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09-23-2007, 07:24 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! I did go to early church this morning. Bob's "bunch" sang and he had to stay there to sing for second service. I made a WM run, after church, and found a couple things for Ian's birthday in Nov.; I wasn't really looking but decided to buy now because our WM is noted for not getting the same items in again. Makes me :crazy: to say the least! It has turned really humid today, 90 degrees, and terribly windy along with the humidity. The TV just had a wind advisory on for this area. I'm "almost" ready for the first frost just to have the temperatures settle down . . . I hope they do anyhow. Bob said the wind will help dry the crops so the farmers can start combining.

"Gma" -- I'm glad Fortune is back to being his lovable self. :D The Halloween outfit is darling! I think Jay's hat and scarf turned out just great! The "B" looks good from here! ;) I didn't know that one was supposed to brush their pet's teeth until a few years ago. I knew Leonard would never sit still for that and I hated the thought of having to put him "out" for the ordeal. He had some good sized fangs and I just never totally trusted him not to bite. I hope you got your cleaning done that you wanted to do. I took a nap this afternoon! I do need to get busy and finish the laundry so I can say that I did accomplish something today!

Have a nice "rest of the day" and remember to SMILE! :D

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

09-24-2007, 08:18 AM
Good morning everybody. Hope your day is starting out well. I have half of my chores done and will finish up after posting. I have to go upstairs and do the cat stuff now that he is parked in Jack's office and I have the bed to make. I have the upstairs bathrooms to do today so will just do those when I go up to make the bed and clean the litter box.

Jean: Sounds like you had a busy day. I cleaned the downstairs and we toggled between the race and the CUBS game, mostly watching the CUBS. Yesterday was their last home game so they had a bunch of special stuff and it was fun to watch. The CUBS organization have a charity called Cubs Care and they do all sorts of things with it, one of which is a bunch of kids stuff. Yesterday they had a bunch of kids from the Boys' and Girls' Clubs come onto the field after the game and the players stripped off their jerseys signed them and gave them to the kids. It was a really nice thing to do. Our family is Chicago Cubs fans and we are holding our breath as they are in first place to win their division this year with only 6 more games to the end of the season and they are 3 1/2 games ahead of the next team. Oh, how close is Guttenburg (sp) Iowa to you? The reason I asked is when the old announcer for the Cubs started with WGN years ago he started a seventh inning stretch where he had the fans stand and sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." He passed away a few years ago, but they have filled in with celebrities and the like continuing to do it. This year they had a contest for one fan to win the privilege of singing it and the kid was from Guttenburg, Iowa.

I am finishing up Jackson's sweater sleeves and then can sew it together and that Christmas set will be done. I am then going to start on something for my oldest sister for her birthday, which is December 26th. I may try and make her a sweater or maybe a poncho.

My older sister called last evening and said she had gotten a call that my stepfather has passed away. Jack took the call and just passed along the info to me. The man was abusive to us and a real pig and was the cause of my mother's early death and some of my emotional problems so the only thing I plan on doing is sending a condolence to his kids. They are not to blame for the man being so horrible. There is no way I am going to send flowers and certainly not go up there for the funeral. All I can say is the man is now paying for his behavior and will for eternity. I have forgiven what he did, but forgetting isn't something you can easily do.

You gals have a wonderful start to the week. I am going to tackle those chores.

Faye :)

09-24-2007, 07:29 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! It is very humid in my corner of the world today. School was sticky and uncomfortable; the kids kept asking if we were going to get out early. :( It is clouding over and looks like it might rain.

"Gma" -- Guttenburg is in the northeastern part of the state and very close to the Mississippi River. We live in the northwest corner of the state. I need to get busy on some cleaning that I intended to do this weekend and never did get to it. My vacuum is still sitting out. :o I am so good at putting things off! I'm sorry to hear about the death in your family, but certainly can understand why you feel the way that you do. :yes: You will have your Christmas/birthday knitting projects done in plenty of time! :D

Bob is home so I imagine it is close to suppertime. Have a relaxing evening and a terrific Tuesday tomorrow!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

09-24-2007, 08:03 PM
I guess that we will be having some Summer weather at least for the next few days. Tues. should be in the high 70's and Wed. is supposed to beat the record high and get to the mid 80's. Planning on a Commissary run Tuesday and then to the Cape on Wed. Jack is planning a swim...I hope it is as warm down there as it will be here. Sometimes when you cross the bridge to the Cape the weather is totally different.

