME! :lol3: :lol3:
:wave: TO EVERYONE. I AM BUSHED AND HUNGRY AND NEED A SHOWER. DID FOOD SHOPPING AS WELL TODAY.
AND I STILL NEED TO PUT THE SHELF GROCERIES AWAY! :faint: LOVE TO ALL AND SEE YA MANANA AFTER THE WASH! LOL
05-22-2007, 05:01 PM
My days at work have been busy doing chores, and not much time to spend on the computer.
Have a good day.
05-22-2007, 05:12 PM
Bags are packed, I'm ready to go. Well apart from the last minute things like packing the handbag and carry on luggage. Spent last night agonising about what to stick in that little plastic bag that you have to put all liquids into - including toothbrush and paste. It can't be over 100mls of fluid anything. It's not really so bad since one can't shower on the plane so there is no need for shampoos etc. The biggest problem is decanting the contact lens solution into something that is sterile and manageable is is correctly labelled. Finally I decided to go with several contact lens cases filled with tiny amounts of solution so I can at least remove the lens and put them away safely. Don't want eye problems to surface on holiday do I? I do wish the makers of laws and the makers of pharmaceuticals would get together and think about what they are doing to each other. 100ml (about 4 fluid oz) is the limit so the smallest bottle of lens solution I can buy is 120ml. Perfume comes in 5oz or 120ml bottles. I could go on.
Anyway most of it is now done.
One contact address I don't have is Madcat. Madcat if you are reading this, can you pm your phone number or email addy to me please. I will get in touch even if we can't meet.
Holly - which ever day suits you - come to Toronto and even if we can't meet with Madcat or Ruth we can have some time together. You will find the number of my hotel on the list - I'll be there from mid afternoon on the 10th.
Happy - here the employed get 4 weeks off a year, plus a thing called pro rata after seven years which entitles them to another week (I think or that might be a one off) and then there is long service to which you are entitled after 10 years service. That gives you another week per year. So they end up after 10 years with 5 weeks annual leave. Mind you there is then the big dilemma. Book your holidays and then watch the company put another project into process and being already stretched as far as staff goes, you need to forgo your holiday so the company can cope with the extra workload. You then get into strife with the other half!! :rofl: Some of those guys in the mines and refineries I go to, have several months - some as many as a year or 18 months leave accrued. The company threatens to pay them out the leave and forfeit the holiday, they try to take it, the company says they can't have it then because of the work load. Is it any wonder so many of them are off on stress leave? The whole of France nearly shuts down for the months of July and August, which is why so many of them have that extra holiday - ditto the Italians and the Spanish. For the life of me, I can not work out why folk want to go to the Mediterranean for the summer months - very little is open.
Mel - Darn it woman - if the guy says you look sexy, then you look sexy. The old bat is just jealous. Take no notice and bat your eyelashes at him next time he is around. We may have to have a Shad session on all old bats when I get there. Bats respond well to a good THUNK around the ears.
Right well that is about it. Might go and warm up with a session with Jillian Michaels and then attack the house. DS2 will pick me up in exactly 3 hours time.
See you soon.
Today is it.
Still got heaps to do, but at least I am ready to go. Housework will still be waiting for me when I get back I suppose. Can't see the DS2 or the DB2 doing that much of it.
05-22-2007, 11:18 PM
Shad ~ Hope I caught you in time with my PM. If I didn't, Happy can let me know when you get there. we will connect up when you are here in one way or another. BON VOYAGE!!!
05-23-2007, 09:07 AM
Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
Climbing high into the sun;
WELL OUR SHADDIE IS ON HER WAY! THE STATES AND THE YANKS SHE COMES INTO CONTACT WITH WILL NEVER BE THE SAME! :rofl: :rofl:
CEEJAY~ BUSY BEE WEEK? HOW GOES PARAGOULD? DO YOU HAVE THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND OFF?
NAE~ WISHING FOR YOU ALL THE HAPPINESS YOU DECIDE ON!! THINKING OF BOTH YOU AND MOM TOO. THE DOG STORY VS THE DEER WAS TOO FUNNY ALTHOUGH I KNOW IT'S ALSO DANGEROUS. BUT THEY WERE DEFENDING THEIR MOM!!! AND THEIR TURF!!! HOW DARE THE BIG BRUTE INVADE THEIR TERRITORY! :lol3:
HAPPY~ YOUR COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN!! KEEP SHADDIE BUSY WHILE SHE IS THERE SO SHE WON'T MIND JUST SITTING HERE IN NJ!!! ROFLMAO ENJOY!!! SAVE A SEAT BY THE POOL FOR ME :beach:
MADCAT~ HOPE ALL OF THE "CANADIENS" CAN GET TOGETHER :hug:
TODAY IS ANOTHER LOVELY DAY. GOING OUT AND SIT IN THE SUN FOR A FEW MINUTES. SINCE THE FACE AND EYE ARE IMPROVING, MY SHOULDER HAS DECIDED TO ACT UP SINCE I PICKED UP A GALLON OF MILK:tantrum:
LORD GIVE ME STRENGTH AND PEACE OF MIND :yoga:
NOTHING ELSE NEW HERE. SAW THE MAYOR. EVERYONE IS IN ELECTION PREP MODE. ONE OF THE FILTHIEST CAMPAIGNS FOR BOTH PARTIES. VERY SAD.
NEED TO GET THIS DAY STARTED BEFORE I DECIDE TO CURL UP AND TAKE A NAP. :cloud9:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY EVERYONE:moped:
WHERE IS CARLA? SUZI? PAINTER? MISS MEADOW?
WHAT'S GOING ON HERE? DID SOMEONE SAY THEY COULD ALL JUST DISAPPEAR AND GO ON VACATION? :beach:
05-23-2007, 09:54 AM
Hoping Shad's journey is starting out well.
I am so out of touch with what is happening in the world at large. I dont ever watch the news or read the paper anymore and I always did my whole life.
Allergies are bad but i am okay with meds. Hubby and i are still in a better space. Kids are good. DS LOVED having company and a whole bunch of kids here. He misses the home daycare a lot.
Both kids had the dentist yesterday. DS has a small cavity.DD has to have another tooth pulled from beside the front 2. The nerve is dead and will get infected.We go back next Tues.
I was a bit lazy yesterday. ( or it seemed that way) Just puttered at stuff. A nice day outside. I trimmed a hedge and then packed Avon,did housework,took kids to dentist, got groceries, made supper, cleaned up.............
I work 12-8 every Wed until Aug now. DS has soccer every Thurs night. Breakfast meeting tomorrow and then straight to work til 3pm.
05-23-2007, 02:54 PM
Mel--Maybe they took a wrong turn and went to Nashville, Tn. I do have to work on Monday. Not sure of the rest of the week end. Bud's mother is in the hospital and at age 93 any thing could go wrong. I may end up working his shift.
Madcat-- How is you friend and sister doing?
Still another busy day. I don't know why but it's just certain times of the year this happens. My pedometer showed 2 miles yesterday and that was just at work. I know now that I do not need to do aerobics on the days I work. Think that's why I pulled a muscle in my leg. This morning it shows 1.4miles and the day is not half over but I have been helping Tim, the boss install a new sensor probe down stairs.
Not much else to report. Have a good week end.
05-23-2007, 04:23 PM
It has been lovely weather all this month here. I've been crawling around in the garden pulling the sneaky weeds, assessing all the volunteer growth, lots of poppies, calendulas...some wild flower seeds sprouting, pretty yellows and reds. We have been planting a hedge, cedars, baby ones about a foot and a half high. Thirty in the ground so far and twenty-five later today. The dog is getting majorly muddy:p My sisters came up to visit for the long weekend. They are so great. It was wonderful to watch Coronation Street with them again and comment :p Maria and Charlie, ewwwww!
:carrot: Yeah, Shad is on her way! I've marked the day I think she will be travelling through on the train. May get the kids to the park and wave a sign hello as she rounds the corner by the lake. Hopefully she will be on the right side to see us;)
Mel-you know you are sexy! Your entire attitude exudes charm and a sense of fun. Everything the fellows delight in. I hope your eyes are no longer so sore and that the time outside helps heal you body and soul:D
Happy-Have you been in the pool yet? How hot is it? I thought is was really sweet of you to delay going out to the garage so as not to disturb your little feral cat. So nice. I hope all the birds in your yard are keeping all their feathers and avoiding all sneak attacks.
Ceejay-Wonderful job with the clothes fitting looser! I was watching dancing with the stars and that Laila Ali makes me want to lift weights and get toned. But I seem to have a wish bone where my energy, get to itness should be:dizzy: Keep up the good progress! Lovely to see progress huh?
Rose-hang some deodorant soap up to keep the deer from coming too close and upsetting the wee pups ;) Good to do by any plants you might like them to stay clear of too :) I hope you are enjoying your days and staying true to you.
Madcat-:hug: I hope your sister has the news and is okay. She is already planning on running a marathon?! well, may we all have such a plan:carrot: I hope the visit with Shad is good fun. :goodvibes
Holly-Have you tried that nose bidet for your allergies that Dr. Oz was talking about on Oprah? Seemed to be a godsend for lots of folks. Watching the news just seems to depress people, better to cruise the internet and search for the positive stuff people are doing in the world. Have a great time in Toronto when Shad hits Canadian soil :hat: :dance:
Carla-so great that you and Shad will be having an extended visit together and getting in some eye to eye contact. Your advice to her with all the travel stuff was great to see, you sure know the system. I bet she was really appreciative. Have a great time together!
