Support Groups - Worldly Chicks to spend August in Alaska




MELODY525
08-01-2007, 08:57 AM
Climb aboard the Emerald Sea for a memorable cruise to the most spectacular glaciers in Prince William Sound Alaska. Your host will be a uniformed National Park Ranger, who will provide narration on your journey and point out the many spectacular sights while fielding any questions you may have.

In addition to witnessing glacier events like calving and icefalls, you'll also see breathtaking scenery, towering waterfalls and wildlife such as: eagles, harbor seals, otters and bird rookeries - all in the relaxing comfort of our Coast Guard-certified ship.

Your glacier cruise departs daily from Whittier and ventures into the calm, protected waters of Prince William Sound, where seasickness does not occur.

As the ship enters Blackstone Bay, you'll see the massive Blackstone and Beloit Glaciers looming in the distance. As we move in closer, the glaciers grow larger, until they tower 1,700 feet over our 100-foot vessel. Rather than sailing from glacier to glacier, we stop at each one, floating among the icebergs, giving you plenty of time to take in Mother Nature's glorious ice sculptures. Listen for them to groan and watch for them to crack and calve off enormous sections of ice.

Our modern Coast Guard-certified vessel is designed for your comfort with indoor heated cabins, multiple outside decks, a full service bar and clean restrooms not to mention our experienced friendly crew who will assure your comfort and safety at all times.

Delicious Alaska salmon and prime rib meal served buffet style. Guaranteed reserved table seating in a heated cabin for every guest. Large, stable vessels with multiple viewing decks and fog-free windows.


happy2bme
08-01-2007, 09:29 AM
ooooh I'm sooo excited :hyper: :yay: :carrot:

I love salmon and I've always wanted to see Alaska! It's a bit cooler here than the jungles of Jumani so I had to go and find my robe but I'm ok now.

Thank you Mel for setting up the new thread. You're first I believe and you did a bang up job! Picked us a lovely ship and everything.

I believe it's the land of the midnight sun now which means no or very little night time so I hope you chicks are ready to party. :celebrate:

Heck, since we're on a cruise ship I might even take up huff huff running with Shad, just because I can lean on the railing when I'm about to heave over and lose my breath after running 20 steps :rofl:

Painter, meant to send some :hugs: your way on my last post. Obviously the CRS kicked in as I thought about it lots and it never made it's way from my brain out my fingers :comp: Been thinking about you and hoping all comes out well for you. Don't fret until you have good reason too. The pantry looks nice and neat - come do mine now, ok? I noticed the Rotel tomatoes, oil, beans and thought - yep, this is a Texas speecy, spicy lady's pantry. What incredible eyes Mel has to spot the cake sugars :mag: :rofl:

And while we're passing them out, one for you too Madcat. :grouphug: hope things are going well for you and the family.

Just about time to head out to that happy place called a job with it's pal the ever challenging commute :D. Have a good day chicks, thanks for setting up the new thread Mel. Can you believe it's August ALREADY?????

Hollyhock
08-01-2007, 09:31 AM
Lovely Miss Mel!

LOVE you chicks!!!!!


MELODY525
08-01-2007, 09:51 AM
I FEEL SO EMPOWERED WHEN EVERYTHING WORKS ON THE COMPUTER! :rofl: IT'S LIKE "MAN CONQUERS MACHINE" TYPE STUFF! ;dance:

HOLLY~ GLAD YOU FOUND US SO FAST.

HAPPY~ YOU TOO...AND ON YOUR WAY TO WORK NO LESS! :cb: I FIGURED YOU AND SHAD HAD ENOUGH TO DO AND IT WAS TIME TO GET MY FEET WET. ALTHOUGH I STOLE THE PICTURES!! :rofl: I HAVE YET TO LEARN THE ART OF MOVING THEM SUCKERS :lol3:

OK I AM A HAPPY CAMPER NOW AND WILL NOW GO AND SPEND THE DAY WITH THE DULCOLAX GODDESS OF THE LOO!! REMIND ME TO NEVER EAT PASTA....UNLESS MAYBE IT'S THE SPINACH VARIETY!! :rofl: :rofl:

Madcat
08-01-2007, 12:06 PM
Darlings!!! Just popping in to make myself known on the new thread. Things are going well with my sister. She finished her radiation/chemo on Monday! Yay her. And she has done very well. As for me, I've been stinkin' busy at work (with more coming) so I haven't had time to do more than just read 3FC here and there. I haven't been posting in the evenings because with the current heat wave the office is the hottest room in the apartment.

Alaska is an excellent pick! It’s been in the mid 30s (Celsius) here for the past few days and it doesn’t look as if the heat is going to break before the beginning of next week. I went out for a ride this morning hoping to beat the heat, but it was almost unbearably hot even at 7 this morning. I had to strip all my clothes off and stand in front of the fan :lol: before I could even shower. Still it was nice to be out. There is such a difference between exercising in the “real world” and exercising in the gym. Biking on the path, even swerving around the darn Canada geese and the joggers, is both much harder and much more enjoyable than another half hour on the recline bike watching morning news.

I really am going to try to make it back here and start posting as often as I can. I need to get back on track and shift some of this weight – and I can’t do it alone.

Mel~ thank for setting up this thread. And I’m glad you weren’t abandoned on the side of the road for too long :lol:

Happy~ I was inspired by the post you wrote about the Arctic swimmer. You are right. Focusing on the goals is the way to go. I know what you mean about being time crunched to get ot all done in an evening – but good for you for managing.

PW~ Good luck with your health concerns. As a friend of mine says “No need to borrow trouble for now.” Try to not worry too much.

Shad~ Hope you got that exercising in and got rid of all the nasty salt after effects.

Holly~ Hey there! Stay cool in this heat.

Hi Meadow and Carla and Ceejay! :wave: I have to get back to work though I would love to stay and chat. And hello to anyone else I missed out on! :wave:

ceejay52
08-01-2007, 03:03 PM
Thanks Mel we're going to love Alaska or at least I am.

Madcat-It's hot here also. I just went outside to do some chores here at work. I'm spoiled to the a.c. So happy to hear that your sis is dong well.

Not much time for computer. I'll try to come back tonight after work.

MELODY525
08-01-2007, 03:19 PM
MADCAT~ I AM NEVER HAPPIER THAN WHEN I HEAR NEWS OF YOUR KIND LIKE TODAY! SENDING BIG HUGS FOR BOTH OF YOU AND FOR YOUR SISTER'S CONTINUED GOOD HEALTH :hUg: :hug; HOPE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO JOIN US
ON THIS ALASKAN VACATION!!

:cheer: WE ARE HERE THANKS TO CEEJAY:cheer:
TIME FOR ALL US WORLDLY CHICKS TO GET ON THE CRUISE TO LOSE THIS MONTH!! WE'LL SEE SIGHTS WE'VE NEVER SEEN BOTH ON THE BOAT AND IN OUR MIRRORS.
LET'S ALL GET INTO THE POSITIVE MINDSET AND VISUALIZE OURSELVES BOTH THINNER AND MORE ACTIVE. SUMMER RECIPES CAN BE EASY TO FIX AND LOW IN CARBS AND FATS. HERE ARE TWO WEBSITES THAT BOAST THAT.

RACHAEL RAY'S WEBSITE:
http://www.rachaelraymag.com/


ALFRESCO CHICKEN SAUSAGE WEBSITE:
http://alfrescoallnatural.com/
** THIS SITE HAS SOME NICE CALMING IDEAS ON THE INTRO PAGE. TAKE A MINUTE TO CLICK, READ AND RELAX.

GOOD PLACES TO FIND SOME EASY PREP MEALS. SO LET'S ALL DUST OFF THE GYM EQUIPTMENT OR GET OUR BUTTS OUTSIDE WITH OUR OWN PERSONAL CHOICES OF EXERCISE!! THERE IS NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT. NEW MONTH. NEW WEEK. NEW DAY. NEW CHICKS!!! GO GIRLS GO!! LET'S US ALL GET WITH THE PROGRAM BEFORE WINTER COMES. THIS WAY WE HAVE A HEEATHY AND HAPPY OUTLOOK TO SEE US THRU THOSE COLD AND DREARY MONTHS!!
I PEDALED ALREADY FOR 30 MINUTES...WHAT HAVE YOU DONE? :ebike:

carla49
08-01-2007, 03:46 PM
Well, I had to go all the way to Alaska to find help, but it seems I'm finally back on line. I had hooked the phone filter in at the wrong place and it was blocking the router. Whatever that means. Almost didn't get it fixed, after waiting 40 on hold minutes yesterday before giving up, buying a new splitter to replace the one I broke, and being just a teensy bit too impatient with the tech support lady when I finally got thru this afternoon. I've made a little diagram and stashed it with all the useless manuals I keep forever, just in case I get the urge to tidy up the mess of wires again... On this week's theme of electronics ****, my DVD player/recorder has gone on strike - won't eject the DVD, won't play what's in there. Decided to just buy a new DVD player, since they're not very expensive. Got it home, and find it doesn't work in tandem with a VCR, so I can't integrate it into my system. I guess it can just go back along with the pile of other stuff I bought this week that wasn't quite right. (I'd say I need a vacation, but haven't worked in a month.... :rofl: )

Well, I must say Alaska is a lovely change after the heat and smells of the Jumanji jungle. (In fact the heat seems to be lingering around here for some reason. Must be a legacy of the game.) It's such a treat to look out the window and see those glorious snow-topped mountains, not to mention the moose and bison browsing on the highway... I had been thinking we should maybe go to Amsterdam, but realized it would be a bad idea, what with all the pot smoke drifting out of coffee shops and giving us the munchies. Much better in Alaska where we'll survive on lichen and pan-fried grizzly scat. :lol:

Shad, please come back to Canada and fix my DVD player! Since you're the pro, that is. Good luck getting back into the exercise and healthy eating. It'll get easier once you're properly settled into your apartment.

Mel, stranded in a mall! :yikes: Good thing Willy rose to the occasion. He sounds like a very nice man, keeping you company and saving you from the siren song of the frappucino. How are the eyes doing these days? Is the caff-fiend embargo helping at all?

Oops. Someone at the door, back next time to catch up with Happy, Painter, Holly, Madcat, Ceejay, Linus and Meadow. :wave:

Shad
08-01-2007, 08:55 PM
Morning all,
Carla, I would love to be back in Canada. Just find me a job! I can only survive for a limited amount of time without one. I have a tv at home that doesn't support both vhs and dvd at the same time and we have to juggle cables and redirect the cable set top box etc.etc. Just not worth having video anymore although I have to keep it because the techie set up cable through the video box and I don't know how to change that - although if I ever stayed at home long enough I'd probably find out.

Mel - lovely thread. You clever little thing you. We should have thought about the picture thing when I was there. I could have shown you easily. Mind you I might have broken the computer again!!! :cry: It's probably warmer in Alaska right now than it is here as well.

Madcat: Good to see you back. I'm involved in a challenge to lose 5lbs this month. Mel's giving up caffeine, Carla is doing something as well - umm Carla, CRAFT has set in, I can't remember what you said!! So just join in. Always better to be outside if possible when exercising. I'm sure the fresh air does something for us.

Happy - better take up running around the deck (poop deck??) with me. You won't be swimming up there, I can guarantee it. Although maybe we could give you a piggyback ride on a whale (you too can be a whale rider).

Painter - nice job on the pantry - is that cans of coca cola and other soda's I see in the rack???

Played one of the videos last night. Don't think I like that one much but I got a sort of a workout in. I think you need to have far more space for that one than I have got. Went for a run this morning. Lordy it was cool out there. By the time I got back, steam was rising off me. And I wasn't running that fast. Weight is stuck and steady, but I'll shift it some more over the weekend no doubt.
Beautiful morning here in Perth this morning - NO CLOUDS. It's a bit foggy but there is little or no wind - Yeehah. The river is flat and calm and reflective. I've never seen it like that before. Normally you can just about surf the waves - the wind has been that bad.

Anyway, I'd best go do some work. No doubt there will be another half dozen meetings to attend today. No wonder not much gets done around here.

MELODY525
08-02-2007, 09:32 AM
CARLA I AM GLAD YOU FOUND US. I WAS GOING TO SEND OUT THE ALASKAN SLED TEAM TO DRAG YOU HERE!! SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE ELECTRICAL FIASCO. I AM DEAD SURE I WILL NOT UNTANGLE MY SPAGHETTI MESS OF WIRES AND I WAS JUST THINKING I WOULD :faint: :nono: NOW GET OUT THERE AND FIND SOME JOBS FOR BOTH YOU AND SHAD. SHE MAY AS WELL FREEZE HER BUTT ALONG WITH A FRIEND!! :rofl:

SHAD~ I'M NOT SURE IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE A JOB IN CANADA. TOO MANY BAD INFLUENCES UP THERE ALREADY....DON'T THINK THEY NEED ANOTHER ONE!! :belly: I HAD A FEW THINGS I WANTED TO ASK YOU WHEN YOU WERE HERE BUT I FORGOT ALL OF THEM!! :lol3: :lol3: STAY WARM AND ENJOY THE CLOUDLESS SKY....HOPE THEY LAST!!

SO IT'S AUGUST AND TIME FOR EVALUATION. I DID HAVE A FEW FRAPPES DURING MY CHALLENGE. I CUT OUT THE SPICES AND CITRUS AND THE OFFENDING VEGGIES. I CUT BACK ON DAIRY.... ALMOST NO SOY PRODUCTS (I KEPT MY OCCASSIONAL PRO-SHAKE), AND CAFFEINE.
THE SKIN IS HEALING, SLOWLY BUT DEFINITELY HEALING. THE EYES ARE DRAGGING THEIR FEET. ONE DAY GOOD AND ONE BAD BUT THE ROSACEA REMAINS ON THE LIDS. BECAUSE OF THE COMBO OF ROSACEA, ALLERGENS, DRY EYE AND ASSORTED SENSITIVITES, WHICH INCLUDE SMELLS, LIGHT AND AIR, THIS IS GOING TO BE A TOUGH PROBLEM. I HAVE COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT I JUST NEED TO BE AS MODERATE AS POSSIBLE WITH ALL THINGS AFFECTING THE EYES.
JEN IS ONLY ALLOWED TO VISIT ME AFTER SHE SHOWERS AND NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO KISS ME WITH AFTERSHAVE/PERFUME ON. IT GETS IN MY HAIR AND THEN I HAVE TO WASH IT RIGHT AWAY....THE EYES BURN AND IT'S JUST TOO PAINFUL. BUT I KNEW THIS DAY WAS COMING. MANY DRS PREDICTED IT AND I HAVE BEEN IN DENIAL EVER SINCE :rofl: :rofl: IT'S NOT REALLY BOIHERING ME AS IT REALLY FITS IN WITH MY HERMIT-LIKE ATTITUDE THAT I ADOPTED TO KEEP THE HEADACHES AND BURNING OF ALL SINUS CAVITIES AND EYES AT A MINIMUM. THE ONLY WAY I CAN LIVE IS ALONE. SIGH.
ONE THING THE DR POINTED OUT WAS THAT THE HOME ENVIROMENT WOULD BECOME, MORE OR LESS, STRESS FREE TO BOTH MIND AND BODY. I THINK HE'S RIGHT TOO. STRESS THAT COMES IN ON THE PHONE LEAVES WHEN I HANG UP. <----ALSO MORE OR LESS.
BUT THE BODY/EYES SEEM TO COPE BETTER THIS WAY AND NOW I JUST NEED TO STICK TO IT. ONE EXAMPLE: THERE IS A WOMAN WHO GIVES ME MAGAZINES. I HAVE TO TOSS OUT THE BAG RIGHT AWAY AND THE MAGAZINES AIR OUT NEAR A WINDOW. SHE USES PERFUME AND IT'S ON EVERYTHING! :faint: I TOLD MY M-I-L THAT WHEN SHE COMES SHE WILL HAVE TO STAY WITH JEN. SHE IS OPTING NOT TO COME OR STAY AT A HOTEL. NOT CHEAP IN MY AREA EITHER. HER CHOICE. :rofl:
THIS IS FAR TOO LONG A POST!!! :tantrum:
HAPPY THURSDAY!!!
ARE WE STAYING ACTIVE?????:swim: :running: :ebike:

happy2bme
08-02-2007, 10:05 AM
Morning chicks,

Glad to see everyone made it here.

Oh Mel :grouphug: I had no idea that your sensititivies were so... sensitive. :( Hang in there, 'k? We need to set up our phone date soon before time slips away further.

We are in the midst of the hot weather now. I rushed home to get into the pool and the heat makes these "pop up" storms. I was really torn because it was only raining in spots and a dribble at that but there were occasional rumbles of thunder. Tho farther away I still didn't want to take the chance to get fried. So no swimming yesterday. I was bummed out. We'll try again today.

I was very sleepy and didn't want to get out of bed today so I'm running later than my usual late. Will try and post at lunch if I can. Take care ladies. Enjoy the view, it's lovely.

carla49
08-02-2007, 10:53 AM
Mel, sorry that I didn't congratulate you on the good job opening the new thread. When I finally got my hi-speed back I somehow missed the whole first page of Alaska. So I ended up driving amongst wildlife alongside Mount Logan, desperately seeking. But now I've found you all, and even arrived in time for the smoked salmon midnight buffet...
Good news that the skin is doing so much better. I hope it makes living on the straight and narrow worthwhile. As for the eyes, do you think maybe they'll clear once the demo next door is over and allergy season ends? And once they're temporarily clear, clean living would make it permanent? :crossed: that that does work out. I imagine the perfume problem is pretty bad living where you do. I've noticed that the only thing stinker than a young man hoping to score on the big night out are elderly ladies who've lost most of their sense of smell and just pour it on. I work for a lot of unions, and many of them have a ban on any scent at all at their meetings and functions. Of course there are one or two colleagues who don't get it - "My perfume smells very good and is very expensive, so it's an exception..."

Painter, I have a feeling you already regret posting that tidy pantry, but it will only get worse. I'm convinced that on the right I spotted a tin of Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk... Hmmm. I'd bet that next time you post a shot like that you'll make sure it has nothing but tinned legumes and spices and whole wheat pasta. Maybe we should all be forced to post shots of our fridges or cupboards as punishment for picking on you.
On another note, I hope it'll be all good news when you see the doctor. :hug: At least you're keeping a close eye on your health, and noticed the change right away.

Meadow, a few years ago I decided to have patches/streaks of blond put into my mostly dark never-dyed hair. At first it didn't seem to take, so the hairdresser decided to give some of it more time. So I know what you're talking about, although mine was probably more tortoiseshell than calico, I hated it on sight, but to my surprise it was very popular with everyone else! And it grew out really well, probably took about 6 months before the last of it was cut off. I guess what I'm saying is why not leave it and see what debvelops? Unless it's truly unflattering, it can be somehow empowering to refuse to "fix" odd haircuts.

Madcat, good to hear your sister's doing so well. Is she one of those incredible people who continue to run and train right through chemo? Although with the heat and smog in TO, maybe any exercise out doors is not a good idea.

Ceejay, good news that Bud is back at last. I have a feeling we won't be hearing much from you until your four days off are up. Enjoy the rest! You've earned it.

Happy, shall we plan to meet somewhere January 1st for a polar bear swim - along with all the lunatics who tempt the heart attack gods every year? After our time swimming in those icy Alaskan lakes, we'll be all set.

Shad, if you think it's cold in Perth, you should visit us here in mid-winter and watch all the runners out in the cold. In 1999 when I trained for a marathon, the first night's clinic it was 30 below plus wind chill, and we were all shocked to find out that we were expected to go out for the planned 10 k run. I forgot I had earrings in and ended up with frostbitten earlobes that swelled up and then peeled - looked rather like tomatillos. By the next week I had proper winter running gear, and never froze anything again. Except, of course, my water bottle. Fixed that by starting out with hot water in the bottle, which I strapped on under my wind jacket. You may actually find you run a lot faster in the cold - easier to breathe, and if you dress right you should be warmed up within ten minutes of the time you set out.

Holly, which of the paint colours did you end up choosing?
You and your entire town must be relieved that that murderer has been caught. We're just not used to that sort of thing happening.

As for the challenge, it all started when I told Mel I'd quit wine and chocolate if she'd drop the frapps. Apart from a visit to my friend's cottage and 2.5 glasses at a dinner party this week, and a rather shameful episode at DQ, I've been pretty much on track. So both Mel and I have done rather well! Of course today I'm planning to head back up to the cottage, where the wine tap will be turned on again. At least this time the weather should allow us to get some good swimming in. I'll be out of touch until late Saturday or Sunday. (Unless of course the neighbour can't watch the cats - still no okay on that front, :crossed: that she'll get back to me soon...)

Later gators!

carla49
08-02-2007, 10:58 AM
Hey Happy, love the new avatar. Looks like a little soviet kitty drifted across the Bering Sea from Russia. (Please note: the management is not responsible for any errors in geography. Thank you. We will now return to our scheduled program already in progress.) My kitty is actually calle "l'horrible chat des neiges" - The horrible Snow Cat.

ceejay52
08-02-2007, 12:49 PM
I'm a little depressed. Tim came to the plant yesterday at 2 p.m. and told me we were back on 8 hour shifts. Bud had to go to the emergency room with a 220/100 blood pressure.

Oh well--when I pass out with complete exhaustion h will have to let me off work for some rest. He did let me go to the doctor for thyroid med's, and go back this morning to let the nurse draw blood.

more later--Hello's to all the chicks.

carla49
08-02-2007, 12:59 PM
Ceejay, I think you need a :hug: and a :grouphug:. What a bummer, right when you were sure you had a four-day weekend coming up. I hope they find someone to help you out soon!

happy2bme
08-02-2007, 02:38 PM
The horrible snow cat? Well Carla, not only do you find cool pictures but the captions for your pictures just blow me away. :rofl: So clever and so themed to our threads.

As for my kitty, wish I could make the picture bigger because the cat is obviously not happy wearing a babooshka. The caption is "ALMS FOR THE POOR, KIND SIR?" which doesn't show well on the reduced avatar. I figured a cat with a "hat" of sorts was appropriate for the cold.

As for braving the cooler weather of Alaska - thanks but no thanks. I'd love to see the beauty via a train car like Shad but to live in that cold world now, no can do. The joints and everything else just protest too much. Have a good time at the cottage Carla - moderation on the wine, ok :nono:

Ceejay - gosh how depressing for you. Especially when I'm sure you just barely crawled through these last days just to get to some time off. You are a good person not to make a fuss, no matter how tired you are. :hug:

That's good news that they caught the Ontario killer. Now you just have to dodge the regular wierdos.

Painter, I do admit I was amused at how many products people were able to spot in your pantry. Lessee - what's in my fridge at the moment? Low fat milk, Dasani waters, Coca Cola and Root Beer sodas, 2 shelves of various condiments, some Banana and Coconut FUSE brand drinks that DH loves. A drawer full of all sorts of shredded cheeses, 14 LF yogurts (I know the exact count because DH accused me of having over 20 in there and I just had to show him NOT :p:p ), a zillion salad dressing bottles, a crisper drawer full of all kinds of veggies ranging from just picked crisp to hmm better use these in a stir fry soon ;) , a large bowl of blueberries, a container of left over steel cut oats that I keep forgetting to eat for breakfast, half of a wrap with turkey, brie and sliced apple left over from lunch the other day and finally a small drawer containing numerous bags of deli meat and cheeses - this is DH's stash so I don't go there much except to occasionally route out the old stuff. So I have a mix of good for you / bad for you stuff like anyone.

Mel - you just have to do what you need to do to make yourself comfortable. No sense in putting up with someone's perfume if it's going to make you miserable for weeks. If people don't understand, well that's just too bad. Do you have to be careful with soaps and deodorants and shampoos for yourself for the same reason? Now I understand why your occasional jaunts out might be so troublesome.

Shad, I was looking for some hands on Excel training classes and stumbled upon one in Perth. I thought, gee if I can swing this, can go and visit Shad. Unfortunately it was not as well received as I thought it should be :s I think you'll get more out of running than using exercise videos. Do the running for the cardio, stretch with the yoga and tone the core with the pilates you remember and you should have a good all around work out. Are you going home this weekend?

Madcat - welcome back. The bike ride sounds great though even that is tough if the air is thick and humid. I guess you have to rise at sun up. Good luck with that. I'm so glad that your sister is responding well to her treatments. I'll bet she's spunky like you!

Well lunch is about over. Back to month end reports. My work partner is not here today and it's nice and quiet - hoping to tear though the afternoon so I can get some pool time after work. It's very hot out there right now.

Hellos to Meadow and Holly and Linus who is probably wondering where we all went :dizzy: See yah chicks...

Meadow
08-02-2007, 06:38 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/icebergs.gif

I moved some curtains lower and now I have to fill the previous holes and paint. Decided the big chunks out of the hallway (canister vacuum) might as well been seen to as well. Different colour of paint, of course...:dizzy: I should have just painted everything white :P Hotter than anything here. No storms to keep us out of the pool. A few mosquito bites. I've been making the kids frappucinos with fruit and icecubes which they love. We made a peach/blueberry today. My sisters are coming up this weekend. We are all very excited.

Ceejay-sorry to hear you are still working and not easing into the pillows deeper. I hope your boss knows how wornout this is making you.

Mel-be mindful of the scents and dust. Have you been wearing your sandles? Any more toe worshipers? Thank you for our new home, super cool!

Carla-have a great time at the cottage, moderation my dear ;) Enjoy the water in the lake, mind the fishies. I swam in a lake which had otters in it once, they kept peeking up a few yards away at us, it was great but kind of creepy in a movie horror sort of way... what lurks beneath :p

Shad-did you have many meetings? I hope you get to enjoy your runs and the weather stays calm. Rising steam, wow, that's an image :D

Happy-don't allow the storms to get you :hug: I know you must be frustrated by not getting in the pool. It sucks when plans get thwarted. Your grilling dinner sounds very yummy. I wish I was that organized.

Madcat-be careful out and about on your bike in this heat. I hope you have a drink with you. Nice to hear your sister is finished her chemo and work on her recovery without the constant back and forth to the hospital. I hope she sees this as a fight she can win and is staying focused on getting through this. Best of good energy!

Holly-you can go outside now and enjoy the summer! That was scary having that guy out there, I saw a pic of him on tv, cold character.

PainterWoman-my cupboards have never looked that tidy. Beautiful. I could not tell what anything was. I hope you are feeling optimistic and empowered.

Hello :wave: missing chicks :wave:

MELODY525
08-02-2007, 08:20 PM
(Courtesy of Chatelaine Magazine August 2007)

No one will ever know this stir fry sauce was not made from scratch!

Ingredients:
· 340 g package frozen peeled uncooked shrimp

· 2 peppers, 1 orange and 1 red

· 2 cups (500mL) sugar-snap peas or snow peas, strings removed

· ½ cup (125mL) stir-fry sauce, preferable Kikkoman

· 2 cups baby spinach



Directions:
1. Defrost shrimp following package directions. Pat dry with paper towels. Slice peppers into long strips. Prepare peas. Lightly coat a large, wide frying pan with oil and set over high heat. When hot, add shrimp. Stir often just until shrimp begin to turn pink, 2 min.

2. Then add peppers, peas and sauce. Stir frequently until peppers are tender-crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in spinach just until wilted. Excellent over rice noodles.

Makes 4 servings

MELODY525
08-02-2007, 09:04 PM
:cheer: WAKE UP SHADDIE :cheer:

Shad
08-02-2007, 09:08 PM
Perhaps all the worker bees in Ceejays plant should go off to the medical centre with stress related conditions. Seems to me that they are taking advantage of good natured people here.

Mel thinks I am a bad influence on Canada. I'm shattered - or should that be Shad-dered? Good going on the eyes and skin. Hope there will be a reasonable outcome from that soon. It seems that more and more of us are becoming allergic to the world around us. Personally, I am glad that I won't be around long enough to see the final outcome. As far as I can make out - unless some woman steps up to the plate and says enough is enough, then the outcome will not be good. Men have had thousands of years to get it right and they still haven't achieved anything near halfway!

Whole raft of new avatars appearing on the scene. Why is Carla's cat le chat horrible??? Looks quite reasonable to me.

Madcat has a running cat - seems she's up for the challenge again. Happy's cat is hiding under a scarf and looks cute but not too happy with the headgear! Mel's got dancing penguins and mine is the same as it has been for the past 5 years or so.

Mel with the activity going on on this thread at the moment, maybe it should have been called Active Alaska.

Nothing new in my neck of the woods. I didn't exercise this morning - or rather didn't do structured exercise. I packed a few things in a case and wheeled it down the street, tidied the house and did some cleaning before coming to work. That will have to do for today. I may dash uptown at lunch for some new gym shoes. That could be a goer.

Speaking of goer - I'd better get going and do some work. Sometime, someplace on this project, I'd better deliver some product for which I am paid.

Shad
08-02-2007, 09:16 PM
I'm awake, while I was typing away here and entertaining the folks around me, you lot were being faster on the fingers.

Yes I am going home. Have my red suitcase beside my desk. Have my computer with all the photos loaded ready for the webshots, just waiting for 3.00pm to arrive so I can rock off to the airport and wait for my plane.

I'm going home - oooooh yeah. I'm going home - oooooh yeah. I'm going home, home, home YEAH!

Madcat
08-02-2007, 10:43 PM
Sittin' in a railway station, got a ticket for my destination... Ah a Bit of S&G for a sultry evening for Shad. Still stinkin' hot here. They say this was the worst day of the heat wave and all I can say is I hope so. It ain't the heat, kids, it's the humidity!

Funny thing happened to us today. I bought tickets to go to this variety / burlesque show down at the waterfront for tonight but when we got there they couldn’t find our tickets at the box office. When I checked our confirmation I noticed the tickets are actually for NEXT Thursday. D’oh! So we went for dinner at the same restaurant at the waterfront where Shad, Holly, The Dear Boy and I ate in June. It was nice. It is marginally cooler at the water. Or at least there is a hot breeze.

Mel~ You are right. The front page of that one site is very soothing. I like the approach that includes easy prep. Way to set the bar high for us, our friend. :hug: Avoid those smellies. Yeah, you may have to just push back. What’s wrong with people’s normal smell that they have to marinate in scent? :lol: Ok – don’t answer that!

Shad~ You want to emigrate to Canada, and we’ll happily take you. There seems to be a lot of work kicking around from what I hear… and we have a very big mining industry, and, hey, SAP is a universal evil! Don’t listen to Mel – I think you’d be a good influence :) I’d like to join the challenge too. I think I’ll aim for 5 lbs by the end of the month. I plan to do it by eschewing junk, eating more veggies during the day and getting 5 workouts in (in one form or another) each week.

Carla~ Sorry you are having tech twitches. If manufacturers could just agree on ONE standard for all of this kind of stuff life would be much easier. And yes, my sister is one of “those”. She was stilling running 8 to 10 K whenever she wasn’t too tired… and she was all bent out of shape because her doctor told her she couldn’t run a half marathon until she had finished the treatments. :lol: Honestly I think it is less that she is a fanatic and more that she is holding on to running as a sign of having a “normal life”. It is her way of spitting into the face of illness. I admire her. Good for you reaching for your challenge goals.

Happy~ Bummer about swimming being called due to weather. My mom always used to make us get out of the lake at the first sign of lightning too. Nice try in attempting to wrangle that training course in Perth. I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t go for it. :lol: Your fridge sounds like mine… though I have more condiments!

Ceejay~ Sorry about your work stresses. Does this mean you don’t get that long weekend. We here in Ontario will loan you ours.

Meadow~ Once again, great graphics! And yep, I always carry water with me. I was tempted to stop and get a second bottle today. Hope you have a lovely time with your family around you. Do you guys get a long weekend this weekend? I can never remember with provinces get one and which don’t.

Ok, I have gabbed enough. I am going to post this and then go watch the Argos struggling to actually win a football game with no healthy Quarterbacks.

Hi to all!! :wave:

Hollyhock
08-02-2007, 11:41 PM
You gals are great.

happy2bme
08-03-2007, 09:29 AM
Morning chicks,

Sleepy reporting in here :yawn: so glad tomorrow is Saturday and I can sleep in tho I'm going to try and make it not too late...

What a busy crew you are. Safe trip home Shad of the red suitcase, tho you are probably there already at the moment. Looking forward to seeing your vacation pics.

Thank you for the lovely New Day poem Mel. We occasionally need to be reminded to treasure each day and that one hit the spot. :D

Humming Simon and Garfunkel thanks to Madcat. Have a good weekend. Hope you get some nice playtime in with the DH.

Great graphics Meadow - loved the cat and the water scenes are just gorgeous. Have a good time with your sister this weekend.

I'm hoping to get out a bit earlier today and get home around 5:30 so I can go in the pool. The weather is predicted to be hot and sunny for the next 2 weeks with very little rain in sight. Means that DH has to do some extra watering. I'm going to give the trees and bushes up by the pool a drink tomorrow - hard to get the hose all the way over there but I can connect 2 together I suppose.

Well the sooner the day gets started, the sooner I can end it so I'm off. Happy Friday everyone!

ceejay52
08-03-2007, 01:12 PM
I was told this morning that I have a day off tomorrow. :dance:

Shad--we are filling in for a sick co-worker.

Happy--Enjoy the pool.

Madcat--thanks for the offer of extra day's off. I'll make it. Work just gets a little boring. I don't have the time to take care of myself.

It's time to catch up on the paper work. Was mentally tired yesterday.

Shad
08-03-2007, 10:51 PM
Morning all,
Been to the gym this morning and did a run on the treadmill. Guess I will have to go back again tomorrow and do it all over again. Then I went shopping and got some new pants and some new jammies. Wasn't in the mood for shopping so I guess that was good news for my bank account. Flight home was long and uneventful, cattle class squash as per normal. I was so pleased when the lights of Brissie came into view. The cat was pleased to see me home. She stayed with me all night. Under the covers round the body out of the covers sit on my head wash my paws kind of love. Finally I had to tell her to settle down or get off she was keeping us both awake.

Off to upload photos, back later.

happy2bme
08-04-2007, 01:46 AM
Madcat, every time I look at your avatar I giggle. Thanks for the smile. :D

Shad - it just wouldn't be you without your avatar. It's a tribute to love and loyalty. Don't even think about changing it.

Well summer is here in Memphis - and around the country it seems. Temps hit 100 degrees today and are supposed to hold more of the same over the weekend and into next week. Great as we have 4,000 pounds of stone to relocate. I should have gone to bed an hour ago. Going to try and get up at 6 am so I can at least get in 2 hours of moving chunks tomorrow. I daresay by 10am it's just going to be too darn hot to be doing that kind of work.

DH took kitty to the vet today. Poor baby. The doc gave her shots for rabies and thinks she may have allergies and gave her a shot for that. Various other necessary but undignified procedures were performed on poor kitty. She's quite hating the DH at the moment. She did let me cuddle up with her and pet her for a bit - says I give the bestest kitty massages in the neighborhood. :lol: I suppose after this we won't be able to count on her helping up haul the rocks across the yard. :rofl:

So if I'm to get up at 6 I should be getting to bed now. I'll probably check back later Saturday night. Stay cool except for Shad who's sitting in her woolies.

Will touch base later. Love to the rest of the chicks...

MELODY525
08-04-2007, 08:59 AM
MEADOW~ LOVED THE PICS AS I ALWAYS DO. I MUST BE A VISUAL PERSON :rofl: . HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH SIS. STILL SWIMMING??

MADCAT~ THE AVATAR IS TOO FUNNY! I FEEL THAT WAY THIS MORNING:rofl: DINNER ON THE WATERFRONT SOUNDS DIVINE....ROMANTIC EVEN. THAT IS WITH THE DH...NOT HOLLY AND SHAD :lol3: HOPE YOU NAVE A GOOD TIME NEXT WEEK!:rofl: rofl:

CEEJAY~ ENJOY THE TIME OFF!! RELAX AND READ A GOOD BOOK...RO A BAD BOOK BUT JUST RELAX!! :hug:

SHAD~ WELCOME HOME!! I AM SURE SUNDAY IS THRILLED!! HAS IT RAINED YET?? SENDING HUGS...HOPE YOU GET A BIT OF DOWN TIME ALSO. ENJOY IT WHILE YOU CAN!! AT LEAST THERE IS NO TFG THIS JOB .....:rofl:

HAPPY~ BABOOSHKAS! :lol3: :lol3: I WAS LAUGHING OUT LOUD! TOO FUNNY! HOPE THE WEEKEND BRING SOME R&R FOR YOU AS WELL. YOU GALS HAVE BEEN BUSY CHICKS THIS WEEK.

CARLA~ HOW IS OUR SISTER IN THE NORTH AS WELL?? ALSO HOW IS THE NEIGHBOR? HOPE SHE IS MAKING A LIFE OF HER OWN BY NOW.

I AM VERY TIRED TODAY. FOOD SHOPPED UESTERDAY BUT BEFORE I EVEN LEFT WE HAD A DEAD TENANT, A LEAK THAT WENT DOWN 3 FLOORS AND ONE MAN LEFT IN MAINTENANCE. SEEMS LIKE VACATIONERS ARE RUNNING AMOK!! I CAME HOME TO THE SAME MESS. STORED THE PERISHABLES AND WENT TO WORK. HOW CAN YOU RUN AN OFFICE WHEN NO ONE IS HERE? DO I HAVE TO WEILD SPANNERS NOW AS WELL AGAIN? :rofl: ONE TENANT HAD THE NERVE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT ME TO THE OFFICE....SEEMS SHE RANG MY BELL AT 11:30 THE OTHER NIGHT AND I DIDN'T ANSWER. SHE WAS FORCED TO CALL THE EMERGENCY BEEPER NUMBER AND WAS INCENSED! :lol3: THE KNOCK HAD AWAKEN ME BUT I WAITED TO SEE IF IT WAS A DREAM BEFORE I GOT OUT OF BED AND SHE NEVER KNOCKED AGAIN.....ZZZZZZZZZ
TOO BAD! WE'RE HAVING SOME REAL PEAS SOUPY WEATHER HERE. 90'S AND HUMID AND SMELLY INVERTED ATMOSPHERES. PU!!! :faint: NO RIDES FOR ME NOW.
I GUESS THAT'S ENOUGH COMPLAINING FOR ONE MORNING. I'LL LET YOU LOT GET ON WITH YOUR LIFE CAN'T EXPECT YOU TO SIT HERE ALL DAY READING DRIVEL...:moped:
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND.

Hollyhock
08-04-2007, 09:14 AM
Happy-you were up late. That is a lot of stone!!!!YIKES!! I need to water here but haven't. All my perennials are shrivelling up.

Mel- has been the recipe guru and motivation provider this week!!!

Shad- glad you are home! LOL about Sunday.

Carla- are you home Thanksgiving weekend. I am wondering if a trip east is in the cards for me.

Miss Meadow- How is the hair?? Maybe I should paln a trip west too * grins*.

Madcat- good news for your sister. I went to a benefit last Friday night for a friend who has been battling cancer for over a year. A few rounds of chemo and surgery. He looked so great and his spirirts were fab. I truly believe that is the key to beating it. He very clamly stated. I am not going to die from this. His girl friend said that has been his focus all along.

CJ_ hope you are enjoying a day off!!!

PW- I wish my whole house was as organized as your pantry.

It is only 15C right now :D , only going up to 28C!! :D

I am feeling quite happy. It is kind of bubbling over.
My coffee tastes particularily yummy too.

The usual scramble here. Soccer, housework, Avon, might water the gardens....... We are leaving at 8am tomorrow for our Toronto trip!!!!

happy2bme
08-04-2007, 10:40 AM
Morning chicks,

I see your light on Holly :wave: Enjoy the Toronto trip. Glad that you are getting out a bit this year instead of always being stuck in the house and being the responsible one. Girls just want to have fun - at least once in a while, right?

Speaking of responsible, you sure have your hands full too Mel. Why does everyone have to pester you all the time. Don't think I could put up with a building full of people as cranky as me :lol3: Hang in there and don't get too stressed. Sounds like there's a soap opera going on over there.

I haven't peeked to see if Shad's got the new pictures up yet. Will do later.

Just peeked in to see what's going on as I sip the last of my coffee. As usual I am running late - even when it's just hanging around the house. The air is heating up out there -better get outside.

Let's have some fun today, ok? 2 giggle moments to each "routine chore" we take care of. See yah mates...

ceejay52
08-04-2007, 05:16 PM
Meadow-those icebergs sure looked refreshing. wish there was one in the front yard now, though it would not last long. It's hot out there.

Holly--enjoy the trip. take pictures we want to see.

happy--don't stay out in this heat for long. I'm going to try to get out and mow the front yard later in the day. The front yard will be shaded by then. I'm staying inside where it's cool for now.

Mel--:hugs: won't they let you rest.

Carla and Madcat hello :wave:

I've slowed myself down today just because it hot out side. I have to see the a.c. bill for august. I've also been to the super Walmart to get some fresh produce. I simply don't like the grocery store here. Everything is to high and not fresh.

Hollyhock
08-04-2007, 07:25 PM
Madcat- We will be downtown on Monday doing the CN tower, Hockey Hall of Fame and ROM and Dinner( possibly on the CN tower) Interested???I will bring your # and PM you mine Cell!!

Shad
08-04-2007, 07:28 PM
I can just see Happy chortling away as she loads rocks into the wheelbarrow - keep chortling my friend. Wish I was there to help.

Mel - no rain in Brissie - it's forgotten how to. Serves us right for chopping down the trees. Wield those spanners - it's good exercise but no bending and twisting to look in tight spots. Tell the old codgers to go take a running jump. Everyone is entitled to rest. She could have rung you instead of tapping on the door in a huff. Thanks for the email.

Holly - enjoy TO - taking the new camera with you??? Have lots of fun and don't get picked up by the cops - or anyone else for that matter. You don't have me and Madcat there to bail you out this time.

Some of the photos are there. Uploading was an incredibly slow business yesterday but there are two new albums - Butchart Gardens and Victoria. I'll try to get some more done today but won't bet on it. The SF and Big Sur is just about ready to go. I don't know the names of some of the plants so if you do, let me know and I'll update the captions. Must say I am not that impressed with Webshots new slideshow thingy. It's very slow, the pictures don't come out full size and some appear to be fuzzy. I don't remember them being fuzzy on my computer. I'll have to check. Still mostly, they look good.