This past weekend we were in Maine, Kennebunkport to be exact. We were given a weekend at a beautiful B&B right across from the ocean. It was lovely and our room had a small sitting room then the bedroom and we were on the 4th floor....the view was incredible! Got a picture of Sunrise from our windows on Sunday...the reddest Sun you ever saw.
Friday nite we went to an Italian restaurant and I ordered Spaghetti with Clams, Mussels, Shrimp and Scallops. Well it came in a round 1 qt casserole with a flatbread type covering over the top and down around all the sides.
The server took a knife and proceeded to cut around the top of the casserole and took the top off and my entree was inside. What a presentation.
Sat. nite we were treated to dinner at a AAA 5 Diamond restaurant called the White Barn. We will savor the elegance of this evening for a long time to come. Drove in and were met by the parking valet and then another gentleman came down the stone steps to greet us and escort us inside. We were again greeted at the front desk and escorted to our table. We were seated against a back wall which provided us great viewing of all that was going on in the restaurant as well as a view out the back window with it's exquisite flowers.
It was a Prix Fixe meal which meant we had Appetizers...we both chose Lobster Bisque with a Shrimp Fritter...delicious. Then there was Intermezzo which, for me was Lemon-Ginger came in a dish shaped like a flower blossom with the Sorbet in the center and Jack had Pumpkin Sorbet with a Spicy Port Sauce.
Our entrees were a fish assortment for Jack and Tenderloin for me. My meat was so tender that I could have eaten it even if I didn't have teeth. LOL
Oh by the way, each course came with it's own utensils which were removed even if you didn't use them. And presentation of each course was like a ballet. For the two of us it meant that each dish was presented and placed before us in sinc by two servers ( if there were 4 of us then it would have taken 4 servers to present a course. If you left you seat for any reason when you returned the server would be right there with a clean napkin to place in your lap.
Then came dessert but first was a pre dessert of a small, think tall shot glass, of coffee jello with a caramel frothe over it. The real dessert for me was Creme Brulle and Jack got a really rich Chocolate Mousse. Coffee ended the meal but not really. The came by with a silver serving tree with and assortment of chocolates on each branch. It was incredible!!!!

Then we came home on Sunday and I have been doing laundry and housework ever since. Back to reality!

This weekend was a gift from our kids and I don't know how we can ever thank them enough for the thoughtfulness and generosity!

Faye: Glad you had such a good time in Vegas and haven't stopped your knitting spree. Happy that Fortune is feeling better.

Jean: Hope your weather will get back to a more normal pattern. Fall after all is supposed to be cooler. Actually I am looking forward to a more Fall like weather pattern.


09-25-2007, 08:40 AM
Good morning to you all! Hope your day is starting out well.

I saw that my stepfather's obit is in the paper this morning and they actually mentioned not only my mother, but myself and my siblings as well, which was a shock. I hope when he is buried next to my mother she rolls over and punches him right in the nose! lol At least I can be humorous about it all. My mom has been gone 10 years so it is all water under the bridge. Though Jack won't like it, I am going to walk over to Walgreens this morning when they open up, get a condolence card and send it to the oldest daughter.

Gloria: Maybe Jean and Susan and I should bow in your presence now that you have come up in the world. :lol: Sounds like you had a really incredible experience! We are cooking like a Christmas turkey down here. I took Fortune out for a short walk to go to the bathroom at 5 AM and it is so humid and sticky, I was sweating just having a bathrobe on. It is 76 right now and supposed to get up to near 90 again today. My birthday is Friday and I remember as a kid always getting winter clothing for my birthday because it almost always was chilly by my birthday. Down here, you never know.

Jean: Sounds like you are in the same boat as we are weather wise. I saw an article yesterday that is predicting places on the Atlantic coast will be underwater by the next century because of the rise of the ocean level. I guess if Gloria and Susan live into the 150+age range they are going to need houseboats to live in.

I have all but two rows of the collar on the baby's sweater done. I still have a sleeve to knit then the button plackets, but I got bored doing the sleeve that I finished yesterday so thought I would do the collar this morning and maybe the plackets as well, sew on the buttons even then do the last sleeve and put them in and sew up the side seams. It will then be on to my sister's sweater vest. I found this one, which will be fast and easy as her birthday is the day after Christmas. I have tons of that honey colored yarn left from Tom's sweater so I am going to use it up for it then get her a hunter green turtleneck to go underneath it. She can then wear them to work.

