Support Groups - The Worldly Chicks are celebrating a "Joy"ous June




happy2bme
06-01-2007, 01:50 AM
Let's all jump for Joy in June :trampo: :yay: Pun intended :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Ok so here I am, supposed to be planning things and on "vacation" but yet I'm sitting here at 11:35 pm desperately trying to get a Crystal Report done for a job that I just walked away from. :dunno: :dizzy: Ok, ok so I shoulda had it done days ago. And I woulda but people kept coming up and saying goodbye and talking to me.

Just peeked on 3FC and I see Carla is itching to leave Memphis. Geez and we didn't even get to Graceland yet :D

So I am pressed for time, don't have a clue what places to go that start with J (not to mention we have another J month right after this). So I thought we would celebrate all the places the 3FC'ers will be going this month, all based around one of our own.

So let's have a Joyous month - if you get my drift... and feel free to elaborate on your travels.

Some things we're planning for the upcoming week include -


A trip to the lovely Memphis (International??? how?) Airport. Actually it will be so much fun we will do it twice. :carrot:
A trip to the Memphis zoo - truly a gorgeous place and mama panda is preggers :ink: :moo: :jig: :snail: :chicken:
A tour of Graceland - http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/elvis5.gif
A walk down by the Mississipi river - we'll stand on the shores and sing ole man river... moon river... green river and all sorts of river songs, except DH will be singing "rivah" - actually he won't be singing at all just putting distance between him and us
A walk down Beale street to capture some of the festiviness of the open air blues clubs
A nice luncheon out on the patio, chatting and watching the birds. Hummingbirds are back in town. :cofdate:
Maybe some gardening if I can "tom sawyer" my buddies into helping :flow1:
A trip to the Blanchard Springs Caverns with some touring of the Ozark Mountain areas. A chance to hear some old time folk music among other things.
Last but not least, laundry time with Shad. Let's all hang over the new wash machine and watch the clothes spin through the glass window.


Sounds like a full enough week for me. I am looking forward to hearing about some of the adventures you ladies have planned down the line for the rest of the month.

And Ceejay - of course we are looking forward to company. The hardest part about the trip is navigating the turn from I55 to 240. Sure do hope you can make it.

Ok, I have to get to sleep now. Busy day ahead of me.


happy2bme
06-01-2007, 02:48 AM
Bumping this thread up and over the May one...

MELODY525
06-01-2007, 08:28 AM
JUMPING JOYOUS JUNE BUG!!!! WE HAVE ARRIVED!!
CARLA WAS READY TO LEAVE ON A JET PLANE...LA LA LA
GLAD I GOT TO THE AIRPORT IN TIME!! :cb:
WE DEFINITELY WOULDN'T WANT TO MISS THIS JOYOUS OCCASION!

HAPPY~ THE ITINERARY ABOUT THE AIRPORT CRACKED ME UP! WHILE I AM SLEEPING YOU ARE MAKING JOKES! :rofl: HOPE YOU GOT YOUR WORK DONE AS WELL!

CEEJAY~ GET THERE SAFELY!!! DON'T TAKE ANY DIRECTIONS FROM SHAD!! SHE BARELY KNOWS RIGHT FROM LEFT YET!!:dizzy: :scooter:

I AM JUST TOO TIRED TODAY. TOO MANY SINUS MEDS AND THE RAINY WEATHER FINISHED ME OFF. SO I AM TAKING THE DAY OFF FROM LIFE IN GENERAL! I ALSO LEFT MESSAGES ON THE APPROPRIATE ANSWERING MACHINES LAST NIGHT GIVING THEM PLENTY OF TIME TO FIND A FILL-IN IF THEY NEED HELP TODAY. CAN'T AFFORD TO "CRASH AND BURN" BEFORE TUESDAY!! OR EVEN WORSE....JOYOUS THURSDAY! :rofl:
I WONDER HOW MANY TIMES WE CAN USE THE WORD JOYOUS DURING THE MONTH OF JOYOUS JUNE :lol3: :lol3:
SEE...I MUST BE OVERTIRED....GETTING SILLY NOW.
HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE! :moped:


Hollyhock
06-01-2007, 09:55 AM
I am jumping for JOY too!! Maybe I will burn some calories!!!!!!

HUGS!!!!!

Madcat
06-01-2007, 10:16 AM
Me too! Jumping! Jumping! ::trampo: :woohoo: :trampo::woohoo: :trampo:

Hmm, that one smilie's code is "trampo" - are they making an editorial comment? :lol:

Love the new thread. I've been for a bike ride, had a good shower, it's a beautiful warm day here in the Big Smoke, and I'm now at my desk. This bank is obviously not as stuffy as the last one (since they let me get to this site) - and I've already been assigned to 3 new projects. :carrot: This is gonna be a fun contract. Back later to post.

happy2bme
06-01-2007, 10:50 AM
when we head to the airport tonight, could you say we are going on a "Joy Ride?" :rofl:

Glad to see the chicks are all up and aerobic and stuff. Just what we needed to kick off a new month.

It's zero hour. I had to abandon the Crystal Report in favor of more pressing agenda items today.

Day one of 10 days of vacation :dance: :dance:

Feel better Mel. Keep the rain until next week. Then you can send it over here after we put Shad on a plane. Rest up so you can participate into the wee hours of the night on a gab fest. Just don't talk about me and I won't talk about you 'k? :rofl:

Good to hear the new job is kicking off nicely Madcat. Good going on getting a bike ride in. I swear I am committing to conscious exercise after vacation. We have lots of walking planned during vacation so I'll consider that a warm up. Think there's any correlation between "trampo" and walking up and down the streets? :lol:

Nice to see Holly up jumping early too. Just be careful you don't get the kids whipped into a frenzy too. Jumpin is fun!

Short post, gotta go clean the guest room. Happy Friday chicks.

Ruthxxx
06-01-2007, 01:43 PM
Joyful June! :) It's also the month the Clover blooms!

I'm and really looking forward to this month. Working my *** off (not!) trying to get my kitchen back in order so Donna can come next week and clean the rest of the house.

I guess I'll go back to yesterday's thread and check out Shad's itinerary. May as well close it while I'm there.

ceejay52
06-01-2007, 02:04 PM
This is a joyous morning. I'm looking forward to my visit in Memphis tomorrow. I haven't been to the Memphis zoo in a long time. It's been a long time since I've driven in Memphis. I can drive in Louisville, Ky (even got lost in Louisville)and Springfield, Mo so I should be able to drive in Memphis also. Hopefully the traffic will not be toooooooo bad.

Counting calories burned is what I'm doing this month. I've weighed in at 187.4 and will not weigh again until I've burned 3500 calories. My food plan will be the one I used when going to the Metablic Research Center and since I have osteoporsis I'll be doing weight bearing exercise, which means going to the gym.

More later.

carla49
06-01-2007, 02:17 PM
Okay, then, I must say I enjoyed the news we wouldn't actually have to move anywhere too far.

Gave myself a good talking-to last night. I already knew I'd been using my bereaved neighbour as an excuse to be bad (mustn't let poor x drink/eat alone!). Then there was the chocolate fest after the visit to the wicked SM, and more chocs on Wed after the full impact of the truly terrible, incredibly short, unfeminine new haircut hit home... Do we sense a theme here? So instead of grasping at straw excuses to do all the wrong things, I vowed to go back on the old Fat Flush until the Joyous day, June 15. The true shock is that this morning I actually followed through. I am quite relieved that I managed to keep off the pounds I lost recently, and love to say goodbye to another 5 or 10 before swimsuit season!

Mel, get lots of rest! Although I think Shad may be up for a quietish visit with you, lots of yakking and relaxing. Except, of course, when she's out terrorizing the Big Apple into the wee hours... Theme song: "First, we take Manhattan. Then we take Berlin!" Or, in this case, Toronto. :lol: Good luck on the upcoming election.

Madcat, you sound positively euphoric about the new job. It sounds like you've landed into a much better environment this time. Do you bike to work? Or get up really, really early and get out before trotting off to the salt mines?

Happy, you found the perfect solution for this month's destination. My apologies if I seemed to be nagging - I know you're enormously busy, what with winding up the job and scrubbing behind every toilet Shad may potentially come in contact with... Those Kiwis are just so finicky! I would normally just give my place a lick and a promise and keep the lights dim while Shaddy's here, but it has to meet some basic level of non-grossness for the catsitter who'll be here for 2 weeks right after Joy and I head off. So I broke down and washed a couple of windows yesterday, many more to go.

Holly, what do you and Madcat have planned for the Thunder from Downunder? (Sorry, I'm feeling a little rhymey today.) Will you spend the whole day playing and touring and overindulging together, or will it just be an evening get-together? What a pisser about the sewer bill! That's an outrageous amount. :crossed: that your DH gets the new job and it pays enough to ease the sting a little. I wish you had been up here to cut my hair - I'd rather have given the $$$ to you - and you would have left me with more than sad stubble...

Ceejay, I have a feeling you'll have to change your name to Mud if you don't show up as planned chez Happy... If you download directions from Mapquest, that may help - they're usually extremely detailed. I used them to get around San Francisco a couple of years ago, and plan to download lots of info for the Pacific Coast drive with Shad. Of course, when you're driving alone, there's always the conundrum of how to read the directions and drive at the same time - without killing anybody. So be careful out there!

Off to do laundry, maybe wash another window, maybe even dust a wall. I love the dark chocolate I picked for the bedroom walls. But so does the dust, and it really shows. :wave:

happy2bme
06-01-2007, 03:05 PM
You chicks are soooo witty :bravo:

MELODY525
06-01-2007, 03:51 PM
SENDING GOOD VIBES TO CEEJAY AND HER QUEST FOR A JOYOUS VISIT TO THE ZOO!! ARE YOU GOING TO SEE THE AUSTRALIAN KOALAS?????? :rofl:

HAPPY~ HAVE A GREAT 10 DAYS!!!! DON'T GO TOO NUTS OR WE WILL BE SHOCKING THE 3FC COMMUNITY WITH OUR WEIGHT GAINS!! :faint: CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HOW YOU WILL LIKE THE NEW JOB ALSO. GOOD LUCK! :cheers:

CARLA~ I USE ANY EXCUSE I CAN FIND TO EAT/DRINK BAD! :lol3: WHAT DAY IS IT? FRIDAY? OH GOODY.....LET ME GO GET AN ECLAIR TO CELEBRATE!!!!!! :dance:

MADCAT~ HOPE YOU ARE STILL THIS HAPPY WITH THE NEW JOB 2 WEEKS FROM NOW!! :lol3: :lol3: ALL KIDDING ASIDE...GOOD LUCK! :cheers:

MOST OF THE DAY WAS RESTFUL. WENT FOR A RIDE AND ALSO FOOD SHOPPING. JUST FELT LIKE GETTING OUT AT THE LAST MINUTE WHEN WILLY SHOWED UP. NOW MY RIGHT EYE IS ACTING UP :faint: IT SEEMS THAT NOT ALL MY BODY PARTS WANT TO FUNCTION PROPERLY ALL AT THE SAME TIME! :rofl: :rofl:
SEE YOU ALL TOMORROW.

Hollyhock
06-01-2007, 08:50 PM
humming Ode to Joy........................

carla49
06-01-2007, 10:19 PM
Good one, Holly! :yes:

Madcat, I forgot to give you the bad news that cats really, really enjoy scratching up microfibre suede upholstery. :( Now, you may be lucky - mine don't manhandle my bucket chair, but then it doesn't have upholstered legs or sides. But they've made an awful mess of my 3-year old overpriced couch. On the plus side, the fabric is super-easy to clean with just a damp cloth, and cat hair comes off the same way. :D

Shad must be in the air by now, or at least at the airport. And Happy is frantically putting the final touches to the guest room and guest bathroom and re-arranging the sofa cushions and polishing up the kitchen faucet and... :hyper: Stop!! Time to put away the cleanser, chill the wine (maybe even sip a quiet glass if the DH will be doing the airport driving), and have a little nap. Ommmmm... :yoga:

G'night all.

ceejay52
06-01-2007, 10:35 PM
Carla--Happy has emailed specific directions to her house. I should do okay. It's just been eons ago since I've driven in Memphis. Used to know my way to the air port with no problem at all.

Mel--Not going to the Zoo this time. Maybe at a later date. I'd forgotten about the Panda's and they are one of my favorite animals. Stay inside as much as possible. I've had to take my allergy meds yesterday including the histamine last night. There was a lot of drainage in my throat.

I've started June in the exercise mode. I went to the gym and walked on the treadmill for 25 minutes. My goal is to walk a mile in 20 minutes. It was done in 22 minutes today at a speed of 3.0 mph. That's almost running for me. I burned 130 calories. Tomorrow will be a simple bike ride in the morning. Believe it or not I was beginning to break a sweat. My body temperature stays around 96.7 so this is telling me I need to do this a little longer. May go for thirty minutes on Monday.

MELODY525
06-02-2007, 08:11 AM
CEEJAY~ GREAT EXERCISE AND WHAT A NICE WAY TO BEGIN THE NEW MONTH OF JUNE!! JUMPING FOR JOY FOR YOU!!! :dance: I AM OVERJOYED THAT HAPPY GAVE YOU GOOD INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO GET TO HER HOUSE! HAVE A JOYOUS OCCASION!
GOOD LUCK WITH THE 30 MINUTES PLANNED FOR MONDAY :cheer:

CARLA~ ON THE OTHER HAND, I WAS NOT OVERJOYED TO HEAR ABOUT THE CATS ALL LOVING THE MICROFIBER! BET MADCAT WASN'T EITHER!! :yikes:
PUT DOWN THE WINEGLASS AND NO ONE WILL GET HURT!! :rofl:

HOT, HAZY, HUMID AND THUNDERSTORMS :rain: GOING TO HIT 90 TODAY. NORMAL TEMPS WOULD HAVE BEEN ONLY IN THE 70'S. WHAT'S UP WITH GLOBAL WARMING?????:tantrum: OR LA NINA OR EL NINO....TAKE YOUR PICK. ALL I KNOW IS THAT I WILL NOT BE GOING OUT THIS WEEKEND. JUST CALL ME A/C MELLIE! :brr:
I HAVE SOME SMALL JOBS AND THE BILLS TO KEEP ME BUSY. HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!
HAPPY SATURDAY :moped:

Madcat
06-02-2007, 09:05 AM
Holding tightly to joy in the moment today.

No. No. :no: Not happy about the microfibre being a cat magnet. Sigh. Why do I even have cats? They knock all the small objects off the counters, throw towels on the floor, shed hair over all my black clothing, sing loudly for no reason in the middle of the night, and destroy anything that isn’t nailed down (and a few things that are). And then, just when I am ready to sauté them with a nice port reduction, they crawl into my lap and look at me with the big green eyes and purr, and I’m lost again. Alien mind control, that’s what I think.

Lovely looking day this morning. Think it’s going to be another warm one. I’m feeling slightly fragile today due to a patio, a lovely but too large meal, and an ill-advised bottle of white wine last night. It’s been a tough couple of weeks. See, Carla, it happens to us all, but you are right we can’t use these things as excuses. After all, the world is full of reasons not behave. Look at you following though. I vow to follow your example today.

Happy~ Yay vacation is here! Put aside the crystal reports and enjoy yourself. I guess by now our Lovely Lady of the Southern Hemisphere has arrived? You were probably up half the night and have only now gotten to bed. Have a great time. I went back and read your Shad vacation itinerary and it really made me laugh. Enjoy some blues music for me, will you?? Watching laundry fluff could be fun in the right company.

Ruth~ Hi! :wave:

Mel~ Stay in and stay cool, honey. I’m not sure what is happening with the weather. I think we’ve also had unnaturally warm May… but wait, it will probably become unseasonable cold just about the time Shad shows up. *crosses fingers*

Ceejay~ Keep up the good work. You’ll be reaching your goals in no time. Maybe we need to declare June official exercise month?

Carla~ lately I’ve been going out for a bike ride at the same time I usually leave for the gym. Somehow exercising outside in the lovely morning air is so much more satisfying than the same time in a stuffy building. We have so little good weather it seems criminal to waste any of it. I do sometimes bike to work too and change out of my bike gear into work clothes… but I don’t like starting the day all sweaty, so some mornings I bike to the gym, work out and then go to work after I’ve cleaned up. Depends. Any small movement I can fit into my day seems to help, I think. And you have sad stubble? Thank gawd that hair grows out. Did they at least make it an interesting colour? Why is it they can put a man on the moon but they can’t help us find someone who can do a consistently good haircut?

Holly~ Cute! Funny, I just went on a search for the lyrics and the ones I found weren’t the ones I remember singing in choir as a kid. I like this part in what I found:
Joy, daughter of Elysium
Thy magic reunites those
Whom stern custom has parted;
All men will become brothers
Under thy gentle wing. :lol: Our Joy’s magic seems to be doing some re-uniting or at least introducing.

Not to be a downer, and I’m trying not to dwell on bad news but it is hard. My friend is not doing very well and they have essentially sent her home where they are going to try to buy her as much time as they can. She is a fighter. I can’t wrap my head around it yet. Can I ask something of the chicks here? If you think something might be wrong go to the doctor, ok? It doesn’t hurt to get tested and anything is better than this. My sis’s biopsy report is due tomorrow. Hoping that at least will have a better outcome.

Ok, having sucked all the joy out of the room I’ll go face today. Tomorrow I’ll be out riding a 50k charity bike ride (if the rain holds off). Some days physical exercise is the ONLY thing that makes any sense.

MELODY525
06-02-2007, 09:31 AM
MADCAT I AM SENDING MANY HUGS, PRAYERS AND GOOD THOUGHTS YOUR WAY. MY BEST ADVICE TO YOU IS NOT TO WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND IT RIGHT NOW. ENJOY THE TIME SPENT WITH YOUR FRIEND AND LET THE HEAD JUST "BE". THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF TIME LATER ON FOR THOUGHT. PLEASE STOP APOLOGIZING FOR SHARING YOUR LIFE WITH US. GOD KNOWS I HAVE HAD MANY DOWN TIMES MYSELF. NONE OF US COULD SUCK THE JOY RIGHT OUT OF THE ROOM BY SHARING THE MORE FRAGILE SIDES TO OUR LIVES. THAT'S LIFE AND THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR. :hug: TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AS WELL.

carla49
06-02-2007, 11:30 AM
Madcat, so sorry to hear the sad news about your friend. :hug: :hug: :grouphug: :grouphug::hug::hug:
Never hesitate to share the bad as well as the good. That's what friends are for.
Biking 50 k while feeling fragile? What a woman!! Oh - just rechecked and that's tomorrow. So rest up a bit, rehydrate, and get those electrolytes back in balance. And enjoy!

Today is day 2 of the new regime, slept better than I have in a couple of weeks. Hmmm, now what was different? Could it be all the cranberry juice, or is it this short visit to the land of the abstemious? Tomorrow is hiking day, going with a very fit friend :fr: The woman will wear me out and drive me to exhaustion, a little dynamo. Fortunately she also likes to talk, so may not notice too much that instead of chatting I'm gasping for air. If I never post again you'll know I'm in jail for indulging a homicidal fantasy or else the blackfly and skeeters got me. :lol3:

Mel, we're having the weird weather here too. Hot, humid, lots of thunderstorms. At least last night's storm will have rinsed away some of the pesticide my idiot condo had sprayed on our back yard. Yes, green grass looks nice. But why pollute the environment? Why make it unsafe for me to take my cat out on his leash? What about the cute little bunny that was out there the other night? All to kill off some poor dandelion that wasn't hurting anybody. The worst part is that our super and his family live right beside the lawn, the kids play on it, his wife has MS, it's gotta be doing them no good at all, and yet apparently he's the one who wants the lawn sprayed. Go figure. End of rant.

No sign of life from Happy and Shad yet today. Either Madcat isn't the only fragile one ;) or they're still at the airport trying to explain Shad to Homeland Security. (No, officer, she didn't say she had a bomb, she said the meal on the flight cost a bomb. Well, no, I've never actually met her before, but... Why do I keep calling her Shad when her name is actually Joy? And why does she keep calling me Happy? Code names? Well, no,you see we belong to this organization - no, not a cult -with a website for worldly chicks, and... No!!! Not a porn site, you idiot, how dare you! Put away those handcuffs!! Somebody help!) As you can see, I have a rich fantasy life...

Ceejay, good for you on that treadmill! I'm always amazed by those who find the incentive to actually get to the gym, especially once it's warm out. You'll get to your 20 min goal in no time if you keep it up. Shad can take you out for a brisk forced march while Happy slaves in the kitchen - assuming they're not in the airport slammer.

Ruth, congrats on the kitchen reno being finished. I need to get mine done, but always manage to put off even finding a designer and contractor. I have a million ideas, and just as many excuses. But no million dollars to make it all go smoothly... Ideally I'd get one of those house flipping guys from tv in here and have him do a pretty but half-assed job in the space of 3 days. :rofl:

Enough chit-chat. I really must start my day. Hello to Rose and Holly and anyone else I've missed. :wave:

ceejay52
06-02-2007, 11:30 AM
Memphis will not be happening today. Happy and Shad my apologies I just don't feel up to the drive. The allergies have gotten worse, watery eyes, sinus drainage in the back of my throat and a slight temperature.

happy2bme
06-02-2007, 05:37 PM
Howdy chicks,

The Shadster has landed. Walked right past her in the airport, focusing on trying to hear her voicemail message on my cell phone. Good thing DH was on the ball :lol: We sat up late and talked about SAP. It's a hazard when you're both in the same business.

Sorry that you couldn't make it Ceejay. Perhaps another time. Ok? Hope you feel better.

Things are going well. I need a sit around day to recover from marathon cleaning that went well into the night and ended at 10:46pm right before we left for the airport. Nice to know I won't have to do it again for another year :D

I'm glad you mentioned about the wine. There are 2 bottles of blush chilling in the refrigerator and a bottle or two of red in the liquour cabinet. Might just break them out tonight - a perfect way to cap off vacation, don't you think? And we have some nice nibblies too - tho right now we are quite full from a lunch of tasty roasted chicken sandwiches. We were really hungry so we took comfort and joy in our lunch.

Oops, just realized I forgot to ring up Mum yesterday. Better do that before she gets :rollpin: on me.

Love to the chicks. Oh and those Jaffas are wonderful :cloud9:

happy2bme
06-02-2007, 09:24 PM
Evening all,
This is me masquerading as Happy. So if I say something wrong she gets kicked off the site and not me :rofl:

Happy's DH and I sorted each other out while she was whizzing around worrying that I hadn't caught the flight or something and there we were just chatting when she came whizzing back saying she couldn't see me anywhere. Hey am I that skinny that I am invisible??? I think not! :lol3:

Nice to see that you have all gotten on happily sorting out a home for the month of June. I wonder what the collective creative genii will come up with for July. You really are a crazy bunch - but as Benny Hill would have said - I may be mad but I am completely lovable - fits you lot to a T.

Happy is making the salad, DH is firing up the grill - poor man is worn out, he needs to go to bed early tonight. These late night forays are for the young and fit.

Ceejay - you should have just come on over and we could commiserate our various sinus ailments together. I landed with a huge headache and a bloody nose last night. The headache wasn't completely gone this morning, but I'm fine now. Remind me never to send my sinus' to Arizona. A bit of humidity is a great healer.

Mel are you ready yet? I have my dancing shoes, we can do the tango around the Statue of Liberty together. Whaddya mean - no way?

Tomorrow we are off to the zoo. I hope the three of us manage to make it home and none of us get picked up as an escaped animal!!!

That bottle of wine Happy was threatening me with is calling I think. Best go see what it wants, however I am no longer capable of drinking 4 of them. One will do.

See you tomorrow.

happy2bme
06-02-2007, 10:32 PM
This is Happy being Happy. Why you ask? Well we've uncorked the wine. :cheers:

On a serious note - Madcat I am very sorry to hear about your friend. Love and prayers to her :hug:

Hollyhock
06-03-2007, 12:08 AM
Yippee for Shad and Happy!! it is really quite exciting.

(((Mrs Mad)))))

I am printing the church newsletter and baking Granola Bars. Feeling quite content with my life. It's been a long while. Less chaotic and things have settled into a routine of sorts. Kids and i had a great day. Soccer, running thri the sprinkler, I went for groceries and gave my Grandma a perm, back home for supper and more frolicking, hubby is at a friends. Finished reading Charlotte's web to the kids tonight. We read a chapter a night.

Well, best go check on the bars...nighty night.

MELODY525
06-03-2007, 09:46 AM
:cheers: HAPPY AND SHAD WILL BE OVERSLEEPING IF THIS CELEBRATING CONTINUES! THE DH WILL BE PRYING THEM OFF THE FLOOR OR OUT OF THEIR BEDS TO DO THE TOURIST THING! :rofl: HAVE FUN!

CARLA~ THE WEED KILLER IS UNREAL. HAVE WE ALL LEARNED NOTHING FROM DISEASES? I CAN SYMPATHIZE
WITH THE SUPER'S FAMILY. I CANNOT BE GOOD FOR HER OR THE KIDS OR THE POOR BUNNY!!!!! WHEN I BUY SPRING SALAD THE DANDIES ARE IN THERE :lol3:
GREAT DIURETIC! LOL GOOD LUCK ON THE ABSTINENCE TRAIL!!!

CEEJAY~ SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT FEELIN BADLY. HOPE YOU GET WELL SOON. THE ENTIRE WORLD IS SUFFERING FROM SINUS ISSUES OF ONE SORT OR ANOTHER. FEEL BETTER :hug:

HOLLY~GET READY....SHAD WILL BE MOVING IN YOUR DIRECTION SOON. LOL

I AM RESTING UP A BIT FOR THE NEXT TWO BUSY DAYS. NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THEM AT ALL.
PLEASE DON'T THINK I GOT LOST OUT THERE IN THE CEMENT JUNGLE IF I DISAPPEAR FOR A DAY OR TWO.
THERE JUST MIGHT NOT BE ENOUGH TIME TO POST.
MORE RAIN AND CLOUDS :rain: SO I WILL DO THE INDOOR THING!! LOL TO BE HONEST, THE AIR QUALITY IS NOT GREAT FOR ME RIGHT NOW. I CAN FEEL THE STRESS OF IT. NOT MUCH BUT IT'S THERE. OK I GOTTA GET CLOTHES READY ETC SO I CAN STAY FOCUSED ON MODERATION THIS WEEK.
HAVE A GREAT DAY AND HAPPY SUNDAY!!! :moped:

happy2bme
06-03-2007, 11:14 AM
good morning chicks,
A hot, sunny day ahead. Maybe a trip to the zoo. DH is trying to avoid a migraine. Must have more coffee before we can be coherant. Back later... :coffee:

Ruthxxx
06-03-2007, 12:00 PM
Hot and sunny here too! Just back from Church and have to share this:

It was Hershey's day to attend Church. She was sleeping soundly under the pew when I went up to the altar for Communion. When I came back, she was gone. There she was at the back finishing off the banana cake with cream cheese icing that Frances had brought to have with our after Church coffee! Not a crumb was left or the oblong cake which Frances had cut up and put out on paper plates. It's a good thing our congregation has a sense of humour!

I'm off to finish laundry and maybe work in some gardening although it's darned wet out there. My lane still looks like a construction zone. A lad is coming to pick up part of the old kitchen cabinets and counter which will help a bit but still.....I don't want Shad to think she's visiting a hurricane struck area.

Have a serene Sunday!

happy2bme
06-03-2007, 12:44 PM
Morning all,
This is not Happy, c'est moi.

We've made the decision on todays activites. We're off to the Zoo and butterfly house. Sounds like fun.

Nice warm sunny day where we are. We've set the world to rights and belittled the politicians and just about everything else. Yakety yak blah blah blah blah.

Madcat - so sorry about your friend. Hope the diagnosis on your sister is way better than that. Rant and rave, sometimes it is the only way to get around bad news. Throw things if necessary but be sure to open the door or window first.

Ruth - my house is in constant renovation. I don't have a problem with cabinets in the lane or loos out in the barn or the kitchen sink in the home paddock - it's normal.

Okay, maybe we are now all ready. One was, the other two weren't then another was but the other now wasn't. Life gets tricky don't it.

ceejay52
06-03-2007, 07:33 PM
Shad--Life isn't normal at my house either and there is just one of me. What does that say?????On second thought don't answer that.

Mel--We understand but some of us may forget where you are. Sometimes there isn't enough hours in the day.

Ruth--To funny about Hershey. The journals are extremely quite today.

Happy--You and Shad have fun today at the zoo.

Madcat
06-04-2007, 08:24 AM
Morning darlin’s. Taking a day off the gym since I am still a bit sore from the 50K ride yesterday - mostly in my back, shoulders and my, ahem ,bits. :lol: We have a rainy day today. I can hear the sloshing sound of the cars on the wet road. It should be fun working in the big tower in the sky.

Ceejay~ Normal is highly overrated. :lol:

Ruth~ Oh my. Hershey was obviously thinking of the waistlines of the whole congregation. What a funny girl!

Shad~ Hope you had a fun time at the zoo. Hopefully they let you all leave at the end of the visit and didn’t think there was an item missing from their Oceana exhibit.

Happy~ Hope your DH was feeling ok. Enjoy your rambling with the Shad-ster.

Melody~ Good luck with the election madness. Hope the air improves for you. I wonder if there is anything we can do to compensate for the poor quality of air? I’m ok as long as I don’t breathe deeply.

Holly~ Glad you are having a nice time in your life. Can I come run through your sprinkler? Did your children like Charlotte’s Web? What did they think of the ending?

Ok I better go shower and get this day started. Thank you all for your good wishes for my sister and my friend. I am trying to approach this by my friend’s philosophy in that sometimes people have to live in the day since we have no idea what tomorrow will bring and no amount of worry and anxiety will change what will happen. As she says: “Every day is a gift. Every single day. Good days, bad days. And what you do with gifts is spend them.”

Hi to all the chicks I missed! :wave:

MELODY525
06-04-2007, 08:31 AM
THE DAY BEGAN AN HOUR AGO. LOTS OF PHONES AND DOORBELLS ALL WEEKEND AND IT BEGINS AGAIN TODAY. I WILL RETURN WEDNESDAY.
SHAD~ WE ARE STILL WAITING TO SEE IF THE CAR WILL BE HERE. IF IT IS I WILL CALL HAPPY'S. I MUST CHECK ON YOUR ITINERARY TO SEE WHEN YOU LEAVE THERE....OR CAN ONE OF YOU POST THE TIME OF DEPARTURE FROM HAPPY'S HOME. DON'T WANT TO CALL AFTER YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE!! :rofl:
LOVE TO ALL. READ THE POSTS. LAUGHED AT HERSHEY'S CAKE. HAPPY ZOO TIME! CEEJAY GET WELL SOON.

MELODY525
06-04-2007, 08:33 AM
Madcat...we Posted Together. Lol Have A Great Time In The Tower In The Sky!! You Can Be Rapunzel!!!

happy2bme
06-04-2007, 10:15 AM
Yesterday is history,
Tomorrow a mystery,
Today is a gift,
That's why we call it the present.

Madcat - the friend is right. You have to make the most of the moment. It should become the worldly chick law.

Mel - Car, what are we talking about? I was going to get a cab as we discussed. Somewhere, sometime, someone has to have experience of a NY cab - or in this case a NJ cab. Take it easy, I do not want to have you bedridden when I am there and rarin' to bust a few heads! :rofl: We are generally home in the evening and early morning if you wish to ring. Or we should set a time and then ring.

Well, we went to the zoo yesterday and all three of us came back safe and sound. No exhibits missing from Oceania (were there any there? Okay there was a section called Creatures of the night and it was just possible there was a Kiwi in there). Went to the butterfly house and it was nice but spoiled by a whole raft of people who can not read!
I mean when something says - Do Not Trap or Catch or Kill the Butterflies - what part of that can they not understand. And can't kids of 8, 9, 10, 11 be kept under control?? Anyway, we saw the monkey and the elephant and the panda and all things great and small! It was fun. Memphis has a nice zoo. And we had a good meal in a Chinese restaurant on the way home. It was good!!!

Today it is off to Graceland - maybe a zoo of a different kind? :rofl: :rofl: I'm looking forward to this too. I liked most of his music, especially the slower stuff. I may even buy a cd or two. I'm not sure what else if anything else is on the menu for today. Then tomorrow it is off to the mountains and caves. I should be able to scare Happy silly leaping out from behind stalactites and yelling like a banshee. She's going to kill me for that one.
After that I should tidy my room and repack etc. She's gonna start raging at me soon. :lol3: :lol3: just like my ol' mum did.

See y'all (I'm learning the language but I'm a long way of Happy and the DH's standard) I can't understand most of what they are saying.

happy2bme
06-04-2007, 05:44 PM
Hey y'all - it's the real me. Wait till she tries to scare me round a stalacalite - I'll jump in a hole and pretend I'm down a crevice. :eek: Think I'll keep me flashlight in the pocket and take 2 valiums before entering the cave :lol:

Elvis has been visited. Lovely house. We could have a fine party there. If you'll come down I'll be glad to ring up Priscilla and Lisa and ask permission tho what is it they say - easier to ask forgiveness than permission.

We found y'all a lovely Christmas ornament - the perfect gift. Unfortunately they only had one and we didn't want to make anyone feel slighted so in the end we decided against just getting one and drawing lots for the lucky winnner. Also had 2 sets of fireplace screens that look just like the grand gates to the mansion. Not sure who had fireplaces so we left those in the stores too. Must do more checking next time before shopping for souveniers.

We are off to Beale street tonight for a nip or two and some music. Perhaps a bit of bbq too. Will introduce Shad to all sorts of music down here. I'm debating about slipping DH's harmonica into my purse and playing along. Maybe if I have one too many Hurricane drinks.

Hope you ladies are having a good day. Must go now. Shad thinks I'm looking up places to see for our Caverns trip tomorrow. Must be wondering what all the typing is about :comp: :sssh: ;)

Ruthxxx
06-04-2007, 06:21 PM
Wow! You chickies are busy and worldly. Zoos, BBQ and Beale Street.

When Shad gets here, I'll show her the true rural Ontario. I'll see if I can find someone spreading manure and maybe one of those things that makes round hay bales. We can probably find a wake to go to and can spend several hours watching the boats locking through on the Rideau canal. We will also probably pick up beer bottles on the side of the road and take them back for a refund. Maybe we'll get enough $$ for an ice cream - shared, of course, with two dogs!

Busy day today with my a.m. workout (yes, me!) and then spent the day still sorting out my kitchen stuff. I still need to buy some wire shelves for the laundry area but that will happen.

Time to decide on supper for the doggage and me. It's been too wet to go out to get asparagus so I guess it'll be frozen veggies. Come on Summer!

Meadow
06-04-2007, 06:46 PM
One of you Toronto chicks really must take Shad for a visit to that new Crystal building at the Royal Ontario Museum. I saw a little bit of it and thought it looked amazing. Would love to hear how it views up close ;)

Raining today, dark clouds threatening thunder and lightening. It was sunny and hotter than summer yesterday. Still spring until the end of the month and all the unpredictable weather.

:hugs :wave:

happy2bme
06-04-2007, 06:48 PM
I just can't wait for the rural Ontario. Muck Raking is a big part of my make up.
As for the hay bales, I used to drive one of them tractors what makes those. See I am even beginning to speak Tennesseeian now.
We've already been in the wake of a wake so to speak. All traffic stopped to make way for the longest funeral procession in the whole world. Happy's DH was getting excited because he thought we were about to have a rear end accident.
Haven't tried retrieving beer bottles for a while. That will be soooo gooooooooood I'm looking forward to that.
Does anyone want/ need Elvis sideburns, a large plastic Elvis wig, a real stand-up lifesize picture of Elvis for the living room or maybe a stuffed copy of the 'leaning tower of Gracelands? Put the orders in now and I'll go back and get 'em for ya' all. They won't have recovered from not understanding me today. By tomorrow they will only be shell shocked. I should really go back this afternoon.
Has any one seen my marbles. I seem to have dropped a couple.

ceejay52
06-04-2007, 07:36 PM
Shad and Happy--Sounds like you are having FUN, FUN, Fun. The cave is beautiful. Be sure to take a light jacket.

Ruth--Canadian country side would be a perfect trip.

Mel. Holly, Carla, and Madcat hello :wave:

It's time to get things together to go home. Yeah.

carla49
06-04-2007, 11:22 PM
Grrrr. I wrote a long post and then hit the logout instead of submit post. What an idiot. Anyone would think I'd been into the joyjuice with Happy and Shad, instead of living a sugar and starch-free sober life. Hmmm - maybe I'm in junk food withdrawal induced brain fog.

So it'll be tomorrow before I post a real post. Meanwhile, :wave: to Shad and Happy, Mel, Ceejay, Madcat, Meadow, Holly, Ruth, Nae, and whoever else I've forgotten.