Okay, I'm off to do some exercise and warm up. I'm not going to the gym today, I've done 5 days this week. I took DS2 to work at 5.00am this morning and it was only 6C - 42F. The sun is up and is warming things up a bit so I might do some washing and hang it out. I have to finish packing as well and I'd better go do some visiting or I'll be in trouble somewhere with someone.
Every time I post the link to webshots, it doesn't work, so I'll leave it to Mel the magician to do so again - or just go back and find the other one.

See ya later.

MELODY525
08-05-2007, 08:39 AM
HOLLY ~HAVE A GREAT TORONTO TRIP :dance: ENJOY!!

HAPPY~ I DID GIGGLE YESTERDAY...THANKS. IT IS AN EFFING SOAP OPERA...MY WHOLE LIFE IS JUST ON BIG COMEDY! :lol3: :lol3: HOPE YOUR WEEKEND IS REFRESHING!!! :hug: BABOOSHKAS! :rofl: :rofl:

CEEJAY~ PICK ME UP SOME PRODUCE WHILE YOUR'RE OUT!! THE STUFF AT MY GROCERY FRIDAY WAS TERRIBLE TOO! HIGH PRICES FOR SECOND HAND FRUITS AND VEGGIES :faint: STAY COOL MY FRIEND!

SHAD~ I WILL GO AND GET THE WEBSHOTS THINGY. I REALLY NEED TO LOOK AT ALL YOUR PICTURES. HAVEN'T DONE IT YET. EVERYTHING TO ME IS FUZZY SO I WON'T MIND! :rofl: :rofl: TOO BAD ABOUT THE RAIN. WE SHOULD SEND SOME OVER TO YOU. HAD A TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR THE OTHER DAY. SO MUCH SO THAT THE DESTRUCTOS HAD TO PUMP OUT THE WATER OF THE HOLES THEY'RE DIGGING!! :lol3: GREAT EXERCISING LADY!!! :cheer:

YESTERDAY I ABOUT RAN OUT OF PATIENCE. A WATER FILTRATION PLANT GOT HIT WITH LIGHTNING. SO WE HAD TO BOIL OUR WATER TO DRINK OR COOK. YOU WOULD THINK THE END OF THE WORLD WAS HERE. WHY DO SENIORS THINK THAT THEY ARE SOOO DANG SPECIAL AND THAT NOTYHING IS ALLOWED TO SPOIL THEIR DAY?? I JUST DON'T GET IT. THEN OF COURSE THE ELEVATOR BEING OUT OF WHACK ADDED TO THE DILEMMA...EVEN THOUGH THE OTHER ONE WAS STILL RUNNING!!! :faint: AFTER ASSORTED SMOKE ALARMS AND REPAIRMEN, I HAD ABOUT AS MUCH OF SENIOR CITIZENS AT THE END OF THE DAY AS I COULD STAND!!:tantrum: I GOT SO PISSED OFF THAT I TOLD A BUNCH OF THEM THINGS COULD BE WORSE...WE COULD ALL BE DEAD LIKE JAY. <---THE GENT WHO JUST DIED :rofl: THAT SHUT THEM UP. I HAD A GOOD LAUGH YESTERDAY AT A HOROSCOPE I FOUND:
Pisces February 19-March 20

It’s been two years of hard working—literally—as you have wrestled with the demon of sacrifice, figuring how much is too much. Yet despite the long hours, your efforts are likely paying off, making the struggle well worth it.

SOUNDS JUST LIKE ME! :rofl: :rofl: I DID LEARN ONE THING....I LAUGH A LOT MORE, TAKE THINGS A LOT LESS SERIOUS AND TALK MORE COMMON SENSE TO MYSELF NOW THAN I EVER DID. THE DRAMA QUEEN IS FINALLY FADING INTO THE SUNSET.
WITH AGE AND 3FC COMES WISDOM! :rollpin:
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

Hollyhock
08-05-2007, 08:57 AM
Ready to launch with 5 min to spare!!!!

Y'all behave yourselves while I am gone!! See ya Wednesday!!

ceejay52
08-05-2007, 11:10 AM
Mel--Too bad the water filtration plant was struck by lightening. I can sympathize with you about all the complaining. Wait till you have to deal with over 9000 customers.

Shad--bravo on the 5 daysat the gym this week.

I'm back to the grind at wrok. So far things are quite. I got quite a bit done yesterday. It was good just to be away from work. My sister that lives in Dallas called me yesterday. She and her dh had just gotten back from their vacation from the Grand Canyon. She said they both really enjoyed it.

It's goinig to be another hot one.

happy2bme
08-05-2007, 12:34 PM
Link to Shad's gorgeous pictures of her vacation (http://community.webshots.com/user/joy_clover)

happy2bme
08-05-2007, 12:53 PM
Good morning chicks.

Hauled about 1200 pounds of rock yesterday. About 1/3 done. Boy it's hot outside. I finally had to stop around noon because even with a towel soaked in ice water around my neck, it was still too hot. Will pick up again in a few minutes.

Shad - your pictures are just gorgeous! You captured the blues of Big Sur perfectly. And your flower shots at the Garden are lovely. I've commented on a few and added some missing names. The bright pink one I said was a type of poppy is making me crazy as I think we've seen it here and I was admiring it. Very lovely tho, thanks for posting them - it's like we were there too. Wish we could have been together to ooh and ah with each other. Can you understand now why I always kept pushing Butchart Gardens, Butchart Gardens. :D It's an amazing place - even though all 4 seasons.

Ceejay is right. It sure is HOT out here and looks to stay that way for the next 2 weeks. It will only cloud up when I get into the pool, guaranteed :rofl:

Mel, all I can say about the cranky seniors is that I realize as I get older, I tend to get more cranky myself. Not about loosing the water, but about people not following the rules and being inconsiderate idiots - which means I have many opportunities to get cranky. :lol3: When my sister was visiting, we were at the store and I picked up a bottle of Windex window cleaner and was complaining that there seemed to be more Spanish on the front of the bottle than English words. She rolled her eyes and said "Ok MOM!" Said I was turning into my mother so ... maybe it's just natural to be fussing alot the older you get. :rolleyes: Hope things are back to normal for you. Boiling the water is a pain in the patootie.

Well it's getting later and hotter and I have more rocks to haul, cars to wash, laundry and grocery shopping to do and I want to get some swim time in soon before the pool is all shady so I'd better get rolling.

Have a good Sunday ladies.

Shad
08-05-2007, 09:12 PM
Well Happy, we will just have to arrange to be there together on another visit. Spend a couple of days just wandering around and taking in the sights and smells. We'd better not leave it too long or you and I will be cranky about the way the grass grows or the kids jumping on the lawn or the old bat (younger than me) who practically demolishes the rose to get to smell it. Thanks for the names of plants and flowers. I'll get back in there and change them when I get a few minutes. Yeah I did want to get the firies for Mel, but they all hopped inside the truck while Carla and I were discussing the various merits and de-merits and I forgot to take the pic in time.

I'm back in Perth and another week is unfolding. Guess what? It is raining. A solid gray wall of the stuff. My pants legs go soaked on the way to work. So different from the warm sunny days and cool nights of Queensland.

Poor Mel, seems like you are not having much of a weekend. Didn't you know that those seniors went through a depression and a world war so they would not have to boil their water. They expect more from life than that.

Holly have a great time in Toronto. Hope it stays fine and sunny, cos the kids will not be impressed or impressive if not.

Ceejay - back at work again already. Crikey!!!! You should have made arrangements to go to the Grand Canyon with your sister. It's a great place.

Okay, I owe, I owe so it's off to work I go. Have a good - whats left of the weekend all and behave.

Love

Madcat
08-05-2007, 10:06 PM
Happy Sunday evening darlings… It looks as if the heat wave has broken and I can finally sit comfortably in the office on the computer again. It’s been so hot in here. Better now.

Spent the day at the in-laws doing laundry. Their dryer is so slow. Did a stop at Canadian tire and bought a small portable propane BBQ and a few other vacation odds and sods. The Boy and I (and quite a few of our closest friends) have booked a cabin near Temaugami Ontario for the week after next. There is running water and electricity but no phone or TV or such. One more week. We can hardly wait.

Ceejay~ Hope you enjoyed your day off. Stay cool.

Shad~ It must be nice to come home if even for just a couple of days. Your pictures are really beautiful! And it was neat to see what the infamous Longhorn looks like. :lol: Have a lovely soggy week. I’ve put an order for some sun in for you,

Happy~ Guess we shouldn’t complain about a week of steamy weather when I compare it to what you guys get down south. Maybe it is worse for the northerners becuz what we get the extremes. Don’t forget the water while you are working in the garden, slugging that stone. Thanks for the link to Shad’s pictures. And is it a Bad thing to become one’s mother? Not always.

Mel~ That is one inconsiderate tenant. Jerk! Why didn’t she just call the emergency number if it was already after 11? That’s just rude. We like your “drivel” (as you call it). Good for you for pointing out the obvious to those who do nothing but piss and moan. As if it is YOUR problem that the water plant was damaged. Some people I think need a nice big chill pill.

Holly~ You are probably already here in the big city wandering around with your kids all staring at the tall buildings. I’ve already promised to spend at least part of the day with my friend with the health problems tomorrow, so I’m not sure I’ll be able to meet up with you. I’ll call you. If we don’t connect, I hope you have a great time.

Hi to Meadow and Linus and PW and Carla. :wave: Was that your Zen, BTW?

I best wander off.

PainterWoman
08-05-2007, 10:20 PM
Ooooooh, what fun! Alaska! And I almost missed the boat.

Well, I'm home alone with my clean pantry. Bah! Those of you who saw suspicious items should have seen it before. DH seems to think he needs to have ingredients for biscuts and gravy on hand at all times(oh, yeah, THAT keeps us light on our feets). Yes, there's soda, but it's all diet, OR for the chilluns' visits. I had a schizophrenic trip to the grocery store today. "Natural" no-sugar popsicles and Peppermint patties.

Madcat - SO glad to hear that your sister is done with the radiation & chemo. Every step counts. Hope she regains strength easily

I love to walk outdoors in the real world, too, but we have only just finally had our first day of triple digit heat, so I'm not going to do it today. One thing about Curves: LOTS of A/C and fans.

Shad - you are such a hard worker. and inspiration. I've strayed rather a lot on writing down bites and calories. Will get back on track... (but maybe after a peppermint pattie "serving."

Mel - glad that your sacrifice is paying off. I hate to sacrifice and sacrifice and have the scales move UP, or my insides revolt, or other unpleasant surprises. I'm like your whiney old goats and nanny's who'd prefer that life be easy.
And you were so blase about "one of the tenants dying." there aren't too many people who could say that!
So sorry that your smeller got super sensitive. Mind sort of up and quit. I'm sure there are times when I smell BAD, but I can't smell anything.... flowers, magazine inserts, etc. Has to be my meds. I'm hoping that when I'm off the meds, my strength and confidence will come back, too. It sucks feeling like you might keel over every time you stand up.

Well, I'm off to raid the pantry and start Harry Potter 7. (Had to re-read 6 first.) TTFN.

Ceejay - hope you can enjoy your time off, even if they don't give you much notice. Too bad you weren't there to help with the lightening strike in New Jersey.

I'd love to go on a Polar Bear Swim... as long as it's the bears who are swimming.

Holly - Hooray for law enforcement in your area and for catching the bad guys. Was this another case of "he was a quiet guy, but nobody thought he was strange?" or one of the "nobody ever really liked him...." types?


I feel like I'm living in the tropics... almost every afterrnoon or evening we've had rain or thunderstorms. I could definitely get used to it. The Hibiscus is beyond happy.

carla49
08-05-2007, 11:30 PM
Yikes. Just a few days away, and so many new posts!

Madcat, I love your new avatar - perfect! And yes, that was my big Zen in the pics. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you get good weather while in Temagami.

Shad, the Big Sur photos are particularly good. What a photogenic land/seascape. I haven't looked at the Van and Vic ones yet, but will soon. Too bad about the rain in Perth. Anyone would think you were at my friend's cottage...

Sheesh, Mel, what makes the tenants think they can pester you at all hours like that? Don't they realize it's work for you to get up and answer the door? (Of course, it's work that will burn off extra calories, so it's not all bad... :rofl: ) Seeing the photo of the firetruck in shad's collection ahs made me remember I have some Québecois beefcake to send you. Stop drooling!!!

Happy, I can't imagine lifting rocks in the hot sun all day. But then, I didn't shoot the law and the law won... :lol3: Sorry. Got sidetracked there for a mo. At least you have the pool to collapse into once you've done, and you build up lots of calorie credits for an umbrella drink or two. Hmmm. Maybe we could start a new diet program where you buy snack food offsets, sort of like carbon offsets, and you can eat with impunity while someone else does your treadmill time.

Painter, I was afraid our ruthless analysis of your pantry had driven you away in a huff. Glad to see you've joined us on the cruise.

Speaking of ruthless, where is that Ruth? I may have to resort to the telephone to make sure she's okay!

Ceejay, good to hear you enjoyed your day off. I hope Bud (?) gets better soon or they get someone else in there. It's tough to work so much without the days off we count on.

Holly, I can't promise that I'll be around at Thanksgiving, but will let you know. Most years I seem to end up working somewhere away right around then. If I'm going to be here, mi casa estara tu casa. I now have a single aerobed, so it's possible to arrange the office in such a way that the cat won't jump on my guests' full bladders. (Sorry about that, Shad!)

Meadow, I envy you your steady sunshine. I've gone to my friend's lake cottage twice now, and both times we swam the afternoon I arrived and then watched the rain and/or the chill wind blowing the little lake into whitecaps.

What I thought was allergies seems to be a head cold. Sniff sniff, croak, croak. I'd never admit it, but going for a midnight skinny dip :swim: that lasted about an hour may not have been the best idea after all. I don't remember feeling cold at all. Maybe it's west nile fever - I think the early symptoms are like a cold, and I do have a rather fine collection of bites...

Time to put this runny, stuffy nose to bed before you all get infected. Nighty-night!

MELODY525
08-06-2007, 08:24 AM
The State Of Nj Tax Has Levied My Checking Account And Confiscated All Mine And Jen's Security Money....emptying My Our Account.
The Office Is Going To Try And Help Me Get It Back. When The Job Is Done I Will Return.

happy2bme
08-06-2007, 09:37 AM
OMG Mel! :yikes: This weekend we watched "In Pursuit of Happiness" with Will Smith and although I think it was NY State - they did the very same thing to him! Why is it that they pester the little people and don't go after the real problem. If there's any thing we can do to help, just say so...

After Mel's news it just seems kinda trivial to comment on the rest so for the time being, will just send hugs all around :hug: :hug: :hug:

And will be back later.

Madcat
08-06-2007, 12:27 PM
As the DH just said, "How the ___ can they do that???!!!" :hug: Melly! Hang in there. And, as Happy said, if there is anything we can do, let us know.

carla49
08-06-2007, 12:27 PM
How utterly ridiculous!!!!! :mad: Mel, I'm feeling so bad for you right now. How petty and vindictive. It probably cost them more in salaries and paperwork than they found in the accounts. I certainly hope you had some cash under the mattress to get by with until the mess is settled. Please try to take care of yourself while this :stress: is going on - or you'll end up paying with your health as well. :grouphug: :hug: :grouphug: We're always here to :listen:, so never hesitate to come to your worldly chick sisters for a rant or a good cry.

ceejay52
08-06-2007, 03:26 PM
Mel--((((hugs))) hope they don't confiscate you too.

It's to hot for anything right now

Happy--Hope you are not going to work in the yard this afternoon.

PW, Carla and Madcat--Hello :wave:

Shad
08-06-2007, 08:52 PM
Mel, how on earth did that happen. How can they just up and take money away without some form of warning first. Is that legal over there?? I would suggest that now the friendship with the mayor may come in very handy. I've never heard anything so stupid in all my life. How awful for you both. How can I help? I was going to say ring me, but you'd have to ring my mobile or the office phone. I'll PM to you anyway. If all else fails try the local TV company. We are always getting peoples hard luck stories about Govt departments and their lack of heart here. The TV station goes to bat for the little guy to try and get answers and the entire nation gets to find out about the lack of soul in some of our supposedly For the people, by the people departments.

Still grey and raining - goddam it what awful weather. No wonder everyone gets a bit stir crazy over here in the west and do some stupid things, but maybe not as stupid as NJ Governments.

Still exercising and now back to eating right or more or less right. I'll get through this challenge if it kills me. I did the yoga tape last night and that nearly had me dead on the floor. Tonight (since I didn't want to get out of bed this morning) I'll do the biggest loser tape. I should go for a run, but it is just too awful out there to run, besides which the paths are becoming slippery with the leaves no one has managed to sweep up yet.

Well better go panic over this bl**dy job a bit more. So much to do, so little time. So few decisions made over ANYTHING

MELODY525
08-06-2007, 09:02 PM
SORRY IT TOOK SO LONG TO GET BACK HERE. WHEN IT WAS ALL OVER I HAD TO TAKE MEDS AND LIE DOWN. ENDED UP WITH A STIFF NECK/SHOULDER AND THE RUNS AND THE SHIVERS & SHAKES. JESUS I FELL APART BUT THE SHOCK OF FINDING YOUR ACCOUNT EMPTIED WAS UNREAL. AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT WAS IDENTITY THEFT THEN FOUND OUT IT WAS CALLED A "NJ TAX LEVY". SUCH A MISNOMER!!! THEN FOUND OUT IT WAS FOR A VERY OLD DELINQUENT CREDIT CARD DEBT OF JEN'S.:yikes:
IN THE MEANTIME JOHN GOT A HOLD OF THE MAYOR AND EALL THE MEN WERE STANDING BY. SHAME THE SAME CANNOT BE SAID OF THE WOMEN. BUT WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN YOU KNOW WHO TO TURN TO AND I DID MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION. TOOK HOURS TO REACH THE DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT WAS THAT THE ENTIRE LEVY WAS ILLEGAL WHICH I KNEW FROM THE START. NO AGENCY IN THE USA CAN TOUCH AN SSI ACCOUNT LIKE OURS. BUT GETTING THE MONEY RETURNED SWIFTLY TOOK A LOT OF BS'ING AND WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT WORKED. I PLAYED ONE AGENCY AGAINST THE OTHER AND THE FUNDS SHOULD BE BACK WITHIN 72 HOURS. FINGERS ARE CROSSED. AND ANY BOUNCED CHECKS SHOULD BE PAID BY THE BANK WHO MADE THE MISTAKE OF LETTING THE LEVY GET ON MY ACCT IN THE FIRST FOOKING PLACE.
MY ONLY SURPRISE WAS THAT I GOT SO PHYSICALLY ILL OVER THIS. I AM STILL SHOCKED AT MY BODY'S REACTION. I THOUGHT I HAD EVERYTHING PRETTY MUCH UNDER CONTROL. GUESS NOT :faint: NOW I HOPE THE MONEY GETS PUT BACK AS FAST AS THOSE *******S GOT IT OUT! :rofl: :rofl: I CAN LAUGH NOW BUT MY EYES LOOK LIKE CHIT FROM YESTERDAY AND THIS MORNING. I BARELY SLEPT LAST NIGHT. GUESS I WILL CRASH TONITE. THANKS FOR THE GOOD THOUGHTS AND WILL CHAT TOMORROW AFTER FOOD SHOPPING. THE BOYS TOOK UP A COLLECTION AMONGST THEMSELVES AND I RETURNED IT WHEN I WAS SUCCESSFUL WITH THE PHONE CALLS. THE GUYS ACTUALLY LOOKED DISAPPOINTED!! ROFLMAO THEY WANTED SO MUCH TO BE THE KNIGHTS IN SHINING ARMOR!! I CRIED, TOLD THEM THEY WERE AND I THINK THEY FELT BETTER THEN.,....:lol3: MEN ARE STRANGE YET SIMPLE CREATURES. GOTTA LOVE 'EM. :love:
I AM OFF TO BED AND TV :cloud9:

MELODY525
08-06-2007, 09:05 PM
SHAD I HOPE YOU SEE THIS NOW. I SEE YOUR LITTLE EGG IS LIT!! :hug: ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL!! YES IT IS LEGAL OVER HERE BUT JUST NOT WITH THE KIND OF INCOME JEN AND I HAVE.....THANK GOD! :lol3: I AM WELL AND OFF TO BED. WE CAN CHAT ON YOUR NEXT TRIP HOME!!

Shad
08-06-2007, 09:06 PM
Oh goody, so pleased that you have gotten it all back and then some. Bless the blokes for they are small angels in disguise (well for today anyway).

PainterWoman
08-07-2007, 01:27 AM
Cripes, Mel, you "win the prize" for most dramatic entry in months... maybe years. I'd have the shakes and the runs if all MY money seemed to be gone, too. (I thought I would hurl the morning I went to my garage and there was NO car-- and then I found that the back door was open and I had NO PURSE (and its contents) either).
Rest, girly. My hat's off to the mayor and John (should I know John?) for getting the departments to switch things around. So glad you had a good touch with the BS!!:p:p

Shad, your dedication and challenge efforts put me to shame. I worked out and drank water, but ate way too much. I'll be have when hubby returns. (It did sort of feel like having a house party while the "parents" were away. Obviously I can be juvenile even after 5 decades.:devil:

Shad
08-07-2007, 01:39 AM
Why shouldn't we be juvenile once in a while. It does the old heart good to do things which are frowned upon in certain circles.

Well done on working out and drinking water - 2 out of 3 aint too bad.

MELODY525
08-07-2007, 08:21 AM
NO PW...WHAT YOU WENT THRU WAS FAR MOR HARROWING THAN LOSING 1,500 FOR TWO DAYS. MY HAT IS STILL OFF TO YOU. WATER AND EXERCISE...GOOD FOR YOU! MAYBE A BIT OF SHAD AND CARLA WILL RUB OFF ON ALL OF US. GUESS WE BETTER TRY KEEPING THEM AROUND! :rofl:

SHAD~ HOPE THEY TAKE SOME KIND OF ACTION OR PLANNING SOON BEFORE THE JOB IS OVER AND YOU AND THE OTHERS ARE GONE :lol3: :lol3: WATCH OUT FOR THOSE SLIPPERY LEAVES KAURANGI :queen: CAN'T HAVE THE QUEEN FALLING ON HER BUTT......BESIDES....BUT BUMPING DOESN'T MAKE IT ANY SMALLER :rofl:

SLEEP WAS SO SO. THE LUNCHROOM WOMAN WOKE ME AT 6:30 BUT I HAVE NOT ANSWERED THE CALL. SHE SAYS IT'S TOO HOT BUT SHE CAN WAIT FOR MAINT TO COME IN AT 7. FEELING OK BUT TIRED. TAKING THE DAY FOR MYSELF. NOT SURE IF I AM BEING LAZY OR JUST CAREFUL :rofl: I'LL FOOD SHOP AT THE END OF THE WEEK. AND BESIDES...THE $$ HASN'T MADE IT INTO THE ACCOUNT. I CALLED ALREADY :lol3: I ALSO FORGOT I HAD $100 PUT AWAY IN THE APARTMENT.....I KEPT IT OUT FOR EMERGENCIES. OFF TO BREAKFAST AND SOME QUALITY TIME WITH THE GRANDSON :dance:

HAPPY TUESDAY :moped:

happy2bme
08-07-2007, 11:22 AM
Morning chicks,

Mel - I'm so glad that things turned around. Very very scary how your life can change in an instant. And you have no control. Guess you have to keep some cash in the cookie jar. ;) I think I'm going to go bury some in a mayo jar out in the back garden - just in case :lol:

I think the best thing you can do for yourself is to just pull in and rest. Don't need the drama of yesterday messing you up for weeks. And don't be feeling guilty about it. Mel's gotta look out for Mel.

Yesterday was a brutally long day. At the office until 7. Worked from home from 9pm to after midnight. Up again before 6 working for 3 and a half more hours. Gotta love those rush deadlines :) :no: :no: :no:

Quick shower now and off to work where I will be late for my 10 o'clock meeting.

Hoping to not repeat this tonight so I can get a swim in before my supper of grilled salmon. :T

Sorry I can't post individually. Will try and get back tonight.

Shad
08-07-2007, 08:33 PM
Morning all,
Well thank goodness Mel is getting her money back. You're such a good person Mel. Some others would have gone to the department with a shotgun and shot the s**t out of everyone there. Maybe you need to bake a large knights in shining armour cake and take it downstairs. How is Jen taking all of this??

Happy - you and Ceejay are working your butts off right now. Hope it all settles down soon and you can get some much deserved downtime.

I'm stiff and sore this morning - worked out to the Biggest Winner Fronts with Jillian Michaels last night. It moved everything. I don't think there is much that doesn't ache so I have to keep moving to stop things from stiffening up again. Don't know which one I will do tonight - rather fancy a run but the weather may have other ideas. It is not raining at the moment but that doesn't mean much round here. Not a bad idea missing a meeting or two. I try hard not to go to too many. Most of them are simply confusing, I don't have much to contribute at this time and I just want to go to sleep. Best I don't go.

Best I do get off here tho'. Finally got some work started here, and need to keep up the momentum. Catch you all later.

Oh and before I forget. The attachment is a joke from my friend in AZ

ceejay52
08-07-2007, 08:54 PM
Hi Shad see your egglight glowing. You've motivated me to go to the gym.

Pw--WTG, on the water and work-outs.

Mel--YEAH, the money is back. You deserve a day of r and r.

Happy--This project must be a doozy. Hang in there you will get it done. Take a break for a swim this afternoon and tomorrow.

I was told today that I work a 12 hour shift tomorrow and then have Thursday, Friday, and Saturday off. YIPEE Things are pending though to see how Bud does when he comes back. Tim, my boss is only allowing him 8 hour shifts at first to see how he can handle the heat. Tim is going to fill in the extra 4 hours. He's been getting overtime also. I've enjoyed working the 8 hour shifts but i'm ready to have more than one day off.

I'm getting ready to go the gym. I'm going to try to walk around the track upstairs if it's not to hot up there.

MELODY525
08-08-2007, 08:51 AM
WELL DAY 4 HAS BEGUN AND THE MONEY HAS YET TO BE RETURNED. CHECKS ARE CAUSING AN OVERDRAFT IN MY ACCOUNT NOW. WAITING ON THE LEVY LAWYER TO CALL THAT OFFICE BACK. DON'T YOU LOVE HOW THEY CAN MOVE LIKE SNAILS EVEN THOUGH IT'S THEIR ERROR? LOVELY. I LIKED AND TOLD JEN EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL...SHE IS STILL WITH THE KIDS. I SAID DON'T USE THE BANK YET BUT ALL IS WELL. :faint: IT'S HOT, SHE HAS THE KIDS AND SHE WEIGHS LESS THAN A BALE OF HAY. RICHIE AND I ARE KEEPING TABS WITH EACH OTHER FOR NOW. AND I DO SO HATE DRAMA :tantrum:

I JUST TRIED TO COMMENT BUT I AM JUST INCREDIBLY SAD RIGHT NOW. MAYBE LATER :moped:

happy2bme
08-08-2007, 09:36 AM
Good morning ladies,

I got up early - was going to try and get a swim in before work but I didn't get to bed until after midnight and I am reallllllly sleepy this morning. I swear I could nod off in mid stroke. So I'll just try and get to work a bit earlier and perhaps get out at a decent hour and try for then. Besides, I think I'd rather swim when it's 97 degrees instead of 83.

DH will be wrassling the cat in a few minutes. After all that's happened to poor kitty over the last few weeks, today she has to go in to get some tartar build up removed from her teeth. They will knock her out for it but still... I'm sure the trauma of being put in the carrier and waking up with a sore mouth is not going to endear us to her at all. :(

Good for you for going to the gym Ceejay. Hope you got a nice walk in. Sure had to be more comfortable there than it would be outside. :) I'm sure you're looking forward to getting back to your schedule.

Shad - good on yah for doing a Jillian workout. I hear that she's pretty thorough. Do I understand you correctly - are there after work meetings that you COULD be attending if you chose not to have the evening to yourself? Oh pooh on that! :P :lol:

Hi there Mel. Hope you are resting up nicely. Are you broiling out in your side of town too? Haven't been on TV catching up with the weather channel so I don't know what's going on in your neck of the woods. I agree with the others - be nice to the boys who stood by you - tho I'm sure you are. And give the whiney women a good poke in the arm. :snooty:

Painter - that's damn scary - your purse AND your car gone. :yikes: The thieves are so bold nowadays. :rollpin:

Hello to the Canadian sisters :wave: No Ruth yet?

2 cups of coffee down and I'm still all fuzzy and tired. It's going to be a LONG day. And I think it's supposed to hit 102 or 104 degrees. Stay cool and have some fun today...

happy2bme
08-08-2007, 09:43 AM
Awww Mel. Just saw your post. Geez what a mess this is turning out to be. They can take it out in 2 seconds, why can't they just reverse the transaction? Because it's the government, that's why. Give the creditors their phone number and let them crab at them. Argh. :hug: Don't be sad, it won't do you any good. Just go down to the office and give them a big socko :rollpin:

carla49
08-08-2007, 11:14 AM
Hey Mel, no wonder you're feeling a bit down. Take it easy until things finally get straightened out - usually you're the champion of all worldly chicks when it comes to personal comments to everyone, so I think you have yards of credit to use up in that area. Do you ever think there must be another MelT out there who's horrible and vile and evil, and somehow the fates have got your addresses mixed up? Cuz you sure don't deserve all this bad luck. Somewhere EvilMel is chortling because she's managed to redirect her punishment your way. One of these days the tides will turn!
I did think it was touching that the men had passed the hat around to make sure you had some cash on hand. It's pretty clear that they love and respect you, just like we do. :grouphug:

Happy, if that 102 temp is humid heat, I don't know how you stand it. I think in your place I'd install a bed in the pool, under an umbrella, and just never get out. :beach:

Dang! I just lost a whole bunch of additions to my post - at least I was able to recover the above. But there's no time left to redo what's gone. So :wave: to those I've missed, and I'm off to get stuff done before it gets too hot.

Ceejay, yippee! At last, a few days off. :crossed: that it works out this time.

My weight loss streak may be coming to an end - I've been feeling more and more cranky about "deprivation", sneaking more and more :censored: foods, avoiding salads... I'm not surprised. It seems to me that six weeks on the straight and narrow, even with a few days off here and there, is as long as I can go without a proper break. So I may not hit my Labour Day target after all. Maybe a couple of weeks of eating sensibly, without such close monitoring, will fix the old diet fatigue.

Shad
08-08-2007, 08:43 PM
No Happy - just my bad grammar. That should have been a separate paragraph with probably a bit more explanation. I think I was taking shortcuts to ease the pain in the fingers (Jillian Michaels thanks very much).

Last night I went for a run. Up the hill, down the hill, up the hill, down the hill, up the hill, down the hill and home. The hills by the way are not that steep but you can feel them. There was a large puddle of sweat by the time I got in. Still I did it. Takes a fair amount of self talk though.

Mel - It always amazes me that the agencies and departments can take your money away so fast and yet be so slow in returning it. It really is dreadful what has happened to you. Pity you can not go cry on their doorstep and get things moving along. Tell 'em you haven't eaten in two days and are running out of loo paper and you can't afford to take a bus or a cab to get to the doctor to get some tranquillisers and you are beginning to feel murderous.
That should fix them. Then get all the men to go on strike at the apartment block because you are so upset and taking it out on them and that should upset the biddies upstairs who couldn't give a damn after all the efforts you've put in for them. Then they can get on the departments back to get your money refunded.
Now you are being silly Shad. But I hope it has cheered you up some.

Carla - Sometimes you just have to have a blow out. Don't care for what reason or whatever. But go ahead, have a really bad day, ease up on the diet the next day and then get back to it. Either that or up the exercise and go hang with the food.

With that I had better go put in some effort. See if I can clear the mud and see things a little easier.

happy2bme
08-09-2007, 09:38 AM
Hi kids,

In for another hot one today. Got home too late to get in the pool last night. Got to bed too late to get up early for a swim. Got to rearrange my life a bit :(

To Shad (the nutcase who can't turn a page :rofl: ) - I'm so proud of you for going for a run. Up and down hills yet! Whoo hoo. I must say you have attacked the exercising with a vigor. We should all take a lesson from you.

Saw a small news article on Yahoo. Seems a Wellington couple wanted to name their kid 4REAL and the registar's office rejected it. So they will name their kid Superman instead and just call him 4REAL. It's just amazing that 2 people with half a brain each can simply bump together and make another person who gets the benefit of their lack of common sense. Then that person grows up and I HAVE TO WORK WITH THEM! :mad: I see kids with these names using bizarre spellings and feel sorry for the teachers who have to deal with that stuff.

Carla, Carla, Carla - I completely understand the deprivation thing BUT it's so easy to slide back. Stay strong woman :hug: Funny how you work so hard and then before you know it - it's like what duh heck happened and you realize you've backslid. Coca Cola has crept into my life again. Now water tastes bland and I'm trying to switch to lemonade or cold green tea products to ease off the sugar again.

And to your question Carla - humidity is 50 or 60 percent which is not bad at all. Thank heavens because if it was high with temps of 102 and heat indexes of 108 that would be unbearable. It is humid enough in that it's hard to dry off after a shower. Have to get dressed under the ceiling fan :lol:

Mel - I hope things are back on track for you. I fear not tho because you've not posted yet and you're usually hovering about the place by now. Wish there was more I could do than fret for you. I agree with calling the local TV station - they usually have a consumer advocate who can push things along. Sometimes even being friends with the mayor is not enough to help. Thinking of you ... :grouphug:

Time for me to get my day underway. I'm sure I should be working on something that I forgot to do at work so I'd better hussle myself in there. Have a good one chicks...

ceejay52
08-09-2007, 11:48 AM
Today is a rest day for me. Will be going to the dentist at 11 and after that the day is mine. The only thing I like about going to the dentist is the chair is extremely comfortable and the gas. I'll come home and sleep after that.

Happy-be careful in the heat. I just heard the weatherman say that it will be 100 here.

The heat has gotten to me. I'm hearing things. The d.j. is playing let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Now that would be an awesome sight.

Carla --stay strong. We all have our good and bad days.

Mel-- Hope things are going better.

Hello to madcat and holly

Shad
08-09-2007, 08:54 PM
Morning all from a wet and windy Perth. Although I have to be fair and say it is not that cold, although now I am damp, I am feeling a little cool around the legs. Hate this weather.

Went out for a run this morning. It wasn't raining at that time, so off I went and for some reason the breathing just wasn't there. It was so hard to do. Then the wind came up and my legs are going like mad and I'm not going anywhere just standing still, how can this be. When the wind dropped, I'm moving again - huh!?!!! Then the wind swirls and I'm doing 110 in the slow lane!!!! Bleedin' heck as my friend downstairs would say. Last night I went out with a Townsville and Wollongong colleague to do the grocery shop and have a snack and a drink. We had foccacia bread (complete with Parmesan cheese (very undiety)) and the dips were tomato marmalade, coriander (cilantro) peston, and tapenade (mashed olives) very tasty. And most dangerous to the diet I can tell you. I had a glass of a nifty Italian Pinot Grigiot and she had a glass of bubbles. My friend Zen (no not the famous cat of the same name) is a very trendy dresser and she is very tall and looks so good in most things. But other than her trying on clothes and us drooling over diamonds we bought nothing but groceries. Lordy, we are becoming boring.

Happy - 4real - :yikes: are they for real??? Where will this stupidity end. Kids with names like Summer and Sky were bad enough in the old hippy days. Now we have them named after Generals, animals, cities, countries, wars and now imaginery super heroes. :barf:
I'm not a super hero as far as the exercise goes. I just do it. I just get up and force myself to do it no matter how much I don't feel like it. I prefer to be outside, but sometimes it is just not possible. I do it because I don't like the results when I don't do it. And those results show up quicker than the results when I do do it, I can tell you. How come it is so easy to put on weight? :tantrum: :tantrum:

Mel - I hope you are okay. It worries me when I don't hear from you. I wish I was closer to be able to give you a :hug: and :cheers:

Ceejay - Have fun at the dentist. I have an appointment September 1. It won't be pleasant. The older I get the less I like going.

Where is that Ruth?? She posted on the SB site Wednesday so maybe she is just getting back into the swing of things.

Carla - are you out on the bike? and riding along the canal. Now that I have been to your place I can picture you out and about on the bike paths.

Hi to Meadow, Madcat, Holly, Painter, Linus and lurkers. Gotta go and attack this Infopak system once more. It gave me the pip yesterday. I'll beat it today!!!!!!

PainterWoman
08-10-2007, 05:04 AM
Greetings.
Inspiring as ever, Shad. I don't think I ought to run til I lose LOTS more weight, but a friend has challenged me to walk (rather than "just" do Curves circuit.) It's about 75 at 3 am (yikes! WHY am I awake...)... so it's not inspiring to walk during the day's heat.
Oh, I know why I'm awake:
1) I saw the breast surgeon yesterday and he thinks the change in the lump is within normal limits. Apparently the bigger the breast, the longer it can take to "settle down" after surgery/chemo/radiation. He talked about it still changing in 20 years... I'm going in tomorrow for an updated mammo and sonogram to confirm his belief that the surgery left "necrotic fatty tissue" which may or may not have morphed into an "oily cyst." Yuck. But definitely better than tumors.

It is all TOO easy to regain weight. I think in the past 10 days I undid about a month's work. Bleah.
But thanks for your support.

MELODY525
08-10-2007, 08:35 AM
:dance: THANK GOD I CALLED THE BANK AGAIN....THE MONEY IS BACK!! NOW ALL I HAVE TO DO IS MAJE SURE THEY ALSO TOOK OFF ALL OVERDRAFT CHARGES. TOO TIRED TO CARE RIGHT NOW. I'LL CATCH UP OVER THE WEEKEND. YOU CAN IMAGINE WHAT MY FACE AND EYES LOOK LIKE :faint: BIG RAINS PREDICTED ALL DAY TODAY:rain: SO I AM GOING TO JUST BE CALM AND REST.:cloud9:

Madcat
08-10-2007, 09:22 AM
Hi Ladies. It has been one of those weeks here that has just gotten away from me again. Work is busy, life is busy, and I’ve been running around trying to pick up odds and sods to take for the great Northern escape to Temagami (which I believe I have now spelled correctly, Carla). We leave tomorrow morning, probably quite early. It’s about a 4 and a half to five hour drive. Already, I’m so tired I can barely see due to a late night out with the DH last night. :lol: I need a vacation! Of course, after sitting around waiting for people to get back to me on several projects at work, suddenly yesterday I get a deluge of it, and people are looking at me, saying “Oh, you are away next week? Can you get this done before you go?” Silly rabbits! Today will be dong Visio diagrams of application processes for a new project I picked up Wednesday. They get priority because they asked nicely. :lol:

Mel~ I am so glad that your financial woes have all been sorted out by now. :dance: Remember that all this bother is NOT YOUR FAULT. Don’t let the turkeys win by taking it personally and letting it make you sad.

Carla~ Yeah, that’s the problem with the whole diet thing is that we go along like gangbusters for the first bit and then life intervenes and we have to find a way to work exceptions into the rules. Don’t let one indulgence or extravagant meal or whatever be a signal that you can just throw n the towel. Treat each day, heck, if you have to, even each meal, as a separate entity. If one day is a tad off track just compensate for it the next. Maybe you need a bit more variety in what you are allowing yourself? Just a thought. Deprivation is not a good word.

Happy~ What are parents thinking burdening their kids with stupid names? Isn’t it hard enough for a little kid these days without setting them up to be mocked from birth? But I guess these days unusual names aren’t that unusual anymore. He’ll probably be sitting in first grade in the seat behind Julius Caesar and to the right of Zaphod Beebelbrox. Oh, and what you are telling Carla is that it’s a dry heat?? :lol:

Shad~ You are still my exercise role-model, too. The only time I hate exercising outside is when it is windy. Hey did you try running into the wind on the way out so that you can have a tailwind on the way back?? :lol:

Ceejay~ Hope the dental visit was smooth sailing. I’ve never heard anyone say they actually like the dentist’s chair before. That’s great.

Painterwoman~ That is good news from your doctor. It is really hard to stay on track when life stresses hit, but you can get back what you have lost. Good luck with your new challenge.

Hi to all the others whose posts I didn’t get to.

I’ll at least try to make it back to read some posts before we leave, but I won’t be online next week at all. The cabins we are staying in have no phone, TV or internet connection (though I hear they have a dial-up connection at the lodge). The DH’s Blackberry might not even connect. What will he do!!! :yikes: I’m taking a box of books and a need for some peace and quiet. Think of it: no work, no dressing up, no meetings, no makeup, no traffic noise, no construction sounds at 6AM, no four million people (all in my way), no commuting, no alarm clocks and no scheduled obligations. We will have a screened-in porch, trees and a lake. What more do we need?

happy2bme
08-10-2007, 09:42 AM
Morning chicks,

Awwww Madcat, I am so jealous! The cabin (but maybe not the drive up) sounds just FABULOUS. I love your list of no's that make this trip turn into one big :yes: :yes: :yes: Have a wonderful, peaceful, relaxing time! Hope DH survives in a non tech environment :lol: I giggled at your comment of doing the work because they asked nicely. I was helping my replacement on my old job troubleshoot and reload some stuff yesterday and I too said I will always help you because you are nice - if you were a priss I'd just hang your butt in the wind :rofl:

So glad the money is back safe and sound Mel. Now take it all out and stuff it in the mattress. The real one, not the blow up one you got for Shad :lol: Kinda makes you feel that way, doesn't it? Whew. I can imagine what all this stress did to you. If I was there I'd put on some quiet music and give you a neck massage. Then we'd laugh about all the turds of the world and what'd we do to them if we were the queens of the world! Take care my friend. Chill out is just what you need for the weekend. :hug:

Painter - I definitely wouldn't start out running but your friend is right. Many a person who had a fair amount of weight to lose - like me - started out walking, moved that up to a powerwalk and then a trot and then a run. There are several running programs on the internet that prep a couch potato to become a runner. I myself will never be a runner. Never was into that. Of course when I was smoking it was impossible to run more than 10 feet and now there's just too much stress on weaker joints with the load I carry on me. But remember my motto - 20 minutes of something is better than 20 minutes of sitting. Just keep adding a little more something regularly to your routine. And don't stop the Curves thing - seems that's become a good habit for you!