Well, this isn't getting those chores finished nor the cat taken care of this morning!

Have a good one ladies and don't let anything stand in the way of being happy today!


09-25-2007, 12:14 PM
Good morning, ladies! I'm glad to be checking in this morning. Had a really bad asthma attack Thursday night as in call the EMRs. Fortunately they know the way to our house and have a key (a nice benefit of living in a small town) so they could get in. They were able to give me a breathing treatment and oxygen so I didn't have to go the the hospital this time. Went to the doctor Friday as a follow up and he put me on 20 day Prednisone burst - so far I've gained 7-1/2 pounds since Friday. I can easily gain a pound a day on it but it makes breathing so much easier it's worth it. Unfortunately the weight doesn't just drop off - maybe half of it will be water and come off in a few days, any more will be real work. Also double my dose of Advair to get me past this.

Faye, your knitting projects are always so nice. I hope people appreciate how lucky they are to have you making things for them. My socks are coming along slowly - at the rate I'm going they should be finished in July...a great time for wool socks.

We had a real pea soup fog this morning...wasn't any when I got up but it came rolling in about 6 am - must be fall! I really hate the fog horns, they sound so mornful.

09-26-2007, 12:01 AM
Good Evening, Flowers! It's been another lazy evening in front of the TV. I am ashamed of myself and should never sit down in the first place. :( No wonder my "to do" list never gets shorter. Today was a good day at school! We did have a major fight; a mouthy, "do nothing," smart a** junior evidently picked on/harassed a freshman boy who just happens to have a BIG senior cousin who is a BD student. The word got around that the BD student was going to beat the crap out of Mr. Mouth and Mr. Mouth didn't show up for school for 3 days! :lol: Today he did come and the fight was on. I guess the BD student confronted Mr. Mouth in the student center and Mouth ran into the principal's office pulling the door shut behind him. Of course the door didn't stop Jose and he punched Mouth right in the face. We teachers were all rooting for Jose (although none of us saw the fight itself) because Mouth is one cocky character. Jose has done a turn around since he was a freshman and is doing quite well. Unfortunately he was the one charged with assault and hauled out of school in handcuffs, but Mouth has the evidence on his face. Mouth should be suspended for a time also, I hope!

Gloria -- Your weekend sounds simply amazing! You ate things I've never heard of! :D I'll bet it was just like in the movies with everything being perfect! :yes: Home doing laundry would definitely bring you back to reality!

"Gma" -- The sweater vest looks very nice! :) Are you going to use blue yarn?

Susan -- I'm so sorry to hear about your asthma attack! :yes: Can you blame it on any one thing like a change in the weather? It must be a comfort to know that the EMTs have a key to your home. I had to chuckle at you getting your socks finished by July. :lol:

I am heading to bed. Tomorrow night is bell choir and I have got to work on some dust bunnies! Have a wonderful Wednesday tomorrow!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

09-26-2007, 08:46 AM
Good morning gals! Up early again this morning and took out Fortune for his morning constitutional walk since we have to stand and watch him out on the deck all the time now. It is still very humid and miserable here. Even though it is quite warm, it isn't the heat but that humidity that really gets to you. I would imagine it would really be difficult for someone who has problems like Susan to live here in this.

Susan: Glad you are feeling better. I know it is always so scary when you have a bad attack. It is a good thing you live there and not here as you would be dead before the EMT's got here. I do have to say they were pretty quick getting here when Jack had his heart attack. I have never seen so many men in my house at one time though. I think I counted 8 or 9 all squished into my living room trying to work on Jack. They brought the fire truck too, which I don't know why unless they were planning on me riding it to the hospital! :lol:

Jean: I agree. I think the big mouth should be suspended for intimidating a student in the first place. The rules have to be followed and the staff have to be consistent with them but you still have to applaud the kid for not letting the little bully coward push people around. Funny how bullies are almost always cowards themselves. When I was in jr high, I had a couple black girls that were harrassing this really shy overweight girl in gym class when we went to the showers. I got up in their faces and they threatened me. Well, I had an in with the asst principal and went straight to him about it. These two girls were twice my size and I was no shrinking violet. I wasn't afraid of them, more that I didn't want them doing something to the other girl in retaliation. It all got sorted out and they actually left us alone after they were talked to. I even became friendly with them eventually. Not buddy, buddy, but saying hi and stuff in passing.

Jack has to go to an oral surgeon on Monday. He has a tooth that lost a filling right before vacation and he never said anything then the tooth cracked the beginning of the week down to the gum so to the dentist he goes. We have fairly decent insurance so I hope it doesn't cost a huge amount. The one rip off thing is the deductible. It is $50 for an individual, but $150 for a family. Since it is a new plan and we haven't used it, I am not sure whether they would charge us $50 per person rather than charge us for a family if we both used it in the calendar year.

I guess I better get hopping and get chores finished so I can finish the sleeve and attach it on the baby's sweater. I am including a pic of it with the hat sans the one sleeve. It is so cute. I was bored knitting sleeves so I knitted on the front plackets, the neckband and put on the buttons. I also sewed in the one sleeve and the seams so all that needs doing is knitting the other sleeve and putting it in. The sweater turned out so cute! It is one of my favorite projects so far.

09-26-2007, 11:38 AM
Lucky Jack IV - at least he'll keep you busy knitting as fast as he is growing. He'll be adorable in that sweater and hat.

I gave the EMTs a key to house when Stan was so sick before he started dialysis. He was falling a lot and too weak to get up. There was a short period he had to be by himself between me going to work and the aide arriving and then when she left until I got home and I was afraid he'd fall. He could alert them, but if they couldn't get in it didn't do much good. Even though we live in a very safe neighborhood (got the 2006 VA Safest Neighborhood award), I don't like to leave doors unlocked even during the day. I occasionally take them a cake or some cookies (like when the church has a bake sale since I don't bake). One reason they bring the fire truck, unless you can explain clearly what you need won't require a trip to the ER, is to get extra people there so they can carry someone out. One time they had to carry Stan from the 2nd floor - it took 6 to do that! When I would tell them he just needed to be picked up, on the EMTs would come. Once it was the fire chief in his car - wanted to get away from the station!

Another thing about living in a small town...we have a sheriff and state troopers, no police department. In some of our small towns, the "good old boy" network is still active. My friend's nephew moved to Mathews County. He had been on the police force in a much larger city but took a job with the sheriff's office. He got called in for writing too many tickets. Just supposed to look the other way in most cases! He eventually quit and moved back to the city.

The doctor feels my allergies may be causing the asthma to worsen, plus GERD also worsens it. GERD is getting worse so that I may have to have OP surgery to tighten up the opening between my stomach and esphogus. Meantime, we're trying some new medication for GERD. My "moon" face from the Prednisone is really depressing me - as well as the weight gain. And I'm being very careful not to eat more. Of course, ADVAIR is also a form of steroid and we've doubled that to the highest dose. Sometimes you can't win!

Jean, it seems the guilty often escape punishment. I hope that kid gets something and the one that punched him gets off!

09-26-2007, 10:56 PM
Good Evening, Flowers! It's been a cool day here -- feels like fall! It was a busy day at school with lots of extra running here 'n there for some reason. I had bell choir practice tonight and I must have been more tired than I thought because I had a hard time concentrating on what I was supposed to be doing. Sunday morning practice will be better! The director said that the minister wanted us to play at Sat. night service; lucky for us there were three who couldn't be there on such short notice. I'm thinking he is behind wanting us to play both services when we play once a month. We still haven't voted on that one. :spin:

"Gma" -- The sweater and hat are so cute! I love the little top-knot thingys on the hat. :D The Mouth was back in school today while Jose has 10 days out-of-school suspension along with the assault charge. He is 18 which doesn't help any. Wish I could send you some of our cooler weather -- jackets in the morning but sunny and warmer coming home in the afternoon.

Susan -- I hope you are feeling better and the meds are doing what they are supposed to! The surgery doesn't sound like any fun at all but if it will eliminate the problem, then it would be worth it. One of the teachers is now carrying an Epipen (sp?) because her allergies have gotten so bad. She is allergic to lots of things -- the main two being corn dust and mold. She lives on a farm and her husband raises corn. Mold is also quite common around here.

I need to figure out what I am wearing tomorrow. We are having pictures taken for the yearbook and IDs. :( I hate having my picture taken for anything! Hope you have a terrific Thursday tomorrow!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

09-27-2007, 04:00 AM
Good morning gals. I wasn't feeling well last night (hormonal stuff) so I went to bed early. I woke up this morning and because I had my contacts out and used my old glasses I misread the clock thinking if was 4:30 so I got up and went to the bathroom and came down with Fortune, got on my bathrobe and took him out, came back and fed him and then started dinner prep by cleaning a chicken and getting it into the slow cooker for chicken and noodles. I looked at my Lucy clock above the sink and it said 1:45 so I thought the battery was kaput. Turned around and the digital clock on the stove said the same thing as did all the clocks. I felt like Alice in Wonderland, in an alternate world! Ahh, well, I will just do my morning chores now then sit down and knit.

Susan: GERD is the worst and I feel for you. I know it has to cause you misery along with the other issues you have. I hope you can get it all sorted out.

Jean: I am waiting for the church to want the bell choir to be on call 24/7 in case they want to use you. It seems it is getting kind of ridiculous. I don't imagine they realize what it takes to put a performance together? It isn't like a single person playing an instrument or even a band or orchestra playing together where everyone has their own instrument to play their own part. Bells are unique as they combine both, single performer with a group performance and it all has to come off perfect or it doesn't come off at all. I have a feeling people think it is easier than it is so they think it shouldn't be a problem for you to be at their beck and call whenever. I feel for you. I feel for that poor kid. Since he is a legal adult he is going to take a big hit for something he did to protect someone else and the little snot got away scot free to bug someone else.

I guess I will get the dishwasher unloaded and then go upstairs to Jack's office and clean out the cat box. Have a good Thursday everyone!


09-27-2007, 07:18 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! Bob is out working on his tractor and I'm thinking it is his night to cook when he gets home. :D I've got a house that needs attention, but it's more fun to sit and visit with you. It was another good day at school for me! There is an OBNOXIOUS :hyper: BD student (he is a high functioning autistic with NO social skills); he has a one-on-one aide following him around trying to keep his mouth shut. Anyhow, he came to school this morning and told the guidance counselor that he took his mother's car and rolled it. His dad had left for work and his mom is in CO. They live out in the country; when he finally managed to get out of the car, he walked back to his house and rode the bus to school. He was quite proud of himself and said it was his dad's fault because he left the keys in the car. Ryan always says that anything negative is someone else's fault. The office called his dad who took him to the doctor to be sure nothing was injured . . . not a scratch on him. Then the Spanish teacher fainted during her first class; she told the kids she felt dizzy, sat down, and then fainted. The teacher across the hall heard the commotion and called 911. She's fine and back home; evidently a reaction to some med she is taking. Scary, though! There are never two days the same, that's for sure.

"Gma" -- I hope you got caught up on some sleep today! What a way to start the day! :lol: I think the new minister is slowly, but surely, trying to change a few things and how we do them. He is asking for volunteers to help the worship committee get some "new" ideas for both services. As for bells, I suppose he figured since we were performing for one service we might as well do all three the same weekend. When we were begging for money to send our bells away for tuning and repairs, we did play several pieces for all three services. Once wasn't so bad, but every month would be a pain. He is much more conservative than our previous pastor and that I do like. :yes: I have a feeling that Mr. Mouth will meet his match some day. He just can't keep his mouth and his attitude under control. What is sad is that he is smart, but he refuses to cooperate with anyone and does no homework. I will wish you a Happy Birthday for tomorrow since you probably won't see this until then. :gift: :balloons: :hb: I hope your day is a special one and may you enjoy many, many more!

I do need to do some decluttering before Bob gets home so I am off to get started! Have a fantastic Friday!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

09-27-2007, 07:56 PM
Dropping in to wish Faye a HAPPY BIRTHDAY:bday2you::hb::woo::balloons:

Hope you have a great day and more important a better sleeping night!

Jean: That can definitely be a pain to have to play at 3 services a week. It wouldn't be so back if you could split the playing ie: half play for one time and then another group play another time but I can see where that wouldn't work.