Hollyhock
06-05-2007, 10:56 AM
It really is exciting to hear of Shad's journey and experiences. It is much the same around here as at Ruth's so no need to visit SW ontario.

I have decided to have a real vacation next Monday so am taking the 10:30 am bus to Toronto arriving downtown there around 12:55 pm. Will wander the streets until I find Shad and Madcat and then return home on the 8:30 pm bus.That will give me 7 bilssful hour with the girls and a few hours on the bus to read or nap. Yippee!!!!! No traffic or parking to manage.

A funny then my journal...

One evening, Jenny arrived home from work to find the children bathed, one load of laundry in the washer and another in the dryer. Dinner was on the stove, and the table was set. She was astonished!

It turns out that Ralph had read an article that said wives who work full time and had to do their own housework were too tired to have sex.

The night went well, and the next day she told her office friends all about it. “We had a great dinner. Ralph even cleaned up. He helped the kids do their homework, folded all the laundry, and put it away. I really enjoyed the evening.”

But what about afterward?” asked her friends.

Oh, that. . . . Ralph was too tired.”


Just home from a 30 min walk!!!!!
We had a good school council meeting last night. I am going to Home and school tonight.
We have a Fun Fair on Thurs and then soccer right after.

I am feeling really calm within myself and quite content. Better than i have felt since last October. The kids are good. Not perfect. we still have our issues. Hubby seems unhappy but is not very crusty. He is being indifferent towards me unless he wants sex.
He wakes me every morning before he leaves ;just stands beside me at 6am and starts talking. Telling me about the weather or the hockey scores......I am dead asleep.Today when he was done I sleepily said , I love you. He grunted. I said you could tell me you love me too, ya know, you just might never see me again. He said it wouldn’t matter because he would be dead. I replied maybe it would be me that dies and you would be left all alone with our kids and home etc. He looked completely puzzled that I might not be here some day and wandered off.

A Mom of 5 kids , age 47, was killed by a drunk teenager last week, a few side roads over.

He takes so much for granted.

It doesn’t feel like i was busy enough yesterday but i know i did a lot. Kids are launched to school. It is cold and windy and rainy today. I enjoy this weather.

Much to do today…
-walk
-laundry
-kitchen/DW
-shower
-enter Avon
-call customers
-deliver 1 order
-go to bank
-home and school meeting tonight

Canadian Idol is on at 8pm Eastern time tonight!!!! YIPPEE!!!
They do use instruments for the tryouts!!!

happy2bme
06-05-2007, 01:18 PM
Quick post before Happy tells me I have to get in the car - we are off to Arkansas and the caves and staying overnight somewhere. I've packed, eaten and was ready but then decided to sweep the patio for Happy and DH - it's not finished but I'd better be ready otherwise they will go without me! :rofl: Can you imagine them getting there and looking in the back seat with a puzzled expression - we forgot to bring Shad! :dizzy:

We went to Beale Street last night and looked at the night life and the lights. Had dinner at BB Kings where they warmed up into live jazz and blues around 8.30 - 9.00 and then we went to some other diner which also had a band and it was good. Played some real oldies and goodies.

Holly I'm staying somewhere in Toronto - Days Inn Express or something. If you look it up on my itinerary and ring them when you get in or I can meet you at the bus station - whatever floats your boat or rattles your cage. Just let me know.

Madcat asked what I wanted to see/ do in TO. Don't really know. I had a quick intro in a tour last time and saw some lovely old homes and a castle in the hills. That looked good. Also a big covered market (St Laurence ????) and that looked interesting and I always enjoy Chinatown anywhere in the world. So whatever goes is what we do.

Gotta go. Happy is making moving noises!!!

Madcat
06-05-2007, 02:29 PM
Shaddie~ Ok the Whirlwind Tour of Historic and Interesting and Edible Spots Around TO it is. We'll figure out an itinerary as we go. I have a few ideas. :) BTW have you already made arrangements to get from the airport to your hotel? If you need a ride in, I could certainly manage a pickup on Sunday. Just let me know. Unfortunately the St. Lawrence market isn't open Mondays... maybe we'll have to substitute Kensington market instead.

Holly~ Look forward to seeing you next week. Loved the joke - isn't that the truth? :lol: We should take NOTHING for granted. I have learned that recently.

Carla~ Cool for you on being the new stoic among us. Just wait until all that Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) clears your system. There’ll be no stopping you.

Meadow~ We’ll make sure that Shad sees things that she can report on.

Ruth~ Your beer bottle story brings back some fond memories, but I seem to remember we spent our $$ on penny candy instead. Good for you for working out.

Happy~ If Shad jumps out at you, you can always hang by your heals and pretend to be a bat! :lol: :bat:

Mel~ my hair is too short for Rapunzel. He’d never even get out of the lobby!

K. I have to get back to work. Later chickies!

Ruthxxx
06-05-2007, 03:46 PM
Quickie post again. Maybe I should resign as MOD and just hang out in here.

Yesterday was rough and I'm really tired today. Donna came and cleaned for two hours and the downstairs is finally livable! The Starchoice (cable TV) guys came and could not get up to the roof to fix my damned dish! You'd think they'd bring a longer ladder - it's only a 2-storey house. They'll be back - eventually. The trees in the lane are interfering with reception and they suggested I remove them. I told them I much preferred trees to TV! Idiots!

Besides being kwabby, I'm a tad sad today because my darling Hershey doesn't seem well. Her tummy is huge - maybe from eating that entire banana cake with cream cheese icing on Sunday. We are off to the vet in a bit and I'm hoping that will be his diagnosis. I do adore that dog and would mortgage my soul to get her better!

I've been singing Ode to Joy a lot and just realized why! :lol: I must make up some new words and sing it loudly at the train station so Shad can recognize me! Let's see: I can sing, carry a big pink peony and have two Porties with me. Would that be enough?

One more small task to do in the kitchen, laundry to fold and then off to the vet. The rest of the day will be all mine!

We now return to regular programming.

carla49
06-05-2007, 05:35 PM
:goodscale: this morning! I had already adjusted my ticker yesterday, and this morn was down another .1 lb which bumped me down to a lower decade. Very encouraging! Still lots to lose, but at least I'm back... exactly where I was last summer. :shrug:

Madcat, I have no idea what BHA is, or that I have it in my system. Am a little worried that if it leaves there'll be nothing left to keep me upright. ;) But I do love being seen as a stoic! :rofl: Especially since I'm more often seen as a whiny control freak... :lol: Actually, I'm finding this new system of 2 weeks strict diet followed by a few weeks of gradual return to bad habits then another 2 weeks strict diet seems to be working for now. It gives my body a chance to consolidate the weight loss or something. And, sad to say, the most important part of the equation for me is banning wine. :cry:

Ruth, so sorry that Hershey is sick. I've got my fingers crossed that she'll be okay. :hug:
Now don't get Shad too tuckered out with Delta's social whirl - I have about 3 days worth of activities planned for her, and only one short day to cram them all in. Hiking and a swim in the Gatineau, poutine, Parc Oméga, Montebello, chitchat and vino - and then an early enough night to get us up and to the airport for Shad's 7 am flight. :tired:

Shad and Happy are off spelunking today, probably wearing their Elvis wigs and bejeweled jumpsuits. Now that's a picture I'd like to see!!! Last night I watched an episode of an old adventure race set in New Zealand, and now have (I think) a better take on what accent to expect. :fr: Happy's friends (and DH) probably wonder why Shad keeps calling her "hippy" or even "heppy"... I'll have to use all my interpreter's instincts to smooth communication.
Seriously, though, if you get a chance, Shad, do have a look at Parc Oméga on the net to see if you might be interested. Lots of indigenous animals, although you may well see them in the wild from the train out west.

Holly, what a lovely Toronto day you have planned for yourself! We all need a little holiday from the family (the cats and neighbours in my case) now and again. I hope the weather will cooperate! And that Shad will remember to tell those of us wanting to call her in TO what her last name is... Of course, they'd probably have no trouble at the front desk if we just ask for the incomprehensible, travel-weary Kiwi with two first names...

Mel, you're in election mode right now, using every spare second to blow up the inflatable and clean behind the *%$?&(? toilet... Once you've recovered from the election excitement, do let us know how things turned out. And get those mitts off the frappucinos!!! :nono: Don't forget that starting early July (maybe July 5?) I'll be expecting you to join me in a 21-day challenge - me no wine or sweets, you no frapps or other disaster-inducing foods.

Ceejay, what a shame you missed your chance to visit with Shad and Happy. I think you'll just have to hop a flight to Toronto to join the gathering there! I do know that this seems to be a bad year for allergies and sinuses just about everywhere. It's raining here today, which seems to have cooled things off and cleared the air. Makes it a lot easier to get a little cleaning done!

Later gaters!

Hollyhock
06-05-2007, 05:37 PM
I have spent an hour on the phone with our bank. Looking into loans for the sewers etc. We are in good shape but it will be like a 2nd mortgage. We have no choice and I will HAVE to work full time in the fall and for always here on in for the next 20 years. Still with all of this our total debt is half of most people’s 1st mortgage but it is not what we would choose or how we want to live.

Really breaks my heart.

I suppose I can say that I am fortunate that I have the ability to work for the next 20 years to pay off a loan to cover expenses to the township for a sewer system so a developer can put a subdivision in the farm field up the road from us, that we or no one else wants here.
Our neighbours have been forced to move away and they have dropped the asking price of their home $50,000.00 to compensate for the sewer bill. 2 more houses were listed in the hamlet today. Sad.
Having that chest fluttering kind of anxiety over the 2nd mortgage. It is just not how we live.We mostly pay cash unless there is an emergency.
Our township will put the sewer cost( $16,000.00 + othe rexpenses) on our tax bill over 10 years for 8% interest which is an additional $8000.00 but they would prefer us not to and find our own financing. * sticking out my tongue*

My kids have friends over. Our egg lady’s kids. The boy is 10 and the 2 girls are 5&7. Perfect for my 2. A test for my 2 as well. They needed to come home and be pleasant, put their school stuff away and keep their rooms tidy since last week. So far so good.

Chicken, rice and veg for supper.

I am excited about going to TO again. I spent many a day/weeks/years wandering the streets. I will let Mrs Mad be our guide. Her ideas sound dreamy!! Is there still the ****'s Kitchen restaurant in china town? Is Queen West still cool?

HUGS!!!

Hollyhock
06-05-2007, 05:45 PM
Oh, I meant to tell Ruth to definitely give up the Mod job and come here every day!!! .... and there's Carla too. HI!

PainterWoman
06-06-2007, 01:02 AM
Just checked in. Glad the group is still around. Thanks for letting me crash the party! The only dip I've brought is ME. \
If anybody has a yoga tape that is good, I'd be interested in knowing about it. I can barely walk, but would be willing to stretch and sweat. My meds are MOST annoying!

MELODY525
06-06-2007, 08:28 AM
THE FILTHIEST OF ELECTIOS IS OVER AND WE WON!!!
I AM A HAPPY CAMPER AND TIRED!! SINUS!! TOO MUCH PERFUME!! AFTERSHAVE AND BAD AIR IN GENERAL. COOL AND RAINY BUT EXPECTED TO CLEAR FOR SHAD'S VISIT.
I READ THE POSTS. TOO WEARY TO COMMENT EXCEPT TO SAY GLAD ALL IS BASICALLY WELL.

SHAD...OK ON THE CAB. JEN WAS JUST WANTING TO PICK YOU UP BUT IT'S NOT WORKING OUT. WAS GOING TO BE A LAST MINUTE SURPRISE. LOL I WILL BE WAITING IN THE LOBBY!!!!:hug: :carrot: :hug: SEE Y'ALL THEN!!

OFF TO REST UP FOR MY SURPRISE (LOL) VISITOR!
DON'T WANT HER SMASHING HEADS LIKE RIPENED PUMPKINS WHEN SHE ARRIVES!! I WISH WE ALL COULD HAVE MET IN TO!!
SHAD COULD HAVE BEEN THE ENGINE THAT WENT FROM STATION TO STATION PICKING UP CARS TILL WE ALL MET IN THE TO STATION :love:

OK GOTTA GO AND REST. HAPPY WEDNESDAY! :moped:

carla49
06-06-2007, 01:04 PM
My, aren't we a quiet bunch this morning!!
Mel made it in, despite the frantic last-minute dusting and scrubbing on her pre-Joy agenda.
Meadow is probably filling sandbags to keep the local river out of her basement.
Shad and Happy got separated and are still hopelessly wandering in those caves, Shad accosting puzzled strangers, and asking "Wheer's Hippy? :D (Just practicing the accent...).
Ruth has been called to a disciplinary hearing by her fellow Mods to explain rumours of a threatened defection to the Worldly Chicks. :rofl: What's the news about Hershey?
Holly is looking in despair at what last night's cold weather did to her flowerbeds...
Ceejay is at work recovering from her very fast 20 min on the treadmill.
Madcat is planning a very full few days showing Shad the real Toronto.
Painter, seeing the sudden slump in posting, decided to make an emergency visit to try to wake us up.

And Carla (that would be me) just stopped in to say hi and keep us on the first page.

PainterWoman
06-06-2007, 06:02 PM
Wow. It is quiet. Summer is arriven. 90 degrees, no more threats OR promises of thunderstorms. Many clients have sore throats. I am in less pain than yesterday or Monday, but still am full of unshed tears. Just sad. Glad you are still around. I'll add good news when I have any!!

ceejay52
06-06-2007, 07:38 PM
Painterwoman--Glad to see you back.

Mel--Glad that you don't have to work the elections for a while.

Carla, Madcat, holly hello

Happy and Shad is enjoying their trip to the cave. Wonder if they got cold.

More later.

happy2bme
06-06-2007, 08:11 PM
We're back
Ceejay - how could it be could when the temps are in the late 80's. The caves were a very pleasant 58 but didn't feel that cool.

We had a lovely time. Happy and I listened to the Folk Music last night and laughed at the sights and sounds. Hey there was one bloke there with a big hat (if Carla has her way it will be a bug hut) and man was it lucky he had ears. If not, the hat would have come all the way down to his mouth or further.

Few could understand me, but that's okay - I had trouble with them as well. I mean - howd ya laike yer aigs? Cooked says I. Ah maein porched, friiiiiiied, ova asy or scrambulled? Happy did say they didn't have much of a sense of humour.
One of our waitresses last night had a boyfriend who was currently in Mel's favourite town - Toowoomba and was staying in Brisbane. Deed I knaw Scott Lloyd in Brisbaaaaane. Only 4 million folk in Brisbane and I don't know them all.

Painter - Nice to see you back again. Sorry to hear you are having trouble moving around. I have a yoga tape at home - not much good to you there, but I bought it at the local supermarket where they were having a Staying Healthy promotion. Try some of the standing yogas, I find the sitting ones quite often difficult and painful and they hang there for so long.

Mel - I'll see you on Thursday dinnertime or there abouts. We'll talk them.

Holly - catch up with you on Monday. Looking forward to the Toronto segment now.

Ruth - I hope Hershey is okay. Let's just hope for the cake. Suggest you dispose of the peony and just bring the dog. We will talk before then tho'

Gotta go, let Happy have a go.

Hollyhock
06-06-2007, 11:53 PM
I worked 12-8, came home and did homework with the kids, ran for a few groceries. DS is still up to watch the Stanley Cup.

Sens lost :cry: :cry: :cry:

Just placed my Avon order. Now i can relax for 12 min. Tomorrow looks like this- launch kids, go to payroll 9-3, plant some planters with the kids( they each have thier own" garden"), go to the school for the Fun Fair, run a game for the first hour, whiz across the road at 7pm so DS can play soccer, home by 8:30. He also swims with his class in the aft.
Fri- Need have the kids up for 6:30am for DD's field trip, DS goes to the sitter before and after.
Sat- town wide yard sale, hoping to make some big bucks, DD has soccer.

Our big news today so that we were approved for the new line of credit without having our home appraised. Just need to go sign papers on Tues night. Whew! A relief. Monumental debt but at least we could secure it. No liens against our property. sigh

My boss agreed I could increase my hours at the shop in Sept to 35/week.

Okey dokey that's me in a nutshell....or nuthouse.

MELODY525
06-07-2007, 07:41 AM
HELLO!!! :wave: I'LL BE BACK LATER ON.

HAPPY & SHAD I SENT AN E-MAIL.
SEE YA LATER SHADDIE!!:hug:

MELODY525
06-07-2007, 07:23 PM
PAINTER WOMAN~ I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE PAIN. THAT'S NO WAY TO BEGIN THE SUMMER AND THE HOT MONTHS!! :hug: :hug: GLAD IT'S A BIT BETTER THODAY AND HOPEFULLY MORE EACH DAY. THERE WAS A BOOK CALLED SITTING TAI CHI. IF YOU'RE INTERESTED I HAVE ONE SOMEWHERE STILL I THINK THAT I CAN NO LONGER USE. I KNOW WOMEN WHO USED IT TO GET MORE LIMBER AND THEY CLAIM IT ACTUALLY HELPED THEM LOSE WEIGHT. THE FIRST TIME I USED IT I WENT OVERBOARD AND COULDN'T MOVE FOR 3 DAYS!! :rofl: :rofl: WILL LOOK FOR IT.

CARLA~ WAVING A BIG HAND AND HOPE YOU ARE GETTING READY IN YOUR HEAD FOR JULY!! I WILL BE READY BY THEN AND ALL THE FRAPPES SHOULD BE GONE :lol3: :lol3: HOPE TOO YOUR FRIEND IS DOING WELL AND THAY YOU CLEANED BEHIND THE LOO!!! :rofl:

HAPPY~ I AM AWAITING THE PACKAGE YOU SENT VIA AIRMAIL! :lol3: :lol3: SHE SHOULD BE ON HER WAY BY CAR SOON. 6:21 ALREADY HERE. SO GLAD YOU BOTH HAD A GOOD TIME!!! HOPE TOO YOU PUT A ZIPPER ON HER LIPS!! THANK GOD THE OFFICE CLOSES AT 4PM!!! ROFLMAO

C3EEJAY~HOPE ALL IS WELL BY YOU. SINUSES TOO!!

MADCAT~ SENDING WARM AND GOOD THOUGHTS TO YOU, YOUR SISTER AND FRIEND. :hug: YOU THREE ARE ON MY MIND.:love:

WAVING HELLO TO EVERYONE ELSE. WILL CHECK IN TOMORROW. DINNER IS COOKING ON THE STOVE. MY FRIEND IN THE OFFICE MADE SHRIMP WITH WINE AND YELLOW RICE. TOMORROW SHE'S MAKING SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS AND ALFREDO TORTELLINI. WONDER IF SHE'LL LET ME DO SOME COOKING OVER THE WEEKEND!!
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT EVERYONE!:moped:

carla49
06-07-2007, 08:14 PM
Hey Mel, that dinner sounds sooooo good! And to think you were worried about what to feed your "air mail parcel"! Sounds like that charm of yours has led to a pretty yummy personal catering service. You must be so excited about the visit. Enjoy!

Oops. Gotta go, back later or tomorrow. :wave: to all.

ceejay52
06-07-2007, 09:49 PM
Shad--The only answer to your question is that some caves are under ground. Hope you enjoyed it.

Mel--Sinuses are better but they are still congested.

Holly--You are still a busy lady. It's good that you can get more hours at you job.

PainterWoman--Hope you feel better soon. We all have a need to shed tears. Don't hold them back. My doc says it's not good for us.

To all the rest hello

I've been to the dentist today for the crown. I've slept most of the afternoon. Made an appointment to get a cleaning done and then I'll probably have a couple of more things done. My teeth should be in good shape after this.

Good night. I'm still sleepy.

Madcat
06-08-2007, 10:06 AM
Hi nice 3FCers. Sorry, I've been AWOL for a couple for days with a stomach issue which we won't talk about since it is still close to breakfast for most of us :lol: Lovely day out today so far though it supposed to climb to over 30 and be humid. Things are looking good though for the arrival of the Airmail Package from New Jersey though. Supposed to be nice and sunny and high 20s for all the time she is here. At least she shouldn’t have to deal with Toronto the Humid.

Ceejay~ Glad you see an end to all the dental work.

Mel~ How nice that you have friends willing to share the food wealth. I hope you guys have a really great time this weekend. You wouldn’t want her with zippered lips. Thanks for the warm thoughts. Things are getting sorted out and that helps a lot. It’s uncertainty that is so hard to take. Oh and congrats on the election outcome!!!

Holly~ What good news on the Line of Credit. I know how worrying money matters can be. It must be a relief to have that sorted. I’ll give you a call over the weekend to sort out the logistics for Monday.

Shad~ have fun in Joisey. Now that’s an accent of a whole different colour. It will be interesting to see what you make of Canuck speak, eh, though you won’t hear as much of it here in the city.

Painter~ It is so good to see you here. I’ve tried the Brandon Yee yoga series and find them really challenging. It might not be quite what you are looking for. I’m with Ceejay – a good cry can help. Holding it in puts a big knot right between your shoulder blades. That’s not good. If all else fails watch sappy movies and give yourself permission to sob uncontrollably. It could help. Whoever said “crying solves nothing” was an obviously an idiot. Heck, even just saying to someone, even if it’s just a pet, “I am sad” can really help.

Carla~ Howdy! Love your summery of activities. Geez I didn’t even think about Meadow and the flooding. Hope she’s in a safe area. And actually I was just moping around feeling sorry for myself. :lol:

Ok, I have to run off. They do pay me to be here and I better get to it. There are user manuals to write!

happy2bme
06-08-2007, 11:25 AM
Good morning chicks,

... and now we return you to your regularly scheduled programming :D Got Shad on a plane on her way to Mel's via a short stop in North Carolina. Hope you got there safe and sound - probably up all evening chatting away :gossip: The days went by all too quickly but we had a lovely visit. Wish we could all get together somehow. She arrived with a dried up nose, I sent her off with the traditional Memphis sneezing from all the southern schmutz we have here. No telling how she will leave Jersey. :)

Sorry for my lack of posting but generally by the time the end of the day came and I was able to use the computer, I was too tired to do much other than peek in. I was also sandwiched between two early morning risers so I had to put my night owl habits aside for a week ;) :lol:

Carla, I love the new themed avatar. Congrats on getting that scale to move downwards. Have a good time when we pass the Shadster along to you :D

Madcat - interesting thing with the humidity. It was getting warm and humid right before Shad's arrival. Then it lowered a bit but just enough in the air to rest her poor nose which was totally dried out from the desert air. We drop her off at the airport and just as her plane is taking off, the sauna rolls back in again. It's feeling very tropical here this early morning. So perhaps she will bring the lovely weather with her. Sorry to hear you have been rumbly and tumbly. Hope the tummy bug clears up quickly. Eat extra portions of yogurt to bring things in balance.

Ceejay - enjoy that new tooth. I'm sure it cost a bundle. I find the prep work and the temporary crown much more dreadful than the finished product. Hope you're feeling better. Warm compresses to the face help ease the soreness.

Holly - glad to hear that your loan came through even tho you'd rather be spending that kind of money on something else. So much for the quiet peacefulness of the hamlet life. :(

Ruth, sorry to hear the puppies are sick. Hope the kitchen is back together to your satisfaction. I think you, a floppy hat, 2 doggies and a peony would be quite recognizable. Shad - you will take a picture, won't you?

Painter - glad that you finally popped back in. You disappear for too long :nono: Sorry to hear you are sad. Here's a feel good hug :hug:

Hellos to Meadow and Nae :wave:

And that leaves Miss Mel. Hope your "sister" has found her way to your doorstop and that you two don't tear apart the town. How nice of your neighbor to share dinner with you. The shrimp and rice sounds quite nice. I do hope that everyone will leave you alone and that you can fully enjoy the few days you will have together. Enjoy the "Elvis sing along" too - won't you? I want pictures :rofl: :rofl:

After we dropped Shad off we headed down to the garden center. DH was trying his best to control me - he was fretting constantly about the amount of money things were costing and that we should start slow and add a bit here and there as needed. I on the other hand, wanted a cartful of stuff to finish the rest of the plantings. He was right to fret as I could have easily spent $300 without even trying. We are trying to ease into more perennials so that we don't have to keep shelling out a ton of money each spring. I decided to do a small patio garden by the pool. Got one patio plant with tomatoes that went into the big pot. Another smaller pot holds the dill and parsley. One sweet basil plant in a small pot rounds it out. We got some flowers for the hanging baskets by the pool. I think they are a variation of snapdragons. Some coleus for the front yard. There is no more hosta to be purchased - the garden centers are getting pretty sparse by this time - so I'll just have to split out some of the ones in the front to round out the circle under the tree.

I have 3 small pots yet to fill and one very large tub by the pool. I would like to get a climbing mandevilla again but DH is not keen on the idea. Probably because they cost $40 and only last one season - you think?

I'm debating about taking a lazy day today to finish off my vacation. Would like to get a pedicure and wash the dirty cars. I need to make meal plans and do grocery shopping for the upcoming week but that can wait until tomorrow. So can the laundry. I just looked over and realized that the filing cabinet next to the computer is stacked with papers I was supposed to put away BEFORE Shad's arrival. Sorry about that. I am a "pile" person - probably my worst habit.

So, let's get on with the day before it's noon and I'm still sitting here. Have fun Shad and Mel - leave the poor fireman alone :lol: The rest of you have a good Friday. :wave:

MELODY525
06-08-2007, 12:02 PM
Morning all,
C'est moi, not Mel.

Uneventful flight from Memphis to Newark via Charlotte. Then ran into a Taxi Driver from New Jersey. Well ummm. Not only did he have an accent thicker than mine, but I don't think he had much idea of where he was or was going and he weaved in and out of traffic like it wasn't even there. Didn't know the address and got annoyed when I didn't either. :mad: Then got further annoyed when I pointed out that he was the cabbie and I was the tourist. How the **** was I supposed to know where I was. He told me to calm down, I told him to straighten out and we both regressed into foreign languages to swear at each other with impunity. Welcome to New Jersey.

Apparently they were having bets on what time I would arrive and what it would cost. They all lost out.
We haven't yet eaten the shrimp and stuff and more arrived this morning. How much do they think we can eat, but it is nice of her. We just yakked last night and didn't get to bed until after midnight. This morning my sinus headache and the sneezing has returned. Still I'll take care of that in a minute.

So in a few minutes we are off for a walk to check out the neighbourhood and see what gives out there. Maybe a few birds delivered to the local cabbies as well.

Forgive me for not answering each post. I just don't have the time at the moment. We'll be back

Mel says hi to all. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

ceejay52
06-08-2007, 12:35 PM
Shad--glad you made it to Jersey. This is not a good year for sinuses at all.

It's dark outside right now. From the looks of the weather map we are in for some much needed rain.

Pay check was delivered early this morning but still have been to the bank.

happy2bme
06-08-2007, 01:11 PM
Ah poor Shad. Welcome to the east coast. I'm not saying they are all like the cabbie but let's say that most of them will not be like the southern gentlemen of Arkansas we saw that night - smiling and tipping their hats to us.

I have noticed in Chicago that many of the cabbies have no idea where they are going. Or they try to take you the long route to fluff up the bill. I guess it's not too difficult to get a driver's job and they figure somehow they will figure out where they are going.

Sorry to hear that the sinuses are acting up. I thought it was just here. Don't want you to remember the American leg of your trip as one that was tough on the schnoz. :^:

Hope you chicks have a good time today and you get to see the real statue of liberty. I still think you'll be sorry you didn't snap a shot of the one by us when you had the chance :rofl:

MELODY525
06-08-2007, 10:33 PM
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happy2bme
06-08-2007, 11:39 PM
Oh Shad - it was soooooo good that you decided to fly out yesterday instead of today. Not only did we have thunderstorms and rain that would have delayed you but I see on the internet news that a huge glitch in the air traffic control system had tied up flights on the east coast for hours on end. Nothing coming in or going out including the airport you came in at. They called it one of the worst travel days of the year. And you just scooted by. Makes that nasty cabbie relatively harmless compared to what could have been. Good thing you travelling guardian angel is looking out for you. May she follow you the rest of your journey :angel:

Hope you are having fun with Mel and not making too much of a ruckus. I imagine after a load of tortellini alfredo you are both nearly passed out on the couch.

Good night to you all. Pleasant dreams.

And Suzi if you are lurking hello to you too. You haven't posted in a while and I don't mean to be forgetting you.

PainterWoman
06-09-2007, 02:53 AM
Not only am I sad that the Dallas Stars were out so soon, I'm sad Ottawa lost (Anaheim players are so MEAN!!) but I'm sorry hockey is over.

[QUOTE=MELODY525;1724249] THERE WAS A BOOK CALLED SITTING TAI CHI. IF YOU'RE INTERESTED I HAVE ONE SOMEWHERE STILL I THINK THAT I CAN NO LONGER USE. I KNOW WOMEN WHO USED IT TO GET MORE LIMBER AND THEY CLAIM IT ACTUALLY HELPED THEM LOSE WEIGHT. THE FIRST TIME I USED IT I WENT OVERBOARD AND COULDN'T MOVE FOR 3 DAYS!! :rofl: :rofl: WILL LOOK FOR IT.:
Thanks for the lead. I'm collecting recommendations for local yoga studios that don't expect you to already BE bendy all over.

DH is getting louder and noisier about wanting us BOTH to lose weight. It's promising AND scary. I am wanting to put my head in the sand. AGAIN.
A friend recommended Compulsive Overeaters... (not quite OA, but related.) Anybody know anything about that?

CeeJay.. your kind sweet words are most appreciated.
Madcat... sorry you aren't feeling well.

Best to all.

PainterWoman
06-09-2007, 02:54 AM
Sens lost :cry: :cry: :cry:
Aw, Holly, I know what you mean!Not only am I sad that the Dallas Stars were out so soon, I'm sad Ottawa lost (Anaheim players are so MEAN!!) but I'm sorry hockey is over.

THERE WAS A BOOK CALLED SITTING TAI CHI. IF YOU'RE INTERESTED I HAVE ONE SOMEWHERE STILL I THINK THAT I CAN NO LONGER USE. I KNOW WOMEN WHO USED IT TO GET MORE LIMBER AND THEY CLAIM IT ACTUALLY HELPED THEM LOSE WEIGHT. THE FIRST TIME I USED IT I WENT OVERBOARD AND COULDN'T MOVE FOR 3 DAYS!! :rofl: :rofl: WILL LOOK FOR IT.:
Thanks for the lead. I'm collecting recommendations for local yoga studios that don't expect you to already BE bendy all over.

DH is getting louder and noisier about wanting us BOTH to lose weight. It's promising AND scary. I am wanting to put my head in the sand. AGAIN.
A friend recommended Compulsive Overeaters... (not quite OA, but related.) Anybody know anything about that?

CeeJay.. your kind sweet words are most appreciated.
Madcat... sorry you aren't feeling well.

Best to all.

MELODY525
06-09-2007, 09:10 AM
GOOD MORNING CHICKLETTES:cofdate:
POOR JOY HAS ARRIVED AND SPENT 2 DAYS IN MELS SELF SERVE HOTEL. JUST LIKE BEING HOME EXCEPT FOR A DIFFERENT DECOR! :rofl:
IF IT WASN'T FOR ANTOINETTE COOKING SHE'D BE EATING OUT OF A CAN OR HAVING TV DINNERS! :yikes:
I WILL BE BACK TO READ POSTS AND COMMENT SOON.
HAVING A GREAT TIME. HER EARS ARE ON FIRE AND I AM GETTING LARYNGITIS! :broc: :blah: :blah: :blah: :blah:
LOVE TO YOU ALL. :moped:

carla49
06-09-2007, 12:06 PM
Good morning ladies. One heck of a thunderstorm here last night - they were actually talking about tornadoes at one point. But it blew thru like an express train, and this morning is a bright, cool sunny day, low humidity, lovely fluffy cumulus clouds. (I've decided not to noticed the threatening grey jobs behind said clouds....) I have a feeling Madcat and probably Holly saw a lot more action than we did. The change in the weather had me wake up with a crushing headache, which has delayed my departure for today's walk in the woods, but has also given me the excuse I needed to have a nice cappucino (= caffeine fix) with my morning smoothie. The diet I'm following - sort of - doesn't have any milk in it, and I find black coffee just too bitter, so I had given it up. Today, of course, is the third in a row where I've found a reason to imbibe. Has anyone else noticed how dieting makes us creative in the excuse area? :lol3:

Painter, I don't know much about your eating habits or health, so may be well off the mark, but I've been having tremendous success with the Fat Flush Plan. It seems to work best if you follow it slavishly for at least 2 weeks at a time, and you get good enough results in two weeks that you feel like continuing to eat well. I can PM you the bare bones daily diet I followed if you'd like. Of course it won't work if you don't like veggies, since that's what you fill up on... And it calls for lots of expensive supplements which I really don't think are needed if you take a good multivitamin - they just make the author richer. Let me know. As for the yoga problem, I've tried several times, but am not bendy at all and just get frustrated. I did find an intro to pilates class quite good, but some parts of it were a little too much for someone like me, very stiff and no core strength.

Happy, I love your new little avatar! Very cute. Have you recovered from the recent home invasion? :rofl: It must seem so quiet now. I'm still trying to work out just what activities to choose for Shad's quick stop up here. The weather could change everything I've planned, and then two days ago I read in the paper that the trail I wanted to take her on for a hike is closed for repairs until mid-July, and most of the others are either too long or really do require proper boots... Anyway, I have a feeling it'll all be a last-minute decision. Do enjoy your last weekend of holidays. I hope it'll be a lovely, lazy two days by the pool.

Madcat, do tell us all what delights you and Holly have planned for the 11th (?) with our Shad. I want to enjoy them vicariously. A friend of mine just saw the new Crystal wing of the museum and hated it. I have no idea why, so can't say if he's on the mark or not.
And by the way, don't forget to take care of your own health right now. You're under a lot of constant stress with your sister and friend both falling ill, and you need some TLC too. So besides the :goodvibes: I send to them on a daily basis, I always include a :hug: or two for you...

Mel and Shad - by now Shad has poked around, found the last remaining frappucinos hidden away under the laundry basket, and emptied them out right in front of Mel's pleading, appalled, eyes. :yikes: The horror!
Shad, if you had been flying into JFK, we might have been able to arrang for the limo driver BF of a friend from another thread to meet and deliver you. It would likely have cost more, of course, but at least you wouldn't have gotten the attitude you did. Then again, the cab ride was probably a much more colourful experience...

Ceejay, how's the sinus weather doing down your way? Is it dry where you live, or hot and humid? At least you're enjoying the new tooth! I always find a new crown feels all wrong for a few days, and then suddenly I can't remember which tooth is the one that was worked on.
Has your leg injury healed up completely yet?

Holly, good news on the extra hours at work, and the bank approval! It just goes to show that staying out of debt and living within your means has paid off - not everyone who isn't rich would get such a positive reception from the lenders, but they can see you're good for it. It really is unfair, however, that the township is sticking you and your neighbours with the bill for some developer's project. I guess all you can do is accept it - you could try to fight, but you'd lose anyway, and it would drive you crazy along the way. But that doesn't make it right. :hug: to you too.

Is it possible a dingo ate our Suzi? I haven't seen the bad dingo since it hopped off my avatar - hope he's not had a pretty blonde for lunch!

Nae must be off meditating on the DBF's fate. :wave:

Meadow, we're worried about you - are you bailing out the basement? I'm not sure what town you live in, but do worry that the floods are giving you grief.

And Ruth, what news of Hershey? I do hope she's okay. We must chat once Shad crosses the border - arrangements for transferring the package... :rofl:

Bye for now!

ceejay52
06-09-2007, 12:20 PM
See a bunch of egg light's on this morning. Hello to every one.

Busy getting ready to go for a short visit with the aunt and uncle.

Called one sister last night and will call the other one in a few minutes.

More later.

MELODY525
06-09-2007, 12:42 PM
:wave: WAVING TO ALL THE LIT UP EGGS AND TO CEEJAY WHO IS THE LAST POSTER! :rofl:

CEEJAY~ ENJOY YOUR DAY. GLAD YOU GOT BOTH THE TEETH FIXED AND THE PAYCHECK :dance: HAPPY SATURDAY!!

HAPPY~ SAME THING WAS HERE TOO BEFORE SHAD ARRIVED....SHE MISSED THE RAIN AND THUNDER AND THE SKYS PARTED...IS SHE MOSES-SHAD???? SUNSHINE ABOUNDED IN THE SWELTERING HEAT YESTERDAY!
THE PLANT EXPEDITION SOUNDED LOVELY BUT THE WORK INVOLVED... :faint: GOD BLESS BOTH OF YOU! :lol3:
I LOVE YOUR JUMPING CHICKS!!