Shad - running in the wind? That was a funny story. Never really considered that before except when it's storming out and who would run in a storm? :lol: I agree with Madcat - you are the exercise role model. How long are you going to be in this assignment you're at right now?

Ceejay - glad you found a dentist that you like. That's always a scary prospect. Hope you have a good day off. Stay cool as the heat persists down here.

The pool water was actually at the temp I liked yesterday. Near warm, almost too warm to work out in but with no sun to warm me in the early evening, the temp was just right for me. Have to really enjoy these last few weeks as September will be here before we know it and even tho it stays warm here, the nights cool off and the pool chills up shortly after the beginning of Sept so my swim days are numbered.

I must admit :o that this erratic schedule of coming home late, eating late, not having the best choices of meals is catching up with me. Starting today I am back to drinking water and logging everything into WW again. If I can't track it, I won't eat it. Send some willpower vibes my way, I need them. :^:

Time to get ready for work. Love to the rest of the chicks. See you later...

MELODY525
08-10-2007, 10:55 AM
I HAD TO COME BACK TO READ AND WRITE :write:
I WENT DOWN TO TELL THE BOYS THE GOOD NEWS. THEY ARE SO FUNNY TRYING TO BE HAPPY AND NOT SHOW IT TOO MUCH. MOST ARE NOT PUBLIC HUGGERS BUT THEY MADE AN EXCEPTION THIS MORNING. THEY'RE MORE OF THE STRONG SILENT TYPE KIND OF GUY. NOW THAT ALL IS WELL, ABOUT 20 MINUTES LATER THEY DECIDED TO ASK FOR HELP WHILE THE FEMALE BOSS IS AWAY. THEY DON'T WANT TO DEAL WITH THE "OTHERS". I FEAR THIS LAST EVENT WITH ME HAS MADE AN EVEN WIDER GAP AND WHAT LITTLE RESPECT THEY HAD FOR THE WOMEN HAS GONE DOWN THE PROVERBIAL CRAPPER :faint:
I AM JUST TOO HAPPY TO CARE WHAT AILS THE WOMEN AND WILL HELP THE GUYS OUT THIS WEEK. CAN I SAY ONE MORE TIME...MY SKIN HURTS!!! DAMN ROSACEA IS PAINFUL AT TIMES. OTHER THAN THE DRAMA...ALL IS WELL IN MY LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD. I HAVE SOME CASH STOWED AWAY NOW SO I WILL NEVER BE PENNILESS AGAIN. THE COURTS ARE A SCARY THING :yikes: MADE ME REMEMBER JEN ASKING MME TO KEEP CASH AFTER 9/11. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW ANYMORE IN THIS CRAZY WORLD WE LIVE IN. PEOPLE ARE BECOMING JUST A NUMBER MORE AND MORE EVERY DAY. SO THE BOYS ARE HAPPY. I AM HAPPY AND THE BILLS ARE GETTING PAID. WOULD YOU BELIEVE ALL THE OFFICE WAS WORRIED ABOUT IS IF THEY CAN PUT THE RENT CHECKS IN THE BANK NOW???? :faint: PITY SHAD ISN'T HERE NOW!!! :rofl: :rofl: BUT JOHN TOOK CARE OF THE SNOTTY COMMENT DEPARTMENT THIS MORNING. I TOLD HIM HE IS "HEAD SNOT" NOW!! :lol3: :lol3:

PW~ YOUR GOOD NEWS EVEN BEATS MINE!! I AM SO GLAD TO HEAR THE DR'S COMMENT AND HOPE ALL WILL BE WELL WHEN YOU GET THE OTHER RESULTS!! KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED AND SENDING GOOD THOUGHTS :angel: HANG IN THERE AND KEEP ACTIVE!!!

CEEJAY~ NO THEY DID NOT CONFISCATE ME BUT THERE WERE A FEW MOMENTS WHEN I WISH THEY HAD! :rofl: HOPE YOU ARE ENJOYING YOUR 8 HR DAYS AND LOVING THE DAYS OFF!!

MADCAT~ HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT TIME IN Temagami .....AND I SPEELED IT RIGHT CAUSE I DID COPY/PASTE :rofl: NO PHONE NO NOTHING? TAKE ME WITH YOU!! :dance: ENJOY THE TIME AWAY FROM CIVILIZATION!!! :cheer:

CARLA~I DID REALIZE LATER ON THAT THE CHICKS WERE ONLY A CALL AWAY. I THINK AT TIMES THAT'S WHAT KEEPS ME GOING. ALL MY INTERNET FRIENDS.
HOPE WE BOTH GET BACK ON TRACK. I HAVE NOT BEEN VERY BAD BUT NOT GOOD EITHER!!! :rollpin:

SHAD~ SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE BEEN DOING RATHER WELL IN MOST DEPARTMENTS!!! ESPECIALLY THE SPENDING!! LOOKING IS BETTER THAN CHARGING!! :lol3: HOPE YOU ARE GETTING TO ENJOY THOSE TIMES WITH OLD FRIENDS. WISH I WAS TALLER AND SKINNIER TOO!!!
YOUR FRIEND CAN GIVE US NOTIVATION!! SENDING :hug:BACK YOUR WAY AS WELL.

MISS HAPPY~ IF WE HAD BEEN ON THE PHONE....LIKE WITH SHAD....I WOULD HAVE BEEN FORCED TO GO OUT AND BUY A BOTTLE OF WINE, SHOCK THE CRAP OUT OF THE MAN IN THE DELI STORE, HE WOULD PROBABLY FOLLOW ME HOME TO MAKE SURE I WASN'T DRINKING AND DRIVING, THEN GET A BOX OF TISSUES AND HAVE A GOOD CRY!! :lol3: HOPE THE CAT STILL LOVES YOU!!! POOR SOD!!! HOW IS THE ROCK LIFTING GOING? ALL DONE??

THINK THAT COVERS THE LOT OF YOU!
HAPPY FRIDAY AGAIN :moped:
THANK YOU ALL FOR THE GOOD THOUGHTS AND OFFERS OF HELP. :hug:

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happy2bme
08-11-2007, 09:24 AM
Good morning chicks,

Happy hot Saturday to you. Going to be another scorching week for us. Getting a little taste of what it's like to live by Shad in the spring :lol:

On the agenda today is a trip to the farmers market to stock up on some veggies and delicious peaches. We're supposed to haul more rock but I'd rather do that at 10pm to be truthful. The yard needs sweeping and cleaning. And so does the house. So a regular old weekend that will surely fly by...

DH is mad. They have new people at the pool place and they gave him some bad info when he got the water tested last week. They said to add 30 pounds of a chemical. When he went yesterday they said he had way too much of that chemical (and he didn't even put in all they recommended). Now we're supposed to drain the pool several inches and put in fresh water. DH is going to complain to the manager there. Takes a lot of work keeping a pool up to snuff.

Mel, don't know why women have to be so petty. I am disappointed but not really surprised that they were not there to be the first to help you in a crunch. It's situations like that where you find out who you can really depend on. Sadly, most often times you can only depend on yourself. And us here at 3FC :D I see it's raining like the bejeezus up your way. At least around Newark and the airport. We haven't seen rain in weeks here. Hope your face clears up soon. That :censored: rosacea sure is a pesty thing, isn't it? I hear more about it now as people openly discuss it. Sure hope I never have to deal with it. Feel better and have a restful weekend!

Shad must be out running in the rain...

Madcat is out in the wilderness reading a book and staring at the stars at night...

Meadow's enjoying the pool and organizing the yard...

Holly should be back from TO but maybe not?

Ceejay is probably working...

Painter - oily cyst? :yikes: yes it does sound better than a tumor but... surely there are better ways to describe it. Glad things are ok tho.

Carla is off tromping the trails and dreaming of all the sinful things she'd like to eat :devil: :lol:

Ok chicks, hubby is up which means I'd better pop in the shower if I want him to come with me to the farmers market and carry all my bags. Have a good Saturday.

MELODY525
08-11-2007, 09:50 AM
WOW! IT'S JUST YOU AND ME HAPPY :cofdate:
GOOD MORNING CHICKS!
I THINK YOU AND MADCAT ARE RIGHT....IT'S BECAUSE THEY "ASK" NICELY INSTEAD OF SHOVING IT SOMEWHERE WITHOUT THE VASELINE! :rain: :devil::rofl:
ONE ALARM LAST NIGHT BUT NOTHING ELSE. SO FAR SO GOOD. TYPED THE LETTER TO THE BANK'S CUSTOMER SERVICE OFFICE. I'LL HAVE SOMEONE READ IT BEFORE I SEND IT MONDAY. I WILL TRY FOR 2 DAYS NOW TO FORGET THIS WEEK AND LET MY SHOULDERS RELAX....THEY LOOK FUNNY UP AR0OUND MY EARS! :lol3:
THE RAIN HAS FINALLY STOPPED. LOOKS LIKE SOME GREAT WEATHER FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND. :moped:
:wave: TO ALL OUR MISSING CHICKS.

HAPPY~ HOW AWFUL TO HAVE GOTTEN THE WRONG INFO FOR THE POOL! DANGEROUS TOO. :tantrum: HOPE THE DH GIVES THEM WHAT FOR :rollpin: AND GETS SOMEWHERE. JUST WHAT YOU NEEDED....MORE WORK FOR THE WEEKEND! :faint: I CAN SEE YOU MOVING THE ROCKS IN THE STEALTH OF THE NIGHT....THEN GETTING ARRESTED FOR STEALING !! :lol3: THE FARMER'S MARKET SOUNDS GOOD...ESPECIALLY THE PEACHES! YUM!!! WHEN I USED TO VISIT FLORIDA, THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN SOUTHERN PEACHES!!
HOPE THE WEEKEND IS A GREAT ONE!

Roseblush
08-11-2007, 10:18 AM
Geez I just could not believe all that I was reading here. MEl, so very happy that things have been resolved. It is frightening to have some taken from you no matter how it occurs. People having access to our money is not good! So glad you can breathe a sigh of relief. Better to have such good friends like you do to help you through the rough times.

I am sorry for being so absent but life is just busy like all of you. I was so tickled to see Kristy posting again that is terrific. So good to see so many of you popping in to say hi!

My two jobs are keeping me very busy and I have been doing some other work to help people get their lives moving in a better direction. My boss at therapy is worried I am taking too much time off and is wondering about that. But summer is here I am just trying to do some fun things too... Spent a fun weekend with my youngest and friends on a huge lake and I tried to wake board... some bruising to prove I at least tried!!!! Nothing more entertaining than a 50 something trying to act like a 20 something!!!!!

My oldest son is repelling on to fire sites this summer we are burning up the west this year so sad. My BF is off doing transportation work for the forest service also. Can not believe how fast the summer is moving, but the cooler temps will be welcomed.

Hope this finds all well and happy. I watched the rerun of the Ironman '06 last weekend and was so moved by the tender stories there....wow the people who motivate themselves to compete in that thing are something else! Has anyone else seen that show?

Take care all..... you are a great group of women who love and support each other and makes my heart feel so good to know we can come here at any time to share....
Blessings to all,
Peace,
Nae

Ruthxxx
08-11-2007, 06:22 PM
Oh dear! I have not even checked in this month and have missed so much.

MEL, I am appalled at your saga. :yikes: The Bastidges!

Here's what's going on and none of it is good.....at the moment! It's in chronological order, not order of importance.

1. We had Delta Fair with the usual fights, arrests and accident calls and just broke even for the second year in a row.
2. My modem got fried in a t-storm and the ISP techie insisted it was my connection, not the modem. I spent about a week messing with it, finally got a new modem and it's fine now.
3. Lucy is very sick. It seems to be a breathing problem like asthma - she wheezes! My own vet was stymied so we went to the Ottawa Animal Hospital - two weeks, two meds and a $736 bill later and she's still wheezing. We go back Wednesday next.
4. The Long Horn is closed after a major battle between Ron and Eve. Ron is now in jail with many charges, the restaurant is closed and a team of us strong women is trying to persuade Eve to re-open with a more limited menu and the group of us working.
5. A friend told me something about her husband that shocks me. He is stealing money and I don't know how to handle it without breaking her confidence. He is pilfering from the Township! Next time I'm in bed with the Mayor...... :lol:
6. My son has just mysteriously changed jobs. I suspect he was fired but he is 43 so I should stop worrying, right?
7. I wanted to visit my DD in September or October but have cancelled my flight. Her DH is on strike and out doing commercial fishing to make ends meet and she is having to work extra nursing shifts. Not a good time to go visit.
8. The Hyper Pypers were here for five days. BBQ, bacon and eggs for breakfast and extra wine. Need I say more? but it was fun!
9. Our Church Treasurer has been forced to resign. She's in a major snit and refuses to hand over the books to the newly appointed treasurer.
10. And my leg hurts like **** after a minor accident a week ago.

There! I've whined enough. Now I'll just go back under my rock.

Sorry to be such a downer and to have been away so long.

I badly need some fun! Let's party! :balloons: :cheers: :cb: :woohoo:

ceejay52
08-11-2007, 10:22 PM
Miss Ruth ((((HUGS)))) conserning the money--Can you ask the township to do an audit? To bad about the Long Horn.

Happy--I've been on mini vacation. Went to Paragould and had a fun time with the kid's. The three year old wanted to stay right by my side which made me very happy. The two oldest were competing for my attention. If I get upset with the dentist, I'll just throw a dumbell at him the next time he's at the gym.

Mel--Your circumstances makes me realize that I need to stash away some cash. Especially after the terriost threat alerts that we've had today.

Madcat--enjoy your vacation time.

PW--Glad that the doctor's visit turned was good.

Hello to Nae, Carla and the rest. :wave:

I needed a break and my trip to Paragould is what perked me up again. It makes this person feel good when 3 children from the ages of 12 to 3 want all of your attention. And the 12 year old is a male.

My uncle also gave me fresh veggies from his garden, tomatoes, okra, and purple hull peas. Yummmmmmmm good The only thing else I wanted was some corn bread.

Did something a little off beat today. I stopped in Missouri and bought Lotto scratch tickets. Of course they didn't win! I look at it this way, I helped the Missouri education department.

Need to get the bed ready so I can

PainterWoman
08-12-2007, 05:02 AM
Greetings--
Mel--hope you feel better sooner rather than later. I'm sure that a brusque letter to the bank, et al will be a good thing. Perhaps to your Sens and Reps, too? (State or Federal, do you think?)

Ruth--Glad you're here even if your long list of trials was troublesome. Amazing how people can mis-behave even when they ought not to, or even when they don't SEEM to have any need to. Sorry if your son was fired, but yay him, for finding another job and NOT COMING BEGGING to you. I've got friends and clients whose grown children have NOT figured out how to be self-supporting (or self-motivated, for that matter.)

We're finally in triple digits temperature wise. Yuck.

stay cool all.

MELODY525
08-12-2007, 09:29 AM
NAE~ SENDING NYOUR SON GOOD VIBES. I WAS WONDERING IF HE WAS ATTENDING THOSE FIRES. GOD THEY'RE ALL OVER THE USA. :hug: GLAD TO HEAR YOU AND THE BF ARE STILL TOGETHER AND YOU SHOULD BE DOING FUN STUFF!!! THE BOSS IS PROBABLY JEALOUS :lol3: ENJOY LIFE!! GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE. WAS GETTING READY TO SEND OUT THE MOUNTIES!

RUTH~ THE SMALL TOWN STUFF SOUNDED LIKE OUR TOWN :rofl: ALWAYS SHOCKING AND LATER ON FUNNY!! SORRY ABOUT THE MODEM STUFF....WHAT DO MEN KNOW ANYWAY!! :tantrum: I AM VERY SORRY ABOUT LUCY TOO. HOPE THEY FIND THE CAUSE AND FIX IT!!! GOOD LUCK WEDS. :hug:

CEEJAY~ YAY PARAGOULD:cheer: GLAD YOU WENT AND GOT A GOOD DOES OF TLC. WE ALL NEED TO KNOW WE'RE LOVED AND NEEDED. :hug:

PAINTER~ TRIPLE DIGITS :yikes: :faint: I AM MOST SORRY TO HEAR THAT!!! HOPE YOU ARE STAYING COOL YOUR SELF!!

SENDING :hug: TO THE REST OF THE WORLDLY CHICKS.

STILL QUIET HERE. I DON'T REALLY FEEL LIKE THINKING ABOUT ANYTHING RIGHT NOW. JUST CALMNESS...:rofl:
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY.
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY :moped:

Roseblush
08-12-2007, 11:22 AM
So we are up in Alaska this month and I have not even shared one thing about one of my favorite places in the whole wide world. I have so many wonderful memories of the time I lived up there..... adventures galore. I feel so blessed, my life was what so many people save to go experience one time in Alaska.

I guess the first thing you notice is the MOOSE everywhere like jack rabbits.... sure the canadian gals can claim that fact too!!!! About 4 years after I was up there I went through our photo albums and I just was shocked at how many pics we had of MOOSE....I told my husband if we take one more pic of a moose I was going to break the camera. They are just so huge and impressive that you think you need to capture it on film. When we were moving down to the lower 48 I was so sad and heavy hearted about it. I felt like nature gave me a gift before I left..... I returned home from taking the boys to soccer practice one saturday morning and outside my bedroom window was a large cow moose giving birth to twins..... and she stayed around our property and very close to the house for weeks..... it was so sweet and tender. Then close to our acutual move I had not seen her or the twins for a while and as we were loading up the moving van here she came one day and stayed around all day so we could watch them.......

Hope everyone is having a good sunday...
Blessings,
Nae

happy2bme
08-12-2007, 12:40 PM
Howdy chicks,

Thanks for sharing an insight into Alaska Nae.

Mel - I hope you have a quiet day today.

Painter - I would have thought by now you'd be in the thick of the heat with Ceejay and I!

Ceejay - ummm fresh vegetables and some fun with the little ones. Sounds like a good weekend for you :)

Ruth - what a horrid month for you! :yikes: A little TOO much going on. Hope Lucy will be ok - that has to be the worst of all for you :hug: Cripes now that we FINALLY see what the Longhorn looks like they close it :?:

I hope Shad is quiet because she's at home posting more pictures for us to look at :rofl:

It's supposed to be another terribly hot one today - 104 I think. I have to sweep the outside patio - did the pool area yesterday. I told DH this was a futile effort because with the heat and no rain for weeks the trees are stressed and losing their leaves even tho we are trying to water. So I sweep and 5 minutes later there's more stuff to pick up. DH is trimming trees and after we both work a bit, it's into the pool we go. Went to the farmers market yesterday and bought peaches, a watermelon, tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, red potatoes, corn on the cob, red and green peppers, squash and some wonderful apple sauce from the local orchard. So we are set for vegetables. All I will need from the grocery store is some meat to grill, milk and some coffee creamer. Oh and I suppose I should get DH something for lunches :lol: I am trying to follow WW again - at the very LEAST record everything that I put in my mouth. Just the idea of writing it down makes me at least think about my choices.

Well it's not getting any cooler outside with me sitting here, so I have to get a move on. Have a good Sunday ladies. I'm going to try and get to bed really early tonight and wake up around 3:30 to try and catch the Perseids meter shower tonight - we haven't done any stargazing since we moved down here and the Perseids are one of the most reliable showers of the year. It's the one time I wish I lived up near Nae - too cold by her otherwise :lol:

Shad
08-12-2007, 08:53 PM
Morning all,
Geez you lot, things aren't all they are cracked up to be this weekend. Where do I start.

Failing a decision and trying to think of a way of sorting the major calamities into a descending list. I'll start on me.

It's been a long boring weekend. Never thought I would say that, but because I have no transport here and the trains and buses don't really go where I've been thinking I might go, the only thing left to do is walk. If I go West or North or East I hit the shops and the Sunday shopping hours are nothing to write home about in WA. Nothing there that I want really either. I've filled the house with flowers (Daffodils, jonquils, orchids and lilies), and I have bought a bamboo steamer and a wooden chopping board.
If I go South then I get to the river pretty quickly. Housework in the flat takes all of 3 hours. I must have spent a 5 hours just wandering the streets yesterday. TV aint much I swear that next weekend, I will go away somewhere just to relieve the boredom. So that's me done whinging.

Mel - good news that the money is back. Now you will probably have another fight on your hands to get back the fees and services. It may have been the banks fault, but that doens't mean they feel sorry for what they have done. Rest up and then get back into them.
Thumbs up for the blokes and a large raspberry for the women of the place.

Again on the good news front. PW, I am so pleased to hear that you are okay and an oily cyst will be much better anyday than a tumour. Keep going on the exercise - do not run. A little here, a little there. It all adds up. And keep going to your curves classes. You just need to add variety into the week.

Happy - I hope DH has been back to the pool shop and dumped the remainder of the chemical over the head of those who gave him bad advice. How dangerous is that. I don't believe he didn't follow the instructions given because he is definitely not like that. Some people should learn how to do their jobs properly. Rock on in the middle of the night :rofl:

Roseblush - nice to see you back. I was just thinking about you the other day and wondering how you were getting on. Glad to hear that you are moving on and trying different things - wake boarding sounds like fun.

Ruth - Ummm what can I say. Sorry to hear that the Longhorn is no more - at least not at the moment, but that also means no wings nights and no big breakfasts.
Poor Lucy. Has she got something lodged in her throat? Poor old Shad had something similar years back and it turned out that there was a growth in his chest which was pressing on some arteries and airways - vet thought it was the big C but once we had shifted the lump (not a tumour, I forget what it was) then things got much better for him. Tell her to buck up and get over what ever it is, or I will have to come back and give her some more TLC.
Having cancelled your flights, does that mean you may be coming to Aus later in the year???

Madcat - enjoy this time at the cabin. No anything electronic sounds good, gives you time to do OTHER things with the DH.

Ceejay - Love the sound of those fresh veggies. Sounds like a stir fry coming up. What does one do with the purple peas? Glad to hear that you have had some time off to recharge the batteries.

I haven't finished all the comments yet, but I'd better go look at some work. Have a good Sunday. Enjoy the weekend and catch some sun and fresh air.

Hollyhock
08-12-2007, 08:55 PM
I am home and back to work and now home again...busy , busy tho......Enormous hugs!!!! So glad all the trials and tribulations have mellowed out!!!!

carla49
08-12-2007, 10:25 PM
Just a quick hello this time. It seems that this is a big week for trials and tribulations - had a call this morning from the elderly stepmother who fell a few nights ago and has broken ribs. Of course our wonderful health system sent her home from ER to manage on her own, but she's old, can't get on or off the john when she's tired, can barely get into bed, even with my help, and worst of all, needs desperately to clear her clogged smoker's lungs but it hurts too much to cough. I'm not sure how my being here (3.5 hours drive from my home) will help, but here I am, sleeping on a short horrid couch to be within earshot. I'll try to comment on others' posts tomorrow, although it may be short as I'm on dial-up for the duration.
By for now. :wave:

Shad
08-13-2007, 12:59 AM
And my leg hurts like **** after a minor accident a week ago. What did you do to the leg this time? is it the same knee again? or horror of horrors - the other leg????

To return to some more comments - I'll start with Ruth!
1. I've commented on poor old Lucy. Hope she gets better soon
2. The son is old enough to sort himself out and full marks to him for not telling the world. Mind you the reason for the firing could be interesting as well! Maybe better not to know.
3. The Longhorn is an institution - and now known throughout the world, so you better get it up and running again. Maybe a small investment so that you can have a say in the running!
4.The Church Treasurer is hanging onto the books! :yikes: Why weren't they removed when she was given the elbow? Does an Accountant have a copy of the last return etc. Good case for sharing the information around on a network!!
5. Delta Fair - Interesting to see the workings from the inside (so to speak). Are these things actually worth the trouble we go to to put them on. Awful lot of work for little return I would have thought.
6. Lots of surge protectors running around your house now is there?
7. I'm sure the daughter will understand. How long has the strike been going on?

Gotta go. My co-worker is reduced to tears of frustration.

Shad
08-13-2007, 02:11 AM
Still on the problem of Ruth
8. I don't think you have a choice. I think you need to go to the Town council and tell someone that an audit needs to be done. I think the wife was asking for help by telling you her problem. Unfortunately now you are the one with the problem and further problems may occur if the misdemeanour comes to light and the fact that you knew about it. Check with your own conscience, but I don't think there is much of a choice.

MELODY525
08-13-2007, 09:07 AM
CARLA~ HOPE THE SM WILL HEAL QUICKLY. MY MIL HAS BEEN COMPLAINING ABOUT THE HEALTHCARE SENDING PEOPLE HOME TOO EASILY....THAT'S OUR BIGGEST PROBLEM HERE IN THE STATES. SIGH. I CAN EMPATHIZE WITH YOU AND THE DIAL-UP :rofl: I AM ABOUT ALL DIETED OUT MYSELF. DOESN'T MATTER WHAT I EAT, I AM NOT LOSING. THIS IS BECAUSE OF MY CIRCUMSTANCES BUT I WILL TRY TO STICK TO THE ROSACEA DIET.
SENDING :hug: TO YOU BOTH.

SHAD~ TOO BAD YOU CAN'T WATCH MORE TV SHOWS WITH RED ROOMS :rofl: :rofl: ALTHOUGH BORING THEY ARE AT LEAST GOOD FOR A LAUGH.....OR SCREAM :tantrum: HOPE THE NEXT WEEKEND ISN'T SO QUIET. HOW LONG IS THIS JOB? :faint: WE'LL HAVE TO HELP YOU THINK OF SOME FORM OF ENTERTAINMENT!!:belly:

HAPPY~ HOPE YOU GOT TO SEE THE Perseid's meteor shower LAST NIGHT :faint: 3:30? WAS THAT AM?:rofl:

happy2bme
08-13-2007, 10:03 AM
Howdy chicks,

The meteor shower was a bust here. Arg. Checked at midnight before I went to sleep - nuttin'. Set the alarm for 3:30 -yes Mel A.M. - I was greeted with a lovely view of Paladies and some heavenly constelations right over the tree line. Stood outside for about 15 minutes with my head crooked upwards but didn't see a single one. I was out front where we have danged street lights every other house so I think there was too much light pollution. Out back we have lots of trees so there's only a tiny piece of sky to see. And if by chance I would have run into a raccoon or possum I would have screeched and woken up the entire city :lol: So I went back to bed and next I knew it was light outside. If we could stand the horrid temperatures of Las Vegas (tho they aren't really much worse than here right now), that's the place to be for a meteor shower - out in the desert far away from the lights of the Las Vegas strip.

They are talking temps of 105 and 107 this week. It's insane already. But I am loving the pool. :) Dropped over 5 pounds since last week - I know it's almost entirely the bloat from the last few weeks of poor eating and it does help if I do the food log and points counters.

Ruth, I agree that's a dilema about hearing about the pilfering. I kind of agree that perhaps she told you because she wants something to happen. That's a terrible burden to keep a confidence. Dang people. I'm sure you will do what you feel is right. :hug:

Carla - that's very good of you to keep an eye on the SM. As Mel said, the health care is taking a bad turn here too. I blame it on the insurance companies. Sounds like you'd be better off with a blow up bed than the uncomfortable couch. Have pouch will travel :^: Hope things get better quickly. A :hug: for you too.

Welcome back Holly :wave:

Shad - DH got the pool regulated again - at least I think so. :lol: Anyway he was in there right with me so ... My hair is starting to get fried from the sun and chlorine just as Meadow warned so it's some deep conditioning for me. I had to smile at your being bored this weekend - not that it's funny but it's just that when you're home the weened is taken up with chores all too quickly. Life gets switched around quite a bit when you're away. Not sure I'd like that myself - you can't quite cook the same because you're not going to have the spices and pots that you have at home, wardrobe is not a problem for you as your mix and match - everything works together style is an excellent way to do things - I've often thought of that since the first time you travelled here. I figure I should do the same as it would save me 15 minutes every morning of staring at the closet - what do I wear today :dunno: :lol: I suppose I might even be tempted to hire a car just for the weekend.

Gotta run - love to the chicks... :wave:

Ruthxxx
08-13-2007, 02:45 PM
Things certainly look a bit brighter today - and I don't mean just the weather.
- The Church finances are OK despite the silly twit of a treasurer who now wants nothing to do with any of us. Suits me! The wardens have the books now and she has lost signing authority.
- The silly woman who told me about her hubby's pilfering also told the town gossip "in confidence" so things will happen.
- Lucy seems a bit perkier today and I may have Claire check her breathing to see if it's improved. I'm tempted to cancel the vet appointment.

I forget what else I whined about so it can't be too important! :lol:

MEL, I'm not losing a damned thing either - in fact, I put on 3 pounds overnight. Must be the meteor showers that were a bust around here too, Happy!

Carla, so sorry to hear about your poor step-mother. Hospitals can be so stupid! The motto seems to be to clear the beds fast and damn the consequences! Can the Access Centre get her (and you) some help for a while?

Hollyhock, how was Toro? We need details.

Shad, looks like a trip to Oz is not in the stars this year. Too bad because I could have helped you make your weekends fun.

I got up this A.M. determined to have a good day and it has been. I even went to the gym for a gentle workout - the other damned knee is grieving me now too. The workout felt good though - never thought I'd say that! I've done some gardening, refilled the Girls' wading pool and picked a huge basket of beans, tomatoes and peppers. I even found a couple of eggplants out there in the weeds so will probably make a ratatouille this afternoon - unless I go for a nap which is starting to become more and more an afternoon habit.

Enjoy what's left of your Monday! ZZZZ to Shad who's already into Tuesday.

MELODY525
08-13-2007, 06:34 PM
HAPPY~ SORRY YOU GOT A STIFF NECK INSTEAD OF THE SHOWER! :rofl: I REALLY AM SORRY THOUGH....HONEST I AM :angel: YOUR TEMPS ARE GOING WAY UP THERE!!! GEEEZ....YOU'LL BE COOKING YOUR MEAT OUT ON THE PAVEMENT. NO SENSE IS EVEN STARTING UP THE GRILL!! FREE FRYING :flame: HOPE YOU STAY COOL IN THE POOL WITH THE FROGGIE FRIENDS!!! RIBBET! AND KEEP THAT HIAR CONDITIONED!!! BREAKAGE CAN HAPPEN AND I DON'T WANT TO SEE YOU WITH A CREW CUT!!! :yikes:
STAY OUT OF THE HEAT THIS WEEK!! :hug:

RUTH~ SO GLAD THINGS ARE WORKING OUT FOR THE MOST PART. ESPECIALLY LUCY! SCREW THE OTHERS :lol3: GLAD THE TOWN GOSSIP WILL TAKE CARE OF THE OTHERS....:rofl: TOO FUNNY. BUT NOT FUNNY. HOPE LUCY CONTINUES TO GET BETTER AND YOU KEEP ON WITH THE GENTLE EXERCISING. NO BOO BOOS THIS TIME AROUND!!! WE COULD HAVE BOTH MADE SHADDIE'S WEEKENDS BRIGHTER IF WE WERE THERE!! I WOULD BE ON A REAL VACATION INSTEAD OF WORKING ELECTIONS AND KEEPING TABS ON 100 SENIRS WHILE TRYING TO GET READY FOR SHADDIE'S VISIT HERE! :tantrum:

I AM WRITING NOW CAUSE I AM GOING FOOD SHOPPING TOMORROW AND MAYBE A BIT OF OFFICE/MAINT STUFF. THE BOSS IS ON VACATION. MY POL FRIEND CALLED AND IS WAITING IN THE WINGS WITH A LAWYER SHOULD I REQUIRE THEIR SERVICES. HE'S SUCH A GREAT GUY. JEN AND I HAD A LONG TALK AND I FINALLY TOLD HER EVERYTHING NOW SHE IS FEELING BETTER. THE HEAT AND SUMMER FUN BECAME TOO MUCH. THE KIDS GO BACK TOMORROW. RICHIE'S BOSS WILL NOT LET HIM HAVE OFF SO JEN IS TAKING THEM BACK ON A TURNAROUND FLIGHT. KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED. SHE LEAVES NEWARK AROUND 11 AM AND LANDS BACK THERE ABOUT 5:30PM. TOLD HER TO GO TO BED WHEN SHE GETS HERE. ANYTHING WE HAVE TO SAY CAN WAIT TILL WEDNESDAY. :lol3:
WELL GIRLS HAVE A GREAT NIGHT. I AM OFF TO SHOWER AND MAKE A SBHOPPING LIST AND THEN MY SOAP OPERAS!! GOTTA LOVE THOSE KOREAN ACTORS!! :rofl: :rofl:
HAPPY TUESDAY TOMORROW :love:

happy2bme
08-13-2007, 07:37 PM
It's 5:35pm and it's 103 outside. Guess where I'll be. :swim::swim::swim:

No froggies yet Mel but I have been startled by a leaf or two. :o

Safe trip to Jen. That's a tough trip on a body for one day. Good that you told her to just rest when she gets home.

Be back later for the rest of the chicks...

Shad
08-13-2007, 08:48 PM
Morning all,
Geez another day has gone past and not a lot achieved. That's projects for you. Spent 10 hours in the office and only 3 bits of workable paper! Mind you I had to mop up tears, yell at the male of the outfit that he must go home for the birth of his first baby and book the tickets NOW. It's only 65 days away!!!! Then I got us access and permission to work on weekends should it become necessary. And we had a fire drill - so even if I hadn't already done 30 minutes on the stability ball in the morning, going down 17 flights of stairs would have given me enough exercise for the day.
After a beautiful if cool weekend weather wise, guess what we woke up to this morning. Yep more rain overnight. The sun is out for the moment but it won't be out for long.
Went for a run this morning. WTF.... It's raining again.... hang on it is only raining around my legs. Some idiot had turned the sprinklers on to water the nature strip:faint: We had heavy rain over night. My legs got nicely wet and cold so I had to run faster to keep warm. Consequently my usual half hour huff and puff only took 24 minutes, so I had to do another 10 minutes on the ball. Deal is 30 minutes min per day. Body can rest after that.

Carla - sorry to hear about the stepmama. One hopes you are persuading her to give up the dreaded weed while she is in pain?? :yikes: Are you managing to keep up with the exercise while you are so kindly looking after her? Happy is right - you should have brought the blow up bed with you.

Mel - all the shows with red rooms are on cable tv and I don't have that. I'm trying to see if I can get it for the next few months just to give me something other than the usual garbage to watch. I'll have to give them a ring asap. I really need it for the rugby world cup coming up soon.
Jen is so good. Hope she doesn't get tired and sick from all that flying. Lots of books, a couple of stiff drinks and a comfy chair - pity she won't get at least two out of the three hey??

Happy - I have most of my herbs and spices here. Have spice will travel. They fit into an old icecream container and they go in my luggage - ditto some of my sauces. Generally the first trip is clothes, shoes and laundry/ bathroom stuff and the 2nd trip is foodstuffs - not the perishable variety, just pantry items. Some of my spices have been from Wollongong to Brisbane to Townsville and are now is Perth. In fact if I remember rightly the Balsamic vinegar belonged to an Irish friend who brought it from Adelaide to Wollongong and I inherited it. Beats the living heck out of buying stuff and having to throw it away at the end of the project - although if the bottle or jar doesn't have a lot in it, it doesn't return.
Pity about the meteor showers. You'll have to buy a property out in the sticks somewhere so you can go bush when the showers are on.

Ruth - so pleased that Lucy is feeling better. Must have been the threat of me coming back to 'fix' her. Hope that knee feels better soon. Nothing wrong with a nana nap or two. Wish I was there for that myself.

Holly - welcome home. Did you enjoy your trip?

Mels gone shopping, Happy is happily in the pool, Holly is working, Carla is slaving for the old stepmum. And it is time I did some work. So have a good one.

ceejay52
08-13-2007, 11:25 PM
Shad- if those 17 flights of stairs count as exercise I'm sure count the 20 I go up and down every couple of hours.

Happy--didn't realize there was a meteor shower last night. I did notice the red star and constellations. It's been so long I can't name them now. Congrats on those 5 pounds lost.

Mel--Stock up on good food only.

Carla and Holly--Hello

I'm ashamed of myself right now. I've been using fitday.com to log my food. The amount of food I've eaten today is dispicable. (That's probably miss spelled.) To top it off most of it was after I got home.
I keep saying that I'll start over but it always ends up the same.

happy2bme
08-14-2007, 01:58 AM
Hello Shad :wave:

I see your little egg light on. Peeking about during your lunch while I'm getting ready to hit the pillow extra hard.

Had a good swim tonight - a real honest work out. DH needed to mow the lawn so I did my 30 minute routine and then got out and went and did some weeding in the garden while waiting for him. Was trying to sweep the patio too but new baby woodpecker was insisting that it was his supper time so I deferred to him for a bit. DH got finished and jumped in the pool for a (not so) cool off swim. I just stayed waist deep and did some leg stretches while talking to him.

We were supposed to have grilled steak on a bed of salad but it was well after 7:30 when we got out of the pool. I wasn't up for the time to make a chopped salad so we had sandwiches. I am embarrassed to admit I threw all that hard work away on a stupid bologna sandwich. Now I have not had a bologna sandwich in maybe 5 years? Well before we moved down here for sure. I was horrified when I tallied up the WW points. Even with all my exercise points I am over for the day.

So Ceejay - I can understand about a bad eating day. Let's just both agree to start over fresh tomorrow, ok? BTW - the red "star" was Mars. I got away from the stargazing and have to brush up on my constellations again too. I was the spotter - I'd find the constellations and the celestial objects and DH would align the telescope and then try and zoom in the nebula and things. But even with a 10 inch telescope, we still had a hard time finding things. Got to find us a house on a nice, dark, beach to retire to. Oh wait - then I'd be worry about bears and aliens popping out of the woods. Ok, maybe a house with a nice, dark beach ON a nice high deck :rofl:

Poor DH. He saw my bologna and asked if he could have a sandwich. I bought just enough sliced for exactly 2 sandwiches and said sure. Help me eat this. But alas, he likes really thick bologna and mine wasn't up to par. I left him longing for a bologna sandwich of his own. He went out to the fridge to get a cool drink and came back with a bottle and asked if he could have one of my cherry Cokes. I said no and he screwed up his face - before I could get the words out - it's DIET COKE. Then he not only screwed his face up but stuck his tongue out to his knees. :lol: I said I'll bring you one from work tomorrow. A real non diet Cherry Coke. Gosh I hope they have the non diet version :rofl:

Do people REALLY appreciate what they have in the organizer/counselor/mentor that you are at work Shad? Probably not :no: How sad that mentoring is a lost art. But it is good of you to look after them. Now I know where I'm headed if DH checks out of this world ahead of me - I'm going to live with you and Mel :rofl: Oh no, wait. You would probably not let me eat baloney and would make me do 100 laps in the pool :yikes: and Mel would be sitting there egging you on :lol:

Or maybe we'd just get a bottle of wine and be happy :D :D :D

In any event, send some rain here Shad - we are in dire need of some. I hear it may rain next week but probably in spots and skip our town altogether.

Have fun shopping Mel. Eat clean. I'm sure your body needs some calming stuff for a while. No hootchiekootchiemama cooking this week, ok?

Did you make the ratatouille Ruth? Probably better for you than the eggplant parmesan that I would have turned that lovely batch of veggies into :lol:

Ok, here it is 4 minutes to midnight and I was supposed to get up at 5 tomorrow for an early start. I don't do well on 6 hours of sleep anymore much less 5. Such good intentions have I... might not have much time to post in the morning and I'm going to a softball game tomorrow night (Lord don't let it get to the 106 they are predicting). I'll try and get back her later. Happy two for Tuesday.

MELODY525
08-14-2007, 08:55 AM
ALL THIS GOOD ADVICE TO EAT CLEAN AND BUY GOOD FOODS AND I HAVE THE WRONG BUS AND THE WRONG DRIVER :rofl: WE'RE GOING THURS OR FRIDAY INSTEAD.
MAYBE JUST AS WELL BECAUSE BY THEN I CAN GET A LIST OF THINGS JEN COULD USE ALSO. SHE WAS TOO TIRED LAST NIGHT TO THINK SO I DIDN'T ASK HER.
LOVELY DAY SO FAR. I WANT TO GET OUT BEFORE THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY START. MAILED THE LETTER TO THE BANK. WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. THE CHECKBOOK IS A MESS AND I HAVE NO ACCOUNTING SKILLS! :lol3: CE LA VIE!!! HAVE A GREAT DAY:sunny:
HAPPY TUESDAY :moped:

SHAD~ GOOD THING THEY HAVE YOU OR THIS BABY THAT'S COMING WOULDN'T KNOW WHO HIS DAD IS!! :bb: IF THEY HAD YOU HERE, THEY COULD FIRE EVERYONE ELSE AND YOU COULD RUN THE WHOLE SHEBANG AND I COULD RETIRE :dance: BUT THEN AGAIN THIS TOWN PAYS THE LEAST AMOUNT POSSIBLE:faint:
EVEN THE PART-TIME MAYOR ONLY GETS ABOUT 10,000:yikes: STAY DRY AND BUY A JIGSAW PUZZLE TO KEEP YOU COMPANY!!

HAPPY~ WHO HAS BEEN BUSILY :swim: HER LITTLE HEART OUT!! I GET CRAVINGS FOR BOLOGNA AND LIVERWURST. LAST WEEK WAS THE WURST ON A HARD ROLL WITH MAYO AND A COKE! I USED TO LOVE CHERRY COKE. HOPE YOU FIND THE REGULAR FOR THE DH. I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THEY MADE THAT SUGAR-FREE! :lol3:
LET'S NOT TALK ABOUT THE DH'S AND HIS TONGUE DOWN TO HIS KNEES...I GOT ALL EXCITED :belly:
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

CEEJAY~ THOSE STAIRS WILL KEEP YOU YOUNG AND HEART HEALTHY!! THEY SHOULD COUNT FOR SOMETHING! TODAY IS A NEW DAY MY FRIEND. PUT YESTERDAY BEHIND YOU AND DON'T FRET. IT'S OVER AND DONE.
HAVE A GREAT DAY TODAY!!