Today I tackled the gas grill which has been giving me flash buring and other fun things. I took it apart and was cleaning out the tubes to check for spider nests when I noticed that the burner had a crack in it. Took it out and back to the small grill store where we purchased it (as it turned out 9 yiears ago). The gentleman was alone and when I showed him the burner he just took it and started to take of the tubes that attach it to the grill itself and proceeded to attach a new burner....10 minutes. He then looked us up in the computer and that's when we found it was 9 yrs old. It if had only been 7 yrs old it would have been covered by the guarantee but we had to pay the $40. This is the same place that we took the grill rack that I thought was to far gone to clean again and he said just cover the rack with foil light the grill with the cover on for 15Got min. and the rack would be just as good as new. It was! Not a bad place to do business with. This grill is just a work horse and although we paid a bit more for it 9 yirs ago it was worth it. These two things are the only things that have needed attention.

Got to get ready for the Red Sox game tonight....they could clinch the division tonight. Maybe I should not count my chickens before they are hatched!!


09-28-2007, 06:24 AM
Good morning gals. Fortune kept jumping on and off the bed so down I came and out we went. I decided to heck with it and will just knit on my sister's vest. I started it last night while watching the CUBS game.

Gloria: The Cubs are still 2 games ahead of Milwaukee and have tonight, tomorrow and Sunday. I think that if the CUBS win tonight and Milwaukee loses the CUBS clinch. That would put them 3 games up and Milwaukee can't come back. So it can hinge on tonight. The CUBS lost all three to the last place Marlins, but I guess a lot of the clubs tops in their division are having a time of it. None of the division have been decided yet so it is all down to the wire. It sure would be nice for them to win the division and fight their way through to the world series. They haven't played in one since something like 1932 and not won since 1908 or something like that. Since the other oldest ballpark/club has now played and is over their curse (your Red Sox) it is our turn to get to the series.

Jean: I bet the parents of the autistic kid coddle him. I do not understand why parents think that kids with disabilities need to be overly spoiled and given in to. Jack had a cousin who was his mom's age and had down's syndrome. He was so obnoxious I couldn't stand to be around him. Jay was a baby when we saw him last and I found it funny that he really liked Jay a lot even though he was jealous of the attention Jay got.

My birthday is going to be a quiet affair. Kelly is tied up in some big merger thing with her company so wants to do something next week, Jay called last night and I told Jack not to buy me anything. We spent a lot on vacation and now are faced with this oral surgery expense and have a couple of other hefty condo expenses crop up along with getting Christmas stuff so I told him not to go buy me anything. I don't need anything, don't want anything so I am perfectly happy. Besides, I am going to Indiana to see the baby in a month and that is a great present.

We have municipal elections next Thursday and I sure hope someone can boot the current no good thievin' mayor out on his butt.

Guess I will get the downstairs chores done and knit awhile.. Thanks for all the birthday wishes!


09-29-2007, 12:07 AM
Good Evening, Flowers! Bob is out on the farm somewhere or hauling beans to the elevator. He will come home dirty and tired, but happy. I spent from 7:30 - 11:30 and 12:30 - 3:30 being a "mean" store keeper for a poverty simulation used as part of the in-service today. The high school did it before school started so some of the IAs were asked to help put this one on. I think I am more tired that if I would have had a regular school day!

Gloria -- It was good that your grill could be fixed rather than having to buy a new one. :yes: They sure don't build anything like in the "old" days that's for sure! I hope your team won tonight!

"Gma" -- Ryan is never punished for anything. That doesn't help him develop any social skills and he is really lacking in that area. I don't know what his parents have planned for him after he is out of high school. No one will hire him and put up with his outbursts and behavior. I hope that Jack takes you out to eat for your birthday. I'm thinking about ordering a champagne cake for myself! :T We had one many years ago at a card club and I remember it as being delicious. I hope the election turns out the way you want it to. Be sure to vote so you can complain if it doesn't! ;)

Have a nice weekend -- the weather is supposed to be nice with a chance of rain. Sometimes I think the weatherman just makes something up as he goes along! :rolleyes:

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!

09-29-2007, 07:54 AM
Good morning ladies! Hope all is well in your world. I am going to make a commissary run today even though it is an off week as I didn't go last week and we need quite a few things.

Gloria: The CUBS clinched the division last night and Jack said so did the RED SOX. We are just thrilled that maybe, just maybe they will get into the world series this year.

Jean: I keep forgetting to ask everytime I am in here. How is that young man that is your relative doing since his injury? Isn't he named Ryan too? I am losing it I just know it. Can't keep anything straight. Believe me, we will vote. I want to get some big changes in this city, but being the color we are, it isn't likely. Sad that the crook of a mayor might just get re-elected because he is black. Even the blacks are fed up with him but will go back to the same old thing and put up with him. I surely hope they would choose someone else.

I am a bit on the woozy side. I didn't go to bed until well after 11 and Jack's watch alarm went off at 5 so the dog thought it was time to get up so I had to come down and let him out then feed him. He is now all curled up on the sofa back to sleep while I am now up and awake! Doesn't seem fair somehow! :D

I got a gift for my birthday from one of my close friends yesterday. I know she spent a lot of money for it as she works part time in a fancy restaurant and the building has a bunch of little boutique shops and she gets a discount. Well the bag, I think is awful. It is an old fashion still, what my grandma used to call a pocketbook with the metal clip at the top, it is fabric in a baby blue with a pink handle and a pink fabric section in front with these yellowish green diamonds sewn on it and then dark pink sequins criss crossed all down the pink panel. I don't know who thought this is stylish, but..... I imagine I will take it with me when I go to Indiana and use it whether I hate it or not so my friend thinks I really like it. I wouldn't hurt her feelings for the world. She knows I am nuts about handbags and Lucy and last year I got a bunch of cute lucy stuff from her.

Well, I am going to go and knit on the vest awhile. It is kind of hard on the hands as it is a 3x size so has lots of stitches and I am doing the back, which would be the widest part. I work on it some then put it down when it starts to hurt my hands a bit. I would have put it on circular needles then knit it straight to hold the weight better, but I looked and didn't have the correct size. This is the button I bought for her vest. She works for the school system in South Bend and I thought she could wear the vest to work. I am using the honey colored yarn I bought for Tom's sweater and I still have skeins and skeins of.

Have a good weekend everyone!

09-29-2007, 01:37 PM
Good Morning, Flowers! It is windy and raining here this morning. We have been to a waffle breakfast put on by the music department at school, WM, the grocery store, and another drug store downtown. The choir accompanist showed me a hand cream she uses for eczema and I had ordered a tube online. I was going to order a second one to have at school and it has been discontinued! :mad: This morning I went to all of the drug places in town and no one has it, but "they can order it" for me. Just to see what happens I gave them my name and phone # so we'll see if any of them call me to tell me it's been discontinued. That makes me so mad! My thumbs are better than they have been for months and I wanted some more! :tantrum:

"Gma" -- Ryan has been moved to a rehab hospital in St. Paul. They have started PT and OT with him. Because he is so tall they had quite a time finding a wheelchair to fit him. I guess he has managed to use an electric one a couple of times because he has some movement in his left arm. The small town in the area where he was raised had a benefit for him with a silent auction. I guess it was a huge success. His mom was able to go and someone video taped it for Ryan to see. Every once in awhile he has a "bad" day and I'm not sure what that means because no details are given. I'm sure it is a day-by-day, wait and see kind of deal. His mom would be heading back to AZ for the winter about now so I'm sure that is in everyone's thoughts. She would never leave him so will spend the winter in MN. One of our school nurses' husband was in a diving accident and is confined to a wheelchair. I visited with her a bit yesterday and her comment was that the longer it takes for the feeling to come back, the less likely it is to come back at all. By the same token each patient is different and one just never knows. Thanks for asking about Ryan! Our local packing plant is adding 250 new jobs; the guidance counselor at the middle school shared that she enrolled 6 new families this week and all are from the Chicago area. The gal sitting next to me whispered . . . "yeah, they're all black and bad!" Just what we need -- more trouble! Your handbag sounds like the ones I saw at a Diva Disco handbag party. They are not my thing and I ended up buying a plain straw looking bag that could be used for anything. :twirly: The schoolhouse button is sure cute -- you do find the best buttons!

I need to change laundry loads and get busy! Have a nice day and remember to smile! :D

Jean -- :D in :rain: Iowa!

09-30-2007, 08:01 AM
Good morning ladies! Hope your day is going well. We are going to tackle some rug shampooing before the race this afternoon from Fortune getting sick again and I am going to try and get some housecleaning downstairs done today. Seems like there are leaves and parts of leaves all over the house from people and the dog dragging them in. I bought a Swiffer Sweeper to see if that is easier to keep things cleaned than dragging out a broom and dustpan all the time. We shall see.

Jean: I am so glad Ryan is on the road to recovery. Spinal cord stuff or neck injuries are alway so iffy for recovery. I know it has to be so difficult on his mom though. I used an online website called and they have every conceivable button you can imagine. Unfortunately, the shipping for that one 1 1/4 inch button cost the same as the button itself! The problem is, even in this huge city they don't have many fabric stores and they don't carry a good variety of buttons so I am stuck to online stuff. Thank goodness for the internet.

I got this wonderful birthday card from my younger sister yesterday and in it a $50 gift card to Joann's. I went to town and bought 10 skeins of yarn, 3 circular needles in sizes I didn't have, a cable needle to teach myself to cable, and 2 knitting books. Got everything on sale and free shipping! The yarn is 5 skeins of soft yarn in a bright red for a bolero sweater for this same sister for her birthday (she has really dark brown hair so I thought it would look smashing) and 5 skeins of a banana color for my best friend for her birthday. I told her she couldn't have bought me a better present. My other sister's gift is still where she bought it. Some snafu with it and won't be shipped until Tuesday. She was all upset when she called yesterday and I told her no sweat. Just let's me celebrate stretched out as I haven't gotten Jay's card yet nor anything from Kelly.

The commissary was nutty extraordinaire yesterday. On top of that, they rearranged the WHOLE dang store! I make my shopping list from how the store is laid out and now is bum over tea kettle as my mom would say. What a mess! Now you tell me why a store would put dog/cat food and supplies across from their packaged meats???? It used to be in the same aisle as paper products, but that has been moved to who knows where now. It is such a mess. The only thing they left in the same place was their frozen food section, but even then they rearranged the frozen foods in the cases themselves! lol Oh, they kept the cookies in the same place, like I need to always know where they are! lol

Well, need to get going and get started on cleaning up stuff. I want to get some of the stuff moved before Jack gets up.

Have a great Sunday everyone!


09-30-2007, 04:19 PM
Good Afternoon, Flowers! The sun is shining after a morning of loud thunderstorms and rain. It is another windy day in my neighborhood. The bell choir played at early service and I must pat myself on the back . . . I didn't lose my place or miss a note! :cheer: This piece has malleting and chimes along with the ringing so I really needed to concentrate. The gal (Leslie) on one side of me is more musically talented than I am and never hesitates to let anyone know when they play a wrong bell, wrong timing, etc. She "forgot" we were playing this morning and the director had to call her and get her out of bed! The gal on Leslie's other side always gets Leslie's bells out and set up because she is usually late, but today that gal wasn't there and the sub didn't do it. Neither did I :o and Leslie was a bit frazzled when she realized she'd have to get her own stuff lined up. :lol: This is the same gal who took her wedding dress to the cleaners and never picked it up! :rolleyes:

"Gma" -- Let me know how you like the Swiffer Sweeper. Some time ago I bought a Hoover electric broom (my name for it anyhow). I really like it except it has a filter that collects the cat fur and has to be dumped and cleaned each time I use it. I especially like it because it fits under the edge of the counters and stove. The suction is almost better than the vacuum. The JoAnn's gift card was a nice idea from your sister. :yes: I know you had fun spending it! ;) Not too long ago our grocery store rearranged some of their stuff. I used to be able to tell Bob which aisle whatever was in and he would stop on his way home from the office. The Mexicans buy water from the machine and they moved that clear to the back of the store. Some of them fill the huge jugs that only two can fit into a cart; I would hate to have to lug those through the store. :no: This store has downsized quite a bit of their selection -- only one brand available in many items and that is the store brand which isn't all that great. Life would be so simple if we didn't have to eat!

We have a "get acquainted" visit with the minister tonight. Evidently it is a new "Methodist thing" because the new minister in my hometown is doing the same thing. Various people agree to host the group in their home and invite a few people to come and meet/visit the new minister's family and others from the church that we might not know. We got called when Bob was on his fishing trip and couldn't go, but the choir director is having this one and cornered me at practice. :( We really already have visited with them because they graduated from the same college we did; he is on the nursing home board with Bob and she plays bells with me.

I have laundry going and need to vacuum some fur bunnies. "Mom" should be bald at the rate she is shedding. I asked the vet and he said if she is eating and using the litterbox I shouldn't worry. Have a great "rest of the day" and :D!

Jean -- :wave: from Iowa!