05-23-2007, 05:44 PM
Hello, all. Sorry I've been MIA - it always takes me a few days to recover after a visit home to the egregious SM, and now I'm on day 2 of a monster headache. :headache: We are not amused. On the plus side, this morning was a happy time at weigh-in; :goodscale no change to the ticker until I believe it's for real
Mel, I agree with those that have already confirmed that you are one sexy lady. And I think the gent in question is one of those who see beyond wheelchairs and sore eyes through to the jewel you are. I sense some major jealousy from the killjoy woman who made the comment. Maybe her name starts with "B", and doesn't end in "arbara"? :rofl:
Meadow, I'd never heard of hanging deodorant soap to protect plants etc from the deer! I'll have to pass that on to a country friend who gets tired of feeding the local wildlife with everything she plants.
As for Dr.Oz's nose bidet (neti pot), where the heck do they sell them?? I'm certain they'd help me a lot with the nose problems my septum surgery failed to fix. It would be so nice to just breathe freely!
Ceejay, good for you getting in all that mileage while at work! It all counts. Isn't it fantastic when the clothes start to fit!
Happy, have you received your pedometer yet? Is it one of the ones that works even if it's not in the exact position on your waist that they prescribe? I have two, neither of which I have much faith in. I haven't bothered measuring stride length so I never know my mileage, just the number of steps, which is good enough for me. On Friday when I went for a hike my total was only about 6000, but since much of it was straight up, scrambling over rocks and dodging black flies, it still took two hours. For the non-Canadians out there, black flies are tiny carnivorous demons that swarm around hikers' heads in search of blood. They make no warning noise on approach, but take a tiny chunk out of your flesh, leaving an incredibly itchy goose egg and a dribble of blood... They're no bigger than a small mosquito, and seem to be about 90% jaw... There aren't any in the city, but they swarm on golf courses and in the woods every spring.
Madcat, do let us know what news about the friend and the sister. Talk about a double whammy! We're all thinking good thoughts and hoping for the best. :goodvibes:
Holly, it sounds like life is treating you well these days. And I don't blame you for not following the news, sometimes it's lovely to spend some time in a little cocoon. I do read the paper, but tend to skim the non-local stuff and zip thru to the puzzle page. I too used to be a lot more informed.
Shad should be landing in LA in a few hours. Let's hope they let her in! I was sorry I didn't share the benefit of my little-plastic-bag-when-flying experience with Shad before it was too late. I bought a series of little plastic Nalgene (camping) bottles I decant various liquids into in order to get thru security, which has been acceptable so far. I almost lost my toothpaste once, even tho the tube was almost empty, because the rules say the size of the container is what matters, not the amount in it. :tantrum: The whole thing is ridiculous anyway, as is the business of having shoes xrayed. Of course I never say that while at security, as I have no desire to be jailed with all civil liberties suspended... Oops. This is becoming a rant. Travelling used to be so much easier!
I had a good laugh last night when I realized that shad fly season has started at the precise moment Shad is flying in. (My ex was a fly fisherman, and was always checking the screen door for evidence of a hatch...) They're harmless and don't stay around long. Can we say the same about our Shad? only time will tell, but maybe after this year they'll re-name them Joy-flies. ;)
Had a lovely chat with Ruthxxx in preparation for Shad's visit, discovered we're both champion talkers, :gossip: , and even learned that hummingbirds drop to the ground to mate... We're both looking forward to her arrival here, and trying to convince her to leave TO one night earlier... Of course we'll take what we can get, and will cram as much as possible into our allotted time. Too bad neither of us could make it to TO for a party down there with Madcat and Holly!
Well, the big pill I took seems to have helped the head, :dancer: unless it was the peppermint Migra-stick I rolled on my forehead or the extra-strong cappucino :coffee2:. The weather is glorious today, and I'm going down to our bbq pit with my neighbour and my cat for a burger :burger:. should be a pleasant time, although I must get back up before Lost starts. It's getting a bit violent for my taste, but I still don't want to miss the season final.
Rose, I just realized I forgot to say hi to you. Your last post was a little cryptic - did you mean the relationship was back on, or that the time apart had confirmed your decision to end it? :?: Maybe you don't need to make any definite decisions just yet, and can take the time it takes to know your heart. Meanwhile, you seem to have had a terrific time with the rafting crew!
Suzy, have you found a replacement job yet? If not, enjoy the time off - you'll be back at work before long.
By all! This turned out to be a long one after all, but then I've been awol for almost a week. Take care! :wave:
05-23-2007, 11:02 PM
Hi Guys - just a quick drop by to update on what is happening. My sister had her biopsy yesterday and she was feeling well enough to call me to let me know how it went. I'm not 100% sure but I think they may have even sent her home today, or rather to my nephew's place. It will take a week to get the results and the results will determine what the next steps will be. So we wait and hope. My friend is slated to start her first round of chemo tomorrow - though given the way her treatment has gone so far, I'd be surprised if it does happen. She will be shipped to the Big Cancer Hospital for treatment and then returned to the hospital where she is now for recovery. Not sure when she will get to go home. The biggest problem patients seem to face is the complete lack of certainty. It sucks.
Holly~ My allergies are wicked bad right now too. Stupid air quality alerts. Hey, do you have any preferences/ thoughts about meeting with the Shad woman? I was thinking could go on a road trip. Or do some sort of crazy urban activity? Any thoughts? I can do either the 11th or 12th too.
Happy~ Don’t get rid of the blackbirds. They are nice. I think I may have been a red-winged blackbird in another life. Wow, a month off would be pretty amazing. Heck I’m looking forward to my two days off next week.
Mel~ When a man says you are sexy you are supposed to say “Yes, thank you, I know”. :lol: Tell that killjoy with the chair comments to get stuffed. Watch your shoulder, honey. See, too much dairy is bad for you!!
Ceejay~ Wow, your mileage is pretty impressive. How many steps is 2 miles?
Madow~ I am glad to see another not so secret Corrie St fan. Maria & Charlie are very ewwww. He is a creepy man. My sister actually has the number of days since she last ran written on the whiteboard on the wall of her hospital room. That and the number of days since her last cigarette. So some good is coming out of this.
Carla~ Are the blackflies out? Carnivorous demons! I love your description. Ah, you also get to hang out with Ruth when Shad is here? Wish there was a way to manage a bigger gathering – but timing doesn’t seem to be working in our favour.
Ok, I better get a move on. Most of this night was spent in a co op committee meeting. Oh joy. The weather is warming up and, of course, the air quality is going down the toilet. Tomorrow promises to be the first hot, muggy day of the season and they are already issuing the “try not to do anything other than stand quietly outside” warnings. This is such a weird place to live sometimes.
I'm incoherent and it's time for bed.
05-24-2007, 08:16 AM
Quickie just to keep my worldly status. Is Delta still part of the world?
I am starting to see the end of my kitchen renovation mess. The cabinets are to be delivered today - that's encouraging, right? There is a remote possibility that I will have a usable kitchen this weekend. Cross your fingers for me because I'm getting very low on patience and easily irritated - you could even say bytchy!
Have a shiny day.
05-24-2007, 10:09 AM
Nice to see you stop by Ruth. :wave: Tough to be without a kitchen - hope it gets put together quick.
Madcat - glad your sister is doing better. I agree with you that when you face a devastating illness - stability is kind of like hope - something good to hang on to. As for the blackbirds - they are not the sweet little red winged blackbirds of which we have one occasionally show up - no, these are the sons of devils grackles. The kind that are so black they shine bluish. The kind that travel in gangs, are aggressive, run all the other birds off, squack in the trees making a big ruckus and calling their friends and can clean out a huge bird feeder in 24 hours. The fact that they run the other birds out is what mostly marks them for elimination in my book. :mad:
Carla - I think you can get neti pots in lots of places online. My sister was talking about them - supposed to be very good if you are plagued with sinus problems. I'm still trying to deal with the concept tho :yikes: Those blackflies sound horrid. :eek: I am very proud of you for taking that hike in spite of them.
Meadow - good to hear from you again. The garden sounds lovely with all the blooming flowers! The pool is not open yet but will be this weekend.
Ceejay - we will have to make some plans to get together for Shads visit, I'll send you something this weekend. Not sure if I have your telephone number.
Nice to hear things have settled down with the DH Holly.
Must be getting to that time of year when you have delightful mornings Rose - birds singing, sun shining and it's not -2 degrees outside :lol:
Sexie Sadie - um I mean Miss Mel. :lol: There is something very attractive about a fiesty woman, a take charge, no :censored: Sam kinda gal. So nod your head just ever so slightly, give 'em a wink and a "yeah baby" and go laughing as you truck on down the hall. Goes to show you that you can still be cute even if you do have to back away from the Starbucks :lol:
I peeked at the advance weather for next week. Tho not 100% reliable it appears that Shad is bringing the hot weather along with her. It's going to get hotter as the week wears on with the sunny and the mid 90's, just about kissing 100 on 2 days. We will have to plan for morning or evening jaunts and spend the afternoons at the pool. I will be melting and she will be in her element. What heat? :dunno: :lol:
Time is running out on finishing up the old job - trying not to get completely sucked into the new one until after I get back from vacation. Tomorrow is Friday - a welcome 3 day weekend and the unofficial start of summer. And they are closing the office early at 3pm to boot. :dance: :dance:
I'm off to work on Crystal Reports. Got a tricky problem figured out yesterday. 6 hours of constant grumbling and frustration wiped out in 10 minutes when I finally figured out how to select just exactly the data I needed. Kinda like giving birth - forget the pain once you achieve success :D - happy Thursday chicks.
05-24-2007, 01:52 PM
Happy--Thanks for mentioning the "gas" for the dentist appointment. Didn't realize he had it to use. This visit went much easier. The temporary crown is in place the real one comes June 7. I know what you mean by the black birds.
I'll p.m. you with the information.
Ruth--Good to see you this morning.
Hope Shad doesn't have any trouble traveling. I heard on the news that there may be some delays at the air ports this week end.
The gas here has gone up to $3.06. My travel plans will be short distances, within an hour or two drives this summer. My longer trips that I have planned may have to wait till fall.
To every one else hello.
05-24-2007, 04:22 PM
CEEJAY~ SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT BUD'S MOM. WOW 93!!
SHE CAN COME HERE WITH US!! IF ALL THE CHICKS WENT TO TENN THEN SHOO THEM HOME WHEN THEY GO PAST YOUR PLACE. :rofl:
MEADOW~ HOW NICE TO HAVE THE SISTERS AND CORONATION STREET! BET IT WAS GOOD FUN. THIS WEATHER IS HEALING ALL THAT AILS ME....MAINLY INSIDE ME. LOL WERE YOU LOOKING IN YOUR CRYSTAL BALL? THE HEDGE SOUND NICE. WE HAVE JUNIPER TREES THAT WERE TINY ONCE UPON A TIME.....LOL
HOPE ALL THE OUTDOORSY PLANTING IS GIVING YOU A CLEANSING TIME TOO!!
CARLA...BIOTCH!!! IS THAT THE RIGHT WORD???:rofl: I AM CONSIDERING THE SOURCE WHERE THE COMMENTS CAME FROM. VERY SAD...YES IT WAS JEALOUSY. BUT TOO BAD THEY COULD NOT HAVE LET ME HAVE MY 5 MINUTES OF GLORY. :cb: HOPE YOUR NEIGHBOR IS OK....AND ALSO THAT YOU ARE FEELING MUCH BETTER..SCREW THE SM. YOU'RE A GOOD PERSON EVEN TO BOTHER WITH HER!!! LOL BUT THEN YOU MUST KNOW THAT...RIGHT? :hug:
JOY FLIES:lol3: :lol3: :lol3:
MADCAT~ TOO MUCH DAIRY IS BAD FOR ME :rofl:
YOU CRACKED ME UP. ON A SERIOUS NOTE: I AM THINKING GOOD THOUGHTS BY THE DOZEN FOR THE SISTER AND THE FRIEND. PRAYING FOR GOOD NEWS AND RECOVERIES. THE WAITING AND UNCERTAINTY ARE THE WORST PARTS. HOPE THEY BOTH STAY POSITIVE. :hug:
THINKING GOOD THOUGHTS FOR YOU ALSO SO YOU CAN STAY STRONG FOR THEM TOO!! :hug:
HELLO BYTCH!! OOPS....I MEAN RUTH!!! :rofl: GLAD TO HEAR THE KITCHEN IS COMING ALONG. GOOD LUCK AND ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO SEE YOUR FRIENDLY FACE HERE!!
LOVE TO YOU AND THE DOGGIES!!
:wave: FOR HOLLY AND HER BROOD.
HAPPY~ HOPE YOU HAVE GIVEN BIRTH TO THE PROJECT AND ARE RESTING PEACEFULLY NOW!!! :dance: ALSO GLAD THE WEEKEND IS STARTING A WEE BIT EARLY....ALL THE BETTER TO TACKLE THE TO DO LIST :rofl: YOUR POST HAS ME GIGGLING OVER HERE........
THIS MORNING I WENT TO DO 2 LOADS OF WASH, THEN WAS ASKED IF I WAS GOING FOOD SHOPPING AND I SHOULD GO JUST TO GET OUT. MORE JEALOUSY AROSE. SO I CAME UP, CHANGED AND BEFORE I LEFT WITH WILLY, I WAS SINGING "I'M TOO SEXY FOR MY SHIRT, TOO SEXY FOR MY CHAIR" AND I'VE SUNG IT ALL DAY!! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
IT'S BEEN A VERY GOOD DAY. HAD LUNCH WITH THE "BOYS" AND A WALK WITH A FRIEND AND NOW I AM IN THE A/C. THE TEMPS ARE HEATING UP RAPIDLY JUST IN TIME FOR MISS SHAD BUT THE A/C IS ON FOR ME!! LOL HOPE I DON'T FREEZE HER OUT!! I HAVE LOADS OF WASH AND FEW GROCERIES TO PUT AWAY SO I BETTER SKEEDADDLE. :moped:
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT AND HAPPY THURSDAY!
05-24-2007, 09:21 PM
Hi Everyone, I just looked at Shad's trip....wow..... she is going to be in that canyon I drove through and had my one of my frightening experiences in March..... it seems to funny to think of our Oz girl tripping around on this soil. I hope she has a great time.... looking at when she is going to be over on the coast in BC...geez I wish I could see her too!!!!
I am tired today and not getting very ready to leave tomorrow for my trip. Larry showed up with a rose and his heart on his sleeve today..... but I just have to be strong and remain clear about our future. It is tough in any relationship to know for sure...but your gut is a better indicator than your heart sometimes...right?
Cold here today and Teeka finally snapped out of her little sick spell. SHe is so tiny and fragile it shows immediately when she has a tummy ache. but she is fiesty again and ready to take on the deer.... We have both mule deer and white tail deer here in ID.
Hope this finds everyone well. I am working again tonight for my private patient so I better keep working to be ready for my trip tomorrow...
Love to all,
05-24-2007, 10:11 PM
Hi folks. I'm tired :tired: and hot :hot: and cranky :tantrum:. No reason why, :dunno: , some days are just like that. :kickcan: I'll be back when I get over myself. :(
Don't know if Shad is in the building; maybe she doesn't need to know it snowed in Calgary today... Hope she brought her boots and mitts. ;)
05-24-2007, 10:17 PM
HI CARLA! :hug:
05-25-2007, 12:17 AM
I did post last night but for some reason or other the hotel computer wouldn't put it into the forum. Since others were waiting to use it, I just shut the site down and left in a huff.
Got here safely, uneventful trip, meals were quite good. AND the American Immigration service were surly and rude but otherwise relatively speedy. The customs people were great - are you carrying ?????????? or ??? or ???? Um let me have a look at the list and I'll tell you. No, no, no and no. Okay have a good trip! Isn't it nice when we can work together. Then down to terminal one to catch the Phoenix flight. Would you like to forgo your seat because we are overbooked. No. Oh! Tough lady, I've been travelling for 24 hours, I've done enough waiting around dreary airports, I want out and I think you should want me out before I get grumpy. Ohhh okay.
Picked up the rental car, made two right turns instead of left turns and had to turn around and try again. Found the right way, got on the I10 and then got into the wrong line (left instead of right) okay, maybe I'll just do a bit of speed driving here and get over there. Okay, heres the hotel. So that was okay. Rung one of the ladies on another thread, but she was not home and her husband couldn't understand a word. So I will ring her again later in the week.
Drove up here to Prescott/ Chino Valley perfectly, then got lost (turned left instead of right) okay, so chucked a 'u' turn and got back to where I should have been and found the place - so here I am tucked into a nice house, nice food and nice company. It's all good so far. Tomorrow we are going into Prescott for the day. N has some business there, my business is shopping and looking and photography, then we have a Fish Fry at night and on Saturday an Indian Pow Wow. Not been to one of those before. Then we have Memorial day, lunch with the girls and a trip to someplace in the hills planned as well as Oak Canyon and Sedona. N tells me I don't have time for New Mexico or Memphis as she has lots more things we can do.
And that's about it from me.
Ruth, I'm pleased you are getting your kitchen back.
Madcat - hope the news is okay with the sister and the friend.
Happy - get out there and chase them blackbirds. Good exercise up and down trees. :lol3:
Mel - do you think NJ is ready for me yet?
gotta go. Back maybe tomorrow.
05-25-2007, 01:21 AM
Prescott? You're in Prescott? Holy cow - we fell in LOVE with Prescott. (pres-KIT not pres-scott) Just can't afford to live there. No industry (jobs) at all. :( Happy, no jobs and a large casino in town is not a good mix :D
Have a wonderful time. I am so in awe of you driving by yourself. Tell N that 1)she has to share :rofl: and 2) stay AWAY from my Jaffas :lol3: :lol3: :lol3:
05-25-2007, 01:22 AM
Hello Curlylocks - I remember you from another thread. Was that Red's 21 day challenge thread? Carla were you there? Man oh manashevitz - a mind is a terrible thing to lose :lol:
Carla - you can't be serious. Snow? Now? :faint:
05-25-2007, 07:42 AM
No usable kitchen this weekend but I am keeping my cool. It sure takes lots of planning to eat properly without a kitchen or sink! My sister is away and has offered me her house at the Farm for a while but that just won't work out for the Girls. There is no fenced yard and my darlings are absolutely insulted if they are tied up! I'd let them roam but there are too many wild "critters" at the farm - skunks, bears and foxes plus some coyotes that look like wolves to me! So we'll just carry on here at home.
So nice to read that Shad is en route. I wonder if I'll have a kitchen when she gets here. If not, we'll just eat out at the Long Horn and she'll get a good slice of Canadian redneck culture from the good old boys!
My kitchen workies are to be here for 7:30 so I should get out of my robe. On the other hand.........
05-25-2007, 08:16 AM
:cheer: THE SHAD HAS LANDED!!! GLAD TO HEAR THAT ALL WENT WELL AND YOU ARE PLEASANTLY ON YOUR ROAD TO R&R!! SO GLAD YOU FINALLY MADE ALL THE RIGHT TURNS IN THE END!! :rofl: STAY WELL!
ENJOY THE TIME WITH EVERYONE! :hug:
CARLA~ MY INNER SELF IS FEELING A BIT LIKE YOU BUT MY OUTER SELF IS COVERING IT UP!! :dance:
SENDING MORE :hug:
HAPPY~ DID YA CLEAN THE DANG LOO YET???? THE INSPECTOR GENERAL IS ON HER WAY!!! :scooter:
I THINK THAT 21 DAY THREAD IS WHERE I FIRST READ CARLA'S POSTS....WHEN I WAS CALLING HER CLARA :rofl:
RUTH~ USE THE CATTLE PROD ON THE KITCHEN BOYS!!! THAT'LL GET THEIR BUTTS MOVING FAST!! WISH I WAS GOING TO THE LONGHORN WITH YOU BOTH!!
HELLO TO CURLYLOCKS :wave: NICE OF YOU TO DROP IN.
NAE~ VERY HAPPY TO HEAR TEEKA IS FEELING BETTER. PORR LITTLE THING. HOPE YOUR RESOLVE HOLDS UP AND THAT YOU WILL BE HAPPY. SENDING :hug: AND GOOD THOUGHTS YOUR WAY. ENJOY THE TRIP!!!
I WOKE AT 5 AM THIS MORNING. NOT SURE WHAT THAT WAS ALL ABOUT. COULDN'T SLEEP THEN BUT I FEEL TIRED NOW :rofl: AIN'T THAT ALWAYS THE WAY??
GOING TO BE A SCORCHER THEY SAID ON THE NEWS. 93 DEGREES. THIS IS RIDICULOUS. NOT 3 WEEKS AGO IT WAS ONLY 33 ONE NIGHT :faint: THEY'RE CALLING IT UNSEASONABLE WEATHER....MUST HAVE HITCHED A RIDE WITH SHAD'S PLANE :lol3: :lol3:
SOME SAD NEWS IS THAT OUR BOOKKEEPER,SILVIS, LOST HER BATTLE WITH CONGESTIVE HEART PROBLEMS FOLLOWING A SURGERY LAST YEAR. THE MEMORIAL SERVICE WAS YESTERDAY. THEY SAID IT WAS NICE. I CHOSE NOT TO GO. I DON'T "DO" FUNERALS VERY WELL.
THE BLDG IS VERY QUIET AS A RESULT. I AM GOING DOWN THERE IN A FEW TO START GETTING THEM OUT OF THEIR FUNK. ROUND THEM UP AND GET THEM OUTSIDE FOR SOME SUN AND FUN :beach: OTHER THAN THAT,
NOTHING IS PLANNED FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. JUST IN THE HOLIDAY MODE. HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A HAPPY FRIDAY!! :moped:
05-25-2007, 09:46 AM
Good morning ladies,
All I have time for this morning is a quick read. Will have to catch up with you tonight. We should all be in a good mood today - at least those of us in the states - 3 day holiday weekend. Of course that mood will sour considerably when we get in the fiasco of the goofs on the road all in a bigger hurry than usual to go no where, where we will mumble and speed and waste gasoline which just so happens to have accelerated in price as we get to a holiday weekend. I will try to stay calm. :yoga: How about you? :lol:
Catch y'all later... :wave:
05-25-2007, 01:15 PM
And a beautiful morning it is too in downtown Chino Valley. The garden is watered (tomato and strawberries coming along a treat) but there is an infestation of grasshoppers and N is swearing loudly about the mess they have made to the corn.
Got a bit cool last night but was okay inside the house so I won't complain. Had a fairly restless sleep - probably trying to determine left from right - it's giving me a headache! I feel dyslexic much of the time, but there you go. We had a good old chinwag about old times and old friends last night and decided we have been friends for 42 years. Ye gods! That's a lifetime for some of us.
Today we are going to Presscott which is about 15 miles south of here. This will be good. I need to get some new batteries for my camera which have mysteriously flattened over the last week. I really ought to get a camera case for it to stop this happening. Might see if I can find one today.
Carla - I really didn't need to know about the snow in Calgary - however it will be good if there is still snow on the Rockies when I go through. Hope you are less grumpy today.
Happy - your jaffas are safe, N has her pineapple lumps. She's more partial to them and she also has her malt biscuits and her toffee pops and Anzac biscuits as well. Oh and her vegemite. She's content at this time. Mind you if the lumps keep disappearing at this speed, she may not be content for long.
Mel - your sleep pattern is in sync with mine. I was awake on the hour for most of the early am as well. Go have a nanna nap. We'll catch up again soon.
Okay - time to go - I hear the RSM making Prescott type noises, so I better go get my driving hat on and see if I can get around the town. It's not that big so I'm sure I can do this thing.
When you lot see me, the fingernails will be chewed to the knuckles.
05-25-2007, 07:43 PM
:wave: TO HAPPY!!! HELLO!!!! HOPE THE DAY WENT WELL.
SHAD~ LEAVE SOME NAILS ON SO THE DS DOESN'T THINK WE GAVE YOU TORTURE TREATMENTS WHILE YOU WHERE HERE....I OF COURSE WILL DENY EVERYTHING! :rofl: STAY ON THE RIGHT SIDE AND AND YOU CAN'T GO WRONG :faint: GOOD LUCK!! FUNNY TO THINK OF YOU HERE ALREADY!!
THE FIREMEN HAVE BEEN HERE TWICE. NO ONE WANTED TO LISTEN TO ME BUT IN THE END ONE OF THEM DID. I WAS RIGHT AND THE ALARM WAS BEING TRIGGERED OFF BY ANOTHER VENT DUCT OTHER THAN THE ONE THEY THOUGHT. ONE WOMAN AGAINST MANY MEN....:rofl: :rofl: I SHOULD HAVE KEPT QUIET AND THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN HERE LONGER!!! GOD SOME OF THEM WERE REAL HANDSOME DEVILS!!! :dance: SOME OF THEM EVEN HAD THE GRACE TO SAY THANK YOU!! LOL IT'S GOOD TO BE THE QUEEN ONCE AND AWHILE!! OUT OF SHEER DESPERATION I GOT A LITTLE HEATED UP AND SAID I HAVEN'T LIVED AND WORKED ION THIS BLDG NOT TO HAVE LEARNED SOMETHING. THEN THEY NWENT TRAIPSING BACK TO THE ROOF AND LOW AND BEHOLD THEY FOUND ANOTHER DUCT WITH FAULTY BURNED OUT SMOKE ALARMS. ALL IS WELL NOW AND THEY HAVE GONE AFTER SCREWING AROUND SINCE 3:30!!! 3 HRS AND 15 MINUTES! OK GOING TO EAT AND PRAY SHAD IS KEEPING TO HER SIDE OF THE STREET!!! :moped:
05-25-2007, 10:36 PM
Mel-So sad to hear about your book keeper. Good for you that you stood your ground with the fireman. I have to do that with Tim, the boss too. I think it's a woman knowing more than the man type thing that gets them the most. There has been a problem at work for a while and Tim will not give in. He's worked his way through every thing else.
Shad--You are lot braver than I would be driving in a different country.
I've been outside playing with the neighbor's children. They are so sweet.
I need to clean up the kitchen and get ready for bed. I should sleep good tonight.
05-26-2007, 08:36 AM
CEEJAY.... IS PROBABLY STILL TUCKED IN HER BED DREAMING OF SANDBOXES :cloud9: KIDS CAN TAKE US BACK IN OUR MINDS TO WHEN CHOOSING A FLAVOR OF ICE CREAM WAS THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE DAY!
AND THANK YOU. IT' BEEN A TOUGH WEEK WITH HER PASSING AND HER DAD LIVES IN THE BLDG TOO.
I AGREE WITH YOU ABOUT THE "MAN" ATTITUDE. GUESS TIM IS NO EXCEPTION!!! :lol3:
well ladies....TODAY STARTS MY 3 DAYS OF DO NOTHING. MAYBE I SHOULDN'T SAY THAT....:flame: FEELS FUNNY TO BE AWAKE BEFORE SHAD NOW!! :rofl: :rofl:
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE!! :moped:
05-26-2007, 09:29 AM
Got up early and going to try and get 1 hour of clean up around the pool in before I have to go get my hair done. Hello summer blonde :carrot: Such a mess by the pool. The neighbor's pine trees not only shade the pool too much but they drop these big long (like 6 inch) pine needles ALL OVER. I filled up 4 huge trash bags yesterday and barely made a dent. DH is suffering from a migraine so I'm trying to help him out. We hope to open the pool this weekend.
Lots to do before zero hour on Friday. :lol:
Mel - sorry to hear about your bookkeeper. Glad the firemen finally listened to you. Enjoy the "view" - hope the rest of the weekend is quiet for you, just doing fun things to amuse yourself :lol:
Hope you got your kitchen back Ruth - they say that's the hardest room to lose. I know - been there and I agree.
Ceejay - did you sleep well? Playing with kids is fun - especially the ones that eventually go home. :D I will contact you this weekend. Probably by email - although mind you I've been forgetful lately. Forgot to call mom TWICE in the last 2 days.
Shad - you'll get a break when you come here - no driving - unless of course you want to. :s: I don't advise it. People don't know how to drive any more. Hope you are enjoying Arizona. See you soon.
Feeling better Carla?
Hope things are calmer (and warmer) on your side of the U.S. Rose.
I must get going - hate to waste getting up at 6 on sitting in front of the computer. Hellos to Madcat, Meadow and Holly and anyone else I might have forgotten. Enjoy your Saturday.
05-26-2007, 10:13 AM
My post got lost yesterday when the site timed out. HUGS!!!!!
05-26-2007, 10:18 AM
:wave: to the Worldly Chicks from beautiful lilac-scented Delta.
I nearly have a functioning kitchen! I told the guys if they had it functioning over the weekend, I'd make a Bacardi rum cake for next week when they do the finishing touches. The last guy left at 8:30 last night and Mike the ADD Electrician will be here this morning to wire my pot lights and also connect dishwasher, etc. There are lots of finishing touches needed but it should be in a usable state by tonight! :cb: I may throw a kitchen-warming party when the tiled backsplash goes in next week.
Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend and PLEASE drive safely! It's wild out there these days.
05-26-2007, 11:12 AM
Morning to all the worldly chicks,
Another nice day in Arizona, mind you I think the sinus wish they were someplace else. It's so dry here. I spent much of yesterday sneezing and wheezing but it seems okay today.
Yesterday went into Prescott - town as N calls it. It's a busy little town, lots of people around. Didn't buy anything except a packet of low dose aspirin and some batteries for the camera. Went back to the Black Arrow gift shop to look at jewellery but couldn't see anything that knocked my socks off this time. We wandered around the shops - had a nice mushroom and brie crepe for lunch and went to a photo gallery which has the most stunning photo of a sunlit butte and a stormy sky printed on a canvas frame. Nice but at $1325 it stayed in the shop. The smaller versions just didn't do it for me. Who says I have expensive tastes.
Today we are going to Yarmel (? sp) somewhere a bit south of here. Then to an Indian Pow Wow at 1.00pm and by that time we will have had enough of the sun and be ready for a long cool drink.
Having said that, I'd better go get breakfast, and get sorted for my day.
PS I haven't had to drive since I got here, don't know whether N is scared to sit with me or she feels sorry for me.
05-27-2007, 12:54 PM
It seems we are back on air again. Yesterday was closed for server upgrade.
How's everyone doing?
05-27-2007, 03:36 PM
Thank goodness we are back. I was starting to go into withdrawal. It has been a busy weekend. We went furniture shopping yesterday and put in an order for a new couch. It won’t be ready for 2 to 3 months. So much for immediate gratification. :lol: Today we have already done grocery shopping, had the car washed, and I’m completely cleaned and organized the front closet. I was so tired of never being able to find anything and having things fall on my head from the top shelf. I ended up bagging up two garbage bags of old shoes to be tossed. It’s amazing how they accumulate. It’s silly but it was sort of sad throwing out some of my old running shoes. They carried me a lot of miles.
Oh yeah, and I am an unemployed bum for the next 2 days. New contract starts on Wednesday. Tomorrow I have to take the car in for maintenance, and run some errands. Tuesday I’m having lunch with a friend. I’m hoping to get a couple of long bike rides in but also manage some serious movie watching on the couch. I should have taken more than 2 days, but it’s too late now.
Shad ~ I love your roving updates. Make sure you stay hydrated in the desert weather.
Ruth~ Good on pushing that reno through. Your electrician has ADD? That could be, ahem, interesting. Hopefully he remembers green is the ground. Nothing wrong with letting Shad rub shoulders with a hoser or two. I am more than sure she can hold her own.
Holly~ Got your message. I’ll give you a call shortly. We’ll just play tag until we connect. I wonder if you got caught in part of the server upgrade?
Happy~ Hope you got all those needles cleaned up. I hear you on the grackles. They are evil. I didn’t realize they were a type of blackbird as well. Do you find you go blonde in the summer and red in the winter?
Mel~ So sorry about the passing of your bookkeeper. So sad. Good for you insisting the big strong firemen listen to the poor flimsy minded woman. I find it hard to believe that that kind of attitude does still exist – until another instance slaps us in the face.
Ok, I have other things I need to get done. Later chicks.
05-27-2007, 11:09 PM
Yesterday we went to Yarnell - it's a very small town about 40 miles from Prescott. It's not so much the town we went to see but the scenery on the way there and there is also a big hill to drive up and down. Real NZ road that one.
We had a coffee at the little bakery which smelt gloriously of fresh bread. It's a bottomless cup of coffee as well. Empty your mug and they come along and fill it up again.
Then we wandered back to the Indian Pow-Wow. It was interesting! The costumes were good too.
Had a local frybread for lunch (when we finally got served - everything is done on Indian time) It's okay too. Mine was Indian Taco and was served with beans and ground beef, cheese and a whole raft of stuff mostly unidentifiable. A moment on the lips - a lifetime on the hips.
Today we went to Arcosanti. It is one man's dream of or for society. Personally I think it is a hangout for old hippies and a new sensation for dreamers. I wonder if it will ever get finished.
Tomorrow is Memorial day - I believe N and I are going out to lunch with the girls after morning service. Not sure what is happening after that. Will be an interesting lunch as no one will be able to understand me unless I talk real slow. They have enough trouble understanding N - she's only been in the US 26 years after all. So it should be fun.
Madcat - new furniture sounds good. Pity it won't be there for Holly and I to jump on. Hope it arrives before you forget what you ordered.
Mel - thanks for the e-mail. We're doing okay over here, although I am having trouble getting in touch with the New Mexico mob again. I'm about to try again in a minute.
And so I had better move on. The dog needs the ball chucking some more.
05-28-2007, 08:42 AM
SHAD I AM GLAD ALL IS GOING SO WELL! I AM LIVING VICARIOUSLY THRU YOUR POSTS! :dance: IT ALL SOUNDS WONDERFUL AND HOPE YOU ARE HAVING AS GOOD A TIME AS I AM!!! TAKING LOTS OF PICS I HOPE!!! :rofl:
MADCAT~ I TRIED SO MANY TIMES TO POST BUT IT KEPT SAYING IT WAS STILL CHANGING OVER EVEN AFTER SHAD HAD POSTED. SO I WENT TO BED! :lol3: GOOD LUCK ON YOUR NEW CONTRACT AND ALL THE BEST WISHES I CAN SEND. :hug: YES....MACHOISM STILL EXISTS :faint: WTF :tantrum: SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE BEEN A BUSY GAL. HAVE A GOOD TIME WITH THE LUNCH AND HOPE SIS AND FRIEND ARE HOLDING THEIR OWN ALSO!
HAPPY~ HOW GOES YOUR NEW JOB? HOPE THE POOL IS READY CAUSE I GOT THE UMBRELLAS OUT!!! AND SOME COLORFUL DISPOSABLE CUPS! WE DON'T NEED TO BE DOING ANY DISHES!!! :beach:
:wave: TO ALL THE OTHER CHICKS :wave:
DAY 3 OF DO NOTHING WEEKEND. GOING WELL. DOORBELL RANG AT MIDNIGHT LAST NIGHT BUT NO ONE WAITED FOR ME TO ANSWER. GOT OUT OF BED FOR NOTHING BUT I THINK I HEARD A POLICE CAR LEAVING. MUST HAVE BEEN A SILENT ALARM. PROBABLY THE WIND FROM THE STORM. BEEN A GREAT JOHN WAYNE WEEKEND ON SOME CABLE CHANNELS. :love: NOTHING TO REPORT!
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!
THINKING OF ALL OUR VETERANS. TROOPS OVERSEAS AND THEIR FAMILIES THAT ARE MISSING THEM. THE USA IS FINALLY SITTING DOWN WITH IRAN TO TALK AGAIN SO LET US PRAY THIS WILL ALL BE OVER SOON AND OUR BOYS HOME.
HAVE A GREAT DAY :moped:
05-28-2007, 11:46 AM
I see Shad's egg on which means she's up at 7 prowling the Internet waiting for N to wake up :lol:
05-28-2007, 11:53 AM
:wave: We live in exciting times - vicariously through Shad!
Gorgeous weather here and my kitchen is functional and nearly finished. I guess Mike really doesn't have ADD as he got the wiring done and set the back-splash tiles over the weekend. Hyperactive might have been a better description. He's back tonight to grout! It will be wonderful to have a day with nobody here except the Girls and me! Maybe tomorrow? Nope - Amy the kitchen designer is coming to check.
I hope everyone can get back into the Forum soon. It's fairly quiet but that could be because of the Memorial Day Weekend. The population of Delta is half American at the moment!
Have a lovely day.
05-28-2007, 12:17 PM
Oops.. realized I was out of coffee. Had to get more. Ok now :coffee:
Hmmm lesseee. Where was I?
Mel - what a pain - getting out of bed when you're all cozy sleeping and there's no one there. What if someone was getting mugged and they couldn't get to the door? Sometimes I think the police are too quick to go away. Get your bikini out woman - pool opens in about 30 minutes :D - will take 24 hours to get the water in swimmable condition but it should be ready by Shad's arrival at the end of the week. I'm thinking it's a little on the cool side tho. They keep changing their minds with the forecast - I've seen it change drastically 3 times over as many days. Hope you're enjoying "The Duke" festival of movies. Hey little lady...
Shad - sounds like you are having fun and seeing lots of things. Is N frustrated at the influx of Californians who fled the high home prices and came and messed up Arizona? No one wants the Californians I hear :sssh: At least the ones from Los Angeles.
Madcat - know what you mean about the instant gratification. We ordered a table for the front hall that I saw in the store, looked at on 3 different occasions to be sure I was in love with it and then ordered it. I know they said it was hand painted but I didn't realize it was hand painted as each order was placed. We too wound up waiting about 3 months for the piece. It was worth it in the end. I guess as long as you have a couch now to sit on, it won't be so bad. Is it because you chose the fabric yourselves?
It does seem encouraging that those of you doing contract work seem to find steady employment. DH is hanging by a thread with his job - just waiting for them to make the cut and offer the severance package. He said once that happens he's going to contract also. Hope the new job is enjoyable Madcat. Guess it would have been nice to have a week off - particularly since you have to fund your own "vacations". Just remember to take some time off between the next gig.
Hellos to Ruth and Holly and Meadow and Carla and Nae. :wave: :wave: :wave: :wave: :wave: - whoa outta breath there :lol:
Ceejay - I owe you some directions - will email you tonight.
Things are going well around here and moving along. The house is shaping up nice. I am closing doors and telling DH to stay out of the clean rooms :rofl: Rinse off your coffee cup, don't leave empty water bottles on the counters :rollpin: Yep, the housefrau is back :snooty:
Still have a couple of rooms to do. Have some new slacks to hem. Went a mission yesterday to find curtains. I wanted curtains on the window of the back door off the kitchen. I think DH put the rod up too high although he aligned it with some prior holes that were in the door. The 36 inch curtains I bought are about 2 inches too short so you can peek under them and see in the house which defeat the purpose of curtains. Once upon a time it was not that hard to find 45 inch cafe curtains. No such luck. I've been everywhere. Yesterday I was ready to stop at a fabric store and just sew my own. Of course when I did spot a fabric shop - also difficult to find I might add - it was 30 minutes AFTER they closed. :(
DH just gave me the 5 minute warning that he will need my help to pull the tarp off the pool. Yippee. Pool season opens. Gotta run.
Happy Memorial Day - thank a serviceman and and pause for a moment of honor and silence for those who have gone before us serving us and our country *salute*
05-28-2007, 01:48 PM
The journals are still closed. I wonder if there is a new format to go with them.
It's been a fairly quite morning. Think all the excitement happened over the weekend from the looks of the call out sheets. A few scattered phone calls about garbage pic ups.
Madcat--Enjoy your time off. Hope the new job is better than the last one. What kind of couch did you get?
Shad--I'm going to have to remember a "moment on the hips =a life time on the hips" . Stay hydrated.
Mel--Ah-- A police officer at the door. Didn't even get a chance to invite him in.
Just heard a noise downstairs. Better go check it out. Back later. People are dumping stuff in the dumpsters.
05-28-2007, 10:28 PM
Afternoon from Chino
Today we went out to lunch (don't need dinner :nono: ). Then we went to a shopping mall and just wandered around looking at the sights and trying out the lotions and potions in the body shop. Lot of time in a book shop too. Now we are debating whether we want supper or not and shortly I will take the dog out for a game of tennis - I hit, she runs. It may give me some appetite or then again maybe not. I sure am missing exercise.
Mel - Policeman at midnight. Crikey, this should be an interesting stay.
No Happy, I wasn't waiting for N to get up - she and DH were already up and had read their messages and about to get started on the day when I got on the computer.
Frustrations at the Californian invasion and the Mexican invasion is the main topic of conversation in this town.
I'm sure the DH will do well in contracting, we will have to chat about it when I get there. Still on track for the June 1 invasion. That's if I get back from New Mexico in time. :rofl:
Ruth - darn, I was looking forward to the Long Horn too and you had to go get your kitchen back.
Ceejay - I am doing my best to drink Arizona dry. It's nearly working.
Okay, time to go wear out the dog.
05-29-2007, 08:52 AM
Good morning ladies,
I spent my morning computer time today sending CeeJay an email with directions to my house so I don't have time for more than a hello here. Long day of training today as we wind down one job and get in gear for the new one. I'll be happy to start vacation on Friday.
So hello chicks. Be back tonight :wave:
05-29-2007, 12:03 PM
Oh happy sigh, I spoke wiht Madcat and then Ruth on Sunday. Made my whole year!!!
Looks like i will be in TO with Shad and Miss Mad on Monday June 11. YIPPEE!!!
05-29-2007, 01:00 PM
The flower seeds I planted have all sprouted!! :carrot: I just love it when they take and grow. The bachelor buttons I planted last year, only one came up and this year those seeds sprouted and they are growing in the garden. I guess they needed a year to think about it :p :lol:
Shad-sounds like you are having a good get together. I'm sorry folks are making you talk slowly. When I was in North Carolina once they didn't understand me there and I had to repeat myself four times just to order an iced tea:^: I understood myself fine ;) It isn't as if I was the one with the accent :lol3: I bet you are surrounded by people asking you questions. Are you seeing many new things that intrigue you? :hug: Have fun!
Mel-golly, you have to answer your door in the middle of the night? I don't even answer my door in the day if I'm not expecting someone. I hope your memorial day weekend was relaxing. My husband was thrilled that the American programming had a Soprano's marathon :dizzy:
Happy-so the pool opened this weekend? did you take a dip? or spend most of the time cleaning and preparing for the big plunge when Shad arrives? Promise you will not drink and paddle :nono: Why couldn't you sew a contrasting trim onto the curtains you have? They do that on the decorating shows all the time. I suggest cherries :D I love fruit in the kitchen :twirly:
Holly-so cool you all will get to hook up! Make sure Shad gets a Tim Horton's coffee while she is visiting, total Canadian experience. Keep her away from the poutine though, she might keel over :coffee: :faint:
Ruth-congratulations on your new kitchen:) Hopefully everthing is in now and functioning beautiful. Do you just sit with a cup in your hands at the table and look around and sigh? Finally done. My neighbour has a lilac tree in bloom right now and the fragrance is sublime. Big inhale.
Madcat-is the fabric for the couch you've chosen cat friendly? I haven't found any they will not shred but my cats are mischief makers ;) good relaxing and I hope Wednesday is a good day at the new position :goodvibes
Ceejay-so you are going to Happy's house? Shad's visit is really pulling everyone together, this is so fabulous!
:wave: Hi worldly chicks
05-29-2007, 03:07 PM
Quickie again! The Journals are back up, by the way - we lost the avatars but found them again!
My kitchen is progressing - Mike comes to work here 5 to 8 after his other jobs and did the grouting last night. What a messy job. He's back tonight to set the pot lights. Amy the Kitchen Guru was in this morning for an inspection and my dear friend Claire, who works on Habitat projects, came in and installed my dish towel rack and garbage rack thingie. Since I can't kneel, it's almost impossible for me to get under the sink. It's certainly much better than last week!
Big waves and hugs to everyone. this is quite a group!
Meadow, if I get a chance to go out West to Nanaimo, we may meet. Where are you? I need to go visit Mel one of these days too and Hollyhock is on the list for a summer road trip! I wish I had a personal jet!
Garden chores are calling!
05-29-2007, 07:31 PM
MEADOW....I FORGOT ABOUT THE SOPRANOS MARATHON TILL IT WAS ALMOST OVER!!! GLAD SOMEONE GOT TO SEE IT! LOL HAPPY SUMMER:beach:
HAPPY...GET THAT POOL GOING...I AM ON MY WAY! SHALL I BRING A COP OR TWO?? MAYBE SOME FIRIES FOR THE BBQ???? :rofl: I JUST WAS LOOKING SOMEWHERE AND SAW 54" CURTAINS!! LOL
SHAD~ YA SHOULDA BEEN HERE FRIDAY NIGHT WITH THE FIREMEN!!! DAMNATIONS SOME WERE HUNKY!!!
COPS ARE CUTIES TOO! TAKE YOUR PICK! LOL
HOLLY IS GETTING REAdy for the grand meeting of the year!!!
CEEJAY~ GLAD THE EXCITEMENT HAPPENED WHILE YOU WERE OFF!!! :rofl: OR WAS IT GOOD STUFF?!?! LOL
I BEGAN THIS POST ABOUT 6 HRS AGO I THINK. GOT CALLED AWAY AND JUST GOT IN. THE USUAL BS CAUSE THE BOSS LADY TOOK A DAY OFF SO CLOSE TO THE ELECTION. GOD SAVE US FROM OURSELVES! :lol3: TOO TIRED NOW AND VERY HUNGRY!! AND I NEED A SHOWER AND STILL HAVE GROCERIES TO PUT AWAY. ;faint:
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT! :moped:
05-29-2007, 10:11 PM
It's been a fairly quiet day here. I took the dog out for some exercise this morning. She's only young and not trained yet, so that was fun. Nice dog.
Then we went and gassed up the car and then went shopping for groceries. I have bought myself some dried and fresh fruit and some biscuits to nibble on while I am driving. It should take me around 6 hours, provided of course I don't get lost. I have minute instructions from mapquest but I still have to stop to think about left and right etc. I'm getting there.
Fresh stone fruit and cherries in the store today. Yummo. I saw some mango and thought of Happy, but they are not suitable for eating while driving.
Anyway, better go help get dinner on the table. See you all soon.
05-30-2007, 12:45 AM
Goodness, so much happens while the server is out!
I'm very jealous - really wish I could join Holly and Madcat and the Shadfly on the 11th in TO, but will be not only working but working late.
Happy, I'm so jealous of your pool. When I owned a little house before condodom, I had a backyard pool and I miss it so much. I do think it's funny that I used to open it the second week of May up here in the frozen north, and Happy has only just opened hers end May in the tropics... How great that Ceejay will be able to join in for a Shad visit!! I'm so amazed at how all this is coming together!
Mel, we've chit-chatted via email - I can't believe they wake you up in the middle of the night and then don't wait until you get to the door! don't they realize you live for the boys in uniform?? Shame on them.
Meadow, will you be able to spend an evening with Shad, or just wave as she chugs by? If it's the chug option, you should find out ahead of time what her seat assignment is so you can be on the right side of the train. Or left, of course, if that's where she's sitting...
Ruth, it's lovely to see you here so much. Another Shad miracle! I'm seriously contemplating hopping into my car after work on the 14th and landing in on you and Shad and the doggage for dinner, unless of course we can convince Shad to leave TO on the 13th. Of course if I did invade you I'd bring along the inflatable and sleeping bag... Don't know the address, but Delta's pretty small, so there's no escape.
Yikes, sorry to those I"ve missed, but I just spent over an hour on the phone with a friend in mid-post, and now I'm tired... Will chat soon.
:wave: to all.
05-30-2007, 08:10 AM
RUTH SORRY I MISSED YOUR POST. GLAD THE KITCHEN IS GETTING THERE. BET YOU LONG FOR THE DAY IT IS FINISHED ALTOGETHER!! OR WILL YOU MISS THE "BOYS"?
SHAD~ TOO BAD THE DOG CAN'T KEEP YOU COMPANY ON THE DRIVE. MAYBE HE KNOWS HIS LEFT FROM RIGHT! :rofl: DON'T BE SPITTING CHERRY PITS OUT THE WINDOWS AT PASSER BYS!!! YOU MIGHT GET A TICKET :lol3: ENJOY!
CARLA~ YOU MADE ME LAUGH WHEN YOU SAID "REAL TIME" IN THE EMAIL. I WAS THINKING THE SAME THING WHEN I SENT IT. WAS OUT ON A CALL WHEN IT CAME IN OTHERWISE YOU'D HAVE HAD ANOTHER REAL TIME ANSWER :rofl:
IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM AGAIN. WASHING THE CLOTHES THAT ARE GOING TO A GOOD HOME. THE WOMAN HASN'T MUCH MONEY AND NEITHER DOES HER SISTER. I FOUND A BAG OF CURTAINS IN THE CLOSET. MUST HAVE HIDDEN THEM THERE LAST YEAR:rofl: WONDERED WHERE THEY WENT....NOW IN THE WASHER TOO!
I AM OFF TO EAT A BREAKFAST BAR OUT IN THE BACKYARD. NICE AND COOL!
HAPPY WEDNESDAY :moped:
:wave: TO MISS HAPPY WHO MIGHT BE BREATHING DOWN MY NECK!! :wave:
05-30-2007, 08:33 AM
Just a quick post before I go to get cleaned up to face the day and the new job. I have really enjoyed by two days off but they have gone by so fast and I feel that I haven’t really packed much into them. Isn’t that the way it always is? Yesterday I started the day off with a bike ride and I had to detour off my normal route due to construction (even on the bike path. Welcome to Toronto) but it turned out to be a wonderful accident. The “road less traveled” led through High Park. I wish you could have all been there with me when I was riding along Grenadier pond, where the water was like glass, and a swan glided by, gleaming in the sun. The big challenge was to not run over the goslings who threatened to wander on to the path. You know, adolescent Canada Geese look like mini ostriches. It was such a nice ride and so refreshing.
Mel~ That’s my breathing you hear!! Enjoy your al fresco breakfast. How ambitious that you already have laundry in.
Happy~ Oh, I envy your pool too. When I was a kid we used to go swimming in Georgian Bay on the May 24th weekend. That was cold! Reminds me of that joke they tell in Florida: “What do you call someone in the pool in January? A Canadian”
Shad~ Drive carefully. You could eat a mango while driving but the steering wheel would get all sticky! BTW Do you have anything here in TO that you have a burning desire to see?
Carla~ it is too bad you can’t make the trip down here too. But you can be here in spirit. You know it is no coincidence that “work” is a four letter word.
Ruth~ Good news about the kitchen progress and how nice it is to have friends. You could stop by here for coffee on the way through town.
Meadow~ Congrats that your garden is blooming. That’s the fun of gardening. You never know what will work and what won’t. As for the couch, I picked out a microfiber that has a texture that is a cross between velvet and suede. We made the sales guy laugh because I insisted on dragging my fingernails across all the fabric samples to see how much of a cat temptation each would be. I can only hope my little monsters won’t use it as a new scratching post. I may have to sell them for medical experiments if they do. Anyone want two used cats?
Darn I better get a move on. Don’t want to be late on my first day!
05-30-2007, 10:18 AM
Happy drizzly morning chicks,
We sure do need some rain and I'd much rather see it BEFORE Shad shows up. But it's sort of spitting - dampening things, making the hair droop but not enough to give the plants a good drink of water.
Such a chatty lot. It was good to hear from all of you.
Madcat - you have such a wonderful way with prose. I love your writing style. Cat proof fabric on the couch and testing it with the cat claw technique :lol3: :lol3: Thanks for the great laugh to start the day. Good luck on the new job - hope it's going to be an enjoyable one.
Mel - not breathing down your neck but peeking around the corner! :wave: Enjoy your breakfast bar. Fiber One bars are DE-lish-ussss!
Sure do wish I could meet up with the lot of you - I think we'd have a grand time and probably get tossed out of any place we descended upon :rofl:
Sorry to be so quick but the hamster wheel is turning fast. Lots to do these last 2 days at work and at home. Must stay focused - don't procrastinate to avoid what must be done.
Look out New Mexico - wild bush woman on your roads :bike:
Love to all - sorry I can't speak to everyone individually right now. Be good.
05-30-2007, 10:47 AM
It is going up to 30C here today. Hot! Lots of pollen here too. Achooooo!!
I have work at noon. I want to get the main floor of the house company ready. Just once. Just for me. it is 3/4 of the way there.
My older cat Rainbow is still hiding. Has been since Sat night. She like to be in the bahttub,curtain pulled. I can pick her up and cuddle. I have checked her all over for physical stuff. Nothing. I carry her down to use the little box and see if she will eat and then she scurries right back up to the tub.We are onto day 4. She has not eaten much.
We received our bill for the sewers they put in. It is ONLY $16,000.00 per household. Then you are responsible for getting a permit and hooking up to your home , by a deadline for an additional $3000.00+ and then you need another permit to crush your septic tank and $1000.00 + to hire that work done also by a deadline. They have given us til Dec 2007 to come up with the money and pay in full. There is minimal financing availabe from the township for a lovely additional $8000.00 interest. They think we should be quite pleased with this. Now that millionaire developer can put a subdivision in that no one around here wants and make another million bucks. There is NO benefit to us in this at all.
The township has also not repaired ANY of the damage done to our yard more than a year ago.
Life is never dull here. weeeheeeeee!!!! And this is just today. Yesterday was interesting. I am quite happy. Not so sure about everyone else who lives here. May be allergies. Hubby applied for a potentiallly GREAT job. He has a fab referral from a friend of mine.
05-30-2007, 11:38 AM
Short post, can't stop.
I'm about to hit the road to NM and will be in Farmington around 3.00pm their time. I'm going to look out for Wiley Coyote and the Roadrunner, mango eating drivers, look left first instead of right, make sure I am sitting closer to the middle of the road than the passenger seat is and being very careful of marauding Indians. Although from what I have seen so far, it is more likely marauding motorcyclists.
Will try to be back in tonight to tell you all about it.
05-30-2007, 04:46 PM
Happy--I'm still making plans to be in Memphis on Saturday. I'll call you before I leave the house. Telling my aunt I'm meeting friends this week end.
It's just dawned on me that I have a cousin, daddy's side, that lives in Germantown also. My friend is in Dallas, Tx this week. It will just be me.
Mel--I love FiberOne bars, but I can only find them at a super Walmart store.
Holly--Yikes on the sewer bill. I knew they were expensive but didn't realize how much.
We've had students from the University of Kentucky today. They were doing a study on the Wilcox Aquifer. Yes, this is where we pump our water, not from the Mississippi River. A lot of our towns people think that we do pump from the river. I didn't get to meet them. They have been at the well sight.
05-31-2007, 07:57 AM
05-31-2007, 08:16 AM
MADCAT~ IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR KITTIES NEW PLAY TOY WHEN IT ARRIVES! :rofl: I CAN JUST SEE YOU DOING THE NAIL TEST....SALESMEN MUST HAVE HAD A GOOD LAUGH AFTER YOU LEFT! :lol3: IN OUR MALLS THEY HAVE KIOSKS(BOOTHS) THAT SELL JEWELRY, PHONES ETC. A PNONE MAN SAW ME USING MY RADIO CALLING THE BUS DRIVER. HE CALLED ME OVER AND TRIED TO SELL ME A NEW ONE AS MINE IS VERY OLD AND HUGE! I ASKED IF IT WOULD STILL WORK AFTER I RODE OVER IT IF I DROPPED IT ON THE FLOOR. HE REPLIED NO. I SAID...WELL THERE YOU HAVE IT. THANKS BUT NO THANKS. :moped: CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES THAT'S HAPPENED TO ME AND THE PHONE STILL WORKS. VERY NICE BIKE RIDE. THANKS FOR THE SWAN STORY!
HAPPY~ HOW GOES THE DO DO LIST??? HOPE THE JOB IS GOING WELL. LESS TIME ON THE PC IS A GOOD THING WHEN LIFE IS SWIRLING AROUND US! WILL THERE BE A FIGHT OVER THE COMPUTER WHEN SHAD COMES?? SHE CAN BE THE SECRETARY AND TAKE DICTATION FOR YOUR POSTS!!! :dance:
CEEJAY~ HOW NICE THAT WOULD BE TO ALL GET TOGETHER. WE SHOULD HAVE ALL GONE TO HAPPY'S FOR A CHICKS MEET! CAN YOU JUST SEE HER DH NOW?!?!
MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE AFTER SHAD HAS PASSED.....I HEAR SHE DRIVES FUNNY!! :scooter:
SHAD~ SAFE TRIP KAURANGI!!! DON'T BE GIVING POOR OLD PORANGI ANYTHING TO BE WORRING ABOUT!! :tantrum: FORGET ABOUT MANGOES AND DRIVING!! TOO DRIPPY!! SAVE THEM FOR WHEN YOU SIT BY HAPPY'S POOL AND THEN YOU CAN PLAY RIG TOSS IN THE POOL WITH THE PITS!! :lol3:
HOT AND HUMID TODAY ALREADY. A GOOD DAY TO STAY INDOORS AND TAKE A BREAK FROM ALL THE "FRESH" AIR I'VE BEEN GETTING. :lol3: MIGHT AS WELL DO THE BILLS TODAY AND SORT THE JUNK MAIL ETC.
HAPPY THURSDAY!! :moped:
05-31-2007, 09:53 AM
Good morning chicks,
Last day on the old job. Can't get anything done because people keep coming up and talking to me. That's nice and I appreciate their good wishes but it doesn't help me get done what has to be done. And these days I'm not up for hanging around the office well into the evening to catch up.
House is shaping up nice. Should be good to go for the Royal Inspection tomorrow night - tho with us getting home around midnight, perhaps she won't be up to doing much inspecting :mag: :lol:
Mel - let me assure you that there is no shortage of PCs in this house. At least 5 right now and those are only the ones that are actively working :comp: Shad and I can do dueling posts if she'd like. Of course she is limited to saying only nice things otherwise I would have to consider pulling her internet connection :rofl:
Let's hope the rain keeps at bay Ceejay. Of course more often than not, it's coming down by you but once you get over here it just magically goes away. How interesting that you have family in town here. Looking forward to meeting you.
Be safe Shad. See you soon. Don't forget I will look for you by the luggage/baggage claim area tomorrow night. I will have on a beige, black and white striped sweater and black pants. Of course at that time of night I don't think there will be too many people roaming the airport so we should be able to spot each other quickly.
Holly bummer on the sewer. That happened to us also in Chicago. They did new construction which forced US to have a large assessment for sidewalks, curbs and sewers. The developer makes out big time and the homeowners are stuck with a huge bill. Hope you can work things out financially.
How's the new job going Madcat?
Carla, it doesn't matter when you open the pool but how warm the water is. I remember staying at one hotel - might even have been in TO where they had an indoor swimming pool and you'd swim through this flap of plastic and you'd be in the outside part of the pool. I remember it being winter time and it was snowing lightly outside and the steam was rising from the pool water. A very odd experience but fun none the less. I'm sure they must have spent a small fortune heating that pool.
Ok chicks, I'd better get a move on here. Don't want to be late on my LAST day on the job :lol3:
Hellos to Ruth, Meadow and Nae. :wave:
05-31-2007, 11:30 AM
Morning all from Bloomfield NM
Lovely morning, not yet too hot, but it will no doubt get there.
Arrived safe and sound yesterday, must be getting used to this driving on the wrong side of the road. Had a bit of fun at the gas pumps and it seems that at every gas station I have been to, the restrooms are being cleaned.
The entry to NM along I40 is magnificent. Rock formations are magic. However that drive from Gallup to Farmington must be the longest 74 miles I have ever driven. It seemed to take forever. I rung my friends for instructions and then finally got there. We had a nice dinner and a long gossip and here I am.
Today we are going to some Indian ruins - not sure exactly where but south of here somewhere and we are going to look at jewellery this morning as well. Yippee. Now that's something I can do well.
I won't be doing inspections at midnight. It will be enough to fall into bed and inspect the back of the eyelids.
See you tomorrow, maybe. I'll be on the road early
05-31-2007, 04:53 PM
I THOUGHT I BETTER MAKE A POST NOW JUST IN CASE.....
THIS ELECTION IS NOT GOING WELL FOR ANYONE. I AM HAVING GREAT DFIFFICULTY HOLDING ON TO THIS BLOCK OF 100+ VOTES. WHEN THE CURTAINS ARE DRAWN ON TUESDAY IT'S ANYONE'S GUESS HOW THEY WILL VOTE. EVEN MY "FRIENDS" ARE AGAINST ME!! :rofl: THEY KEEP TRYING TO SWAY THE ELECTION. SO FAR SO GOOD FOR ME BUT IT TAKES A LOT OF TIME AND BS-ING TO KEEP IT GOING. I HAVE THE TIME WHERE AS THEY DON'T. BUT IT'S TIRING. SO IF I DISAPPEAR OR FORGET TO COME HERE.....THE ELECTION IS TUESDAY :cheer: THEN I CAN REST FOR A DAY AND THEN WELCOME SHADDIE!!! THANK GOD YOU PICKED THE 7TH AND NOT BEFORE!!! :lol3: OR WE COULD HAVE USED YOU TO ELECTIONEER ALL OVER TOWN!!! THEY WOULD HAVE LOVED THE ACCENT PROVIDING THEY COULD UNDERSTAND YOU!! :rofl: :rofl: I AM VERY HAPPY SHAD GOT TO HER DESTINATION!! :hug:
AS FOR HAPPY~ I HOPE THE NEW JOB IS A WONDERFUL ONE!! FUNNT YOU AND MADCAT BEGINNING A NEW JOURNEY IN THE WORK FIELD TOGETHER :hug: I WILL BE POOLSIDE IN SPIRIT! :yoga:
OK CHICKIES...GOTTA RUN AND TAKE A SHOWER AND EAT SOMETHING. SEEMS I MISSED LUNCH WHILE GOING DOOR TO DOOR! :moped:
05-31-2007, 04:55 PM
ps to holly~ i read happy's post and had to back up and look for yours! lol sorry about the taxes...and shame on them for not only the raise but the interest!! :rollpin:
05-31-2007, 10:53 PM
I may have to do like Shad a call a few times before I get to Happy's. If you and Shad don't feel like having company let me know.
not much else is going on.
06-01-2007, 01:19 AM
Hey, it's past midnight, my bags are packed and I'm at the airport, but don't know where to go - Jakarta? Jamaica? Jolly-old-England? Jermany? Help!!!!
06-01-2007, 02:07 AM
Ok Carla - just for you - we've left Memphis in May and we're celebrating Jump For Joy in June. First stop. Memphis. :rofl: (I hate packing).
Don't post any more here. Please go to the new thread.
Having a problem with the automatic link here - please go to the Thread called "The Worldly Chicks are Having a Joyous June".