NAE~ I WAS THINKING ABOUT YOUR MOOSE STORY LAST NIGHT IN BED. I USED TO LOVE THE TV SHOW NORTHERN EXPOSURE JUST TO SEE THE SKINNY MOOSE IN THE BEGINNING AND THE ANIMALS IN THE SHOW. YOU REALLY HAVE HAD SOME WONDERFUL EXPERIENCES AND GREAT SIGHTS IN YOUR "TRAVELS"..... I FORGOT TO SAY THIS YESTERDAY. THE MAMA COMING BACK WITH HER BABIES TO SAY GOODBYE WAS A TREASURE IN ITSELF. GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE. :hug:

:wave: TO ALL THE CHICKS!!

Ruthxxx
08-14-2007, 09:34 AM
Good morning. :) We have a whiff of Alaska here this morning with temps about 50ºF when i woke up. August always gives us a hint of fall in the mornings - nice and fresh! Now we need rain as everything is bone dry after no rain since July 21.

All the crap and corruption surrounding me last week seems to be resolving itself. Lucy is still wheezing - maybe not as badly - but we are off to Ottawa tomorrow. I really would like to know what's causing the problem.

I have eggplant slices baking for a casserole and need to go. Back later if I get a breather.

MELODY525
08-14-2007, 09:48 AM
GOOD LUCKL MISS RUTH. HOPE YOU GET A DEFINITIVE ANSWER :hug:

WAS JUST TALKING TO A FRIEND AND I FORGOT TO TELL YOU....FRIDAY I TOLD THE OFFICE I CANNOT DO ANY PC WORK OR EYE STUFF...READING ETC. I ALSO FOUND THE LAST OF THE RELATIVES AND TOLD THEM I CAN NO LONGER DO "MOM'S" PAPERWORK. SHOWED THEM HOW IT'S DONE AND THAT'S THE END OF THAT. I ALSO LEFT MY OTHER DIET WEBSITE AND SENT PM'S TO THEM ALL. SOME DIDN'T TAKE IT VERY WELL BUT WTF. IT'S MY LIFE AND MY DECISION. THE MT PROGRAM IS GOOD BUT I HAVE LEARNED ALL I CAN FROM THEM. MY BODY IS CHANGING AND SO IS MY JOURNEY. IT'S JUST ALL ABOUT HEALTH AND KEEPING GOING. I HAVE TO MAKE NEW PRIORITIES NOW AND SAVE MY EYES FOR WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO ME. FEELING GOOD ABOUT TAKING SOME POSITIVE STEPS AT A TIME WHEN OTHER THINGS ARE FALLING AROUND ME :rofl: :rofl: OK THAT'S ENOUGH BS FOR ONE DAY :moped:

Meadow
08-14-2007, 03:58 PM
We are out of tea... subsequently I had a dream about a tea museum :dizzy: I think it was a residual memory from something I saw on a travel show, loose tea only, the teabag was invented because of television, ruined tea time and proper tea making forever... yes my mind does whirl around. I almost took my eye out with the vacuum cord, canister vacuum, retractable cord, I pulled it while leaning over the machine and whoop it flew back at me, I reeled back and the plug got my arm instead... Beware! the biggest dangers lurk at home :^: Saw a bit of the meteor shower on Sunday night, like something out of starwars with them whoosing across the sky. It was 11pm and the kids and I stood at the window for about 1/2 an hour.

Mel-:hug: wow, I hope you are feeling more empowered now and that everything comes back together nicely. I guess suing the government with their endless supply of money would be fruitless but it must be frustrating. Kind of wish the watchdog/television folks could do a story and shame them a bit. Have you been getting any lovely peaches from the store? We are living on them here.

Shad-"Geez another day has gone past and not a lot achieved." pfft, that is me everyday :lol3: You achieve more in one day, than I can hope to get happening in a week. Made me smile to think of you going through the checkout at the airport with a suitcase full of spices. Have they ever questioned you? This oregano or something else?!:D

Happy-baloney is one of my daughter's favorites. I don't buy it anymore and she is a bit wistful about it. I occasionally buy her some beer sausage slices from the deli. I am hoping then that they will not have my problems with craving the preservatives. We have been in the pool. Don't you love the smell of chlorine and suntan lotion?

Ruth-you need to write all this stuff down and get a play or book happening. I don't envy you having to deal with it all first hand though, a bit of time and maybe you can laugh:o Hard to believe.

Ceejay-"dispicable" I could hear Daffy Duck's voice when I read that word. You know that the slips happen, it is the getting back to it that you need to remember, forget the slip. You know beating yourself up for it will lead to depression and Oreo cookies... :p

Carla-I'm sure your being there with your SM is a comfort to her. It is so nice when you are feeling bad to have someone to wait on you a bit and ask how you are feeling. You are doing good.

Holly-Hi, hope the busy stuff allows you a bit of time for some summer relaxing and breathing.

Nae-isn't it nice when nature/animals comes close enough for us to really see and appreciate them? I've been sitting on my swing out back and watching the hummingbirds come to the butterfly bush. The butterflies have been hanging on the window screens soaking up the heat. It is a lovely calm feeling to see them. Even the bumble bees are making me smile.
:wave:

ceejay52
08-14-2007, 07:03 PM
Mel-- Wow,you are taking control of your actions. I fully understand about the eyesight. I'm hoping that my sister doesn't go completely blind from the retinitispigmentosa that she is dealing with right now.

Ruth--Send some of the 50 degree temps this way please. We are under a heat advisory. Give Lucy some extra tlc.

Happy--How could you deprive your hubby from a sandwich! Enjoy your swim.

Meadow- I'll share my tea. It's Lipton tea bags, decaffinated.

Thanks for understanding my big slip with food yesterday. I did ride the stamina bike to burn an extra 400 calories but goodness all the fat I put into my mouth yesterday was a bit unnerving. I'm supposed to be eating heart healthy.

The electrical department has been on curtailment since 2 p.m. this afternoon. The generators are next door the the water plant and they sure are putting off a yucky smell. I was also sitting here mindinig my own business watching the outside camera's and thought to myself the sun is sure lower than normal. Then it happened again oopsie, I called Tim and told him that a pole is on fire out back. He came over here to look and finally spotted a blown fuse. It didn't take the line man but just a few seconds to refuse it.

I'm having to get up every 10 minutes to check the gauges. It's hot and the people are using water big time.

Shad
08-14-2007, 09:07 PM
morning all
It's grey and cool and drizzly here today - we actually had 3 days of no rain or not much rain and clear skies and sun. Now it is all back to grey again. Bah humbug!

Ceejay - once in a while we must have a blow out. In fact it is not a bad idea to schedule one into the food week or fortnight or month. Whatever floats your boat. I had one friend who lost heaps of weight and she had a pact with herself that on a Wednesday night she could eat as much as she wanted of the bad stuff, fish and chips, pizza, KFC or McD's. She said that after a month or two of eating right, she didn't really even want the bad stuff much and consequently cut the proportions of that right back. Give yourself permission to have a bad day once in a while. That goes for Happy as well. Fail to plan = plan to fail.

Happy - that poor DH of yours. First you promise steak and salad and then you don't even make him a baloney sandwich! or give him a coke :mad:
However, good for you on the workout. Swimming is really good for toning the muscles and making you look sleeker. Is 100 laps of the pool such a bad thing.

Mel, I'll come and work for your place provided you pay me $60K and give me a place to live and promise not to make me use the taxi cabs!!! Other than that no way. I'd even look after your cheque book

Ruth - glad to hear that Lucy is improving, poor wee girl. That eggplant casserole sounds nice - what else is in it? Just about the only thing I do with eggplant is cut it up into rounds, coat it in a lime and chilli spice powder and grill it until it is dry and almost crisp. Then I use them for snacks when I get ravenous just before dinner.

Meadow - it could be interesting at the security gate - exploding oregano :rofl: but I pack them plastic and then in the containers in a hard sided suitcase and put them in the hold. Not had any problems with that yet, although one jar of cinnamon got loose once and everything in the case had a really nice smell. Wonder what the baggage handlers thought of that?? Probably wouldn't go anywhere near it because they might have been accused of interfering with baggage. I don't lock the bags, if they want to have a look they are welcome. I mean who want's to nick turmeric, curry powder and baking powder. Come on..... most of these blokes won't know how to spell turmeric must less what to do with it.

Carla - Hope you are tuning in to all this excitement. We miss you but understand the dilemma you are in. Hope all is well.

Better go. Oh Meadow, thanks for the kind words on achievement. I really don't think I am that much of an achiever. However since I always have to work to deadlines, I guess I have to be a bit organised. I go over the top from time to time.

carla49
08-14-2007, 11:06 PM
Hi all. I do try to check in and read what's what, but really don't get a chance to post. Can't tie up the phone line during the day, and tonight some
idiots sent me emails that took 50 minutes to download. Really!
Being here is bringing out all the worst in my character, and all the worst in the SM's. Next to no sleep since I arrived, and my blood pressure is probably something else.
Gotta go. I'll try to get back on tomorrow, am hoping to get away on Thursday, although I have a bad feeling... I'm so grateful to my lovely neighbour at home who not only cares for the cats on a moment's notice, but actually sleeps at my place so they won't be lonely. Not to mention agreeing to pray for me to find patience and compassion.
Sorry if this is a downer.

happy2bme
08-15-2007, 01:31 AM
Hey chicks,

First let me set the record straight before you hit me with baloneys. :rollpin: I OFFERED to give DH the rest of the bologna slices but he REFUSED when he saw that I had the thin sliced ones. (Geez 3 slices as thick as he likes it is about a pound - I figure if I am going to eat bologna I'll make it as thin as possible to minimize the damage). And as for the Cherry Coke - he was more than welcome to take one of the Coke Zero's but I was just sparing him the suffering :lol: I brought him home 2 bottles of the real stuff just for him today. So there - don't you feel bad for hounding me :lol:

Carla - don't be apologizing there. Gosh if you can't come here for a little comfort then what good are we? :hug: It is hard dealing with someone who's elderly, stubborn, sick and probably mad at the world for being that way and looking for a good whipping girl (you). You are a sweetie for leaving your kitties and taking up the cause to take care of her. When I get old and frail I sure hope I have a Carla in my life. :D It's good too to have friends who will come and take care of the house for you. That's what I hate about living here in Memphis. So hard to make friends. But mostly, if there was an emergency, I'm not sure I'd have anyone to lean on here. It feels quite lonely at times. Anyway you are a good soul. I would ship you the Aerobed air mattress but they give us such a hassle sending things up and over the borders. Even if I included a picture of your poor tired face they would not believe me... Hang in there kiddo. Who luvs yah baby???? WE DO :D :D :D

So Shad - considering all the rain you're getting where you're at right now, are you still suffering from the drought back home? I tell people you have to use laundry water to water your garden and they are like :yikes: We take for granted alot of things in this land of plenty.

Hey kids. Tomorrow is the candlelight vigil at Graceland. 30 year anniversary of his death. They are expecting at least 100,000 people in the area. I'm sure the criminal elements that live in the area are just over themselves with excitement for the ripe pickings. I'll bet that people are lined up and camping out there already. I suppose a part of me says that there is something to be said for being a part of a much greater thing. But no way would I go into those crowds. I know people have looked down their noses at those who gather but hey - as long as they are peaceful and having a good time, who are we to judge?

And with that I will bid you all a good night. Besides Shad of course - what's for lunch? :lol:

Shad
08-15-2007, 03:07 AM
I had the most delicious lunch at an organic cafe. Mushroom and eggplant lasagne with a spinach salad and a bean salad - or should I say has beens. I also bought a slice of organic almond and orange cake for afters. But it wasn't as good as it looked.
There has been a lot of publicity about the 30th anniversary of HIS death over here. Releasing some new compilation albums as well. Elvis was voted 'sexiest man alive' ????:yikes: :chin: in one magazine on the bookshelves this month. Needless to say such trivia stayed on the bookshelf!

Rain??? No rain in Brisbane or the South East corner. Southern WA is celebrating because it has had average rainfall for the past two months. We are still watering, or not watering as the case may be from the laundry and shower.

MELODY525
08-15-2007, 09:32 AM
MEADOW~ SHALL WE SEND A SUPPLY OF TEA UP TO YOU? ARE YOU BEING HELD PRISONER IN THE ABODE AND CANNOT GET TO A STORE? WE'LL COME AND RESCUE YOU BRINGING LOTS OF ASSORTED TEAS....HERBAL? :rofl:
SO GLAD SOMEONE GOT TO SEE THE METEOR SHOWER. HERE NEAR THE CITY YOU'RE LUCKY IF YOU SE ONE STAR! :lol3: THE PEACHES ARE NICE HERE BUT NOT WHAT YOU GET ELSEWHERE....CANTALOUPES and plums ABOUND RIGHT NOW AND THE BLUEBERRIES IN AUGUST WERE DIVINE :dance: FUNNY ABOUT THE DREAM...SOMETIMES I WISH THERE WAS AN ON AND OFF SWITCH FOR MY HEAD AT NIGHT !!!

CEEJAY~ GOOD THING YOU WERE SITTING AND MINDING SOMEONE'S BUSINESS AND SAW THE POLE!!! :flame: THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING GOING ON OVER THERe HUH? NEVER A DULL MOMENT! BUT DO NOT FEAR OUR CJ IS ON THE JOB!!!! :carrot: IT SEEMS TO BE A STRANGE SUMMER FILLED WITH STRANGE EVENTS!

SHAD~ THE LUNCH SOUNDED GREAT. DROOLED THE ENTIRE TIME I READ IT. THE MONEY WOULD BE NO PROBLEM....ONE OF THE BOSSES GET'S THAT AND SHE DOESN'T HAVE MUCH TO DO :rofl: FORGET THE TAXIS AND WE'LL GET YOU A CAR AND YOU ARE WELCOME TO MY CHECKBOOK!! I'LL EVEN FOLLOW A BUDGET!!! :dance: nNOW BACK TO THE REAL WORLD: TOO BAD ABOUT THE GREY DAYS. BUT LASAGNA LIKE THAT WOULD MAKE ME SHINE INSIDE! :lol3: STAY STRONG...I HAVE A FEELING YOU WILL NEED THE STRENGTH TO GET THRU THIS JOB. EXPECIALLY WITH A NEW FATHER-TO-BE :rofl: as for elvis...the sexiest man alive must be when he was making all those movies and wiggling his hips on the old ed sullivan show. women and girls were fainting around the world! :rofl: :rofl: (oops lost my caps) IT CERTAINLY COULDN'T HAVE BEEN LATER WHEN HE BLEW UP LIKE A BALLOON AND COULDN'T BREATHE!! :faint:

CARLA~ SO SORRY THIS IS SUCH A TRIAL. I CAN IMAGINE HOW IT MUST BE GOING AS THE FEELINGS BEFORE IT ALL HAPPENED WEREN'T THAT GOOD!! :hug: WE WILL ALL SEND HUGS AND PRAYERS FOR YOU AND HOPE YOU GET SOME SLEEP. CAN YOU GET HER A HOMEMAKER? NOT SURE WHAT YOU CALL THEM UP THERE. GOOD LUCK. STAY AS CALM AS YOU CAN!! :hug:

HAPPY~ I AM RELIEVED TO HEAR THE DH GOT HIS SODA!! :dance: :rofl: POOR GUY! NOW I AM THINKING I SHOULD BUY SOME BOLOGNA TOMORROW. IT USED TO BE JEN'S FAVORITE LUNCH AND I WOULD STEAL SOME.
I SOMETIMES FEEL SORRY FOR THOSE THAT CAMP OUTSIDE STAR'S HOMES OR THE GRAVEYARD ON THE ANNIVERSARIES OF THEIR DEATHS. I CAN NEVER UNDERSTAND THEIR FERVOR. THERE WERE MANY I MISS BUT STILL......:faint: THE CABLE TV HAS HIS FILMS GOING AND SOME OF THEM WERE FUNNY. MUCH BETTER THAN RAMBO VIOLENCE!! LOL MAYBE 3FC NEEDS AN ELVIS SMILEY!!!:belly:

I SPOKE TO JEN AND SHE ARRIVED SAFE AND SOUND. I WAS A WEE BIT WORRIED THE TRIP WAS TOO MUCH FOR HER. SHE CALLED FROM THE AIRPORT..SHE COULDN'T FIND RICHIE! :rofl: THEY WERE 10 GATES APART AND BECAUSE HE HAD NO PAPERS, WAS NOT ALLOWED INSIDE. THANK GOD FOR CELL PHONES. HE FOUND A PAYPHONE AND CALLED HER. :rofl: ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL I GUESS. WITH THE KIDS BACK HOME SOME DRAMA SHOULD END NOW TILL NEXT YEAR.
NOTHING MUCH NEW HERE. SOME TIME WITH JEN IF SHE WAKES UP. NOT GOING OUT TODAY...THE AIR SMELLS YUCKY THIS MORNING WHEN I OPENED THE WINDOW. THERE IS MUCH THAT CAN KEEP MY DEVILSH HANDS BUSY RIGHT HERE IN THE BLDG. :devil:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY :moped:

happy2bme
08-15-2007, 10:02 AM
Did you say Elvis smilie? http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/elvis5.gif

Meadow - am rushing you out an emergency tea package. DH will be glad to open the cabinet and not see 27 boxes sitting there tightly packed in. :lol: In fact, let's all have a tea party with the chicks.

We have good peaches down here and the blueberries were quite good (although our early spring frost killed off much of those crops in the local area). The cantaloupes I've tried so far have been rather yukky. They are big and huge (sort of like mushmelons) and very bland in flavor.

I had a VERY BAD eating day yesterday - just little bits of things that added up to one nasty day - so I'll be taking fresh sliced peaches and some blueberries to munch on for a snack. And 10 bottles of water. Supposed to be 106 here today. The weather is making the news. Feel sorry for all those folks standing out at Graceland. Of course if most of them are from the south they are used to this.

Shad - the lunch sounds yummy. When I hear things like that I'd almost consider going vegetarian but I don't think I could think of enough menu options to stick with it for very long.

So you were on the MT board again Mel? I think they are good when you kick off but eventually you settle into a meal plan that works within your defined food groups and they are not so helpful anymore. I was on the board for a while but never quite clicked there. So I came here. To meet you guys. :D

Ceejay :yikes: on the pole. Electrical things blowing up scare me. We have occasional brown outs here - a blip in the power - just enough to reboot the computers. Would hate to lose power now. Be careful and let's pledge to have a good eating day today - I will if you will, ok? :hug:

Ok Meadow - now all day long I'll be walking around thinking of Daffy Duck saying "dispicable" with a lisp. :lol:

Gotta run. Stay warm, cool, dry, caffeined up, calmed down or whatever gets you through the day. :grouphug: to the rest of the chicks on the team.

ceejay52
08-15-2007, 03:58 PM
Did something a little out of the norm last night. The doctor has suggested that I try Alli, the new diet pill. I told him I didn't trust myself with that one and he laughed. I told him it reminded me of the IBS problem that is now under control I didn't want to upset the system. I asked him about some of the others and he okayed it. I bought the Hoodia at Walmart. It's suppose to control my appetite and calm my nerves at the same time. I've taken only two doses so far. I'm already feeling more calm.

A funny thing happened this morning. Lisa and I made our rounds downstairs.
I missed the top step and down I went. I told Tim. He said did you hurt anything. My reply was my pride. He laughed. I did my duty and reported it.

Happy--I'm with you 3fc ought to have some Elvis smilies. Yum, blueberries. They didn't have any last week at super Walmart. I love those things.

Mel--Don't buy the bologna. That's one of my least favorite cuts of meat. Believe itor not the only time I want that is when I'm sick. That and a mt Dew

Carla--Hang in there. It's sweet of you to help out.

Shad--your lunch does sound yummy. Mother used to make a veggie lasagna using zuchinni. I may have to hunt down that recipe. Making my mouth water, yum yum.

I see the electric crew gathering up over by the generators. Guess we'll be on curtailment again today.

Shad
08-15-2007, 08:38 PM
Yeah and the meal was vegan, not just vegetarian and should have been good for me. The bad news was that I put on 300g overnight despite the exercise etc. I think it was the cake! And it wasn't worth it. Serve me right yes???

Mel, Elvis was voted sexiest man alive in the magazine in a recent poll!! What the...... Elvis is alive and living in Australia??? Gotta smile at what they will do to sell copy.
As for the car - as you crazzzzzzy :crazy: drive over there? Nuts to that. Can the cat come too??

Meadow, I would send up some organic tea for you, complete with the crazy little teapot and cup but they won't allow it into the country. You could have had organic Atherton Tablelands black or organic Atherton tablelands green. Maybe I should bring some over next time I come and we all meet up in the Butchart Gardens.

Ceejay, I wondered about diet pills. Be interested to know how you go. I'm not sure I ever want to take them, but if it kick starts the weight loss again, well maybe. I'm tired of bouncing this 1kg up and down. Although I must admit I really haven't got back into the swing of things since my holiday - I did better then than I am doing now.

Okay -I'd better go and brass off my fellow worker. She's gonna hate me............................. :cry:

Hollyhock
08-15-2007, 08:53 PM
Been catching up with you gals here. Toronto was really great. Kids took 343 pics. We covered thr Science Centre, Hockey Hall of Fame, Royal Ontario Museum, CN Tower( for dinner and the sunset) and the Toronto Zoo in 3 days! Came home and right to work and then a busy weekend with a soccer tourney that DS's team won and DD went to a rodeo. Took this week off work to paint my living room, shampoo rugs and boring office work etc... We are going camping Friday night - Sunday with 2 other families.We are having a Summer's End campfire here on Sept 2.
I am pretty busy trying to keep on top of housework and yard work with all the other activities but it is all good. I dont get much time on here and the only TV I have watched all summer is Canadian Idol.
My hunny, Kalan Porter has a new CD out!!

Love to the worldly chicks.

carla49
08-15-2007, 10:44 PM
All I can say at this point is thank heaven for my secret stash of Xanax. I may yet make it out of here without committing a felony. Do you think they'd let me post on 3fc from the big house? I was thinking I should really stay and help out another day, but then was subjected to another totally undeserved diatribe, so have decided to let the old &?%$ fend for herself as of manana. I will never get a place in heaven.
Thanks all for your kind support, which I don't really feel I deserve. I've been battling this demon for 36 years (!) and should have walked away after my DF died. Too late to disappear now, hence the dilemma.
Barring disaster overnight, I'll be in my own bed tomorrow night. Not that the cushion bed is all that bad - it's the keeping bright lights on and staying alert for every groan and moan that kills.
Enough whining and whinging. I'll post properly when I get home. Once I'm back on hi-speed I'll be able to write and check back and forth and so on.
Gotta go - battery's about to quit.

Shad
08-16-2007, 04:08 AM
Oh dear, poor Carla. Go home and fix a nice glass of something. It may not be in the diet, but it will be worth it.

Ruthxxx
08-16-2007, 06:37 AM
Quickie just to do the Lucy Report.

She seems improved slightly but the problem still exists. The doc at the Ottawa Clinic seems to have ruled out lungs and heart and is sort of iffy on allergies. We are going to try another antihistamine for two weeks - human which is much cheaper! The whole medical team suspects some sort of problem in the nasal passages. Next step, if the anti-histamine doesn't clear it, is a complete work-up with possible surgery for nasal polyps or Big-C bone problems. I got an estimate and am still in shock but she IS Lucy. We will wait the two weeks and then see.

Time for a tub and a coffee before I pull myself together. Today is the Kick-Off for the Doors Open Ontario event and a bunch of mucky-mucks will be visiting the village to take in the Heritage sites. It will totally take up the morning but I've opted out of the lunch.

Catch y'all later.

MELODY525
08-16-2007, 09:01 AM
:wave: HELLO RITH! I SEE YOUR EGG LIT UP..GUESS YOU ARE WANDERING AROUND 3FC SOMEWHERE!! SORRY ABOUT LUCY STILL NOT FEELING WELL. I WAS SO HOPING THEY WOULD HAVE A REAL ANSWER. :hug: GOOD LUCK WITH THE NEXT VISIT AND WITH ONTARIO'S BIG DAY!

HAPPY~ [IMG]http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/elvis5.gif[IMG] HOW CUTE IS THAT?! LOL
I WAS SHOCKED TO HEAR OF THE HEAT RELATED DEATHS RELATED TO THE BIG ELVIS GATHERING. SO SAD. ONE WOMAN WAS 67!!! :faint: YOU WOULD THINK PEOPLE WOULD REALIZE THIS HEAT IS JUST TOO MUCH AND NOT TAKE THAT CHANCE. I WATCHED A BIT OF LARRY KING AND PRICILLA. SHE AND HER FACE LIFT LOOK TERRIBLE!! MOST FACE LIFTS DO...WHAT ARE THESE WOMEN THIN KING OF?? AND HOW CAN DOCTORS DO THIS?? GIVES ME THE SHIVERS. YES...LET US HAVE A TEAPARTY :cofdate: WITH YOUR 27 BOXES WE ARE SURE TO HAVE PLENTY TO SIT OUT BY THE POOL. I'LL HAVE ICE IN MINE THANKYOU :beach:

CEEJAY~ THANK GOD YOU DIDN'T GET HURT!! WAS IT GOING UP OR DOWN??:faint: GOOD LUCK WITH THE HOODIA. I HAVE RUN INTO SEVERAL WOMEN WHO SWEAR BY THEM. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THEM. KEEP US POSTED :write:

SHAD~SURE SUNDAY CAN COME....JUST NOT TO MY HOUSE :rofl: :rofl: ONCE YOU GET USED TO DRIVING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD...YOU'LL BE FINE! :lol3: :lol3: :drive: BTW...NEXT TIME YOU ARE GOING TO GAIN WEIGHT, MAKE SURE IT'S FOR SOME GOOD CAKE!!! :tantrum:

CARLA~ WHAT CAN I SAY? I KNOW EXACTLY HOW YOU FEEL. O KNOW SOME WOULD SAU TO JUST DUMP HER BUT THEN I KNOW YOU HAVE TO LIVE IN THAT SKIN OF YOURS AND YOU WOULD REGRET IT LIKE THE REST OF US. JUST A SHAME SHE CANNOT SEE THAT BUT FOR YOU SHE WOULD BE ALONE IN THIS WORLD. SAD. SENDING MANY :hug: BECAUSE YOU DO DESERVE THEM....YOU COULD HAVE WALKED AWAY AND NEVER TURNED BACK. I SEE IT EVERY DAY HERE. YOU'RE A GOOD PERSON, SO GIVE YOURSELF SOME CREDIT!! ;dance:

HOLLY~ NEXT YOU'LL BE USING RUTH'S OPEND DOORS OF ONTARIO TO GO OUT THERE TRAIPSING AROUND ALL OVER CANADA AGAIN!! WE SHOULD HAVE NEVER LET YOU OUT TO MEET SHAD!!

GREY skies Smiling at me
Nothing but GREY skies do I see....LA LA LA
LOOKING PRETTY DREARY OUT THERE THIS MORNING. I IMMEDIATELY YAWNED AND ROLLED OVER BUT COULDN'T GO BACK TO SLEEP. EVER HAVE ONE OF THOSE DREAMS WHERE IT'S LIKE A 20TH CENTURY FOX MOVIE THAT GOES ON FOR HOURS AND HOURS...YOU WAKE FEELING EXHAUSTED? AND I CANNOT EVEN REMEMBER IT!!:tantrum: PROBABLY JUST AS WELL I CAN'T!! :lol3:
HELICOPTERS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE. MUST BE AN ACCIDENT SOMEWHERE NEARBY. NEXT THING YOU KNOW THEY WILL BE CRASHING INTO EACH OTHER JUST TO GET THE STORY!! SIGH. GOING TO GET SOME BREAKFAST AND PEDAL FOR AWHILE. NOT IN THE MOOD FOR NONSENSE TODAY...SO I HOPE NONSENSICAL PEOPLE KNOW BETTER THAN TO CALL ME :rofl: :rofl:

HAPPY THURSDAY/FRIDAY....WOW THIS WEEK IS FLYING BY :moped:

Hollyhock
08-16-2007, 09:03 AM
(((Carla)))

happy2bme
08-16-2007, 09:19 AM
Morning chicks,

I can't stay long today. Somehow the morning has gotten away from me already. :hug: to everyone needs a little lovin' this morning. I guess life just normally socks us in the arm every once in a while. Know we are here for you - armed :rollpin: and dangerous :s: and ready to defend each other against the goofs of the world.

I'll try and get back later. The clock is doing double time today, I swear the hands are spinning wildly when I glance up at the time. Either that or I must be sitting here in a coma like fog losing track of everything :lol:

Gotta run - have a good one ladies. Hang in there Carla, you'll be home soon. I second Shad's suggestion :cheers:

Hollyhock
08-16-2007, 09:23 AM
LOL Mel...I tried to go visit Ruth for Thanksgiving but she was already busy.The former really cool party girl I was travelled all the time. I did when the kids were babies too and then I kinda got lost in the quagmire here.
I have friends in Jersey too................

A tea party at Happy's sounds great but with the heat I will need to be in the pool to enjoy mine.
It is overcast here too. Pleasant for painting the inside window trim. Not so hard on the eyes as when the sun is glaring.

(((Ruth))))- poor Lucy! Poor Mama.

Ceejay- the gal I work with takes Hoodia and is having good results.

Hiya Shad!! and ALL!!

More painting and Avon office work today!!! Phone calls to make, a whooping bill for $16,000.00 to pay to the township today for sewers they put in. quadruple ARG!!

ceejay52
08-16-2007, 06:05 PM
Mel--I've only taken a few doses of hoodia. So far I can tell a big difference in the fact that I'm not bingeing or nibbling. I am calmer. At least it's working for now. I was going up the stairs when I fell. Today I have a bruise on my are and a scrape on my wrist.

Holly--I see you egg light aglow. :wave:

Ruth--Hope the anti-histamine works for Lucy so there will not have to be surgery.

happy--:wave: Stay cool in the pool.

I've finished the lawn before it got to hot to be outside. I took my time. Believe it or not there was a little breeze this morning. I still need to put up the lawn mower. The grass in the back yard and ground is really dry. So dry that the ground is cracking in some places. The front yard has had a bit of water on it and looks much better. I'll water again tonight. I may look for a sprinkler like my uncle has to water the back yard. I think he got his at ACE hardware.

I've never made a veggie pizza on la tortilla. I may put some chicken and pineapple on it also.

Shad
08-16-2007, 08:47 PM
Morning all,
There is some rhyme, rhythm and reason to getting up early in the morning. I rose just after 4.30am and did my exercise (last structured one for the week - Yeehaaa) and came to work in the predawn - ie. getting light enough to see, but not daylight. Sitting here on my own on the 17th floor I have been watching the sunrise. First it was the opalescent greys of dawn which have flushed to pastel pinks, blues, purples, greens and yellows and then the teased out cotton wool clouds became a deep rose shade and all the colours grew and merged and got brighter and faded, then the suns rays shot out all over the sky and finally Big Yellow got up for the day. There is a pale blue sky out there, and a light hazy fog out in the distance. The line of hills is sharp and clear - whoops sorry the West Australians call them mountains (read molehills - they haven't seen hills until they have been to NZ). So a nice start to the day.

Ruth - very worrying about Lucy. Hope they find something soon and that the news is good next time you post. Here it is the other way around. Human medicine is a hideous price from the Vet. Vet stuff is fairly (well almost) reasonable. Enjoy the Open Doors thingy - but may I suggest you stand behind one of them - that Holly is on her way.

Mel - I don't know that I would every get used to driving in NY or NJ. That drive down the freeway in peak hour traffic had me convinced I was about to die. I'll stick to the less populated Arizona and New Mexico thank you very much. Elvis has been on the news here as well and we had an NBC interview with Lisa Marie at around 4.30am this morning. I watched some of it. She seems to remember very little about it but then again she was only 9 and not living there so I guess she is a little hazy about events. It was interesting to see Graceland on TV especially since Happy and I went there and I giggled to see the interview with Lisa Marie in the Jungle room that Happy and I laughed over so much. That grass green shag pile carpet - wonder if they have to mow it once a week? The souvenirs didn't look any less tacky either! But they were going out the door fast.

Happy, I think this whole week has been doing double time. I've so much to do and so little achieved. Communication within the team seems to be a bit down as well and the co-workers both managed to produce a document on the same subject yesterday. Grrrrrr. I hope I have put the brakes on that now. Hpefully you are at home now and swimming in the pool or is it still early afternoon over there and you are facing another few hours of slog.

Holly - time to get those walking boots on. Get out there and enjoy the Great Outdoors. Being in the quagmire appears to be the mothers lot for quite sometime. Can remember it well. Mother, lover, wife, doctor, nurse, financier, washerwoman, chef, chief party planner, cleaner, gardener, dragon and driver. Plus more, all rolled into a 5.2 frame weighing in at 54K. No wonder I was skinny then.

Ceejay - keep us posted on how you go with that pill. A little bit of calm never did any harm.

Carla - hopefully you are on your way home to the 2 puss' indoors and the darling neighbour. Life will be on the up as soon as you walk in the door of your cute haven. Have a drink and a barbeque with the neighbours, relax and unwind. You have done your duty to the stepmum and can polish your halo and wear it proudly. We're proud of you.

Okay - better go and sort out the children before they squabble again.
I'll be back. It's Friday, but I think I will be here tomorrow as well so I'll be back. Sunday I thought I might take the ferry out to Rottnest and visit the Quokka. Don't understand that one? - go look it up. No not the Fokkers, the Quokka.

MELODY525
08-17-2007, 09:01 AM
The Quokka (Setonix brachyurus) is a small macropod, about the size of a large domestic cat. Like other marsupials in the macropod family (such as the kangaroos and wallabies), the Quokka is herbivorous and mainly nocturnal.


http://users.tpg.com.au/readmana/Quokka%20-bl.jpg

MELODY525
08-17-2007, 09:22 AM
THE ABOVE IS FOR THOSE WHO ARE RUSHED AND HAVE NO TIME TO SEARCH FOR THIS CRITTER:rofl:
I THINK I REMEMBER THIS GUY FROM 3FC JOURNALS A FEW YEARS AGO. HE LOOKS FAMILIAR. TODAY IS FOOD SHOP SO I'LL BE BRIEF. JEN AND I WILL MAKE AN ON-LINE BANKING ACCOUNT SO WE CAN SE WHAT THE BANK HAS DONE. THEN CALL THAT LEVY OFFICE NEXT WEEK AND PLEAD POVERTY. WON'T BE HARD TO PROVE....THERE'S NO ACCOUNTS. UNLESS THEY THINK WE HAVE TONS OF CASH STORED IN THE MATTRESSES. THERE IS STILL THE "GOODS AND CHATTALS" PART OF THE LEVY TO FIGHT. SEEMS THEY ARE STILL GOING AFTER THAT. I TOLD JEN HER UNDIES WOULD BE GOING UP FOR AUCTION! :yikes: BETTER HERS THAN MINE....ALTHOUGH MINE ARE 10 TIMES BIGGER AND MIGHT BRING MORE BUCKS!! :lol3: :lol3:
EVERYONE IS STILL ON VACATION SO THE OFFICE AND MAINT. ROOM ARE TERRIBLY SHORT STILL. SHOULD BE AN INTERESTING WEEKEND! :faint:
HAPPY FRIDAY AND HAVE A WONDERFUL START TO THE WEEKEND EVERYONE :moped:

HAPPY~ HOPE YOU GET A gRIP ON YOUR DAY AND WORK TODAY AND IT DOESN'T DRAG YOU AWAY!! REST WELL OVER THE WEEKEND AND RECHARGE IN THE LOVELY POOL WHILE SHAD CHASES RODENTS AROUND IN THE WILDS!! :beach:

SHAD~ I DO REMEMBER THIS GUY AND A PIC YOU POSTED IN THE JOURNALS MANY MOONS AGO. WORK ON SATURDAY??? WTF!!!:tantrum: LUCKY THEY GIVE YOU SUNDAY OFF!! THE DAWN SOUNDED WONDERFUL AND IF I AM EVER MOTIVATED ENOUGH TO GET UP AND WATCH ONE YOU WILL BE THE FIRST TO KNOW :rofl:
I GUESS WE ARE FINISHED WITH ELVIS FOR ANOTHER YEAR. LIKE ALL THE MOVIES NOW OF PRINCESS DIANA AND ALL THE PLOTS TO KILL HER ETC. AND THE KENNEDY'S ....THESE POOR PEOPLE ARE NEVER JUST LEFT TO REST:faint: HAPPY RODENT HUNTING!!! HAVE A GREAT FERRY RIDE-DAY!!

CEEJAY~ I AM GLAD THE BOO BOOS ARE SMALL AND ISN'T IT FUNNY HOW THINGS ALWAYS SHOE UP EVEN CLEARER THE NEXT DAY? TAKE CARE. I AM GLAD THE HOODIA IS WORKING SO WELL ALREADY. KEEPING MY FINGERS AND TOES CROSSED!!

HOLLY~ I WAS JUST GOING TO ASK ABOUT THAT AVON EMPIRE OF YOURS. REMEMBER THE DAYS WHEN IT WAS JUST A THOUGHT YOU WERE TOYING WITH :lol3: LOOK HOW IT'S GROWN!!

MELODY525
08-17-2007, 09:26 AM
Paddy was walking home late at night and sees a woman in the shadows."Twenty quid " she whispers.
He'd never been with a hooker before, but he decides what the heck, its only twenty quid. So they hide in
the bushes. They're going "at it" for a couple of minutes when all of a sudden a light flashes on
them, it's a police officer. "What's going on here, people?" asks the officer. "I'm making love to my
wife," Paddy answers indignantly. "Oh, I'm sorry," says the cop, "I didn't know." "Well," Paddy says,
"neither did I, until you shined that light in her face.

MELODY525
08-18-2007, 09:36 AM
ALL ALONE AM I
EVER SINCE YOUR GOODBYE
ALL ALONE WITH JUST A BEAT OF MY HEART
PEOPLE ALL AROUND
BUT I DPON'T HEAR A SOUND
JUST THE LONELY BEATING OF MY HEART....LA LA LA:(

A LITTLE BRENDA LEE. IT WAS THE FIRST SONG THAT POPPED INTO MY HEAD WHEN I SAW THIS EMPTY PAGE!! :rofl: NOT MUCH TO REPORT EITHER. IT'S ACTUALLY CHILLY HERE AND I HAD TO CLOSE ONE WINDOW BECAUSE OF THE WIND. I COULD HARDLY GET THE FRONT DOOR OPEN BECAUSE OF IT!! :faint:
THERE IS A NICE MALL SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY THAT I HAVE A GIFT CARD FOR SINCE XMAS. I MIGHT GO. I HAVE TO BE HONEST AND SAY I WISH I COULD TURN IT INTO CASH. NOT REALLY IN THE MOOD TO SHOP WITH ALL THAT IS STILL GOING ON. BUT WE MUST MOVE FORWARD!! ONWARD CHICKS!
HAPPY SATURDAY/SUNDAY :moped:

happy2bme
08-18-2007, 01:01 PM
I think were alone now
There doesnt seem to be anyone around
I think were alone now
The beating of our hearts is the only sound

tah-thump, tah-thump, tah-thump...

A little 60's Tommy James to go along with Mel's 50's Brenda Lee. And thanks Mel, I'll be thinking that song in and out of my head all day :lol:

Sorry I didn't make it here yesterday. I was catching up and then I got stuck on the site not responding. It was being a real bugger and then I had to get going so I had to just be a lurker yesterday.

I had planned on swimming last night after work but as I walked out the door there was this huge dark cloud mass overhead. I didn't think much of it because the storms seem to gather in Arkansas next door, yet once they pop over the Mississippi River and head east, they dry up before they get to my house. I hit a few spots on the drive home where I got 10 or 20 raindrops on the car - just enough to make spots in the dust on the hood. Got home and it was thundering like there was no tomorrow. The storm was just south of us down the road in Mississippi. A bit too chancy to get into the pool, particularly when I found out that electricity is in the air for several miles around a storm - it might not be storming directly above you but that doesn't mean the components for a lightning bolt aren't right overhead :yikes:. So I'm more careful than I used to be. We went to dinner at the Olive Garden Italian Restaurant. By the time I had a dish of salad, half a breadstick and a bit of DH's appetizer, I was too full to eat more than a few bites of risotto. So I packed it up. I had never tried risotto before but wanted to taste it to find out why so many people ordered it on the TV show ****'s Kitchen. :lol: It really is good, not calorie friendly at all but I had salmon and brocolli for lunch so I felt I had a few extra points I could use. Got home, had a phone call from a friend. One of my coworkers - just the nicest guy - is taking a job transfer to Europe so she had a little get together for him at her house. DH and I went for what we thought would be a half hour pop your head in and say hi but wound up lasting almost 3 hours.

I was going to go to the farmers market this morning and woke up at 6:30 but decided I really didn't need all that much. One of the grocers is advertising that they get a lot of their produce from local farmers here so I figured I'll just get it at the store. I know the tomatoes are good and the peaches this year have been fabulous. The cucumbers have been rather small and yucky this season.

The temps are cooling into the 90's with the possibility of storms on the way. We sure do need the rain. Depending on how the hurricanes hit, that's where we might get our rain finally. We won't get pounded with torrential rains but would benefit as the moisture is carried up north. Let's hope because things are so parched here :crossed:

DH wants to work on the stone wall outside. I think I'd rather stay in and do the housecleaning and laundry today. Can squeeze in a swim during the afternoon. Maybe if I have time, tomorrow morning I'll help DH outside.

:lol: on the Paddy joke Mel. That was cute. I can't remember what chilly is like and it seems wierd to imagine shutting the window because a breeze is too chilly. Then I remember it's only in the 70's up your way. Is the gift card for a retail store? Maybe someone would buy it from you. Keep an eye on the mattresses so "the man" doesn't come and try to sneek them out from under you :rollpin: Hope you have a quiet weekend. We MUST set up that phone date. Maybe next Saturday afternoon around 5 your time? email me...

Shad - hope you are having fun chasing the Quokka at Rottnest. What a name for a place :rolleyes: And a dry weekend to you. No fun slogging through wet leaves.

Ceejay - glad the hoodia is working for you. There was something else you were trying that I was going to caution you on - it appears it interferes with the thyroid medicines. Stay cool this weekend. Again I see the rain up your way while we are parched.

Have fun painting Holly. Ouch on the nasty sewer bill. Yikes! Hope Lucy is doing better Ruth. Are you home now uncorking a bottle and relaxing in peace and quiet Carla? And the big question is... did Meadow get more tea? :coffee2:

Madcat - get a bike ride and a visit to the comic book shop in with the DH this weekend. Hello to Nae who is probably starting to see the first glimpses of autumn up her way.

Time to get the dustcloth and mop out - later chicks...

happy2bme
08-18-2007, 01:02 PM
:mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:

See - almost lost my post again as this site timed out on my post. Good thing I saved it...

carla49
08-19-2007, 01:15 AM
With apologies to the BeeGees, here's another little song for any chicks feeling a little lonely:

Good morning mistress sunshine,
You brighten up my day.
Come sit beside me in your way.
I see you ev'ry morning inside
our worldly haunt.
The music plays so nonchalant

Ah - Lonely days,
lonely nights,
Where would I be without my sisters.

Lonely days,
lonely nights,
Where would I be without my sisters.

Where would I be without my sisters.

Lonely days,
lonely nights,
Where would I be without my sisters.


Back home and feeling better. Today was a day of overindulgence, just like yesterday. Sort of a holiday from all the annoyances and restrictions. No more need for Xanax, at least... Off again tomorrow, just for a day this time, to help out at a friend's cottage - several trees and a lot of her bushes torn up by a microburst two days ago. A near miss, actually, as several people had their trees fall onto their roofs...

Sorry that I've been so lax at commenting others' posts - I've been preoccupied, tired, and was having a lot of access problems while away. I do hope to be back on posting track Monday night after this little jaunt. Meanwhile, thanks for all the kind support and hugs, they did help.

And now to bed.

:wave: to Mel, Shad, Happy, Meadow, Madcat, Holly, Ceejay, Painter, Rose, Ruth. And I always forget someone, so :wave: to whoever I left out this time.

PainterWoman
08-19-2007, 03:58 AM
Finally! I think I may need more memory... RAM, not in my brain. Pages are taking forever to load up. Bah!
I've read most of the intervening posts, and can only say that we are a stalwart bunch, sticking with our intentions, making progress mostly and back-sliding sometimes.

Carla-- hope you are proud of your aid and comfort, even if it did require some off-plan food and Xanax!

CeeJay-- glad your encounter with the stairs wasn't worse! And do keep us posted on whether the hoodia "works."

Mel- I see you got the Paddy joke, too. I tell all the "iffy" ones to DH. He thinks I'm a riot! Hope that decreasing your work load helps skin, eyes AND outlook. Hugs to you, dearie!!

Happy-- congrats on the painting, non-electrocution by lightening, and work on the wall! Definitely if you can see lightening, it's best to take cover. WAY too unpredictable!

DH got his motor revved up this morning and weed-wacked lots of grass that had threatened to take over my long-neglected flower beds. I believe I'm not missing some lavendar, parsley, lilies and I'm not sure what else, but I think we're going to get mulch to make it look nicer! Serves me right for being too much of a wimp to get out there and pull it by hand. (90+ degrees and I don't get along well, and if you try to pull weeds in the dark, the mosquitoes eat you alive!).

I'm on call again this weekend. Last night got called out-- divorced man about my age suicided in his garage... His family had been trying to reach him since Wednesday... finally a sister went to his house... couldn't see anything and called the police. Pretty grim. It was sad to try to help his 70+ year old parents cope with the news. Fortunately they got the news in bits and pieces... the police confirmed that some one was in the garage and dead... only later did they say that they thought it was suicide. (the police always have to investigate if it was homicide.). I felt so sorry for the mom, who'd had another son killed in a motorcyle accident 25 years ago. NObody shed any tears.
Standing up outside in the humidity for two hours made my feet sore! But I'm still counting my blessings.

Haven't been to the gym since the MD's verified NO cancer return inspite of what felt like newly bumpy incision area from before. Haven't really been on great food plan, either. Strange how I can eat when I'm upset AND when I'm relieved. :dizzy::dizzy:

Started taking glucosamine on top of everything else to see if I can settle my legs/knees/joints down so I'm not so stiff and sore.

Best to all.

MELODY525
08-19-2007, 09:23 AM
I AM GLAD TO SEE SOME SMILING FACES AND THAT THE SONGS HAPPY AND I SUNG DIDN'T GO TO WASTE! :lol3: :lol3: EVEN CARLA IS SINGING!

LOCAL WEATHER: IT WAS 55* YESTERDAY AND A HIGH IN MY TOWN OF 69* BY 2:00 PM :faint: TODAY IS 64*....A POSITIVE HEAT WAVE!! :beach:
MY DAUGHTER HAD WINTER-WEIGHT CLOTHES ON TO GO TO THE STORE. PEOPLE MUST THINK WE'RE NUTS!:rofl:
THE BIRD LOOKS LIKE A FUZZ BALL. I TOLD HIM HE BETTER GET USED TO IT CAUSE FALL IS COMING....HE'S SITTING AND LOOKING INTO THE MIRROR CRYING...GUESS HE UNDERSTOOD! :rofl: :rofl:
POOR OLD SOD. IF THE RIGHT BUS AND DRIVER ARE AVAILABLE I WILL GO TO THE MALL. I AM THINKING OF GETTING A QUILT TO PUT AWAY. IT'S A BIG TICKET ITEM FOR ME AND I DON'T ALWAYS HAVE THIS BIG A GIFT CARD. MAYBE SOME TOWELS TOO. HAVE TO SEE. JCPENNEYS IS HAVING A BIG SALE. ALSO RICHIE'S BIRTHDAY IS IN OCTOBER. AND THEY HAVE SOME GREAT SWEATSHIRTS BY DICKIE THAT ARE ON SALE FOR $20 AND EVEN COME WITH A FREE T-SHIRT! BELIEVING THAT ALL MEN ARE DICKIES, I FIND THIS GIFT VERY APPROPRIATE....ESPECIALLY COMING FROM ME! :rofl: :rofl:
I AM OFF TO WATCH RICK STEVE'S TRAVEL PROGRAM. I HAVE BECOME RE-ADDICTED TO TRAVEL SHOWS!
HAPPY SUNDAY/MONDAY! :moped:

HAPPY~ LOOK WHAT OUR SINGING HAS PRODUCED!! FRIENDS!! AND THEY DIDN'T EVEN COMMENT THAT WE WERE OFF KEY! :rofl: YES NEXT WEEKEND SHOULD BE GOOD. TIME IS GOOD TOO. I WROTE IT DOWN. WE CAN POKE FUN AT THE WORLD!! I TOO AM WORRIED MEADOW HAS RUN OUT OF TEA! SHALL WE BOTH GO THERE TOGETHER? :cheers: WE CAN DRINK TO THE CANADIAN FLAG :lol3: I HAVE HEARD ABOUT LIGHTNING AND THE ELECTRICITY IN THE AREA...THAT'S WHY I DON'T GO ANYWHERE IF THERE IS A STORM NEARBY. DON'T WANT TO BE SITTING ON 24 VOLTS AND SURROUNDED BY MY NOWN STATIC ELECTRICITY AND HAVE MOTHER NATURE ZAPPING MY BUTT!! :rofl: :rofl: STAY SAFE AND OUT OF THE WATER!!
HOPE YOU ARE FEELING REFRESHED FOR THE WEEKEND!:hug:

CARLA~ DO NOT APOLOGIZE!! YOUR DOING WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO AND REAL LIFE AND "FAMILY" COME FIRST! NOW IF YOU GET ARRESTED FOR MURDER....WE WORLDLY CHICK SISTERS WILL COME TO THE RESCUE!! ESPECIALLY AFTER YOUR SONG!! :rofl: STAY WELL TOO MY FRIEND AND TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF ALSO. STRESS CAN BE SUCH A BAD THING....LOOK AT ME! :lol3: :lol3:

PAINTER~I THINK A LOT OF US HAVE THE SAME EATING...UPSET AND RELIEVED. STRONG FEELINGS JUST DO IT TO US! :rofl: I HAVE FOUND I CAN NO LONGER WATCH COOKING SHOWS!! :tantrum: THE ROLLER COASTER RIDE YOU HAVE BEEN ON MUST BE TOUGH. YOUR POOR BODY AND MIND HAVE BEEN THRU SO MUCH BUT LETS GET ON THE BANDWAGON LADY!!! I NEED SOME MOTIVATION!! SENDING MANY :hug: HOPE SOME OF THE LAVENDAR SURVIVED! MY FAVORITE SCENT!!! :dance:

MELODY525
08-19-2007, 10:24 AM
Charlie was fixing a door and he found that he needed a new hinge, so he sent his wife Mary to Home Depot. While at Home Depot, Mary saw a beautiful teapot on a top shelf while she was waiting for John, the manager, to finish waiting on a customer. When John was finished, Mary asked "How much for the teapot? John replied, "That's silver and it costs $300. "My goodness that sure is a lot of money!" Mary exclaimed. Then she proceeded to describe the hinge that Charlie had sent her to buy, and John went to the back room to find it. From the back room John yelled, "Mary, you wanna screw for that hinge?" Mary replied, "No, but I will for the teapot."

This is why you can't send a woman to Home Depot.

*** SENT BY A DEAR FRIEND :rofl:

happy2bme
08-19-2007, 12:56 PM
Good morning chicks,

First a joke:

UNDERSTANDING WOMEN
(A MAN'S PERSPECTIVE)

I know I'm not going to understand women. I'll never understand how you can take boiling hot wax, pour it onto your upper thigh, rip the hair out by the root, yet still be afraid of a spider. :spid: :lol:

Then a song - an obscure but fun ditty from Janis Joplin:

Oh lord, wont you buy me a mercedes benz ?
My friends all drive porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So lord, wont you buy me a mercedes benz ?

Oh lord, wont you buy me a color tv ?
Dialing for dollars is trying to find me.
I wait for delivery each day until three,
So oh lord, wont you buy me a color tv ?

Oh lord, wont you buy me a night on the town ?
Im counting on you, lord, please dont let me down.
Prove that you love me and buy the next round,
Oh lord, wont you buy me a night on the town ?

Everybody!
Oh lord, wont you buy me a mercedes benz ?
My friends all drive porsches, I must make amends,
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So oh lord, wont you buy me a mercedes benz ?

Thats it! :D

Going to be a bit of a muggy one today. I think the hurricanes southeast are finally pushing the yuckky moisture up this way. And I think I have an abscess in my jaw. I was hoping to call the dentist first thing tomorrow but then I realized I had volunteered for something at 8am tomorrow. So I'll have to go all the way to the office and then beat a path back home if he can squeeze me in tomorrow or at least get over to the pharmacy to pick up some antibiotics. I'm trying to jump on this before it turns into the OMG just shoot me and put me out of this horrid pain stuff as I have had in the past. It started a bit last week with twinges and I wasn't sure what was going on but by Friday evening (why couldn't it be first thing in the MORNING) I knew where this was headed. I did get the upstairs cleaned yesterday and then went into the pool where the clouds promptly gathered overhead and the sky got all gray and dark :( Didn't get in a decent swim at all. Will try again today after I take care of the groceries and a bit of cleaning downstairs.

Mel - the summer things are going on sale and you can stock up on some great bargains if you have time to look through the stuff. Happy shopping. A new quilt sounds nice. It's funny how a 10 degree drop can make it seem downright chilly outside. I used to get a bit melancholy sp? as Labor Day approached as it always signalled the end of summer up north. We have an extended season to Thanksgiving down here before "autumn" kicks in which make it better but the pool days (which are the real summer to me) end shortly after the beginning of September as the nights get cooler and the shadows from the trees keep the water from warming up enough to be comfortable. Getting hooked on the travel shows isn't such a bad thing. There are so many interesting things to see that even if we had the means to do so, we'd never be able to get it all in. Better to watch travel shows than the reality junk that's on now.

I did start to watch this new show called Fat March. It's on ABC and consists of a bunch of very overweight people who are actually walking 500 miles through 9 states. It's a new twist on the edge to lose weight - they walk and have 2 trainers to help them learn new food habits. It has the usual dynamics of personalities that make for a reality show and they start out with the ability to win 100,000 dollars each if they ALL make it to the end of the march. For every person who quits or drops out for any reason (good or bad) they each lose 10,000 out of their pot. Their first walk was 5 miles and they have increased it to around 11 miles for the last 2 rounds. To keep things varied they sometimes go through woody areas and don't stick to paved roads in the cities. I'm kind of hooked on it. The farthest I think I've ever walked in one shot was 9 miles and I was a whole lot skinnier both times. Once DH and I decided to walk home after dropping our car off for service - we figured it wasn't that far so we walked home. I was about a mile and a half short and I just wanted to lay down and die on the road :lol: We didn't plan on walking home and while I didn't have high heels on, I wasn't wearing sneakers or shoes meant for an 8 mile walk. :yikes: The farthest we ever walked was when we were camping. We started on a normal hike and DH took us through a field of knee high brush. It was May - prime tick season and I was really nervous about walking through these fields. We travelled a bit and then got to some paved road. DH wanted to go one way, I the other. Since I have no sense of direction, I followed him. We walked and walked and walked and walked. No sign of the campground anywhere. I only had one bottle of water that we were sharing and we finished it long ago. All we saw were farm fields everywhere. I was getting sooooo tired and was getting myself all worked up and hyperventilating. DH told me to sit down and he was going to keep walking until he found the campground, then would come back and get me. I was more afraid of being left on the road alone than anything. So I trudged along. After what felt like 12 hours, we finally saw the back of the campgrounds. Hallelujah! :yay: We got in the car and retraced our route more or less to figure out how far we'd walked. It was almost 10 miles. The funny thing was, if we had gone to the right when we got out of the field initially (the direction I chose), we would have been just around the corner from the campground. Instead we took DH's route which took us WAY around the other side of the area. In any event, I will never forget how exhausted I was and so to see the people on this show trudge 11 miles, I am in awe of them. I thought too, how neat to be able to try and keep up with their mileage at home but then I realized, It would take me about 3 - 4 hours to walk the distances they are covering each day and I just don't have that kind of time during the work week. (Geez I sure have blathered on there, haven't I?)

Painter - oh my - your line of work certainly is a very emotionally challenging affair, isn't it? How terrible for the mom to lose 2 sons :cry: I'm sure the yard will look much better with some mulch in it. It's very hard to keep things going well in this heat. Have you been getting deluged with rain out your way? Heat and humidity - ugh - just draining.

And if you can figure out why sometimes we are too preoccupied with food - pass it along to us. I wish I could be one of those people who simply eats to fuel the body. Maybe I should plug up my nose so I can't taste how good the stuff is :lol:

Carla - glad you're back home - rest up today - we'll let you slack off for the day but expect you to be back to snuff tomorrow :lol:

Ok, I've been farting around here for a good part of the morning. I did manage to get some laundry though but the morning's just about over and I should have gotten more done. I think I'll swap loads and go for a quick swim. I really need to wash the chlorine out of my hair and I can't see taking a shower now, going shopping then coming back for a swim and taking another shower afterwards. Sunday's always seem to be a day with too much to do, not enough time and the things that do get done take longer than I thought they would thus shorting out some other things I wanted to squeeze in!

Enjoy your Sunday, I have to get up at 5am tomorrow so I probably won't post until the evening.

Hollyhock
08-19-2007, 04:58 PM
HI!!
Home from camping. It was just marvelous. We had 4 families of 4. So much laughter and smiling my tummy and cheeks hurt. The kids and hubby had a really good time too. Lots of long walks and fishing and swims.
It is cool here too today, 14C. It drizzled all morning and then rained hard around 2pm. I have just had a lovely hot bath followed by a lovely hot coffee. Bits of things to do tonight. I need to clear out the "random" room to make room for the LR furniture. Painter comes tomorrow at 9:30. Making chicken and rice for supper in a bit too. DH is sleeping. Kids are resting.
I have promised myself that I will do 30 min of gardening every single day starting tomorrow.
Tomorrow I want to clean the basement and the kids rooms thoroughly.

HUGS!!!!!!

Shad
08-19-2007, 08:37 PM
Morning all,
You may have noticed that I didn't 'pop' in over the weekend. Well that's because some dickhead who was supposed to have 'fixed' my access card to give me after hours access, did not do as supposed. When I walked down past the office on my way to the Rottnest ferry terminal, I tried it out. Lucky I did because I would have been a little 'sour' had I come into town specially to go to work.
So no work this weekend. I will need to get the card looked at today. I may even make a small comment on the inconvenience of having Idiots for security men.
Rottnest (so named by the Dutch explorers because they thought Quokka were rats - rott is rat in Dutch, I guess nest is nest) is a big sand dune off the coast of WA. It takes around 40 minutes to get from Fremantle by ferry. The seas were wonderfully rough on the way out which had many of the good folk reaching for the Sick Bag. It rolled and it pitched, such fun. Since I never have a problem with that malady, I was enjoying myself. The island is reasonably flat and I walked the top end of it - around 10 or 11km. It didn't take too long, but then a K is shorter than a mile. Next time I go, I will hire a bike and ride to the other end. It's not a bad place. Not as scenic as Big Sur and certainly not as many trees, but it has some interesting features and it would be a wonderful place to watch the stars as street lights are a bit of a rarity. Saturday was a beautiful day. Not too hot and not too windy. Sunday on the other hand was sh*tty. Beautiful sunshine early on, rain and wind by 10am. It's supposed to stay this way for the rest of the week. How nice!!!

Mel - I hear you singing. I used to love that song of Brenda Lee's. (Janice Joplin too and the Bee Gees, we are going back in time. ) Go spend your voucher and enjoy doing it. There may not be many more opportunities like this.

Happy - I am trying to work out where you are putting this rock wall. I've heard about the Fat March. It's probably better and safer for them than some of the exercises that places like biggest loser put them through and if it teaches them not to deep fry everything, then I am all for it. Still haven't gotten over the deep fried beans yet.

Holly - glad to hear that you have had a wonderful family time camping and doing all the friends things. Now it is time to get into the painting again huh! Have fun.

Carla, nice to see you back and back to normal. The tree lopping and plant pulling should work off some of the excess.

And with that, I'm off to forward Mel's Irish joke to an Irish friend - I'll save the other one for another time.

See ya

ceejay52
08-19-2007, 09:41 PM
I've been watching the Fat March program on t.v. also when I have the time. Does any one want to pledge 500 miles for the month of September?

I've had a good week end to bad it has to come to an end. Work tomorrow.

So far I've been having good results with the brand of Hoodia that I've been taking. I've been on plan with food for the past 3 days. Exercised on Thursday, Friday and Saturday but so far today I haven't but I'm planning on it later. Tomorrow after work I'm planning a trip to the gym.

Hello to all the worldly chicks.

Mel--I've been watching some of the travel shows. Have they showed the one to Alaska yet?

I'll comment more tomorrow.

ceejay52
08-19-2007, 09:55 PM
Happy--I've decided that I'm not doing anything except what the doctor say for me to do concerning my thyroid. And he's okayed the hoodia. Thanks for being concerned.

Meadow
08-20-2007, 12:38 AM
Thank you for your concern ;) I managed to get to the store on Wednesday and have had tea every evening since:smug: Ah! bliss My sisters surprised me this weekend with a visit. They phoned and asked what I was doing. Then if I was going to put the kettle on. Then said look out the window, we are across the street! :carrot: They are so great :cb: My latest dream has been of Shad getting up at 4:30 to exercise :hug: May that one day be me :)

I don't watch those shows where they torture people in order to lose weight. Why aren't they ever pleasant and have lovely strolls around gardens?

Thanks for the music, Mel, Happy, Carla..all good tunes, but I'm opting for a current one.

A bit of Rob Thomas :D
Little wonders

let it go,
let it roll right off your shoulder
don’t you know
the hardest part is over
let it in,
let your clarity define you
in the end
we will only just remember how it feels

our lives are made
in these small hours
these little wonders,
these twists & turns of fate
time falls away,
in these small hours,
these small hours still remain

let it slide,
let your troubles fall behind you
let it shine
until you feel it all around you
and i don’t mind
if it’s me you need to turn to
we’ll get by,
it’s the heart that really matters in the end

our lives are made
in these small hours
these little wonders,
these twists & turns of fate
time falls away,
but these small hours,
these small hours still remain

all of my regret
will wash away some how
but i can not forget
the way i feel right now

in these small hours
these little wonders
these twists & turns of fate
these twists & turns of fate
time falls away but these small hours
with these small hours, still remain,
they still remain
these little wonders
these twists & turns of fate
time falls away
but these small hours
these little wonders still remain

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid687239750

happy2bme
08-20-2007, 01:13 AM
Meadow,

I like the lyrics to that song. Will have to look it up on Napster so I can hear the melody too. Good choice! I'm glad you have your tea and all is right with the world.

I did have expect Holly to contribute a song - you seem like the type to sing all the time. We'll let you slide this time because camping is tiring :lol:


Shad - as for the rock wall - if you're facing the front of the house looking at it from the street, there are some trees and shrubs to the right (next to the wooden fence that has the gate you can walk through into the yard). We are putting the rock wall starting from the wooden fence following a line bearing left towards the front door around the large maple tree, past the hosta, past the Japanese Maple and probably around the snapdragons and those other silver flower things we had in the front of the house. Once we get it done, will have to see if it look unbalanced that there is not a rock wall on the left side. :dizzy: DH is itching to rip out the thick shrubs on the left because they really are too dense and overgrown and are hiding the lovely yellow daylillies behind them. He chopped the spirea too much last fall and it really grew back horrid this year. I let him tear it out on one side, I think he's hoping to cut out the rest this fall. I have to stop him from pillaging too much :lol:

Now you can tell all your friends that you've been in Elvis' house. It's always more fun to see something where you've been. I was watching Fat March and one of their weigh ins was at Gillette Castle in Conneticutt and I said - hey we've BEEN there! Bet someone scarfed up those snazzy fireplace grates and that disembodied Elvis "bust" ornament for 75 bucks. Should have snatched it while you could lady. :nono: :lol: What fun that would have been lugging that through customs :rofl:

Anyway I was supposed to be in bed over an hour ago but it's humid out and my pants don't want to dry in the dryer. Don't want to leave them overnight as they will be all wrinkly and I hate ironing. So damp or not, I'm going to get them and put them on hangers and get to bed.

I'll tell you how the sunrise is tomorrow morning. Night all...

PainterWoman
08-20-2007, 02:24 AM
It's good to read that things are going well. Best wishes to all at the beginning of a new week. Turning over a new leaf, even if it feels like LOTS of work!
Hmm, maybe DH will bring home mulch, and I can turn THAT over.

Shad
08-20-2007, 05:42 AM
Ha, I was watching that interview and it was in the jungle room - the one up the furry stairs and with the orange walls and green carpet. I had been telling a friend about the 'decorating' last time I visited her and she rang me to say that she had seen the interview. We had a bit of a laugh together. I'm waiting for the room with the pool table to be shown. You know the one with the fabric walls and tented ceiling. The fabric has every colour except one in the print, and the lampshade accounts for the missing colour and a few others as well. My friend was horribly disappointed that she didn't get to see that room on tv. I tell her not to worry as I have a not really great photo of it on my computer.
Yes I should have bought the gates firescreen and the bust (specially the one that was on the back of the truck last week :rofl: :rofl:) Don't really know how I live with some of my decisions. I'm sure I could have found someone who has a fireplace which needs a screen!!! :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: Now buzz off to bed and stop interupting my train of thought - the joys of adding material components to a work order through a bom. Mind you, this morning the thought of a bomb gave me great pleasure. I have a special place to implant one. Imbecile. (no no not the fat chicks :nono:)

happy2bme
08-20-2007, 08:24 AM
Am I twisted or what? Sitting here in a fog going bom :chin: ohhh Bill Of Materials :idea: - thanks for waking my brain up.

I just realized the irony of it - you live in the tropics - WHY would anyone need a fireplace down there? :lol3: :lol3: :lol3: Ok so then having fireplace grates that look like the gates to the Graceland mansion would be a treat reserved only for us North American chicks. :lol:

That pool room is hideous. Can you imagine all the dust in the folds of the fabric in there?

Off to the showers for me, should have been dressed already. Have a good one chicks.

Wake up Mel - *nudge, *nudge

Hollyhock
08-20-2007, 08:58 AM
Rob Thomas is sooooo dreamy........was listening to some yesterday......LOVE his lyrics...
It is POURING rain here. I am not sure i can garden. I do have a basement to clean tho!!

The theme song from the camping weekend was by Gwen Steffani the one that goes weeeeee hooooo woooo hooooooo......a bunch of 40+ men dancing and singing it was pretty darn funny.

Happy- I do always sing. Not very well I am sure but it makes me feel joyful.

Hope everyone has a glorious day!

MELODY525
08-20-2007, 09:50 AM
BY THE LOOKS OF THE OUTSIDE WEATHER YOU WOULD THINK HURRICANE DEAN IS IN NJ! :yikes: I HAVE CANCELLED THE MALL TRIP AND TURNED ON THE LIGHTS. JUST AS WELL BECAUSE MY HEART ISN'T REALLY INTO SHOPPING. JEN AND I ARE GOING TO TRY AGAIN TO CREATE AN ONLINE BANKING ACCOUNT AND THEN WE HAVE A CALL TO MAKE ON WEDS TO THE LEVY DEPARTMENT.
PEOPLE ARE HOME FROM VACATIONS NOW IN THE OFFICE ETC SO IT SHOULD BE A WEEK WHERE I CAN CONCENTRATE ON MYSELF. MY EYES DON'T LOOK SO GREAT BUT THEY FEEL A BIT BETTER TODAY AND DIDN'T KEEP ME AWAKE LAST NIGHT. EVEN THE FACE IS DRYING UP AGAIN. THE ENDLESS PERILS OF MELINE. :rofl: :rofl: WE NEED A SMILEY THAT IS BEING RUNOVER BY A TRUCK!!
HAPPY MONDAY!! :moped:

HAPPY~ SOME OF YOUR MUGGY WEATHER IS COMING OUR WAY LATE IN THE WEEK. I WILL BUILD A SHED NEAR YOUR POOL AND GO AND LIVE IN THERE. THEN NO ONE CAN FIND ME :lol3: I HAVE NOT SEEN THAT SHOW ABOUT THE HIKING. I RARELY WATCH REGULAR TV. YOUR 10 MILE HIKE WAS SOMETHING TO READ! YIKES! REMINDED ME OF TRIPS I TOOK WITH THE DH. :rofl: THOSE WERE THE GOOD OLD DAYS. I HAVE BEEN MEANING TO ASK...IS WW STILL AT YOIUR JOB? OR WAS THAT ONLY TEMPORARY? HOPE DH IS NOT PILLAGING THE NEIGHBORS YARDS TOO! :lol3: :lol3:

HOLLY~NICE THAT EVERYONE HAD A GREAT TIME. HOPE THE PAINTERS DO A BANG UP JOB! GOOD LUCK!! YOU'LL HAVE A LOVELY NEW LR!!

SHAD~ MAYBE THE DICKHEAD DID YOU A FAVOR....NO WORK THIS WEEKEND! :dance: JUST RAT HUNTING AND FRESH AIR!! :rofl: AT LEAST YOU GOT TO GET OUT AND BLOW THE COBWEBS OUT. I CAN THINK OF A FEW PLACES YOU CAN IMPLANT A BOMB INTO ALSO! LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU ARE FREE TO DO SO!! :rofl: :rofl: HAVE A GREAT WEEK! BOM OR NO!!

CEEJAY~GLAD YOU'RE STILL HAVING GOOD LUCK WITH THE HOODIA. THEY HAVEN'T SHOWN ALASKA YET. I WATCH SMART TRAVELS TOO WITH RUDY MAXA. BUT BOTH HE AND RICK ARE IN EUROPE!! I CANNOT PLEDGE 500 MILES AS I DON'T KNOW HOW FAR MY 1/2 HR TAKES ME BUT I WILL PLEDGE 5 DAYS @ WEEK. IS THAT OK?
I COULD USE A GOOD CHALLENGE NEXT MONTH.

MEADOW~ I LIKE THIS LINE!!! I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT ALL WILL BE ROLLING OFF MY SHOULDERS THIS WEEK TOO!! :dance:
let it go,
let it roll right off your shoulder
don’t you know
the hardest part is over
I'LL TRY AN LOAD THE LINK LATER....DIAL-UP IS SOOO SLOW IN THE ORNING, I JUST TRIED IT.
HOW NICE OF THE SISTERS TO POP IN AND SAY HELLO! GOOD THING YOU GOT THE TEA! :rofl: :rofl: YOU LAST POST KEPT HAPPY AND I AMUSED FOR DAYS!! :lol3:

PW~ HAPPY MULCH TURNING!! I AM GOING TO TURN OVER A NEW WEEK THANKS!!! I NEEDED THAT POST!!
LIKE A GENTLE KICK IN THE BUTT! :rofl: :rofl:

PS TO HAPPY~ DON'T FEEL BAD ABOUT BOM....I NEVER KNOW WHAT SHADDIE IS TALKING ABOUT!! IF I CAN'T GOOGLE IT I LIVE IN A PERMANENT FOG!! :rofl: :rofl:

MELODY525
08-20-2007, 09:58 AM
oooohhhh I CAN'T PLAY THE ROB THOMAS...IT SAYS I HAVE TOO SLOW A PLAYER!! SINCE THE COMPUTER CRASHED, I CAN'T PLAY ANYHTING LIKE THAT!!! :tantrum:

Madcat
08-20-2007, 11:58 AM
I'm back... and look, I brought a friend!

http://www.vex.net/~madcat/Misc/chip1.jpg

http://www.vex.net/~madcat/Misc/chip2.jpg

We had a great time in the Great White North. The weather was a bit cool at times, but that just meant wearing sweatpants instead of shorts. I read many books, played scrabble (badly), went canoeing (briefly), swam, ate and drank probably too much. We all sat on the deck of one of the cottages a couple of nights watching the shooting stars, though it was cloudy the first night we were there so we missed the peak performance. Still, even in off-peak, they were beautiful and the Milky Way was splashed like a liquid paper spill across a roll of black velvet. We made a point of waving to the ISS as it spead overhead each night. The thing that strikes me is how dark(!) and how quiet(!) it is there. I woke up one night and could see nothing and all I could hear was the sound of DH breathing. You forget what small sounds are like when you are wrapped in a constant blanket of noise.

Anyway, I'll be back this evening to catch up. Hope everyone is having a lovely Monday morning (evening). BTW, what do I do for a living again?? :lol:

MELODY525
08-20-2007, 08:16 PM
:welcome: HOME MADCAT!!! AND I LOVE YOUR NEW FRIEND!!! YOU CAN BRING FRIENDS LIKE THAT ANYTIME! YOUR TRIP SOUNDED GREAT AND I LOVE THE DARK AND SILENC PART THE BEST. REMINDS ME WHEN I LIVED UPSTATE NY FOR 2 YEARS AND DOWN SOUTHERN JERSEY. LOVELY!!! HOPE THE FIRST FEW DAYS BACK AT WORK AREN'T CULTURE SHOCKS :rofl: :rofl:

I AM POSTING TONITE TO SAY I'M FOOD SHOPPING TOMORROW AND ALSO GOING TO BE IN THE OFFICE.
MY FIREND SAID SHE CAN HELP ME WITH SOME PC STIFF/BANK. SO SEE YOU PROBABLY WEDS.
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT AND SWEET DREAMS :cloud9:

Shad
08-20-2007, 08:31 PM
Morning all,
Madcat, think you do something similar to me. That is eke out a living through our fingers! One day we will get a proper job :rofl: :rofl: Love the squirrel. What on earth was it doing in a plastic bag??? One of the Quokka I saw tried to get into my carry bag, not because it wanted to come home with me, but because it thought I might have food in there.
I know what you mean about the sounds of silence. I love that non-noise and at least DH was breathing and not snoring.

Holly - Gwen Stefani singing weee hooooo hooooo. She was here at the Burswood dome the other night. Don't believe the song was on the menu!!! :lol3: But the sight of men dancing AND singing at the same time should never be forgotten.

Mel - sit tight and ride out the storm. Sounds like some nasty stuff coming in from the Carribean (?sp) Sea. Lots of folk have lost their homes and possessions again. Hope this doesn't mean the hurricane season is quickly coming to a shore near you or you or you again.

Happy - BOM is Bill of Materials - go to the top of the class. SAP (computer program) gets somewhat violent in the Plant Maintenance section, we have BOMs, terminations, explosions, executions and other nasties to numerous to mention.

Yesterday I had to explain in 3 easy pictures how to get the material from the bom onto the work order, with just a touch of the hand on the mouse. Well, it is not quite like that but close. Another reason why I love my job here. Yesterday, I produced the most beautiful documents explaining to the mob how to create things, get parts for things, fix things, put things back into production. I did it all from memory and from a Guide to How W**ds*de want to manage PM orders. Only to be told that the document named 242 To-Be Design - OM004 Manage PM Work Orders has been superceded by what they don't yet know or understand.
:tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum: :tantrum:
I stood there in front of them with a big smile on my face and uttered about 15 words in Maori which adequately described some parts of their body and parentage and lo and behold, the guy standing next to me started to laugh. So we all ended up laughing but we never told anyone what I had said. It's our secret. Always pays to know how to swear in a not well known language. Chances are no one will understand you. Sometimes life takes twists we don't expect and someone does understand you. Just like Happy understood BOM.

Meadow - so pleased that you have got tea again. I'm enjoying tea more than coffee at the moment. I have about 5 varieties in my cupboard. I love the Russian Caravan tea when I come in from work, almost as good as a good wine. I like chamomile before I go to bed.

Anyway, I had better go get ahead of the day - even getting even might be nice. Lessee who can I upset today.

Hollyhock
08-20-2007, 08:52 PM
Some before and after living room pics. Not quite a cute as a chipmunk ....

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f153/peacefulgoddess/living%20room/LR-2.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f153/peacefulgoddess/living%20room/LR-5.jpg

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f153/peacefulgoddess/living%20room/LR-1.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f153/peacefulgoddess/living%20room/LR-6.jpg

And the kitties Rainbow is now 2 and Friendly in now 1.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f153/peacefulgoddess/living%20room/Rainbow-Friendly-summer2007.jpg

Hollyhock
08-20-2007, 08:56 PM
I missed Shad's arrival with all my interruptions here........ HI!!!

The song is Sweet something or other. The chorus is the weee hooo part:D

happy2bme
08-21-2007, 02:29 AM
The song is Sweet Escape.

How did my television set wind up at Holly's house? :dunno:

I actually liked orchid walls. But the door was a bit much. Looks better with white trim.

I definitely have an abcessed tooth. The pain medication the dentist gave me brings on a horrid headache. And no, don't say that it takes away from the tooth pain because it doesn't. I'll be seeing him first thing in the morning.

I used to think chipmunks were cute too. Until you see the amazing damage they do tunneling through your lawn. Now I still like them but only in the woods :lol:

Shad, I think they could use your expertise at my company. They are still having their challenges with the implementation - but I'll bet they wouldn't let you fly home on weekends :D

They were interviewing a lady at Graceland during Elvis week last week. She was in the gift shop - said she came over special from Australia to pick up as many trinkets as possible. So don't be surprised if you see an odd assortment of one of a kind "gifts" available come Christmas. She didn't identify what her home town was though.

Shad
08-21-2007, 04:17 AM
Oh gawd I hope she wasn't one of my friends. I can just see Elvis in the Christmas tree. Oh no not that dreadful decoration that we laughed over so much.

I think I will stay in Perth over Christmas and hide from all my friends.

MELODY525
08-21-2007, 09:41 AM
HAPPY~ MAYBE WE SHOULD ALL GO SHOPPING ONLINE AND SEND SHADDIE SOME ELVIS ORNAMENTS! ROFLMAO!! AFTER ALL...I AM GOING TO BE ELVIS FOR HALLOWEEN WITH MY SIDEBURNS!!! :belly: I HOPE THE TOOTH FEELS BETTER SOON OR SHOULD I SAY GUMS. :hug: TAKE CARE.

SHAD~ KAURANGI!!! :rollpin: SHAME ON YOU USING A FOREIGN TONGUE ON THE COMMONERS!! :rofl: IT MUST HAVE BEEN FUNNY THOUGH. I CAN JUST SEE THE GUY CATCHING ON TOO. HOpING THE JOB GETS EASIER...LOL....AND SENDING :hug: DO TRY NOT TO GET VIOLENT!!

HOLLY~ I LOVE THE CRISPNESS OF WHITE BUT ALSO LOVED IT THE OLD WAY! :lol3: ENJOY THE NEW LOOK. ALWAYS MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER INSIDE WHEN CHANGES HAPPEN!

:rain: THERE IS TORRENTIAL RAINS AND WINDS AND WHATNOT GOING ON OUTSIDE AND THEN IT SUBSIDES AND BEGINS ALL OVER AGAIN. I THOUGHT THE HURRICANE WAS HEADING TO MEXICO!! :dunno: NOT THAT I WANT THEM TO GET SLAMMED WITH IT EITHER.
NO FOOD SHOPPING TODAY. THE FUNNY THING IS...THE DESTRUCTOS ARE STILL DIGGING....WHAT? :yikes:
LOOKS LIKE THEY'RE MAKING KINGSIZED SWIMMING POOLS! :swim: AT LEAST THERE ISN'T ANY DUST!! :rofl:
NOTHING NEW. I AM FEELING HUNGRY SO I BETTER GO GET MY OATMEAL.
HAPPY TUESDAY! :moped:

happy2bme
08-21-2007, 09:56 AM
Morning chicks,

This site it acting up on me today so not sure if I can get a post in.

The tooth/gums/whatever is hurting like mad today. I am taking my antibiotics religiously - not sure what else he can do but we'll see.

Mel something funky going on in the upper part of the country. Lots and lots of rain up in Chicago - they say there is a stalled front that just keeps churning the weather over and over - could be the same up your way. When I do turn on the weather channel, I see lots of green and yellow stuff your way. Get out the boots and go puddle jumping - yeah right! Stay warm and dry my friend.

Need to run now - have a good day to those of you in the daylight and sleep well Shad.

Madcat
08-21-2007, 10:09 AM
Holly ~ Ok the weird thing is that that is the same TV I used to have too – until it died an untimely death just after the DH and I got married. I wonder if it was an omen? We used wedding money to buy a new one. I definitely like the green, though the purple is pretty. There is something so soothing about green as a wall colour. Are you going to put the curtains back? They would go.

Shad~ Arggg!!! I feel your pain. Do you ever wonder how many hours in any given week we spend doing stuff that: 1) no one will ever read, 2)no one will ever use, or 3) has a shelf life of approximately 15 minutes after we walk out the door? :lol: It’s enough to drive a person crazy. This is, I suspect, why it pays well. It’s mental compensation. And yeah, it really helps to have a comrade-in-arms. Go stir that pot! Oh, and the chipmunk was in the bag because that is where the sunflower seeds were.

Happy~ Your poor toof! Hope the dentist can fix it quickly. Have to tried rinsing with equal amount water and 3% hydrogen peroxide? It might help clear out the swelling. Try not to move your head much, k? And yes, I was less than pleased the day the chipmunk invited himself into my cabin. They are cute, but only in the woods. Just like raccoons. Or beavers, for that matter.As DH would say, there are times when nature is overrated.

Mel~ I think you are being hit with the remnants of Hurricane Adam. It’s windy enough here that I can actually hear the 65 floor tower I am working in creaking slightly in the “breeze”. Go and have some nice oatmeal. Hope you get out and about once the weather clears.

Alrightly then, I would love to read back a couple of pages, but I have a bunch of Visio diagrams I have to get done for one of the projects. I’ll be in a bunch of meeting this week for a project that my boss wants me to work on – but no one else seems to think it should be necessary to have me there. I’m going only because I know who signs my pay cheques. :lol: It’s windy and cool here. I’ve been to the gym and spent 40 minutes on the dreadmill. Did some stretching. Trying to push my body beyond its current limits and make some changes. I am also trying to get back in the groove and find my happy body place again. Fall is coming and I’m tired of being a fat woman. I am not that old. Why do I feel like I am? Anyway, enough whinging.

ceejay52
08-21-2007, 10:37 AM
Madcat--hello--I see your egg light aglow. Glad you are back and doing well in the exercise department

Happy--Ouch for your tooth. I thought I hadan abcess when I went to the dentist but it he didn't find one. Told me it was a gum boil due to lodged food down deep in my gum.

Mel--Sure wish we were getting some of that rain. Stay dry.

Holly--I love the green. I read your journal entry today.

The girl finally came last night to get the bed frame. Afterwards I rode the bike for 32 minutes and did 45 crunches and 45 bench presses. I used 8 pound free weights. Food wasn't that bad yesterday. Still have not been bingeing which is a good thing.

Time to get back to work. The waste water lab tech came over to check our ph meter and showed me how to calibrate this one.

Shad
08-21-2007, 08:29 PM
Morning all,
Just a quick lob in this morning. I have a mountain of work to do just to stay on top - not ahead - on top. I'm having a running battle with the style **** of documents. Doesn't matter if it can't be read or doesn't make sense as long as it has style. Oh well as Madcat says, I know where my pay cheque is signed. I'm fighting it and will continue to fight for the poor end user who is probably not going to end up with a lot. Going home for 3 days not next weekend but the weekend after. Guess I'm really looking forward to that. It will be a nice time away.

Madcat, I mixed the chipmunk up with the squirrel. My mistake. We don't have any of either here so you'll have to forgive the ignorance. Glad you had a good time.

Holly - like the new paint colour and trim. Always like white trim although I have to admit that it is not the best keeper and always seems to have fingerprints or chips showing.

Ceejay - finally you have the bed!!! Yahooo.

Poor Happy, hope you get some relief today. Good excuse for getting drunk.

Gotta go before the troops arrive. I am determined to get something done today.

MELODY525
08-21-2007, 10:02 PM
A crusty old man walks into the local First Baptist Church and says to the secretary, "I want to join this damn church."
The astonished woman replies, "I beg your pardon, sir. I must have misunderstood you. What did you say?"
"Listen up, dammit! I said I want to join this damn church!"
"I'm very sorry sir, but that kind of language is not tolerated in this Church." The secretary leaves her desk and goes into the pastor's study to inform him of her situation.
The pastor agrees that the secretary need not listen to foul language. They both return to her office and the pastor asks the old geezer, "Sir, what seems to be the problem here?"
"There's NO damn problem," the man says. "I just won $200 million bucks in the damn lottery and I want to join this damn church to get rid of some of this damn money."
"I see," said the pastor. "And is this b i t c h giving you a hard time?"

carla49
08-22-2007, 12:03 AM
Howdy all. Just recovered from internet woes - entirely my fault, I think, still don't know what I did to make it go away, or why it came back. It's all voodoo to me. And I got back from the quick visit to the friend's cottage - three huge trees just torn right out of the ground, although the stumps flopped back into place once the rest had been cut into sections. Not a tornado but a microburst, or so it seems. The best part of the visit was deciding (after a well-lubricated dinner) that when the air is quite cold the water is probably warm... It was lovely, floating around in the buff, :swim: looking up at all the stars, not really noticing the cold because we had no feeling anywhere. Probably the last lake swim of the season.
The SM seems to be doing okay, not quite as nasty when I call to check on progress. It all seems a lot better with lots of distance between us...
Tomorrow one of the cats is having his teeth cleaned. This is a first for me, and I'm still reeling from the estimate. I'll have to work at least three extra days to cover this one!

Happy, so sorry to hear about the abcess. Tooth pain doesn't leave much room for any pleasure in life at all. :crossed: that it mends soon. :getwell:

Madcat, I loved your little chipmunk. They're so cute and bold. Did he leave you any sunflower seeds at all, or was the whole bagful in those chubby cheeks?

Shad, BOM? SAP? Doesn't anyone speak English anymore?

Holly, the green room looks wonderfully restful and elegant. You chose well! Are you still planning a trip up this way at Thanksgiving? All by yourself, or with a gang? Let me know what's what.

Ceejay, I'm hoping for you to get some rain at last. Trying to visualize a perfect night with you snoozing away in the new bed while raindrops pitter patter on your roof.

Meadow, how sweet of the sisters to surprise you that way! Lucky you - and lucky that you'd already done your tea run! Is it still warm enough to enjoy the pool out there? It's been cool here, not that that stops us hardy Canucks, eh.

Mel, I hope the destructos don't get too carried away. A builder here was digging a big hole for a new condo, just a little too close to an old existing low-rise, and most of the low-rise's parking lot fell in, along with a tenant's car that will stay there forever... In other word, don't fall into the pit!!!!!
Did you find something perfect to buy with the gift card? Do tell!
One of these days I'm going to forward a really risqué joke to you and see if you post it or not. ;)
Are you liking the cooler weather? As long as there's no rain, I rather like it myself.

Painter, what good news that your health scare was a false alarm. :yay: It's news we were all hoping to hear.

Ruth, how's Lucy doing? Well, I hope. I've been sending her some :goodvibes:. I must say I was impressed by your list of woes, and also quite relieved to hear many of the problems had resolved themselves. As for the Longhorn, you'll just have to go to Whistler for dinner - they have one there.

I'm sure I've missed a lot, but will try to post more regularly now I'm back home and (I hope) back on line for good.
I've suspended the diet for the time being, just hoping not to gain too mch back during this little period of excess.
:eating2: :mcd: :hungry: :stir: :corn: :cheese: :burger: :chockiss: :cookie: :hat: :cbg:
Sometimes we just need a break, right? If I go back up over 180 for more than two days running it'll be back to water and ground flaxseed and nothing else... Otherwise, back to the straight and narrow after Labour Day, with the same Christmas goal. If anyone wants to do a two-week 95% clean eating challenge with me, I'd sure welcome the company. Mel, are you listening???? :coach: :coach:

Shad
08-22-2007, 02:23 AM
She might not be, but I am

Madcat
08-22-2007, 09:08 AM
Me too. All we have to do is define "clean". :lol:

MELODY525
08-22-2007, 09:32 AM
CARLA~ LOOKS LIKE SHAD AND I BOTH HEARD YOU. :rofl: YOU MUST HAVE BEEN WELL LUBRICATED TO FREEZE YOUR BUNS OFF IN THE LAKE AND PLAY THE NUDIST!!
NOW DON'T GO TOO CRAZY UNTIL SEPTEMBER!!:cb:
GLAD THE SM IS MORE MELLOW. DISTANCE IS A WONDERFUL THING! I AM PERSONALLY THINKING OF MOVING TO THE ANTARTIC!

CEEJAY~ YAY! THE BEDFRAME IS GONE. THAT EXERCISING WAS VERY GOOD! I RECENTLY GAVE MY 1 & 2LB WEIGHTS TO SOME KIDS. ALMOST HIT MYSELF IN THE HEAD ONE TOO MANY TIMES! :lol3: GOOD NEWS ABOUT NOT OVEREATING. :cheers:

SHAD~ IT WILL BE GOOD FOR YOU TO GO HOME AND GET A BREAK. WHEN YOU HAVE A BOM IN YOUR WORKPLACE AND A BUNCH OF SAPS RUNNING AROUND WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT??? :rofl: THANK GOD I DON'T HAVE TO HAVE SOMEONE SIGN MY CHECKS!!!!

MADCAT~ YOU CRACKED ME UP WITH THE CHECK SIGNING LINE. :rofl: :rofl: HOPE THE MEETINGS AND THE GYM BOTH GO WELL THIS WEEK. HANG IN THERE. FRIDAY IS SURE TO COME ALONG AND GIVE YOU RELIEF! :hug:

HAPPY~YOU POOR THING! :hug: :hug: HOPE THE PILLS FINALLY DO THEIR MAGIC. A WOMAN IN THE OFFICE HAD TO HAVE THE PILLS CHANGED TO A DIFFERENT ONE AS THE FIRST ONE WASN'T WORKING! :faint: KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED AND SENDING HEALING VIBES!! RINSE WITH SALT WATER!

I CANNOT BELIEVE IT WAS STILL RAINING HERE. :rain:
ANOTHER FOGGY DAY IN A NJ TOWN. THE BUILDING HAS BEEN SO QUIET!! THE SENIORS ARE ALL FALLING ASLEEP! :dance: THE MEETING IS THURSDAY SO THE ACCT IS STAYING EVERY NIGHT THIS WEEK. I HAVE TO EARN MY KEEP :rofl: JEN AND I HAVE BEEN TALKING A LOT. MAKING UP FOR A LOST SUMMER. SHE IS HAPPY TO BE HOME AGAIN. I AM SITTING HERE SCRATCHING MY HEAD AND THERE ARE NO "THOUGHTS" FORTHCOMING...SO I BID YOU ADIEU AND TTFN......
HAPPY WEDNESDAY :moped:

MELODY525
08-22-2007, 09:40 AM
Oh...i See Mrs Madcat Too! Now I Will Go And Think Up What "clean" Is Going To Be For Me!

Hollyhock
08-22-2007, 09:49 AM
Seems we are TV kindred spirits here, LOL!! Mine was a hand me down.

It is official. I am going to Ruth's for Thanksgiving!!!!!! Alone!!!! Just sent an email to the folks letting them know I will be gone but hubby and the kids are available for dinner.

Carla- we will have to hook up somehow.

I have a few friends in that area I want to try and get to. It has taken at least 2 years to make this happen!!!!!

I am back to work today at noon. I need to do some serious grooming and hair styling.


HUGS!!!!!!!!!!

happy2bme
08-22-2007, 09:57 AM
Morning kids,

Just missed you Mel. Is it STILL raining up by you? Rain, rain go away - come again another day, little Mel wants to PLAY (with the firemen) :rofl: I can see how the dreary weather is making everyone sleepy! It's good that you are catching up on some time with Jen. Sometimes as Forest Gump said - there is just nothing more to say so you can just sit and enjoy each others company :D Go find us more jokes - the latest was cute. :lol:

I'm up for an eating clean challenge too. Got some of the bloat out of my system but I can use a bit more discipline so lemme know, 'k?

Yikes on the car next door Carla, just to show you when you're tooling along thinking everything is blah or just rolling along - bam - things happen. Glad to hear things have settled with the SM. Hope you can get back on track with things again.

Shad - such is the way of the world today - don't care if it's done right - do the miniminum just to check it off the list. So sad what the corporate world has become...

Ceejay - that's great that the Hoodia is helping you keep the cravings in check.

Madcat - Visio, eh? That was fun to mess with IF you were kind of familiar with the software AND you had enough time to mess with it properly. I've done alot of cussing at Visio in my days. I've got a copy sitting in my drawer waiting to get installed but I'm going to wait until the last minute when I'm really under the gun :^: Right now I'm having fun :?: with Excel charts. - first you have to figure out what the numbers actually mean before you can arrange them to graphically represent what you're trying to say :write: :lol:

Dentist visit yesterday was a real trip. I took a pain pill in the morning because I needed one. Had a very small granola bar just to get something in my stomach. The dentist uses nitrious oxide gas and asked if I wanted it. I said yeah as it does relax you. They put the mask on and proceeded to give me shots of novocaine for where he had to drill into the tooth. Left me to sit for a few to let everything kick in. Suddenly I got this really wierd feeling, things circling, sounded like people were far away when they were really 2 feet next to me. At one point my heart started racing and though I didn't have trouble breathing it was like I couldn't get enough air - like when you hyperventilate. I pulled the mask off my face and the tech saw me and asked what was wrong. She said the gas concentration was too high. All seemed well and things calmed down. I do have a nasty abscess which they treated. I got up when done and as I was standing at the counter to set my next appt I got really nauseated. Had to run twice to the toilet tho I did not actually get sick. They told me to go sit down for a minute. It got worse and was like being very, very drunk. The kind of very drunk where you drank way too much, too another drink and your body goes oh no - you should NOT have done that. I sat on the couch for a few minutes and was feeling worse. No way I could drive. I grabbed my cell phone (thank God for speed dial) and was barely able to get the sentence out "come get me, I'm really sick" to DH. I got up and staggered to the door and could not walk or speak coherently. Never had this happen before without large amounts of alchohol being involved ;) I got home, DH helped me to a seat outside on the patio where I thought the fresh air would help. I wound up crawling into the house and passing out on the bed. Woke up 3 hours later - was still woozy but not as bad as before. Ate a bit of eggs just to get something in me. We went back and picked up my car and I came back and fell back asleep until DH woke me at 5:30pm. What an ordeal. And they never once called from the dentist office to see if I was ok. I think if a patient staggers out of the office, you might want to see if they are alright but no, not down here. I'm sure the wrong mix of gas was the culprit. I'm going to say something to the dentist when I go back on Thursday but then again, he was the one who gave me too much gas :dizzy:

Such fun. Tooth still hurts and probably will for a few days. When it flares it's pretty bad. Good news is that it only flares about once an hour for about 10 minutes. Kinda like contractions :lol:

Time to get off to work. Take care peeps. Talk to you later...

happy2bme
08-22-2007, 09:59 AM
Great news Holly that you will be visiting Ruth! Guess all we can say about the TV is that one must be a good choice :lol:

carla49
08-22-2007, 11:28 AM
Shad, Mel, Madcat, Happy - the "clean" eating challenge is whatever suits your needs. For instance, I don't plan to eliminate caffeine, but Mel probably should. Shad can probably continue to have a glass of wine with dinner, but for me it'll be a total ban. We all exaggerate with different things, although a common thread might be a tendency to overfill the plate... So my plan: limited carbs/starches, no fatty meats like sausages or fatty pork chops, NO wine or chocolate or cake/cookies. I plan to eat lots of steamed veg, lean meat or fish, eggs, fruit, limited skim milk and hi-fiber bread, a max of two cups of joe per day, and, for a treat, a daily DQ FF fudge bar (50 cal and delish). I'm thinking three weeks, starting September 4, which allows for a final long weekend of sin at the end of summer. Of course it would be very smart to get lot of exercise too, but that'll have to be someone else's challenge.

Holly, I'm sure we'll figure out some way to connect while you're up this way. Maybe another lunch in Merrickville, if Ruth's up for another go round? There was a review of a new restaurant/café there that sounded pretty good. Ruth can probably give us a review of it, although it would probably help if I could remember the name... And speaking of lunch, are you on board for our clean-eating challenge? The more the merrier...

Happy, so sorry about the tribulations with the tooth, not to mention the dentist. What were they thinking? First, to give the wrong level of gas, then not checking what meds you'd already self-administered, and finally to let you go home and not check on you. And I bet they expect you to pay for the privilege of being poisoned and neglected! Grrr.

Mel, it does take a certain level of lubrication to get into a cold lake, but staying in is much easier. Somehow the water just feels so nice, especially on those rare occasions you can get away with nekkid swimming. And when it's cold - no bug bites! A few years ago I was at a cottage near Ruth for Thanksgiving (mid-October here) and four of us went for a quick swim. Truly exhilarating, no booze involved, and since it was the middle of the day and rather public, we all wore our large black one-piece suits. Maybe Ruth and Holly and I can jump in a lake together this year :yes: and show everyone just how tough we Canajans really are. :s:

Enjoy your day, ladies. Hasta mas tarde.

Hollyhock
08-22-2007, 11:49 AM
(((Happy))) glad the worst is over.
Carla- I was already planning a fresh start for Sept 4. Kids go back to school,and I will be able to leave the house alone to walk. My goal is 30 min a day. Clean eating is a good idea too. I did well, way back, when I eliminated cheese. My crutch, my love...........


HUGS!!!!

ceejay52
08-22-2007, 03:40 PM
It' s good that the worldly chicks are setting goals.

Carla--Are you now a member of the Polar Bear Club.

Happy--(((hugs))) Sorry you had a bad day with the gas. It could have been the pill you took before you went to the dentist pus the gas together.

Holly--Good news about spending Thanksgiving with Ruth. Have fun.

Shad--take some time for yourself this week end. forget about that bom!

Mel--Please send rain our way. We're baking down here.

Hmmm clean eating. Usually boundaries make me binge, but I'll think of something.

Everyone have a good day.

Ruthxxx
08-22-2007, 04:49 PM
Once again I'm way behind on posts.....and the rest of Life too!

Looking forward to seeing Hollyhock and definitely will work out something to see Carla again! Merrickville will be a zoo that weekend however!

The Girls and I went away for a couple of days to stay with the Hyper Pypers on their farm south of Ottawa. The dogs had a wonderful time running free and so did I, not running but just chatting and eating and drinking too much. We had a real pee-your-pants moment when Lucy joined us on the back lawn, threw up and a small toad hopped away saying "WTF happened?" Obviously she was glugging pond water. She's still wheezing so I will probably bite the bullet and shell out for further diagnostic tests. :(

I am definitely in for a clean eating challenge. I hoped to lose 20 pounds before Janaury 1 to make life easier for my knee but have not lost a darn thing this summer!

Time to feed the critters and then I may work on pew decorations for a wedding this Saturday. The bride's colours are white, green and BLACK! I just can't do the black bit with flowers. Even ribbons look too funereal!

Gotta dash. There's barking and whining at the back door. They may eat me alive if I don't feed them soon. Shad can tell you how fierce they are!

Shad
08-22-2007, 08:31 PM
Oh yes, the ferocious beasts almost licked me to death when I didn't give them a treat. Instead they slept on my feet under the table while I was having breakfast. Death from foot numbness.
Good to see you back Ruth. Glad you had a good time with the Hyper Pypers.
Carla's had her break away, you've now had yours. Holly has been slacking off :rofl: so now it is time to get back into the swing.

Happy, so sorry to hear of your dreadful experience with the dentist. The least they could have done was to enquire about how you were going to get home. As Ceejay says it could have been the combination of drugs, or it could have been the gas mixture. You've had it before I believe and it hasn't caused a problem. Lucky DH was at home and not miles away doing a job.

Holly - pleased to know you will be meeting up with Ruth and possibly Carla later in the year. It will be fun, however I can't see any of you skinny dipping in late October that far north. Although if it happens, we want photos!

Ok - my definition of clean will be portion control, water and exercise. 5 x structured sessions per week for at least 30 minutes. It's more or less what has been happening over this challenge with Patty from the other thread. It's the water that has been letting this challenge down. Anyway - all in all, my challenge to me will be to live clean as per above 90% of the time (there will always be lapses) and to lose 2kg. It's doable, just a case of mind over matter etc.etc. Talk, talk, talk.

Right time to go round up the sheep and get on with the day.

carla49
08-22-2007, 09:01 PM
Shad, I was all set to giggle about the reference to rounding up sheep, thinking it was a Kiwi metaphor, then realized you may have meant the sad little folk you're meant to teach. Or the other teachers...

Ruth, if Merrickville is out, we can probably manage somewhere else. I may decide to go visit the SM that weekend, and could stop off en route closer to your home base. Since I'm dying to meet Lucy and Hershey, that would suit me anyway.

My cottage friend is now home in the big smoke, but emailed to tell me she swam in liquid ice her last two days out. I really do think it would be a hoot if we jumped in the lake at Thanksgiving - not impossible if the girls are feeling silly and have somewhere to warm up after. Assuming, of course, that it's not snowing... :eek:

My poor cat had three teeth extracted and is very, very stoned. No impact on his appetite, of course - he really belongs on 3fc. The bill was only slightly less than the estimate. I looked like the guy in The Scream when I first saw it. Good thing I'll have over a month to come up with the $$$$$$$.

Ceejay, I think you've already set some challenges for yourself. I'm sure they'll fit right in to a group challenge. No need to come up with new annoying boundaries.

Back later! :wave:

Ruthxxx
08-23-2007, 07:57 AM
Good morning! :wave:

MELODY525
08-23-2007, 09:19 AM
:wave: GOOD MORNING MISS RUTH!! LET'S SIT AND HAVE A CUPPA TOGETHER:cofdate: OF COURSE MINE WILL BE WATER! I WAS SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT LUCY STILL WHEEZING. HOPE YOU FIND OUT WHAT'S GOING ON AND I AM GLAD THAT YOU GOT AWAY TO THE HYPER PYPERS! A CHANGE IS A GOOD THING.

SHAD~ THINK MY CHALLENGE WILL BE THE SAME AS YOURS...WITH OF COURSE THE DELETION O0F COFFEE ANYTHING! :lol3: HOPE YOUR SHEEP ARE ALL ROUNDED UP AND DOING THEIR JOB. THE TIME LIMIT THING SHOULD WAKE UP A FEW, NO? GOOD LUCK!

CARLA~ NO SWIMMING IN THE COLD!! STUFF LIKE THAT CAN CAUSE HEART ATTACKS! :tantrum: FIND AN INDOOR SPORT!:rollpin: I AM FOOD SHOPPING AND GETTING READY FOR SEPT. YOUR POOR KITTY! AND YOUR POOR WALLET!!! WHO WOULD THINK VETS WOULD GET EVEN MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THEY WERE! :faint:

HAPPY~ YOU ARE REALLY LUCKY NOTHING HAPPENED TO YOU....OMG!!! I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THEY DIDN'T DO SOMETHING! ANYTHING!! CRIMINALS!! WHEN THE GAS FLOW ISN'T RIGHT IT'S A VERY DANGEROUS THING. I ONCE GOT TOO MUCH AND THEY WOULDN'T EVEN LET ME MOVE OUT OF THE DENTAL CHAIR! IT'S A HORRIBLE FEELING AND I KNOW HOW SICK YOU MUST HAVE FELT.
THOSE PEOPLE WERE REALLY NEGLEGENT TO HAVE LET YOU WANDER AWAY FROM THEM IN THAT CONDITION! HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER TODAY. LIKE THE ABCESS WASN'T ENOUGH, RIGHT? :hug: :hug:

CEEJAY~I'LL SEND THE RAINS TO YOU...BUT I THOUGHT IT WAS ALREADY RAINING IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOOD?
GUESS I LOOKED AT THE MAP WRONG:rofl: SO GET OUT YOUR :rain: UMBRELLA....THE RAIN IS A COMING!!
WHEN I GET OFF HERE I WILL DO THE NJ RAIN DANCE AND SEE IF IT WORK SO FAR AWAY!!:dance:

HOLLY~ HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT TIME. NICE TIME OF YEAR TOO....FALL. AND ALONE!!! WILL WONDERS NEVER CEASE??

:wave: TO MISS MADCAT AND HER CHIPMUNK!"lol3:

THE SENIOR BBQ IS NEXT WEEK. HOPE THE DULL & DREARY WEATHER GOES AWAY BY THEN! :rofl: OR ALL THE SENIORS WILL BE SITTING AND SLEEPING. THEY ARE ALSO BEGINNING TO REPAVE THE STREETS IN THE AREA BEGINNING SUNDAY. :yikes: IT SHOULD MAKE WILLY'S JOB OF GETTING US BACK AND FORTH A REAL JOY! :faint:
I AM THINKING....CHALLENGE WISE....I SHOULD MAKE IT SOMETHING THAT IS A REAL CHALLENGE. SO, I WILL MAKE IT TO DO MY BREATHING EXERCISES. IT'S BEEN OVER 2 YEARS SINCE I DID ANY! :rofl: NOW IS AS GOOD A TIME AS ANY TO BEGIN AGAIN. AND I'LL FOLLOW THE ROSACEA DIET/ELIMINATION PLAN. I WILL BEGIN ON THE 3RD BECAUSE I WEIGH-IN ON SUNDAYS AND THIS WAY I STICK TO MY "SCHEDULE". I REALLY DON'T NEED AN EXCUSE TO BE CELEBRATING LABOR DAY HERE! SO THERE YOU HAVE IT. I'LL GO WITH THESE TWO THINGS AND IF I CAN JUGGLE MORE BALLS IN THE AIR I WILL.
HAPPY THURSDAY! :moped:

happy2bme
08-23-2007, 09:48 AM
Howdy chicks,

Tooth is still acting up today. But I have found that when do get an abscess, they are stubborn little things. Hate to get too strong of an antibiotic because those cause their own kinds of problems. Am going in for a cleaning today and will touch base with the dentist. Debating about saying something. I think it was irresponsible of them not to have paid more attention. God forbid if I had tried to drive in that state :rolleyes:

Mel - have you not kept up with the breathing exercises to keep the lungs strong? :nono: Don't make me come over there and stand over you woman! :drill: :lol: I'm liking the sound of this eating / being clean thing. Sounds like we will all be challenged.

Oh no - poor kitty Carla! Our old cat had to have a front fang removed and her lip would catch on the tooth next to the gap which would give her the appearance of a goofy smile. Cats have dental problems just like us. But I'm not brushing their teeth! Brrrr - the idea of jumping in that freezing lake just sends chills all over. You are quite the hearty lady! :lol:

Shad - I agree with your definition of clean. It's more than just eating good in the neighborhood. I was thinking too that it's got to involve regular exercise. How about if you just tell me what to do for the day and I'll do it :lol: Sounds like you are completely back in the swing of things at work. Just like you never left and went on holiday.

:wave: to Ruth, Ceejay and Holly. Guess I should jump in the shower or I'll be late to the dentist. We're in for another hot one today. That's good as the pool is starting to cool off ever so slightly as it gets less sun during the day.

Be good...

MELODY525
08-23-2007, 10:03 AM
PLACES TO THINK ABOUT OVER THE WEEKEND AS THIS AUGUST AUGUST DRAWS TO AN END:

SANTIAGO
SIERRAS
SOUTH DAKOTA
SUDAN
SPAIN
SOUTH CAROLINA
SEATTLE
sAN DIEGO
SHEFFIELD
SHANGHAI
SALEM INDIA
SALEM MASSACHUSETTES
SYDNEY
SCOTLAND
SWEDEN
SANTO DOMiNGO
SALVADOR
SAUDI ARABIA
SOUTH KOREA
SAN FRANCISCO
SASKATOON
SUDBURY
SRI LANKA
SANTA CRUZ
SANTACLAUSLAND:hohoho:

happy2bme
08-23-2007, 11:11 AM
Hey - what if we do something a bit oddball and different and Sing our Way through September??? :twirly: Just a thought...

I'll be alone each and every night
While you're away, don't forget to write

Bye-bye, so long, farewell
Bye-bye, so long

See you in September
See you when the summer's through
Here we are (bye, baby, goodbye)
Saying goodbye at the station (bye, baby, goodbye)
Summer vacation (bye, baby bye, baby)
Is taking you away (bye, baby, goodbye)

Have a good time but remember
There is danger in the summer moon above
Will I see you in September
Or lose you to a summer love
(counting the days 'til I'll be with you)
(counting the hours and the minutes, too)

Bye, baby, goodbye
Bye, baby, goodbye
Bye, baby, goodbye (bye-bye, so long, farewell)
Bye, baby, goodbye (bye-bye, so long)

Have a good time but remember
There is danger in the summer moon above
Will I see you in September
Or lose you to a summer love
(I'll be alone each and every night)
(While you're away, don't forget to write)

See you (bye-bye, so long, farewell)
In September (bye-bye, so long, farewell)
I'm hopin' I'll
See you (bye-bye, so long, farewell)
In September (bye-bye, so long, farewell)
Well, maybe I'll
See you (bye-bye, so long, farewell)
In September (bye-bye, so long, farewell)

happy2bme
08-23-2007, 11:13 AM
I can't believe September is just around the corner.

I also can't believe that I confirmed my dentist appt for 8:30 yesterday and today I'm toddling around getting ready and they call me at 8:40 to let me know I MISSED my appointment. :yikes:

What a dufus I am becoming :dizzy:

ceejay52
08-23-2007, 05:45 PM
This was a day of relaxation just because I've needed it.

Did a few errands today. Paid the taxes and also got the tags for my car. Then I went to the gym and worked out on the machines for thirty minutes.

Did a load of laundry this morning and figured out where the mildew smell was coming from. There was some soap scum building up inside the washing machine and beginning to cause some mildew. Cleaned that mess out of the machine and now I need to call Sears to have them come clean the lint out of the dryer.

Hello to all--I've read the post but to lazy to comment.

Shad
08-23-2007, 09:23 PM
Morning all,
Ruth - very short post this morning. Guess life has caught up with you again.

Mel - Well, I've been to San Francisco, Scotland, Sydney, and a few other S's not on the list. Sweden sounds okay although it will be getting a bit cooler there - might suit Carla for swimming tho'. India is hot and smelly, Sri Lanka is hot and sticky, Salem has witches (no need for us then) and isn't Salvadore in the middle of revolution? Happy's singing September - novel idea, but then she is good at novel ideas.
Take all exercise slowly and carefully and do not overdo it. No bulls at gates.

Happy - Exercise is whatever you want to do. I have dvds and I go for fast walks and runs - the bargain with the body is 30 minutes per day at least. Generally I do the hard ones - runs, Jillian Michaels etc through the week and just walk it off on the weekends. You can do this. It's only 30 mins per day.
Sorry you missed the dentist - isn't it amazing that they can contact you because you have lost them some money, but they can't contact you to see if you are okay after they ballsed up a session??

Ceejay - next time you are looking out for a washing machine - try to see if there is a Fisher and Paykel washer stockist in your area. These are made over here for a NZ company and they do not form mould, they are electronic and easy to shift, the driers you can clean the lint out yourself and even better most of them are environmentally aware (water levels, electricity use etc.) We get Maytag and Kleenmaid over here but they are not popular - mainly because of the size of them, but also their reliability and upkeep expense reputation is not good.

Carla - Round up the sheep and get on with it is probably a kiwism. I wasn't specifically referring to the workers around here. I just wrote it and didn't even think about what I was writing. It just came out.
Poor little puss cat. And I was whinging about Sunday's annual health check cheque.

Gotta get out of here. Late in this morning because I had breakfast with the troops and the boss. Now I'd better get started on the day.

Get thoughts centred on RCM - Reliability Centred Maintenance and Capacity Planning - how much work I can shove on to one person for the hours he has available. Pity we don't have a cracking whip smiley for the days I do capacity planning. The first time I tried, I had the 2 people (who had a 124 hours of work available for the week) doing something like about 700 hours. Guess I have to lighten up a bit and give them some smoko once in a while hey?

Madcat
08-23-2007, 10:25 PM
Ok, clean for me is going to mean no fried food, no alcohol and no desserts. Also I’m going to aim for at least 6 glasses of water a day. In the 95% clean category, I am also going to allow myself 5 “get out of jail free” cards which will allow me to have either 1 drink OR 1 dessert. Cards can only be redeemed 1 per day, a maximum of 2 per week. I don’t think I need to add an exercise component for now though I think I am going to look into finding a Yoga class or other class I could join. Change is good.

Carla~ when I was a kid we always went swimming in Georgian Bay on the May 24 weekend. That was chilly! I envy you your midnight swim. It was too cold in Temagami for such decadence under the stars. Your poor kitty. Has he taken some sort of interesting personal revenge yet?

Mel~ Did you get some sun today? I heard a rumour there was some lurking around. How nice that you and Jen like talking to each other. Have you caught up yet? Oh and you better keep an eye on those accountants – you never know what they could be up to! :lol:

Holly~ Wow, how neat that you get to go hang with Ruth. You guys stay away from those nachos at the Longhorn, you hear?

Happy~ I would rather work in Visio than mess with charts in Excel :yuck: I spent all of today pulling together spreadsheets that can pick up information from files extracted from other various systems. The person who used to do this one job would manually input all the data, but I’d rather have Excel do all the work. You should say something to your Dentist. It was very irresponsible of them to let you wander off on your own in that condition. What if you were not the intelligent sensible person you are and you had tried to drive home or something? What if you had been hurt? Or had hurt someone else? They should be held accountable in the same was that bar owners are held accountable for not letting their patrons drink and drive. Say something and maybe you can help this not happen to anyone else.

Ceejay~ Why don’t you try a challenge that just adds good things into your life – for example, drinking more water or eating more veggies?

Ruth~ Hope things catch up soon. I wonder how black dyed Baby’s Breathe would look? Or black seed pearls amount the flowers? Try a big stick to keep the hungry wolves at bay and I hope Lucy girl gets better soon.

Shad~ If you need to round up the sheep maybe you could ask Ruth for one of her “wolves”. Could they pretend to be border collies? Say the word, and we’ll get you an attractive whip to go with the collies. Your challenge goals sound good.

I like the idea of Singing in September. Or Spain. I like Spain a lot and would love to go back there. I know this great restaurant just off the Ramblas in Barcelona… well, it was great 20 years ago when I was last there. :lol:

Went to the Dr for the annual poke and prod today. Did a bunch of tests and the Doc is going to send me to an allergist. He seems to think that shots might help… but first we need to confirm what I’m allergic to. And yes, he did go on and on and on about my weight. Did you know that we are supposed to try to keep our waistlines under 88cm for optimum heart health? Yeah, me either? Now that is a goal to strive for. I haven’t had a waist that small since I was about 19.

ceejay52
08-23-2007, 11:27 PM
Madcat --Is 88cm the same thing as 34 inches? I like your idea of a get out of jail card free and being 95% clean category.

The sorenss is creeping in. I increased the weight on the machines I use at the gym.

Madcat
08-23-2007, 11:32 PM
Ceejay. It looks as if 88cm is about 34.6 inches, so close enough.

happy2bme
08-23-2007, 11:41 PM
One crack the whip smilie for you Shad - I have quite the collection of smilies

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/whip.gif

Shad
08-24-2007, 05:05 AM
Just worked out that between the 3 of us, we have 1342 (167.75
days) development work to do and 960 hours (120 hours) available to do it in. Now I bet you just wanted to know that.
Weekend coming up. I'll be in here on Sunday - see you then.

:yikes: :running:

Ruthxxx
08-24-2007, 07:14 AM
Yes, it was a short post yesterday - what was I thinking?

I'm up early this morning - acid reflux followed by a thunderstorm. It sure is dark at 5 AM these days! How am I going to survive winter?

Life IS pushing me around a bit lately but the new meds from my doc seems to be controlling the knee pain. 1000 mg of acetominophen four times a day should do it.

The Long Horn is now closed and up for sale - I am not buying it. The pilferer finally confessed and the Township is debating over taking him to court. Lucy is still wheezing and we will go ahead with the $$$ further diagnostic testing. The Church Treasurer is in a major snit but did hand over the books. Kevin still hasn't fixed the barn although he dumped off stuff three weeks ago. I'm anxious to get that mess cleared.

This morning I am going to sit with my coffee and fiddle around making the pew decorations for the wedding. My utility sink is full of white flowers and ferns so I'll spend the afternoon doing arrangements. I over-picked so there will be several extra bouquets for the house. Think Queen Anne's Lace, white hydrangeas and Persian lilies! I need to get into my rain gear and replant the urns on the Church porch later today with some glorious yellow mums.

The Black Hounds from **** are barking at the thunder noise so I need to haul them in. They aren't afraid, just protective. Thank God my neighbours don't complain.

When I hit a breathing space, I'll try to get back here and re-read and comment. Darned South Beach is way too busy these days plus I have other mod stuff to do both here and on my gardening site.

MELODY525
08-25-2007, 09:09 AM
GOOD MORNING CHICKS OF THE WORLD. I LIKE HAPPY AND MADCAT'S IDEA....COULD WE SING OURSELVES THRU SPAIN? :rofl: WHAT A DAY ALREADY. MY BODY KNOWS IT'S THE FALL COMING AND I AM ALREADY GETTING INTO HIBERNATION MODE. JEN CAME DOWN TO SAY THE SAME YESTERDAY. WE ARE SUCH CHILDREN OF THE SEASONS SHE AND I. WE ALL HAD A HAND IN DECORATING AND GETTING READY FOR THE BBQ NEXT WEEK. OUR BOSS IS REALLY SO GOOD AT THAT AND REALLY CARES IF THE SENIORS ALL HAVE A GOOD TIME.
ALL THE TALKS WITH JEN ARE LEADING TO A MORE SIMPLE AND CALMER WAY OF LIFE. WE HAVE BOTH HAD OUR FILL OF DRAMA. WE'RE GOING TO FOLLOW WAYNE DYER IN HIS NEW BOOK/CDS ABOUT THE TAO TE CHING. WE WATCHED PART OF HIS SEMINAR AND GOT INTERESTED IMMEDIATELY. THAT'S GOING TO BE A JOINT PROJECT AND WE'RE IN NO RUSH. JUST GOING TO TAKE OUR TIME. I TOO LIKE MADCAT'S IDEA OF 5 GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARDS. ALSO THE 95% PART.....I AM STILL FINETINING MY CHALLENGE AND I ALREADY DID FOOD SHOPPING. BEEN FEELING SO "SICKISH" IN THE STOMACH PEOPLE ARE THINKING I HAVE MORNING SICKNESS! :lol3: IF IT W3ASN'T ON MY LIST THEN I DID NOT BUY IT. I ALSO TRIED TO STOCK JEN'S FREEZER UP A BIT. RICHIE IS GOING OUT ON UNEMPLOYMENT AGAIN. IT WILL BE INTERMITTENT...IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR. BUT I AM MUCH BETTER PREPARED FOR THIS DRAMA!! :rofl: WONDER IF HE IS???:lol3: CHRISTMAS IS GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE IN ITSELF. WE FINALLY DECIDED ON JUST CARDS FOR FRIENDS AND GETTING OURSELVES BACK ON TRACK AND SORTED OUT. WE CLOSED THE BOOK ON THAT CHAPTER NOW:dance: ON TO THE WEEKEND!!!
HAVE A GREAT ONE EVERYONE! :moped:

RUTH~ I WAS WONDERING WHAT THAT ONE LINE POST WAS! :lol3: HOPE THE BARN GETS DONE....WANT US ALL TO HAVE A BARN RAISING FOR YOU? PUT HOLLY AND CARLA TO WORK WHEN THEY GET THERE! IF THEY ARE OUT RUNNING UNDER YOUR SPRINKLER NAKED THEN MAYBE THE MEN IN TOWN WILL ALL COME AND HELP! :belly:

SHAD~ WHATEVER THAT RCM IS....I HOPE YOU FOUND THE BLOKE WITH ENOUGH TIME TO GET THE JOB DONE!! :lol3: HOPE THE WEEKEND IS A GOOD ONE FOR YOU AND THEN YOU CAN TACKLE THEM ALL ON MONDAY!!!
LOVE THE IDEA OF SINGING THRU SPAIN!!! OLE!!!
NOW WE NEED fFLAMENCO & BULLFIGHTING GIFS!! :belly:

HAPPY~ I LOVE LITTLE MIS BABUSHKA!! SHE MAKES ME GIGGLE EVERY TIME I SEE HER! :rofl: REMINDS ME OF MEADOW'S CAT!! ROFLMAO I DO HOPE YOUR TOOTH FEELS BETTER SOON. SORRY YOU MISSED THE APPT!!!! HANG IN THERE AND I SEND MANY GOOD HEALING :hug:

MADCAT~ I DO LIKE YOUR CLEAN PLAN!! ROFLMAO IT'S A GREAT IDEA AND KEEPS ME FROM FEELING LIKE A FAILURE IF I SCREW UP! :lol3: I AM GOING TO REPLACE MY COFFEE WITH YOUR ALCOHOL!

CEEJAY~ HEY MISS BIRTHDAY GIRL!!! WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY??? ARE YOU GOING TO BEGIN CELEBRATING OVER THE WEEKEND IN PREPARATION FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY MONDAY???? HOW IS PARAGOULD BY THE WAY?? HOPE ALL IS WELL THERE AND WITH YOU!!

Hollyhock
08-25-2007, 10:03 AM
A quickie...
Good Morning! Slept in til 8am. The same time my father in law arrived at the door. He and hubby and DS are cutting down a tree for the new neighbour in exchange for all the wood. We are all having breaky. I need to shower and go to work to do a wedding. A very rainy day here.

Making dill pickles this aft. The house already smells devine, just from the dill being here.

Mucho cleaning , laundry and gardening tomorrow and maybe some bread and butter pickles. More of the same on Monday as well as back to school shopping. I am working Tuesday aft to do a model for a photo shoot.

Gettin a move on................

happy2bme
08-25-2007, 12:30 PM
Howdy chicks,

Going to be another warm one today. Will be heading to the pool shortly to get some sun with my water :D Days are getting shorter - I'm noticing already. Like Ruth said - it's pitch dark at 5:30 in the morning. All the more reason not to get up then, right? :lol:

Mel - maybe Jen and Ritchie should move to Montana. Read an article online today that unemployment rates are so low that they can't get enough people to fill the jobs. Beautiful country during the summer but way too cold of a winter for me to tolerate. Brrrr. I think it's a good thing that we all kind of scale back down to the simpler things - in all realms of life. Isn't it wierd how you can just FEEL autumn coming all through your body? I notice the downturn in seasons more than any other time. I can't believe September is just about here.

Yesterday I had something to eat that I thought I wanted and I thought would taste good but it wasn't. Not healthy at all and afterwards it just made me sick. I went to bed early feeling yucky and wishing I could savor this memory for the next time I feel tempted by something my common sense says :no: to.

Ceejay - thanks to Mel I see you have a birthday on Monday. Take the day off. Tell your boss we all said it was ok :rofl: As for the washer - are you using too much detergent or the wrong kind? I can only use the low sudsing stuff in mine and I switched to liquid a long time ago as I found the powder stuff tended to clump up. The fabric softener cup needs rinsing on a regular basis too as that stuff really gets sticky. I've thinned mine out with a bit of water which did away with the problem.

Madcat - I had heard that about the waistline size. I would love to abide - tell my fat cells to quick working overtime :lol:

Ruth - the flowers sound pretty. How did you work the black into the arrangements? Why would people pick black for anything other than tuxes anyhow? :dunno: Glad to hear they got the knee pain under control. Be careful with the pain meds tho. My mom's knees are killing her and she started getting huge and I mean HUGE bruises from life's little bumps when her blood thinned out too much from the pain reliever.

Shad - does this mean you are working through the weekend? Hope not. Sounds like you are innundated with work. So am I but I'm trying to ignore it. :lol:

I should get a move on here. Lots I want to do. Starting with a phone call to my aunt who's sick. The nurse told my cousin that there's not much time left and I've been meaning to call her for the last 3 weeks now.

Hellos to Carla, Meadow, Holly and the rest of the chicks. Enjoy your weekend.

MELODY525
08-25-2007, 12:38 PM
HOLLY IS GETTING A QUICKIE ON A SATURDAY MORNING?? GO HOLLY GO! :cb:

THE KIDS DROPPED OFF MY EAS PROTEIN SHAKES AND BARS. THEY FOUND THEM ON SALE. SO I DECIDED DECIDED TO GET A MOVE ON. I REALLY AM TIRED OF FEELING NAUSEOUS. IT'S THE LOW BLOOD SUGAR AND I KNOW IT. I AM SATURATED IN SUGAR. SO.....
CHICKEN IS BROILED, TURKEY LITESPICE CHILI IS MADE, RICE IS STEAMED, VEGGIES ARE STEAMED, SALAD IS MADE, OATMEAL IS COOKING AS I TYPE AND SOME OF THE 4 CASES OF WATER THEY BOUGHT IS IN THE FRIDGE. I REALIZED THAT I CANNOT WAIT TILL SEPTEMBER. ONE MORE WEEK OF NOT CARING AND I MIGHT BE OVER 190! SO I GOT BUSY AND PREPPED MY FOOD FOR THE WEEK....MORE OR LESS. BUT THE BULK IS READY.
THE IRON OF IT ALL IS THAT 2 OLD FRIENDS CONTACTED ME FROM THE OTHER THREAD THIS MORNING. THE BRAND NEW FORUM CHANGES ARE "EYE" FRIENDLY. VERY LARGE PRINT. SO I'LL GIVE IT ONE LAST GO. :dance:
AT LEAST GET BACK INTO THE 170'S.
I FEEL LIKE CHATTY CATHY TODAY!!

MELODY525
08-25-2007, 12:41 PM
:wave: TO HAPPY!!! HELLO SOUTHERN BELLE!! I AM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE AUNT. :hug: HOPE THE TOOTH FEELS BETTER TODAY ALSO! :hug:

Ruthxxx
08-25-2007, 12:59 PM
Oy! Just back from Church Tiddling and it looks good - EXCEPT the flower arrangements in the windows need a bow. When will I learn to check arrangements for the angle of viewing? So.....I am off to my ****-hole of a sewing room to mess around with ribbon (if I have any) and tulle! (Note to Self: Tidy that room before Hollyhock sees it!)

Why oh why do I volunteer for these things?
Because you love doing it, dummy!
Shaddup, Ruthless!

By the way, I used very dark purple tradescantia (Wandering Jew) for black in one of the arrangements just to keep Bridezilla happy!

MELODY525
08-25-2007, 07:29 PM
OMG!!! HAPPY WAS TODAY THE DAY FOR THE CALL? JEN JUST FOUND MY POST-IT STUCK ON THE FRIDGE!! OH I AM SO SORRY. WE WERE RESEARCHING THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS FOR SOMEONE IN PUERTO RICO. SHE'S GOING BLIND AND HER FRIEND LIVES ON MY FLOOR. YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE WANTED TO TALK ANYWAY WITH THAT POOR TOOTH. LET ME KNOW WHEN ANOTHER GOOD TIME IS. I'M SORRY.:hug: WE'RE GOING TO DELIVER AND EXPLAIN THE INFO NOW. TTFN!

ceejay52
08-25-2007, 09:39 PM
Just got back from Paragould with a very nice visit.

Got my pedicure done on Friday afternoon. I recommend each of you getting one. It does poor aching feet good. My aunt and uncle gave me a birthday supper Friday night. There son's and family was there also. Today we went out to a local resturant with my other uncles and had another feast. I have two uncles who have birthday's this month also. It's been a good week end but short.

Mel--I recieved both the e-card and regular birthday card. Thank you very much. We must both be on the same page today. I've baked some chicken to have this week. I'm lazy, I use the instant oatmeal in packets.

Happy--hope the tooth is doing better.

Holly--I love the smell of pickles being made. I think it's the seasonings. bread and butter pickles are my favorite.

Ruth--I've been to a wedding that was black and white. I'm sure everyone will think you've done an awesome job.

Carla, Shad, Meadow, and Madcat--Hello--:wave:

Shad
08-25-2007, 10:50 PM
Morning all, Sunday comes and here I am in the office. The co-worker who swore he would be here is not, and really I did not expect it. It's pelting down out there, we have the promise of a thunderstorm but it is really not hot enough, wrong type of cloud etc.etc.etc. I don't expect one. It's also windy and the umbrella turned inside out twice on the way down the hill. :yikes:
Seems we are all fine tuning our challenges. I've decided on a 86% yes rate - that gives me one day to be bad if required. And I am aiming for 2 kilos. It can be done and will be done :crossed:

Ceejay - Happy birthday for tomorrow (our Monday) may you have a wonderful time, a wonderful day, and a wonderful year.

Ruth - Acid reflux followed by a thunderstorm. One presumes the thunderstorm was outside the body, outside the house even, not literally following an acid reflux session. Oh pooh! Joys of the English language :lol3:
The flowers sounded very nice. Photos???? I love Queen Annes Lace. So delicate looking, such a bl**dy weed in my garden! (however it is a nice weed)

Mel - singing through Spain: - :chin:

Granada,
I am falling under your spell,
And if you could speak,
What a fascinating tale you'd tell,
of an age so long forgotten

Etc etc. Sung best by Sir Howard Morrison although I think Tony Williams did a good version and............

Lady of Spain I adore you,
Right from the moment I saw you
La la alala

Blue Spanish eyes....

I wax lyrical at the moment. Maybe it is the thought of all those days and hours I can't fill. Suggested a name of a currently out of work tech writer who would do the job for us, to the style **** , but she says he hasn't enough experience! Like the rest of my team does?????? :faint: I think he has as much if not more than one and definitely more than the other and besides which he was one of my roosters in Townsville and I know what he is capable of.
RCM is reliability centred maintenance - something which should be practiced in your building. Instead of running to fix things which broke, one prepares a plan to service them so the likelihood of them breaking down is much reduced! For example, the plan is that one replaces the fan belt on a car at 40,000km because research has shown that the fan belt will last around 45000,46000km some more, some less. If you replace them at 40,000 you will in all likelihood reduce the risk of the car breaking down in an inconvenient place or time. It's used on all mine sites to prevent the inevitable breakdown of plant or equipment whereby it becomes a risk to environment, people or is likely to affect the production on plant and thereby cause a loss of profit. It's also called Preventive Maintenance. Training lesson for today over. :soapbox:

Holly - I hate the smell of dill. Can't even bear to see it sitting there all green and feathery on my salmon. Comes from the time when I used to go awandering around the green green hills of home and that stuff used to grow wild - we all smelt of bl**dy dill at the end of the day. It wasn't called dill in those days. My mind has gone blank again - it was sometimes called fennel but we called it something else as well (Apart from 'that bl**dy weed!) When I remember I'll let you know.

Happy - yes I am working this Sunday. I didn't work yesterday because I wanted to do shopping and get housework out of the way and spend some time with friends. Good thing I did, because it started to rain when I got home and hasn't stopped since. I hate this weather. Your new avatar has a happy little kitty on it. It even looks like it enjoys being there.
Get in that pool and swim. Winter is on it's way.

Okay, and that is about it from me. Since I am here I had better get on with it.

Quote of the day:
If there are no tears for the eyes, there isn't a rainbow for the soul.

Be good

Shad
08-26-2007, 12:58 AM
PS - keep meaning to ask.....
Ruth, how did the D BIL's art exhibition go. I hope he had a good time and got lots of red dots on the paintings. If I had been there, I would have definitely put a dot on one of them.

MELODY525
08-26-2007, 10:06 AM
OH SHAD I DREAM AND LONG FOR THE DAY WE HAVE A PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM IN HERE. I BOUGHT A BIG WALL CALENDAR AND BEGAN MAPPING ONE, THE OUT OF TOWN BOSS SAID..DID YOU USE MY NAME TO BEGIN IMPLEMENTING THIS...I ANS. YES, LIKE WE SPOKE LAST WEEK....HE SAID THEN NEXT TIME CALL ME BACK FIRST. :o I TOOK THE CALENDAR, ROLLED IT UP, SAID FU AND SOMEONE THREW IT OUT LAST YEAR. :rofl: TOO BAD THE **** WON'T TAKE YOUR SUGGESTION. THE "TEACHER" OF THE ROOSTERS SHOULD KNOW!!! SIGH. HOPE YOU GOT HOME AND DRIED OFF!!:rain:

:celebrate::bday2::bday2you::balloons::celebrate:
:gift:HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
:cheers:HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
:woo:HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR CEEJAY
:hb:HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!

CEEJAY~ I HOPE YOUR BIRTHDAY TOMORROW IS WONDERFUL. I AM GLAD YOU GOT TO CELEBRATE WITH FAMILY AND GOT SOME PARAGOULD TIME IN!!
ENJOY YOUR SPECIAL DAY TOMORROW NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE!! I AM GLAD TOO THE CARD GOT THERE! I WANTED TO SURPRISE YOU!! :dance:

PainterWoman
08-26-2007, 10:31 AM
Sorry to have been AWOL... Have caught up with a couple of day's posts. Hope the tooth aches, sugar floods and arthritis are all vanquished.

Shad, I wish you and my DH could talk. I don't suppose you are doing GOVERNMENT work? He is and he has similar stories... too many hour's work, not enough hours to do it in, and no budget (or patience from higher-ups) anyway. They seem to think "planning" is just another word meaning "waste of time."

Happy-- enjoy your pickles. I love dill, DH doesn't especially. but I've never been enveloped in it, either. Perhaps tooooo much of a good thing can be a problem.

DH and I pulled a vew volunteers out from under the pear tree in the front of the house yesterday. I am SUCH a weenie. Was sweating buckets almost immediately, didn't have stamina to even stand very long in the 90 degree shade. Called it quits, showered and still needed more time to "regroup."
But we went and got me new shoes, which I think may have been at the base of lots of my leg ache issues. I got new New Balance athletic (walking) shoes, AND sandals and clogs that they sell. turns out that cuhioning on the bottoms of my feet does make a difference.... especially compared to walking barefooted on our marble foyer floor.

So tired last night, I slept through dinner AND my late night binge.:D
Best to all.

Hollyhock
08-26-2007, 10:43 AM
Happy Birthday Ceejay!!!!!

Another quickie for me...
My list for the next couple of weeks
Canning
-Bread and Butter Pickles; Corn Relish;Salsa; Tomato Sauce; Peach Jam; Spiced Peaches

Gardening!!!!!- 30-60 min a day!!

Kid's Dressers- try on fall clothes ;make shopping list

Today's To Do's
-sweat cucumbers
-clean litter boxes; guinea and gerbil cages
-put away painting stuff
-put away camping stuff
-weed around swing set
-laundry
-make Bread and Butters

Monday DS had a Doc appt in the middle of the day and Tues I am doing a photo shoot. Sure does interfere with my my "days off". Hockey tryouts on Monday 6pm( DH is taking him) I have an Avon meeting at 6 pm as well.

I should brush my teeth and get dressed and getting crackin!!

MELODY525
08-26-2007, 10:56 AM
:dance: DOING THE HAPPY 3 LBS DOWN DANCE:dance:
I AM SO EXCITED!! JUST GOT OFF THE SCALE AND ALMOST FAINTED FROM HAPPINESS! 184! YES!!

PW~ GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE!! BE CAREFUL OF THE HEAT!!

HOLLY~ NICE CANNING LIST!! YUM! MAKES ME THINK OF MY STEP GGM & GM! LOVED THEIR CANNING LIST TOO!

happy2bme
08-26-2007, 12:23 PM
Hi chicks,

Well I did not win the 300 million dollar lottery - someone in Indiana did. :(

If we're going to sing Lady of Spain then I want an accordion :tantrum:

Mel - it's just as well we missed each other. I went to get a pedicure. We haven't had rain since the 4th of July. I went out, the skies got dark and in from Arkansas blew this torrential rain and winds. Was so bad I had to hide out at the salon. It seemed to clear, I went out and got stuck in round 2. Very scary as the roads were extremely flooded and we were hydroplaning all over not to mention that I couldn't see even with the wipers on high. And I was in an open stretch of road with no where to pull over. Finally got to a shopping center and pulled over for an hour. So I would have missed you anyway. Let's try again next week. ok?

Painter - I think you keep confusing me with Holly. New Balance are one of the best brands of shoes for foot support and comfort. One of the top rated brands by rheumatologists for people with old and achy feet like us :D Oh and unless you want to have feet with twisty toes that go this way and that, don't walk around without shoes on. The arch support keeps your toes in line and as we age our feet spread out and get wider - walking around without shoes makes them even worse. Wish someone would have told me that 15 years ago :lol:

I had a good conversation with my aunt yesterday. At first it feels awkward because you don't know what to say but we slipped into a nature pattern and chatted for over an hour. Would have been longer but someone keep calling over at the house for her son in law. I'm glad I called - a good lesson in not letting opportunities slip away.

I kind of diddled the day away yesterday which means another day crammed full of too much today. While at the shopping center yesterday, I picked up several things for DH. I need to go back today and get bigger sizes. Many of the items were 100% cotton T-shirts. We kept saying umm if they shrink they will be too small, better get the next size up. After the 5th shirt he said "maybe I should be the one shrinking" :lol:

Congrats Mel on scooting the scale downwards! :cp: :cp: :cp: Guess there is something to that clean eating thing :D :D :D You have inspired me to shop carefully this afternoon.

Which means if I don't get my butt in gear nothing will get done.

Love to the chicks. I will try and get back tonight to comment further.

Meadow
08-26-2007, 03:41 PM
I joined the challenge, exercising in the morning, bike, 20-30minutes. Three times last week. Eating more fruit and veg choices. The pool is covered, its been too cool this last week. Hopefully September will warm up again.

Happy-so sorry you aren't a millionaire yet ;) wacky weather down your way, glad you are safe and didn't try and get home through that!! What colour did you paint your toes?

Mel-wonderful job on the scale downward motion:D Congratulations! May they never return.

Holly-slow down, you are making me tired :p

Ruth-weddings always make me cry. I hope your couple notice the terrific job you've done in decorating. It all sounds divine and I bet the smell is intoxicating.

PainterWoman-enjoy your new footpads! Hopefully your aches will ease and you can feel your energy again :)

Shad-gosh, working on Sunday! not allowed, now you stop that!!:o Gracious, you are meant to have a life beyond all this money making stuff. You seem to be in good humour though, loved the singing :D Your quote made me smile, I like those kinds of thoughts.

Carla-you dressed? made me think of a 70's movie with your naked swims. You and your buddies must be really uninhibited. (I've never spelled that word out before :p )

Ceejay-Happy Birthday!Have a special, fabulous day! What colour did you paint your toes? You and happy had similar thoughts about your feet... or did you give her the idea? hmmm?! Aren't you lucky to have the family celebrate together?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v221/Skylarkca/CatBirthday.jpg

:wave: hello, goodbye, aloha oy!

ceejay52
08-26-2007, 04:52 PM
Meadow-The color I chose wascalled Susan Sells seashells by the seashore. It's a dark pink.Thanks for the birthday wishes.

Happy--I still haven't seen any rain. The clouds yesterday looked promising but they drifted towards Memphis. I don't like hydroplaning. be careful.

Mel--Yipee for the scale going down. :bravo:

Shad--I'm working today also. The phone was busy when I first came in but the guys were almost through. It's been quite since then.

Not much going on today. I'm on plan so far. Tomorrow is weigh in for me. We shall see if the scale is good to me also.
I've decided that eating clean for me is to eat 30 grams of fiber per day. The doctor has me on a high fiber diet.

My sister from MO called me while ago to wish me a happy birthday. My Texan sister is in California celebrating her grand daughter's birthday. She will be three. They are baby sitting tonight while her parents celebrate their wedding anniversary.
We have three other employee's who have birthday's in August so I'm baking a cake to have for them tomorrow. Yep I'll have a piece also. As my sister said while ago I'll be celebrating all week.

ceejay52
08-26-2007, 04:55 PM
Hi mel see you are on line.

Shad
08-26-2007, 09:00 PM
Morning all, back again. It's just like I never went away. Nothing much has happened since yesterday either.
It was weighand record day this morning and after having a fairly good week and the scale doing a sharp downward turn last week, it is now back up another 500g or 1lb. Seems I can do it during the week but not at the weekend. Somethings gotta give somewhere. I thought I was doing so well too. Still I am down on what I was at the beginning of the challenge. Just have to suck it and see what happens next week I guess.

Mel congrats on the weight loss. What a good bonus. You must be happy with yourself and rightly so.
I would have thought that although a preventive maintenance program is expensive to set up, it saves a heap of money in the long run and as an added bonus alleviates the risk of legal action should someone hurt themselves on something that should have been fixed aeons back.

No Painter, I try to steer clear of Govt work. Although some of the big multinationals could give them a run for their money at times. The multinationals unfortunately or should that be fortunately have shareholders to answer to so they must have deadlines etc. Govts can extend way past the next election, then they don't give a darn because they may not be in power and it is then not their problem. The last Govt job I had, they extended my contract then took 3 weeks of committees to come up with something to fill my time, by which time I had already done it, so back to the drawing board they went. I finally resigned from there. Nothing to do = terminal boredom in my book.

Holly - you sound very busy doing all the pickles and preserves. I love relishes and chutney's but the salt............. aaaah the joys of getting old. Too much salt equals weight gain almost immediately.

Happy - you can have an accordion. I'll take you back up to the Ozarks to buy a Dulcimer if you like and you and DH can practise together.
I'm glad you had a good conversation with the Aunt. It's nice to be able to remember the fun times while she is still here and still functioning. I hope you will be able to speak to her again soon.

Meadow - it's not the money that drives me here on a Sunday. It's the amount of work needing to be done. To that end I have just told one of my people that his production rate is to increase 400%. I don't think he is a happy camper.

:balloons: for ceejay celebrating a week long birthday. Good job the challenge doesn't start until September.

Gotta go. Duty calls.

happy2bme
08-27-2007, 01:16 AM
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/happybirthday20.gif Ceejay! Hope you have a wonderful birthday and get lots of good stuff :D I won't even tempt you with cake so here's a birthday smoothie for you - the strawberries are nice and fragrant :cheers:

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/bday_moving_smilies.gif

happy2bme
08-27-2007, 01:35 AM
Shad - I love the sound of the dulcimer. Wish I could play one. But hey - an accordion - have fun will travel - how can you not have fun when you're lugging around a big ole squeeze box? http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e62/deemarie27/waltzing.gif Sorry to hear that you keep getting frustrated with the weight loss efforts. I know how dreadful weekends can be too - not severely off course but just enough to mess up the works. Just hang in there and keep doing the right things. You've probably avoided gaining 20 pounds because you've been so diligent in your efforts thusfar. I know that's not much comfort but, you are still doing the right thing.

Ceejay - what's with all these people at work who have August birthdays? Every time I turn around in this new job we've had a birthday this month. Must be very popular :lol: Fortunately people are not cake eaters here. I was able to buy a bag of nice chocolates which made the birthday people happy.

Meadow- nice to see you popping in again. I would think that by now the air/pool/water is getting a bit cool for you. Do you have a solar cover or do you sit in the pool on a float with a nice warm cuppa? :beach:

Mel - did you finally get everything all straightened out with your finances? It will be nice to just settle in and let everything get quiet again. You are giving me a taste for rice when you talk about cooking some up. :T

I was gone most of the day shopping. Geez I certainly don't seem to have a problem spending money. :rolleyes: Exchanged the stuff for DH. Got some dress pants for work for me. Bought a pair of jeans too. My first in a long time. There is nothing flattering about jeans unless you are very tall and slim. I am only tall and slim in my dreams :rofl: I am also on a quest to find a bra that I like. Broke down and got measured today. I guess I am one of the few who is actually wearing the right size. That's pretty sad because I thought I didn't like the fit of much of anything because I was wearing the wrong size. Can't blame that one now. Stupid boobs. When I didn't have any I wanted them. Now that I have them I can't wait until I lose weight and they go away :lol: Speaking of which, I was in a dressing room of truth today. Big mirrors. No hiding what I really look like. It wasn't pretty. My last chores of the day were to pick up groceries. Got frozen WW and Lean Cuisines for lunches as well as fresh fruit and fresh veggies. I might even eat them for dinner too. Didn't get a chance to go in the pool today but I did walk for 7 hours so that has to count for something I hope.

And now I'm so tired I can't stop yawning so I'm going to sleep. Catch you tomorrow.

Shad
08-27-2007, 03:27 AM
Your shadow is tall and slim too if the sun is low enough in the sky.

happy2bme
08-27-2007, 09:41 AM
Good one Shad - except that you have a nice long body but a little pinhead for a head :rofl:

Lunar eclipse tomorrow just before sunrise. 4:45 my time. Maybe I'll go over to Mel's for coffee since it will start an hour later by her. Oh wait, too much light up that way near NY.

Looks like the temps are dipping down which is what they do. A sudden drop of a few degrees sets the new pattern. It was actually nice out this morning. Looks like the pool days are numbered. It's the mad feeding frenzy for the hummingbirds. We estimate about 12 swooping back and forth across the yard with more coming every day. We have a feeder out front too. All you hear all day long is the high pitched chittering they make, followed by the sound of their fast beating wings and an occasional painful WHUMP as they play bumper cars with each other. They fight with those long beaks too - just like swords. You can clearly hear the clacking as they fight each other. Yesterday DH said he saw a hummer on the front feeder outside the kitchen window. His beak was broken about 1/3 from the tip. He was on the feeder trying to feed but it's like drinking with a bent straw. He will probably starve within a day or two. Made me very sad. :cry: But that's nature as DH says. Hummingbirds are one of the most aggressive birds out there.

And with that, I need to go wrap a present for friend and be on my way to work. Have a good one ladies...

Happy birthday Ceejay.

Madcat
08-27-2007, 10:40 AM
Happy Birthday Ceejay!!! :carrot::carrot::hug::carrot:

A little Beatles for the occasion...

You say it's your birthday
It's my birthday too - yeah
They say it's your birthday
We're gonna have a good time
I'm glad it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you.
Yes we're going to a party party
Yes we're going to a party party
Yes we're going to a party party.
I would like you to dance - Birthday
Take a cha-cha-cha-chance - Birthday
I would like you to dance - Birthday
Dance.
You say it's your birthday
Well it's my birthday too - yeah
You say it's your birthday
We're gonna have a good time
I'm glad it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you.


Have a great day!!!

carla49
08-27-2007, 11:48 AM
Hey, Ceejay, here's another birthday tune for you, with apologies to Stevie Wonder and his original birthday boy, Martin Luther King. Enjoy your day, and remember birthday cake has no calories as long as you only eat it on your own special day...

:celebrate: :hb: :bday2you: :hb: :celebrate:


You know it doesn't make much sense
There ought to be a law against
Anyone who takes offense
At a day in your celebration
'Cause we all know in our minds
That there ought to be a time
That we can set aside
To show just how much we love you
And I'm sure you will agree
It couldn't fit more perfectly
Than to have a world party on the day you came to be

Chorus
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

carla49
08-27-2007, 12:00 PM
Happy, I love you new kitty, although I don't understand the "cheeser, cheeser". Am I right in thinking the little cutie is not meowing but singing?

Meadow, it would be uninhibited to skinny dip in daylight. But at night at a quiet lake, no ambient light, there's no one to see. On the way down the hill to the dock, all swaddled in towels and stepping carefully on the disintegrating path. On the way up, too busy trying not to stumble on those missing steps as the flashlight weaves ahead to worry about anything but not falling down.

Mel, :woohoo: on three pounds down!! See, you just think about eating properly and you start to shrink!!

There seems to be something in the air here - maybe ragweed is coming into season. Sniffle sniffle, blow blow. So sexy.
The last few weeks put a stop to my lovely weight loss - at least now I'm only one pound up instead of Friday's three. Right now I waver between getting back on the straight and narrow earlier than planned and enjoying another week or so of :censored: and food porn and :hat:.

Madcat, Holly, Shad, Ruth, Painter - :wave: I'll be back later, have a few things I must get to right now.

happy2bme
08-27-2007, 12:12 PM
Carla - I admit I could not think of anything clever to put in my signature.

I'm kinda leaning with the rest of you guys to start eating clean today instead of waiting for Sept. Guess I should not have had those 2 pieces of bacon today, huh?

I do have some tasty grapes for this afternoon and am having lunch with a friend but already decided I'm going with the scoop of chicken salad and fresh fruit plate over the tasty chicken finger salad with honey mustard and hot bacon dressing :)

I bottle of water down. 10 more to go. Slush, slush. Guaranteed at least 3000 steps just to get back and forth to the potty today.

happy2bme
08-27-2007, 12:14 PM
Hmmm... are the birthday graphics for Ceejay not showing up in my post? :chin: Funny - they were there last night... :(

carla49
08-27-2007, 12:21 PM
Happy, it must be your computer - your graphics show up here. And I've stolen the first one for my collection. ;)

MELODY525
08-27-2007, 12:28 PM
I WILL HAVE TO COME BACK ANE READ LATER. FINISHED 4 LOADS OF WASH, CHANGED MY SHEETS AND NOW I AM HAVING A QUICK BITE BEFORE WE SET UP FOR THE BBQ. FUNNY HOW SOME PEOPLE CALLED IN SICK TODAY HUH?
BUT THEY'LL BE HERE TOMORROW FOR FREE FOOD AND WHEN ALL THE WORK IS DONE!! :lol3: JUST SENT JOHN OUT TO GET MORE ICE TEA AND TO BUY 4 NEW TABLES. "THEY FORGOT". :faint: SEE YA LATER GATORS!

CEEJAY I HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A GREAT DAy! :HB:

Ruthxxx
08-27-2007, 02:25 PM
Quick run through and a wave. I did get off my tush and go to the gym this morning! I found myself making excuses such as "Can't go Wednesday so may as well skip this week." Oy! Missing it for a few weeks sure makes a big difference when you finally stagger back.

Tomatoes, peppers, onions and cilantro are calling me. How can I NOT make salsa? I also need to battle the fruit flies for the current basket of peaches.

MELODY525
08-27-2007, 04:55 PM
RUTH~ SALSA IS CALLING YOU NAME? PT ON YOUR DANCING SLIPPERS AND GE READY :belly:

CARLA~ NO FOOD PORN NEXT MONTH!! OR DRINK PORN EITHER FOR THAT MATTER :rofl:

MADCAT~I'LL BE SINGING BEATLES TUNES ALL DAY NOW!!

HAPPY~ POOR HUMMINGBIRD!! YOUR LITTLE DANCING SMILEY IS READY FOR OUR 50'S THEMED BBQ!! THEY'LL FIT RIGHT IN!! I HAVE TO TELL YOU THE CLEANER EATING IS REALLY HELPING WITH THE NAUSEA AND OTHER FEELINGS MY STOMACH WAS HAVING! I'LL SEND YOU SOME BROWN RICE!! :hug: I'LL GO DOWN TO YOU AND WATCH THE MOON STUFF! MUCH NICER DOWN YOUR WAY!! :rofl:

SHAD~SO SORRY ABOUT THE SCALE....MAYBE THOSE GMS ARE FROM ME...THEN SEND THEM RIGHT BACK HERE. I'LL FIND SOMEONE ELSE WHO WANTS THEM!!

CEEJAY~ GOOD LUCK WITH THE HIGH FIBER!! WE'LL BE ROOTING FOR YOU! SAVE ME A PIECE OF CAKE! MI'LL TAKE IT DOWN TO HAPPY'S AND SHARE IT WITH HER!

MEADOW~ THE POOL IS COVERED??? AND WE WERE JUST COMING UP TO TAKE A DIP :swim: I HOPE IT DOES WARM UP....MUCH TO EARLY FOR IT TO BE ACTING LIKE FALL!!!

I AM TOTALLY BEAT. GOTTA TAKE A SHOWER AND TRY AND STAYAWAKE TILL MY SOAP OPERA COMES ON TINITE! :lol3: EVERYTHING IS SET UP. LOTS OF YELLING AND ORDER GIVING. SOMEHOW THEY ALL SOUNDED LIKE MY VOICE....OH YEAH IT WAS ALL COMING FROM ME! :rofl: :rofl: TO ANSWERT HAPPY'S QUESTION: I HAVE NOT FINISHED WITH THE BANK. HAVE YET TO MAKE THE ONLONE ACCT AND CHECK ON THEIR PROGRESS. TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST, JEN AND I BOTH RAN OUT OF STEAM AND HAVEN'T FINISHED THE JOB. I TOLD HER MOST OF THE $$ IS BACK AND NEXT WEEK WE CAN BEGIN OUR FIGHT AGAIN. WHO KNOWS....MAYBE BY THAT TIME A BOLD OF L,IGHTNING WILL STRIKE THEM AND THE MONIES WILL MAGICALLY APPEAR IN OUR ACCOUNT.
ONE CAN ONLY HOPE!! ALTHOUGH MY FACE LOOKS A SIGHT, I CAN SEE IT IS HEALING AGAIN. VISCIOUS CIRCLE I AM CAUGHT UP IN. LOL
GOING TO EAT SOME CHICKEN AND SALAD GREENS. A WELL DESERVED BREAK. BEEN GOING AT IT SINCE 7AM.
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT. WILL BE BACK EITHER LATE TOMORROW OR WEDS. :moped:

PainterWoman
08-27-2007, 04:59 PM
I'm here. That's about all the news there is. Happy, you're probably right that I'm getting the two "H's" mixed up... but wow, thanks for the foot advice. My toes are definitely happier.

Spent a couple of unexpected hours at the hospital with my friend who has melanoma. they gave her a transfusion last night (took 5 hours) and moved her surgery to today instead of tomorrow. She seems to know they will find lots of tumors... and infront of many of us, she was pleased with the surgeons response to her question about what he would do if that's the case. "Nothing." was his reply. She was brave, scared and pragmatic. The rest of us were loving, doubtful, hopeful and concerned. Just have to wait and see.

ceejay52
08-27-2007, 07:55 PM
Good grief. I started posting on page 21 before I realized it. Can I say I'm getting older--not old.

I've had a good day despite the fact that I've had to work today. The day has gone by fast and I've accomplished a lot also.

Thanks for all the birthday tunes and wishes. It means a lot. I've heard from both my sisters, even a bil told me happy birthday.

I need to add to my challenge, 35 fat grams, 64 ounces of waterand no food after 7 p.m. Will we have a weigh in each week? Ugh my weigh in today wasn't good but I knew it would not be since I had to much sodium after 7 p.m.

PW. You are a good friend to give moral support. Pedicures are almost a must for me from now on.

Carla--No food or drink porn.

Mel--I didn't have time to bake the :sensor: That might be food porn for Carla. I may buy one tonight after I go to the gym to bring to work tomorrow.
I'll save you a piece.

Happy--I didn't realize there was going to be a lunar eclipse. The full moon last night was beautiful. Poor little hummingbird with the broken beak. I noticed that my uncle's feeder had more this past week end.

Ruth--Yummy salsa. I can smell it all the way down here. :clap:good job on going to the gym.

Madcat--I loved the Beatles music.

Holly--BUsy as ever.

Shad
08-27-2007, 08:36 PM
Morning all,
Tuesday rolls round again. Scales are down again this morning - mustabin sumpiniate as they say around here. I did have breakfast witht the downstairs gang on Friday morning and there was lots of bacon. Guess what?? It will do it every time.

Had difficulty getting out of bed this morning and so only did 20 minutes of my stability ball dvd so I had better get on with it tonight. I also need to get my butt into gear with the cleaning as well since I'm going home this weekend to DN's 18th birthday. Leave here on Thursday and get back on Sunday night/Monday morning depending on whether the plane is early or late. Supposed to get in at 11.30.

I've got a busy time in front of me today. The style **** decreed on Friday that I had to get 3 different papers on her desk by close of business today. Two were no problem, but the third is about 3 days work away and she knew my team are running behind. We went flat out yesterday but are not finished, so she is only going to get two full papers and 1 half presentation power point document because I haven't got it finished. For the purpose it is intended, it won't matter too much in my humble opinion.

Happy- Our lunar eclipse is tonight - fairly late. Doubt whether we will get much of a view. It's not that the city lights are too bright, it is just that we get an awful lot of cloud and that wet stuff here so I doubt that we will see it.

Ruth's making whoopee, I mean salsa, Carla is cavorting in the dark, Holly's busy, Meadow is drinking tea, Painter is being a friend and Ceejay is STILL celebrating.

I gotta go, or I might celebrate the sack.

Madcat
08-27-2007, 11:56 PM
Mel~ Good going in making the scale move! Go girl! Enjoy the BBQ but don’t let the Hotdog Monster get you.

Ceejay~ Shouldn’t everyone get to celebrate their B-day for a week? It seems like the thing to do. But not too much cake. Your fiber goals sounds like a good one.

Shad~ You hit the problem with most government jobs right on the head. Too many rules around what you can and can’t do. Management by committee means too much waiting around. Happy can keep her accordion and you can keep your Dulcimer… I’ll dust off the mandolin. That would be scary. You know, even though you may feel discouraged with the weight loss results – but it must be hard to stay on track when you are moving around and out of your normal environment. At least you aren’t gaining in difficult circumstances. Remember that stress can also make it harder to lose. How can you work more movement into day? Do you need to walk away from daily weigh-ins? Or do they help keep you on track?

Happy~ Tales of boobage. The bad thing for me is that even when I lose the weight the boobs don’t go. Maybe you just have to try a couple of different makes and styles. I find that like most clothing, even with bras who makes the item does make a difference with the fit. What were you doing that you walked for 7 hours? Wow, that is great. It’s said that ppol season will soon be done. You can smell the approach of fall in the evening air here. Do you miss it?

Carla~ Achoooo – definitely, ragweed. Hey what about a week or so of not full-on challenge mode? Just remember that if you gain it you are only going to have loose it again. Like doing a couple of warm-up laps before a big race. Or Happy is right, maybe the time to start is now? I think of that too.

Ruth~ Mmmmm… home made salsa! Are you a chunky or a smoothy fan?

PW~ It’s hard to sit back and allow your friend the space to deal with this horrible situation. But it must help to even have supportive people around. Hugs: for you both.

I really don’t have anything fabulous to add. I had a quiet weekend. My friend who is ill needed to go out to pick up some new fall clothing. She really can’t manage on public transit. The Drs had to stop the chemo because it was causing havoc with her immune system and now they have her on some other treatment. She’s still hanging in there but deterioration is setting in. But she is kicking all the way.

I seem to have gotten my exercise mojo back since I realized that if I don’t start pushing myself I’m not going to get any progress. I really don’t have anything else for tonight. I’m tired and a bit down but still doing what I can do.

It's bedtime for me. Maggie just came to tell me so, and it is hard to argue with a cat standing between the keyboard and the screen. Night all!

PainterWoman
08-28-2007, 02:40 AM
Glad to be able to read of so many wonderful people and their "normal" days. Grumbles and grins (and birthdays) to be sure, but routine and OK.
My friend's surgery did NOT turn up new tumors, even though the surgery took twice as long as anticipated. Her previous radiation had fused part of her intestine together and she needed a "detour" which the surgeon was able to do. Her husband and I hope that after a week in hospital to recuperation and another week of rehab, she'll be back to her prior level of vim and vigor.
Whew.

I am re-challenged to write what I bite and stop eating after ample calories, no matter what. There I said it. I hate having to think about and plan what I eat. And exercising. Doesn't seem like hating it makes any difference though. So. Do it I will.

Shad
08-28-2007, 05:44 AM
Good news on the friend front, Painter. Hope she has a good recovery

Ruthxxx
08-28-2007, 07:14 AM
It's a gorgeous clear sunrise this morning - it's just greening up in the eastern sky - and supposed to be a lovely day.

I seemed to goof off yesterday - gym and visitation - and kept up the lack of momentum in the evening when neighbour Liz and I sat and watched The Banger Sisters. She'd had it with her family and "ran away from home". :) It did her good to just kick back and have a few laughswith wine and popcorn! :yikes:

Today I am off to town for some shopping and a haircut and then will try to get some of my job list done. September sort of snuck up on me and I have Ontario Doors Open stuff to do and will be working in the accounting office for the International Ploughing Match mid-month. And then there's kids' Fair entries to return with prize money and the frassing tomatoes keep marching into the kitchen! :lol: I just may be over-booked!

Enough whining,says Ruthless. Just get on with it!

Hollyhock
08-28-2007, 09:10 AM
Ruth - I love that movie. I am so the Susan Sarandon character. Very nostalgic for me.
Ceejay- glad you had a nice bday.

Waving HI!!!!!

Mel- congrats on the loss!!!!

Kalan Porter’s new CD is in stores today.
http://kalanporter.com/
I am quite certain no one really cares but me. He won Canadian Idol 3 years ago. I adore him.
DS ended up with heat stroke yesterday( it started Sunday after dirt bike races and was compounded by being in a hot car yesterday aft) and hurled in the upstairs bathroom and managed to hit every visible surface. It was quite brilliant , really. I now have an extremely clean bathroom. The morning went well and the kids have all they need for back to school. Hubby has some new jeans too. I was a thrifty shopper!!
Finishing my 2nd java. Thinking on my day. Taking the kids to the sitter at 2 pm. I dont need to be at work until 3:30. I just wanted an hour alone.
I am doing a hair makeover for a model for a magazine cover.
I think I will put a whole chicken in the oven to roast. There are corn on the cob and potatoes for hubby to cook up. I will maker a batch of corn relish tonight.
My old neighbour left a veggie garden full of tomatoes, garlic. peppers........New guy doesn’t want any. I need to go and peruse and pick. Sounds like all the fixings for salsa.

So many niggles today
-call equipment guy for goalie gear for DS
-call Ins. Company
-do banking
-look at bills etc
-clear paper tiger on side table here
-clean kitchen
-tidy whole main floor
-clean DD’s room with her
-clean floors upstairs
-clear the top of my dresser
-call Principal and meet re School Council

Most of this is from yesterday.

ceejay52
08-28-2007, 11:49 AM
PW hope your friend continues to gain strength. I'm like you in that I really don't like to make commitments. Planning is the key.

I did make it to the gym last night and did 30 minutes on the treadmill and 30minutes on the weight machines. Someone had snapped the belt on the leg press. That's my favorite machine. They tried to press 490 pounds. Tonight is the bike and and free weights.

Food is planned for today. However,the fat grams come in at 53.5 of 35 grams, but more than half of that is good fat from walnuts. I'm not beating myself up because I'm still trying to raise my good cholesterol. Fiber grams is is 34/35.

Shad--Did you have a deadline for the three papers?

It's time to get back to work. I'll be back later to comment.

MELODY525
08-28-2007, 05:36 PM
MADCAT~ I AM SENDING MANY GOOD HUGS AND VIBES TO YOUR FRIEND. SHE IS A REAL FIGHTER. I WAS GLAD THE CAT REMINDS YOU TO EXERCISE...MAYBE YOUR CAT CAN TEACH MY BIRD THAT TRICK! SENDING "hug: FOR YOU AS WELL!!

PW~ I AM GLAD YOUR FRIEND GOT BETTER NEWS THAN ANTICIPATED!! SENDING HUGS AND GOOD THOUGHTS TO YOU BOTH. I THINK I NEED TO WIRE MY MOUTH SHUT SO I CAN FOLLOW IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS! :rofl:

SHAD~ HOPE THE WORK GETS FINISHED AND THE PRESSURE LETS UP A BIT. I THINK I KNOW WHERE YOUR LOST WEIGHT ENDED UP!! :dizzy:

CEEJAY~ SO NICE THAT YOU GOT SO MANY GOOD WISHES!! EVEN THE BIL!! I AM IMPRESSED!!! GLAD THDE DAY WAS GOOD....LET THE CELEBRRATION CONTINUER....I WILL WAIT FOR THE CAKE!! :lol3:

THE BBQ WAS GREAT. THE MAYOR WANTS TO TACKLE THE BANK NEXT WEEK WITH A CALL FROM HIMSELF!! THEY OWE ME $140 AND ARE HOLDING OUT! I ATE A WEE BIT TOO MUCH BUT DRANK ONLY WATER!! :rofl: KIND OF LIKE THE PERSON WHO HAS A 10 COURSE DINNER WITH A HEAVY DESSERT AND WASHES IT ALL DOWN WITH SPLENDA IN THEIR COFFEE :rofl: :rofl: EVERYONE FROM THE TOWN HALL WAS GIVING ME ADVICE AND OFFERING ANY HELP JEN AND I NEEDED. FELT GOOD TO HAVE "FRIENDS" TODAY. I TOLD THEM I WILL CALL BEFORE THEY AUCTION OF JEN'S UNDIES!! SOME OF THE GUYS ARE WILLING TO BUY THEM!! :rofl: :rofl: ALL IN ALL IT WAS A GREAT DAY. I SAT THERE SOAKING UP THE ATTENTION, HUGS AND KISSES. LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. BUT I WILL NEED TO STAY OFF THE SCALE FOR AT LEAST 2 WEEKS NOW!! SIGH. I AM THE YOYO DIVA OF THE 180'S!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE ACCTS ARE HERE SO I NEED TO EAT AND SHOWER BEFORE THEY CALL ME. THEY MIGHT BE LATE LEAVING. THE AUDIT IS TOMORROW.
HAPPY TUESDAY!! :moped:

MELODY525
08-28-2007, 05:38 PM
RUTH AND HOLLY~ FOR SOME REASON I MISSED BOTH YOUR POSTS!!! SO SORRY. HOPE YOU BOTH GOT YOUR NIGGLES DONE!!! MAYBE YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE THEM TOGETHER!!! :rofl:

Shad
08-28-2007, 08:41 PM
Morning all,
Didn't get to see the eclipse last night - why? it was early enough here - clouds, thats what did it. Clouds and the wet stuff.
Ruth - sounds like you are as busy as ever. I that we should all run away from the real and nasty once in a while. Not that the wine is that good, but a glass and a half doesn't make all that much difference if you allow for it in the daily intake.

I'm really tired this morning. Not much go in me at all. I did go for a run and got the exercise out of the way. Tonight will be spent putting photos on the external hard drive to take back to Brisbane for uploading over the weekend. You will get to see more of your own country shortly. I don't particularly want to drag the computer back again, although I may have too if I fall asleep on the couch again tonight.

Got a call from the rental place yesterday, they want to do an inspection Thursday week. They also want me to let some valuer in to do a valuation for the owner. Since the valuer can't let me know to within the half hour of when they will be there, and the real estate people say they will be there between 9 and 3, I think they should get together and let each other in. I don't have the time to take off anymore.

Anyway, I'd better go and get on with today. Round up the sheep, herd 'em into the pen and proceed to shear. Lifes like that.

happy2bme
08-29-2007, 12:46 AM
Howdy chicks,

Last night I went to bed early - 10:30 so I could get up early to see the eclipse. I created a folder on my IPOD called Sleepy Time and put a bunch of fall asleep gentle music on there. I think there's almost 5 hours of music on it. :lol: Woke up a few times to hear various songs playing and make a pit stop. Kept checking the clock. I was also restless as I was not looking forward to the root canal today. Woke up at 3:30 and the moon was shining brightly just over the tree tops. So when the alarm went off at 4:50 I pushed myself out of bed and put some clothes on top of my PJs. I wasn't sure the direction the moon was tracking so I went outside in the front first. Walked through the wet grass and scanned the horizon - no moon. I was hesitant to walk out back because it's really dark back there and scary things like possums, raccoons and the occasional tree frog or toad all hop through in the night. Not to mention stray roaming kitties. Or alien beings. :yikes: So I went upstairs and took a peek out the back. Didn't see Mr. Moon. It looked like a bright patch over the pool so I summed up my courage and took the big flashlight out there. The trees also make noises in the night and did I mention we have :bat: :bat: :bat: out there too? I carefully walked up to the pool - no moon there. The light I saw was from the neighbor across from us - he's got a huge floodlight shining in his yard all night and some of that kleig light shines a bit through the trees into our yard. Not enought to really light things up, just cause and eery glow. So I got up early for nothing. I debated about going back to sleep but by then the most I would have gotten was 40 minutes or so - not worth it. So I:

put on a fresh pot of coffee
folded the blankets in the dryer
popped another load in the washer
emptied the dishwasher
rinsed out a few stray dishes DH left in the sink
cleaned off the junk mail from the counter
picked out my clothes for today
started to make my lunch then remembered I wouldn't be able to eat it so I unpacked everything and put it back in the refrigerator
planned tonight's dinner
made out a couple of greeting cards for friends and family
shoved everything back in my laptop bag that I didn't get to work on last night as planned


No wonder I'm always late in the morning :lol: I had time to spare and took a fresh cup of coffee to the computer to check out the digs here. :censored: Internet services was not working. Diddled with resetting the boxes and modems and rebooting the PCs. I was able to get on DH's computer sporatically at best, mine would not connect. I wasted a half hour on that and then finally gave up as I had to go get ready for work.

I went to the dentist at lunch time. The root canal wasn't bad... that is until the novocaine wore off :yikes: :eek: I should have figured something was up when they gave me 3 Advil pain reliever tablets to take with me. I was able to work from home in the afternoon so it was easier to sit with a warm comforting compress on my sore jaw. DH mowed the lawn at 4 and wanted to eat earlier than 7 so I was not able to go into the pool after all. I stood outside with him while he grilled the porkchops and watched the crazy hummingbirds. They dart all through the yard like it's the Autobon. I swear we're going to get beaned in the forehead yet. We have 6 feeders out spread out across the yard. Every bird stakes one out from either sitting atop the shepard's hook the feeders hang on or they sit on the wire tomato cage on the patio or in the low branches of the trees. From their posts they guard "their" feeder. Anyone else comes and whoop - they go chittering after them and run them off. Sometimes two face each other, fly straight up about 10 feet into the air and then bodyslam each other like jerky drunken college boys banging chests. You can actually hear the whump of them hitting each other or the click as they use their beaks as swords. It's very entertaining especially now when they are stoking up for their winter flight to South America and there are hoards of them. As more show up, the bullies will eventually not be able to run them off and that's when there will be so many darting around you won't be able to count them. I truly enjoy the little guys.

Shad - was kind of hoping you'd get more pictures up but it didn't sound like it was very convienient for you. Maybe you should take one night and get to bed early. I'm sure it's hard to get your body in a natural rythym with the kind of work that you and Carla do. But do get some rest if your body is asking for it. Doesn't the rental place have a facilities manager who can let service people in? Of course they could be riffling through your undies to put on E-bay with Mel's Jen's stuff so you have to be careful :lol:

So Mel - you aren't talking to me? :snooty:

Just kiddin' :rofl: I'm REALLY glad that you got to see that people love and respect you. I hope they are real friends who are interested in truly helping and not just people trying to put up a pretense. It's about time you got back some of what you give to others. :hug:

Ceejay - bummer on the leg press machine. Cripes, why didn't they just lay on the ground and try and push off a Volkswagon beetle or something instead of breaking your favorite machine? I like the leg press because it's the only one that doesn't make me feel like a weakling :lol:

What a marvelous bonus you walked into Holly with the neighbor's garden. Enjoy!

Ruth - I'm confused on the sunrise and the greening sky. When the sky turns green here - we run - FAST - cuz that means TORNADO is approaching :eek:

Painter- that's wonderful news about your friend! I have to admit myself that there definitely is something to the ole bite and and write it. Such a pearl about hating it won't make it any less difficult :lol:

Madcat - we get the hint of autumn in the air too - it just doesn't happen until late October. With the leaves turning yellow and falling it does seem like fall is coming but it's just the trees stressed from the drought. I can tell the days are getting shorter. I was hoping after the hottest August on record here that I might be able to swim through September but I am not the hearty soul that Carla is. One the pool hits below 80 degrees, even with fast laps it's just too cold for me. But I know what you mean about autumn in the air. It's invigorating tho I push the thought of snow out of my head. And it's time to enjoy every precious nice weather day as they are in short supply come this time of year. I think you should go to bed early as well as Shad - of course she'll be up and about when you're getting ready to go to sleep but you can work out the logistics :D

Where's Carla and why isn't she posting?

Ruth - I think September snuck up on all of us. Time is really zooming by.

What's the tea flavor of the day Meadow?

Time for bed. I was hoping to get in early myself and here it is 11 already. Nighty night. :yawn: :tired:

Shad
08-29-2007, 03:22 AM
Oolong tea over here. Our Malaysian team member keeps bringing in samples of different types of tea. There's been dragon tea and green tea and today was lychee flavoured oolong. Crass Kiwi on the team asked if oolong wasn't some type of noodle? No that's udon she said and they are Japanese type noodles. So is soba I said, what sober noodles says the crass Kiwi. We are approaching silly time on this project. Bit early I would have thought.

Happy I don't go to bed all that late. What I think is stuffing up the process is the fact that I have to get up several times to go to the loo. Don't know why it is suddenly kicking in that the water I drunk in the day time, all has to come out at night!!! :mad: :mad:

Ruthxxx
08-29-2007, 08:06 AM
:wave: I'm off to the $$vet with my darling Lucy this morning. I sure as heck hope they get a definitive diagnosis - it's dure be great if they found one of my earrings up her nose and just removed it.

Damned 3 pounds I lost Monday night are back. They are like stray dogs who come back to the last place that fed them! Of course Chinese food for lunch and an end-of-summer BBQ at Claire's place didn't help! Today will definitely be clean eats - my cooler is packed with a healthy lunch which I may nosh on at the park in Merrickville.

Talk to y'all alter.

May your Hump Day be humpless! :lol: Ignore me - I'm envious!

MELODY525
08-29-2007, 09:36 AM
OH MISS HAPPY!! :hug: :hug: :hug: HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOTTEN MY SOUTHERN SISTER! :yikes: I AM ON BENDED TIRE BEGGING YOUR FORGIVENESS OH QUEEN OF ELVISLAND!!! SORRY THE DENTIST VISIT WASN'T A NICE ONE AND HOPE NOW THE TOOTH QUIETS DOWN AND GIVES YOU SOME PAINLESS PEACE! I ALUGHED ABOUT YOUR TREK OUTSIDE AT NIGHT. EVEN HERE IN THE CITY, THINGS AND BAD PEOPLE GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT!! :faint: HOPE THE JAW IS MUCH IMPROVED THIS MORNING!!:hug:

SHAD~ ISN'T THERE A SUPERINTENDANT OF SORTS WITH PASS KEYS?? WTF!!! WHY SHOULD YOU LOSE HOURS AT WORK. GET THOSE ROOSTERS ROUNDED UP AND CRACK THE WHIP!!! YOU JUST REMINDED ME...I FORGET IF I WENT TO LOOK AT YOUR PICTURES YET! :rofl:

RUTH~ GOOD LUCK AT THE VET. SAVE SOME WINE AND WE'LL ALL GET SOUSED TOGETHER LATER!!

:rollpin: I WOKE TO A CYST IN THE LEFT EYE AGAIN. I COULD JUST SCREAM. WTF!!! IS GOD PAYING ATTENTION DOWN HERE OR DOES HE THINK I CAN REALLY HANDLE ALL THIS CRAP AT ONE TIME!! :tantrum: HE HAD BEST FIND ANOTHER SET OF SHOULDERS TO BURDEN!!! LIKE SOME OF MY ARCH ENEMIES!!! :lol3: :lol3:
I ATE AND PEDALED AND I AM GOING OUT FOR A BIT. GOING TO BE HUMID. 61% ALREADY AND CLIMBING. NOT MELLIE WEATHER AT ALL!!
I STILL FEEL FULL SINCE YESTERDAY'S FEAST! LOL MAYBE SOME LIQUID MEALS TODAY...PROTEIN SHAKES.....AND LOTS OF WATER!! I CAN KEEP SHAD COMPANY...THE FAMILY THAT PEES TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER :rofl: :rofl:
HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

happy2bme
08-29-2007, 09:56 AM
Morning chicks,

You're forgiven Mel - I was just tugging at your wheels anyway :rofl: C'mon - let's go play :dance: Geez, I'm so sorry to hear about the eye. :hug: You're right, some days it IS about how much more can one take? I woke up with morning with an achy wrist (stupid tendonitis I can't seem to shake), an achy tooth and jaw and other niggling things. BUT... it's really nothing compared to what you have to deal with so thank you for an inadvertant shove to just put on my big girl pants and deal with it. Just keep peddling away and dig out the clean food.

Shad, not sure why you're making so many overnight trips. Maybe the body is absorbing some of that rain water too and you're like a sponge that needs wringing out :lol: It really IS disruptive to the sleep tho. I find that I wake up much more refreshed if I managed to make it through the entire night without leaving the bed. How nice of your co-worker to bring some tea samples in. Sounds yummy. Can I have a cup too?

Hope all goes well at the vet Ruth.

Time to head off to the salt mine for the day. Have a good one...

Shad
08-29-2007, 08:49 PM
Morning all,
Carla must be having a break from everything. She ain't here. Hope she hasn't had to go back to the S/Mama for another dose of dial up!!

Happy, I don't think I have yet worked out how much water is enough. I know the 'experts' say 2 litres but even in the heat of summer I just can't drink that much. I had settled on 1500ml and that included coffee, tea etc.etc. At that point the weight started coming off again. It really does work you know. However at that point also I started having to get up in the night - all goes to show it aint the water that gets it off, its the running back and forth to the loo. I must do 3000 steps a day just getting too and fro.

Going home tonight for the DN's 18th birthday party. In joke is that I will probably be leaving the party just as the young ones arrive. DS2 is expecting me to be chaffeur, but I think I will probably just leave him there and pick him up at a later time. Jet lag and all that eh? Or am I just getting old?

Ruth - I do hope you get some answers to Lucy's problem today. Sure has hung around long enough. Big hug for the darling girl. Did you get the salsa made yet??

Mel - these places are bought on the understanding that they are like your own home and castle. The body corporate handles the everyday maintenance but do not have keys - much of the electrics and power etc are in a big box down in the basement so they don't have to come upstairs to fix most things. However if you have a plumbing problem or you want cable tv installed, it is your problem. Anything past your front door is your problem. The rental agency has keys, they will let themselves in next Thursday. I have organised for the valuator to come at 4.45pm on Tuesday. Latest I could get them to work. Normally the office is shut up tight by 5.00pm. One minute past that is overtime for which they don't get paid, so they don't do it. You have to live in Western Australia to understand the mentality. Think Southern politeness mixed heavily with hoon and hill billy and a sense of isolation - we're different over here. And they certainly are.
I'm sorry you are dealing with more crap in the eyes. You are certainly having a hard time of it lately. I do hope it gets better for you and soon.
Let that mayor interfere on your behalf. I'll bet that he will get a better reaction than either you or Jen going into battle with the bank. A*s*holes.

Happy - hope that jaw is much better today or rather tonight in your case. I'm to see the dentist on Saturday for a few minor repairs!! :yikes:. I was to see one at 8.30am but now I find he is on holiday and I can either wait for him to come back or I can take a 12.15 appointment with another. It seems that I always get a different dentist each time I go. They don't keep staff there for too long. Each one checks out my mouth and each one tells me about the amount of work to be done - it's getting longer by the visit. Even the things that have been done recently seem to need doing again. I keep a list of everything they reckon needs to be done, and then after each new dentist gives me another list, I check through it to see which ones feature more than once. Then I get it done. The list is currently running at around $1000 for the lot, not including the removal and replacement of 1 tooth (which has had a temporary filling for nearly 5 years while I decide what to do with it)

Anyway. Since it is a short day, I had better go check out the current state of affairs and get down to some serious work.

MELODY525
08-29-2007, 10:06 PM
JUST GOT A CALL FROM JOHN(MAINT) HE HAS DECIDED TO STAY ON VACATION AND NOT COME BACK FOR SOME SET UP APPTS FOR TREE REMOVALS ETC IF I WOULD DO HIM THE FAVOR. HE'S GENEROUS AT XMAS SO I TOLD HIM OK. SO I MIGHT BE MISSING FOR 2 DAYS. I'LL SEE HOW THE EYES ARE. NOT GOOD RIGHT NOW I CAN TELL YOU! :tantrum: I JUST GOT RID OF THE AUDITORS. THEY DECIDEDD TO STAY LATE AND GET IT DONE IN ONE DAY INSTEAD OF COMING BACK. :cheer:
TAKE CARE EVERYONE AND MOST LIKELY I'LL SEE YOU SATURDAY MORNING :moped:

HAPPY~ I KNEW YOU WERE PULLING MY TIRES!! :rofl: HOPE ALL YOUR BOO BOOS FEEL BETTER TOO! I ALWAYS TELL "NORMAL" PEOPLE THAT EVERYONE HAS THEIR GOOD AND BAD DAYS. YOURS PROBABLY FEEL WORSE THAN MINE BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW ANY BETTER!! :rofl:

SHAD~ WOW THEY ARE CUTTING IT CLOSE TIME WISE!! BUT I AM GLAD THEY COULD ACCOMODFATE YOU AND DO IT THEN. BTW: GET HOME SAFE...IS THIS THE HOME WEEKEND RIGHT? OR HAS PORANGI MIXED UP THE DATES???? I AM SOOOO CONFUSED!! :dizzy: :lol3: :lol3:

Shad
08-29-2007, 10:17 PM
No, you are okay - on a plane this afternoon. Do you want to set up a time for a conversation this weekend. Any of the normal times suit me.

carla49
08-30-2007, 01:10 AM
Poor Mel! I think a :grouphug: is definitely in order. At least your ally the mayor is going to do what he can to get the bank sorted. But your dratted eyes!! Is the problem aggravated by ragweed? Because I checked the pollen count here, and it went from nil to high for the weed in the space of a week; I imagine it's the same by you. It does seem more than unfair, especially as you've started your clean eating challenge early. Of course you've been under a ton of stress lately, which I'm sure has done no good. Rest the eyes, and come back to us when you're feeling better. :hug: :hug: :hug:

Painter, such good news that your friend is okay! Especially since it sounded like everyone had assumed the worst. Nice to get a ray of sunshine once in a while, right?

Madcat, your friend is so fortunate to have you in her life. People close to you have been having a tough time of it the last few months, and I'm sure you feel the strain of being their support. It's good to know you have such a sweet DH to give the support you need. And us, of course. :hug: to you too.

Happy, good news that your dental horrors seem to be over for now. But how annoying that you got up for the eclipse and it hid behind a cloud! At least you were able to rest later, sitting by the pool and watching the little hummingbird samurai defend their territories. I had no idea they were such warriors!

Shad, good news that you're home for a little R&R. If nothing else, you'll be out of the rain for a bit. (Or, if not, it'll be rain you and your garden will be glad to see...) Speaking of rain, have you tried drinking the last of your daily water at 6 or 7 pm? It might help with the nighttime trips. I've never been convinced the water thing really helps, but I do drink a lot of fluids anyway. I'm working on 6 - 8oz glasses per day, even tho a lot of people suggest 8.

Ruth, I hope you had good news about Lucy. And that you got home before the big thunderstorm hit. It can't have been fun driving up here today in the heat and humidity.

Ceejay, it sounds like you had a lovely birthday week and have gotten right back into exercising. I'm impressed!

Holly, your to-do lists always exhaust me. I'm such a sloth compared to the rest of you! Feel free to send some of those extra veggies up here, they won't go to waste.

Meadow, it seems to me you're having nice hot sunny weather - were you able to climb back into the pool? I loved the mouse-birthday-cake graphic in your post!

So anyway, sorry to have disappeared again. I've been having intermittent technical problems, now fixed I hope. And besides, it's very hard to type up posts while frantically stuffing :censored: into the old pie-hole with both fists, not to mention the time I then spend on the couch recovering from the sugar rush and the scale-induced swoons. You may well have heard me shriek a time or too... No excuses, this just seems to be a week where I can't resist anything, except maybe steamed veg. :dunno: I'm hoping to get past it soon, before the numbers creep too far up.

I did have a great time yesterday - went out to the same little lake beach where Shad and I had a quick dip, and swam right across the lake and back. I'm not sure of the distance, but it took at least 40 minutes. It was lovely! (And yes, of course I had a swimsuit on.) Had good intentions of going back today for more of the same, but there was a big storm threatening and I wasn't sure it was a good idea. Of course the storm didn't hit until hours later, but... As the day wore on, I started to feel the aches from the unaccustomed exercise. I'll try to get out there tomorrow if the weather allows. The water isn't exactly warm, but no worse than when Shad was here.

The SM is improving quite well, and so is her behaviour, at least over the phone. We get along much better when we're not actually in the same room... Her birthday is coming up, so I'll have to head down for another visit, probably on the weekend. But this time I can stay in the smoke-free motel (with free wireless), and I think it'll go all right. :crossed:

When I get back on the wagon next week I'll adjust my ticker - right now it varies wildly from day to day. But it's definitely up a pound or two at least. I'll be working a fair bit in September and that should make it easier to get back into a healthy routine. I think it's time to bite the bullet and get back into some physical workouts too. No point being smaller if I'm still covering up because of all the dimply, flapping fluff! I've been using the bad feet as an excuse for too long. They don't prevent me from swimming or biking, and yet I've just lazed another summer away. Bad Carla! On the positive side, I'm fitting into clothes I haven't worn for two years or more, and tossing the big ugly stuff as I go. Right now I'm between sizes again, so I'm into the hip-hop look. (All that means is my pants and shorts are all drooping. I haven't yet started grabbing my crotch every five seconds like the hi-hop singers do.)

Yikes! This is getting too long, all that water needs to be eliminated, and it's getting late. :wave: to whoever I've missed.

By the way, does anyone know what happened to Suzie?

Ruthxxx
08-30-2007, 06:30 AM
Chickies, if I'm not around for a while, it'll be ebcause I'm down in the dumps. Yesterday's vet trip was not good - Lucy has a tumour in her nose and the prognosis is poor. I'll get more info when all the tests are back but things are not looking good. I go to town again today to pick her up. There will be some hard decisions to make over the next few weeks but I will not let her suffer.
Sorry but that's about all I can think of right now.

happy2bme
08-30-2007, 09:22 AM
Ruth :hug: :hug: :hug: so sorry to hear about Lucy. I know how very dear the girls are to you. Will be sending loving thoughts to you. Keep us posted even if it's not on a regular basis. :grouphug:

happy2bme
08-30-2007, 09:41 AM
Whoa, I hope we are not in for a round of bad news within the group - we chicks deserve so much better than that...

Nice to see you back Carla. I must admit I am most confused by the brain's propensity to swiftly react to a downward trend in the weightloss dept by sending us into a food bender. It's like you're hard wired to keep those pounds on. I have been looking at some of the chicks on this site who have lost 100+ pounds. It's not just the food they have changed but also REALLY stepped up the exercise. Is that a big enough clue for you HAPPY? :o I too have used the sore feet excuse but then I realize that if I didn't weight this much the feet wouldn't ache so much either, now would they? I am in awe that you are swimming in what I would consider a partially frozen lake :eek: Here's to you getting your willpower back again :wizard:

Shad, enjoy your time at home and the niece's party. Hope you have some time to relax a bit and re-accquiant yourself with Sunday the cat. Eek on the dental group there - we have some large practices here where several dentists have jointed together to share costs but I think that for the most part, when you see one - that's the person you stick with unless there is an emergency that needs attending too. I would almost be leery that they were trying to do double work - not intentionally, just hard for each one to keep things straight in your mouth as they go round and round on you. Looking forward to seeing more pictures from you - hope you have time to post them.

Mel - I understand you're needing to work a few days but I fret that it's not going to do those peepers of yours any good. Do take care of yourself. I still want to catch up with you on the phone - guess Shad gets first dibs. When's a good time for you or will you be busy this weekend?

My mouth is doing a bit better, thanks for asking. It's still sore from the trauma of what he did but the abscess pain itself is near gone. I met a friend for lunch yesterday - we ate Thai and I had rice noodles and asked them to throw in some carrots and broccoli. Tho the veggies were tender crisp, they were too hard to chew. So It looks like another day or two of soft foods.

3 day weekend coming up. The temps are dipping down as fast as they bumped up. Will be better because we have lots of yard work to do - still a bit warm for that stuff but I think I've seen the last of the pool. :( I think about Carla and if I was as hearty as she is, I could easily swim until November but I'm not a hearty Canadian :lol: There's so much I'd like to do around the house here but I also have alot of "work" work to do and I'm pretty sure I will spend at least one day on the PC. Bummer.

Time to get ready for work, love to the chicks. :grouphug:

ceejay52
08-30-2007, 01:19 PM
Miss Ruth: Hugs for the diagnosis of Lucy. I know she is like one of your children.

Mel--Your poor eyes. Hope they heal soon and give them some rest. ((hugs))

Shad-Enjoy your week end at home.

Happy--Sorry about the lunar eclipse. I noticed the clouds when I came home from the gym that night. That's ususally the breaks here in the South.

Carla--Good job on swiming for 40 minutes. Now put away those sensored foods.

Madcat and Holly--Hope everything is going well.

Yesterday was a good day. Food was good at 1570 calories. Water intake was 68 oz. Fat grams still to high at 63 grams but I'm still eating good fats.
Exercise was only 35 minutes last night. I was tired. Completed 30 minutes on the treadmill and 5 minutes on the ab machine.

See ya tomorrow.

Shad
08-30-2007, 08:23 PM
Oh no Ruth, I'm so sorry to hear about Lucy. It is the hardest decision in the world to make and even more so when you are the only one who can make the decision and carry out the task. I've had to make it twice now and I just wish I could be there to give you a big :hug: and Lucy too. I'm sure that when all the facts are in, you will find the courage to face this and make the decisions necessary as they arise. All that doesn't make things any easier, I know. My thoughts are with you.

Eventful flight home last night. Maybe I should have upgraded to business class! 3 passengers fainted and had to have oxygen administered. Someone broke a glass right outside the loo in the economy cabin and all passengers were advised to wear shoes if we wanted to go up the back. A kid screamed for around 2/3 of the 4 hour flight and just couldn't be calmed down. It got a bit bumpy at one point - not bad - just a bit of turbulence, nothing earthshattering and we were confined to our seats and seatbelts, one guy wouldn't sit when told and had to be spoken to rather sharply by the biggest cabin attendant there and finally a bunch of passengers decided when the turbulence was over that they wanted to be sick and the steward was running around picking up all the local sick bags. Crikey!!!! I said to one of the stewards at the end of the flight - I bet you are pleased to be at this end of that flight. You ain't wrong luv he said.
Got in around 1.00am and here I am. The recent rain (yes they did have some last week have prompted the orchids - well two of them anyway - to flower and the weeds to take over everything else. Poor house and garden are looking somewhat worse for wear. I'll spend some time out there tomorrow and see what I can do to tidy it up.

Hairdresser this morning and the cat to the vet if I can get her in for her yearly shots and check up. I did ask DS2 to do it, but......... besides which I guess he is not around much when the vet is open.Just checked and have an appointment for her at 3.00pm. She is gonna hate me tonight.

With that I had better get off here and get on with the day. Lots of things to do. I'll be back later in the day to see if there is anything new.

Madcat
08-30-2007, 09:43 PM
Ruth~ So sorry to hear about the sweet Lucy :hug: :hug: to you both.

Mel~ Oh honey! Is this a favour for John or are you caught in one of those I can’t really say no situations? On a good note, I’m sending some cooler weather your way. And it seems to have chased the nasty auditor infestation away, so that is good. Dratted eyes!

Happy~ And yeah, I hope this is not some sort of start to a trend. It is good news that your face seems to be repairing itself. It’s amazing how quickly problems in the mouth can heal themselves – but it’s probably still all irritated. Hope it heals soon. How icky that you may have to work on a long weekend. And you know, the water is really only cold for the first couple of minutes until your body adapts. No really, I wouldn’t steer you wrong! :lol: We Canadians aren’t hardy – we’re just bloody-minded.

Shad~ The latest research on water content is saying that since veggies and fruits contain a high percentage of water the old rules about water consumption may be overstating how much water you need to drink. And you aren’t getting old - you’ve just honed your appreciation of peace and quiet! :lol: Yikes on your flight home. Makes you wish you could walk. At least you kept your sense of humour about it.

Painter~ That is good news about your friend! What a positive thing.

Carla~ You know how it is – you do what you have to do when people need you. I have to admit that I am no saint – sometimes I really don’t WANT to have to be helpful, I’d rather just go on with a quiet stupid life, but I do it anyway. Like you do with your SM, even when she is difficult… We do what we have to do because we don’t have another option if we are going to sleep at night. Don’t hand out any medals to me, I'm not the saintly type. :dz: Your lake swim sounds so nice. And what you are doing must be working on some level if you are fitting into old clothing. Maybe if you tied one hand behind your back??? :yikes: Ok, you know I am just pulling your leg, right?

Ceejay~ Good work finishing a workout even if you are tired.

Ok, so what’s happening with me? Well, I’m freaking out a bit. I went for my annual checkup last week and got a call back from my Dr.s office yesterday that he wants me to redo my blood work in two weeks. Yikes!! Not sure what that means and I’m trying not to borrow trouble. Of course ever since the call every ache and sniffle seems like a major symptom of impending doom. :lol:

I’m sure it will be fine though I did have a bit of a head-on collision with some chocolate this afternoon. I’ve already packed tomorrow’s lunch so it will be a better day. Going to work prepared really does seem to help.

Have a lovely rest of the days, all you chickies.:wave:

happy2bme
08-31-2007, 10:02 AM
Good morning chicks,

Hi Madcat :wave: I see your little egg lit up. Don't fret over the bloodwork. Sometimes the sugars are up or the cholesterol is up due to what you were eating. Wish they would tell us ahead of time - we're going to do bloodwork when you come in - eat clean and drink your water for at least 2 days before. :snooty:

As for the pool - I have no functioning thyroid left - completely dependent on medicine. One of the side effects is that I am hyper sensitive to cold and heat. So what might seem cool to some people actually sends me into the shivers. I actually had to get an electric blanket for the winter because getting in bed touching the cool sheets (which felt good on my face) sent me into a fetal position with the shivers for 20 minutes at night. So... my swimming is pretty much over once the water dips below 80 degrees at it's at 83 now. Dropped 5 degrees in one week what with shorter days and cooler nights moving in.

Anyhow... I heard that too about some of your water coming from foods. That explains alot as even in the heat of summer I can't get near to what some of the experts claim I should be drinking.

September is right around the corner. I have been thinking of my challenge. For the food I am simply going to ask myself each and every time I bring something to my face - SHOULD I BE EATING THIS? I think if I conciously stop and think, I will avoid many sins. I will do 30 minutes of exercise 5, preferably 6 days a week. Will use weekend housecleaning as my 7th day as that is plenty of work in itself. And I will start packing my lunch again instead of eating in the cafeteria. 3 bottles of water a day too and switch from soda to tea - hot or cold. Oh and religious documenting of what I'm chewing in my online WW tracking tool. Sounds like a lot but it's really just getting back into the good habit groove.

Oops - looks like Mr. Feral cat is sitting on the front porch waiting for his breakfast. Better go feed the kitties...

Will be back later. :hug: to the chicks

ceejay52
08-31-2007, 01:00 PM
Happy--Cleaning is diffinately exercise in my opinion. As far as being dependant on thyroid meds, my last check was extremely low. The doctor changed my dosage and am feeling lots better. Writing down what you eat is a good tool. I've been doing that. I've also found that 64 ounces of water is to much for my body. It does a lot better on 48 and still have to take a fluid pill.

Madcat- When I go for my cholesterol test I try not to eat meat, eggs or dairy for 3 days before hand. I've really been watching what I eat lately too because my ldl, bad cholesterol, is still higher than my good cholesterol, hdl. It's supposed to be the other way around.

Carla--You still deserve a pat on the back for helping out with the sm. September is tomorrow. We'll all be back on the wagon then.

I've been a cleaning demon this morning. I'm trying to stay on track with my schedule even on the week end. The last of the laundry is in the dryer. And all that's left is to dust and vaccum the living room. Then I'll wash the car before I go to Paragould for the week end. Unfortunately, I have to work labor day, but it's over time. Believe it or not, the pedometer is reading .50 miles.

Good news is that I've lost those fluid pounds once again. I'm down once again to 182 pounds. I'll weigh in and measure officially on Sunday.

carla49
08-31-2007, 02:32 PM
Ceejay, we're at almost the same weight - my binging seems to have left me two pounds up at 181. But I'm not back on the no-indulgence wagon until after the long weekend, and I'll adjust my ticker then.

Happy, I do realize your thyroid is what's keeping you out of the pool and not laziness, and hope I haven't managed to seem insensitive. I have a teensy problem with being a bit of a bull (heifer?) in a china shop around other people's feelings... Maybe you need one of those thinskin wetsuits the triathletes wear. :yikes: It would keep you warmer in the water, and you'd probably burn off a pound or two every time you tried to wiggle in or out of it. :rofl:

Madcat, I'll repeat to you what people tell me: just because you don't want to do something kind doesn't mean it doesn't count. Some people even feel you get extra halo points for helping out when you do so reluctantly. But I agree with you that we sometimes have no choice if we want to sleep at night.
I can tell you're a true Canadian - brave, hardy souls who swim in our chilly lakes with pride. :D I actually find the water can be less pleasant in the heat of summer when it's often warm on top with a cold, patchy layer underneath. Eek! Of course, having said all this, it's been a little cooler here yesterday and this morning, and there was no way I was swimming when the air temp's under 20... Especially with no internal ethanol assistance. ;)
As for tying one hand behind my back, I think they'd have to tie them both back there for it to work when I'm on a tear.

Ruth, I'm so sorry about the bad news with Lucy. :cry: I do hope you'll still have plenty of quality time with her before she has to leave you. I know that in some cases dogs don't have pain from tumours, just a gradual decline in energy and appetite. Whatever the outcome, please accept a huge :grouphug: and all the :goodvibes: there are.

Mel, I hope the eye is letting up a bit. :crossed: What a pain that you have to stand in for John, although if he's good to you you may not feel it's an imposition. I hope that's the case. As for the auditors, whenever you mention them it reminds me of a tv ad where a woman calls an exterminator, who concludes that she's got... bankers. Nondescript little men in suits and glasses leaping out of their holes in the wall and throwing themselves on bills or coins tossed on the floor... It's gotten much cooler here since the big storm on Wednesday, much less humid and still sunny and pleasant. I hope you're sharing the fine weather!

Shad, what an awful flight home! At least you made it... I can't say I've missed flying all the time, and at this point my next planned flight is just to Toronto in November. Are you still awash in all that healthy water you've been drinking?

Well, I may have to change my name to Daniel, cuz it's back into the lions' den this weekend... :lol3: I shouldn't complain, I'll only be there two days and will be staying in a motel (yay!). And the SM is doing much better, so should be a little less awful.
The weather channel claims the ragweed is at a moderate level, but my nose and eyes sure don't agree with that! Last night and this morning my left eye started feeling like it had something scratchy in it, which I think is just part of the allergies, but it did give me a tiny inkling of what our sweet Mel has to put up with on a daily basis. So instead of whining, I got out some eye drops and my big-girl panties, popped an actifed, and voilà, a little better.

Gotta go :wave:

PainterWoman
08-31-2007, 02:38 PM
Yipes. Summer seems to be departing with a nasty streak.
CJ-- hope you are feeling better... and that the cleaning doesn't exhaust you.
Ruth: :hug::hug: So sorry about the news from the vet. It is so hard to wrap our minds around mortality-- especially in regard to those creatures (human or not) who love us so unconditionally.
Madcat: The problem with Sainthood (or Martyrdom, for that matter) is that you have to be dead to collect on it. But I certainly hope you'll accept the admiration and acclaim from the crowd for your kindness, steadfastness etc. Glad you survived the "head on collision with some chocolate." Boy, isn't THAT an apt way to put it.
Mel: Keep making yourself #1, OK? Seems like nobody else is doing that for you. I'll cross my fingers that people (or elves) show up to whom you can DELEGATE!!:D
Shad: Your flight sounds horrific. DH's flight home last night was cancelled. Allegedly there was bad weather here. Um... I didn't see any problems. Got up nearer to dawn than I prefer to go pick him up. But at least he avoided broken glasses, sick bags, and in-flight jostling. glad you are home safe. Hope to see your orchids.

Best to all.

carla49
08-31-2007, 06:32 PM
Here's a recipe I thought might come in handy for the clean eating challenge. I made it today, and now have so much that my freezer is full and I'm giving some away! Everyone who has tried this loved it, even men and anti-dieters. You can add more "free" veg as desired (cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, etc).

Hamburger Soup - Original recipe

1 1/2 lbs lean or (better) extra-lean hamburger
1 medium onion finely chopped
1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
2 cups water
3 cans beef consommé
1 can low-fat tomato soup
4 carrots, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 bay leaf
8 tbsps barley

- Brown meat and onion, drain well;
- Combine all ingredients in a very large pot (I used my stock pot);
- Cover and simmer at least 2 hours.

Makes at least 12 servings.

Some changes I made:
instead of tinned soup, I use a packaged non-fat dry tomato organic soupmix I found;
I add a tin of green beans;
I add a couple of zucchini, diced;
I add an extra carrot and extra stalk of celery;
I use a one-quart tetra-pack of lo-fat beef stock;
I make sure there is a total of 56 oz of fluid; the 32 oz stock, the liquid from the beans, and the balance in water.
I may have added 9 tbsps of barley - lost count.

With these changes, I ended up with 17 cups of very hearty, thick, soup = 17 filling lunch-size servings.

That's all for now, although we do need a smilie of a witch stirring her cauldron... Bon appétit!

MELODY525
08-31-2007, 07:48 PM
CAN I GET ANY "TIREDER"? BUT LIKE A FOOL I AM SITTING HERE READING, LAUGHING, CRYING AND TYPING AND TAKING NOTES :write: THANK GOD FOR FRIDAYS. THESE WERE THE 2 LONGEST DAYS I KNOW. IF SOMETHING COULD GO WRONG IT DID. I WAS LEFT WITH ONLY 1 MAN AND THEY TOOK HIM AWAY TO DRIVE A SCHOOLBUS!!! :tantrum:
AND ON TOP OF EVERYTHING ELSE, FEDERAL INVESTIGATIONS ARE REACHING INTO OUR TINY TOWN. GEEZ!!! I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT EVERY APPOINTMENT WAS KEPT AND ON TIME BUT THE END PRODUCTS WERE NOT WHAT ANYONE WANTED OR EXPECTED. LOTS OF RE-DO STUFF FOR ANOTHER TIME. I DID MY BEST AND GOT NO HELP FROM ANYONE (OF COURSE) AND NO ONE RETURNED CALLS I MADE. SO I TOLD THE WORKERS, SCREW IT, WE DID WHAT WE COULD WITHOUT PROPER AUTHORIZATION AND I SENT EVERYONE HOME WHEN THEY WERE DONE. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 60 YEARS I DIDN'T HAVE ONE GUILTY TWINGE OR BONE IN MY BODY. FELT VERY GOOD I CAN TELL YOU. ALMOST STRESS FREE. :rofl: MADCAT, TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION...YES THIS WAS A FREEBIE. JUST A FAVOR FOR JOHN. BUT I CAN GET "stuff" LATER ON DOWN THE ROAD. THE MEN ARE GOOD THAT WAY. JUST GLAD IT'S OVER. I AM DOING NOTHING THIS WEEKEND BUT RESTING! :beach:
HOPE EVERYONE ENJOYS THE HOLIDAY OR THEIR RESPECTIVE WEEKEND.
***HAPPY & SHAD~ WOULD YOU BOTH MIND WAITING FOR A CALL? MY BROTHER AND HIS FAMILY HAVE LEFT MESSAGES FOR CALLS THIS WEEKEND AND THE KIDS MADE PLANS FOR US ALSO. THEY HAVE DECIDED WE DON'T NEED TO COOK OR GO ANYWHERE AND SET UP A DVD WEEKEND. SORRY GIRLS BUT I DON'T WANT TO ASK THEM WHAT TIME I AM FREE! ESPECIALLY AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN GONE FOR 3 MONTHS.:rofl:
THEY EVEN GOT OUT THE BLOWUP BED AND RAN UPSTAIRS TO GET SOME STUFF.
OK GALS I AM OUT OF HERE. HAPPY WEEKEND :moped:

RUTH I AM SO VERY SORRY AND WILL BE PRAYING FOR THE BEST FOR BOTH OF YOU!

SHAD~ SORRY THE FLIGHT WAS SO PATHETIC!! AND I PROMISE WE WILL TALK NEXT TIME.

CARLA SEPTEMBER IS HERE SO DON'T MAKE KILLING THE SM ON HER BIRTHDAY THE FIRST THING YOU DO FOR THIS MONTHS CHALLENGE! :lol3:

HAPPY HOPE YOU CAN EAT MORE SOLID FOODS THIS WEEKEND. YOUR POOR MOUTH!!

MADCAT I AM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE BLOD TESTS BUT IT COULD BE A BORDERLINE THING. DRS LIKE TO RUN THEM AGAIN IF THEY ARE CLOSE. DON'T WORRY TILL ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!!! :hug:

CEEJAY HAVE A GREAT TIME IN PARAGOULD!! NICE HOW YOU HAVE BEEN STAYING ON TRACK!! ALSO CONGRATS ON THE 182!! I THINK I KNOW WHERE YOUR WATER WEIGHT WENT TO THOUGH!! :rofl:

PW~ NOW YOU KNOW ALL ABOUT OUR DOINGS....HOW ARE YOU???????

Shad
08-31-2007, 08:21 PM
Morning all,
Mel has been in and out while I have been thinking about what to write. It's fine Porangi, I was going to do the ringing but as you say, another time is just as good. No juicy tidbits anyway, just chatting and whingeing no doubt.

Carla - soup recipe sounds good. I'm really into soups at the moment, but I guess the recipe would need to get cut down. I'll be through with soups before I finish 17 cups of the stuff.
I've been a bit bad with the water this weekend so far. I'll go get some in just a minute - when I get off here.
Oh and before I forget - be careful what you wish for on here, or Happy will come up with a diabolical little witchypoo cackling and stirring the pot - the fact that the face may look a little like mine is completely beside the point!

Painter - the flight wasn't all that bad and gave me the giggles for quite a bit of the time, especially when the big burly steward put the bloke back in his seat and told thim that if he didn't sit down and shut up, he might get asked to leave the plane. Maybe it is only me who can appreciate that sort of sense of humour - I laughed out loud. No one else did - although it might be difficult to laugh with an oxygen mask on I suppose. Sorry that the DH had a rough time of his flight. These things happen.

Ceejay - isn't that sort of cheating? Not eating stuff before you go for the check up. I just go and do it anyway knowing that the Dr is going to send me a letter to frighten the daylights out of me, even when it is only a slight glitch in the sugar level. We have a running battle over the wording of that letter every time. I know that my sugar levels rest on edge. They have always been that way and he should know that by now. We have been through enough tests to prove the fact.

Happy - the wetsuit is not a bad idea of Carlas. It just may mean the difference between keeping off those yo yo pounds or not. It's really good exercise for sore feet and knees as are aquarobics classes.

Madcat - I've met you and I know what a nice person you are. I don't believe you are a saint, but don't you have to be dead to prove that? You are a really good friend, that's what you are.

Ruth - howya doing friend? Make the most of your time with Lucy, but don't dwell on the decisions. I found with both my two that something happens that makes you know that they are ready even if you are not. You don't really make the decision, they do. You just know the decision is coming and they don't. Meantime, just get on with enjoying the living.

Okay, with that I gotta go. I have things to do, a cat to appease, DS2 is up and running so I'd better do the same. These 3 day weekends are something I could get used to................zzzz Hammocks and sunshine spring to mind.

Shad
08-31-2007, 10:25 PM
Carla - forgot to mention earlier. I went to the nieces 18th birthday party last night. She loved the handbag. So did her mother and her mothers best friend.
Phew - we chose well.

MELODY525
09-01-2007, 08:12 AM
I SEE SHAD HAS BEEN AND GONE TO SLEEP :cloud9:
I FEEL LIKE DOING THE SAME. A LOT OF DREAMS AND NOW I DON'T FEEL REALLY RESTED. LATE LAST NIGHT THE KIDS NAND I DECIDED ON A QUIET DAY TODAY AND WE'LL BE TOGETHER TOMORROW. GOOD THING BECAUSE THE ALARM WENT OFF TWICE. ONE BURGLAR AND ONE MEDICAL. NOTHING SERIOUS. I DECIDED TO MAKE A SMALL MEATLOAF....JUST IN CASE THE FOOD BROUGHT IN ISN'T TOO HEALTHY :rofl:
HAPPY SATURDAY :moped:

:wave: HELLO SHAD!! GLAD THE PURCHASE WAS SO APPRECIATED!! SOMETHING LIKE THAT MAKE YOU FEEL SO GOOD INSIDE OUT! SWEET DREAMS.:hug:

Shad
09-01-2007, 08:27 AM
Morning Mel.

I'm just sitting here, swearing at the computer or rather the external hard disc drive that I bought and which seems to have a power fault. So I've had to sort of hold it in one hand and attach it to the power and the computer before it has a chance to blow the surge protector. My wee IT Tech is going to get a bit of a phone call shortly!!!

Hollyhock
09-01-2007, 09:46 AM
Just finishing my coffee and reading the weeks posts from everyone. HUGS!!!!

MELODY525
09-01-2007, 12:46 PM
OK GLAS LET'S GET OUR CASTINETTES OUT AND SING AND DANCE OUR WAY OVER TO THE SEPTEMBER THREAD
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1836952#post1836952

ARE YOU ALL READY FOR THE SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE??
BRING YOUR PLANS AND EXERCISE CHARTS AND LET THE WEIGHTLOSS BEGIN!! :dance: