Support Groups - It's Jumanji in July for the Worldly Chicks




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happy2bme
07-01-2007, 02:36 AM
Ok chicks. Here we are. June was probably one of the most fun months since I've been on the boards of 3FC. Sorry to see it come to an end but all things must as life presses on.

By popular vote you have selected Jumanji as our next destination. Since I have a house full of company right now - I'll let the others set up the background.

I will however offer the line "lions and tigers and bears - OH MY! :yikes:

Take us away ladies...


MELODY525
07-01-2007, 09:06 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:

HAPPY CANADA DAY TO OUR NORTHERN FRIENDS!!!

MELODY525
07-01-2007, 09:08 AM
Jumanji is the title of a 1981 children's book written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. It was made into a 1995 film of the same name. Both the book and the movie are about a magical board game that implements real animals and other jungle elements as the players are playing the game. The troubles which the players have to overcome appear in real life, not only in the board game.

The word "Jumanji" is a Zulu word that means "many effects".

Fritz, a pit bull in all of Chris Van Allsburg's books appears as a toy dog on wheels in the third illustration.

"THE PLOT":
Judy and Peter's parents are going out to an opera. They tell the brother and sister to keep the house neat when they get back because they're going to have company. The two are bored after the parents leave. They head outside to the park. Under a tree, they find a game that says on the box: "Jumanji: A Jungle Adventure. Free game. Fun for some but not for all. P.S Read instructions carefully." They head home with the box to find a very ordinary looking game board inside. The game starts in the jungle, and ends in a golden city named Jumanji. Judy reads the instructions, which say:

A. Player selects piece and places it in the deepest jungle.
B. Player rolls dice and moves piece ahead that many spaces.
C. the first player to reach Jumanji and call out its name wins.
D. VERY IMPORTANT: ONCE A GAME OF JUMANJI HAS BEEN STARTED, IT WILL NOT BE OVER UNTIL A PLAYER HAS REACHED THE GOLDEN CITY.
Peter starts the game by rolling a seven and unleashes a lion that tries to attack him. The lion, luckily, is locked in a room. Judy goes, rolls an eight, and releases a bunch of monkeys that mess up the kitchen. Peter then causes a monsoon that floods the house. Judy then releases a tour guide that is lost. Peter is then put to sleep by a tsetse fly. Judy rolls the dice and creates a rhino stampede that destroys the house. Peter's next roll releases a deadly python. Judy can finish the game if she rolls a twelve. She rolls the dice, they land on six and six and Judy's piece reaches the end, and she yells out, "JUMANJI!" Soon, a mist surrounds the house, and when it fades, the house is back to normal. Judy and Peter return the game into its box and put it back near the tree. Later on, when the adults are talking, Judy and Peter see Danny and Walter, two of the parents' friends' children, walking home with the game. They comment that they wonder how the boys will do since they usually ignore instructions.

HOPE THAT'S GOOD ENOUGH!! :rofl:
HAPPY IS RIGHT....LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS....OH MY!!!!:dizzy::eek::fr::sp::hyper::yikes::stars:


Ruthxxx
07-01-2007, 09:45 AM
I really haven't a clue what Jumanji is all about so will have to do some brain stretching this month. Thanks for the start, MEL.

Happy Canada Day to all our Canadian chicks - and those who wish they were Canadian! :rofl: It is a wonderful country and I'm privileged to live in a beautiful part of it. :)

I did not run away with a Country Rock star...yet! I think I'm holding out for Tim McGraw who couldn't make it - to the show, I mean!

The shows were very good - what I could see of them. :shrug: I spent most of my day (and evening!) checking people's ID and putting on admission bracelets. We had t-storms, mud, lost kids, people trying to bring in booze, a fight in the beer tent, one ambulance call (not serious), cute cops and security guys, the sweet scent of Mary Jane, lost keys and two admission bracelets lost in the port-a-pottie. (Don't ask!) I did take a 90 minute break at home to tend my darling dogs and then went back. I hadn't planned to go back but sure was needed. 3409 people paid admission at $20 for the two days so we raised a lot of money and that doesn't include the share of the beer tent bucks! (My safe is fullish and I made sure my doors were locked last night!) There'll be more admissions today and more beer sold, of course, because this is the big day with Canada Day celebration fireworks as the finale. Look north for sure!

I'm off to late Church, will work in a quick visit to Harry and then am back on duty from noon until "the fat lady sings". That's not me this time. I'll probably be backstage "helping" the guys change for the finale. :woowoo:

See yez all later as we say in Delta! ;wave:

By the way, one of the MOD perks is being able to close threads so I'll close the Joyous June one. Why? Because I can! :lol: )

MELODY525
07-01-2007, 07:07 PM
IF I SHOULD DISAPPEAR TOMORROW, I WENT TO WALMARTS AND OUT TO LUNCH. HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!!

:welcome: home SHAD & CARLA!

happy2bme
07-01-2007, 11:39 PM
I'll be disappearing at the Super Target tomorrow. Mel and I will check at day's end to see who got the better bargains. :lol:

It's almost over but a Happy Canada Day as Ruth said to all Canadians and those who wish they were. Celebrate, celebrate, dance to the music! :yay::yay::yay:

Aha - if today is Sunday and it's the first of the month - that means we have a Friday the 13th this month. :sklol:

Sounds like you had quite the adventurous day Ruth. Be prepared for anything I suppose. Did you have fun helping the guys get dressed? :rofl: Glad to hear you raised alot of money. Hope the rain parted the clouds for some nice fireworks.

I like your dancing donkey too Mel. Good job on finding a Canda Day icon. You're going to rival Meadow for the good graphics. Thanks for the explanation, still don't know what Jumanji is - just let me know when it's my turn and what I'm supposed to do :lol: What men are coming in at 8am tomorrow? Did I miss something or does this have to do with the construction?

We were supposed to go downtown today but we got crashing boomer thunderstorms. The boys went to the Gibson guitar factory tour and the girls headed to the salon to get our nails done. We all look pretty now. Some of the peeps went into the pool in the early evening after the storms left but the rain apparently cooled the water off. Was a bit chilly. I took a nap. Not sure why I'm tired but I am. I think tomorrow will be a quick trip to the store and then hang around the house.

My sister (God love her) brought some real, authentic Italian Beef and gravy from up north. Oh my :T :T :T :T - it's been sooooo long since I had a good beef sandwich. And the best part is that there's another packet just for me (well me and the DH) even after we shared with everyone else.
Nothing much else to say and I'm yawning so much my eyes are tearing. Time to say goodnight to the cat and see what everyone is laughing at in the other room watching TV.

Night all...

Shad
07-02-2007, 12:21 AM
Morning all,

I have a cold in the nose. Not surprising I suppose, but it is not too bad and I had a wonderful nights sleep - lights out by 9 and not awake until 6.00am. So now I am in Townsville waiting for the connection to Cairns and then onto Gove and Groote. Long way around or as the lady on the Qantas Club desk said - you really are taking the scenic route aren't you??

Still I'm here. Snuffly but here.

Happy so glad you are having a good time with the family. The beef sounds pretty good. Is the BIL behaving this time? Nails done - what's next? Hair?

Mel don't get lost in WalMart. Do you know I haven't been in one yet? I will have to make an appointment for the next time I come over - 1 day at Walmart. Life will never be the same.

Ruth - I have no idea about Jumanji is all about either but I guess we will learn. I don't go to the movies much. Too much else to do I guess.

Well I'd better go get some more fluid in me. Be back if I have time after I've made a few phone calls.

carla49
07-02-2007, 12:30 AM
Happy Canada Day (or Dominion Day, as us oldsters like to call it). A fine day overall, did groceries and had fun at costco which was almost empty because everyone thought it'd be closed, then a short rest before going to dinner at a neighbour's who had a perfect view of the fireworks from her rather chilly balcony. An interesting dinner group, including a rather nice eligible man who I'd like to get to know better... He had to leave early for a flight to England, no idea if he's as available as I thought. Probably gay or interested in skinny young things, but one never knows... The others included an older man who was born and grew up in Zimbabwe, and who had some interesting viewpoints to contribute. Not your every day boring gathering - rather refreshing and good for the little grey cells to dine with a rather intellectual but unpretentious group.

Ruth and Happy, the whole Jumanji thing is just as big a mystery to me as to every one else. Mel suggested it as a joke, and somehow we all got on board. Maybe we should all rent the movie and get with the program? All I know is a lemur hissed at me as I got on the elevator today, so I'll be watching what beasts are lurking as I go about my business...

Happy, I'm so jealous that you're off to Supertarget - I've only been to regular target and didn't get there at all this trip. I did manage Trader Joe's, another favourite... It took me a minute to get it, but I'm on board for Mel's suggestion for July at Jappy's if we need to change - had to find my Spanish persona - after which I laughed my a** off, but would love to be by the pool - and I'd be in every day, given my lower northern temp expectations.

Mel, love your donkey - is he republican or is that the elephant? Can never remember. Enjoy the few days left until our July 5 liftoff... !!!!! And thanks for the Jumanji synopsis. Was Robin Williams the lost tour guide? It'll be noisy here tonight, tomorrow is a holiday, then it'll be back to normal. I feel your pain about the deconstruction starting up again.

Shad, glad to know you're home safe. I'm impressed - could never do the quick turnaraound you have to pull off to get to Groote in time! I still haven't done my laundry... Because of your cat experience in my guest room/office, I'm buying a single inflatable I can postion away from the cat tree and window shelf... Think of yourself as the guinea pig who will make all future guests sleep much better...

Ruth, I'm almost tempted to drive down to Delta to join in the festivities. The urge will no doubt pass by tomorrow, but you never know... then again, maybe it'll all be over after tonight? Would love to meet the doggage... If the urge becomes overwhelming I'll call to make sure there's still something to see. Not that a visit with Hershey and Lucy and Ruth and a little maple syrup shopping wouldn't be more than enough...

Good night ladies. Sleep tight, be well, and may the missing wordlies find their way back to us. :grouphug:

:wave:

carla49
07-02-2007, 12:33 AM
Had I known Shad was a Walmart virgin I'd have found one for her in Gilroy. Dang!! No poutine, no Wally mart - I'm so ashamed. Really didn't do my job...
A code id de nose? Somebody needs to borrow my neti pot and/or my Airborne tablets!

Ruthxxx
07-02-2007, 09:11 AM
Hi and good morning! Plus a big WHEW! The Big V Festival was a great success although the techie who was supposed to do the fireworks got drunk and got fired! Oy! The company owner tried very hard to find us someone else but....what can I say? It was Canada Day. :shrug: Anyhow, darling Prairie Oyster played extra sets for us and nobody was too disappointed.

I fell into bed at two and managed five hours sleep but today will be a quiet day - I hope! I plan to stay in my robe a lot, read and maybe even give the Doggage some quality time to make up for leaving them alone so much.

MELODY525
07-02-2007, 09:50 AM
HAPPY~ YUM ON THE BEEF AND GRAVY. THINK I WILL MAKE A POTROAST WHEN THE KIDS COME BACK. I AM DROOLING RIGHT ABOUT NOW. ENJOY YOUR PERSONAL PACKAGE! :lol3: HAVE FUN AT SUPER TARGETS!! I WOULD LOVE TO SEE ONE OF THEM! :rofl:

SHAD~ SO SORRY TO HEAR IT REALLY IS A COLD. HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON! :hug: TOO BAD YOU JUST CANNOT STAY HOME FOR AWHILE, GET BETTER AND GET YOUR BEARINGS BEFORE GROOTE. SIGH. JUST TAKE CARE OF YOU!

CARLA~ DINNER SOUNDED NICE. THE MEN SOUNDED BETTER. :rofl: HOPE HE IS AVAILABLE!! I FORGET WHAT THE JUMANJI MOVIE WAS ALL ABOUT AND WHO ROBIN WILLIAMS WAS!! :lol3: :lol3: GUESS I SHOULD FIND SOMEONE WHO HAS THE INFO OR THE DVD!! ROFLMAO

RUTH~ DID WE EXPECT IT NOT TO BE A SUCCESS WITH YOU INVOLVED??? :rofl: :rofl: I AM GLAD IT ALL WENT SO WELL AND HOPE NOW YOU CAN GET A BIT OF A REST YOURSELF. ALTHOUGH I KNOW YOU ARE LIKE ME AND KEEP ON THE GO!! LOL HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH ALL YOUR GOOD THOUGHTS!! :wave: TO HARRY AND THE GIRLS ALSO! :hug:

I AM WAITING FOR THE BUS. IT'S HERE BUT THE DRIVER ISN'T. THERE SEEMS TO BE A SCHEDULING PROBLEM WITH PEOPLE ON VACATION. SO IF THEY CHANGE THE DESTINATION I AM STAYING HOME. NO NEED TO GO WHERE I WILL ONLY BUY FRIVILOUS STUFF ON THE CREDIT CARD. :faint: YES IT WAS THE CONSTRUCTION GUYS THAT I MEANT FOR THE 8 AM SHOWING. THEY ARE HERE AND BANGING AWAY. WINDOWS ARE CLOSED! :rofl: TOO BAD CAUSE IT IS GORGEOUS OUTSIDE ALREADY! THEY ARE CALLING ME DOWNSTAIRS. I THINK IT'S BAD NEWS....ROFLMAO
THEY DON'T KNOIW THEY ARE SAVING ME 1-2 HUNDRED DOLLARS. :lol3: :lol3:
HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE :moped:

MELODY525
07-02-2007, 09:53 AM
PS~ IF THE DONKEY IS A REPUBLICAN I BETTER GET HIM OFF THERE!! MY TOWN IS PRO-DEMOCRAT! :rofl: :rofl:
Carla...I forget which is which too but now you mention it I think the elephant is democrat?!?! OOPS!!!

Ruthxxx
07-02-2007, 10:18 AM
The donkey IS Democrat. The elephant is Republican.

The only way I know this is that a friend of mine is a Republican congresswoman in Iowa and she keeps getting elephants! Folks think she collects them and she's getting pretty annoyed about it. Maybe she'll send us some for the Jumanji thing.

(My problem with Jumanji is that I keep thinking of Ju-Jubes every time I see the word. :mad: I eat the black ones first!)

PainterWoman
07-02-2007, 02:48 PM
Halloo, chickies--
I think I missed most of June. Post-wedding (or advancing decrepitude depression, I think.)

DD surprised me with a visit last week (just after DH took me to S. California for a week) and now I'm back on track. She told me about Calorie King (http://www.calorieking.com) and her system of "if you bite it, write it." So I've been counting and calculating calories for one whole @#$% week, but am down 8 lbs. (It helps that I also am eating pretty much NO sugar, so I lost lots of water weight. :happy: I've also started back to Curves. With the help of exercise and painkillers the "arthritis" symptoms brought on by the post-chemo meds are manageable.
Isn't THAT all cheery?

MEL: I LOVE your Dancing Donkey (better than a jumpy ***, any day!!) Where'd you get him/her? DD loves elephants, but has told everyone she's NOT collecting them because she doesn't want to be mistaken for a Republican, either. (Although we went here (http://www.sammoon.com) and she bought a matching elephant pin and earrings!)

Ruthie: I think a drunken fireworks guy would be very bad news... unless you'd had as much rain as we have. (DH and I live on a little hill, AND Plano apparently hired GOOD civil engineers, so we're fine.)

Shad: I hope you feel better.

Happy Independence to ALL.

suzi in auz
07-02-2007, 07:44 PM
:dizzy::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug:
Hello all...i found you!!!! and you all sound fantastic.
Well i missed most of May and june! I hope everyone had a fabulous one. I hope all the travels and visits were wonderful, there is nothing like being with friends.
I've been hermitting a little in Aus. The weather has been decidedly cool! it's rained and rained which we are not unhappy about as we all desparately need the water in the dams. But the cold wow!
I have had a few things going on in the family. My brothers Cancer is back. He called from Holland. He is having to go through treatment soon.
He has asked me to be a stem cell donor. I have agreed and have started the process to see if I am a match. It's a long process. I have sent bllod samples to Holland and will know in 3-4 weeks whether or not I am a donor.
If so I will be off to Holland. I will cross that bridge when I come to it.
Work has been busy but will come to an end in August. They say that when a door is closed a window is opened. I will possibly have another job lined up but will have to wait and see. The package is being sent to me as I write. It means writing a CV for the first time for years.
Hubby and I are off on a mini break this weekend. We are going to Hayman island. it looks devine and is supposed to be quite luxurious. I am looking forward to some pampering. Grandma is coming to look after the kids. I am a little anxious as she is a clean freak but have just done my best. OUr house is clean but not THAT clean. I guess I should relax a little. I know I would be one if I had a house cleaner I would go around cleaning before she came...hmmm
well all must away as the kids are on vacation at the moment and they will need breakie.
Much love
Suz

MELODY525
07-03-2007, 07:54 AM
RUTH STEP AWAY FROM THE JU JUBES AND NO ONE WILL GET HURT!!! I USED TO EAT THEM TOLO BUT DON'T REMEMBER THE BLACK ONES. GLAD YOU STRAIGHTENED US OUT ON THE ELEPHANT BEING DEMOCRAT! :rofl:
PAINTER & SUZI~ :welcome: TO JUMANJI, WHERE CRAZINESS REIGNS AND MIRACLES HAPPEN. MAKE THE MOST OF IT!

PAINTER~ EMPTY NEST SYNDROME? :hug: I CAN LEND YOU MY DAUGHTER, HER BEAU AND HIS 2 KIDS. :rofl:
SO NICE TO SEE YOU AND HOPE THE NEW YOU CONTINUES!! :carrot: NICE LOSS...8 LBS!! :cheer: GOOD IDEA WITH THE BITE IT, WRITE IT. I HAVE A PAD OF POST-ITS SITTING HERE DOING NOTHING. :write: WILL GET BUSY.

SUZI~ I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR BROTHER. SENDING MANY GOOD THOUGHTS ANd :hug: FOR BOTH OF YOU. WILL KEEP HIM IN MY THOUGHTS ALONG WITH THE OTHERS ON THIS THREAD. IT'S BEEN A TOUGH TIME FOR SO MANY. HOPE TOO THAT YOU CAN FIND ANOTHER JOB YOU LIKE. GOOD LUCK WITH THE CV.
VERY GLAD YOU FOUND US.

:cool:WE WERE GETTING READY TO TAKE UP A COLLECTION TO HIRE A DETECTIVE TO FIND ALL THE STRAY CHICKS AND ROUND THEM UP. :devil:

I HAVE A FUNNY STORY....WELL IT'S FUNNY TO ME..
I HAVE BEEN CUTTING MY OWN HAIR SINCE LAST YEAR. NOT DOING TOO BAD A JOB OF IT UNTIL YESTERDAY. THE PONYTAIL SLIPPED OUT OF MY HAND AND THE OTHER HAND KEPT CUTTING AND NOW I NEED SOMEONE TO COME AND FIX IT!! :tantrum: :rofl: :lol3:
THE TOP AND SIDES ARE FINE BUT THE BACK IS MISSING ABOUT 3 INCHES! :yikes: :faint: I LOOK GREAT FROM THE FRONT!!
I NEED A BASEBALL CAP!! GOING TO HAVE ROSIE IN THE OFFICE CALL HER FRIEND THAT MAKES HOUSE CALLS.
I AM SITTING HERE CRACKING UP. :rofl:
OTHER THAN THAT NOTHING IS NEW.
HAPPY TUESDAY :moped:

Hollyhock
07-03-2007, 10:34 AM
Relaxed???

I really am very relaxed.

Just waking up at 9am :shock: I slept 10 glorious hours!!!! With this cold I have averaged about 4-5 hours a night. Kids slept 12 hours. Yippee.

We had a really nice long Canada Day weekend. Much festivity and good convo. Lots of long walks.

This is where my parents currently live and where I have spent many a weekend or week all my life. It is always extra busy and fun on holidays.

http://www.grandbend.com/

Photo gallery
http://www.grandbend.com/gallery/index.htm

Much puttering to do but it will be leisurely.

To Do
-feed us
-shower
-take hair supplies to shop
-groceries
-library to sign up for summer reading club for the kids
-AVON!!
-make a nice hearty yummy supper

Our temps are perfection, really. We are desperate for rain, tho, unlike much of the States.

Food had been really good. I have upped the fruit and veg and staying on it. Got lots of walking on the weekend. I need to keep up the momentum.The house is in pretty good shape. Need to keep thta up too. I looked in to haveing our livingroom professionally painted. It will be about $700.00. It needs much work. Hubby will think it is too much. I want to paint all the trim in the whole house now that the floors are done upstairs and it all needs to done desperately anyhow.The paint itself will be over $200.00.

Anyhow. Have a great day!!!

Hollyhock
07-03-2007, 10:47 AM
http://www.movieweb.com/movies/film/63/1763/gal1106/
Jumanji Movie still pics.

http://www.movieweb.com/movies/film/63/1763/summary.php
Movie info.

We can rent a "Jumanji" home in South Africa. It looks lovely.
http://www.southafricanholidayhome.co.uk/

MELODY525
07-03-2007, 12:31 PM
SOMEONE JUST SENT ME THE CUTEST CARD FOR THE FORTH OF JULY:

www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?code=1237739114839&source=jl999

I HOPE THIS LINK WORKS!!

carla49
07-03-2007, 01:09 PM
Suzi, good to see you back. Sorry about your brother's illness - very upsetting and worrisome. :goodvibes: to you and him. And good luck with the new job prospects. Keep us posted!

Holly, Grand Bend looks delightful. Maybe we should have gone there for the month of Buly? Or we could save it for Baugust... And thanks for the additional Jumanji info. As you can see, I immediately poached a still for my new avatar. :D What colour paint are you looking at? I always love a change, but it is costly. And since I don't smoke any more and have no kids, the paint just lasts and lasts... so no excuse to change.

Mel, we should form a little club of bad hair babes. :eek: After the last salon disaster I vowed to do my own cutting from now on, just like you. Of course we'd make an exception should Holly be in town - she'd fix us up in no time. Meanwhile, if anyone asks what happened to your hair, you should blame it on the wild beasts you've been running from in Jumanji. They'll be convinced you've fallen out of your palm tree. :lol3:
I decided to start our July 5 challenge 2 days early - realized this morning I have a doc appt tomorrow, and want to get rid of the bloat for that. He'll be in shock - I'm down at least 12 lbs since my last visit. :dancer: Now I'd like to get rid of the apron and reduce the cellulite on the thighs, which should take at least another 15 off. :( I have a feeling it'll be really hard for you to lose a lot of pounds, but I am convinced you could improve your eating habits and improve your allergies, eyes and skin at the same time... So are we planning a 21-day thing, or just two weeks, or the rest of July? Let me know so I can pace myself...

Shad, did you even get a chance to do laundry before getting on another flight to Groote?? I don't know how you do it. :dunno: Must have been nice to find the DS had been adding improvements while you were away!

Ruth, I like the black ones too, although jujbes aren't my sin of choice. I have a recipe for a jujube spice cake that's delish, which I won't be making any more. Every time I'd buy the supplies, but end up re-buying the jujubes several times before I got around to baking. Which explains a little of my bulk...
It sounds like your festival was a roaring success, apart from the drunken pyrotechnician. He could have blown himself (and veryone else) up real good. Anyway, pat yourself on the back for a job well done, relax a little with the puppies, and bask in all the congratulations.

Happy, just in case you're lurking, here's hoping you're having a terrific visit with family. :beach: Soak up all that love and warmth. :wave:

Painter, congrats on the 8 pounds off! Amazing what writing it down can do. The only other effective method I've found is to set a simple repetitive daily menu with no exceptions, so it's all pre-ordained. Of course over time there's a tendency to have some slippage in portion size, but that's always the case, isn't it.

So, since there are so many sinus sufferers on here, I thought I'd share my adventures with the neti pot. The squeamish and faint of heart should stop reading here. :lol: Basically, it's like a little teapot you half fill with lukewarm water and a saline solution. You bend over the sink, insert the spout in one nostril, tilt your head so one nostril is above the other, and pour the water into the nostril. The theory is it'll fill up the opposits sinus and then drain out the other nostril with any gunk discovered along the way. You can breathe thru your mouth as you do this. The reality is different if your septum is still deviated. One side worked fine, the other? No flowthrough - in fact the solution starts to well up in the eyes where it stings, and then finally, a dribble from the opposite nostril. Not sure I like it, and have a feeling it may be irritating those sensitive tissues instead of improving things. Not to mention that the first try provoked a monster sneezing/congestion attack that lasted a good 20 minutes. Sheesh! The woman who demonstrated it on Oprah made it all seem so easy...

Hollyhock
07-03-2007, 03:14 PM
Hi Carla- our livingroom is very abused from 9 kids in it for 5 years straight. The ceiling has weird stains. It would be worth my while to have a pro do it but is sooooo expensive. Now that we have new windows in all thru the house I would Like to match all the trim in the house to the shade of off white of the window trim for cohesiveness. Thought it might be my summer project.

I was just looking at benjanim Moore paints online. I found about 10 colours I like. I want to go a light but not pale green wiht yellow undertones not blues.A natural tone. Like Georgian Green HC-115
http://www.benjaminmoore.ca/colours/historical.aspx
Grass Lands CC-590
http://www.benjaminmoore.ca/colours/designer_classics.aspx

Just flip through the colour samples.

And....I am not being overly productive. I am working the rest of the week and have all aft/evening to do laundry etc.
I am marinating some steaks to grill for supper.

MELODY525
07-03-2007, 03:40 PM
OHHHHH LET'S GO TO HOLLY'S HOUSE. WE CAN HAVE OUR HAIR DONE AND EAT REAL BEEF!! I'LL BRING THE BAKED POTATOES AND SOME CORN ON THE COB FOR GRILLING!! HAPPY PAINTING THIS SUMMER MISS HOLLY OF THE PAINT BRUSH SET!

CARLA~ I HEARD STORIES OF THE NETI POT AND BECAUSE OF ALL MY PROBLEMS THE DR SUGGESTED I AVOID IT AT ALL COSTS :rofl: I AM GOING FOR THE WHOLE MONTH OF JULY AND WILL PROBABLY JOIN YOU TOMORROW. I WAS JUST HINKING THE SAME THING WHILE SITTING HERE WITH RED EYES....I MEAN WTF AM I WAITING FOR?? BLINDNESS?? :faint: SOMETIMES I REALLY CAN BE A COMPLETE A$$HOLE! ....AS OPPOSED TO A 1/2 A$$ED! :rofl: SO ON WITH THE CHALLENGE.

CARLA AND I ARE GOING ON A CHALLENGE THIS MONTH AND ANYONE ELSE WANT TO JOIN COME RIGHT ALONG. MINE IS ABOUT GIVING UP THINGS THAT ARE HARMIN ME. I HAVE QUITE A LIST FROM THE ROSACEA SOCIETY WEBSITE AND PLAN ON ELIMINATING MOST OF THEM.
WSPECIALLY THE ONES THAT ARE SPICY, HOT TEMPERATURE OR CAFFEINATED. SO ON WITH THE SHOW!
I DID TRY ONE MORE TIME TO HAVE THE WINDOWS OPEN...IT'S GORGEOUS OUTSIDE....BUT LESS THAN 15 MINUTES LATER MY EYES WERE KILLING ME. THE DUST OUT THERE IS JUST TOO MUCH. SAD CAUSE THIS IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL SUMMER. I ALSO FOUND THAT WHILE THE WINDOWS WERE OPEN THIS WEEKEND, BY SUNDAY NIGHT THE EYES WERE WORSE. SO THAT MEANS EVEN WHILE THEY AREN'T THERE IT'S NO OPEN WINDOWS THIS YEAR. SIGH I BEST GET GOING. I WANT TO MAKE SOME SHRIMP VERA CRUZ WITHOUT THE SPICES! :flame:

Hollyhock
07-03-2007, 04:19 PM
HI Melly!
I am up for a challenge for July. I want to eat 3 fruit and 5 veg every day. This is where I slide all the time. And walk 3 X's a week. when I do this I lose weight and feel godd. Why is it so hard to keep it up. Duh!

Congrats to PW and welcome home to Suzi.
Hi's to all!!

carla49
07-03-2007, 04:21 PM
Mel, you're on for the whole month of July! I'm dropping sweets, and looking to drop 8 pounds. Also off vino, except when I visit at my friend's cottage. There are some partners in crime you just can't behave around... Apart from that, I see a lot of diluted cranberry juice in my future... Interesting that your doc is against the neti pot, I thought it would be seen as a good thing. Who knew? What a bummer about the closed windows. Is it by any chance better at night? How about you wear a light face mask to filter the dust and pollen - at least you'd get the breeze when there is one. Good luck with the caffeine withdrawal. :yikes:

Holly, I looked at your paint colours - very nice and restful, and won't mark too easily! But they might be a bit on the dark side, don't you think? The darker colours show dust a lot - as I found out with my dark chocolate coloured bedroom walls. They need to be swiffered regularly. Maybe Benjamin Moore could suggest a lighter version of the same thing? I used BM paints as well - very nice long-lasting quality paint.

:wave: to Madcat and Roseblush.

MELODY525
07-03-2007, 04:45 PM
GOOD HOLLY!! TIME TO GET BACK TO BEING SERIOUS ABOUT OUR HEALTH. LOOK HOW MANY PEOPLE RELY ON US!! :rofl: GOOD LUCK!!

CARLA~ I AM CLEANING OUT THE KITCHEN AND HAD MY LAST FRAPPE TODAY. BELOW IS A LIST OF MY JULY/AUGUST GOALS. GIVING MYSELF 2 MONTHS TO GET ADJUSTED BUT THE FIRST ONE IS THE ICED COFFEE!!
I WOULD HAVE TO WEAR THE FACE MASK OVER MY EYES!! THAT'S WHAT'S REALLY BOTHERING ME:lol3: :lol3: MIGHT MAKE ROLLING AROUND THE APARTMENT A WEE BIT DANGEROUS....:yikes: GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALSO!

SHADDIE~ WHERE ARE YOU?? I KNOW YOU LIKE CHALLENGES!! LOL

BELOW ARE THE THINGS THAT REALLY MUST LEAVE MY HOUSE SOONER OR LATER IF I AM TO KEEP THE ROSACEA IN REMISSION ALL MY LIFE. IT'S NOT TEMPORARY, IT'S A FOREVER CHANGE. WISH ME LUCK.

OK HERE'S MY PLAN:
Rosacea Tripwires - Foods and Beverages:
Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, spicy nachos, a glass of wine. Hot liquids may cause flushing.
Spicy foods like oriental mustard sauce, chili sauce, or salsa.

These tips will help you select rosacea-friendly meals:
Limit or try to cut out entirely the following:
Caffeine, cheese, sour cream, yogurt, citrus fruit, liver, chocolate, vanilla, soy sauce, yeast extract (though bread is OK), garlic, vinegar, eggplant, avocados, spinach, broad-leafed beans and pods, and foods high in histamine or niacin.
Avoid "hot" spices such as white and black pepper, paprika, red pepper, chili, curry and cayenne.
Reduce the heat (temperature) in ALL food and beverages.

SO THAT ABOUT COVERS IT:lol3: :lol3:

Shad
07-03-2007, 07:24 PM
I am here on Groote - usual story, everyone wants training, no one wants to go to it, the powers that be can't get me access to the system and so I am using someone elses logon for the 'time being' until we sort it out!

So I can't use this for long. I'll try to get back at lunch to reply to you all but don't hold your breath. Groote is putting on spectacular sunsets - free slide show for all around 6pm! My cold and fever broke last night so I am beginning to feel human again. I'm back to the early morning run, walk, runs. I put on 1.5kg while I was away (3.lbs near enough) - I'm in for the challenge but won't take it up until I get to Perth where I can organise myself to do these things properly.

Trainees beginning to arrive. Gotta go

PS - There is no twit here. :dance: :dance: :dance:

MELODY525
07-04-2007, 08:32 AM
:carrot: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :carrot:
DOING THE HAPPY DANCE WITH SHAD!!! NO TWIT!!HORRAY!!! :cheer: HOPE YOU WILL GET WELL FASTER NOW THAT HE ISN'T THERE!! :rofl: GOOD LUCK WITH THE NEW JOB. FEEL FUNNY TO BE BACK WITH ALL THOSE STRANGE SPEAKING PEOPLE??? :lol3: :lol3:

:rain: LOOKS GLOOMY OUT AND COOL. I FEEL SORRY FOR ALL THOSE WHOSE BBQ'S MIGHT NOT GO WELL TODAY. THEY SAID CLOUDY AND RAIN LATER ON BUT IT'S NOT LOOKING GOOD. I COULD USE A GLOOMY DAY. KEEPS THE SENIORS INSIDE AND THEY FALL ASLEEP WATCHING TV! :lol3: TODAY IS DAY ONE FOR ME. I MUST TRY AND CATCH UP WITH CARLA. SHE'S ALREADY ON THE RUN! :running: :moped: I COULDN'T MAKE AN APPT FOR THE HAIRCUT AS THE OFFICE GIRL WAS OUT. HOPEFULLY SHE WILL BE IN TOMORROW. :rofl: MERCY HAD BETTER BRING HER MAGICAL SCISSORS.....GOOD NAME FOR THIS EVEN HUH?? THAT'S HER REAL NAME. :rofl:
OK I AM OFF TO BEGIN THE DAY, FIGHT THE URGE TO OPEN THE WINDOWS AND NOT OPEN ANY COFFEE!
I HAVE 8 LEFT. :yikes:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!

EDIT: I FORGOT TO ADD NO ART. SWEETENERS, GINGER, NO SOY PRODUCTS AND LIMIT THE USE OF TOMATOES AND NO V-8 JUICE:faint:

HAPPY FORTH OF JULY!!

http://www.gifs.net/Animation11/Holidays/Independence_Day/Happy_4th_5.gif

Hollyhock
07-04-2007, 09:47 AM
Happy Independance Day to our American friends!!

Thank God it is raining here. The farmers and the gardeners will be happy. It has been way too dry here. All my late July perennials are well into blooming. They think summer is almost over from the heat and dryness.

I have until 11:30 to accomplish.
-breaky
-shower
-Avon calls
-put away dishes
-fold 1 lol
-do hair and make up
-deal with what ever the kids need
-tidy

DS has been up for an hour. DD is sound asleep. I work from 12-8.

Mel- stay in and relax!!!
Shad- enjoy the twit-less crew.

ceejay52
07-04-2007, 10:34 AM
Happy fourth of July.

Mel--Good for you on starting a challenge. I've been using the Bob Greene do's and don'ts to get myself back into the swing of things. However, I don't like his websight.

Holly-You sound more relaxed, but still busy as a bee.

Carla hello :wave:

Shad--Glad to see that you are back safe and sound, and that you are feeling better.

I'm working today, It should be peaceful.

MELODY525
07-04-2007, 11:02 AM
HOLLY IS RACING AROUND LIKE A LUNATIC....TICK TOCK!

CEEJAY~ I HAVE THE BOOK THE BEST LIFE DIET IF YOU ARE INTERESTED. I LIKE HIS PRINCIPALS BUT DON'T LIKE THE SITE EITHER. THEY WANT MORE $$ EVEN AFTER YOU BUY THE BOOKS!!! GUESS I AM SPOILED WITH FREE 3FC:love: HAVE A GOOD DAY AT WORK!

Hollyhock
07-04-2007, 12:05 PM
ha ha ha Mel- am I ever not racing around like a lunatic???

Laughing about the dark colour concerns from Carla too. The walls are currently dark plum with eggplant trim. I am definitely going lighter.giggle.

Got everything on my list done. Need to make my lunch/supper to take with me. HUGS!!!!!

carla49
07-04-2007, 01:13 PM
Hi Ceejay, nice to see you drop in. I saw Bob Greene on Oprah yesterday and wondered about his website. Now I know I don't need to check it out - I hate the money-grab, and really resent shows like Oprah promoting them without mentioning the cost.

Holly, your new colour choices are indeed comparatively light! I think I was worried because of the sad experience of friends who can never get their colours right and are always surprised at how dark the whole wall turns out. When I picked my colours for painting three years ago I was amazed to discover I got them all right. One of my neighbours has walls almost the same colour as your choice of green. It looks great with tobacco brown or taupe or burnt orange furniture.

Mel, you're not a day behind - I realized I still had a few squares of dark chocolate and ate them late last night. So it's square one again this morning. I must say I'm feeling a distinct lack of enthusiasm and am counting on some worldly chick pep talks. Then again, I can just tell myself it's fine as long as I start on the 5th as planned, which gives me tonight to get rid of the two ears of corn in the fridge (yum), drink the last glass of wine, work out a clear diet plan, figure out what to do with the tub of hummus I just bought... I was intending to join WW today, but have put it off until tomorrow or next week. Seeing your list of proscribed foods gives me a clearer idea of the challenge you're facing. Not easy to work out a list of tasty foods you can eat! You need a menu plan that you enjoy and doesn't bite back. I'll keep looking at your list, and if I come up with recipes you might enjoy, I'll send them on to you. (I must say I'd be delighted to have an excuse for saying no thanks to eggplant. Yuck. And lately everyone seems to be serving it at dinner parties.) As for the eyes, since a regular mask won't work, we'll just have to send off to Afghanistan for a burka - just the head part. That would give the oldies in your building something to talk about! Not to mention Homeland Security... :rofl:

Shad, congrats on the twit-free island! I was going to be sarcastic about waiting to start the challenge, but then fell of the wagon and decided to shut up for once. Besides, you're sick, which should give you a pass. Enjoy the sunsets and a good rest while on Groote!

While I was away out west, I managed to stay more or less on eastern time, usually waking up around 5 am, although I didn't get up until later. And now I'm home, and by day two I was firmly on western time, sleeping soundly to 10 am every day. Why do you think that happens? Anyway, tomorrow I have an early appointment, early work on Friday (nooooooo, don't make me go to work....), and next week three days at work, so this really has to stop.

Bye ladies, :wave: to Madcat, Roseblush, Ruth who's having a well-earned rest, Painter, Suzi, and whoever I've forgotten.

ceejay52
07-04-2007, 01:35 PM
Carla--I think Greene's web site is just as you mentioned -a money grabber. I went to oprah.com and the main information that was on his web site was there. I should ask for a refund! I did close the account. He does have a forum, but I'm like Mel, I like3fc.

Mel--Thanks for the ecard and for the offer of his book but I think I have all the information I need. As I mentioned to Carla most of that including Oprah's 7 day meal plan is on her web site.

My main goal is to keep a food diary at fitday.com This is just an easy way for me to keep up with every thing.

MELODY525
07-04-2007, 05:59 PM
TODAY THE MAILMAN BROUGHT BIG SUR AND PUT IN IN MY MAILBOX!!! THE VIEW IS LOVELY AND I WISH I HAD BEEN THERE!! THE ENVELOPE WAS DESTROYED BUT THE CARD IS INTACT AND HAS A SPECIAL PLACE ON THE BOOKCASE!! :carrot:THANKS SHAD AND CARLA :hug:

Shad
07-04-2007, 07:18 PM
Morning all from twit free Groote.
It's a beautiful morning. The locals are complaining about the cold. It is apparently unseasonably cold here because the night time temps drop below 20 on some nights. They have all dug out winter woollies and are complaining bitterly. On the other hand it is no worse than Vancouver for me - probably even better if I think about it. I don't think Van, Victoria or SF got above 22 degrees all the time I was there, here it hardly gets below it.
I've been going for a run every morning. Trying to get back into the swing of exercise. It's slow but there you go, can't have 6 weeks off and expect the status quo. It's a miracle I didn't put more weight on. Trouble is, now I have to get it off again. Groote does not help since I don't have to cook and there is a mountain of food just waiting for me each time I go to the Mess Hall. Today, I very determinedly bypassed the bacon, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans, hash browns etc.etc and went to the cereals, fruit and yoghurt. Sometimes sacrifice must be made.

Darn - time for the trainees to arrive. I'll be back.

PainterWoman
07-04-2007, 08:19 PM
Still biting and writing! No stupefying surprises on calories (yet). Except that the lowfat McDonald's ice-cream cone is "only" 150 calories. That is SO worth it!! (I'm not sure the 400 calories for a chocolate chip at Starbucks is a bargain, especially if accompanied by a 600 calorie mocha. Yipes, thats almost a whole day's alottment!


PAINTER~ EMPTY NEST SYNDROME? :hug: I CAN LEND YOU MY DAUGHTER, HER BEAU AND HIS 2 KIDS. :rofl:
SO NICE TO SEE YOU AND HOPE THE NEW YOU CONTINUES!! :carrot: NICE LOSS...8 LBS!! :cheer:
I think I'll see if I can get used to the quietude, thanks just the same. I'm going to try to upload the picture I took of my "successful" week-long diary. My mom must have been stingy with stickers, because I'm having a great time making up for it now.

Hope the hat works for your hair-cut debacle. I still have my chemo caps if you want them!

Painter, congrats on the 8 pounds off! Amazing what writing it down can do. The only other effective method I've found is to set a simple repetitive daily menu with no exceptions, so it's all pre-ordained. Of course over time there's a tendency to have some slippage in portion size, but that's always the case, isn't it.

.... adventures with the neti pot.

I think I'm lucky that DD gave me some hints on what to eat and how to measure. She was adamant about NO BAD FOODS, and that nothing is "forbidden." Rather, it was about making good choices (both content and quantity.) I have a pretty good idea of how big a cup is, and make sure that I don't eat more than a cup of ANYTHING at one time!! And I'm doing the best I can to have as much variety as possible. I've had more bing cherries this week than in the last 10 years.

BELOW ARE THE THINGS THAT REALLY MUST LEAVE MY HOUSE SOONER OR LATER IF I AM TO KEEP THE ROSACEA IN REMISSION ALL MY LIFE. IT'S NOT TEMPORARY, IT'S A FOREVER CHANGE. WISH ME LUCK.
Avoid "hot" spices such as white and black pepper, paprika, red pepper, chili, curry and cayenne.Reduce the heat (temperature) in ALL food and beverages.
SO THAT ABOUT COVERS IT:lol3: :lol3:
I wish someone would give you a list of what you should eat MORE of. What a negative list... to see all that yummy stuff in one place stamped "forbidden." And too bad about the spices... those are supposed to speed up the metabolism... which we could surely use.

Y'all be careful with the fireworks, y'hear?
Best regards.

Meadow
07-04-2007, 09:23 PM
I'm having the best July! Spending time in the pool, it has warmed up to my dolphin standards:carrot: Listening to Rob Thomas' new song http://video.music.yahoo.com/up/music/music/?rn=1301797&vid=41621536&stationId=&curl=http%3A%2F%2Fmusic.yahoo.com%2Far-298072-videos--Rob-Thomas on Yahoo. It seems to be a part of the soundtrack for an animated film. Great tune. I had a marvelous visit with my sisters. We made lazyman cabbage rolls which I've been having for lunch all week :p Big roaster pan full was made:o My sister used sourkraut in it as well as the cabbage and stuff, super yummy.

:flow1::goodvibes:sunny: Make sure you all wear your sunscreen, zinc oxide it you are going out for an extra long time in the pool.

:wave:

Hollyhock
07-04-2007, 11:41 PM
I had an emotional day. The Mom of my new sitter went off on me big time when I picked up the sitter. She did not have much good to say about me or my kids. I was shocked and then I cried all the way to work.I am good friends with the Dad, from school council.They are divorced. It was brutal.The sitter i have talked-before I left- I called 3 times from work and again tonight. She and I are okay. There were some issues from Friday that needed resolving. She talked on the the phone for 4 hours straight when she was here. DS was a brat trying to get her attention. Needless to say it is resolved.
Today went better. This working for a living really interferes with raising my family.

happy2bme
07-05-2007, 02:43 AM
Hi chicks.

My guests have been using my computer so I haven't had time to get on. Once they are all off to bed I'm too tired to post so I have alot of catching up to do - haven't even had time to lurk. I should be back some time on Friday.

Love to you all, I'm looking forward to getting back into my "groove" again. :wave:

Shad
07-05-2007, 03:07 AM
Afternoon all,
Found this on the e-mail this afternoon. Thought I might share.

A croc approximately 2.5 m has been sighted at the mine site bridge, can all personnel working in or near this area please be aware of its presence and ensure that caution is always taken near all waterways including the mine site dams. Crocs sighted in work areas should be reported to HSEQ.
http://s18.photobucket.com/albums/b118/gunbo1/?action=view&current=Julyphots50707001.jpg

Hope you can see the thing.

PS Happy, Happy 4th July. I know it is a bit late. But I forgot.

Ruthxxx
07-05-2007, 08:19 AM
How on earth will I ever keep up with you worldly chicks?!?!?!

All is well here - except for a very weedy and wet garden. Today I actually have nothing on the schedule except an allergy shot so I'm off to town for some retail therapy - nothing exciting, just cleaning supplies and a new pepper mill! WooHoo! I sure know how to live, eh? :D

MELODY525
07-05-2007, 08:37 AM
SHAD~ :faint: :yikes: TOO RIGHT I CAN SEE THE "THING"!!!!!
OMG!!! LIKE SWIMMING WITH JAWS!!! NOW I KNOW WHY THAT POEMS SAYS "BUT DON'T GO NEAR THE WATER". :rofl: DO THEY GIVE YOU A RIFLE TO CARRY AROUND WHEN YOU TAKE A STROLL??? DON'T GO WANDERING AROUND:tantrum: HOPE HE DOESN'T LIKE BACON AND EGGS!!! HAVE FUN WITH THE TRAINEES AND DON'T DRAW THE FIRST BLOOD!!

HAPPY~ ENJOY! :hug: :beach:

MEADOW~ SAVE ME A ROLL OR TWO. HAVEN'T HAD CABBAGE ROLLS OF ANY KIND IN A LONG TIME!! EXCEPT FOR THE FROZEN VARIETY AND THEY ARE ALWAYS CHEWY. GLAD THE SUMMER IS GOING SO WELL AND I'LL GO LISTEN IN A MO'. HAPPY SWIMMING!

PAINTER~ JUST TRYING TO BE HELPFUL :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:WHEN I FIRST STARTED CALORIE COUNTING I WAS TRULY SHOCKED! IT'S FRIGHTENING WHAT AMOUNTS YOU FIND....BUT I HAVE TO SAY YOUR COUNT OF THE STARBUCK'S COOKIE WON THE PRIZE!! YIKES!!! I HAVE NEVER HAD ONE THANK GOD! :lol3: OR THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING ELSE ON MY LIST OF DON'TS!! HAPPY COUNTING AND WRITING!!

HOLLY~ HOPE THE SITTER PROBLEM GETS AND STAYS STRAIGHTENED OUT. IT SEEMED WHEN I HAD TO GO OUT TO WORK, FAMILY & FRIENDS SEEMED TO WANT TO PUNISH ME! HANG IN THERE. IT ALL TAKES TIME GETTING SORTED OUT. THE "SLAVE" HAS A REAL MONEY PAYING JOB AND THE ROYALTY MISS HER FREE SERVICES!! :lol3:

:cofdate: GOOD MORNING. I WAS WATCHING THE TV WEATHER AND SEEMS LIKE TEXAS, KANSAS AND OAKLAHOMA ARE UNDER WATER! :swim: WHAT FLOODING! TERRIBLE. MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL THOSE HOMELESS PEOPLE.
WE ARE HAVING RAIN OURSELVES FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS ON AND OFF. I HEARD THE FIREWORKS AND ASSUME PEOPLE STOOD OUT IN THE RAIN TO WATCH THEM????:rain: I WATCHED THEM ON PBS TV! :bubbles:
ON TO DAY 2 OF THE CHALLENGE. SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED DAY ONE. ONCE I GET THE COFFEE OUT OF THE WAY I'LL TACKLE THE REST OF THE LIST IN EARNEST NEXT MONTH. TRYING NOT TO CHANGE TOO MANY THINGS AT ONE TIME. THAT'S BEEN THE KEY TO MY FAILURES. SETTING UP IMPOSSIBLE GOALS AND CHANGING MY CHEMICAL BALANCES ALL AT ONCE.
DOING BABY STEPS THIS TIME 'ROUND.
OFF TO THE LAUNDRY ROOM!
HAPPY THURSDAY :moped:

MELODY525
07-05-2007, 08:44 AM
:wave: GOOD MORNING MISS RUTH....WE POSTED TOGETHER!

Ruthxxx
07-05-2007, 06:41 PM
The challenge? Is it supposed to be diet related or can it be something easy like giving up sex for a month? :rofl: Actually I have given up candies - ju-jubes in particular. Yes, all of them - not just the non-black ones.
It's been a strange day of sun and rain - sometimes both at once. I think I'll just snuggle in for the night with my Doggage and see what's on TV. It really feels like fall instead of July but I promise not to light the wood stove.

ceejay52
07-06-2007, 12:20 AM
Ms. Ruth--My grandpa used to say that when the sun is shining and it raining at the same time that it will rain the same time tomorrow.

Mel-I agree that counting calories is an eye opener. I've been to fitday.com and made my carbs, fats and protein come out to 40, 30, 30. to have a balanced diet for two different limit of 1400 and 1600 calories. Did you get bored and come to the journals? I was going to start Bob Greenes today but will start again tomorrow for day 1.

Had some wonderful news today. My sister from Mo. emailed me and said that her son is officially engaged. The wedding is May 17. I've never been to a Catholic wedding and I Am looking forward to it. Can you believe that he's doing most of the planning. I'll be there with bells on and hopefully a few pounds lighter. His fiance is graduating this year from college.
She also sent pictures that she made while I was there at Easter. I was impressed that my legs looked smaller. Boobs are not as perky as they once were. They are not down to my knee's yet.

Today was dentist and doctor day. I got my teeth cleaned but the dentist wanted me to have some more work done. I have some gaps between my teeth that as he put it are holding steak. Good thing I have dental insurance. Then went to the doctor for the allergies that have flared up big time this week. I think it was from mowing this past week. I usually tough it out but had some drainage from my right ear and that usually means my ear drum is infected. it was. I ended up with 3 rx's and an injection of histamine.
I came home and slept until 7 p.m. when the door bell woke me up. The doctor got upset at me for not taking the fluid pills. He said take them every day.

Hollyhock
07-06-2007, 09:39 AM
Well, a phone call can change anything.

My babysitter's mom called here raging at me about all kinds of weird and awful stuff. I hung up on her. I called the dad, who is my friend, to clarify what is going on.
I am relieved it is over, to be honest, but the personal attacks about my innocent children and myself are beyond hurtful. This woman is so volatile. The dad kept apologizing because he and I arranged for his daughter to babysit. He did not anticipate the mom's behaviour( even tho she is known for it) in this situation.

Be nice if I could stop crying. It is awful to have your home and children and your entire existance attacked and trashed.


So, I am supposed to be at payroll in 30 min and I have no sitter. I called my boss already and will try and find someone in the next hour and go in. I have lots of resources and friends that will help.

enormous sigh.

Ruth- hubby was reading over my shoulder about giving up sex. He had a big chuckle.

Ruthxxx
07-06-2007, 12:30 PM
Well, crap, Hollyhock. Give me the b#tch's phone number and I'll straighten her out. I gather your sitter lives with her mother - poor child!

Ceejay, I don't have perky boobs anymore either - I'm a 42 long! Yes, if you are on fluid pills, take the damned things! I am taking my own pink pee pills today as I leapt UP three whole pounds overnight. (Of course, sushi for lunch in town and a Reuben for supper probably had some influence! I sure didn't eat an extra 10,500 calories!)

I've decided my challenge will be giving up fries and wings for a month. They certainly are not part of the essential food groups. Giving up sex isn't too difficult as I've not had any since the last century. :rofl:

Donna is here cleaning, I've picked a huge basket of veggies from the garden, it's not raining, Claire is coming for tea, the dogs are happy, my bills are paid, I've got lots of lovely well water to drink....sorry but I haven't anything to complain about. I don't even have a wake to attend this weekend - so far.

I wish the same for us all. :grouphug:

ceejay52
07-06-2007, 01:10 PM
Ruth--You are already picking the veggies. I'm having summer veggies for lunch, yummy. I need to go pay a few bills myself this morning and then back to cleaning house. I'm almost a 42 long. I'll diffinately take the fluid pills. I always see a weight change when I do. My aunt gets picky about the meds I take. But she doesn't have to hear the doctor fuss when you don't take them

MELODY525
07-06-2007, 04:13 PM
I CAN'T SEEM TO REMEMBER THE LAST YEAR I HAD SEX.....MUST HAVE BEEN I N THE LATE 80'S....NO WONDER I'M SO EFFING CRANKY AND YELLING ALL THE TIME!! GEE WHIZ YOU THINK ONE OF THE MAINTENANCE MEN WOULD FEEL SORRY FOR ME AND THROW ME A MERCY FOOK...NOW WOULDN'T YA????:rofl:
MINE ARE A 44 EXTRA LONG AND I RUN THEM OVER EVERY MORNING!:o:dizzy::p
WENT FOOD SHOPPING AND FILLED THE FRIDGE WITH FRUIT. GOT A POT ROAST AND FOUND OUT THE KIDS WILL NOT BE COMING DOWN THIS WEEKEND :lol3: I'LL MAKE IT ANYWAY I THINK...THEN NO COOKING ALL WEEK! :carrot: CLEANED OUT MY A/C FILTER :yikes: :faint: WOW!!! WHAT A MESS.NOW I REALLY KNOW THE WINDOWS NEED TO REMAIN CLOSED. THEY WERE FULL OF GUNK AND I ONLY CLEANED THEM THE OTHER DAY! ;tantrum: HAD LUNCH WITH THE BOYS AND ATE AN ITALIAN SANDWICH. MOZZARELLA, HAM, RED PEPPER AND OIO/VINEGAR. YUM. I COULD ONLY FIT IN HALF AND GAVE THE OTHER 1/2 AWAY. NO NEED TO OVERDO THE BREAD THING!!
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT/DAY!! :moped:

RUTH...GO AHEAD AND GIVE UP SEX AGAIN!! :lol3: :lol3: WE CAN MAKE IT OFFICIAL THEN!! YOU REALIZE THAT BY NOW WE MUST BOTH BE BORN AGAIN VIRGINS!!! :angel:


CEEJAY~ WE YOU SURPRISED TO SEE ME?? LOL I WENT TO MY JOURNAL TO LOOK AT SOMETHING IN MY NOTEPAD. WHILE I WAS THERE I STOPPED IN A FEW AND SAID HOWDY. HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON!:hug: CONGRATS AUNTIE CEEJAY ON THE NEPHEW'S ENGAGEMENT!! :cheer:
AND TAKE THOSE DANG WATER PILLS!!!! :tantrum:

:wave: HELLO TO OUR MISSING CHICKIES!!!!:wave:

MELODY525
07-06-2007, 04:19 PM
HOLLY~ HOPE IT ALL WORKS OUT AND THE MOTHER BUTTS OUT OF IT!! GOOD LUCK BUT DON'T "LOSE IT" EITHER!!! STAY CALM :yoga: SENDING MANY TISSUES YOUR WAY. WIPE THOSE PEEPERS!

ceejay52
07-06-2007, 04:40 PM
Holly--If I were there I would baby sit. I love children.

Mel--I'll take the fluid pills. Glad you stopped into say hello in the journals just don't over do those eyes.

Most of my to do list has been done. I couldn't get two things done today so I will do those next week. I have an appointment to get the Rav4 serviced next week and the bed will come next week also. Brenda is on vacation and the other person couldn't find the bed frame in the back. He even had me look.

I'm already over on the carbs but I can salvage the rest of the day if I eat veggies at dinner. Some of these carbs came in at 1.00 a.m. I couldn't sleep from that long, long nap yesterday afternoon and was hungry so I had a bowl of cereal and milk. Believe it or not I didn't have any breakfast.

I'm feeling a whole lot better. I should with over 100 dollars worth of meds.

Hollyhock
07-06-2007, 05:30 PM
Thanks gals!!! It actually escalated a bit more before is stopped. She left a barage of messages on my cell phone. I am calmed down now. I had mixed feeling about the girl babysitting because she was clueless.... but very nice.

I found out what part the fuel was. Our neighbour( one and only neighbour on this side of the Hwy) whose children have played with mine regularily for 8 years and whose 16 year old has babysat for me for 5 years, works part time with the Mom of the new sitter. Apparently our neighbour has had lots to say about me, my husband and my children and none of it flattering. Much about our missing mental health, low values, how our kids are completely out of control all the time, We are white trash.......
Unbelievable.
I keep wondering who they are talking about. It is shocking. I do so much positive work in this community. It is so weird.
The upside isthe neighbours are moving in 2 weeks. A single , older man with no kids is moving in. I am happy about that. I have put out enought fires based on thier judgemental comments ot my kids. I just didn't realize how deep the judgements went.The things said about my kids were horrifc.
The mom was also very upset because i left a list of ideas to entertain the kids and ideas for lunches and household rules etc. She felt my expectations were too high. Like....both kids like to have peanut butter and jam sandwiches for lunch, DD likes to have tea parties in her room........

Needless to say I am glad that hiccup of 3 really bad days is over. I have 4 girls I am talking to over the next few days for next week and the rest of the summer ( just Thurs and Fri, 9-3 each week)I have arranged for my kids to go to the afterschool sitter Wednesday afternoons. Hubby will pick them up there.

Egads.

Shad
07-06-2007, 07:48 PM
Morning all,
No chance to chat yesterday since the hoardes descended and I was flat out finding computers and materials for all the people. They were a good bunch, but it was sometimes hard to keep them together as they all wanted to go off on tangents of their own.

I'm here in the office on a Saturday waiting to see if anyone arrives for training. I volunteered for the weekend work because there isn't a lot to do if I don't work. It's not like I have a house to clean or anything. Nothing to cook etc. Only crocodiles to chase. So here I am, but where are they? The people I mean, not the crocodiles.

I'm having a hard time getting rid of the last of this dratted cold. It's now turned into a dry cough. I can feel the gunk down the back of my throat but can't seem to get rid of it. However I have to admit that last night was the best nights sleep I have had since being here. Do you think being taken over to the ARC after dinner and being plied with vodka and tonics by a bloke had anything to do with it? Oh and before you get excited about that, I'm one of the born again virgins with Ruth and Mel still. If there is enough of us, does that make us a group of vestal virgins? And the guy has already been in this morning to say hello too. Whaddya make of that eh?

Holly - I really am sorry that you have had all this problem. The biggest hassle with small towns is the gossip that spreads so quickly and just as quickly turns from fiction to fact. All kids are ripsnorting tearaways at some stage in their lives, sometimes longer than others but it has nothing to do with anyone else how you bring up your kids, unless of course the kids are infringing on the rights of others.

Ha Ceejay - knew you wouldn't stay away from us for long. We're addictive doncha know. My congratulations to the nephew.
Mine aren't that perky these days either. They just keep getting bigger or so it seems. I don't remember ever having smaller hips than boobs before.
I take fluid tablets as well. I can carry as much as 5k of fluid if I don't. Therefore I don't forget them too often.

Morning Mel - glad you managed to pick out the croc. It was gone by the time I got down there to see it. Mean buggers they are.
Glad you got the card alright. Wonder what they did to the envelope? I am in the process of posting some stuff from Groote. It might take awhile. It took me days to get the right packaging. It then proved to be too small! Now I am trying ways to make it fit. Otherwise you may end up with mail from Perth instead. Now Western Australia is not known as the Wait Awhile State for nothing you know. So that may take even longer.

Ruth - enjoy the new pepper mill. At least you bought something. I went around and around SF one day looking for some Asic shoes for son #1 and bought nothing and got nothing but sore feet. Then next day I happened on a Liz Claiborne outlet store and spent $300 in less than 5 minutes. Such is life. Son still does not have the Asic's. They are apparently available in Canada but not in the States - well the particular style he wants. Wouldn't ya have thought that I could have picked up that thought by esp and osmosis when I was in Canada?

Happy - hope you have had a great time with the family and can now rest peacefully for a while. Have fun today.

Carla - have you disappeared off with the MAN? or are you pining? Inquiring minds wish to know, you know.

Painter - congrats on the 8lbs down. I should have said something before. It's a great acheivement and you should be proud of it.

Suz - you came back! I was going to ring you when I got home, but things are sort of upended on my side of the fence with coming to Groote and then off to Perth. Not much time for anything personal at the moment.

Now I had better go see if I can find a reasonable flight to Perth for Monday week. Then I need to source accommodation as well. Such is life. I will return.

carla49
07-06-2007, 09:21 PM
I'll post a quick one just to let you know that I'm having trouble with the site the last few days. Partly because of an annoying banner pop-up that isn't working properly: it sits there at the top of the page, the rest of the page blank, no little x to make it disappear, and when I go back to the previous screen sometimes I find myself back at my google home page. When I do start to post, the screen get stuck, won't post, just sits there... Grrr. I sit here cursing HepCOntario (the banner ad) and Bill Gates who I'm sure is resposible for the trouble posting. End of disclaimer...

Shad
07-06-2007, 09:43 PM
Oh oh - she's back and not in a good mood! What was she giving up on this challenge??? Does she have Mel's cranky problem.
:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:
:lol3::lol3::lol3::lol3::lol3::lol3::lol3::lol3:
:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:

carla49
07-06-2007, 09:57 PM
Okay, here goes with some responses to all the very prolific posters out there.

Ruth, good going on the decision to cut jujubes, wings and fries. Mel and I decided a while ago to try a little challenge after the 4th of July. Originally it was no frappucinos for her and no wine or sweets for me, and things evolved from there. The idea is just to do something to get back on the road to weight loss.
Is your pepper mill electric? I have one with a motor and a light so you can see where the pepper hits the food. Fancy, but it's always covered in messy fingerprints and grinds the pepper too coarse. Utterly useless, in other words, but it is entertaining. I really, really love gadgets. :o

Ceejay, good to see you back. I guess we're just too too irresisitible. :D How's the fitday food monitoring going? I tried it for a while, but found it too labour intensive. Anyway, I have a pretty good idea of the calories in everyhting I eat, so... Like your aunt, I usually try to stay away from overusing meds, but some of them really work and make our quality of life so much better. Why suffer for no reason? Enjoy the sudden weight loss when you start the water pills!

Meadow, you sound so bubbly and content in your post. Can we all come and play with you in your pool? :beach: We could all wear red tees and carry yellow stuffed chickens...

Mel, it sounds like you've chosen a sensible route, trying to work on eliminating the things that give you trouble. When you think about it, the list of forbidden stuff isn't really all that long - certainly not as long as the list of all the things that you can have.
I'm curious about your new avatar - have you gone over to the republicans? :fr: Should we alert the mayor? Or did you meet up with that heffalump in Jumanji? I can almost hear Robin Williams keeping time as we all to the baby elephant walk. (Don't know where that came from - wasn't it the title of an instrumental hit back in the sixties??)

Shad, no MAN sightings at all. :rofl: I think he's off in England right now, and in any case I'm quite happy to be manless. He was rather a rather toothsome morsel though. Any further progress on your new conquest? You do realize that you'll have to confess all if you lose eligibility in the BAV gang... Maybe instead of having him slay a dragon for you he could wrassle that big croc.

Holly, what an awful experience with that woman! I think you need a :grouphug: Is it possible part of her anger is because she knows you're friends with her ex and it makes her crazy? :crazy: Divorce can make people thoroughly irrational... I do hope that's an end to the unpleasantness. A shame for the daughter who's now out of a job, although being expected to make PBJ sandwiches was a clear case of sitter abuse. :lol3: You're really going to need those restful green walls.

:wave: to Happy, Suzi, Madcat, Painter, Roseblush, and whoever I've forgotten this time. Somehow I always miss someone. :shrug:

carla49
07-06-2007, 10:12 PM
Maybe just a teensy weeny bit cranky. I lost two posts before the site and my laptop decided to cooperate. Mostly I'm just tired :tired: - pulled kicking and screaming back into EDT, only managed about 3 hours sleep and then worked with one of my most annoying colleagues and her tiresome husband. Didn't like the clients either. :censored: :censored: :censored: :kickcan: :kickcan: :kickcan: But I'm actually quite pleased - jsut two days back on the clean food track and I already weighed in this morning at my signature weight!! Very encouraging. :D

And by the way, Mel, don't think we didn't notice that you were claiming to be avoiding caffeine at the same time you were inviting us to a :cofdate:. And it sure looked like you had brewed up a really big pot of coffee.

ceejay52
07-07-2007, 12:06 AM
You guys are right. I can't stay away from the worldly chicks to long. I did need some r and r though from the computer.

Carla--I thought I was the only one having trouble with this sight.

Mel--Why did you mention the word cleaning out your a.c filter? I had to top that one by cleaning out the dryer lint and putting on a new hose. The other one was beginning to get clogged. I need Sears to come out and clean the inside of the dryer.

I can't seem to get in the mood to eat clean again. I think the words bone loss that was mentioned at the dentist office upset me more than I thought.
Just more evidence that I do have osteoporosis. I'll try to eat clean again tomorrow. I have three different calorie limits to go by I just need to plan my food around them.

Ruthxxx
07-07-2007, 09:30 AM
I have a really boring day ahead of me with Fair work and a damned Bingo to work tonight. I need to plan something fun! Working the Festival last weekend spoiled me. Back later!

Hollyhock
07-07-2007, 09:41 AM
It is always nice to come here for some SANE and WITTY convo and life sharing!!!!!

I am less upset by the babysitting family and did hold them in my prayers. I am deeply hurt by the woman next door. I dont know how one goes from being the first person at the hospital when DD was born out of sheer excitment and caring to spreading viscious rumours about my children and us.
And I think it is ironic that they have extreme values and religious beliefs that most people criticize and I have always defended their choices and respected their conviction even tho is is nothing like my own.
It will be hard not to confront her and i may still. I dont want to do it out of strong emotion.
The other piece is that they are moving away in 2 weeks and then it will just be done. I do waver on what is right. Will she go on to do this again. It seems so out of character is one sense but I do know she says horrible things about us inside thier home because her kids repeat it to mine. I have been putting out those fires for years. Like how hubby and i are going to **** over...oh ...just about everything. How we are going to jail for putting off fireworks (on a National holiday when it is legal).................
Pretty hard stuff for 3,4, 5 year olds to understand and hear about their own parents.

Maybe now that I have vented it will be relased. LOL!

Having a coffee. DD has soccer at 9:30. A "free" day after that. Sunfest tomorrow.

Ruth-maybe you do need a young hotty for some sex to spice things up!!!

I am getting the fruit in and 3-4 veg a day( not 5) which is a lot more than the big fat 0 I was getting.

Waving HI!!!!!

HUGS!!!

MELODY525
07-07-2007, 10:00 AM
CEEJAY~ THE BONE LOSS THING SCARED ME TOO WHEN I FIRST FOUND OUT. SINCE THEN I HAVE REALIZED WE ALL HAVE BONE LOSS.....IT'S A NATURAL PROCESS. THE SENIORS HAVE BEEN TALKING TO ME ABOUT IT AND THEY ALL HAVE IT. I KNOW IT CAN'T BE IGNORED BUT I FEEL THE DRUG COMPANIES HAVE PUT THE FEAR OF GOD INTO US ALL THE MORE SO WE GO RUNNING OFF TO THE DR FOR A PRESCRIPTION AND FATTEN THEIR WALLETS :tantrum: NOW AS FOR TODAY...WHAT SHALL WE CLEAN?? I AM CLEARING OUT MY FRIDGE AND GIVING IT A GOOD WASH INSIDE. :dance:

CARLA~ I THINK THE DR I KNOW WAS FEELING SORRY FOR ME. AFTER ALL HE HAD TO STAND THERE AND WATCH THIS POOR FAT WOMAN CRY IN THE CORNER OF THE LOBBY :rofl: POOR SOD! I WAS HOPING NO ONE WOULD NOTICE MY :cofdate: THE FUNNY THING IS I DID THINK OF THAT AFTER I TYPED IT IN AND I WAS GOING TO DELETE IT!! :rofl: SOMETIMES YOUR COMMENTS SCARE ME:yikes: IT'S LIKE YOU ARE INSIDE MY HEAD :tantrum: I HAVE HAD SLOOOOOW LOADING WITH 3FC AND AS I TOLD SHAD, I TURN THE PC ON AND GO WASH THE DISHES!! :lol3: :lol3:
IF WE ARE ALL BORN AGAIN VIRGINS THEN WE SHOULD HAVE JUST GIVEN UP SEX INSTEAD OF WINE AND COFFEE! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

SHAD~ THAT CROC LOOKED FEROCIOUS. I DON'T LIKE ANYTHING THAT CAN MOVE FASTER THAN I CAN!! :yikes:
WAIT TILL YOU GET TO PERTH FOR THE POST. THIS WAY I CAN SAY IT'S BEEN ALL OVER DOWN UNDER BEFORE IT GOT HERE!! :lol3: AFTER PERTH DO YOU GO BACK TO GROOTE? I DIDN'T THINK THIS JOB WAS SO SHORT.
IF THE RED HAT SOCIETY HAS THEIR RED HATS, MAYBE THE VESTAL VIRGINS CAN WEAR VEILS :belly: AND MEDITATE :yoga: KEEP US POSTED AS TO WHEN YOU LEAVE. I WANT TO MAKE SURE I AM FACING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION WHEN I WRITE TO YOU :write:
GET WELL SOON! TAKE MUCINEX IT'S ANTI-MUCOUS!!

HOLLY~ WHAT CAN BE SAID OF PEOPLE LIKE THAT? THANK GOD THEY ARE MOVING AND IT WILL BE OVER WITH AS FAR AS THEY ARE CONCERNED. HANG IN THERE!

WAVING MY CAFFEINE-FREE HAND AT HAPPY, MADCAT, ROSEBLUSH, PAINTER AND ALL THE REST OF THE WORLDLY CHICKIES :wave:

MADCAT I AM SENDING SPECIAL HUGS TO THE SISTER AND FRIEND :hug: :hug: AND OF COURSE TO YOU :hug:
I ALSO WANTED TO GIVE YOU A WEE LAUGH....I CAN'T GO INTO A SEARS STORE WITHOUT THINKING OF YOU & DH & THE WEDDING....IT'S WHERE I BOUGHT THE FRAME!! :rofl: :rofl: I SUFFER DEJA VU EACH TIME I ROLL THRU THEIR DOORS!! :scooter:

I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW WELL THE EYES ARE DOING IN SUCH A SHORT TIME. JUST GOES TO SHOW YA. IT'S GOING TO TAKE AWHILE BUT I AM ENCOURAGED.
I CANNOT STAY ON THE PC OR READ A BOOK WITHOUT AGGRAVATING THEM YET BUT I LIVE IN HOPE! :lol3: I MISS MY GAMES. I HAVE A RECORDER AND BOOKS ON TAPE FROM THE LIBRARY FOR THE BLIND. HERE IN THE STATES IT'S A FREE POSTAL PROGRAM AND EVERYTHING IS FREE INCLUDING THE RETURN OF THE TAPES AND RECORDER REPAIRS. I HAVE YET TO FINISH A BOOK....THEY PUT ME TO SLEEP!!
LOOKING BACK ON MY PAST BEHAVIOR I SEE A LOT OF SELF PITY DISGUISED AS EVERYDAY LIVING. I SEEM TO HAVE ALL THE PUZZLE PIECES NOW AND JUST NEED TO SIT AND PUT IT TOGETHER. WISDOM COMES SLOWLY TO THIS OLD CHICK. :faint: CARLA YOU ARE RIGHT...THE LIST OF FORBIDDEN FOODS LOOKS LONG BUT IN REALITY ISN'T ALL THAT BAD. THE WORST IS VINEGAR AS IT'S IN A LOT OF STUFF. BUT THINGS I ONLY USE PERIODICALLY. THEY ARE MORE CONCERNED WITH THE EVERYDAY STUFF.
IT'S REALLY MIND OVER MATTER. I AM A SPOILED CHILD FROM MY GRAM AND I ADMIT IT. DON'T LIKE ANYONE TELLING ME I CAN'T DO OR HAVE SOMETHING!! :tantrum:
:rofl: :rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :rofl: :lol3:

:sunny:HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND :moped:

MELODY525
07-07-2007, 10:03 AM
HOLLY....A CONFRONTATION WILL GET YOU NOWHERE WITH SOMEONE WHO WILL ONLY SAY EVEN MORE HURTFUL THINGS. LET IT GO AND BE AT PEACE WITH YOURSELF! JUST A MOM'S ADVICE. LOL

RUTH...WHAT PLANS DID YOU HAVE IN MIND?????
INQUIRING MINDS NEED TO KNOW THESE THINGS!!!

CEEJAY~ I OFTEN FEEL THE NEED TO JUST TAKE A BREAK. I THINK BREAKS ARE GOOD FOR THE SOUL AND WE ALL KNOW THE CHICKS WILL BE HERE. THAT'S ONE THING WE CAN ALL BE ASSURED OF. :hug:

Ruthxxx
07-07-2007, 11:36 AM
Well, I did just go to the Dump - that's always a treat! Being summer, the Dump stinks so I drove down to the Lake and breathed in some lovely clean air that came all the way from Hudson's Bay.

I got an email from Ian (my cousin's widower) telling me that he and Peter (my real cousin, ex-RCMP and a hunk!) are coming up for dinner "some evening" this week. Sure great to be definite! Idiot males! I'm going to throw together a chicken dish for the freezer and will make and freeze a blueberry pie - that's more fun than what I had planned.

MEL, big hugs to you as usual. I still am planning a "Nerk" plane ride one of these days - just need to get the damned knee whipped into submission. (I have to do it before my points expire!)

Shad, the Aussie/Canuk wedding is off! My sister is quite relieved as is the potential bride. Apparently the two have not really lived together and are pretty unsure. Anne told me it was a B&B relationship - business and bed. :) Now Joan is focusing on Peter's big art show at the Farm on the 21st. She always needs something to organize - and does a good job of it.

Hollyhock, I would just let it go and let her leave. People like that never get straightened out and anger is very exhausting. What a sad excuse for a human being!

Ceejay, clean the inside of your dryer? Is that something to put on my list? My lint trap is lucky to get cleaned monthly. :shrug: My dryer was a real bargain, purchased for $40 from a guy who said it worked but wouldn't dry clothes anymore. His wife had never ever cleaned the lint trap! It was felted solid in there but I cleaned it and the thing has worked perfectly since 1985!

Carla, would you believe I forgot to buy a pepper grinder? It was the only essential on my list but I got distracted by sushi. At the moment the old one does absolutely nothing so it's definitely time to trade up.

OK - I'm outta here to start the Chef Ramsay routine - minus the most of the cursing! :lol:

carla49
07-07-2007, 11:52 AM
Good morning Saturday chick-lets! Had a good sleep, a nice cuddle with the cats, a :goodscale weigh-in, and now I'm sipping my smoothie while I chat with y'all. It may get rather hot and humid later, but for now there's a nice cool breeze. Life is good. :)

Holly, at least the gossipy, mean neighbour is moving soon. What has helped me in unpleasant situations is constantly reminding myself I can stand anything for 5 days, or 10 days, or two weeks... (Of course this won't help if she's just moving down the road...) I'm always amazed at how uncharitable and vicious and self-righteous some supposedly religious people can be. Stay strong sister! (I must say, though, if you really think we're all sane, you may be in serious need of psychiatric help... :dizzy:) And try not to :bomb:

Ruth, did I miss something? Are you the mayoress/games mistress/social coordinator :coach: of delightful downtown delta or what? Or has everyone just decided to rely totally on your amazing organizational skills? We need you to come and shake some sense into my condo board. :yes: You do lead a busy life, lady!

Ceejay, I'm with Mel on the bone loss. I'd forgotten how annoyed I was when my bone scan showed me at "average for my age", which made no sense because at the time I was pretty sporty. But I've since decided average is just fine with me. It seems to me I read somewhere that one of the anti-osteoporosis drugs they prescribe had caused the bone in some woman's jaw to deteriorate drastically :yikes: which pretty much scared me away from the drug option. Now if they came up with a drug to prevent age-related wrinkles, belly flab, chin hair, and "comfy" fashion preferences, I might be first on board... Meanwhile, I'm banking on clean living and weight-bearing exercise, at least theoretically. :rofl:
By the way, I forgot to send congrats on your nephew's engagement!

Mel, if it will stop you from crying in the lobby :cry: I'll fedex you a lifetime supply of frappucinos... Or not, since it sounds like you're doing really well getting off the caffeine. I'll send a case of zucchinis instead. :lol3: :lol3: Amazing that the eyes are already improving; it must make it easier to stay off the banned items to see such quick results!
As for giving up sex instead of wine and sweets, I have a feeling the ref would call a foul on that one :nono: since I'm pretty sure it was sex that gave up on me... and at this point, I miss it about as much as I miss eggplant and sheep's eyes. :barf:
I agree with you about the vinegar/citrus ban being the tough one. I imagine fresh tomatoes are a problem too, even though they're not on the list. So I won't send you any of my yummy summer salad recipes unless I come up with a way around the dressing problem. I'll send you more Dr. Doug homilies instead.

Happy should be back amongst us soon - I think her guests left yesterday. She probably has a very busy weekend of laundry and cleaning and fridge restocking planned. Just don't forget to enjoy some alone time with your DH, and maybe a few quiet cocktails by the pool :beach:. And then come back to tell us all about it.

Well, no real plans for today. This post has eaten up a fair chunk of time, the newspaper is still waiting, maybe a bike ride if I'm feeling ambitious. My bone density will thank me, my butt will not...

happy2bme
07-07-2007, 01:20 PM
Hi Carla :wave: I see your little egg light shining. Go out and get a bike ride in before it gets too hot. It was nice and refreshing outside this morning at 8 but I just poked my head out to feed the cat and the heat and humidity are upon us once again.

Just had a nice breakfast of some toast and a cup of cranberry and pomegranate tea with a spoonful of New Zealand pure honey :T yum. That old honey pot wants to make everything sticky it seems. I swear the honey is oozing out of the jar itself.

Read through your posts - there comes a point where you get so far behind that you can't catch up properly so bear with me as I try to catch up with you busy ladies...

My company is all gone, got home safe and sound even navigating through the summer season of road construction up north. The house is quiet again - perhaps too quiet. I miss Mom already. She was having fun playing with the new washing machine. Now I have a mound of bedding and towels to do myself but of all the things to do, I don't mind the laundry as you can pop it in the machines and go do other stuff. DH and I have had several conversations between yesterday morning and today - funny to live in the same house and have so much to catch up on :lol: guess we didn't have a chance to talk about the things that matter with lots of others around.

It's positively amazing how much toilet paper you go through when you have a lot of girls in the house. Good thing I stocked up at the sales. :rofl: Besides the laundry, some light tidying up and meal planning and shopping, it's an easy weekend ahead. I will probably help DH clean up around the pool. I have stuck my feet in but believe it or not, haven't gotten in there myself yet. We had several rainstorms this week which have cooled the water a bit. Yesterday I opted for an afternoon nap instead of a swim as my nephew and his wife got up at 3:45 to get a head start past the Chicago traffic as they headed home to Wisconsin. I got up to see them off and just lightly dozed in a chair until my sister and family got ready to leave. Today I WILL get in the pool this afternoon. I'm kind of hoping to have some time to go through a closet or two also.

Yay Carla for getting back on track and hitting the signature weight :celebrate: Had to laugh at the electric pepper mill - particularly with a light. I'd be fascinated by the gadget too although I don't like pepper. I have found that the mills do crack the pepper into larger chunks than even the coarse ground pepper you can buy in the jars. I have learned to cook with it but still refuse it at the restaurants.

Ruth - do you have to take your trash to the dump regularly or just make special runs? Growing up in the city the concept of carting off your trash is a totally foreign concept tho DH grew up in a small town and they went to the dump each week. I do enjoy reading about your activities - you sure do keep yourself busy - we'll have to find a hamlet of our own when we retire. Enough people to have things to do but not too remote or city-like.

Mel, my niece gave us very pretty veil like wraps last Christmas. Sister and I were wondering why she gave us veils :?: but she got offended and said they were swim suit wraps that she brought back from one of their cruises. Personally I think it's way too see through for my body even if it's a pretty turquoise. You are welcome to use it for your vestal virgin dance - it's about the size of the one with the bellydancer icon :belly: I will come over and cook natural for you. Bet we can still come up with some yummy stuff that avoids the items on your "hit" list. Guess it's like my mom said tho - it's just not worth the trouble of cooking for one. So I'll cook for both of you!

I agree with just leaving the neighbor be Holly. Some people have no qualms about passing judgement and calling other people idiots and worse names. When you call someone else names it reflects far more on the name caller than the person being talked about. I myself hate the term "momster" that some people have taken to calling their less than endearing mothers. In any event your neighbors will be gone soon and you won't have to deal with them.

Ceejay - while we've gotten some rain, the more intense storms have passed north of here up your way. In fact they mentioned your hometown yesterday on the weather channel.

As for the bone loss it's something to bear in mind. As women approach menopause they can loose bone mass as quickly as 10 percent per year. It can get to the point when you can fracture your ankle simply stepping off a street curb. Diet, calcium supplements and weight bearing exercise are your best bet for strong bones. I'm not into any of those supplements for bone building, cholesterol management or arthritis so try to keep in good enough shape where you don't need that stuff.

Shad - sounds like you easily slipped out of vacation mode and back into the workforce with ease. Hope you find something to keep you occupied this weekend. Congrats on getting back into the groove with a run each morning. :carrot: Were you home long enough for Sunday the cat to snuggle up to you?

Can't get down far enough to see the posts from Painter, Meadow or Suzi so congrats on the weight loss, have fun in your pool and have a good trip with the hubby respectively ladies :lol:

Good thoughts to you Madcat :grouphug:

I too have had increasing problems with this site being slow. In several cases it was waiting for banner ads to post. Sometimes I open another browser window to bypass it, sometimes I just get a server busy message (at midnight) and I give up and go to bed.

It's almost lunch time. Better get off the computer and get a few things done, especially if I want to go swimming this afternoon.

Have a good weekend chicks.

happy2bme
07-07-2007, 01:24 PM
BTW - Mel - not only do I like your avatar but also the caption underneath. :lol:

carla49
07-07-2007, 03:07 PM
Hi Happy! I see your little egg all aglow. Glad to have you back! :flow2: :cheer2: :woohoo:

I managed to put off the bike ride long enough for the rain to start, so that's not going to happen. Instead my neighbour and I will take a drive to Costco and the pet food store - with the cat who cries all the time to be taken out. I'm a slow learner, but he has me almost trained... Today's challenge: not eating bad samples at Costco. At least we don't have the wide variety and big samples they had at the Costco in San Fran when I was there last year! Lunch and dinner in one visit!! (Usually I complain about the sad little bites they give us, but not during challenge month...)

Gotta go, my pal will be waiting and I have to harness the cat. Really. Not a joke.

MELODY525
07-07-2007, 04:31 PM
:tantrum: I JUST LOST MY LONG POST!! YOU GALS ARE SO LUCKY :lol3:
THERE WAS AN EMERGENCY. WOMAN FELL ON THE FLOOR AND HIT HER FACE/GLASSES. BLOOD EVERYWHERE. I ALMOST HAD A HEART ATTACK COMING AROUND THE CORNER IN SEARCH OF HER. SO DID THE COP AND THE MAINTENANCE MAN THAT FOLLOWED A FEW MOMENTS LATER. BUT SHE IS OK AND OFF TO THE HOSPITAL.
HER DAUGHTER IS IN NORTH CAROLINA ON VACATION :faint: VERY EXCITING WEEKEND ALREADY. HOPE THAT'S THE LAST OF THE "FUN STUFF" THOUGH! :yikes:

RUTH IS STILL PLAYING CHEF RAMSEY! HOPE YOU HAVE FUN WHENEVER IT IS THAT THE DINNER GUESTS ARE ARRIVING :rofl:

CARLA~ DON'T BE EATING ANY OF THE SAMPLES AT THE PET STORE EITHER....JUST IN CASE YOU GET A HANKERIN'
FOR A TIDBIT!! :rofl: ARE YOU SURE IT IS THE CAT WHO IS "HARNESSED"?????:lol3: :lol3: I HAD CATS AND KNOW HOW THEY "OWN" US!! ENJOY!!

:welcome: HOME MISS HAPPY!!! RO SHOULD I SAY WELCOME BACK!!! :dance: SO GOOD TO HAVE YOU BACK HERE WITH US ONCE AGAIN! ENJOY THE LONG TALKS WITH THE DH!! LOL I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN! HOPE THE POOL WARMS UP SO YOU CAN TAKE A DIP FOR ME!! :swim: I'LL BE CONTENT TO SIT POOLSIDE. :beach: I'LL BE THE ONE IN THE BLUE VEIL :belly:
PS~ I put the avatar and message on there to remind us we need to keep moving....especially me!!! :carrot:

Shad
07-07-2007, 07:32 PM
Morning all,
Went to the footy match (on tv) last night with the bloke and some of his mates. They talked all the way through it which drove me :crazy: . I don't mind some chatter but continuous and having nothing to do with the footy (it was work related) is just not a happening thing when I am watching the footy, thank you very much. Strike one for the BLOKE! :rofl:
I drunk one too many vodkas and went home in the wee hours. At least the alcohol ensured I did not cough all night.
They drunk more than me and I had to escort two of them home - oh what a pain to be a responsible person. Since they live in the SRA (Single Residential Accommodation) same as me, escorting them home wasn't a chore - keeping them quiet was. I think most men should come with a gag.

So anyway, here I am, back in the office and waiting patiently for some trainees to arrive. I had the grand total of two yesterday. Not worth the over the top sum that they pay me but there you are. Life happens.

Holly - If it was me having this problem, I probably would not do anything about the neighbour since they are moving anyway. It might well be that they expect you to get upset and go storming over so they can really have an excuse to put you down. I would continue to accept their religious beliefs with as much dignity as possible, but not have much to do with them for the remaining time. Of course you could always bake them a farewell cake - with the message 'Glad you are going' on the icing and liberally laced with poison on the inside. Ask Ruth for her Rum Cake recipe and substitute Methylated spirits for the rum.

Carla - I'm enitrely with you about being happy being manless. Gotta say I go more places, see more people, learn more and interact more without one.

I just hit the advanced button and found there were another page of posts that I had not yet seen. Oh joy more reading - and the students still have not arrived. Aaaah well.

Happy - good to have you back although it will be quiet around your place now that the family has gone. Enjoy the swimming. You know the worst part is getting in - just ask Carla about my efforts in the lake in Quebec - after that you don't notice cool or cold. Wish I could swim here, but I am having a problem locating the lady with the key to both the pool and the gym. Apparently it is too cold for swimming at the moment :yikes: We should get Carla here. She'd tell them the pool is like a big bath!!! :lol3:

Madcat - I have been thinking about you, your friend and your sister - not to mention your DH (hello man). Hope all is going well and sending some :grouphug: for you.

Ceejay - I'm with the Aunt and prefer not to take tablets unless I'm in imminent danger of dying. I have a problem with taking them everyday as well. I forget. Do not take fluid tablets at night. You won't get much sleep! :tired:

Gotta go - a BLOKE has arrived. Not the bloke from last night - he came in earlier - another bloke. Be back later.

MELODY525
07-07-2007, 07:36 PM
hey!!! you aren't supposed to be surrounded by drunken blokes!! your the vestal virgin queen!!! these blokes had better be on their knees and praying for forgiveness! :angel:
:rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3:

Shad
07-08-2007, 02:18 AM
Both of them are praying for forgiveness on this day. They both apparently have headaches. One has not shown up for work.

I get all the good gossip.

PainterWoman
07-08-2007, 04:05 AM
You all sound so ambitious!
Mel: Congrats on the ocular improvement. It is so good when something works the way "they" say it will, don't you think. I have found that if i actually take my pain meds 2x/day like instructed, they work! (I thought I could take them like aspirin, to RELIEVE pain. Apparently these pills are more preventative... sort of like anti-depressants. D'oh) :broc::o

Shad: Can't believe you are courageous enough to include measurements. I didn't measure when I started. My bra is loose, but maybe it just needs to be washed. :dizzy:

I got to the gym this morning and had the mixed blessing of finding out that I had to work harder/faster to get up to "target" heart rate. So I'm getting 'better" but still have to suffer more. I know that isn't logical thinking, but I'm too tired to re-think it right now. It's probably better to be glad that what was really hard only two weeks ago barely phases me now. (I lifted the new wheelbarrow out of the truck bed all by myself this afternoon, too. :strong::lifter:)

A friend and I went to see EVENING yesterday. Definitely worth a go. I'd been told it was a 4 hankie movie, but maybe it's all that therapy I had about my mother.... hardly shed a tear!! Filmed in Newport, Rhode Island and was beautiful. Has Streep, Close, Redgrave, and Toni Colette as well as a new gal, Mamie something. Flashbacks to the early 50's. LOVED the clothes and "manners"... though the dysfunctions were painfully recognizeable! (But they provided the drama, so go figure.)

My log book is still helping me stay "kosher."

MELODY525
07-08-2007, 09:35 AM
PAINTER I LOVE YOUR LOGBOOK!!! I AM THINKING OF MAKING A HAPPINESS JOURNAL/DIARY COMBO. LOVE ALL YOUR STICKERS!! RIGHT NOW I AM USING A HARRY POTTER JOURNAL THAT CAME WITH STICKERS :rofl:
GLAD TO HEAR ABOUT THE GYM AND I WOULDN'T RETHINK A THING!:lol3: GREAT WORK!!! AND THANKS FOR THE PAT/BACK. I AM FEELING AMBITIOUS!!
I CANNOT WAIT TILL EVENING COMES TO CABLE!!
SAW A PREVIEW.PAIN MEDS ARE SOMETIMES WHAT THEY CALL "BUILD-UP" DRUGS. YOU MUST CONTINUE TO TAKE THEM TO KEEP THE LEVEL BUILT UP AND THUS RELIEVE THE PAIN ON A MORE REGULAR BASIS...SOUNDS LIKE AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY. GLAD IT'S WORKING. NICE TO SEE YOU WITH SUCH A BIG SMILE!! :dance:

SHAD ARE YOU STILL DRAGGING HOME DRUNKEN BLOKES? WOULDN'T ONE HAVE DONE THE TRICK? OR HAVE YOU AN INSATIABLE APPETITE THIS WEEK??:rofl:
OMG I SAT HERE LAUGHING FOR TWO DAYS WITH YOUR POSTS. FIRST ONE TRIES TO GET YOU DRUNK THEN YOU GO OUT AND GET TWO DRUNK!! WHAT KIND OF JOB IS THIS??? NEXT THING WE KNOW YOU'LL ALL BE OUT DANCING WITH THE CROC WHILE CROCKED!!:cb:

TODAY SHOULD BE QUIET. THE POOR WOMAN FROM YESTERDAY IS TOO SCARED TO STAY HERE SO WENT TO THE GS'S HOUSE. I FEEL BETTER SHE IS WITH FAMILY.
JEN AND COMPANY REPORTED IN. THEY ARE DOING OK BUT JEN SOUNDS LIKE SHE'S READY TO SHIP THE KIDS BACK ABOUT NOW. :rofl: GOOD THING IT'S ONLY PART-TIME MOTHERHOOD. AS THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS COME TO AN END THE KIDS START FOLLOWING HER AROUND LIKE PUPPIES. THEN THEY ALL START CRYING. I AM STARTING TO REALLY HATE GOODBYES! :tantrum:
FUNNY THAT SHAD JUST LEFT AND MY FRIEND IN NEW SOUTH WALES CALLED LAST NIGHT. WE SPOKE OF SHAD'S TRIP. SHE MIGHT GIVE THE USA A MISS THIS TIME AND CALLED TO TELL ME. SHE'D LIKE TO GO TO ENGLAND, FRANCE AND SPAIN THIS TIME AROUND BEFORE SHE FEELS SHE CAN'T GO. SHE FOUND SHE HAD DIABETES FOR YEARS AND NEVER WENT TO A DR. NOW SHE IS A TYPE 1 GOING INTO TYPE 2 OR VICE VERSA. I FORGET AND ALSO HAS COMPLICATIONS. SO SHE IS WORRIED ABOUT TRAVELING ALONE IN THE FUTURE AND WOULD LIKE TO DO A BIG WALKING TOUR NOW. HER FEET ARE ALREADY BOTHERING HER. VERY SAD. SO I SAID I WILL BE HERE WHEN SHE IS READY. I AM SURROUNDED BY ACCENTS!!! DOES NO ONE I KNOW SPEAK ENGLISH?? :lol3: :lol3: :rofl: :rofl:
I HAD BEST GET OUT OF HERE BEFORE THE WORLDLY CHICKS WAKE UP AND SMACK ME!! :scooter:
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :sunny:

happy2bme
07-08-2007, 12:48 PM
Hey y'all,

Mel - 2 good ideas from you today - loved the get up and move avatar as well as the build up on the pain meds. Never thought of them that way. I hate to take something unless I really NEED it - perhaps I am not doing myself any good. Thanks for the reminder. I think the idea of a joy journal is a good thing - keeps you mindful of the good things in life. How scary about the poor lady who fell down. Good thing you were around to get help for her. I can relate to the many accents - sometimes at work I feel like I've been teleported to another country. :lol:

Painter - your journal is really cute. Colorful like you. I like the happy star stickers. It's wonderful that you have seen a difference at the gym. That's what it's all about. Little improvements here and there. Keep up the good work!

Shad - what little I've seen of you talk about footy - I can tell you are a SERIOUS fan so I can imagine how hot :mad: you'd be about them chattering on and on :gossip: while you were trying to watch the game. This assignment seems a bit different from the last few. Of course it's the people as much as the place that make the experience. Did I remember correctly that this is a short stint and you'll soon be on to another?

It's a lovely, sunny hot day out there. Apparently sister brought the rain with her and took it back when she left for home :lol: I did get a 45 minute swim in yesterday and hope to get an hour in today. I still have to plan the meals and do the shopping. I get home rather late now so I think the meals will be precooked on the weekend or put together quick salads and such. We ate very healthy when Mom was just here but we did seem to skimp on the fruits and veggies when the rest of the crew was here. I'm feeling the need for some good stuff in the belly. :D

I did start to clean out some bathroom cabinets. Now I'm in the state when I have more mess on the floor than what I started with. Same for the office area. I think I'll take care of those 2 areas, finish the last of the laundry, get the shopping done and tidy up the kitchen. I need (not like or want) to get a swim or some exercise in and I was hoping to spend a bit of time catching up on work items - can't say that will happen. Oh and I have 3 pairs of pants to hem too. Shoot. The vacation week really zoomed by. Wish we had 30 days like some European countries. :lol:

Well things don't get done sitting here so off I go. Hellos to the rest of the crew. I could use Carla as my personal coach to get off my duff and out into the fresh air :drill: :lol: Happy Sunday chicks :wave:

carla49
07-08-2007, 02:59 PM
Carla the personal coach :coach: slept in until 11 and is still in her nightie. :o Goes to show you can't trust anybody anymore. :lol:

It's another rainy, cool day here. Unlike those who only ever have weekends off, I don't mind at all. In fact I enjoy the cooler weather. But it makes me even lazier than usual...

Last night I got busy and moved some furniture around, trying to open up the space a bit and also to find a good spot for a wonderful leather/rosewood recliner and ottoman I may buy from a friend. One thing I moved was the living room cat tree which is now in my bedroom. (I have two, both with tiny dishes of kitty treats in them. I never said they weren't spoiled.) One of my cats, the skittish one, spent the next three hours jumping up on a table, staring dejectedly at where the tree used to be, going away, coming back, checking to see if it had returned, repeating the process... I felt so mean. Of course today she knows where tree and treats have gone, and is recovering nicely from all the upheaval. Now I'm the one staring at the empty place wondering how to fit a big chair into a little spot. Maybe if I go away and come back later it'll all be fixed. :rofl:

Shad, all these men following you around! Must be the cosmopolitan gloss you acquired while touring North America. ;) They both need a good dish of poutine to put them to rights, lots of fat and salt to rebalance the electrolytes. It sounds like this is a pretty low-effort contract, which can be nice for a change. Enjoy the rest and get over any remnants of that cold.

Mel, you're right about me being harnessed by the d***ed cats. Don't know how it happened, but there you are. :dunno: As for being surrounded by accents, I've talked to you on the phone, and I'm afraid that I have bad news: YOU're the one that has the accent... :D

Happy, you've been in the pool!!! :bravo: :encore: Now I guess I'd better get my butt into a lake again if I want to keep the coaching credentials you awarded me. Anyway, we're all each others' coaches, aren't we? I know what you mean about trying to cook after getting home late from work. At least in summer heat it's easy to be satisfied with a cold meal.
If I can weigh in on the painkiller subject, I always thought the build-up method was only for people with chronic pain, whereas the pop-a-pill-when-it-hurts method was preferable for occasional pain, thus avoiding chemical dependency regular use can involve. I have a bottle of very effective painkillers I use only when I get a killer headache; if I took them all the time I'd be an addicted, euphoric, speed demon chatterbox. Hmmm. Maybe I'll go pop a few... :woohoo: Didn't doctors prescribe speed in the old days for weight loss? :faint: :dizzy:

Painter, I love your journal, so colourful and full. I've started writing things down, not counting calories so much as noting exchanges (ie 3P -protein - 3 oz chicken). I have a 1200 calorie diet sheet with little boxes for the exchanges I should have each day to reach my goal.
Isn't it amazing how quickly our bodies respond to physical activity? If only the flabby bits would snap back into shape as fast as the cardio-vascular system does. I know exactly what you meant about having to work just as hard despite your progress. But then you can get that little thrill of pride when you realize you can do things you couldn't ever imagine doing. Even pro athletes have to do workouts that challenge and exhaust them. :cp: :congrat: :cp:on doing so well.

Today was another good scale day. :woo: :broc: Now I'm trying to stop myself from doing that idiotic thing a lot of us do: "well, I've lost 3 pounds in 4 days, at that rate I'll hit goal by...". That way lies disaster. This is a long process, but one I can be successful in. It really helps that a few of us are all ready for a challenge at the same time, the enthusiasm is contagious.

Greetings to Madcat, Meadow, Suzi, Roseblush, Ceejay, Holly (extra :hug: to help you get thru these stressful :stress: days). Apologies to whoever I've forgotten this time.

Hollyhock
07-08-2007, 03:22 PM
Afternoon All!!!

Looking like rain here too. It is sooooooo muggy. whoosh. 30 C + humidex.

Love the journal PW!!!
Carla- go jump in the lake!! I did yesterday it certainly soothes the soul.

I am mostly over the whole fiasco this week. Feeling cautious about hiring a new sitter tho.

Kids enjoyed Sunfest as did I. It was nice to wander about with a friend and our kids. The 8 year old boys bonded quickly. They hadn't seen each other since they were 8 months old but claim they remember it. We got to hear a Russian, Jewish and Quebecois bands.
Kids had pizza for lunch ( Italian I suppose) I had Thai!!!

Housework time. We are all resting enjoying popsicles. Hubby is holding down the couch and learning a new song on guitar. He has been stellar lately. I am deeply thankful. The "good" DH is great. The depressed dysfunctional DH needs to take a hike forever!!! Enjoying the unbeat ,happy last couple of months.

Starting at the Top
-kids rooms
-bathroom
-fold and put away my laundry

MELODY525
07-08-2007, 04:52 PM
EDIT: I should have said in my previous post_
SOME of the meds they USE for pain are anti-inflammatory and THOSE drugs usually need to be taken on a regular basis to keep the inflammation down IF that is what's causing the pain in the first place. How's that??? :rofl: DON'T WANT THE CHICKS TO BE GETTING ADDICTED!!

AND NO CARLA....YOU CANNOT HAVE ANY!!! :lol3:
JUST STICK TO YOU CHALLENGE AND COACHING JOB! :rollpin: SLEEPING IN ON A RAINY DAY CAN BE SUCH A GOOD THING. HOPE THE CHAIR & OTTOMAN FIT IN THE SPACE AND THAT THE CATS DON'T USE IT FOR THEIR SCRATCHING POST IN SPITE!! :yikes: :faint:
CONGRATULATIONS ON GETTING THE GOOD SCALE DAY!! GREAT JOB!!

HAPPY~ CHECK TO MAKE SURE HOW YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO TAKE THOSE PILS!! CARLA MIGHT SEND THE MOUNTIES AFTER ME AND DRAG MY SORRY BUTT UP TO THE FROZEN NORTH!! GLAD YOU GOT IN THE POOL. WE'VE BEEN GLORIOUSLY SUNNY ALL DAY TOO. THINK I SHOULD LOOK IN MY MEDICE CHEST AND CLEAR OUT THE OUT OF DATE CREAMS ETC. GOOD IDEA! HOPE YOU GET YOUR SORTING ALL DONE TOO.

I REALLY CAME BACK TO SAY THAT I AM GOING TO THE MALL TOMORROW...GOD WILLING....AND THEY DON'T CHANGE THE SCHEDULE AGAIN....SO I WON'T BE HERE. LAST TIME THE EYES WERE TOO SORE AND READING MADE THEM WORSE WHEN I GOT HOME. SO HAVE A WONDERFUL MONDAY!! :moped:

MELODY525
07-08-2007, 04:55 PM
Holly~ I see you on a new page now...glad the week is getting pushed behind you!! carry on!!

Ruthxxx
07-08-2007, 08:04 PM
Hey! Semi-Cousin Ian and Real Cousin Peter (retired RCMP) are coming tomorrow afternoon for a visit! It'll be late afternoon so I'm glad I made the chicken dish for the freezer as I'm sure they will be here for dinner. Shall I take pictures? Peter is not bringing his horse although he was in the Musical Ride. (Don't get all excited, chickies! This is The Musical Ride! (http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/musicalride/ridecentre_e.htm) Didja think it was something kinky? Maybe with Ravell's Bolero?)

I think I'll go to bed shortly and rest up. I may have to make two pies tomorrow - peach and blueberry are the requests!

ceejay52
07-08-2007, 10:52 PM
Ruth--save me a piece of each pie. Blueberry is my favorite. Enjoy the visit.

Mel--take care of the eyes. I did toss some stuff out of the fridge this week end but didn't clean the inside. I'm on day 3 of Bob Greene.

Happy--Good to see you posting again. Isn't is quite when every one leaves!?
Enjoy the swim.

Shad-I took the fluid pill last night and was up 3/4 of the night. Had to take a nap this afternoon just to catch up on my sleep. From now on it will be taken during the day. I've been outside this afternoon mowing the lawn and sweating. I'm not sure if it's a good idea to take it on day's like today.

Carla- I don't like to take any medication either, but sometimes it's a must.

PW--You have a cute journal idea. I'm needing to go back to the gym myself.

Had a quick trip to Paragould yesterday and came back today. I told them that I couldn't come next week end. I'm litterally exhausted. Speaking of being exhausted I'm going to bed earlier than 11 p.m. tonight.

happy2bme
07-08-2007, 11:28 PM
Ok Ceejay - it's almost 9pm and I see you little egg light shining. Time to click off the computer and put your head on your pillow and close those eyes. I'm sure a day full of lawn mowing should get you nice and sleepy. Rest well.

Oh Ruthie, now I'll be humming Bolero all night :lol: Ok, so who was it in the cartoon with Snidley Whiplash? Wasn't he a mountie? :chin: Dang, can't remember. I'm sure Madcat knows... I'll take a small slice of peach pie if you're serving :T :T :T

Mel, I take anti-inflammatories every day. Some days I'm fine, some days I hurt. No rhyme or reason to it. I should stop the meds to see if they are doing any good at all. The knee is acting up today, yesterday it was the shoulder. I think it's more from just getting a good workout in the pool. 2 Motrins and I'll be fine.

Looks like everyone but Carla is dealing with muggy lately. Oh wait Shad was talking about it being cool too - or was that the natives?

It's muggy and buggy here. Sun shining brilliantly and of course once I got in the pool a gray cloud moved right overhead and shaded the water. I stayed in for a while but it was breezy in the shade and I was getting chilled so I didn't make the hour workout I wanted to. Just as well. I went to one grocery store because it was on the way of my errands and I couldn't find where anything was. They didn't have some key ingredients I needed for this week's dinners so I wound up trekking to my old faithful store after all. Burned up 3 and a half hours grocery shopping. Did I mention I HATE :mad: grocery shopping?

I'm tired now, would love to go to bed now but there's a few things that need doing before I can hit the sack. Just popped over here while I was checking the weather for the week. Nighty night to all on this side of the pond, 'afternoon to Suzi and Shad.

Shad
07-09-2007, 12:36 AM
Afternoon all,
It is definitely cool here at the moment. Apparently it was down under 10C this morning. The natives are revolting. They have to buy winter clothes, so they all have to go off island to get them and dang it all, it may warm up by the time they get back. It may not as well. I must admit, I didn't think it would get quite so cool here.

Went for my run this morning. It is getting easier again. I managed to gasp up the hill for longer than I have been doing and once I got over the top, I ran all the way home. So things are looking up.

Ruth - watch out what you say about the blokes. Mel will have you eliminated from the BAV group if you make one rash statement. Hey I even got told off for intoxicating the hired help!
I'll have a bit of both pies thanks and some real cream and some :censored: :censored: Food porn.

Ceejay - take the fluid tablet directly before or after breakfast. That way you have a show of getting rid of the worst before bed. Lawns have to be mowed when they have to be mowed.

Happy - 3 hours in the grocery store. :yikes: :no: aaaargh.
Get some exercise and some rest. you deserve this.

For those of you who have commented on this contract. Yes it is very short term. Only 10 days more or less with travel time included. It's the sort of contract I have been trying to cultivate. If I wish to only work six months or so of the year so I can retire gracefully, then another few of these would do the trick nicely. I have decided that after this stint in Perth I will not do long term, long range contracts again. If they are at home or someplace where I can get home easily for a weekend then thats okay, but Perth is so far away and takes most of the weekend to get there and back so it's not really on. I've told the agent about this. He will still be trying to get me to change my mind, but unless the money or the location is stupendous, I am not going.

Anyway - better go.

Painter - GOOD WORK

happy2bme
07-09-2007, 01:32 AM
Shad - if it's cool enough perhaps you could wear the new jacket you picked up in Canada. I know it's not snowing where you are but it's a chance to use it. Or did you leave it at home? :(

I can completely understand how you wouldn't want the long time away contracts any more. I imagine after a while it takes it's toll in many ways. So here's to short fat well paying contracts from here on in :cheers: :crossed: Besides - you need to be home for a while - I'm eagerly awaiting the pictures from your trip.

We only get paid once a month - that seems so archaic - anyhow I got my raise from my promotion and it was nice to have the extra money. Not quite as much as JK Rowling's is getting for writing the Harry Potter books - if only DH would let me stay home and write that book everyone says I should write :write: :comp: ;) :lol:

Ok, timer just went off on the dryer, time to do the last fold of the night and bag up some cherries for tomorrow's lunch. They had a nice looking mango salad at the deli today Shad - thought of you.

Pleasant dreams ladies.

Shad
07-09-2007, 02:06 AM
Mango salad - yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I''ll be right over.

Ruthxxx
07-09-2007, 07:39 AM
Mango! I've not had breakfast and have a perfect mango on the counter. I'm outta here and off to the gym after a post-mango shower! :lol: "See yez later!"

MELODY525
07-09-2007, 10:23 AM
MANGOES, MANGOES EVERYWHERE AND NOT A ONE IN MY HOUSE!!! I FORGOT ABOUT SHAD AND MANGOES. WE LIVE IN MANGO LAND HERE!! THEY IMPORT THEM CONSTANTLY FOR THE NJ "NATIVES". :rofl:
CAN YOU TELL THE MALL GOT CANCELLED. I WAS THE ONLY ONE SIGNED UP!! :tantrum: AND ONE BUS IS IN THE SHOP. THE A/C BROKE. SIGH. AT THIS RATE I WILL NEVER GET MY XMAS GIFT CARD SPENT:lol3:
NOTHING PLANNED. HOT, HAZY AND VERY HUMID OUT SO MAYBE IT WAS BETTER IT GOT CANCELLED. WITH ALL THAT AND PERFUMEY SMELLS THE MALL WOULDN'T BE A TREAT FOR THE EYES JUST YET. SO MAYBE A LOAD OF LAUNDRY. DID I MENTION THAT I HATE LAUNDRY?? MAYBE HAPPY CAN DO MY LAUNDRY AND I'LL DO HER FOOD SHOPPING!! I LOVE SPENDING OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY!! SPEAKING OF WHICH, I JUST GAVE EVERY CENT I HAD TO JEN SO SHE COULD SPEND TIME WITH THEM AT THE ANNUAL FAIR THIS MONTH. WE HAD FORGOTTEN ABOUT IT BUT THE KIDS DID NOT. THEY LOVE TO SEE THE TEEPEES AND INDIANS. I BETTER GET A MOVE ON. LAUNDRY ROOM IS CALLING OUT TO ME!

RUTH~ SAVE ME SOME PIE TOO!! AND HAVE A WONDERFUL VISIT. ME? DIRTY MIND?? YOU MUST HAVE BEEN TALKING TO ONE OF THE OTHERS :rofl:

CEEJAY~ GOOD LUCK WITH THE BOB GREENE. LOOK HOW GOOD OPRAH WINFREY DID!! EVEN THOUGH SHE HAD A TRAINER AND A CHEF!!!! BUT SHE EXERCISED HER BUTT OFF TOO. :running: ENJOY YOUR WEEK WITH BOB!!!:love:

SHAD~ TELL THE AGENT TO GET YOU THAT ONE IN UTAH!!! YOU COULD SEE SOME LOVELY SIGHTS OVER THERE IN THAT NECK OF THE WOODS! HOW ABOUT JAPAN AND SPEND TIME WITH CHRIS!! HAPPY TIMES!

HAPPY~ I WILL TRADE....YOU CAN DO THE LAUNDRY AND I'LL SHOP AND THE DH CAN COOK. SEEMS LIKE A FAIR TRADE TO ME!!! :rofl: IT IS MUGGY AND EFFING BUGGY HERE TOO. GETTING PAID ONCE A MONTH!!! :faint: I HAT THAT. I GET THAT TOO BUT A SMALL CHECK FROM HOUSING KEEPS ME GOING :rofl: DON'T YOU JUST HATE BUDGETS??? IN OUR NEXT LIFE WE CAN BE RICH & FAMOUS:belly: or :queen:

OK CHICKS HAVE A GREAT DAY :moped:

MELODY525
07-09-2007, 10:27 AM
http://www.nepenthebigsur.com/images/weather-cam.html

NOW THIS IS HOT, HUMID AND HAZY!!!

Hollyhock
07-09-2007, 11:20 AM
Still very hot and humid here.
I must admit to feeling shellshocked still and nervous about the whole babysitter fiasco last week, this morning. It is very hard to have everything about yourself,marriage, home and children maligned over and over and not worry about it or second guess oneself.

I chatted with my friend on the phone this morning about her daughter coming to babysit and then talked with the daughter and then we went over for a visit at their place. The girl is coming here for an hour tomorrow. My kids acted a bit silly and now I am paranoid that they will be judged and put down.
I can feel and see the differences already . This girl is interested in children and not boyfriends and is excited about bringing books to read with them etc.
I also have a good relationship with both of her parents, who are happily married.

Oh my, I need to relax.
I have 2 hours till we need to go to a doc appt for DS. It is for counselling thru the Children's Centre. He is anxious about going but I am hoping it will go well. He usually is great after the appt. Then we are going to my Grandma's to do her hair, then we need to pick up groceries and some paint samples for the livingroom.

My new BIG project will be to paint trim in the livingroon ( first) and the then the whole house.
I have 20 samples of white paint chips here. The new windows are an off white that seem to lean to grey. I want a warmer colour throughout the house so I am inclined to ignore the window vinyl and focus on the whole rooms. My colours are warm.

Right now I will clean the kitchen and vacuum the LR.

Many hugs!!

MELODY525
07-09-2007, 11:48 AM
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD

"A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present "Seven Wonders of the World." Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:

1. Egypt's Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter's Basilica
7. China's Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list.

The girl replied, "Yes, a little. I couldn't quite make up my mind because there were so many."

The teacher said, "Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.

The girl hesitated, then read, "I think the 'Seven Wonders of the World' are:

1. To See
2. To Hear
3. To Touch
4. To Taste
5. To Feel
6. To Laugh
7. And to Love."

The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous!

A gentle reminder -- that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man."


PS TO HOLLY~ I KNOW IT IS EASY FOR ANY ONE OF US TO GIVE ADVICE BUT.....EVERYTIME ONE OF THOSE "SCARY" THOUGHTS ENTERS YOUR HEAD PUSH IT OUT AS FAST AS IT CAME IN. DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT...JUST SHOVE IT AWAY FROM YOU AND PUT ANOTHER THOUGHT IN THERE INSTEAD!! WE AS HUMANS TEND TO DWELL ON THE SADNESS AND LET IT CONTINUALLY WASH ALL OVER US. THEREBY KEEPING THE FLAME OF NASTINESS ALIVE. SO GET ON YOUR BEST FIRE SUIT AND GRAB THE EXTINGUISHER AND SQUIRT WITH GREAT GUSTO...THIS TOO SHALL PASS.:carrot:

Hollyhock
07-09-2007, 12:00 PM
Thanks Mel I will!!!!!

MELODY525
07-09-2007, 12:02 PM
:cheer: go holly go :cheer:

carla49
07-09-2007, 04:56 PM
Holly, I knew you were getting over things when you told me to go jump in a lake. It gave me a good chuckle. :D And Mel's advice is pretty darned good, even though it might be more fun to :frypan:

Mel, I hate to burst your bubble, but that wasn't heat haze you saw hanging over the patio at Nepenthe... Check again and you'll see the few lunch patrons huddling in their cozy fleece jackets in the fog. :brr: Joy and I had remarkably clear, hot weather there for the month of June. It looks like the normal Big Sur summer clime is now back.

Here the humidity is back, and a fair amount of heat, but it's still grey and rainy. Everything feels just slightly damp. Yech! So I won't be jumping into any lakes until after the 3 days work I have starting tomorrow. Then it's clear sailing until end August. :beach:

Gotta go. More later. :wave: to all.

MELODY525
07-09-2007, 06:09 PM
CARLA AND HERE I THOUGHT IT WAS HAZE! :rofl: I COULD USE SOME COLD HERE. BUT THEY SAY BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. I AM HERE TO CONFESS SO IT'S GOOD I FOUND YOU HERE. I AM ON MY KNEES CONFESSING A FRAPPUCCINO. AND I HAD TO GO OUT IN THE HEAT TO GET IT TOO!!!! :lol3: I KNOW. BAD MELLIE
:tantrum: :tantrum: I WILL BE GOOD TOMORROW. WILLY WON'T LET ME ON THE BUS WITH ANY COFFEE. A FRIEND TOLD HIM TO CHECK MY GROCERY BAGS AND LET ME DRIVE MYSELF HOME! :faint:
ok gotta go sit with the accountant till 6:30
have a great night everyone and.....
:cofdate: GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE!!! HAVE A GREAT DAY SHADDIE!:hug:

ceejay52
07-09-2007, 06:38 PM
Mel-no more frappicino's. :nono:

Happy--I must have forgotten to log out of 3fc because I was actually in bed by 9.30 p.m. I wanted a good sleep so I could get up and ride the bike at 5.30 a.m. I rode 5 miles.

Holly--Hope the new sitter works out for you.

Carla-How's everything going with you?

I really need to go to the gym tonight but I am not going to force myself.

hugs to everyone.

MELODY525
07-09-2007, 07:11 PM
WHERE DID THE SUGAR POPS GO???
CEEJAY YOU CAN EDIT ALL YOU WANT BUT THOSE "POPS" ARE STILL IN MY MAILBOX ! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
WE WILL BOTH BE BETTER TOMORROW:dance:

Shad
07-10-2007, 03:32 AM
Quick note here. I'm dying to go to the loo and I also have to catch the bus home. The loo must come first and the bus goes at 4.30pm. I might need to get my running shoes on.

Mel - great advice to Hollyhock there. It wasn't foggy when I went to the link - it was pitch black instead and I could only see the lights on the verandah. It's a good link to keep. I enjoyed my time there.
Can't thank Carol enough for suggesting it. Wish we had time to do some tramping in the nearby national park as well. But that might be a next time job.

Gotta go. My bladder won't wait any longer. Back tomorrow.

Oh by the way if you see a new poster called Nita in here welcome her - she may like to join in our challenge. The thread she posts on is very quiet at the moment so I suggested she might like to challenge herself here.

See ya

carla49
07-10-2007, 08:48 AM
Morning, folks. It looks like the heat wave is going to smack into town today, probably only last three days since that's how many days I'll be working. Rats.

Mel, what brought on the frapp fit? Eyes doing too well?? Skin clearing up? :rofl: :rofl: Seriously, though, the caffeine challenge is a tough one. It's just a shame to have have gone thru the withdrawal headaches and then to start again. I'm still drinking a daily cappucino, which my diet allows. But if it would help, Mel, I'll swear off coffee too so you're not the only one deprived. Just let me know. Of course in exchange you'll have to give up wine and chocolate... (I know, you don't drink wine, and probably hate chocolate like Shad. It's the thought that counts.)

Shad, I had no idea you were pining (pun intended) for another walk in the woods! You'll have to keep that for your next visit to the Pacific coast area of CA. A great day trip from SF: across the GG bridge, down to Sausalito for lunch and shop crawling, then a ramble through Muir Woods. (Wouldn't have worked with our itinerary - wrong side of SF.)

Must go - have to wash and brush and hit the bricks.

:wave: to all.

MELODY525
07-10-2007, 08:49 AM
:welcome: NITA IF YOU ARE READING! THE MORE THE MERRIER!

SHAD~ HOPE YOU MADE IT TO THE LOO. RIDING ON A BUS WITH WET PANTS CAN BE A REAL DRAG. :rofl:
HAPPY TRAVELS!!

GOT UP EARLY AND I AM READY FOR SOME LIGHT FOOD SHOPPING. OUR WATER SMELLS LIKE WET MUD AND THEY KEEP SAYING EVERYTHING IS FINE. SO IT'S BOTTLED WATER STILL FOR ME!! AWOKE WITH ANXIETY. THAT'S THE CAFFEINE. SERVES ME RIGHT. ON TO THE NEXT CHALLENGE DAY. SEE YOU GALS TOMORROW.
HAPPY TUESDAY! :moped:

MELODY525
07-10-2007, 08:53 AM
OH CARLA....HERE WE ARE IN REAL TIME AGAIN. GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE!! ROFLMAO
SELF PITY I THINK IS WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE COFFEE :rofl: JUST BEING A SPOILED BRAT WAS ALL.
HAVE A GREAT DAY AND JFYI.....I LOVE CHOCOLATE AND EAT NOT ONLY MY SHARE BUT SHAD'S AS WELL! :lol3:
THANSK FOR THE GOOD THOUGHTS!! BUT YOU DON'T NEED TO GIVE UP YOUR CUP O' JOE. I NOW HAVE SOMEONE TO SNEER AT EVERY MORNING :rofl: :rofl:
HAVE A GREAT DAY :hug:

happy2bme
07-10-2007, 09:13 AM
Hey chicks.

The site is slow this morning and I'm really tired so it's just a quick :wave: for me.

Muir Woods is worth the trip.

Hollyhock
07-10-2007, 09:54 AM
Mornin Chicks!!

I have been sleeping well but have been feeling tired from allergies. I upped the meds yesterday and it was better.
Enjoyed Idol last night the guys were "on". It will be hard to see anyone go.

Made up a Shepards Pie with left over taters last night.

Met for 1.5 hours with DS's Psychologist. It was good. Always a bit heart wrenching. He will be going for group therapy in Sept, every Monday at 4 pm.It will be a juggle. The therapist was dreamy. Cute, fun, used great tools like talking about Worry Dragon's and ways we will learn to keep them away.

I unexpectedly went to a Township meeting last night to represent our hamlet. Our issue was 1st on the agenda at council!! Yippee. We got the terms we, as a hamlet, asked for for the sewer costs. we are still expected to pay but at a much lower rate and over 20 years not 10. Much eye rolling over having to rewrite the bylaw etc. Oh well.

Met with the new sitter at her home, with my kids yesyterday morning. Left her with a sheet of ideas/rules. Called and talked at length with her mom last night. Interestingly, this Mom basically undid everything that was said to me last week. She praised me for the way I talked with her daughter, set up communication etc. She was very positive about my kids. Thanked me at length.
Balance is always nice.
The new sitter is coming this morning for an hour. I will go over to the next town and pick up paint samples. The paint store in the city was simply not there. I came home and googled "Benjamin Moore" and it turns out the local lumber store carries the paint. Too funny.:lol:

The mom/wife that lived next door to my childhood home died yesterday. There is visitation tonight. My parents will pick me up on the way.
I had really wanted a night at home but things have turned out differently 2 nights in a row.
I work tomorrow night. Thursday night i will need to pack to go camping for the weekend up at hubby's parents for a reunion.

Need to get a move on here.

ceejay52
07-10-2007, 09:56 AM
Nita--if you are lurking come in and join us.

Shad--I hope you made it to the loo. That's one thing I don't like about the fluid pills.

Mel I havemy goals in my journal. The one I really want to accomplish today is 10,000 steps on the pedometer.

Happy I understand about this sight. Lately it's been doing okay. I think I was trying to post when they were backing up there work.

Carla and Holly--:wave:hope your day goes as planned.

Hollyhock
07-10-2007, 12:29 PM
Ruth will get a good chuckle. Rural Ontario at it's best- We have a 12 millions dollar debenture deal on the table at Council. Our councillor from Ward 2 was not there. The Mayor opens the meeting and says "oh yeah...Laurence is gone fishing." Nice to know our rep is taking things so seriously.

I managed to shower eat and tidy up a bit. Went and picked up the new sitter, left her here for an hour, picked out some paint samples, came back.
DS cried because i came home too soon. A very good sign. Both kids went on and on about how much they liked her!! Oh goody!!

I want to sweep, swiffer and mop at least 1 bedroom floor. We are going to the splash pad with another family around 1pm.

HUGS!!!

MELODY525
07-10-2007, 05:31 PM
CEEJAY~ YOU GOT ME TO THINKING ABOUT BOB GREENE AGAIN. NOT SURE IF I SHARED THESE TOW ADDIES WITH YOU BEFORE SO I'LL POST THEM AGAIN. GOING TO TRY THIS AGAIN STARTING THIS WEEK. GOOD LUCK WITH THE WALK! :running:


http://www2.oprah.com/health/bob/bestlife/challenge/challenge_breakfast.jhtml

http://www2.oprah.com/health/bob/bestlife/bestlife_oprah_7day.jhtml

HAPPY!!! :wave: WAVING A HAND RIGHT BACK AT OUR SOUTHERN BELLE!! SOME WEBSITES HAVE BEEN PATHETICALLY SLOW FOR ME AS WELL!! MISS YA!!! ;hug:

HOLLY~ SEE... IT WILL ALL COME OUT RIGHT IN THE END.

Shad
07-10-2007, 06:45 PM
Computers - the bane of the modern world. :lol3: :lol3:
I used my beautiful new laptop in the Qantas Club lounge last week. It seemed to be going alright so I stuck in the also new external disc drive and blam, whang everything went black. I could get the dratted thing to restart at all. Cursed and swore and called R the tame computer bod who was not answering his mobile. Here on Groote I pulled out the battery, shook everything around and plugged it back in. No life. Tried again and again and again and eventually, hallelujah I have life. Computer is going fine except it now gives me a boot message which it never did before. But it goes. I pulled up all my phots from the camera and it works fine. Wait until you see some of this lot :eek::eek::fr::fr::yay::yay: Anyway I digress.
I plugged the external back in and guess what. Everything goes black. So back to the drawing board. It's obviously the external doing the damage. I read the little manual this morning and it seems that where the power supply is not sufficientl, the drive will do this. So, the question must now be asked - are they lowering the power supply just enough that it is not a problem for the normal item, but if you try to attach too much grunt to it, whammo! It never caused me any problem in Townsville. I must ask Robbie.

To get back to the pictures. I think I have the photos of the Victoria Butterfly House and the Butchart Gardens almost ready to upload. Another night playing around with the folder should do it. Then I can upload them to Webshots and you will all see where I've been. Some of the others will also be ready for viewing and I will try to upload them over the weekend. Can't guarantee too much as I will be busy packing for Perth, going to the hairdressier and consulting with the gym, not to mention talking to the Dentist as well.

Holly - Glad to hear things are sorting themselves out at last. That's good news.

Mel - Water smells like wet mud. :eek: eeeeewwwwwwww. Go food shopping but no stopping off at the local coffee bar y'hear. Otherwise I will send my external disc drive over to blow up your computer!

Carla - always up for a good tramp. (that's what you call hiking and not the old fashioned hobo - we in NZ call it tramping. In Aus it is bush walking). However, there wasn't space or time. We will do it next time, just to prove we can. I was going to walk the GG Bridge but ran out of time. I had plenty of exercise in SF with the GG Park and its 50 block borders and then walking back to Alamo Square, plus the traipsing all over town as well. Actually it isn't a bad city to walk in. The hills can be a bit steep, but I've lived in Wellington NZ they are just as hilly there, in fact more so.

Have a good day all!! :wave:

PainterWoman
07-10-2007, 11:00 PM
Greetings.
Shad: So glad you made it to the loo (it seemed like a close call the way you wrote it, and with my age, slowed speed or something, I totally relate to concerns about starting THAT journey in time!!) Thanks, too for the accolade.
I am, however, bummed out that there was no weight loss (yet) this week. I've decided to switch my weigh-in day to Wednesdays. So I'm hoping tomorrow will dawn bright AND light.

Mel: Thanks for the Nepenthe cam. I was there perhaps when I was 13 and it looked JUST the same. I think my parents assumed Elizabeth Taylor would be sitting at the next table, but we didn't see anyone we recognized. (Nobody recognized ME, either.)

Happy: Glad things are on a better footing. Some acquaintences, and even FRIENDS can be dangerous to one's esteem. That's just how things seem to be. I wish you more and more confidence, yet without rigidity. Mel's advice is definitely worth taking to heart. (I still work on it.)

It rained AGAIN tonight. I'd think I was in Hawaii or someplace tropical. This could be the wettest summer in Texas ever (not that I mind.)

Any recommendations for low calorie FILLING snacks would be welcome. DD recommended split toasted English muffins with laughing cow cheese spread on each half (160 cal). And I have cold, cooked, spiced edamame beans. (I wish I knew how to sort of dry-roast them... any recommendations?

Off to my knitting.

Ruthxxx
07-11-2007, 08:05 AM
Checking in and eating a ww English muffin spread with Laughing Cow. Yummy - especially with a dab of sugar free marmalade! :)

Yesterday was a WORK day in spades but the schoolwork is all judged and mounted for display. :cb: It was hotter than Hades upstairs in the Fair Hall but we survived. I got a good part of the documentation done in the PM too!

In a few minutes I'm off to Brockville to see the ortho about my frassing knee! The three shots of synovial fluid did not do a darn thing! I'm not sure what he'll recommend but it sure is a long wait for replacement. I want to do some travelling and can't really schedule anything. I may just bite the bullet and do it. Scotch and Aleve will see me through. Of course, losing 20 pounds would help but that just ain't happening. :(

Gotta dash as I'm not dressed and the appointment is in an hour with a half hour drive to get there! "See yez later!" :wave:

happy2bme
07-11-2007, 09:53 AM
Warm and very humid this morning. You can't dry off after a shower and you do get the impression you are slowly melting. Ugh.

Have not been sleeping well for some reason so I'm really tired lately. Which makes me poke along and be late too which agrrivates me even further.

Sorry to hear about the knee Ruth. Is the joint worn or do you have no more cartilage? That's a terrible kind of pain. I admire you for pushing through it.

Painter - can't say that I can recommend FILLING snacks but anything with protein will stave off the hungries - a hard boiled egg (better still toss half the yokes out and make deviled eggs). An apple with a dab of peanut butter is one of my favorites. Lo cal string cheese. Baked chips and salsa. Cool, crisp veggies with a LF ranch dressing dip. I also find that the peanut flavor Fiber One bars are not only tasty but help me make that stretch between breakfast and lunch. And the extra fiber helps too. Sorry that there are no cheesy, goey, chocolately things that we'd REALLY like to eat - just have to slowly change the tastes around.

The You on a Diet book recommends eating 20 almonds or 12 walnut halves 30 minutes before your meals and you'll eat less. I have tried that and it works. It also helps if you make something that is more on the so-so side instead of spectacularly tasty :lol:

I've run out of time - sorry I can't speak to the rest. Hugs to Shad, Mel, Meadow, Carla, Holly, Madcat and the rest of the chicks.

Hi Ceejay - I see you peeking in now :D

ceejay52
07-11-2007, 10:02 AM
Ruth- sorry to hear of your knee pain.

PW--I make cinnamon toast, but use Splenda instead of real sugar.

Mel--Thanks for the information about Bob. Most of this information is what is on his websight. I cancelled that memebership.

hello to every one else. :wave:

Made all but two goals yesterday. I did eat after 7 p.m. and didn't make it to the gym. My excuse was to go to the grocery store. The pedometer showed 10,198 steps or 2.7 miles. I have healthy things to eat today with very little meat. I'm leaving beef out of my menu for awhile. The doctor says I probably have some food allergies. I'm add it back in later to see. I also have to check dairy and wheat.

ceejay52
07-11-2007, 10:05 AM
Hi Happy--I will try the almonds and walnuts.

Hollyhock
07-11-2007, 10:16 AM
I was up, breakfasted and had washed the upstairs floors by 9am!!Still need to clean the kitchen.
The visitation last night was bittersweet. Got to see the kids of the kids I grew up with and lots of old neighbours and childhood friends. Very sad that this woman has passed. It was sudden. She felt funny and went for a nap and never woke up. She stopped breathing.
I work 11:30-7:30. I made extra BBQ chicken last night for supper for tonight for the troops. The kids will go to our regular after school sitter in the hamlet on Wednesdays now. DS is afraid of being bored. DD is thrilled. DS will be happy to be at home here with the new sitter on Thurs and Fri. He will have to adjust.DD would rather be out socializing.

Hello's to Ceejay, Ruth , Happy, PW, Shad, Miss Mel and all the other worldly gals.

Wondering if Shad has posted her North American tour pics somewhere yet????

MELODY525
07-11-2007, 10:49 AM
I JUST SUBSCRIBED TO THE NEW 3FC NEWSLETTER. CAN'T WAIT FOR THE FIRST ISSUE. WAITING FOR THE BUG MAN. IT;S THAT TIME OF THE MONTH! :rofl: THE EXTERMINATOR IS A WELCOME SIGHT THESE DAYS WITH THAT FACTORY BEING TORN DOWN. EVERYONE IS WORRIED ABOUT BUGS :yikes: I DECIDED TO MAKE THE POT ROAST TODAY. DREARY AND VERY HUMID OUT SO IT'S GOPOD TO FIND THINGS TO DO INDOORS:dance:
HAPPPY WEDNESDAY:moped:

SHAD~ MY PC TORTURES ME ENOUGH WITHOUT YOU SENDING ANY MOR WHAMMIES IN IT'S DIRECTION:rollpin: KEEP YOUR BUGS TO YOURSELF!!! :rofl: BUT I AM SORRY TO HEAR THAT THE PC ACTS UP WHEN THE TWO ARE CONNECTED. THESE ELECTRONIC THINGS SEEM TO HAVE MINDS OF THEIR OWN. GOOD LUCK! LOOKING FORWARD TO THE PICTURES. MAYBE BY THEN I CAN SEE THEM :lol3:

PAINTER~ SORRY ABOUT THE SCALE BUT DON'T LET IT GET TO YOU. SOME WEEKS THE SCALE MOVES ON A DIFFERENT DAY! CARLA GAVE ME THE WEBCAM SITE AND I LOOK EVERY DAY TO SEE IF THERE ARE PEOPLE THERE:rofl: FOR SNACKS: COTTAGE CHEESE & CUT UP FRUIT, WASA BREAD AND ASSORTED CHEESES, LAUGHING COW CHEESE AND VEGGIES, SLICED TURKEY AND CHEESE ROLL-UPS AND THE OLD STANDBY...YOPLAIT LOWFAT YOGURT.

RUTH~ SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE SHOTS NOT WORKING. HOPE HE CAN FIND SOMETHING THAT DOES. GOOD LUCK!

HAPPY~ HUMID HERE TOO BUT NOT AS BAD AS YOU GUYS ARE GETTING....STEAMBATH! :faint: THE AIR IS PROBABLE GETTING TO YOU....THE QUALITY HAS NOT BEEN GREAT. SOME OF THE OFFICE STAFF ARE SAYING THEIR SLEEP ISN'T ALL THAT GREAT. SENDING :hug:


CEEJAY~ I HAVE A GRIEND THAT BECOMES A MEMEBER TO EVERY SITE THERE IS AND THEN QUICKLY PRINTS OUT ALL THE INFO AND RECIPES SHE WANTS AND THEN CANCELS :rofl: GOOD LUCK WITH THE NUTS! :dance:

HOLLY~ ONE DAY YOU WILL LEARN TO READ AND ANSWER ALL OF OUR POSTS AND THEN SEE THAT SHAD IS TRYING BUT HAVING SOME PC PROBLEMS:faint:

Meadow
07-11-2007, 01:27 PM
Sprouted wheat bread, my newest find. Lower on the glycemic index and the body sees it as good fuel rather than sugar like the floury white stuff. It has been hot here and getting hotter every day. We have been boating and pooling:carrot:

Mel-hope your eyes are clearing:hug: I signed up for the newsletter too, can't miss it up there in the center top of the page and I was intrigued to see they will be including recipes which I just adore reading. I get cookbooks out of the library just to see what other people put together. I hope the bugs don't get comfortable in your building and the bye-bye team smokes them into oblivion without any residual mist bothering you :o:dizzy:

Shad-Oh my! I thought my computer was a frustration and all I'm dealing with is what the buttons do :lol: I'm sorry your system is frying out. Must be a byte conversation that can't happen, trust you to get technology that can't understand one another :lol3: Sorry, with all that you need your computer for it just figures that there would be a hitch. I sincerely hope you get it sorted. Looking forward to seeing your pictures. Did you enjoy the flight over from the island into Vancouver? I bet it was a doozie ;)

Happy-I miss your mom too :^: I always enjoy hearing about her visits. We who are without live vicariously through your relationship, I hope you gave her big hugs from 3FC:hug: I'm sorry you aren't sleeping well. Lavender is my favorite solution. A little lavender oil added to your hair conditioner makes a delicious waft around you while you are sleeping. Try a fan on low blowing across you while you are sleeping, works better than the A/C and the hum is soothing. Don't melt, drink lots :D

Holly-life, never simple is it? Good luck with the new babysitter. To find someone good you often have to see what is bad out there. You aren't what other people say about you, remember that, you are what you believe. So smile hugely and enjoy your working time and the kids and all the good that comes your way.

Ceejay-way to go on the walking! I hope you figure out what the food allergy might be.

Ruth-:hug: I hope the knee gets fixed up and you feel more mobile. Good to hear work is going so well, regardless of the heat oppression ;)

Painter-lots of fruit out there for snacking. I like cutting up a watermelon into chunks and keeping it in a glass bowl and let the kids scoop out a little bowl when they are peckish. I find hubby and I are more apt to take a nibble too if it is already cut up. I too thought your journal was colourful and a wonderful idea. Did you see that movie with Queen Latifah and her possibilites book? I think she changed it to an actuality book at the end.

Carla-are you getting whistful for Shad? She sounds like she is up for another wander around with you. Are you home for awhile? Have the kitties taken to the new scratching post location? or are they going to claw your new chair to bits when it lands in "their" spot? Creatures of habit you know, beware :lol3: ;)

:wave: Happy summer fun time for everybody :flow1::flow2:

Go Chickies, Go chickies!:cb::sunny::cheer:

Shad
07-11-2007, 07:42 PM
Hiya,
Writing this on the run as I am waiting for a man (isn't that always the case?) to come and pick me up and take me off to some section of the mine so I can train his people on the job.

Holly - sorry to hear about the old friend who died. Don't know why but funerals and weddings seem to be just about the only time I get to see and talk to old friends and family. Can't think why I just don't get in touch more regularly.
I haven't yet posted any pics. I'm still working on it, but will do at least some over the weekend. It all takes time. I'm getting them prepared while I am here and will get them up over the weekend

Painter - weight loss is often difficult to pin down. That is why I measure as well. I may very well have lost inches and not lost any weight whatsoever. It's a long painful process and we have to be strong :strong: if we are to achieve and not give up because we haven't lost this week or this month.

Ceejay - Sometimes we just have to keep working on the allergies. Actually I eat little beef preferring lamb, chicken or fish or pork. It's all to do with where and how the beef is raised. Some get antibiotics and hormones to increase growth and that is one of my biggest no no's because I don't believe it is necessary.

Poor Ruth - sore knees again. Come over for the weekend and I'll prop you up in my hammock and you can soak up some gentle sun (it's our winter and not so hot) and we will rub in goanna oil - guaranteed to fix whatever is wrong with you.

Mel - waiting for the bug man. :woohoo: such excitement in our lives. See I told you we were all waiting for THE MAN.

Madcat - still keeping you in my thoughts. Hope you can update the conditions of the patients soon.

Gotta go. The man is finally here!

Shad
07-11-2007, 07:48 PM
No he isn't! Someone else instead to keep me on my toes.

Meadow - sprouted wheat bread! Sounds good. I must look out for some here - well not on Groote since there isn't a bakery here - at home maybe.
No idea what is causing the problem between the computer and the external drive. It worked okay at Townsville. I will try it at home before I contact the techie - it may be power levels.

Carla has three days of work in front of her. She will be back. Meantime, I'll be in touch tomorrow as and when I can. I have a 4 hour layover in Darwin, so I should be able to log in from there.

See ya

MELODY525
07-11-2007, 07:54 PM
SHAD YOU'RE WAITING FOR A MAN TO COME AND WHISK YOU OFF TO A DARK CORNER OF A MINE?? HOW LUCKY CAN YOU GET!! MINE ON THE OTHER HAND ONLY SPRAYED ME!! :rofl: :rofl: AND NO....I WON'T EVEN GO THERE :lol3: :lol3: HOPE YOUR EXPERIENCE WAS MUCH NICER THAN MINE!! :dance:

MEADOW!! HELLO CHICA!!! I LOVE TO READ RECIPES TOO. CUT THEM OUT. SAVE THEM. AND THEN 5 YEARS LATER TOSS THEM OUT UNMADE....LIKE MY BED!!!;lol3:
I WOULD LOVE TO BE WITH YOU BOATING NAND POOLING :swim: BUT INSTEAD I WILL HAVE TO SITH HERE AND BE WITH YOU IN SPIRIT :beach: EVERYONE IS TELLING ME THAT THEY LOVE EZEKIEL BREAD 4:9. IF I EVER FIND IT, I WILL TRY IT!! I THINK IT'S SPELT OR SPELDT BREAD. I REALLY MUST GIVE IT A LOOK SEE!! DOWS YOURS HAVE A BRAND NAME???

I AM WRITING TONITE CAUSE I MIGHT BE WORKING FOR THE NEXT 2 DAYS AND CANNOT BE HERE AND THERE. TOO MUCH EYE ACTIVITY. SO IF I GO MISSING YOU KNOW WHERE I AM. BE BACK OVER THE WEEKEND. STAY WELL. STAY OUT OF TROUBLE TOO!! KEEP AN EYE ON SHADDIE...SHE'S GETTING A WEE BIT FRISKY WITH THESE MEN AND THEIR BOOZY HABITS!! :belly:

MELODY525
07-11-2007, 07:56 PM
CARLA HAS 3 DAYS LEFT? OK THEN I AM SENDING HER SOME :hug: TO KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!! AT LEAST I KNOW SHE'S NOT OUT THERE CAROUSING AROUND!!!!!!

MELODY525
07-11-2007, 08:42 PM
Ezekiel 4:9 bread
Now sprouting in a freezer near you!
Itís not bread; itís mythology. A nutty sandwich bread that contains absolutely no flour, Ezekiel 4:9 takes its recipe from a Bible verse that reads: " Take also unto thee wheat and barley and beans and lentils and millet and spelt and put them into one vessel and make bread of it. " In 1945, Leon, a baker at Rainier Natural Bakery in the Pacific Northwest, read that verse and said " Uh, okay, " and Ezekiel 4:9 bread was born. Leonís recipe calls for the six grains and legumes to be soaked in water and sprouted. He adds yeast and salt, and voilŗ: a bread thatís high in protein (similar to that in milk and eggs), low in carbohydrates (that means you, Atkins dieters), easy to digest, and full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. No sugar, no preservatives, no shortening, no cholesterol. And it tastes good, too.

A few years ago, after a half-century of keeping Leonís recipe to itself, Rainier sold it to the exceedingly energetic Food for Life people, who expanded the line-up (Cinnamon Raisin Sprouted Grain Bread, Genesis 1:29 Sprouted Grain Bread), trademarked the catchphrase " The Live Grain Difference, " and got it into the freezer section at Bread & Circus. Thatís right ó the freezer section. (How else would you store a bread with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives?) It toasts beautifully, and you never have to worry about using up the loaf before it goes bad.

One could even call it inspired.

carla49
07-11-2007, 09:01 PM
Hi folks! Just visiting for a quick lurk. Can't wait for some of that yummy sprouted bread!
Another :goodscale day today - it's bound to slow or stop soon, especially since I sure would like to get me some chocolate, but I'm enjoying riding the wave. I'm at my lowest weight in 2 years, only 4 pounds more and I'm half-way to goal! :yay: :yay: :yay: :yay:
Too tired for more tonight, but I should be back tomorrow. And Friday I have a massage booked - first one in over 4 years... I'll be soooo relaxed. :cloud9:

Meadow
07-11-2007, 10:19 PM
:wave: The naturally sprouted bread I've been eating says it was made without flour. It is called "Healthy Way" I have the "Flax loaf" lots of lovely little squirrel food in it :p

Found a website address on the bag www.healthywaybread.com

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/sprout_1.gif

PainterWoman
07-12-2007, 12:09 AM
Checking in and eating a ww English muffin spread with Laughing Cow. Yummy - especially with a dab of sugar free marmalade!

- a hard boiled egg (better still toss half the yokes out and make deviled eggs). An apple with a dab of peanut butter is one of my favorites. Lo cal string cheese. Baked chips and salsa. Cool, crisp veggies with a LF ranch dressing dip. I also find that the peanut flavor Fiber One bars are not only tasty but help me make that stretch between breakfast and lunch. And the extra fiber helps too. ..
The You on a Diet book recommends eating 20 almonds or 12 walnut halves 30 minutes before your meals and you'll eat less. I have tried that and it works. It also helps if you make something that is more on the so-so side instead of spectacularly tasty :lol:

PW--I make cinnamon toast, but use Splenda instead of real sugar.

COTTAGE CHEESE & CUT UP FRUIT, WASA BREAD AND ASSORTED CHEESES, LAUGHING COW CHEESE AND VEGGIES, SLICED TURKEY AND CHEESE ROLL-UPS AND THE OLD STANDBY...YOPLAIT LOWFAT YOGURT.

Thanks to you all for your suggestions! I only found out about the laughing cow spreadable cheese when DD was here earlier in the month. Yummy. She also got Bunny Grahams in the high-priced "health food" section of the grocery store. They are miniscule cookies, but you CAN have 24 of them in a serving. MINISCULE. But you have to go slow and count them!!

Ezekiel 4:9 bread
What a lot of info you found.

In spite of greater hopes of weight loss by today, I not only did the late night eating thing Monday, but I DID IT AGAIN LAST NIGHT.
What do you gals think about the reality/possibility of self-sabotage? I mean, I was SO happy with my stars and stickers last week, but this week:
I could perfectly well have gone to bed, but I stayed up, ostensibly to have more lemonade because I was thirsty...
but then:
Eng. muffin and cheese (which would have still been under my daily 1500 cal.
next: entire container of potato salad (3 official servings worth) @ 630 cal
next: 18 (!) choc mint cups (3 were a serving @ 190) @ 1140 cal.

Leaving my day's total at 3269.:devil::devil:
WTF? :censored:(Excuse my "French" I've been IMing with DS.)

And of course, I didn't want to have breakfast because I was mad/undeserving/embarrassed, etc. etc.

I also thought I was the "worst person in the world" because surely nobody else who's been trying to lose weight has EVER done such stupid things.

If you have feedback, (isn't it funny that there's "feeding" in feedback?) I'd be glad to hear it.:listen:

Other than the residual negativity from yesterday today was a good day. I got to the gym, realized that I AM feeling less tired, though still sore sometimes... and most of my knee pain is gone as long as I keep taking the anti-inflammatory med.

I don't know how much this afternoon's thunderstorms dropped her but I bet it was several inches. MONSOONS in Texas. Lots of lightning which meant flashing signals (which meant traffic was at a crawl on the way home). But I was very glad I was NOT part of the 8 car pile up on a surface street. (Just goes to show you how rainy it was... hardly ever see that many accordioned cars except on a major highway. I bet it sounded like a machine gun when they crashed: bang bang bang bang bang bang bang:stars:

:rain::rain::rain:

Shad
07-12-2007, 01:58 AM
Sounds healthy to me! And I understood that Spelt was a type of flour or meal which was used to bind all the ingredients together. Might be wrong.

Believe it or not, I'm still waiting for the man. Oh I did ring him and got an apology because he thought it was this afternoon not this morning (until he opened his calendar!!!) so I have said I will do this thing between 2.30 and 4.30 when the bus goes. He has 6 minutes to make it here on time. CLOCKWATCHING !!!! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Well Done Carla. That is awesome.

Okay, I'll go stand in wait for my little man and see if he comes to the aid of the party this time. He has 2 minutes and counting.

MELODY525
07-12-2007, 12:41 PM
I THOUGHT I'D SHARE AN E-MAIL FROM WORK!
HAPPY THURSDAY! :moped:

'True' Friendship-
None of that Sissy Crap-

Are you tired of those sissy 'friendship' poems that always sound good, But never actually come close to reality?

Well, here is a series of promises that actually speak of true friendship.

You will see no cutesy little smiley faces on this card-

Just the stone cold truth of our great friendship.


1. When you are sad -- I will help you get drunk and plot revenge against the sorry ******* who made you sad.


2. When you are blue -- I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.


3. When you smile -- I will know you are plotting something that I must be involved in.


4. When you are scared -- I will rag on you about it every chance I get.


5. When you are worried -- I will tell you horrible stories about how much Worse it could be until you quit whining.


6. When you are confused -- I will use little words.


7. When you are sick -- Stay the h*ll away from me until you are well again. I don't want whatever you have.


8. When you fall -- I will point and laugh at your clumsy azz.


9. This is my oath.... I pledge it to the end.

'Why?' you may ask; 'because you are my friend'.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:

Friendship is like peeing your pants.
Everyone can see it but only you can feel it's warmth!

Hollyhock
07-12-2007, 11:17 PM
soooooooooooo tired. Meeting /work/ errands/oil change/supper/soccer/laundry...........I am done!!

Work tomorrow from 9-3 and then groceries , supper, and packing to go camping for the weekend with all hubby's kinfolk.

Many hugs.

I do read every single word of every single post here.Just spent 20 min reading todays.

PainterWoman
07-13-2007, 01:27 AM
Mel--- that friendship/peeing remark made me SNORT!!
I had a good day today. Skipped Curves. (Decided alternate days is probably enough for now.). Actually wasn't very hungry, but had yogurt (Dannon's fit and lean which is about the only one that doesn't have tons o' sugar) and apple and vegetable chicken with cashews. And felt good about having angel food cake with raspberry puree. Haven't checked calorieking yet.

Knit all afternoon at my local yarn shop. It was like a half day vacation.

happy2bme
07-13-2007, 01:55 AM
Awww man, I tried to do a quote and lost what I had been composing for the last 20 minutes :mad:

This will be the shortened version as I am really tired right now.

Hello Painter. I see you're on right now. Good for you for making good choices today. Go to Curves every day. It's only 30 minutes. Then you can have a bigger slice of cake :lol: Yes, I think you and I could have a long conversation about self sabotage. I am still trying to understand the why's of it all.

Have fun camping Holly. Wish I was going too. I miss not camping.

Thanks for the blurb Mel - I especially loved number 3 :D Here's one for you...

Why did they kick the elephants off the beach?

Because they were walking around with their trunks down. :rofl: :rofl:

Carla - that's incredible. :yay: :yay: :yay: So happy about the weight loss so far. Keep up the great work!

Meadow - another adorable graphic from you. Thanks for the kind words about my mum. Would you like me to ship you the contents of my refrigerator which contained lots of little baggies of things she didn't finish but couldn't quite toss out - stuff like 2 bites of a hamburger and 4 french fries, a half of sandwich on really soggy bread, and my favorite so far - 1 chopped up chicken tender and a spoonful of cole slaw. :dunno: On the serious side, she had a cancerous growth removed from the side of her face and is doing fine. it was just a tiny mole that the arm of her glasses kept rubbing against. Didn't bother her at all but when the doctor did a biopsy it needed to come out. So I ask you all to be mindful of those things.

Geez Shad - going into the mine to train people? How does that work? Do they have computers in the mine? Eek - just the thought of going in there gives me the heebie jeebies. :yikes:

Ruth - hope the knee is feeling better. Why do you have to wait so long for the replacement? Good for you for keeping active!

I agree with you about the antibiotics in the meat Shad. Organics are getting more popular here and I believe they have a line of better meat that is growth hormone and antibiotic free. Gosh they won't give you antibiotics for a cold and here maybe all we had to do was go eat a steak or two :dizzy:

I've been getting home late and eating on the run. Nibbled on a few jelly beans at work too and was quickly reminded of just how bad sugar is for you - and I only had about 12 tiny beans. Work is a little stressful right now and I'm looking for a diversion. I'll be nibbling on almonds and cherries tomorrow instead.

That's unfortunate that Bob Greene has cashed into the Oprah money train. I liked him from long ago - always thought that he was very practical in his diet programs and he was one of the first to recognize emotional eaters. Sorry to hear that he's charging up the wazootie for everything now.

Ceejay - did you get flooded out? Alot of the rain has been going south of us or north up by you. Good luck with the best life plan. To me it's just another flavor of the Super Foods diet.

Ok, I really have to go to bed now, I'm doing more yawning than typing. Sweet dreams everyone.

Meadow
07-13-2007, 02:13 AM
:wave: Just thought I would pop in :D Personal mantras? I've heard one is needed in order to progress in this life with serenity and solid, focussed direction :P So my personal mantra is " I don't require anyone's permission to react, do, be anyway other than whichever way I chose, in any given moment of the day :lol3: In other words, pfft and double pfft on anyone, anywhere who wants to judge me. I'm doing okay. Did I mention it is hot here? breaking records. I'm going to stretch now and breathe.

Meadow
07-13-2007, 02:16 AM
Happy-tidbits from the fridge you can bin. I'm sure your mother fully intended to nibble on them but you kept her too occupied with your lovely presence that she forgot. :hug: Swim on brave dolphin sister :D

carla49
07-13-2007, 01:53 PM
Hmmm.... when last heard from Shad was waiting for a little man before going down into a mine. Should we be sending a search party??? ;)
As for the flourless bread, Shad, I pondered that one for a while too, and finally decided they must mean that there is no ground grain, just sprouted bits that have been ground or pulverized or whatever, so not technically flour. Maybe Meadow can clarify that one for us? :?:

Happy, I'm glad your mom had her skin cancer removed - they're pretty harmless if caught in time, and it really is important to check on moles and whatnot. My neighbour had an itchy spot in the corner of her eye, turned out to be skin cancer on the tear duct; it was removed and she's fine. If she hadn't been insistent, her GP wouldn't have ever sent her to the eye specialist, and who knows what would have happened. She keeps telling me to wear sunglasses when I'm in the sun, and not to forget the sunscreen. A good message for all of us. :cool:
As for Ruth's surgery, the sad truth about our health system is the lengthy wait times. There are just too many people waiting for hip and knee replacements or even cataract surgery, and the ressources aren't there. The situation is better for critical emergency situations - usually - but very annoying for anything considered elective or non-life-threatening.

Meadow, I love your graphics and steal them often. :s:
I checked out the link for the bread, and would be delighted to try some, but they don't mention where to buy it. Is it just a BC thing? I know I can get sprouted breads at the health food store and the hippy section of the supermarket, but they tend to be a little high in calories for my diet right now. I'm slightly ashamed to say I've resorted to buying one of those light breads. It's not as silly as Hollywood bread, which is so thin you can't make a sandwich with it, just thinner than the regular and not such large slices. It's surprisingly good and comes in whole wheat or multigrain, lots of fiber, 90 cal for 2 slices.

Painter, I know exactly what you mean with the self-sabotage. Right now my weight-loss effort is going well, but it sure isn't always that way. It's amazing how we're able to "forget" that we shouldn't have the insert food porn of your choice here but there are ways to outwit the hungry devil :devil: within. Some of the things I've been doing this round:
- I eat the same breakfast every day, and never skip it;
- If I'm going to work I make my lunch the night before and take it with me;
- I write everything down, not the calories but a simple food exchange system, with specific amounts of each food group allowed;
- I eat very simple dinners, grilled meat or fish and mountains of lightly steamed 'free' vegetables;
- I've completely dropped certain things - alcohol and sweets :cry: - for the duration. Much easier than controlling quantities...
- If I absolutely must have a treat, I try to stick to fairly harmless stuff, like a nonfat cappucino (sorry Mel!) or a whole bunch of fresh berries or watermelon. I also often steam extra veg like green beans or zucchini, which taste almost caramelized when cooled down and make a yummy sweet night time treat...

I also realized that when I do well like you did with your quick 8 pounds off, several things happen: I get cocky and think dieting's easy; I have a tendency to want to reward myself; I get discouraged because I should be looking thinner and don't; I get very discouraged when there's no loss the next week, decide there's no point, and start shovelling the food in... But I've also discovered that if I listen really, really hard, there is always a little voice :angel: telling me what road I should be taking - it's just hard to hear it over all the mental whining and justification and self-pity going on.
Oh - one final thing: we really have to forgive ourselves for the days where we just go nuts and eat everything in sight, and go right back to clean eating. Otherwise we fall further into that self-sabotage trap.

Sorry, everyone, for that long post. If you tell me to go take a hike I promise not to preach again. And I think I'll email myself what I just wrote for the next time I trip myself.
Now I must get ready for my massage (yay!!), and still haven't responded to everyone, but for now I'll just say hi to Mel, Holly, Ruth, Madcat, Ceejay, Suzi, and whoever I've forgotten this time.

Shad
07-13-2007, 05:54 PM
Morning all
And a very cold morning it is too in Brisbane. Yep, I am home for the weekend and then going to Perth on Monday night to start work on the Tuesday.
Had a long flight home yesterday, made even longer at the end by the fact that my mobile phone would not register a location and remained on emergency for well over an hour after I got off the flight. I knew DB2 was picking me up but couldn't get hold of him. The phone would not scroll through numbers and would not call. When I finally found a phone box, I couldn't get through to the DB2 - his phone appeared to be in use. I couldn't get hold of DS2 because he was at work with his phone switched off. Eventually I had the brainwave of getting hold of the niece who is ALWAYS at the end of her phone and she relayed messages that meant that DB2 and I managed to meet up - 1 hour after my plane had landed. He was not happy and neither was I. I'll have to make time for the phone company today or tomorrow.

Happy - there are surface or open cast mines which means one does not have to go down the pit and such is the case on Groote. However when I said I was going into the mine I meant one of the mine areas such as the workshop or the concentrator or the primary crusher. There aren't too many computers on the actual face of the mine itself. However my man did show up 30 mins late. He has a large problem in his area in that one of the cocrete and steel columns which holds up the beams to the workshop decided that now was a good time to start to collapse. This meant two of the beams shifted which put pressure on all the other columns which are at present trying to imitate the leaning tower of Pisa. A fairly major situation. No computer time today. They are not sure whether it was caused by the blasting which was carried out on Monday night or by water erosion. At the moment it is leaning (pun not intended) toward water seepage and years of neglect.

Carla - good advice there to Painter and stuff which we should all take on board. Might be a good idea to print and attach to fridge.

Painter - one of the things I have learned about dieting and weight loss is that it is long term, discouraging, painful, invasive and bloody hard. We have to learn that when we digress we must forgive, forget and move on. If I have a bad day, and there have been many of them, I just get up the next morning and start as if it had never happened. Alzheimers of the stomach!!!
Just keep on keeping on. Keep up that exercise. It's very hard to begin, but if you stop, just watch that weight pour back on!!!!!! :yikes: Be kind to yourself, forgive the transgressions and keep going. One step, one day, one mouthful at a time and keep up the journalling. It does help.

Okay, with that, I had better go do something. I have an appointment at the gym at 9.30 and 10.30. 1.30 Hairdressing appointment. I have to get a little bit of food in, I have to talk to the Dentist, I need to go to the phone shop and there is footy on tonight and the DB2 is coming around for that. I also need to talk to a couple of friends, write some emails and do some housework. The DS2 is not good at that!!!!! Monday is the accountant, I also must talk to the DS1 and the DB1 and see how they are going. And I need to pack enough stuff to see me through at least 6 weeks in Perth. It will be that long before I can get back here again.

See ya

MELODY525
07-13-2007, 07:49 PM
HOLLY~ ENJOY THE WEEKEND CAMP FEST!! HOPE THE INLAWS ARE BETTER THAN MY OWN DD'S! :rofl:
MAYBE ALL US CHICKS COULD GO WITH YOU! :beach:

PAINTER~ I SELF SABOUTAGE ALL THE TIME. SO I DON'T HAVE THE MAGIC ANSWER. AT ONE TIME I DID EVERYTHING CARLA IS DOING AND DROPPED 30 LBS IN ABOUT 10 MONTHS. MAYBE IT'S TIME TO GO BACK TO SQUARE ONE AND "KEEP IT SIMPLE". I THINK I AM TALKING MORE TO MYSELF RIGHT NOW THAN YOU! :lol3:
GOOD LUCK AND BE STRONG!!! GET A FRIDGE FOR GARAGE OR BASEMENT AND KEEP ANDY GOODIES THE DH WANTS IN THERE. PADLOCK IT IF NECESSARY AND GIVE HIM THE KEY!!!

HAPPY~THE MOM STORY CRACKED ME UP!! MY MIL USED TO DO SIMILAR STUFF AND OF COURSE BRING HOME ALL THE NAPKINS, KETSUP ETC THAT SHE COULD GET HER HANDS ON BEFORE ANYONE IN MICKEY D'S CAUGHT HER!! :rofl: :rofl: GOD BLESS THEM!! WE NEED TO SET SOME TIME FOR A CALL LADY.

SHAD~ TOO BAD ABOUT WAITING FOR THE LITTLE MAN. HOPE YOU MEANT HIS HEIGHT!! :rofl: I AM BEING SILLY THIS WEEK. OVERTIRED AND NO COFFEE. :lol3:
ENJOY YOUR TIME HOME BEFORE YOU ARE ON THE RUN ONCE AGAIN!! TOO BAD ABOUT THE PHONE PROBLEMS ON ARRIVAL:hug:

CARLA~ I BOUGHT ENOUGH SIMPLE INGREDIENTS TO FOLLOW MY OLD PLAN AGAIN. FUNNY YOU SHOULD POST THAT COMMENT TO PAINTER. IT MUST BE FATE!! I AM VERY HAPPY FOR YOUR SCALE VICTORIES AND YOU DESERVE A PAT ON THE BACK :cheer:
AND WHAT DO YOU ME CAPPUCCINO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:tantrum:

MEADOW! THE BEACH CAT IS SO ADORABLE!! I LIKED YOUR MANTRA. MAYBE I SHOULD LISTEN TO IT NOT ONLY FOR MYSELF BUT MY THOUGHTS FOR OTHERS. BEEN A BIT JUDGEMENTAL LATELY AGAIN. THANKS FOR THE "NOD".
I JUST GET TIRED OF WHINERS AND LOSE MY PATIENCE. :rofl: :rofl: I LOOKED FOR THE BREADS BUT THIS STORE HAD NEIGHER. I DON'T THINK THEY WOULD RECOGNIZE A SPROUT IF IT SMACKED THEM IN THE FACE :lol3: I WILL KEEP SEARCHING! HAPPY :swim:

BEEN A BIT TOUGH THESE 2 DAYS BUT I MADE IT. JUST VERY BUSY PHONES. I HAVE FINNALLY ACCEPTED THE FACT THAT I REALLY CANNOT DO COMPUTER ENTRY FOR THE OFFICE ANY LONGER. THE EYESIGHT WITH THE CATARACTS AND THE FLOURESCENT LIGHTING IS JUST A REALLY BAD COMBO. TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DRY EYE AND ROSACEA. SO THAT'S A GOOD LESSON LEARNED THIS MONTH. THE STRESS DOWN THERE IS INSUMOUNTANLE(SP). I WILL SAY THAT FOR MYSELF...I WAS VERY GOOD. NO TEMPER TANTRUMS, NO NOSE BLEEDS AND NO ANXIETY.....WELL NO MORE THAN I USUALLY HAVE ON MY OWN. SO IT SEEMS THAT I HAVE LEARNED SOME THINGS ALREADY THIS YEAR AND AM STICKING TO IT. THE ONLY PROBLEM WAS FOOD. I ATE CHINES AND BLEW UP LIKE A BALLOON....AND I ONLY ATE A BIT MORE THAN 1/3 OF THE PORTION THEY SENT!!! SOMEONE BROUGHT THE REST UP HERE AND STUCK IT IN MY FRIDGE. WHEN I FOUND IT I THEN STUCK IT IN A BAG AND TOSSED IT DOWN THE TRASH CHUTE!!! :cheer:
THE ACCOUNTANT IS STILL HERE TILL 7 AND THEN RETURNS FOR THE WEEKEND:faint: IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH NEW GOVT. COMPUTER PROGRAMS THAT WE NEVER INSTALLED OR FOLLOWED! :rofl: :faint: SO HE IS HARD AT IT TO GET IT DONE BEFORE THE MONTHS END. POOR SOD. HE AlSO TOOK CARE OF ALL THE PAPER WORK FOR MY RENT LEVELING FOR THE NEXT 3 YEARS. NOW ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS GET THE EFFING THING SIGNED! WTF! THEN I SIGN IT AND WE GO THRU THIS AGAIN IN 2010. I TOLD THE HIGH BOSS, WHEN HE BROUGHT IT UP TODAY, THAT I COULD BE DEAD BY THEM SO I'M NOT GOING TO LOOK THAT FAR FORWARD:rofl:
SOMETIMES I WISH WE ALL HAD A SECRET MEETING PLACE. THEN I COULD SHARE ALL THE BS THAT'S GOING ON AND JUST HOW STUPID IT ALL IS. ONE HONCHO WAS HERE AND THREW OPEN THE BACK DOOR TO ASK ME IF EVERYTHING WAS ALL RIGHT. ONE OF THE GENTS ANSWERED AND HE VERBALLY SLAPPED HIM DOWN AND SAID I AM TALKING TO MELODY...AND REPEATED THE QUESTION. WE WERE ALL DUMBFOUNDED BY THE FORCE OF HIS WORDS. LATER THE BOSS SAID IT WAS BECAUSE HE COULD HEAR 2 MAINT MEN RAISING THEIR VOICE TO ME EVEN THRU THE CLOSED STEEL DOORS.
I SAID THAT'S PART OF THE NORM NOW. WE ALL YELL AT EACH OTHER OUT OF FRUSTRATION. NOT SURE IF HE WILL EVER "FIX" IT. :rofl: BUT IT FELT GOOD TO SAY OUT LOUD!! LOL I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS WEEKEND TO DO A BIT OF COOKING AND I AM GOING BACK TO THE MICHAEL THURMOND PLAN AND SEE IF ANYTHING CAN MOVE THIS SCALE. PRAY FOR ME:rofl: :rofl:
LIKE CARLA I TOO AM SORRY FOR THE LONG POST. JUST NEED TO GET SOME CRAP OFF MY CHEST.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND EVERYONE.
WISH WE COULD ALL GO CAMPING! :swim:

carla49
07-13-2007, 09:15 PM
Quite frankly, I don't see anything wrong with saving small portions of leftovers. Waste not, want not, as they say. And why else would they sell baggies and plastic containers in so many different sizes, including snack size... :mad: Anyway, stop snooping in my fridge already!!! :rofl:

Mel, it sounds like you're ready to get going with your old eating plan, and I have a feeling it'll work pretty well. :yes: (I know for myself that one of the most annoying things about eating good healthy food all the time is that it actually does make me feel better both physically and emotionally, thus adding insult to injury, if that makes any sense at all.) And by the way, Mel, more often than not use I decaf espresso and skim milk in my cappucino. (Excuse me for a moment while I go adjust my halo.)

Shad, glad there was no need to send a search party down any mine shafts, and that you're back home safe for a day or two. I'd forget about the housework if I were you - it'll just get all mucky again by the time you're home from Perth anyway. :D

Went down to the farmers' market today and bought all kind of goodies: local strawbs and wax beans and yellow zucchinis and tomatoes and lettuce. The growing season may be short here, but we do have lovely produce while it lasts. The massage beforehand was okay, but not great, I won't go to that therapist again. :shrug:

Holly is off camping, I hope the weather is good for her. It sounds like a really nice family weekend.

Time for a few strawbs for dessert. Yummm. Happy weekend all!

ceejay52
07-13-2007, 11:21 PM
Happy-- your mom sounds a lot like mine on the tidbits of food in the fridge. I suppose that is why I don't like leftovers. If you look closely most diet are the same, just spiced differently.

PW. You are not the only one who binges.((hugs)) One night I counted 5000 calories. :shock: I hadn't thought about stars or stickers!

Hello to Mel, Holly, Meadow,Carla :wave:

Yesterday started early with an appointment at 8 a.m. to get the car service and a 50,000 mile check up. They replaced the emissions ejector and they changed the oil. After this I went to super walmart and bought a few things I can't get here. I came back home with out stopping at McDonald's or Burger King. I have been getting Sonic ice cream cones in the afernoon. None this afternoon though. It cools me off from the inside. I had mowed the yard. Also played with the neighbors children. They are so much fun. Their ages are 4 and 2. I got so tickled at the 2 year old. The 4 year old girl wanted me to walk to the end of the street with her and he wanted to go. Their mother watched us. She's 7 months pregnant. We had turned around to walk back and he saw his mother at the end of their drive way. I think the image frightend him. He reached up his little arms and was shaking. I told him that was his mother as we got a little closer he calmed down.

It is unbelivable how much better I'm doing without the chocolate and beef in my diet. I'm also taking the fluid pills. This morning I weighed 184. Most of this is fluid weight loss.

I had to call the land lord this afternoon. The air conditioner started leaking.
It had dirt in the line. I'm not sure how that happens. I keep the ac filter changed. I learned how to handle that problem and will try it next time.

I've taken down the bed frame in hopes that I could have the new bed frame delivered. But it will be delivered in the morning. I'm also getting some much needed book shelves for the bedroom. I need to find a new place to put the metal shelves. I don't want to part with them. They were a high school graduation gift from my parents in 1968. omg, They are 39 years old. My how time flies! Just one more tidbit that I'm getting older.

ceejay52
07-13-2007, 11:25 PM
Hi Carla. I see your eggl light glowing.

MELODY525
07-14-2007, 08:55 AM
CEEJAY I HAD TO LAUGH AT THE SHELF STORY. JEN WAS BORN IN 1968!!! I HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME PARTING WITH THINGS TOO. :hug: HOPE THE BED FRAME COMES!!
YOU CAN START A NEW TREND OF SLEEPING ON THE FLOOR! THE KIDS SOUND CUTE. GLAD THEY HAVE A NEIGHBOR LIKE YOU! GOD BLESS THE MOTHER! :yikes: ONE MORE ON THE WAY!! THEY'LL CALL YOU AUNTIE CJ SOON!:bb:

CARLA~ :angeL: BE CAREFUL THAT HALO DOESN'T SLIP AND CHOKE YOU AS MY DEAR OLD SM WOULD SAY! :rofl:
LIKE SHAD...I HOPE YOU GET SOME WEEKEND TIME TOO. LET'S ALL STOP CLEANING NOW SHAD'S HOME!!!:lol3: :lol3:

I WOKE EARLY SO I CAN GET OUT FOR A RIDE. I FEEL THE NEED FOR SPEED AND THE WIND IS CALLING MY NAME.....OR AM I GETTING CONFUSED WITH MARIAH:rofl:
GOING TO KEEP THIS SHORT. BESIDES....WHAT ELSE COULD I POSSIBLY COMPLAIN ABOUT. SAID IT ALL JUST A FEW SHORT HOURS AGO YESTERDAY :rofl: :rofl:

HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND:moped:

Shad
07-14-2007, 05:54 PM
It must be the weekend over there and everyone is sleeping in except Mel. Morning Mel - well afternoon to you really.
Busy day yesterday and I was falling asleep in the chair by around 8.30 after the football when DB2 went home. I packed myself off to bed around 9.30 and will today continue on where I left off yesterday. I am shorn, I've been to the gym, I've shopped and cleaned. Today I'm back to the gym. I need to weigh and measure to get the new starting point and I'm back to clean living again. I'm joining in the challenge. I need to lose the 1.6kg I put on while on holiday. It's all collectively your faults that I put it on you know. You all feed me too well and didn't exercise me enough! :lol3:

The garden is looking much the worse for wear as well but I don't have time to do much there. The roses are struggling along and doing their best in the circumstances. What ever is left growing is obviously now drought proof and can survive on the minimum rainfall. Had a bloke come in yesterday to ask if I wanted some of my trees chopped down. :yikes: WHAT? You are kidding me are you not? Those trees are the only things which provide shade from the sun, give me pleasure when their flowers attract the native birds and prevent the entire yard from complete shrivelisation (is there such a word?) Go away and chop yourself off. They are not dangerous (yet) and the we need more trees not less.

Carla - I promise not to snoop in your fridge if you promise not to open mine! It is full of the non-healthy DS2 type stuff at the moment. He must have shopped before I came home.
Sorry to hear the massage was not great. It's a pain to pay out all that money and not get your full measure. Come to think of it I'll have a tame masseuse in Perth. One of the DS2's best friends runs a massage and beauty business over there. Pete does the therapeutical massages and Linda does hair, skin and nails. They have built up quite a thriving business over there. I do believe the DS2 told me they took out small business of the year award a couple of years back. I may be in need of that by the time I get there!!!

Ceejay - strangely enough most of us do better without the choclate in our diet. It seems to have become a new food group and while the dark choclate may now be getting some good health reviews, nothing is good for you if you overindulge. Ditto goes for beef. A small eye fillet once a week is okay. A ten oz steak which hangs over the edges of your place twice or three times a week is sheer stupidity. Nobody needs that much meat. And anyway as previously discussed - do we know where it comes from and what the producer uses to grow it? Moderation and portion control is the key in all cases. Off the :soapbox:

Right - gotta go. Time to don the gym gear again for a cardio workout, then home for shower and more cleaning. Then to the phone shop for an argument. Following that - pack for Perth and maybe some hammock time this afternoon. Loverly thought.

ceejay52
07-14-2007, 09:55 PM
mel-you can complain/vent here any time. Sigh, the new bed frame hopefully will be here Tuesday after work. The furniture store owner called and asked if it would be okay. She's short handed. I've put the box springs and matress on the floor till then. I'm not putting this bed back together.

I'm going to ride the bike and finish cleaning the house.

ceejay52
07-14-2007, 10:01 PM
Shad--I'd not thought about where the beef came from, ewww.

It's been a lazy day,I've needed that.

PainterWoman
07-14-2007, 10:02 PM
Painter, I know exactly what you mean with the self-sabotage. ... It's amazing how we're able to "forget" that we shouldn't have the insert food porn of your choice here but there are ways to outwit the hungry devil :devil: within. Some of the things I've been doing this round:
- I eat the same breakfast every day, and never skip it;
- If I'm going to work I make my lunch the night before and take it with me;
- I write everything down, not the calories but a simple food exchange system, with specific amounts of each food group allowed;
- I eat very simple dinners, grilled meat or fish and mountains of lightly steamed 'free' vegetables;
- I've completely dropped certain things - alcohol and sweets :cry: - for the duration. Much easier than controlling quantities...
- If I absolutely must have a treat, I try to stick to fairly harmless stuff, like a nonfat cappucino (sorry Mel!) or a whole bunch of fresh berries or watermelon. I also often steam extra veg like green beans or zucchini, which taste almost caramelized when cooled down and make a yummy sweet night time treat...
Oh - one final thing: we really have to forgive ourselves for the days where we just go nuts and eat everything in sight, and go right back to clean eating. Otherwise we fall further into that self-sabotage trap.
[QUOTE=Shad;1773628] He has a large problem in his area in that one of the cocrete and steel columns which holds up the beams to the workshop decided that now was a good time to start to collapse.

Painter - one of the things I have learned about dieting and weight loss is that it is long term, discouraging, painful, invasive and bloody hard. We have to learn that when we digress we must forgive, forget and move on. If I have a bad day, and there have been many of them, I just get up the next morning and start as if it had never happened. Alzheimers of the stomach!!!
Just keep on keeping on. Keep up that exercise. It's very hard to begin, but if you stop, just watch that weight pour back on!!!!!! :yikes: Be kind to yourself, forgive the transgressions and keep going. One step, one day, one mouthful at a time and keep up the journalling. It does help.


At the risk of yet another long post, I thought I would quote Carla's wisdom. (I've put in in my "weight management" file, but I can afford to read it the next time I post, too!!) :D

Alzheimers of the stomach!!! LOVE IT. It might help if I could acquire some Alzheimers of the appetite, too.:dancer::dancer:

When I was studying change management (i.e., how to MAKE changes) I realized that I'd never given enough thought to getting support and encouragement and on-going reminders. The stuff i studied said you have to do the new behavior for AT LEAST 6 MONTHS before it's "set"... and I really appreciate y'all's words of wisdom, sympathy and encouragement.:cheer::coach::goodluck::yay:


The garden is looking much the worse for wear as well but I don't have time to do much there. .
Mine is overgrown because of so MUCH rain. I did however, apparently run into a little bit of poison ivy yesterday as I have about 4 raised blisters on the underside of my forearm. Fortunately, I was sensible and took a long scrubby shower when I was through pulling the "weeds" and I don't think the blisters will be as awful as a couple of years ago. It isn't fair that however it looks is so innocent. :devil::yikes:

Shad
07-15-2007, 12:12 AM
Maybe we could patent food alzheimers. Or fast food alzheimers. Or food with calories alzheimers.

Now you are being stupid Shad. Get back to the cleaning!!!

MELODY525
07-15-2007, 08:44 AM
:cofdate: IGOOD MORNING PEEPS!! HOW GOES THE WEEKEND?? HOPE EVERYTHING IS GOING WELL AND THE WORLDLY CHICKS ARE HAPPY THIS SUNDAY MORNING.:angel: I MYSELF HAVE A WORKDAY TODAY. BALA THE ACCOUNTANT IS ON HIS WAY. SHOULD BE HERE IN AN HOUR. I LOVE THIS GUY...HE ACTUALLY USES THE PHONE, GIVES ME TIMES AND DATES AND MORE IMPORTANTLY IS ALWAYS ON TIME!!!:cheer:
IF HE NEEDS ONLY ONE OFFICE I AM FREE TILL HE LEAVES. :dance:
TODAY WAS WEIGHIN DAY. 186 RIGHT ON THE NOSE. THAT IS UP 1.5 LBS. THE BALANCE IS A WEE BIT OFF AND FEET ARE A TAD SWOLLEN. I'LL SEE HOW THIS WEEK GOES. I SHOULD BE MORE USED TO THE CHANGES I AM MAKING. BUT I DON'T HAVE THAT CAFFEINE RUSH BACKING ME UP AND HELPING THE PLUMBING. :tantrum:
OTHER THAN THAT, ALL IS WELL.
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

PAINTER~ I WOULD LOVE ALZH. OF THE STOMACH!!!
AND OF THE MIND FOR ERASING THE PAST!! I HAVE OFTEN SAT WITH JEN AND WE HAVE WISHED OUR MINDS WERE LIKE VCR'S WITH AN ERASE BUTTON!! I THINK "TEAMWORK" HAS REALLY HELPED ME NOT ONLY TO LOSE THE WEIGHT BUT COMING HERE I HAVE MAINTAINED MY LOSS...MORE OR LESS. SO......
:cheer: GO PAINTER GO :cheer:
THANKS FOR BRING CARLA AND SHAD'S POST UP TO THIS PAGE!!

SHAD~ SEEMS LIKE IT WAS JUST YOU AND ME KID FOR AWHILE! :rofl: SLEEPY HEADS THIS BUNCH. SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE GARDEN...I AM SURPRISED ANYTHING HAS LASTED THRU THE DROUGHT. AND TO THINK OPF CUTTING DOWN THE TREES!!!!!!! WHAT IS HE THINKING???? NOT LIKE THERE IS A FIRE NEARBY:flame:
PROBABLY NEEDS SOME BEER MONEY! :rofl: :rofl:
GO SHAD GO WITH THE GYM!!! I EVEN GAINED WEIGHT WHILE YOU WERE HERE IN SYMPATHY OF YOUR WEIGHT GAIN! MUST HAVE BEEN THE TUB OF WHITE CHEMICALS WE HAD ON THE CAKE :lol3: :lol3: IN 3 DAYS I HAD MORE FAT THAN I HAD IN A YEAR!! JUST WITH THE SAUSAGES!!! :yikes: :faint: WELCOME TO CHALLENGE CITY AND GOOD LUCK!!

CEEJAY~ IN MY KOREAN SOAP OPERA, THEY THROW A FEATHERBED OF SORTS ON THE FLOOR AND SLEEP ON THEM!! AND SIT ON THE FLOOR....BOTH YOUNG AND OLD. SOMEHOW I JUST CAN'T SEE THE REST OF US DOING THAT ON A DAILY BASIS!! :rofl: HOPE TUESDAY BRINGS YOUR NEW FRAME!!

WHERE HAVE ALL THE CHICKIES GONE
LONG TIME PASSING......LA LA LA LA

ceejay52
07-15-2007, 09:49 AM
Morning everyone.

Like Mel this is a work day for me. I'm a little concerned about another employee. I just don't think that Retha is going to make it. From what she said Wednesday she's ready to fly the coop and calling in sick on Friday night. She mentioned that she wanted to go to the casino's. I'm staying out of this.

I found cigarette ashes on top of one of the chemical drums this morning. I will not see Tim until morning so I'm leaving him a note asking for no smoking signs to be put up for safety reasons. I try to keep the tops of the drums cleaned off but no one else does. It frightens me that someone would be brave enough to bring a cigarette into a place like that. Kaboom!

Mel--there are times when I would like to have an erase button.

PainterWoman-6 months is a long time, I'll bedoing good to make it 21 days which is my goal.

Ruthxxx
07-15-2007, 12:51 PM
Sorry I've not been in to maintain my Worldly status but my life seems to be accelerating lately. Gotta stop that before it spins right out of control.

Had a great day in Ottawa yesterday with three other 3FC mods. We didn't talk about anybody on the site or talk diets! We were in the trendy market area (Benny's Bistro, Carla) and then did minor shopping in an upscale kitchen equipment place - Domus. There is so darned much stuff we don't need! Did you know they have goggles for chopping onions? I bought a great market basket as I am determined to eliminate plastic bags from my life.

My relaxing time after Church turned into a steady stream of drop-ins! I've had Liz down to borrow my big coffee pot, Caron here to scrounge some lettuce, two new people from Church who came to admire the garden, Freida who wanted a copy of the Fair entry sheets, a teacher with some very late schoolwork..... all this in an hour and a half! I am considering becoming a hermit!

This afternoon I go to a BBQ which is a thank you for volunteering at the music festival. I am debating taking the Doggage along as it's at a cottage with lots of kids who will enjoy the mutts. On the other hand, the Girls are really tired from yesterday's day at the spa and may prefer to just sleep! It also looks like rain and two wet dogs in a small cottage with tons of people may not be appreciated.

Decisions! Decisions! Enjoy the remains of the weekend if you're lucky enough not to be at work.

PainterWoman
07-15-2007, 02:31 PM
Not working today. DH is in woodworking shop out back. So it is quiet. But all I want is a nap, and I've only had breakfast and read the NY Times! What a lazy butt. (hmm, that might now be the MOST encouraging thing I could say to myself. ) But DD says if I'm tired, I should nap. And I might.

I am still afraid of my yard because apparently I don't recognize poison ivy when I see it.

Meadow
07-15-2007, 02:39 PM
I pulled out all my oriental poppies... they were all red ones except for one lonely pink individual. They had all fallen over and were blocking the sun from my tomatoes, priorities :) I have irises taking over my front garden... contemplating making a separate bed for them or just getting rid. They are thugs, so needy with the space.

I like the Alzheimer of the stomache image. Lets just forget sugar exists or that we enjoy anything about it. How about we get exercisitis? Overwhelming compulsion to sweat... I have the "Women's fit for life" exercise DVD from the library. The exercises look fairly simple, deep knee bends and side to side stuff and a bit of weights. Of course I just watched it and didn't feel the impulse to jump up and actually try any of it. Ellen Barrett was the fitness guru who was talking/doing it. I think she bugs me. Anyway, I may incorporate some of the moves when I do my Lesley Sansone walk tape. Which I haven't touched in months. I'm a pool walker at the moment. I bend my knees and drag my kids around and make whirlpools :P At least I'm moving:carrot:

Ruth-taking your dogs is like having kids, you always have to watch what they are doing. Have fun at the barbecue.

Mel-the accountant must like you to be on time...have fun number crunching. :hug:At least the weigh in was just a wee jump, it could be water retention or the bird behind you messing ;)

Shad-I can't believe the number of tree haters that are out there. Beware the neighbour who wants a better view :o Give the roses a bag of mushroom manure and they will be fine. I'm sorry the others are struggling. I hope Perth is a good contract and you get lots of running in :D

Ceejay-holy moly! do you get danger pay? I hope the smokers get the message before there is an incident. :lol: at the gambling worker who is calling in sick, what a shirker! Stay safe.

PW-take care of the poison ivy owie:hug: I'm liking all the tips the ladies are giving you too. I hope you are feeling optimistic and know you can cope with whatever hiccups and calorie jumps that come your way. Persistence over time equals results. I keep telling myself that ;)

Carla-hmm, farmer's market, fresh strawberries :drool: I'm looking forward to the fresh corn from the farms around here. Nothing like picked the same day nibblets :D I'm craving green beans now :)

:wave: Stay safe in the sun.

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Shad
07-15-2007, 06:48 PM
Morning all,
Meadow, loved the corn cartoon. Enjoy the water. Summer will be over soon enough and you can get some great aerobics in the water.

Mel - ah well, I guess the garden is replaceable. The trees aren't! and they are not coming out anytime soon. Just Joey (the rose) is about to pass away (kark it!) but most of the others are just spindly but surviving. The orchids are also surviving. Some of the plants I thought would not survive have done reasonably well considering. Nothing like Butchart Gardens though!

Ruth - you have been to Ottawa!!! and to a kitchen place. Carla will be green. She loves the kitchen gadgets. A gadget for all seasons. Just kidding Carla. Wonder if the NZ invention of the portable cheese slicer has made it to Ottawa yet? Didn't see it in Montreal gadget shops. Enjoy the bbq.

Painter - do the exercise and then relax, rest in the garden watching the PI grow.

Ceejay - be careful of those darn smokers. They should only be allowed to smoke in designated areas. Over here it would be the end of the job if they got caught out.

Well today is the day of the move to Perth. I'm on a plane at 19.30. The flight will take around 5 hours and I will get there just before midnight Perth time (and due to start work at 08.30am - won't be a pretty sight and I still need to confirm my accomodation for tonight. Hope that happens shortly.
Then I need to go flat hunting after work. That should be interesting!
It's a very cool morning again here. The natives are complaining bitterly. It only stays cool until about 9.00am though and then it warms up to 20 or so degrees.
Miss Puss is going to be upset tonight as she will only have DS2 for company. She won't be happy about that.

So todays agenda is full, Post Office and Dentist Office as soon as the shops open, then packing for the first couple of months and trying to find some winter gear that will get me through the worst of the Perth winter. Around 14.30 it's off to DB1 for a catchup with him and some NZ friends and a bite to eat. Then to the airport. So I better go do something about it all. I've still got a bit of cleaning to do. I'll get into that now and my coffee is finished so time to go.
May or may not be in tomorrow. I'll be back as soon as possible. Meantime take care.

MELODY525
07-15-2007, 07:47 PM
:wave: BYE BYE MISS SHAD:wave:
HAVE A SAFE AND WARM TRIP. HOPE YOU DON'T FREEZE IN PERTH! :hug: WOULDN'T WE ALL LOVE A BUTCHART GARDEN IN OUR BACK YARD...OR FRONT FOR THAT MATTER!

MEADOW~ THE CARTOON IS CRACKING ME RIGHT UP!! I NEEDED THE LAUGH TOO. ALTHOUGH I AM MUCH LESS STRESSED TODAY! I SHOULD HAVE LOOKED TO SEE IF MR. POOPY WAS ON MY HEAD OR LEFT ANY WEIGHTY DEPOSITS BEFORE I GOT ON THE SCALE :rofl: HAPPY WHIRLPOOLING TO YOU AND THE KIDS!! I LOVE THE THOUGHT OF IT! :swim: I DON'T THINK OUR LIVES WOULD HAVE ANY PROPER MEANING WITHOUT ANY SUGAR:rofl:

PW~ HOPE THE NAP GAVE YOU A BOOST....NOW GO AND DO SOME EXERCISING YOU LAZY WENCH! :rollpin:
AND NO POISON IVY! A FRIEND OF MINE HAD A TERRIBLE CASE! :yikes: WHAT IS THE DH BUILDING? BIRDHOUSES? I MAY HAVE A TENANT FOR YOU IF HE IS :lol3: :lol3:

CEEJAY~ HOPE TIM SEES IT YOUR WAY ABOUT THE CIGGIES. NO KABOOMS ALLOWED! :flame: AS SOON AS I FIND A WEBSITE THAT SELLS AND DELIVERS ERASE BUTTONS, I WILL LET YOU KNOW....**** I MIGHT AS WELL JUST ORDER A CASE AND SEND ONE TO ALL MY FRIENDS :rofl:

RUTH~ YOU BUSY LADY YOU!! HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT TIME. LEAVE THE DOGS HOME AND JUST GO AND ENJOY YOURSELF!!! HOLD DOWN THE FORT LADY AND DON'T GO GETTING YOUR LIFE OUT OF CONTROL!!!

I AM WRITING TONITE CAUSE TOMORROW I MIGHT GO TO THE MALL IF NOTHING ELSE POPS UP. IT'S NOT A BIG FAVORITE OF MINE BUT SOME TIME OUT WOULD BE NICE. WE'LL SEE. BALA HAS GONE AND I ATE DINNER AND SHOWERED ALREADY. GETTING READY FOR SOME HOME & GARDEN TV AND MY SOAP OPERA! :rofl:
EVEN THE BIRD IS READY FOR BED. WE SPENT QUALITY TIME BY THE WINDOW TO SOAK UP SUNLIGHT TOGETHER. CAN'T HAVE US GETTING S.A.D TOGETHER :rofl:
HE IS SUCH A BRIGHT SHADE OF YELLOW NOW THAT HE LIVES IN A NON-SMOKING HOUSE. POOR OLD SOD. HIS COUGH AND SNEEZING HAVE TOTALLY VANISHED NOW. I TOLD THE KIDS THEY CANNOT HAVE HIM BACK. IT'S JUST TOO UNFAIR. MY LITTLE MAN IS A VERY HAPPY AND PAMPERED PET! MEL'S BIRD SANCTUARY! :lol3:
OK CHICAS...GOTTA GO. TV IS CALLING ME. WATCHING NEFERTITI AND THE PYRAMIDS. :belly:
WAVING A HAND TO ALL THE MISSING CHICKLETTES!! YOU ARE IN OUR HEARTS!! :moped:

Shad
07-16-2007, 01:17 AM
Just a quick note. I have put the butterfly house shots on webshots. Perhaps Happy or Mel can post the link. Everytime I do it seems to bomb out.

PainterWoman
07-16-2007, 03:40 AM
Sounds like lots of folks had great days.
Meadow: I'd be hard pressed to trade tomatoes for poppies.. love poppies! But homemade gazpacho would be nifty, too!!

Shad, hope your flight wasn't too grueling. You must have tons o' stamina.

Must get to bed.
Night all.

MELODY525
07-16-2007, 08:45 AM
SHAD I WILL GO AND FIND THE LINK AND GET IT HERE!
HAPPY WEEK! SWEET DREAMS :cloud9:

PW~ HOPE YOU HAD SWEET DREAMS TOO :cloud9:

I WILL GO AND FIND THE LINK FOR WEBSHOTS AND THEN GO DOWNSTAIRS TO YELL FOR A FEW MINUTES AND THEN I AM OFF. SEE EVERYONE TOMORROW!
HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!! BRAND NEW START TO A BRAND NEW WEEK! :dance:

MELODY525
07-16-2007, 08:52 AM
http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/559895253LsGnFQ

THIS IS THE ADDIE FOR SHAD'S BUTTERFLY HOUSE PICTURES. ENJOY :bubbles:

happy2bme
07-16-2007, 09:28 AM
Morning chicks,

Thanks for posting Shad's pics Mel. It's been a VERY busy weekend - over in a flash. I was barely on the computer at all. Seems everywhere I turned there was something to be done. Easy to get overwhelmed. DH and I took a ride into the countryside out here, north of us looking for some houses. We are just trying to get an idea of where our next move might be when we are ready to retire. Never did find the houses but we stopped at a roadside stand where I got some delicious blueberries, some tasty peaches, some blech (the girl lied) cantelope and of course a big bag of home grown tomatoes. :T I have a small patio plant of tomatoes by the pool but the bloody squirels keep snatching the fruits as soon as they start to turn red. :mad: I did find some new recipes from Kraft Foods (a very large manufacturer of salad dressings, cheese and all sorts of food products). So it's going to be a tasty week of healthy eating.

Your pictures are very nice Shad - that's something about the Atlas moth - 5 years in the cocoon to only live 3 days? :yikes: Of course some might say it's better in the cocoon :lol:

Wish I could chat more but I'm already running late. I wanted to work on some of my month end reports this weekend but hah - didn't even get the personal stuff done so I'd better hustle if I want to get into work a little early.

Will try and catch up tonight with y'all :D

MELODY525
07-16-2007, 10:57 AM
:hohoho:I JUST FOUND OUT THAT CHRISTMAS IN JULY IS ON THE QVC SHOPPING CHANNEL ON THE 25TH OF JULY!!!



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MELODY525
07-16-2007, 11:01 AM
GOOD MORNING TO YOU TOO MISS HAPPY!! MISSED YOU!
HOPE YOU GET YOUR WORK DONE WITHOUT INTERRUPTION!! :dance: HAVE A SUPER DAY THINKING ABOUT ALL THE NEW KRAFT RECIPES YOU'LL BE MAKING!!
OVER THE WEEKEND I FOUND A MEDITERRANEAN-ASIAN SITE THAT TICKLED MY FANCY:

http://www.mediterrasian.com/index.htm

I WAS HUNTING FOR PASTA PUTTANESCA AND FOUND THIS SITE. HAPPY MONDAY! :moped:

ceejay52
07-16-2007, 11:13 AM
Mel--see your egglight aglow- morning.

I'm just starting the day. I'm bossless today. I've heard through the grapevine that the company where his wife works is having their company picnic today. He is going with her.

We got a call last night that Bud, a co-worker had emergency last night. He came through the surgery. I will work Thursday in his place. Will find out whether or not we'll go to 8 hour shifts. I can't not pull those long days sny more.

He'll have to get someone to work for me Thursday long enough for me to go have some test run. The NEA clinic is sponsering Heart Health. Since my uncle had 6 by passes done recently I want to know what's goinig on inside my body.

I weighed in this morning at 183.6. and am so glad to see those scales moving downward again. I realize this is the fluid pills. I've also been watching what I eat. I've already drank 32 oz of water. This is just from taking my rx and recomendations from Bob. Walked 6708 or 1.6 miles yesterday.

Ruthxxx
07-16-2007, 12:12 PM
Good morning! The weatherperson must have made a mistake as it hasn't rained for over 24 hours! We were indoors as it was rather chilly at the BBQ yesterday and I was glad I did not take the Doggage. One person brought their Bouvier who fell in love with me and spent most of the time with his head on my lap. My Girls would have been out of their minds with jealousy!

Great butterfly shots, Shad.

Meadow, like Painter Woman, I could never pull out oriental poppies! I adore them.

Happy, I love picking my own veggies and fruit. (Note to self - go and pick the currants today for sure!)

Ceejay, great idea to get your heart checked given your family history. Congrats on the drop on the scales. It's so encouraging!

Mel, "puttanesca"! That's what I was thinking of last time I got a pasta craving! Thanks for the link.

Now I need to accomplish something! This going to the gym at 7:30 really screws up my mornings - especially if I sit and drink coffee and gab afterwards until nearly 11!

Hollyhock
07-16-2007, 09:01 PM
Madly waving HI!!!!!

ceejay52
07-16-2007, 11:25 PM
Here's the results of the day
steps- 10760
calories-1587
fat grams-59
sat fat-21
carbs 206 grams--this is a little higher than what I want it to be
fiber-24 grams--I should be getting 30 -35 grams
protein-94 grams

water=48 oz

Does any one know how much saturated fat we are suppose to have. I know it's not much.

carla49
07-17-2007, 01:17 AM
Once again evil Carla took over my body and mind, lurking and not posting, and now that good Carla's back in charge, she's too overwhelmed to reread the accumulated posts and respond... :(

Today was my second Pilates class. At times it's almost funny, although it would be a lot funnier if it was someone other than me with the bad posture, no abs, a ton of flab. A big challenge I haven't yet met: wearing a top that fits closely enough that I can see if I'm getting into the right position. (I belong to the oversized clothing school of thought, and it's a real stretch to put on anything that'll outline the lumps.) I'm thinking of signing up for a ball/balance class (maybe) and am considering joining a gym down the road to do some weights and machines. :lifter: :wl: :strong: Gotta check first that the place is very, very air-conditioned in case the hot weather returns.

Also today called to make an appointment to go back to my local diet doctor. I've been following his program, more or less, and think it's time to go back and have weekly accountability and get any updates to the diet. I was amazed to find out that there's just a tiny re-start charge, even tho I've been gone since Feb 06! I've been getting his weekly motivational email letters all that time, and some of them are pretty good.

On Wed I'm probably going to a friend's cottage for a few days, which may be a big setback to the weight loss as we're old drinking buddies :hat: from way back and are unlikely to behave. :woohoo: I'm hoping for hot weather so I can get in some good lake swims :swim: but so far this has been a very cool summer with a ton of rain.

With any luck, good Carla will be back tomorrow and will have the oomph (and the courtesy) to say more than "hi!" to Mel, Happy, Ruth, Shad, Ceejay, Meadow, Holly, Painter, Suzi, Roseblush... :wave:

Madcat, thinking of you and hoping your sister and friend are doing well. :hug: :grouphug:

And since everyone can use a smile to start their Tuesday off right:

A woman was walking down the street when she was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless woman who asked her for a couple of dollars for dinner.

She took out her wallet, got out ten dollars and asked, "If I give you this
money, will you just use it to buy wine instead of dinner?"
"No, I had to stop drinking years ago", the homeless woman said.

"Will you use it to go shopping instead of buying food?" The woman asked.
"No, I don't waste time shopping," the homeless woman said. "I need to
spend all my time trying to stay alive."

"Will you spend this on a beauty salon instead of food?" She then asked.
"Are you NUTS!" replied the homeless woman. "I haven't had my hair done in 20 years!"

"Well," The woman said, "I'm not going to give you the money. Instead,
I'm going to take you out for dinner with my husband and me tonight."
The homeless woman was shocked. "Won't your husband be furious with you
for doing that? I'm filthy dirty, and I probably smell pretty disgusting."

The woman said, "That's okay. It's important for him to see what a woman
looks like after she has given up shopping, hair appointments, and wine."

Shad
07-17-2007, 02:29 AM
Hi - tis me.
Thanks for posting the link Mel. I just ran out of time (and brain too - when i look at some of the things I packed and some which I left out!!) But I am here and will be back later (probably tomorrow to read and post. Delayed flight last night and I didn't get in until after 2.am so life is pretty ordinary today.
Catch you.

MELODY525
07-17-2007, 08:51 AM
CEEJAY~ HOPE THA MAN WILL BE OK AND YOU GET LOTS OF GOOD $$$$!! CONGRATULATIONS ON THE WEIGHTLOSS!!! :cheer: GOOD FOR YOU!!

SHAD~ NO PROBLEM. HOPE PERTH WILL BE A GOOD JOB AND NOT A HASSLE! :hug: GET SOME WELL DESERVED SLEEP.

CARLA~ EVIL TWIN!! I HAVE ONE OF THOSE TOO!! HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH THE FRIEND. GOOD FRIENDS ARE HARD TO FIND. ENJOY :cheers:

RUTH~GLAD YOU HAD A GOOD TIME!! WAS THE DOG YOUR DATE???:rofl: GOOD FOR YOU WITH THE GYM TOO! COFFEE AND TALK IS GOOD FOR THE SOULD...JUST SO LONG AS YOU DON'T ADD DONUTS!! :lol3:

:wave: BACK TO HOLLY!

MY EYE HAS A CYST IN THE EXACT SAME PLACE. IF I GO ASTRAY YOU WILL KNOW THE REASON WHY. YOU CAN SEE A RED LINE ON THE WHITE PART WHERE THE CYST WAS SCRATCHING IT ALL DAY YESTERDAY. SNEAKY LITTLE THING WAS INSIDE AND I DIDN'T FEEL IT HAPPENING FOR SOME REASON. SO TTFN AND SEE YOU SOON.
HAPPY TUESDAY :moped:

Ruthxxx
07-17-2007, 09:36 AM
Now Mel! Do I look like the kind of woman who'd have a donut? :yikes: Actually, I've not had one for years. If I've not had breakfast, I do indulge in a bagel once in a while with coffee and chat.

Carla, the cottage near me? The long range forecast looks good and I hope they are right. Delta Fair starts next week and it may be close to 40C one of the days!

I survived the new menu tasting at the Long Horn last night. I managed to avoid tasting the new desserts and stuck to the salads and shrimp and scallops. There's a veggie wrap with chevre that was promising. Chocolate martinis are on the new drink menu and I just didn't go there! I am absolutely determined to ditch 20 pounds before my knee operation!

Gotta dash and do some gardening before a tub soak. I am taking H. to town for a re-check on a tumour removal he had in the spring. this will take up the afternoon and then Hershey and I will do pet therapy 5 to 7 at the nursing home. Tonight will be relaxing. I may even manage to fall asleep watching Canadian Idol. I close my eyes to avoid looking at Ben Mulroney (http://www.google.ca/search?sourceid=navclient&aq=t&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLD,GGLD:2004-24,GGLD:en&q=ben+mulroney) and drift off every time!

happy2bme
07-17-2007, 09:41 AM
Morning chicks :wave:

Well if there's one person who has a worse work schedule than me right now - it's Shad so I guess that means no pity party from me. Have been getting home late - so late yesterday that I wasn't able to make the Martha Stewart yummy mustard crusted chicken recipe I had planned for dinner and instead had to substitute a rather mushy tuna sandwich :(. I went to bed early and got in 8 hours of sleep. Been feeling really tired lately. Don't feel like I got 8 hours this morning. So that's why I haven't been posting much - not much available time and a bunch of other things to do.

Mel :hug: sorry to hear that the eyes are jazzing up on you again. Cripes it's always something, isn't it? I didn't forget that we need to set a phone date. I'm thinking maybe Sunday - don't know what we have planned for the weekend yet. Will email you...

Carla - good to hear you're back on track - it's :censored: hard to get back on that stupid wagon again so kudos to you. That diet doctor sounds like a dream. How refreshing to hear of someone who actually wants to help instead of just fattening their pockets as fast as possible. (I am still disappointed to hear that Bob Greene jumped on the money machine). Thanks for the Tuesday smile :D

Ceejay - I think I remember from my old WW days -something about 35 grams of fat for the day - most people typically get 75 or higher. Try to limit your sat fats and instead go for the healthier fat - omega 3 I think in sardines, salmon, almonds, avocados, olive oil.

Madly waving hi back to Holly!
Hope you are continuing to make little inroads to your success Painter.
Are you enjoying the pool Meadow? I haven't been in mine much - must make a better effort. You make it sound like fun!

Ruth - did you get those currants? Nothing like fresh berries :T

Mel - I see something about a green picture you posted but my eyes are tearing up and I just can't seem to focus on it - I'm sure it's pretty WHATEVER IT IS :lol:

:hugs: Madcat. I miss your humourous observations on life :D

Ok - gotta run. Have a good Tuesday.

Ruthxxx
07-17-2007, 09:48 AM
Happy! Thanks for the reminder! I'm off to pick RIGHT NOW!

Madcat
07-17-2007, 10:42 AM
Hey chicklets! Just another one of these quick little check-ins. I've been reading along as much as I can. I miss coming here and checking in with you ladies and I'm hoping to get back to normal (what exactly IS that?) soon. My sis is doing great as she just completed week 4 of her 6 weeks of treatments. The only ill-effects she has had so far is some tiredness and hair loss. So it is as good as it can be.

I need to come back here and start posting again. It's time to turn the focus back on my life again and start making less of myself :) I miss you all!! :hugs:

ceejay52
07-17-2007, 11:57 AM
Mel--Rest your eyes. I've had cyst's but not in my eye.

Happy-Don't feel bad about working. I'm working in place of a co-worker who had emergency on Sunday. I was told this morning that I would be working Thursday and Friday and have Saturday and Sunday off.

Holly-:wave: I see your egg light on. Are you still busy as a beaver?

Madcat-Good to see you. I'm so happy to hear that your sister is doing well.

Carla--tell the bad Carla good bye.I wish there were a diet doctor here. He would make a fortune.

Shad--take it easy. Delayed flights ugh. So far I've been lucky. Get a good night's sleep.

Ruth--:wave: hello

Got home last night and the house was warm. I usually leave the ceiling fans on to cirulate the air. Went to check out the a.c. The thermastat was blinking. I started to go to Walmart and by some more batteries for it. But something in the bathroom caught my eye. Checked the thermastat again and sure enough it hadbeen turned off. I'd forgotten about the maintenance men coming back to clean the a.c. yesterday.

Hollyhock
07-17-2007, 12:36 PM
Heard the best line on that Victoria Beckham show.

" It is exhausting being this fabulous."

Definitely will be borrowing that one!!

Shad
07-17-2007, 09:24 PM
Ahhh, this place has a very annoying program which insists you take breaks at set intervals. It just managed (or rather I did because I didn't think about it) to log me right out of the system and I lost my long and witty post!.

Back later.

carla49
07-18-2007, 12:29 AM
Madcat, lovely to hear from you, and so glad things are going well with your sister. We'd all love to have you back more regularly, but you take whatever time you need for yourself and your loved ones. :grouphug:

Mel, so sorry to hear the eye has gone on the blink again. Not to mention the slight jump on the scale. Any chance the chinese food had anything to do with it? :nono:

Shad, if it's too cold in your Perth, you can always come warm up at our Perth (about 50 k from here). Bummer about the lost post! I feel your pain. As for the cheese slicer, what do they look like? I have one that looks sort of like a spatula with a slot in it to slice/shave pieces off.

Ruth, you came to Ottawa and didn't drop in for tea and crumpets?! I'm deeply, deeply wounded ;) especially since you had a little excursion to Domus. I can always find something to buy there. My cottage visit is to Quebec, so I won't be dropping into Delta Fair. But no guarantee I won't visit before it's over.

Meadow, I think you're having some pretty hot weather out there - the perfect chance to make good use of the pool. :swim: There may not be much swimming on my cottage visit - it may be hot and muggy, but they're threatening thunderstorms. I foresee a few days of excess, with no redeeming exercise. :o

Ceejay, has your new bed frame arrived yet? I don't know what I'd do without a frame - where would my cats spend their day? :lol:

Happy, fingers crossed that your schedule will ease up one of these days. No one deserves soggy tuna for dinner. :(

Holly, how was the camping weekend? :wave: to you too.

Painter, I hope you've been managing to get back on track. I'm a little concerned myself that my planned mini-break from dieting may make it hard to get back on program. But I've found that it's actually pretty hard to put on more than a pound in three days, although the scales often say otherwise while the salt and fat levels are still high. My goal is to stay where I am now.

Well, I didn't get to the balance ball class today, but I did get a lot accomplished, including buying stuff that didn't fit all that well and has to go back - to three different stores. Maybe it would have been smarter to just try stuff on while I was in the stores, whaddya think? On the positive side, I rode my bike :bike: to my diet doc's. Since I underestimated the distance just a tich, it was a little more aerobic than planned. :lol: Total round trip mileage: 19 k. Tomorrow I'll be sore where I sit, which won't matter too much as I'll probably spend some of the evening self-medicating... :hat:
I may not be able to post until I get back home, Saturday at the latest. No internet at the cottage. If I get up early enough tomorrow I'll try to stop in before I head out.
Time for bed. Night all!

Shad
07-18-2007, 01:22 AM
Okay - let me try this again. I've managed to temporarily disable the little bugger!

Mel - your poor eye. I've heard that cysts, styes etc are a by product of a missing vitamin or mineral. Maybe some research needs to be done. Meantime take it easy and keep on keeping on.
There is a parcel (actually two) winging their way to you. This is the one I mean't to send from Alyangula (Groote) but never came to terms with the Post Office hours. You should get something in 6 - 8 weeks considering the length of time it takes to get things from one place to another these days.

Madcat - Good to hear from you and it's lovely to know that you might be able to post more often. Glad that the sister is coping well with the treatment.

Gotta go to lunch. I'll be back to continue the saga of Shad shortly.

PainterWoman
07-18-2007, 01:43 AM
Madcat - Great news about your sister.
Mel - Sorry about your cyst... I take it this is WAY beyong a stye or challazion. Poor dear.

Tomorrow is my WI day.. I've been better than usual, still recording food-- still getting to Curves... although I have need SO much more sleep than I used to. Don't understand that. Tonight I went to a figure drawing class (live, nude model!!!) and wonder if I'll be able to lift my arm tomorrow. When was the last time YOU held your arm up for nearly 2 1/2 hours straight? (Sketching position!) Managed to hold me own and not be embarassed by my drawings, the model's state of undress, or the idea of b.o.d.y.
TTYL

Shad
07-18-2007, 03:07 AM
I came back!!

Ruth - that vege wrap sounds good. I might even have to come back for one of those, but however long a flight it was before, it is now longer so I'll take a little time. Tell them to save me one.
Hope everything went okay for H and that the girls performed well on their duties. Give them a bit pat from me.
What are you going to do with the currants? Nice glaze on a venison steak? Jam? Relish or chutney? Ymmmm.

Happy - doesn't seem to matter much about what work your doing or how new you are at it, it always seems to multiply just when you think you have it straight. Work - it's the curse of the drinking class!!! Try putting that coating on the chicken the night before. It really sinks in and gives off more flavour to the dinner.

Ceejay - just be grateful that the maintenance man came. Shock horror a tradie that actually arrived. Miracles do sometimes happen.

Holly - I can believe that quote from Victoria Beckham. Crikey she's a snob. Glad I will never have to work for her!!!!!! :yikes:

Carla - Perth is actually quite warm considering it is the middle of winter here. Not too bad at all. Cheese Slicer - see pic attached. One side slices thin, one side slices thick.
Get thee to the balance class/ ball class/ pilates class (strike out that which is not applicable)

Painterwoman - glad you added that bit about the sketching arm. I was beginning to think you were the nude model!

I have put an application in for an apartment. It's about 10 minutes walk away from work. I'll let you know how it goes.

Right gotta get out of here. Another interminable meeting coming up.

MELODY525
07-18-2007, 09:00 AM
RUTH~ GOOD LUCK WITH BOTH H AND THE CURRANTS.

HAPPY~ I KNOW IT'S A BUSY TIME SO LET'S WAIT TILL WE ARE BOTH MORE RELAXED. I WILL BE A HAPPIER PERSON TOO IN A WEEK OR TWO. :rofl:

MADCAT~ GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE SISTER SENDING :hug: FOR BOTH OF YOU AND YOUR FRIEND.
WE HAVE MISSED YOU ALSO.

CEEJAY~ LEAVE IT TO A MAN TO TURN THE BLOODY THING OFF:rofl: GOOD THING YOU LOOKED AGAIN. SAVED A TRIP!!

HOLLY~ THAT SHOULD BE THE CHICK'S MOTTO.

CARLA~ HAVE A GREAT TIME AT THE COTTAGE! FUNNY ABOUT THE BIKE RIDE! WOW! HOPE THE BUND FEEL BETTER AFTER THE SELF-MEDICATING:rofl:

SHAD~ HOPE YOU GET THE APARTMENT. MANDATORY BREAKS AND LUNCHES!! I THINK WE NEED THAT HERE TOO!! SORRY ABOUT THE POST THOUGH. IF I HAD A COMPUTER THAT SHUT DOWN I WOULD HAVE LESS EYE PROBLEMS. :rofl: I FORGOT TO SAY THAT THESE "CYSTS" ARE ACTUALLY PART OF THE ROSACEA. IT HAS YET TO LEAVE MY EYES AND GO INTO REMISSION. ( OFFICIALLY CALLED PUSTULES BUT I REALLY HATE THE SOUND OF THAT WORD :faint: )TIME HEALS ALL WOUNDS :dance:

PW~ WHEN YOU SAID THE ARM POSED....I THOUGHT THE NUDIE MUST HAVE BEEN YOU!!! WOULDN'T IT BE WONDERFUL IF ALL OF US FELT COMFORTABLE NAKED INFRONT OF AN ART CLASS?! HAPPY DRAWING. SLEEP HEALS THE BODY AND MIND. :hug:

LOTS OF WET STUFF FALLING DOWN FROM THE HEAVENS THIS MORNING. PUTTING A KABOSH ON THE DESTRUCTO'S MORNING. THEY'RE ALL WALKING AROUND GETTING WET AND DOING NOTHING:rofl:
I MYSELF AM WATCHING TV AGAIN TODAY AND GETTING BORED ALREADY.BUT I MUST PERSERVERE!:cheer:

HAPPY WEDNESDAY :moped:

ceejay52
07-18-2007, 03:25 PM
Carla, the bed frame came after work yesterday. It really looks good.

Ruth-- I hadn't thought about a veggie wrap. I might try one of those
tomorrow.

PainteWoman-- good luck with the wi tonight. Cute story about the nude model. Rest your arm today.

Mel- you are a nearly bird this morning

The new bed frame is awesome. I also bought some shelves to fill a blank wall. I'm taking my exercise bike ou ot my bedroom and putting itin he spare bedroom

I'm eating no meat, no eggs, no dairy today due to preparation of the Heart Health test tomorrow. I'll start fasting at 8.00 p.m.

Ruthxxx
07-18-2007, 03:45 PM
MEL, I still haven't picked the damned currants. If I wait long enough. they'll rot and fall of the bushes and I can take it off my job list!

I'm going out to do it NOW!

Ruthxxx
07-18-2007, 04:52 PM
Well, they have fallen off the bushes! I just made a note to get off my butt earlier next year. They are way back at the treeline, not a place I go often. However, I do have peppers, green onions, cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, several different lettuces, basils and parsleys plus green and yellow zucchini so I won't starve without currants. The choke cherries are nearly ready so I'll make sure I pick those early next week.

MEL, I hope that eye crud clears up fast for you. Delightful description!!!!

So nice to hear from Madcat. It'll be nice to get re-acquainted - I've sort of opted out of the Journals - too time-consuming.

Ceejay, no milk, dairy or eggs? Why? Will one day's eating affect the test? Maybe you should pop over for supper tonight - I've tons of veggies.

Shad, how long will you be in Perth again? The Aussie/Canuk wedding is postponed and Joan is pushing me to go with her when she visits the maybe groom's parents. By the way, I met him and he's yummy!

Carla, enjoy the vacance. I hope the black flies and skeeters aren't too bad in the Gatineau. My son has a cottage near Blue Sea Lake that I must visit but I am dreading a buggy weekend.

Meadow and Happy big :wave: :wave: Dogs are screaming for their supper so their slave has to sign off! Spoiled rotten brats!

happy2bme
07-18-2007, 07:05 PM
Hi chicks.

Last night I kept getting server busy messages and I couldn't post. Today DH called and said the cable and the TV went out. Don't know for how long. Don't know when they will fix it. If it's a wide spread outtage it could get fixed in a day or two - if it's a problem with just our house - might take a week before they even INVESTIGATE it. This is a problem as DH works from home and needs the cable connection. Guess after 2 and a half years he needs to find the local work office. However, since he can't get on the cable modem, he can't get into the company secured intranet and look up offices :dizzy: told him the last time this happened he needed to find the local office so he could go park himself there in the event of an outage. Guess he thought things would be resolved quickly.

Gee - what will I do without TV or the computer? :chin: Hmm I can weed outside, finally hem the 3 pairs of pants that need fixing, exercise (Lord I'm too tired for that when I finally drag myself in at night - late to boot). I could clean out closets, clean out my PC for that matter - get rid of old files clogging up the works. Perhaps I should have the cable go out more often.

And this supports my argument against getting rid of the land line telephone and going internet. No internet. No phone. Yes, we have cell phones but don't get good reception in the house - have to go outside to use them which is not a good thing in the wet winters here.

Anyway, I don't like to use this site at work so I will finish this off. Just wanted to let you know why I might not be around for a bit. Hopefully things will be fixed quickly :crossed: take care all. :grouphug:

Shad
07-18-2007, 09:18 PM
Morning all, quick post since I am about to be taught how to suck eggs. Actually I volunteered to go. It is always good to keep ones knowledge up to date.

Ruth I am in Perth until January. I have an apartment with two bedrooms. You can stay with me for the time you are in Perth - no dogs tho'. Not allowed in the complex.

Happy - hope the cable/tv/intenet gets fixed IMMEDIATELY. How unlike DH not to check out the lay of the land before he gets into trouble. Maybe he needs to go to an Internet cafe that is working.

Mel - rest up and look after yourself.

Hello to the rest of you - I'm off to level one to learn how to train adult learners.

MELODY525
07-19-2007, 09:13 AM
I SKIMMED THRU THE POSTS. SORRY BUT I NEED TO GO FOOD SHOPPING AND THAT OUGHT TO REALLY HELP MY EYES! :faint: SO I THOUGHT I BETTER POST SOMETHING NOW!

I WON'T COMMENT TODAY BUT TO SAY TO HAPPY~ WE WERE TOLD AFTER 9/11 TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A LANDLINE....AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT IT CAME IN HANDY EVERYTIME THE ELECTRIC GOES OUT....I AM SOMETIMES THE ONLY ONE WITH A LANDLINE!! EVERYONE HAS GONE TO RECHARGABLES!! :rofl:

OK GOTTA RUN. SORRY THE CURRANTS FELL OF MIS RUTH'S BUSHES!! AND HOPE SHAD DOES WILL IN THE LEVEL ONE SANDBOX!! PLAY NICE WITH THE BOYS SHADDIE....THEY'RE A BIT MORE FRAGILE THAN WE ARE!! :rofl:
HAPPY THURSDAY!

Ruthxxx
07-19-2007, 10:02 AM
What a way to start the day! We had a bad T-storm early this morning and a tree fell in my lane! Luckily it missed my car. So I put on my lumberjack stuff, fired up my trusty electric chain-saw and hacked it up. Sometimes it feels really great to do a "man's job". Kevin came by and I did accept his offer to take the branches away.
The Doggage and I are due at the vet shortly so I'm outta here.

ceejay52
07-19-2007, 04:07 PM
Ruth--Maybe that's what I need the buzz of a chain saw. I've never had to fast with out those before.

Happy-There is always the library.

Mel--No need to post as long as we know you are okay.

The heart health was done this morning. Had one caution light which was my blood pressure of 133/81. had 4 red lights, my HDL, good,cholesterol needs to come up, total cholesterol was 127.The bmi was 32.8 and body fat percentage was 44.1. The main thing that I'm concerned about is that the carotid artery was a little high. She highly suggested that I have a dagnostic ultrasound done. This was the reason for going to find things early. I've not had any symtoms but since heart disease runs in my family I wanted to be checked.

MELODY525
07-19-2007, 06:54 PM
RUTH~ I WOULD RATHER BURN OUT THAN RUST OUT TOO!!! GLAD TO HEAR ABOUT THE CHAINSAW MASSACRE OF THE FALLEN TREE!! WILL THERE BE A SEQUEL????:rofl: :rofl: :lol3: :lol3: HAPPY CUTTING!!

CEEJAY~ GLAD THE FRAME FINALLY GOT THERE AND YOU LIKE IT AND THE BOOKCASE TOO! ARE YOU REDOING THE WHOLE APARTMENT????:rofl: IS THIS S BIG SPRING/SUMMER/FALL CLEANING AND RE DOING??? LOL
ENJOY THE NEW BED!

DID YOU EVER JUST HAVE ONE OF THOSE DAYS WHERE YOU FEEL BEHOLDING TO GOD OR A HIGHER AUTHORITY FOR ALL THE HAPPINESS YOU FEEL? IT WASN'T SOMETHING THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED AND I CANNOT PUT MY FINGER ON THE REASON WHY BUT TODAY WAS AN EXCEPTIONALLY HAPPY DAY INSIDE OF ME. HOPE I DON'T SOUND BONKERS BUT IT WAS A GOOD FEELING INSIDE MY CHEST. CAN'T EXPLAIN IT...IT WAS JUST THERE. LIKE A FEELING OF FREEDOM. I HAD IT ALL DAY TOO. EVEN THOUGH THOSE AROUND ME WERE ABSOLUTELY OFF THEIR ROCKERS...I STRAIGHTENED OUT EVERYTHING THAT'S BEEN WRONG FOR THEM WHEN I GOT BACK HOME FROM FOOD SHOPPING. I EVEN GOT THEM TO GET OFF EACH OTHERS CASES. USUALLY I COME BACK HERE FEELING EXHAUSTED AND DRAINED BUT NOT TODAY. THE ACCT'S JUST LEFT ALSO AND I STILL FEEL HAPPY....GLOWING EVEN! :rofl: MUST BE THE BEGINNING OF A COLD :lol3: :lol3:
I AM OFF TO THE SHOWER AND A NIGHT OF TV!
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT AND GOOD MORNING MISS SUNSHINE!!:sunny:

MELODY525
07-19-2007, 07:12 PM
I AM GOING TO MAKE THIS FOR THE KIDS TO TAKE WITH THEM TO THE COUNTRY AND THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE IT. JIC!! LOL

(Courtesy of Chatelaine Magazine August 2007)

The beans get even more flavourful as they sit in the vinaigrette.

This salad can be enjoyed warm or chilled!
Ingredients:



1 lb (500g) green beans

· 2 garlic cloves, minced

· 1 shallot, minced

· 1 Tbsp (15mL) chopped chives

· 1 Tbsp (15mL) chopped basil

· 1 Tbsp (15mL) balsamic vinegar

· ½ tsp (2mL) Dijon mustard

· Generous pinches of salt and pepper

· 1 ½ Tbsp vegetable or olive oil

· ½ pint cherry tomatoes or quartered small tomatoes

· Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)



Directions:



1. Trim beans. Boil in a large saucepan partially filled with water over high heat until tender-crisp, 3 to 5 mins.

2. Prepare garlic, shallot, chives and basil. In a small bowl, whisk balsamic with Dijon, salt and pepper. Add garlic, shallot, chives and basil. Slowly whisk in oil.

3. Drain beans well. Place in a large bowl with tomatoes. Add dressing and toss. Sprinkle with Parmesan, if you like.
Makes 4 servings.

Shad
07-19-2007, 09:13 PM
Morning all,
Still having an e-mail war with the Rental Agency about the method of payment for the bond (one months rent) and one months rent in advance! Now I am so aware of why I own a house and don't rent anything anywhere. Rental agencies are anal. I mean do they really think I am going to carry around several thousand dollars in my wallet. Cash indeed. Makes one wonder what they are doing with the trust account! I can get a bank cheque, but since my bank is a non branch bank - I can't walk into a branch off the street - getting a bank cheque is a 5 day wait for the post, and then waiting for the cheque to clear another bunch of days gone by. If I go to a bank on the street the fee for a non customer could be up to $50.00 and I'm digging in my heels! I may have to do this but I don' wanna!!!!! :bb: :tantrum:

Ruth - the chainsaw queen. Good on'ya. Love a good chainsaw session myself. One of those beautiful trees met the end huh! You should have let Kevin do the chainsawing and hauled the trees to the trailer yourself. That way you would have lost a couple of pounds. Good exercise for the dogs too.

It's Friday here. Tomorrow afternoon the All Blacks (NZ footy team) meet the Wallabies (Aust footy team) It should be a fairly lively match. I have to find somewhere to watch it. Preferably with a bunch of Kiwis and South Africans. We all love to watch the Aussies lose. Anyway, I've extended my hotel stay because of the above rent problem, and if necessary I'll stay in my room and do the Haka to annoy them on either side, upstairs and downstairs.

Right O time to go and annoy the banks again. I'll be back.

Shad
07-19-2007, 09:55 PM
I posted as above and came back to find I had missed another page of posting.

Mel - I delighted to know that you have had what I call a day out of time. I don't care what causes them. I just know that I love it when they suddenly appear and cast a whole new outlook on life. Long may you have this day. Seize it and be happy.

Yeehaaaa - success with the rental company. They have stretched a point and allowed me to make a bank transfer electronically. Life is suddenly much better. I think maybe it had something to do with the fact that I threatened to pull out of the deal or charge them for the bank fees that did it. Maybe it was also that I threatened to sue if I got robbed with all that cash! Whatever, they have suddenly arrived in the 21st century and I have action.

Gotta go. Bend a few more heads and see if I can get the programs I need added to this computer.

PainterWoman
07-20-2007, 03:03 AM
I'm in a bit of a torpor. Missed the appropriate times to get to the gym, but ate reasonably sanely today. DH is SO cranky about the state of affairs politically and, by extension, on TV that I don't know what I'm supposed to do. I want to hear the updates, but want to be kind/empathic, blah blah blah, and those things seem to be in direct contradiction to one another. feh.

Ruth: Bravo on the power tools.
CJ-- it seems that you are wise to get your workups sooner rather than later
Mel: Bravo on such a great day. sometimes it pays NOT to question things too closely, right. Just enjoy. Hope tomorrow is the same.

Shad
07-20-2007, 05:23 AM
Painter if it makes him cranky, it's his problem not yours. Keep yourself up to date with the necessary information. He's a lovely man, but you must suit yourself once in a while.
His crankiness one presumes is directed at the current state of affairs in Afghanistan and Pakistan? Is George about to commit more troops to that area against all advice???

Ill try to get in over the weekend, but don't bank on it. If I find an Internet cafe I will do it. meantime I need to make inquiries about putting my internet account on the new pc. Then I can yak from anywhere! Beware

MELODY525
07-20-2007, 09:25 AM
CEEJAY I AM SO SORRY I MISSED YOUR POST ABOUT THE HEART SEARCH. HOPING THE NEXT BOUT OF TESTS SHOW NOTHING IS SERIOUSLY AMISS!! SENDING GOOD WISHES AND :hug: GOOD YOU ARE CATCHING THINGS EARLY. KEEP US POSTED.

PW~ I AM EMBARASSED TO ADMIT THAT ONCE AGAIN UI HAVE TURNED ALL NEWS OFF AGAIN. SAT HERE EITHER CRYING OR SCREAMING!:rofl: MAYBE YOU CAN WATCH IT AND GIVE US AN UPDATE ONCE AND AWHILE! I TOLD JEN THAT IF THEY DROP A BOMB SOMEWHERE IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE TO GIVE ME A CALL!

SHAD~ GLAD YOU GOT THE RENTAL AGENCY SETTLED!! SOMETIMES YOU WONDER WHAT PEOPLE ARE THINKING. YES I AM EVER GRATEFUL ABOUT YESTERDAY. HAVE NOT HAD ANYTHING LIKE THAT IN A VERY LONG TIME. CAN'T EVEN REMEMBER WHEN:faint: HOPE THE NEW ABODE SUITS YOUR NEEDS AND THE MAINTENANCE DEPT WORKS BETTER THAN THE LAST ONE.....WILL YOU BE POKONG AROUND THE HEATERS NOW WITH WINTER THERE? :lol3:

I AM GOING BACK TO THE STORE TO GET SOME CHICKEN. THE SALE BEGAN TODAY. WILLY IS GOING ON VACATION FOR A WEEK SO I SOULD STOCK UP A BIT. NOT SO HAPPY WITH THE OTHER DRIVER. I BETTER GET A MOVE ON. NOT FULLY DRESSED! :yikes: THERE IS NO NUCITY ALLOWED ON THE BUS:rofl: TOO MANY WRINKLES AND WILLY WILL GET TOO SICK TO DRIVE :lol3:
HAPPY FRIDAY!!! HAPPY SATURDAY!!! :moped:

ceejay52
07-20-2007, 12:00 PM
Mel--I'm with you about watching the news. It's very discouraging. In answer to your question about redecorating. The new furniture was needed. This should last me until I retire or go to live with one of my sisters.

Shad--glad you got things straightened out.

Not much news here. Our safety luncheon is today. Kinda hope Tim brings mine to the plant. We may go to 8 hours until Bud gets back. I've worked five 12 hour days this week. His blood pressure went up. He was not given his pills. They will regulate this before he come home.

Hollyhock
07-20-2007, 05:03 PM
Sitting for a few moments and have cught up wiht everyone's doings. Been non stop fun(?) for me all day every day..work, kids stuff, chores, cooking, cleaning, damn dishes....have squeezed in some fun stuff.
I have been a bit grumpy. Really hollered at the other 3 people I live here with at 9:45pm last night to help tidy up etc. Upset the lounging sloths. Feel bad but it did have an impact. I was still up alone at midnight finishing dishes and laundry.sigh

I am tired right now. Our Gala Days and Turtle Races start tonight and go all weekend. My kids aren't doing as many of the events this year.
I invited a couple of families to come over on Sat after supper to hang out for my Bday and have a campfire.
What I would like to do is sleep in til ,oh, 9am.

HUGS!!!

http://www.galadays.org/

Ruthxxx
07-20-2007, 05:40 PM
Major t-storm again early this morning and I think I have a fried modem! I'm at the Fair Office but am not planning to make it a habit this close to Fair tme. Spent a while with kiddie tech support trying to get connected but no luck. The kid suggested I get my husband to look at it! *******! If I have time, I'll ask Rob or Moel to check it out. However, it looks like I'll be offline a lot until it gets fixed. I really don't have time for this nonsense with such a busy time ahead. Why do these things happen on Friday?

Enough griping!

Lucy still is wheezing but the vet determined that it's her nose, not her throat or chest. Being a Gloom and Doom type, she suggested it could be bone cancer :yikes: or an allergy. We're starting with the easy one. :lol: Miss Lucy is on antihistamine which is supposed to make her sleepy but doesn't because she is Lucy. :shrug: She seems to be breathing better.

So that's the story. I have my BIL's art show to do tomorrow. He is donating the sales to The Stephen Lewis Foundation so we are hoping for a good response. It's lunch and drinks so there's been a fair amount of prep - chili and cole slaw for 100! Sunday is a garden tour and by Monday it'll be Fair preparation so I may not be online much, even if I do get a connection.

Not to worry, OK? I'll pop back in once I get my home pc running.

MELODY525
07-20-2007, 07:32 PM
:joker::cb::cp::hat::dance::grouphug::dancer::wiza rd::lucky::bday2::bday2you::celebrate::hb::woo::gi ft::balloons:


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR HOLLY
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!

HOPE YOUR SPECIAL DAY TOMORROW WILL BE BRIGHT AND SUNNY!! THERE IS A RULE THOUGH...THE BIRTHDAY GIRL DOES NOT DO DISHES ON HER SPECIAL DAY! :tantrum:
HAVE A GREAT ONE!

MELODY525
07-20-2007, 07:35 PM
CEEJAY~ HOPE BUD WILL BE ALRIGHT AND COME BACK QUICKLY. HOPE TOO YOUR DAYS DON'T HAVE TO BE 12 HRS ANYMORE OR ALL OF YOU WILL BE EXHAUSTED!!!
MAYBE I'LL BUY JEN AN ENTERTAINMENT CENTER....I DON'T WANT HER TO COME BACK AND LIVE WITH ME :lol3: :lol3:

RUTH~ HUGS FOR YOU AND MISS LUCY!! HOPE THE COMPUTER WOES GET SORTED OUT AND YOU CAN ENJOY YOUR TIME WITH US!!!!! :dance: HAVE A NICE ART SHOW VISIT!!!!

Hollyhock
07-20-2007, 11:48 PM
Thanks Miss Melly!!!

I do love my little village here. Gala Days is off to a good start. Had to drag the kids outa there after 10pm. They were angels!!! Yippee!!

I need a nice long sleep!!

((Ruth)) you are super busy!!

MELODY525
07-21-2007, 09:42 AM
:hb:WELL I SEE HOLLY'S BIRTHDAY WEEKEND IS OFF TO A GOOD START WITH A GALA CELEBRATION :hb:
AGAIN, HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!:bubbles:

WHAT A NIGHT I HAD. BEGAN WITH A COLD SWEAT THAT KEPT WAKING ME UP AND I MEAN SWEAT! I WAS SOAKED. THEN NEXT THING I KNOW I WAN IN THE BATHROOM A LITTLE AFTER 3AM :tantrum: WONDER IF I LOST ANY WEIGHT :rofl: MY STIMACH AND OTHER PARTS ARE FEELING VERY TENDER AND I DON'T THINK I CAN MANAGE ANY FOOD. SITTING HERE DRINKING PLAIN SELTZER AND FEELING A BIT BETTER. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENED. THERE WAS A WEE BIT OF DRAMA IN MY SMALL FAMILY AND MOM DECIDED TO GET INVOLVED. I SAID A FEW THINGS THAT I'VE BEEN BITING MY TONGUE ABOUT. IT SEEMS TO HAVE DONE THE TRICK. TIME WILL TELL. LET ME TELL YOU THAT THE GRANDSON IS MORE WELL BEHAVED THAN THE REST OF THE BROOD! :rofl: :rofl:
WE ARE HAVING FALL-LIKE WEATHER OUTSIDE AND THE MORNINGS ACTUALLY HAVE A TINY CRISPNESS ABOUT THEM. LOVELY LIGHT WINDS AND GUSTS AND I AM LOVING IT!!! BALA JAS NOT CALLED ME SO I GUESS NO ONE IS USING THE OFFICE. AFTER I CHECK EVERYTHING, I AM TURNING THE PHONES OFF AND PUTTING MY FEET UP. GOOD WEEKEND FOR THE EYES AND TUMMY TO REST. PEACE IS JUST A PHONE JACK AWAY!!!! :dance:

HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND. BE KIND TO YOURSELVES AND GET YOUR INNER BATTERIES CHARGED UP! :moped:

MELODY525
07-21-2007, 01:32 PM
MY FRIEND JUST MADE THIS FOR HER PARENTS AND DROPPED DINNER OFF FOR ME ALSO. SHE TOLD ME TO MAKE SOME PASTA OF MY CHOICE. OF COURSE I HAD TO TASTE A WEE BIT!! YUM!! SHE GOT IT OFF THE TV THIS MORNING AND I JUST FOUND THE WEBSITE AND THE CHICKEN RECIPE. HOW SIMPLE TOO. I WOULD EVEN MAKE IT MYSELF BUT I BETTER WATCH HOW MUCH TOMATOES I EAT FOR AWHILE. HERE'S THE INFO:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_ei

Chicken Scallopine with Sage and Fontina Cheese Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis
See this recipe on air Monday Jul. 30 at 1:30 PM ET/PT.






6 (4 1/2 to 5 1/2-ounce) chicken cutlets, pounded thin
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 sage leaves
3 ounces grated fontina cheese
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove, halved
1/2 cup white wine
1 (28-ounce) can whole San Marzano tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Special Equipment: toothpicks


Place the chicken cutlets on a clean work surface, narrow end facing you. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place one sage leaf crosswise on each of the pieces of chicken. Sprinkle each of the pieces of chicken with 1/2 ounce (about 2 tablespoons) of fontina cheese. Roll up the chicken and seal with one or two toothpicks.
Warm the olive oil and halved garlic clove in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat until the garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the chicken. Brown the chicken on all sides, about 3 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the pan and remove and discard the garlic. Add the wine and simmer for 2 minutes while scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.

Meanwhile, combine the tomatoes and red pepper flakes in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the tomato mixture to the reduced wine in the pan. Simmer for 5 minutes to let the flavors marry.

Return the chicken to the pan. Simmer the chicken in the tomato sauce for 10 minutes. Turn the chicken over and simmer until cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the pan. Season the tomato sauce with salt and pepper. Spoon the tomato sauce onto serving plates or a serving platter. Slice the chicken into 1-inch rounds. Remove the toothpicks. Place the chicken over the sauce and serve immediately.

Hollyhock
07-21-2007, 01:44 PM
((Mel))

MELODY525
07-21-2007, 04:00 PM
:hohoho:I WAS JUST REMINDING MYSELF OF SOMETHING. I REALIZE IT'S A WEE BIT EARLY BUT IF WE'RE GOING TO BUY THINGS ON-LINE FOR XMAS PRESENTS FOR OUR FAMILY OR FRIENDS WE SHOULD REALLY CONSIDER USING LINKS FROM 3FC SO THEY GET CREDIT FOR THE SALE: LIKE AMAZON ETC. I HAVE PUT THIS ON A POST-IT NOTE AND ATTACHED IT TO MY PC SO I DON'T FORGET. IT WILL BE ESPECIALLY GOOD CAUSE I CAN SEND DIRECT TO THE KIDS AND NOT HAVE TO RE-POST IT AFTER I GET IT. GOING TO SIMPLIFY THIS YEAR. MAKE MY HOLIDAYS EASIER. JUST A THOUGHT:santa:

happy2bme
07-21-2007, 04:07 PM
Hi girls (and to Mel who's on right now). Still no internet service at home. It's 2pm on Saturday and I am at the office trying to catch up with work. Made DH come with me because this office is not in the best part of town and I'm not comfortable being here (mostly) alone.

I just literally breezed through the posts. Didn't catch much except Mel's eating some good chicken and Happy Belated Birthday to Holly! :yay: :hb: Hope you had a wonderful dish free day. And maybe the rest of the household surprised you for a change? :dunno:

Ok, can't stay. I'm supposed to be working and neither I nor DH wish to sit in the office here any longer than the minimum necessary.

Love to the chicks. I hope they can find and fix the cable problem by Wednesday. No TV, No Internet - this is getting boring since last Tuesday. Not even any good movies to rent - at least the few we wanted to see weren't in stock.

Have a good weekend :grouphug:

PainterWoman
07-22-2007, 12:03 AM
CJ: hope friends/family/schedule are on the mend.
Mel: I don't care about G. de Laurentis' recipes, I'd just like her FIGURE.:carrot:
Holly: belated birthday greetings. :woo::woo::woo::woo:
Happy and Ruth: Hope your electronix stuff gets straightened out with no cash outlay. And Ruth, a special hug for your precious pooch.

I'm taking a figure drawing class. DH won't let me practice drawing him... and our cat is brown with browner stripes. Next cat I get will have to be LIGHT COLORED so I can see where her lumps and bumps are! Plus she tends to hide (see below!)

Today was OK food wise. The stickers are still a necessity (juvenile motivation rah rah rah :o

I was unceremoniously awakened by the Police Department awaking me (I'm on call this weekend) and needing me to console/help a woman who's husband died in his sleep last night. She, her daughter and their gorgeous golden labrador retriever were doing way better than I anticipated. She doesn't know it, but I'm adding this woman to my role model list. Sad and in shock, yes, but also spry, slim, sharp at 77 (had pretty silk pj's on when I first got there.)

I went to the gym on the way home. (Had some anger that such a difficult thing happened to such a neat family.) Am now VERY sore! Serves me right, because I skipped the gym since Monday. :lifter::wl:

Ran errands a bit, came home in time to meet the "squirrel trapper." He says the squirrels (or possibly RATS.... YUCK) were definitely IN THE ATTIC. They prefer the insulation in the corners and take it outside to their "real" nest he says. YUCK YUCK.:p:mouse::sssh::no: I'm so glad we were "only" a brief stop over and supply station.

Had dinner out then went to Half Price books. Found an anatomy/drawing reference and novels that I'd missed... (by Elizabeth Adler) I should be able to read myself (rather than feed myself) to sleep for at least this week.

Hope I don't get called out in the middle of the night tonight... and that all of you have a good remainder of the weekend.

Shad
07-22-2007, 01:05 AM
Morning all,
Holly - Happy Birthday. :hb: :hb: Hope it is or was happy and bountiful. Glad to hear the kids were good at the gala.

Mel - poor tummy, poor Mel. Hope that all fixes itself very shortly. I still haven't got back to your J yet. I will do so when I settle down here. If I ever get to settle down.

Happy is here and gone with the office computer. Ruth is having problems with hers oh what a fun life we lead.

Painter - it doesn't matter what motivates you to go to the gym, just do it. And if you are sore from yesterday, then do it all again today. I know it sounds funny, but the movement will take away a lot of the soreness. I promise it does. You just have to have the courage to get up there and do it.

Haven't got much time here. I'm at an Intenet cafe. The one at the hotel is very expensive $8 per hour. This will cost me $3 for 40 minutes. Bargain.
I know I have the new apartment. Just waiting for comfirmation that I can get into it tomorrow. Perth works slowly on a Sunday. The shops don't even open until midday for heavens sake. And it is wet and windy.
I book out of this hotel on Monday morning. Hope the money and the apartment comes through - otherwise I'm under a bridge or in a watch house somewhere. Keep all fingers crossed please.

I've been promoted at work as well. Meet the new team lead. This means I have to keep the others up to speed (and I have a new chick to mentor) and get the required results. Witches hat coming out of the closet. I think they are aware of the broomstick already parked in the corner.

Anyway, that is about it from a wet, windy and fairly cold Perth. On the upside, I think I may have walked off the holiday weight and my fairly new stretch jeans are about to fall off the hips. I need a belt to hold them up now. Haven't weighed or measured here yet. On the downside, I have to think about a flight home to pick up some stuff I left behind because of weight etc. Boring!!!!! and expensive. But that's it. I'll be back. Good luck to all of us with challenges and challenging each other. I think that's why Carla went to the lake so we couldn't spy on her!!!!

See ya

MELODY525
07-22-2007, 09:36 AM
:witch: SHAD IT'S BETTER TO BE A WITCH THAN A BIOTCH! :rofl: HOPE THE APT AND $$ COME THRU. IF NOT I CAN SEND THE AIRMATTRESS AS SOON AS THE KIDS GET OFF IT! :lol3: CONGRATULATIONS ON THE RAISE IN POWER.....DON'T LET IT GO TO YOUR HEAD AND START HURTING PEOPLE! :rofl: :rofl: :rofl::p

:belly: PAINTER I WOULD LOVE TO LOOK LIKE HER! I ALSO LOVE HER MANNER. SUCH A LADY. HAD A GIGGLE AT THE DH VS POSING AS A MODEL!! :rofl: MAYBE I SHOULD ADD THAT LADY ALSO TO A LIST OF MENTORS. LATELY THERE AREN'T MANY ON MY LIST! :lol3: SEND THE TRAPPER HERE....WE HAVE SOME WILD MICKEY'S RUNNING AROUND IN THE LOBBY! I TOLD THE SENIORS WE SHOULD GET CAGES AND KEEP THEM AS PETS!! THEY WERE NOT AMUSED :rofl:

HAPPY~ SO SORRY YOU AND DH HAD TO GO TO WORK ON THE WEEKEND. :hug: NOT A VERY NICE WEEKEND FOR EITHER OF YOU. HOPE TODAY IS BETTER AND YOU GET TO HAVE A LIE IN!:cloud9: I WILL REST ALL DAY JUST FOR YOU! :lol3: HOPE YOUR JOB CALMS DOWN!!:hug:

TRUTH TELL THAT MY EYES ARE NOT YET 100% BUT I AM NOT ON THAT LIST OF "DON'TS" 100% EITHER. IT IS A TOUGH ROAD LET ME TELL YOU. I FIND THE LESS I TALK ABOUT IT THE BETTER I AM. SO I HAVE TOLD NO ONE HERE EXCEPT WILLY AND A FRIEND. FOR SOMEONE WHO CAN'T SEEM TO STOP SMOKING, HE IS VERY SUPPORTIVE TO THE POINT OF BEING PUSHY WITH ME!!:tantrum:
MAYBE HIS LECTURES WILL HELP.....WHO KNOWS.
I AM HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION THOUGH.
LEAVING THE WINDOWS CLOSED TODAY. BEING OUTSIDE AFFECTED THE EYES. :faint: I MIGHT GO TO THE MALL TOMORROW. I'LL SEE WHO THE MALL DRIVER WILL BE.
MISSING WILLY ALREADY! :(
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

MELODY525
07-22-2007, 04:46 PM
:hohoho:155 days, 9 hours, 17 minutes and 25 seconds

ceejay52
07-22-2007, 08:40 PM
Holly--Happy birthday. Best wishes (((hugs)))

Mel--Hope you are feeling much better today. ((hugs))

Shad--Fingers crossed that you have and are in the apartment.

PW Have you done a self protrait?

Happy, Carla, Meadow and the rest. Have a good day

Every one stay on plan.

We started our 8 hour shifts today and I can really tell a difference. Wish we could stay on them.

I think I'm just going to count calories, fat grams and cholesterol from now on. I'm stressing again over the whole thing but there is something at work which may have a bearing on things.

I have sat here and munched on a jar of almonds. Move over Mel I'll be joining you in the bathroom.

I'm going to tackle some cleaning, and get lunch prepared for tomorrow. Breakfast is waiting for me in the fridge at work.

Shad
07-22-2007, 08:48 PM
Tell me you are kidding me Mel - didn't you leave a 0 off that number. Isn't it 1055 or 1550 days to ho ho ho??

Nothing much happening here. I struggled in with my luggage this morning. Got it in here okay, now got to get it out when the time is right. As previously stated, I may be sleeping here tonight! Will be onto the Rental Agency asap this morning. Meantime I have to try and pull this team together and see what gives. 3 meetings to go to - hopefully they all do a Queen Vic on me - ie. don't provide chairs. It goes faster if the 'guests' have to stand up!!
New trainer starting today. Probably have to get him into shape and up to speed as well - but he is a Kiwi so it won't take that long :rofl: :rofl: he will probably have two black eyes and a couple of broken ribs because he went out to the pub to watch the footy on Saturday (NZ played Aust and NZ won).

Actually Mel, after I printed out the recipe you posted, I realised that it was very similar to a dish that I thought I had invented myself - I roll fresh basil and slices of whatever cheese I have in the fridge in boned chicken thighs and then brown them and a clove of garlic lightly and tip in a can of tomatoes and some black pepper. DB2 likes that one and it is simple and easy. Served with chips and a salad or without the chips, it makes a good easy meal.

Weather has turned out dirty again this morning. I guess it is winter and I just have to put up with it. It goes from being cold to mild and I need to get out some jackets to cope with it. These have been hiding in the wardrobe for years and are probably well out of fashion. Who cares, just hope they fit!

Ceejay - see you just snuck in while I wasn't watching (actually I was checking out the million dollar view out the window). Watch those calories. Nuts are expensive in the calorie field. Concentrate on the healthy and forget the faddy bits and pieces. Hope all the heart tests were healthy ones.

Ruth - hope the BIL show went well and got the audience it deserved. I loved some of his paintings and should have got you to put some money on one of them for me. (Then you could have carried it across the world) Does he have a website of his collection?

Okay, I'd better go get emotionally prepared for the day and the week. Also check out some hotels in case I can't get into the apartment today. Bah! No negative thoughts allowed on this Monday. All will be fine. The :angel: are with me!

carla49
07-23-2007, 12:24 AM
Well, just a few days off-line, and there's simply no way to catch up properly. But I'll try.

Holly :bday2you: :woo:

Mel, sorry you were sick. Hope you lost lots and lots of nasty pounds down that drain! Of course it sounds like your appetite's back... ;)

Painter, good for you getting back to the gym. :exercise: Always a good idea.

Happy, I hope you've got your electronics back. You may be forced to go for a swim instead of writing to us. :eek:

Ceejay, I'm with you - a limited number of calories and a balanced diet, and you'll see results.

Shad, who knew that taking a beginner's class in teaching adults would shoot you up to big boss status! :congrat: Good luck getting into the apartment asap!

Madcat, :grouphug:

Ruth, I'm contemplating zipping down to Delta next Sunday for a visit to the fair - maybe the pet show and the bbq. Any chance you'll be around and interested in company?

My cottage visit was rather damp - we had torrential rains and cool temps. There was a quick swim the first night, then nada. Lots of watching old movies on DVD's and chat. :blah: Rather too much wine :hat: but proper eating apart from that.
Tomorrow is pilates class again. (yawn) No sign of joining a gym yet, but if it's hot maybe I'll head to the beach at the local lake for a swim. :swim: A nice hike first would be great, but the foot's acting up. Grrr. Maybe a bike ride instead... :bike:
Today was not a good challenge day. First, two glasses of wine, which were supposed to be a :nono: except for cottage visits. But the real problem was the visit to DQ. I was abducted by aliens who drove my car there and forced me to eat a large :censored: that they've been advertising very heavily on tv. It really wasn't worth the calories, but fearing extraterrestrial consequences I soldiered on and finished most of it. Checked later on the net, and even with what I tossed, I still had about 700cal worth. I won't be doing that again!

Anyway, back on track as of tomorrow morning. There'll be no weight loss this week, but with any luck no gain. :crossed: My goals: down to 175 by Labour Day; down to 160 by Christmas. I'm really enjoying fitting into some of the clothes I haven't worn in two years, and there are still lots waiting for me!

PainterWoman
07-23-2007, 01:29 AM
Shad-et al, thanks for the encouragement to get to the gym. You are SO right. And I NEED to figure out how to go no less than every other day. Every day is best. Today I am SO stiff. (Worked hard yesterday, and gym is closed today.... even with post-exercise stretching, my ankles and knees practically seized up. Makes me walk like I'm a hundred and ten (years not pounds!!))

The squirrel trap our Chimney people put out wasn't there more than 24 hours before it bagged a squirrel. (It's a non injury trap) -- and the man came out (on a Sunday -- not cheap!!) to take the squirrel AT LEAST 10 miles away so he doesn't find us again. They are, apparently creatures of habit With tough teeth. these squirrels have now cost more than $600 in repairs/defensive strategies. (Better than shorted out electrical wires, or rodents IN the residence.) The service men also say that we should try to trap at least 2 squirrels if we want to "interrupt the pattern.":mouse:

Hollyhock
07-23-2007, 08:43 AM
Morning All!!

Whew, what a weekend. Great weekend but very busy. I have 2 extra kids here that stayed last night.Hubby's cousin and son were here for dinner and the evening last night too.

Saturday night ended up being quiet, which was nice. I was in bed by 10pm.A few friends stopped in but left early. We spent much of the weekend at the park in the village for Gala Days. Kids had a fabulous time. Hubby did too. He has been so < dare I say< happy. I just assume I am doing everything alone with the kids and then he speaks up and want to join us. Very nice. The boys did great in the 4 on 4 road hockey tournament yesterday. DD was very upset that I did not have a birthday cake. After the tourney yesterday I went for groceries and picked up a small cake. All is right now in the world.

Much puttering to do today. I need to un and reload the dishwasher before I feed these monkeys. I have Avon orders to get out. I also need to figure out how to make a photo album and post a link. I do have photobucket but it is completely different now and I cant see how to use it.

yawn.

HUGS!!
PS- i bought a digital camera for my bday/wedding anniversary. Yippee!!!
pps- I haven't eaten many veggies for my challenge. Picked some up yesterday, will do better today.
PW- I need to up the exercise too.

MELODY525
07-23-2007, 09:51 AM
:carrot:HOLLY EAT THOSE VEGGIES:broc:

PW~ JUST THINK HOW MUCH EASIER IT WOULD BE ON YOUR POOR BOD IF YOU DID IT REGULARLY!:dance:
I AM THINKING THIS IS GOING TO BE OUR YEAR TO LEARN A LOT ABOUT OURSELVES. :chin: I HAVE DONE A LOT OF THINKING AND LISTENING WHEN YOU SPEAK!:listen:
THAT IS WHAT THIS THREAD SHOULD BE ALL ABOUT....TAKING THE TIME OUT OF OUR BUSY LIVES AND ENCOURAGING EACH OTHER. LORD KNOWS I HAVE LEARNED A LOT FROM YOU...BECAUSE YOU TOOK THAT TIME. :hug:

CARLA~ :welcome: BACK! GLAD THE VISIT WAS SO NICE. YOU CAN WORK OFF THE DQ!!! DID IT HAVE COFFEE IN IT??? INQUIRING MINDS NEED TO KNOW. :cofdate:
HOPE THE KITTIES WELCOMED YOU BACK!:carrot:
SOUNDS LIKE YOU WERREN';T SO BAD AFTER ALL! :lol3:

SHAD~ LORD I HOPE YOU HAVE A "HOME" TO GO TO AND ARE IN YOIU BED SLEEPING RIGHT NOW!!!:cloud9:
I'D HAT TO THINK YOU WERE SLEEPING NON THE CLASSROOM FLOOR!!:tantrum: NASTY WEATHER OVER HERE TODAY TOO. GOOD LUCK WITH THE NEW CLASS:hug:

CEEJAY~ HOW DID IT GO WITH THE ALMONDS? TOO MUCH ROUGHAGE?? TOO MANY CALORIES!! :rollpin:
I SAVED YOU A SEAT IN THE LOO JUST IN CASE! :rofl: GLAD YOU ARE WORKING SOME MORE NORMAL HOURS!!

TODAY IS 63 AND AFTER ALL THE HEAT IT FEELS LIKE FALL FOR REAL NOW!! BUT IT'S ONLY FOR ONE DAY THEY SAID. :rain:IT'S POURING OUT BUT THE DESTRUCTOS HAVE FOUND SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE BIG CRANE ANYWAY. POOR SODS ARE SOAKED. BUT I BET THEY GET BIG BUCKS TO BE THAT WET!!;)
NO MALL FOR ME. JUST TOO MUCH RAIN AND NO BREAK TO GET ON AND OFF THE BUS DRY. AND ROLLING THUNDER :yikes:
I EMPTIED & MOVED THE CEDAR CHEST INTO THE BEDROOM. SORTED AND TOSSED AND REFILLED IT AGAIN. NOW ALL THE CHAIRS HAVE A CORNER OF THE ROOM AND I HAVE MORE FLOOR SPACE. FEELS LESS CONFINING.
:goodscale THE SCALE WAS VERY GOOD TO ME AND I AM NOW 184.5 ONCE AGAIN. WONDER HOW MANY TIMES I HAVE PASSED THIS NUMBER GOING UP AND DOWN IN THE LAST 3 YEARS :rofl: SO IT'S A GOOD DAY TODAY FOR ME :dance:
HAPPY MONDAY AND HAVE A GREAT DAY! :moped:

MELODY525
07-23-2007, 09:56 AM
KAURANGI~(SHAD)....I ALMOST FORGOT!! I WENT DOWN LAST NIGHT TO CHECK ON A SMOKE ALARM THAT WENT OFF AND DECIDED TO GET SATURDAYS MAIL....I AM SO EXCITED!! THANKS SO MUCH!! I WILL LOAD IT TODAY AND TEST DRIVE THE SCREENSAVER! THE TINY PICS ON THE COVER ARE GORGEOUS AS MUCH AS I CAN SEE! :lol3: THE ENVELOPE WAS ADORABLE AND THE CARD TOO. MORE BOOKCASE STUFF. I AM GOING TO GET A BULLETINBOARD FOR ONE OF THE WALLS....JUST FOR 3FC STUFF.
SENDING MANY :hugs: YOUR WAY!!!
:love: LOVE, PORANGI

PS~ THE PICS ARE DOWNLOADED AND GORGEOUS!! I LOVE THEM. THANKS SO MUCH AGAIN!! BTW, BOTH CHICKEN RECIPES ARE LIKE CORDON BLEU WITH LITTLE DIFFERENCES. YOURS REMINDED ME I CAN HAVE A LOT OF TASTE WITHOUT ADDING TOO MUCH OF ANYTHING....AND HAVE VARIETY TOO. GOODY GOODY!

MELODY525
07-23-2007, 09:59 AM
:wave: TO HAPPY AND MADCAT AND MEADOW AND NAE :hug:
:D AND ALL THE OTHER WORLDLY CHICKS.. TIG AND TEEL AND LINUS...YOU MIGHT BE GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.

ceejay52
07-23-2007, 02:53 PM
mel--was concerned about the fiber but so far every thing is okay.

The boss told me I'd have Saturday and hopefully Bud will be back by that time when the next week end rolls around. I almost laughed at him. He said I've only had one day off this week,i'm tired. Dah what about my five 12 hours days with one day off. Men!!!

hello to the rest.

Meadow
07-23-2007, 06:02 PM
Muggy and sporatic rain here, funny old day. I've been blowing bubbles out back with the kids. The bubbles seem to last longer when there is a bit of moisture in the air. I'm focusing on what I do have rather than the opposite. I just can't deal with all the worrying about not having bones sticking out and counting my ribs stuff :p That being said I have been eating decently. Bought some lovely fava beans *insert noise ;) no chianti but good just the same. I mixed them with some rice and curry/ginger, mushroom soup mix :slurp:

Mel-Do you have the binoculars out to keep an eye on the lovely construction crews? Maybe you could take out some hot chocolate and take their chills away ;) Behave! :D Shouldn't you have the pc shut off if there is rolling thunder? Take care of your eyes. Christmas?!

Shad-I hope your new abode has the heat functioning. Is it close to where you will be working? Congratulations on the new boss job. Power just seems to follow you, use it wisely :)

Holly-Hope you had a grand birthday. Bet you will get lots of lovely pics from your new camera.

Ceejay-I hope you catch up on your sleep. More than 8 hours at any job would make a persons head swim. Fingers crossed they see that the 12 hour shifts are wearing you out.

PW-those poor squirrels, they must be so confused :lol3: It is lovely that you are not poisoning them and are setting them free elsewhere. Make sure you take your oils and keep your joints lubricated. Don't want to pull something, enjoy the sweat and exercise.

Carla-put down that wine glass:devil: How was pilates? Do you feel taller? I've watched a class on television, lots of holding poses, makes me ache just thinking about it. I hope you feel tight and toned.

Happy-are things back to normal? Are you still travelling to the office for the internet? Have you been swimming? How hot is it? I saw "My house in Umbria" on the television last weekend. Maggie Smith and a cast of characters, I loved it, but then I adore things about independent women with big houses in Italy ;)

Got to go :wave: be well ladies of the world, you chicks of tremendous powers!

Shad
07-23-2007, 09:05 PM
Oh great, the first parcel arrived. That was quick. Watch out for the tube next. If one has arrived, the other should not be far behind. Glad the screen savers worked.
I have my Butchart Gardens photos all ready to load, just need access to the internet now to do so. Can't do it from here. I think someone would have a bit of a moan.

Holly - if you can't figure out Photobucket, have a go at Webshots. It too is free in part - you can only load up so many albums before you either have to get rid of some or pay. That's what I have used for years.

Carla - Ruth's modem fried in a recent storm. You may have to resort to ringing her. If you do decide to go, don't forget to get a street map of Delta. It's not like Ottawa! You could get lost for hours in amongst the trees! :lol3: :lol3:

Painter - them naughty squirrels! Does 10 miles away mean that they will let them loose on someone elses roof! :mouse: Get thee to the gym woman and be done with it. It's only 45 mins out of the rest of your life - which may well become longer if you exercise! Now there's a thought that came out of left field. :yikes: :eek: :faint:

Mellie - come out of the dawg house. You're doing okay!

I moved in last night. No soap in the place, but at least there are toilet rolls. :rofl: I will have to now find a supermarket. There is no :censored:, tea or milk. No bread - no anything apart from 2 packets of cup a soup. But at least I am in.

It's cold and wet again in Perth. If this keeps up, I am off to buy some thermal underwear. I suppose I should not complain, it is the middle of winter and can only get better from here on in (she hopes) :crossed:

Anyway, I'd better go and sort out the day, get the rooster and the chick organised and then go find out what is going on.

See ya

MELODY525
07-24-2007, 09:20 AM
CEEJAY...MEN HAVE VERY CONVENIENT MEMORIES:rofl: :rofl: HOPE BUD FEELS MUCH BETTER AND COMES BACK SO YOU CAN GET BACK ON SCHEDULE.

MEADOW~ I WILL BRING TH CHIANTI NEXT TIME YOU MAKE THE FAVA BEANS. I HAVE NEVER HAD THEM. I AM TRYING MY BEST TO BEHAVE WITH ALL THESE HOTTIES RIGHT OUTSIDE MY WINDOW!! BESIDES WHEN I DROOL, IT MAKES MY MAINTENANCE MEN JEALOUS :lol3: :lol3:

SHAD~ CAN'T WAIT FOR JEN TO SEE ALL THE PICS. I LOVE THE WINTER SHOTS OF COURSE...THE ONE WITH XMAS LIGHTS! :hohoho: STAY WARM AND DRY WHEN YOU CAN. BIG CHANGE FROM ALL THE HEAT! :( VERY GLAD YOU ARE MOVED IN AND HAPPY SHOPPING!

I WILL GO FOOD SHOPPING AT THE END OF THE WEEK WHEN I AM ASSURED OF A BETTER DRIVER. THEY CALL ME CHICKEN BUT I HAVE NO INTENTION OF TAKING ANY CHANCES OF GETTING HURT AGAIN. THAT MEMORY STILL LINGERS IN MY MIND :faint: THE WEATHER IS GORGEOUS AND EVERYTHING IS ALL CLEAN AND GREEN FROM YESTERDAY'S RAINS. GOING TO GET OFF HERE IN A FEW AND GET AN EARLY RIDE IN. HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY! :sunny:
HAPPY TUESDAY :moped:

Shad
07-24-2007, 08:57 PM
You and me huh Mel?

It's raining again in Perth. Was nice and dry walking down the hill this morning and I turned the corner towards the office and the wind blew and the rain fell down in bucket loads and it was freezing! I really do not appreciate this weather.

Found a small grocery shop last night. I won't be using it often. It is just too expensive. So I still need to find the nearest supermarket and farmers markets etc.

This job is proving challenging too. I don't think I will be taking the broomstick to the trainees, however I think it may come out of it's corner with some of the 'business analysts and consultants'. One in particular got up my nose yesterday. Today we will have a frank and meaningful discussion. I don't mind being given directions, I don't mind having to ask for information, I do not like being told that I have to do things a certain way because they have always done it like that - that's why they are in the mess they are in.
I am compiling a list of questions and won't leave the desk until they are answered satisfactorily.

Anyway, I'll be back later to check up on the doings. I checked Ruth's SB thread yesterday, appears she may have to get a new computer as well as modem. She is posting once in a while from the fairground but is limited in time there. She will no doubt be back.

Glad you are enjoying the screensavers Mel. It's almost better than being there as you get to see it in all weathers. I wish I could have been there for the Saturday night fireworks and water and lighting displays. Still it gives me an excuse to go back I guess.

Right - time to get moving. I'll be back later.

MELODY525
07-24-2007, 09:29 PM
:yikes: ARE WE ON THE RIGHT THREAD? HAVE THEY ALL GONE TO A NEW AUGUST ONE AND LEFT US BEHIND SHADDIE? :rofl: I HAD TO COME HERE AND CHECK WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT IT BEING JUST YOU AND ME KID!
HOPE YOU GET ALL THE ANSWERS YOU WANT FROM THE DESKMAN. SEEMS TO BE THAT KIND OF WEEK. I DID GET ONE GOOD NEWS...BALA TOLD ME TONITE WHEN HE LEFT THAT THE BIG MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND HE AND THE CREW DON'T NEED TO WORK WEEKENDS AND WILL NOT BE BACK FOR ABOUT 2 WEEKS! :dance:
HOPEFULLY MY WEEKENDS WILL BE MY OWN....OR AT LEAST 2 OF THEM ANYWAY! :rofl: DID YOU FIND THE LONG JOHNS YET? ARE THEY BRIGHT RED WITH A TRAP DOOR IN THE BACK? :lol3: THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP ON RUTH. I HATE TO GO BROWSING AROUND AND USE THE EYES. TOO BAD ABOUT THE PRICES OF FOOD AT THE STORE. IS IT CHEAPER TO GO ELSEWHERE AND SPEND $$ ON GAS? LATELY JEN AND RICHIE HAVE BEEN WEIGHING THE PROS AND CONS ABOUT MILK, BREAD, CIGGIES AND WINE.(all the necessary evils) NOT WORTH GETTING THE CAR AND GOING. :faint:
ENJOY YOUR DAY!! :moped:

Shad
07-24-2007, 09:44 PM
As far as I know we are still on this thread. Haven't gone to August in Afghanistan or Albania or somewhere else equally exciting.

No thermals yet, but I may just go out at lunchtime and buy some. I'd better look at some woolly jumpers as well. Guess the WA sheep are getting nervous that they may be sheared in winter this year.

Tell R & J that they can get the bread and milk at the corner store. Wine store is just down the road. Don't need a ciggie store!!!! Just ask the bird.

linus
07-25-2007, 03:23 AM
good morning to all you wonderful ladies:)

I finally got my head together enough to post a reply and after just 5 minutes back reading ,i admitted defeat and just thought id post :dizzy:,Shads been on an American tour ,Mel is still wonderful darling Mel, someones dog ate all the cake :bravo:{can i borrow formentioned dog ??? mine wouldnt dare go near my chocolate and it badly needs to disappear} and so much more .
After what seems to be horrid year of everything really im kinda getting there and the most important thing was to get back in contact with my friends,ive thought about you all so many times ,christopher has developed into a very clever young man ,not to mention horrid ,messy ,wild ,sadistic and very very cheeky lol
ill e-mail mel or shad some piccies soon
Mel he still has his tiger it sleeps with him every night ,and also the blanket that came with the recieving set you bought him
Anyway eldest son has been fed and watered after his nightshift ,middle son is on school holiday so is in bed hubbys morning for a lie in so hes in bed and im off to clean something that christopher will mess up 5 minutes after i do it,and no he still doesnt sleep all night :(:(
bye for now
love to all
kirsty

Shad
07-25-2007, 06:22 AM
Linus - great to hear from you. Just made my day today.

And WTF it is still raining in Perth.

PainterWoman
07-25-2007, 06:25 AM
I've been keeping up with the reading.... but like Linus, sometimes feel I must either wait or punt as far as doing justice in a reply.
Linus-- I am very glad to see your post... I'm sorry the year has continued to be such a difficult one for you... I think being home with small children was the biggest challenge to MY sanity I ever attempted. It's not really what I'm cut out for. At least they keep changing and growing up.

If somebody has a chance, can they re-post the link to Shad's photos?

Mel-- Yeah, I "should" go to Curves EVERY day.... but today I had 6 clients and a 2.5 hour art class.... wasn't time + energy. but in a minute I'll actually get in bed... then do it over... but tomorrow is only 2 clients with plenty of mid-day time for Curves.

I'm back on the "worry-about-income" carousell... have a client who thinks he's "done" with me... was a significant chunk of income.... Trolling for clients isn't my favorite part of this business!!

TTFN.

MELODY525
07-25-2007, 09:21 AM
http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/559895253LsGnFQ

THIS IS THE ADDIE FOR SHAD'S BUTTERFLY HOUSE PICTURES. ENJOY :bubbles:

PW~ I FOUND THE POST AND BROUGHT IT HERE. I HAVEN'T SEEN THEM MYSELF YET. WAITING FOR A BETTER EYE DAY. GO CURVES GO!! WISH I COULD GET TO CURVES AND BUY ME A FEW!!! :rofl:

LINUS~ OMG I NEAR FELL OUT OF THE CHAIR. I HAVE BEEN THINKING OF ALL OUR LOST GIRLS. SO GLAD TO SEE YOU THIS MORNING. :hug::carrot: FANCY THE ELDEST DOING THE NIGHT SHIFT! HE WAS A CHEEKY BUGGER TOO. DOES HE REMEMBER AUNT FANNIE? YOU BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE WITH CHRIS. WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE....AND THE TIGER TOO!! :rofl: GOD BLESS THE BUNCH OF THEM AND YOU AS WELL.

MY ADVICE TO PW AND LINUS IS THIS....WHEN THE MOOD STIKES AND YOU CAN POST PERSONALS ALONG WIHT YOUR OWN POST...THEN FINE. BUT IF YOU CAN ONLY POST TO KEEP CONTACT WITHOUT THEM...THEN FINE TOO. WE ALL DON'T HAVE IT TO "GIVE" TO EACH OTHER EVERYDAY. THERE ARE DAYS YOU NEED EVERYTHING YOU HAVE JUST FOR YOURSELVES. :hug:
AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT I THINK YOU GALS ARE SAYING.:rofl:

SHAD~I'D LIKE TO SMACK THEM AND THEIR CIGGIES:rollpin: FUNNY THAT PERTH IS SO COLD. I WAS GOING TO GIVE YOU A SCARF AS A GIFT WHEN YOU WERE HERE AND THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A SILLY IDEA WITH THE TROPICAL CLIMATE. :rofl: SHOULD HAVE GIVEN YOU SOME JUMPERS ALONG WITH IT!!!!!!!!!:brr:
HOPE THE RAIN STOPS:rain: REALLY A SHAME IT'S NOT SNOW!!!:snow4: lol3: :lol3:

OK NOW THAT I HAVE HAD FUN WITH SHADDIE AND WINTER ICONS AND FINISHED MY BREAKFAST, I CAN GET ON WITH THE DAY. I AM ALMOST AFRAID TO BRAG BUT MY FACE IS MUCH IMPROVED.....FOR 3 DAYS NOW.
THE EYES ARE A BIT TRICKIER AND JUST DON'T LIKE THE COMPUTER. BUT I WAS ABLE TO FINISH THE OLD HARRY POTTER BOOK. :carrot: ON TO THE NEW ONE! MAYBE HARRY SHOULD BE USED BY SHRINKS AROUND THE WORLD AS AN EXAMPLE. MY LIFE COULDN'T POSSIBLY BE AS BAD AS HIS....SOMEONE IS ALWAYS TRYING TO KILL HIM! :wizard: WINDOWS ARE CLOSED IN EXPECTATION OF THE HUMID DAYS AHEAD. I SAT OUTSIDE WITH SAL BEFORE HE LEFT TO GO HOME AND THE WEATHER WAS TO DIE FOR. A VERY LOVELY LATE AFTERNOON.
THE SCALE IS READING 184.5 AND THAT'S GREAT CAUSE IT WAS NEARER 188 ABOUT 2 WEEKS AGO. I HAVE DONE 2 THINGS. ONE IS TO FOLLOW THE OLD PLAN AND THE OTHER WAS TO REJOIN AN OLD GROUP STILL USING THE PLAN. IT WAS A SUCCESSFUL COMBO THEN AND HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE NOW. MIGHT EVEN GET BACK INTO THE 170'S :dance:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY :moped:

happy2bme
07-25-2007, 09:29 AM
Mornin chicks - I'm back :carrot:

Seems the answer to our cable problems lie with a shredded connector at the utility box. Was it vandalism or did the lawn service mow it down? :chin: Either way we are back up and running again. The service technician told us that we should not have had to wait 8 days for service. What can you do when the people you call tell you that? :dunno: DH will be :write: a stern :mad: letter to the cable people.

I am still working long hours and getting in late at night. These 8pm dinners are not good for my waistline either but I hope I won't have this schedule too much longer. I breezed through the posts last night - I couldn't respond because my key board broke - the end of a very long and trying day. When I'd type it would type a whole bunch of extra letters so Hi came out like lhHixeji.

Don't have much time to post this morning as I need to jump in the shower but it was good catching up with you. I missed being here.

Hello Mel - I see your egg light on and as usual you're above my head typing away :comp: Take care of your health, ok? :hug:

Stay warm Shad -seems you are back in winter's grip. Use that fleece jacket you got in the Rockies.

Keep doing well on the exercise Painter. Hope you don't lose your client but I suppose they can be finicky.

Meadow I can just see you blowing bubbles in the back yard :bubbles: :D Have fun!

Linus :hug: :hug: :hug: so good to hear from you again. You poor woman, no rest for you, eh? We are all connected if through nothing more than our thoughts. Have been thinking of you too. I am in awe of Mel's magical powers to unearth some of our long lost friends. Don't be such a stranger Linus.

Ceejay, Madcat, Carla, Holly - a quick drive by :wave: and a :hug: cuz everyone needs one. Apologies in advance if I missed someone. It's off to the salt mine for me. Catch you tonight -hopefully...

MELODY525
07-25-2007, 10:02 AM
:wave: HELLO HAPPY!!! LET'S SIT LATER AND HAVE A CUPPA :cofdate: BUT DON'T TELL CARLA! :rofl: GLAD THE CABLE GUY FOUND THE PROBLEM AND SORRY IT TOOK 8 DAYS!!!!!! :faint: TELL DH TO GIVE IT TO THEM GOOD!! THEY DESERVE A GOOD THRASHING :rollpin:
I HOPE YOUR HOURS GET BETTER TOO!! SENDING SOME HUGS BACK YOUR WAY!! :hug:

carla49
07-25-2007, 10:22 AM
Hello all - I see Mel's egg is lit. No post right now - my cottage friend is in town and I hear stirrings from the guest room. Will catch up later, this evening after she heads back to her lake. Not much to tell anyway - have been a bad girl, not sticking with the diet, and deserve a good :frypan: :kickbutt:. Back on board the diet train tonight.
Bye for now.

ceejay52
07-25-2007, 11:00 AM
The extent of the long hours and for some reason I’m the dumping ground when another co-worker wants to vent. I'm tired. I’ve always told myself that I would have made a good pyhchologist. I do like working the eight hour shifts. I have time to go home just sit and relax (mainly rid the pumps and motors out of my head) for a few hours then prepare dinner. I like keeping things simple. I use the 1 fruit, 1 veggie, 1 grain, 1 meat, 1 starch method. This is what we were taught in home economics 40 something years ago. Boy that makes me feel old. South beach is very similar to this.

I’m using the pedomter as exercise. Yesterday I had 7800 steps. I still need to goto the gym but I just don’t push it right now. I will after Bud come sback to work.

My aunt called me last night to check on things. There’s been a lot of deaths in Paragould lately and some of the people were younger than me. Then she told me that Whitney, her grandaughter, had to have a root canal at the age of 9. I think part of this is due to her being diabetic.

I’m going to have to make myself go to the doctor after work one day next week. I’ve used my last rx for the thyroid meds.

Happy-glad to see you again. It would be a good possiblity that the lawncare person ran over it, or perhaps those pesky little squirrel's chewed it into. You should not have have had to wait 8 day's for service. I wold have called every day to remind them.

Linus and PW- I fully understand about the time.

Mel, Holly, Carla, Shad hello.

More later

Shad
07-25-2007, 08:59 PM
Morning all,
I'm sitting here on the 17th floor watching a glorious sunrise. That does not mean it has stopped raining :nono: It just means it has given up for the time being. More showers today and rain tomorrow according to the forecasts. Reminds me of the 'Letter from an Irish Mother to her Son'. 'quote' It's only rained twice this week, once for three days and the other for four' 'end quote'. There's a lot more to the letter but that fits today.

I'm looking at gyms again. I believe there is one here in this building for the employees. I may have to look into that. If it is free, so much the better. I'll ask the 'oracle' (young English guy from Stonehenge) who is the font of all knowledge of where things are to be found, how to get them, who to get them from, where to get the best price, etc.etc.etc. A very handy person to know.

Slowly starting to get food etc into the apartment. I've not yet discovered and iron or ironing board. I'm sure there is one somewhere. Some pants don't look worthwhile putting on unless they are ironed. I've met up with a couple of the neighbours as well - they are all about half my age, but who cares. I just need knowledge about the place - like where to put the rubbish, what days the bins are emptied, what happens on weekends around the joint etc.etc.etc.

Painter - just post when and where you can. We do like it when people acknowledge our existence and problems, however I can really relate to the time issues and the justice issues. I make a point of replying early in the morning just so as it gets done. That means I can get the gripes out of the way before the rest of hordes arrive and my day starts to go downhill. Do what you can. Somedays you will be the pillar for the pidgeons, other days you get a chance to be the pidgeon. It all works out in the end. Holly often just comes in and waves. We can live with it.
Sorry to hear of a looming cash crisis. There is a psychologist coming here this week to assess the state of mind - or at least lecture us on self assessment. Groote had two that came once a month. Sometimes I wondered who needed the therapy most.

Mel - thanks for posting the link. I've been putting the Butchart gardens ones onto my portable drive but I'm not sure I can load them from here. I may have to take them home next weekend and do it them. Yes I am going home next weekend, there are some things I need to bring over. I'm also going back at the end of the month of August for nieces 18th birthday party. So you should get to see some more by the end of the August. Perhaps even all of them. Hope they look as good as the screen savers.

Happy - good to see you back again. Doesn't it make you grumble when it could have been so easily fixed if only someone knew what he was doing!!! Make sure that DH finds the local office as well as writing the @#$% letter.

Carla - bad girl. Back on the wagon. Life can't be all fun darn it.

I see Ceejay has sneaked in when I wasn't looking. We often seem to post close together.

Anyway, the day has started here in asylum. I'd better go get ready for a tantrum or two (mine) and see if I can achieve something today.

happy2bme
07-26-2007, 02:08 AM
Hi chicks,

A short post before I head off to bed. These long (work) days are starting to get to me. Come home, eat too late, perhaps read a bit and then off to bed.

Got some bad news today from Mom. Her sister - a favorite aunt of mine was diagnosed with lung cancer a while back. She doesn't deal with medical issues well - probably needs some good face time with Painter but she's been prodded into treatement mostly by her eldest daughter with lots of denial and silence and um... 2 year old tempermental tantrums to rival Linus' Christopher no doubt. About 2 weeks ago they found spots on her bone and liver and she took ill this weekend. They have discovered 3 nodules on the brain. Doctor said this is an agressive and swift type of cancer and while they don't have a crystal ball, it does not look good and he estimates 6 months to one year for her. She was such a vibrant person prior to this - like my mom she is a real trooper and has seen her share of hardships in her life. She's only about 13 years older than me. I can't believe this is happening to her. It's very devistating to me. I don't think she knows the prognosis - she had a difficult time just dealing with the cancer itself. I also feel bad for my cousins, particularly D who is handling the brunt of this. I just feel very sad and tired at the moment...

The job is getting a bit better. I am catching on, albeit slowly. I hope to be working more normal hours by mid month. It's been a bit on the cooler side of summer here - haven't had much of a chance to use the pool at all and I feel bad because a stray leaf or two is already starting to fall into the pool. We do have the hottest month ahead of us but as the days grow shorter, there's less sun time to keep the water warm and overcome the night coolness. Let's hope for a bit of hot in August.

Shad, I can so relate to your beautiful sunrise. When I was supporting the executive management, I would get to work very early - just after 6am. My office faced east over the park downtown and the lakefront. Although it was hard getting up that early, my reward was the solitude before the day's chaos and very often a gorgeous sunrise over the lake. I can still see it now if I close my eyes. So enjoy the view! Glad you will get home for a bit and away from the dready Perth weather. I find it wildly amusing that you are in search of an iron. I have a linen jacket I refuse to wear because it needs pressing. The kind of dreadful extensive pressing only linen can demand. :D But as you say, nothing puts a nice crease back into trousers like a hot iron. Hope you make buddies with enough nice people to make your way in Perth a little more homey. Can't wait to see your Butchart pics.

Ceejay - I like your one of this, one of that method. It's actually quite simple as you say and keeps you from overthinking the meal. Thanks for commenting on that. I would imagine some nights the ringing of the equipment just won't leave your poor head. Here's to peace and quiet. :cheers:

Carla - consider yourself :frypan: and :kickbutt: - but done with love. :hug: No practicising self sabotage here woman. You've come too far. Are you supposed to be enjoying time with the person in your guest room? Oh wait - cottage friend is a friend who has a COTTAGE. Duh and doh. Nebber mined.

Hey Mel - meet you out back for a cuppa smoothie or something. I'm sure we can find something in the cabinets here that you can drink. DH used to drink something called Postum. At least I think that's what it was called. He liked it. I think it looked icky in the container. Some grain beverage or something. No caffeine to irritate your peepers. And my smoothies are whey protein, not soy.

Ok, it's after midnight. I must get to sleep. Nighty night to those here, what's for lunch for Shad? :hungry:

Shad
07-26-2007, 04:06 AM
Lunch?!!! Um errr, actually I'd really rather not say. After this weekend, I should be back in the swing of things. One of my Townsville colleagues, now working in Perth is taking me shopping for groceries. One of my jobs tonight will be to make a list of requirements. I am doing okay but not that great. However I have managed to make a challenge with Patti on another thread to lose 2kg in August. It might be feasible if I really really work on it.

MELODY525
07-26-2007, 09:37 AM
SHAD GOOD LUCK WITH GETTING THE GROCERIES, GETTING HOME AND FINDING A GYM AND ALL THINGS FREE:fance:

CARLA~ :rollpin:

CEEJAY~ I HAD A PSYCHOLOGIST TELL ME THAT I MISSED MY CALLING.....BUT EITHER OF US HAD BECOME A SHRINK, WE'D BE THE ONES GOING HOME AND CRYING AND OUR PATIENTS WOULD BE HAPPY AND SMILING!!!
WE ARE REAL SISTERS SEPARATED AT BIRTH...YOU WERE SO RIGHT:rofl:

HAPPY~ I AM VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE AUNT. AND WHAT AN AWFUL TYPE TO HAVE TOO. SENDING ALL THE GOOD THOUGHTS I CAN TO MAKE HER JOURNEY SMOOTHER. :hug: FOR YOU AND MOM AND THE FAMILY.
DO TRY ON THE WEEKENDS TO BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF WHILE THE STRESS LEVEL IS SO HIGH.

WHICH REMINDS ME OF MADCAT :hug: GENTLE WEEKENDS FOR YOU ALSO.

SOME OFFICE STUFF AND THEN A NAP I THINK. I OVERDID IT ON THE PC YESTERDAY AND WAS OUTSIDE LAST NIGHT. TOO MUCH "FRESH AIR" FOR THESE EYES!
WHEN WILL I LEARN :lol3: TOMORROW IS FOOD SHOPPING SO SEE YA SATURDAY UNLESS I CAN "GET THE RED OUT". :faint:
HAPPY THURSDAY!

linus
07-26-2007, 10:14 AM
hello ladies
{{{{{hugs}}}}] for happy were dealing with a lot of cancer in the family at the moment one particularly trying is dh,s cousin who is only 34 and has 5 kids his other cousin has 2 grown up kids and 2 teenage kids,and both cousins both who have been given very short life expectancys,also the familys patriarch who is also living on borrowed time
Going to be a bit hectic here craigs 18th on saturday and even though he didnt want a party he did agree to a party family meal at a local resteraunt so im trying to organise 18 people to arrive eat and go home and considering both my mother and father are in wheelchairs and my father-in-law is in very bad health at the moment it is no mean feat :dizzy:
Anyway hugs to all ,good luck on the grocery hunt Shad and Mel rest those peepers
back when i can
love kirsty

MELODY525
07-26-2007, 11:58 AM
KIRSTY~ SENDING MANY :hugs: TO YOU ALSO. FAMILIES ARE TOUGH AT THE BEST OF TIMES. GOOD LUCK TO THE BIRTHDAY BOY :hb: AND MANY RETURNS OF THE DAY!!
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT TIME!!

AFTER BEING OUTSIDE FOR A FEW MINUTES...AND SEEING ALL THE HUNKS....MADE ME THINK OF AUGUST IN ANNAPOLIS...THINK OF WHAT WE COULD DO WITH ALL TOSE YOUNG CADETS!!!!!!!!!!!:love: :belly: :love: :belly:
:rofl: :lol3: :rofl: :lol3:
:devil: OF COURSE I AM ONLY KIDDING! :devil:

ceejay52
07-26-2007, 03:47 PM
Linus--Hugs.

Mel--Are you thinking of young cadets in swim trunks?

Just a quick fly by. Another hour and it's going home time.

Hollyhock
07-26-2007, 05:33 PM
Just a quick pop in. Working away from home full time this week.
This happened 2 sideroads over from here. The authorities think he is still in the area so we have been locked up pretty tight and keeping low key.
http://www.amw.com/fugitives/case.cfm?id=47071


HUGS!!!

Shad
07-26-2007, 09:04 PM
Eeeeewwwww Holly - stay safe. What a nasty thing to happen in the neighbourhood.

Happy - I really am sorry to hear about the Aunt. Like Mel, I hope the journey is smooth for her and that you can all spend some quality time together soon. Such stress in your life right now. Don't worry if you don't come here for a while - like Madcat, we will understand. However if you want to rant and rave and generally release the anger and frustration, by all means do it here.

Linus - Funny, I thought the eldest was already over 18. Must be me! I hope he has a very happy birthday and I wish for him all he could wish for himself for his future life.

Mel - I don't know that I would want you as my psychologist. You and I would be in tears more times than not. It would be very stressful for you. Anyway, you and I would get moved to violence once in a while and hit the patient with the frying pan for being patently stupid. I'd be giving them insights into rights and responsibilities and they would not be back I'm thinking. Not my cup of tea, I'll stick to killing them with Plant Maintenance and Supply Chain.

Happy - I found an iron but no ironing board. Wonder how one is expected to get on with it? Iron on the tiles? Iron on the laminate bench? Iron on the bed? Iron on the carpet? It's not vital to iron these trousers but they do look better with a bit of heat waved over them

Weather is beautiful this morning. Hardly a cloud in the sky and a big sun up in the sky. There is a fierce cold wind out there, but at least it is not grey and rainy. Yahoo.

The plumber is coming tomorrow morning to begin the installation of the dishwasher currently sitting in the spare room. He tells me he wants to do the cabinetry part of it tomorrow and it will take 4 hours or so. Means a delay in the shopping, but I can get the housework done while he saws and hammers and generally demolishes a perfectly good cupboard. Wednesday apparently they are coming to install the machine. That will be good. I hate doing dishes.

And that is it basically as far as I can think. Weight holding steady for the moment. This weekend will also be all about finding a gym. There is one in the building but I don't really fancy paying $50 per month for it when I already have gym membership I am not using. I may take a long hike to see just how far it is to the nearest club that I can use. If it is on the transport lines I may use it. If not then there are other clubs around.

I'd better go. Things to do, people to hack off!!! :rofl:

MELODY525
07-26-2007, 10:05 PM
:rofl: PEOPLE TO HACK OFF :rofl: SHAD THE FORST E-MAIL I'VE HAD FROM 3FC ION A LONG TIME AND THE FIRST SENTENCE I SEE IS THAT ONE!! ;lol3: :lol3: HOPE YOU FIND A GYM CLOSE BY! OK IF WE CANNOT BE PSYCHOLOGISTS THEN MAYBE WE SHOULD OPEN UP OUR OWN GYM! AND WE CAN HAVE A TEA ROOM FOR TEA AND SYMPATHY WHERE WE WILL HAVE :rollpin: AND :bubbles: TO KEEP THE PATRONS HAPPY OR IN LINE....WHICHEVER THEY NEED.

I CAME BACK HERE TO SAY I HAVE A GOOD DRIVER TOMORROW SO I WILL BE MIA FROM THE THREAD. WHEN I COME HOME I AM GOING TO THE OFFICE AND ALSO HELP A FRIEND. PAPERWORK. JUST WHAT I NEED FOR THE VISION. BUT IT'S DATED MATERIAL AND MUST GO OUT TOMORROW(FOR A SENIOR). I WILL BE BACK SATURDAY MORNING. :sunny:
OK GIRLS....STAY OUT OF TROUBLE AND STAY WELL.
HAPPY FRIDAY/SATURDAY! :moped:

EDIT: PS CEEJAY~ CADETS IN SWIM TRUNKS :swim: NOW THERES ANOTHER IDEA!!! I WAS THINKING UNIFORMS BUT TRUNKS ARE GOOD.....VERY GOOD....SPEEDOS ARE BETTER :rofl: :rofl: SWEET DREAMS MY SOUTHERN FRIEND :cloud9:

PainterWoman
07-27-2007, 04:37 AM
Her sister - a favorite aunt of mine was diagnosed with lung cancer a while back. ... I just feel very sad and tired at the moment...
Happy-- so sorry to hear this.... And your instinctual coping skills definitely seem headed in the right direaction. Hope you have plenty of hankies near by, and folks who can figure out what you are wanting from them.

Holly... that sounds like a very frightening situatiion. Stay safe, OK?

[QUOTE=Shad;1791723]Eeeeewwwww Holly - stay safe. What a nasty thing to happen in the neighbourhood.Stay safe, OK?

Today was quiet... and I feel a bit better when I get SOME strengthening ou body just "needs" to get some sleep.

happy2bme
07-27-2007, 09:47 AM
Hiya ladies,

To those of you who commented, thank you so much for the consoling hugs. I sure did need them - here's one back at you :hug: :) I will sit down and write my aunt a letter this weekend. I'd call but she's at one of my cousins' houses and lately she's not much for talking on the phone like she once was.

Painter - sleep is restorative and you need a certain amount of the REM or repair type sleep. I say know the difference between staying up way late and sleeping into the day vs sometimes you just need some extra zzzz's time and when that happens - go for it. I can usually tell I need one of those because it's that rare occasion when I am ready for and in bed between 9 and 10 instead of my usual midnight. Get what you need - both prone and upright :D

Mel - have a good shopping trip and don't strain the eyes too much helping out in the office. You are an angel to those people in the building. :angel: We must be having some training going on at my building at work as the parking lot is overly crowded. Among them is a car or two with a yellow NJ license plate. So if your ears tingle in the morning - it's just me spotting the plate and saying a good morning or two to you :wave: And while you and Shad would be teary psychologists, I have a feeling that you and I would be cussing a blue streak :rollpin: We'd set 'em straight :rofl:

Shad - until you find the ironing board, I have used a fat bath towel folded in half on the counter as a sort of a cushy "board". Ok for ironing flat stuff like hems and creases but you're out of luck tho if you want to iron the top of a sleeve or something. Might do in a pinch for the pants tho. Is this a new flat that you've moved into that they are demolishing cabinets and putting in appliances?

Holly - guess that's the difference between living in the city vs a hamlet. Scary enough but for us, that happens just about every day on the other side of town. It's why I don't watch the news on TV anymore. I suppose there are crazies and dangerous sorts no matter where you live.

Ceejay - 7800 steps. Wow. Great job! I know how much that really amounts to and it takes alot of effort. You have inspired me to recommit to my promise to myself to take at least one walk around the building each day.

Linus - I didn't realize that Craig was almost an adult. What a gap between him and Christopher - the one who will keep you "young" right ;) :lol: Hope the party goes well and thanks for the kind thoughts.

Carla - hope you are back on track again. I had a bad eating day yesterday and I am feeling the lingering effects today. It was one of those awful nibble here, nibble there days that doesn't seem like much at the time but at the end of the day it catches up with you. The peaches in the fruit bowl appear to be just ripe enough. A sliced up one along with a yogurt will make for a tasty breakfast today.

Hugs to the rest of the crew - I'm off to the salt mine so to say. At least it's Friday. Enjoy!

carla49
07-27-2007, 12:21 PM
Well, that's it for visiting and being visited, at least for the time being. So no more excuses about posting. I did, of course, find time to lurk...

Happy, so sorry about your aunt. :hug: At least you'll have a bit of time to write or call or see her. I know it helped me to spend some time with my long-lost brother after his diagnosis.
And you've managed to reconnect to the net, which must be a relief. Amazing how much we come to rely on it!
As for being on track, I must say that it's a lot easier when you live alone like me. I'm a champion at finding excuses to eat the wrong things when others are around - don't want to make a fuss, or offend, or... and of course the truth is they wouldn't even notice. Harder with people living in the same house, unless they can be convinced to jump on board the diet train too.

Mel, I hope your day out will be terrific, and that it won't have a negative effect on your eyes. If it's as humid and hot there as here, you'll probably need a month to recover. Where was all this heat and sun last week when I had a lake down the hill to jump into?

Ceejay, have your hours at work gotten back to normal yet? I hadn't realized it was a noisy environment - must be extra hard to take for the longer hours.

Linus, hello to you. You stopped posting around the time I started. :crossed: that the party this weekend goes well.

Shad, before hotels started providing irons and boards I used to sometimes travel with a mini-iron, and would iron on the bed on a towel. Neither fun nor perfect as to results, but good enough to smarten up a pair of wrinkled pants or to freshen up the back of a linen jacket.
Some scary pollution news here yesterday: the wonderful lake we swam in has developed blue-green algae at one end, not the beach we swam at. Too many "cottages" that are actually monster houses with dishwashers and washing machines and phosphates draining into the water and shoreline destruction. Grrr. If the whole lake goes bad, it'll be the end of an era. No more luscious lake swimming 20 minutes from home. :cry:

Holly, I did wonder if that murder was near you. With any luck he's out of the area and will be caught soon. Very scary, the idea of murdering people just to steal their vehicle. I can understand crimes of passion, but the socio and psychopaths are just so random. :fr:

Painter, I hope a new client falls in your lap to replace the one who feels he doesn't need you any more. When my marriage broke up I spent a fortune on therapy, which did help me, but probably sent the poor therapist into therapy herself. I don't think I'd have the patience myself, at least not for any long-term work.

Meadow, Madcat, Ruth :wave: Here's hoping all's well with you.

Yikes, I've got to get off this laptop. So that's it, except to say that I'm back on track with the eating (and drinking) and the scale seems to have slipped down again - unless it's just another temporary dip. I so want to be my old normal-sized self again! If the numbers are right, I'm half-way through the weight-loss journey, and should be feeling very satisfied. But then I look at the belly or the lumpy thighs, and :( Maybe I need to book an appointment with Painter (or Mel and Shad with their rolling pins and big hob-nailed boots) to get over myself... :dunno:

MELODY525
07-27-2007, 12:57 PM
WOW I MUST HAVE MISSED HOLLY'S POST. STAY SAFE AND LOCK ALL THE DOORS. WE JUST HAD AN ENTIRE FAMILY BUT THE HUSBAND SLAUGHTERED & HE'S IN THE HOSPITAL. VERY SAD.

HAPPY~ OF COURSE WE WOULD TAKE THE TIME TO COMMENT. WE LOVE YOU! :hug: :love: CANCER IS TOUGH TO DEAL WITH. I HAVE ALWAYS FOUND THAT I LET THE PERSON WHO IS SICK SET THE TONE OF THE CONVERSATION AND GO FROM THERE. CARDS AND NOTES USUALLY ARE WELL APPRECIATED...."JUT THINKING OF YOU" TYPES. MORE :hug:
I WAS WONDERING WHY MY EARS KEPT WHISPERING...HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY :cofdate: WATCH OUT FOR THOSE JERSEY DRIVERS....THEY GET A LITTLE NUTS WHEN THEY GO SOUTH! :cb:

CARLA~ I HAVE BEEN PRETTY GOOD. BUT MY MIND IS SET ON AUGUST FOR SOME REASON. MAYBE CAUSE MOST OF THE SUMMERTIME DRAMA WILL BE OVER WITH :rofl:
I AM GLAD YOU GOT TO SPEND TIME WITH THE COTTAGE FRIEND THOUGH. :dance:

PW~ GLAD YOU FEEL BETTER AND HOPE YOU GOT THE REST YOU NEEDED :hug:

I GOT FRUIT, VEGGIES AND WATER. FORGOT THE MILK SO THE STORE DOWN THE STREET IS SENDING IT LATER.
THE HUMIDITY IS THE PITS!!! IT LOOKS LIKE RAIN ANY MINUTE AND YOU FEEL SOGGY!! I CAME BACK AND CHANGED MY CLOTHES!
I CAN SEE A DEFINITE CHANGE IN MY SKIN. THE EYES ARE STILL SO SO. GOOD AND BAD DAYS. IT'S HARE BUT I REALLY DO TRY TO BE MORE MINDFUL OF THEM TILL THE ROSACEA GOES INTO REMISSION....<--TRYING
TO REMAIN AS POSITIVE ABOUT THIS HAPPENING AS POSSIBLE!;sunny: WEEKEND IS ALL MINE I THINK. NO WORK ANYWAY AND THE KIDS MAY GO TO THE TRAILER.
LOOKS LIKE SOME MORE CRAPPY :rain: AN HEAT ARE PREDICTED SO IT WILL BE INDOORS FOR MELLIE AND HER MOBILES:scooter: I AM THINKING "GOSFORD PARK" AND SOME AIRPOPPED POPCORN!
HAPPY FRIDAY AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! :moped:

ceejay52
07-27-2007, 12:58 PM
Just popping in to say hello.

I do get one day off tomorrow. I'm going to enjoy it in peace.
Carla--we're still filling in for a co worker.

Happy--(hugs)

happy2bme
07-27-2007, 03:01 PM
Ceejay - enjoy your day off. You are always so busy - I think it's time for a "Ceejay" day. Congrats fitting into the size 14 jeans!

MELODY525
07-28-2007, 09:12 AM
I POSTED LAST NIGHT BUT GUESS IT GOT LOST IN CYBERSPACE.............

CEEJAY~ ENJOPY THE DAY OFF AND CONGRATULATIONS ON THE JEANS!! :cheer: HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.:hug:

HELLLLLOOOO HAPPY! ENJOY SOME TIME OFF AND REST UP!!:hug:

IT WILL BE INDOOR SPORTS FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. RAIN AND THUNDER ON THE HORIZON. THE GROUND BEHIND ME IS JUST ABOUT LEVELED. ON SMALL PIEC OF THE BLDG AWAITS THE TELEPHONE COMPANY TO GET THEIR SUPPORT LINES IN PLACE SOMEWHERE ELSE. IT'S HOLDING UP A POLE AND A BIG TRANSFORMER...CRASH!
NOTHING NEW HERE. SPENT TIME WITH JEN OF THE PHONE, IN THE OFFICE WITH MY FRIEND AND THEN A QUIET EVENING WITH THE GRANDSON.
HAPPY SATURDAY AND ENJOY YOUR WEEKENDS EVERYONE :moped:

happy2bme
07-28-2007, 10:23 AM
Good morning all,

Sounds like it might be a quiet weekend here at 3FC.

I told DH to wake me up at 7:30 (ugh) because I am a slow morning mover and we have some things to do. I am sipping coffee and trying to wake up. We're planning on doing some landscaping in the front yard and need to go look at and decide on stone for the low border wall. We also need to replace our front door before winter is here. The current door is an antique door but it is warped enough to let outside air in - not very efficient. Since we will be right by the farmer's market I want to make a stop over there too. It's warming up out here and I'm hoping to get a spin in the pool in the afternoon. My car is begging for a good wash and I am trying to ignore that the patio needs a good sweeping :D And then there is the usual cooking and cleaning and weekend stuff. So those are my plans.

Mel, are they going to put a new building up in place of the old one? Indoor sports, eh? :s: Have fun! :rofl: Crossing my fingers that the stubborn rosacea goes back into hiding again :hug:

Hope you're having a peaceful day Ceejay.

Carla - congrats on being half way through your weight loss journey. That's fabulous! :cp: :cp: Dig deep to stick with it. So much better to be halfway there then to look up and realize you're 15 pounds bigger than last year which can happen if you lose your drive. I'll chase everyone off :rollpin: so that you can focus on yourself. I guess tho as you say, we have to live in a world with people and learn to tackfully ignore them leading us down a bad path and stick to our program. I do see people like that at work - they ignore the birthday cakes or occasional free nibblies. One thing I'm happy about with the new job is no birthday cake. Where I came from they had 2 monthly celebrations - one for our big team and another for everyone on the floor we were on. It was considered impolite not to show up. And they had gooey cakes and equally gooey full of all sorts of stuff ice cream. Glad to be away from that! :D

Well DH is asking me "WHEN will you be ready (to go)" so I'd better finish the coffee and hop in the shower.

Enjoy your weekend ladies...

MELODY525
07-28-2007, 04:01 PM
SOME A'S FOR US TO PONDER OVER THE WEEKEND. AUGUST IS APPROACHING QUICKLY :dance:


AMARNA - ANCIENT CITY OF AKHETATEN
AUSTRIA
ALBANIA
ATHENS
ALASKA
AFRICAN SAFARI
ATLANTIS FANTASY
ANTARCTIC
AFGHANISTAN
ARMENIA
ARGENTINA
ARUBA
ANTIGUA
ANDORRA
ALPS
ANGOLA
ALGERIA
AMAZON

ceejay52
07-28-2007, 04:35 PM
I'm voting for Alaska. This is on my list of places to see in real life.

It a very quite day in the neighbor hood. I'm still exhausted. Went to Blytheville to the Walmart super center. Bought, fresh blueberries, yellow crooked neck squash, plums, bell pepper, onions and some personal things. I just needed to get out of the house for a while.

Talked to my sister who lives in Missouri. We have planned the week end of August 9 for me to go for a visit. She is working on the week ends now. I really wish I could take some time off during the week. I have a dentist appointment on the 9th that I could rescheduled once again and take Wednesday off. I'll just need to talk to Bud. I don't want to work him enough to have a relapse right after her returns from sick leave. I'm thinking out loud here.

I need to put some stuff in the shed so I'd better get busy.

MELODY525
07-29-2007, 08:36 AM
WELL CEEJAY YOU GO RIGHT ON THINKING OUTLOUD! :rofl: HOPE YOU GET THE TIME OFF. SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO WHILE YOU'RE EATING THE BLUEBERRIES!! CROOK-NECK SQUASH! I HAVEN'T SEEN THEM IN YEARS!! YUM!

MORE DREARY WEATHER AND NOW I AM READY TO FALL ASLEEP WITH THE SENIORS. ROFL AN ALARM WENT OFF ALREADY AND I FIXED THAT......BUT SOMEONE RANG MY DOORBELL AT 5:30-ISH AND LEFT BEFORE I COULD GET TO THE DOOR. I HATE THAT :tantrum: I DOZED OFF A BIT ONCE I GOT BACK IN. NO AGENDA TODAY. NOTHING NEW.
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

MELODY525
07-29-2007, 09:42 AM
PS~ MAYBE WE COULD ALL HOP A CRUISE SHIP AND HEAD TO ALASKA!! WE'LL COOL OFF THERE AND SEE SOME ESKIMO DANCING! :dance:

http://experience.hollandamerica.com/cruise-destinations/alaska/assets/photos/3.jpg

linus
07-29-2007, 11:54 AM
just a quicky meal went well ,im now the mother of an 18year old {i swear i got 50 grey hairs over night}and unfortunatly i have now realised im very over weight again my trousers that were huge now fit again??? but since i chucked the scales in the bucket at a low point i dont know by how much
back tomorrow
love kirsty

ceejay52
07-29-2007, 01:24 PM
Hello Mel and Kirsty.

I'm a little peeved this morning. Let's just say the boss has some explaining to do tomorrow. Men are such big babies.

I've completed my 20 minute walk this morning burning 260 calories using my new heart rate monitor. I'm liking this better than my pedometer. I'm going to do my work out as soon as I hear from Brandon who is out on a sewer call.

more later.