PAINTER~ I TRULY HOPE THE PAIN SUBSIDES!! GOOD LUCK WITH THE YOGA!! IF YOU AND DH DO EVERYTHING TOGETHER HOW GREAT WOULD THAT BE!!! SUPPORT ALL DAY LONG!!! GO AHEAD AND DIVE IN!! WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO LOSE EXCEPT WEIGHT!!! :hug:

MADCAT~ WILL BE THINKING OF YOU THIS WEEK :hug: HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH THE AIRMAIL PARCEL WHEN IT ARRIVES! DON'T WORRY ABOUT BUYING BATTERIES FOR IT...IT COMES FULLY WOUND!!
:rofl:

CARLA~ I WILL BE MORE THAN READY FOR JULY!! I HAVE CHANGED MY MIND AND WOULD LIKE A COPY OF THE FLUSH BASICS WHEN YOU HAVE TIME! THANKS :hug:
CONGRATS ON THE LOSS!! :cheer: I AM AT PRESENT TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DELETE YOUR POST! MAYBER SUZANNE WOULD FEEL SORRY FOR ME IF I BEG AND PLEAD FROM THE CHAIR :moped: NOW I AM THINKING I BETTER GET VERY INVENTIVE WITH HIDING PLACES BEFORE SHE COMES BACK TODAY!! :lol3:
THE AVATAR IS TOO CUTE....Jumpin' Jehosethin?:rofl:

HOLLY~ YOU MUST BE RELIKEVED THAT THE LOAN CAME THRU. HOPE ALL GOES WELL WITH THE PAPER WORK TOO!! NO SNAGS. TAKE DEEP BREATHS. JUSTY WHEN YOU THINK ALL IS WELL...SOMEONE GOES AND TOSSES A COG IN THE WHEEL!! :tantrum: HANG IN THERE!

SENDING HUGS OUT TO EVERYONE ELSE. I THOUGHT OF YOU THIS MORNING MEADOW. AFTER EVERYONE LEFT...A WOMAN CAME IN WITH AN ARMFUL OF FLOWERS FOR HER "GRANNIE" SHE WORE A LOVELY COTTON DRESS AND THE WHOLE "PICTURE" REMINDED ME OF YOU EVEN THOUGH I KNOW NOT WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE!! LOL

I HAVE ENTRUSTED JOY TO JEN AND RICHIE. HOPE SHE CAN WEATHER THE EXPERIENCE! :rofl: I AM SURE SHE WILL HAVE TALES TO TELL ABOUT THE TRIP!! THE CHILDREN HAVE YET TO ARRIVE FOR THE SUMMER AND RICHIE'S DILEMMA IS ONGOING. SO WHEN HE SAW US WAITING FOR SHAD'S TAXI TO THE FERRY HE DECIDED TO FORGO THE TRIP TO THE LAWYER AND SPEND THE DAY WITH HER. I JUST HOPE SHAD IS UP TO IT!!! :lol3: :lol3:
POOR SHADDIE! I AM PUTTING MY FEET UP AND WATCHING CARTOONS WITH THE GRANDSON. HE WILL MISS SHAD. EVERTIME SHE SPEAKS HE PEEKS AROUND THE MIRROR AND WATCHES HER. MUST BE THE NEW "LANGUAGE" THAT ATTRACTS HIM! :rofl:
I JUST HAD SAUSAGE AND PEPPERS FOR BREAKFAST. JJULY WILL BE A VERY PAINFUL MO9NTH GETTING OUT OF A LOT OF BAD HABITS!!! WAITING TILL AFTER THE FOURTH THOUGH!!!
HAPPY SATURDAY DEAR FRIENDS AND STAY WELL!!!

happy2bme
06-09-2007, 12:51 PM
Howdy chicks,

A wave to Carla who's on and posting right as we speak :wave:

Well vacation/holiday is over. Back to reality - laundry, meal planning, finishing all the "work" type things I wanted to get done before Shad's arrival but ran out of time. Thank goodness she is too polite to comment on the car so in need of a bath or the piles of papers by the desk. :o I did use my last day of holiday as a sort of a wind down day. Went and got a pedicure - nice pink toes instead of the bright orange ones that I liked for about 1 day and then hated the rest of the time. I didn't think the salon would be busy Friday afternoon but apparently flocks of people were watching my moves and ran in there right before me. So it was a bit of a rush job although I did get to spend a more than average amount of time soaking in the spa footbath and sitting in the vibrating chair. :hyper:

Today's agenda includes laundry, hemming some slacks, finish planting flowers and somehow figuring out how to fill up 5 more pots under DH's stern and watchful eye - you have GOT to stop spending so much :nono: I start the new job on Monday and I am recommitting to the WW diet plan and regular exercise. The diet plan will be easy in theory since the cafeteria is small and yucky outside of their soups. It's a fair drive to go out and get lunch. The worst part for me is that I will have to be at the office earlier than my old job and the commute is 35 minutes instead of 15. Which means getting up way earlier in the morning and y'all remember I am not a morning person. It also means being more organized in order to grab the lunch and stuff it in a bag on my way out. That means planning and chopping veggies and popping things into little grab it bags. Exercise should not be a problem. Got my new Omrion pedometer. It does over measure steps some times - I think all pedometers do but it's not overly inaccurate. I used it several days while Shad was here - particularly the day we trudged all over the zoo, amounted to less than 5,000 steps - half the recommended daily dose. So it's work to get in those extra steps. The new building I'm in is huge - a half mile just to walk the perimeter. After sitting and assembling reports and sifting through help desk tickets, I'm sure I'll go buggy and a quick time out to walk the building will be a welcome diversion. There's a walking track around a pond in the middle of the complex tho as the heat and humidity creep in, I think I'll stick with the cool interior of the building. I will have to head to bed earlier also. Remains to be seen if she can make it to work at her desk ready to start the day at 8am on the dot. Think she can? :dunno:

Carla, I have found that Shad is a pretty easy going lass and is quite up for any activitiy you might have in mind. If one walking path is closed, then chose another. She is also content to sit and chat tho I think she would rather be moving if given the choice. Thanks for noticing the avatar - I was glad to have an opportunity to use the jumping chicks which I think are cute!

Mel - good to hear that you are having a good time and that you have a personal chef helping you out. If she's Italian I'm sure abondanza is the word and you have enough for yourselves and 10 friends. Manja, manja :lol:

Painter - take a walk over to the yoga studio and talk to the instructor or better yet see if you can watch in the back of the class. See what style they have. Generally best to start at the beginning with a basics class, particularly where they can give you alternate poses for the less flexible or like me to accomodate tender wrists or other body parts. I always get a kick out of the occasional super fit people that walk in who have 10 percent or less flexibility. They come in lording it over the chubbies and then find we can do much better than them which frustrates them to no end. :rofl: But whatever you do - just start. Don't analyze, don't sit there - do something more today than you did yesterday.

Ceejay - looks like you got more of the storms than we did yesterday. It was looking nasty up your way. We got a downpour but not for long.

Well it's going on 11am. Coffee is done, first load of laundry is ready to be popped in the dryer. Guess I'd better get a move on here. Have a fun Saturday all...

Meadow
06-09-2007, 02:53 PM
:D Hi Chicks :grouphug:

No flooding in my little corner... lots of warnings about the river North of us, we shall see how it goes. Even when you fill the sandbags, the river will just make a shift and come in somewhere else. Mother nature is very persistent when she exerts her powers. I've been meditating. Trying not to let negative thoughts taint my way forward. You know how it goes. Summer is bound to be lots of outside and fruit filled so I have hope.

Mel-I have a bouquet of pink and fuschia peonies in the livingroom, a peony bloom in the bathroom and long purple, bearded irises in a vase on the kitchen table. All the peony bushes set bloom like crazy this year so I'm hoping to be surrounded by their lovely scent long into July :D I hope Shad and yourself are giving out lots of real hugs now that you are together. Must be marvellous to see each other smile and get the wink when something is meant in jest that you can't via the phones.

Carla-thanks for you good thoughts, we are at the South end of the Thompson river, so far, so good;) I hope you headache is feeling better. Yep, I have noticed how I justify cream in my coffee, chocolate for my moods, exercise tomorrows. Is it creative or destructive? Personally I think the fat that is hanging around has an agenda :snooty: I won't go and you can't make me. Fat cells are stronger than brain cells:sumo:

Happy-does you home feel empty now that Shad has been and gone? I hope she left you with lots of warm memories. How pretty your toes sound and you get other people to do it too, wow! Such pampering is good before you have to get back to the grind. Good luck with your new job. I'm sure you can get those extra plants in undetected :mag:

Shad-how goes it? Are you enjoying Mel and her space? I bet you both are having a blast just being in each others company. Have your sinuses improved? That taxi ride sounded scary and rather like everything I've ever read about New York :o Oh dear!

Painter-at least in a Yoga class you get the proper alignment instruction. I find doing it by myself, I just do the poses I like and don't really stretch myself. I don't think it is about pushing yourself to do more than your comfortable with, just exploring what your body can do. A teacher will encourage you and it is always fun to be in a group dynamic, doing something for your well being. Personally I think you need to sing more. Zippidido dah, zippidy day, my oh my what a wonderful day... :dancer: It is a great diffuser with grumpy people, just start humming while they rant, often times they walk away or actually crack a smile :goodvibes

Madcat-you feeling better? Good news that the sun will be shining when you get Shad in town. I hope everyone will be on their best behaviour "not!"

Holly-cut loose and have a great time when you get into the big smoke with the ladies. Fingers crossed for lots of happy times and big smiles :corn: Can't wait for the playback ;)

Hugs to Nae and Ruth and Suzi and Tig and Linus and Teel and Linda and Java and.... :wave: :gossip: We are talking about you, better get in here and defend yourselves :yay:

Ruthxxx
06-09-2007, 05:07 PM
Popping in late! My cleaning person, Donna, was here most of the morning. "We" did windows. (Note the "we".) Somehow, having her here is not quite the break I expected as there is lots of consultation. I must arrange to be out next time she comes. She is getting my house back into shape - I've not told her Shad is coming as she would be doing all the corners with a Q-tip and bleach!

Carla, Hershey is fine. Her bloodwork showed slight hypothyroidism and we now have pills for that. the tummy? Who knows? It coulds till be the cake. Yup, we'll chat once La Shad is in Tranna. Any chance you could come up here for dinner on Thursday night? I have a comfy hide-a-bed - I know that's an oxymoron but my 4" foam slab makes it comfy. No problem if not because I can certainly drive to Ottawa Friday A.M. and so some city stuff.

I still have to bake a rum cake for Church coffee hour tomorrow - replacing the cake Hershey ate last week! The oven is up to temp so I'll just go do it!

Hope Saturday is good for us all.

MELODY525
06-09-2007, 06:46 PM
Ruth, I hope the dog does not eat the cake before the church goers get at it. Please ensure you put it up high on the shelf this time.
You mean the cleaner does not ordinarily do the corners with a qtip and bleach?? :yikes: there's a novel sensation.

Carla - thunderstorms usually wait until I have been not before I arrive. That's a worry. Maybe they think they are now better and bigger than I am. Doesn't compute :nono:
We can do anything you like. I did go to the Parc site and it looks really good. Or we can climb a mountain, scale the flagpole, swing from tree to tree - please just don't ask me to be inteligent inside a static display museum. I can only last for around 10 minutes before I start breaking the furniture. We may be asked to leave. You are warned! :tantrum:
I've not yet found the frappacinos - but she is forever shifting things around, I thought it was to make sure that I would never find the spoons, maybe that's what it is.

Meadow - Mel and I have not yet managed to get on each others nerves, but maybe that is why she got me out of the house this morning. I don't know if she normally keeps late hours, but she is NOW! Yakety yak, blah blah :blah: :blah: :blah: :blah: The taxi ride wasn't so much scarey as wild. That guy has never heard of a change lane signal or staying in one lane for more than 20 feet.

Madcat - tried to ring last night but got your dulcet tones on the answer service. Hope your friend and sister are doing okay now - will try again maybe tonight. I have a transfer voucher to get to my hotel but I'd love to catch up for a drink or something on Sunday arvo or evening if you and the DH have time. At least that way, we will know each other and can find Holly on the Monday. If she is looking out for two short tubby chicks who are making loud clucks it will be easier for her too.

Happy, I had a great time at your house. Thank you so much. I laike ma aigs cooked. Please remember that. How funny that we should meet up with someone in the Ozarks that knows someone in Brisbane. Thanks too to DH for his unfailing patience in times of great stress. He needs a medal.

Went to see the Statue of Liberty today. It's a grand sight. She is very BIG. Her fingers are 8 feet long for heavens sake. She's a bit out of proportion too, and it might be a good idea for her to join 3fat chicks. I'm glad I have seen it and I am glad I had the 'children' with me. I nearly lost my camera. silly me, and they rescued it from the jaws of a lightfingered Hua. Well worth taking them on the trip.

Okay, better get off here. I have to go pack the suitcase AGAIN and find places to fit everything in. Then it is more chitter chatter :gossip: and bed. Canada beckons. Crikey, this is going fast.

Hollyhock
06-09-2007, 07:37 PM
I have a sunburnt nose. Great yard sale, good bday party, ran and got groceries during the party and then DS and I went and fed some geese and ducks. Both kids are sequestered in their rooms playing quietly right now. I whipped up some spaghetti and ceasar salad. Tonight is about vegging, puttering and laundry.
Yesterday I went with DD , from 7am- 5pm, on a class trip to the African lion Safari. it was a stellar day.

Madcat- we will have to catch each other on the phone. I am home all evening tonight, tomorrow morning unitl 10am, back at noon, out again for the evening 3ish,home by 9pm.
I arrive on the Greyhound in TO at 12:55pm. I could walk to the Eaton Centre and meet you gals in front of the Bay by 1:30. I need to bus out at 8:30 pm.
Is the Eaton centre still there and is the Bay still there???

HUGS!!!

Madcat
06-09-2007, 10:29 PM
Hey Holly, You probably wouldn't even recognize the Eatons Centre, for instance, The Bay is now, I believe, the Sears! it might be easier if we come get you at the Bus station - Bay St side, just inside the entrance. We could be the idiots with the sign. :lol: Hey, no one has ever accused me of being afraid of breaking social conventions! But we'll connect tomorrow on the phone.

Shad~ Sorry, I missed your call last night but we ended up going out for beverages. I'd love to meet for a drink (I'll have to check with the DH's social secretary) though I have to do some running around in the early afternoon. I'll give you a call at your hotel or, if you haven't heard from me by late afternoon, ring me on my cell.

Let me post this one first and then I'll go back and read the rest.

Hollyhock
06-10-2007, 09:16 AM
Bay St entrance it is!!!!!!
I am haivng a leisurly morning. Slept til 8 , having a coffee. Church at 10:15, 50th wedding anniversary at 4ish. Much to do in between. I have the house in a pretty good routine now the clutter can be sorted out in less than an hour. Used to take over 4 hours.I would really like to get out in the yard so much weeding and mulching to do.

At the African Lion Safari we saw a herd of elk and a new born just born that morning. Thought of Nae. They are so regal and big.

Think I need to move to the porch swing.

MELODY525
06-10-2007, 10:21 AM
HOLLY PLEASE DON'T GET LOST! WEAR A NAMETAG! :lol3:
HOPE YOU THREE HAVE A GREAT TIME. HAVE A DRINK FOR ME!!:cheers: THE SAFARI SOUNDED A GREAT LADIES DAY!!

MADCAT~ IT TOOK OVER 2 HOURS FOR ME TO LOAD AOL TODAY. COMPUTER IS ACTING UP BIGTIME SO SHAD NEVER GOT YOUR MESSAGE. SHE HAS TAKEN THE PHONE # WITH HER AND WILL RING YOU WHEN SHE GETS THERE! THE AIRMAIL PACKAGE IS ON IT'S WAY!! NO NEED TO HANDLE WITH CARE....IT'S BRAVE AND TOUGH!! :rofl: :rofl: HAVE A GREAT TIME.:dance:

I WILL BE LOST WITHOUT THE COMPANY FOR A FEW DAYS I AM SURE. MY GRANDSON WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. I THINK HE MISSES HER ALREADY!! :lol3: JEN AND SHAD ARE ON THE WAY TO THE AIRPORT. WHILE IN THE OFFICE ON FRIDAY WE GOT TO MEET WITH THE MAYOR. WHEN WE LEFT, HE TOLD EVERYONE HOW BRAVE WE WERE TO MEET ON THE NET AND FOR SHAD TO COME ALL THIS WAY. HE IS STILL IN SHOCK :faint: POOR SOD!! TOLD MY FRIEND HE CANNOT BELIEVE I WOULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS...LOL ANOTHER SIDE OF ME HE DOESN'T KNOW EXISTS. MY NEXT PROJECT WILL BE THE MIL AND RICHIE'S KIDS. MORE DRAMA. LOL I'LL SPARE YOU THE DETAILS. ALL IS WELL HERE IN NJ. :cb:
IF I SHOULD MAGICALLY DISAPPEAR IT WILL BE BECAUSE OF THE COMPUTER CRASHING. I HAVE A FUNNY FEELING IT'S GETTING READY AGAIN TO GO BYE BYE.
OK GOING TO TRY AND POST THIS NOW.
HAPPY SUNDAY AND HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GREAT DAY!!
:moped:

carla49
06-10-2007, 10:36 AM
Yesterday's cappucino did the trick, and I finally made it out for a good hike. Not my favourite trail, but variety is the spice of life, and I hadn't been there in 2 or 3 years. Because of the storm the night before, it was muddy in spots, and of course the mountain bikers had gotten there much earlier than me and made a terrible mess of some of the wetter bits. They're not allowed on the hiking paths, but since there's no way to control usage, they go anyway.

Shad, don't worry, I won't take you on that trail. Too much of it is in the woods with no view, or on the park service roads. I think you may be hankering for a good sweaty workout, so a hike it is. I'm wavering between the Wolf Trail and the Luskville Falls Trail. Wolf is closer, and has the advantage of being next to a lake where we can cool off after. :swim: But if it's a very hot day the parking lot may be full long before we can get there. Luskville is a further drive, no lake, and may be a bit too rocky for your footwear... Of course I'm keeping the Parc Oméga/Montebello option available, but again it's over an hour's drive from Ottawa, and you may have had enough of sitting in cars by the time you get here. I can promise no museums are on the agenda - in fact I was relieved :carrot: :broc: to learn they're not your thing. But I was willing to grit my teeth and go museuming if that was your preference...

Ruth, there shouldn't be a problem with me coming to collect Shad, either staying over on the 14th or meeting you part-way for a hand-off early on the 15th. We can talk and decide later. I'm still hoping I can convince Shad that she really doesn't want to stay in TO on the 13th... :devil:
Glad to hear Hershey's okay, and I'm looking forward to meeting her.

Madcat, by this evening you and Shad may be sipping drinks on your balcony as you watch the sun go down. :cheers: Lovely! (I'd wave at you, but my balcony faces NE, so I can't quite see you sitting there...) What do you have planned for your day tomorrow? Besides the visit to the bus station to collect Holly - a Toronto gem often forgotten on tour itineraries...:D

Mel, you've probably already packed the package into a cab for another death-defying run to the airport, and now you're giggling to yourself as you pull those hidden frapps out of their nice hiding place... in the toilet tank? under your chair cushion? deep in the bag of birdseed? Go ahead and enjoy it - July 5th is coming soon. And I'll email or PM you the short version of the diet - I think I may still have a copy of the PM I sent someone else which explains it in some detail. I do recommend you borrow a copy of the book to read through - there are some recipes and a Q&A section that might be helpful. But don't buy it - too much money, too little substance. I think you had decided against it because of a low blood sugar issue, but if you space your meals and snacks and don't under-eat, there shouldn't be a problem. Of course I eat gigantic salads at lunch, and tons of veg at dinner, so I do get filled up. Good luck with it! (Yes, the amount of veg and protein seems a bit costly at first, but removing all the sweets and breads and good things balances the cost out.)
And here's a :hug: for you - I just have a feeling you might need one right now.

Ceejay, enjoy your visit with your aunt and uncle. Hope the sinuses are behaving! Here the problem at the moment is the grass, at least that's what the weather channel tells me. All I know is I'm taking a lot of antihistamines, and yet the nose and head seem to stay full, and the sneezes keep coming. At least it's not painful, just annoying.

Meadow, I'm glad to know you and your house don't have wet feet...
And thanks for your kind words about my headache yesterday. They're not really that big a deal, just annoying. Not a migraine or anything. Probably just something I ate - or didn't eat, or the weather, or hormones, or stressing out about my messy house and oh no how will I ever get it clean before Shad gets here - can't just do the more public bits, it has to be clean enough for the cat sitter who'll be living here for two weeks, help!, oh good I have a headache and can't wash floors/scrub toilets/dust and tidy right now, better to just have a nice nap... :rofl:

Happy, I'm with you on the not-an-early-riser bit. But I'll be up at the crack when Shad leaves - her flight is at 7 am... :dz: The good news is that will give me lots of time to do a quick laundry and final tidy before I go back out for my own flight at 2 pm. The good news is that I don't work until Sunday night, so I'll be able to relax and rest up - maybe even go for a short hike in the mountains!

Well, I've been up since 5 (da***d cats), so I think it just might be time for a nap. :yawn:

Hollyhock
06-10-2007, 11:01 AM
I will be the one with pretty pink toenails!!

I am bathed, feet exfoliated, toenails trimmed( polish later), breaky eaten, family hung out with.

To Do after church
-5 loads of laundry
-bake a casserole
-pack Avon
-clean bathrooms

I will leave yard work til Tuesday and get almost a full day of it!!!!

Ruthxxx
06-10-2007, 01:02 PM
Yes, Shad, please do consider leaving The Big Smoke on the 13th. Carla and I just chatted and fought over your body so... Seriously though, arriving Wednesday would give us a bit more time before that Carola person kidnaps you and takes you into the wilds of Gatineau Park - "gat-knaw" to the Valley locals and "gat-in-oh" to the rest of us.

Got a call after Church today that my expected company cancelled so I don't need to cook a fancy lunch and can go and play in the earth shortly! Yippee! I'm such a selfish and shallow person but.....

Hershey is still fine. I took Lucy to Church this morning with a rum cake. She did get some crumbs but there was no major sinning for a change.

Whoops! after 12 and I'd better get going.

happy2bme
06-10-2007, 01:05 PM
Well it looks like the American Leg of the Jumping for Joy tour has come to an end. So long to plan, anxiously awaiting it's arrival and then gone in a flash. :( Hope the Canadian tour is as much fun as the American side.

Glad that you had a good time at my place Shad. (She told me that I have to move again before she comes again so she can see a different part of the country again. :lol: ) I don't know, we haven't decided yet. Next move might be northeast - a bit north of Mel but closer to her than we are now. Of course now that you're gone, I'm thinking of all these things that we should have done but didn't. Anyway - have fun Shad - sounds like this next round will be fun. Safe travels to you. And better cabbies ;) although it sounds like you got the typical New York cabbie experience.

Mel - had to laugh at Carla's description of you hiding the frappacino's in the birdseed, toilet tank, etc :rofl: Not such a bad idea :chin: Sounds like you had a great time with Shad - glad you guys were able to get together. You have to tell us about your time together when it doesn't take you 2 hours to coax the computer to work. Now it's back to seniors and alarms and the dullness of the regular life again, eh?

Carla - I'm sure she will enjoy a nice strenuous hike. We walked up a slight incline at the hotel one day and I was huffing and puffing so the only good workout she got from me was the day I had to work in the morning and she did some running on the treadmill and checked out the stepper in my exercise room. She did say she was missing the exercise.

Glad to hear the puppies are doing fine. Hide that rum cake Ruth. :D

Eaton Centre? I remember that place. I see they are celebrating their 30th anniversary. I must have been there about 2 years after they opened. Still have the scarf and sweater I bought in one of the shops out there. In fact Eaton Centre is the only place I remember from my trip to TO long ago. That and some cool looking architecture. Have a good get together ladies.

I probably should recap some of the highlights of what we did when Shad was here:


Introduced her to new food - battered and deep fried green beans, battered and deep fried dill pickles. To both she said :snooty: :tape: after politely taking a bite. If they can catch it here, they batter it up and stick it in a fryer. :lol:
Took her to a "museum" before we knew she didn't like museums - but does Graceland count as a museum? Guess it does.
Tried to fix her up with a new man in her life - we had great fun sitting out on the square in the Ozarks, chatting it up as the people of the town gathered around the "pickin' porch" to listen to the impromptu concerts each night. The music was toe stomping and several men came by and smiled and said hello. I reminded Shad she had 2 keys to her room and I'd look aside if she met a new "friend" :rofl: None to her liking I guess. Considering they were all 20 years older than us with baggy overalls and big hats probably lessened the appeal. Tho they were darn nice folk - can't take that away from them.
Visited a cave - that was a gorgeous tour. Probably the highlight of the week.
Got a speeding ticket on the way home - We don't believe the officer's story - think it's one of those rackets where they catch the out of towners who won't drive 100 miles back in to fight the ticket. Easy revenue for the town/county. :mad:
Visited the zoo - got in a good walk. Saw the pandas. Got some nice pictures in the live butterfly tent.
Had dinner down on Beale street and listened to a bit of music - one place was better than the next but we went on a weeknight and it was pretty dead on the strip. Still she got a taste of what it was like.


And of course there was time for a whole lot of yakking. Glad she could make it through our way.

And now it's time to get off the computer and go get some real work done. Have a good Sunday peeps. Hope Madcat and Shad find each other tonight. Have a sip for me :cheers:

Madcat
06-10-2007, 02:39 PM
Hey chicklets!

So The Package has probably landed by now and is waiting... and waiting... and waiting for her luggage. :lol: I'm going to give here a ring at her hotel once I am relatively sure she has had time to make it downtown and check-in. Thanks Mel. Sorry she didn't get my message but i am sure we will manage a hookup.

I'm not sure what is on the agenda for tomorrow. I know she expressed a wish to see Chinatown so we'll probably go there, and Kengsington Market. We may WALK BY the museum to see its new facade. :lol: We'll play it by ear - Maybe even do a trip to the Beaches and wander the boardwalk. I’ll check and see if there is anything burning she wants to see… and maybe Holly has a few “must sees”. The city is our oyster and it’s a place best seen by just wandering.

Ahem, Ruth, I doubt highly you are either selfish or shallow! Holly~ We’ll see you tomorrow. And my toenails are pink too… You might want to wear comfy shoes. And darn, I now that the African Lion Safari theme song stuck in my head. Carla~ variety is good in hiking. Have fun planning where you’ll be hiking our Shad. Mel~ You should enjoy the peace and quiet. It’s good that you can keep everyone guessing – even the mayor. You should have told him you bought her on eBay. :lol:

Geez, I better run off. I have to go out to visit my friend for a bit. I have promised her blackout curtains to make movie-viewing easier in her bright living room... but I've lost the measurements I did about 2 weeks ago. I may cheat and just go see what IKEA has. The challenge is I want her to be able to move them out of the way when she WANTS sunshine.

K. I’m getting a move on. I’ll check in later. Waves to all the other chicks lurking posting and such.

MELODY525
06-10-2007, 04:37 PM
MEADOW~ NOT SURE HOW I FORGOT YOUR POST. MUST HAVE BEEN WHEN SHAD WAS MANNING THE COMPUTER. I PUT HER IN CHARGE OF POSTING. SHE TYPES FASTER THAN I DO!! :rofl: I AM GLAD THE WATER HAS NOT REACHED YOU AND HOPE IT STAYS FAR AWAY FROM YOUR FRONT DOOR....OR ANY DOOR FOR THAT MATTER:faint: THE FLOWERS SOUND SO WONDERFUL. I REALLY MISS THE SMELL OF FRESH CUT FLOWERS IN THE HOUSE. SIGH. IN MY NEXT LIFE I INTEND NOT TO HAVE ALLERGY PROBLEMS!!! :dance:

IT TOOK ME ALL THIS TIME BUT I GOT INSIDE THE COMPUTER'S WORKINGS AND TOLD THE PC AND ALSO AOL TO RESTORE THEMSELVES BACK TO A PREVIOUS DATE. I CHOSE JUNE 1ST. IT TOOK FOREVER TO GET THERE BUT THE RESTORE WAS QUICK. IT WAS THE COMPUTER AS I SURMISED. AFTER THE AOL FIX I STILL HAD THE PROBELEM SO THAT'S WHEN I LAUNCHED THE PC RESTORE. HOPEFULLY TOMORROW IT WILL TURN ON A LOT FASTER THAN 2 HOURS :yikes: :dizzy:
LET ME SEE IF I CAN RECAP. IF I AM NOT RIGHT SHAD CAN EDIT IT. :rofl:
ARRIVAL WAS THURSDAY AND WE GABBED AND ATE AND GABBED SOME MORE. JEN WAS WITH US AND STAYED UP ALSO. THEN SHAD AND I GABBED SOME MORE KEEPING THE POOR BIRD AWAKE.
FRIDAY: WE WOKE AND ATE SOME MORE. WENT FOR A WALK. I COULDN'T GET HER TO THE WATER FRONT AS MY PATH WAS BLOCKED SO WE WENT ON THE AVENUE TO SHOP AND FOUND NO STORES:faint: EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED A LOT SINCE I WAS LAST THERE!! :lol3:
IT WAS BRUTALLY HOT OUT(I THINK SO) AND HUMID. WE CAME BACK AND ATE SOME MORE. GABBED A LOT AND ATE SOME MORE. STARTING TO GET THE PICTURE??? :rofl:
SATURDAY: JEN AND RICHIE FOUND US IN THE LOBBY WAITING FOR A CAB FOR SHADDIE TO GO TO THE STATUE OF LIBERTY AND THEY DECIDED TO TAKE HER AND CHANGE THEIR UNINTERESTING MISSION.( HIS LAWYER) SHAD SURVIVED THEIR COMPANY, ATE SALMON AND CAME BACK. WE GABBED AND ATE SOME MORE! :rofl:
WE WATCHED A LOT OF DECORATORS ON TV PAINT THE TOWN RED!! ONE OF SHADDIE'S FAVORITE COLORS!!
SUNDAY WE GABBED OUR WAY THRU SHAD REPACKING AND SHE AND JEN LEFT FOR THE AIRPORT. JEN CAME BACK AND SAID THE PARCEL WAS SAFELY AND SOUNDLY DELIVERED! I WILL PROBABLY SLEEP FOR A WEEK!! :rofl:
THE ALARMS WERE UNCOMMONLY SILENT AND EVEN THE DOOR BELLS ONLY RANG TWICE. MAYBE THEY HAD HEARD ABOUT THE STRANGE VISITOR FROM OZ AND WERE FRIGHTENED!! I AM OFF TO GO AND GET MY CHAIRS SO THEY CAN COME HOME TO ROOST AGAIN. SEE YA TOMORROW. HAVE A GREAT AFTERNOON:beach:

Shad
06-10-2007, 08:30 PM
Had a post but the internet went down in the cafe - blurk. :tantrum:

Suffice to say I am here. I have spoken to Carla and Madcat in that order. I will talk to you all again tomorrow.

Bye.

happy2bme
06-10-2007, 10:26 PM
Hey all you Canadians, bear in mind that the "air mail parcel" has never had authentic maple syrup. Now don't go giving her that super sweet maple candle shaped like a maple leaf :nono: I forgot Shad that I was going to make you some of that oatmeal that tastes like an oatmeal raisin cookie - that's a not too bad way to taste maple syrup. I was supposed to grill you up some salmon too. :o - next time - you'll have to come back again. DH ate the trail mix you bought. He tried to give me the banana chips but I said no way and managed to grab a small handful before he finished the bag off. It was pretty good. He's into the jar and eating my Jaffas too. :devil: Guess he must be on a sugar jones again.

Sounds like you did enough eating there Miss Mel. Sure did stretch a pot of shrimp and a bowl of alfredo, didn't you? I'm glad things were quiet for you and you could enjoy your visit.

Sounds like Shad and Madcat didn't meet up tonight. Rest up Shad, I think there will be lots of walking for the next few days which I'm sure will suit you fine.

Hellos to the Canadian contingent - Madcat, Holly, Ruth, Carla, Meadow - have a grand time over the next few days. Do tell us what you decide on doing - the juicier the story the better we like it ;)

And hellos to the rest of the crew - Nae, Suzi, Mel, Ceejay. I'm off to go hem my slacks and prep lunch for tomorrow. Night all... pleasant dreams and safe travels.

Hollyhock
06-10-2007, 11:36 PM
Yippee the parcel has contacted the Mrs Madcat. I just spoke with Mrs Mad. All is well. She is devising a clever sign to hold up at the bus satation for me. We have exchanged cell#'s. I am incredibly excited now that my weekend is completed.
I will have clean underwear on. All my laundry is done.

HUGS!!!

PainterWoman
06-11-2007, 12:26 AM
Thanks, all for the encouragement about yoga. I have most of the day free tomorrow and think I'll go "drop in" a couple of places and see what I think. I have re-found my ENORMOUS sunglasses, so perhaps I'll feel incognito enough to take myself out in public.:cool:
Not that I'm really agoraphobic... but I've been reading a bit about body dysmorphic disorder, and like lots of people who find a new disease, I'm trying to figure out whether that's me or not. Most people with it are miserable with specific body parts (usually skin or hair).... I just hate the BULK. :o

Glad that the last rounds of R-storms didn't get anybody. We worked in the yard yesterday and rescued a Nandina from an overly agressive vine, and also pulled in the imperialist tendrills of all of the herbs in my herb garden. Who knew that Rosemary could get SO BIG.

Shad-- glad you are having fun....
TTYL

ceejay52
06-11-2007, 01:19 AM
Hi to all,
Wow, Shad is in Canada already. I'm anxious to read of this part of her trip.

PainterWoman-Gardening is good for the soul. I think that's why I like to visit my uncle's. He has all kinds of flowers.

Hello to all the rest. It's waayyy past bedtime.

Madcat
06-11-2007, 08:42 AM
Morning all ~ Just a quick check-in. As mentioned I did manage to talk to both Shad and Holly yesterday and we are all set for our meet up today. I would have liked to be able to meet with Shad last night but I got caught up wrangling software for my friend. I spent 3 hours downloading Microsoft Office so that she could apply her registration key just to find out that the particular flavour of Office could not actually be downloaded but had to be installed by the retailer who sold her the laptop. It wasn't there. I checked. Idiots! now she has to go back to them to get them to fix their mistake. They better be willing to make a housecall, since she can't, obviously, go to them. As far as I can tell Vista is a horrifying operating system.

All in all, a frustrating and unsatisfactory day yesterday. Came home and was just overwhelmingly sad. I have to learn how to let some of this go. Going out to play today will help. That and maybe a few drinks! :lol:

I'll let everyone know how the great Kiwi invasion goes. And hey, I understood what she was saying! :rofl: :rofl:

happy2bme
06-11-2007, 09:07 AM
Morning chicks,

I'm off to the new job this morning. First order of business is figuring out how to empty all those packing boxes into one cubicle - I have merged 2 locations worth of stuff into one place. Toss is the order of the day I think, Then it's shifting through wads of emails and ridding myself of 3 years worth of stuff from the old job. Should be an easy select and delete, do you think?

Would rather be meeting at Eaton Centre or even the lovely :shrug: TO bus station and playing with the chicks.

Have a great time chicks. Will be with you in spirit.

I think Shad practiced her elocution because I didn't have any problem understanding her either.

Later chickies... :wave:

MELODY525
06-11-2007, 09:20 AM
MADCAT~ SOMETIMES IT GET'S EASIER AS THE DAYS GO BY. BUT I FIND A GOOD CRY LETS OFF SOME OF THE SAD PARTS SO IT'S NOT SO OVERWHELMING. :hug: WE'LL BE HERE TO LISTEN. HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT RELAXING TIME. HOLLY AND SHAD CAN CARRY YOU HOME!! :lol3:

SHAD~ GOOD TO SEE YOU ARRIVED AND ARE READY FOR THE NEXT LEG OF THE JOURNEY! HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH ALL THE NORTHERN SISTERS!!

HOLLY~ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE ON CLEAN UNDIES!! YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN:rofl:

RUTH~ HOPE HERSHEY IS WELL AND YOU HAVE A LOVELY TIM,E WITH THE GALS WHEN THEY ARRIVE!!

CARLA~ THANKS FOR THE FLUSH PLAN. I REMEMBER NOW WHY I WASN'T GOING TO DO IT. I CAN'T HAVE THE CITRUS AND THE CRANBERRY. ONE MAKES ME SICK AND ACID INDIGESTION AND THE OTHER FORCES THE BLADDER TOO MUCH. ALSO O NEED FOOD AT INTERVALS DURING THE DAY AND ESPECIALLY UPON WAKING. LOW BLOOD SUGAR. JUST HAD A WEE BOUT OF IT YESTERDAY....I HAD SKIPPED BREAKFAST. MY OTHER PLAN IS SIMILAR WITH THE PROTEIN SO I'LL GO WITH THAT ONE. HAVE FUN WHEN YOU MEET UP WITH THE GALS TOO!

NOW FOR THE USA:
HAPPY~ THE GARDEN SOUNDS SO NICE AND I AM GLAD YOU ARE GETTING A WORKOUT THERE. BANANA CHIPS? I'D RATHER HAVE THE POOLSIDE DRINK....IS THE POOL READY YET?? I'LL SIT BESIDE IT TILL IT IS :beach:
I TOO HAD NO IDEA ROSEMARY WOULD GROW LIKE THAT :yikes: GOOD LUCK MONDAY WITH THE NEW JOB!

PAINTER~ I USED TO FIND ANY KIND OF ACTIVITY IN THE GARDEN VERY CATHARTIC! LIKE A GOOD EXLAX FOR THE SOUL. :rofl: FOR THE LAST 2 YEARS I HAVE FOUND GOING OUT A WEE BIT DAUNTING SINCE I GOT HURT. SOMETHING TO DO WITH SHAKEN CONFIDENCE. FIND YOUR WAY "HOME" SWEET LADY :hug:

CEEJAY~ THE AUNT AND UNCLE MUST LOVE THE HELP IN THE GARDEN. WAS THINKING OF YOU A LOT RECENTLY....OUR WATER SMELLS LIKE DIRT ON AND OFF. THEY SAY IT'S FINE BUT PU!!!!! :faint:

"and the walls came a tumbling down"....THAT'S A BIT HOW I FEEL SO I AM HAVING A DO NOTHING DAY!
TOO MANY WEEKS OF WORK AND I DIDN'T REALLY DIDN'T WORK THE AIR QUALITY INTO THE EQUATION. IT'S SUMMER VACATION TIME AND I WILL TREAT IT AS SUCH :dance: LEFT A MESSAGE ON THE OFFICE ANS. MACHINE..."SEE YA MANANA AMIGAS!"
YESTERDAY WAS SUPERB. CLOUDY AND A GREAT BREEZE. SAT IN THE BACK FOR AWHILE TILL THE ELDERS CAME OUT. JEN AND I SPENT THE AFTERNOON TOGETHER QUIETLY AND RICHIE CAME LATER. IT WAS NICE. WE HAD A GOOD TALK. THEY ATE A LOT OF SAUSAGE AND RICE!!! :rofl: ALL "BAD" FOODS ARE GONE NOW.
TODAY IS BACK TO ROUTINE DAY. :lol3: I KNOW I WILL FEEL BETTER WHEN IT'S IN PLACE.
HAPPY MONDAY AND HAVE GREAT WEEKS EVERYONE! :moped:

MELODY525
06-11-2007, 09:23 AM
:wave: HELLO MISS HAPPY!!! GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY SORTING!! :book2:
SHOULD HAVE KNOWN YOU WERE THERE BESIDE ME TYPING AWAY!!:comp:

PainterWoman
06-11-2007, 11:08 AM
Came home and was just overwhelmingly sad. I have to learn how to let some of this go. Going out to play today will help. That and maybe a few drinks! :lol:
Have I missed something? Is there a particular situation that's making you sad? I've been way sadder than usual (as I emerge from my weight denial)... and have cried lots, off and on. Read a book called Unattended Sorrow that is VERY sympathetic and much more merciful than my usual (but not normal) thoughts. But I definitely need to have a box of tissues at hand when I read it.
Mel: I know what you mean about shrinking one's world when there's been an "incident" that bruises confidence or feeds fear. I don't like that and it is SO hard to push back.
Happy visits between y'all. I'm off to the therapist. She hasn't "fixed me" yet. Now I understand how some of MY clients feel when they don't get what THEY need. Feh.
At least it is sunny.
:broc:

ceejay52
06-11-2007, 04:45 PM
Mel--Not sure where you get the water from--ground or surface. If it's surface water the resivors maybe expericing a turn over. Everything flip flops. It's common in the fall and spring.


Madcat--Hope you are feeling better with Shad and Holly at your side.

Hello to the rest. I just am not in the "diet mode" right now. Had an interesting phone call this morning fromone of the girls at the light office.
She asked me If I'd be interested in dating the Mayor's wifes father. I almost laughed in her face, but politely said no. I'm not the one to mingle in high society crowds. He's only 61 which is not a bad age for me but if (this is a lis a big thought)if and a BIG IF things were to get serious and there was marriage I'd become the Mayor's mother in law. NO NO NO NO. I'm not a fool.
Just thought I would throw in a good laugh. :rofl:

carla49
06-11-2007, 11:20 PM
Just a quick hello, since today was a work day and I'm feeling rather tired. I really, really, must retire...
Yesterday I finally got the bike tires inflated and went for an easy ride - about 20k, all on flat bike paths. I'll be resting up the next few days in honour of Shad's impending descent on the nation's capital... I also had a phone fest - chatted with Mel and Shad for the first time, and caught up with Ruth. Another fine example of Shad bringing Joy to the colonies. :lol:

Madcat, I hope you had (are still having?) a good day with Holly and Shad today, and that it softened a little of the sadness. You'll always be glad for the time you spend now with your friend, even though it's hard. :hug:

Holly, was Toronto as you remembered it? Or better? I'll bet it made you long for your quiet country life. We'll be expecting a full report on: a) whether Shad and Mad behaved, and b) whether Shad's accent was incomprehensible... :rofl: Enquiring minds want to know.

Ceejay, you silly goose - accept the date already! Especially since you're in no mood to diet, now's the time to be taken out for a nice fancy dinner. And if it led somewhere, you could order the Mayor around! The dream of every tax-paying citizen.

Shad, if you should read this, I'll be at work all day tomorrow but will call in the evening to check on plans for later this week. But I've already vacuumed and dusted your room, brought up the inflatable bed, and spent hours training the cats to leap from a ledge right onto where your pillow will be. :lol3:

Mel, maybe if Ceejay doesn't want the date you could fill in - you're used to ordering mayors around... :D
Is your AOL working normally now, or is it still slow?
Enjoy your time 'hiding out' before you get back to full speed.

No sign of Happy today - she must still be at the new office, trying to fit all that stuff into the new space. :eek: Time for a quick dose of Flylady, maybe?

:wave: to all, especially the missing chicks. I hope all is well with those who have gone awol.

carla49
06-11-2007, 11:39 PM
Well, dang! There I was in the middle of another short post when my router did that fun thing and had to be unplugged and restarted. Methinks there's a gremlin loose in the land - first Mel's AOL, and then my router... what next?

Anyway, I was busy apologizing to Happy, who I accused of not posting today. So sorry, :( I checked back and saw you had visited us this morning, and I think your little egg was in fact lit as I was posting.

Hollyhock
06-12-2007, 01:02 AM
I'm home from a perfectly dreamy and devine day with Miss Shad and Miss Mad and Mr Mad for dinner. Yippee!!!!!!!!

PainterWoman
06-12-2007, 01:19 AM
but if (this is a lis a big thought)if and a BIG IF things were to get serious and there was marriage I'd become the Mayor's mother in law. :rofl:
CeeJay--
You misunderestimate the power of mother-in-laws!! You could be running the whole town rather than just the water plant! I'm with Carla: GO for it. (And then tell us.)

Madcat-- Mel let me know about the challenges/illness with, I believe, your sister and a dear friend. I don't know of anything harder than being with someone that you can't "fix" or help. Most of us underestimate how much it means to "be with." "Be with" and love your friends. As one who had some lousy days during chemo and radiation, people who listened, joined me in distractions (knitting, movies, conversation) meant the world to me. And as a therapist, I am sure that those same people took their tears and fears to others who could support them. There's a sort of "pay-it-forward" aspect to it. Anne Morrow Lindberg said something like you can never return friendship IN KIND....you can only pass it on to others as appropriate.

Carla: Go you for the 10k bike ride! Sounds fun. I remember when I had leg muscles, a tough behind AND a sense of balance. Hmmm. Maybe I need one of those granny tricycles.
Best to all

MELODY525
06-12-2007, 08:21 AM
CEEJAY~THAT EXPLAINS A LOT ABOUT THE TASTE. THANKS. THINK I'LL STICK TO THE BOTTLED WATER:rofl:
GO FOR THE DATE!!! YOU COULD BE PUSHING MAYORS AROUND TOO!!IF HE WASN'T MARRIED I'D DATE MINE! :lol3:

CARLA~ HAVE A GOOD WALK/REST....HOWEVER YOU CHOOSE! LOL IT WAS GOOD TO CHAT TOO! :hug:
ENJOY THE JOYOUS TIME TOGETHER! :rofl:

PAINTER~I LIKE THE PAY IT FORWARD STUFF. TOO BAD THE WHOLE WORLD DOESN'T DO IT! LOL

WOKE UP TODAY WITH MY EYES GLUED SHUT. VERY BLURRY VISION. TOO MUCH RICH FOOD, GARLIC, VINEGAR, HOT SAUSAGES AND SPICES.
I REALLY THOUGHT A FEW DAYS WOULDN'T HURT.:faint:
TOOK PILLS AND DROPS AND GOING TO LIE DOWN.
THOUGHT I BETTER TELL YOU JUST IN CASE I VANISH FOR A FEW DAYS.....JEN IS NOT HERE RIGHT NOW TO READ AND TYPE. THEY ARE FINALLY REUNITED WITH THE KIDS AND OUR OFFICIAL SUMMER HAS BEGUN :rofl:
SENDING MANY GOOD WISHES TO THE NORTHERN HALF FOR A GREAT VISIT. I SHALL RETURN!
HAPPY TUESDAY :moped:

PS~ CARLA IT WAS THE COMPUTER ITSELF. I FIXED AOL AND THAT DIDN'T WORK SO I WENT INTO THE PC AND ASKED IT TO RESTORE ITSELF TO A PREVIOUS DATE. I CHOSE JUNE 1ST BECAUSE I KNEW IT WAS WORKING OK THAT WEEK. IT TOOK FOREVER TO GET THAT SCREEN UP BUT ONCE I GAVE THE ORDER ALL WAS WELL AFTER THE RESTORE. :shrug: I AM JUST GLAD IT WORKED! :dance:

happy2bme
06-12-2007, 08:28 AM
Mel, get off the computer and go lay down! :drill: Hope you feel better later on :hug:

happy2bme
06-12-2007, 09:07 AM
Morning chicks,

Sounds like the girls had fun up in Canada. Is this the part where Ruth captures Shad or does that come later? Can't remember...

Rest up Mel. Sounds like it's better if you stick with your routines. When you venture over the line, you always seem to pay for it. Pain in the butt but sometimes you just have to deal with what works best for you. Feel better soon my east coast friend :hug:

Painter, I totally agree with the pay it forward approach. We'd all be better off if we practiced it. So did you get some walking in yesterday? I thought of you and took a brisk(er) lap around the building. :) Let's all motivate each other.

Sounds like you had a well deserved girls day out Holly. Glad you had fun.

Carla - no kidding about needing Flylady at the office. Good for you for getting the bike out on the trail. I hold you in high esteem! :D You and Shad would kickith my buttith - :rofl:

Ceejay - I agree with the lot - could be worse things than being the Mayor MIL. Go for it. Life is too short for regrets!

Madcat :hug: because it sounds like you need one. Maybe another too :hug: You are a good friend and all though your friend's situation makes you sad, thank goodness you are there to look after her. That's what life's all about - not complaining and whining and wishing for and against all sorts of things that don't really matter - but instead it's helping each other through life, as best we can. Hope you had some fun yesterday. I see you dragged your DH into it too. :lol: Poor DH's - they just go along with us - my frenz is yur frenz, eh? :rofl:

First day on the new job was uneventful. Have 2 more boxes of stuff than places to put them so it's time to pitch. They are mixing some stuff up on the job over the next few months - would be a good time to get solidly into things and make some observations and suggestions for improvement so I will no doubt be busy. A good transition to let go of the old baggage. I walked the building yesterday. It's a good hike to everything - bathroom, coffee station, refrigerator. Do I REALLY want to go to the bathroom? :lol: At least I'm getting in more exercise - never a bad thing. Brought the pedometer with me, now have to make and meet step goals each day. Today starts in depth assemble those monthly reports so the honeymoon is over. Time to get on with the day.

Where are you off to today Shad? This holiday is really flying by quickly it seems even though you still have lots to enjoy.

Hellos to Meadow, Ruth and Shad. I gotta run now...

Madcat
06-12-2007, 09:54 AM
Quickie update on the passage of the Shad package. I don’t know about Shad and Holly but I certainly had a fun time yesterday. Met with Shad at her hotel and she recognized me before I recognized her. Of course, I was looking for someone in red and black and she snuck in a more pastel wardrobe on me :lol: After a bit of a walk and a brief stop for some liquid, Shad and I met up with Holly at the (somewhat) lovely TO bus station. Then it was off on the whirlwind walking/ taxi tour of Toronto. We had lunch in China town (everything on top of noodles) and then giggled our way through Kensington Market. If anyone is ion the market for an outfit that looks as if it was owned by MC Hammer, chicks, we can tell you where to find it! We even persuaded Shad to dress up in a chicken suit just for Mel’s benefit (and we have the photos to prove it).:rofl: Ended up the afternoon out in The Beaches where we enjoyed the water and the boardwalk (swearing at an annoying gnat of a jet-skier). Bit of a wander through some shops, and yes, Holly did buy Shad some maple syrup and some maple sugar candy. We’ll have to see how she likes that! Day ended off at the waterfront where, once my DH joined us, we sat on a patio and ate Italian food. Then it was a quick trip back to the bus station where I sacrificed a thumbnail to ensure Holly a safe journey, a side trip to Tim Horton’s for a coffee for Shad and I, and then called it a night. Shad’s comment on Tim’s was” Well, it’s coffee… sort of like McDonald’s” :rofl: Pretty much. It was a good day but it went by far too fast. I believe Shad is off to climb the CN tower and shop her way through the Eaton’s Centre today. I hope she has a good time.

I'll be back later. I have work to do.

Hollyhock
06-12-2007, 10:03 AM
Having a 2nd java and trying to pry my eyes open. I am almost sure the kids are fed , dressed and launched to school.

I had a spectacular day in Toronto.Everything was just perfect. Shad and Mad and I had great convo. We walked a LOT. Ate some delish food. It was just peachy.It was a delight to visit many favourite old haunts and share them with Shad.
I am all excited about taking my kids to the Big Smoke this summer!!!!

I have sore-ish feet and I didn't get quite enough sleep but the day goes on. I am torn between gardening and housework. It is a disaster in here.
I have a few calls I need to make around 9am. Thinking i will head out before it gets too hot. Shower, do housework and Avon. DS has dentist and we have an appt at the bank to sign our lives away.

Many hugs. What a joyous group we are.

Shad
06-12-2007, 10:59 AM
Morning all,
I've breakfasted (eggs Natasha and OJ) and am now enjoying a cup of Irish Cream coffee in the Internet cafe - it's very nice too - the coffe that is.

What have I done in the 3 cities?? (Which 3 cities you may well ask - TO, Tranna and Toronto) well ummmm lemme see.
First I got off a very nearly empty plane, then walked up 34 steps to the baggage claim only to find that if you are not interconnecting you have to walk down 34 different steps to get the luggage - strike one for the Canadians. They are going to ensure you get your exercise before you get your luggage. My luggage was 2nd off the carousel - who said they are slow in Pearson? and I took it through customs - Kiwi huh? Keep going and see that office over there. Kept going, saw that officer who said, what food ya got? Cranberries said I. Keep going he says, I'm hungry. I kept going, found someone who wanted to hustle me into a cab until I told him I was taking a bus but would willing go with him if he took bus vouchers. Not interested???
The bus driver spoke English with a really, really, really thick accent and took my voucher and then said he wasn't going to Day's Inn (Daze Inn) but would drop me at the Delta Shelter (later I found he actually said Delta Chelsea) and the Days was 2 blocks up. Eventually I found it and have a room on the 20th floor which gives me a great view of the apartment block next door!
The gym in the hotel is a bit strange - as in few of the equipment actually work, but if you don't wish to know how fast you are going, how many calories you are burning and how long you've been there it's okay. Had a swim in the pool as well.
I've spoken to Carla who managed to pick up on the salient facts and in fact seemed to understand me quite well. Madcat and Holly didn't seem to have much difficulty either, so I must be speaking some form of English I guess.

The day with Madcat and Holly was fun. I can now add - I've paddled in the lake and survived - to my CV. You should have seen Madcat's sign - chicks and a big CLUCK written on it - but it did the trick - Holly managed to recognise us (from behind) and we have walked the streets of Toronto and the Beaches. Holly bought me some Maple Syrup - I think I may have to have Pancakes for Breakfast Ruth.
Spoke to the man from Brampton last night or rather he spoke to me and I said uh huh several times and we have arranged to have lunch on 13th. So maybe I can make Kingston in the afternoon of the 13th. Carla/ Ruth you might like to ring me tonight please. Provided I don't meet up with any eligible mayors or otherwise I'll be in around 8.30 or 9.00pm

Happy - I didn't consider Graceland as a museum. More a snapshot of time and taste although those truly horrible souvenirs were a joy to behold. Wouldn't have missed it for the world. I was describing the visit to Madcat and TB (nice man - he even laughed at our jokes) and Holly. It was easy until we got to the gates firescreen and the Christmas tree ornament. Then I couldn't stop laughing. I still can't work out whether those gates or the Queen Mothers gates in Hyde Park are the most hideous. What I do know is that I have never seen the QM's gates as a firescreen!!!

Mel - rest up and use the butterfly to give the eyes some rest. Bet you forgot all about that big blue butterfly didn't you?? Thank you for a lovely visit. All too short but that's life. Thank Ritchie and Jen for me too! They were great.

Okay, coffee is gone and I have better go get ready for another marathon walking day. I have lot's to see and do

Sorry I haven't managed to answer all the posts. Don't dare go out of this screen again. Already lost the connection once.

See you (should I survive the Toronto sunshine and traffic) later.

Hollyhock
06-12-2007, 11:41 AM
Hiya Shad!!

It really was a perfect day in TO. I am all jazzed up from it. I must undeniably state that Shad and Madcat are as devine, funny, clever and fun IRL as online.

HUGS!!( cluck)

Hollyhock
06-12-2007, 04:02 PM
I have got the Toronto travel bug. :D

I'm excited. my sister booked a hotel for herself, my nephew(age 9), me and my two kids for the August long weekend- in Toronto, we will get a Toronto pass which lets you into all the sights for the price of 1( more or less).She has even mapped out an itinerary. Yippee!!!!!
Thought it would be more fun with company than doing it all alone with my kids and hubby doesn't want to go. It worked out perfectly and we will split the hotel bill. :D

I got my few errands done. Need to pick up DS in 20 min.

All is good.

Ruthxxx
06-12-2007, 04:38 PM
Hmmm...now I have the travel bug. Maybe during Delta Fair would be a good time to get outta town! Tranna, Oakville, Burlington, A.C. and Stratford! Hmmmm.

Shad will be here tomorrow! I can hardly wait! I'd love to do her whole North American trip. I'd even go to Graceland. All I need is a new knee and I'm outta here!

carla49
06-12-2007, 07:17 PM
It sure sounds like the Toronto get-together was a major success for all concerned. Bravo to all of you for all the nice walking and chatting and just getting to know each other. As for Holly, as the saying goes, how will we keep her down on the farm now that she's seen Paree?? (Answer: we won't - she's already booked a return visit.)

Ruth, we'll probably all be calling each other tonight, but it makes the most sense that you ands Shad arrange her arrival in Kingston, after which you and I can negociate delivery or transfer of the precious package. I'll have to get busy with the duster and mop, and also a teensy bit of grocery/wine shopping to cover the extra morning with guest. Haven't made pancakes in an age, but if you fall down on the job I can give it a try. I have some maple syrup in the fridge. Then again, I do make a mean smoothie... I'll let Shad decide. But I digress. I think you have a lengthy list of activities for Ms Joy, so I thought we could either meet in Smiths Falls for the hand-off and a coffee or whatever early evening (I'd rather miss the after-work traffic, not that it's a big deal) OR I could head down a little earlier, meet you either SF or Delta, and spend a little time getting acquainted before heading back up here for a lateish dinner and a libation or two. As long as I can be off the highway before dark, and have my guest in place for a reasonably early start on Friday, I'll be happy.

Mel, spicy food? Or did you "get rid of" too much of the good stuff you had in your secret stash? Do take care, rest the eyes, and come back to us when you're feeling better. :hug:

Madcat, can't wait to see the photos of the great Toronto caper. One of these days, don't know when, I'm bound to end up down there for a conference, and will absolutely try to arrange a get-together. By the way, I had never heard of TO being called the Big Smoke... We always called it Toronto the Good. As for pronouncint it "Tranna" I remember being enormously confused at one point when Tirana (Albania?) was in the news. It must have taken me at least a couple of days to figure out what TO had to do with Albania...

Happy, I do envy you starting a new job. While I've been in the same field for a looooong time, I did tend to make a major move of some kind every 5 to10 years. In fact, I'm due for another change right now, but the only options are retirement or moving to another city. I know which one I prefer, just have to find the $$$.
I seem to remember reading that when we start using a pedometer it's good to spend one day doing your normal activity to get a base number of steps, and then start to increase gradually. If it's like running, best not to increase more than 10% per week.

I must go - Ruth and I have just spent an hour on the phone sorting out Shad's immediate future, and I have things to do asap. Sorry as usual to any worldly chicks I've missed...

Hollyhock
06-12-2007, 08:29 PM
The Big Smoke can refer to:

* The Big Smoke, a name applied to various cities, including:
o Vancouver, British Columbia because of its heavy fogs and millsmoke ("smoke" in the old trade language there meant “fog” and “cloud").
o London, because of its smog (though these have declined, and the name with them)
o Toronto
o Sydney
* a character in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Shad
06-12-2007, 08:45 PM
aaaaah - my poor feet. Two days on the road and the NZ Kumpfs are starting to state that they are not going to be comfortable for much longer. They need a break!!!
I've done the Eaton centre and a fair slice of PATH, then I walked down to the St Lawrence Markets and then back to the hotel - it didn't seem that far but I guess it was far enough for the feet. Can't see any improvement in the body yet. Only bought 2 tee shirts and some fruit. I've been missing the fruit. Ran into a woman in the market who comes from Auckland NZ. She has a NZ gift shop there. Interesting to hear the accent so pure again. Then I found the NZ honey shop and had to taste all the different honeys. I wish I had found the Rewa Rewa honey in AKL for Happy. It is so different. Even found some Maple and Walnut icecream and had to have a go at that.

Okay, that's about it for the day. Coffee is finished and the guy behind the counter is giving the girls who got here just before me a hard time, so my time must also be about up.

happy2bme
06-13-2007, 01:25 AM
Poor Shad,
Hope you get a chance to rest up the tired feet on the train to Ruth's. The Longhorn sounds like a place to sit and chat too. DH and I walked into our Fresh Market local grocer on Sunday and they had MANGOS for 50 cents each! I had to touch them to see if they were real. I have never, EVER seen mangoes for that cheap here. Pity that we missed them, I told DH that you are the only person in Memphis who could show us how to cut the silly things :rofl: Darn, another thing we missed. **snaps fingers**

Your honey was divine. It's quite chilly in the new office so I broke into my stash of teas. Took along the honey today and liked it so much I had 2 cuppas. :T Definitely not sharing. I now know what I've been missing. Poor sad American bees :( Thank you, thank you for something new and delightful. And every morning I take a sniff of the white soap before I leave - my personal aromatherapy. Keeps me from swearing at the imbeciles on the commute in.

Ruthie - mum's got bad knees, some days I have bad knees. We can make accomodations - don't worry.

It really is lovely to see everyone rallying around such a joyous event. And Shad has not yet once complained that we've called her a parcel.

Carla - I hear you on moving around on the job. I tend to stay a long time at a company but get itchy feet about every 3 years or so. Actually by that point you start to get jaded, switching things up gets you enthused again although right now I'm heavily into the dazed and confused mode and I don't think I will ever remember any of this. Hope you can work things in your favor for future plans. If nothing else we can band together and create a "Camp Fun for Chicks" summer up north, winter down south. Whutcha think?

Best get to bed now, pleasant dreams to all. Happy treking up yonder friends.

PainterWoman
06-13-2007, 01:29 AM
Ooooh, it sounds like y'all had a wonderful meet-up. I did stand/walk rather a lot yesterday... and am barely toddling today. Tomorrow I should have time to walk. Thursday, DH is having a "procedure" that will take a fair amount of the day.. so maybe pacing will be the exercise I get. Friday we're off to California. Wheeeeeeee.

happy2bme
06-13-2007, 09:38 AM
Hmm - no updates. Everyone must be busy. Hope your DH makes it through his "procedure" dandy fine Painter.

Love to the rest. Running late today. No time to chat.

Hollyhock
06-13-2007, 10:10 AM
Shad will enjoy the triasn ride. It is thru beautiful Ontario countryside. I am only( okay a lot) envious. Need to plan another road trip.
My Sister jumped on my Toronto trip inviote and booked everything yesterday. Hotel, Toronto passes. We are all set!!

My allergies are terrible thins morning. My top eye lid is drooping over the bottom lid. Compresses and meds will help. Kids are launched.

I am taking this morning "off". Sorta. I have had a non stop whirlwind 8 days straight. I am feeling it today. I do need to make something for the gangs supper and then shower. I have payroll at noon.
I want to make a big To Do list for around the house to get my focus.

I need to buckle down about my weight and exercise as well. I have been carting around 30 lbs since DS8 was born. It just needs to come off. Bottom line. I need to commit to myself.

Shad
06-13-2007, 10:11 AM
Happy - are you back to burning the candle again? I just looked at the times when you posted. After midnight???! :faint: and then again at 8.30!!! :yikes: How do you expect to learn a new job when you brain doesn't have time to become unscrambled and de fried overnight??? (Shades of aigs there - howdya laike them aigs?). Get thee to bed early woman.

I had a fairly long chat with Ruthxxx last night. That woman has an evil laugh. I can see we are going to get up to lots of no good tomorrow. She already has the barcardi rum cake ready and the wine. The **** with food! I'll have to dig out the Aussie accent again so the family can get to understand the lingo. Can't really do West Australian too well, but I'll try.

Holly is bringing the family to the triple cities. Should I warn the natives now or should I let them be surprised???? Oh surprise them I think!!!

The man from Brampton (and possibly his wife) are coming to take me to lunch today - yeehah at last I get rid of Ned Kelly out of the case. So much more room to put junk into!

I catch the train to the Promised Land at 1510 or 1530. I'm told to sit on the right so I can see the sights. If we have a minute tomorrow, I will tell you all about the 'real Ontario' and the 'real manure piles, beer bottles and hay baling'. It will be a blast. I'll probably need a minute or two for laundry as well.

Painter - good onya for getting up and moving. A little bit done often will help a lot with the mobility. Go Girl.

Speaking of going - it's time I went. The man is getting that look again.
Till next time from Canadian Paradise.

MELODY525
06-13-2007, 10:41 AM
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING CHICKLETTES
I SKIMMED THE POSTS. LAUGHED WHEN I SAW HOLLY IS READY TO GO BACK ALREADY! :lol3: SHE WILL NEVER STAY BACK ON THE FARM CARLA! :dance:
HOPE SHAD'S FEET GET A NICE WARM SOAK BEFORE THE NEXT LEG OF THE JOURNEY! MY MAYOR IS STILL TALKING ABOUT US!! :rofl: MAKING ME PROMISE TO NEVER GO ON THOSE 2 HILLS AGAIN:yikes: HE'S TOO CUTE.
HAPPY YOU ARE TO BE :rollpin: FOR THE LATE HOURS YOU KEEP!!! YOU AND MADCAT NEED ALL YOUR WITS ABOUT YOU FOR THE 2 NEW JOBS. MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH MADCAT AND HER SISTER. :hug: :love:
RUTH AND CARLA SOUND LIKE THEY ARE READY FOR THE PASSING OF THE NZ PARCEL :gift: AND I TOO AM SURPRISED HAPPY THAT SHAD HASN'T ONCE SAID ANYTHING ABOUT BEING CALLED A PARCEL :lol3:
AS FOR ME....EYES AND SKIN ARE IN FULL BLOOM BUT THE PAIN IS GOING AWAY. CORTISONE DROPS HAVE WORKED THEIR WONDERS AS USUAL. IF I GET ANOTHERT BOUT, I WILL HAVE TO SEE THE DR. I'VE RUN OUT OF MEDS! :faint: JOHN AND JIMMY CAME UP WHEN THEY FOUND OUT ABOUT MY SKIN. THEY KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT BEING IN PUBLIC AND HEARING THE COMMENTS SO THEY CAME TO BRING MY CHAIRS AND HELP WITH THE REST. WE MIGHT HAVE OUR DIFFERENCES BUT IT'S NICE TO KNOW WE ALL GO THE DISTANCE WHEN IT COMES TO TAKING CARE OF EACH OTHER'S BACK. GOTTA LOVE THOSE GUYS. OK I AM OUT OF HERE. THIS IS NO TIME TO PUSH IT!!
HAPPY WEDNESDAY!! :moped:

Hollyhock
06-13-2007, 11:15 AM
My kids argued this morning over who got to take what, from the gifts Shad gave me, for show and tell. DS this morning, DD this aft. So Jaffas will be the talk of Downtown Ailsa Craig. The pencil is a big hit. Too funny.
Hubby jokingly said the Jaffas were Aussie Smarties. He managed to eat a handful.

Ruthxxx
06-13-2007, 04:04 PM
Just got a call from Shad who will be catching the 3:10 out of Tranna. I'll be picking her up shortly after five. I think I'll take one of the dogs - do you think she'll know me? It'll probably be Hershey because Lucy dashed out of an open gate (damned workmen!) and is snoring away after her 20 minute run through the village, terrorizing the natives! At least she comes back and barks at the door to get into her nice air-conditioned house!

I'll have to dig out the Aussie accent again so the family can get to understand the lingo. Can't really do West Australian too well, but I'll try. said Shad. My niece is marrying a guy from West Australia - a real hunk! - and my sister and BIL want to get a fix on Australia as they plan a trip there. We are going over to the Farm tomorrow afternoon for tea or a drink before we go on to Merrickville and a meeting for dinner with Carla49. We definitely have to take in the Long Horn - breakfast or lunch maybe - and will probably walk the Village a bit. I'm sure we'll manage to fill the time even if we don't find a guy with a manure spreader. (The excitement today was a guy with a helicopter moving a hydro pole out to Black Jack Island on the Lower Lake. Try to match that!) Oh yeah - and laundry!

I just put a Skor chocolate bar on Shad's pillow! I don't know how she made out on this trip but ....evil laugh! I'll try to get her rested up as Carla49 had some mountain scaling scheduled for Friday. :yikes: At least we've been having real Australian weather for this Joyous Journey.

In other news......I managed to get out of the Mill Meeting last night without having to take on a committee! Like most community organizations, a few of the 150 people do all the work. The ones talking the loudest BS at the social hour last night were the slackers. So sad! Our Mill is a National Historic Site and a real treasure but it takes lots of volunteer hours to staff it.

It's definitely full summer now. I took the back road home from shopping this morning and the fields are just lovely with buttercups and daisies. You can also smell CLOVER How appropriate!

Time to give the Girls an early supper and get out of my garden grubbies ready to go to town. I think I'd better clear some crud out of the car too so there's room for La Shad's luggage. She's wearing black shorts so I don't need to get all the fog fur off the seats, :lol:

Full report to follow, of course.

Here's a pic of my soon-to-be nephew. If they are all like that in West Australia, I may join the family visit! He's sort of a movie Crocodile Dundee!

carla49
06-13-2007, 04:41 PM
Unless she's been abducted by the bunch from Brampton, Shad is sitting in her train, just chugging out of Union Station, inching her way closer to Delta and then Otty. Ruth is setting chocolate traps throughout the house. And Carla is enjoying getting off work at one instead of 5... :woo: Also doing laundry and doing a very good job of reducing her expectations of how clean the house will be for Ms Shad and then the poor catsitter. :lol: I just hope everyone who comes in here is wearing a hazard suit, :rofl: or at least a pair of slippers... :shrug:

My fingers are crossed for a couple of beautiful days until Sunday morning's general exodus from my place towards western Canada. Merrickville is a gorgeous little town, the perfect place to meet up with fellow chicks. Having discovered that almost all the worldly chicks except me are, uh, down to earth, :lol3: I think I'll just look around until I see two giggling munchkins of a certain age, and that'll be Ruth and the package.
Friday looks good for a quiet breakfast and then off to the woods, followed by a nice "refreshing" (= ice cold) swim in Meech Lake and either a picnic lunch or a nice stop at a café in Old Chelsea. The rest of the day can be whatever S wants, with maybe more laundry :eek: , a glass or two, a bite or a bbq, and an early night to accommodate that very, very, very, early trip to the airport.

Mel, how nice that the fellows realized you could use a hand. No one likes to be seen when they're not looking their best. I'm sure the people who ask the inevitable "Eeewww, what happened to your face/leg/hair/leg-hair?" aren't trying to be mean, but sheesh, do they think we don't already feel bad enough? By the way, Ruth and I are plotting to descend on New York one of these days. We'll give you plenty of notice so you can rest up, stay away from all your trigger foods, and charge up all your chairs to walk the streets with us. (Hmmmm, that doesn't sound quite right. For the record, I am not a streetwalker. Don't know about that Ruth, but she does have xxx after her name...)

That's all for now. Time to head down to the laundry room, and maybe do a little dusting. Maybe.

Madcat
06-13-2007, 07:17 PM
hey guys! Just a quickie (but not the bump nasties kind!). Spent all day helping my sister go through the rounds with the latest doctor visit. This one was all about Chemo... don't get me wrong, all the health care types have been very kind, but it was just SO MUCH information. She even broke down at one point and said "Don't tell me anymore. I just can't absorb it". It helps she has a technical writer as a sister since I was there, notebook in hand, being useful and scribbling madly. The notetaking put me in job mode and helped keep ME calm at least. She starts both Radiation and Chemo Monday. Good thoughts are welcomed, please.

Hope that by now Shad and Ruth are sitting on a garden chair somewhere with a glass in hand. Sorry I couldn't spend more time with you while you were here, Shad. I feel so bad about it, but, my how circumstances suck sometimes. I was a bit out of it and I hope you didn’t find me too tedious. But Monday really helped.

My DH is taking me out for a beer. It's not on the diet, but sometimes life happens. Take care all. Happy, get some sleep and I hope your new job still has that new job smell. Mel, watch your sweet eyes and yes, it is nice to know you can count on people when things are bad. Carla, don't waste all your time cleaning. It is too nice a day. Shad will squint and "avoid" seeing the dust. Holly is dreaming of her TO vacation. Ruthie, if you ever do make that S.Ontario tour, I would love to meet you for lunch. Hubba Hubba for the soon to be nephew. Shad, enjoy the Valley boys and I’m glad Ned jumped ship. Don’t overdo it, Painter. I hope your husband is quick to get over whatever he is having done. Love to everyone else since I’m afraid to go back a screen

Gonna go take a shower to wash the car sweat off and go revel in just being alive.

happy2bme
06-13-2007, 07:17 PM
Little does Ruth know that Shad is not a chocolate person. Now if you put a hunka cheese or a nice ripe mango on the pillow :evil laugh:

Yes Ruth, I'd say you have quite the cutie there in the pic.

ceejay52
06-13-2007, 07:53 PM
Popping into say hello.

Ruthxxx
06-13-2007, 09:30 PM
Here we go again.

This is not Ruthxxx. But c'est moi. I've met up with our Ruth at the Kingston Station along with Hershey. There she was standing there and I just walked up to her and said that I was looking for a lady with a dog. Hersh was wearing her red scarf. Ruth was not wearing a purple hat or holding peonies. I only recognised Hersh!!!!!

So we came home through the highways and byways and we are now into the Vodka and Scotch - not together, come on you lot. Ruth has the Scotch, I'm continuing the vodkas that I had at lunch time with the man. Yep, I had lunch with a strange man. The bartender had to go off down the street to get some more tonic for my vodka and we had a grilled cheese sandwich together. Well he had a cheese burger since I'm not into sharing my lunch.

Ruth is really lovely - complete with the evil laugh. We are about to do the translation of the bbq apron - Happy should I let you do the translation? The dogs are great big curly bundles of fur and big brown eyes and teeth.

Not sure what else is happening tonight. Tomorrow I think I have to speak Australian to the hunks potential in-laws. Should be fun. We are going sightseeing tomorrow. Delta is a fun place by the sound of it. Tomorrow I even get to meet some 'normal people'(Ruths words not mine) Clare and Doug whom Ruth has mentioned previously. Ruth is now waving a bunch of asparagus around. Dinner must be nearly ready. I have to keep an eye on Lucy who is likely to go pinch my chocolate bar (still on the bed).
Hang on Ruth is yelling at me. It appears we aren't having peppers for dinner tonight. That's okay. We've got chicken and asparagus and who knows what else - come to that, we have unlimited vodka - who cares.

I'm off to do the dinner thing. See you.

ceejay52
06-14-2007, 01:04 AM
I've had to come in for a read of Shad's adventure's. I'm thrilled that she's gotten to meet so many of our group. Sigh, I wish I hadn't been sick when she was in the south.

I'm curious, what are jaffa's?

PainterWoman--Is your hubby going to be able to travel that soon? California sounds like a fun trip.

Mel -It was nice of the guys to come and help you.

Madcat--Sending you and sister good thoughts and prayers.

Ruth--I agree with the others with the cute Austrailan.

Happy--How's the new job?

Nothing new on this end.

happy2bme
06-14-2007, 09:17 AM
Morning chicks,

Ceejay - Jaffas are a candy that some say are quite addictive. Easiest way to describe them is that they are small balls similar in nature to our M&M candies. Except that the outer shell is a delightful orange flavor and the inside is chocolate - like an M&M. And they are round instead of flattish like our candies. You pop one in your mouth, let the candy shell melt so you get the orange flavor and then chomp the chocolate. They were good but not the OMG I'm in LOVE with these things I've heard from others. Perhaps it has to do with my getting away from chocolate in general and losing my taste for it. They were nice to try and I'm glad I got the chance.

The new job is going ok. I am trying not to be overwhelmed. Everything is new - terms, people, procedures, even the bearings of the building complex. Yesterday at lunch I did take a walk around the inside perimeter. It's a HUGE place. Can either do laps or trot up and down the aisles in between the bays. Left my pedometer in my purse - will have to try it today to get some idea of measurement. It does seem at times that I will never figure out all the bits of this new job - I just tell myself to calm down - 3 months from now it will be old hat. Thanks for asking tho Ceejay. How's the diet going for you? Didn't you chose a new plan?

Well Shad and Ruth - sounds like the dynamic duo found each other. I'm sure you had quite the entertaining evening. Hope you aren't going to be climbing trails after a vodka laced night. If you are, then you truly ARE my hero :D So tell us, did Ruth come through on her promise to show you country life at it's best? I have stared at the apron and I admit I am at a loss to use at least 3 phrase in a proper sentence. Strewth, me thinks it will roll off the tongue better once we're all half cut - bloody oath! Enjoy your time together. What does Hershey think of your luggage that has been sniffed at by various cats all through your journey? - Shad's not only been meeting with friends but it seems most of us have cats as well. :D

Madcat - I never thought of it that way but i suppose your ear for turning instructions into written word would be a darn fine asset in your sister's case. Good that you can sit and listen with an open ear. I too would probably take your sister's posture of STOP ALREADY - more pouring in faster than you can process it. Still sending good healing and comforting thoughts your way :grouphug: Hope you enjoyed your beer and a little bit of downtime with the DH.

So Carla - do you live in the country too? Thought you lived in a big city, don't know why - perhaps I got confused when you were posting from the various work sites instead of home. Have a good time with Shad. ICE COLD LAKE? Brrrrrr..... That's right, it's barely spring up your way. :lol:

Mel - hope you are feeling better this morning. Nice of the guys to help you out. It's a shame we can't all be more accepting of each other and life's little bumps along the way. Mom always said don't stare. Hard to retrain your thoughts. Just think peaceful, calming thoughts and in a few days this will be over with. :hug:

Ok, my time is up here - time to hit the hamster wheel. Have a good day chicks.

MELODY525
06-14-2007, 09:23 AM
CEEJAY I FORGET WHAT JAFFAS ARE TOO. BUT I AM ASSUMING THEY'RE NO ON OUR DIET PLANS:rofl:

MADCAT~ ALL MY BEST THOUGHTS GIRLFRIEND. SENDING SPECIAL WARM HUGS TO YOUR SISTER. :hug:
HANG IN THERE!! :hug: THE BEER IS A GOOD IDEA!! GOOD FOR THE DH!!:cheers:

RUTH& SHAD~ TRY NOT TO SHOCK THE ENTIRE TOWN AND TAKE OVER THE LONGHORN!!! LEAVE SOME OF THE CITIZENS WITH THEIR BRAINS STILL INTACT :dizzy: HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME!! I HAD A LAUGH...IT HASN'T STOPPED RAINING EVERY DAY SINCE SHADDIE LEFT. IS MOTHER NATURE CRYING AT HER DEPARTURE???:rofl:
HAVE FUN :cb: :carrot:

HOLLY~ I CAN SEE YOU WILL NEVER BE THE SAME! :rofl:

CARLA~ DON'T FORGET BEHIND THE LOO!! BUT I THINK I WASTED ALL THE TIME CLEANING CAUSE I NEVER ONCE SAW A WHITE GLOVE ON SHAD'S HAND?!?!? :shrug:
HAVE A GREAT TIME....WATCH OUT FOR THAT RUTH...I HEAR THOSE TRIPLE X'S AREN'T THERE FOR NOTHING!!

HAPPY~ HOW GOES THE JOB?? FINISH THE JAFFAS YET?? DID YOU SHARE THEM WITH THE DH?? is the pool ready yet? INQUIRING MINDS NEED TO KNOW THESE THINGS:rofl:

:wave: TO MEADOW AND NAE AND PAINTER AND TIG AND THE REST OF THE CHICKS. TEEL AND LINUS!:wave:

THE "DECONSTRUCTORS" IN THE NEXT YARD HIT A GAS LINE THAT SOMEONE FORGOT TO TURN OFF. WE WERE TOLD TO STAY AWAY FROM THE WINDOWS FOR ABOUT 1/2 HOUR. TOO BAD CAUSE THE FIRE DEPT WAS OUT IN FORCE WITH ALL THEIR REGALIA!!! GOD I LOVE THOSE GUYS :lol3: EVEN WITH THE A/C ON I COULD SMELL IT SO I TURNED IT OFF. WE'RE MISSING ALL THIS COOLER AIR WITH THE WINDOWS SHUT BUT THE DUST AND SMELLS ARE JUST TOO MUCH. NOTHING NEW HERE. BEHAVING MYSELF FOR A CHANGE. MADE A SOUPY BEEF STIRFRY. LOOKING MORE LIKE BEEF STEW! :rofl: BUT SMELLS GOOD. THE RICE IS NEXT. OFF TO THE KITCHEN.
HAPPY THURSDAY :moped:

carla49
06-14-2007, 11:34 AM
While Shad and Ruth were downing vodka and scotch, this chick was enjoying entirely too much wine with her weekly condo bbq crew. Then 'fell asleep' on the couch and forgot to feed the cats... :o Feeling rather fragile this morning, :barf: and certainly would not have been up to anything like a hike. So I think tonight Shad will be tippling on her own, unless she too is regretting last night's excesses.

Shad, don't worry, there'll still be wine for you, and I'll pick up some tonic. I'm sure I have some old vodka around - it doesn't go bad does it? :lol:

Ruth, despite the rocky start to the day, I'll be there as planned, with (figurative) bells on. :joker:

Happy, I do live in the city, but Ottawa has a wonderful national park 15 minutes from downtown. And it's a small, accessible sort of town - no smog or mammoth traffic jams. It has spread, mainly to the southwest, but the core is still quite homey as cities go. I'll take some photos tomorrow on the hike, and get Shad to show me how or where to post them for all to see. (There will be no swimsuit shots. :no: In fact, I plan to swim in my hiking clothes.)

Madcat, I've been sending :hug: :hug: and :goodvibes: every day since you first told us about your friend's illness, upped the intensity when your sister's news came in, and am now adding extra for you. I may even ask my churchgoing neighbour to put the three of you in her prayers. :grouphug:

Mel, you're sounding more like your old self. Hmmm, that stew is starting to sound good. :drool: :hungry: Although I'd really rather have a :cookie: I must be recovering from the nonsense with the vino. ;) What a pain that you missed your chance to enjoy the firefighters! :tantrum: At least they caught the leak and you didn't get blown up! :bomb:
As for the cleaning, I've given up on having things spic and span for Shad, considering my delicate condition. :faint: There'll have to be some speed cleaning Sat morning after the Shad run to the airport. Hey, seeing 'Shad' and 'run' so close together has me thinking about fish. Maybe we should have shad roe garnished with shad flies for dinner tomorrow? I'm sure that somewhere in this world there are people who eat deep-fried shad flies, and I wouldn't be surprised if some of them are from Oz or NZ... Of course the fish itself might have eaten some shad flies, which would be more efficient than catching and cooking them myself. Am I babbling? Must be delirious. :dizzy:

Ceejay, it really is a shame that you missed out on the visit. It sounds like Shad has been spreading joy and jaffas wherever she has visited. At least the thread has allowed you to enjoy her tour vicariously.

Ruthxxx
06-14-2007, 04:16 PM
The average IQ in Delta is about to fall by 10 points as Shad has left the building!

Madcat
06-14-2007, 10:03 PM
Ruth! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

At least you didn't say "And Ottawa's is about to go UP 10 points!"

Hollyhock
06-14-2007, 10:32 PM
Isn't Joy a complete joy? Happy sigh. I am loving enjoying her journey vicariously...except for my 7.5 hour part in it.

Meadow
06-14-2007, 11:09 PM
Don't ask me what I've been doing, not alot :p Certainly not exercising :dunno: Made a Honey cake from a recipe in the new issue of Chatelaine magazine, sent a quarter of it to the neighbour who had given me some yellow iris bulbs earlier :spin: Made some chamomile rinse for the kids hair... the plant has run riot in my garden and I can no longer see my tomato plants :o I guess I will be pulling them out, remember last year when I was so excited about trying a chamomile lawn?! What was I thinking?:lol3: The poppies and calendula plants are also well into my walking circle and I can just imagine how the cosmos is going to lurch for the sky next month and totally dwarf everything. I like to grow the easy plants that self sow and grow and grow and grow:carrot: :rofl:

Shad-I'm not sure when your train will be chugging by? Will it be on Saturday the 16th? I can't really tell from your schedule. I can wave a Joy sign and woot at you:cheer2: It sure sounds like the gang have been keeping you busy and engaged. I think you are very courageous to travel by yourself to all these new places.

Mel-How are you feeling? Be well :hug: I'm sorry you had to miss the fire fellows. I'm sure there will be an alarm sometime this weekend they will have to come out for and you will get to enjoy the view at closer quarters ;)

Happy-The new job is keeping you sparky? Is this going to be a new routine for you, walking around the outside? Sounds like a pleasant stress reliever. I'm sure you are right about it becoming old hat soon. Enjoy the feeling of being a bit of kilter, you shall soon level out ;) How is the water in the pool?

Carla-poor kitties, missing their chow :) At least you had a good night and restbit :D Do you have Shad now? I need to check closer at the visiting list, is it tonight or tomorrow? I'm sure you will get on well and give big hugs to Shad and Ruth when you see them.

Ruth-best do a head check on the dogs. I sensed that Shad might be coveting their little furry company ;) I hope you had a great time together. Sounds like you feed and hydrated her to perfection :D

Holly- lol So Toronto has captured you? Will you be going to a taping of Cityline and get some free goodies that they always share with the audience? I hope you are getting some quiet time alone in the bath and some lovely cuddles with your kids:bubbles:

Madcat-it is wonderful that you can concentrate for your sister when she is overwhelmed. I'll bet she finds you help her breathe. This is a tough road she is on. You and your family are in my thoughts :goodvibes I hope she gets into a support group and has lots of chances to vent out her feelings about this.

Ceejay-how are you? So your friends are trying to fix you up? Nice friends, they seem to be concentrating on the monied folk.

Painter-Have a wonderful time in California! :flow1: How are you feet feeling after your walks? Be sure to wear your sunscreen and a hat if you get up to some wandering in CA. Although I doubt California is any hotter than your area ;)

:wave: Summer is officially here in a week...21st right?:p :flow2: :dancer:

Pool time!:swim:

carla49
06-14-2007, 11:13 PM
The package has been successfully transferred. Had a lovely dinner in Merrickville with Ruth, and now we're doing simultaneous posts. (This is really me. Shad is the Carla 49 on the other laptop.)
We're being very good girls, no booze of any description, and will be off in the morning to hike those hills. Maybe a bbq in the evening - I heard a rather tasty-sounding recipe on the radio for bbq breast of duck, of which I happen to ahve one in the freezer... Will go take it out, and get off the site to see why Shad's post won't go up.

carla49
06-14-2007, 11:19 PM
Post would not post. Gosh durn it. I have lost it - gosh durn it again. I will be back tomorrow to beat this into submission. Bye y all

Ruthxxx
06-15-2007, 08:28 AM
Good morning, Worldly Chickies!

Lucy just dashed upstairs to check out the guestroom for her favourite visitor. Shad certainly is a dog person. The Girls pretty much ignored me while she was here. She's a great visitor and we had lots of fun.

Carla49, It was just great to meet you, even for such a short time. I will definitely let you know when I am next in Ottawa and we will get together.

Meadow, I love seeing your garden in my imagination. I've never done the chamomile lawn but do have several 8' x 12' carpets of creeping thyme. At least it stays short.

Madcat, my thoughts are with you a lot these days as mys sister is going through a similar situation. When I do my Ruthie Road Tour, we will definitely get together for a coffee or a "beverage".

Mel, now that I am bitten by the travel bug, I have got a visit to "Joisey" on my list - definitely not in the stinking hot summer though.

Happy, I'm glad you approve of the future nephew. I wonder if I can claim droit de seigneur. :evil:

Ceejay, Hi! I hope you are all better from your malaise now. I'm so sorry you missed meeting Shad.

Hollyhock, a Tranna getaway for you and yours sounds great. I'm still working on a S. Ont trip but it might be the Fall. Stratford is getting pretty booked for the summer but......

Shad, what a great visitor you are! Joan called me just now to thank me for bringing you over and Claire left a phone message saying you were a "joy". You have to come back so we can cover the stuff we missed - beer bottle collecting, manure spreading and the knitting of the round bales.

I need to get the butt in gear and get back to real life. It's a gloriously sunny day again today. We are in need of rain though. Today will be the day when I finally set up the sprinklers for the gardens! Gardening and continuation of the clearing of the construction zone continues. When I got home last night, my laundry sink had been installed! Mike the plumber just let himself in, petted my fierce guard dogs and installed the thing! Now I just need some crown molding and my kitchen will finally be finished.

Have a lovely TGIF and a great weekend.

MELODY525
06-15-2007, 08:45 AM
SHAD SPENT TOO MUCH TIME BY HAPPY....SHE'S STARTING TO SOUND LIKE A SOUTHERN YANK CHICK!
OR DO THEY TALK LIKE THAT IN MOUNTIE LAND TOO?:rofl:
SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE FRAGILE "BRAINS" AND HOPE SOME OF YOU HAVE SINCE DRIED OUT!!:cheers:
SOUNDED LIKE A GREAT TIME. HOPE YOU AND CARLA HAVE FUN WITH THE HIKING AND BBQ! ENJOY!

RUTH~ YOU SHOULD HAVE WORN THE RED HAT!!!:D

HAPPY~ SENDING YOU GOOD VIBES FOR GETTING SETTLED IN THE NEW JOB. WE POSTED TOGETHER AS USUAL YESTERDAY! LOL YOU'RE RIGHT....IN A SHORT TIME IT WILL ALL BECOME "OLD HAT". :hug: BET YOU'RE GLAD THE WEEKEND IS ALREADY UPON US!!:dance:

CEEJAY~ IT WAS A SHAME YOU WEREN'T FEELING UP TO PAR BUT THEN THINGS COME UNEXPECTEDLY. :hug:
HOW IS THE EXERCISING GOING? I WANT TO SEE PICTURES OF THE 34" WAIST WHEN IT ARRIVES!!

HOLLY IS STILL DREAMING.

MEADOW~ I MADE A CAMMOMILE TEA AND TRIED IT ON MY EYES. SEEMED TO CALM THINGS DOWN A BIT. MY MAINT. MAN SAL SAID HIS WIFE SENT IT OVER. WE'LL HAVE TO RENAM YOU MARY QUITE CONTRARY WITH YOUR GARDEN ABUNDANTLY GROWING! :flow2: I HAVEN'T BEEN TO THE CHATELAINE WEBSITE IN AWHILE. I MUST GO AND CHECK OUT THE CAKE! :rofl:

MADCAT~ HOW IS YOUR NEW JOB? HOPE ALL IS SETTLING IN NICELY. A LOT OF THINGS GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE AT ONE TIME. TAKE TIME OUT FOR YOURSELF. WATCH SOME MINDLESS TV COMEDY AND LAUGH. :hug:

:balloons:TOMORROW IS MISS TEEL'S BIRTHDAY! WISHING HER MANY HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAY JUST IN CASE SHE IS LURKING AROUND A 3FC CORNER!! :gift:

FEELING A BIT FRAGILE MYSELF THIS WEEK AND WISH IT WAS BECAUSE OF THE VODKA :rofl: :rofl:
THE WEEKEND IS HERE AND SILENCE WILL BEGIN IN A FEW HOURS. GETTING BORED WITHOUT THE COMPUTER BUT I HAVE BEEN POKING MY HEAD INTO THE CLOSETS AND KEEPING BUSY. ALL THE KIDS HAVE LEFT FOR THE COUNTRY LAST NIGHT. PEACE WILL REIGN SUPREME. :carrot: THE MIL IS CALLING THIS WEEKEND. GOT A NOTE THE OTHER DAY. A COUSIN WILL BE IN TOWN SOON. THE FUN BEGINS. :dizzy:
I AM OFF TO EAT BREAKFAST............:moped:

:wave: TO MISS HAPPY! :cofdate: GOOD MORNING!

HAPPY FRIDAY AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!:sunny:

carla49
06-15-2007, 09:10 AM
Hi Mel! I see your egg's lit. Shad and I are just having coffee - poor thing must have thought I'd never get up and start the day. No more chitchat for now, I must get dressed and find something to feed the poor woman - the cupboard is rather bare... Have a leisurey chamomile day.

Hi Ruth, nice to meet you, and thanks again for dinner. We got back before dark,and were in bed by midnight. S is raring to go, so I'll save any other stuff for later. If you PM me your email address, I'll send you the snaps I took yesterday on departure. Droit du signeur, you evil woman?

Shad has more than earned her brekkie - I hit the wrong key and the post disappeared :yikes: but she told me about Ctrl Z (Zed as we call it up her in civilization :rofl: ) and the day was saved.

Hi and bye to all the others. Not ignoring you, but Madame awaits...

happy2bme
06-15-2007, 09:24 AM
Morning Mel (and the others) - you beat me in this morning. Whadda yah mean Shad spent too much time at my house? Can I help it if she likes me best :p :rofl: :rofl:

This morning got away from me already so I will have to catch up with y'all tonight.

Glad to hear that Shad's North American tour is so successful. She is pretty special, isn't she?

Have a good time in the forest Carla and Shad - no skipping around pretending you are woodland nymphs :lol: :lol: :lol:

Happy Friday peeps, happy early birthday Teel. :hb:

Madcat
06-15-2007, 09:30 AM
And Happy's egg is lit! Morning Happy~~~!

Just wanted to warn everyone that if i don't post much for a bit it's just because I'm saving some mental energy. I'll pop in and read and throw my two cents in here and there but I feel as if I am being pulled in 14 directions at once and I'm not sure spending more time on the compter than necessary helps much.

I'll be back when and if I can. :hug: I appreciate everyone's support!

carla49
06-15-2007, 09:35 AM
Morning all,
Carla is about to drag me out on a Canadian Route March. If I don't get back before the middle of next week, send out the Mounties. :rofl:

Happy - take it easy and the job will make more sense more quickly. Bet you are glad the weekend is here and you can make plans for more interesting things.

Mel - we had breakfast at the Long Horn yesterday - I have some pictures of the outside of it. I've been initiated into Delta's intrigue and mayhem, visited the mill and been part of society. Lucy and I raced each other up the stairs a couple of times (she won) but she did not get the chocolate bar. Morning Lucy and Hershey and Ruth.

Ruth - I really enjoyed meeting the friends and rellies - hope we can get to meet up again in Perth in the summer. I'll check out some websites for weather patterns and things to do later and let you know what gives over there. Maybe we should send them to Broome for pearls as well!!
Thank you very much for a lovely time and the chance to see the 'real' Ontario.

I'm now up on the 14th floor in Carla's place along with some more inquisitive cats. Today we are going for a walk on the Wolf Trail. I'll let you know whether I managed to keep up with Carla when I get back. Having said that, it might be time to go finish brekky and get my backpack packed so we can get off to the place.

Meadow I will check the itinerary and let you know. It is not the 16th for Kamloops but I think it maybe Tuesday - I won't guess, I'll go look. Matt James is interesting alright, anyone who loves plants as he does is okay by me.

Madcat - thoughts are with your sister. I should have thought of the scarf idea earlier, I could have bought one at Graceland - possibly with a picture of THOSE gates on it, (happy should understand that one) I'm sure she would have been delighted NOT. Laughter is such good medicine.

Okay, okay I am off.
"I love to go a wandering
Along the mountain tracks
And as I go, I love to sing,
My knapsack on my back.
Fal de ree, fal de raaaaaa
My napsack on my back."

Enough stupidity - a bientot

MELODY525
06-15-2007, 10:30 AM
MEADOW~ IS THIS THE ONE? JUST TALKED TO JEN AND SHE LIKES THE IDEA THAT IT CAN BE FROZEN. SHE'D MAKE MORE THAN ONE! LOL THEY HAVE STANDS FOR FRUITS AND VEGGIES AND HONEY IN PENNSYLVANIA WHERE THEY VISIT ON THEIR WEEKEND JAUNTS.

Honey Cake with Vanilla Icing
Sonia O’Keefe and Jill Curran, co-owners of Lighthouse Picnics, swear by the robust flavour of Newfoundland wildflower honey for this recipe. We tried it with regular honey, too, and the cake was still outstanding.
Nutrients per piece
3.7 g protein
14.2 g fat
57.2 g carbohydrates
136.6 mg sodium
363 calories
Preparation time 15 min
Baking Time 25 min
Cooking time 3 min
Makes 9 pieces


CAKE
1/3 cup
(75 mL) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1/2 cup
(125 mL) lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup
(125 mL) honey, preferably wildflower
11/2 cups
(375 mL) all-purpose flour
11/2 tsp
(7 mL) baking powder
1/2 tsp
(2 mL) cinnamon
1/4 tsp
(1 mL) salt
2
eggs
ICING
1/4 cup
(50 mL) unsalted butter, at room temperature
11/2 cups
(375 mL) icing sugar
2 tbsp
(30 mL) milk
1 tsp
(5 mL) vanilla
1. For the cake, place butter, sugar, honey and 1 tbsp (15 mL) water in a small saucepan and set over low heat. Stir occasionally until butter melts and sugar dissolves, from 3 to 5 min. Remove from heat. Set aside to cool.
2. Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Butter an 8-in (20-cm) square or 8-in (2-L) round cake pan. Using a fork, stir flour with baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Whisk eggs, then stir into cooled honey mixture. Stir into flour mixture. It's okay if a few lumps remain. Scrape into cake pan. The batter will not be high in the pan. Smooth top.
3. Bake in centre of preheated oven until a cake tester inserted in centre of cake comes out clean, from 25 to 30 min. Remove to a wire rack. Let stand in pan for 10 min. Then, to loosen cake, run a knife around inside edge of pan. Turn onto rack to cool completely.
4. Wait until cake is cool before you start icing. Place butter in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat butter until smooth. Gradually beat in icing sugar until evenly mixed. Then beat in milk and vanilla. Spread over cooled cake.
5. Cut into squares or thick wedges. Drizzle a little honey on top, if you like. Cake will keep well covered at room temperature up to 2 days. To freeze, skip icing. Wrap cake first with plastic wrap, then foil, and freeze up to a month. Defrost before icing.

Meadow
06-15-2007, 12:37 PM
Well, mine is almost gone now so it will never see the freezer :p Yes, this is the recipe I made, turned out really light and I was very impressed with the flavour the unsalted butter and honey combo gave the cake :D I actually followed the ingredient list, well maybe a bit more cinnamon. I put the melted butter/honey/sugar mix into a stainless steel bowl and popped it in the freezer to cool off (10 min. tops). It would have taken quite awhile otherwise to put the ingredients together... scrambled eggs in a cake might be rather nasty :p
Let the baking begin :lol:

carla49
06-15-2007, 05:35 PM
We're back!!!!
Lots of :running: :running: :running: - all of 8km I am told. Then we went for a :swim: in the cool lake. Legs are busted, head is busted, I'm stuffed. :tired: That Carla walked the legs off me.
We've done a tour of Ottawa as well. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Now we are going to bbq some duck for dinner and have some Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Early to bed and away to Calgary for the train part.

See ya sumtaime tommorrer

carla49
06-16-2007, 06:00 AM
:tired: Crikey! Not yet 5, and both the parcel and I are awake and preparing for the run to the airport.
:wave: to any worldly chicks lurking at this #&%$#@ hour.:sp:

MELODY525
06-16-2007, 08:21 AM
SHAD & CARLA~ :rofl: :rofl: THAT IS ALL I CAN SAY!!
HAVE A SAFE TTRIP!! CARLA TAKE A NAP!!

A SENIOR WOKE ME AT 6:30 TO ASK ABOUT A SIGN ON THE WASHING MACHINE!!! :faint: THIS WOMAN WANTED IT TRANSLATED...SAID SHE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT "DON'T OVERLOAD" MEANT! :tantrum: MONDAY I AM GOING TO HAVE SOMEONE TRANSLATE FOR ME THAT SHE CAN'T KEEP DOING THIS!!!!! I MEAN WTF!!! SHE IS A SELF CENTERED BIOTCH.
OK NOW I FEEL BETTER. THE SUN IS OUT BUT STORMS ARE ON THE WAY THEY SAY. WE'RE STILL IN THE "WAKE OF SHAD" MODE :lol3: :lol3:
NOTHING NEW. EYES ARE STINGING SO I WILL LEAVE. LOL
HAPPY SATURDAY!! :moped:

MELODY525
06-16-2007, 08:50 AM
MEADOW I JUST FOUND YOUR POST IN MY SPAM BOX...MAYBE AOL WAS TRYING TO KEEP ME FROM THE RECIPE!! :rofl: I WAS THINKING THE SAME THING ABOUT THE FREEZER:lol3: IT WOULD NEVER LAST IN MY HOUSE. I'D BE PICKING AT IT ALL DAY LONG. TOLD JEN WHEN SHE COMES BAC AND IF SHE MAKES IT TO JUST DELIVER ONE SLICE TO MY DOOR:rofl:

Ruthxxx
06-16-2007, 09:18 AM
Oh my! That honey cake will join my Food Porn file. If it's anything like my rum cake, freezing it doesn't help as it'll cut when frozen.

My legs are aching just thinking of Carla and Shad doing the Wolf Trail. There's a hill there called "Wolf Howl" which I've skied many a time. I hope they both get some leg rest before they hit SF and Calgary.

The Girls and I are having a quiet Saturday with some gardening, some writing and printing of the Church bulletin and definitely some deck time with a book. It's going to be very hot later today so I'll get out the Dog Wading Pool for later. Hershey just loves to lie down in it but Lucy regards it as just a great big water dish! She's a Portuguese Land Dog, I guess.

I have an ear worm this morning so I'll pass it on!
Slow down, you movin' too fast
You gotta make the moment last
Just kickin' down the cobblestones
Lookin' for fun and
Feelin' groovy____________" :lol:
There ya go! Try to get that out of your head.

MELODY525
06-16-2007, 10:45 AM
MADCAT TAKE ALL THE TIME YOU NEED. CLOSING RANKS IS A GOOD IDEA. SAVE THE PC TIME FOR BETTER THINGS. LIFE IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT. KNOW THAT YOU ARE ALL IN MY HEART AND I CARRY YOU WITH ME WHEREVER I GO. :hug:

happy2bme
06-16-2007, 12:28 PM
Morning chicks,

Terrible response time on the site this morning. Almost gave up on it.

Happy Saturday to all. My day will be filled with cleaning and laundry. Mom comes in on Wednesday for an extended visit in advance of the rest of the crew in July. Gotta make sure everything is tidy and there's nothing for her to do :D I think the pool has finally "warmed" up to to a temperature that I can stand for a few minutes, so I'd like to get a swim in this weekend before DH adds more water and cools it down again. I have some cards I have to make out too before the mailman comes by.

Happy birthday Teel! :cheers: :hb::bday2you: we miss you. :(

Madcat - thanks for letting us know you're pulling yourself in. You go do what you need to do. We will be there for you when you return. And are always thinking of you :hug: even if you're not active at the moment. Still sending the healing thoughts to your sis...

Mel - what a loony lot you have in the building. I would be hard pressed not to respond with sassy answers after a while. Need to be like that lady - is it Madge - on the Hallmark cards. Take care of those peepers. Got to get you some books on tape so you can close your eyes and enjoy. I'd send you some but all I have is stupid how to be a good/improve your style management type things from long ago that I found in a box. I never was one for books on tape tho I know some people are big fans of them.

Thanks for sticking that song in my head Ruth -
You're just too good to be true,
Can't take my eyes off of you.
You'd be like heaven to touch,
I want to hold you so much.

At long last love has arrived
and I thank God I'm alive.
You're just too good to be true,
Can't take my eyes off of you.

I LOVE YOU BAY-BEE and
if it's quite alright
I need you BAY-BEE to warm a lonely night
I love you BAY-BEE
Trust in me when I sayyyyyyyy
Oh pretty BAY-BEE
Don't bring me down, I pray.
Oh, pretty baby, now that I found you, stay
And let me love you, baby.
Let me love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Dah dah, dah dah, dah tah dah dah tah
Dah dah dah dah dahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh (complete with broadway kicks)

Back at yah ;) :lol: :lol:

Enjoy the train trip Shad - wish I was with you... Take pictures for us.

Carla - I agree - up at 4am definitely calls for a nap. Sounds like you had quite the workout yesterday. :faint:

Thanks for the food porn Meadow - sounds good. Someone make the cake and send me a piece. Just one piece tho. Thanks.

'k - spent a lot of time trying to get to the site. Hope my post sticks. Best get on with my chores. Happy Saturday to all...

Shad
06-16-2007, 07:42 PM
Afternoon all,
I'm in Calgary. I went for a walk and then took advantage of my free voucher to go up the tower for a view of cowtown. Went up the 525 feet standing right next door to a real life cowboy - well he was dressed like one right down to the dusty black boots and 10 gallon hat. The tower has a glass floor on one section. It is meant to hold 6 elephants without cracking. No doubt it does! It wasn't a great feeling standing on it. Some folk sat on it and slid around - what difference does that make except they get dirty backsides. I'm not really afraid of heights but that was one strange feeling standing on that thing. Aahh well I have done it.

Carla - thank you so much for having me stay. And for the barbeque last night. I hope Lily gets over the fact that I stood on her foot! Zen was seeking revenge last night with marathon leaps from the cat house to my bladder to the windowsill and back to my bladder.

I very much appreciate the effort that everyone has put into this trip. It has been so good to meet everyone in the flesh instead of relying on photos or my (fertile) imagination. Now I have to do things on my own for a while.

Madcat - our thoughts are with you and the family right now. I really hope some good news comes your way very soon.

Mel - what are you up to?? What's the idea of racing around and making yourself worn out again?? Stay well my friend. I will be in touch very soon. Oh and by the way, can you please PM or e-mail with Jens address so can thank her and Richie.
Oh and one other thing - naughty lady - I haven't done anything with your 'gift' yet. Haven't found the right thing as yet. I'll let you know!

Happy - hope you swam and swam today and that it was reasonably warm. If you are ever looking for a cool swim - check it out with Carla - she'll point you in the right direction. Still it was a very refreshing swim. And it was the first real exercise since I left your place. I am surprised that I am not as stiff as I thought I would be. I can feel it in the calves tho'

Ruth - big pat for those beautiful girls. Tell Lucy to stop the barking! I can almost hear her from here. Thank you for a great time and a lovely dinner. I've eaten very well on this trip. It will be a hard effort to go back to my normal routine.

Oh and by the way, I saw Poutine yesterday. It's a very large bowl of cholestrol. I think my chicken wrap looked better.

Time to go. I'm being given the use of the Business Centre and I promised only half an hour. I'd better sign off. See ya - yeeehaaaa.

carla49
06-17-2007, 04:06 AM
:tired: Well, it's now been 24 hours since I woke up with a start thinking I'd slept in and made Shad miss her plane, and 22 hours since I got up to run the parcel to the airport... Then cleaning, laundry, instructions for the catsitter, and off to catch my own flight. Like idiots my colleague and I had neglected to book the shuttle from Van, so ended up with a 2 and 1/2 hour wait, then an equally long (and bumpy) van ride to the hotel. Unpacked in my very posh room (complete with fireplace and kitchen!) and thought I'd drop in to say hello to the gang. Of course I should be asleep, but since my room faces the road, I'm being treated to the yowling of drunks wandering home from their Saturday night on the town. Grrr.

Do I get a free pass to heaven or the equivalent thereof for giving Shad a good workout, a cool swim (the water wasn't cold as Canadian lakes go) and, especially, not feeding her the promised large plate of poutine? She hiked along like a game little soldier, nary a complaint, and smiled throughout the chilly plunge in the lake. Which, by the way, was extra entertaining because we swam from the same spot as all the Ironman triathletes out for their training swim back and forth and back and forth and.... Mel would have enjoyed a glimpse of the total hottie we saw later on a bike. Tall and tanned and lean and sexy in black cycling shorts and a tight black sleeveless cycling shirt. Just barely sweating despite the loooong climb up the hill... (Excuse me for a second - must go wipe up this little pile of drool - can't imagine where that came from!) Just as well he wasn't at the beach in a wee speedo - I'd probably still be in jail for "assault"...

Shad, enjoy Cowtown, glad you could get access to a computer, what with the dearth of internet cafes out there. Do enjoy your trip up to Banff and Lake Louise, and keep the eyes peeled for grizzlies. If you meet one face to face, remember the good news: they can't climb trees, and you can. Also the bad news: they move amazingly fast in spite of their bulk. ;)
Sorry to hear about Zen's nightime gymnastics. :o I'll have him send you a letter of apology when I get home. Or, at the very least, make him stand in the corner and think about what he did.

Happy, you git in that pool, you hear me? Do it for all us little folk who don't have anywhere but an icy lake to swim...

Well, I'm fading fast. Tomorrow I can sleep late, and will go down to the village in the cold and rain (!) to stock my fridge before I have to do a short stint of work.

:wave: and good night.

MELODY525
06-17-2007, 08:29 AM
GOOD MORNING EVERYONE. NO BELLS THIS MORNING SO I HAD A GOOD SLEEP. CRAPPY HIGH HEAT IS ON IT'S WAY...OH YEAH....THIS IS SUMMER! :sunny: :flame:
BEEN SO COOL OUTSIDE THAT I FORGOT:rofl:
I CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING TO SAY. JUST A VERY MEL-LOW DAY! :rofl:
HAPPY SUNDAY :moped:

HAPPY~ SO NICE TO HAVE MOM AGAIN. HAVE A GREAT VISIT. YOU'LL BE CLEANING BEHIND THE LOO AGAIN???:faint: BETTER YOU THAN ME!! :lol3: ARE YOU HAVING A GREAT BIG FORTH OF JULY BANG?? I'M ON MY WAY. IF I LEAVE NOW I SHOULD BE THERE IN TIME FOR THE POOLSIDE DRINKS :scooter:

SHAD~ SEEMS LIKE YOU LEFT CARLA AND WE GOT ANOTHER THUNDERSTORM!! :rofl: ARE YOU GOING ANYWHERE TODAY? CAUSE ANOTHER ONE IS ON ITS WAY :rain: HOPE THE REST OF THE TRIP WILL BE GOOD WEATHER AND LOTS OF FUN. I GOT SICK JUST READING ABOUT THE GLASS FLOOR!!!!!! :faint: STAY SAFE!!

CARLA~ THE CATS CRACKED ME UP. MINE DID THINGS LIKE THAT AND THEN TURNED AROUND AND LOOKED AT US LIKE IT WAS OUR FAULT FOR GETTING IN THE WAY!!!
:lol3: :lol3: ENJOY YOUR STAY ALSO. NICE ROOM!!
IF THE GUY HAD BEEN ON THE BEACH WITH A WEE SPEEDO, I WOUILD HAVE DROWNED WITH MY MOUTH WIDE OPEN IN THE WATER :rofl:


:wave: TO ALL OUR CHICKLETTES!! BE WELL MY FRIENDS!! TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELVES. :hug:

happy2bme
06-17-2007, 01:05 PM
Hi there ladies - everyone good today?

Glad you got a little peace and quiet Mel. They are talking about a hot, dry summer up north, cooler and wetter just a bit down south of me and all the way to the coast. The heat and humidity are creeping in here too. I feel bad for DH working so hard outside yesterday and today. He probably lost at least 10 pounds just sweating. I did go and help him yesterday but not nearly as much as he did. Stay inside and keep cool Mel. Watch some movies.

Carla - sure we'll give you a free pass for taking care of Shad. You get extra points for giving her a good workout. I just pointed her upstairs to the exercise room and said - help yourself :rofl: and she DID. Your room now sounds nice. Hope you enjoy it and your latest assignment.

Shad - I checked out your train tour. I hope it's every bit as lovely as it looks. I plan on showing it to DH - would be something that we'd like to do - particularly in those upper level open type car seats. But... can you get a good picture or two in a moving train? Anyway - enjoy it for all of us.

I did not get into the pool yesterday. I looked out on the patio and DH was trimming like a mad man. The front looks so nice - he cut and ripped and shaped and now the front landscaping looks like the ornamental bushes it should be (last owners let everything grow out way too much). He had also trimmed the holly bushes in the back and there were clippings all over. I thought it would be nice if I helped him (I can devote one day on the weekend for outside work and the other on my "chores".) So I spent the afternoon digging under the holly bushes (scratch, scratch) pulling out all the old dead leaves and then sweeping the patio (which as Shad knows is no simple feat). I was about to go stick my feet in the pool when DH came down from his shower and said if I went with him to get a new lawnmower that he'd buy me a salad for dinner and an ice cream cone. :s: The mention of salad made me think of my favorite Sunshine Chicken Salad - scoop of chicken salad with grapes and almonds accompanied with a side of cool chopped melons, strawberries and pineapple. :T That was enough temptation for me.

So we bought a new self propelled lawnmower. Poor DH - we had a rider mower but the ones they make now are all giant things - way bigger than we need. He decided to go with the push mower. Will have to start at 7am in the heat down here. Actually I should be the one mowing :lol:

Yes Mel, the Mongolian hoarde is descending here for 4th of July week. 7 people - any more show up they will have to sleep outside. Really, they will. I can set you up with a nice blow up bed by the pool and I do have a rather large Mombasa mosquito net to go with it. (I'm still pressing DH to buy me a nice Hammock and even I'd sleep outside :devil: ) It's not going to be much of a vacation for me but... I only get to see my family 2 or 3 times a year so I don't mind at all. I'm really excited that my mom is coming down on Wednesday. I cherish every minute I have left with her - even if she does try and wash my red sweater in with a load of black laundry - NO MOM - PLEASEEEEEE don't do that :lol:

Anyway - Mom's coming in earlier and before I know it they will all be here.

I have already started the laundry and prepped the upstairs for DH to shampoo the rugs tomorrow. (I would have done it but he said he can do it better). Next I will make out a few cards that I have to send out to people (birthdays, get well and sympathy). Then it's my least favorite part of the weekend - menu planning and grocery shopping :( It's back to WW with a vigor - been slacking the last 3 weeks and it shows. I feel lousy too. Big difference when you are eating properly.

With that, I bid you adieu or however you spell it. Enjoy your Sunday. Hellos to the rest of the chicks.

happy2bme
06-17-2007, 01:06 PM
Oh and since I'm going to be kind of busy around the end of the month and into the beginning of July - I'd be most grateful for suggestions as to what we can do with the July thread. Put your thinking caps on :headache: :chin: :idea:

MELODY525
06-17-2007, 04:52 PM
HOW ABOUT JULY IN JUMANJI WITH ROBIN WILLIAMS :rofl: :rofl: :lol3: :lol3:

HAPPY~ I AM WATCHING HOUSEBOAT WITH CARY GRANT AND SOPHIA LOREN! NEXT IS LIFE WITH EDDIE'S FATHER WITH GLENN FORD. GREAT DAY ON TURNER CLASSICE TV.
THE VISIT SOUNDS SO NICE. HOPE IT ALL GOES NICE AND SMOOTHLY. POOR DH WITH THE MOWER!! I'LL COME DOWN AND DRAG IT AROUND THE YARD FOR HIM./ MUCH EASIER!! I'VE GOT THE POwER :scooter: BET I'D MAKE A GOOD "POWER" MOWER! :rofl: ENJOY THE DAY!!

I CAME BACK BECAUSE OF LINUS AND HER BIRTHDAY IS TOMORROW. WE SEEM TO BE CELEBRATING ABSENTEE TENANTS....DOES THAT MAKE US ABSENTEE LANDLORDS:rofl: JUST IN CASE I GO TO A MALL TOMORROW. DEPENDS ON THE WEATHER.

:gift: :cheers: :balloons: :cb: :hb:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINUS!! HAVE YOURSELF A GREAT DAY. ENJOY!

ceejay52
06-17-2007, 06:02 PM
Maybe Linus will stick her head in the door---Happy birthday Linus.

Happy--Have a good visit with the relatives. I only get to see my sisters about 2 or 3 times a year also. How about a visit to Jueno, Alaska!

Mel--Have fun watching your movies. I like classic tv.

Kinda quite today at work. I like days like this. I've had two phone calls and both from the fire department.

Shad
06-17-2007, 11:50 PM
Evening all - from one of Mother Earth's most beautiful places. I'm at Lake Louise. It's cold. I'm about to put on 2 jackets just to go outside and see the evening in.
Today we left Calgary in the pouring rain and got to Banff some 2 hours later. Banff is a pretty town very much similar to Queenstown in NZ but no lake, or not a decent sized one anyway. We've seen waterfalls, mountains, cloud (lots of) snow, a bit of sun. Had a ride on the gondola up to the top of sulphur mountain and been in a cave where the sulphur springs from the earth (pooh! Just like Rotorua).
I did a bit of shopping in Banff and was tempted to get one of those hideously expensive -10 degree jackets but figured that I would only use them for maybe 1 day a year. Forget it. I have bought a sweat shirt instead.
At the top of the gondola ride - well worth while doing even if you are scared of heights - I climbed the stairs to the top observatory. There was SNOW sitting on the floor and tables. :snowmen: It was bitterly cold and whats more the mist came down and we couldn't even see the edges of the parapet. Then, magically it lifted and the view is spectacular. Did last for long though. From there it was on to Lake Louise. It's a spectacular drive. Got to the hotel and checked in to find they had upgraded my room from standard to Pretty Bloody Grand class. Can't remember what she called it now. I will find out. Anyway it seems to have everything that opens and shuts, blows hot and cold, runs hot, hot water (great shower for those who are totally chilled man) and has a view to die for. I can see up the lake to the Victoria Glacier on one side and the main entry road, racing river and snow capped mountains from the other window. I have coffee maker, arm chairs, big table, king size bed (I'll get lost in that one) blanket boxes, tv in an armoire, and something sinister looking that has a key thingy to open it. I'm not opening it on the grounds that what ever is in there will be expensive.
Had dinner tonight in the Glacier Saloon. Some lovely hot chowder and a salmon salad. Good food too.
The bus crowd are okay. The only thing I don't like about bus travel is that you can't stop just anywhere, it has to stick to a schedule and there is always someone coming back late after lunch or a brief stop.
Happy, I will let you know about the train. The brochure says you can take photos from the vestibule between carriages. That glass dome carriage is the Gold Leaf class. I'm a cheapie, I'm going Red Leaf. No dome for us.

Anyway, I am off to repack my bag. Sort out some warm gear for tomorrow and get some rest. There is a gym I might try out before breakfast. Don't have to be at the helicopter until 11.00

Ciao for now. Sorry I can't respond to everyone. I'm too busy gaping at the view.

Happy Birthday Linus.

MELODY525
06-18-2007, 08:31 AM
:cofdate: HELLO CEEJAY! KEEPING THE FIREMEN ALL TO YOURSELF HUH?? HOPE YOU MADE A PASS AT LEAST ONE OF THEM!! :dance:

SHAD~ SOUNDS WONDERFUL AND HAVE A GREAT TIME. STAY WARM. :hug:

I AM OFF TO THE OFFICE FOR A BIT. SHORTHANDED TODAY. GUESS NO ONE LIKES MONDAYS. :rofl: SEEMS LIKE THEY DON'T LIKE FRIDAYS EITHER!!
FEEL FUNNY GOING DOWN THERE. FACE IS A BIT SCABBY. THE HEALING CONTINUES. BETTER GET OUT ALL THE "BARE ESENTUALS" MAKEUP!! SUPPOSED TO COVER ANYTHING....NOT!!!!!!!!!!!
HAPPY MONDAY :moped:

PS TO MADCAT~ WE ARE ALL SENDING LOTS OF :hug:

Ruthxxx
06-18-2007, 11:24 AM
Busy, busy Worldly Chicks! How about July in Japan or have you done that?

I'm just back from an hour's workout at the gym - yes, this is really me! - and am now about to do three months of flossing in 30 minutes before I go to the dentist.

Am getting vicarious pleasure from Shad's trip descriptions. I have never done the through the mountains trip but have it on my list.

Gotta dash and deal with some needy South Beachers before I do the tooth thing.

carla49
06-18-2007, 05:02 PM
Quick hello from cold, rainy Whistler. No internet access from yesterday until an hour ago, wrote replies to my emails and it all went Poof! again when I tried to send. Spent 20 min with a nice IT tech called Harm (who fortunately did none but who clearly didn't believe anything I said). Quickly rewrote the emails (not as witty second time around). Now I have no time to post properly before I get back to that pesky thing called work... I'll try again later.

Shad, sounds like you're getting the royal treatment! Glad the weather cleared for you, however briefly, and I hope the rest of the trip is just as classy.

:wave: to Mel, Happy, Ceejay, and Ruth.

:grouphug: to Madcat.

Shad
06-18-2007, 10:19 PM
Afternoon all,
Quick post since I am on the hotel internet - $2.00 = 15 minutes. Still not as bad as at Lake Louise which was 50c per minute. Shut up whinging Shad.

I got up early and went to the gym. Then I came back to my room, showered and got dressed and went out for a looksee. The lake was still and smooth and just perfect. Only one Japanese photographer there and me. So we happily photoed and kept out of each others way. Then I went and had breakfast.

Bus driver picked us up today. My paperwork said I had to have the case ready to go by 9.30 and to be in the lobby by 10.30 and I wondered what they had in mind for us to do until 12.30 when the bus was due to pick us up.
9.30 came and went, the case was still there. 10.00 came and went the case was still there. 10.30 came and went the case and me were still there. So I marched it down to the lobby myself and made my displeasure felt at the desk. They know nozzink. Go see the bellcaptain. So I march my case across to the bell service and guess what, not only do they not know about me but they also know nothing about the rest of my tour either. Thank you for telling us - that could be a right stuff up.
We all hopped in the bus and went out to the Helipad at Abrahams Lake and off we went for the ride. It was nice but awfully crowded in there. There ain't nothing like close living in a tin can. Got some photos, but I think I really preferred the flight at Niagara or definitely the one on the Barrier Reef.

Then a very long bus ride back to Banff for tonight's stopover. I've drawn the short straw on this one. Nothing seems to be very organised, but at least they have a laundry - even if it has been taken over by a large greek man with hairy legs - yep stripped to his underwear and he wants both machines - I'll go back later. Might as well think about dinner for the time being. Then I have to sort out how to lighten my case somewhat. I think it is under the 30 kilos which is okay for the train, but I have to get it down to twenty or twenty-two for the flight to SF next - oh I dunno - whenever it is.

I guess I will be wearing everything heavy. How does one wear two lots of shoes at a time. Maybe a trip to the post office in Vancouver will be a grand idea.

July could be Jersey - no not New Jersey, heaven forbid we might have to get a cab. Jugoslavia - which no longer exists. Yes we did Japan in January. How about Jarlsberg - good cheese!!! Maybe some one might like to look up countries beginning with J or cities beginning with J or whatever and let us know what is up or down as the case may be. How come there are so many months beginning with J.

Gotta go or this won't get posted.

carla49
06-18-2007, 10:30 PM
I kind of like Mel's July in Jumanji idea, sort of like February in Fantasyland, or November in Narnia. Of course then I'd have to rent the DVD and see the whole movie this time... As for what people think about you, Mel, you must know that like the song says, we love you just the way you are. :hug:

Some other suggestions: Juneau (as Ceejay proposed), Jakarta, Java, Jonquières (Québec), Jerusalem, Juniper Hollow (don't know where that is, but there's bound to be one somewhere...), Jacksonville.... the list is endless, which is good because there are 3 "J" months.

Happy, where did you ever find such a gem of a DH? Works all day in the heat and then bribes you with food! Does he have a single brother just like him? :lol:
Here's an idea: you could hire him out as a personal trainer to all the worldly chicks, he'd have us do his chores for him, and we'd be the ones losing ten lbs from all the activity!

Poor Shad freezing in the Rockies. At least here today there's a little sun, and we can actually see the tops (?) of the mountains. If and when it finally clears they may turn out to be even taller than they look right now.

Ruth, :bravo: on getting to the gym. The only thing harder than starting is keeping it up... but you can do it. (If you're like me, you'd be more likely to go if they served chocolate rewards for a job well done... :rofl: )

This week's assignment is turning out to be pretty easy - mainly just sitting doing standby. Rather boring, but just as well as I seem to be getting a cold and I need to save my strength for post-Whistler activities. :lol3: Actually, Wed is a half day, and my colleague and I are considering trying one of those zipline adventures in the afternoon. Unless we chicken out, which is entirely likely. She has a bit of vertigo, and I also don't like heights and don't know if I can throw myself off a platform and trust a zipline. If we do go I'll be the one wearing a diaper. :fr:

happy2bme
06-19-2007, 12:30 AM
Hi Carla :wave:

I think I kinda like Jumani in July.

What did the big almost nekid Greek guy say to Shad when she dashed out of the hotel laundry and dropped her coins all over the floor after catching sight of him?

.... :chin: Give up? :dunno:

"Hey lady, you dropped Jumani" - get it? :rofl: :rofl: :lol3:

happy2bme
06-19-2007, 12:54 AM
ah farg. It is JummanJI Durn.

Carla, DH has 2 single brothers. However, you'd be better off picking one of the McKenzie brothers. Told him many times that it's a good thing I saw him first because not that I would be attracted to his brothers but if I did date them - this would be me :rollpin: I am quite lucky I picked the best of the lot. As for chores, as he will tell you, plenty enough to go around to share - all are welcome to pitch in.

Can we actually spend time in Java? Wouldn't that be irritating to Mel? Good list you've come up with there. Thanks!

Ohh that zipline looks both terrorizing and fun at the same time. Saw that a few times on The Amazing Race show. Go do it for me and all your sisters here.

Shad, the trip though cold sounds absolutely amazing - sans naked laundry man of course. Ewwww. We are sweltering in the heat (Memphis is the 7th most humid city in the United States) - hard to believe that you are looking at snow. I bet the blues are just fantabulous. Can't wait to see the pictures.

Ruth, I LOVED the 3 months of flossing in 30 minutes trick. So true. Think they can tell? Hope all went well for you.

Poor Miss Mel - our gal Friday or Monday as it is. Do they appreciate you filling in for those who can't face the work week properly? Are you getting the same muggy air we are? The pool is warm enough to enjoy and I see we are in for a very hot and muggy week ahead. You and mom can sit in the water and cool off and keep each other company while DH and I slave away. I only ask that you leave the string bikinis at home :lol3:

Ceejay - that's so funny - well maybe not but when I saw your post about the firemen, first thought was that you are stealing them away from Mel. :D

I tried to post this morning and was able to read but when I went to go post my responses it said the site was down for maintenance - back in 2 or 3 minutes. It was more than that and I had to get going. Seems like the harder I try to get to work early, the later I am. And considering that I'm supposed to get in an hour earlier tomorrow and I still have to clean up a few things in the kitchen, I'd better get cracking here.

Oh good, alarm just went off on the washer - mom's blanket is ready to go into the dryer. I probably won't post tomorrow other than a quickie at lunch if I can. Got a few things to do tomorrow night to get the house in order. Sleep tight, enjoy your travels tomorrow where ever they may take you.

Happy Birthday Linus - hope you had a good one. Miss you too. :hb: :cheers:

Hollyhock
06-19-2007, 09:28 AM
Robin Williams and I share a Bday on July 21 and he starred in Jumanji sounds karmic. LOL!!

ceejay52
06-19-2007, 03:13 PM
Tried to post earlier but it didn't take.

You people make me laugh.:D

MELODY525
06-19-2007, 04:08 PM
SO IN JULY WE MUST ALL WATCH JUMANJI AND NOVEMBER WE ALL HAVE TO WATCH NARNIA!!
GLAD TO SEE MY IDEA IS ENTERTAINING :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
BUT I WILL ADMIT THAT I ORIGINALLY SAID IT AS A JOKE :lol3:
WENT SHOPPING TODAY FOR FOOD. GOD PRICES ARE AWFUL!!! WILLY HELPED ME A GREAT DEAL TODAY. SO I BOUGHT HIM THE CHOCOLATE MUD CAKE HE LOVES. HE'S BEEN EATING BITS OF IT ALL DAY....LOL:dance:
GLAD SOMEONE IS SO EASILY PLEASED. LOL
NITHING NEW. DEMOLITION BESIDE ME IS REASCHING A PEAK AND THEY HAVE BEEN AT IT ALL DAY. I AM LEARNING HOW NOT TO JUMP AT EVERY LITTLE SOUND LIKE OUR BUILDING ITSELF IS FALLING DOWN :faint: :yikes: BUT THE POOR GRANDSON IS GETTING GREY FEATHERS OVER THE WHOLE ORDEAL!!!
I READ ALL THE POSTS. YOU ALL MADE ME LAUGH. BUT I AM WEARY OF BEING OUT ALL DAY AND WILL GET UP CLOSE AND MOR PERSONAL TOMORROW. RIGHT NOW IT'S
SINUS MEDS AND A LIE DOWN. LOVE TO ALL :moped:

Meadow
06-19-2007, 10:17 PM
Well the Rocky Mountaineer just zoomed by... 25 minutes earlier than I was expecting... I managed to run out to the edge of the yard with my yellow stuffed chick and wave it at them as they clacky, clacked onward... so Shad if you saw a fat chick in a red t-shirt waving something yellow that was me :D

Hey, I was poultry in motion:carrot:

I'm down with the Jumanji July ;) Stampeding rhinos and swamp things kind of appeal :lol3:

happy2bme
06-20-2007, 12:25 AM
Yay--- Mom's coming tomorrow. :dance: :dance: :dance: Going at lunch to pick her up at the airport. Then I have to go back to work - can't afford any more time off - so she will have to spend the afternoon chatting with DH. I can't wait to see her, I miss her so much. :hug:

I didn't get home from work until after 6 - keeping later hours with this job plus the longer commute. DH and I talked for a bit then decided we needed to run out and get a few things. Of course he was delighted to come with me :no: but I made him anyway :lol:

We didn't get home until after 8pm. I made him - no wait he made his own salad for dinner, I went to finish setting up Mom's "room" and cleaning the bath. Shuffle, shuffle, swish, wipe, tuck away. Came downstairs a little after 10pm - no supper for this chick :( Tis ok, I can skip a meal or 176 and not miss it. Had a bit of fresh cool pineapple just to take the edge off. :T Lots of stuff I didn't used to like - fresh strawberries, pineapple, salmon, turkey that I have forced myself to eat because they are healthy for you and now I like them.

Meadow - the idea of you in a red shirt waving a yellow stuffed chick gave me the giggles. What a cute visual! Hope she saw you.

Mel - there were doing demolitions around one of my office buildings once - I could not believe the noise. Kept jumping even after several days of loud bangs. Thought the place was falling apart. Poor birdie. How do you explain to a bird that he will be ok? :hug:

Sounds like you all are happy with Jumanji in July - sounds good to me. Someone else will have to decide what that means - I have spent all my energy on the Jumping for Joy in June and the Jumani joke. The rest was sucked out of my brain on the new job - which is going ok. I do feel like a dummy but I allowed myself to feel dopey for 30 days and that's not up yet. Haven't gotten into the pool yet either. Hopefully by Saturday. House should be in good shape so I should be able to help DH with the yardwork in the morning and spend the afternoon talking with Mom poolside.

Gosh look at the time. Gotta get up at 5 am. :tired: Better get off the computer and into bed.

'Night all... Sweet dreams.

MELODY525
06-20-2007, 08:34 AM
HAPPY~ LET'S LET CARLA WORRY ABOUT JUMANJI!! :rofl: :rofl: ENJOY THE MOM VISIT!! :cheer: HAVE A GREAT TIME AND RELAX!!! I KNOW IT'S EASIER SAID THAN DONE! :faint: HOPE THE JOB SMOOTHS OUT AND THE HOURS DON'T STAY SO LONG. :hug:
WITH THE BIRD/DEMOLITIONS, I JUST KEEP TALKING IN SOOTHING TONES AND HE STOPS WHIMPERING. POOR OLD SOD.

MEADOW~ YOU CRACK ME UP!! GREAT VISUAL!! I CAN JUST SEE THE TRAIN WHIZZING BY AND A WOMAN OUT THERE WAVING A STUFFED ANIMAL!! WONDER WHAT THE OTHER PASSENGERS THOUGHT!!! TOO FUNNY.....THEY'LL BE TELLING THEIR FRIENDS THAT THERE WAS SOME CRAZY WOMAN WAVING AT THEM....MAYBE SHE NEEDED HELP:yikes: omg too funny. YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN HOLDING A GIANT POSTER OF ANTONIO!! :rofl:

HOLLY~ YOU SHARE A BD WITH ROBIN??? WOW THIS EXPLAINS A LOT!! :rofl: :lol3: :rofl:

CEEJAY~ POSTING HERE CAN BE A DRAG AT TIMES BUT WHERE ELSE CAN YOU FIND SUCH GREAT CHICKS?? :lol3: :dance:

CARLA~ YOU BETTER START GOOGLING JUMANJI....I THINK I REMEMBER THIS ALL BEING YOUR IDEA...:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

:rain: THERE WAS RAIN AND THUNDER LAST NIGHT TO BEAT THE BAND. THE FIRST CLAP SHOOK THE BLDG. I FELT ELECTRIFIED IN BED...EVERY NERVE AND HAIR WAS STANDING ON EDGE....TOO BAD I WAS IN BED ALONE :lol3: :lol3: I GUESS BECAUSE I WAS OUT BEST PART OF THE DAY, MY EYES ARE A BIT RED....LOL...PUTTING IT MILDLY. GOOD THING IT'S ANOTHER RAINY DAY. BETTER STAY IN AND COMFORT THEM WITH WARM SOAKS. JESUS....THE STORY OF MY LIFE. MY TOMBSTONE WILL READ...HERE LIES MELODY OR THE RED EYES.
SPEAKING OF WHICH....A RED COW WAS BORN IN ISRAEL. THEY SAY IT PREDICTS THE APOCALYPSE. CAN YOU GUESS THE NAME OF SAID COE?? YEP, YOU GOT IT RIGHT....MELODY. :rofl: :rofl: I'LL POST THE ARTICLE FOR THOSE WHO FEEL THE NEED TO READ IT:lol3: :lol3:
SCROLL DOWN FOR THE ARTICLE. I FIRST HEARD THIS ON A DISCOVERY CHANNEL SHOW CALLED THE NAKED ARCHAEOLIGIST AND COULDN'T BELIEVE MY EARS.
NO WONDER 3FC HAS SO MANY POSTING PROBLEMS...MELODY THE COW IS ACTUALLY HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.wovoca.com/prophecy-animals.htm

HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY
HAPPY WEDNESDAY! :moped:

MADCAT~ :hug:

MELODY525
06-20-2007, 08:45 AM
http://www.gifs.net/Animation11/Transportation/Cars/Cow_mobile.gif

Ruthxxx
06-20-2007, 08:52 AM
You chickies are too funny! A red cow called Melody? Hollyhock and Robin share a birthday? Meadow as "poultry in motion"? The Doggage are looking at me because I'm laughing out loud.

I was supposed to go to the gym for 7:30 this morning but feel a bit sickish so will just have a mental gymnastics time until things settle down. I may have OD'd on fresh strawberries!

I do pet therapy noon to 2 PM with Hershey and have four Brits coming for tea and a village tour later this afternoon. I should learn to keep my big mouth shut and stop acting like Delta's one woman Tourist Bureau. These folks are from Nottingham and one of them is called Robin Sherwood. Can you believe it? It cracks me up.

Sunny and cooler finally! I just may get some gardening done when Donna comes to clean at 9. I'm going to try getting out of the house when she's here as I end up working along with her on things like windows!

Have a great Hump Day!

Note to Self: Find out what the heck this Jumani stuff is all about.

happy2bme
06-20-2007, 08:55 AM
Oh great! Let's PUBLICIZE the fact that this cow was born so the crazies can all flock there, steal poor Melody and start the religious war to end all wars :rolleyes: What if I just sneak in and take her away so they don't sacrifice the poor thing 2 years from now? What a sad fate :(

The world is coming to an end soon anyway. People have become so selfish and only think about themselves. It started with a few and it is spreading like wildfire. I am almost ready to retire to the big sky, remote areas of the west like Nae.

I know that sounds like a depressing post but it isn't. Just tired of people who only think of themselves (driving and yakking on cellphones or worse texting, can't park between 2 lines and take up more than one parking spot, leave their shopping carts/buggies blocking parking spots or free to roam and dent cars because they are too LAZY to walk 20 feet to the cart corral. :mad: Oof-duh.

Ok, coffee's finished. Gotta run. Have a good day chicks.

And too funny about Melody the cow Mel. :lol3:

Ruthxxx
06-20-2007, 09:07 AM
You know there is something to be said about living in a village as I do. People are NOT rude! Maybe it's because they all know each other? When I go to town I see a difference and when I go to the city, it's even worse. Sometimes I'm glad to be old so I won't have to observe the mess in 30 years! If I'm still around, I'll be close to 100 and probably won't give damn! Just give me my sherry and dry Depends. :)

Shad
06-20-2007, 10:56 AM
Morning all,

Meadow I did see a chick in a red tee shirt yesterday. Didn't realise you were waving a chicken. I did wave back - I was wearing turquoise. Do apologise for not getting in touch last night but we didn't get in until 7.40 and had to be on a bus and taken to the show by 7.55. After 10 when we got in and back on a bus to go to the train in less than 20 minutes from now. Better get cracking. I will be in touch tomorrow from Van.

The train trip is very entertaining. We have a selection of people from Scots to Spanish and most in between on the carriage. Most interact fairly well. Scenery is fantastic. The car attendant is really amusing. I do like the Canadian sense of humour.

Better get cracking - brave the ice and snow again, but at least today is fine if windy. From Kamploops byeeeeeeeee.

Train whistle blowing,
Makes a sleepy noise
Etc Etc eTc

ceejay52
06-20-2007, 01:17 PM
Laughter is good for the soul.

Sorry I've been poking my head in the door and just saying hello--I've been concerned about an uncle who had 6 by passes done (heart surgery) yesterday. He's doing as well as can be expected right now. He's 73.

Happy--Things should go better after the first thirty days. Are you still in computers. Enjoy the visit with your mom.

Mel- A red cow named Melody that predicts a religious war. hmmmm!

Miss Ruth--Is Robin Sherwood the real Robin Hood? Glad you are posting with us.

Meadow--I bet that was a sight for all the passengers on the train to see.

Shad--Your adventures have been delightful.

Carla, Holly, and the rest, hello

Thanks chicks for making my day a little brighter. I need to laugh.

Shad
06-20-2007, 11:23 PM
I've finally made Vancouer and have internet access in my room for the princely sum of 12.99 fo 24 hours. It has one of them new fangled wireless keyboards and I am having a lot of trouble geting to grips with the scrolls and the sheer size of the screen. Even Mel could see this one from a great distance. Forgive the spelling. I'm on my knees with th keyboard on the coffee table. Seems tobe the only place it works from.

The train ride was great. If you ever get the chance you should do it. However, good as the bus drivers may be, I am not exactly a bus person and if thinking about doing it again, I would skip the bus part in favour of a hire car and I would skip the hotel in Banff altogether.

Carla - I will see you on the 25th. Not sure if I can go to the website yet, but I wil l check it out sometime tonight or tomorrow morning. Thanks for checking that out for me.

Mel - hope those eyes are coming right for you. It seem to be a never ending cycle. I will be in touch before I go home.

Happy - happy times with your Mum. Treasure the moments. And don't work too hard.

Ruth - back to taking tourists around the lakes and mills again. Robin Sherwood - well I never - there is such a person ? :rofl:
Give those dogs a pat from me.

Okay - gotta go and get some food in me. The train overfed us, but it is now 7.30pm and I am feeling the strain. Tonight will be an early bed - daylight or not.

See ya

carla49
06-21-2007, 12:08 AM
Well, it seems the Joy-eagle has landed in Vancouver. And the weather is suspiciously better all of a sudden - I swear Shad has an in with the weather gods. I agree with the opinion on bus travel. I hope at least it wasn't at jam-packed!
Shad - one thing I forgot to menion before - you should arrange to get to the airport fairly early on the 25th: we clear US customs in Van, and I have no idea how long it'll take.

Happy, by now your mother must be with you. I'm very envious of the love you feel for her. I sometimes wonder how my mother and I would have gotten along had she lived. Given my general prickliness, perhaps not perfectly, but I do enjoy the vicarious pleasure I get from hearing you talk of her with such warmth. Oh - I almost forgot: get in that pool!!!! :lol:

Ceejay, sorry to hear about your uncle. I had never heard of six bypasses at once - is it a record? Will you be heading off to visit him and the family soon?

Meadow, did the neighbours see your train-chasing performance? You'll be known throughout town as the crazy chicken lady... :rofl:

Mel, there's no way you're fobbing the whole Jumanji thing off on me. The resposibility is all yours, although it's true I liked the idea of an imaginary place. Now if it were already November in Narnia, I could probably play tour guide, but since I haven't even see the whole movie yet... Good thing there's still time to prepare before the end of the month.
Have you tried tiny little ear plugs for the bird? :lol3: And for yourself? How long will construction be going on? For a while we were having work done on the east wall of my condo, and at least twice I walked into the bedroom nekkid and found young men at my window on the 14th floor... :eek: Probably harder on them than me.

Holly, since your bday is the same as Robin's, maybe you can do the tour guide thing in Jumanji? I'm sure he'll give you lots of inside info to share with us.

Today was only a half day at work, so I took advantage of the good weather for an adventure. Carla is now a Zip line wizard...! It was great fun, although I hated the bits involving walking on little suspended bridges. :fr: I loved the actual zooming along on a zipline. (Never would have considered doing it if I hadn't seen it on the Amazing Race and realized even "regular" people could do it.) If it's nice out tomorrow I may go and do the more advanced run after work. Anyone who wants to know what I'm talking about should check out ZipTrek on-line.

:hug: to Ruth and Madcat. Too much fresh air, time to get in the nightie and zzzzzz.

happy2bme
06-21-2007, 12:54 AM
Aw Carla - Mom's giving you a good night hug too :hug: You're sweet.

Nighty night ladies.

Ruthxxx
06-21-2007, 08:01 AM
:wave: at all the Worldly Chicks. Lots of RL stuff to do today but I'll try to pop back in later. I'm spending too much time online. :( :nono:

happy2bme
06-21-2007, 08:38 AM
Morning chicks,

Mom got in ok. She's kind of nervous flying and I was praying all week that she'd have a good flight. We were waiting at security and she came toddling down the aisle with the big giant look of surprise and she stopped and started waving when she saw us. She said she had such a NICE flight. (thank you God). The gate attendants in Chicago changed her seat from the cramped one in the back to one in the front with lots of leg room for her sore knees and she had the nicest seat partner. A young man who was a secret service man en route to some presidential appearance. She said the time just flew by. I was so relieved. I can see now how older people fixate and fret about things. So she's here now and unpacked. We had a nice dinner. Chatted for a while and all too soon it was time to go to bed. This getting up at 5am is crazy. Don't know how you early risers do it. :faint: :yawn: :tired:

Carla - I do plan on getting in the pool this weekend. That is so cool about doing the zip line. So speeding along on the line didn't bother you but walking across the rickety bridge did? Not sure I could do either so you have my admiration for your adventurous spirit. Rock on!

Shad - glad the train trip was worth it. Sounded like it was beautiful. Enjoy Vancouver and I am so hoping you'll love the Butchart Gardens. Can't wait to hear what you think of Victoria.

Ceejay - healing prayers for your uncle :angel: How's the Best Life diet coming along? I just picked up the You on a Diet book but probably won't get to it for a few weeks.

Ruth - I like your attitude. Good to know there are places where it's not completely crazy yet.

Good morning Mel. Did you get some rest? Hope that demolition goes fast. They should just blow up the place - get it done in one swoop. Hope you and Mr. Birdy have a peaceful day.

Time to pop into the shower. I did promise the person training me that I WOULD make a better effort to get into the office early today.

Have a good day friends. :wave:

happy2bme
06-21-2007, 08:44 AM
Oh and it's the first day of summer. Happy Summer northern hemisphere :cheers: :cb::cp: :dance: :hat: :hyper: :twirly: :woohoo: :cheer2: :yay:

and for some of us this also means :flame: :hot: :df: but that's ok - it's ain't SNOW :lol:

MELODY525
06-21-2007, 09:02 AM
RUTH~ ONE DAY I WILL BE AN EARLY RISER AND GET IN HERE BEFORE YOU DO! LOL HOPE THE TEA AND TOURIST BUSINESS GO WELL AND BOOM! :cofdate: HAVE A GREAT DAY AND HOPE TOO THAT YOU FEEL BETTER!:hug:

HAPPY~ :hug: FOR YOU AND MOM ALSO. ALTHOUGHT I'VE NEVER WONDERED WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO HAVE A MOM, I HAVE OFTEN FELT THE ABSENCE. THERE IS A VOID THAT YOU KNOW OTHER'S DO NOT HAVE. ENJOY THE TIME. :beach: WE NOT ONLY HAVE SOME RUDE PEOPLE IN THIS SMALL TOWN, IT RUNS ON GOSSIP!!

SHAD~ I LOVE TO READ ABOUT HOW YOU ARE MAKING THE TIMETABLE!! EVERY DAY I BREATHE A SIGH OF RELIEF THAT YOU ARE WHERE YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE!! :rofl: :rofl: I HAVE SEEN THE TRAIN RIDE ON THE TV AND IT WAS GORGEOUS. I CAN IMAGINE WHAT IT'S LIKE UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL. HAVE A GREAT TIME RIGHT TO CALIFORNIA!!

CEEJAY~ I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE UNCLE AND WILL SEND GREAT HEALING THOUGHTS HIS WAY. 6!!! :yikes: SENDING :hug: FOR YOU AS WELL.
IS THIS A RELATIVE OF THE PARAGOULD AUNT & UNCLE?
KEEP US POSTED.

MEADOW~ YOU CAN COME BACK IN NOW AND PUT THAT CHICKEN DOWN!!! SHAD HAS PASSED AND SEEN YOU!! :lol3: :lol3: :lol3:

CARLA~ I ALMOST FORGOT THOSAE GUYS ARE OUT THERE ONE MORNING BUT MY APT IS JUST ANGLED ENOUGH THAT I SAW THEM BEFORE THEY SAW ME.....AMD I SIT LOW SO THE WINDOW SILL HID ME! :rofl: THAT SIP THING ALMOST KILLED ME JUST READING ABOUT IT:faint: :yikes: :dizzy: NOT IN A MILLION YEARS!!! NOT EVEN DRUNK!!: cheers:
BUT I AM GLAD YOU HAD A GREAT TIME...GOOD THING SHAD HAD ALREADY LEFT!!! NOT SURE IF SHE HAS A HANKERIN' FOR THAT KIND OF EXCITEMENT! :lol3:


:hug: MADCAT :hug:

I SORTED THRU THE XMAS STUFF ON MY TOP SHELF. ACTUALLY GOT A SHOPPING CART FULL OF STUFF TO TOSS OUT. JEN HAS DECIDED TO LIGHTEN HER LOAD TOO SO I AM NO LONGER SAVING THIS STUFF. NOT LIKE WE HAVE SOMEONE TO LEAVE IT TOO....THE BIRD? :rofl:
I EVEN GOT ALL MY ROLLING RADIATORS INTO THE BOTTOM OF THE CLOSET NOW. I COULD NOT ASK FOR BETTER WEATHER BUT I WAITED TILL THE OFFICE CLOSED AND THE MEN LEFT BEFORE GOING OUT, SO MUCH MORE PEACEFUL THAT WAY. :beach: EVEN THE SENIORS ARE INSIDE NAPPING AND GETTING THEIR DINNER READY. :rofl: THE SUN IS HEALING THE SKIN VERY WELL EVEN THOUGH THE DRS SAY NO SUN! :nono:
THE EYES ARE BEING VERY STUBBORN AND I "MIGHT" JUST HAVE TO GO FOR HELP. NOT GETTING WORS BUT NOT REALLY GETTING MUCH BETTER. BUT I HAVE NOT GIVEN UP YET. NEED SOME BREAKFAST AND THEN A PLAN FOR THE DAY.
HAPPY THURSDAY:moped:

MELODY525
06-21-2007, 09:04 AM
HELLO SISTER HAPPY!!! AND A HAPPY FORST DAY OF SUMMER RIGHT BACK TO YOU :dance: :cheers: :cb:
GLAD MOM HAS ARRIVED AND ALL IS WELL IN YOUR LITTLE POOLSIDE CORNER OF THE WORLD!!:swim:

MELODY525
06-21-2007, 10:07 AM
CARLA.....SPEAKING OF FANTASIES....I AM HAVING A GREAT TIME LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW THESE DAYS!!!:rofl: :lol3: :lol3: :rofl:

I WAS JUST OUTSIDE WITH JOHN AND THE BOSS NEXTDOOR. JOHN WANTED ME TO MEET WITH HIM AS I AM HERE ALONE ON THE WEEKENDS AND THEY MIGHT BE WORKING ON SATURDAYS...WE'LL SEE. THE TOWNSMEN ARE OPPOSED TO THE IDEA. ANYWAY I DIGRESS....THE WORK WILL CONTINUE FOR OVER 10 MONTHS!! DECONSTRUCTION AND RECONSTRUCTION!!:faint: GEE I CAN'T WAIT!!! :rofl:

MELODY525
06-21-2007, 10:08 AM
PS~ NOW I KNOW WHY THEY SAY "BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR" :belly:

ceejay52
06-21-2007, 07:56 PM
Ruth- Have a good time showing the gents around town

Mel--Don't know how you can stand the bump and bangs for this long. When they were tearing down the building opposite me I jumped up to check on things. Carla may be right in getting ear plugs. Yes this uncle lives in Paragould also and is brother to the uncle I visit. The youngest of 6. They are my mom's brother's.

Shad--I have wanted to do the train ride. Maybe when I retire.

Happy-Enjoy the visit with your mom. I've just started the Best Life. Bob Greene and I are on the same page at least. We have the same goals. My problem as always will be staying with in the calorie limit, even when I follow a plan I always want more. I'm determined to do this. I don't want the doctors to find my arteries clogged.

Carla-I'd never heard of 6 by passes either, it's always been 4 or 5. I'm n ot sure if it's a record. I'm just glad they found it in time.

Speaking of my uncle, he was already sitting up in a chair today when the uncle I go visit went to visit with him. I was doing a happy dance. Thanks for your positive thought and prayers. He may be coming home on Saturday.

I had so much energy after my uncle called me I had to go to the gym and work it off. I need to fix dinner and eat a proper meal cause my hands are finding all the loose food and stuffing it into my mouth.

MELODY525
06-22-2007, 08:50 AM
ONLY ONE POST?? DID I SCARE EVERYONE OFF?? JUST AS WELL CAUSE I AM IN A RUSH. WILLY HAS TALKED ME INTO TAKING A RIDE TO THE FOOD STORE JUST TO GET OUT. :dance: HAVE A GREAT DAY.
HAPPY FRIDAY....THE WEEKEND!!!! :moped:

CEEJAY~ GREAT NEWS ABOUT THE UNCLE. I AM GLAD YOU ARE ALL RELIEVED. NICE WORKOUT TOO!!!
HAVE A GREAT DAY!:sunny:

happy2bme
06-22-2007, 09:03 AM
Good morning ladies,

Geez did every one head off with Shad to Victoria? :mag: Quick post for me too - the sooner I get to work, the sooner I can leave. And it's Friday - YAY. Going to be a hot one - 95 degrees. Into the pool for sure this weekend.

Have a good shopping trip Mel - get some stuff for me as my cupboards are bare too. Well maybe not exactly but I don't wanna eat what's in them :lol: I asked Mom if she was having sugar withdrawals. She said she was looking around the kitchen but got over her cravings. :lol: She's a real sugar junkie. Scrutinizes all fat and salt contents but ignores the sugar labels :s:

Other than that, happy Friday. Glad to hear your uncle is on the mend Ceejay.

Here's to a nice weekend chicks :cheers: I'm outta here... :wave:

Ruthxxx
06-22-2007, 09:14 AM
Great news on the Unc, Ceejay. Happy, try to keep your cool - we are actually cool here after two terrible T-storms. MEL, I don't know how you stand the constant noise! My kitchen tear-apart drove me nuts!

Today will be mostly taken up with working a Bingo for the Fair Board. Please don't tell me to have fun! It is never fun, just something that I have to do. I am thinking very hard about something fun to do this weekend as an antidote - maybe go fishing? There will be traffic jams on our lakes next weekend when the bass season opens!

The only thing going on around here this weekend is a 95th birthday party and a Cemetery Memorial service! Actually this will be the last quiet weekend around here before the hordes of folks descend on the village for Canada Day/ July 4 and a huge music festival at a farm just outside town. As a Director of their board, I'll have to attend the opening of the Festival but will probably listen to most of it from the back deck. It's the Kutter Farms Foundation which raises money for special needs kids so they can have swimming lessons and ride horses. My friend Caron is spearheading this. She also will be the owner of the pool which is still WIP and plans to have water aerobic classes when it's finally finished. I'm first on that list!

OK - I'm going to get ready for the gym and just do it! :tread: I always feel better afterwards and it will set me up for the frassin' Bingo!

What are you doing today and this weekend for FUN? I need ideas! Giving myself a manicure just won't cut it! :lol:

Meadow
06-22-2007, 11:47 AM
:carrot: First day of summer was fabulous! Perfect heat and a nice breeze. My youngest had her sports day and we wander around the fields watching her do potato sack racing, skipping, throwing the ball etc. She had a blast! They gave them free freezies as one of the events :p I put sunscreen on but managed to get a slight sunburn where my t-shirt sleeve :dunno: Doesn't the smell of coppertone make you smile? :D

Mel-Have fun out and about. Buy some mango and think of Shad ;) Don't forget the strawberries. I'm glad you are getting some nice weather. Been out to tour the squirrel warrens lately?

Shad-Enjoy the flowers and the walk around Buchart Gardens. I was just sighing to my husband saying we haven't been there since our honeymoon :sigh: Were you on the second to last car on the train waving? I'm afraid I was in a chicken frenzy trying to be seen :rofl:

Happy-in the pool!:swim: My husband says he will not put ours up till July when he can be assured the weather will stay warm, totally messing with the kids' heads:^: Be sure to wear your sunblock, 95 degrees is frying temps! Give your mom her own parasol and pineapple drink. :hug:

Ruth-endure the Bingo and sneek in the fishing trip between the derby goers infesting the lakes. The big concert sounds cool. Is it on July first then, for Canada Day? or on July fourth for the US independence day? or on July second or third to split the difference? :lol:

Ceejay-keep your hands away from the stuffies :p great news that your uncle is feeling better and that you have a bit less worry.

Carla-the park where we used to live had a small zip line, it was fun! Great that you are exploring more options on your adventures. You will be tight rope walking before you know it.

I've got to get the kids ready for school. :wave: Have a terrific weekend chicks :wave: Summer is here!:flow2:

Shad
06-22-2007, 12:02 PM
Quickie from me this morning - only 18 minutes left on the clock.

Meadow - I'm cheap, I was in the red leaf about second carriage from the front. Were you wearing black pants along with the red tee and do you have dark hair?

Mel - enjoy the shopping and then go to the park and watch the world go by. Chat up the blokes in the park - why not?

Happy - :wave: to Mum. Hello Mum! Enjoy your stay. Keep cool in the pool!!!

Ruth - it's all go in Delta now is it not? Glad I arrived before the hordes. Such a cute place.

Yesterday I toured Vancouver - well as much as I could do on foot and bus. I didn't want an organised tour. I've done enough of them. So I had to get myself about and find my way here and there and everywhere. Went up Grouse Mountain - it was foggy but cleared later to a fine and sunny day. Then went to a Chinese Garden and wandered around the Vancouver Chinatown. Found an area of town I don't think I should have been in. Radar was working overtime but made it out of there at great speed. Then I went up the Vancouver Tower and checked out the city - better than Grouse Mtn. At least I could see.
Today I am off to Victoria and will be in the gardens this afternoon or maybe tomorrow morning - I must do some laundry at some time as well. Then I thought I might do a whale watching cruise. So - my bus in due shortly and I have to go down the street to the next hotel because there is no room here for one to park.

Next time we talk it will be from Victoria. Then back to Vancouver and San Francisco. My holiday is nearly over.

Ruthxxx
06-22-2007, 05:53 PM
Yes, Shad, there are parts of Vancouver Chinatown where you should not go. :yikes: I always make sure my car doors are locked when I drive through and would never be afoot without an escort.

I survived the BINGO and am now dealing with a crisis that is making me very angry! :mad: I got a panic phone message from Caron who is managing the music festival to say someone wanted refunds for 90 tickets since they had heard the Festival was cancelled. Somebody called the booking agent and said the whole deal was down the tube! Of course it's not! I am pretty damned sure who did the evil phone call and may be able to confirm the name out of the booking agent who is also the agent I use to book for the Fair! If it's whom I suspect, I'll have his balls for bookends. People seldom live after suffering the Wrath of Ruth!

So....how was your day?

Hollyhock
06-22-2007, 09:40 PM
I got sidetracked this morning it would seem, wrote this then....
I slept in a bit. Need to get my hair washed and kids ready. Pizza day- so no lunches to pack.Last pizza day of the year.

DD has the daughter of my after school sitter coming here to sleep over.

I have been having good days at the shop. Most of the clients I am doing are repeat clients and then yesterday I did a new woman ( walk in) for highlights who was soooooo nice. It was a good convo. I love that.

Non stop busy with the kids and life it seems. Went on a field trip with DS’s class on Wed to the Fanshawe Pioneer village and then Rock Glen. He was thrilled. Had to work after that til 8 :30pm.
Allergies have been terrible. I am glad it is not so hot tho. Back down to 22 C today. Yippee.
Lots of other “life” things to deal with.
I have my friend’s daughter babysitting the kids here when I am working at the shop all summer. She is a sweety. 15 years old. Thrilled to be earning income.

I can just putter at housework tonight. BIG day tomorrow. Soccer tournament at 9 am. Family reunion, in Sarnia, at 2- whenever and then a Bday for a friend here in the hamlet who is turning 50. Wondering if DH wants to go. She is my friend from school council.
We laughed about him being almost 50 as well after he bugged me about my friends being 50. His brother turns 50 in August. DH will be 47. How the heck does that happen??? It sounds so grown up. Suppose on would need to grow up to be one. LOL!

Almost time for the bus and work.

6pm-ish-So all of the above transpired and everyone is happy.

Need to tidy the kitchen and then turn 2.5 doz eggs into deviled eggs for the family reunion tomorrow.

8:39 pm- hubby's parents showed up with a trailer full of wood for us for the winter. Had a nice visit. Just boiling my eggs now.
Sunday hubby and the kids( I think) are goig up to the farm to split more wood.

gonna check on the eggs.

HUGS!!!!!

MELODY525
06-23-2007, 09:22 AM
SHAD~ GOTTA WATCH OUT FOR THOSE NASTY PARTS THAT ARE IN ALL TOWNS!!! :faint: NO WONDER IT IS COOL UP BY YOU....WE'RE ONLY 57 DEGREES!! IS THIS ANY WAY TO RUN A SUMMER??? OF COURSE I AM LOVING IT. HAVE FUN!!!

RUTH~ BALLS FOR BOOKENDS :rofl: WILL YOU BRONZE THEM???? REMINDED ME OF THE BABY BOOTIES THEY USED TO BRONZE AND USE AS BOOKENDS AND TABLE DECORATIONS :lol3: WHAT A HORRIBLE THING TO DO AND THEY SHOULD GET THE RATH OF RUTH!! :devil:

HOLLY~ READING YOUR POST I AM REMINDED I NEED A HAIRCUT!! HOW IS YOUR GRANDMOTHER BY THE WAY? STILL GETTING HER PERMS?

MEADOW~ I LOVE TO WATCH THE KIDS DO THOSE SPORTS DAYS. THEY CRACK ME UP. SUCH DETERMINATION AND YET THEY STILL KNOW HOW TO LAUGH!! NICE DAY OUT. HOPE IT WARMS UP SO YOU CAN HAVE A POOL ERECTING PARTY! :cheers:

HAPPY~ I AM HOPING YOU GOT HOME EARLY AND GOT A HEAD START ON YOUR WEEKEND. I BOUTHG PORTUGUESE DINNER BREAD, ( SAS OPPOSED TO WHAT? BREAKFAST BREAD?) SALAD GREENS, BEEF STRIPS, LOVELY TOMATOES, CANTALOUPE, 6 DIFFERENT KINDS OF SPRITZER DRESSINGS AND LOTS OF VEGGIES. TAKE YOU PICK!! HAPPY WEEKEND WITH THE MOMS!

I AM ALREADY WASHED AND DRESSED AND FED FOR WHEN LOUIS COMES. ( ONE OF THE NEW ACCOUNTANTS) HE'S A WORKAHOLIC! HE IS A VERY GENTLE SOUL AND THINKS ME THE SAME. MAYBE HE SEES THRU THE TOUGH FACADE. NOT MANY DO. :rofl: SHOULD BE AN EASY PEASY DAY THOUGH. HE ONLY NEEDS ONE OFFICE OPENED AND THEN CLOSED. NO FIELS NO NOTHING. :dance:
I HAVE BEEN DOING A GREAT JOB ON THE CLOSETS THIS TIME AROUND. A REAL PURGING GOING ON. SHOWING NO MERCY.....FLYLADY SAYS IF YOU DON'T USE OR REALLY LOVE IT THEN TOSS IT. SO OUT IT GOES.
TOTAL NOW IS 2 BASKETS, 2 BAGS AND 1 BOX. LAST NIGHT I WENT THRU ALL THE XMAS WRAPPINGS. WTF WAS I KEEPING ALL THIS STUFF FOR. SAVED THE TISSUE AND BAGS AND GAVE THE REST AWAY. SO MUCH EASIER AND NEATER!! FOUND HOMES FOR ALL MY BIG TEDDYBEARS THAT WERE IN A CLOSET. YES LIFE IS GHETTING DECLUTTERED! AS A LAST DITCH EFFORT, I AM NOT USING THE PC EXCEPT TO POST AND SEE IF I CAN GIVE THE EYES A BETTER CHANCE AT HEALING. WE'LL SEE. I AM ALMOST READY TO TOSS IN THE TOWEL AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT. AND WE ALL KNOW HOW I LOVE GOING TO THE BIG CITY-TYPE HOSP AND SITTING FOR 5-7 HOURS!! :yikes: :tantrum: :rofl:

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND AND BE GOOD TO EACH OTHER. :moped:

MELODY525
06-23-2007, 09:24 AM
PS....RUTH....I WOULD HAVE GIVEN YOU IDEAS FOR HAVING A FUN TIME BUT THE ONLY ONE THAT CAME TO MIND INVOLVED A PARTNER AND BEING IN THE PRONE POSITION!! I JUST COULDN'T THINK OF ANYTHiNG ELSE...SORRY :rofl: :rofl:

MELODY525
06-23-2007, 10:29 AM
I MADE THIS YESTERDAY AND IT WAS VERY GOOD. EVEN THOUGH I CUT THE SPICES DOWN...IT WAS PRETTY SPICY!! :flame::devil: :flame:
***made this in a dutch oven (big pot) and used a pkg of fresh spinach....could have used 2.

BEEF WITH GREENS & POTATOES



1 lb. top round beef (STRIPS)

1 tablespoon paprika

1-1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/8 teaspoon red pepper

1/8 teaspoon dry mustard

8 red-skinned potatoes, halved

3 cups finely chopped onion

2 cups beef broth

2 large garlic cloves, minced

2 large carrots, peeled, cut into very thin 2-1/2-inch strips

2 bunches mustard greens, kale, or turnip greens, stems removed, (1/2 lb. each) coarsely torn

nonstick spray coating

1. Partially freeze beef. Thinly slice across the grain into long strips 1/8" thick and 3" wide.



2. Combine paprika, oregano, chili powder, garlic powder, black pepper, red pepper, and dry mustard. Coat strips of meat with the spice mixture.
3. Spray a large heavy skillet with nonstick spray coating. Preheat pan over high heat.
4. Add meat; cook, stirring for 5 minutes.
5. Add potatoes, onion, broth, and garlic. Cook covered, over medium heat for 20 minutes.
6. Stir in carrots, lay greens over top, and cook, covered, until carrots are tender, about 15 minutes.
7. Serve in large serving bowl, with crusty bread for dunking.
Yield: 6 servings
1 Serving Size = 7 oz

happy2bme
06-23-2007, 02:13 PM
Good morning eastern sister :wave: I see your little egg a lit. Thanks for the recipe. Sounds yummy, I will have to try it but not when it is 97 degrees out like now.

I have to get to the store and get some clean food for mom to eat. We had some battered fish this week (a favorite of hers) and yesterday had some take out Chinese (another favorite). We are very close to the border of too much salt - don't want her getting all bloated here :sumo: So I will be studying the weather charts :comp: and trying to figure out a meal plan for the week :write: I look at the weather forecast because my prefered meals are to grill a meat and serve it with some veggies as well as fresh fruit. Have to be prepared for alternatives on those rain days.

Oops - started this post 4 hours ago. DH came into the room, I turned around to talk to him and forgot about this. Now I'm almost out the door to take Mom to the library and then stop and get some groceries. DH is shooing us out the door as he needs to shut off the water to repair the toilet. So gotta run. Sorry I can't post individually. Happy Saturday all!

Shad
06-23-2007, 09:17 PM
I'm in heaven,
I've been to the Butchart Gardens and the Butterfly House. Yes there is one here just about 2k from the gardens and they are really lovely. Have some huge butterflies - blue morphos and owls eyes (can't remember the real name) and some green jays which almost look like they are checkered. Stripey ones, orange ones, spotted ones, banded ones. You name it.

Butchart - well what does one say. Wish I could have stayed tonight to watch the lights and fireworks however the buses don't run afterwards and taxis are few and far between out there. There were some wonderful things in the gift shop. I could have run amok but I can look on the net later I guess and have them sent out.

When Happy wants to take the DH for a 2nd or 27th honeymoon, she can come here. The Hotel (Executive suites) is good. Free laundry, free internet, free workout equipment, free steam room and spa pool. Rooms are quite nice and you can cook in there if you want as well (I don't). So Victoria Harbour is lovely too. It took forever to get down here on the bus and ferry from Vancouver, so I have scrapped the return journey and booked a seat on a seaplane - 35 minutes instead of 6 hours. Should be an interesting journey too.

After today, only 5 days days to go on my holiday (and 900 odd photos on my camera) It has gone so fast. Ahh well that's life, I guess.

Had to buy another suitcase today - they are expensive in Victoria too. The big purple case is coming apart at the seams. The side handle is nearly off and I am already overweight so a small cabin bag has been bought to take the overflow. Not that it is going in the cabin on the flight home - it will have all the shopping in it for customs purposes. That generally stops them from going through all my washing and stuff.

So it's nearly dinner time and I am getting hungry. Lots of walking today (necessary after a big breakfast - but little lunch) and lots of fresh air and sunshine (still got the good weather going for me).
I've chatted for a short time with Meadow today - think I have got to all of you now. Just one more jaunt with Carla and I'm done.

Someone is waiting for the computer. See you

Meadow
06-24-2007, 12:17 AM
Hmm, the site is really being odd tonight... won't allow me into advanced... has frozen twice and lost my message :p So trying one more time before bed :)

Shad-talking to you was just like catching up with one of my relatives :D Did you get a chance to ride on the trolley with the horses around town? I bet the harbour plane trip will be an even better visual adventure... you know it lands in the harbour in Vancouver, right beside Stanley park, so you will have a great view of the city coming in to land. Enjoy!

Mel-the stew sounded very yummy, I liked the spice combo. Especially the dry mustard. :hug: I'm sorry your eyes are still being bothersome :goodvibes: Cold compresses and minimum on the eye strain. Be well.

Ruth-what is with the bookends? This nasty fellow probably has tiny ones you could make into earrings as a warning to others! Kick butt! So sorry this has endangered the event, fingers crossed for a good outcome.

Happy-Lots of peppers grilled on the barbecue ;) Clean eats and delicious. What book did your mom get out of the library? Does she like Sue Grafton? I'm reading "S" is for silence right now, very good detective mystery, well written and a fast read.

Holly-You sound busy and happy. Have a wonderful time at the party. I'm sure your kids will have a blast with the teenager over the summer. Peaceful days and lots of sunshine.

:wave: I'm going to try and post now :rolleyes:

MELODY525
06-24-2007, 08:22 AM
HAPPY~ HOPE YOU GOT TO THE STORE FOR GROCERIES...I WAS GOING TO RUN SOME DOWN TO YOU BUT I GOT SIDETRACKED:rofl: THE DH WILL BE DRAGGING YOU UP TO CANADA ANY DAY NOW AFTER HE SEE'S SHAD'S POST!!! :cance:

SHAD~ HOW WONDERFUL IT ALL SOUNDS. NOW YOU MENTION THE CAMERA....I NEVER TOOK MINE OUT!! WE SHOULD HAVE HAD PICTURES TOGETHER!! WHAT WERE WE THINKING???? :rofl: HAVE A GOOD BOATRIDE!!

MEADOW~ SEEMS LIKE WE HAVE EXTENDED FAMILY NJOW! :lol3: I AM WAITING PATIENTLY WHILE YOU PUT UP THE POOL :beach: I'LL BRING THE DRINKS!!
I AM INTERESTED....WERE YOU THE ONE SHAD SAW???
INQUIRING MINDS NEED TO KNOW THESE THINGS....LOL

I HAD A SAD NIGHT YESTERDAY. GOT A CALL FROM A TENANT SAYING THERE WAS A NEWSPAPER STILL OUTSIDE HER NEIGHBOR'S DOOR. A FRIEND OF MINE, KARL, HAD PASSED AWAY. BY THE LOOKS OF IT HE DIED THE NIGHT BEFORE. AFTER MUCH ARGUING AND ALMOST 5 HOURS LATER, HE WAS FINALLY RELEASED BY THE MEDICAL EXAMINER'S CREW AND THE FUNERAL MEN WERE ABLE TO MDO THEIR JOB. FIRST HIS SISTER DIDN'T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT AND THEN AFTER THE COUNTY M.E. CALLED HER SHE SAID "LEAVE THE BODY THERE AND I'LL COME DOWN AND TAKE IT OUT TOMORROW!!" :faint: :yikes: :nono: :tantrum: SHE DIDN'T WANT THE ADDED CHARGES :faint: THEY DON'T WANT THE BODIES BUT THEY WANT THE CASH IN THE BANK. YOU CAN IMAGINE THE LANGUAGE THAT WAS BEING USED BY ALL OF US AT THIS POINT. POOR OLD KARL. I AM GLAD IT WAS ME THAT FOUND HIM. HE DESERVED SOME DIGNITY.
FEELING A WEE BIT FRAGILE THIS MORNING SO I THINK IT WILL BE A MELIDAY TODAY. I AM NOT HAPPY WITH THE RESPONSES I GOT FROM THE OFFICE....GEE SO SORRY TO SPOIL YOUR WEEKEND MY QUEENS! :queen:
I WON'T EVEN GO THERE. MAYBE A SHORT RIDE IS IN ORDER ALSO. JUST REMEMBERED MEADOW ASKING ABOUT THE SQUIRRELS.....GOTTA GO AND SEE IF THEY STILL LIVE BY THE RESERVOIR TOO. I FORGOT. BTW...SHAD THE MEN IN THE PARK DON'T SPEAK TE QUEEN'S ENGLISH! :rofl: :rofl: I HAVE TRIED TO CHAT TO PEOPLE THERE....NO COMPRENDE!! :rofl: :rofl:

HAPPY SUNDAY :moped:

Shad
06-24-2007, 11:17 AM
So what if they do not speak English Mel. Neither do the Americans :rofl:
I've decided that Canadians are much like NZers. :rofl: :lol3:

1. The Canadians and NZers say eh! a lot. I heard a bunch of Canadians trying to talk to a bunch of Aussies yesterday. One Aussie was overheard to say that it was worse than trying to talk to a Kiwi! I offered to translate.

2. We both have bigger, noisier more powerful neighbours. Notice I did not say they were good neighbours!

3. We both have beautiful countries - real chocolate box stuff. Not saying there is no beauty in US or Aus. There is - It's harder to find that's all.

4. The Canadian sense of humour is aligned with the Brits as is ours. In fact sometimes the Canucks seem to be more British than the Brits - just like us. Every hotel seems to have a British style bar or Restaurant.

There's more but it is only 7am and I am about to move out into the cool morning and walk off some excess food.
I catch the plane back to Vancouver today to begin the last part of the US trip. I'd better get busy and get packed. I'm not sure the seaplane receptionist understood how much luggage I have. I will be paying excess so I have to take it down early.

carla49
06-24-2007, 11:30 AM
This is just a quick hello - don't really have an opportunity to post properly at the moment, but wanted to check in.

Mel, so sorry about the sad event. You've earned your Meliday, that's for sure. :hug: I think you see more than your share of endings, and far too much of the nastier side of human nature. Communing with the squirrels may be just the ticket.

Shad, good choice to fly back to Van, especially since the weather gods are no longer with you... It'll be an early start tomorrow too. If we don't see each other at check-in, I'll be the one with the hollow eyes clutching an extra-large Tim Horton's... :lol:

Happy, keep enjoying the time with your mom, and the healthy eating. This last week I've been a little sloppy with my diet, and am paying the price with a sore mouth and, erm, a little sluggishness. Am now knocking back regular doses of ground flaxseed to compensate, hoping the bag doesn't get confiscated at Customs tomorrow... :eek:

Ruth, was the mixup about the fair actually sabotage? Time to call in Miss Marple - small-town intrigue strikes again! ;)

Gotta go before the battery on this baby dies on me.

:wave: to all the chicks I've missed.

carla49
06-24-2007, 11:33 AM
Happy, I see your egg is lit. I once met some people from Tennessee, and was delighted to hear them say "boy howdy!" as a exclamation... Has that one crept into your speech patterns yet? Did you sit there like a stunned mullet first time you heard it? :lol:

Shad
06-24-2007, 01:59 PM
I'll be sitting on my case, muttering hail mary's and a couple of novenas and cursing the hour.

What's wrong with the weather. Sunny and nice where I am

MELODY525
06-25-2007, 07:53 AM
:sunny: SUNNY AND LOVELY HERE TOO :dance:
GLAD THE WEATHER IS HOLDING UP FOR YOU SHAD. SEEMS LIKE YOU HAD PERFECT WEATHER THROUGHOUT!
THE NZ/CAMADA THING WAS TOO FUNNY!!MAKES ME GLAD I'M A YANK :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

CARLA~ NICE TO SEE YOU PEEK IN. HOPE THE JOB IS GOING WELL!

I GOT UP EARLY AND PUT A LOAD OF WASH IN. ALREADY STARTED THE DAY OFF. NOW FOR BREAKFAST AND THE HAIRDRYER. IT WILL BEGIN TO WARM UP THIS WEEK OR SO THEY SAY. NO SQUIRRELS WERE VISIBLE AT THE RESEVOIR BUT THEY WERE IN THE PARK. NOTHING NEW TO REPORT. QUIET WEEKEND.
HAPPY MONDAY :moped:

happy2bme
06-25-2007, 09:14 AM
Good morning chicks,

Where did the weekend go? :dunno: Mom and I did a marathon of shopping this weekend it seems. Of course I bought way more than she did. Some times stores are as bad for me as chocolate :lol: Needless to say, we have LOTS of food here this week. I also took her to chuch yesterday. The priest gave a very funny sermon - had the whole church laughing several times. Then at the end of mass he announced that it was his last Sunday mass and that he'd be leaving (reassigned) on Tuesday. Too bad - he might have sparked an interest in me to attend more regularly :( Mom of course had to comment at the people who continuously came in late. I'd say at least a 3rd of the attendees came in AFTER the services started. Shame shame :nono: The weekend whizzed by too quickly and here it is again Monday. Off to the salt mines again so soon...

I'm delighted Shad that you liked the Gardens. Would have felt bad if you didn't considering I practically pushed them on you. I thought they would be of interest to you considering your love of flowers. I overheard DH telling Mom about the Rocky Mountaineer - perhaps we'll do that soon. I can see where the travelling would wear thin by now. Wouldn't be bad I think if you spent an entire week in one place but these short term pack, unpack, repack up move here there in short bursts would get to me too. I remember one of the few times we took a 2 week vacation though the western states. By the end of it I was sitting in a restaurant and I couldn't even make up my mind what to order - was desperately ready to get back to the hum drum but still orderly pattern of regular life. You still have a few more sights to see. Have a good time. See if you can take a bus tour to see the forests of giant California redwoods just north of San Francisco.

Mel - enjoy the sun. Looks like we'll get rain on and off all week here - we need it. So sorry to hear about your friend Karl. :hug: Families can be so shallow. :mad:

Carla - never heard of "boy, howdy" but I have lots to learn here. :lol: I was giving Mom a running monolog (sp?) in the car while driving the other day. All sorts of Southern excuses for driving poorly. She was cracking up. Have a good time with Shad exploring California.

Meadow - we never made it to the library. Somehow time got away from us. I had heard that Sue Grafton writes well. Will have to try her out before she runs out of alphabet :lol:

Ruth - you comment on the bronzed balls was a classic :rofl: - still laughing over that. :D

Well I am overdue my computer time this morning - I swore I was going to get into work earlier although unless you go in way way early (just after dawn) you get stuck in traffic. So leaving 1 hour earlier takes you 50 minutes instead of 30 and you're much more peeved when you arrive because you are contending with the worst of the lot. :mad: I long for the day I can be done with this mess and be a stay at home wife. :cloud9:

Happy Monday ladies - use it well :D

Ruthxxx
06-25-2007, 12:29 PM
Quickie this morning as I have some bronzed balls hardening in a 250ºF oven! I need to get the job finished as there may be more to do later.

I'm back from the gym and refereeing a big drama down at the Long Horn. Why me? I seem to be a sort of MEL - everyone's mother. Hey, MEL, move here and take over - OK? I may do a drama dump in my journal but for now I intend to have a nice lunch on the cool wicker on the front porch and practice being an island of calm in a sea of chaos!

Shad, I'm glad you got to Butchart Gardens - one of my favourite places in Victoria. I hope you are not yet jaded by all the travel because you've got a bit more to go!

Carla49, did you meet up OK with SHad or am I confused?

Happy, sounds like you had a great visit with your mother. I hate it when people come late to Church too and am very adept at giving them a dirty look. One couple is consistently late!

Meadow, Sue Grafton? How did I miss reading her books? I'll let you know next time I fly over on teh way to Nanaimo so you can do the chicken waving routine. I wish I could have seen that!

Hotter than heck is the forecast for this afternoon - and that's just the weather! :rofl:

ceejay52
06-25-2007, 04:04 PM
Just popping in to say hello. :wave:

MELODY525
06-25-2007, 08:22 PM
I AM POSTING TONITE FOR TOMORROW. FOOD SHOPPING IS FIRST THEN A WEE STINT IN THE OFFICE. LUNCH WITH A FRIEND IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM AND JEN & COMPANY IN THE AFTERNOON. BY THE TIME I AM ALONE IT WILL BE A HOT SHOWER AND JAMMIES! LOL
THE COPS AND THE OFFICE TOO ALMOST 3 HOURS. TALK,TALK,TALK. AND NOTHING BEING SAID. I FINALLY LEFT MY REPORT AND TOOK OFF. AT LEAST I GOT ONE LOAD OF WASH DONE. :rofl: JEN AND I SPENT SOME QUIET TIME ALONE WITH THE GRANDSON. HE WAS HAPPY TO SEE HER BUT SHOWED NO SIGNS OF WANTING TO LEAVE :lol3: :lol3: NOT SURE IF JEN IS SAD OR RELIEVED! LOL ALL IS WELL HERE IN THIS CORNER OF THE UNIVERSE. HAVE A GREAT DAY TOMORROW. SEE YA WEDNESDAY:moped:
SHAD & CARLA~ HOPE YOU BOTH HAVE A GREAT TIME!!

RUTH~ TAKE A PIC OF THE BALLS AND MAKE A XMAS CARD OUT OF THEM!! :rofl: :rofl:

HAPPY~ WE WOULD LOVE TO SHOP TOGETHER....BOTH OF US ARE OUT OF CONTROL :rofl: :dance: HAPPY WORK WEEK!! :hug:

CEEJAY~ HELLO TO YOU TOO :wave:

MADCAT~ :hug:

:hug: TO ALL OUR MISSING CHICKLETTES: NAE, TIG, TEEL, PAINTER, LINUS, MEADOW, HOLLY, AND ANYONE ELSE I FORGOT OR WHO IS LURKING! JUMP RIGHT ON IN....THE WATER IS FINE :swim:

Hollyhock
06-25-2007, 11:51 PM
Busy, busy, happy bee. School out for the kids on Wed. Getting ready for the new sitter and such. Worte 2 hours of school council notyes up today. Did 5 loads of wash....... the usual fun stuff. Been eating lots of fresh strawberries!!

I must say I agree with Shad about Canadians but I am biased.

HUGS!!!

happy2bme
06-26-2007, 09:03 AM
Morning chicks,

I sure am tired this morning. Would have given anything to be able to go back to sleep for an extra hour or two but it's not to be. Don't know why - got to bed at a decent hour and the rain hasn't hit here yet. Perhaps I danced the night away in my dreams just like that old fairy tale. :^:

So I don't have much to say other than I need more coffee :coffee: Have a good one.

Ruthxxx
06-26-2007, 09:28 AM
Dragging my butt a bit today too, Happy, so pass over the coffee.

My BGL was way too low when I woke up. It's back to normal now but I'm still feeling crappy. Part of it is worry of my little Lucy who was sick last night and is very lethargic today. I wish animals could talk! Shad will tell you that she is very vocal but only speaks canine - and Portuguese canine at that!

Today is predicted to be hot and humid with 104ºF predicted when you factor in the humidex! I'm going out now to set up the garden watering and plan to spend the rest of the day inside.

ceejay52
06-26-2007, 11:06 AM
Seems like the worldly chicks are busy. Woke up this morning with a sinus headache. WishI could go back to bed.

Ruth--Take care of yourself and Lucy today.

Mel-Sounds like a day of shopping would be fun.

Happy-Don't work to hard.

carla49
06-26-2007, 11:43 AM
Morning all,
This is Shad masquerading as Carla once more. We are in sunny California. Yesterday Carla drove the Big Sur road with me yelling stop, stop ever couple of minutes. It was very beautiful down there. Similar to the Great Ocean Road in Victoria and the coastline of Ireland, but different - if you know what I mean. We had lunch at a place called Nepenthe which was nice and overlooking a stupendous view.

Now we are back in Monterey sitting up in bed and drinking some foul coffee. Carla says her's is not bad - maybe milk helps. Today we are off to the Aquarium and then slowly making our way back up the coast. Oh yes I think we are going to do a little window gazing in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Maybe Clint will invite us to lunch? Or maybe not.

Tonight we are back in SF and I have a few days to see the city before going home. This holiday has gone fast. Then I am off to Groote - minus the twit of course. I had an assurance from Tracey at Groote that he would not be there while I was. She is offering to fly me from Groote straight to Perth which would mean that I would have a few days of leisure between the two jobs. I think I might need that. I'll have to have a chat with DS2 before that and see how he is faring.

Happy - sorry that you didn't sleep well. Life loves to throw these curved balls our way from time to time. Say hello to Mum for me please.

Ruth - tell Lucy that I'll be back to see her if she doesn't buck up. She's probably pinched something from the table or fruitbowl or maybe someone gave her some of my awful coffee!

Ceejay - Hope the sinus' disappear quickly. Have a good day

Madcat - Hope that things are going okay for you and your sister and friend. It's a tough time for you so take it easy and look after yourself d'ya hear.

Holly - have fun with the kids and the job etc. How did the DH do with his job offer?

Mel - shop wisely today and have a good one.

:yikes: Carla has gone back for another cup of coffee. :faint: :eek: :dizzy:

Bye y'all.

carla49
06-26-2007, 11:59 AM
This time it's really me. Don't listen to Shad - it's not sunny and the coffee isn't all that bad... :lol3:
Well, you've heard it all from the joyous one, not much to add from the peanut gallery. Our hotel is what one might charitably refer to as a budget choice. But it does have free wireless, and complimentary entertainment from the room upstairs. Not yet sure if it's a team of bowlers practicing for the club championship or clumsy weightlifters dropping their dumbbells on the floor every few minutes...
Shad did her weather magic again yesterday, a good thing as the coast drive would be decidedly dreary in rainy or grey weather, and even scarier in the fog :fr: We're hoping the magic will kick in around the time we leave for the aquarium.
:grouphug: to all the worldlies.

happy2bme
06-26-2007, 02:16 PM
OMG, I can't even imagine the magnificent shades of blue and turquoise of Big Sur obliterated by gray and cloudy skies. I thought as the song goes - It never rains in California ... And even scarier than that is the idea of doing that ride in the SF fog. :yikes: Glad the weather held for you. Enjoy the Aquarium. Do they still have some of those overgrown weeded lots on Cannery Row? Think you two should rent one of those 2 person pedal bikes with the foofy canopy and do the strip right. :D Carmel is nice but pricy. Why didn't you do 17 Mile Drive at Pebble Beach?

I've seen some of those budget hotels. I forced DH (and boy did he yell) to stay at the pricy hotels along the waterfront as I just love the sound of the surf. Didn't plan on listening to squawking sea gulls keeping us up all night either. The Monterey Plaza Hotel was just FABULOUS. Had my last cigarette listening to the surf at the Monterey Bay Inn 3 years ago. As you leave the hotel, turn away from the water and to the left slightly and give a wave to DH's Aunt Jean, will you? She's a sweetie. :hug:

Afraid you'll be home before you know it Shad. Hope you can squeeze a few days in before you have to jump into the caldron of work again. Just enough time to change gears. Hope Carla is a good tour guide and if she isn't, well at least I hope you guys have fun.

I am still sleepy and it appears that I have set the tone for the thread today. Sorry :yawn: Guess it's something in the air. Just finished a tossed greens & veggie salad for lunch and even that's sitting heavy. I hope there's at least a lot of arguing in my next meeting so we all stay awake.

ceejay52
06-26-2007, 04:52 PM
Shad--You'll love the aquarium. I can understand about the drive also. I asked my nephew to go back and pick up my stomach several times. SF is a beautiful place.

carla49
06-27-2007, 03:30 AM
The genuine article here - Carla reporting in person. The package has been delivered safely to her San Fran hotel, and yours truly is at her airport hotel ready for bed and the joy of trying to get home a day early on standby tomorrow.

Today was exhausting. Started with an early awakening after a night listening to someone snore. No names, no pack drill... but shoulda packed the ear plugs! Then the aquarium from top to bottom, very nice, otters galore, then a particularly tasty lunch at the aquarium restaurant. Yum. Into the car, and off to ritzy, pricey Carmel. Changing gears (downwards), a short visit to Gilroy and the oulet stores... Then traffic, traffic, traffic all the way to Shad's hotel. Then more lefts and rights to go pick up my local friend before the move to my hotel... Gloomy weather in San Fran, like today in Monterey and much of the way back to the city. Hoping Shad will have good weather and sunshine for the time she has left here.

When my ex and I did the Big Sur trip it was slightly foggy and grey - he was not impressed. Glad I could arrange for perfect weather this time for Shad!

Ceejay, you're right about the drive and ther aquarium. I'm a wuss about winding mountain roads, but sucked it up and did okay. (Shad will be too kind to contrdict..._)

Anyway, I'll be a bit short again tonight - my friend is glaring at me - wants the lights out to get to sleep and/or chat. Hoping to make a quick run to Trader Joe's before it's time to try for the flight tomorrow... love that store.

Good night all.

Hmmm. I'm a little concerned - left Shad in the parking lot of her hotel, but am now wondering if she made it in to her room since she hasn't posted. Probably just a lack of internet, but I'm having a guilty moment here. I'll have a dozen worldly chicks out for my hide if I've been careless with the parcel. :eek:

Ruthxxx
06-27-2007, 07:06 AM
Quick :wave: and :coffee: as I launch myself into another Ruthie RoadrunnerDay! One of these days I'm going to retire! I'm seriously thinking of taking a mini-vacance during the chaos of Delta Fair! All my stuff will be done before it opens so.....
Sorry I can't spend more time in here but South Beach is a hopping board and taking too much of my time.
Hugs to all the "Worldlies"!

MELODY525
06-27-2007, 09:00 AM
WE'LL HAVE TO SEND THE MOUNTIES OUT TO LOOK FOR SHAD....LOST IN THE PARKING LOT!:tantrum:

CARLA~ PROBABLY NO INTERNET IS RIGHT. HOPE YOU HAVE A SAFE TRIP AS WELL WITH YOUR FRIEND. I NEVER HEARD THE SNORING....MY ROOM HAD THE A/C RUNNING AND YOU CAN'T HEAR A THING! :rofl: NO WONDER MY GRANDSON SLEPT FOR A WEEK AFTER SHE LEFT! :lol3: :lol3: HAVE FUN!!

RUTH~ :cofdate: I'LL SIT WITH YOU AND HAPPY THIS MORNING WITH THE COFFEE! SMART DOGS YOU HAVE....I CAN'T SPEAK PORTUGUESE ANYTHING! :rofl:

CEEJAY~ I THINK I AM JOINING YOU WITH THE SINUS HEADACHE!! I USED TO COUNT THE DAYS I HAD ONE....NOW I PRAY FOR A DAY WITHOUT ONE! :yikes: :faint: :dizzy:

HAPPY~ NOW I AM VERY SLEEPY THIS MORNING....MUST BE ALL THIS CRAZY WEATHER WE'RE HAVING. THE WEEKEND WILL SOON BE HERE MY FRIEND AND YOU CAN ENTERTAIN MOM WITH FEET UP BY THE POOL!:beach:

MADCAT :hug:

SHAD~ I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S GROOTE TIME SO SOON. JUST UNREAL HOW THE DAYS ARE FLYING BY. GLAD THE SUN WAS OUT IN SF AND YOU STOPPED CARLA FOR PICS!! THIS TRIP WILL REALLY BE SOMETHING TO SEE.
HAVE A GOOD TIME IN CALI!

YESTERDAY WAS ONE CANCELLATION AFTER ANOTHER....BUT IT ENDED UP A GREAT DAY. I GOT MORE DONE IN THE LIVINGROOM. EMPTIED SOME DRAWERS AND PUT MORE STUFF AWAY AND TOSSED THE REST. MY COMPUTER NOW SITS ON AN ENDTABLE AND I CAN REACH ALL THE PLUGS NOW.....JUST I CASE IT SHOULD CRASH AGAIN:faint: TODAY IS A LAZY DAY AND I DESERVE IT AFTER MOVING FURNITURE AROUND.
HAPPY WEDNESDAY! :moped:

happy2bme
06-27-2007, 09:57 AM
Good morning chicks,

I forgot to set the alarm and overslept :yikes: Quick peek in here while gulping down the necessary coffee. Will have to catch up later. Love to the chicks!

Hollyhock
06-27-2007, 10:22 AM
So glad the parcel is having such a great tour.

Hubby called back on the specified date and they were still doing internal, lateral changes. He needs to call again. He scored 10/12 on math skills and 8/12 on language skills. Not terrible scores. He did better on language than I thought he would. He is still hopeful.

We really need rain. Crops are dying. Hot and humid again. Last day of school for the kidlets. Mad dash to make gifts this morning. "Cookies In a Jar".
I worked til 7pm last night and then went to a townhall meeting. I am all fired up about the community organizing to take a stand against the township!!!!

Work from 12-8 today. I have 2.5 hours to do " something". New sitter starts tommorrow. I am thinking I will try and clean so we have a fresh start. I have Avon to do as well. I really must shower too.

Madcat
06-27-2007, 10:24 AM
Hey Darlings! Just a quickie to let you know things are going ok here. I've been enjoying reading the continuing adventures of the worldly chicks and I will try to come back and comment later. Things are going well with my sis. She's on week two of the chemo/radiation and seems to be ok now that she has the timing of the anti-nausea drugs down. We managed a roadtrip to Stratford to see To Kill a Mockingbird (highly recommended!!!) on the weekend and she still sounds cheerful on the phone. Doing the treatments has turned into a full time job, since the treatments are at noonish and the Cancer society ride generally picks her up by 10. My friend is also doing well though she has an infection and they have postponed her next chemo round until it clears up. She is very upbeat. I really do appreciate the concern. This thread has taken me away everywhere from the wilds of the west and the beautiful coastline to Ruthie's backyard:lol:, and that's a good thing.

I'm having some wicked allergies and I think I need some more water. I'll come back this evening if it isn't too hot in the office at home. We're in the midst of a stinkin' heatwave.

Ruthxxx
06-27-2007, 11:42 AM
(((Madcat))) Nice to see you posting and fairly perky despite the stinking heat!

Shad
06-27-2007, 01:47 PM
Morning all,
I did come in last night but didn't post due to a round of e-mail from the agent fella. Sign this, fax that, do the other. Here's some accommodation in Perth. Get cracking.

So sorry I kept you awake Carla. You should have thrown something at me. The sinus' are coming down with another bout of whatever again and are quite painful this morning. I'm doing fine in a rather strange hotel. Personality hotel is what they call it and indeed it has a quirk or two. (Do you want a quiet room or one at the front?) Braved the streets of San Fran last night for a bite to eat and a whip around the block. I'm now about to take to the streets and see if I can get lost looking for the information kiosk. Supposed to be around here somewhere. You can't miss it??? Bet you life I can.

Good to see all the others posting. Take it easy all of you. You'll be complaining of cold before too long.

Gotta go. Hills to climb. Cable cars to ride.

ceejay52
06-27-2007, 07:13 PM
I've decided to stay put in the journals for a while. I'll be lurking. There's just not enough time for everything.

Madcat--So good to hear that your sister and friend are doing so well.

Holly--It's been hot here also until the past couple of days. We've had some much appreciated rain.

Where's Suzi?

Shad
06-27-2007, 10:21 PM
Afternoon all,
Carla - we forgot to tell the chickies about the Condor we saw hovering above the sea. When I first saw it I thought it was a hang glider but it just sat there working the thermals and every so often it flapped wings. It looked huge. We had no idea what it was until we saw the picture of one in a free paper at the lunch place.

Ceejay - we understand the pressures of time around here. Post as and when you can, but don't stay away too long.

Today I have walked up and down hills, through Chinatown, up Filbert Street - man that is steep, gone up the Coit Tower and seen the town and the bridges. Then I walked down Filbert Street, up Columbus to Lombard and then trudged up the 'Most crooked street in the World'. I was going to trudge down the steps again but a cable car stopped right in the middle of my photograph, so I hopped on and went down to Powell and Market and spent the afternoon browsing the ? floors of the San Francisco Pacific Shopping Centre. Bought one tee shirt but will be going back tomorrow to pick up some shoes for DS2. He wants Nikes but will get what he gets. I may even buy two pair if they are cheap enough. Now I just have to sort out the DS1 and G/F and I am finished shopping. Mind you I am going to Union Square shopping tomorrow. I'll need a credit card in each hand there!
Tomorrows agenda is Fishermans Wharf and the surrounding area and hopefully Golden Gate Park, harbour cruise and shopping later. Let's see how the feet hold out.

Don't let Carla fool anyone. She drove very well and the room was fine (apart from the absence of ear plugs apparently). I did just what we wanted it to - ie sleep - well I did anyway.
Carla - did you get home okay?

So I will now go and see if I can find a news channel and catch up with the world. It seems to be raining somewhere Georgia I think. Weather is great over here. Warm, Sunny, bit of a breeze.

See you all.

happy2bme
06-28-2007, 01:04 AM
Hey kids,

Figured I'd drop a line or two. Very earlly start tomorrow, probably won't have time to post.

Sorry to see you go Ceejay. Understandable about the time committment. I have to scale back myself because as you say, other things to be done. Guess it will get rather quiet around here very soon.

Think I will pass it to our good neighbors up north to pick up the slack in July. I'm going to be spending some well deserved pool time (still haven't been in it yet).

Good to hear you are having fun in SF Shad. You trudged UP Lombardi street? :faint: I am not worthy to huff and puff in your shadow :lol: I can't wait to see your vacation pics tho it seems like it will be a while before they get posted :(

Madcat - good to hear that your sis and friend are holding their own for the moment. We will keep those good vibes coming at you. Take some time for yourself too, 'k?

Holly if we ever get any rain (tho not next week when I have a house full of company) I will send some extra up your way. ;)

So Ruth, I have always wondered - what do you have to do moderating a board? Answer questions? Keep the cat fights to a minimum?

Carla - sounds like your tour of SF was quite on the run. I will have to keep you in mind as a tour guide since my hatred of driving is well known. You drive and I will keep you supplied with laughs and cool water :lol: I can navigate too!

Mel - I made you some grilled chicken legs, fresh green beans and Mom made up a salad but you didn't show up. Good thing I didn't pop open the bottle of TGI Friday's orange dream boozy knock you on your keester after one drink Orange Dreamsicle special. We'll leave the light on for you - but hurry, last one here has to sleep outside under the mombasa net and since both airbeds are accounted for and DH never did buy me that hammock :censored: - if you wait too long who knows what you'll get - a floating bed in the pool I think. :lol: You can help me clean out closets once the Mongolian Hoarde leaves here. We can play dress up - remember when we actually WORE clothes like this? :lol: Hope you enjoyed a quiet day to yourself.

Ok Chicks. Time for bed. Sweet dreams ladies.

MELODY525
06-28-2007, 08:24 AM
BAD EYE DAY AND COULDN'T FINISH READING. SORRY EVERYONE.
MADCAT I DID READ YOURS TO CATCH UP WITH YOU. SO GLAD TO HEAR THAT EVERYTHING IS AS GOOD AS CAN BE EXPECTED RIGHT NOW. SENDING MUCH LOVE AND GOOD THOUGHTS Y=TO ALL OF YOU.

HAPPY THURSDAY AND I'LL TRY AND READ TONITE.:moped:

MELODY525
06-28-2007, 08:37 AM
:hug: :carrot: :wave: :joker: :cb: :flow1: :dance: :queen: :wizard: :lucky::bubbles::encore::cheer2::congrat::broc: :celebrate: :bday2::hb: :woo: :gift: :balloons: :flow2:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NAE!!! HOPE IT'S A WONDERFUL ONE TOO! ENJOY YOUR SPECIAL DAY TOMORROW!!


***TOMORROW IS NAE'S BIRTHDAY BUT JIC MY EYE GETS WORSE I AM SAYING IT TODAY!! :rofl:

happy2bme
06-28-2007, 08:39 AM
Thanks for keeping us up to speed on the calendar Mel

Happy Birthday Nae :hb: :cheers: Hope it's a nice one for you!

Roseblush
06-28-2007, 10:03 AM
Hey everyone, thanks for the warm wishes..... my life has been too crazy to even come here to read..... so Glad the trip is going well for Shad.... working two jobs is going to kill this ole lady..... going white water rafting today for the whole day.... taking a friend of mine Maria who does everything so welll cooking gardening pottery.... we will have a blast.... some big water in places.
My Love to all of you...
Nae

Meadow
06-28-2007, 12:31 PM
We have lift off on the pool! The kids are officially peguins... they couldn't wait to get in. My sisters are coming up this weekend. The kids last day of school today.

Mel-be tender to yourself:hug: Is the construction dust drifting up to your window? I hope the A/C doesn't get clogged, summer heat needs cool air:dizzy:

Nae-Have a glorious birthday! White water rafting? My stomach lurched at the thought:o Hang on and wear your life jacket and scream loudly and with gusto :lol:

Shad-I bet SF is really good fun! Will you have fish and chips at Fisherman's Wharf? I've been reading Delia Smith's summer cookbook and have a craving for gooseberries, which I've never tasted but jeepers they look succulent and she uses elderberry cordial with them?! Never had that either, have you? Linus and Teel need to pop in and enlighten us.

Happy-my kids beat you into the pool :p I bet your water is about 30 degrees warmer :lol3: How is the job? You haven't said much, is it old hat yet?

Madcat-Good to hear from you. I'm sure it is very stressful. Has your sister found a support group? Half of recovery is being able to dump all these emotions that bubble up. :hug: Good energy and healing thoughts :goodvibes: I hope the allergies lighten up:^:

Ceejay-I understand. I don't get in here as often as I would like. I hope the journals give you what you need.

Holly-The town will not know what hit them, Go, go! So the kids are loose? Mine are as of today. I suspect they will not be up too early tomorrow and will be spending alot of time in their pjs until noon. Ah, the life!

Ruth-yes, please dish :yes: What is happening behind the scenes? Have you banned anyone for something? How many warnings? Do you correct spelling? :judge::queen::wizard:

Carla-are you in the air? or still in CA? I've heard it is some sweltering back East just lately. Do you have A/C at your place? I suspect this summer is going to be a doozy.

Shad
06-28-2007, 07:40 PM
Afternoon all,
I've just got back from walking and shopping. I now have two pairs of nikes to put in the case and the other DS wants some Adidas. Much easier to find. Niketown is up in Union Square and it is packed with shoppers.
Today I left here early (well just before 8am) and caught the cable car up to Hyde Street and walked around the marina there. Then I went down to the Fishermans wharf area and booked tickets on a harbour cruise and discovered how cool it was on land - the man selling the tickets said it will be much cooler on the water. I bought a fleecy jacket and man was I glad that I had it. It was still cold with it on out there. Thick fog early this morning but it shifted as we went out to sea and we got some quite good views of the BRIDGE even though the tops were still shrouded in mist.
Back on land I warmed up with a clam chowder in a bread roll and boy was it good. Love that chowder.
I then walked down the Embarcadero to the Embarcadero Centre and went to the Liz Claiborne factory outlet where I bought five tops. Then I walked down Market Street to Stockton Street where the Niketown was. From there I walked back to the hotel. Up hills and down dales - although I have to admit that it was not as hilly as yesterdays effort.

Happy Birthday Nae. You are on the same day as my sister. You must be a nice person!

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/HappyBirthday1.jpg

Need coffee - such as it is and I'd better go get these shoes so I can pack my bags for home tonight. Tomorrow I would like to go to the Golden Gate Park for a while. It's a bit of a hike unless I can find a train or bus that will take me there.

See you

happy2bme
06-29-2007, 09:04 AM
Morning ladies - at least to those of you still left. This will be my last regular post for a bit. Last day of work and the family descends upon the house tomorrow. I took mom on a Pee Wee's big adventure to find replacement sunglasses last night - that was a marathon run in which we didn't get home and eat until 9pm. :yawn: But that's ok. She got a new purse, some toiletries she needed and the precious new sunglasses (she needs to protect her eyes from a medical condition) so all is well. There's not much to do around the house except for some minor tidying up. DH is supposed to shampoo the downstairs rugs tonight and mom said she'd dust - not that I want her to but she said she needs SOMETHING to do and if I don't give her something, she will get herself in trouble - you know how 80 year olds are :devil: :lol:

I have so much to do at work today. And it won't all get done and I can't stay late. Things are finally starting to sink in - at least a little bit. And then I will go on vacation and forget it all and come back dazed and confused next Monday to the extent that I have to write my password down or I'll forget that too :rofl: The whole crew (including Mom) will be leaving early next Friday morning - I will probably log on from home just to try and catch up. I could use the extra vacation day back any way - still hoping DH and I can get a few days away for ourselves this year - even a long weekend. Time for us to start looking around at the next place to move too. Both of us are getting tired of Memphis. A few of the surrounding states are definite "no way" would we consider them - but there's some other places that deserve to be checked out including eastern Tennessee. Rhode Island is not out of the question tho we hate to get back to winters again. Too hard on the joints and bones.

But I babble here as I should be getting into the shower. Maybe that's why I'm so behind all the time :o

Shad, sounds like you're having a good time exploring the shopping options in SF. Can't believe it's time to pack one last time. Hope your bags aren't too overweight and that you had a good holiday here and about. Safe trip back home. You'll be back in the swing of things before you know it.

Madcat - still sending hugs and good thoughts to you, friends and family :grouphug:

Meadow - have fun around the pool. How nice to have the sisters to visit. No getting in trouble now :devil:

Hope you had a nice birthday Nae.

Rest those eyes Mel. Perhaps it's good we are quieting down for a bit - will give you're eyes a much needed rest. No temptations to peek in here. I promise to write boring posts so you won't have to read them :rofl:

I need to get out of here now. Hellos to the lurking chicks.

Shad
06-29-2007, 12:48 PM
This'll be the lost post for a couple of days. I want to thank all of you for making my holiday so enjoyable.
Happy it was great to see you and DH again. I did enjoy the Ozarks, the caves and the porched aigs.
And to Mel who must have gone through a lot because I took up a lot of her personal space, hijacked her computer and snaffled her daughter for the day. Not to mention my perfume which caused her some sniffles. Thank you so much
It was great to meet up with Holly and Madcat. Thank you for taking the time to come and spend a day with me. Really made Toronto come alive for me.
Many thanks also to Ruth and the doggage for their great 'real Ontario' style hospitality. Thanks for dinner also when 'handing over the parcel'.
And to Carla - you really put yourself out for me and I appreciate it so much. Sorry that I kept you awake and that you must now be worn out because you haven't posted since you got back. Thank you also for doing all that driving especially when you had to face those hills and cliffs.
I'm glad I managed to speak to Meadow as well. At least I can put a voice and a sort of a face to her now.

Next time I decide to come on holiday, we had better try to get all of us together in a place that is not to far to travel for most of us. Don't know where that mythical place might be, but we can work on it.

So now I am off to the great land of Oz. Well later tonight actually. I'm not sure what to do with myself today. It's a matter of timing. I'd like to go to the Golden Gate Park but it is a fair way off and I have to catch a bus I think. Not that that bothers me. It's the times of buses coming back in case I get caught up in a jam or no buses or whatever. I'm still mulling it over.

See you all

Ruthxxx
06-29-2007, 02:38 PM
Oh my! Shad's great North American Tour is drawing to an end! Wasn't it fun following her along? I am very envious and need to assuage my travel urge soon.

Not this weekend, however, as I am very involved in getting the big Delta "Woodstock" off the ground. I've never seen so many panicky "organizers" in one place and am trying hard to remain an island of calm in the sea of chaos! This morning I tallied $65K's worth of beer as it got moved from the beer truck into the refrigerated trailer! How exciting is that? I also got to supervise the placement of the port-a-potties and hand washing stations. :shrug:

The big news in the village today is that the Rideau Canal Waterway (http://www.rideau-info.com/) has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO! This will be a great economic boon to the area as it will bring in even more tourists. It's a good thing Shad got to see part of it before the roads get too crowded.

Next week when I get a breather, I'll dish on what the heck a MOD does. In the meantime, I need to go for the mail and throw together some healthy meals for the next three days!

MELODY525
06-29-2007, 06:48 PM
OH I AM SO SADDENED THE TRIP IS COMING TO AN END.
IT WILL FEEL FUNNY NOT TELLING JEN ON THE PHONE WHAT SHAD IS UP TO!! IT'S LIKE A TRAVELING SOAP OPERA!!! MY ONLY REGRET WAS THAT I COULDN'T TAKE YOU SIGHTSEEING THE PROPER WAY. WE COULD HAVE DONE NYC BIG TIME. SIGH. IN ANOTHER LIFETIME WE WILL MEET AGAIN I AM SURE :yoga: SAFE TRAVELS KAURANGI!! LOVE, PORANGI

HELLO TO EVERYONE ELSE. I AM GLAD HAPPY WILL BE SURROUNDED BY HER FAMILY ONCE AGAIN. MEADOW HAS HER PENGUINS BACK AGAIN. I WOULD BE ONE TOO IF I WERE THERE!! :swim:
RUTH WILL BECOME A TOUR GUIDE AND SEEL TICKETS!!
CEEJAY IS TAKING A BREAK. :hug:
NAE IS CELEBRATING A LOVELY BD WITH HER FRIEND!!

I WENT FOOD SHOPPING, HAD LUNCH WITH THE MAINT. MEN AND THEN WORKED A FEW HOURS. ALL IN ALL A GREAT DAY. EYES ARE SO SO. THE STORY OF MY LIFE. RAN OUT OF DROPS AND THE DR REFUSES TO REFILL TILL I SEE HIM NEXT. IT'S BEEN ALMOST 2 YRS SINCE I LAST SAW THIS ONE..HE'S THE HEAD. I'LL SEE WHAT NEXT WEEK BRINGS. LOL HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND. SHAD HAS A SAFE TRIP HOME AND WE ALL HAVE SMILES ON FOR NEXT WEEKS YANKEE HOLIDAY!!
TAKE CARE FRIENDS :moped:

MELODY525
06-30-2007, 08:45 AM
:cofdate: HAPPY SATURDAY MORNING CHICKLETTES:sunny:
IT'S A COOL 63 DEGREES IN NORTHERN NJ TODAY AND I HAVE THROWN OPEN THE WINDOWS WHILE THE DECONSTRUCTORS AREN'T HERE ON WEEKENDS!! LOVING TH COOLER AIR. WISHING FOR YOU ALL A VERY PEACEFUL WEEKEND. MINE WILL BE QUIET....I HOPE! :moped:

Ruthxxx
06-30-2007, 08:56 AM
We're cool too at 58ºF but it sure is great to have all the windows open. This is Delta's Woodstock weekend. If I'm not back on Monday, you'll know I've become a Roadie or is it a Groupie? This is either going to be a wonderful and successful weekend or a complete disaster. Wish me luck.

MEL, rest and relax this weekend. Don't let the noise from up here bother you but be sure to look north Sunday night for the fireworks display for Canada Day!

Meadow
06-30-2007, 01:35 PM
Have a safe trip home Shad:D

Mel take deep breathes and enjoy the tranquillity.

Ruth be sure that everyone is wearing sunblock...did you arrange for people to walk around with sunscreen sprayers? :p I hope the music is fabulous and full of smiles.

Happy tell your mom you need a pool checker and get her into the water for a paddle or better yet put her on a chair in the garden and ask her to taste test you latest beverage, don't forget the little parasol :D

Nae-did you survive the water rafting? Did you get lots of hugs for your birthday?

I'm typing at you from a new computer. Our old one got fried in a thunderstorm. I suspect our powerbar didn't surge protect. Need to get a new one for this one or it will be a goner. It has a huge screen, 22 inches! Says it can be used as a tv but I don't know how that works. It took me long enough just to get it all connected and link my email to this computer. Got it all functioning just in time to tease my sisters with it so they will get online so I can bug them digitally as well as verbally via the phone :lol3:

Happy weekend :wave: Fireworks and parades for us tomorrow for Canada Day!

carla49
06-30-2007, 05:19 PM
:tired: :faint: A quick hello from home-at-last-Carla. Plans went awry - the attempt to get home a day early on standby was a farce, and used up much of the day as well. Then delayed flights all the way along the line on the 28th. The travel gods were with me, as my luggage made it both times, but there was no chance to pick up food for dinner in Toronto so I was pretty hungry by the time I finally got home in the wee hours. For some reason the airport in TO is set up as stupidly as possible: arrive 45 min late at Gate 136, run like a madwoman to pick up suitcase and clear customs, then find yourself outside the secure area, line up and clear security again, then run like a madwoman back to.... you guessed it, gate 135. If a kind agent in SF had not put a priority tag on my suitcase I never would have made it to my flight, although they had given my seat away and looked quite surprised to see me. Not that it would have made much difference, as the plane had to taxi back to the gate because some idiot's luggage was on board and he was not. A meaner crowd of passengers would have drawn and quartered the (probably intoxicated) little schmuck when he crawled on board, but we were just so glad they didn't have to remove all the luggage to look for the offending article that we just muttered and cast evil eyes his way.

Yesterday was a late sleep-in, litter clean-up (the very spoiled furbabies were alone for a day and not too pleased), groceries, laundry sorting, unpacking, catching up on 3 days of emails since I was last able to get on-line, doing necessary banking and bookkeeping - sheesh, no wonder I'm tired!

Shad is probably still at SFO trying to explain away the three pairs of large men's sneakers and the 35lb overage on her luggage limit... As for keeping me awake, I really should have known better than to travel without earplugs, so it's my own fault. (Actually I assumed it was revenge for my large grey cat's bladder-jumping extravaganza when she stayed here...) Anyway, Big Sur was beautiful, the Aquarium was terrific, and the outlet stores at Gilroy were a huge hit - if only there'd been more time to do them all! Overall, a successful and very full couple of days.

Meadow, you've finally got the pool open! What fun. When I had a house I used to open my little pool mid-May and close it early October, even tho I couldn't swim in it the whole time. It just looked so pretty and blue and inviting it was worth keeping it clean just to see it out there. It wasn't heated, so I think it would have been too chilly for Happy.
You should pay the extra for a really good surge protector, worth it now that you've got the nice new computer. I found out the hard way that the cheaper versions don't really do much except have a pretty red light to show they're on. Hmmm. Maybe I should take my own advice and get a better one for the plasma tv...

Happy, more company coming? I hadn't realized that your mother was just spearheading the invasion, so to speak. What an incredibly busy month for you - first the arrival of Joy in your life, then Mom and the new job, now more guests... and you're talking about moving again too. Yikes! I expect you'll collapse into a little puddle after the exodus next Friday. Your DH will have to bring you umbrella drinkies by the pool until you recover.

Mel, it sounds like you're really enjoying your deconstruction-free weekend. If you're getting the same weather as us, it should be cool and clear and humidity-free, with occasional showers to keep the pollen and dust down.
It seems to me you've done a lot of tossing and clearing in the past few months. Is there anything left? Or had you been saving a lifetime's worth of stuff that was just too good to throw away? I remember the shock a few years ago when I dieted down to a size where I fit into some favourites I had kept to wear again. Forgot that shoulder pads and tapered legs might be gone forever. Now I just keep very plain or very classic pieces, albeit in many sizes. (I lie. My closets are full of stuff. But not as full as they once were...)

Ruth, if that had been wine you were in charge of instead of beer I might have rented a truck to come and check for "spillage". It sounds like you've got a few busy days ahead of you!
Did your dog that was under the weather (Lucy? - sorry, bad with names) recover all right? I think Shad told me she was a bit of a bad girl, running off and eating what she shouldn't. Hey, maybe she should join 3fc and try to stop that self-destructive behaviour... :rofl:

Ceejay, we'll keep an eye out for the day you decide to return. Take care and drop in from time to time to say hello.

Madcat, thanks for the update on DS and DF. Very good news that they're coping so well. :hug: to you. Many, many :goodvibes: are constantly winging their way to you and yours.

Rose, apologies for missing the birthday greetings. It sounds like you had a pretty good time. I envy you the white water rafting, and may just try it myself one of these days.

Holly, I hope all is well. It seems to me you've joined the MIA gang, unless I've missed your posts. Take care and enjoy the cooler weather!

Now that life is back to "normal" I'll try to post more regularly. I think I'll save the tale of the neti-pot :eek: for tomorrow's instalment...

Hollyhock
06-30-2007, 08:18 PM
Hiya, I am okay-ish. Came down with a terrible cold and the last week of school was busy for my kids and me for prom hair dos and grade 8 grad hair dos. I am doing hair for a wedding tomorrow on Canada Day too.
I made a naughty dessert for my Dad's 65th bday tomorrow. We had a funeral visitation this aft. Otherwise I did housework. I am feeling quite wonky. Rented Eragon to watch with the kids in a few min.
After church hubby and kids are going to the lake. I will head up after. Big dinner for Dad and then fireworks. Kids and I are tenting out back for the night.
My sis invited me to drink wine and go skinny dipping. I replied that I haven't been able to skinny dip in about 10 years but would be happy to go fatty dipping.

HUGS!!!

Shad
07-01-2007, 02:11 AM
Sheeeeee's back.
Worn out and ready for bed but the family (such as it is) is going out to dinner soon and I have to pack for Groote Eylandt tonight. If I can I will also pack for Perth but I'm pretty sure that I will come back here before I go over there. The place is looking pretty good. DS2 (the one with the new shoes) has put in the fans and the lights (the living room ceiling now needs a bit of repair. Drat and Darn but there wasn't much in the way of mail to deal with and few bills thank heavens.

Carla - sounds like you had fun going home! Gotta love the airlines.

Oh and before I forget it

HAPPY CANADA DAY to all the Canadian chicks.

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Think I am getting the sniffles. Itchy, scratchy throat all the way home. Now the nose is running. Excuse me I had better run after it.

happy2bme
07-01-2007, 02:29 AM
Well I guess this is a fitting way to put an end to Jumping for Joy in June.

Good to hear you got home safe and sound Shad. Doesn't sound like you get any time to acclimate before you're on the run living out of a suitcase again. Hope you don't get too run down. Take care of those sniffles.

Fatty Dipping - good one Holly :rofl:

Ah yes, happy Canada day to our friends up North. :celebrate:

Carla, thanks for reinforcing that taking a job where you have to travel alot is not at all as glamorous as it seems. Yes, your pool would have been too cool for me I'm afraid but I can totally relate to looking at the soothing blue waters. We close ours the end of September once the onslaught of leaves start to fall but in reality we can't use it much past the first of September as the warming days get shorter. Actually it's the cooler nights that really chill it I think. Yes, I have had a busy month - very kind of you to notice. I do wish I could afford to take a month off to go through the closets and garage and attic and trim back the "collective". I realized my first day back at work after vacation I have a doctor's appt with the dreaded doc where I wait 3 hours past my appt to finally see him. The entire morning will be shot. Guess I will be working catch up duty on Friday after the company leaves.

Meadow - enjoy the pool AND the new computer. Sorry it got fried. But wowza - what a big screen! No more squinting at the fine print :lol:

Hope you are liking the cooler weather Mel. Send me a refreshing breeze or two will you? It's stuffy here.

Ruth - you have a most interesting week ahead of you. Get all those slackers in line, will you?

Hellos to the rest of the chicks. I'm going to set up the new thread now - you guys will have to make it happen as I'm not sure what Jumanji means.

Happy July!

MELODY525
07-01-2007, 09:01 AM
HAPPY I LOVE THE NEW AVATAR!! :rofl: I'LL BE RIGHT OUT AND PLAY AS SOON AS I POST!!! GUESS I WILL HAVE TO GOOGLE JUMANJI!! I DO RECALL A LOT OF FEROCIOUS ANIMALS!! :yikes: I WOULD MUCH RATHER :beach: BESIDE YOUR POOL!!!! WE SHOULD HAVE MADE IT JULY AT JAPPY'S :lol3: :lol3: I AM SURE MOM WOULD HAVE LOVED THE COMPANY!!

HOLLY~ HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON!

CARLA~ GLAD YOU GOT BACK HOME SAFE AND SOUND. A LOT OF SECURITY IS VERY TIGHT NOW WITH THE LONDON/GLASGOW CRAP. OUR WORLD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. YOU AND SHAD LEFT AT A PERFECT TIME....BEFORE ANY MORE SH*T HITS THE FAN!!!
ENJOY THE REST OF THE WEEKEND AND GLAD BIG SUR WENT SO WELL.

SHAD~ WELCOME HOME TO YOU ALSO! VERY HAPPY TO HEAR YOUR TRIP WAS UNEVENTFUL. CRAZY THINGS HAPPENING OUTSIDE IN THE REAL WORLD. I AM THINKING M ORE AND MORE OF BECOMING A HERMIT FOR REAL!!! :dance: ENJOY THE NEW LIGHTING AND SAFE TRIP TO GROOTE!!

MEADOW~ SORRY ABOUT THE OLD PC BUT WHAT A GREAT EXCUSE TO GET SUCH A FABULOUS NEW ONE!! 27" SCREEN!!! WOW!!! VERY NICE!! GOOD LUCK WITH IT AND YOU BEST GET A NEW SURGE PROTECTOR!!! :tantrum: :rollpin: ALTHOUGH I SOMETIMES WONDER IF THEY REALLY WORK OR ARE WE ALL BEING FOOLED!! :rofl: ANYWAY....HAVE FUN PESTERING THE SISTERS!!! I ALSO LOVE THE SUMMERTIME GRAPHIC EVERY TIME I SEE IT! :sunny:

RUTHIE~ I WILL FACE NORTH TONITE AND LOOK FOR YOUR COLORFUL DISPLAY!! THANKS FOR THE INVITE!! GOOD LUCK AND IF WE DON'T SEE YOU MONDAY THEN WE KNOW YOU BECAME A ROADIE/GROUPIE!!! SEX ON THE ROAD....CAN'T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THAT!!!

THINKING OF CEEJAY AND PAINTER AND MADCAT :hug:

:sunny: ANOTHER LOVELY DAY. I ONLY USE THE A/C AT NIGHT. TOMORROW IT WILL HAVE TO GO BACK ON REGUARDLESS OF THE WEATHER. 8AM THE MEN ARRIVE. TOO BAD CAUSE THE WHOLE WEEK LOOKS GREAT. WE ARE ENJOYING THE LOVELY WEATHER FROM CANADA! THANKS GALS! :cheer: THE NEWS WAS SCARING THE CRAP OUT OF ME SO I AM WATCHING NANCY DREW B&W MYSTERIES INSTEAD. THE GRANSON AND I LOVE HER!! :lol3: :lol3:
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY TO ALL!! FEEL FUNNY NOW WITH SHADDIE BACK ON HER OWN TIME!!! :moped: